Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,221
Hads: 4,921
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.
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Photo of musicforairports
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh growler poured into a DFH tulip-style glass.

Very amber, kind of dark for an IPA. fluffy 1.5-finger head subsides and stays a bit and leaves awesome lacing.

Smells of very ripe citrus fruit--grapefruit, with some mangos and apricots going on there. Floral qualities present as well.

This is a very fruity beer. The dank hop flavors taste very much like real zesty citrus flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, you name it. No real malt to speak off. A lot of flowery/herbal flavors as well. Some interesting graininess. Leaves a bitter zest flavor in the mouth.

Medium-full on the mouth, lots of lingering bitterness.

I'm never sure how I feel about this beer. I like this more than out of the bottle, though. It does the tropical fruit flavors better than most, but it really tastes different than most IPAs. Well-made, though, without a doubt. Just not the kind of IPA I tend to go for. (900 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

The appearance was a medium brown with a 2 finger head.
The smell was spicy and rich.
The taste was of a decent amount of hops and some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel was robust and goes well with eating hot wings or other spicy food.
Drinkability is good, a pretty good ipa overall. (336 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice honey yellow color with a medium head.

S: Nice malty aromas with definite pine and citrus notes.

T: Nice citrus taste with a hint of pine. It has a nice malty bready finish to balance it all out.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: Nice drinkable brew.

Overall: Another great brew provided by BeerTruth. Good tasting and easy drinking. What more can you ask for from a session brew. (405 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of floral hoppiness aroma, some dry malt. Thinner body than the alcohol would bespeak. Somewhat milder hop bitterness, some pine, but lots of flower. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Flavor is a bit milder and more tame than aroma would suggest. (253 characters)

Photo of semihobo
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stolen out of a friend's mixed 12 ... does pilfered beer taste better? I've always felt it does.

Summer seasonal that is still hanging around in 12 packs, no best-by-date but I love the bottle. The idea of "Flower Power" is perfect for Ithaca with lots of hop flowers all over the hippie lettering.

Very clear light amber, a little orangey, tasteful pure white head that dies fast leaving nothing behind.

Nose is of piney, nose-tingling hops. IBC was probably aiming for "floral" hops (given the name of the brew) and they got em. Methinks Cascade. A little sweetness behind the hops, with some cloveish spices.

Mild taste for an IPA. The hops are pretty friendly and gentle, and there is a solid malt presence along with the same spices from the smell. Hops taste of pine and are herbal. Pretty well balanced, maybe even on the maltier side for an IPA (due to subdued hops, not lots of malt). Bitter hoppy finish.

Pretty light, almost thin-bodied, clean mouthfeel, the resinous hop oil finish adds something.

The brew itself is not mind-blowing, but remember, this is a summer seasonal. Sipping this while swimming and playing in a creek in the sun this summer was excellent. Very tame for an IPA, almost a "Light IPA" without being pejorative. Extremely sessionable. (1,286 characters)

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours a clear, light golden color with a finger and a half of foamy head that dissipates slowly into a cap. Light carbonation visible and mild lacing is left behind. Aroma is light and simple, but not offensive. Light pine is there, even lighter toasty malts in the background. These flavors are much more bold once I sipped it. Strong piney hops, but not overbearing, which I find to be a mistake other breweries tend to make. Light toasty malt background again there, and some zesty lemon is detected with the bitterness once gulped. Not a light beer, but I can't put the medium bodied beer label on it.

Overall: I think pretty highly of this one, but it's not a can't miss beer. This is just another IPA that leads me to believe I should invest in a tulip glass, but I can think of other piney IPAs that don't make me think this. (874 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a golden haze with a 1 finger foamy white head.

S. Bready malts. Some pine hop aroma. Floral.

T. A more malt forward IPA with some pine hop flavor and a bit of bitterness. Grassy aftertaste.

M. Light to medium bodied with some nice carbonation. On a 1-10 scale a 3.5 on the body. Finishes pretty clean. The highlight of the beer for me

O. A very average IPA. Not enough hop there for me. But it's not bad. Would drink it again but with so many other options I'd probably just pass it up. (552 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy amber body topped with a thickish cap of foam that sticks around impressively and leaves plentiful soapy lace.

Interesting nose. Lots of fruitiness, but it's more apricot than citrus. Pine plays no small part, and there seems to be a floral element as well. A sturdy malt presence lingers.

