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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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3,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 3541
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on cask at the blue monk in buffalo, ny into a pint glass.

served with a hazy honey golden glow color. a very nice, somewhat creamy retentive white head with lots of nice clingy lace.

a nice clean hop aroma. dank, floral, grapefruit citrus with a slightly sweet malt that evens things out.

smooth flavors meld with one another so nicely. a nice even bitterness throughout the sip and into the finish. again with the dank, floral, and grapefruit citrus hops. maybe a bit of pine in there, slightly peppery. just a bit of a light caramel, honey malt.

so smooth and creamy, slightly lower carbonation from the cask, gotta love it.

ive had this many times from the bottle. its not necesarily better from the cask, but it seems to meld the flavors together so nicely. almost a totally different beer. very easy drinking. good stuff.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2011 23:23:57 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of AndyAvalanche


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

From the cask @ the Union Brew House into a standard pint glass. A golden orange color with excellent clarity, I normally like my ipas a little more cloudy, but this is good. Small white cap but gives nice lacing.

Very hoppy in the smell, a pleasant tickle to your nose. Citrus hops dominate the smell but sight hints of pine. Lemon and grapefruit zest.

Taste is also very hoppy yet the malts are more detectable in the taste. Citrus zest again with slight hints of pine. Don't be fooled by all the mentions of hops, this is a well balanced ipa. Caramelized pale malts assist and balance this brew out.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Feels light, but well balanced. Obviously more bitter than sweet, but it doesn't bite too hard. Crazy drinkable, hardly had time to finish this.

First review from my phone, my wife is here meeting with a colleague while I did this.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2011 00:10:02 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

I can't figure out what was different with this IPA compared to all the other brutally gang-hopped ones I've tried. This has 6 different variety of hops in it and the scrumptious, balanced blend of flavor they were able to achieve is remarkable. Then again, I had this at a cask festival and you could chalk it up to luck. That is, until I'm able to try this on draft or bottle or whatever other way and compare. Here's a summary of my sotten scribbles:

Compared to a lot of the other ales I tried that day, this poured a beaming liquid sunshine orange with a healthy yellowish head atop. Spicy citrus zest hits the nose immediately, strong and proud, as malts dissolve 'neath the scent 'o hop.

The taste is complex, to put it one way. Sensations, go!

orange oil and a rich, clean, nutty malt
fuzzy tang on the tongue
sweet citrus, spicy/peppery zip
mild, lingering bitter grassy/dandelion leaf
solventy finish, approaching but not achieving burn

It was back and forth with the flavor mutations. Each sip showing a different angle, focusing on changing ratios of what the ingredients offered. Flower Power is one of those beers that takes hold of my imagination, toying with it, to my delight. Oh, we will meet again soon.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2011 03:11:13 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Kegatron


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a good bit of creamy foamy lacing. The aroma smells bright, flowery, piney, and herbal, with fruity notes of tropical sweetness and some more bitter grapefruit character. Sweet grains sit along the back. Man, this is flowery and ripe in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste is bright in the mouth with citric fruit, as grapefruit mingles with notes of aggressive pine and spice. I'm not getting nearly as much tropical fruit though, as the bulk of the balance here is barely being brought by the sweet, grainy, and bready flavors of the malts. Hope dominate the finish, with a bitter and resinous feel that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly sharp feeling the whole way through but there is a softer creaminess that hangs on the edges. There is a bit of warmth on the backend here, which seems to accentuate that strong bitter finish.

The cask conditioning here brought both positives and negatives to this, as it nicely opened up that beautiful full hoppy nose on this but also brought out the more aggressive aspects of the hop profile in the taste a bit too much. Overall though, there was definitely more to like than dislike here, as this remains a very solid IPA in my eyes.

Serving type: cask

03-23-2011 16:36:53 | More by Kegatron
Photo of orangesol


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

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. This one is 10 days old.

