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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,628 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Flower Power has a golden hue and a small, off-white head on the initial pour. Head retention and lacing are not its strong suits, but the hazy unfiltered look is fairly appealing.

Smell: A little bit of pale malt and honey are noticeable, but the hops are more dominant. Some citrus, with a lot of grassy notes and some pine.

Taste: Biscuits and honey flavors come initially, but after that it is a flood of hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemongrass, and a bit of spicy pine. The bitterness is thorough and lingers through the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Flower Power is slightly dry up front, but a concerted effort by the citrus hops turn it juicy by the end. The carbonation is crisp with a little bite and a light creamy character as well. My tongue is left tingly with a light residue from the hops.

Overall: I have enjoyed this thoroughly each time I have had it. After burning through a six pack, I can safely say it is an IPA I would go back to. The grassy notes in addition to the standard citrus hoppiness makes it just a bit different and interesting.

Photo of davey101
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Best before January.

A - Golden copper, slightly hazy body with a one finger off white head.

S - Loads of tropical fruit. Peaches, mango, papaya, and grapefruit...the whole lot. A great clean hop aroma finishes it out. The smell is very sweet.

T - Tropical fruits. Very sweet and fruity with a mildly bitter hop presence. Just a hint of biscuity malts, but it still feels like an east coast IPA. Nice carbonation and medium mouth feel. Can't feel the alcohol at all. This is extremely drinkable.

O - A very nice beer. This is somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA but drinks like a pale ale. The flavor is very tropical and sweet. I was amazed to find this at a hole in the wall shop in Springfield, I hope this means that it will be a regular in the area.

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

Pours hazy gold with about a finger of white head.

Smells like fresh floral hops, caramelized sugar, and citrus fruits.

Lovin' this IPA. Well balanced between malt sweetness and hops intensity. Flavors become well rounded as it warms. Pleasantly bitter.

Nice carbonation, goes down pretty easy.

Great IPA

Photo of BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Nov/Dec 11 notched on label. Poured into a NB globe glass.

A rather aggressive pour leads to a good fingers worth of off white head. Body is a hazy tangerine color that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is heavy on citrus notes with grapefruit and other tropical notes leading the way. Good dose of floral aromas in there as well even for almost being at its drink by date.

Taste starts off nice and bitter with the citrus notes. Not to much malt backbone really lets the fruity and floral tastes shine through.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very solid IPA that I wish was distributed to Mass. Glad I picked up a sixer when I got the chance.

Photo of slentz
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9-23-11. A little over 3 weeks old. Bottle to Deschutes tulip at about 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass leads to a finger and half worth of off white pillowy head. Almost looks like apple cider in the glass but a bit more translucent. Beautiful honey color really nice looking in the glass. After a minute or so the head recedes and leaves nice lacing. 4.5

S: Smell is super sweet, heady hops. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange, slight malts. The hops are pretty much overbearing. Smells delicious. 4.5

T: Taste is of grapefruit/citrus juice, even a little carrot, a bit tart and sweet, really nice smooth bitterness here. Definitely holds its own with some of the best IPAs out there. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is very nice here but I think there could be some improvement. Not as oily and resiny as some of the top notch IPAs. 4.0

O: Overall super tasty fresh heady IPA. Really enjoying this one. 4.5

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden hue, cloudy. Honey like color. Lacing apparent the whole way down and the initial pour had a solid 2 finger head. Citrus pine aroma with strong floral qualities. Also some melon in the aroma. Sweet malt base is hidden but apparent. Strong hoppy taste up front bringing out intense resinous qualities. Bitter grapefruit and citrus qualities with some tropical fruit complexities. Well varied hop taste makes me want more. Finishes balanced with a little malt sweetness, but this beer is all about those juicy fruity hop qualities. Well carbonated with a medium bodied mouthfeel that's easy to drink. This is a great beer gaining popularity for a reason. One of the best east coast IPA's and one of my most frequently purchased. I'd say it competes with the best.

