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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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4,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 432
Gots: 451 | 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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Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Served on tap at Little Pub in Ridgefield CT as their rotating beer.

Poured a hazy orange color, with good thick creamy head of white foam. Some lacing observed. Hoppy, pine smell, strong and inviting. Floral notes. Taste is a firm bitter hop that hold throughout without becoming overbearing. Smooth IPA. Bitter finish but not with a lingering aftertaste. Overall very good.

07-10-2011 00:27:29 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to GrindfatherBob for this one.

Appearance - Clear golden body with an ample head. Reduces to very little lacing, however.

Smell - Great hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus with some pine. No malt aroma at all.

Taste - Hop-forward, much like the smell. Great balance of citrus and pine to the hops. Only a hint of maltiness to it. As much as I don't like too much malt in my IPA, this tastes like hops and water, with a healthy lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Because of the lack of malt, it's pretty light. I think it lacks too much body.

Overall - I think I'm harsh on IPAs. This one tastes good, but there's not enough body to carry the flavor.

07-08-2011 01:41:58 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of warnerry


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a hazy golden brown with a ridiculous amount of head, more than three fingers. Head is fluffy and has excellent retention. Leaves nice lacing.

Grapefruit and hops dominate the smell, along with some pine presence.

Taste is massive grapefruit up front, with some pine as well. Has a nice malt balance that I did not pick up in the smell. This really comes together for a great taste from start to finish.

Medium, oily mouthfeel. Some mild lingering dry bitterness on the tongue, but by no means overwhelming.

This is a solid IPA that I wish were readily available to me.

07-05-2011 22:05:40 | More by warnerry
Photo of Klym


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%

Hazy light amber. Small white head. Medium lacing. Not aromatic. Floral herbal scents. Hop punch but high quality and smooth kicks in later with complex floral citrus passion fruit finish. Sweetness to the hops. A minus

A: A hazy light amber, certainly on the darker side for an IPA. Head is small and white, and lacing is okay.

S: Not very aromatic until it gets quite warm. Tropical fruits, hops, and some floral and herbal scents.

T: A nice hop punch to start off the taste, with a nice level of hoppiness throughout. Finish is more with the sweeter side, with passion fruit, mango, and some citrus intertwined. The hoppiness and fruitiness in the mid flavor blend really well instead of simply being concurrent flavors, almost like hops soaked in fruit juice.

M: Carbonations is right, medium bodied and it moves nicely throughout the mouth. Leaves a strange hop burn on the roof of my mouth/back of my throat a little while after the taste which I didn't find to be a big plus, but other than that was more than acceptable mouthfeel.

O: I had been excited to try this and honestly I feel in someways let down. While this does it in better ways than most, I feel pretty bored with the whole tropical-fruit centric taste profile IPA and I'm not sure that this beer offers much besides a more well-crafted version of many mediocre beers out there. I will say one large this in its credit though which is that the amount of flavor it packed in for a single IPA was exceptional.

Good beer, well crafted, but no symphony in the mouth or creative leaps.

07-05-2011 15:41:35 | More by Klym
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Best before September.

A: Copper with a finger of very dense ecru head that dissipate quickly. It looks very nice with the head. There is ragged lacing.

S: Strong smell of hops, mostly citrus with some tropical fruit. I don't get any flowers, but maybe other plants.

T: Lots of hops--again, citrus and tropical fruit, but also a bit of grass. There's some sweet malt that balances out the hops a bit, but this beer is still about the hops. It has quite a bitter finish.

M: Medium with aggressive, almost too much carbonation. The finish is dry.

O: This beer is surprisingly drinkable, considering the intensity of the hop flavor and the abv.

07-05-2011 03:31:36 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Pours a dark orange color. A little surprising for an IPA. Some carbonation, and no lacing.

S - Very hoppy. Surprised that I can also get a scent of fresh pine & oranges. The hoppy fragrance is so strong that it takes a moment to take in the other notes.

T - Starts with a tartness of citrus that moves not to subtly to a blast of hops. Amazed this isn't a DIPA. Not sure if I give bonus points or consider it not to style. But either way, it is a hop bomb.

M - A little harsh actually. While it is only midly abrasive and medium bodied, I felt my taste buds were rocked after one of these.

O - For those that love mega-hopped IPA's this one is a must. The balance may go a bit overboard but it is a pretty awesome beer. I'd seek this out again.

