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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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95
world-class

4,424 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,424
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
Gots: 578 | 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 mjtiernan
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally overlooked this beer for years because I thought the name and packaging was kinda cheesy. What a mistake!

A: Hazy gold with a one-finger head that reduces to a nice topping with a consistent ring around the edge. Nice tight bubbles. Good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus! Mostly grapefruit and pear (also lemon and apricot?) with a bit of sugary malt. One of the best smelling beers I've experienced. Almost like candy.

T: Perfectly balanced malt and hops. The best qualities of the hops are on display here as floral and citrus notes dominate the beginning and then gradually recede with a slow decent into bitterness.

M: An appealing middle-of-the-road level of carbonation and body. Pretty much what I'd look for in this style.

D: One of the best examples I've found. This particular IPA hits on all cylinders and is right up my alley. Will seek it out all year round.

mjtiernan, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange body, capped with a pillowy white head.

S: A nice hoppy nose of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and citrus. Overall, very pleasent and very fruity.

T: I don't care for IPAs that are super bitter and this one had a great taste. Upfront flavor is a nice bitter-sweet hop; cascade comes up to the palate in the beginning. The middle has a sweet malty flavor with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and honey. Finishes very slick, bitter-sweet, and balanced.

M: Very syrupy texture with a medium body and light-medium carbonation.

D: Great beer. A solid IPA with a complex hop flavor that's very smooth and easy to drink. Glad I picked this up on a whim.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a hazy orange/honey color. White head, about a finger's worth. More bubbly than foamy on top.

Smell:
Slightly grapefruity citrus hops notes and some malt sweetness in the background. Some lemony notes perhaps?

Taste:
Actually tastes earthier than the smell had led me to expect. Sweetness from the malt and a very cool, balanced bitterness. Kind of floral towards the end.

Mouthfeel:
Creamier than I was expecting, and very full. Not much booziness, which is nice.

Drinkability:
I would have another. This is one of the most well-balanced IPAs I've ever had. Citrusy aroma, earthy bitterness, floral balance at the end. This one has everything. I didn't have any preconceived expectations here, but it blew me away.

evanlarkin, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mschofield
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Pours a dark gold to light amber, fluffy huge head possibly from the high hopping? Tan with sticky cathedral window lacing and it just doesn't quit.

Tropical aroma, overall fruity but I can pick out pineapple and mango and citrus by inhaling deeply.

Same reflected in the taste, with the sweetness of honey malt, different than crystal but the malt is mainly there right before the swallow, it's all tropical fruit up front.

Medium bodied for the style, just a touch of rawness and bite to it. Drinkability is world class, have to remind myself it's 7.5% and not something I could just drink one after the other even though it tastes good enough to do exactly that.

mschofield, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of fear025
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Hops, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.

Appearance:Golden in color, huge white fluffy head.

Taste:Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. It tastes a little dank, like a wet hopped ale.

Mouthfeel:Light in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability:Even though it sat in my cellar longer than it should have (3 months), the hops held up really well. What a fantastic IPA.

fear025, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of callmescraps
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the hell out of this last time I was back east, now that I've moved here, I am glad to see it again.

Appearance- Light copper color, sort of gold. A full inch of slightly off-white head settles into a nice cap. It laces very nicely.

Smell- Big hop punch. Just delicious. Tons of citrus, with plenty of tangerine and grapefruit. Tons of fruity goodness. Really pleasant. Just loving this one.

Taste- Wow, just like the smell. Tons of citrus hops, fruity as hell. Tangerine and grapefruit. Like candied hops. It's got a nice bitterness, but is balanced by the sweetness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Nothing special, could use a touch more bubble, it gets a touch syrupy.

Drinkability- Going too fast dammit!

Damn, this is one tasty beer. One of my favorite regular IPAs, and possibly my favorite from the east coast. Just a delicious beer. Enjoying every minute of this one.

callmescraps, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A Cloudy golden color, about a finger worth of head that leaves behind a perfect lacing.

S-Floral, earthy tones. Hops are present, even the bottle cap smells great.

T-Starts sweet and citrusy. Ends bitter with 75 IBUs. However stayed extremely balanced.
EDIT-Had again, earthy, wood tones come through as well.

