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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

4,298 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,298
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 439
Gots: 533 | 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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with some orange tint to the color. White head is initially two fingers in mu tulip but fades down to just a bit. Good lacing. Nose is light citrus with a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is might and sweet with a small amount of bitterness and some light citrus and tropical notes. Light and slightly bitter. Drinks pretty well, but nothing too special.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of commish374
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mild haze, golden-amber color. Very nice nearly two-finger soft, white head, with excellent retention. Thick bubbles left nice lacing on the glass.

S - Floral aroma leads to immediate fruitiness (apricot for sure). Slight pine. Makes me immediately want to take a big, juicy bite.

T - Apricot to start, slight pineapple, finishing with mild hop bitterness. The hops are clearly there, but they only complement the fruit sweetness. They do not overpower like many other big IPA's.

M - lightly carbonated. cool, but not too cold. After each sip, my mouth wants more.

D - This is a very drinkable beer and if not for the 7.5% ABV could be a wonderful session beer. What makes it fantastic also makes it dangerous.

This is now one of my favorite IPA's. Another great beer from Ithaca!

commish374, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mrnobody
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine, maybe a little pineapple and quite sweet smelling. The flavour is more of the same plus some grapefruit and is much less sweet/malty than the smell which is a nice surprise. The beer is fairly lightly carbonated with a light-medium body. This is a very refreshing and tasty IPA and highly drinkable.

mrnobody, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure who sent me this lil guy, but I'm drinking it as I watch the Chilean miner rescue live on Chile TV and... well, I raise my glass to those brave souls, soon to be rescued.

A. Fat rocky foamy eggshell head, pale gold brew. Still. Head falls fast, but leaves lace.

S. Sweet apricot honey malt, fine citrus aroma, reminds me of Sculpin. Probably some Amarillo here, it is fruity and clean. A touch of pineapple and green hop leaf - but little pine.

T. Hmm, interesting... this is a very lowly carbonated brew (intentional?), and has all kinds of fruit going on: Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit. The hops are quite complimentary and give a little nip at the end; all in all, easy drinking.

M / D. Oddly cool and lowly carbonated; sort of cask-ish. Interesting... drinks easily, finish is sweet grapefruit / tropical and a bit of leafy citrus. The malt is beginning to shine too. This is a sweeter and less attenuated than many IPAs I've had lately. This is quite quick drinking and nice.

Flower Power is a fine IPA (reminds me of Stone) and while doesn't stray off the well-worn path of the hundreds before it, is surely easy and clean enough to warrant a look. I'd be happy to drink this as my go-to if I lived in Ithaca's backyard.

Oh, and Florencio Avalos is 400 meters and counting down till freedom. I raise my glass to you and all trapped souls - may you find your way back topside quickly! What a night.

kkipple, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by November

Slightly hazy golden amber with a sizable head that hung around for some time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma. Plenty of citrus and pine. Slight hints of apricots and grass. Interesting hop profile. The flavor is plenty hoppy as well. I get grapefruit and pine sap with just a hint of herbs in the finish. The malt adds a little toastyness. The IBUs might not be at the extreme level, but the hop flavors really shine in this beer. The body is not that big or brassy, but it has such nice carbonation, makes it a pleasure to drink this beer. The ABV limits the drinkability a bit but otherwise this is a very solid IPA that will not shred the tastebuds.

morimech, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zoolzoo for the share on this one!

Poured a 12-oz bottle into a tulip bottle.

A: Pours a blonde honey color--slightly cloudy--with a decent lasting finger of head.

N: Floral citrusy--slight scent of sour lemon.

T/M: Piny, spicy/peppery. The texture of the beer comes threw quickly; oily, almost chewy. Not much malt backbone--very hop forward! Thirst quenching floral sourness. Well carbonated, balancing out the oily mouth feel.

Very drinkable! One of the best East Coast IPA I have had the pleasure of enjoying!

peacebone116, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt at the Beer and Wine Cave in Maumee for pulling this off the shelves for us to try at the tasting.

My pour reveals a very mildly hazed golden-amber brew that forms a soft white head of about one finger that retains well and leaves plentious thin, light patches of lacing behind.
The aroma reveals some apricot and soft fruits behind a sturdy floral and citrus hops backbone. A bit of earthiness is present as well. Solid.
Hops come up front, and the soft fruits add just a touch of sweetness that compliments the brew nicely. There's enough of a malts presence to add balance. A touch of citrus peel sits in as well, remaining in a lingering dry, hoppy finish.
Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. A good balance of crispness and smoothness make for a good feel.
I wouldn't expect an ABV on the higher end, such as it is, but it's quite drinkable. This is a tasty beer.

