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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4,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,882
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 484
Gots: 901 | 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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Ratings: 4,882 | Reviews: 1,264
Photo of masonstorm
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Way too hoppy for my liking

Photo of tayner
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best before aug date received as a powerball winning.

Pourted a medium copper color with a white head that settled to a small ring. very little lacing

smell was floral hops and pine trees. There is some background sweetness, but not much.

Taste is a pungent lemon/citrus flavor up front that settled to a finish of a more piney hop flavor. This is very unbalanced though as the maltiness was there, but barely. The base malt profile of this beer does not hold up well to the overpowering hoppiness. this is more in the style, IMO, of west coast hop bomb rather than east coast balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel was oily and heavy for an IPA, almost as oily as lot of IIPAs. carbonation helped make the finish very dry, almost too dry.

This one is a chore to drink for me. I did drink the whole bottle, but i would not go back for seconds. I prefer my ipas to be more balanced, and this one is just hop oils in a bottle. If that is your thing check this one out fresh.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Low carbonation. Tiny white head formed after the pour and faded quickly leaving no lace. Hazy dark golden colored beer. Slightly floral hop and cereal malt flavor becomes bitter midway through and finishes slightly alcoholic. Mild aroma with only a pinch of hops and malty alcohol noticable. With a name like Flower Power I expected a light, more aromatic beer, not a big bitter IPA. Dissapointing.

Photo of jhaitsma
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color. Not as carbonated as I like and it showed with a light head on it. Well hopped but still smooth. Little heavy for my mouthfeel due to the lack of head but it's something I would drink again. Would love to find this on tap or to see if it could improve the head. Cask drawn would just continue to make this almost cloudy or too heavy. Little bit more head and this would be great.

Photo of jvillefan
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Perfectly clear burnt yellow body, a little lighter then I expected though. There was a pure white laced head that disappears quickly.

S: Very grassy and unidimensional on the hop front. There was some caramel there but not much.

T: Good but not great. There is some pine and grass flavors in the front and then the flavor just drops off. there is almost no flavor from the malts which I should have expected from the light colored body.

M: A little thin and overly carbonated.

O: This is one of the better east coast IPAs I've had but it still is not that good. If you live on the east coast this is a good option but if you are on the west, I wouldn't request it in a trade.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a murky golden color with a finger of head and thick lacing. The aroma is a bit light but there is a hint of flora/tropical hoppiness. The flavor is also a bit light, and there is an empty bitterness there without much hop flavor. The body is appropriate for the style. Drinkability is average simply because the weaker flavor profile doesn't justify the higher ABV. Overall an unmemorable beer.

Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertruth and the Kansas Jayhawks for the beer.
Pours a copper amber color with a thin bubbly head that fades to a film of lace on the glass. Lace sticks tightly to the sides of the glass as is typical for the style.
Interesting aroma for an IPA. Lemon, and fresh cut grass. Not a bad aroma by any means just not the usual C-hop aroma I was expecting.
Toasted malt flavors but this is a hop heavy IPA. Lemon, grapefruit, and the grassy flavor again. I think they used a hop I'm not very familier with. A bit grainy in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit heavy on the carbonation. The carbonation doesn't really detract from the beer though.
Good IPA with an interesting hop profile. If ever in upstate NY I would pick this one up.

Photo of rickcampie
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent head that retains fairly well. Some lacing noted
Smells very floral, fruity, sweet smelling...very pleasant.
Not much up front in the taste. Biting bitterness, slightly dry finish. Not much depth at all. I was expecting much more from this based on the great aroma of this brew.
Mouthfeel is very watered down. It's certainly drinkable but I'd reach out for a plethora of other IPA's way before this one. Not bad, but not great either.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz into alpine pint glass.

A- Hazy pale orange and wheat colors, small but dense head. Good sticky lacing.

S- Hops! floral, fruity, a bit peppery.

T- Hoppy, bitter and one-dimensional. Kind of an overkill on citrusy hops, bitter finish that doesn't have a lot else behind it. Malt is too weak to provide any balance.

M- Kind of falls flat. Not literally, good carbonation, but lacks focus and is a bit harsh on the ABV.

