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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 4,998
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 495
Gots: 981 | 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 Mauerhan
2.89/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i got this from the secret santa bif. to be completely honest i had forgotten that i had it. it has been sitting in the back of my fridge for the past month and some change. sadly it seems this is well past its prime. all traces of an ipa have left a malt bomb of a mess. i feel bad that im continuing to review this. hrmm oh well.

pours with a great amount of fluffy white thick well retaining head, that sits above a beautiful copper colored brew.

smells like at one point this had some nice east coast hoppy goodness. sadly that smell is faint, faded and leaves alot to be desired.

taste is along the same lines with the smell. at one point this might have been a decent beer. that time is not today. unbalanced, stale whispers of hops. : /

mouth is alright. smooth. medium bodied. decent amount of carbonation.

i would love to see what this could have been fresh. I will look forward to attempting again this summer.

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Photo of younger35
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because I told him if he didn't send me one I'd kick his ass. I received it the next day. Ithaca makes some solid solid brews so I'm excited to try another IPA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Best before April ('09 I'm assuming).

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with excellent clarity and thousands of tiny bubbles that permeate throughout the glass. A nice one finger head that recedes very slowly still leaving a great cap that leaves rings and rings of sticky lacing.
Smell- Super fruity and fresh with a nice clean citrus profile. Grapefruit and pineapple are ridiculously pungent and very inviting. A bit of pine sap and mint add an earthy sort of undertone but this is a tropical nose through and through. I don't smell an ounce of malt in this bad boy, just 100% fruity bitter goodness.
Taste- Starts with a nice bitter bite that like the nose is super fresh and fruity. Not the kind of pithy grapefruit that I get out of a lot of these but more of a fruity orange/grapefruit pulp. More of the meat of the fruit rather than the flesh. Slightly sweet on the finish with a bit of lightly toasted biscuit and a lingering lemon. Amazing that a beer like this can hide the 8% so well.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more heft that you'd expect from a 8% IPA that is this bitter. A lightly crisp feel from the carbonation and a slick oily finish.
Drinkability- Fantastic beer. So drinkable and fresh I can imagine that this beer definitely would lose of bit after a couple months. Other than Brute, this is the tastiest Ithaca brew that that I've bee lucky enough to enjoy. Adam was right; this is a definite fridge stocker. Great beer!!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sunset...into a pint glass...

Solid copper body. 2/3 finger-head with solid lacing.

Slight caramel texture to malt presence...hop pine and slight citrus are prevailing on the nose.

There's a little grapefruit as expected, but it's more rind than pulp. Clean sweet caramel makes a mild entrance

This is just viscous enough to be soothing and there's just enough citrus bite to make it interesting.

This drinks too easily. Wayyy too easily. Good stuff.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for the chance to try this one.

A - Golden amber/brown color with a one finger off white head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a very thin layer of foam on top. Decent lacing as well.

S - Sweet tropical aroma explodes from this one. Some pineapple and mango come to mind with a light, sweet undertone of caramel malts.

T - Very light sweetness at first before being taken over by a sweet tropical taste. Lots of pineapple with light citrus undertones. An excellent tasting IPA.

M/D - Medium bodied with an excellent level of crispness. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of xenolithic
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Flower Power poured into my pint glass a pale caramel with about a half finger of off-white head and good visible carbonation.

The beer is very strong in the nose, as it sits away from me by about a foot I can smell it strongly, but not overwhelmingly so. Closer to the nose it gives up really elegant floral notes that are very pronounced. A little sugary sweetness also comes through on the nose.

It tastes like I believe an IPA should, well balanced and not too too bitter. It may be leaning on the side of a Pale Ale as some might argue it's a little anemic to be considered an IPA, perhaps an APA.

The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is thin and watery but not watered down by any means. As mentioned by other reviewers, this beer is smooth which lends to its drinkability.

I could probably drink a six of these in a sitting over the course of a hot summer day and have no issues.

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Photo of jeff2486
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review on 1/08/09

A: Beautiful light orange color, lively carbonation, medium head, very clear.