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

A - Pours hazy gold in color into my snifter with a little more than a finger of head and has decent retention and really fantastic lacing.

S - Big huge hops, super fresh and fruity, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and pine.

T - Taste follows aroma wonderfully, big huge hops dancing all over my taste buds. Strong grapefruit and apricot notes, not very malty, perfect bitterness and floral fruity combination.

M - Medium body with really balanced carbonation, creamy and fresh.

D - This beer was a pleasant surprise, I love big bold hops and this one delivered for sure. This beer is still really good bottled, but shy's in comparison to fresh off the tap!

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

crystal clear golden color that gives life to a sizable almost pure white head that sticks around forever and laces in chunks. upon closer inspection there are some floaties.

very aromatic with citrus and floral hops with some tropical fruits mixed in. not a bitter citrus hop bomb like the "west coast style" but plenty hoppy, but a bit different with the floral/herbal qualities that are there in abundance.

starts bitter, goes citric, then herbal (tea-like) and floral (as the name suggests). some slightly toasted bready malts add some sweetness to balance, but it remains a very hop-forward brew.

medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and plenty of resin left behind on the palate.

overall, one of the best IPAs brewed on the East Coast. Borders on DIPA territory. Very flavorful yet easy drinking. a beer I would buy regularly.

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

Poured a thick golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Big aroma with floral notes, cantaloupe, and orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full, resiny mouthfeel. Burst of fresh citrus hops up front with mild floral notes and a gentle caramel malt presence. Nicely bitter hempy/grapefruit bite on the finish.

Really dug this one -- tons of hoppy flavor, but everything stays in balance and it's really easy-drinking.

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

12 ounce bottled notched with a best-before date of Jan 2012. No idea how far the best-before date is from bottled on. Anyways, onto the beer, poured into my Stone IRS tulip glass.

A-A hazy, barely see-through orange color. Bone-white head fills the remainder of my glass to the rim. Lots of sticky lacing.

S-Quite hoppy indeed. A bit heavy on the citrus hops(amarillo perhaps?) and smells quite grassy and floral. A little hint of a malt backbone, but diminishes quickly.

T-Pretty much a nose-follower here. Citrusy hops with a bit of floral. Malt backbone is barely there, if at all. Nice, bitter lingering aftertaste of grapefruit.

M-Hop-heavy, yet an ultra smooth delivery. Great after-taste. as mentioned. The body is medium for the style. Carbonation is medium, maybe even a little light.

O-Great IPA. Ithaca managed to make a hop-heavy IPA with that's very smooth and easy to drink. Bravo Ithaca!

Photo of rab53
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is medium honey with a modest frothy white head. Smells strongly of fresh citrus and light pine. 'Well-balanced' IPA, if this oxymoron exists. Taste is mainly hops with enough malt to not make it overbearing. Can easily enjoy a sixer over the course of an evening. One of my favorites from Ithaca, a brewery I've frequented from the early days.

Photo of burnstar
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright cloudy gold. Good sized head. Persistent. Smell is fantastic citrus hops. Deep and rich citrus smell. Oranges grapefruit and lemons with herbal undertones. Taste is bitter throughout. Some underlying sweetness- but the hops dominate. Citrus again- bitter grapefruit. Herbal. Lingering pleasant bitterness. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Really solid IPA. Absolutely nothing to complain about here. Great stuff.

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

A: Poured a light golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Lots of floral notes, some fresh pineapple

T: Very clean and crisp, loads of floral notes, pineapple, tropical notes, a little booze feel and hop bite on the end

M: Medium body, tasty, nice feel

D: Very drinkable and one of the most flavorful single IPAs out there

Photo of Retail1LO
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this in the Growler Plus BIF.

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours a very pale, largely transparent gold with a generous 2-3 finger crown. Very forward, yet subtle and mild hop nose. The taste is hoppy but clean. It's not a tongue scorcher. Some mild citrus involved. Little to no pine. Mouthfeel is sticky but thin. It coats the mouth, but not for long. There's a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers, but it's pleasant. Overall, this is a marvelous IPA.

