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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 5,001
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 495
Gots: 982 | FT: 25
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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 maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jjayjaye for throwing two of these into a recent trade as extras. Nothing like getting a heretofore IPA tossed into the salad, one of my favorite styles.

One of the palest, most translucent brews I've ever poured, a yellow with almost no distorting qualities through the pint glass. There is more grapefruit smell coming out of that glass than your average farmer's market. Damn. Guess that would be the hops.

Flower Power boasts a sap-like texture of hops. The hops are so thick in here they're turning the liquid to hopple syrup. The deep grapefruit turns into this oily, bitter shock to the system. This isn't a palate killer, but it is definitely a biter. Yowza. Only two notes in this one for me, but they're good notes.

This is swiggable. At 8% ABV it shouldn't be, but I find I can't just take a sip, I have to take a long pull at one time. Despite the hop attack, this one goes down really, really easily.

Excellent brew. Ithaca is now 2-2 as of 8/6/09 in my book. I have one more. Can't wait to try it.

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Photo of BB1313
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! This is my first offering from Ithaca and I'm very impressed. This is truly a top notch American IPA in my opinion. The smell is very floral and the taste definitely matches. Lots of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime zest, and a touch of pine. Very juicy. Very smooth and easy drinking, the flavors and aromas make this one hard to stop drinking. Very sharp and well executed by Ithaca.

It's too bad this is a summer seasonal because I can definitely get use to this one. If you see this one and you like hoppy beers, this is definitely one to try!

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Photo of bwd110
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Norristown, PA 8/3/09

Arrived at the bar in a standard pint glass, Dale's Pale glass to be exact...

A: Looks like a really refreshing ipa. Golden amber in color, with a tannish white billowy head, which dies off quickly leaving good lacing and suds down the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is where this beer shines. Big floral presence, backed up by citrus tones and a biscuity sweet caramel malt hidden in the background.

T: This is a stellar ipa. Floral hops dominate my palate but are complemented by some citrus and spicy flavors. The sweet caramel malt is just big enough to balance out the finish, amost a honey sweetness detected. This beer is also wonderfully bitter!

M: Resiny and coats the palate well. Light to medium body. The bittering hops help to clean up with a dry crisp finish.

D: Even though this is larger in abv, I love drinking this beer when it is uber fresh. Tongue smacking goodness!

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Photo of HisDorian
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too exciting about this beer. Nothing bad about it either. I could easily drink a few of these.

Nice golden coppery color with a nice head. Nothing too big. Smells big of citrus and less of pine. Tastes nice. Very smooth. Not over the top like some of the super hoppy beers, but not very sweet like the Dreadknaught or Hopslam either. Very light feeling beer in my mouth, but I could definitely drink several of these. I probably wouldn't search this beer out, but might buy it on a whim if the mood hit me in the store. I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, gorgeous copper color with a two finger of white head on top of it. Decent head retention that fades to a film, nice thin sheets of lacing left on the glass. Nose is of grapefruit citrus and piney homes with a slight bready malt presence. The taste is an extremely well balanced flavoring of strong floral and piney hops and a nice malt background. As the hops start to bite, the malts even it out so that the hops aren't too in your face. Enough bite to it to enjoy the IPA and well balanced malts that you aren't disappointed there isn't more bite. Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit oily up front but a crisp dry finish. I could easily sit with this one for a long time.

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power, usually I hate hippies but I was willing to give this a shot. Sent to me in two separate trades one by kennyo and another by DrDogBeer. Thanks gents for the solid hookup. This came to me in a 12oz bottle, actually more than a few of them came to me, and I promptly shared them with a tasting I was hosting at my shop. Pass on the love, or some hippie shit like that!

Pours a perky head that likes to stick around, is never fully goes away bunching at the edges of the glass and leaving more than a smear behind on the glass as it goes. A warm hued, tan-ish, mandarin color, hazy but without and solids or yeast apparent, this is a pretty beer to look at, certainly better than all those dreadlocked street hippies on Telegraph.