M-Light and smooth

D-Rather drinkable, almost too drinkable for a 7.5% beer. A solid beer, great when fresh. One of the best IPAs out there.
Edit- After having the rest of the six pack I had to bump up the drinkability, this beer is incredible.

rlee1390, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> Pours a beatuful deep golden amber with a healthy 3 finger cream head, lots of sticky lacing.

S-> Bouquet is very floral/herbal with a very prevalent fruit ester and citrus blend, faint hop oils are present but muted somewhat.

T-> Beautiful hoppy bitterness with fruity flavors coming through in the middle through the finish. Pine hop resin, ctrus, floral notes all wonderfully balanced with a delcious hop bitterness towards the finish.

M-> Feels very smooth and bitter with a clear medium body.

O-> Scary how drinkable and smooth this is. I would dare say sessionable/quaffable even with the 7.5% ABV....I slugged three without even blinking....Cheers Ithaca!

Fluke828, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of jlenik
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pale golden color. eggshell colored head: two fingers worth.

s: grapefruit and citris. maybe a slight alcohol burn on the nose but that might be the hops.

t: citrus and pineapple flavors come out.

m: clean taste and doesn't go down dry.

d: Nugget Nectar and Flower Power in the same month, what more could I ask for? For a 7.5% abv IPA it is very drinkable.

jlenik, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with copper hues and a scattered pillow like white head that is also foamy and leaves a fairly dense lacing behind.

The hop aromas dance from the glass featuring floral and citrus varieties with only a hint of malt sweetness.

The flavor packs a powerful floral hop punch as well as herbal and spice notes and some malt sweetness appears as it warms.

Medium in body and carbonation with a very nice puckering hop punch on the palate.

This is certainly at the more aggressive end of the American IPA spectrum and is darn tasty.

CHADMC3, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Golden orange haze with a fluffy cloud head.

S- Sweet floral, citrus, grapefruit peaches, amazing.

T- Bitter-sweet hops. Bold citrus flavors as present in the smell as well as the taste. Very well put together.

M- Medium bodied, very bold and bitter.

D- Fantastic. at 7.5% even better. Great IPA.

gabedivision, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery served chilled in a pint glass this beauty shows a clear light amber color with a modest white head but very nice spidery lacing. The aroma offers classic citrus/cat piss type hops with a slight brussel sprout edge. Nice. The flavor brings a more flowery hop but still carries plenty of pissy bite. Delicious. It has bright orange-grapefruit and as you go there is a fair pine edge with a biscuit idea to it as well. It's medium bodied, slightly syrupy but plenty drinkable. Carbonation is tastefully light. This is just a classic IPA that should satisfy any hop lover. I give it a solid "A" and would welcome this refreshment on any occasion.

Durge, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle at Capone's Bottle Shop

The brew pours a slightly hazy, brown/gold color. It has a 1 inch, bubbly tan head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, but it does leave a nice sudsy lacing as you consume the brew.

The aroma on this brew begins with a wonderful citrus and floral hops that hits the nose. It has a nice sweet, malt backbone. As it warms a bit, the floral notes give off even more. This is great smelling IPA. I am looking forward to it.

The flavor on this brew starts like you would expect with any IPA. It has a nice citrus and grass hops bitterness. The brew actually finishes with some peppery spices, lemon zest and a nice sweet malt with some grains. It has a very floral/citrus aftertaste which is quite nice.

The mouthful on is pretty good. It has a pretty medium body, almost leaning on heavy. It has a low carbonation which gives it a nice sticky finish. I enjoyed this brew very much.

This is a great IPA. The hop profile is great, and gives this brew a nice assertive bitterness. I would have to say that if you are a true hop head/beer lover you would love this brew. This is not a brew for a beginner. This was another excellent brew by Ithaca.

mattgreger, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of wahhmaster
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-gold color. Has a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a strong citrus and floral hops aroma with a touch of sweet maltiness. This might be the best smelling IPA I've come across.

Taste: Starts off assertively bitter with citrusy and grassy hops. Finishes with a grapefruit/lemon flavor and a bit of sweet malt and grain. Leaves a nice citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body with a bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A truly superior IPA and perhaps my new favorite. It is full of expressive hop flavors and is still quite drinkable despite an assertive bitterness. Certainly not a beginner's brew, but something that I think would appeal to all true beer lovers.

wahhmaster, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Brooks44
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. From the bottle poured a dark amber brew with a large white head that stuck around the whole glass with minor lacing.

