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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,293 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,293
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 439
Gots: 530 | 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 Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in the Ithaca Brewing variety 12-Packs.

Appearance: Typical, lemony-yellow, cloudy IPA. Paler than most, but this is not a 9%+ ABV’er. Generated a loose, frothy, large-gauge white head that resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. Fine-grained carbonation.

Smell: Appropriately floral in character, with a resolutely, hoppy, herbaceous aroma. Very fresh-smelling, like a Spring day down at the Gorge.

Taste: For those of you die-hard hop-heads, this will seem pretty mild; but it is an excellent session IPA. The taste, like the aroma, is very floral, with definite hop notes balanced by a sweet fruitiness. Doesn’t exhibit the strong, citrus characteristics of many IPA’s. Has a very refreshing flavor profile. The draught version is meatier, with more complex herbal notes and a longer, fuller finish; although the bottled version is nice as well. Several people came up to me at the fraternity’s Reunion cocktail party to specifically comment on how good the Flower Power was (it ran out first). One brother specifically came up to me and said, “Wow, this is a hoppy beer! I like it!”

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Finely carbonated. Light-bodied. The bottled version is on the thin side, robbing it of some of its charm.

Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. Somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA, this beer should have a very wide appeal to BA’s and novices alike. Not very strong (either ABV or hoppiness), it is particularly enjoyable when fresh on draught.

This beer really surprised me. While impressed by Ithaca’s Nut Brown and the Pale Ale, I didn’t expect the Flower Power to be as complex and intriguing as it was. It really cries out to be made available year-round as their flagship brew. While not on the level of a Dreadnaught or HopDevil, it defines its own niche as a "mild" IPA, with a smooth, sweet character. Extremely inexpensive, this is a great Summer beer for quaffing in copious quantities. Flower Power is a beer that proves the aphorism that, “When in Rome…” Like the super-fresh, simple wines one might try in Italy or France, that never seem to travel well, Ithaca Flower Power IPA really shines, especially when fresh.

Bottom Line: If this had been available at The Chapter House (or even on tap in the house) when I was in college, I still wouldn’t have graduated!

Dantes, Jun 19, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 18, 2004
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Barkley, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

OhioBobcat, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

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

Tiernan, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

ricksrealm, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

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

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 4,293 ratings.