The nose here is a bit disappointing and leads you in the overall direction of the beer. The high level of biscuit malts are very distracting from the hop bill and all but washes away whatever pleasing floral/citrus/earthy aromas that were once trying to develop. In thinking about this I looked for any freshness dating and behold the notched label stating "Best Before:" June. So I missed it by a month. But I've tasted many other IPAs, tasted not reviewed, and plenty of them held up better than this.

The flavors are again more flexed to the malt side, which I love, but not in IPA unless there is a shitload of hops to counterbalance the sweet malt flavors. There is some dried twig, decomposing grapefruit and burnt sugar tones left here on this past-prime IPA.

The mouth is nice with a sort of drying nature. The malt never builds enough to become sweet and if this had the hops I think it once did I think they would have the balance just right.

Yes I could drink this, I've had plenty worse certainly, but right now it is just an ol' tired bottle, kind of like the skin of hippies spending too many days lost in the sun of their permanent acid trip.

I would love a fresher sample to taste. I think this beer warrants a higher score for sure. I remember this being much more enjoyable in the tasting mentioned earlier. Chalk this one up to having too much beer to taste and not getting to it sooner. Have to prioritize better in the future!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I have tried before and liked, but after grabbing a growler of it at the brewery today, I decided that this fresh from Ithaca growler deserved its own review.

A crystal clear, golden colored body with about three fingers of off-white head. A nice ring of head sits on top of the body throughout the entire duration of the glass, which means Flower Power has some good retention. Some decent lacing forms in rings also.

The nose is where this beer shines. "Flower" Power is a good name because the aroma is filled with floral hops. A bit of bitter grapefruit aroma in there too. Basically, this one is beating your nose with hops.

A bit of light biscuit, maybe cracker flavored malts greets me. Then the hops kick in, and that malt backbone is history. A ton of bitterness that features cascade hops and a good grapefruit flavor dominate this beer by far. Very bitter, and I like it. It might be melting my mouth. The finish and after taste are all grapefruit.

Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, and hops that will terrorize you. I feel numb; my tongue is fighting a war with the hops and the hops are dominating.

Pretty drinkable despite the bitterness, I like it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a high polished coppery amber. A bit over a finger worth of nearly pearl white head the holds for a bit before falling to a thick skim. Pretty decent lacing, too.

S: BIG Centennial hop profile, very similar to Two Hearted. Good pine and oily resins, with a forefront of acidic fruits. Some sweet malts to balance with a bit of biscuit and some nutty and buttery notes, that aren't off putting at all.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. The malts rush in and sweep most of it away but leaves a pleasantly sweet flavor along with the biscuit, some caramel, and more of the nutty and buttery notes. The hops are big Centennial and something else pretty big, maybe Chinook or Nugget? Body is medium with smooth but consistent carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. 8% is very surprising, I would have never guessed.

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Photo of BeerReed
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell drew me in, very floral with subtle backround malt. Very intriguing aroma.
Nice tan head on top with very good foam formation and retention. Good lacing, glass was not perfectly clean, however.
Taste of juicy bittersweetness.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is of sweet, mouth-watering hop resin and pine then grapefruit.

The appearance of this ale is honey colored with perfect clarity. A lively three fingers of off white tight bubble head made for a very appetizing sight. Some lacing is evident on the walls of my pint glass and the head has good retention.

The flavor starts with some bitter grapefruit and hop, then mild malt. Not a lot of depth of flavor or complexity here, just a nice refreshing bitter IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly nice due to the hop resin and lively carbonation, but it fades quickly on your palate.

Drinkability is quite good given the 8% abv, but I want for more flavor if I going to have more than just one or two. All in all, not a bad AIPA, but definately not in the class of some of the big boys yet. Good job Ithaca Brewing.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of slightly beige head. No carbonation bubbles. Decent head retention, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral and earthy hops. Caramel and bready malts. Some citrus fruits. A hint like DFH 12 Minute Ipa.

