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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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3,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 3544
Reviews: 1121
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of fields336

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: goldenrod, 1.5 fingers of head dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lacing.

S: peaches, orange, herbal, slight bready/ caramel and toffee notes

T: nice big juicy citrus blast, grapefruit, slight herbal/minty taste. A little astringent on the finish

M: dry and easy drinking

O: a delicious beer. got a growler for $8, I'll take that every day of the week.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2014 00:01:19 | More by fields336
Photo of VanStrokin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the sweet aroma when bringing it up, reminds me of spring. Which we are in desperate need of in upstate New York. The hoppy taste is great. Leaves that good after taste. Friend told me I HAD to try it. Found it available in a growler. Will be getting my card stamped and filled from this.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 18:39:47 | More by VanStrokin
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a white head - nice retention, good lacing.

Smells of citrus - orange, mango, tangerine, grapefruit. Backed by a nice floral bouquet. Also has a nice earthy herbal hop character.

Taste is lively hoppy bouncing flavor all over the palate - fresh orange, sweet mango, bitter grapefruit, slick deceptive malt backbone barely there, but shows up with a slight detection of sweet cereal. A lovely IPA - one of the best.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2013 01:17:46 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Phather


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really really tasty. Not resinous... very flowery. Really light in the mouth. Good carbonation once I roll it around. it's nice and light. I wish this were in a can - i'd bring loads of it to the beach and in my cooler with friends.

The color is lighter than I'd expect... but I guess that matches the flavor. Good aftertaste too. This has always been one of my favorites - and now having it on tap and in my growler I'm an even bigger fan.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2013 03:47:30 | More by Phather
Photo of Buffalo_Bob

New York

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA's. It has an incredible explosion of hop aroma that I liken to apricots. Like others have noted, I have observed that there seems to be a shelf life issue causing it to lose its flavor and aroma if not fresh. Noticed a "best by" notch on the label with my latest six pack. Always best on draft or recently filled growler.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2013 03:29:56 | More by Buffalo_Bob
Photo of AdamPenna

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually buy growlers, because they don't seem like a deal on the one hand, and they don't seem to be better quality all the time either (quality depends on too many factors to get into here) but today is a special day - end of the semester - so eff it. The color is a yellow-straw color resembling a good lager, but more orangey. Good herbal, flowery, hoppy smell, but it is the taste that astounds. A wallop of citrus--grapefruit particularly. Pleasant hoppy bitterness. Excellent lacing throughout. Average mouthfeel. (I like a little more oiliness.) Dry finish. No discernible alcohol kick.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2012 21:53:17 | More by AdamPenna
Photo of scootny

New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden amber with just a touch of hop haze. Lovely amount of lacing on the glass, and a thin covering on top of the brew. Smell is just great with a lot of pine and citrus. A healthy amount of fresh whole grain dough with a yeast signature sits on top of a toasted malt and grain melange. Taste is superb with a light crisp drinkability that belies the big hop personality. Malt follows the nose with a great combination of toasted grains and English style yeast fruitiness. Hops are all American while avoiding the cliche' over the top nature that is the downfall of so many otherwise great beer. This is a smooth brew with a perfect carbonation the lends itself to sessioning and early brunch.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2012 05:21:46 | More by scootny
Photo of bigflatsbeerman

New York

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap-Poured from a growler from Lewis Bros. Market in Horseheads, NY.

Appearance - Orange colored, lighter than a lot of other IPA's

Smell - A very nice pine smell.

Taste - This is a very enjoyable IPA. I get a lot of citrus and pines notes. I would say the taste is assertive and pleasant. Very drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium body on the lower carbonation side.

Overall: I live 35 miles from the brewery I think this beer is a grand slam home run for Ithaca Beer Co. Probably their flagship beer and for good reason.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2012 00:07:38 | More by bigflatsbeerman
Photo of Pjev11

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Oasis in Hopewell Junction. Pours beautiful, frothy head over a clear golden body. Retention is nice and initial lacing is pretty. Mouth is crisp and fresh. Some fruity, piney hops are up front but balanced well by the malt. You feel the hops but not too much. A really great IPA.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2012 22:20:10 | More by Pjev11
Photo of captaincoffee


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely surprised by this one. I was very impressed by the fresh hops on the nose. Carried plenty of bitterness but not overpowering. Lots of lychee flavor...my wife even asked me if there were lychees in the beer. Overall, an extremely bright flavorful IPA. Will drink many times again.
I should emphasize that I had this fresh from a growler, which may have really helped with the bright fresh hops on the nose. Not sure how this would be from a 6-month old bottle.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2012 21:23:13 | More by captaincoffee
Photo of Holland


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Ithaca metal growler into Ithaca tulip glass.

