1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,922 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,922
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 431
Gots: 404 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Flower Power India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,922 | Reviews: 1,150 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sjverla
sjverla

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Holy pine woods! So piney. Hints of candied grapefruit. Berries. Super fresh and outdoorsy. Very enticing, though not very complicated.

Appearance: Pillowy white head floats atop a hazy golden brew with just the slightest red undertones.

Taste: Obviously bitter--grassy. A little yeast at the end. A little sweet at the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is kind of the epitome of IPAs to me. Very evident hoppiness, which I like, but kind of one-note. Not terribly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:16:22 | More by sjverla
Photo of coopbrewer
coopbrewer

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this to be an exceptional east coast IPA. The mixture of hop aromas is a rare find in our local brews. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

L: Nothing special. Gold/caramel appearance with low carbonation.

A: This is where this beer shines. Very strong citrous and floral aroma. Strong Centennial and Amarillo hop aroma. Hop heads will really enjoy the aroma of this beer.

T: Bitter but not overpoweringly so. The hops in this beer dominate the flavor but there is a hint of honey to offset the bitterness.

Many reviewers have mentioned this beer was better on draft. I will have to keep my out for this one on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 15:34:09 | More by coopbrewer
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of dogfishandi - Thanks man!

The best by notch on the bottle is right inbetween January and February so not sure if I'm 2 months or 3 months from bottling. ANYwho:

A - Very good and a bit unique for the style. A lighter golden color, almost like a cloudy Hefe. Very similiar to Terrapin's Side Project 12's Hopzilla if that can help some of you. Excellent lacing down the entire tulip. Just a bit of a swirl bring back up a lot of eggshell white head which was impressive, retained the head very well.

S - Ahh...Hop forward for a East Coast IPA. Don't pick up on much malt which I like. Mostly Lemons dominate with Grapefruit, possibly over-ripe orange and floral.

T - Follows nose pretty well. Gets better and stickier as it warms. As citrus goes, I get more lemon...a lemony Grapefruit flavor and earthiness. Not much malt - this is more of a WC IPA. A bit overcarbonated though and many good floral characteristics upfront but no finish. Very Dry and I felt this beer was bitter due to the lack of finish.

M - As mentioned, a bit overcarbonated, prickly opposed to creamy and didn't have much backing it up in the finish.

D - Very good and refreshing IPA. Great flavors upfront and one of the better IPAs I've had from the East Coast. They go down very easy I imagine on a hot summer's day and easy to session. Untill you start your 4th I'm sure and the 7.5% starts to become apparent in your actions...

Final Thoughts - A very good IPA. Would purchase somewhat regularly if it were available to me. It still tasted pretty fresh after a couple months so I'd be curious what a 1-3 week old bottle would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:32:30 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of MattyV
MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber, good head retention.
Inviting nose that's exactly what I love in an IPA-- an amazing mix of citrus and tropical fruit (grapefruit and passionfruit/pineapple?) I could smell this all day!
Hops provide the same fruity character described in the nose, along with some solid bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. Sweet maltiness shows up in the middle that creates a wonderfully balanced IPA. Finishes dry, with a touch of puckering citrus rind bitterness.
Not too slick/oily, goes down way too easy for 7.5% Abv. This is a nicely crafted IPA. The unreal nose perhaps let me down slightly in the taste department, but this is still one of my all-time favourite American IPAs. I'll try my best to stock up on this when possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 06:47:59 | More by MattyV
Photo of inlimbo77
inlimbo77

Delaware

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

Poured on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA into a pint glass. Brew date 1/11/11.

A: pours a nice rich amber color. not too hazy. nice two finger head from the tap. FRESH BEER!

S: loved the nose! fresh floral, citrus hops surround this one.

T: love the hop punch of this one. nice mouth pucker, hop punch at the beginning, some malt (not a lot) and a crisp finish

M: good bite. not too chewy. very much liked.

D: well I put back two after drinking 3 other types of brew....so I liked and it was very drinkable with a DD to take you home :)

Overall, I put this up there with my favor IPAs. This might be a surprise to some but this is a tasty brew. Ended up buying a 6-pack of it in their bottle shop aftewards but odds are not as good as the fresh stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 02:56:08 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of JamnesCameron
JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a cloudy, orange hue with an off white creamy head of about a finger and a half. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

Aromas of big grapefruit, citrus, resiny hops. Malt sweetness hides in there, but you can find it if you look.

