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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

4,300 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,300
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 439
Gots: 534 | 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 magine
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy yellow tinted orange. Brew has a thick white head. Head settles to a patchy island head. Some lace sticks through out, pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of floral hops, pine, oily resin. A touch of grapefruit hop as well. A very good, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth, has a nice floral hop taste. Brew has a nice grapefruit hop taste as well. A good biscuit malt taste, some pinyness to it as well. Brew finishes a bit bitter and dry. The brew goes down and drinks way easy. Good drinkable IPA.

This is a nice IPA; good flavors and mouthfeel and has a nice sessionable quality to it. At 7.5% alcohol, this one could catch up with you if you session it, but it would be worth it. Very good stuff.

magine, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with a somewhat good clarity. Produces a good head stand with a rocky, off-white head that has good retention.

S: It smells like a bag of hops with a strong hops aroma of citrus and tropical fruit being mostly lemon, lime and pineapple with some papaya. There is light malt sweetness and a light flower alcohol aroma as well. Some of that grassy, herbaceous aroma from the hops. One of the best smelling IPA on the market.

T: Great hop flavor dominates with a strong citrus and tropical fruit hops flavors and a very strong hops bitterness. The malt is there with a just enough to clean sweetness to support the hops. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness. The balance is fairly bitter but not as aggressive as some IPAs.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: Still one of my hands down favorite IPAs. The hops aroma and flavor is outstanding with a ton of West Coast citrus character and herbal notes. If I could take only one beer with me to a deserted island it would probably be Flower Power.

MadScientist, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

AOShabaz, May 12, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hype and the name of this one make it hard to really give high praise. I mean a 92 on the site with a name like flower power? That said I love IPAs and can't stand waiting to dive in!

Ultra filtered clarity (sadly) with a good bit of head and amazing layered lacing. It's a good look but damn stop filtering beers!!!

A wonderful floral aroma from the hops with subtle malt aromas.

This is an intense hop bomb. Hops dominate every aspect and they take on a plethora of elements. Everything from citrus t floral to hints of vegetables. Orange, pine, lemon and apricots all take a moment.

Wonderfulness and drinkable and enjoyable to no end.

I want more! A very solid example of the style. I love IPAs and this is no failure!

bobhits, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of zimm421
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a golden orange color with a nice, bubbly, off-white head.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine. The nose is very powerful, very impressive. The taste is very piney, not a whole lot of citrus there. Not really much malt presence, pretty unbalanced, as with the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp carbonation bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a very enjoyable IPA. Although it's unbalanced, it's refreshing and goes down easily.

zimm421, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of dedrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was handed a bottle at a party by a guy who had just driven in to town from the brewery where he bought it that day. It was achingly fresh.

Beautiful smell of hops - tea, flowers, sweet grass, stone fruit, and there you have the flavor too with the addition of silky sweet malts and lucious creamy mouthfeel. A burst of hops up front, in the middle, and on the finish, but silky smooth all the way.

dedrinker, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of kbnooshay
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear gold color with a short lived rocky and foamy white head that leaves some awesomely sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is super floral and citric. Smells super fresh and juicy. Taste is hop-juicy with a nice doughy yeasty deliciousness. Slight musty earthiness too it. Not too much in the malt department here. Feel is moderate with decent amount of carbonation. The hops do a good job of masking the 7.5.

kbnooshay, Nov 30, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

mjw1200, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

unclekeith, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.7%

sunofneurot, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great LUM!! Poured into a DFH shaped pint (wierd considering below).

A: Poured a light amber color that is crystal clear. Got a good finger of off white head that receeded to a thin ring with no foam in the middle. Lacing is very sticky, leaving rings that notch your level in the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Serious resin scent pouring out of the glass. Citrus, floral and herbal aromas all ring true. Caramel malt is present on the backbone of the aroma with just a touch of brown sugar.

T: Hops yet again. They are there but not amazingly or mind blowing bitter. The flavor profile is yet again flowery and citrus sweetness with just a tinge of herbal. Caramel malt is tries to level out the brew, but still hoppiness rules this ship. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with an oily consistency. Carbonation is just enough to make this brew slightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is only of malty sweetness with tinge of citrus. ABV is very subtle.

D: This beer is good all around and amazingly drinkable. I could kill this sixer tonight if I allowed myself. Smooth and tasty. You can't miss with this beer and Lum is on to something here. Worth pimping and totally worth drinking . . . in mass amounts. Don't drive though, kids.

everetends, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of mixed_master7
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mixed_master7, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Brushkanna, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Goldfishman, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
4.75/5  rDev +12%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -5.7%

dgeebs07, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bdel34, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light copper color with a very thin white head.

Aroma is not very interesting. Some flowery hops with a little malt to back it up but not very balanced, and not very bold.

Taste is of slightly sweet malt up front, and then a mix of bitter hops and hot alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of hop flavor up front really. There is a lingering citrusy flavor long after a sip is done.

A bit thin in the mouth, and highly carbonated.

Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will finish this one and move on to something else, or perhaps to bed. The two of these left in the mixed 12-pack I bought will be for others to try and review.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice eggshell white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: The aromas are big on the hops and a bit of sweet malt as well. I'm picking up grapefruit, floral hops, a bit of pine and a decent caramel malt backbone. There's a bit of tropical fruit in there as well. As I take more whiffs of this thing it gets more complex.

T: The taste is incredibly good starting with a bitter grapefruit peel flavor followed by wonderful notes of mango, sweet malt, and bitter pine. This has all the great flavors of a classic IPA. The buttering hops could be dialed back a tad but that is a tiny complaint.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied with a drying finish.

O: I would drink this all the time if it were available here. Great flavors and aromas make this a benchmark for all IPAs in my book.

GregSVT, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Gushue3, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -5.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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