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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 4,958
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 957 | FT: 25
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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 zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellowish orange, cloudy but almost see-through, with a substantial cream-colored fluffy head that slowly recedes. Leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is all fruity, citrusy, floral hops. Quite nice. My main complaint is that it's on the weak side.

Taste is rather one-dimensional. A gentle but dominant hop bitterness, that basically carries through from start to finish. There's a bit of malt support in the beginning, but it quickly gives way. In general, I get don't get much from the malts, and little of the fruitiness I picked up in the smell. A bit of citrus (oranges) comes through late. Okay, not quite one-dimensional, but maybe 1.5.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-light with medium-high carbonation. Tingly in the finish, and lingers in the mouth for a while

Respectable, but I was rather disappointed with the simplicity of the flavor. I'll confess to being sensitive to bitter, but I just don't get much beyond it in this beer. Particularly disappointing given the lovely intro provided by the appearance and smell. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy deep orange with a finger of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is lemony with a hint orange peel. A bit like a wet sponge with a hint of tangerine thrown in as well. The sweetness is pretty sugary as well.

The taste is a bit citrusy but has a wash of dank flavor in the first sip. The second sip brings on some bitter flavor that accompanies the tangerine and orange flavor. Tangy and bitter almost at the same time. The tongue is left with a mild, bitter aftertaste

The feel is refreshing in a hoppy way. The bite of this beer does take a bit to get used to. Going down well, this beer just slides down leaving only a mild bitterness. Not a bad IPA. (737 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slight chill haze leaves this beer looking a murky golden butterscotch topped by a frothy white cap. Each sip leaves thick spotty rings of lace right to the bitter end.

The nose is tangerines and pineapple, nicely fruity and tropical with some bread and toffee notes gamely tagging along.

The first sip delivers a prickly hit of piney, spicy bitterness and bittersweet grapefruit that lingers long into the finish. This is met by a smooth honied malt that calms things down nicely. It's certainly a hoppy beer. According to the info on their site this is hopped and dry hopped with six different varieties of hops, so I would hope so. But this might be a case where less is more. Because this stops just shy of everything melding together and the whole being greater than the sum of its parts for me. Don't get me wrong. This is a solid, really well done, tasty American IPA, but in easily the most saturated segment of the craft beer market I feel I can afford to nitpick a little.

The mouthfeel is lightly chewy with resinous hop oils aplenty, though a good level of carbonation helps lift them from the palate nicely.

Overall it has a nicely tropical aroma and tastes great, but at 7.5% I'm definitely feeling it after only one. (1,237 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured a bit cold, but reviewed at 45 degrees up.

Pours clear, somewhere between straw and copper, with tons of effervescence and a gorgeous pillowy off-white head that just doesn't quit. Thick lacing. Beautiful beer.

Nose is classic IPA - citrusy, grapefruit and tropical fruits, bit piney, a bit of biscuity malt underneath it all. Nice.

Taste is pungent and floral up front, with the rich caramel malt body always playing a secondary role to the very prominent hops without ever getting lost. Not overly bitter, this one plays up flavor without going to crazy over the IBU's which is a huge plus for me. Lots of piney and floral hops, especially towards the long, pungent finish. A nicely done IPA, though the high ABV does lead to an interesting dance where this one treads the border between an IPA and a DIPA. Maybe a bit too pungent and heavy for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit heavy for an IPA, but with a nice carbonation that lends a bit of a bite towards the swallow.

This is a really good IPA, but between the slightly heavy body, and the prominent pungency, it loses a notch or two in drinkability. Still a nice IPA. (1,190 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Decent head retention. Very nice lacing.

S - Strong floral hops. In many ways the poster child for the use of floral hops in beer, in my experience. Nothing but the floral hops going on here.

T - Hops! It's all a floral hop show. Also present is a bit of a sweet malt backbone. Nice and sweet, pretty tasty.

M - Medium body with active carbonation. Slightly wet throughout. Would prefer a drier finish.

