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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,237
Hads: 4,965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 490
Gots: 960 | FT: 25
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

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 olmatty
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a tall soapy head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing. A slightly clouded orange amber beer.

Smell-Huge perfume of hops, citrus and pine. One of the best smelling IPAs.

Taste-Pine, citrus and spicy perfume hop flavors in equal proportion overlay a good malt background. While hop/alcohol/malt balance is reasonable the hops really steal the show here.

Mouthfeel-Moderately sticky mouthfeel from lots of hops. carbonation is on the lighter, smooth side.

Drinkability-So smooth and flavorful for a for a pretty high 7.5% ABV IPA. I could drink nothing but this beer if necessary. Very much a West Coast style IPA. Don't these guys know they're brewing in NY? An outstanding IPA. (711 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.

First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum! (829 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! BBD of July

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, citrussy & tropical fruits, plus a touch of apricot & biscuitty malt

T: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, some dry & biscuitty & honey malt notes up front, Dryness, honey, grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, some herbal bitterness as well. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple & a kiss of booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, great balance

Drinks too easy, great AIPA, reminds me a lot of Hop Slam (576 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I almost never found this beer, but it turns out my girlfriend is awesome. As we were driving out of Ithaca after a nice lunch, we passed by the brewery. She had had a brown ale from the brewery at lunch and enjoyed it, so she said, "Hey, we should stop." I was surprised, but of course immediately turned right and into the parking lot. We sat down and tasted a few samples and were very impressed. I never would have guessed it, but across the board Ithaca was fantastic, so we had to bring squeeze a variety 12-pack into the car. Very glad we did.

APPEARANCE: Poured a brilliant golden color from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Almost a full inch of light, fluffy head that remained seated on top of the glass for a good three to four minutes. Fairly solid lacing, but not as much as I would have expected given the impressive and long-lasting head.

SMELL: You can smell this beer from afar as soon as it is poured. Amazing and powerful floral scent - true to the name. This is going to be a sweet, hoppy bomb.

TASTE: Despite the sweet smell, a bitter undertone is noticeable with as soon as the Flower Power hit's the tongue. The nose does come through, however, and a wave of sweet crests mid-sip before receding to let the bitter flavor close the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and clean, yet still somehow a bit heavy. Lively bubbles also seemed to cleanse the tongue, but like apple juice, rather than quench my thirst, it left me wanting another sip.

OVERALL: This is a flat-out outstanding beer. However, being a bit on the rich side and at 7.5%, it may be tough to down more than two or three of these in a sitting. (1,625 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a substantial amount of frothy white head. leaves a decent amount of lacking in the glass

S: Strong citrusy smell reminiscent of grapefruit, strong hop presence

T: Very nice bitterness and citrus like taste that really wakes up the taste buds across the tongue. Citrus taste is not as strong as the smell would allude

M: Slight carbonation tingle, leaves a nice bitter note on the back of the tongue with the finish

D: Such a great tasting and smelling brew that it is a real chore to try not to guzzle down all of it in one go.

Overall, i absolutely loved this brew. I have had it before and was not as impressed but this time around it blew my socks off (719 characters)

Photo of warrenout330
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pour

A-pours a golden orange color... thick white head .... sticky blotting of lacing to the glass

S- hints of mango, grapefruit, sugar candy in the nose... pine sap and buttery malt in the back

T- I get a slurry of grapefruit and sappy pine... strong malt backing for strength...

M- lingering dryness... medium bodied... fizzy carbonation... buttery back drop for a smooth creamy some what finish to a dry lingering

O- a good offering from Ithaca... good balance with good flavor... one of the better ipa's but not very easy to come across (558 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazed deep golden with a towering white head that has great retention and good lacing down the glass. Not sure how this could look any better.

S - Great, unique combination of mangoes and tropical fruits, some floral notes, and a sweet honey-like caramel malt sweetness.

T - Starts out with big pine flavors, a solid caramel malt mid palate, finishes with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finish leaves some hop oils in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate, and not out of control.

D - Drinks almost like a DIPA, which I like. Big, bold, balanced flavors without an insane bitterness make this a great IPA. One of my new favorites. (667 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow. Thick white head gives way to delicate lacing.

S - Hops. Grapefruit.

T - All hops in the mouth. Centennial and Citra. Lots of grapefruit. Pale malt to help to create what is a surprising level of balance, given the bold hops presence in this beer. Not tropical but certainly bright and very botanical; very refreshing. Bitter and peppery in its finish.

M - Medium lush.

