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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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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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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Version (only available at brewery)

The beer pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is killer! It has a powerful citrus hop blast along with a really solid malt aroma (pale and Carapils). The hops smell so fresh. The taste is great as well. It's perfectly balanced in the West Coast style. It has the basic malt bill of pale and Carapils malts loaded to the gills with Cascade hops. It's wickedly bitter, yet so refreshing, even at 8%. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer that seemingly is better unfiltered, although it's not very hazy at all.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured a bit cold, but reviewed at 45 degrees up.

Pours clear, somewhere between straw and copper, with tons of effervescence and a gorgeous pillowy off-white head that just doesn't quit. Thick lacing. Beautiful beer.

Nose is classic IPA - citrusy, grapefruit and tropical fruits, bit piney, a bit of biscuity malt underneath it all. Nice.

Taste is pungent and floral up front, with the rich caramel malt body always playing a secondary role to the very prominent hops without ever getting lost. Not overly bitter, this one plays up flavor without going to crazy over the IBU's which is a huge plus for me. Lots of piney and floral hops, especially towards the long, pungent finish. A nicely done IPA, though the high ABV does lead to an interesting dance where this one treads the border between an IPA and a DIPA. Maybe a bit too pungent and heavy for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit heavy for an IPA, but with a nice carbonation that lends a bit of a bite towards the swallow.

This is a really good IPA, but between the slightly heavy body, and the prominent pungency, it loses a notch or two in drinkability. Still a nice IPA.

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Photo of psurandy
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Pours a deep gold with a decent head and respectable lacing. The smell is fantastic with floral hops. Great taste with citrus and floral hops up front that flows into a nice little bite of bitterness in the back. The malt backbone isn't prevalent, but you do get a nice bit of sweetness to provide balance to the beer. I really enjoy this beer and what is even better is the fact that it is exactly as advertised. Flower Power India Pale Ale is the perfect description. If you are looking for an IPA that isn't as strong on the bitterness but has a great floral hop characteristic this hits it. I am shocked that this beer is 8%. Easily one of my favorites in this category.

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Photo of sbw138
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint class from a bottle. Had a 2 finger head, which held some lacing at the top. Smelled almost like a west coast IPA, very impressive. Tasted great. Excellent hoppy taste with almost a subtle malty backbone, somewhat surprising. I was very pleased with this beer, as I have been disappointed with some other Ithica brews in the past. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of beerogre
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasting, drinkable IPA, with a lovely, flowery hop forward flavor.

Although, at 8% abv, this for me, is getting a bit strong for an IPA and is definitely encroaching on DIPA territory. I was looking for something more like a session beer when I bought this one, but was caught out by the IPA classification and the lack of an abv figure on the label.

Not disclosing the abv information is one of my pet peeves, and I don't really understand what the problem is with certain breweries not putting it on the label. It's a major consideration for me when I'm buying beer - I want to know what I'm getting into, and I don't always want the same effect from my beer. Sometimes I just want to knock back a few beers and other times I might want to get shitfaced and write surreal poetry.

As good as this beer is, I probably won't buy it again, because if I want a good IPA, I'd probably go for something a bit weaker, like Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration (if it's out) or if I want something along these lines I might as well go the whole hog and treat myself to Stone Ruination.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for kennyo for including this as an extra on our trade.

Consumed in a Unibroue tulip glass. Hippy, trippy bottle art. Almost through it was a Magic Hat beer.

Pours a sparkling clear copper color with a 1.75 finger foamy white head that quickly settles leaving foamy, bubbly lacing. A pretty beer. No haze or yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pleasant fruity hop aroma with some malt balance.

Clean and well balanced American IPA. A textbook, straight-ahead example of the style. An 8% beer that hides the alcohol and could easily catch up with you.

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Photo of marcpal
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Philly foodery, enjoyed in hotel. Poured into wine glass. Best I could do.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

A: Bright yellow, pretty bright for an IPA of this magnitude. Not much of a head, ample carbonation and very good lacing.