A: beautiful clear golden color with a nice sticky head and small amount of lacing.

S: floral (of course) hops, sweet malt. Very light smelling beer, but pleasant.

T: bitterness and malt counter each other well here, with hefty amounts of both. There isn't a whole lot of other flavor here other than the floral hops again, which is light.

M: excellent crispness for the medium body and medium carbonation.

O: solid IPA, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. I'm a bit unimpressed. Can't blame it on the growler - I drank it just 6 hours after it was filled.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2012 22:22:36 | More by Holland
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pale, golden orange fills the glass, quite transparent and clean. Half an inch of bubbly white head dissipates quickly, leaving a web of soapy lacing. There's a very nice floral quality to the smell, so Ithaca gets points for appropriately naming this particular brew. A few notes of pine needles lead into quite a bit of fruitiness. Not just the usual citrusy blends typical of IPAs, but a whole array of sweet nuances, including apricot and a hint of pear. Quite nice!

The fruitiness is right there in the first sip, with sweet and clean malt notes coupling with a juicy hop kick to create a flavorful taste on the tongue. Some mild grassy notes are detectable as well. Bitterness is present, but subdued, which suits me just fine. Rounds out with a very mild pucker from the hops, with a very slight aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on point for the style, with a medium body and a drying finish.

A well-done IPA from a reputable East Coast brewery. The West Coast is known for doing the IPA, but it's nice to know that even in my home state, Eastern IPAs are well-
represented and definitely well-executed.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 06:26:58 | More by r0nyn
Photo of TheHopDumpster

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA. Unfortunately all other IPA's have come up short to this one. Very Hoppy, Great Aroma, nice citrusy grapefruit flavor. I prefer the grapefruit flavor of IPA's, that is why I like this one best. Not Malty, Very Hoppy--exactly the way I love an IPA. Get this beer if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2012 20:19:32 | More by TheHopDumpster
Photo of DividedAvery


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours amber orange with a white head that doesn't linger very long.

S: Super citrus and floral. This stuff has a great aroma which only makes the beer more attractive

T: Boom! Lots of citrus, bitter, floral, grapefruit. One of the better IPAs I have had yet.

M: Smooth with a great bite

O: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts with this one. The beer is not overly attractive from an appearance standpoint. Mostly the taste and aroma combine to form a beer that is at once delicious and very drinkable

Serving type: growler

01-05-2012 05:42:22 | More by DividedAvery
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orange, almost no transparency at all, a nice off white head at the top that leaves a nice lacing as you sip away.

S - Nice sweetness right off the bat, tropical fruit and citrus, notes of some pleasant hops.

T - Citrus and pine right from the get go, and a nice hopiness at the tail end.

M - Perfect carbonation and sticky to the tongue.

O - Great Great IPA, definitely enjoyed this brew very much!

Serving type: growler

12-22-2011 16:09:18 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of mattp

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep amber color with a decent head. The hop aroma is pungent and tasty smelling of citrus. I love hops and it is in each mouthful from start to finish and tickles my taste buds. Nice crisp mouthfeel without being chewy at all. One of my current favorite IPAs and a credit to the good folks at Ithaca Brewing. Also, thank you to Olivers for keeping this available for growler fills for the last month.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2011 21:03:09 | More by mattp
Photo of JMWEB2

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange, with a very nice creamy white head, great retention, and lacing.

S: Some floral/ citrus notes up front, sweet malts are there, and some pine as well.

T: Alright.. at first i tasted the biscut flavor and some sweetness, but then comes the hop power, citrus, and pine. Also a little spice in there... very bitter.

M: Medium, somewhat dry, but not completely.

O: Hops are on display here which makes the name ring true. Very good IPA.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2011 00:02:01 | More by JMWEB2
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yes - exceptional - this is one of the best citrus hopped beers out there - it's great from the bottle but it really rocks on tap and from a growler - snappy/hoppy/zesty/crisp/tasty/ complex/well-balanced/ and easy drinking - what more could you want?!