D- Moderately . A decent American IPA. Not my favorite, and one I prob. won't revisit too often, but still an OK beer.

Photo of TagoMago
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with some funky pseudo-psychedelic labeling.

Appearance: Clear copper with a dark red hue. The beer pours with a decent-size head, but subsides after a matter of seconds, leaving a very faint, barely noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Faint floral hop aroma with some fruity esters. A slight maltiness is detected as well.

Taste: The hop character is very mild for being an IPA, and the body is quite thin. This is a very clean, refined beer with some fruity, herbal hop overtones and a bready malt background.

Overall: This was a rather disappointing IPA and not a very good example of its style. While very drinkable, this beer would never satisfy a true hophead. The body was also a bit too thin. This would be a good beer or those who are new to the style, but for us hop lovers, there are much better beers out there. This appears to be yet another average beer by a very average brewery. Nevertheless, this is a decent beer and makes for great hot weather drinking as it is quite refreshing and not too heavy on the palate.

Photo of ahalloin
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a righteous trade with Hopstoopid120. Thanks again man!
"Best Before: Oct" notched in the label.

Pours a dull goldish yellow color that is very cloudy, probably due to dry hopping. Huge lush white head formed about three fingers width worth of froth. Eventually the head settled to a small mound of foam with great lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with pine dominating. I am reviewing this back to back with Ithaca Cascazilla, and right away, I notice the pinier hops used here as opposed to the citrus-based formula for Cascazilla. Slight sweetness is also perceptible, but the pine prevails.

Taste is little odd to me. Unbalanced maybe. Very sweet comes to mind. Not enough bitterness in the finish for a solid IPA. There is a light sweet grapefruity flavor followed up by a very slight bitter finish. I also think the finish would benefit from being drier.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium sweet body that goes down smooth and moderate carbonation. Low astringency, yet some alcohol warming in the finish.

Drinkability is fairly good, but the IPA category is stacked with monster beers. Given a choice, I would go with many other IPAs before buying this one.

Photo of orfeu
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before January 2008. Ambered gold with slight haze. Yellow-ecru head is tightly packed, sticky and persistent. More cedar-spruce than grapefruit-tangerine in the aroma, but it's a close fight. Floral, too, appropriately. Candied nasturtium and grapefruit pith flavors are undercut by a disappointing watery blandness. Meager bitterness comes back near the finish, but sadly it's too little and too late. Weak finish, and the mouthfeel is dull and virtually lifeless save for a sparkly and bitter bite near the end of the swallow. Decent, but only just.

Photo of Wasupmx
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent brew, piney, grapefruit aftertaste

Photo of taylor714914
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but where were the hops?
Nose had some hop aroma, but the taste fell short. Drank more like a pale ale than an ipa. Solid body and mouthfeel, but lacked significantly in the hop aroma and flavor. Would pick it up if I was looking for an easy drinking pale, but for an ipa, I'm looking to perpetual from troegs.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flower Power poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head faded to wisps after a few sips but still laced down the pint. The smell was good,. but nothing really jumped out at me. The taste was crisp and strong and the floral and citrus hops married well together. The beer had good body, but at 8% ABV two or three of these will about make it a night.

Flower Power is a very good IPA. Nothing overly unique, but great brewing techniques with a really good hop flavor. Definitely worth a try if you find it in your area.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright, lighter copper golden color with a white head. A few asymetrical laces of suds are noted around the edge of the glass. The nose is characterized primarily of malt. Toffee, some notes of apricot, and bits of alcohol all comprise the aromas. The mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, smooth and wet with just a hint of carbonation. A bit of an alcohol burn is noted. Not much going on in the flavor outside of toasty maltiness and some alcohol bitterness. Not my cup-o-tea.

ADDENDUM: I've been informed by another frequent Flower Power-consuming BA that the beer is usually not a malt bomb as I have described. He suspects I've gotten ahold of some old bottles. It is January 31st now and the notch on the enjoy by portion of the label is between the January and the February. So he might have a point. I'd like to try this again fresh.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

An excellent rendition of a more traditional, british IPA.

Appearance is a bright kettle-drum-hued orange, with a small white head.

