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

4,536 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,536
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 447
Gots: 634 | FT: 24
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a good amount of sediment that makes its way to the bottom of the glass. Two finger thick white head. Smell is a lot of tropical fruit and earthy notes. Taste follows the nose for the most part, but with a lot more citrus and a bit of pine. I love the bitterness too. First time I tried this I think my palate was completely shot from what I was drinking before, but now all of these flavors are coming out. It's really nice. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from an IPA. Pretty light and crisp and absolutely refreshing. Overall, honestly this is probably one of my favorite IPAs. Possibly up there with Sculpin and Stone. I was really not expecting something this good.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best-smelling beer I've ever had, and one of my favorite IPAs as well.

Looks great, smells unbelievably great - I'll admit, I'm a sucker for any "floral"-type IPA. Something about it just makes the beer taste better. Especially when you don't actually taste the flowery part in the beer itself. I don't know how they do it - it's a mystery!

One of my "top 3" beers. I'd drink this anytime, anywhere.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trade from jrgratz. Thanks! Pours a sloghtly cloudy yellow with small head. Great grapefruit aroma with big floral notes. Very aromatic. Nice up front bitter with lots of piney bite. Citrus finish like biting into a grapefruit. Different from the west coast style but done just right. This is very good.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Store just got a case of this. It has a 3 month Best By, so it’s at most 1 month old (June is nicked on the bottle label).

A white fluffy one finger head. The color is a light peach and apricot gold color. Looks almost like Crystal Delight. It’s super hazy and you cannot see through it.

That aroma is killer. So freaking complex. Tropical fruit, juicy ripe peaches, pineapple, apple. Just sweet sweet ripe fruit. Going back in, it’s almost like sweet grapefruit, which is hidden from the honey sweet aroma. A white bready malt.

The flavor is quite interesting. Not as expected. The first thing that kicks you is a huge grapefruit bitterness that rushes all over the tongue, onto the sides. There’s pineapple in there as well. The middle has a slight biscuit malt flavor before the finish hits.

The aftertaste has this astringent grapefruit peel bitterness. Very fresh and natural tasting without bothering the palate. It’s very strong still. A huge bitter bomb. Not recommended for those just getting into IPAs.

It’s well constructed. I wish the front flavors were a bit stronger and lasted longer. The transition is good to the strong and bitter finish.

This is a hop head’s dream. The bitterness I wish was slightly toned down, but there aren’t too many complaints. World class beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass, courtesy of jstilwell

A: Pour a pale golden color. Very crisp/clear in appearance. A nice 1/4 inch white head emerges, but dissipates quickly, leaving just a thin white layer of bubbles. Pretty decent lacing.

S: A nice dry, bitter aroma. Faint floral smell, with a slight, subtle sweetness from some citrus notes. Restrained, but quite nice. Perfumey.

T: Tropical yet dry. Hints of oranges and lemon zest. Slight bitterness, with a pleasantly dry finish. A light earthy flavor as well. Outstanding.

M: Dry, light-bodied, with bubbly carbonation. This beer is amazingly drinkable. I could easily see myself drinking a 6 pack in a night (against my better judgement). Drinks so light, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable.

O: This might be my ideal IPA. Light, dry, bitter, with just enough citrusy sweetness. It doesn't have the powerful nose or big flavor to stand up to the top DIPAs, but it's on a short list of IPAs for me. Really flavorful yet easy to drink. I'll never be unhappy receiving this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before July 2013 Date.
Poured into Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.
Big thanks to IPAkindofguy for giving me this as an extra in a trade!

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light orange verging on blonde. Its almost pilsner-esque in hue. A thick, pure white 2 and half finger heads forms as soon it the beer hits the glass. The leaves lots of sticky lacing as the head recedes. Really nice looking IPA.

Aroma: Big, dank slightly astringent citra and simcoe hops right away; Huge tropical notes of kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit and light passion fruit. There is really interesting floral scent imparted by the yeast. There is a really nice and soft, sweet maltiness that comes out more and more as the beer warms.

Taste: Hops slam your palate immediately; huge notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and a really nice pine needle note. A soft bready malt presence provides the perfect backbone to show case the tropical and fruity hops. The beer finishes dry and bitter with lingering notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and cracke-ry malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great stuff! Honestly this is the most "west coast" styled IPA I have ever had. The hops positively leap off of the soft, but firm malt backbone. This really reminds me of a slightly less aromatic version of Blind Pig IPA from Russian River, but if it was brewed with Citra hops. I highly recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,536 ratings.