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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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1,252 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,252
Hads: 5,022
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,003 | 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 Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Color is a really nice orange-gold, a bit hazy. Two-finger dense and frothy white head leaves decent lacing. First hit of the smell for me was grapefruit and cat pee ( the good kind), though the aroma became much more muted after that first blast, resolving to a subtle citrus and tropical fruit. I get more of a spicy herbal flavor that carries through to the finish, which is pleasantly lingering with medium bitterness. Good carbonation keeps things lively. The malt provides a sweetness which for me is just right (the sweet spot?) to balance the spicy hops. This is a delicious IPA--glad I got it.

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Photo of mfowler314
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this one... My favorite IPA so far and by far. I love the citrusy taste and smell. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color! Overall a great IPA for those who like citrus-flavored IPAs.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One inch head, 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. One inch frothy white head. The smell is fantastic. Floral, citrus, hoppy. Taste follows the nose. Finishes dry. Very, very drinkable. This bottle was 2 months old yet still tasted quite fresh. I've had this on tap numerous times at the Recovery Sports bar in Queensbury, NY and it was equally as good.

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Photo of cfalls
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Copper color, almost clear, thin white head sticks around

S - Malt forward, some floral/clover notes

T - Malty for an IPA, some sweetness, floral, pear

F - Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, small champagne-like bubbles

O - Good IPA, but not really my style -- too much malt, not enough tropical hop flavors.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 8/22/15. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

My notes aren't very legible, writing in a dark bar. Color is hazy gold with a good white head. Nose and flavor are tropical and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a long Pilsner glass. Look is a cloudy golden color with a good 2 finger white head that stays and cascades all the way down the glass. Smell is a strong citrusy floral hoppy aroma that continues with the taste. Very smooth and light feel in mouth for a 7.5% ABV IPA. Overal this is exactly my kind of flowery/citrusy IPA with hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon, followed by lovely flowery hop flavor a with no malty backbone. Very dangerous though cause it goes down so easily!

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Photo of Seasmom
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not an IPA fan, but this is not as hoppy and bitter as others (same reason I married my husband). Has a sort of effervescence on the tongue from the beginning. Not as smooth as my usual beers, but good and palatable.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I vaguely recall trying this brew years ago and liked it. I didn’t remember what it was about it that I like, but for 7.5% ABV I decided to give it a try again and pay more attention this time.

Look-It pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues. The head does not exist unless the beer isn’t cold enough and you pour vigorously.

Smell-I smell a strong malt body with honey-suckle and grains. I get mild hints of tropical fruits and floral notes. Let’s see what it tastes like.

Taste-It tastes similar to the nose, but with a good deal of floral notes which are tasty. If you like rose petal and coriander as well as clove, hints of grassy hops, citrus, orange and peach, then you will like this beer. The malt base is sweet and strong, but is partially cut by the mild bitterness. The alcohol warms the body and cuts the mild carbonation nicely.

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sweet. There is a creaminess to it and the only bad thing is it tastes similar to if they had used a malt extract syrup. They claim that they don’t, but I’m not so sure about that. I hate syrups for malts. They did dry hop this too so that is a plus.

Overall-Overall I enjoyed this beer, but I wished for a bit less sweetness. I did enjoy the spiciness to it and the floral notes. There was sufficient citrus and tropical fruits from the hops that make this beer drinkable, but only just. Cheers!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden/honey color. Hazy in appearance. Beautiful looking beer
Smell - floral, sweet honey, spice, faint hints of citrus
Taste - Follows the nose

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods, chilled to about 50 degrees and served in a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Finally, an IPA that doesn't taste as though Mike Tyson wrapped his fist in hops and punched me in the mouth with it. Nice balance of flavors with a pleasant floral quality. Clean and refreshing. Paired nicely with the lobster roll and fries I ate with it. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of squonk45
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ithica brewing ???? wow absolutely the sweetest smelling brew ever made ... when I drank mine playing cards everyone could smell the sweet aroma at table.. worst part was I left my vacation figuring I'd grab some on way but didn't fine it till Pa. I could put 2 of them in a mix and match for 14 bucks but a whole six pack was 16 hmm me no understand the math. It will be the last time I go to that pub in Chambersburg Pa. Crooks..
Hopefully I find some soon cause it really a refreshing beverage

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Photo of thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/10/12

L: Deep gold. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing that covers every side of the glass.

S: 5 Man, you can smell it the second that cap comes off. Fresh resinous and citrusy hops upfront. Powerful, pungent, divine. The smell is the most impressive aspect of this brew and leaves quite a lasting impression

T: More delicate and subtle than the aroma lets on. Slightly malty, but hops dominate this flavor through and through. Hops are more resiny than citrusy. Dry, crisp, with a welcomed bitterness that lingers a bit less than I would expect from a well-crafted IPA. Though pretty tasty, the flavor seems a little one-dimensional; some citrusy hop character would add to this.

F: Medium body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate. Slight alcoholic warmth, appropriate for a good American IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very good IPA with one of the best aromas I’ve encountered with the style in awhile. I will certainly be coming back to this one.

