Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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Ratings: 4,094 | Reviews: 1,159 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured a thick golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Big aroma with floral notes, cantaloupe, and orange.
Moderate carbonation and a full, resiny mouthfeel. Burst of fresh citrus hops up front with mild floral notes and a gentle caramel malt presence. Nicely bitter hempy/grapefruit bite on the finish.
Really dug this one -- tons of hoppy flavor, but everything stays in balance and it's really easy-drinking.
10-15-2011 02:09:29 | More by grittybrews
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
12 ounce bottled notched with a best-before date of Jan 2012. No idea how far the best-before date is from bottled on. Anyways, onto the beer, poured into my Stone IRS tulip glass.
A-A hazy, barely see-through orange color. Bone-white head fills the remainder of my glass to the rim. Lots of sticky lacing.
S-Quite hoppy indeed. A bit heavy on the citrus hops(amarillo perhaps?) and smells quite grassy and floral. A little hint of a malt backbone, but diminishes quickly.
T-Pretty much a nose-follower here. Citrusy hops with a bit of floral. Malt backbone is barely there, if at all. Nice, bitter lingering aftertaste of grapefruit.
M-Hop-heavy, yet an ultra smooth delivery. Great after-taste. as mentioned. The body is medium for the style. Carbonation is medium, maybe even a little light.
O-Great IPA. Ithaca managed to make a hop-heavy IPA with that's very smooth and easy to drink. Bravo Ithaca!
10-13-2011 21:28:14 | More by xanok
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Color is medium honey with a modest frothy white head. Smells strongly of fresh citrus and light pine. 'Well-balanced' IPA, if this oxymoron exists. Taste is mainly hops with enough malt to not make it overbearing. Can easily enjoy a sixer over the course of an evening. One of my favorites from Ithaca, a brewery I've frequented from the early days.
10-13-2011 00:50:32 | More by rab53
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a bright cloudy gold. Good sized head. Persistent. Smell is fantastic citrus hops. Deep and rich citrus smell. Oranges grapefruit and lemons with herbal undertones. Taste is bitter throughout. Some underlying sweetness- but the hops dominate. Citrus again- bitter grapefruit. Herbal. Lingering pleasant bitterness. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Really solid IPA. Absolutely nothing to complain about here. Great stuff.
10-12-2011 00:39:46 | More by burnstar
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Poured a light golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap
S: Lots of floral notes, some fresh pineapple
T: Very clean and crisp, loads of floral notes, pineapple, tropical notes, a little booze feel and hop bite on the end
M: Medium body, tasty, nice feel
D: Very drinkable and one of the most flavorful single IPAs out there
10-10-2011 16:08:09 | More by barleywinefiend
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Received a growler of this in the Growler Plus BIF.
Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours a very pale, largely transparent gold with a generous 2-3 finger crown. Very forward, yet subtle and mild hop nose. The taste is hoppy but clean. It's not a tongue scorcher. Some mild citrus involved. Little to no pine. Mouthfeel is sticky but thin. It coats the mouth, but not for long. There's a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers, but it's pleasant. Overall, this is a marvelous IPA.
10-09-2011 04:49:50 | More by Retail1LO
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Pours a cloudy gold/orange hue with a nice thick head. There is ample lacing as you consume the beverage. The aroma is incredible with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, and floral scents. very bright and vibrant. The taste does not disappoint at all as it matches the aroma. Very balanced, no boozy alcohol heaviness despite the relatively high ABV. Great big bouquet of hops. The only thing that is less than perfect on this is the mouth feel - it leaves your palate very dry, unlike the very superb & most exceptional IPAs.
10-09-2011 01:37:04 | More by Neorebel
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
12 oz bottle from a trade with BigPlay1824 poured into a pint glass.
A- Apricot-colored with steady carbonation and a foamy, white one-finger head that leaves a thick lacing in its tracks.
S- Orange peel, floral aromas, hops.
T- A nice citrus presence at the onset transitions to a bitter floral flavor. The bitterness remains until the end but has a subtle grapefruit taste accompany at the finish.
M- Medium-bodied for an IPA. The carbonation (which is almost perfect for the thickness) breaks it up a bit, though.
O- Thanks a lot, Bill! This is one of the best single IPAs I have ever had. The balance between the floral and citrus is amazing. I am going to seek more of this out in the future.
10-06-2011 19:08:44 | More by Ungertaker
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into RR tion glass.
