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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,304 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,304
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 440
Gots: 534 | 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 TheHopMonster
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 :)

TheHopMonster, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

fx20736, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

iadler, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Chico1985, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

bum732, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of beveritt
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beveritt, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

JohnnyChicago, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of MMM8884
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

MMM8884, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

eclipse54, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with best before October punch in label, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/31/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Really malty nose for an IPA, lots of bready pale malt with some herbal and citrus hops hiding beneath the malt.

T: Some hop bitterness with bready malt, honey and some citrus notes from the hops. Not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping. Lingering taste of malt.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good beer but not the best example of an IPA, the maltiness comes through much more than any hops that are present. I had this almost a year ago on draft and would like to try this fresh again to compare.

Azurescens, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to mjtiernan for sending this as an extra. pours a light orangeish yellow color. has a full finger head with big clumps of lacing. big citrus smell with a ton of floral in there. taste is everything you would expect, big grapefruit taste, perfectly balanced. mouthfeel is a surprise to me. i thought something so hoppy smelling would be dry and bitter. this one however is crisp and smooth with a full body that doesn't dry out your mouth. and just a slight bitter to it that doesn't last long. this has got to be one of, if not the best, ipa's i've ever had. gonna have to trade for more of this!

match1112, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of BobCS
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy orange amber with fine white head

S: unmistakeable American hops full of citrus/grapefruit but powerful and floral as well. The name of this beer and the aroma are just a perfect match.

T: although dominated by hops there is more to the aroma and flavor and less of a bitterness than you might expect in such a well hopped IPA. The result is a suprising tilt to the balance toward something aromatic, floral, and spicy and away from a tongue lashing and lingering bitterness. The bitterness is clean and restrained and beautifully in balance.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated and lively

O: this is just a gorgeous beer and despite the many other IPAs I've had, this perfectly named beer reinvented the style for me and showed me something brand new and fresh. I really can't get enough Flower Power!

BobCS, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of tdexterc
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy pale amber with a short lived 1.5 finger head. What’s left however sticks together in a nice tight ring around the edge of the glass.

S- The smell is nice and spicy. A wonderful mix of floral, citric, and pine notes all mingle together. If I had to put it into one word I would say “bright”.

T- Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. Big juicy citric flavors are backed up nicely by the same spicy, floral notes of the aroma.

M- Slightly more abrasive in its bitterness than I was expecting, but still very pleasing. If you’re planning on drinking anything other than this beer in a sitting, I suggest saving it for last. It has a big lasting bitterness which just sticks to your tongue like Velcro. Tasty stuff!

I am very pleased with my first beer from this brewery. I would actively seek out others from their lineup judging by the quality of this IPA.

tdexterc, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with slight malt and soapy aromas coming through as well. Taste is of fresh citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with a nice malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a very nice hop aroma and taste. I am glad I got to try one of these.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet delicious Flower Power. How I've been waiting for a fresh batch to pull up and post up in NYC. Well here you are, so fresh, so delicious. How long as it been? Finally you taste like you did in Ithaca.
Fairly clear, a fair orange, achingly slow fading of lace on the glass. Oh, yes, you are sexy, aren't you?
Floral, oranges, a little boozy, a little spicy.
It is the beautiful blending of all these aromas that takes place in my mouth that makes it so beautiful. Fair bitterness, not over the top, cushioning the plummet into delicious mid-palate hoppy goodness. The malt rides all the way through nearly undeterred. The booze evident in the nose fades behind the hops. Melts in my mouth.
Delightful to finally have this beer here fresh and beautiful.

dragonWhale, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of JoeBCBC
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from my friend Jim the other night while we were brewing a pilot batch of India Wheat Wine.
Poured into a pint glass.

A- Orangey/deep gold with a frothy 2 finger head that subsides into thick film, leaving lots of lace.

S- Intense grassy and herbal aroma with some notes of tangerines and oranges coming through. Sweet malt in the background.

T- The beer stands up to it's name, and packs a lot of the same grassy and citrusy hop flavor. The lack of intense bitterness is a pleasant surprise and it is easy to see that a lot of focus went into finishing hops. The hops are complimented by just enough malt backbone to make a well balanced beer.

M- Medium body, sticky and coats the tongue as it goes down. Resinous feeling.

O- This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer, especially due to the fact that it is not as bitter as some other standard IPA's. I love the aroma and herbal/citrus flavor, and I especially love how balanced this beer is. Would definitely be able to drink a case of this easily.

JoeBCBC, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mocktm
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went into Beverage Barn in West Hampton to stock up on some beer for the hurricane, and it figures that the one time I didn't bring my growler, they actually had a beer I'd been dying to try on tap. So I did what any logical BA would, I swallowed my pride, coughed up the five bucks for some new growler glass and walked out with 64 fresh ounces of this hop bomb.

Pour is a rich golden orange with a rocky white head. Plenty of stick to it as it leaves an abundance of lacing on the way down.

Aromas are highly floral, with some pine and citrus characteristics as well, mainly that of lemon zest. Malts are no where to be found, which is the way I like it.

Bursting grapefruit and significant hop bitterness, balanced out by some mellowing honey sweetness. As with the nose, a pronounced floral presence with some citrus rind mixed in. Definitely a monster of an IPA, absolutely delicious.

