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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,070
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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 Ian_B
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful light orange and hazy colour. Head decent, lacing good. Bright orange/papaya aroma. Sweet orange/apricot tastes; softly dry finish with light grapefruit bitterness. This beer is good, yet so close to being something more.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $13.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 5, 2015
Misc.: Born on May 8, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spiderweb layered lacing on the side of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Citra, tropical, resin, Cascade, bitter pine and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted Cascade, Citra, unknown other hops, resin and boozy pine. Fairly malty. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not that bad overall, but not as good as I thought it would be. Ehh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I reviewed this beer tonight while recovering from ACBF. I was in an open minded mood tonight, listening to some Aphex Twin. I poured this IPA into a pint glass. The bottle says best before June/July. Not exactly helpful...

A: The body is a clear, deep amber with red highlights. You can see the very active carbonation. This is all topped by a thick cream-colored head which leaves no lace, but stays around for a while.

S: There is a big, floral and zesty hop nose which showcases Simcoe, Palisades and Cascade. (Note: I cannot smell the difference between hops. These are the hops Ithaca claims to have put in this beer. Maybe someday I will get to that mystical state of being where every hop is an individual on my palate.) Underneath the hop smell lies a sweet, seductive, caramel malt presence.

T: The taste is characterized by the medium-high bitterness level, which demands a substantial malt counterpart. It is met by a rich malt flavor. Overall, I say the taste is fresh. The alcohol is mild and does not play much of a role in the flavor profile.

M: This IPA is smooth. Its medium body coats the mouth and as the beer warms, so does the alcohol warm the drinkers throat.

D: Surprisingly, I liked this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe I poured this out the first time. I guess I need to be in a serious IPA mood for this offering. However, it is worth trying.

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Photo of mentor
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Review, Scored (2010-07-23)
Pours a two finger off-tan head over a cloudy and particulated orange-rust liquid. Smells lemon pith, pine, grapefruit, dry woody, blood orange, and tropical punch. Smells fantastic.

Tastes potent piney citrusy juicy hops with modest hop bitter and gentle sweet malt undertones. Hop flavors are very pithy grapefruit, lemon tart, baby aspirin, kiwi rind. Hop bitter is mostly clean but with some ragweed/grassiness to keep it interesting. This hits the spot, having just finished pitching a softball game in the summer heat. Mild alcohol sting and crisp carbonation sting of fine bubbles at the end. Dry finish leaves teeth sticking to each other. Md-thick in the mouth, but leaves the mouth as light.

Old Review, Not Scored (2005-07-06)
Bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one finger very light tan head over a crystal clear light rust orange liquid. Smells, whoa, Munich and Biscuit Malt. That's not what I was expecting from an IPA. Citrusy hop aroma is oddly absent.

Taste is potent malt and almost no hop bitter or flavor. Upon drawing in the liquid, I get a faint sour that's quickly over-run by sweet and malt that's likely Munich, as it has a chalky character that I find in my homebrews that use Munich. The taste is similar to New Belgium's "Fat Tire", but stronger. With searching I get some tangerine from hop flavor near the end. Also, about that same time, I get a bit of acrid from carbonation forming on the flat of my tongue. The aftertaste sees a very gentle hop floral rise up the back of the throat. Md body and mildy, but sharply, carbonated.

Overall the beer is delightfully sweet and munich malty. I'd classify it as more of a bock or american red. Sorry for the low scores, I have to rate it as an IPA, if I were to rate as a bock it would be much higher.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at union jack's glenside

A: pours a translucent golden brown. It's not cloudy but I can't see through it. Good lacing left behind.

S: sweet aromas blend with a earthy grassy hop aroma. A flowery smell is also present as the name would imply. The aroma isn't the strongest I've smelled but I'm not sure how fresh it is.

T: bitterness dominates the pallette. tastes of dirt and grass, but in a good way. Sweetness is present to balance but lingering bitterness prevails

M: this beer has a medium body with a bit more carbonation than I would like

D: I prefer citrus flavored hop more than earthy flavors but this beer is enjoyable and I could drink a few in a sitting.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, thick head on top of a clear gold body.

Incredible smell on this one. Orange, grapefruit, floral and pine. So complex. Beautiful. I want a Flower Power IPA air freshener.

The orange flavor really comes out in the taste, to an almost bizarre degree. I like citrusy hops, but not to the point where I feel like I'm drinking Orangina. Bitter hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel. High carbonation and medium to light body gives this re-drink value, but it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange with a low off white cap that settles out slowly and leaves light rings of lace around the glass. Fresh aroma of tangerine and floral and pine.

Initial flavor of citrusy hops, tangerine and orange rind, some pine. Honey malt rides beneath, well balanced but firm hops. Pine sap lingers. Even mouthfeel, a tad slick. Tasty and drinkable, good beer.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

A very decent beer with a pleasant hoppy aroma and a citrusy/piney bitter flavor. Pours a decent head and a color that it's typical IPA. Really nice overall.

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Photo of rodney45
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Peculier Pub NYC

A: Golden and hazy, with a creamy, silky smooth, wonderful head that leaves an artistic lacing.

S: Hop and citrus notes. Very big hop notes(peach, tangerine, apricot)..

T: Like most IPA's the taste follows the nose. Big hop flavor, upfront and unapologetic. A different style of hop blend produces a effervescent, yet earthy hop profile. Grapefruit, tangerine, and clementine round out the hop character. Malt is here for a balance and really is hidden. Dry aftertaste.

M: Medium body, high carbonation, and very bitter.

