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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,184 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,184
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 432
Gots: 491 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz bottle with "Ithaca" in bold yellowish letters at the top and the name of the beer in 1960's psychedelic letters below that. Flanking the name are two big hop vines. The borders of the label is where you'll find the Government warning and a notched best before month system. Nothing was notched so I'm in the blind on knowing if this beer is past it's expiration date.

I poured this Flower Power into a Peg's Cantina Snifter. Coming out of the bottle, I thought this beer was a solid orange color. When I held it up to the light, I saw this beer's true color. It was actually a bright and hazy lemon yellow with a subtle gold highlight here and there. On top was a thin layer of cotton white foam. It was so small that it would be too hard to measure it. This thin layer didn't have any staying power. It was gone in a flash and it only managed to leave behind a faint string of rings along the side.

After getting a whiff of this beer, I now know why they call this beer "Flower Power." The aroma was mostly lightly bitter floral hops with a side of floral notes. There was also some minor citrus notes and a faint whiff of toasted biscuit at the end. That's all folks!

The taste was crispy and lightly bitter. It really didn't have an in your face bitterness. Kicking off the taste was the lightly bitter floral hops. Toward the end of the floral hop taste, is where my tastebuds happened upon some minor citrus notes. I was able to pick out a hint of grapefruit and a pinch of lemon. At the end of the taste, I found a tiny speck of toasted biscuits. Now I know why they didn't call this beer "Citrus Power." It was all about the floral hops.

This was a light to medium bodied American IPA with a good amount of carbonation and subtle crispy floral hop aftertaste. The aftertaste was just the floral hops. No more, no less. The floral hops stuck around for a few seconds before it way of the 1960s.

World Class beer? Not in my book. Maybe I need a fresher bottle or to try this beer on tap to think World Class. Again, my bottle wasn't notched so I'm not sure how old this beer is. It was a good beer. I'll give them that. It did show promise of being something better. As of right now, I'm not a Flower Child who enjoys Flower Power on a regular basis.

AltBock, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

oberon, Oct 17, 2004
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Barkley, Mar 16, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a pale, golden color, straw in some spots and light amber in others. Murky and translucent, then topped off with a white cap that settles to a quarter-inch and shows some decent staying power. Nice, drippy lacing is left near the top of the glass.

Flower Power, like the name might imply, is powerful and fruity - loaded with citrus, huge pineapples, apricots, and maybe some mango. Light hop resin sits in the background along with some light pine, but stays secondary to the citrus overload. I've heard people compare this beer to Zombie Dust, and I see where they're coming from. This citrus isn't quite as powerful here (and neither is the rest of the hop profile, for that matter), but it's drawing some slight resemblance.

Somewhat surprisingly, the first thing I notice on my palate are the hops, and they exhibit a mildly spicy, white-pepper flavor, something that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma at all. Some resinous flavors come through and the bitterness smacks your tongue quickly and all at once. Slightly oil and leafy. Lemon and orange zest play a big role in the flavor, as well as light apricot and pineapple. The palate isn't picking up the fruit as much as the nose, but it's definitely there, and certainly more noticeable in the latter half of the sip.

The bitterness is pretty powerful and probably helps tone down the fruit at first. Sweetness from the malt is there, giving off a light, sweet bread flavor. Other than being a backbone for the huge hop profile, it doesn't do much else. The aftertaste is full of a peppery bitterness, a little fruity pith, and some dry, bready malt. Maybe even a little ashy as the beer gets warmer. Medium bodied, a little stickier than expected, decent carbonation.

I can see why people might substitute this beer for Zombie Dust where it's more readily available. Similar in many ways - and although I prefer ZD much more, this beer is still pretty damn delicious. If it was available in my area, I'd probably drink it all the time. Goes down easy and gives you a nice fruit, bitter hop kick.

tectactoe, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DavyJones, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

OhioBobcat, Sep 20, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Golden with a somewhat good clarity. Produces a good head stand with a rocky, off-white head that has good retention.

S: It smells like a bag of hops with a strong hops aroma of citrus and tropical fruit being mostly lemon, lime and pineapple with some papaya. There is light malt sweetness and a light flower alcohol aroma as well. Some of that grassy, herbaceous aroma from the hops. One of the best smelling IPA on the market.

T: Great hop flavor dominates with a strong citrus and tropical fruit hops flavors and a very strong hops bitterness. The malt is there with a just enough to clean sweetness to support the hops. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness. The balance is fairly bitter but not as aggressive as some IPAs.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: Still one of my hands down favorite IPAs. The hops aroma and flavor is outstanding with a ton of West Coast citrus character and herbal notes. If I could take only one beer with me to a deserted island it would probably be Flower Power.

MadScientist, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jono0101, Dec 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Tiernan, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

woodchipper, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ricksrealm, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Clear gold, moderate carbonation, nice white head.

S - True to name lots of floral hop aroma, but in addition some sweet fruity hop flavor, kind of like lychee like. Some sweet, light crystal malt comes through also.

T - Hops come on early and strong. More citrus to start, but the floral notes come on in the middle along with a nice biscuit/bread flavor. Ends with a nice bitter kick, but slightly more sweet than I would like.

M - American IPAs usually finish very clean and dry but this one has more of a moderate body. The body is almost more DIPA then IPA, but still good.

D - This is different than so many other American IPAs out there. Aggressively hopped, but with some different flavors (that Ahtanum isn't so common but it is good) and the bread flavors are a bit more like an English. Very solid IPA no matter how you look at it.

steelerguy, Jan 22, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

SuomiHobbit, Aug 11, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 07, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.

First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum!

orbitalr0x, Jun 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AshlandNacho, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

thecoldwindblows, Dec 08, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

SmellTheGluv, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kevrob802, Sep 17, 2012
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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,184 ratings.