Medium bodied with a sticky consistency, coats the tongue well and finishes semi-dry with a mild alcohol burn. As I'm sure I'll lose power later, I'll have to finish this growler tonight, which I don't think will be a problem.

While I can find all other Ithaca offerings with complete ease, this one has always remained elusive. Glad to have the chance to finally try it, and I look forward to refilling my growler on the next trip, Cheers!

mocktm, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into DeCicco's in Brewster yesterday (26AUG11) on the way back from the Greenwood Lake Airshow. Opted for a couple of tulips of this offering to whet my hops hankering. A 14oz glass was $5.00.

My tulip held a clear, rich, golden liquid. A fair amount of carbo steadily rose to the surface, adding to a frothy, off-white 1/4" head. Attractive lacing clung to the sides of the drinking vessel. The aroma was robust and full of citrus, easily enticing the ol' olfactories. Medium-bodied, Flower Power was also relatively smooth across the tastebuds, showing little roughness while journeying south.

Some toasty malt is present, adding subtle sweetness to what amounts to a citrus-fest. Plenty of rindy, pithy hop flavors layer it on thick across the palate. These notes of grapefruit, tangerine and pine linger long after the liquid has passed the lips. Quite enjoyable! Prosit!!

4.45 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Bierman9, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally having this on tap.

A: Bright amber, nice cloudy white head, rings of lacing are quite thick.

S: Like walking through a garden, gigantic notes of floral hops, tons of pine, and even some citrus.

T: Hop domination continues, super bitter, slightly sweet malt backbone. Juicy grapefruit and flowers right off the stem.

M: One of the better carbonated IPAs out there, medium to full body, bitter all over.

O/D: You'll almost wince due to all the hops, but out of pleasure. One of the hoppiest, and enjoyable beers I've had on tap. I think I'm still tasting hops from it.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of chrisgn
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (bottled 8/11) into a Stone IPA glass.

A- Pours a clear copper color with 1-2 fingers on while foamy head. Great retention and lacing. Well carbonated.

S- Tropical fruit and citrus jump out of the glass.

T- Huge citrus hop flavor. This guy is bordering on double IPA territory. Hops are kept in check with some a sweet malt, honey or caramel?

M- Full bodied mouthfeel that coats the palate. Flavor linger so good!

This is an exceptional beer. Full of citrusy hop flavor and everything I am looking for in a good IPA.

chrisgn, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just what an IPA should be...the epitome of freshness...was able to have this at several intervals this summer, my favorite was 3 months from the bottling date. Also had a side by side tasting with Two Hearted just to make sure this beer was really as good as I thought it was. It is. Floral, and I mean super floral, hop flavors EVERYWHERE...and the citrus is there as well, mouthfeel is full but not sticky or overly resinous, just refreshing as hell with a perfect amount of carbonation. Hazy bright orange color with beautiful white head. Malts provide the backbone and not too much else while so many colors of hop flavor explode on you at different times. Can't say enough about it.

josefnewsong, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a beautiful tangerine-amber into the glass with a thick finger and a half of white head. Retention is excellent and globs of lacing are left along the glass rim; great, love the look of it.

Aroma-Floral and 'flowery' upfront then followed by a big citric kick of tangerines, limes and grapefruit, some apricot in there too. What a unique smell, not a lot of IPAs go the floral route but I dig this.

Taste-Flavors are very floral with hints of orange rind, apricot and bitter pine sap but it's all balanced with a solid crystal malt backbone which cuts the bitterness with some sweetness. More apricot on the finish mixed with floral notes reminiscent of the early profile before ending bitter and citric.

Mouthfeel-On the fuller side for an IPA, slick and resiny; it coats the whole tongue. Carbonation is between medium and high, perfect for this beer. Truly a top notch mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Overall-This is my go-to IPA and has been for some time now, I can always get it fresh and its flavors never disapoint; a class IPA all the way

Manoftyr, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops cones with light bittering notes and some light citrus as well. Taste is a very pleasant mix between some floral notes with whole hops cones notes with solid semi-sweet malt base. Bitter notes are not too heavy. Body is full with good carbonation. Really well brewed with nice notes of floral hops with well balanced bitter notes and semi-sweet malt bill.

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of hopsgirl35
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this ipa in a bottle shop.
When it pours it comes out light, when it settles
in the mug it looks orange-amber color,it has a medium ring.
The aroma is flowery with a fruity scent that
I like about ipas.
The taste was an eye opener of a sweet dry bitterness that stays with you.
The mouthfeel is where the hops really come to life.
A very tastey beer during a rain storm.

hopsgirl35, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-orange into my Lost Abbey stem. Big, fluffy, egg-shell head. Looks really nice. The nose is a tame blend of sweet malt and fruity hops. Smells exactly like a toned down version of Jai Alai (or this bottle isn't as fresh as when I have had Jai Alai). The taste is very smooth, mild fruity, flowery hops balanced very well with what tastes like crystal malts. Not super hoppy, but it's definitely there in a way that opens up nicely when warm. Let's not get carried away though, this is not an elite IPA, but a good one. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium body, reasonable carbonation. Overall, I would drink this a fair amount if it was distributed to me and I would trade for a bottle, but not a 6'er. Some IPA's I like better are Blind Pig, Columbus, Duet, Furious + Wet, Sculpin, Jai Alai. That said, it is pretty comparable to Jai Alai and a pretty good beer.

seeswo, Aug 19, 2011
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,304 ratings.