Taste: Sweet floral hops. Citrus fruits. Caramel and bready malts again. A big surgery taste. The more I drink it, the more it reminds me of DFH 120 Minute IPA, just not as boozy.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied. Low amount of carbonation. Ends with a super sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but eventually, the sweetness got to be a little to much here. This would be a one and done for me. Initially good, but 1/4 of the way through it, it took a turn for the worse.

EDIT: Just noticed this was 8%, so I can somewhat imagine why it was reminding me a little of DFH 120 Minute.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been overly impressed with almost all the Ithaca beers I have had up to this point. They are reaching Southern Tier status with their intense and consistent brews. This is their IPA.

A: Pours a very clear golden color. Nice foamy head that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: I get a lot of fruits on the nose. Apricots, peaches, orange, and a touch of pine. Smells very hoppy and refreshing.

T: Highly underrated and highly flavorful. This is a great IPA. You get a massive citrus attack upfront with lots of orange, lemon, peach and mango notes. Again, just a touch of pine. Very floral beer overall. You get a hint of bready malt, but it is very subtle. Very nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied. Finish is more juicy than dry. Bitterness is pretty prominant, and might be a bit much for non-hoppy beer lovers.

D: I was very surprised to find out that this is 8%ABV. Drinks way too smoothly and the malt character is very subtle. Much more on the hoppy side.

The more beers I drink from Ithaca, the bigger fanboy I become. They make some of the best beers I have had all year. I definetly prefer this to a lot of the more common West Coast IPAs like Stone and Alesmith. Highly recommended beer and quite a bit on the underrated side. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of MVotter
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ithaca Brewery Flower Power IPA pours into a chalice a crystal clear amber, and leaves a thin, cream colored head.

The smell is a mixture of tart fruit esters (grapefruit, for sure). And, and piney hops ... even a hint of malt; this IPA is already uber aggressive in the aroma!

The taste is a hop lover's dream. It begins with a good dose of hop bitterness ... grapefruit notes parallel the aroma; tangy, citrusy. The malts provide a nice balance, then give way to an audience-pleasing "hoppy ending."

The mouthfeel is effervescent and medium gravity, medium dry.

Flower Power is one hop-a-licious IPA. And, at 8% abv, it drinks relatively easily. The flavors in this brew never let on about the abv (sneaky in that regard).


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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with jjayjaye thanks!

Appearance: Direct blend of orange and golden. Very transparent. 1.5 finger white crown with some retention and lacing.

Smell: Rather bland and dissappointing. Some wet grass, hay, a touch of malt...

Taste: Much nicer than the nose would let on. A nice bouquet of hops. Some earthy, some floral, and an underlying mandarin type citrus hop note. Fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, but crisp?

Drinkability: 8% abv doesn't show but slows you down from consuming lots of it. Mouthfeel could also use some work.

UPDATE: Had this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub today (10/18/09) and found the hops to be much more pronounced. (Delicious! I have increased both my smell and taste scores by .5)

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Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a beige head. Nose has subtle grassy hops and sweet malts. Taste a bit light. Good nutty malt presence and mellow herbal hops. Light body holds a light carbonation. Decent session brew from Ithaca. May be a good IPA to serve from a beer engine.

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Photo of CHickman
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber/orange color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head which had lots of bubbles in it, and faded slowly leaving good foamy lacing clinging to the glass with foamy rings.

Smells very floral and hoppy up front, with floral hops, flowers, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, sweet malt, brown sugar and a hint of grains in the nose. Nice soft aroma of flowers that smells like wet hops were added, as some piney notes come through at the end.

Very sweet and hoppy taste with a potent mix of hops and a touch of citrus; the flavor of the floral hop taste and smell are dominating in a very good way, combined with a mix of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, sweet malt, brown sugar, piney hops, grass, hay, flowers, grains, biscuit or wet bread, some apple or pear, light yeast funk, and then another wave of oily hop resin. There is enough balance so the hops don't destroy your tastebuds and this is a high octane IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with light carbonation, a medium body that had a crisp feel somehow (?), and a bitter semi-dry finish with an overall delicious hoppy flavor.