First sip is of a bracing, citrusy bitterness. Big grapefruit flavor. A hint of malt sweetness, but this is all about the hops. Long bitter grapefruit finish. Any carbonic bite is hidden by the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a big resinousy coating of alpha acids. Slight pucker at the cheeks, not quite astringent. Very dry.

Very drinkable. Nice representation of the style. Although the flavors are big and aggressive, they do not cause palate fatigue. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting. Too bad I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:02:29 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of readbaron
readbaron

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gfunk720 for the excellent extra!

Pours out in a hazy golden honey with the perfect amount of frothy white foam.

Smells great - hop forward (and, as you'd expect - flowery), with a bit of tropical fruit underneath. Neither piney or citrus - just dank hops.

Taste is very good - like it smells - lots of hops, a bit of fruit, then fades into some smooth malt before finishing with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is also excellent. Medium bodied, crisp, nicely carbonated and dry.

I wish I had more so I could evaluate just how drinkable this one is.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:27:00 | More by readbaron
Photo of greenmonstah
greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Decent head retention. Very nice lacing.

S - Strong floral hops. In many ways the poster child for the use of floral hops in beer, in my experience. Nothing but the floral hops going on here.

T - Hops! It's all a floral hop show. Also present is a bit of a sweet malt backbone. Nice and sweet, pretty tasty.

M - Medium body with active carbonation. Slightly wet throughout. Would prefer a drier finish.

D - Not the best IPA around, but a good example of how to use floral hops in a beer. Goes down easy enough if you're a fan of IPAs. Could have a few in a night.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:18:54 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of SummitVA
SummitVA

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful clear golden. Pours with 1" of head that dissipates quickly.

S - Melon and citrus blend well together--much more melon than I recall from previous tastings. Dank hop character just behind.

T - Citrus more prominent than melon, although I get plenty of the latter, as well. Grapefruit comes through more than anything with that dazzling "hint of cat piss" so often mentioned. Nice sweet burst of hop complexity with every sip.

M - Nice and light on the palate. One of the driest IPAs out East.

D - Not huge ABV obviously, but it goes down as if it was much less potent. I can get 3 into a 6-pack pretty quickly, and I never regret it.

Overall - For me, this is the best East Coast IPA available. Acquire and drink. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:20:27 | More by SummitVA
Photo of JDFish
JDFish

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy, slightly dark golden into a pint glass:

A; Hazy golden color. Tons of foam and solid lacing.

S: Clean, crisp floral hops. Hint of citrus

T: Tons of hops, refreshing, clean. Dry finish, but pretty well balanced. The hoppy after taste stays with you, particulary in the back of the mouth

M: Medium body. Rich but crisp. Very enjoyable

D: Very drinkable, light in a way. Tons of hops, more like an Imperial. Overall, a very, very good brew! Enjoyed this one!!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:57:10 | More by JDFish
Photo of steelerguy
steelerguy

New York

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

A - Clear gold, moderate carbonation, nice white head.

S - True to name lots of floral hop aroma, but in addition some sweet fruity hop flavor, kind of like lychee like. Some sweet, light crystal malt comes through also.

T - Hops come on early and strong. More citrus to start, but the floral notes come on in the middle along with a nice biscuit/bread flavor. Ends with a nice bitter kick, but slightly more sweet than I would like.

M - American IPAs usually finish very clean and dry but this one has more of a moderate body. The body is almost more DIPA then IPA, but still good.

D - This is different than so many other American IPAs out there. Aggressively hopped, but with some different flavors (that Ahtanum isn't so common but it is good) and the bread flavors are a bit more like an English. Very solid IPA no matter how you look at it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:56:37 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Burt
Burt

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Amber with some haziness, white head that left thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S. Another hop bomb, fresh cut grass big time in this one with a little malt.

T. Hops up front is almost floral that gets malty in the middle and finishes with a nice hop bite.

M. Little carbonation, that kind of finishes astringent.

D. Hop heads dream beer. I have had this out of the bottle and it was not as good. This is one of those "fresher the better beers"

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 03:02:12 | More by Burt
Photo of stearns16
stearns16

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hop heaven in a glass.

A - Hazy orange with a solid white head.

S - Pleasant and clean - orange, grapefruit and piney

T - Refreshing. The first sip leaves you wanting more ... and there's a nice bitter finish.

