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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,069
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 23
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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 Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much better when fresh, thats a no-brainer. had a somewhat old 6 pack of this and thought it was good but not great. then i went to a local pub and they had it on draft. got 3 pints of it! was really damn good

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get this as an extra!

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, and it comes out a beautiful golden color with a hint of haze. You can smell the floral hops as it pours and the citrus when you get it to your nose. The hops hit you right away with a malty backend that is fantastic. Definitely its my first but certainly one of my favorite IPAs. It has the grapefruit bite, and a great sweetness to counter that slightly. Not overly carbonated, in fact there was almost no head and no lacing down the glass. This is a great IPA, great flavor, and absolutely one I want to get again.


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Photo of Mistofminn
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a surprise box from Chcfan! Thanks a bunch Chris! This has been a long time want for me (despite not being on my wants list) so thanks for your psychic powers.

Pours a hazy golden color with an amber tint. Huge head (it's still growing as I type this...) with great retention and leaves tons of lacing. This brew is glowing, I love the color so much, this is what I think all IPA's should look like. Beautiful.

There is no doubt why this is called flower power, with a big floral aroma on the nose. Nice bitter hop presence, very appealing to me. So far this is turning out to be everything I had hoped for.

The taste is great too, with a big bitter floral hop character up front, that gives way to a sweet and very fruity hop character in the finish. Fantastic. There is a very distint point in each drink when the taste turns from bitter to fruity, and it's surprising each and every time.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, very smooth and creamy. Huge lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, what a great session IPA.

This is a great IPA, possibly one of my top 5 that I have ever tried. Absolutely fantastic. Completely undeserving of the B+ average it gets here, which is complete blasphemy if you ask me. Although I hate with a burning passion the state in which this was brewed in (only because of the Yankee's) this is one thing that I adore the state for producing.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange amber with full finger off white head

Aromas reek of delicious hoppiness. Lemon orange citrus hoppy with some pine. Has some sweet too.

Starts with hop spiciness. Citrus pine bitter. Sweet oranges. HUGE excellent bitter finish. Get a sense of sweet malt but always has big hop backbone.

Smooth mouth medium light body.

Overall excellent hoppy American IPA

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Photo of stuartn
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pale yellow not too heady pour. aptly named, as the floral aroma is astounding! thick, nectarlike but clears easily. hop bitterness is crisp at the end, doesn't linger too long. by far the most fragrant of IPA's, and not your typical litchi fruit nose...loved it!

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Photo of JG-90
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass yields a medium sized bubbly head that is slighty off-white in color. Beer is a dull cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. Head recedes to leave a thin film on top. Moderate lacing.

Great smell - grapefruit, orange, and floral are most noticable. Pinneapple and pine also present with a bit of bread. Taste is incredible as well, starts with orange and floral, then comes grapefruit bitterness, finishing with pine and bread. Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium/heavy body, moderate/high and slightly biting carbonation.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange body with a solid finger of white head.

Nose is tops. This may be the best smelling IPA ever, including Heady Topper. Sweet mango and lemon. Wow!

Flavor is tart, crisp and just a bit sweet. Certainly not a big giant malt bomb like DFH 90, but I would say that this is more balanced than a lot of recent IPAs I've tried. Huge, juicy hops are everywhere. Tropical fruits and sharp citrus. Moderate apparent bitterness married with huge aroma. Really nice!

Mouthfeel is slick and stripping. Citrus burn.

Overall is excellent. I like this more than Pliny, but maybe a little less than Heady Topper. If the numbers don't reflect that, oh well...reviewing is inherently subjective.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dull golden yellow yielding a foamy, relativey lasting 2 finger head; patchy lacing.

yowzah, the nose is exceptional. big fragrant bouquet of citrus, a touch of pine, and some caramel maltiness. delicious aroma, just what i look for in my IPAs. and taste isn't far behind, delivering fresh citrus, apricot, some floral characters and a malty backbone. bitter hoppiness in the finish. outstanding IPA. really enjoyable.

medium bodied, medium-low carbed mouthfeel; i already see this earning a spot in my regular rotation.

originally reviewed: 01-05-2011

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy, pale straw yellow in appearance with a bubbly, one-finger head of bright white froth. A thin sheet of lacing coated the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was fantastically fruity and fragrant. Peaches, apricots and nectarines leapt from the glass. Lots of tropical fruit notes as well. Mango and pineapple were quite noticeable. Overall, sweet, yet not overly so. A touch of citrus was also detectable.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was super hoppy and balanced. Fortunately, the sweetness seemed to come from the fuitiness of the hops, rather than from an overload of caramel malts. Peaches and nectarines came through strong, along with some tropical fruits. Grapefruit pith appeared in the off-dry finish. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this drank like a charm.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. A bit thinner than anticipated. Smooth and creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Ithaca's Flower Power IPA. If you like your IPAs well balanced, yet not overly malty, and loaded with tons of peach and nectarine flavor, then look no further. Flower Power is the real deal.

