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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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4,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,523
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 447
Gots: 622 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of Risser09
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - fridge temp - 2011 bottling

Appearance: Golden orange color beer. 3" tall off-white head that has great retention. Very pillowy head that lasts and lasts. Ecellent lacing.

Smell: Nice, bright, floral aromas of honeysuckle, rose, grapefruit, and some pine needles. A touch of malt sweetness. Excellent.

Taste: This could be a perfect IPA taste. Here's why: The beer is 7.5% alcohol and you can taste just enough of it. The hop flavors are citrusy & floral with notes of pine in the background. I get lots of grapefruit, some light melon, honeysuckle and just an overall HOP flavor. The brewers nailed this beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, perfect alcohol feel, light and airy in the mouth. Smooth drinking with an acceptable amount of bitterness. Malts are in check to balance everything out.

Drinkability: This is a perfect American IPA that I would love to duplicate in my own brewing efforts. Good for those up in New York who have quick access to this cheap, refined, archetypal offering.

Photo of Tucquan
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-07-10 in Columbia, PA from a 2-week old bottle.

A - Moderately-hazy, golden-orange with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Powerful and heavenly aroma of pineapple, fresh hop cones, orange, and pine.

T - Nice blast of pine, hop oils, orange and pineapple citrus and plenty of grapefruit zest bitterness. After the first couple of swallows, when the taste buds have had a chance to adjust to the bitterness, a lightly roasted grain with mild caramel flavor is noticeable but doesn't get in the way of the bright citrus flavor. It's a good flavor. Dries out nicely with a touch of citrus pulp sweetness to compliment the rind bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Resinous, a little oily and it prickles nicely.

D - I remain impressed with this beer. It's as good from the bottle as on-tap. Glad it's available here in Pennsylvania.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra man. Pours a hazy hone color. Thin film white head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is pretty malty. Pretty much honey. Bit of caramel. Some citric hops. Needs more hop aroma.

Taste is too malty for my for my taste. Kinda citrus hoppy but could use more hop flavor to balance the maltiness. Ok hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Nice carb.

Overall not one of my favorite. It's ok. Not A- worthy though.

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

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of atr2605
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrOH
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bristei
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,523 ratings.