O - Wow. One of the great IPAs out there. (442 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 5/24/10*

Bottled on date: 5/11/10

Pours a hazy copper color, with a good 2 fingers of thick head and tons of lacing - great looking IPA. Huge hop aromas coming out of my pint glass, lots of fruits (apricot, grapefruit, mango) as well as some nice floral and pine scents. Taste is so fresh (it is only 2 weeks old), amazing citrus flavors as well as some earthiness, and just enough of a malt balance in the middle. Flower Power has a nice, crisp bitter (piney) finish that makes you keep coming back for more. I never miss an opportunity to pick up some flower power, especially when really fresh! (621 characters)

Photo of Rocky9
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best-smelling beer I've ever had, and one of my favorite IPAs as well.

Looks great, smells unbelievably great - I'll admit, I'm a sucker for any "floral"-type IPA. Something about it just makes the beer taste better. Especially when you don't actually taste the flowery part in the beer itself. I don't know how they do it - it's a mystery!

One of my "top 3" beers. I'd drink this anytime, anywhere. (405 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a cloudy, orange hue with an off white creamy head of about a finger and a half. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

Aromas of big grapefruit, citrus, resiny hops. Malt sweetness hides in there, but you can find it if you look.

First sip is of a bracing, citrusy bitterness. Big grapefruit flavor. A hint of malt sweetness, but this is all about the hops. Long bitter grapefruit finish. Any carbonic bite is hidden by the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a big resinousy coating of alpha acids. Slight pucker at the cheeks, not quite astringent. Very dry.

Very drinkable. Nice representation of the style. Although the flavors are big and aggressive, they do not cause palate fatigue. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Too bad I only bought one. (815 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

Bought straight from the brewery about a week ago so super fresh.

A- Pours a nice traditional IPA color. Golden honey orange with a white 1 finger head that sticks around till you start drinking. No lacing or retention.

S- Strong earthy grass hops with touches of grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit like notes. Slight resin or cat piss like aroma in there. Just a general hop bomb!

T- Brutal bitter hops that immediately dry out the mouth. Tons of flavors coming off them like fresh cut grass, pine, and citrus. On top of the crushing complex hop profile as it warms the more bread like malts come through with touches of sweet caramel.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter finish and mouth feel. Leave your tongue behind for this one.

Overall I have to say for a regular IPA this has quickly become my favorite. It's simple and straight forward but yet pretty complex at the same time.

SkÅL! (967 characters)

Photo of wamu2000
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stab at an Ithaca offering. Very Impressed. Being a Hop-Head this first taste was right up my ally. Hops flows through the nose at first, great but not overwhelming bite.

Smooth finish with a pleasing aftertaste. Similar in sweetness to Green Monsta, a bit more floral, hence the name i suppose.

Always a fan of high abv completely unnoticed, you get it here. High velocity hop aroma and flavor, instantly made my top 5 APA list. (437 characters)

Photo of GrahamWalters
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz tulip

This beer pours beautifully and forms a sizeable head, perfectly filling my tulip with a bit over two fingers of pure white head. The beer is straw colored with just a touch of haze.

The aroma bursts with citrus and grapefruit with a touch of sweetness, blood orange? I love the scent on this beer, when fresh, since it really pops and blasts you with hops.

The flavor continues with the strong grapefruit flavor with bitterness scraping along the back of your throat. I would say the malt is pretty delicate in this one, but supports the hops perfectly.

Overall this is almost a perfect example of an IPA. Ithaca really brings it with this one, it lives up to the billing. (689 characters)

Photo of Burt
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Amber with some haziness, white head that left thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S. Another hop bomb, fresh cut grass big time in this one with a little malt.

T. Hops up front is almost floral that gets malty in the middle and finishes with a nice hop bite.

M. Little carbonation, that kind of finishes astringent.

D. Hop heads dream beer. I have had this out of the bottle and it was not as good. This is one of those "fresher the better beers" (502 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slumin' it tonight! Date last night, date tomorrow, today is frozen pizza and a foreign IPA. Foreign to me at least.

An opaque orange with a vibrant white head. Smell rolls off with a clean resinous grapefruit, hints of malt and grain, and maybe some wheat.

Very little bitterness comes out, this is a clean and fruity IPA, not a bitter slap in the face. Mouthfeel is spot on, it cleans the palate as it leaves, just a damn fine beer.

I hate to do this, but it is just so apropos- this is Pliny light. Yeah, I said it. It taste good, I would buy a lot if I lived in NY. (575 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's and easily one of my top 5 all time. Paid a visit to Ithaca Beer Company today and picked up a growler.

A - Pours a nice dark golden yellow maybe a slight orange tint to it. Great head on this beer no matter if you enjoy it fresh or from a bottle.

