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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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3,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,937
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 432
Gots: 410 | FT: 21
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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2.4/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by April

Appearance - Two fingers of soapy head rest on top of a very cloudy caramelized amber beer. Quite opaque a musty looking.

Smell - Smells of rich malts, caramelized hops and hops. The hops smell sweet and are not overpowering.

Taste - Definitely a musky, old tasting IPA. Notes of citrus and heavy malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I was not too impressed with this IPA. It tastes as if it didn't age well, even though I drank it before the best-before date. It has the usual IPA qualities of being filled with hops, citrus and caramely malts. But they just seem aged, old, rotten and skunked.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:22:50 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of chilly460


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent medium amber, with a finger of densely bubbled off white head. Decent retention, with consistent thin lacing.

S - No mystery how they named it, bigtime floral hops in this one. Some citrus in the background, plain biscuit malt base.

T - Once again very floral, with some background melon. I got a sort of dank bitter finish on it, like grassy hops but more pronounced bitterness.

M - Felt this was fine for the style, medium mouthfeel and carbonation, maybe a touch more carbonation then I'd like.

O - Solid brew, good looks, smell, and taste. Don't know if I'd go out of the way to trade for it again, but I'd make this a regular buy if it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:02:36 | More by chilly460
Photo of jwinship83


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent light copper colored body with a large and fluffy eggshell colored head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- wow, the floral hops can be smelled from a mile away. very intense. after that i get some lighter piny hop notes and some sweet caramel and toffee malts attempt to balance it out.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and light toffee malts that i could smell and quickly moves into hop territory. lots and lots of floral hops. much lesser amounts of pine and grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. nicely bitter.

D- easy to finish. id drink this at the times im craving something on the more floral side. if thats not for you, then stay away. if you dig them, check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:21:53 | More by jwinship83
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fat inch and a half cream head that sits like cream. Medium amber color with LOTS of carbonation continually rising. Thick, solid web of plaster lace all the way down that leaves rings on the glass like rings in a tree, each sip leaves 1 year on the tree, on my glass.

S: Very appetizing - citrusy, cascade hops, it's reminding me of how nugget nectar smells.

T: Warm and thick, let down from what the smells let on. Everythings muted. This isn't the freshest bottle but the mellowed hops are contributing this warming action that reminds me of an amber lager or pilsener. I hate pilseners. This is only a contributing note, as this is not the primary flavor going on

M: Mulled over with the creaminess. Can't really say much bad about it, just not much popping.

D: This seems very drinkable for 7.5%. Would probably be best at colder than cellar temps. I still doubt this beer is very hoppy fresh or that exceptional imo.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:31:01 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of CampusCrew


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: amber orange color in apprearnce, some lacing head

smell: sublte hop presence, citrus

taste: some piney and citrus hop flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: very solid IPA, a little balanced but mostly a hop bomb. would seek and drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:25:05 | More by CampusCrew
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange golden yellow with a finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops

taste: citrus hops, bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

drinkability: this was a nice representation of a ipa. glad I got to try this one.


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:23:59 | More by THECPJ
Photo of neorunner


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #__ - http://flic.kr/p/9qcXbu

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into my New Holland pint glass. Color is a cloudy tangerine orange with a thin white head. Aroma is very floral and has a solid citrus component, lots of grapefruit and pine in the smell. Taste is nicely bitter and juicy, not much malt presence but that's ok in my book. Mouthfeel is dry and cottony on the end but very clean and refreshing in the beginning. Going to go with IPA on this one.

The reveal - Ithaca Flower Power. I know I've seen this on the shelves when I've been back home in Ohio. I'll be picking up a 6er of this the next time I find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:15:20 | More by neorunner
Photo of emerge077


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:02:56 | More by emerge077
Photo of bigkamp

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my harpoon 100 barrel glass.

OH MY GOD, is this pliny's cousin? I had PTE for the first time on vacation in San Francisco and I have been crazing it ever since. This was the closest that I have come to matching it.

It pours an amber gold with a two finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing. Smell is citrus and bitter. I can tell this is going to be good...

Taste is perfect for a double ipa. Smooth, crisp, super fresh taste. I absolutely love this beer! I can't believe this is my first time trying it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:10:08 | More by bigkamp
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Foggy gold with a one finger white head. Some sediment on the bottom. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Strong hop bitterness and a bunch of alcohol. Aroma is very pungent .Strong spicy citrus smell.

T- Surprisingly more balanced then I assumed. Hops present with some malts and citrus taste. Good IPA characteristics.

M- Medium body with a lingering aftertaste. A decent amount of crispness make it somewhat refreshing.

D- I could drink a six of this without loosing interest.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:35:45 | More by Brianjames16
Photo of gdrydenc


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from fresh notes.

