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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 4,961
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 959 | 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: 1,235 | Hads: 4,961
Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of MattJ85
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Chris33
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Leeshka410
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (346 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of PaulBenjamin
2.16/5  rDev -48.1%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of DavidGross
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of Mateer
4.91/5  rDev +18%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of mackeyse
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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. (699 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a DFH IPA glass
A: Light orange color with a 1+ finger head that slowly settles
S: Very floral as the name suggests. Thats followed by tropical fruit, a bit of pine, sweet malt with orange/grapefruit peel wrapping it up
T: Crisp, clean, a balanced mix of all of the above aromas but no one thing stands out above the others
M: Surprisingly light-bodied, very crisp and somewhat bitter
O: Very balanced, very easy to drink (448 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- a hazy deep gold with orange hues, with a fantastically sticky off white head. Doesn't get much better.

S- A mild biscuity sweetness/malt base, but it's pretty much hops, on top of hops. Grapefruit, orange, with a hint of apricot and pineapple.

T- Fantastic. The hops are raw, and give a feint white pepper and hemp vibe, but are mostly orange, grapefruit, with a hint of dank pine and floral components. The Apricot and grapefruit notes accentuate nicely. Very complex.

M- Medium, and quite slick and creamy. Medium Carbonation.

O- American IPA's don't get much better. (631 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Pretty poor head retention but decent lacing.

Wonderful piney aroma with some lighter hints of tropical fruit. This one leans heavy on the resin, earth and pine, though.

Juicy flavor with more piney resiny notes. Fruity notes are underneath along with a strong bready malt backbone. Bitterness is high and provides a wonderful counterpoint to the malt. Slick mouthfeel finishing moderately sticky.

Overall, a very solid IPA but not really Earth-shattering. Definitely drinkable and a good everyday choice. (595 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought home from a recent trip to Ohio.

Flower Power is a hazy golden yellow color with thick white head after a vigorous pour. It's slow to settle and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy, as expected, with candied orange peal and grapefruit coming through.

Flavor is intensely hoppy but not overly bitter. A lot of late hop additions give it the aroma and flavor of hops without some much bitterness. Some nice honey sweetness up front and lots of great citrus flavor from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall an excellent IPA and well worth the hassle of bringing it home on a plane. A bit like a lighter version of Hop Slam if my memory serves me right. (746 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a yellowish-gold, very little head that faded quickly to a thin film. Slight lacing.
Smell: Fruity, flowery aroma, with just a slight touch of sweet malty smells.
Taste: Not a hop bomb, pretty well balanced with some nice citrus and pine notes and just the right amount of sweetness to complement rather than hide or overpower the hoppiness
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nice carbonation.
Overall: This is a very well made beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Wish we could get this beer (and fresh) in CO. (525 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the light side, with medium carbonation for the style but very good lacing. Biscuity malt notes, and the hop notes are pine and crushed aspirin. Good beer, but not one of my favorites because of a slight soapiness. (217 characters)

Photo of Keystone
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. It's not a hop bomb if that's what your looking for. It is very clean and crisp in feel. Citrusy with slight hoppy bitterness in flavor. It's not as sweet as some IPAs. Overall great drinkable standard IPA. (232 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/10. I prefer this one fresh as it hasn't held up well in the past over 90 days. Quite simply put, this is a tropical sensation of tongue-smacking bitterness. I really enjoy it, and I think it's one of the better single IPAs in steady rotation. Seek it out. (270 characters)

Photo of MattR2014
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good. I had on tap for this review. I've had in bottles also. I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Revision 1/29/15 had in bottle this time like 1st time and I like it better than 2nd time on draft. Good ipa (224 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the most tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) burps from this. Mmmm.

This is a relatively thick beer with a delicious cornucopia of flavors. Big mango up front with a little dank and pine wrapping it all up.

This is my second time having this beer and, while it tastes different than I remember, it still kicks ass. Loving the new label/box. (345 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: unwinding after the Christmas visitors have left... APPEARANCE: hazy, opaque, almost blood-orange body; white coral sits atop an uneven head; uneven lacing... AROMA: brilliant, BIG mango and pomegranate mix with a floral bouquet to arrest the senses... PALATE: buzzing, vibrantly electric mouthfeel; warm, full finish; big, but drinkable; intense, teeth-clenching aftertaste...TASTE: a potpourri of citric cadences--orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango and sharp sugars--a hop bomb... OVERALL: a mesmerizing enticement of hops, much as the mix pack proclaims; more overpowering than the Cascazilla and the banner carrier in a hop offensive... (717 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.