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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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4,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,628
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 454
Gots: 701 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rousee
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of hannydawg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by Jan. 2012) into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange colour with 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Some lacing as well.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the nose. Slight floral hops as well as some yeasty notes.

T: Slight citrus flavor up front and big floral hops on the back end, and throughout the finish. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

M: Moderate body and carbonation leads to a nice smooth and pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall this a great IPA with lots of nice floral hop bitterness. Get this as fresh as possible and you won't be dissapointed. A beer I will revisit again and again!

Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Impressive dense head that leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Settles in a rocky fashion. The color of the brew is gold with a definitive chill haze.

Floral hop bitterness to the nose. Some grapefruit and some spruce.

Bitter even by by IPA standards. Not much malt at the beginning. Smooth malt start--almost creamy. The swallow initiates the bitterness which lasts long into the aftertaste. The body is rich but the carbonation provides a good balance to the mouthfeel. Simply put, this is one of the better IPAs I've ever had.

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

12 oz. bottle with good through month notched at Feb. 2012, poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy, light golden with a 1.5 finger head. Pungent hop aroma smacks the nostrils. Grass, lemon, orange zest. Taste is a great balance of hop and sweet malty backbone, lingering bitterness coats the tongue. Very drinkable. This is a top-tier East Coast IPA.

Photo of Nachojon
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ironbike1

A- 1 finger white head. Golden with a little haze and just a touch of red when put to light.

S- Solid aroma, citrus hops, warm hay and some fresh grass. One of those pop the bottle smell explosions. A little sweet citrus like a mandarin.

T- Crisp citrus hops, grapefruit, mandarin. That dry grassy hoppiness that is always the sign of IPA goodness.

M- Dry. Crisp. Yummy.

O- Was really looking forward to trying this. Solid East Coast IPA with some West Coast flavors (biased, sorry bout it). Good, not great.

Photo of nrs207
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After all the hype I've heard I was thrilled to find some of these at my local place.

The appearance is prototypical IPA. Hazy golden color with good lacing and a nice head.

Smell is where this thing amazes me. I get just a subtle hint of pine, but a huge hit of citrus and pineapple. Probably the best smelling beer I had until I tried Heady Topper and PtE.

The taste is good. I'm not sure how fresh this bottle is, but I don't get bombarded by a lot of hops. It is juicy and refreshing, though, and still right up there with the better IPAs (not counting DIPAs) I've had.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Good feel, right level of carbonation. Standard for a great IPA that is, not just your average brew.

Overall, I'd definitely have this again. I'd love to have it perfectly fresh, but this bottle is still very tasty and I'm loving every sip.

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

Thanks to Tanger for sending me this one.
It pours a hazy blonde with a white bubly had that builds and fades quickly leaving a ton of sticky lacing.
The nose is extremely big on the citrus, grapefruit and strawberry as well as some fresh cut grass and a hay like smell.
The taste is fresh grass, tangy citrus, grapefruit, lemon and something I can't quite put my finger on that is different for an IPA.
It's got a good sticky feel with a light to medium body. A very good IPA.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yes - exceptional - this is one of the best citrus hopped beers out there - it's great from the bottle but it really rocks on tap and from a growler - snappy/hoppy/zesty/crisp/tasty/ complex/well-balanced/ and easy drinking - what more could you want?!

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH torpedo glass. Bottle is dated as best of December; I'm assuming that's December of this year...

A - Pours a very slightly hazed golden color. A nice frothy white head forms about 1 finger thick that leaves some very spotty lacing along the glass.

S - Sweet aromas of citrus come right out. Orange, lemon, some grapefruit and a little tangerine. Not too much on the bitter side. Mostly citrus fruits and floral notes.

T - The taste is a nice mix of super floral and citrus hops. Now the bitter hops make themselves apparent. Nice lemon zest and orange mixed with some slight pine. Pretty juicy flavors mix really nicely with the bitter pine.

M - Medium bodied that borders on being a little thicker. I think the stickiness has something to do with this. Slight stickiness with a moderate carbonation.

O - I like this beer. It has the juiciness that a lot of the great IPA's have. It is a very easy drinking beer and quite refeshing.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a 1.5 finger white frothy head leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus hops with a touch of malt sweetness as well.

Starts off with a floral hoppy flavor. Just a touch of malt in the middle, finishing with a dry piney bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good for the style.

A top notch IPA especially for a year round offering. Will definitely be going back to this one.