Much respect for the bitterness, although it's not as fruity as I'd guessed it would be based on the aromas. Piney, yup. The hearty malt profile- more bready than sweet- may or may not be stifling the hops a bit. The malts linger as much as the pine, which for my personal taste detracts from the "rememberability scale". Still, a tasty brew that I'd recommend trying. (740 characters)

Photo of jhchan
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While Flower Power may not smell especially flowery, in fact, it doesn't have much smell at all, it's color and distinctive taste will hit you immediately.

A hazy, golden orange color, it's a nice looking beer in a glass and has an immediate bite when it hits your tongue that lingers for quite a while. No extremely distinctive flavors which stand out, but the immediate bite is great and the beer is full-bodied, which I love.

Overall a good beer which I would buy again. (477 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper, clear color, but is hazy and not see through. Head is negligible. Good carbonation. No lace whatsoever.

Sweet hoppy smell. Has a dry smell. Tiny bit of sweet malt. Citrusy hops, but with a hint of bitterness. Mild yeast.

Very pleasant hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste after the sweet initial taste. Tiny bit of pine flavor. Perfect balance; a little nice but with a naughty/kinky ending.

Medium thickness, slightly more watery than I'd like, but decent. Thickens as it warms up. A pretty smooth IPA. It's bitter toward the end, which may hinder repeat drinkings. But it's a solid IPA. (609 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cpetrone84....thank you Chris

12 oz bottle notched at Best Before October dumps cloudy orange to my tulip with a thin egg white shell

Nose of bread, tangerine citrus and some pinnepple, and a sharp bite of alcohol

Tastes much she smells with the citrus front and center and the alcohol bite not far behind and a lingering resiny bitterness at the end that remains long after the sip. While I typically heartily enjoy citric forward IPA's, there is just something missing here. Not bad, but not quite what I had hoped for.

Mildly syrupy and low carbonation make this drink like a double, as the abv can attest. (633 characters)

Photo of John
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold, three quarter inch or so foamy white head. The aroma is a bit disappointing, lacking any hops. Flavor is good, though this is a relatively mild mannered IPA, in the English style. Light-moderate toasted malt provides the basis for this brew. Light leafy hops accent each taste without being over-the-top. Flower Power is best consumed with a clean palate, as it might be overwhelmed by following a hoppier beer. Good session brew or thirst quenching starter brew before moving on to something more substantial. (521 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Ithaca metal growler into Ithaca tulip glass.

A: beautiful clear golden color with a nice sticky head and small amount of lacing.

S: floral (of course) hops, sweet malt. Very light smelling beer, but pleasant.

T: bitterness and malt counter each other well here, with hefty amounts of both. There isn't a whole lot of other flavor here other than the floral hops again, which is light.

M: excellent crispness for the medium body and medium carbonation.

O: solid IPA, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. I'm a bit unimpressed. Can't blame it on the growler - I drank it just 6 hours after it was filled. (623 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny to golden colored with a nice with a nice crisp head. Lot's of small tightly laced bubbles . great lace on the glass

Mouthfeel. Beer is crisp and dry with a sticky, clingy lingering bitterness, spicy floral aroma

Taste is strong, hints of acetone and pineapple and hints of fresh hay.

Drinkability moderately drinkable, decent beer, awfully bitter and almost astringent in the finish. Bitterness seems slightly out of balance with the beer, not bad but not great. (472 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fairly deep amber, moving away from the "pale ale" part of the style. Head is nice and creamy, though, with plenty of stick.

S: An intriguing aroma... Floral and perfumey, with a slight hint of citrus. The aroma is a bit like an artificial air-freshener... not bad, but it suggests that the taste could be a bit odd.

T: Quite a bitter and pungent flavour - like the aroma, it is a bit flowery and perfume-like, though. A little sweetness splashes over the tongue, but it soon becomes bitter with a chemical or even medicinal flavour taking hold of it.

M: A fairly rich, fuller-side-of-medium body. Oily and slick, it helps hold onto the flavour. Not so fortunate, as I am not all that blown away by the flavour, but in the sense of mouthfeel alone, it's great.

D: Probably not one of their offerings that I would run back to hurridly, but not horribly bad - maybe a little lighter on the perfume qualities, and I'd love it. (936 characters)

Photo of jraycee
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my pint glas a beautiful clear amber with medium head that quickly fades to a thin sheet that leaves spotty lacing.
Smell is great, lots of flowering hops, honey, citrusy.
Taste is awesome but seems impossibly backwards. Like its hoppy bitter up front with a sweet lingering finish. Gala apples, grass, and honey.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but nice carbonation up front.
Drinkability is a little low in my opinion for this style due to the sweetness, but an overall good experience. (497 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a clear plastic cup.