A - Pours sunkist amber orange with a gigantic two and a half finger head leaving thick, sticky, lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops blast you in the face right off the bat. Quite grassy with a bit of pine toward the end. Some caramel malt sweetness is faint but is present and helps balance this one a bit. Very nice floral hop nose.

T - Tons of strong, grassy, citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of sweetness from the malt and sticky pine resin that lingers long into the finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well but does come out a bit in the finish. Fairly well balanced until the finish when the sweetness begins to overpower it a bit. Very nice, but not the best I have had.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel that helps blend all the flavors together. A touch too resiny in the finish for my liking.

D - Pretty high. I knocked it back VERY quickly. How can you go wrong with a hoppy monster on cask? Oh right, you can't. One of the best cask IPA's I have ever had. Great stuff.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2011 20:30:41 | More by orangesol
Photo of regspeir


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tulip @ Jose Pistolas
Poured a hazy orange with a small one-finger head. Nose was a strong orange/mango and hops but with a piney backbone. Taste was initally sweet - orange, grapefruit and mango with some pine and malt. Finish was with some mild and pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and a little sticky. Carbonation was good. I had tried this from a bottle before and this is SO much better. I am anxious to try a bottle again to see if it comes close to this, which is a VERY good right-coast style IPA.
Just had a standard pint glass from cask @ Teresa's and it was wonderful! Like the description above except obviously creamy and smoother. Need to upgrade my review 'cause this was just great.

Serving type: cask

05-04-2010 01:49:01 | More by regspeir
Photo of Chinon01


3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Honey color with a thin soapy head. Appears to be viscous.

Smell - Nose is pine cone and a little honey maple.

Taste - Similar to nose and dominated by hop bitterness. Some hop juice shows along with cannabis in finish.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin considering the style, appearance and abv. Decent.

Drinkability - Not bad considering the style and hoppiness. Long but clean finish.

Serving type: cask

09-19-2008 02:32:58 | More by Chinon01
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the cask this one pours an amber color with a bit of white head.

The smell is piney and citrusy.

The first blast of flavor comes from the hops which are quite tangy and this is immediately followed by a strong grapefruit flavor. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

The mouthfeel is a bit stagnant, but it is possible that this is because of the cask.

This is a very drinkable brew and I was quite impressed overall.

Serving type: cask

06-28-2007 01:43:24 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of Hautacam


3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT.
Slightly hazy amber with a frothy white head.
Smells very piney with a bit of citrus.
Big blast of hop bitter right from the start. Citrus rind , floral, oily , piney punch backed up by a decent amount of slightly sweet malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A definite hophead brew.
Cask is the way to go for this one....very nice mouthfeel...micro carbonation with a medium body...flavors all meld well at this temp.
Not sure of the ABV on this, but I got quite a buzz from just one.

Serving type: cask

06-21-2007 00:03:20 | More by Hautacam
Photo of PA-hunter


4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 7.5% abv.

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy, dull, yellow-orange honey like hue. Two finger white head that dissipates somewhat quick.

Smell- Very sweet and inviting. Quite floral as the name suggests with hints of tropical fruit like mangos.

Taste- Zesty citrus sweetness early with notes of grapefruit. There is also a honey like essence mixed in as well. Even the malt is on the sweeter side as far as a hoppy beer goes. I can't forget to mention the prominent bitterness from the hops which starts in the middle of the profile and continues straight til the end. This makes for exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and in the middle of the road as far as body. Right where an IPA should be.

Overall- This reminded me much more of a DIPA than an IPA but is high on quality. Such a smooth example that is inviting on all levels. For how good it is the label needs some sprucing up like some commentary and actually listing the ABV but oh well. Appropriately named however since it is quite floral and sweet. A must try indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:57:04 | More by PA-hunter


4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super hazy golden straw colored body hosts a fuzzy inch of off white foam. Head fades to a rocky skim in a couple of minutes. Some scattered lace is left behind.

Nose is where I really start to get interested. Vibrant and floral with notes of citrus, wild honey, graham crackers and dandelions. Nose is very complex and quite inviting.