S. Maybe my favorite part of this beer haha. Had almost every type of hop aroma but earthy. Was both bitter, floral, and sweet to the nose with a slight smell of caramel malt as u run out of breath. I would love yankee candle to make a flower power candle.

T. Everything and more you would want from an American IPA. Lots of bitterness upfront with a sweetness in the middle with a great after taste at the end. I dont detect the malt but know its there making all these hops smells and tastes balance out. Just an outstanding hop character giving you bitter and sweet in the same bottle.

M. Good carbonation and light mouthfeel leads me to say this would be a perfect IPA for the warmer months, very refreshing

D. Thought this was exceptionaly drinkable and could easy knock back a few in a night. Very refreshing and the great flavors from the hops make you want another sip dare i say gulp. Highly Recommended

Brooks44, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bumpkinbrewer for the bottles! Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazed pale orange and golden with copious off-white super-lacy head. Delightful orange, resin, tangerine and general citrus aroma. Flavors are right there with the aroma. Bright fresh floral and pungent clementine and sour orange peel citrus. Brisk, grassy and fresh. Nicely balanced with the right malt profile (not too much crystal malt). Medium bodied; slightly syrupy. Medium carbonation throughout. Decent, yet unspectacular IPA although quite sessionable.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright orange pour with a touch of amber; good head and lacing.

Smell: Floral with citrus hops, perhaps some apricots

Taste: Again, floral with citrus hops and apricots and bitter orange in the background. Perhaps some caramel malt as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but perahps a bit thi and light

Drinkability: Goes down very well, although a bit basic.

craytonic, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to nonic glass at ChurchKey on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Expected hazy amber hue. A good pour yields a nice two finger head. The lacing sticks around for the duration.

S: Citrus and hops. Minor traces of resin and malt.

T: Grapefruit is prevelent up front, with bitterness seeping through the middle. There's a nice laid back and mellow malt finish.

M: Properly creamy and well balanced.

O: I was gonna head up to PA to snag some of this on Sunday but got caught up cleaning the house with the wifey. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find this at ChurchKey's, seeing as Ithaca doesn't distribute to the area.

This is a really solid and highly drinkable brew. Every aspect of this comes together to create a beer worthy of it's (modest) hype. There's a good chance I'll still be making that trip to PA for a case of Flower Power.

Rhettroactive, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looking dead on, perfect white cap of foam sits upon a brilliant, golden/orange colored beer. Leaving a bit of lacing. Small hints of brown on the color, but looks very clean and clear.

S: A bit of caramely malt with a huge dose of citrusy, bright hops. Extraordinarily hoppy with some nice sweet notes as well as some bitter and piney aromas. Has some caramelized pineapple, but the grapefruit and pine definitely take over this one. Excellent aroma.

T: Great bitterness hits first. Smooths out a bit with some sweetness of some peach and apricot. Big hit of grapefruit and some bitter hops. Pretty much everything you could look for in an American IPA.

M: Brutal and bitter, agressively hopped with a great sweetness from the malts to balance it out on the palate. Great beer.

D: Just amazingly drinkable, fresh is best of course. Great balance and complexity.

kiddynamite920, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into tulip glass... an off white two finger head sits atop an unfiltered orange blossom honey brew. Excellent head retention with sticky lacing running down the glass!

S- HUGE fresh fruit! Grapefruit, fresh sliced Apricots, Honey, Lemon zest and fresh pine needles.

T- Like little buds of grapefruit bursting on your tastebuds! Honey, orange and lemon zest, Tons of bitter hoppiness! A nice hint of sweetness on the finish... not as dry as some IPA's on the finish. Really delicious!

M- Nice carbonation on the tongue. Really bright and full of different flavors!

D- Too bad this one isn't around for very long! I wish this was an all year long beer! Fantastic and fresh! NY does it right!

Thickfreakness, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks fo AleLovinRuskie for this extra in a recent trade. Never even heard of it before, but NICE TO MEET YOU Flower Power! Poured a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty 'Crab House' pint glass.