Photo of Centennial
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle, bottle 10-17-11, poured into pint glass

A. Crystal clear golden orange with 2 finger head

S. Fresh floral hops, pine, mild malt sweetness

T. Piney bittering hops, nice floral spicyness, mild citrus / blood orange flavor.

M. Clean, crisp, munchy, resiny hops coat the mouth and linger in a pleasant way

O. Excellent Ipa, this is always kept fresh as a staple in my fridge. I have had many batches and will tell you that it will vary from batch to batch from more floral and sweet, to piny and bitter. However, it never disappoints.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle is dated February ... that is all it says.

A real nice orange amber body but slightly coudy and hazy. Can just see enough rising small carbonation in the middle. Head is about two fingers off white in color, and leaves a decent cap too. Pretty decent looking. Some lacing while drinking but not much.

Nose is a good mix of biscuit malts, and good hop citrus grapefruit. Chewy and dense sensing but nice and balanced. Bold but not ridiculously assertive. Liking this quite well!

On the palate a nice quick creamy texture goes to hop bitter citrus. Finish brings grapefruit forward, then a malt biscuit sweetness even cream. Final resting palate even has some slight ever so small dry sensations even pine needles. Subsequent sips are not as bold but brings out the solid malt backbone and more sweetness almost brown sugar.

A great fun ipa what more can I say.

Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my Duvel tulip; best-by date of January notched on the side of the bottle label

Appearance (4.0): Two and a half fingers of just-off-white head fading to a slightly rocky, half-centimeter cap on top of the body; some moderate lacing. Body is a gorgeous, glowing light orange.

Smell (4.0): Sweet orange and floral notes, smells like a flower on a citrus tree. Just a little sugar in the nose, not too sweet at all; hop bitterness seems low, like the hop profile is fruit- and flora-forward, not so bitter.

Taste (4.5): Theeere’s the bitterness. But nothing overwhelming, certainly. Incredibly floral in flavor, somehow—it’s a half-way point between grassy and sweet citrus notes, leaving a slightly medicinal aftertaste that’s not quite herbal. Leafy but lightly sweet. Malt profile seems simple and well-placed in a supporting position (just sweet enough, nothing toasty or roasty), and the yeast note is neutral, as is typical for AIPAs. Trends more toward the sweet, floral-citrus side of the hops as it warms. Damn this is good, the flavor is very unique, and the drinkability is extremely high—finding it hard not to practically chug the rest.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Wet at first, but finishes slightly on the dry side; carbonation is on the low side, but adequate—nothing too special, but it’s there and it’s pleasant.

Overall (4.0): This is an incredibly solid American IPA. I won’t go so far as to say it’s excellent, but it is great and I’m very proud of it being a local brew for me—definitely tout it as a must-have regional beer. What can I say? Flower Power rocks and it should be a staple in your fridge if you like hops and you’re in the region.

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

Thanks to stakem, an extra from a trade.
Shared into tasting tulips from the Public House SF.

Look -a hazy golden tangerine, with hints of an amber. A soft white head evaporated fairly quick.

Smell -some floral pineyness. Green hops and a bit of sweetness. A little myer lemon too.

Taste -the pine and hops are there along with the sweet, maybe a candied lemon zest. Finish on this lingers and dances around the pallet for a decent amount of time.

Mouthfeel -very drinkable, the alc. shows up in the finish. All in all a nice IPA. Thanks or the extra.

Photo of aorloski
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horrible cold day, first snow of the year, time to drink like its warm out.

Appearance - Quintessential dark orange, no hop haze whatsoever. About a fingers worth of a very fluffy white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell - The highlight of this beer. Incredibly floral and juicy. Grapefruit and orange peel stand out with a nice bready backbone. Just an amazing smelling beer.

Taste - Pretty good, definitely a very juicy IPA, very little bitterness just an incredibly lusciously juicy hop offering.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation and on the thicker side.

Overall - I can't believe this one is 7.5abv. One of the nicest smelling IPAs i have ever had but not the best tasting. Overall a very great offering, i can see why this beer gets hyped!

Photo of stickynotes
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention, thorough lacing.

Nose is definitely floral, plenty of grapefuit, sweet malt, a little pine.

Nice and bitter throughout, grapefruit again-strong, piney, light malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, healthy carbonation.

Overall this does not disappoint. Hoppiness is showcased; flower power is an appropriate name. I like IPAs and love this one, will definitely buy again and recommend for someone looking for a good one; hops and hops and bitter and great.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.