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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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4,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,182
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 432
Gots: 489 | 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 prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Flower Power pours a light gold color. It's crystal clear, and has a copper tint when held to light. An off-white head covers the top and rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It's relatively slow to recede, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.

The nose is pretty good, but is just slightly underpowered. Smells like there's a mix of pale and caramel malts as the base. There's a sweet, slightly sugary scent to it. Fortunately, it's not too caramel heavy. Hops are certainly noted. They're interesting. They smelly citric, but it's a mix of peach and orange. There's definitely a floral variety here, as well. Alcohol is buried. It's not bad at all, just interesting.

The flavor is quite good. I like it. It does have a sweet malty base. It tastes equal parts pale and caramel to me. Holds things together nicely. The hops have a strong presence and a nice flavor. They do have an interesting peachy orange flavor. That's unique. They also bring a grassy, floral flavor to the table, along with a healthy amount of bitterness. Alcohol is never a fact. It finishes with a fruity, slightly bitter flavor that's quite dry.

Flower Power has a light/medium body. Carbonation is relatively light, and it has a smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, unique IPA that's a nice change of pace. I could happily take down a couple of bottles. Pretty impressive stuff.

Ithaca Brewing has an interesting little gem with Flower Power. It's good. It reminds me of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA. Perhaps they use a similar hop profile. I like the peach and orange combo. It's different. It would benefit from a stronger nose, and perhaps a little more bitterness. Just my preference for the style. This is definitely worth grabbing if you see it. Go on. Do it.

prototypic, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -5%

So this one had a huge head on top. Pours a copper orange color with enormous, dense white head. No joke, it resembles Duvel and some others in the size, retention, and lacing here. Beautiful. Smells like a decent IPA, a bit piney-er of a focus than some other American IPAs. Taste is similar, piney hops with some clean bitterness and biscuit-y malt. Medium body, not as dry as some hop bombs out there, but smooth. Very drinkable, an IPA I would have no problem ordering or buying again. Just a clean, smooth, straightforward IPA. Good work here.

LordAdmNelson, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of bs870621345
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

A pretty good IPA. A friend reccomended this to me after seeing how much i loved Nugget Nectar.

Pours an amber color with a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves a nice lacing down the side.

Smell is piney, not much malt smell here.

Taste is piney hop bitterness up front, with a faint sweetness in the background. Not overly bitter at all, a good IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these, and it is a very inviting beer.

bs870621345, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of dontcostnuthin
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a beautiful red orange hue with a dense lingering finger of head. Each pout leaves nice lacing across my glass. Really like the way this one looks. The nose reveals a light fresh grassy and citrus aroma. The hops are certainly present in this beer, but not as overboard as many of todays IPAs. Again, grassy and lemon citrus tastes are prevelant but are well balanced. Alcohol is also detectable, and contributes to flower powers slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation works well with this beer. I could have several more, but the clinging grassy bitterness would keep this from being a truly session-able beer (i know, its above 4% abv too.) Certainly think this is an above average IPA

dontcostnuthin, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour yielded a massive, 2 ½ finger eggshell colored head that lasted forever. The head's recession left lots of peak and valleys in the foam and coated the glass throughout the taster. The body is a semi-hazy, yellowish orange with golden highlights.

The nose has tons of fruity, citrus hops. You can also detect some sweet caramel, honey and lemon zest. Can aromas be refreshing? This one is...

Bam...some fruity hops hit the palate...smooth yet bitter. This give way to a sweet center of honey that is overtaken by the bitter hop finish. Lots of citrus...lemon and grapefruit throughout.

Medium to light mouth feel...a little slick with moderate to high carbonation.

Man...this is a great drinking beer. Very easy to throw back a few of these. Make sure you keep a few of these in your cooler for the summer!

mgbickel, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Thanks to the late great Lum for sending this beauty my way.

Dark orange pour, no head to speak of really.

Caramel candied smell with piney hops thrown in.