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Photo of Deuane
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the tasting room of the brewery and then later from a freshly filled growler. Dark amber with a nice head of light tan foam. Very attractive lacing on glass. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, with apricot and gapefruit tones. Good body with plenty of maltiness and a fantastic flowery/fruity taste that makes you want more. Taste is hoppy up front for sure but not so much that it is undesired. This is a very nicely balanced hop attack. Plenty of citrus fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, just what you would want to let the hops shine through. For a hop-head like myself this beer has a drinkability that is very good.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous thanks go out to the incredible trader, bjspicer (Brian), for this killer extra in our recent trade! Knocked it off my wants.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an uber-cloudy dark honey-gold, with a finger-width bone white head on top. Great retention; pretty globs of lace on the side. The nose on this beer is rivaled, in my experience, only by the brothers Pliny. Huge waves of citrus tones, pine, honey, light booze. My nose can hardly even take this massive amount of olfactory goodness. Perfect. I would douse myself with this scent were it a cologne.

The mouth is thick, bordering on heavy for the style. Not filling though. Still, the drinkability is not bad as it is so freaking good. As another reviewer notes, the hops are in full flavor here, and not just manifesting bitterness, though it is bitter. Lots of fruit noted like grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and finishes sweet with notes of honey and apple. Excellent aftertaste, as the bitterness isn't tiring or scalding. This is a spectacular IPA. I would love some more of this. I think this is the standard for accessible, non-Imperialized IPAs. Highly recommend.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with a white foamy head with some nice soap like lacing. Slight bubbles.

Wow! Sweet peach, floral and grapefruit. That's it and that's all it needs for aroma.

Big time grapefruit, sweet malt, bread, caramel, than slight bitterness comes in. Very tasty.

Light body, smooth, barely noticeable carbonation.

This is a great IPA! Very close to a Imperial but stays just under that classification. This is should be on the list for top IPA's.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-gold color. Has a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a strong citrus and floral hops aroma with a touch of sweet maltiness. This might be the best smelling IPA I've come across.

Taste: Starts off assertively bitter with citrusy and grassy hops. Finishes with a grapefruit/lemon flavor and a bit of sweet malt and grain. Leaves a nice citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body with a bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A truly superior IPA and perhaps my new favorite. It is full of expressive hop flavors and is still quite drinkable despite an assertive bitterness. Certainly not a beginner's brew, but something that I think would appeal to all true beer lovers.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. A few particles are floating around in my pint glass. A finger of white head with sticky lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: This is where this beer kills. The nose is dominated by intense grapefruit. Just a slight hint of mango. Earthy hop cones. Just a little bit of delicious piney resin.

T: Big citrus right up front. Grapefruit. Citrus. Just fresh hops right in your face. Regular Flower Power is great this just bumps up the intensity of the hops a bit. You do get a little bit more of that planty taste though too.

M: Medium bodied. Great carbonation for a growler. A little bit sticky.

D: I am torn as to which version I like better. The nose kills on this beer. The body is a little thicker on the regular version as well. Total coin toss. Excellent beer.

So after I put up this review I was told by a very reliable source that all Flower Power has been unfiltered for a year now. Thanks for the clarification.

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Photo of uustal
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow-amber-orange combination with a one finger off-white head. Good lacing and solid retention. The aroma is awesome. Strong grapefruit and floral scents. You don't even need to get your nose in the glass to notice. Aroma stands out from all the IPA's I've tried. Good floral and grassy hops. A bit of citrus and tropical malts as well. Decent malt backbone and a nice bite to finish. Again, awesome aroma and the taste follows and does not disappoint.

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Photo of olmatty
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of warrenout330
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of garuda
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of Rocky9
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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