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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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3,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,931
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 431
Gots: 406 | FT: 21
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 armock

New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing

S - Of course lots of hops upfront with some citrus notes

T - Hops upfront then some sweet malt and citrus

M - Theres a good amount of carbonation in this brew

D - This is a very good IPA very easy to drink a good session beer

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 18:50:41 | More by armock
Photo of ffejherb


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by date: Dec. 2007. Cool label reminds me of a retro 60's band poster.

A - Hard pour revealed one-finger pillow of froth that quickly disappeared. Body is a cloudy burnt orange/rust tone with pretty mild carbonation. Some decent lacing around the glass.

S - Nice hoppy nose with a mixture of citrus and floral notes, bready malts and just a tinge of alcohol as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Hops up front with a sweet, toasted malt backbone. I'm picking up on mainly citrus fruits (grapefruit at the forefront), a slight spicy pepper aspect and maybe even some honeysuckle. Some grassy hops are present as well. Starts out bitter, but turns a bit sweet.

M - Feels good on the palate. Pretty creamy and not overly bitter for an IPA. Slightly sticky with a fairly dry finish.

D - Didn't knock my socks off, but I could easily throw back a few of these in one sitting. A good offering from Ithaca with a pretty solid hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 22:33:24 | More by ffejherb
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06-05-2009 - Growler - (Unfiltered/Brewery Only)
(A 4.0, S 4.5, T 4.25, M 4.0, D 4.25)

Pours a transparent, slightly hazy pale golden color with better than a full finger foamy off white head that fades slowly. Sheets of Belgian lacing from top to bottom. The smell is aggressive, citrus floral and primarily piny grapefruit. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel has a medium body and is spiked of tangy hops. The flavor isn't as full as the nose. The tangy hop character and full pine resin nature of the taste is otherwise unequally supported. The piny citrus flavors lingers nicely. Hugely drinkable...the 8% ABV is a complete surprise.

11-15-2007 - Bottle
(A 4.0, S 3.5, T 3.0, M 3.0, D 3.5)

Pours a clear light amber color with less than a finger wispy white head that resists fading. A reasonable amount of lacing present. The smell is light yet hoppy with a mild piny aroma. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel and flavors are light also. Almost watery, a piny hop flavor sneaks through then becomes more prominent with the swallowing breath.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2007 22:07:53 | More by jjayjaye
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New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before January 2008. Ambered gold with slight haze. Yellow-ecru head is tightly packed, sticky and persistent. More cedar-spruce than grapefruit-tangerine in the aroma, but it's a close fight. Floral, too, appropriately. Candied nasturtium and grapefruit pith flavors are undercut by a disappointing watery blandness. Meager bitterness comes back near the finish, but sadly it's too little and too late. Weak finish, and the mouthfeel is dull and virtually lifeless save for a sparkly and bitter bite near the end of the swallow. Decent, but only just.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 05:01:06 | More by orfeu
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange hue with little head but with some lacing for a pleasing effect. Very hoppy, floral, citrusy (grapefruit, tangerine) nose (there’s almost an ice-cream or sorbet smell if you really stick your nose into it). Really smells delicious but in the craft scene this type of presentation has become commonplace. Quite a sweet taste, with malty, fruity things happening, but bringing lots of hop flavor to bear. I would say this one is more about the hop character than bitterness, although the latter is still well represented. Some alcoholic tastes but it’s not really slamming me abv-wise so I’d say it’s fairly drinkable as far as IPA’s go. Dryness in the midrange for the style. Some buttery notes in the sweetness and in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Whether or not you are into the labeling is one thing, but the beer is quite tasty. If I were eating a meal with this I’d want another one right away.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 02:55:53 | More by BabaJohn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper with a 2 finger, off-white head. Head might be a touch watery, but seems to lace well.

S - Lots of pine, some citrus, and floral notes.After a second, a sweet maltiness also comes through and almost takes over.

T - Grapefruit flavour is strong as well as a pronounced bitterness. Solid malt in the middle gives this some body and balanced out the fresh hoppiness. A bit of a boozy note comes out after a few sips as well.

M - Body is solid and maybe a bit on the chewy side. Carbonation is moderate.

