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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,095 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 433
Gots: 459 | FT: 22
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color with a 2.5-fingered, rocky, snow white head. Good retention that settles to a creamy cover. Hard to see much carbonation. Great lacing.

S - Smell is rich in pine and grapefruit. Not getting much of the fruit notes, but it is indeed very floral. Rich and inviting, it really grasps the senses and pulls your nose in for more. Other citrus fruits play in near the background, but are faint and don't make much of an appearance.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, but a bit more blended. Upfront it's a bit bready and chewy, before finally relaxing into the citrus flavors. Lemon, grapefruit, and a slight pineapple flavor make up the bulk of this stage. Finally, the bitterness from the fruits leads nicely into the bitterness of the hops. Finish is bitter and fruity.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. The head and bready malts make the beginning go down smoothly, but as it finishes it really does turn bitter.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The bitterness in the finish is long and a bit off-putting, but it's made up for by the rest of the flavor and the well-masked alcohol. I feel this one is a little bit older than preferred, and I would like to pick up some fresh bottles to compare.

12-15-2010 23:42:22 | More by nhindian
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

The beer's sunny yellow colour, enshrouded in a smoke-like haze, seems befitting to its name. The foam atop is thick and solid as a glacier and, although it stands to reason that it must slowly be diminishing, it seems to be doing so at glacial speed. More than that, the carpet of lacing it's tattooed to the glass looks like fit to stand the test of time.

It smells like someone hid citrus under my radiator and it's now festered into some kind of wickedly bitter and acidic concoction. When I find out who did it... I'll have to thank them. This smells lovely. I might even try reproducing this at home myself. A melange of orange peel, pink grapefruit and a pinch of lemon zest - it brings citrus to the next level.

Unfortunately it's all mostly for not as the taste is decidedly anti-climactic. The taste of diluted lychee liqueur, cut with a splash of orange juice and rounded out by a fleeting mintiness, is certainly tasty but it lacks what the Jewish would call 'chutzpah': the exaggerated self-opinion, the audacity and pomposity typical of American IPAs. (Which, perhaps to some, isn't such a bad thing...)

And it's not due to any shortage of hops; the presence of leafy, bitter greens is exceeding but it's at least in part because of a total shortage of malts to overstep it. That said, it might be better off without a thick, gooey-sweet malt bill - keeping that pithy, citric acidity intact is a valid priority, even if it does make the beer seem a little bit thinner.

Ithaca Flower Power is one groovy beer, man. And at a (surprising) 7 something percent alcohol, it's definitely no buzz kill. But it's not the kind of beer you sit around the drum circle waxing poetic about - it's the kind of beer you drink. Fast. And in great quantity. With great gratification. With an impatient urge to go out immediately and buy more.

12-15-2010 06:48:44 | More by biegaman
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321jeff

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a hazy but vibrant gold with one finger of sticky looking off white head.

The aroma is loaded with piney and grassy hops and some citrus, more lemon than anything with some hints of light spicy yeast. To me, this aroma is in the top tier of IPA's, pretty complex and well balanced.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but I may have been setting my sights a little high. Pretty solid bitterness with lots of resinous pine with hints of spice and some citrus sneaks in there as well. The 7.5% abv is very well hidden among the other flavors.

Medium in body with a sticky mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation as well. This one is highly, and dare I say dangerously drinkable. One of the more complex IPA's I've had, making it even more fun to drink.

12-15-2010 04:55:01 | More by 321jeff
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Orange gold hued brew with very bubbly ring of foamy head. Lots of bubbles on the glass makes this look a little over active.

S: Flowery Hops and tropical fruit notes. Dry malt covered in a candy sweetness. Different IPA smell.

T: Bready malts fit nicely into a grassy tropical fruit hop taste. Sweet and bitter finish. Flowery hop notes are present as well. This is more malt forward than some IPAs, but it's very satisfying.

M: Medium feel, bittersweet finish, plenty of carb.

D: Nice drinker you could knock back a couple of pints of and be happy.

12-14-2010 14:57:26 | More by Dreadnaught33
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

A - A hazy, golden yellow body with some orange tints around the edges...a pillowy, white head stands about 1.5 fingers and falls into a thin ring...nice lacing

S - Holy tropical fruits...the aroma is making my mouth water...grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon

T - The hops are the star in this beer...they are present from start to finish...in the beginning they are fresh and sweet while at the end they are oily and bitter...there isn't a strong malt backbone but it works with this beer

M - Medium bodied...oily and bitter...the lingering bitterness keeps your mouth puckering for more

D - After two your taste buds are shot but the ABV is pretty normal...I suggest you find this and drink it fresh...I had this super fresh and loved it so I ordered it somewhere else (a non-beer destination) and you could tell it had been on for a while...this is my review for the fresh beer and I did not factor the old one in...sorry for a short review but this one is a must try for people who enjoy tropical IPAs

12-13-2010 21:36:48 | More by thain709
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

If you're an IPA fan then you must try Ithaca's Flower Power. It's a robust IPA bursting with hoppy flavors and strong citrus. Color is what you'd expect-- bright and golden.

