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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,184 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,184
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 432
Gots: 491 | FT: 23
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew because of the highs and lows. Grapefruit aroma, lace in appearance, refreshing aggressive carbonation. However, a drying leaf aftertaste, bitter drying out grainy like the sucrose toothpaste. A bit of metallic, and a line of dark blood red like a radish in the head of the pour. I would try this on tap, but would want some food right away.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with slight malt and soapy aromas coming through as well. Taste is of fresh citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with a nice malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a very nice hop aroma and taste. I am glad I got to try one of these.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with some orange tint to the color. White head is initially two fingers in mu tulip but fades down to just a bit. Good lacing. Nose is light citrus with a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is might and sweet with a small amount of bitterness and some light citrus and tropical notes. Light and slightly bitter. Drinks pretty well, but nothing too special.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow. White head, with good lacing n the glass.

Nose is hops, all the way. Citrus hops, some caramel malts. Apricot and Lemon.

Taste is sweeter than the smell lets on. More of a malt backbone, then finishes with a fruity hops taste. The bitterness comes in late.

Finishes dry, a bit stringent. Medium bodied. Grapefruit flavor lingers.

Overall, a great IPA, but not an elite one.

nmann08, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops along with some hints of pine resin. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is filled with citrusy and bitter flavors from the hops, but these are in no way overpowering because there is an excellent balance with the underlying malts, which even contribute some hints of malty sweetness to the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is quite drinkable considering all of the hoppy flavors and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a firm, foamy head that leaves dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: Flower power, with sweet, floral citrusy elements; s bit different from the typical IPA, however, as there is an apricot aspect in there, as well

Taste: Sweet and citrusy from the get go, with a building floral apricot aspect the reaches its crescendo at mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness sets in to provide a foil to the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoying this one; the only change I would make would be to add a bit more carbonation to cut through the sweetness more effectively; although there is considerable bitterness, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I have encountered

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright brassy orange beneath an attractive head of palest beige. I prefer 'dirty' IPAs (that is, unfiltered), but Flower Power India Pale Ale is pristine all the way to the bottom of the bottle. There's nothing really wrong with the appearance, it just isn't a standout.

Thanks to an unconventional hop bill (Northern Brewer and Palisades) the nose is different, while still being enjoyable. Palisades is a Tettnang variant that is supposed to be grassy and apricot-like. I'll go along with that, especially with respect to the latter. If the flavor profile follows the aroma, we have a winner.

I'm not much of a flower child, but I like Flower Power just fine. It stikes me as a well-brewed English IPA that uses more hops than most English brewers would normally use. It has a long way to go before reaching the 'tongue ravaging' stage, but then every beer of this style doesn't need to push the IBU envelope.

Although I love the C-hops with a passion, it's refreshing once in a while to drink an IPA that uses something else. Ripe apricot, bitter orange, lemongrass and pine sap occupy the high ground. Pale malt with a hint of toast (Munich malt) hold down the fort. This is well-balanced beer that, as the style dictates, favors the hoppy side of the ledger.

The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile well. It's a shade lighter than IPA average, but then that only adds to the drinkability. I can't complain about the enlivening amount of carbonation either. Well done guys.

Why is Flower Power is a seasonal? If I lived in the distribution area, I'd pester the brewery to no end until they made this well-crafted IPA a regular offering. I wish I could run out and buy a sixer right now. Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops cones with light bittering notes and some light citrus as well. Taste is a very pleasant mix between some floral notes with whole hops cones notes with solid semi-sweet malt base. Bitter notes are not too heavy. Body is full with good carbonation. Really well brewed with nice notes of floral hops with well balanced bitter notes and semi-sweet malt bill.

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely exquisite IPA with an intensely floral and fragrant nose of citrus, nectar, and perfume. With the supple and elegant aroma, the flavors are to match, while offering a sensible drinkability that's almost dangerous.

Hazy golden in color, the beer carries a modest amber hue with finely knit carbonation taht coats the surface with foam and froath. Intricate pockets of fine lace adorns the glass in consistent and froathy fashion. A very solid IPA appearance.

Again, the perfumy nose puts on a show with citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, zesty corriander, tangerine, and mango. The citrus and tropical fruit descriptions can go on and on. Suble malt sweetness gives roundedness to the hop nose and provides a mouth-watering sensation without bringing about attention. This beer is all about the hops.

Flavors continue the hop dominance with a crisp and sharp flavor of citrus and tropical fruit zest and pulp that all fade into a clean and sharp bitterness in finish. Again, hop sweetness gives a slight roundness and caramel sweetness, but really only offer a background support for hops and never interfer with balance. Alcohol taste begins to resemble mild acetones but are disguised well by hop bitterness and flavor. Any esters are hard to detect beyond the fruity flavor offered up by hops.

Medium-full to start, the soft creaminess of carbonation gives a fuller texture. But as the carbonation subsides, the hop dryness set in at mid palate and usher in a bright and cleanly dry finish. A soft linger of malt accompany the fleeting hop bitterness and give a short lived impression in aftertaste.

There's a part of me that wants to detest the gimicky beer name. But the floral character makes 'Flower' relevent, and the 'Power' is understated but relevent. But this beer wins out regardless of the name.

BEERchitect, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

mikesgroove, May 08, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A re-review of this one from the bottle as it seemed a bit different from the growler I had previously.

A: The pour is a nice looking amberish color with a fair amount of orange to it. A nice big white head forms as a cap.

S: The nose is more intense than the previous taste of it. A lot of floral and citrus hop notes, leaning toward orange and grapefruit with just a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is much more bitter than I recall it being. Lots of resinous flavors with a moderate amount of citrus. The hops also have a bit of tropical fruit that I didn't notice before. A bit of alcohol comes through as well, which is the only thing that knocks the score down here.

M: A really solid body to this one with plenty of carbonation and a really crisp feel overall on the tongue.

D: Again, the only knock on this beer was the alcohol flavor that I noted. Otherwise, a solid IPA and one of the few from the East Coast that I've had that I earns that description.

womencantsail, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.7%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kylehay2004, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jaydoc, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy orange yellow color. The head was pretty fluffy and white looking. The lacing was strong on the glass. The smell if citrusy and floral, very lively aroma. The taste is hoppy and has a really nice floral earthiness, balanced with some lemony melon flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, lightly carbonated. Overall this beers got a good drinkiblity to it and I feel it's a very good IPA.

Knapp85, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

oberon, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

emerge077, Mar 10, 2011
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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,184 ratings.