S: Nice light smell.

T: Although heavy on hops still manages to be very balanced and smooth.

M: Very light and smooth for the ABV of this IPA.

D: Very drinkable because of the smooth feel, however I am not dying for another.

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Photo of treyrab
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one finally make its way out here. Had it on tap today at lunch into a pint glass...

A: Pours a typical light copper color with some nice, active carbonation. The great thing about this is the sticky looking head that seems to cling to the glass.

S: Smells like a typical IPA with very floral, fresh hops that are mainly piney. Some citrus comes in, but not as much. Sweet cereal malts come through slightly.

T: The taste is very crisp and refreshing with a nice bitter bite. Not very thick or heavy, as this is rather light. But the hop presense is nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall, this was a solid IPA. It wasn't anything special, but it was the perfect beer for today.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has an average-sized, fluffy white head with large bubbles. The head vanishes but leaves some nice lacing. It is clear, sparkling and amber. (Maybe 10 SRM). The aroma is of pine and grapefruit with a hint of grass. There is a dusty, earthy basement odor that borders on wet cardboard. In the mouth, it's a bit light, flat, and maybe chalky. The flavor is mostly a grapefruit-orange. It's not bad but not as hoppy as I would have liked it to be.
(rated Feb 5, 2007)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly cloulded copper/amber color. Pored a 1 finger head with fair retention. Decent lacing in solid rings.

S: Floral hops are very prominent. Ringing citrus and grapefruit notes. Slightly stinging lemon at the end.

T: Big floral hop resin flavor up front. The malt seems a little unbalanced, leaving the flavor to be a little cloying.

M: Fairly big beer. Balance carbonation cleanses the slick/oily feel for a nice finish.

D: A decent IPA. The abv is a bit daunting. A good enough beer in style with a big range.

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Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've often seen this mentioned as an underrated IPA, so I figured it was finally time to give it a try.

Pours a clear amber color with some bubbles rising steadily to the top. Creamy light beige head fills the pint glass, leaves a mess of stick on the sides and keeps a very nice, full lace.

Mmm...smell is super juicy, resiny, citrus and pine hops. Very nice. Lots of caramel malt sweetness, as well.

Taste is also packed with citrusy hops, slick and resiny, with some pine as well. Nice caramel sweetness like the smell, and some toasted malt too. It's a bit boozy, with some alcohol burn and a long lasting hop bitterness. This really is a very hoppy IPA - dem flowers are indeed powerful.

This has a hefty medium body, with a nice creaminess and a slick resiny feel. Alcohol burn detracts just a bit from an otherwise very nice mouthfeel.

I didn't realize at first that this was 8%, which is pretty big for a standard IPA, but it made complete sense once I realized it. It definitely drinks a bit boozier and is fuller in the mouth than a typical IPA - it's getting to be halfway toward a DIPA, in my opinion. Whatever, this is good stuff. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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

Ithica Flower Power IPA (bottle)
A: pours a nice tawny color. Nice light tan head. Good retention level and nice cascading lacing.

S: good citrus hop aromas, some pine as well. Good crystal malts.

T: wonderful citrus hop flavors with a nice lighter malt(biscuity) flavor. Hints of pine and mostly grapefruit from the citrus.

M: mild mouthfeel. Body is a little thin, but enjoyable. Solid carbonation level. Very crisp.

D: great example of the style. Could be a little maltier, but a nice beer regardless. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fairly deep amber, moving away from the "pale ale" part of the style. Head is nice and creamy, though, with plenty of stick.

S: An intriguing aroma... Floral and perfumey, with a slight hint of citrus. The aroma is a bit like an artificial air-freshener... not bad, but it suggests that the taste could be a bit odd.

T: Quite a bitter and pungent flavour - like the aroma, it is a bit flowery and perfume-like, though. A little sweetness splashes over the tongue, but it soon becomes bitter with a chemical or even medicinal flavour taking hold of it.