A- Nice golden appearance. Clean and crisp looking.

S- Friggin great. This must be fairly fresh as the Hops are screaming to the front of this brew.

T- Very impressive. It's always an excellent surprise to get a great brew that you have never even heard of before, and a style that's not normally your's to boot. We're thinking, okay, I am sure it's decent because it came as an extra and you aren't going to call someone out on sending a shitty beer. This was nothing like that. Seriously good beer. Thanks Adam!

M- It's an IPA, I swallow it as soon as it's in my mouth. It's the smell and aftertaste that I want from this dammit. How do I rate this, maybe call it stomachfeel?

D- Hmm, I love to booze it up and I would love to have this one again. Anyone want to send me some of this? Let's work out a trade!

Great brew,
Matt

sendsilk, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first bottle, I am a big fan after the first sip. The beer has a nice floral fruitiness without being sickly sweet which is very important to me in an IPA.

A: Nice amber colored pour, lees floating around which I love to see, unfiltered. Very nice looking pour. Lacing on glass as beer goes down. This is certainly a real looking beer.

S: Delightful sweet hoppy scent. A bit of sour apple essence, unusual. Some pine and bitter as well. Sublte malt backbone, so much so I don't think, "malt" when smelling, but it is there in a well balanced manner.

T: Not your typical grapefruit bomb IPA. Fruity jammy, sweet but not too sweet, bitter but hardly astringent. Balanced , awesome. Impressive.

M: Creamy and thick mouthfeel. Fantastic. Not too thick but thicker than your average IPA even at 7.5%.

D: High drinkability. Probably dangerous at 7.5%, I could see sucking down three of these very quickly.

This is my first bottle of Flower Power and I am certain it will not be my last. I have been looking for another 7-8% IPA to add to my fridge rotation and I think this is it! Bravo!

Avantyawn, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cavedave for sending two of these my way. I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by month of May notched on the side.

A - Pours a clear deep copper/amber color with an attractive and fluffy 1-1.5 finger off-white head. Nice bubbly carbonation and delicate sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is the standout for me in this beer. Extremely fragrant notes of floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. This is indeed, Flower Power. Slight caramel/toffee malt undertones.

T - Big bold hop presence. It doesn't hit me quite as strongly as the nose did. Bitter orange and other citrusy flavors up front. More abundant notes of citrus and a strong grapefruit-like dryness in the finish. Only a slight presence of alcohol.

M - Crisp low-medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Perhaps a bit lighter than I expected, but no complaints here. I'd like to try the unfiltered version of the Power if I ever get the chance.

D - The drinkability is strong in this one. The alcohol is hidden well and the amount of bitterness that's left behind is very manageable. I'll be sad that I won't have any more in my fridge after this next one, but I think it's time for another!

kevinv, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of wrobills
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice gold/amber slightly hazy.

Smell: Like a big citrusy olfactory atomic bomb. Grapefruit, peach, "grassy". Sweet and hoppy, makes you want to dive right in.

Taste: Sweet citrus hops up front with a nice malt backbone so that the initial taste is not too bitter. The end of the beer leaves a nice lingering bitterness on the back of your tongue. Hoppy, but not too bitter. The 7.5% is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, Medium bodied beer. Leaves what feels like a thin layer of hop oil all around your mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these. Wont overpower your taste buds (if you drink IPA's), but also wont leave you wanting...

wrobills, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Malvado78 for this as an extra!
Best by: 02/2011
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Amber-gold ale with slight haziness. Less than single finger head of coarse, tightly packed bubbles retires to a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: So, this might be one of the most unique IPA's I've ever smelled. Beyond the typical hop aromas (see pine, resin, citrus, etc...), I've got peaches! Plums! Sweetened malts play well here as well. Mostly pale, hints of caramel. Goddamn beautiful.

T: I can't believe this is an IPA! Flower power is aptly named, as the beer is so floral. Jasmine, malt, hops, apples...maybe my vernacular can't accommodate the complexity here, fuck this is good!

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. Little impact on the mouth. Good drinkin beer.

D: Man, I'm not usually an East Coast IPA guy, but this is an outstanding beer - geography aside.

harrymel, Feb 20, 2011
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,424 ratings.