D - This is a very well balanced IPA, hitting with both malt and hops. Still, not overly heavy and quite drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 01:50:43 | More by allergictomacros
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the tasting room of the brewery and then later from a freshly filled growler. Dark amber with a nice head of light tan foam. Very attractive lacing on glass. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, with apricot and gapefruit tones. Good body with plenty of maltiness and a fantastic flowery/fruity taste that makes you want more. Taste is hoppy up front for sure but not so much that it is undesired. This is a very nicely balanced hop attack. Plenty of citrus fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, just what you would want to let the hops shine through. For a hop-head like myself this beer has a drinkability that is very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 13:25:18 | More by Deuane
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange,with a one finger plus white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Aroma is of earthy,piney hops,with a fruity edge. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of citrus,and pine,with a sweet fruit balance that made this one of the best IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:14:13 | More by riversider76
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap at mugs ale house Brooklyn NY

Poured a lovely amber with virutally no head, thin white sudsy layer on the surface.

Obvious pine and citrus notes are present on the nose but this goes far beyond that...there is some earthiness present with some Elderberry scents. An extremely floral nose, backed up nicely by some sweet bready malts.

Hop Bomb on the tongue cirtus flavors mixed with bready malts. Extremely floral

Medium body, light carbonation crisp finish

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 23:34:19 | More by DaggerEyes
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after a long drive through driving rain, I arrived in i-town and had a pint of this. I also had other pints and later tastes at the brewery and also a growler to take home. Bottom line is that this is my first review in several months. so I find this beer wonderful, a bracing ipa and a beer with taste to inspire me to review again...
I understand they refomulated this recipe this year, they build on the hops of the moment- should I say SIMCOE, big news from this reviewer is they blend with a few others so I find this beer with the bracing quality that I found eye opening in the weyerbacher double simcoe vein but with much more balance and drinkability..
Now mind you I pride myself on my ipa taste, Stone is my fav followed by local heroes victory and the hop devil. but I must tell you that I really really enjoyed this ipa.
If I think about one word for this ipa its bracing a bracing bitterness that stands up to the spiciest, clears your head but has that balanced nuance that makes this beer exceedingly delicious and drinkable. grat clarity and creamy lacing, I was drinking the freshest beer in the beer's hometown this weekend. Great balance and wonderful taste- grapfruit, pine and strong even sustained bitterness from first taste to last burp.
this is a wonderful beer. Underrated and under the radar kind of like this brewery. By fresh by local is the key here, though I understand they distribute through a number of east coast distributers. Try this beer if you can and drink it in its hometown if possible. It is goregous!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 03:04:53 | More by sublimesipping
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3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprise bottle in the back of the fridge at a party where everyone thought Yuengling lager was "the good stuff."

To be perfectly honest, this beer isn't all that fresh in my memory, so I'll give you what I remember: crisp aroma, with grapefruit and pineapple dominant. The flavor profile opens with some light fruity hop-oil flavors, and ends with subdued (but not totally gutless) bitterness. It was appropriately carbonated, and wasn't at all weighed down with excessive malts. Poundably drinkable.

This was a nice little IPA, and a very pleasant surprise.

NOTE: I see these guys are making a Belgian IPA-- it sounds like Ithaca Beer Company might be a name to watch.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 22:36:03 | More by kajerm
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my favorite beer from their summer pack. I enjoy it cause it is something different this IPA would easily be distinguishable from others in a taste test. Not for everybody but still well liked by most. Pours with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind some good lacing while hanging on the the top of the brew. Has a clear golden orange color.

The nose is intriguing. Has notes of malt, hops (floral, earthy and piny all in one). Also has a peachy fruit like fragrance.

The taste is once again full of piny citrusy hops, malt, and a mild fruit profile. Has a good bitter finish. I find this brew to be very well made and a nice change to the other IPA's I've been drinking lately. But I don't find it highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 07:11:58 | More by irishkyle21
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright brassy orange beneath an attractive head of palest beige. I prefer 'dirty' IPAs (that is, unfiltered), but Flower Power India Pale Ale is pristine all the way to the bottom of the bottle. There's nothing really wrong with the appearance, it just isn't a standout.

Thanks to an unconventional hop bill (Northern Brewer and Palisades) the nose is different, while still being enjoyable. Palisades is a Tettnang variant that is supposed to be grassy and apricot-like. I'll go along with that, especially with respect to the latter. If the flavor profile follows the aroma, we have a winner.