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 00:55:06 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of grittybrews


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Big aroma with floral notes, cantaloupe, and orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full, resiny mouthfeel. Burst of fresh citrus hops up front with mild floral notes and a gentle caramel malt presence. Nicely bitter hempy/grapefruit bite on the finish.

Really dug this one -- tons of hoppy flavor, but everything stays in balance and it's really easy-drinking.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2011 02:09:29 | More by grittybrews
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Lots of floral notes, some fresh pineapple

T: Very clean and crisp, loads of floral notes, pineapple, tropical notes, a little booze feel and hop bite on the end

M: Medium body, tasty, nice feel

D: Very drinkable and one of the most flavorful single IPAs out there

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 16:08:09 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Retail1LO


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this in the Growler Plus BIF.

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours a very pale, largely transparent gold with a generous 2-3 finger crown. Very forward, yet subtle and mild hop nose. The taste is hoppy but clean. It's not a tongue scorcher. Some mild citrus involved. Little to no pine. Mouthfeel is sticky but thin. It coats the mouth, but not for long. There's a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers, but it's pleasant. Overall, this is a marvelous IPA.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 04:49:50 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of bum732


4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Fresh mango and grapefruit juice, lots of sweet orange and tangerine.

L: Slight hazy burnt orange, creamy white head, 1/4 inch retention, amazing lacing.

T: Sweet malt with a bold mango and grapefruit hoppiness. Medium high citrus bitterness leads to loads more fruits. Great balance of clean malt with hoppiness with a bit more of the latter. Finishes with a touch of malt sweetness and remnants of clean hoppiness. Layers of hops but still kept in check.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Really great balance and amazing hoppiness. Best east coast IPA i've ever had. So kept in check and great layers of hops, love it.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2011 02:26:33 | More by bum732
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet delicious Flower Power. How I've been waiting for a fresh batch to pull up and post up in NYC. Well here you are, so fresh, so delicious. How long as it been? Finally you taste like you did in Ithaca.
Fairly clear, a fair orange, achingly slow fading of lace on the glass. Oh, yes, you are sexy, aren't you?
Floral, oranges, a little boozy, a little spicy.
It is the beautiful blending of all these aromas that takes place in my mouth that makes it so beautiful. Fair bitterness, not over the top, cushioning the plummet into delicious mid-palate hoppy goodness. The malt rides all the way through nearly undeterred. The booze evident in the nose fades behind the hops. Melts in my mouth.
Delightful to finally have this beer here fresh and beautiful.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2011 02:56:51 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of mocktm


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went into Beverage Barn in West Hampton to stock up on some beer for the hurricane, and it figures that the one time I didn't bring my growler, they actually had a beer I'd been dying to try on tap. So I did what any logical BA would, I swallowed my pride, coughed up the five bucks for some new growler glass and walked out with 64 fresh ounces of this hop bomb.

Pour is a rich golden orange with a rocky white head. Plenty of stick to it as it leaves an abundance of lacing on the way down.

Aromas are highly floral, with some pine and citrus characteristics as well, mainly that of lemon zest. Malts are no where to be found, which is the way I like it.

Bursting grapefruit and significant hop bitterness, balanced out by some mellowing honey sweetness. As with the nose, a pronounced floral presence with some citrus rind mixed in. Definitely a monster of an IPA, absolutely delicious.

Medium bodied with a sticky consistency, coats the tongue well and finishes semi-dry with a mild alcohol burn. As I'm sure I'll lose power later, I'll have to finish this growler tonight, which I don't think will be a problem.

While I can find all other Ithaca offerings with complete ease, this one has always remained elusive. Glad to have the chance to finally try it, and I look forward to refilling my growler on the next trip, Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 22:40:01 | More by mocktm
Photo of Gushue3


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie Murphy for the 1/2 growler of Flower Power for winning his LIF. Notes taken from a while ago, before I knew what it was. Poured into a snifter.

A- 1 finger white head with lower retention with a hazy orange/copper body tint. Small carbonation bubbles come from the bottom to the top

S- Floral and citrus notes with some piney dryness as well.

T- Sweeter upfront that quickly goes bitter. Sharp citrus and pine dominate the flavor with a malt profile that hangs back slightly. Crisp dry finish that lingers with bitterness

M- Lighter mouthfeel with plenty of small carbonation that turns almost creamy on the tongue.

O- Very nice beer, well rounded and tastes great!

Serving type: growler

08-15-2011 21:25:11 | More by Gushue3
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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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