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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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4,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,180
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 432
Gots: 488 | 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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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Growler into a sensory pint glass.

A: A perfectly clear sunset orange colored body. The head is medium size, stark white, and is made up of small and compact bubbles. Average head retention but a creamy film remains till the last sip. Spotty lace is left around the glass.

S & T: The nose is dominated by SUPER ripe and juicy pink grapefruit. Tropical, hop forward and with no reservations. Simply put, the hop bill is stellar: Columbus, Cascade and Ahtanum with dry hop additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial. If that isn't an all-star line-up, I don't know what is. It seems that the three C's do much of the grunt work contributing their citrus and floral qualities. Caramel is at the top of the malt bill and is backed up by a bit of toasted bread and toffee. The warmer this beer becomes, the bigger the role the malts play. Even so, the hops remain comfortably in charge. Additional flavors of pineapple and honey, very subtle.

M: Fine fizzy carbonation with a crispy clean bitter finish (75 IBUs), semi dry. The medium light body is smooth and creamy and wildly refreshing. ABV-wise, there is no indication that this brew is a few points away from DIPA-land. Incredible.

D: High. Extremely high. Ithaca created a west coast style IPA with this one, and probably does it better than most west coast brewers do. The Flower Power is my favorite, if not the best IPA I've had to date. How is this beer only rated a B+?

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jun/Jul

Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice touch of citrus and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice touch of sweetness, slightly malty, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice IPA.

Wasatch, Apr 19, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, minimal carbonation

Smell: floral and pine hops

Taste: floral and pine hops, some bready malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation bitter and smooth

Drinkability: A very bitter and floral IPA. The bitterness prevents me from wanting more than one per sitting, but I would pick this up again as a single for a change of pace beer.

tigg924, Apr 17, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured an reddish golden color with a puffy white head and plenty of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was citrus hops with a bit of orange peel, lemon, and caramel.

The taste followed the nose --- citrusy, orange and lemon peel, and a bit of honey. It had just the right amount of malt to hold up the hop bitterness without dragging it down. It finished dry with some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied carbonation to hold up the hops and caramel malt. Given the aroma and taste, it had very little resiny stickiness to it, which is ok.

If this were regularly available to me, I would have these often.

BuckeyeOne, Apr 16, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Finally having a Flower Power. I added this beer to my Wants list after reading Lum mention it repeatedly in LNBA and other threads, and dmeadows hooked me up with a couple of bottles for my birthday. Thanks, Denis!

Poured into a pint glass. Nice orange-gold color with about two fingers of plush white foam. Head retention is excellent, and there are gobs of lacing stuck to the glass.

Fresh citric hop nose that almost smells tropical. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple, and there even seems to be some honey and lemon in there, too. Smells like some definite C-hops, as well as maybe Amarillo or Simcoe.

Flower Power's got a very nice hop flavor. The flavor goes from sweet and citric, to earthy, herbal, piney bitterness. No hint of the 7.5% ABV, which is always a plus.

Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, Flower Power is a very easy drinker. All in all, a pretty great brew. Maybe a tad below Two Hearted and Sweetwater IPA, but that's nothing to be ashamed of.

Gyle41386, Apr 13, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A pint on tap at capones.

A- comes to me with a finger of fluffy off white head that slowly settles to some threads and spots of lace. Golden yellow orange in color.

S- big dank herbatious hops. Lots of citrus and ganj. Sweet caramel malts.

T- beautifully hopped with lots of grapefruit and minniola orange zest. Reminds me at time of great buds. Malts play second fiddle and provide a nice balance. Sweet and crisp with caramel and a bit of bread.

M- mediumish body and ample carb that adds tons to the refreshing quality of this brew. Semi dry finish with a mild linger.

D- great pale ale here. One of my favs on draft for sure. Easy to drink and would drink all day.

oglmcdgl, Apr 13, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%

poured into a tulip from a growler I picked up at the brewery two days

A- pours a golden color with a decent head. The lacing is great on the sides. The brew gleams a color that is not always the norm for an IPA

S- now that is an IPA! Floral hops are a the initial strike followed by some grapefruit and honey. This IPA jumps right out and does not hold back with telling you what it is. There are some sweet malts that are at the end

T- the taste is as good as the smell. The beer combines a sweet hop taste of tropical fruit with some bitter floral and earthy hops. This is a really delicious finish. An IPA that has balance of these characteristics is exemplified by this taste

M- crisp, clear, clean... a good carbonated mouthfull of flavor.

D- hands down... this is a great example of an american IPA. I reaize that there are not many reviews of this brew. I cannot advocate enough giving flower power a try. It really takes a stance being true to the concept of a bitter/sweet citrusy IPA. The flavor and make up of the brew is truly unlike any IPA that is out there. You can gulp it down with no problem. I wish I bought an additional growler to share with others. This is a heck of an IPA

lovindahops, Apr 12, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%

Off the tap this beer was a cloudy, copper-orange color with a frothy two fingers of off-white colored head. The retention was good, the lacing great! The aroma was mostly of wood, Simcoe hops and a little bit of earthy malt. The flavors were dominated by herbal and floral hops with crystal malt in the middle and a lot of bitterness from the grapefruit/citrus zest finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation light. Very enjoyable for me, but definitely a beer for hops heads due to the high bitterness and undeniable hop dominance.

thekevlarkid, Apr 06, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Pours a golden amber cloudy color with a bid 2 finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells like walking into a flower shop, with a nice earthy undertone and a great sweet flower overtone. A bit of citrus (possibly orange) lingers at the end.