The taste is citrus and I got some flowers in there too (maybe I'm easily persuaded by the beer's name).

Goes down easy but be careful of the ABV... One or two should be the max.

12-13-2010 20:24:55 | More by devinoconnor
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Gmann

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice thick white head that settled into a sparse cap leaving a wall of sticky lacing around the glass.

The aroma is of nice grapefruit hops, very juicy. Some tropical fruit notes from the hops and honey notes from the malt.

The flavor is primarily of juicy grapefruit hops but it does have some piney notes with a touch of resiny bitterness. There is a honey malt base that pairs perfectly with the hops. Not as bold as some west coast IPAs but quite tasty.

The beer has a moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Good balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. The beer finishes bitter but doesn't crush the palate. The ABV is well hidden.

A very good east coast IPA. Flavorful hops and not crushingly bitter. This is a great staple to go along with Cascazilla in their everyday lineup.

12-11-2010 01:20:44 | More by Gmann
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Ithaca Flower Power IPA is a beer I've heard good things about, but only just now got to try. This is a very good IPA especially from an east coast brewery. You can definitely taste and smell the Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops in the beer, the grapefruit, peach, apricot and passionfruit flavors just sing. The only gripe I have is that the bitterness is just a bit harsh, it lingers just a bit too long into the aftertaste. The malt flavor and hint of caramel is very nice.

12-10-2010 06:01:45 | More by Soonami
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rembrant

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8%

Pours yellow and hazy with a persistant white froth that eventually settles to one finger. big time lace.

the Aroma is very fruity with grapefruit dominant to the extent there's nothing else obvious. After a few determined whiffs I do find a little malty caramel.

In the flavor,that malty caramel comes and goes so quick it's barely there...then Grapefruit Bomb. It's a bit like Crooked Tree IPA in that it just turns into grapefruit juice. Limited complexity,and as with crooked tree...I'm wondering where my BEER went. I'm impressed by the deception,but want some OTHER beer taste too. I'd had a Celebration 12 pk,and there,while I got grapefruit,I also got other flavors and details.

Mouthfeel is good,while the malts don't flavor it much,they are there with some body. I let a bit warm,and eventually there was a little malt + depth,but by then it's warmer than I want an IPA.

Drinkable and indeed tasty and refreshing but I'd expected more. Very fresh....was just in town a couple days.

(from notes late Nov)

12-09-2010 00:22:51 | More by rembrant
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jsanford

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a lovely fluffy white head. Retention is amazing and the lacing is ridiculous. One of the prettiest IPAs I've seen!
S - Wonderful aromas of sweet orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, and flowers. Not too strong but not too subtle, very nice nose.
T - Floral and citrus hops are tamed nicely by the bready caramel malt. Finish is pleasantly bitter and dry.
M - Light bodied with sharp, crisp carbonation, just right for the style. Surprised to see this is 7+ ABV, I'm not detecting it at all!
D - Incredibly drinkable, hindered only by the higher ABV. If this was around 5% (and easier for me to find), I'd drink it all day long. Amazing beer, can easily contend with the top-tier West Coast IPAs.

12-07-2010 04:45:40 | More by jsanford
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a shade of orangeish yellow with a one finger white head. Very cloudy. No lacing.

S- very strong aroma of tropical fruits. Smells delicious.

T- getting a lot of flowery hops (as you'd expect from the name), along with some tropical hops and a really nice bitter finish.

M- for a single IPA, its actually pretty thick...a little too thick for me, actually

D- pretty good representation of a west coast IPA on the east coast

12-05-2010 18:50:04 | More by bigfnjoe
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours a nice clear amber color with a decent amount of off-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a nice thin layer on top.

Smell is sweet floral citrus. Orange peel. Awesome

Tastes a nicely bitter, citrusy, sweet. The bitterness hangs around a bit, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. The bitterness is there, but it should be IMO. Drinkability is good, there's a nice mid range abv so you could have a couple.

This is an awesome beer. A great west-coast style IPA from an east-coast brewery. Bravo, Ithaca!

