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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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1,252 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,252
Hads: 5,025
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 490
Gots: 1,006 | 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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Reviews: 1,252 | Hads: 5,025
Photo of mattice70
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - golden orange cloud
Smell - great floral hop aroma
Taste - IPA heaven. Each sip is full of floral hoppiness.
I really believe this is one of the best India Pale Ales I have ever had. I was able to taste straight from the bottle and also a growler filled of Unfiltered Flower Power. Unfiltered is absolutely amazing.

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Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle, from the botle
Served: 17 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so I can't really comment on the appearance of the beer itself, but I like the retro looking, 60s branding.

Smell: Very hoppy with big citrus notes, especially grapefruit and lemongrass.

Taste: Nice hop notes overlaid with a soft sweetness from the malts. The hop character is much the same as the nose- very citrus oriented, despite the name. This IPA has great 'balance' between the hop notes, bitterness, and malt sweetness, despite the fact that the hops are obviously the dominant force here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium carbonation. Nicely drinkable without getting heavy. Solid heft though.

Overall: A great beer, no doubt, and one that is immensely enjoyable. A great American IPA that bridges the cap between session IPA and double IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $13.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 5, 2015
Misc.: Born on May 8, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spiderweb layered lacing on the side of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Citra, tropical, resin, Cascade, bitter pine and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted Cascade, Citra, unknown other hops, resin and boozy pine. Fairly malty. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not that bad overall, but not as good as I thought it would be. Ehh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear straw/copper with about 1" white head that recedes quickly. Retention is excellent, lacing is minimal.

S: A blast of floral & citrus notes countered by a solid crackery malt note. Quite nice.

T: Leads with off-sweet caramel & flower notes. Mid palate is malty with touches of honey. Finish is properly hop-bitter.

M: Moderate carb & a pretty light but slick body all come together nicely.

O: Really quite good.

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Photo of Machoo
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bartender stated this was best on the board. Never tried Ithaca. Never would have guessed the ABV. Think it's the pineapple that hides it. Woud Spongebob approve? Pleasant surprise.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, golden yellow coloring with a clingy, low profile, coating white head. Aromas of piney and resinous hops, with a solid pepper spice, and a heavy dose of mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Very tropical and piney, all at the same time. Flavors are bitter hops forward, with pine and cut grass blending over a pepper spice character. Then comes the fruit, heavy on citrus and tropical notes, especially pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and mango. Very fruity. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste carries a bit more bitterness, with a vinous quality on the vegetal bitterness. The finish has a decent resinous and tropical linger, and is slow and dry. Good beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is quite the enjoyable East Coast IPA. Bought in a growler (at Total Wine in Fredericksburg, VA) and enjoyed at home. Poured a golden amber with a small head and yummy taste!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger white foamy head. The settles into a small ring leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit, and piney hops.

T - The taste starts with a subtle punch of piney hops that is followed by a wash of grapefruit and orange. The is a light caramel malt backbone balancing the flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - A nice easy drinking IPA. Would definetly drink again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 04/03/15

Appearance - Pours clear and purely golden in color with a white, finger width head. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Floral notes with touches of ruby red grapefruit and pine. Faint, bready malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral notes hit first, then a big grapefruit hop character comes through. Sturdy malt backbone that rides between caramel and sweet breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth, slick texture. Easy on the finish.

Overall - Delicious and easy drinking IPA. Reminds me a bit of Deschutes Inversion, only smoother and more approachable. Would love to see this on the West Coast some day.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big fluffy, long-lasting white head, a noseful of flowers, flowers and mellow grapefruit on the taste, just a DELICIOUS beer. Could drink this everyday.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid IPA. Nice golden color with decent soapy lace retention. Bready malts and some floral esters in the aroma. Piney and resiny hops predominate the taste along with a bready malt backbone for balance. A dry finish. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Will get again.

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Photo of Jojosaute
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- apricot honey light orange
S- tree blossom of peach and orange.
T- extremely floral. Light hops. Interested to find out what hops this is.
M- smooth. Great easy drinking.
O- this is phenomenal. Love this beer. Makes you happy on a summer day

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice honey color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit

Taste: Loaded with fresh citrus and tropical fruit, with a reasonable malt backbone

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent IPA. Would gladly get again!

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a mug

A: Pours a lively gold color with a 2 finger head of white foam and a visible amount of carbonation.

S: Aromas are floral and citrus hops that are strong but not overwhelming. Some pine with a good amount of biscuity malts as well.

T: Clean, crisp flavors of floral/piney hops. Some citrus is there with a solid backbone of biscuity malts. The malt stacks up fairly well to the hops making this beer very balanced.

M: High carbonation with a medium body and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Good balance and very drinkable with a finish that is a touch dry.

O: Overall I thought this was a good IPA that is very drinkable and very balanced. Crisp floral/citrus hop flavors with a bit of pine that is there but not overwhelming. Biscuity malts stack up well to the hops leading to moderate bitterness. A solid IPA that I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of MattJ85
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light orange...beautiful classic IPA color. Smells are tropical, grapefuit and alcohol. The hops boom up front in the taste but quickly fade into a snappy dry, clean finish. Every sip leaves you wanting another almost immediately after.

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Photo of Chris33
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No "born on date" on bottle; poured into a snifter.
The nose comes off as an orangey carmel with a hint of lavender. Big malty feeling on the nose too.
Taste was a little more florally than what was picked up off the nose. Nice big malty finish on this one. I compared it a little to DFH60.
Typical east coast IPA having more malty notes in the taste than the floral abundance of a west. Delightfully delicious and will pick up again in the future.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much better when fresh, thats a no-brainer. had a somewhat old 6 pack of this and thought it was good but not great. then i went to a local pub and they had it on draft. got 3 pints of it! was really damn good

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, peachy color with a cloudy appearance and a bit of white head and lacing. Smell presents a bold floral bouquet (as you might expect given the name) with some pine and fruit notes as well. Taste is consistent with the smell and you get floral, pine, fruitiness and a little bit of bitterness on the finish; overall it's nicely balanced. Carbonation is light and for an IPA it has a fuller body than you might expect. Bit of a meatier, fuller feel as well.

Suggested food pairing: Cheeseburger and fries

If you like this beer then you should also try: Si p of Sunshine

Ideal time to drink this beer: Belly-up at the bar. Given the food pairing, this seems appropriate.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This beer may not be on the same level as some of the elite, East Coast-IPAs but it's certainly no slouch. It's a good representation of the style and feels sort of like a good college football player who isn't quite at the NFL level: nothing to be ashamed of but maybe not in the top rung. Still, flavorful and widely available, this is a great choice if you don't have access to everything else that the East Coast has to offer.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of PaulBenjamin
2.16/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of DavidGross
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of SSS
4.14/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.