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Photo of predikit
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded marigold, left a fair white head that dissipated quickly. Left a small ring of lacing behind.

Smells absolutely amazing, floral and fruity, very bright aroma.

The taste falls short. Very much so. A small floral hop quality with a hint of sweet citrus, and it's gone, left with mostly neutral bitters that persist until the aftertaste. No real remarkable malt character. The brews weakest point.

Medium-light bodied, it is very refreshing and crisp, has a very clean mouth feel.

While it's good feel and amazing aroma save it from an abysmal score, its flavor leaves much to be desired and drags the brew down from the lofty heights it could have obtained.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought from Manhattan by @mr-jj. 046-1549 150724 is the barely readable, barely noticeable code on the neck of the bottle. I'm guessing that's "bottled on" 24 July 2015. Could be clearer, Ithaca...

Pours hazy golden with a medium sized head with good retention. Moderately carbonated. Smell is citrus / floral, nice but mild.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, with the addition of some nice bitterness in the form of pine, and a little extra sweetness in the form of honeysuckle. Something also creamy. Also some lemoniness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but dry. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 finger head, some of which hangs around until the end; good carbonation and lacing.

The smell is citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon and honey with a little graham cracker mixed in. There are also lots of floral notes present.

The taste, fortunately follows the nose with the grapefruit dominating but not overpowering like say Sculpin. This is followed by the lemon and orange. There is lot of graham cracker malt with an oily, piney hop finish. It is an interesting finish being slightly dry and very oily at the same time. The hops are ever present is large numbers but they are tame, not palete shredding.

Overall this is a fine IPA and a good introductory IPA for someone who is on the fence regarding whether or not they want to try an IPA.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a golden honey with bright white head and serious lacing. The head and lacing did not dissipate throughout the pour. The smell is hoppy with lemon-orange fruit and floral hops. I agree with other reviewers that there is a touch of Belgian in the nose. It may be the age (bottled 5/5/2015) but I don't taste the citrus I smelled; rather, the taste is quite malty with a lot of pine and hoppy bitterness. This is a well-carbonated ale that drinks very easily at 7.50 ABV. Overall, it is a solid IPA but I don't think it measured up to the hype. Again, this may be because of the age. I'd like to try it fresher to be fair.

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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip:

Looks all the part of a delectable IPA. Golden-orange color with mild visible carbonation, and a thick fluffy head. Smells solid, but not overwhelmingly (compared with elite New England-style IPAs) tropical. A little more bitterness present, but the smell overall is pretty muted hop-wise. Taste is very solid, if again a little under the big boys. Some bitter dankness on the finish, preceded by a little bit of citrusy flavor, but a little malty and dry for my tastes overall. It's a darn solid IPA and I'd definitely drink it again in a heartbeat, but not one I'd seek out.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm leaving NY and will definitely miss Flower Power. Great balanced IPA with ample hop flavor in the front, nice body, and a short fruity slightly sweet finish that encourages you to drink more. A great IPA that can compete with the standards from the west and Midwest, which is still too rare in the northeast.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to quibble with the OG of the NY state IPA renaissance. This was _the_ IPA for hopheads in NY for years before the new blood hit the scene with authority. Still probably the best filtered, regularly available packaged IPA coming out of NY.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 150630, my only knock on it is the nose was fairly mute. Guessing it's just the age of the bottle I sampled. Need to track down a fresher bottle to confirm, but otherwise really enjoyed it!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It does have a golden color with haze, similar to unfiltered honey. Not much head. Smells hoppy, fruity, a bit of orange juice, and possibly even a touch belgian-y, but I'm going to assume thats just my nose playing a trick on me.

Very hoppy up front, yet finishes relatively smooth. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are noted. Impressive tasting IPA. There's something to it (maybe something citrusy) that makes it more interesting than a lot of other IPA's I've had recently. Very nice body, excellent carbonation. Really just a great all-around IPA. This is something I hope the brewers at Ithaca are proud of.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has it all. A very impressive example of what an IPA should be. Nearly perfect balance of what makes an IPA desirable. Smooth. Disguised ABV. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of "hopiness." I will have another please.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured on tap at Paddy's Irish Pub, in Springfield, MA. Though very hoppy, it finishes smooth. It has a delicate feel on the palate, and the aromas are on par with what one would expect from an IPA. Worthy of drinking again in my book.

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- crystal clear and golden with slight orange tint in appearance.

Smell - floral hoppiness.

Taste - again floral hoppiness with a sweet tinge of honey/caramel malt.

Feel - very smooth with light hoppiness that does not overwhelm the palate. Very crushable.

Overall - one of my favorite IPAs especially on a hot day.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orangish-gold color with mild haze. One finger off white colored head disappears quickly. Small amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is honey and floral hops. A bit of tropical fruit.

Taste is honey on the first sip. Vaguely reminiscent of Hopslam. Some floral hops and tropical flavors. Mango and papaya. Caramel malt provides nice balance.

Medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue with very little bitterness. Mild lingering sweetness.

This is very smooth IPA with nice malt balance. Aroma could use a boost but flavor and feel were very nice.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.