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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,681 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,681
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 458
Gots: 744 | FT: 24
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

No notes at this time.
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cradke
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Orange. Clean and semi transparent. Pours a nice head that has some variation in bubbles. Streaming carbonation from the bottle of the tulip glass. Has some nice legs on the glass.

Smell: Nice and hoppy. A pleasant lack of bitter with some nice clean citrus notes. Lots of grapefruit.

Taste: A clean hop profile. A bit more bitter than the nose but a good hop backbone. It has some very pronounced lemon and grapefruit notes. A clean and lasting finish. Maybe a little too much grapefruit for me but it really opens up and smooths out as it warms. Pretty clean for 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: A decent dose of carbonation, really fine and homogeneous. Thin and spreads well.

Overall: A solid IPA that really smooths out as it warms up. A really spot on amount of hops. In my opinion, it's got a too much of a forward grapefruit taste that makes it a bit too bitter for me. I still really enjoyed it but it's just not my favorite IPA.

Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dougfur
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flower Power is a solid and underrated IPA. This beer is nearly perfect if you're hankering for a citrusy, "lighter" DIPA. It's actually pretty similar to PTE.

The aroma is very hoppy, with pretty strong citrus notes. It tastes just as it smells and is very well balanced. Color is orangy, but certainly not dark for an IPA.

If I had to pick one IPA to drink forever....well, that would be tough, but this would be in the running! Perfect for a hot summer day!

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Light amber with a tight off-white head that leaves the glass messy with spots and lines of lace.

Powerful aroma consisting of juicy citrus flesh, floral notes, and a bit of honey sweetness as well. Incredibly hoppy.

The flavor isn't quite as successful as the aroma, though it's still very nice. It's bitter along with lots of tropical, grapefruit, and orange characteristics.

Medium to full mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A delicious IPA. I wish I could stock my fridge with this stuff.

Photo of rondufresne
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of HoptimusPrimeIPA
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheHopDumpster
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA. Unfortunately all other IPA's have come up short to this one. Very Hoppy, Great Aroma, nice citrusy grapefruit flavor. I prefer the grapefruit flavor of IPA's, that is why I like this one best. Not Malty, Very Hoppy--exactly the way I love an IPA. Get this beer if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of haywire77
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated best by March 2012 into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer poured a hazy honey orange with about a half inch of milk white head which faded very quickly into a little toupee on top. Good lacing.

Smell is amazing. Flowers and tons of tropical fruits. Tangerines, grapefruits, pineapples, and mango. A little bit of sweet malts mixed with honey.

Tastes like sunshine! Big juicy hops and a grapefruit explosion. The bitter aspect is welcoming after the initial sweetness. This beer really hangs around for a long time after you swallow.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily like the best IPAs I've had. As previously mentioned, the aftertaste lasts forever and contributes to an excellent feel. Tongue-numbing goodness!

Overall I have to say I was hooked on the first drink. I had never noticed this in my local bottle shop until a few weeks ago and I had to pick it up due to the amount of attention it has received. No disappointments here.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This awesome beer was sent to me by Al... Thanks Al!
[Best Before date: March(notched)]

Pours abit hazy golden/orange, with very little 1/2" off white head. Not much retension, but still leaves behind some decent lacing.

Aromas are a nice mix of citrus and sweetness. Getting piney, honey notes with hints of orange and other tropical fruits(pineapple mostly).

Flavors are similar to aromas. Floral hops, grapefruit bitterness with a very solid bready malt taste. Excellently balanced... this beer is awesome!

Medium body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Bitter, lightly dry mouthfeel.

Overall, I'd probably consider this in the Top 3 single IPA's I've ever had. I really need to get my hands on more of these bottles.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ixodus
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy gold in color with an inch thick white head that settles into a foam that covers the surface leaving heavy lacing.

S: Tropical/Citrus hops dominate the nose. Present are Oranges, Peaches, Clementines, Grapefruit, Pineapple with some floral undertones and bready malt. Deliciously aromatic!

T: Sweet tropical fruits upfront with some herbal hops mixed in there matched with a nice bitter blast at the end. This brew is no hop bomb, it's nicely matched with a bready malt backbone that lends a honey like flavor to the beer.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Works quite well for the beer.

O: Overall this a great IPA. Something the east coast can really stand behind. It's affordable, readily available, delicious, and refreshing.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/22/11

Appearance: A really nice-looking golden orange - great head, great lacing

Smell: Interesting - sweet (sweeter than average), pale malts, lightly toasted - hops are very citrusy, with a touch of tropical - fleshy, like chunks of grapefruit - floral, and there's some pine, too

Taste: Almost like a weak double IPA - cooked, somewhat sweet pale malts - tons of grapefruit - grapefruit flesh, and some kind of citrus that tastes like under-ripe oranges - pith, and a lot of bitterness, with lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, definitely not dry or crisp, more wet and smooth

Overall: Very good, but not great

I can see why a lot of people rave about this beer. Personally, I don't think it's much above average. The hop profile is a little weird, but good; my only real complaint in the mouthfeel. Perhaps as the result of the relatively high ABV, this really tastes too heavy and wet, given the flavor profile.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark orange with a white, creamy, tightly-bubbled head. The aroma has lots of floral hops and citrus, some pine characteristics as well. The taste has a lot of tropical fruits at the start, with a nice overall balance of hop bitterness finishing with malts at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. It is a smooth and not overly bitter IPA.

Overall, a nice and refreshing IPA from Ithaca. I could see this really being a nice beer to have during those hot summer days.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,681 ratings.