D - Not the best IPA around, but a good example of how to use floral hops in a beer. Goes down easy enough if you're a fan of IPAs. Could have a few in a night. (662 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew because of the highs and lows. Grapefruit aroma, lace in appearance, refreshing aggressive carbonation. However, a drying leaf aftertaste, bitter drying out grainy like the sucrose toothpaste. A bit of metallic, and a line of dark blood red like a radish in the head of the pour. I would try this on tap, but would want some food right away. (361 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is from the bottle

Freshness notch says best before April (tasting May 23)

Pours a solid copper brown. Has a solid nose of floral tones with a touch of citrus. Has rather tight beads of carbonation. Has the hops up front first and foremost, but lacking the malt. Nearly out of balance. More on the citrus side from the hops. Nose was nice but misleading. Definitely closer to a west coast style IPA than a balanced east coast. Rather light in the mouth with a bitter, nearly sour, dry finish.

overall it is a nice beer, but nothing special for an IPA due to the heavy hops and light malt. This may be due to the month late on the freshness. will try a fresher one soon. (678 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lighter amber ale that has a slight haze about itself. Lightly carbonated it produces only an average foam head.
An aromatic brew to say the least with hops having a citrus bouquet and malts with a solid malty backbone.
The taste is very pleasent with citrus and, dire I say, bubblegum.
Malts are big and solid, toasted maybe.
The alcohol is well hidden in this brew so beware, other then that a solid well made beer thats sure to please. (440 characters)

Photo of ABOWMan
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is of sweet, mouth-watering hop resin and pine then grapefruit.

The appearance of this ale is honey colored with perfect clarity. A lively three fingers of off white tight bubble head made for a very appetizing sight. Some lacing is evident on the walls of my pint glass and the head has good retention.

The flavor starts with some bitter grapefruit and hop, then mild malt. Not a lot of depth of flavor or complexity here, just a nice refreshing bitter IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly nice due to the hop resin and lively carbonation, but it fades quickly on your palate.

Drinkability is quite good given the 8% abv, but I want for more flavor if I going to have more than just one or two. All in all, not a bad AIPA, but definately not in the class of some of the big boys yet. Good job Ithaca Brewing. (817 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the hand pump at the brewery. Dry hopped with delta hops.

I found a nice combination of honey and toffee for a malt base. While it wasn't unhoppy, I did expect more from a beer I had heard such great things about. I tasted earthy citrus and dank grassiness. The body was smooth and creamy.

Not bad overall but a bit of a letdown. (336 characters)

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: easy pour into a 12 oz glass, hazey pale golden color, 0ne finger head with nice lacing.

S: aromas of pine, citrus and some cut grass.

T: upfront piney taste with a some grapefruit, lemon rind, with a slightly sweet malt bill and mildly bitter dry finish.

M: medium body with a nice resiny aftertaste.

O: Quality ipa worth revisiting when i can as it currently is not local to my area (394 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer - pours a hazy amber, with a light head. I couldn't pick up much of an aroma, but the flavor was pleasant: slightly floral, a little grapefruit on the finish. Solid taste of light malt. The hops are light - not particularly bitter, but good use of flavor and aroma hops, which gives it a faintly tropical character. This is not a classic IPA, like Avery or Acme, but light and drinkable. It's a beer you could serve to your non-hophead friends yet not be ashamed to put out for IPA fanatics either. (526 characters)

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

When I tried this beer the first sip was surprising with an unconventional IPA floury finish, hence the name. It took a whole bottle to get used to but after that had been my go to beer for years. Originally I would've rated this a 5 but over time I found their batch to batch to be very inconsistent especially after they expanded there brewery moving it to a bigger location on the same property in Ithaca where they have a great new restaurant and tap room to sample. I'm not a brewmaster but would love to know why I am experiencing this it also seems the shelf life isn't very long so try to find a recent date which they inkjet in white on the bottles with this format YYMMDD as in 150619. Their inconsistency has me rate this lower than I would normally. (761 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)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.