S: Floral, check. Hoppy, check. Long-lasting in the back of the nose, check. Could endlessly sniff on this.

T: This has the terrific taste of the midwest hops and I salute the recipe and hop bill that was heavy handed in the delivery device here. Orange, pineapple, malts all balanced very neatly with a smacking of pine tree. Most good IPAs are either a grapefruit pith or a pine tree, this one brings both. A hophead delight.

M: One thing that is not super tight with this beer. The carbonation is a bit much where I wish it were something a little bit on the creamier end that would lend a more gentle coating. I like that the pinching bite from the pine stays and holds though.

D: I guess it is limited by the abv, but this is easy as anything to drink. The bite is great and everlasting on the palate after each sip that makes it so pleasureable to drink. Better than good, great.

Let me be (Im sure not the first) to invite Ithaca into NJ distribution.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from a sixer courtesy of beertruth and muled back from NY for me by number1bum. We only see Flower Power in PA in the Ithaca mixed 12 pack (3 bottles per 12 pack) or once in a while on draft. Glad to have an entire sixer to myself. Freshest by July 2009. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass and appears a crystal clear rich amber color with about an inch of creamy light ecru foam. The foam leaves a thin lacing on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smell is of floral, herbacious and citrusy hops such as orange and grapefruit. Excellent aroma here! Tastes of toasted bisciut/caramel malts, white grapefruit juice, bitter orange peel, lemon and resinous pine. Hop oils are really noticeable with the slightest touch of warming alcohol. Very fresh tasting with a dry finish, medium body aa well as medium carbonation. All IPA lovers need to seek this one out.

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

I enjoyed the heck out of this IPA. It also comes with a freshness date on the label and I wish more brewers included this. The beer pours a clear amber color, with an absolutely delightful nose. There is decent lacing and a nice slightly creamy off white head. There is plenty of orange burst and blossom, floral hops, oily and estery character, and a luscious bouquet. The nose is an outstanding feature to the beer.

The taste isn't far behind. This is a delightful nouvelle IPA. There are tons of grapefruit acerbic and tart notes, some lemon, lots of orange blossom and citrusy tangerine, and wonderful hop oils seeping throughout the body of the beer. This is a smooth, creamy beer that has a very nice bready malt base that cuts away some of the hop sting. It isn't an entirely balanced beer, and it is a touch too light and thin in parts. The beer could use a little thickening up to really bring this to the next level. This is a delightful IPA with a tangy aftertaste that is a real palate cleanser. This is a dangerously deceptive 8% ABV beer, with no throaty burn or other boozy characteristics. I would seek this one out again. L'Chaim.

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

Growler Purchased at Skibbo's

Pours a golden yellow into my allagsh flute. Nice 2 finger head the fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells piney and citrusy.

Taste is initally sweet followed by citrus and finishes bitter. The sweetness and citrus is very quick.

Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

It is a nice drinker but at 8% abv not a session beer. I would but this again

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Photo of hsway
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

a: Orangey brown with a small amount of off-white head and a bit of lacing.

s + t: Citrus and pine, with a malty sweetness. Overall not bad, though it left a mildly unpleasant dryness on the back of my tongue.

m: Nothing special.

d: The tongue dryness thing turned me away from having more than one.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold-copper with an even, off-white, one finger head.

Smells of pine resin and doughy bread. No question which flower has the power in this brew.

Nice resiny hop flavor with a little orange zest in the end followed by a bitter hop lingering finish. A true to style IPA for sure.

The mouthfeel is a little off for me. The carbonation up front is pretty sharp and that gives way to the unctuous end that stays with you. If there were a way to combine the two feels to mitigate both, this would be a much better beer.

drinkability is good here. The limiting factor would probably be the ABV but since it's not on the bottle you would not know it unless you knew it because it's really hidden in the taste.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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