Pours a cloudy, deep copper color. Not much head, but a lot of lacing down the glass.
The smell is good, but not as good as I expect from an IPA. It really has a malt forward smell. I can only notice a faint hop smell inthe background.
Again, I notice a decent bit of malt, but there are absolutely hops in there. Maybe I'm just spoiled/used to/expecting a huge hop profile. I am reminding myself that this IS a single IPA. I'm on a 'death by hops, overload me till the shit comes out my ears' DIPA kick right now. I'm trying hard to not let that sway my judgemnt.
This beer feels good in the mouth. It is light/medium body. It has a nice creamy texture.
This is a really solid beer, while I enjoy the Hop-nuclear warhead-bombs that are out there, this is definately a great everyday beer.
10-06-2011 02:43:48 | More by DaveHack
4.58/5 rDev +8%
Golden hues shines in mt glass topped by a small off white head with plenty of staying power. Scent of citrus dominates the nose. Light caramel tries to balance the taste but this critter still leans bitter. Mouth is light and slightly drying. Lacings rings the glass. Even a west coast ipa would blush.
10-03-2011 23:06:07 | More by UDbeernut
4/5 rDev -5.7%
EDIT: Had it again 10/16/12 -original review, below, was on 9/28/11. I think the lesson for this one is drink it ultra fresh. This bottle is a week old. Super, super good. More fruits like mango, pineapple, tropical. Peach. Excellent. All hop.
Pour was a nice but expected IPA amber with a 2 finger head. That's all I need to want to drink it.
Great nose. Tropical fruit in a generic sense but hints of mango and pineapple tickle. However, typical IPA grapefruit dominates. Peaches come through strongly as well.
The taste is a nose match for the most part. Grapefruit and peaches taste great up front, supported nicely by a minor tropical detail. Sadly, this one reminds me a tad of Sculpin. You get some kind of nice fruit, but the monstrous piney dry hopping comes along and strips away the fruit and leaves your palate a little wasted. You can have that bitter hoppy perfection work in harmony with fruit; Stone is a great example of this. But it doesn't happen here, and it's a bit of a conflict rather than compliment. That being said, I still like it . . . I may be a beer nerd, but I wouldn't think of drain pouring this guy.
Slight stick to the mouth, but it's stripped down and freeze dried by the hops on the finish, leaving you thirsty.
Damn, I wish the finish didn't come along and diminish the experience a bit.
09-28-2011 23:51:46 | More by CheezyBlaster
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
A: golden yellow/orange hue, finger head, great lacing
S: peach, mango, light floral, intoxicating nose
T: peach/mango jam, mild floral, hint of grass,
long slow piney bitter finish
M: med body, sticky/oily mouth
O: OH MY! I have heard so much about this East Coast
brew and it lived to the hype. Powerful IPA, on cusp
of a Double/Imperial IPA to some. Excellent sweet
and bitter balance.
Would highly recommend this to everyone, almost
a Double for someone who isn't in love with hops.
DELICIOUS, FIND IT!
09-28-2011 20:24:34 | More by BeerLover99
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Thank you OddNotion for this!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- Clear copper color with one finger off white.
S- Tropical, citrus, and floral hops, hint of sweet malts.
T- This is a nice hoppy beer with a sweet malt backbone that gives it nice balance. Citrus upfront with a nice bitter floral/piney finish.
M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.
O- This is a really good IPA that I wish I could get near me, thankfully I got a 6 pack so I have enough to drink for a little while.
09-20-2011 01:18:32 | More by larryi86
4.41/5 rDev +4%
This is the best IPA...EVER!!!...
I've had this on tap and out of bottles many times...this particular poured from a bottle to a typical shaker american pint glass...
I've had all of the heavy hitters...Two Hearted, Union Jack, Big Eye, Sculpin, Blind Pig, Pliny, etc etc...and there are many exceptional IPAs from my local PA brewers as well. I give applause to all of these...but my favorite is Flower Power...
I had the pleasure of visiting the brewery a few years ago and had a wonderful experience touring and tasting...it was great...excellent brewery...excellent beers...
Flower Power is an amazing example of the American IPA...scrumptious aromas, great flavors, nice strong abv and an aftertaste that doesn't turn you away...its a very balanced, extremely hoppy, and nicely strong example of the style...
A - Gorgeous golden orange appearance, nice sized head, with a small surface head that hangs around like a "real ale" should, with excellent lacing.