I'm not much of a flower child, but I like Flower Power just fine. It stikes me as a well-brewed English IPA that uses more hops than most English brewers would normally use. It has a long way to go before reaching the 'tongue ravaging' stage, but then every beer of this style doesn't need to push the IBU envelope.

Although I love the C-hops with a passion, it's refreshing once in a while to drink an IPA that uses something else. Ripe apricot, bitter orange, lemongrass and pine sap occupy the high ground. Pale malt with a hint of toast (Munich malt) hold down the fort. This is well-balanced beer that, as the style dictates, favors the hoppy side of the ledger.

The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile well. It's a shade lighter than IPA average, but then that only adds to the drinkability. I can't complain about the enlivening amount of carbonation either. Well done guys.

Why is Flower Power is a seasonal? If I lived in the distribution area, I'd pester the brewery to no end until they made this well-crafted IPA a regular offering. I wish I could run out and buy a sixer right now. Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 15:37:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper/amber body topped by an off white head of modest size but above average staying power. Honestly though, it's rare that I see an IPA I don't find attractive. I can smell hints of the aroma from a distance - lightly sweet floral scents call me closer. At the nose is a very interesting citrus aroma that screams kumquats. Light hints of spiciness in there to, but I can just taste the sweet rind of a kumquat as I anticipate sipping this beer. Very pleasing aroma, and a little different than most IPAs. he first sip has a bit of sweetness up front, then the bitterness and herbal NB flavor raise the eyebrows a bit. The sweet and soft aromas belie the assertive bitterness for sure. The bitterness gives way to a bit of sweetness for a brief moment before the palate seems to be freed from everything - it's clean. But then the herbal notes creep back in. A hint of mint, a bit of grass. For this much bitterness, I'd prefer a higher alpha hop than NB to cut down on the aftertaste. But hey, it gets me to drink the beer faster to get rid of the funky finish flavors. Hop burps start up quickly. They're better than the finishing notes for sure. Mouthfeel is solid and on par with the style. Drinkability isn’t too bad, but a more pleasing finish would make me rush out and buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 02:14:53 | More by aaronh
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear red body with a sticky, two-finger head. No carbonation or sedement.

S - Very fruity! Mango dominates on top of a sweet malt body that alludes to some seriously grassy hops beneath.

T - Very, very bitter - like Grapefruit, grassy hops, the bitterness overwhelms any other flavors but is pleasant nonetheless

M - Heavy carbonation in the middle, alcohol tang at the end

D - Different than last year's offering, a little less floral and more fruity. Still, a welcome change. Probably Ithaca's most drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 19:18:53 | More by yourunclewalt
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West Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light copper color with a very thin white head.

Aroma is not very interesting. Some flowery hops with a little malt to back it up but not very balanced, and not very bold.

Taste is of slightly sweet malt up front, and then a mix of bitter hops and hot alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of hop flavor up front really. There is a lingering citrusy flavor long after a sip is done.

A bit thin in the mouth, and highly carbonated.

Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will finish this one and move on to something else, or perhaps to bed. The two of these left in the mixed 12-pack I bought will be for others to try and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:47:49 | More by ZimZamZoom
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the cask this one pours an amber color with a bit of white head.

The smell is piney and citrusy.

The first blast of flavor comes from the hops which are quite tangy and this is immediately followed by a strong grapefruit flavor. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

The mouthfeel is a bit stagnant, but it is possible that this is because of the cask.

This is a very drinkable brew and I was quite impressed overall.

Serving type: cask

06-28-2007 01:43:24 | More by penguinjive7
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a thin but sticky layer of lace.

Aroma is juicy floral hops with a hint of ruby red grapefruit. A touch of bicuit-like malt underneath.

Taste follows the nose closely -- this struck me as something like a lighter, more "summery" DFH 90 Minute. Hops take center stage, with floral tones leading the way. Grapefruit behind that, and then malt finally appears, lending some balance. Just enough bitterness to satisfy the hop-head without turning off average drinkers. Very light sweetness in an otherwise crisp finish makes this a good hot-weather IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2007 21:45:50 | More by shirfan
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3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT.
Slightly hazy amber with a frothy white head.
Smells very piney with a bit of citrus.
Big blast of hop bitter right from the start. Citrus rind , floral, oily , piney punch backed up by a decent amount of slightly sweet malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A definite hophead brew.
Cask is the way to go for this one....very nice mouthfeel...micro carbonation with a medium body...flavors all meld well at this temp.
Not sure of the ABV on this, but I got quite a buzz from just one.

