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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4,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,879
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 482
Gots: 895 | FT: 25
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

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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Ratings: 4,879 | Reviews: 1,264
Photo of Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a 6pack this past week even though it was bottled on November 20th in 2014, which is past it's apparent 90 day shelf life. I did enjoy it but i'd love to get a 6pack of this fresh

Photo of Leeshka410
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Without a doubt, one of the best and easily drinkable IPAs I've had in a while. It did not present as an overly hoppy beer on smell, and the taste and finish was clean and crisp. Pours just a little cloudy; it had a floral and fruity taste, but not overly so on either count. I would buy this regularly. It actually went down a little too easily!

Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a pint glass, didn't notice a freshness date. This beer is a cloudy orange with a great lacing and retention, nice golden tinge to it.

S - Aromas of tangerine, fresh orange juice, lavender, juicy citrus, with a fresh sweetness to it, balanced by a meaty malty backbone. A tinge of slightly tart gooseberry. Overall it is good, but I get the sense if fresher it would really pop.

T - immediate notes of citrus, with fresh tangerine, grapefruit, very bright, with some fresh spring florals, a touch of herbal notes. I do get some pineapple creep in to compliment the bright citrus to really give a nice tropical feel to this beer, and it feel really satisfying and smooth on the palate, with a thick creamy feel and enough bitterness and zesty carbonation to balance it off nicely and lead to a satisfying drying finish. A great IPA.

M - smooth, sits thick and a bit creamy on the palate with a refreshing body and nice malt tones, very appealing.

Overall, yes a very great IPA, I would love to have this regularly available, but for me personally I think it is a step below some others I have had, and I think that is just do to a palate preference, the execution here is spot-on and the beer exudes the tropical pineapple and tangerine/grapefruit notes. Really lovely beer.

Photo of PaulBenjamin
2.16/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was bland. Maybe I got a pack that had been on the shelf too long but it was in the store's cooler. I am a huge fan of IPA's and -- although I prefer them with a very strong hoppiness -- frankly this just had very little taste overall. I really did try to like it. I like Ithaca's beers and dig the name :). But after all 6 I still felt like I was just drinking water with some hop flavour.

EDIT: On a plus note, if you know someone who wants an introduction to IPA's this would probably be OK. I tend to give 2's only to beers I don't want to buy again -- doesn't mean it was "bad", just I thought it was far off from good.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into an IPA glass to a somewhat hazed golden yellow topped by a dense three finger white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of citrus and tropical fruits with some slight sweetness
T: taste is tropical fruits like mango and pineapple with some grapefruit. decent sweetness from the malt provides balance. swallow is slightly bready malt more grapefruit and pineapple with some oily hop resin.
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carb. this beer has a refreshing finish.
O: an outstanding IPA with great balance and a decent complexity of flavors. buy it if you see it.

Photo of blinkstock182
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Now this is what an iPa should be

Photo of KillerJigger
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Was a good IPA that had good gloral notes. Will be having more.

Photo of JGormley
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too hoppy for my personal taste.

Photo of DavidGross
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good friend from Syracuse suggested to grab a few of these and I was glad I did. A really outstanding IPA. Intense aroma out of the glass and matching taste. The beer was balanced very well and I look forward to more of these.

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm just writing this so I don't get fined.

Photo of tlema1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop honey, delicious beer, glad I visited buffalo

Photo of SSS
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Mid tone yellow color with a relatively thick haze
S-Very musty and herbal hints of pine and very subtle citrus
T-Not overly sweet and the bitterness is modest and very balanced
M-I quote enjoyed the carbonation as it was not over the top yet added to the overall mouthfeel in a positive way
O-Very drinkable IPA froM the NorthEast. If you are a fan of musty hops, this is a nice treat. Recommended.

Photo of beersacrossamerica
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As close to perfect as it gets for an IPA.

Photo of JPowell712
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great IPA. I bought this in a mixed six pack and I was blown away! It is a really refreshing hoppy IPA that works really well in the warmer weather. It pours a nice light golden color with plenty of hop aroma. The taste is lighter and crisp. It is a refreshing beer. The hops and a slight sweetness go really well together. This is a must try and a must have! I enjoy and recommend this beer.

Photo of cafiguer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great ipa with a surprising touch of honey.

Photo of EvoRich
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: straw, hazy yellow in color. Nice head and lacing

Smell: Citrus hops, and wheat. Piney and floral notes.

Taste: Sweet orange peel, bitter hops. A touch of maltiness.

Feel: Nice creamy texture. Very smooth and moderate carbonation.

Photo of Trombone69
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goes down easy. A pretty good IPA. I'm a little burned out on iPA's, and it's not much different than 50 other ones, but it is drinkable.

Photo of Smaxy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet and floral IPA that lives up to its name.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold that looks pretty good. The beer leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

The beer smell has some very strong hop notes. The hop notes are mainly floral notes with a nice orange citrus note as well. The beer smell is tilted strongly in favor of the hops with very little malt smell coming out.

The beer taste strongly resembles the beer smell. The taste also has strong hop notes with very little, if any, malt notes. The hop notes mainly consist of a floral and orange citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, bordering on creamy. The beer is medium bodied but does not always feel like it. The carbonation is very little as to not interrupt the smooth feel.

Overall, a very good IPA and one worth getting. The IPA isn't as hoppy as other variations but most certainly lives up to its name. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deep gold like color, smells of grapefruit and some floral scents, tastes very crisp and light with a mild touch of grapefruit, very smooth IPA

Photo of CPM3790
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great Classic IPA taste. Nice potency. Easier to consume many!

Photo of Mateer
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It looks like Ithaca brewery changed up the label again.

Appearance: Golden, yellow. High carbonation. Strong lace.

Smell: Pine and Flower.

Taste: Pine, citrus, pineapple. Balance exceptionally well by the malt backbone.

Overall: I wrote this up quick because I wanted to drink this beer, giving it the respect it deserves. If I had to compare this to another beer I'd (dare I say it) say that it is very similar to Heady Topper. I just wish that it was unfiltered as it has been in the past, but what else can you ask for. Another exceptional Northeast IPA.

Photo of mackeyse
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Palate fatigue and such factors aside, this isn't the same Flower Power I recall from some years back: no killer nose, no hoppy, piney bite. I see a 2013 review sort of compared this to Zombie Dust and another heralded it's West Coast character. Wow, OK. Totally different beer in 2015 folks . Nonetheless it's still actually a very good IPA. Goes down quite easy for a 7+% beer but that also speaks to the simpler nature of this incarnation of FP. It's not a world class IPA anymore in my book but still very good if you can find it fresh. Some of the older reviews on the site are working off a prior version of this beer that was far more transcendent than what Ithaca is churning out nowadays.

Photo of JVStabile64
3.01/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in 2 or 3 years. Pretty good!

Photo of Movember5
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer. Very tasty in my opinion.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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