S - Look out aroma...I smelled the beautiful hop flowers used in this nectar from at least a foot away while pouring...citrus, tropical fruits, pine trees, flowers, herbs, earth, etc...its an awe inspiring thing...
T - Pine resiny, citrus and tropical fruits, biscuits/bread/yeast, bitter and crisp, very very balanced, the strongets and most balanced IPA I've experienced...
M - Medium to full but not syrupy like so many A-IPAs...
O - Perfection...I don't understand why this IPA isn't on the top of the list...clearly so many of you BA members have not experienced this gem...visit the brewery asap...buy this ale asap...or trade for it asap...its an A+++
As of 2013 this beer seemed to have changed deinfitely not the same world class hop explosion it was when I originally reviewed. Good but not great on par with two hearted which I think is a good solid ipa but amazing, not so much. Still give this a try but since the brewery expanded and changed brewers this ipa is no longer my favorite...sad : (
09-20-2011 01:17:20 | More by HopHeadRyan
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Picked up 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.
Purchase price: $10.99/6pk
Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass
A - Pours a golden honey color. Slightly cloudy. A decent one to two finger foamy, dense head on the initial pour. Massive amounts of sticky lace remains after the beer is finished.
S - Wow! An awesome aroma of citrus and hops. Easily one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever reviewed.
T - A great IPA. A well balanced IPA with tons of hop and grapefruit tastes. The malt is perfectly balanced to provide just the right amount of sweetness. Even so, this is a very hoppy beer which is right up my alley.
M - Decent amount of carbonation but not overly carbonated. A heavier consistancy.
O - A top-notch IPA in every aspect. This is my first opportunity to try Flower Power and I'm glad I did. It easily ranks in my Top 5 IPAs that I've ever had. Highly recommended.
09-18-2011 20:01:05 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Reviewed from notes, 08/28/11. Many many thanks to Machina for bringing this back for me.
Pours a hazy orange with medium head and lacing, decent head retention. Aroma is lemon zest, citrus, and strong grassy/herbal notes. Very good smell. Smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel. Big juicy citrus hop blast is followed by aforementioned herbal taste, and lots of pine and resin. There's plenty of malt backbone. Easily one of my favorite and most balanced IPAs that I've had. Too bad it's not distributed here but I'll take it where I can get it when I head out east.
09-17-2011 23:11:15 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: Subtle orange with fast rising bubbles and a big long lasting white head.
Smell: Intense grassy , citrus with a slight musk of wet moss
Taste: An intense array of C-hops and a very satisfying dryness. Simple yet perfect
Mouth feel: Dry yet refreshing. Sipping requires more sipping because your left with a very dry pallet.
Overall: A hop heads paradise in a bottle. One of the better IPA's that I have tried. Thank you beautiful Ithaca for this brew :)
09-17-2011 01:27:11 | More by TheHopMonster
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Orange Marmalade with 1 finger of offwhite head that leaves copious strands of lacing.
Aroma: Hands down one of the best, if not THE best smelling beers I have ever had. A riot of tropical fruits going on here. Holy Moses, there is citrus fruits and tropical fruits tumbling all over each other; Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango, papaya, a honey sweetness encapsulates all of this and promises Nirvana in a glass.
Mouthfeel: on the light side.
Taste: With that nose it would be hard to live up to expectations, and truthfully it doesn't. Nevertheless. it is a very good tasting but somewhat simple and two dimensional beer. Really it is white grapefruit on a bed of pale malt. I don't detect alot of other nuances or subleties, but that is not a slight, it is very tasty and enjoyable.
Notes: Looks like an IPA, has the Citrus profile of many West Coast IPAs without the Pine Resin complement. This is a fantastic beer, so juicy, so aromatic, so tasty. Will definitely be a regular in my fridge from now on.
09-11-2011 17:12:47 | More by fx20736
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle courtesy of DearthVader. Thanks for this Brian! Best by October on the bottle.
A- Pours a hazy sunset orange with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice cap with plenty of lacing.
S- Primarily orange with ripe tangerines and mandarines with some grapefruit and caramel malt.
T- Tropical flavors come through with pineapple, mango, apricots as well as citrus notes including tangerines, mandarines and grapefruit. Finishes with some caramel malt.
M- Medium carbonation and body. Fairly creamy and finishes sweet.
