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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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95
world-class

4,525 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,525
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 448
Gots: 620 | FT: 24
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Extremely thick, almost opaque light orange brew; almost looks pulpy. Thin head (<1 finger) of white foam with short retention and little lacing.

S - Floral, tropical fruit, and citrus notes. Some breaded malt sneaks in, as well. A light, sweet smelling beer.

T - Similar to the nose: a lovely mix of hops. The citrus is more subdued than perhaps any IPA I've ever had, but that doesn't make it less hoppy. The malts thankfully take a back seat, but it's a well-balanced IPA.

M - Sweetness all around, hop oils lingering, medium body. Slightly dry, but that just leaves you asking for more.

O - This is an excellent change of pace IPA. It reminds me of Jai Alai, in a way. I could definitely drink this every day.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a nice bright orange color, quite hazy, and sports two fingers of fluffy white head that lasts quite a while. The nose is very fruity with citrus notes of fresh lemon, grapefruit, and sweet pineapple.

Medium-light body with a reasonably firm feel and a very pleasant, bitter flavor. The beer is slightly wheaty up front with a soda cracker-like graininess. The hops all complement this feel and flavor very well, bringing lemon, grapefruit, orange, and white pepper. The finish is dry and bitter with lingering citrus fruit flavors.

So happy this stuff finally came across my path. I was at one of my beer haunts in Ohio, and there it was. I can see why this is a classic American IPA. Lots of sharp, fresh, citrusy American hop flavor, but maintains its drinkability. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of themind
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong hop smack aroma with a generous head. This beer is really enjoyable. This is my first brew from Ithaca and I am impressed. Flower Power is a high quality IPA that stands upright in the crowded field of legendary IPA's. The only drawback for me is the bitterness which is slightly high for my liking.

Bottom Line: Great IPA worth the money. Would purchase again.

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: Unknown, served extremely cold, on tap at E's (UWS). Drank 11.29.14. Poured into a 16oz shaker.

A: Crystal clear golden coloring, zero head upon receiving glass (was unable to see the bartender make the pour). Faint super sticky lacing, zero carbonation present. I suspect that the appearance of this beer was a result of the extremely cold pour, so consider this a placeholder until I re-review.

S: After letting it warm up... hop forward, sweet, dank pine aromas. Grapefruit, apricot, lemon... well balanced and pleasant... easy and laid back. Aroma seemed to linger for quite some time.

T: Sweet hops with a bitter backing. Pine, FLORAL, mango, pineapple... plenty of malt sweetness. Very well put together.

M: Medium body, next to zero carbonation (could be from the temp/keg), very little lingering bitterness... but a noticeable lingering sweet stickiness.

O: It seems that there is a never ending supply of IPAs out there, and that finding quality iterations is becoming easier and easier, but Flower Power is a standout. A beer I would definitely purchase again, and which might well become my go to IPA while living in NYC.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger, foamy, bubbly, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some patches of lacing. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles.

S – A nice hop bouquet with orange, grapefruit, apricot, mango, and pine aromas. There’s a solid backbone of bready, caramel malt and almost a hint of mint here, too. Smells really nice.

T – It starts off with a combination of sweet caramel and bready malt and bittersweet fruity hops with orange, mango, and apricot flavors. As the taste progresses, the bitterness builds a bit more and more grapefruit and pine notes creep in. This is so tasty.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and slightly chewy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Grapefruit hoppiness lingers for the longest.

O – This is a great IPA. It’s lighter in mouthfeel than most but that adds to the awesome drinkability. It smells and tastes great as well, with a slightly different hop profile than a lot of grapefruit and tropical fruit-blasted IPAs these days. I would definitely try to get my hands on this one if you haven’t had it. Thanks, Frank!

Photo of hardy008
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light hazy amber with a one finger foamy white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, apricots, and mango.

The taste has a very nice combination of bitterness and sweetness. There is grapefruit, mango, pine, pineapple, apricot, and mango. also tastes like there is some pale malt.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Has a bit of a bittersweet aftertaste. This is nicely made, and highly recommended.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled served in weizen glass

Pale amber, a touch hazy with 2 finger frothy white head with good retention and good sticky lacing about the whole glass. Aroma is honeysuckle, very floral, honey, grass, biscuit. Taste follows the nose, pretty sweet malt forward ipa with great floral and citrus notes. Light body, moderate carbonation. A fantastic spring ipa, I would seek this out.

Photo of Guess2814
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a good beer.. BUT for this beer to be rated over the Maine MO surprises me... Each time I've had this beer it always had a great smell and a good hoppy punch to it.. Good beer.. Groovy label! Taste better on tap then bottle but that's not saying much.. Good overall beer..

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Supernova777 aka Josh for the chance to try this one.

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows good retention and caps the beer. Nice sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons and tons of fresh tropical hops aroma. A ton of pineapple and mango really at first. Some light grapefruit in the ending. There is a light malty caramel backbone that lingers lightly through the entire beer but the hops take first place here.

T- Tons of tropical hops burst on the palate from the get go. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit at first. Light caramel notes from the malt in the middle come through for a second before a floral hop note comes to play. Light lingering bitterness with a light alcohol taste in the final second of the beer. Just a hop forward bursting IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of hops left on and destroy the palate. Aftertaste is bitter hops and light alcohol. Flavor is hop forward and the balance leans more to a hoppy side than anything else. Alcohol has light to medium drying on the palate. Clean and crisp tasting...this bottle has to be fresh.

D- This beer is highly drinkable if you are a hop head. Being a hop head I was glad for this. After two beers though sadly your palate is wrecked for the rest of the night. The ABV is also well hidden and sneaks up on you. What a fantastic beer!!!