Photo of Neorebel
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold/orange hue with a nice thick head. There is ample lacing as you consume the beverage. The aroma is incredible with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, and floral scents. very bright and vibrant. The taste does not disappoint at all as it matches the aroma. Very balanced, no boozy alcohol heaviness despite the relatively high ABV. Great big bouquet of hops. The only thing that is less than perfect on this is the mouth feel - it leaves your palate very dry, unlike the very superb & most exceptional IPAs.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a trade with BigPlay1824 poured into a pint glass.

A- Apricot-colored with steady carbonation and a foamy, white one-finger head that leaves a thick lacing in its tracks.

S- Orange peel, floral aromas, hops.

T- A nice citrus presence at the onset transitions to a bitter floral flavor. The bitterness remains until the end but has a subtle grapefruit taste accompany at the finish.

M- Medium-bodied for an IPA. The carbonation (which is almost perfect for the thickness) breaks it up a bit, though.

O- Thanks a lot, Bill! This is one of the best single IPAs I have ever had. The balance between the floral and citrus is amazing. I am going to seek more of this out in the future.

Photo of DaveHack
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into RR tion glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep copper color. Not much head, but a lot of lacing down the glass.

The smell is good, but not as good as I expect from an IPA. It really has a malt forward smell. I can only notice a faint hop smell inthe background.

Again, I notice a decent bit of malt, but there are absolutely hops in there. Maybe I'm just spoiled/used to/expecting a huge hop profile. I am reminding myself that this IS a single IPA. I'm on a 'death by hops, overload me till the shit comes out my ears' DIPA kick right now. I'm trying hard to not let that sway my judgemnt.

This beer feels good in the mouth. It is light/medium body. It has a nice creamy texture.

This is a really solid beer, while I enjoy the Hop-nuclear warhead-bombs that are out there, this is definately a great everyday beer.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden hues shines in mt glass topped by a small off white head with plenty of staying power. Scent of citrus dominates the nose. Light caramel tries to balance the taste but this critter still leans bitter. Mouth is light and slightly drying. Lacings rings the glass. Even a west coast ipa would blush.

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

EDIT: Had it again 10/16/12 -original review, below, was on 9/28/11. I think the lesson for this one is drink it ultra fresh. This bottle is a week old. Super, super good. More fruits like mango, pineapple, tropical. Peach. Excellent. All hop.

Pour was a nice but expected IPA amber with a 2 finger head. That's all I need to want to drink it.

Great nose. Tropical fruit in a generic sense but hints of mango and pineapple tickle. However, typical IPA grapefruit dominates. Peaches come through strongly as well.

The taste is a nose match for the most part. Grapefruit and peaches taste great up front, supported nicely by a minor tropical detail. Sadly, this one reminds me a tad of Sculpin. You get some kind of nice fruit, but the monstrous piney dry hopping comes along and strips away the fruit and leaves your palate a little wasted. You can have that bitter hoppy perfection work in harmony with fruit; Stone is a great example of this. But it doesn't happen here, and it's a bit of a conflict rather than compliment. That being said, I still like it . . . I may be a beer nerd, but I wouldn't think of drain pouring this guy.

Slight stick to the mouth, but it's stripped down and freeze dried by the hops on the finish, leaving you thirsty.

Damn, I wish the finish didn't come along and diminish the experience a bit.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow/orange hue, finger head, great lacing

S: peach, mango, light floral, intoxicating nose

T: peach/mango jam, mild floral, hint of grass,
long slow piney bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: OH MY! I have heard so much about this East Coast
brew and it lived to the hype. Powerful IPA, on cusp
of a Double/Imperial IPA to some. Excellent sweet
and bitter balance.
Would highly recommend this to everyone, almost
a Double for someone who isn't in love with hops.