S - Maybe the best part of this beer. Fruity, Piney, Floral it's all in there. I could snort this stuff all day long.

T - Equally as good as the scent. An excellent IPA produced in BFE Upstate New York. This ranks right up there as one of the better IPAs being brewed.

M - Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I've enjoy it time after time.

O - This is simply a great beer. Maybe my favorite on the East Coast. Will be going back to the brewery to pick up a keg of this in the near future. (779 characters)

Photo of Jojosaute
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- apricot honey light orange
S- tree blossom of peach and orange.
T- extremely floral. Light hops. Interested to find out what hops this is.
M- smooth. Great easy drinking.
O- this is phenomenal. Love this beer. Makes you happy on a summer day (250 characters)

Photo of sybilyang
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this is phenomenal. Off the tap all you get is a slap in the face of grapefruit and floral notes. I got the unfiltered Flower Power on tap, but it was still crystal clear, and crisp amber in tone.

This is such a drinkable IPA. It's hoppy like it should be, but it's a crisp bitter hop that still retains the floral, grapefruit notes that you get from the nose. Over all, great drinking with fried foods. (417 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes you have an IPA that reminds you how wonderful hops are, and how a lot of IPAs have hop bitterness, but sacrifice hop flavors. Ithaca's Flower Power IPA captures the essence of hops.

It pours a very nice, hazed, orange-copper color, and is topped by a thick, creamy, off-white head that fades, leaving the side of the glass coated with lace. The aroma is intensely hoppy. There are floral and citric notes, as well as a pungent, resiny bite. This really smells like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Swirling the beer brings out the malts, which are predominantly bready and biscuity.

There's a mild malty sweetness upfront that's bready and sugary. The hops begin to assert themselves in the center, first with favors of citrus and grass, and then a strong resiny bitterness appears in the finish. The hops oils are evident on the palate, but are balanced by the crisp carbonation.

Overall I thought that this was a fantastic IPA. It really showcased both the hops bitterness and flavors. (1,005 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not many superlatives left to describe this beer. Artfully crafted with a wonderful hop-foward profile but with a malt presence to keep it drinkable one after another. A nearly perfect beer for any hophead.

Perfect color & smell that begs to be drunk. Floral & citrus hops dance on the tongue in harmony. Finishes with a nice hop snap that lingers for a good minute.

My favorite east coast IPA (save for Heady Topper which I rarely can get). (443 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Suspect pours a hazed gold color with a stcky-icky white head. Man...awesome retention and lacing. Nice.

Nose is tropical hops galore with a light, soft malt backdrop. East Coast IPA this is not. Just from the smell I can say this will hang with the best danky IPAs from Cali.

Yup....this is a delicious IPA. 7.5%? Really?? It is so smooth, I am loving this beer. I am glad Tom sent me 4 of them, although I am seriously jelous this beer would be available at the store always! I love the tropical/citric hoppy flavors and the bitterness is low. Biscuity malts play nice and everything seems to work in perfect harmony. I heart this beer. (665 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to mjtiernan for sending this as an extra. pours a light orangeish yellow color. has a full finger head with big clumps of lacing. big citrus smell with a ton of floral in there. taste is everything you would expect, big grapefruit taste, perfectly balanced. mouthfeel is a surprise to me. i thought something so hoppy smelling would be dry and bitter. this one however is crisp and smooth with a full body that doesn't dry out your mouth. and just a slight bitter to it that doesn't last long. this has got to be one of, if not the best, ipa's i've ever had. gonna have to trade for more of this! (608 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange gold with a good thick and foamy cream colored head. good lacing

S-citrusy and spicy hops. strong aroma, smells good

T-comes in with a fairly bitter and citrusy and herbal taste of hops. the bitterness is the most prominent aspect and seems to get strong and then last throughout the after-taste along with a good herbal flavor. the after-taste is a really good and fairly complex flavor.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-this is a fairly complex IPA. I'm impressed with how good it is with out too much of a hops flavor to it. it is extremely drinkable. it really rides the border of standard IPA and double IPA. I really want to try this fresh on tap, i think it might make the score even higher. i really wish i had found more bottles of this. (789 characters)

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed wineglass from the 12 oz. bottle, best before December 13.

a: Light golden, 1 finger head with lots of lacing.

s: Floral(shocking right?) with citrus and nice moderate bitterness.

t: Up front hoppy, but not too bitter, almost sweet from citrus hops but not overly so.

m: Nice carbonation moderate mouth feel nice crisp and drinkable.

o: Awesome beer, Nicely balanced get it fresh when you can. (422 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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