07-05-2011 02:02:10 | More by socon67
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

alright the flower power ipa got this one fresh near the brewery

poured out pretty dark for an ipa? almost a deep orange more of a red color in my sample then again i was drinking it outside late at night

wow incredible aroma this might be the best aroma of any beer i had recently really awesome stuff here serious grapes and lime and lemon and pine trees here

taste right in there too heavy intense citrus bittnerness very dry and also very potent you could taste the alcohol but it did not matter it was awesome

great mouthfeel super refreshing also light in the body what i mean is the hops lifted the body right up it was quenching

overall this is an awesome ipa i will be buying many more

07-05-2011 00:32:49 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of Knapp85


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy orange yellow color. The head was pretty fluffy and white looking. The lacing was strong on the glass. The smell if citrusy and floral, very lively aroma. The taste is hoppy and has a really nice floral earthiness, balanced with some lemony melon flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, lightly carbonated. Overall this beers got a good drinkiblity to it and I feel it's a very good IPA.

07-02-2011 19:19:20 | More by Knapp85
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

A- burnt orange - a little darker than I expected
S - Very floral and hoppy, excited by the nose
T - different from the nose, more piney and resiny than it smells, not a bad thing though.
m - a lot more chewy than it looks.
o - a great IPA, With the name. Flower Power I expected it to be lighter and more citrusy. Once you adjust you realize that this is a very good beer.

07-02-2011 02:01:49 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

A-pours a hazy yellow/orange color with average head retention
S-orange, peach, citrus, fresh greens, and pine
T- fruit sweetness in the beginning leads into tons of hop bitterness. The hops are piney and earthy but keeps some of the malt sweetness in the finish
M- medium bodied, still very drinkable
O- A nice IPA with a ton of flavor and bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. The aroma draws you in and the flavor doesn't disappoint.

06-30-2011 00:53:12 | More by atr2605
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

An absolutely exquisite IPA with an intensely floral and fragrant nose of citrus, nectar, and perfume. With the supple and elegant aroma, the flavors are to match, while offering a sensible drinkability that's almost dangerous.

Hazy golden in color, the beer carries a modest amber hue with finely knit carbonation taht coats the surface with foam and froath. Intricate pockets of fine lace adorns the glass in consistent and froathy fashion. A very solid IPA appearance.

Again, the perfumy nose puts on a show with citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, zesty corriander, tangerine, and mango. The citrus and tropical fruit descriptions can go on and on. Suble malt sweetness gives roundedness to the hop nose and provides a mouth-watering sensation without bringing about attention. This beer is all about the hops.

Flavors continue the hop dominance with a crisp and sharp flavor of citrus and tropical fruit zest and pulp that all fade into a clean and sharp bitterness in finish. Again, hop sweetness gives a slight roundness and caramel sweetness, but really only offer a background support for hops and never interfer with balance. Alcohol taste begins to resemble mild acetones but are disguised well by hop bitterness and flavor. Any esters are hard to detect beyond the fruity flavor offered up by hops.

Medium-full to start, the soft creaminess of carbonation gives a fuller texture. But as the carbonation subsides, the hop dryness set in at mid palate and usher in a bright and cleanly dry finish. A soft linger of malt accompany the fleeting hop bitterness and give a short lived impression in aftertaste.

There's a part of me that wants to detest the gimicky beer name. But the floral character makes 'Flower' relevent, and the 'Power' is understated but relevent. But this beer wins out regardless of the name.

06-29-2011 02:56:43 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of MrOH


4.25/5  rDev 0%

Orangey gold, white head, lots of lace.

Very tropical nose, mango, pineapple, underlying herbal quality, some caramel.

Taste doesn't follow the nose. Grapefruit pith, some more of the tropical flavor, slight earthiness in the middle. Caramel as it warms.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, clean finish.

Damn good IPA, highly drinkable.

06-28-2011 00:05:47 | More by MrOH
Photo of bristei

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Pours with small head, hazy, muted brown, dark mustard color

S: Zesty, ginger, oranges, lemons

T: Strong hop bitterness, hints of cirtus (mainly lemons), crisp and refreshing

M: Creamy (likely from higher alcohol), Intense hop bitterness on the attack, strong finish

O: This beer seems like the sum is better than the parts. Excellent true to style IPA with lots of hops. Great to enjoy on a cooler spring or summer day. Really enjoyable all around.