The taste is citrus rind and fresh grassy hops. Malt plays well to balance with tones of graham like breadyness. Spice builds and becomes prickly as you drink, it is almost rye like.

Mouthfeel is smoothly bitter and pleasant throughout. This is not a harsh brew on any level, just mellow hop enjoyability and a great drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:03:40 | More by SPLITGRIN
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 Seanem44


4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice, clean golden color. Looks almost like a Pilsner when poured. Nice white one finger head that lingers around leaving a nice foamy lace on the glass while the head turns to a smooth creamy foam.

S: Not the strongest smell, but very pleasing. Nice earthy overtones and a floral smell with a hint of citrus. closing my eyes and smelling with my door open on this nice spring day while hearing birds chirping just feels right.

T: The taste is a lot bolder than the smell. Again, very earthy dank taste. Quite nice. Bitter hops and grapefruit stand out. Very surprising taste for such a golden color and mild smell.

M: I really like how this feels in my mouth. It is smooth, rich and very fulfilling. It has no unpleasant after taste at all, and taste great all the way down. Almost a creamy taste, which is not surprising. As I drink it, the foam is left on the side in a nice lather all the way down.

O: This is a great offering. My local NoVa Wegman's got a pallet in and the beer guru there told me he used to live in NY and they would make special runs for this. Not hard to see why. a very good spring IPA. Pleasing to drink, pleasing to allow to linger in your mouth. I have been able to get my hands on some really good IPAs lately and this is one of them. If you find it, buy it and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 16:18:37 | More by Seanem44
Photo of steve8robin


4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Review:
Definitely needed to revisit this one after reading my review from 2010. Bottle tagline "The Spirit Of The Finger Lakes":

First pour shows off a golden malt colored liquid. In the snifter a hazy medium golden liquid presents itself topped with a small light white head that recedes quickly. An aggressive swirl returns a smaller white head which fades equally as quick.

Sniff showcases earthy, grassy, with slight orange peel.

First sip is of a smooth slight acidic lemon which gives way to tantalizing mild sugars covered in orange zest leaving a dry tongue and slightly sweet throat.

A very smooth, easy to drink IPA that still uses an aggressive dry earthy hop approach. The difference 4 years of beer tasting makes.

2010 Review:
Ithaca came to RI for a month. 12oz bottle best before November 2010...

A: Clear honey colored with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Hmm, good name. It kind of smells like flowers. Very grassy earthy floral hop upfront with a kind of vegetable scent in the middle. Some citrus on the backend. Ok.

T: Hoppy citrus upfront with some grapefruit and orange peel mixed in the middle. Some sweet malts buried on the back. Good.

M: Good blend of carbonation and hops. Very good here.

D: Taste is a little awkward at first and hard to go down easy. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not much special going on here. Kind of a strange blend of flavors too. Not worth hunting or being your first go to at the beer store. Many better brews in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:08:50 | More by steve8robin
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 reebtaerG


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle best by May into New Belgium globe

A-Poured a nice hazy golden with 1 finger off white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is enormously peachy, with tons of tropical fruit, some citrus and a touch of caramel and malt.

T-Taste follows a similar suit, with not a huge bitterness but tons of hop flavour - again really fruity and juicy.

M-Mouthfeel is smooth and not too dry. Great carbonation!

O-very decent IPA had to go to DC to get it. Can't wait until it hits Md

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:30:24 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

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

Pours a golden orange with a medium white head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste is a rich floral citrus and pine hops aroma, fruity some mild orange peel essence balanced with some good caramel malt flavor on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. This brew is very tasty and well balanced with some lingering hops and caramel malt on the end. A very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:02:22 | More by Samp01
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange, mostly transparent, with a near white head that forms and clears out quickly but leaves fairly elaborate lacing.

S - Strong hop resin, with pine and citrus. More orange than grapefruit. Some herbal and floral notes to round things out.