Sweet malty, piney hops, resiny coating. Very good IPA. Not as wild as the West Coast IPA but still every bit as tasty.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -5.7%

12 ounce bottle, best before June 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (oranges, apricots, tropical fruit), pine hops and honey. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the hops don't overpower the malty flavors (as the hops seem stronger in the aroma). With that being said, I think it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again and it's definitely worth a try if you haven't had this beer before.

bluejacket74, May 29, 2010
Photo of SourBatchKid
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%

Had a bottle with my cuz Libby, good times babe!

A- Goldenly tarnish of a brew with two fingers of head, the carbonation seems to have larger bubbles in its off white foam. Not much lacing on the walls of the mug however little there is seems to be hanging out for a bit.

S- Sweet citrus, like ruby red grapefruit with powdered sugar on top of it or... maybe...., honey. But the over wellming smell here is the sticky pine needleness that lends its self to hoppyness.

T- Crisp and very refreshing, the hops are most definitely prevalent here. It chomps, with hints of flowers, rose water would be a great example. Finish's just as it started with one big difference, it finish's dry.

M- It has a nice creaminess to it that doesn't back down, not even at the end. I am enjoying chewing through the flowers in this beer.

D- I would take it rather then leave it. Great price point two bucks during happy hour, sweet!

SourBatchKid, May 29, 2010
Photo of essentially
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Pours a reddish tan. small-moderate lacey head on top

S: citrus and pine hops, trace of lemon

T: smooth at first then a bracing bitter as it goes down. Only slightly sweet, definitely less sugar that many (almost) syrupy IPA's especially the doubles. Tastes blend crisply with slight hoppy aftertaste

M: Chewy, but thinner that many IPA's.

D: Potent but at the same time drinks fairly light for the kick it packs. I like this beer -a lighter drinking alternative to a double but still with a taste strong enough to bitch-slap you if you even look at a Bud Light...

essentially, May 29, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz. bottle.

Mildly hazy brassy apricot body. Two fingers of thick, dense, beige-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Sugary caramel and cookie malt aromas underneath apricot, orange rind, pineapple, and light pine sap. Nice. Toasted malts up front. Herbal hop bitterness follows. Some tropical fruit mixes with sugar cookie batter mid-palate. Any sweetness is balanced by a dry, grapefruit-citrus, herbal-pine hop bitterness. Nice long appetizingly dry finish. Creamy feel in a medium body. Very nice!

alexgash, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Snagged a couple singles of this during my last visit to From the Vine. I've been excited to try it as I heard it was flying off the shelves.

Appearance- Pours a burnished gold out of the bottle with a fair amount of beading carbonation in the body of the beer and about a finger and a half of puffy white head sitting on top. Decent retention, with it dying back to some patchy sheeting after a bit. A small amount of lacing left as well.

Smell- A good deal of piney, resiny hops, with some grapefruit rind thrown in for good measure. Definitely leaned towards the side of pine for me though. Pretty big on the hops all around though and a solid nose.

Taste- Big piney hops with some undertones of citrus, grapefruit primarily. Definitely a solid hop punch with a bitter finish. However, as the beer warmed, some sweeter caramel flavors showed through as well. Dominated by the hops though for sure.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was substantial and slick with good carbonation. The beer went down easy as well and was quite drinkable despite a somewhat higher ABV.

Overall, a very solid IPA. It didn't hit it out of the ballpark for me, but I enjoyed it and wouldn't be opposed to having it again.

boatshoes, May 26, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle from aglose45.

A: Muted orange/copper color with a dense cream colored head about half an inch thick or so that won't go away. Slightly cloudy but not opaque. A few bubbles moving around in the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Hop resins, some pine, a few more citrus like notes, honey like sweetness and a few yeasty esters that are subdued but noticeable. A little bit of booze.

T: A little underwhelming on the taste, floral hops, sweet caramel and honey and a nice lingering bitterness. The flavor of this one just seems to fall flat from what the nose leads on. Grassy hop profile some grapefruit rind and a little bit of pine pitch. The hop flavors are there, but seem a bit subdued. Caramel is nice and the base malt leads a nice flavor. Pretty tasty really, but I expected a little more pop from the hops from the nose. Still quite tasty.