DELICIOUS, FIND IT!

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you OddNotion for this!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear copper color with one finger off white.

S- Tropical, citrus, and floral hops, hint of sweet malts.

T- This is a nice hoppy beer with a sweet malt backbone that gives it nice balance. Citrus upfront with a nice bitter floral/piney finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is a really good IPA that I wish I could get near me, thankfully I got a 6 pack so I have enough to drink for a little while.

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best IPA...EVER!!!...

I've had this on tap and out of bottles many times...this particular poured from a bottle to a typical shaker american pint glass...

I've had all of the heavy hitters...Two Hearted, Union Jack, Big Eye, Sculpin, Blind Pig, Pliny, etc etc...and there are many exceptional IPAs from my local PA brewers as well. I give applause to all of these...but my favorite is Flower Power...

I had the pleasure of visiting the brewery a few years ago and had a wonderful experience touring and tasting...it was great...excellent brewery...excellent beers...

Flower Power is an amazing example of the American IPA...scrumptious aromas, great flavors, nice strong abv and an aftertaste that doesn't turn you away...its a very balanced, extremely hoppy, and nicely strong example of the style...

A - Gorgeous golden orange appearance, nice sized head, with a small surface head that hangs around like a "real ale" should, with excellent lacing.
S - Look out aroma...I smelled the beautiful hop flowers used in this nectar from at least a foot away while pouring...citrus, tropical fruits, pine trees, flowers, herbs, earth, etc...its an awe inspiring thing...
T - Pine resiny, citrus and tropical fruits, biscuits/bread/yeast, bitter and crisp, very very balanced, the strongets and most balanced IPA I've experienced...
M - Medium to full but not syrupy like so many A-IPAs...
O - Perfection...I don't understand why this IPA isn't on the top of the list...clearly so many of you BA members have not experienced this gem...visit the brewery asap...buy this ale asap...or trade for it asap...its an A+++
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As of 2013 this beer seemed to have changed deinfitely not the same world class hop explosion it was when I originally reviewed. Good but not great on par with two hearted which I think is a good solid ipa but amazing, not so much. Still give this a try but since the brewery expanded and changed brewers this ipa is no longer my favorite...sad : (

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

Picked up 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.

Purchase price: $10.99/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a golden honey color. Slightly cloudy. A decent one to two finger foamy, dense head on the initial pour. Massive amounts of sticky lace remains after the beer is finished.

S - Wow! An awesome aroma of citrus and hops. Easily one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever reviewed.

T - A great IPA. A well balanced IPA with tons of hop and grapefruit tastes. The malt is perfectly balanced to provide just the right amount of sweetness. Even so, this is a very hoppy beer which is right up my alley.

M - Decent amount of carbonation but not overly carbonated. A heavier consistancy.

O - A top-notch IPA in every aspect. This is my first opportunity to try Flower Power and I'm glad I did. It easily ranks in my Top 5 IPAs that I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Cheers!

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, 08/28/11. Many many thanks to Machina for bringing this back for me.

Pours a hazy orange with medium head and lacing, decent head retention. Aroma is lemon zest, citrus, and strong grassy/herbal notes. Very good smell. Smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel. Big juicy citrus hop blast is followed by aforementioned herbal taste, and lots of pine and resin. There's plenty of malt backbone. Easily one of my favorite and most balanced IPAs that I've had. Too bad it's not distributed here but I'll take it where I can get it when I head out east.

Photo of TheHopMonster
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Subtle orange with fast rising bubbles and a big long lasting white head.

Smell: Intense grassy , citrus with a slight musk of wet moss

Taste: An intense array of C-hops and a very satisfying dryness. Simple yet perfect

Mouth feel: Dry yet refreshing. Sipping requires more sipping because your left with a very dry pallet.

Overall: A hop heads paradise in a bottle. One of the better IPA's that I have tried. Thank you beautiful Ithaca for this brew :)

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