O- This was a great IPA with plenty of tropical notes. It was a bit sweet, but I would love to try this when it is really fresh.
09-11-2011 15:53:51 | More by iadler
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
On-tap at Armsby Abbey.
Poured dark orange, nearly amber. Sticky white head retains pretty well and leaves good lacing.
Smell is a huge tropical bomb at first, does fade quite a bit with time, but still nice. Tropical, citrus, herbal.
Taste is great. Big tropical is the stand-out, mango, pineapple, apricot, orange goodness. Big earthiness there too. Lots of malt to balance, caramel and a bit toasty, if I had to knock it somewhere I'd say it's a bit too sweet for an IPA.
Smooth mouthfeel, drinks easy for 7.5%.
Awesome beer, the tropical notes compare to the almighty Sculpin, although this is much sweeter which kind of hurts it. Certainly one of the best $5 pints I've had in recent memory.
**10/13/11 - notes from bottle version**
Bought a 6-pack as soon as I saw it in MA, the best by notch was Jan. (3 months away). I'm not sure of the freshness but it was pretty different from the tap. Still big tropical but it was more bitter and piny, less bright fruit, which I actually liked a little because it toned down the sweetness. I thought it was great from the bottle but I thought the tap was a little better.
09-09-2011 16:03:22 | More by Chico1985
4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
S: Fresh mango and grapefruit juice, lots of sweet orange and tangerine.
L: Slight hazy burnt orange, creamy white head, 1/4 inch retention, amazing lacing.
T: Sweet malt with a bold mango and grapefruit hoppiness. Medium high citrus bitterness leads to loads more fruits. Great balance of clean malt with hoppiness with a bit more of the latter. Finishes with a touch of malt sweetness and remnants of clean hoppiness. Layers of hops but still kept in check.
M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
Really great balance and amazing hoppiness. Best east coast IPA i've ever had. So kept in check and great layers of hops, love it.
09-07-2011 02:26:33 | More by bum732
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is swirly semi-psychedelic in blue, green, purple and orange. Best buy notch says drink by September.
Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of massive light tan head. This settles very slowly, still maintaining a substantial cap of foam, and leaving behind trails of sticky lacing. The beer itself is a cloudy amber. Some sediment remains in the bottle.
Smell: Strong notes of peaches and floral hops with an undertones of honey.
Taste: Tongue slapping hop bitterness masked in an array of fresh fruit and resinous honey. Wow.
Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation level coupled with an amazingly thick and viscous body.
Drinkability: wow, just wow. This is an amazing beer. That is all.
09-05-2011 22:25:57 | More by beveritt
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a finger and half of pure white head.
S: Amarillo hops are big here: pineapple, oranges, grapfruit and mixed tropical fruits are all present.
T: Hoppy, but not too bitter. The tropical fruit theme continues and is backed by a bit of honey sweetness. It finishes fruity and the flavour lingers in the mouth.,
D: 7.5% is pretty big for a single IPA. This is really solid stuff, however. It isn't overly malty like many East Coast IPAs are, and is very unique and quaffable.
Overall: Great IPA. With the pineapple theme running in this brew this actually reminded me of what an Imperial Gumballhead would taste like. As both FFF and Ithaca have limited distribution, this may not have occurred to many people, but the two beers have a lot of similar flavours. Great, unique and appropriately named IPA. Recommended!
09-05-2011 18:52:43 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
Best I.P.A. I've ever experienced. Came highly reccomended, and did not disappoint. The taste is what puts this beer over the top; it's like an all-out assault of delicious hops attacking your taste buds...in a good way. If there's any better I.P.A. out there, I haven't encountered it yet.
09-04-2011 21:24:16 | More by MMM8884
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Reviewed on 06/19/2011, but I'm only now getting around to entering it here.
Pours a hazy orange/gold color with about a centimeter of foamy, bubbly, white head that stays around for an impressive amount of time. Smells of piney hops, fresh citrus (lemon, grapefruit, strong orange), and other faint, grassy herbs. Tastes similar, with an emphasis on the hops and citrus. There is a very faint, and quite peculiar, soapy aftertaste though, which only slightly detracts from an otherwise great beer. Mouth is crisp and bitter, with the hops definitely making themselves known. Carbonation seems spot on. Overall, a great IPA that is worth seeking out. I'd love to get my hands on some more of this.
09-02-2011 03:36:12 | More by eclipse54
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,094 ratings.