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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,673 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,673
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 459
Gots: 740 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Perfectly clear burnt yellow body, a little lighter then I expected though. There was a pure white laced head that disappears quickly.

S: Very grassy and unidimensional on the hop front. There was some caramel there but not much.

T: Good but not great. There is some pine and grass flavors in the front and then the flavor just drops off. there is almost no flavor from the malts which I should have expected from the light colored body.

M: A little thin and overly carbonated.

O: This is one of the better east coast IPAs I've had but it still is not that good. If you live on the east coast this is a good option but if you are on the west, I wouldn't request it in a trade.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Flower Power hit MA hard. A week after I bought it at the local store, it seems to have sprung up everywhere.

Upon popping the cap, there is immediate release of strong hop odor. It's floral and grassy and far stronger than most, even West Coast IPAs. Unfortunately, the hops aroma is fleeting. Once poured, it smells more malty and buttery with citrus and caramel notes.

Pours clear yellow, with substantial fine head. Head dissipates nicely, leaving behind a substantial collar and some lacing.

Initial bite is bitter, hoppy, almost firry/piny, followed by malt/caramel undertone. Strong fruity presence with spice notes--pineapple, bitter orange, allspice. Clearly hop-forward, the caramel and pineapple flavors linger along with a hint of eucalyptus, followed by sweet citrus and burnt sugar finish.

Body medium, light carbonation--no visible signs of carbonation, aside from the head, but clear effervescence on the tongue. Alcohol is even less noticeable than in Torpedo.

Overall a fairly balanced but complex IPA that does a nice dance on the taste buds. The flavor is not likely to survive beyond a single season, likely turning into a malt bomb with time. Drink up while fresh!

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4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flower Power pours a medium orange copper. There's a fluffy white head, with great retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, as you'd expect. Citrus and grapefruit, mostly, with a touch of malty sweetness.

The taste follows the aroma. There's that slight sweetness that balances out an incredible hop flavor of citrus and grapefruit. There's a nice bitterness that hides the 7.50% ABV really well.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, with a slight alcoholic presence. Smooth with a touch of bitterness that lingers for a little.

This West-Coast style IPA has flown under the radar for too long. Exemplifying much of what an IPA should be, it's time Flower Power gets the recognition it deserves.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Distillery in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear pale gold with a thin white head. Leaves a mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit and floral hops, with a very slight tropical fruit presence. Very clean aroma.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, with a lot of citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops. A little bit of biscuity malt sneaks in, but there's not a whole lot of malt presence. Clean bittering hops on the finish. No alcohol apparent.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Dries the palate nicely on the finish.

Overall: Very well done IPA. This will be a staple for me now that I've relocated to Rochester.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall this was a very good borderline excellent ipa. I've had a lot better in my opinion but I wouldn't say don't try it. The smell was very sweet citrus pineapple smell but the overall taste is more pine hop forward... not bad... perfect mouthfeel and light towards the end.. that is where this beer outshines other ipa's.... it's finish is smooth and only a slight bitter hoppy taste at the end. No crazy pallet killing hop bitterness lingering.This is the absolute perfect beer to give to someone who is just starting to/doesn't like ipa's. It won't overpower them too much and has a great smell and perfect finish.

Edit: Had to re review this because I've had this beer on 2 occasions after this review and maybe my pallet wasn't as bad as it was a month or so ago...lol... Had several so called world class IPA's since and Flower Power stands strong with them and is easily in the conversation. Again, still not my top but for the availability of it and the price its an excellent choice. This latest one seems to have a creamier mouthfeel which I love but the overall clean crisp taste is still the same...Great.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,673 ratings.