A: Poured a ruby amber brown with a one finger head of sticky white foam. Retention was nice and lacing was decent as well.

S: A very aromatic bouquet of floral hops and citrus smells, the most dominant being grapefruit, followed by some colven lemon.

T: Nice slick oily hop resin flavor up front leaning into an herbal, spicy hop flavor. The malt seems a little unbalanced, leaving the flavor to be a little musty and cloying.

M: Nice, slick, oily feel with a fairly clean carbonated wash down.

D: A decent IPA with an ABV probably around the 6% mark. Not the tastiest, but worth its weight in hops. It's a little rough around the edges, but good for a short session.

This Flower Power went nicely with the cool evening air and music in the environemnt I enjoyed it in. Probably better suited as a cool-weather IPA, but not necessarily one worth seeking out again. It's worth a try. (945 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly cloulded copper/amber color. Pored a 1 finger head with fair retention. Decent lacing in solid rings.

S: Floral hops are very prominent. Ringing citrus and grapefruit notes. Slightly stinging lemon at the end.

T: Big floral hop resin flavor up front. The malt seems a little unbalanced, leaving the flavor to be a little cloying.

M: Fairly big beer. Balance carbonation cleanses the slick/oily feel for a nice finish.

D: A decent IPA. The abv is a bit daunting. A good enough beer in style with a big range. (522 characters)

Photo of decadance
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Gold Orange color, lazes about half down the glass.

S - Grapefruit dominated with citrus.

T - A sweeter IPA than many. Still prominent bitterness, but considerable malt backbone.

M - Seems a bit too thin for an IPA.

D - I could have a couple, but it would not be my go to choice for IPAs. (296 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra man. Pours a hazy hone color. Thin film white head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is pretty malty. Pretty much honey. Bit of caramel. Some citric hops. Needs more hop aroma.

Taste is too malty for my for my taste. Kinda citrus hoppy but could use more hop flavor to balance the maltiness. Ok hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Nice carb.

Overall not one of my favorite. It's ok. Not A- worthy though. (464 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color with about one finger of fluffy white head with decent retention.

The scent is of mainly citrus hops.

The taste is of moderately bitter citrus and piney hops, some spice is also present.

Medium body, smooth and pretty dry, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good IPA, not really among the best I've had but overall a flavorful easy to drink beer. (387 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty typical American IPA that pours semi-unfiltered into a pint glass. The taste is mostly sharp Earthy hops with a slight hint of lemon zest in the aftertaste. Finishes with high resins on the palate and just a little citrus fruit. Mouthfeel fades quickly and doesn't leave much of aftertaste. Don't know how old this bottle is (the label was notched drink by January) so the freshness might have faded a little but not yet cloying. A good IPA, would like to try it fresher. (480 characters)

Photo of Treebrews
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a slight dark, golden body but looking very clean. Head is pretty small. The taste goes along with the name of the beer, and you can definitely taste 'flowers.' Goes down quite easy, is a respectful effort at an IPA. Enjoyable, yet would put it only at above average. (271 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 07/02/06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Slight retention with good lace.
S: Huge sharp floral smell up front along with blunt clove notes.. Also kind of sweet and grassy. Not much malt aroma detected.
T/M: Crisp and fresh with bready malts. Piney, citrus, floral hops come throgh also. Sharp bitterness mixes with malts well to create a soft mouthfeel. Slight bitter dry finish with a citrus aftertaste. Light bodied.
D: Good level of carbonation. Besides the weird taste, which must be acquired, it was good. Wouldn't mind trying this on tap if I could. (623 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power pours a beautiful dark honey amber with a full orange tinted off white head. Plenty of rings of lacing showing each gradation in beer sipped.

Aroma is full of grapefruit hops that come off smelling sweetened by dark sugar and caramel.

Taste is a growing hop sensation of bitterness and citrus. All of the hops are backed by a solid malt base, but comes out more faint than in the nose. A touch of more malt depth would have provided a more satiating feel and balanced the hops better.

Feel is medium, but thins out on the end. Fairly drinkable and worth a try, but don't go crazy searching it out. (613 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.