Taste: Starts with a nice sweet citrusy-flowery taste but then the bitterness overpowers the beer a little bit. However, this actually finishes with a creamy earthy hop character that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, very refreshing.

Drinkability: I was originally not too impressed but as I'm drinking, this beer is definitely growing on me. Obviously that means more research is necessary!

BigIrishman, Mar 31, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +5%

a- bottle poured into a pint, finger and a halfs worth of creamy, bubble head, slightly hazy honey golden coloring, lace forms around the glass in rings and lays thickly on the beer all the way down.

s- i'm picking up grapefruit, orange, slight honey, pine, light caramel malt backs it all up.

t- really nice ipa, loads of pine, floral notes, citrus, orange blossom (or what i imagine an orange blossom to taste like haha), grapefruit, zesty lemon, this is shaping up to be one tasty ipa, top notch!

m- medium bodied with lots of coating.

d- really great, i'll drfinately pick up some more of this great ipa. it's really flavorful and goes down almost too easily, i wish i had some more chilling in the fridge.

thecarster1, Mar 27, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +16.3%

Ya gotta love this stuff! Totally put together in a awesome way.
looks amazing with a solid golgen appearance
smells like a walk through a hops garden surronded buy an orange grove, sweeeet!
tastes even better than nose if that is possible, complex yet straightforward IPA flavor
Definetly a smooth well crafted brew that is absolutely amazing. Glad this one made it to my end of town,willbe in my fridge at all times from this day forward!

btorsdog, Mar 27, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. A hazy orange liquid with a medium white head, minimal lacing. Big hop notes on the nose, grass mixed with tropical fruit, and a bit of citrus. The grassy hops are up front, very strong, they mellow out and let tropical flavors dominate. The finish lingers with a pleasant bitterness. A medium bodied IPA that I could drink all day long. Very disapointed I only bought a single.

bonkers, Mar 26, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

This beer poured a clear golden orange. It smelled of hops, malt, citrus and very floral. It tasted of pine, orange, grass, floral with some caramel malt undertones. It was pretty enjoyable actually. I have never had any of Ithaca's beers before so this seemed like a good one to try. I look forward to trying more the next time I am back on the East Coast.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance - hazy strawberry blonde, a nice thick foamy cap like melted ice cream. Some decent legs of lace.

Aroma - grassy, grainy, a doughy kind of hop aroma.

Taste - good pine presence, some grapefruit and orange, a little pithy. Nice components of citrus sweetness and hop bitterness. Just a breath of abv on the swallow. Nice hop flavor as the palate dries into the finish. Great balance all around.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothness, good and crisp, very nice.

Drinkability - dangerously sessionable at 8%.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 25, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into my Spinnerstown Hotel flute glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a 1.5 finger white head. A few swirls of the glass leaves limited lacing and the head recedes to a collar.

S - Primarily herbal/spicy hops and orange, a slight hint of the underlying bitterness as well with some ruby grapefruit. Disturbing the glass slightly gives off some solventy alcohol.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops! The standard grapefruit and pine but with large doses of orange. Maybe some apricot and lemon as well. Bittering hops up front but transitions into caramel malt backbone with minimal dark fruits complementing. Finishes with a large amount of bittering hops.

M - Light bodied with creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden behind all those bittering hops.

D - Very tasty and surprisingly balanced given the bitterness. Provided it will be common in our market, this will be my everyday IPA.

strictly4DK, Mar 25, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

Good, thick head on top of a clear gold body.

Incredible smell on this one. Orange, grapefruit, floral and pine. So complex. Beautiful. I want a Flower Power IPA air freshener.

The orange flavor really comes out in the taste, to an almost bizarre degree. I like citrusy hops, but not to the point where I feel like I'm drinking Orangina. Bitter hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel. High carbonation and medium to light body gives this re-drink value, but it may not be for everyone.

TonyReaves, Mar 24, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -12%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter. I think this is my first Ithaca beer.

A: slightly hazy orange pour with a white billowy head that hangs around for a few minutes then slowly recedes to a quarter inch ring leaving behind lots of lacing.

S: Very nice! Grapefruit, pine and resin propped up on a strong malty backbone. Nicely balanced.

T: Some grapefruit but slightly more pine and resin. A touch of bitterness in the front and then slightly more at the back. As it warms I'm picking up on the alcohol. Not bad.

M: I would call this medium-bodied for an IPA. Pretty smooth overall.

D: This is going down very smoothly. The slightly higher abv might deter someone from having several of these but this single is disappearing quickly.