Brenden, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn this beer impressed me. I've seen it around for a while, and either I thought I'd seen some bad reviews, or just feared what was dressed as "hippie" anything, but I finally took the plunge. Found this at Dirty Franks in Columbus.

Cloudy honey gold color. A little light for an IPA, but the head and lace made up for it. The head was about a finger high, thick and foamy. The lace was about as good as it gets. Super thick blanket wrapping all the way down my glass. I was about to take a picture until my wife took a sip from the opposite side, destroying my "laceterpiece."

Smelled utterly fantastic. Supper fruity: peach, pineapple, mango. The hops were sweet and juicy - as inviting as it gets.

Taste is about the same. Nice hop bitterness. Ruby grapefruit, pineapple, acidic sweetness.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, almost creamy. Super drinkable. If I weren't so full from two hot dogs and another beer I'd have ordered a second.

Spider889, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Flower Power IPA it's been awhile since I've seen this, but this stuff is excellent fresh. Appears a pale copper hazed orange hue with an off white slight orange tinted cream colored head. Forms thick and lacing is patterned evenly as it dwindles down around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of citrus/pineapple and earthy hops, very nice smell with caramelized/biscuit malts sugar coated hops wafting my way. Pungent bitterness with sugar coated citrus/grapefruit/earthy hop blasts...a very nice east coast hoppy IPA. Probably one of the best versions I've come across in some time from the East Coast. Mouthfeel is nice medium bodied sharp carbonation, this would cut through either spicy foods or strong cheeses easily. Slightly oily textured hop content in the body gliding across the palate. Drinkability overall is excellent one of those effortless easy drinking IPAs that will surprise you with the alcohol content, up there with Bell's Two Hearted or Founders Centennial IPA.

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy an orange with a white head.

Smells hoppy and, as the name implies, floral. The hop aroma is great and almost perfect.

Taste is crisp and dry, with hoppiness forward. Citrus and strongly floral. No maltiness whatsoever and bitterness is muted. Almost tastes like an imperial IPA.

Light-bodied and silky.

Very drinkable and very delicious. Tremendous job on this IPA.

Blanco, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Gooball201
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly best available IPA in NJ! Greenflash was but either production or distribution problems have held it back!

If you like the US IPA than get what you can! Do not understand why Ithaca's best seller is Apricot Wheat when this is part of their line up!

Gooball201, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with a best by date of Decemeber. Poured into a snifter glass and served slightly chilled. Thanks to IdrinkGas for this extra in our trade.

Appearance: Dark orange to amber in color. Nice one and a half finger, whitish head with not much retention.

Aroma: Some tropical fruit like mango and pineapple balanced with copious grapefruit and some pine notes. A noticable malt backbone is present too.

Taste: The hop character is really nice. A nice balance of bitter grapefruit and pines notes with topical fruit notes. There is definitely some nice caramel from the malt there too. Great balance here. Very clean and bright finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Not overly carbonated but it works well.

Drinkability: With a really clean finish and the ABV well hidden, I think this is a dangerously drinkable IPA. Manages to toe the line between drinkable and flavorful.

Overall, a really good IPA and something I would definitely get were it more available here. Definitely one of my new favorite single IPAs. Highly recommeneded.

Gosox8787, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Torps
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden amber with a 2 finger thick white head. Loads of sticky lacing is telling to the copious amount of hops present. Aroma of pineapple and grapefruit, sweet malts.. hints of pine and grassy-ness. Flower power certainly rivals west coast IPA's for flavor. I was pleasantly surprised! This is an east coast IPA? For real? In a blind test there would be no way to tell.. I could easily substitute this for Pliny or Sculpin. Loads of balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Just plain JUICY! Totally blown away.. I'm wondering when this was brewed.

Going to blind taste test this with my growler of fresh Sculpin tomorrow and really give it a true test.