M: A little on the fuller side of the scale, which is nice for an IPA, quite dry, and slightly warm. Excellent amount of carbonation. Not at all bad here. Spot on.

D: I enjoy it, and would probably drink it fairly often but it doesn't quite stack up to my other favorite IPAs. Definitely a fine example though. Recommended.

Thanks Adam!

pokesbeerdude, May 22, 2010
Photo of bcm119
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Bronze with a frothy white head. Ripe citrus hop aroma, with a hint of biscuit-like grain. Hops dominate the flavor, with pine and citrus. Malt stays out of the way and lends a bit of body, and some sweetness as it warms. Fairly clean mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. This is reminiscent of many west coast IPAs. Not an "outside the box" beer (usually a good thing in my opinion), but executed very, very well. One of my favorite IPAs from the East.

bcm119, May 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of resiny hops with some orange and grassy hop character as well. The flavor is resiny hops with a little bit of orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA but nothing too special.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
3.9/5  rDev -8%

Poured from a Snifter

I had heard a ton of good things about this beer, and I love a good IPA so it was a no brainer buy when I saw a six pack of this sitting in Mullberry Market.

A: Pours a murky copper. Half inch of head on top, sticks just a little to the side of the glass as it recedes.
S: Nose of sweet pine hops with some hints of lemon
T: Sweet floral flavors up front, pine notes on the backend. This beer has a slightly bitter aspect followed up with a nice sweetness creating a crisp ending. All the flavors blend together nicely.
M: Chewy hops, lightly carbonated, crisp.
D: Not too low of an ABV (7.5%) although low for an IPA fan. The sweet floral hops flavor makes this very drinkable even for a casual IPA fan.

SiepJones, May 12, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +5%

O muse! sing in me, and through me tell a story...

powered by flower and recharged by a good nap, i look out the window at the ohio sunrise and hope my garden had the power to withstand this unseasonal may frost. we will just have to see if the basil turns black.

A- pours a clear burnt amber with a rocky ivory head. some wrinkles goin on, my green flag for hop content, and awesome retention and lace.

S- yeah you know what daddy likes. insanely awesome mix of the 3 c's plus an ace and a simcoe with some honey like malt sweetness in the background. can it get any better? up front pine and grapefruit classic amarillo, and everything citron, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit from CCCS. passionfruit, mango, and every orange hybrid make their may into my nostrils. toasty bread back there too.

T- honeyed malt sweetness hits first, followed by the hops which completely reflect the aroma in all their tropical fruity goodness. a bit of pine resin as well. this one earns the coveted marshmallow status thanks (i believe) to the honey malt. a brilliant and rarely seen choice. pound cake with orange blossom honey is the best way i can describe the malt side of the formula and see the above (S) for hop flavor content, rationalized as: s(3c x 2a)+(hm/2r)=awesome. finishes a perfect balance of sweet and bitter with that lingering fruitiness and subtle cupcake flavor.

MF- hearty and substantial while being medium bodied enough to allow a good chug should the need arise. carbonation is soft and tender and loving and is a perfect fit as anything more than a minor sting on the palate would be unwelcome here with all this 3-dimensional sweet/bitter/fruity flavor goin on. and nicely enough, it lends a plush juicy tropical feel to compliment the outstanding hop flavor.

D- quite pleased with this offering from ithaca and more or less suprised not previously knowing good for their skill in hoppy beers (cascazilla did not fare well with me) but this powerful flower hit the bullseye from 30 yds with a recurve bow. this seasonal should be a full time flagship offering, the best i've had from ithaca thus far. i remember a few days ago when me and kaiser777 cracked our first samples of flower (thanks dave from heidelberg) and talked about pineapples and shit while other people at our own damn bar looked at us like idiots.