A very good beer that went down smooth. Easy to drink and the ABV is not a factor in the taste, so I could drink these all night. To me this is another session IPA which I recommend.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of resiny hops, citrus, grassy and sweaty hops, and iced tea notes. Flavor is rather malty and sweet upfront with resiny hops in the finish. Very similar to Weyerbacher Double Simcoe actually. Some astringency in the palate. Decent IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Mirky golden, white head, small amount of lacing.

S - Sweet citrus (tangerines?), malts, slight hoppy bitterness.

T - Malts, sweet citrus, hops, orange peels.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing.

D - Perfect summer beer. A decent IPA.

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Photo of ancientelixir
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best N.Y. state ipa I've ever had. Color is light a coppery yellow, pleasant hop smell. Good mouthfeel. This has the hop bitterness and malty lingering flavor that I look for. Comparable to Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, which is a mainstay in it's own right with me, I taste a little more bitterness with flower power though, which is good.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Medium sized off whit head with tiny bubbles. Nice retention and lacing. The beer is a bright gold color.

S- Nice caramel sweetness with a large floral, pine, citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, vanilla and almonds also present.

T- Some what dry earthy bitterness, nice almond sweetness, hint of vanilla. Pretty well balanced IPA, the hops are present throughout with the sweet malt trying to balance things out. It is not just a big burst of sweet in the front and bitter in the end both flavors are present from the moment the beer touches your tongue until the finish. Good flavor and mouthfeel.

This is a really god IPA, would be nice if it was available where I live.

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Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's in Paoli:

Nice deep orange amber color with 2 finger foamy head. Great smell of citrus, especially orange, west coast nose for sure. Very refreshing with a great hoppy flavor and a slight malt backbone in there. Extremely drinkable. I could really get myself in trouble with these. I had 2 pints easily and a third would have been no probelm. No hint of the 8% abv whatsoever. I will certainly buy this in bottles when readily available in this area. Very well done by Ithaca and I would highly recommend to those who enjoy a very nice IPA. Cheers.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle- pours golden with good clarity and head. Strong west coast hop presence- pine, citrus some aspirin character (amarillo hops?)- medium caramel malt background. But mostly a hop delivery IPA. Finishes nice and bitter. Very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of natasharai
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lum for sending me this yummy IPA!

Appearance: Poured with a large white shiny silky but bubbly head that dissipated to a thin layer (that remained through the rest of my glass) leaving a chunky lacing down my glass. The beer is clear with an orange-gold color.

Smell: Fresh citrus hops, grassy hops, and a light honey sweetness.

Taste: Piney hops, fresh cut grass, sweet citrus, sweet honey, and a lightly toasted malt presence. Leaves mouth with a refreshing sweet/bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, good amount of carbonation, nice hop bitterness, and leaves mouth with a slightly sticky sweet feel.

Overall: Very good drinkability, nice and refreshing flavor. The hop bite is just what I expect in an IPA! Nice malty character a bit different than most basic IPAs.

Thank you Lum for this one!!! I owe you!

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Photo of bonbini26
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan.

Pours a glowing beautiful orange/amber color with a sweet creamy white head about 2-3 fingers. Sticky lacing follows all the way down on this one, good stuff. The smell is a little more on the malt side than the herbal citrus, hops, i was expecting but those come through also. Some earthy wood notes also, but really a complex nose on this one if an IPA. The flavor is full of malts and hops, really well balanced and flavorfull. The finish is great and has that wonderful bitterness that all IPA's should finish with. Full mouthful for an IPA, at 8% i was wondering why it wasn't listed as a DIPA, but this is really a full flavored IPA. And for the 8% content you couldn't really detect and was very easy drinking.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.