Torps, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of fragilemacabre
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I'm not about to kick this beer out of bed, but after the gorgeous hoppy, citrus-infused, tangy scent I was a bit let down at tasting it. It has some excellent hops bitterness that I look for in IPAs, but I expected something awe-inspiring after the hype I heard and the goodness I smelled. Alas. I still have a tasty, pretty (almost an umber color, great fluffy head that settles into fine lacing), easy to quaff IPA. Maybe it's just this batch? I'd kill to find this on tap somewhere to see if that changes the character enough. For all my criticisms, I'd still be happy to have this again and again... especially if the elusive flavors promised by the scent come through in the taste.

fragilemacabre, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this beer from widely spaced sources for I was looking forward to trying this.
Lookin' good in a pint glass. Orange/amber hue with a fluffy white head that settles into a thin foam.
Smells are punchy. Fresh, fragrant hops with lots of citrus zest character.
The flavor leaves me wanting for a little something. It's good but more harsh than I expected. A bit of a burn in the flavor that is heavy with nectarine bitterness. That bitterness spills over into the mouthfeel some in a piney, resinous way.
The scent made me think I was about to have something really, really special. While the experience was not a Holy Grail encounter it was a good, hoppy experience. I'll definitely get this again. Perhaps if Ithaca irons out a few details this could be the first IPA I keep my eye out for when I want a hoppy experience.

ommegangpbr, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a dark gold amber with little shade of orange.

S-Smell of citrus and hops with a hint of lemon zest.

T- Citrus bite with the hops and that lemon zest comes out.

M- Dry with citrus, lemon zest and hops linger through out the sip.

D- I'm reviewing from notes when I had this on tap and drank this again from a bottle and there is a big difference the tap was very fresh and very good and gonna give it it's due. The bottle i got say it's expire in December but the hop bite from the bottle lack and you can tell. Try this on tap first then the bottle to see what I mean.

Cheers....

SamuelJackson45, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a murky golden color with a finger of head and thick lacing. The aroma is a bit light but there is a hint of flora/tropical hoppiness. The flavor is also a bit light, and there is an empty bitterness there without much hop flavor. The body is appropriate for the style. Drinkability is average simply because the weaker flavor profile doesn't justify the higher ABV. Overall an unmemorable beer.

alcstradamus, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Thanks to shrek806 for providing the bottle in the Hometown BIF!

A: Pours a hazy orange and has an almost murky look to it. Sticky, purely white head fades pretty slowly and leaves a light lacing.

S: Primarily hops on the nose--mostly grassy and floral notes. Smells of some bitterness, some sweetness; not much from the malt evident.

T: Very refreshing; thirst quenching, even. Slightly different hop profile than is evident in the nose, this one has more citrus sweetness and the bitterness is more apparent. The malt flavor is pretty light, but provides an excellent base for displaying the hop flavors. Really grows on me over the course of the beer.

M: Carbonation is lighter than I would have expected, but it isn't too detrimental to the beer. Could be better, though.

D: Feels like a great food-pairing and summer beer, and could definitely drink a few of these. Glad to have tried it.

Tasty IPA. Would love to have access to this over the summer up here in WI. Also, just realized that this is 7.5%... so, so well hidden! Fantastic.

zimmerbloke, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dated 'best by November', sampled mid-August. From what I've read, best by dates are 3 months after bottling, so that makes this just a few weeks old!

Looks nice in the glass, a cross between orange and yellow with a small head. The beer is cloudy and leaves spotty lace.

Smells awesome. The unorthodox use of Palisades hops adds some unique herbal and fruit notes that the "C" hops just don't provide. There's a flowery, grassy note with tons of citrus - apricot, tangerine, pineapple, and orange. Finally, some grains come though, mostly pale in nature with a touch of caramel and pilsner as well.

The taste is really nice, it expands on the unique and pleasant take on the style that the nose indicated. The malt bill is sweet and clean and the hops produce a unique fruity bitter peak that dances in the mouth without bullying out every nuance with brute strength. There's a nice apricot and orange flavor with a touch of grapefruit. There's also some great earthy notes. The alcohol is expertly hidden by the hops and the bitterness is notable but not destructive.

This beer is a touch too carbonated for me, the medium to light body is crisp but just a touch too sparkly. The finish is clean with respect to the malt but a medium bitterness lingers. A nice, flavorful beer that I would happily try again, hopefully someday I'll get it straight from the source. Road trip, anyone?

jampics2, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with drink by november date. poured into larger tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy darker orange with golden hues. A bubbly white head about one finger high slowly fades into heavy, spotty lacing with decent retention.