06-25-2011 22:16:50 | More by bristei
Photo of Damian


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Drank on-tap at Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy, pale straw yellow in appearance with a bubbly, one-finger head of bright white froth. A thin sheet of lacing coated the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was fantastically fruity and fragrant. Peaches, apricots and nectarines leapt from the glass. Lots of tropical fruit notes as well. Mango and pineapple were quite noticeable. Overall, sweet, yet not overly so. A touch of citrus was also detectable.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was super hoppy and balanced. Fortunately, the sweetness seemed to come from the fuitiness of the hops, rather than from an overload of caramel malts. Peaches and nectarines came through strong, along with some tropical fruits. Grapefruit pith appeared in the off-dry finish. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this drank like a charm.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. A bit thinner than anticipated. Smooth and creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Ithaca's Flower Power IPA. If you like your IPAs well balanced, yet not overly malty, and loaded with tons of peach and nectarine flavor, then look no further. Flower Power is the real deal.

06-22-2011 04:31:39 | More by Damian
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4.08/5  rDev -4%

Best before August

A - murky copper body, small offwhite head with decent retention.

S - Intensely piny pungent-ness, some tropical fruits, some floral notes.

T - floral hops, pine, tropical fruits. Nice combination, but i think the balance isnt quite right.

M - aggressive, medium body, fairly light.

O (D) - A very nice IPA. Original, interesting. its good.

06-22-2011 00:30:02 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

Aroma: Pine and floral hop resins up front. Clean fermentation character. Hops are the only item on this agenda. A touch of citrus and carmel as it warms but dominated by fresh American hop aroma.

Appearance: Cloudy amber colored pour with a thick and sudsy white head. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More floral and pine hop notes. A sweeter citrus-like undertoe that is dominated by fresh hop flavor. Balance is firmly hop driven but does not taste overly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Prickly carbonation on the tongue and palate. No alcohol characteristics noted.

Overall impression: A hop-forward, very drinkable IPA. Definitely in the East Coast style. This is a refreshing and enjoyable beer. Hops are in charge but well done so as not to impact the quaffability (is that a word??). Glad to have tried.

06-19-2011 18:04:07 | More by mattcrill
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

This is one of my favorite IPA's and easily one of my top 5 all time. Paid a visit to Ithaca Beer Company today and picked up a growler.

A - Pours a nice dark golden yellow maybe a slight orange tint to it. Great head on this beer no matter if you enjoy it fresh or from a bottle.

S - Maybe the best part of this beer. Fruity, Piney, Floral it's all in there. I could snort this stuff all day long.

T - Equally as good as the scent. An excellent IPA produced in BFE Upstate New York. This ranks right up there as one of the better IPAs being brewed.

M - Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I've enjoy it time after time.

O - This is simply a great beer. Maybe my favorite on the East Coast. Will be going back to the brewery to pick up a keg of this in the near future.

06-19-2011 00:30:55 | More by tdawgydog
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Many thanks to rageagainst123 for the chance to taste this one- I've been wanting to get my hands on this for awhile.

Bottle dated "best before August" 2011, don't know what that means for bottle date, but I'm guessing this one is pretty fresh. Poured in my dogfish head snifter, pours a dark transparent light amber color, with nice fluffy head that fills the glass. Wow. This is a beautiful looking IPA. Smell- this hit me the second I got the cap off. Hardcore citrus, orange peel, pine, tropical flavors. Pot? Yes, maybe this smells a little like pot. Awesome- this is maybe the best smelling single IPA I have ever smelled. Taste- big pine, hardcore bitterness from the hops, matched by a nice malt tropical fruits sweetness. The finish is crisp and bitter. Mouthfeel- nice, medium bodied, not syrupy at all, appropriate carbonation. Drinkability- the abv is there, but in a good way. I don't see being able to pound this (nor would you want to- it is to be savored), and ultimately I think this runs a very fine line between being a single or a double IPA. Overall it is just awesome. If I could, I would have it in my fridge year round.

06-18-2011 20:37:58 | More by lnashsig
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

From the cask @ the Union Brew House into a standard pint glass. A golden orange color with excellent clarity, I normally like my ipas a little more cloudy, but this is good. Small white cap but gives nice lacing.

Very hoppy in the smell, a pleasant tickle to your nose. Citrus hops dominate the smell but sight hints of pine. Lemon and grapefruit zest.

Taste is also very hoppy yet the malts are more detectable in the taste. Citrus zest again with slight hints of pine. Don't be fooled by all the mentions of hops, this is a well balanced ipa. Caramelized pale malts assist and balance this brew out.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Feels light, but well balanced. Obviously more bitter than sweet, but it doesn't bite too hard. Crazy drinkable, hardly had time to finish this.

First review from my phone, my wife is here meeting with a colleague while I did this.