A - Good medium amber color. One finger of light brown head that stays somewhat throughout.

S - Floral, with hints of fruit. I can absolutely understand the name of it now. This is the most floral beer I think I've ever experienced.

T - Once again, very floral, with hints of (very subtle) fresh fruits. Unfortunately for this beer, there is a slightly unpleasant bitterness at the finish that I wasn't expecting that detracts.

M - Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. I like the way this beer feels in my mouth throughout, but after I swallow, the finish and aftertaste are not doing it for me.

D - Good drinkability, can't taste the alcohol. Very solid brew, but I wish it was more evened out, as the finish is what makes this beer get all around 4s from me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 04:57:26 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of Morey


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with May notched for best taste.

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a one finger cream colored head which has settled to a thin layer o foam covering the top of the beer after about 5 minutes or so. Impressive lace being left behind on the sides of my glass after each sip.

Very appealing citrus forward aroma. Some Ipa's smell malty, some smell hoppy...yet not amazing. You can tell that this is a very good Ipa just from the smell. Right up there with NN, and 2H'd as far as the nose is concerned.

Taste doesn't disappoint either. Nice balance between the citrus-hop flavor and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness lingers after each sip, but it doesn't completely wreck your palate.

Medium bodied Ipa with a spot on carbonation level for the style (not too high, yet not too low either).

7.5% is pretty high to have too many in a row, but it's definitely an easy drinking Ipa without question.

Morey's Bottom Line: Been wanting to try this one for a while, so I had high expectations. I've got to say....I wasn't let down. This is now definitely in my top 5 Ipa's easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:17:43 | More by Morey
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally overlooked this beer for years because I thought the name and packaging was kinda cheesy. What a mistake!

A: Hazy gold with a one-finger head that reduces to a nice topping with a consistent ring around the edge. Nice tight bubbles. Good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus! Mostly grapefruit and pear (also lemon and apricot?) with a bit of sugary malt. One of the best smelling beers I've experienced. Almost like candy.

T: Perfectly balanced malt and hops. The best qualities of the hops are on display here as floral and citrus notes dominate the beginning and then gradually recede with a slow decent into bitterness.

M: An appealing middle-of-the-road level of carbonation and body. Pretty much what I'd look for in this style.

D: One of the best examples I've found. This particular IPA hits on all cylinders and is right up my alley. Will seek it out all year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:03:17 | More by mjtiernan
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange body, capped with a pillowy white head.

S: A nice hoppy nose of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and citrus. Overall, very pleasent and very fruity.

T: I don't care for IPAs that are super bitter and this one had a great taste. Upfront flavor is a nice bitter-sweet hop; cascade comes up to the palate in the beginning. The middle has a sweet malty flavor with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and honey. Finishes very slick, bitter-sweet, and balanced.

M: Very syrupy texture with a medium body and light-medium carbonation.

D: Great beer. A solid IPA with a complex hop flavor that's very smooth and easy to drink. Glad I picked this up on a whim.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 03:27:56 | More by BrewCrew2010
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/honey color. White head, about a finger's worth. More bubbly than foamy on top.

Slightly grapefruity citrus hops notes and some malt sweetness in the background. Some lemony notes perhaps?

Actually tastes earthier than the smell had led me to expect. Sweetness from the malt and a very cool, balanced bitterness. Kind of floral towards the end.

Creamier than I was expecting, and very full. Not much booziness, which is nice.

I would have another. This is one of the most well-balanced IPAs I've ever had. Citrusy aroma, earthy bitterness, floral balance at the end. This one has everything. I didn't have any preconceived expectations here, but it blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 22:42:22 | More by evanlarkin
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4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Pours a dark gold to light amber, fluffy huge head possibly from the high hopping? Tan with sticky cathedral window lacing and it just doesn't quit.

Tropical aroma, overall fruity but I can pick out pineapple and mango and citrus by inhaling deeply.

Same reflected in the taste, with the sweetness of honey malt, different than crystal but the malt is mainly there right before the swallow, it's all tropical fruit up front.

Medium bodied for the style, just a touch of rawness and bite to it. Drinkability is world class, have to remind myself it's 7.5% and not something I could just drink one after the other even though it tastes good enough to do exactly that.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:33:56 | More by mschofield
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Hops, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.

Appearance:Golden in color, huge white fluffy head.

Taste:Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. It tastes a little dank, like a wet hopped ale.

Mouthfeel:Light in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability:Even though it sat in my cellar longer than it should have (3 months), the hops held up really well. What a fantastic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:25:51 | More by fear025
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the hell out of this last time I was back east, now that I've moved here, I am glad to see it again.

Appearance- Light copper color, sort of gold. A full inch of slightly off-white head settles into a nice cap. It laces very nicely.