Rather than knock you over the head with hops, this beer carries a light hop overtone through a thin ESB- like body, and finishes with an extremely dry hop end. Almost like dry hop petals are sitting on your tongue. What better way to resaturate them than to take another sip, eh?

Very drinkable, like many of IBC's products tend to be. The only complaint I have is that I'd like to see more of a malt profile...but seeing how this is a summer seasonal, I suppose you don't want a really heavy body.

This I think would be an excellent choice to convert a non-BA with, especially one who favors sweeter white wines.

Photo of jfunkk79
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had one on tap at Cambridge Common.

Hazy copper orange color. Floral (duh) aroma with some hints of pine. Really hits the front of the tongue, kind of heavy mouthfeel. Really not that drinkable due to the hops being a bit over done. Could do with a tiny bit less bittering hop IMO. Not a bad beer, just nothing too special.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was my second on a flight of beers I tried at the the gourmet pub/restaurant where I work as a cook. For the record, a flight is a series of four half-pints, so take my drinkability rating with a grain of salt.

A: Paler than I expected with a rather thin head, but this could have been a problem caused by the small half-pint glasses.

S: Not the most fragrant, but it certainly is original. Hops, alcohol, and a slight floral aroma are present.

T: Not as bitter as I expected from an IPA. Without knowing it was an IPA I would have certainly guessed it was a pale ale. The most interesting thing to note here is the presence of a slight fruity taste toward the finish. With the floral smell it creates a nice combination.

M and D: The feel was average--a bit thin. The drinkability is higher than the average IPA for me, mostly because I could just keep coming back for melding of floral and fruity in a bitter beer. Well balanced, but still not my favorite.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs (thanks again, Marcus!).

A - Hazy orangish yellow, with a hefty three fingers of head. Decent retention, lots of lacing on the glass. Pretty nice.

S - Plenty of sour citrus, with grapefruit, orange, and lemon in the foreground. There's a malty sweetness, mainly caramel, that I get in the back.

T - Nice mild bitterness from the hops, with again some grapefruit and lemon zest. More of the caramel from the malt, with a long bitter finish that dries the palate.

M - Sweet at first but finishes very dry.

D - ABV is reasonable, but the dry finish would keep me from taking down an entire six-pack.

O - Comparing this in a tasting with Pliny and 2xIPA, this came in third. I'd had it before on tap, and loved it, so maybe I'll search out a keg for a followup review.

Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a beige head. Nose has subtle grassy hops and sweet malts. Taste a bit light. Good nutty malt presence and mellow herbal hops. Light body holds a light carbonation. Decent session brew from Ithaca. May be a good IPA to serve from a beer engine.

Photo of Brianjames16
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Foggy gold with a one finger white head. Some sediment on the bottom. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Strong hop bitterness and a bunch of alcohol. Aroma is very pungent .Strong spicy citrus smell.

T- Surprisingly more balanced then I assumed. Hops present with some malts and citrus taste. Good IPA characteristics.

M- Medium body with a lingering aftertaste. A decent amount of crispness make it somewhat refreshing.

D- I could drink a six of this without loosing interest.

Photo of TWStandley
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appeared a see-through gold color with a slight amber tinge. Minimal head left behind very minimal lacing.

Smelled of strong hops - a bit of earthy-ness and some honey mixed in.

Taste is a bit watery, not much complexity, and not a very strong bitter kick to it. Very bland (for an ipa).

Mouthfeel was extremely thin. Carb. feels ok.

Overall this has let me down. I specifically hunted down a six pack to see what the hype was all about, and am glad that I didn't buy the case. I find this to be an average IPA, but it seems to lack depth to me. It tastes like water mixed with some hop bitterness. Will not drink again.

Photo of brente19
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this on "hand pump" very smooth and refreshing. Good IPA very well done.

Photo of quasimoto
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Except for the foofy label I couldn't find to much wrong with this beer. It poured a nice orange amber with a three finger head that laced nicely down the glass as I drank it. The aroma was of a sweet orange/bread malts and spicy hops. The taste was of sweet bread and buttery caramel. The bitterness came through with the hops in the end. The mouthfeel is slick at first and well carbinated. There is a gummy mouthfeel afterwards. Overall a middle of the road IPA.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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