...is it not enough that you dine in peace, among us who are violent men and are deprived of no fair portion, but listen to our conversation and what we say? there is no other vagabond and newcomer who is allowed to hear us talk. the honeyed wine has hurt you, as it has distraced others as well, who gulp it down without drinking in season.

hustlesworth, May 10, 2010
Photo of Kaiser777
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Hands down one of the best American IPA's I have ever tasted, I could drink this beer with any meal it sets good on the taste palate, the fruitiness is remarkable and reminds me of a nice summer day out at the lake fishing with friends, I recommend this beer to any beer lover, and believe me it won't disappoint cheers to all my fellow IPA lovers....

A- Very retro, very entertaining it has a look of "I can't wait to taste that", and when you pour in into a glass the carmel color is so inviting and so smooth with a rich foam!

S- Smell's of a fresh batch of your favorite citrus fruit's, and believe me it won't disappoint!

T- The taste is amazing, it set's on your taste buds and reminds you why an IPA is an IPA, not to bitter just the right amount of flavor that will send you in to a whirl wind of pleasure, I could even go and say it is in my top 5 IPA's I have ever tasted.

MF- One word "WOW", it coats the mouth and rushes in the flavor's of citrus that is simply amazing, hook, line, sinker this one is a winner in my book, and I was critical about giving it a 5 cause I am new to the site, but when you taste it you will agree, hands down the bomb as they would say from around the way!

D- Satisfying and never will make you say I think I want something else, once you drink this beer it will be the only beer you will want to drink for the rest of the evening, no matter the surrounding's, bar, campfire, beach, ect. I mean anywhere and on the last note, thank you Ithaca for one of the best IPA's I have ever tasted!

Kaiser777, May 07, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy, golden yellow with a clean white head. No particulates. Good lacing. Nice carbonation.

S - Nice spicy floral aromas.

T - Smooth bitter flavor with some floral notes.

M - Light creamy finish. Floral earthy flavors stick around. Decent balance between hop bitterness and malt creaminess.

D - Nice drinkable beer. Smooth enough to have a few without sacrificing the IPA character.

BeardFacePhD, May 04, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz tulip @ Jose Pistolas
Poured a hazy orange with a small one-finger head. Nose was a strong orange/mango and hops but with a piney backbone. Taste was initally sweet - orange, grapefruit and mango with some pine and malt. Finish was with some mild and pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and a little sticky. Carbonation was good. I had tried this from a bottle before and this is SO much better. I am anxious to try a bottle again to see if it comes close to this, which is a VERY good right-coast style IPA.
Just had a standard pint glass from cask @ Teresa's and it was wonderful! Like the description above except obviously creamy and smoother. Need to upgrade my review 'cause this was just great.

regspeir, May 04, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Had this before but it's been a while and my palate has changed some so i wasn't sure if my mind changed at all. The first time I had this I loved it. Since then i've tasted some PTE and Hopslam and two hearted among some other really good IPA's so i wasn't sure if this would still hold up. I can say with certainty that it did indeed hold up! big up and thanx to smutty33 for getting me on to this... was great on tap and in bottle

A - pours a nice hazy orange with good head of about an 1 1/2 inch of foam and great sticky lacing. it was fun to pour this into a tulip glass.

S - Smell the floral fruitiness!! Very impressive for a regular IPA and not a Double. This is one characteristic I am very fond of with this beer. Smells more like a midwest or west coast ipa. This might be my favorite trait of this beer.

T - Very fruity! A hop blast of course there is grapefruit. There is a lot of grapefruit.. but it tastes like sweet part of the grapefruit and not the rind! too many ipa's have the grapefruit taste, but they taste like the bad part of the grapefruit, whereas this is the good part. Very interesting i'm tasting maybe orange and mango in this too. just complex with some of my favorite fruit flavors in this!!

M - It is thick maybe a little sticky and I love that. I aftertaste leaves a nice twinge sweet taste in my mouth.. i almost want to pucker like after eating real bitter candy like a sour patch kid..

D - I could definitely drink these and enjoy these no problem. I should give them a really high rating here because I could easily put away a six pack of this. I love the taste. I think it is very underrated but that's okay.. i wish i could get this easier as it's not around here enough...