Serving type: cask

06-21-2007 00:03:20 | More by Hautacam
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Light copper with healthy white head that slowly disolves.

S- Oh boy. Both pine and citrus smells are strong. A joy to smell.

T- The pine hop taste is big. The citrus gives up alittle, but is still there.

M- Medium heavy that smooths out during the sample.

D- This a very good beer from the IBC. I feel that it gives some of the DIPA taste with the lightness of a straight IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 14:40:01 | More by mobud
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber. Clear enough, but not like glass, you know? A finger of dense white head lastes fairly long and leaves good lacing. Smells fruity and citrusy. And, no, I'm not going to be more specific than that. Tastes... Huh. Tastes so much better when it's fresh! Had some at the brewery and, wow, was that ever awesome. This has been in bottles for a while (who knows how long - there isn't a date! Still, the stuff I had at the brewery was 5 weeks ago. Hmm. Yeah, they had it in bottles then). So, tastes change and I'm getting used to Ithaca hop use (Cascazilla/Red, DIPA, Flower Power). Still... This reminds me, oddly, of drinking Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. Something about the bitterness profile, you know? Anyway, I think I liked it a lot more fresh. Sweeter, less bitter. Not a bad brew for a hot summer day but perhaps a bit sweet for that...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 20:39:26 | More by charlesw
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3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a slightly orange gold. With just half a finger of head and some thick but weakly clinging lacing.

S- Some hoppiness as would be expected of an IPA. Suprisingly weak though. I can't detect any maltiness.

T- Domination of hops- all pine needles and grapefruit. I'm really not detecting any malt backbone. There is some lingering sweetness after the hops flavor so I guess there must be some malt but I can't get any flavor from it. I suspect this would be a great beer for a hop head, but I'm not such a fan.

M- Pretty light, not a large body on this beer. The carbination flattering for this lightness.

D- I need more complexity than this beer can offer me- an alcoholic hop tea.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:54:27 | More by zdk9
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is their new recipie for 2007

Poured a clean bright copper hue with a thin off-white head. Lacing is very minimal, stickiness is just about nothing. Bubbles are rising like crazy to the top throughout tasting. Smell is very enticing. Very earthy hop aroma with an oily malty undertone. A good grapefruit bite as well. Very bitter taste of pine/citrus with a (you guessed it) powerful floral bite. Pretty good malty background for an IPA which makes it quite balanced. Pretty full and creamy mouthfeel with a silky carbonation. I'll be burpin' like Barney after this. Good work overall with this one for Ithaca Beer Co., still love every beer they have to offer.

edit: Make sure you drink this beer fresh because it does lose a lot of great flavors over time. Luckily they use a "Best Before" date on their labels now.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 00:25:15 | More by BeerTruth
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color that’s a bit foggy, but complimented with a nice foamy head. I thought it had a nice fruity aroma. Not a big hop taste – pretty full and creamy. A finish that’s more on the bitter side. Very easy to drink. Some people may not like it because it is a little different and not what you would expect from an IPA, but overall I thought it was a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 21:59:07 | More by shamrock7
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent light copper (leaning more toward yellow) with pretty lively carbonation and seems awfully fizzy at first. Like soda. 1/2 finger of head quickly becomes a foam crown and a big ol' island. No sticky trails left behind as the level drops.

S: Malty, big time. Sweet caramel malt, fruity hops (grapefruit, lemon).

T/M: Sweet malt is first, and pretty assertive. The hops kick in after that, and start resiny and dry before becoming fruity. Finish is nicely bitter and fruity with more sweet malt in the tail, which is long. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, and a bit slick.

D: It's not bad. I've never seen this in anything but a 12-pack, so I'm not sure how easy it is to find. It's always a beer I just sort of wind up with. Not very hoppy as IPAs go, and in a blind taste test, I might even guess that it was an APA. Being only slightly fruity and piney/resiny mean it's mild, and that's OK with me. I don't think I'll ever seek it out, but when I buy the Ithaca 12-pack, I'm glad it's there. A good, easy-drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 01:14:18 | More by rarevos
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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