12-04-2010 02:15:23 | More by prg1976
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jsh420

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

extra from Kkottonmouthkngz

best by jan.

pour hazy golden orange with a 1+ finger head that had good retention

smell is intoxicating - grapefruit pine mango bready caramel malt

taste - great east coast ipa with west coast flavors - the malts play a much bigger role than in the nose - very balanced ipa

only bad thing i can say is it had a little too much of that ashy bitter hop flavor for me to give it a higher score

mouthfeel is a tad heavy for an ipa - well carbonated

drinkability is hurt by the heavier body but i enjoyed this beer very much and makes me want to search out more ithaca brews

12-03-2010 02:53:20 | More by jsh420
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

beer is dated best by dec. so i know its past its prime, but man this thing still has something goin on. i wish i had it fresh because i can only imagine the review id be writing. as it stands, it still looks delicious in my long hammer ipa glass with a thick foamy head that sticks around for the long run. sweet hops emenate and immediately i know this will still be yummy. its got that nice creamy texture to it that makes me believe if i had more i could drink it forever. iso: fresh flower power :)

12-02-2010 00:23:25 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

This beer is so freaking good. I have trouble finding it in the stores but when I do see it I always get it. Hop heads or ipa fans will definitely be pleased with this brew. The aroma and taste are so delicious and full of hop sweetness. Citrusy notes overwhelm this beer in a good way. Enjoy

12-01-2010 22:09:40 | More by Cmack15
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

This bottle as a gift from afdempse. Purchased from the brewery. Thanks Adam!

A: Clear and effervescent, the beer is a yellow / orange color. There is a massive head that leaves ample lacing all over the glass.

S: Hops, grapefruit, citrus - typical of the style. The aroma is fresh and inviting, though not as aromatic or "big" as I would like.

T: Really nice flavors here. A burst of fresh hops with just the right amount of malt to support the bouquet of citrus and grapefruit tang. There is a healthy amount of bitterness in every sip. Overall, very good.

M: Medium bodied, nice feel. Alcohol presence shows up in the finish.

D: I've wanted to try this beer for a while now, and I am so glad I finally had the opportunity. This is a very tasty beverage. I would definitely have it again.

11-30-2010 22:58:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Flower Power pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind lots of clumps of lace on the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange/grapefruit citrus and pine hop notes. Perhaps there's a hint of sweet malt in there too, but I may be imagining things.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy, dry and lightly carbonated. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine and a touch of pepper. In the background is some malt sweetness. It's a bit bready with caramel malt notes. The malt does a pretty good job of taming the hop bitterness. That said, it finishes bitter and dry. Once gone the citrus hops and peppery spice lingers on the palate.

This is a beer for hop lovers. Tons of hop character without the face-puckering bitterness. It's an easy drinking beer that should be drunk fresh.

11-28-2010 19:43:40 | More by WanderingFool
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

I've been meaning to get around to this since I discovered it at a local bottle shop.

A. Pours a hazy orange with yellow highlights. A one and a half finger creamy white head rises and then dissipates leaving residual lacing on every bit of glass it touches.

S. Smells of orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel. As it warms those tropical hop flavors come out.

T. Taste strongly reflects the smell with a bit of caramel sweetness. The tropical flavors come out more in the nose, but a slightly evident on the tongue as well.

M. Medium body with a high level of biting carbonation.

D. A very refreshing IPA that is interesting, but not overly complex. I could see picking this up to celebrate a beautiful summer day, but a rainy late fall day is not exactly the right mood for this.

11-24-2010 19:11:45 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati

poured from a bottle into my DFH glass

Pours a nice golden color with a creamy white 1 inch head

Smell--like you've been hit in the face with a grapefruit. I really can't get much past that, it's very refreshing.

Taste--ok...imagine you take a grapefruit, preferably the one you just smelled, and scoop out all of the fruit. Then you take the remaining liquid and slurp it up. It's that impressive and predominant.

M/D--I am not the world's biggest IPA fan; I'm slowly treading into that spectrum of the beer world, but if all good IPAs taste this good, I'll be picking up some more. I've got a Green Flash West Coast IPA that's up next.

11-23-2010 01:14:12 | More by CruisaC
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY on November 19, 2010.

I should also note that I have reviewed this in bottle form and given the difference, I think that bottle was either stale or off. More on that at the end of the review.

Served in a pint glass.

Look: bright, hazy golden honey color. It looks almost like some kind of pineapple juice and not a beer. I don't know what the haze is from since I can't really see any sediment floating around. The head is one finger and almost white. Its fluffy, retains reasonably well, becoming a thin layer of foam atop the beer that leaves behind some lacing along the sides.

Smell: like getting punched in the nose by hops. The website lists the hops used as Columbus, Cascade, and Ahtanum with Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial as dry hops. It also says that it is dry hopped 5 times. Well, lets just say it really shows. There's a serious citrus aroma with some pineapple and grapefruit flavors in there. Very bold for an East Coast IPA.

