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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

4,184 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,184
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 433
Gots: 491 | FT: 23
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of TWStandley
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appeared a see-through gold color with a slight amber tinge. Minimal head left behind very minimal lacing.

Smelled of strong hops - a bit of earthy-ness and some honey mixed in.

Taste is a bit watery, not much complexity, and not a very strong bitter kick to it. Very bland (for an ipa).

Mouthfeel was extremely thin. Carb. feels ok.

Overall this has let me down. I specifically hunted down a six pack to see what the hype was all about, and am glad that I didn't buy the case. I find this to be an average IPA, but it seems to lack depth to me. It tastes like water mixed with some hop bitterness. Will not drink again.

TWStandley, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left decent sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a hazy amber color.
s - big citrus aromas, mainly oranges with a hint of spice.
t - not as big a hop flavor as i would have liked. hints of orange but mostly a grainy and bready type flavor dominates.
m - medium bubbly thickness.
o - decent ipa but lacked a little bit of a hop punch.

GPHarris, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

cbgbslev, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Cstromberg57, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Giantspace, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of bennway
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

a: About one finger of head, a medium golden color, not sparkling clear but considerably transparent.

s: Smell is always my real first impression, and this beer does not disappoint. If I were interviewing this beer for a job, and its smell was our handshake, I would hire this beer on the spot. Fantastic aroma hops, note of citrus fruit.

t: The exceptionally pleasant sweetness from the honey malt is exceeded only by its hop bill. Despite what I thought was an obvious ingredient, I was surprised to find out that this beer is not brewed with any citra hops. Regardless, notes of citrus and bright tangerine dominate.

m: Sweet and light, in some ways almost reminds me of Tang, for those of you who remember.

o: Hands down, one of my favorite IPA's and favorite beers for that matter. Floral, sweet and at 7.5%, it has knocked me over in more ways that one and raises the bar.

bennway, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ColonelW, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

nesarebad, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of freehafe
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

freehafe, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TLR52, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sliks96, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ZDePaolo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ZDePaolo, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

ceraphin, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice eggshell white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: The aromas are big on the hops and a bit of sweet malt as well. I'm picking up grapefruit, floral hops, a bit of pine and a decent caramel malt backbone. There's a bit of tropical fruit in there as well. As I take more whiffs of this thing it gets more complex.

T: The taste is incredibly good starting with a bitter grapefruit peel flavor followed by wonderful notes of mango, sweet malt, and bitter pine. This has all the great flavors of a classic IPA. The buttering hops could be dialed back a tad but that is a tiny complaint.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied with a drying finish.

O: I would drink this all the time if it were available here. Great flavors and aromas make this a benchmark for all IPAs in my book.

GregSVT, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice honey orange color, really hazy and cloudy, nice half finger of white foamy soap head sits atop the glass. The head has absurd retention with really nice lacing, really nice looking IPA. The aroma is pleasant, dank hazy hops, earthy pine and weedy grasses come through, not much malt at all, very hop forward, only the faintest toasted biscuit aroma at the end. The flavors are pretty in line with the nose, very grassy and earthy, some lighter and sweeter pine, it does kind of taste like a meadow, pollen and rose petalesque flavors come to life with some bitter citrusy grapefruit at the finish. The flavors are nice for what the are, but a little underwhelming after the nice big nose. The body is a bit thin, but still very nice, great level of carbonation nice dry bitter finish.

Verdict: Damn fine IPA from Ithaca Beer Co. Earthy hazy meadowy hops, nice dry bitter finish. Drinks a lot like a big American Pale Ale. I could definitely enjoy a few of these on a nice sunny day.

kevanb, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Buick222, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jhb138, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jasinviso, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mdtnelson, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow/tan, nice foamy 1 inch head and lots of sticky, foamy clingy lacing.

Smell - Hops, very floral, malts, added sugars, some spices, grapefruit and orange. Plenty of grassy pine also. Really pleasent smelling beer.

Taste - Well, flower power, alot of hype so i can wait to drink this! This beer has 7 different hops in it, and you can tell. Its bitter, sweet, piney, grapefruity, orange and lemon, every hop flavor you can think of. What makes this beer so special is the malt balance it has. It keeps the beer real easy to drink and not overly sweet or bitter. Such a citric fruit event in each drink, yet not taken to the next level with bitter pine overload. Malts add a bold, caramel feel to give it more of a complete drink.

Mouthfeel - The hops are present from the second you open the bottle. They hit the tounge with about every type of citric fruit flavor ever put in a beer. Malts mixed smooth and mellow out any over bitter kick. Palette pretty much gets remaning hops and malts with a slight spice kick at the finish.

Overall - Look, there are alot of ipa's out there to enjoy. Each person likes a certain style of ipa, super bitter, super sweet fruity, hoppy and malty etc etc.... This beer is all of them to a extent, one of the most balanced ipa's ive ever had. Its got enough hop kick, enough malts, and decent price to make it one of the best ipa's ive ever had. Remember, if your looking for balance this is your ticket, if you want hop crushed, look for a double ipa. World class beer right here.

wvsabbath, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jschaefer17, Feb 08, 2012
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,184 ratings.