An interesting beer that reminds me of summer, but tastes great in the winter, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:21:53 | More by stearns16
Photo of jimbus
jimbus

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Peachy orange with a one finger head; light lacing

S- Bright, mango/apricot/grapefruit aromas - not really any pine or grassiness.

T- Mellow, citrus flavor balanced by cascade hops which provide sufficient bittering.

M- Light mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Not quite as dry and sticky with hops as I sometime like, but very refreshing. A summertime IPA if such a thing exists, which it now does because I just invented it. Boom.

D- Very drinkable and low enough ABV that this would make a decent session IPA

This is the first Ithaca offering that I have tried and I am impressed!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:03:46 | More by jimbus
Photo of jmdrpi
jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears a hazy orangish golden color, with nice thick bone white head. tons of lacing left with each swig.

smell is hoppy, but with heavy citrus aromas. mango? the taste is again a lot of citrus hop flavor, but very well balanced. some toffee malt flavor to back it up.

good mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. I like well balanaced IPAs, and this fit the bill. not bitter at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 22:00:08 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of magine
magine

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy yellow tinted orange. Brew has a thick white head. Head settles to a patchy island head. Some lace sticks through out, pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of floral hops, pine, oily resin. A touch of grapefruit hop as well. A very good, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth, has a nice floral hop taste. Brew has a nice grapefruit hop taste as well. A good biscuit malt taste, some pinyness to it as well. Brew finishes a bit bitter and dry. The brew goes down and drinks way easy. Good drinkable IPA.

This is a nice IPA; good flavors and mouthfeel and has a nice sessionable quality to it. At 7.5% alcohol, this one could catch up with you if you session it, but it would be worth it. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:12:12 | More by magine
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. This one is 10 days old.

A - Pours sunkist amber orange with a gigantic two and a half finger head leaving thick, sticky, lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops blast you in the face right off the bat. Quite grassy with a bit of pine toward the end. Some caramel malt sweetness is faint but is present and helps balance this one a bit. Very nice floral hop nose.

T - Tons of strong, grassy, citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of sweetness from the malt and sticky pine resin that lingers long into the finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well but does come out a bit in the finish. Fairly well balanced until the finish when the sweetness begins to overpower it a bit. Very nice, but not the best I have had.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel that helps blend all the flavors together. A touch too resiny in the finish for my liking.

D - Pretty high. I knocked it back VERY quickly. How can you go wrong with a hoppy monster on cask? Oh right, you can't. One of the best cask IPA's I have ever had. Great stuff.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2011 20:30:41 | More by orangesol
Photo of BenjieK
BenjieK

Massachusetts

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

A: Nice gold color, looks rich and inviting. Medium head, decent lacing.

S: Citrus: lemons, grapefruit, some pine, some light malt and can smell a little alcohol

T: Bitterific. A real hop forward IPA with complex flavors.

M: Abrasive but enjotable.

D: Very drinkable given how many hops are in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 14:41:36 | More by BenjieK
Photo of Pahn
Pahn

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by May 2011 (I wonder if that is 6 months after bottling...)

Appearance: Free pour yields an out of control, 3+ inch, frothy, just off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing. Pours a translucent orange and leaves giant continents of lacing.

Smell: Deep, dank hops; citrusy and grassy. Smelling this beer is like walking through a greenhouse. Also a bit like walking through the greens section at a fresh market. While eating an orange, I guess.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the hops are far more muted. Tastes like greens, grass, and citrus, with a pretty strong, almost toasted bready backbone. Mildly floral. Healthy amount of hop bitterness (website says 75 IBU, sounds right), but also more sweetness than you'd expect from a really hoppy IPA.

On the one hand, it's pretty well balanced (hops/malt, bitter/sweet). On the other, the nose made a promise to me that the taste did not keep. Also, as a final mild gripe, you can really taste the 7.5% ABV, which in this case is not a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes very slightly dry. There's a hard to describe thick quality to it... I want to say it is like "languid nectar", but this is perhaps ridiculous. Regardless, it works really well with the flavor and aroma.

Drinkability: A good IPA. However, "smells better than it tastes" is a huge beer pet peeve of mine, and while not the most grievous example of this, Flower Power is guilty of it.

This beer is better on tap, or, if bottled, (I would guess) at least extremely fresh (the several times I have had it in bottles it hasn't been fresher than this bottle, nor has it been better). The hops are beautiful, and they stick around in the aroma to remind you of what you're missing if you don't get all OCD and drink it straight off the delivery truck, if not right out of the fermentation tank.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:46:03 | More by Pahn
Photo of IronCitySteve
IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a slighly hazy orange color with a small white foam head that dissipates to a film. There was a lot of lacing down the glass.