This is a pretty solid IPA and I'm glad I've got 5 more to have but, with that said, there are many others out there that I'd reach for first. Very good but not great!

Adamdc, Mar 23, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Got a couple of these as extras in an awesome trade with Gory4d... Big thanks Greg... I hope you like your beers as much as I like mine!!

12oz poured into my Delirium goblet.. 1" white head.. good retention and lacing... the brew is a hop hazed glowing orange.

Nose is big and really surprisingly hoppy... perfumy and tons of pithy grapefruit zest..

Bracing bitterness barely gives way to very lite pale malt sweetness and then the full frontal assault of palate clinging oily citrus hops... again there is a perfumy floral hoppiness that lingers long through the finish.. the body is medium with a smooth .. with warmth comes a bunch of other fruity hop flavors that remind me of apricot and Flintstone vitamins.. I thought this was pretty nice.. I would buy this all the time if I had it available...

Thanks again Greg!!

Edit: damn... I just noticed the ABV.. wow.. I never ever would have guessed.. impressive.


JohnGalt1, Mar 22, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Got this in a trade with alpinebryant, thanks man!

Poured into a SA perfect pint, had a nice orange hazy color with a small white head. Looks nice.

Smell is quite nice, sweet citrus hops and sugary malts in a harmonious combination. Makes my mouth water and i just hope the flavor can live up to the smell.

Well, it does! Strong bitter hops bite at the start with a sweet malt finish(but not to sweet). Aftertaste reminds me of granny smith apples, dry and tangy.

I really wish i could get this stuff on a regular basis. It would be my go-to IPA hands down.

hops1337, Mar 22, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Served on tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Had everything a good IPA should have. Decent rocky head and lacing. Smell was a little more herb-ally pungent, even more so than the existing hops. Taste is a nice balance of floral complexity and earthy hops - very refreshing. Also offered a nice body that doesn't overbear your stomach. Excellent take on an IPA from an ever-growing brewery.

animalchin, Mar 20, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Got this as an extra from mikey711. Cheers!

Bottled March 5. Sampled March 20.

A- Pours a hazy amber yellow color with a thick white foam head that leaves some rings of lace.

S- Pungent citrus hop aromas with tons of tropical and pine scents leading the way. Maybe a touch of honey sweetness in the back.

T- Huge blast of hoppy bitterness initially with a fair dose of alcohol. The hop flavor is quite present with some grapefruit and orange peel coming through nicely. The tiniest bit of malt sweetness helps to balance the finish.

M- A touch thin with nice carbonation. The alcohol is apparent but it works within the context of the flavor.

D- Overall a really nice IPA with loads of hop flavor. A must have if you can find a fresh 6pack.

projectflam86, Mar 20, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

Had this one with dinner. From bottle into pint glass. This review will be short, because that's kind of how I feel about the beer. It's an IPA, and a good one. Not amazing, but nothing wrong with it. It's a good beer, simple as that.

Pours a hazy copper color with a good size creamy off white head. Lacing is good in the glass and give you a good indication about the size of your sips. Smells just like an IPA should, Pine and citrus. Taste is the same, Grapefruit and Pine up front, opening to maltiness and a nice dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much.

It's one you could grab out of the fridge, never looking at the label and mistake it for any number of IPAs. A few years ago, I may have fallen in love with this brew, but there are so many good IPA's, this one just becomes one of many.

BeerThursdays, Mar 20, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy orangey-amber body with a 1-finger foamy ivory head. Good rings of foamy lace.

S: Juicy, citrusy, grapefruity hops.

T: Light-ish -- not a lot of malt in the profile, which is OK for an American IPA. It's all about the hops -- citrus and grapefruit is first impression. Also a lingering dry, lemony bitterness with a touch of pine or spruce.

M: Good creaminess to it. Call the heft light-to-medium.

D: Very good.

Kendo, Mar 19, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Best before date of May 10. Purchased from Joe Canals in EHT.
A: Golden/ Burnt Orange with a finger thick foamy head that leaves decent lacing behind.
S: Sweet Citrus Hops dominate the smell
T: Citrus hops are most noticeable with a very faint sweet aftertaste.
M: Body is medium and not too sticky.
D: This beer drinks pretty well. It reminds me of many west coast IPAs. I will definatly purchase this beer again.

dondeez21, Mar 17, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Clear orange/amber body, generous white fluffy head leaves significant lacing.

S - Impressive pine and tropical fruit hop bouquet. Sweet and slightly bready in the back.

T - As the nose suggests this one is a hop bomb that does the often misused IPA name justice. Big bite which I often find difficult to perceive due to constant abuse from hoppy brews. Flavor is largely pine though there are plenty of complimentary notes throughout by both other hop notes and malt. Tropical fruit, slightly sweet, but not as much caramel as you can find in other IPAs.

M - Thin during the sip but sticky at the end. Not the best I've had but does not detract from the overall message of the recipe.

D - Really easy to drink, the only indication of the 7 and change ABV is the sticky residual feel after a sip is gone.

I bought it because the label looked sweet and the name sounded good, and it did not disappoint.

magnj, Mar 13, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,180 ratings.