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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94
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4,536 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,536
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 447
Gots: 634 | FT: 24
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Label is notched best before March 2012 so this one is 6-8 weeks old.

A - Pours a hazy orange/copper with a quickly fading white head. Leaves a patchy film on top and some lacing remains down the glass as I drink.

S - Very floral, as expected from the name. Strong smell of honey and pine with some citrus.

T - Tastes mostly of honey, lemon, and malt. It's too sweet for my liking. I think much of the hops have faded. Reminds me of tea with honey a little bit. Probably past it's prime, or at least for the flavor I was looking for.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. A little bit syrupy.

O - I was looking forward to trying this beer because I had heard good things. I was a bit disappointed, but it wasn't terrible. I will seek a fresher bottle because I have heard the flavors change quickly with this beer. The best by date is three months from bottling so this one was at least two months old.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JohnG190
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by June 2013. Served in Spiegelau IPA glass. Golden in the glass with quickly dissipating white head. Citrus and flowers in the nose, great aroma! Hoppy bitterness right out of the gate with citrus fruit and pine. Finishes slightly dry and bitter with grapefruit rind. Sweet caramely malt balances out the bitterness perfectly. A real east coast hop bomb! Medium body with light carbonation make this 7.5 ABV IPA easy to drink. An extremely well crafted IPA. Seek this one out!

Photo of Hendry
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi clear amber with a finger of white soapy head that reduces to nothing in about a minute, plenty of carbonation, average lacing.

Aroma is on the malty side with some dank hops, touch of apricot & herbs.

Taste is slight improvement, the hops fight for the spotlight with the malty, butterscotchy base, and win out just slightly.Ends up finishing dry after coating the palate for a brief spell.

Mouthfeel is medium,brisk carbonation.

Overall, I wish that the dry hopped Flower Power had the same level of carbonation as this bottle did. I found the dry hopped version to be superior in aroma and flavor, but lacked the zippy carbonation. I was expecting more from this one, however it is probably one of the best examples of a balanced IPA, which is popular with many, but not my bag as I want the hops squarely in my face with the malt playing only a supportive role.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sponberg
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with a thinnish head that hangs on pretty good.

Like, wow, man, this is one mellow IPA! Not much in the way of aroma - this followed a HopDevil, so it had a helluva opening act to live up to, but still, very subdued for an American IPA. The hops are primarily in the flavor and bitterness - they add a pleasant but not overpowering floral/citric/spicy character to the toasty, slightly caramelly malt flavors. A lingering bittersweet flavor finishes it off. Because of the lack of full frontal citrus assault and medium body, you can drink a LOT of these. Not the first choice for a hophead by any mans; however, if your tastes lean toward a more restrained IPA, it's a fine choice.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flower Power is a semi-dark honey color with a nice big dense and sticky head. It leaves a lasting, spongey lacing all along the glass.

The smell is floral with some grassy undertones. I pick up some honey and caramel from the malt. It smells sticky and sweet. Almost like hop candy.

The taste is not as sweet as the smell. There is a nice smooth caramel flavor that you can easily pick out. The hop flavor tastes a little one dimensional. Maybe a touch of pineapple or grapefruit but there's not much going on for that. There's bitterness lingering as you swallow that lasts for a bit on the back of your tongue. It's not unpleasant but it would be better if it had a little more flavor to back it up.

The mouthfeel is creamy and goes down feeling watery. It's very easy to drink but doesn't really leave you wanting more. I liked this beer a lot better on tap. I felt that the smell and taste was much more dynamic. It's a west coast style beer but definitely not an equivalent replacement for one.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Decent head retention. Very nice lacing.

S - Strong floral hops. In many ways the poster child for the use of floral hops in beer, in my experience. Nothing but the floral hops going on here.

T - Hops! It's all a floral hop show. Also present is a bit of a sweet malt backbone. Nice and sweet, pretty tasty.

M - Medium body with active carbonation. Slightly wet throughout. Would prefer a drier finish.

D - Not the best IPA around, but a good example of how to use floral hops in a beer. Goes down easy enough if you're a fan of IPAs. Could have a few in a night.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber. Clear enough, but not like glass, you know? A finger of dense white head lastes fairly long and leaves good lacing. Smells fruity and citrusy. And, no, I'm not going to be more specific than that. Tastes... Huh. Tastes so much better when it's fresh! Had some at the brewery and, wow, was that ever awesome. This has been in bottles for a while (who knows how long - there isn't a date! Still, the stuff I had at the brewery was 5 weeks ago. Hmm. Yeah, they had it in bottles then). So, tastes change and I'm getting used to Ithaca hop use (Cascazilla/Red, DIPA, Flower Power). Still... This reminds me, oddly, of drinking Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. Something about the bitterness profile, you know? Anyway, I think I liked it a lot more fresh. Sweeter, less bitter. Not a bad brew for a hot summer day but perhaps a bit sweet for that...

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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a big frothy white head.

S - Awesome hoppy aroma of fresh grapefruit, pine needle, and spicy floral notes.

T - A grapefruit, mango, and pine hop explosion. Light sweet bready malts lend balance. Hints of tangerine and orange juice. Finishes citrusy and earthy with a mild pine bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. A bit sticky with a dry finish.

O - This represents the quintessential American IPA. Very hop forward but the malt still brings a nice balance. So many fruit flavors to pick out. Insanely drinkable. If I can keep finding fresh bottles, this will easily become one of my favorite beers.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks stonebrewfanatic for sending this one and texasclimber for sharing it.

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing over the top of the glass and clings to the sides.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and a touch of pine, but not as much as west coast IPAs.

Taste: Grapefruit dominates with a touch of papaya and citrus.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing.

Overall: It’s been a long time since I had had this beer and I really enjoyed it the second time. Great aroma without an overwhelming bitterness that a lot of west coast IPAs tend to have, not that I’m opposed to that.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,536 ratings.