S: A really strong amount of grapefruit hops hit the nose. I get a faint whiff of pineapple hops as well. There is also a small amount of honey malt character as well.

T: The citrus hops are really prominant up front and throughtout the tasting. I get a little of the honey and bready malts on the very back end which just smooths the edges of the hop bitterness.

M: A nice full body beer, leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a really nice IPA, one that is readily available for me. I would seek this out and have more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 12:11:35 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Florida9
Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Slightly hazy, slightly orange amber in color. Forms a good inch of fluffy, white head when poured into a tulip. Head eventually drops to a stable surface coating, leaving a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops. Orange blossom and some mango. A little whiff of alcohol.

T: A nice blend of lightly sweet grainy malt that is overcome with a strong citrus bitterness, and a little pine, that leaves the beer feeling dry on the finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Brief strong dose of bitterness that fades to a nice dryness.

D: A very nice, hop-forward IPA that goes light on the caramel malts. An easy drinking everyday IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:59:51 | More by Florida9
Photo of Overlord
Overlord

California

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

Thanks to a generous victory4me.

Pours a bright brassy orange. Large white billowy head.

This is one of the strangest, most unique flavor profiles for an IPA I can recall. Tons and tons and tons of fresh cut grass, a bit of a floral aroma, some new-mown hay, and a tang of tart peach. Wow. What a crazy aroma.

Taste has a touch of pine, but the slightly earthy grass rules all here. The citrus is very muted, but does offer a nice "twang" to the aftertaste and helps round out the meadow flavor.

What an interesting beer. Happy to have had a chance to try it. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 00:54:50 | More by Overlord
Photo of CaptDavyJones
CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured a copper/honey color with a faint haze from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Freshness date on the label, but not the ABV.
Solid carbonation with one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice lace.
Wow, as the name suggests this IPA is packed with 'flower power'. The moment the bottle was cracked open, the aroma of hops was evident. Hints of sweetness/fruity esters, malt, some pine interlaced with a really powerful hoppy aroma.
Taste is divine, absolutely divine. The hops hit the palate up-front, with a perfect blend of malts and pine, and culminating with what appears to be a sweet finish when the hoppy bitterness strikes again.
Coats the palate beautifully; silky, creamy mouthfeel.
This is one of the most balanced and well-rounded IPA's in my opinion. Some might say that it is too hoppy, but I beg to differ.
The ABV is masked very well and the delicious taste makes this a highly drinkable IPA. This is definitely a feast for the hop-heads. One of Ithaca Beer Company's finest ale.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:40:37 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of mavbrew
mavbrew

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has some nice floral hop and fruit scents to it. There are some major fruit scents coming out. Smells like there are some mango's, apricots and some other nice citrus scents.

T: Upfront the presence of the hops is nicely complimented by the sweetness of the malts. There are subtle fruity/citrus flavors that complete the well balanced beer's finish while leaving some bitters in the palate.

M: Medium bodied, has average carbonation. There are bitters present and the resins leave an oily/sticky feel.

D: This is a solid IPA, tastes sort of like a west coast IPA. It is well balanced, the sweet malts and fruits compliment the bitters nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:22:36 | More by mavbrew
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle into a Ithaca pint glass, Found some fresher bottles after getting a beat six-pack.

A- A bright orange color, a bit hazy, just very bright. About a 1/2 inch of the white stuff came up from a very hard pour, practically 180 degrees the opposite way. Some clunks of lace here and there.

S- Yep, it's that sweet lovin, hops, mango, citrus, pineapple, the works. A nice flower scent and a malt backbone that's anti east coast, not that i have anything against this side, our ipa's are lack luster though. Some bisquit and just hops.

T- Yep, it's up there, Im not afraid to say this but Flower Power is the best example of this style out the east (I have not had heady topper) period... Tropics citrus, light nice malts, a friendly bere here.

M- Getting some bitterness followed by a nice easy malting that imparts not much sweetness. I have had this not fresh and it does get very easty and sweet, drink up quick. Carb is not a problem.

D- I drink this on a weekly basis.

When I first had the power on draft when it first showed up in philly I was not that impressed, when it came back year round it has been nothing short of spectacular. Kudos to Ithaca for brewing a tasty ass IPA!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 06:08:10 | More by BARFLYB
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,922 ratings.