M: A fairly rich, fuller-side-of-medium body. Oily and slick, it helps hold onto the flavour. Not so fortunate, as I am not all that blown away by the flavour, but in the sense of mouthfeel alone, it's great.

D: Probably not one of their offerings that I would run back to hurridly, but not horribly bad - maybe a little lighter on the perfume qualities, and I'd love it.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear honey. Near white head leaves fast. Leaves ring. Sticky and sudsy lacing.

S - Perfume. Definitely flowery, bready, a sharp quality in there too.

T - Not as deep as the smell, but along the same lines. More watery than anticipated.

M - Good balance, medium to light body, good carb.

D - Easily drinkable.

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Photo of calise1122
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, clear and a thick tan frothy head. The head wilts to nothing and leaves some splotches of lace behind.

S: Flower power indeed, smells somewhere between a bouquet from the local florist and a bouquet from Edible Arrangements.

T: This is a nicely balanced beer. Has a different sort of bitterness which must be attributed to the hops that they used. Pine, caramel, bread, apricot are all noticeable. It does have a slight aluminum taste to it at the finish I think, but by no means distracting.

M: Medium and fairly thick

D: Could easily be a session beer. I expected a bit more bite, but it was a pleasant change of pace. Glad I have a few more

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door

Pours a clear copper color with about a half inch of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

Very hoppy nose. Lots of floral hops with some citrus hops and nice malt.

I love the taste of this beer. Lots of hops but nicely balanced between floral and citrus. Mild bitterness in the finish with a nice biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice lingering bitterness.

Excellent in drinkability. Goes down nice and smooth and delicious.


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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lum for this psychadelic brew.

Pours a clear as hell amber color with a good white head that dissipates fast but leaves ok lacing.

Nose is some spice like euro hops mixed with a good bit of citrus smell and a decent maltiness. Biscuit.

Taste follows. More WC ish bitterness than i expected based on the nose. Grapefruit, some other citrus, a bit of 60 minuteish spiced hop flavor. Somewhat english tasting, but clearly american brewed. certainly an interesting hop profile. Biscuit and bready malt in the background here, but present enough to make an impact. Bitter on the finish. But a slow growing bitterness, unlike many balls out face melters out there. Kind of interesting. Unique.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side, but just a tiny bit. carbonation could be just a scoche higher as well, but again, not much.

Drinkability is quite good here, a very interesting and ponderable IPA. But if you are expecting a West Coast IPA, forget it. There is much spice hop influence in here, very East Coast, but that is not meant in a bad way as it usually is when concerning IPAs. The bitter finish is unique here though.

Overall a very interesting IPA. Sort of boundary gapping as it has all the flavors of an East coast IPA, but the bitterness on the finish is right up there with WC brews. Some West coast hop flavor in here, but not much. Certainly one of the more palateable IPAs on the east coast, and glad to have a few more of these to enjoy. Thanks again Lum, looking forward to trying the others! Good Beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Pouring fairly agressively develops a fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm.
Aroma is citrusy and grassy with some hints of caramel in the background, but definitely hop dominated.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is not overly intense with some grainy malt up front that rolls to grassy and citrusy rindy hop flavor. Again not intense but there, lingering bitterness. Fairly easy drinking with no hint of ABV anywhere. A nicely crafted IPA, I could sit and have a few of these and not be bored.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking name and bottle.. whats inside?, not so cool. An average IPA at best, a little too bitter for my liking making it quite unbalanced. This greatly affects the drinkability of this beer. Also, the alcohol flavor is way too prevalent and makes it tough to drink as well. There's better, there's worse, its decent.

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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Best Before: 11/08

A big thanks goes out to Lum for throwing a couple Flower Powers in as extras on a recent trade, thanks Paul! Flower Power is an exceptionally clear polished copper. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer; each fingerprint can be read through the glass without a problem. The large carbonation bubbles rise in streams to the surface. Two fingers of creamy bone white head rose on the pour and left perfect history lines after each drink along with sheet lacing in between. The smallest the head receded to throughout was one finger. This is an exceptional looking beer.