06-17-2011 00:10:02 | More by AndyAvalanche


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a half pint tasting glass

Appearance : flower power has a hazy yellow color . Creamy off white head that lingers around and settles down to thin line. Lacing is present.

Smell : spicy and sweet flower power delivers an average aroma profile.

Taste : lots of quality hop bitterness going on . Not overwhelming though it tastes like it smells spicy and sweet.
This beer is a quality representative of I.P.A.

Mouthfeel : medium body win a decent amount of carbonation and finishes dry

Overall : A quality representative of I.P.A. I really enjoyed this beer and would try it again

06-15-2011 23:43:19 | More by BUNZILLA
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy golden color with thick but airy head that laces well throughout the pint.

Flower power indeed! citrusy floral notes in the nose, with a crisp piney in the back.

Taste to match the nose, but with the piney notes more assertive, with a grapefruit flavor providing a touch of sweetness.

A good brew that I will continue to enjoy.

06-12-2011 01:03:06 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of ShanePB


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

On tap at Craft Ale House, served in a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Clear, golden body with some amber tones to it. Thick, rocky and fluffy white head that maintains a really nice cap and has some of the best lacing I've seen on a standard IPA.

S: Citrus and floral hop notes are immediately evident in the aroma. Pineapple and white grapefruit come through, along with some hibiscus and pine. A malt base seems to be here but it's kind of hard to tell with all the wonderful aromas from the hops coming through.

T: Complex and fruity - pineapple, peach, mango and some grassy notes are there through the mid palate. A bitter hop bite comes later but it's incredibly balanced by the citrusy nature of the hop flavors. Oily hop residue is left behind after swallow and well into the prolonged linger.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated, smooth and slippery around the palate. It's not as creamy as some other IPAs but it sure does stand on its own.

Flower Power is easily one of my favorite IPAs, and one unfortunately I only see around the spring time. It's more flavorful than many of the other ones on the market and achieves an almost picture perfect balance between bitterness and flavor.

06-09-2011 18:10:35 | More by ShanePB
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Heard a lot of hype about this and after having quite a few underwhelming beers lately, I looked forward to seeing if this justified the buzz. Sure enough, this didn't last in my glass long and with all the IPA's on the market, there's no doubt that this one is a standout and its own niche in terms of taste and and mouthfeel.

Good pour to this as the beer had a slight haze to it and a light copper hue. There seemed to be just a tiny bit of sediment too that I had to swirl out from the bottom of the bottle. The head was good and the lacing could be seen in faint rings after each sip. Then we get to the taste and that's where this beer shines. Ruby red grapefruit and grass dominate up front followed by a very present and mellow dry-hopped earthiness in the back. There's just a hint of floral notes too and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced because of the carbonation and the amber tone of the beer. I mean that both in the appearance and in taste as this reminded me of honey in those regards. The dry-hopped aftertaste lingered for quite a while with just a hint of sugar and tangerine to keep things light. No glass of water needed with this, which is saying a lot given the style and strength of this beer!

The alcohol is sneaky in this as it can be felt but not tasted at all. This beer is easy to down in large quantities since it's so easygoing and nicely crafted for the style. It doesn't quite match up to its counterparts from California or the East Coast and that's not a bad thing since this stands out fine on its own. Those lucky enough to try this will certainly feel groovy for stumbling upon this beer that pairs wonderfully with Spring!

06-08-2011 16:56:56 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Best Before: September 2011

A: Pours a golden yellow with orangish highlights. About 1/2 an inch of head dissapates fairly quickly

S: A mix of freshly cut grass and flowers that have just started to bloom. Also get some citrusy notes in there. Pretty much an all-hop nose. Very nice

T: Follows the nose to the T, fairly bitter to start off but that goes away as quickly as it came. Hops are grassy and earthy, with a hint of citrus rinds. Sweet maltiness rounds things off nicely. Alcohol is barely present among all the hoppy goodness

M: Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation

O: Another easy drinking IPA. Great for spring and summer, and will most likely catch up on you quickly because of the well-hidden 7.5%

06-07-2011 02:22:38 | More by BEERMILER12
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark golden color with ruby red red highlights. Has a 2 finger white head with very little lacing. Big aromas of grapefruit in the nose with hops jumping out of the glass. Very nicely balanced, with a hop bitterness that is not too overwhelming, that starts strong in the front and finishes a little easier. Dry taste, with little caramel notes. Bitter after taste. Very drinkable IPA, definitely a strong candidate for one to keep in the fridge on a regular basis.

06-06-2011 02:53:42 | More by birdman200
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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