S - Floral hops, citric fruit, and a bit of malt sweetness.

T - Tingly hop bitterness with a huge helping of floral qualities (as the name implies). Tangerine and grapefruit citrus bite through, adding to the mounting hop flavor. A slight malt backbone pops through with a touch of darker sweetness, but the juicy hops immediately return for the finish. Wraps up surprisingly clean, with a relatively small amount of lingering feeling.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied, sticky bitterness.

D - Goes down incredibly easy, especially considering how huge the hop flavor is at times. The clean finish really aids the drinking process, as it's tough to have just one.

When these are fresh, it's one of my favorite IPAs available in the area. Great hop flavor and smooth, crisp drinking.

xnicknj, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright tangerine pour, when backlighted, shows a translucent nature with a medium sense of effervesce. The head was spongey, like a freshly baked cake, sturdy, and rose a finger high, almost refusing to budge even after 4-5 minutes. The lacing was equally impressive leaving a thick coating with stratified rings running down the glass.

S: Sweet piney scents open things up on the nose with some sweetened pink grapefruit juice. The strength is moderate in delivery, faintly noticeable even before bringing the glass up. It really does smell like sweetened pink grapefruit juice is the best to describe this followed up by a soft flowery essence of citrus.

T: The flavor was one part sweet, and one part citrusy with grapefruit coming through. The bitterness soon moves in with medium-strong proportions of grapefruit pulp, pine and a dry flowery citrus presence. The swallow finds a bite of spicy bright citric hop elements and some hop oils of pine with dry grapefruit grind coating the tongue. Dry, flowery and a hop presence that could easily be mistaken for an imperial with a thick toasted residual malting backing things up adding substance.

M: The mouthful was creamy and frothy on the hold, full bodied with a spicy citric bite with some noticeable alcohol notes. Warm piney flower bitterness is left behind.

D: An ipa that brings the hops and malt and shouldn't disappoint. Sweet upfront, quickly turning bitter and flowery on the finish. A great six pack investment for the hop head inside of you and certainly heads above 90% of others by style garnishing this an easy A.

beerthulhu, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Errto
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle, best by Nov. I damn well hope they mean 2010!

Pours a slightly cloudy pale orange. 1 finger head. Excellent retention.

Smell is total hops - pine and citrus mostly. Strong but not overwhelming. Very little malt in the smell.

Bitterness hits the tongue first, followed by aforementioned pine and citrus flavored. Bitterness doesn't linger long. Hint of an alcohol flavor towards the end, and just a touch of bready malt, but no sweetness - a very dry beer.

Fairly light on the tongue for a 7.5 % beer - carbonation is lively to say the least.

Overall, a very "typical" American IPA in the sense that it has all the characteristics you want in an American IPA, but it does an excellent job of it.

Errto, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the brewery while on vacation. Hazy orange-yellow pour with a decent head and great lacing. Big earthy, citrus, floral nose with hints of bread and squash. Specifically grapefruit and apricots. The unique taste is also very earthy with a sharp, resiny, bitter bite. Just enough sweet malts to add some balance, but the bitter hops are the star here. Drinkability is excellent with a nice crisp, dry finish. A unique and refreshing IPA.

beerdrifter, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of biglobo8971
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into snifter.
a = great amber rich color, had to comment to wife right away that this was a beautiful color of beer. poured a slight head from bottle to glass. lacing wasnt evident until really looking for it.
s - average at best, no distinguishing notes. hard pressed to find the citrus or pine smell
t = very solid offering, nothing spectacular, not bad, not great. tasted good, but a lot better offereings available
m = easy, non obtrusive, good start, but a very off finish
d = easy drinking, dont taste the abv of 7.5, feel like i could drink quite a few in a sitting, would not travel long distance for it, or put in my wants category, but would not begrudge if it was thrown in as an extra.

biglobo8971, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 12/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to IdrinkGas for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles present. Head retention is about average for the style.

Smell: A very nice fruity aroma. Smells like freshly cut oranges and mangos. Some toffee notes in the backround.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out with some tastey tropical fruit flavors then turns to some grainy caramel malts. Mouthfeel is meduim with a strong hop bite and a dry alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad of a drinker. I thought this one was going to be a big winner when I first poured it and smelt it. The rest of this brew kinda went downhill from there. Still a solid brew that I would drink again if it was available locally to me.

ballz50401, Sep 16, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,298 ratings.