O: Very nice IPA for a hop head. Has a dynamic blend of hops that does produce a sort of floral overtone, but not enough to name the beer flower power. I'd say the best you'd get in terms of flower aroma would be a dried out rose or lilly, bought at say, michaels or ac moore. I enjoyed the effort from a brewery I'll probably be seeing more of soon.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, pretty thick one finger off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, lots of grapefruit off the bat, some pineapple, bready malts, biscuits, lots of tropical fruit, light pine, some floral, nicely balanced nose. Taste is nice, some caramel, quite sweet up front, nice pineapple and grapefruit hit, lots of fruit, bit of pine, light alcohol, balanced finish, little on the sweet side though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty solid body, but could use a bit more punch.

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Photo of Adamdc
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter. I think this is my first Ithaca beer.

A: slightly hazy orange pour with a white billowy head that hangs around for a few minutes then slowly recedes to a quarter inch ring leaving behind lots of lacing.

S: Very nice! Grapefruit, pine and resin propped up on a strong malty backbone. Nicely balanced.

T: Some grapefruit but slightly more pine and resin. A touch of bitterness in the front and then slightly more at the back. As it warms I'm picking up on the alcohol. Not bad.

M: I would call this medium-bodied for an IPA. Pretty smooth overall.

D: This is going down very smoothly. The slightly higher abv might deter someone from having several of these but this single is disappearing quickly.

This is a pretty solid IPA and I'm glad I've got 5 more to have but, with that said, there are many others out there that I'd reach for first. Very good but not great!

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Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 8/22/15. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

My notes aren't very legible, writing in a dark bar. Color is hazy gold with a good white head. Nose and flavor are tropical and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a two-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is mostly hops with some pine and floral scents. The taste was also almost all hops hitting hard with a very small amount of malt sweetness. Tastes like some of the piney cascade hops Ithaca Beer seems to love and some more citrusy/floral ones. The taste hits hard but leaves the palate fairly clean. The mouthfeel is a little slick with a decent amount of carbonation to make for a pretty crisp feeling. This beer is pretty drinkable for an IPA, a lot of flavor out of the hops without any overwhelming bitterness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a hazy golden color with a two finger white head. The head had a decent retention, fading over time to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of tropical fruits and citrus with a lighter bready aroma. As the name implies, mixed with these are aromas of a more floral nature with light hints of pine as well.

Taste – The flavor starts out more bready and sweet with some of the fruit flavors present up front. Right at the start there is some citrus hop flavor which complements the tropical fruit flavors well. As the taste advances the pine hop enter he taste profile bittering the beer a bit. As the flavor rolls forward a mellowing herbal hop comes to the tongue and with an increase in the citrus hop in the end leaves a lightly bittered yet rather smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body was rather creamy with a level of carbonation that was on the lower side. Overall it was very nice for the hop and sweet flavors and made for a easy drinking feel.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking and refreshing IPA even at 7.5 % abv. Slighly on the mild side in terms of hoppiness, but delicious none the less.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, vibrant. Rocky white head...

S: Sharp pine, cuts like a knife. Splash of citrus which seems to exist under a bitter pine barrage. Touch of alcohol is perceivable.

T: Sharp bitterness and overall pine impression translates from the nose. Getting that killer bitterness on the back end. Citrus is present but overshadowed. Pale malt rounds things out but is not the main attraction here. Overall taste and hints of booze screams DIPA.

M: MF is approaching DIPA territory....quite thick and resiny.

D: A 7% beer that drinks like its 9% must suffer in drinkability. This is more like a DIPA in most aspects, except on paper. A solid and enjoyable IPA regardless.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of slightly beige head. No carbonation bubbles. Decent head retention, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral and earthy hops. Caramel and bready malts. Some citrus fruits. A hint like DFH 12 Minute Ipa.

Taste: Sweet floral hops. Citrus fruits. Caramel and bready malts again. A big surgery taste. The more I drink it, the more it reminds me of DFH 120 Minute IPA, just not as boozy.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied. Low amount of carbonation. Ends with a super sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but eventually, the sweetness got to be a little to much here. This would be a one and done for me. Initially good, but 1/4 of the way through it, it took a turn for the worse.

EDIT: Just noticed this was 8%, so I can somewhat imagine why it was reminding me a little of DFH 120 Minute.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker

Pours a cloudy yellow with orange tinting. Nice rocky white head that was retained for a while. Smells like a pine forest with a couple fruit trees mixed in, good smell, you can tell it's going to be very bitter. It's very bitter. Almost too much of that piney-resin taste. I also picked up mandarin orange and some citric zest. There wasn't a lot of malt, almost none. Mouthfeel was very dry and sticky. Overall I enjoyed this beer but thought it could have had some better balance, but it delivers in the hops as an IPA should.

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Photo of Buddha22
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey in color with a solid two finger head that subsides but a decent head remains throughout the beverage leaving a trail of nice lace along the glass.

S: Not my favorite beer aroma, its decent though. The alcohol is very present in the nose, which I don't get in the taste. The maltiness of the beer is very present in the smell which I like.

T: At first I wasn't sure about this beer, but as I kept drinking it grew on me. The bitterness hits you, but its not to strong and then the aftertaste comes and it has a very nice fruitiness to it. Which I like more and more as I continue to sip. Then the bitterness comes back and its just enough bite to make me crave for more.

M: A nice smooth body to it and its a very well carbonated beer.

D: Nice and drinkable could swig a few of these before I feel em.

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Photo of erosier
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice copper color from the bottle with a nice off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It has a good IPA aroma - nice fresh hops and some citrisy undertones mixed in with a bit of malt. The taste is pretty good. Sweet roasted malts with a citris taste followed by alot of hops capped off by a citrisy aftertaste. It has a good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. It is fairly drinkable and a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.