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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,628 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,628
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 454
Gots: 701 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle

Appearance: Looks unfiltered, light amber with a 1 finger white head that eventually goes away and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Peach, mango, orange and slight grapefruit.

Taste: Definitely a great beer. Mango, orange and grapefruit combine with the backbone of a bready malt that lingers into the finish. This is most certainly sessionable as hell.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too crazy here in the carbonation department, but it's not bad.

Overall: A good IPA that is great for sessioning. Wish I'd have discovered this one sooner. Finally got to try it after numerous recommendations and it doesn't dissapoint.

*Update: On draft, this is tough to beat and better, as expected.

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave a thin blanket and nice halo.

S - Nice aromas of soft floral hops and light grapefruit notes as well as some tropical as well.

T - Nice lightly bitter hops with good grapefruit notes. There are some faint light sweet malts and some slight alcohol. Quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is enjoyable as well. Nice bitter finish. Very good carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall this was a very tasty IPA. Glad to try a fresh bottle of this. Very enjoyable.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour from growler into .5L glass yields a 3F white head over a slightly cloudy golden to amber body. Tons of lacing.

Great sweet aromas - mostly grapefruit, followed by pine and grass. Nice caramel malt sweetness.

Delicious IPA - very well balanced. The hops are pretty juicy, the caramel malty sweetness is rich. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, but the hops keep the finish fairly sharp without being overly bitter. Decent carbonation, considering it sat in a growler for a day.

Drinkabilty is high on this one.

Photo of TallSaint
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

March 27th, 2013

Bottle says BB May, 2013 - ~1 month old.

The nose is dominated by grapefruit, mango, and citrus with a touch of piney hops and a slight sweetness from the malt body. Great nose.

It's extremely hoppy upfront, it mirrors the nose - citrus, grapefruit and mango are punchy and powerful. In the mid-palate the piney and resinous hops comes through and it finishes bitter with slight hoppy resins. Throughout the hops are underpinned by a bisquity malt body that sufficiently balances the hops while still placing them on center-stage.

Medium mouthfeel - simple, perfect for an IPA.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA that is so easy to drink. It's refreshing and awesome when fresh. This is my go to beer when I can get it fresh.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Half Time Beverages in NY.

Best by December is notched.

It pours a golden colour, 2 finger head of foam, with good lacing. And the foam remains...deep into the session.

It has a mostly bitter smell to it, grapefruit mostly and sincerely, slight note of pine, no malt that I can detect.

The taste has the grapefruit, light on some pine, some caramel malt sweetness in the background that gives it *some* balance. A little bit of bread when I swish the beer in my mouth. An *excellent* East coast IPA that does as well in the bottle as it did from the Growler sample I got in a past trade. Super drinkable beer and I'd recommend to grab some if you see some!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle as a gift from afdempse. Purchased from the brewery. Thanks Adam!

A: Clear and effervescent, the beer is a yellow / orange color. There is a massive head that leaves ample lacing all over the glass.

S: Hops, grapefruit, citrus - typical of the style. The aroma is fresh and inviting, though not as aromatic or "big" as I would like.

T: Really nice flavors here. A burst of fresh hops with just the right amount of malt to support the bouquet of citrus and grapefruit tang. There is a healthy amount of bitterness in every sip. Overall, very good.

M: Medium bodied, nice feel. Alcohol presence shows up in the finish.

D: I've wanted to try this beer for a while now, and I am so glad I finally had the opportunity. This is a very tasty beverage. I would definitely have it again.

Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Clear medium-amber body with a 1/2", creamy off-white head. Pretty solid retention and lots of lace. Nice.

S: Clean hop-centric nose - highly floral, but well mixed with citrus and pine as well. No discernible malt aroma, which is fine by me.

T: A beginning-to-end ballet of big, juicy hops. Far more citric than the nose, with a big pine bite on the beautifully bitter finish. No real malt flavor, but there is just a hint of generic sweetness that keeps just a bit of balance. Simply a terrific IPA.

M: Medium body with generous carbonation that starts sharp and turns smooth.

D: I could drink this one all night, but at 7.5%, I probably shouldn't.

Notes: This is probably my vote for most underrated IPA on BA. It hits that sweet spot between single and double IPA (not unlike Ruination) where huge hops coexist with a manageable ABV. Delicious.

Cheers!

Photo of Centennial
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle, bottle 10-17-11, poured into pint glass

A. Crystal clear golden orange with 2 finger head

S. Fresh floral hops, pine, mild malt sweetness

T. Piney bittering hops, nice floral spicyness, mild citrus / blood orange flavor.

M. Clean, crisp, munchy, resiny hops coat the mouth and linger in a pleasant way

O. Excellent Ipa, this is always kept fresh as a staple in my fridge. I have had many batches and will tell you that it will vary from batch to batch from more floral and sweet, to piny and bitter. However, it never disappoints.

Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a slightly hazed yellow, good thick one finger head that lasts a while, medium lacing.
S - Great aroma, big floral hops, dandelion flowers, a mix of different citrus zest, a little honey maltiness.
T - Great citrus fruit flavor and some dry hop characteristics, very vibrant grassy fresh flavors, some light honey and sweet malt and a pinch of yeast.
M - Dry finish with some sticky sweet honey fruit hop dankness that lingers.
O - This is a great IPA, one that could compete with some big guns, but is available year round. Excellent choice for any IPA lover.

Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber that has a nice fluffy 2-finger head that has very good retention. After the head fell it left nice lacing. Also there were a lot of carbonation bubbles on the glass for the first few minutes. Smells very floral. Citrus and fruit notes such as apricot and pineapple are present. The taste is very good. The hops are definitely the star of the show, but they are not too strong. You can also taste apricot, pineapple, and citrus. Maybe a little hint of orange. The mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation with a body that is on the lighter side of medium. It also goes down pretty smooth. Drinkability is very good. I could drink many of these fine brews. Cant wait to try more beers from this company. Cheers.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a nice 1 finger white head. Smells of mango, pineapple, resinous and some other fruits. Tastes sweet at first, a bit prickly citrus, bitter medium dry finish with some lingering bitterness on the roof of my mouth. Most ipa finish bitter on my tongue but not this one. Quite drinkable for the medium high abv. The smell is the best part for me. I'd pick this up again. $2.00 a single at BoTW Rochester ny.

Photo of MikefromNYC
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CruisaC
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati

poured from a bottle into my DFH glass

Pours a nice golden color with a creamy white 1 inch head

Smell--like you've been hit in the face with a grapefruit. I really can't get much past that, it's very refreshing.

Taste--ok...imagine you take a grapefruit, preferably the one you just smelled, and scoop out all of the fruit. Then you take the remaining liquid and slurp it up. It's that impressive and predominant.

M/D--I am not the world's biggest IPA fan; I'm slowly treading into that spectrum of the beer world, but if all good IPAs taste this good, I'll be picking up some more. I've got a Green Flash West Coast IPA that's up next.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

Photo of Blanco
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Shapantleg
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NODAK
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a citrusy hop aroma here...strong on the grapefruit notes with a hint of tropical.

A strong hit of grapefruit bitterness hits right away along with a hint of pineapple...it definitely sets the tone for the beer. Not much maltiness to this beer at all, other than a bit of breadiness that shows up in the middle...but the biscuit that's found in many other beers of this style isn't found here as best I can tell. Finishes out with a strong, cutting bitterness that ends the beer on a strong, hoppy note. Did I mention this a rather hoppy IPA?

If you're in the mood for a hoppy, citrusy IPA...this is a winner for you! I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of Sgames83
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from mikey711. Cheers!

Bottled March 5. Sampled March 20.

A- Pours a hazy amber yellow color with a thick white foam head that leaves some rings of lace.

S- Pungent citrus hop aromas with tons of tropical and pine scents leading the way. Maybe a touch of honey sweetness in the back.

T- Huge blast of hoppy bitterness initially with a fair dose of alcohol. The hop flavor is quite present with some grapefruit and orange peel coming through nicely. The tiniest bit of malt sweetness helps to balance the finish.

M- A touch thin with nice carbonation. The alcohol is apparent but it works within the context of the flavor.

D- Overall a really nice IPA with loads of hop flavor. A must have if you can find a fresh 6pack.

Photo of UA8
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby/ amber color wiht a light off white head.

S- Nose is abundant with citrus notes taking on the most prominenet role, with a background hint of malt sweetness.

T- Leads with semi-sweet malt notes and fresh tangerine notes. mid palate transitions smoothly to more malt balance, Finish is of piney/ herbal hops.

M- Nice carbonation level with medium fullness could be a touch heavier.

D- This is a really solid IPA deffinitely something I could drink regularly. It has enough hops for the hop heads and enough balance for a guy like me.

Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled (best by August) poured into a tulip - thanks davey!

Gorgeous glowing orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is aromatic hops, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits. So far this reminds me a lot of Two Hearted.

Taste is a bitter, aromatic up-front assault, followed closely by a pleasant malty sweetness. Quite a strong alcohol taste, too, which works here. Mouthfeel is great.

This beer has a great balance and a distinct, unapologetic hop bite. If I didn't know this had just been shipped to me from the Northeast, I'd think I was drinking a San Diego IPA.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours red with a finger's worth of white head that recedes into a bubble film

S: Plenty of floral hops, with a slight layer of citrus and piny hops in the background. A touch of caramel malts, though it's faint.

T: The first taste is of the array of floral hops, followed by a slight toffee malt, finished with grassy/citrusy hops.

M: This one is surprisingly thick, resiny, sticky, but drinks well.

O: I love the aroma, but the taste is a slight step behind. Still, a great DIPA. However, it doesn't change my top 5 DIPA list.

Photo of Beerboystrange
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mrtoyotaman
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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