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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,237
Hads: 4,965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 490
Gots: 960 | 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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Reviews: 1,237 | Hads: 4,965
Photo of Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -7%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of calise1122
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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 (660 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

HV (482 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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! (2,232 characters)

Photo of jraycee
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint IPA disposal unit yields a clear copper body with a finger of dingy ivory foam. The head reduces to a sheet that leaves rings of lacing on the sip-lines of the glass.

The smell of the drink is hoppy, oh yes, with an herbal, brown sugar-floral, spicy citrus bouquet that makes my mouth water.

The taste is plenty hoppy, too, with big buzzy fruity green bitterness kicking around a lightly caramel-sweet backbone. The citrusy, herbal hops pervade the drink with the aforementioned green-fruity bitterness and allow only a roving rogue hard-water mineral element to escape their wrath in the finish.

Superb feel and drinkability. Many thanks to a large glowing-eyed Ithacan dog for letting Daddy Lum get us some beers! (765 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before Oct. '08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, orange/golden color with a fluffy off-white head that left shitloads of lacing.

S - earthy floral and citrus hop aromas.

T - hopped out flavor, herbal, floral and citrus blast with just enough malt to keep your tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - the higher abv is sneaky, go easy. (396 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a decent head and godd lacing.
The aroma is floral hops,citrus hints and grapefruit.
The taste was sweet with a touch of bitter.Piney hops,citrus hints and malt.
The feel was oily,medium carbonation and body.

Notes: I think I will buy this again.Nothing too complex,just an ok brew.Drinkable. (312 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a clear plastic cup.

A: Poured a ruby amber brown with a one finger head of sticky white foam. Retention was nice and lacing was decent as well.

S: A very aromatic bouquet of floral hops and citrus smells, the most dominant being grapefruit, followed by some colven lemon.

T: Nice slick oily hop resin flavor up front leaning into an herbal, spicy hop flavor. The malt seems a little unbalanced, leaving the flavor to be a little musty and cloying.

M: Nice, slick, oily feel with a fairly clean carbonated wash down.

D: A decent IPA with an ABV probably around the 6% mark. Not the tastiest, but worth its weight in hops. It's a little rough around the edges, but good for a short session.

This Flower Power went nicely with the cool evening air and music in the environemnt I enjoyed it in. Probably better suited as a cool-weather IPA, but not necessarily one worth seeking out again. It's worth a try. (945 characters)

Photo of sleazo
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Pours a clear golden brown hue with a nice off white one finger cap. This fades rather quickly though leaving asmall swish of foam. Lacing is gtood however as there is a modern art masterpiece on the sides of the glass.

S_The smell is redolent of a citric hop profile, mostly orange, slight grapefruit like a tangelo. A decent ammount of doughy bread makes sure this isn't one dimensional.

T_This one is all over the place. What starts out as slightly acidic and sour rushes headlong into a more caramel maltiness. The finish has those tangelo hops but also a bit of raw alcohol flavour. The hop profile here leans more towards the orange/tangerine than grapefruit/tangelo. There is also a perfume like quality generated by the alcohol vapors and the citric and slightly floral hops.

M_medium bodied with a mid range carbonation and a bit chalky.

D_What started out nice, look and smell wise devolved into an utter mess. Just totally out of balance and wierd tasting. Unless given to me, I probably would not go back for a second taste (1,042 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

The appearance was a medium brown with a 2 finger head.
The smell was spicy and rich.
The taste was of a decent amount of hops and some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel was robust and goes well with eating hot wings or other spicy food.
Drinkability is good, a pretty good ipa overall. (336 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty ipa i indulge in as often as I can. it pours a golden copper with a nice white had that thins to a miniscus during the session. the aroma is floral as promised and the taste well in front of the malt flavor is the citrus with a nice sweet finish. the mouthfeel is medium full with soft carbonation, it's a nice ipa. (323 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from israel. Thanks! Best before June.

A: Copper colored brew with a fluffy off-white head that slowly recedes leaving a nice lace. Even twenty minutes in, this has a thin cap of foam

S: Hoppy with a good dose of bitterness and a very pleasant aroma. Hop notes include plenty of pine with a hint of mango with a caramel sweetness rounding this out

T: Nice bitterness to start things off but there's something strange going on here with almost medicinal bitterness with a hint of vegetable character. There's a mild sweetness that comes through but the finish is fairly dry, bitter and almost unpleasantly so

M: Well carbonated but the bitterness on the finish is excessive and not as well rounded as some of the better IPAs I've had

D: Maybe, I'd drink another to see if this is a good batch but otherwise, I don't see myself revisiting this (879 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from the tap. Looks good, light mahagony with a good lace show.

Smells of earthy floral hops. In your face.

The taste is hops and some more hops, then some biscuity malt, the slightest hint of alcohal, and then more hops.

Good going down, smooth and tasty. I'd say its medium bodied, but you can disagree if you wish.

Drinkability is solid. I really enjoyed this one. (392 characters)

Photo of JMD
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper color with big fluffy head. Nice lacing down the entire glass. Great looking beer.

S: Big piney nose, floral hops, and some citrus. Some underlying carmel and sweet bread.

T: Starts sweet with light carmel, honey, a little bisquity. Then the hops kick in and it tastes like a ripe juicy grapefruit.

M & D: Moderate carbonation, very smooth. I thought this was a great easy drinking IPA. Great hop flavor without the in your face bitterness. Another great offering from Ithaca. (497 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I reviewed this beer tonight while recovering from ACBF. I was in an open minded mood tonight, listening to some Aphex Twin. I poured this IPA into a pint glass. The bottle says best before June/July. Not exactly helpful...

A: The body is a clear, deep amber with red highlights. You can see the very active carbonation. This is all topped by a thick cream-colored head which leaves no lace, but stays around for a while.

S: There is a big, floral and zesty hop nose which showcases Simcoe, Palisades and Cascade. (Note: I cannot smell the difference between hops. These are the hops Ithaca claims to have put in this beer. Maybe someday I will get to that mystical state of being where every hop is an individual on my palate.) Underneath the hop smell lies a sweet, seductive, caramel malt presence.

T: The taste is characterized by the medium-high bitterness level, which demands a substantial malt counterpart. It is met by a rich malt flavor. Overall, I say the taste is fresh. The alcohol is mild and does not play much of a role in the flavor profile.

M: This IPA is smooth. Its medium body coats the mouth and as the beer warms, so does the alcohol warm the drinkers throat.

D: Surprisingly, I liked this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe I poured this out the first time. I guess I need to be in a serious IPA mood for this offering. However, it is worth trying. (1,400 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.