Taste: follows the nose well, so now its like I'm getting kicked in mouth by hops. Its not all that bitter at 75IBUs, but there's a lot of complexity to the hop flavors. I'm impressed by Ithaca's ability to get six hop strains to work well together. There's citrus flavors that were present in the nose, some apricot fruitiness, some orange zest, a little floral flavor though subdued and pine sap. Looking behind the hoppy goodness, there's some honey flavors along with some malt flavor slightly balancing it out but don't worry, this beer is all hops all the time.

Feel: medium bodied and very crisp with solid carbonation. The 7.5% ABV is hidden exceptionally well. My mouth is left watering at the end of each sip.

Drink: the crispness makes this a fairly refreshing IPA. I could drink quite a few of these.

Overall, I'm glad I went back to this one. After reading some of the hype about getting this fresh, I saw it on tap at the bar, knew that it hadn't been on tap for very long at all, and realized that I had to give it a try fresh. It was definitely worth it. This is definitely one of the better East Coast IPAs that I've had and it can stand shoulder to shoulder with quite a few of the West Coast IPAs I've had (granted I haven't had Pliny the Younger or the Elder yet). If you're a hop head, you owe it to yourself to get this fresh. Cheers!

11-20-2010 14:06:05 | More by SkunkWorks
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DJED69

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Wow. Hoptastic. I think I got a good fresh batch to sample. The smell---oh that smell! Pine mixed with tropical fruit. Really prominent. Pours a typical orange-amber with real nice head that settles to a lasting cap. Lacing is very nice. Taste is bitter with the pine and fruit coming through. The finish is lingering and long. I find the flavors balanced and quite harmonious Probably the best East Coast IPA I've had to date.

11-19-2010 01:24:18 | More by DJED69
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mbusster88

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Really hazy body with pillow white head. Getting a small amount of carbonation on the glass. Head sticks around rather long, and leads to some good lacing.

S: Wow, get the floral sent of hops right away. Some astringent notes and pine as well.

T/M: Hop bite hits the tongue first. Then some malty bread characters, then right back to the hop bite and some dryness. Great feel with good smoothness and wonderful flavors.

D: Love this beer. Taste is fantastic and the hops really scream out of this one. Easy drink with a good body and balance to it. Recommend to get a few of these and give them a go.

11-19-2010 00:57:09 | More by mbusster88
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Hazed deep golden with a towering white head that has great retention and good lacing down the glass. Not sure how this could look any better.

S - Great, unique combination of mangoes and tropical fruits, some floral notes, and a sweet honey-like caramel malt sweetness.

T - Starts out with big pine flavors, a solid caramel malt mid palate, finishes with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finish leaves some hop oils in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate, and not out of control.

D - Drinks almost like a DIPA, which I like. Big, bold, balanced flavors without an insane bitterness make this a great IPA. One of my new favorites.

11-18-2010 00:19:22 | More by garuda
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured about a two inch thick soapy white heading. A very hazy light auburnish color with a mass amount of bubbles everywhere.Tremendous lacing.

This brew is all in the nose. Very heavy floral aroma's with some lighter yeasty fruiter notes on the back end.

Taste is a bit full. Starts out with that same nice green floralness that is present in the nose. In the middle a bit of that yeasty fruitiness I was talking about earlier.Then a bit of an odd tasting of burnt malts but is quickly covered of up by the green bitter hops.

Medium bodied with great carbonation. A bit buttery slickness on the palate.

I had this side by side with Jai Alai and so far subtle differences that would edge Jai Alai but this did well.

Simply good beer.

11-14-2010 23:38:25 | More by TheFightfan1
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

Reviewed on 14 November 2010.

Let sit out of fridge to warm up. Poured into Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, color is a cloudy deep apple-juice gold, poured gently with a foamy 3-finger head, beautiful spongy retention, average lacing. Aroma hops are wonderful, consisting of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh pine, and some light floral character. The aroma is so fresh, as if hops have been steeping in the beer immediately prior to drinking. Taste is lightly citrus, with fresh hops character, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness is so intense at first, but disappears seconds after consumption. Very awesome.

Halfway down the glass, there is still 1-finger of head, and the lacing now sticks completely to the side of the glass. I'm glad I waited to judge the appearance. The bitterness gets heavier on the tongue towards the bottom, yet not overwhelming at all, and the hop taste seems to get fresher. I'm guessing cascade or citra hops. Finishing the last sip, there is lacing that is now drying on the glass. Beautiful, delicious beer for the price. I would allow this to represent the East Coast for IPAs.

11-14-2010 20:09:26 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,095 ratings.