Smell- Big hop punch. Just delicious. Tons of citrus, with plenty of tangerine and grapefruit. Tons of fruity goodness. Really pleasant. Just loving this one.

Taste- Wow, just like the smell. Tons of citrus hops, fruity as hell. Tangerine and grapefruit. Like candied hops. It's got a nice bitterness, but is balanced by the sweetness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Nothing special, could use a touch more bubble, it gets a touch syrupy.

Drinkability- Going too fast dammit!

Damn, this is one tasty beer. One of my favorite regular IPAs, and possibly my favorite from the east coast. Just a delicious beer. Enjoying every minute of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:22:59 | More by callmescraps
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A Cloudy golden color, about a finger worth of head that leaves behind a perfect lacing.

S-Floral, earthy tones. Hops are present, even the bottle cap smells great.

T-Starts sweet and citrusy. Ends bitter with 75 IBUs. However stayed extremely balanced.
EDIT-Had again, earthy, wood tones come through as well.

M-Light and smooth

D-Rather drinkable, almost too drinkable for a 7.5% beer. A solid beer, great when fresh. One of the best IPAs out there.
Edit- After having the rest of the six pack I had to bump up the drinkability, this beer is incredible.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:03:59 | More by rlee1390
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> Pours a beatuful deep golden amber with a healthy 3 finger cream head, lots of sticky lacing.

S-> Bouquet is very floral/herbal with a very prevalent fruit ester and citrus blend, faint hop oils are present but muted somewhat.

T-> Beautiful hoppy bitterness with fruity flavors coming through in the middle through the finish. Pine hop resin, ctrus, floral notes all wonderfully balanced with a delcious hop bitterness towards the finish.

M-> Feels very smooth and bitter with a clear medium body.

O-> Scary how drinkable and smooth this is. I would dare say sessionable/quaffable even with the 7.5% ABV....I slugged three without even blinking....Cheers Ithaca!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:19:28 | More by Fluke828
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pale golden color. eggshell colored head: two fingers worth.

s: grapefruit and citris. maybe a slight alcohol burn on the nose but that might be the hops.

t: citrus and pineapple flavors come out.

m: clean taste and doesn't go down dry.

d: Nugget Nectar and Flower Power in the same month, what more could I ask for? For a 7.5% abv IPA it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:49:29 | More by jlenik
Photo of CHADMC3


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with copper hues and a scattered pillow like white head that is also foamy and leaves a fairly dense lacing behind.

The hop aromas dance from the glass featuring floral and citrus varieties with only a hint of malt sweetness.

The flavor packs a powerful floral hop punch as well as herbal and spice notes and some malt sweetness appears as it warms.

Medium in body and carbonation with a very nice puckering hop punch on the palate.

This is certainly at the more aggressive end of the American IPA spectrum and is darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:47:48 | More by CHADMC3
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Golden orange haze with a fluffy cloud head.

S- Sweet floral, citrus, grapefruit peaches, amazing.

T- Bitter-sweet hops. Bold citrus flavors as present in the smell as well as the taste. Very well put together.

M- Medium bodied, very bold and bitter.

D- Fantastic. at 7.5% even better. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:42:58 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Durge


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery served chilled in a pint glass this beauty shows a clear light amber color with a modest white head but very nice spidery lacing. The aroma offers classic citrus/cat piss type hops with a slight brussel sprout edge. Nice. The flavor brings a more flowery hop but still carries plenty of pissy bite. Delicious. It has bright orange-grapefruit and as you go there is a fair pine edge with a biscuit idea to it as well. It's medium bodied, slightly syrupy but plenty drinkable. Carbonation is tastefully light. This is just a classic IPA that should satisfy any hop lover. I give it a solid "A" and would welcome this refreshment on any occasion.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2011 07:11:14 | More by Durge
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle at Capone's Bottle Shop

The brew pours a slightly hazy, brown/gold color. It has a 1 inch, bubbly tan head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, but it does leave a nice sudsy lacing as you consume the brew.

The aroma on this brew begins with a wonderful citrus and floral hops that hits the nose. It has a nice sweet, malt backbone. As it warms a bit, the floral notes give off even more. This is great smelling IPA. I am looking forward to it.

The flavor on this brew starts like you would expect with any IPA. It has a nice citrus and grass hops bitterness. The brew actually finishes with some peppery spices, lemon zest and a nice sweet malt with some grains. It has a very floral/citrus aftertaste which is quite nice.

The mouthful on is pretty good. It has a pretty medium body, almost leaning on heavy. It has a low carbonation which gives it a nice sticky finish. I enjoyed this brew very much.

This is a great IPA. The hop profile is great, and gives this brew a nice assertive bitterness. I would have to say that if you are a true hop head/beer lover you would love this brew. This is not a brew for a beginner. This was another excellent brew by Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:48:19 | More by mattgreger
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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