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with about a half inch of bright white head which recedes to a thin lace very quickly. Big sweet hop nose of citrus, pineapple, and and sweet bready malts.

Wow, I didnt identify any flavors on that first sip run, but it was damn good and big.

Big and juicy with all the right flavors. Sweet bready and toffee malts up front with a big juicy pineapple, citrus, and grapefruit body. Finishes with a masterfully balancing hop act. It's honestly like biting into a piece of fruit with a big hop floral hop bouquet of a finish.

Although I only have the one bottle for sampling purposes I can't see me having too many of these in one night. The hop bitterness builds like other IPA's i've had but not nearly as bad as most. The finish is mostly clean beside this fact.

Overall this IPA surprised me. We carry it at work and I always thought the artwork was stupid and the price for a 6 pack outrageous but it is quite a good IPA.

Photo of bonbini26
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan.

Pours a glowing beautiful orange/amber color with a sweet creamy white head about 2-3 fingers. Sticky lacing follows all the way down on this one, good stuff. The smell is a little more on the malt side than the herbal citrus, hops, i was expecting but those come through also. Some earthy wood notes also, but really a complex nose on this one if an IPA. The flavor is full of malts and hops, really well balanced and flavorfull. The finish is great and has that wonderful bitterness that all IPA's should finish with. Full mouthful for an IPA, at 8% i was wondering why it wasn't listed as a DIPA, but this is really a full flavored IPA. And for the 8% content you couldn't really detect and was very easy drinking.

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy rich gold color with intimidating lacing and a strong, consistent film atop. The pint glass is well-coated. I can feel the power already.

Flowery and citrus aromas with a spicy kick to it.

This brew gives you plenty and everything blends together so nicely. Grapefruit and piney hop notes. A sweet candy-like finish. Real hoppy profile.

A well developed feel, with a medium carbonation; I think the perfect range for an IPA. It carries weight but somehow has a light feel to it.

This is just a solid IPA that I would enjoy again for sure. I now have gotten down with the growler Flower Power to the bottle and yeah they were both fantastic. I like what Ithaca did here with a complex IPA offering.

Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold with a thick, soapy head. Deep melon, perfume-like floral, citrus, peach, various over-ripe fruits, and pine atop a hint of toasted caramel. Solid wallop of hops on the tongue...heavy, spicy, pulpy orange and grapefruit, dried apricot sweetness, and green pine resin bitterness swallows up the bready malt. Medium, solid body with a good amount of snappiness that makes me go in for another sip and then chew on it for a bit. Very nice East Coast IPA.

Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy an orange with a white head.

Smells hoppy and, as the name implies, floral. The hop aroma is great and almost perfect.

Taste is crisp and dry, with hoppiness forward. Citrus and strongly floral. No maltiness whatsoever and bitterness is muted. Almost tastes like an imperial IPA.

Light-bodied and silky.

Very drinkable and very delicious. Tremendous job on this IPA.

Photo of fragilemacabre
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I'm not about to kick this beer out of bed, but after the gorgeous hoppy, citrus-infused, tangy scent I was a bit let down at tasting it. It has some excellent hops bitterness that I look for in IPAs, but I expected something awe-inspiring after the hype I heard and the goodness I smelled. Alas. I still have a tasty, pretty (almost an umber color, great fluffy head that settles into fine lacing), easy to quaff IPA. Maybe it's just this batch? I'd kill to find this on tap somewhere to see if that changes the character enough. For all my criticisms, I'd still be happy to have this again and again... especially if the elusive flavors promised by the scent come through in the taste.

Photo of KELPAK
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a thick two finger head.

Great floral smell that invites you in to taste a beer with some serious hops. outstanding initial taste that finishes nice and smooth. relatively hard to get ahold of however so if you have the chance to try this i recommend that you do not pass it up.

Photo of gcamparone
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- slightly hazy golden orange , frothy white head with high retention. Nice lacing

S- wow. Pine, citrus, yeast delicious hops. This smells absolutely amazing. First 5 ive ever given for smell.

T- damnit. One sip in and I spill it all over the table. I liked what I tasted. Follows the nose, not too bitter aftertaste. I'll revise this when I try it again.

TASTE REVISION- Very floral, somewhat piney, ends with a caramel/slightly wheaty finish.

M- medium body and carbonation

Delicious and balanced, and highly aromatic. Super crisp and refreshing. Worth a try.

Photo of jimbus
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Peachy orange with a one finger head; light lacing

S- Bright, mango/apricot/grapefruit aromas - not really any pine or grassiness.

T- Mellow, citrus flavor balanced by cascade hops which provide sufficient bittering.

M- Light mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Not quite as dry and sticky with hops as I sometime like, but very refreshing. A summertime IPA if such a thing exists, which it now does because I just invented it. Boom.

D- Very drinkable and low enough ABV that this would make a decent session IPA

This is the first Ithaca offering that I have tried and I am impressed!

Photo of NiceTaps
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- cloudy light golden-orange hue. The honey in this beer shows in the color, no 'IPA amber' color in this one. A fluffy one-finger head that really lasts, lots of sticky lacing.

S-grapefruit all the way. Flowery as well?

T-tart citrus punch from that grapefruit balanced with some malt and honey sweetness.

M-Very full body from good carbonation, a healthy 7.5% abv, and those balanced flavors.
The hops, citrus, and alcohol electrify the tongue.

O-I drove through three towns to taste this after a conversation with a bartender who tipped me off about the availability. Well worth the trip. And just in time - 3 pints and I kicked the keg. I did not drive home, by the way. A must have if you like this style.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,525 ratings.