The hops aren't smack you in the face huge but do contain all the qualities I like in IPAs. Orange oils, a slight floral even honey like quality, and resins shine through front to back. Caramel is laced throughout thanks to the malt backbone. Some rich graininess comes along as well with the caramel dampening it down quite a bit. The orange oils grow as the beer warms and throws off all kinds of sweet citric qualities.

The flavor follows the aroma closely with the sweet orange oils leading the way. The hop resins seem to fall back slightly but the floral, and somewhat sweet, honey qualities take over on the finish. All of this is layered over the top of a solid caramel malty backbone. There's spicy alcohol coming through in the flavor that wasn't there in the aroma that adds more depth then distracts but does get in the way just a little bit. The flavor overall is fairly well balanced and easily drinkable.

The mouthfeel is right on point; medium bodied with a silky smooth creaminess that glides through at its own pace. Mild alcohol fumes rise through the throat to add a little warmth. The body of this beer is incredibly soft on the tongue.

The balance of this beer makes it insanely drinkable. I've been drinking this one a little to fast and can feel the alcohol working. After checking Ithaca's website I'm surprised at the BIG 8% I wouldn't have guessed it.

This is an all around tasty IPA from Ithaca. Easily sessionable if you watch out for the 8%. I have been thoroughly impressed with everything I've had from Ithaca and I believe this to be an underrated IPA. Thanks for another good beer Paul!

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Photo of jraycee
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my pint glas a beautiful clear amber with medium head that quickly fades to a thin sheet that leaves spotty lacing.
Smell is great, lots of flowering hops, honey, citrusy.
Taste is awesome but seems impossibly backwards. Like its hoppy bitter up front with a sweet lingering finish. Gala apples, grass, and honey.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but nice carbonation up front.
Drinkability is a little low in my opinion for this style due to the sweetness, but an overall good experience.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power pours a beautiful dark honey amber with a full orange tinted off white head. Plenty of rings of lacing showing each gradation in beer sipped.

Aroma is full of grapefruit hops that come off smelling sweetened by dark sugar and caramel.

Taste is a growing hop sensation of bitterness and citrus. All of the hops are backed by a solid malt base, but comes out more faint than in the nose. A touch of more malt depth would have provided a more satiating feel and balanced the hops better.

Feel is medium, but thins out on the end. Fairly drinkable and worth a try, but don't go crazy searching it out.

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Photo of roan22
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FP appears a dark amber color, appropriately carbonated, with some minimal lacing. Aroma is lovely...herbal and piney hops, and notes of caramel sweetness. Smells fresh and strong. Taste is traditional old school regular IPA: lovely hop bitterness, citrusy and resiney, balanced by malts...there's a definite boozy note, and effect...but there's also this herbal plant taste, a homegrown, spicy quality..it gives this IPA a noticeable, dynamic flavorful edge to others.

Flower Power is 8%, it tastes so good, I want to drink 3 pints but can only handle 1 if getting back in the car. Sigh, impatiently awaiting bottles around Philly so I can buy a case and drink them at home.

Flower Power is a lovely choice to drink with dinner, be it crab cakes, mac and cheese, or spicy (indian or thai food etc.). Yummy I love Flower Power. Its one of my top 5 IPAs. Taste factor is second only to Russian River's Blind Pig.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Honey color with a thin soapy head. Appears to be viscous.

Smell - Nose is pine cone and a little honey maple.

Taste - Similar to nose and dominated by hop bitterness. Some hop juice shows along with cannabis in finish.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin considering the style, appearance and abv. Decent.

Drinkability - Not bad considering the style and hoppiness. Long but clean finish.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flower Power poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head faded to wisps after a few sips but still laced down the pint. The smell was good,. but nothing really jumped out at me. The taste was crisp and strong and the floral and citrus hops married well together. The beer had good body, but at 8% ABV two or three of these will about make it a night.

Flower Power is a very good IPA. Nothing overly unique, but great brewing techniques with a really good hop flavor. Definitely worth a try if you find it in your area.

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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