***edit on 5/17/2010

I just have to say again that i truly enjoy this beer... i am a hop head and this one comes in as one of my favorites. i'm drinking it now and am really impressed with the smell. i was around a non beer drinker friend yesterday who said he hates all beer. i told him to take a sip of this.. he did and his eyes lit up immediately and he yelled out "that's good!!!!".. gives to a bmc drinker and it will knock their socks off. i think it is a very friendly ipa as opposed to some of the others out there that you kinda have to work your palate up to.. this is not like that. i think this is super friendly.. too bad this is semi seasonal as it would may otherwise be a go to ipa over here!!

Tomdee74, May 03, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a hazy a copper orange color. Nice foamy, medium dense head. Lots of thick sticky lacings. Big hoppy, Floral aroma with hints of pine. Medium body with ample carbonation that makes it very refreshing. Big hop flavor, with grapefruit, and dark fruit flavors. Lots of hoppy aftertaste. A very nice ale.

IronLover, May 01, 2010
Photo of EliteDigger
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Received as an extra in a DLD trade. Thanks Woosterbill!
First experience with anything from Ithaca Beer Company and it was good!
A-Pours a very nice looking bright orange, slightly cloudy with a thin white/creme head.
S-Not a whole lot of smell....a bit of honey, some grassy lemony hoppiness.
T-Nice mild hints of apricot compliment the grassy, citrusy hoppiness. Bits of lemon, sugar, and earthiness make their presence. Finish is a vague bit of bitter grapefruit pith. Nice!
M-Pleasant, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation. Not too thick or thin....excellent.
D-Very tasty beer with average ABV for the style. I'd drink this more of this if I could get it locally.
My first experience with Ithaca Beer turned out to be a good one. This was a well done and nice tasting beer. What a nice bonus extra in a trade.

EliteDigger, Apr 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Huge fluffy head that rises up to 3 fingers and fades semi quickly. Very tan clear colored beer with no carbonation rising from the etch at the bottom. The head leaves nice rings of lacing.

N: NIce hops, some fresh musty wet hops, earthy hops, spicy and floral, touch of pine and citrus. Very slight malty aroma too.

T: Chewy hops to start, with a nice bitterness and musty earthy fresh wet hop taste, but not as much as the nose. A bitterness hits hard at first but seems to fade or my mouth gets used to it. Slight pine, spicy hops, and chewy hops. WIth that is a touch of malts and sweetness with a touch of caramel even. Slight oily hop taste too. A nice juicy hop flavor adds to it as well as a slight chewy malt flavor which together make a really nice addition to a West Coast style IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower carbonation.

F: Pretty dry and bitter, and leaves an anesthetized feel with all the spicy hop characteristics. Long bitterness, some orange peel now, musty fresh wet hop taste lingers, little spicy bitterness. It leaves some astringent flavors too that start to bombard the mouth. Lots of nice hops overall in the beer, nice a fresh tasting and hoppy. West Coast style.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a cloudy pale amber color with a decent amount of white head that quickly receeds, remaining only along the edges of the glass.

The scent is very floral and citrusy, a nice ripe grapefruit and green house scent.

The taste is wonderful, the citrus flavors really come out and dominate. A nice clean finish with a lingering taste of sweetness in the mouth.

Excellent IPA, easily one of my top 5's.

donteatpoop, Apr 27, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. The beer pours a light orange with a rusty center. There is a thin white head that quickly fades to a tight cap, leaving slight oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is a nice mix of floral and pine hops, with slight hints of citrus and caramel underneath. The floral and pine hops are very inviting, and highlighted nicely.

The taste mirrors the smell exactly. The sweet floral hops introduce the flavors, followed by some fresh cut grassy notes that are a nice segway to the strong bitter pine qualities. The pine is not overly bitter, the sweet citrus and caramel notes balance the flavors nicely. This one is a bit tame, but good.

The beer is light bodied, well carbonated and the flavors are sharp and well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, and right where I like it for an IPA, right in the 6.5-8% abv is perfect I think. This is good, and if it were easier for me to get I would drink it pretty often.

rpstevens, Apr 24, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,182 ratings.