T - A range of hop fruit elements. First is a strong tropical thread, mango and passion-fruit. Second comes a line of orange. Also apricot and peach elements. There is a slight malt sweetness lurking around, but this is mostly a hop show. As we close, the inevitable turn to the bitter is significant and lingering.

M - The feel is a bit more drying than some beers working this territory, but not such that it poses a challenge. Decent carbonation ensures there isn't too much of a build as you make your way through a glass.

O - I had heard good things, so when I got to Ohio and had a chance, I picked a six-pack up. Glad I did - this is a great take on the IPA, and stands up nicely against Stone, Lagunitas and other standard-bearers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:14:35 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of shadetree67


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Gold in color, much lighter than most IPAs. 1/2 finger of head. No lacing (3.75)

S. Floral hops and malt. Smells pretty good though not potent (4)

T. Grassy hops and a bitter finish. Sweet malts. Little to no citrus (3.75)

M. Low to medium carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Dry finish. Some heat from the alcohol (3.5)

O. Kind of dissapointed by this one given the hype. The bottle has an expiration date 2 months from now. That said, it is hard to tell how old this is. Would try it again if I could find a fresh bottle since my rating is much lower than the average (3.75)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:27:30 | More by shadetree67
Photo of dexterk1


4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a good head and lingered well.
Odor is hop citrus with grapefruit and maybe lemon. Some minor pine or green notes as well.
Taste was citrus upfront with a lot of grapefruit. Floral middle to end with a little green too. Taste was similar to smell. Finished with some nice hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is pretty decent body, but no heaviness. Good finish and nice on the palate.
Overall, and excellent IPA. Very balanced and maintains that throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:17:10 | More by dexterk1
Photo of arlingtonjoe


3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: easy pour into a 12 oz glass, hazey pale golden color, 0ne finger head with nice lacing.

S: aromas of pine, citrus and some cut grass.

T: upfront piney taste with a some grapefruit, lemon rind, with a slightly sweet malt bill and mildly bitter dry finish.

M: medium body with a nice resiny aftertaste.

O: Quality ipa worth revisiting when i can as it currently is not local to my area

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:47:03 | More by arlingtonjoe
Photo of JohnCassillo


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Mostly translucent gold coloring with a very minimal head.

S: Some light pine and citrus hop aromas take over the glass pretty much immediately.

T: Pine and citrus are immediate, followed by a sticky hop finish that has you going right back in for another sip. The hop characteristics permeate every bit of the beer.

M: Crisp, clean finish with mild carbonation. Not overly heavy at all, despite a solid ABV (7.5%).

O: Flower Power is among my favorite beers, IPA or otherwise. It inhabits its own unique place in the East Coast IPA range (not being overly malty or hoppy) and would contend with the best from the opposite coast as well. Best of all, it's readily available in the Northeast. Drink as much as you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:31:06 | More by JohnCassillo
Photo of Clemtunes


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is a 1st class IPA..high quality beer for sure..its not the strongest IPA out there which is a good thing..a drinking beer..the strength of taste and its a little fuzzy at the end...otherwise it would have a 5.0..we truley live in a wonder time when a beer like this is not perfect..back in the early 80's Bass,Sierra and the Sam Adams were the best we could do..which they are still good,save for the fact Bass is not from England anymore

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:32:52 | More by Clemtunes
Photo of AngeloTheBartender


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this beer a perfect 5 across the board. Ithaca really nailed it with this one. The name Flower Power speaks for itself. The honey orange glowing appearance calls out to you right from the pour. Less than a finger head that lingers around. The mouth feel on this beer is equal to the robust nose that it offers leaving no disappointments. Truthfully for the more experienced IPA drinker. FYI this beer will change your palate for the night so it will be tough to drink anything less in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 17:45:41 | More by AngeloTheBartender
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours into a tulip orange, little white head, maybe a finger. aroma has fresh citrus, perfume, candy, pine. taste: balance of sweet and spicy. getting more earthy qualities, lots of pine. the lingering bitterness. overall pretty floral/herbal/earthy rather than citrusy

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 11:40:21 | More by dank203
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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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