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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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95
world-class

4,529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,529
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 449
Gots: 623 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of tdawgydog
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's and easily one of my top 5 all time. Paid a visit to Ithaca Beer Company today and picked up a growler.

A - Pours a nice dark golden yellow maybe a slight orange tint to it. Great head on this beer no matter if you enjoy it fresh or from a bottle.

S - Maybe the best part of this beer. Fruity, Piney, Floral it's all in there. I could snort this stuff all day long.

T - Equally as good as the scent. An excellent IPA produced in BFE Upstate New York. This ranks right up there as one of the better IPAs being brewed.

M - Excellent body, excellent carbonation. I've enjoy it time after time.

O - This is simply a great beer. Maybe my favorite on the East Coast. Will be going back to the brewery to pick up a keg of this in the near future.

Photo of lnashsig
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to rageagainst123 for the chance to taste this one- I've been wanting to get my hands on this for awhile.

Bottle dated "best before August" 2011, don't know what that means for bottle date, but I'm guessing this one is pretty fresh. Poured in my dogfish head snifter, pours a dark transparent light amber color, with nice fluffy head that fills the glass. Wow. This is a beautiful looking IPA. Smell- this hit me the second I got the cap off. Hardcore citrus, orange peel, pine, tropical flavors. Pot? Yes, maybe this smells a little like pot. Awesome- this is maybe the best smelling single IPA I have ever smelled. Taste- big pine, hardcore bitterness from the hops, matched by a nice malt tropical fruits sweetness. The finish is crisp and bitter. Mouthfeel- nice, medium bodied, not syrupy at all, appropriate carbonation. Drinkability- the abv is there, but in a good way. I don't see being able to pound this (nor would you want to- it is to be savored), and ultimately I think this runs a very fine line between being a single or a double IPA. Overall it is just awesome. If I could, I would have it in my fridge year round.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the cask @ the Union Brew House into a standard pint glass. A golden orange color with excellent clarity, I normally like my ipas a little more cloudy, but this is good. Small white cap but gives nice lacing.

Very hoppy in the smell, a pleasant tickle to your nose. Citrus hops dominate the smell but sight hints of pine. Lemon and grapefruit zest.

Taste is also very hoppy yet the malts are more detectable in the taste. Citrus zest again with slight hints of pine. Don't be fooled by all the mentions of hops, this is a well balanced ipa. Caramelized pale malts assist and balance this brew out.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Feels light, but well balanced. Obviously more bitter than sweet, but it doesn't bite too hard. Crazy drinkable, hardly had time to finish this.

First review from my phone, my wife is here meeting with a colleague while I did this.

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a half pint tasting glass

Appearance : flower power has a hazy yellow color . Creamy off white head that lingers around and settles down to thin line. Lacing is present.

Smell : spicy and sweet flower power delivers an average aroma profile.

Taste : lots of quality hop bitterness going on . Not overwhelming though it tastes like it smells spicy and sweet.
This beer is a quality representative of I.P.A.

Mouthfeel : medium body win a decent amount of carbonation and finishes dry

Overall : A quality representative of I.P.A. I really enjoyed this beer and would try it again

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy golden color with thick but airy head that laces well throughout the pint.

Flower power indeed! citrusy floral notes in the nose, with a crisp piney in the back.

Taste to match the nose, but with the piney notes more assertive, with a grapefruit flavor providing a touch of sweetness.

A good brew that I will continue to enjoy.

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

On tap at Craft Ale House, served in a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Clear, golden body with some amber tones to it. Thick, rocky and fluffy white head that maintains a really nice cap and has some of the best lacing I've seen on a standard IPA.

S: Citrus and floral hop notes are immediately evident in the aroma. Pineapple and white grapefruit come through, along with some hibiscus and pine. A malt base seems to be here but it's kind of hard to tell with all the wonderful aromas from the hops coming through.

T: Complex and fruity - pineapple, peach, mango and some grassy notes are there through the mid palate. A bitter hop bite comes later but it's incredibly balanced by the citrusy nature of the hop flavors. Oily hop residue is left behind after swallow and well into the prolonged linger.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated, smooth and slippery around the palate. It's not as creamy as some other IPAs but it sure does stand on its own.

Flower Power is easily one of my favorite IPAs, and one unfortunately I only see around the spring time. It's more flavorful than many of the other ones on the market and achieves an almost picture perfect balance between bitterness and flavor.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot of hype about this and after having quite a few underwhelming beers lately, I looked forward to seeing if this justified the buzz. Sure enough, this didn't last in my glass long and with all the IPA's on the market, there's no doubt that this one is a standout and its own niche in terms of taste and and mouthfeel.

Good pour to this as the beer had a slight haze to it and a light copper hue. There seemed to be just a tiny bit of sediment too that I had to swirl out from the bottom of the bottle. The head was good and the lacing could be seen in faint rings after each sip. Then we get to the taste and that's where this beer shines. Ruby red grapefruit and grass dominate up front followed by a very present and mellow dry-hopped earthiness in the back. There's just a hint of floral notes too and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced because of the carbonation and the amber tone of the beer. I mean that both in the appearance and in taste as this reminded me of honey in those regards. The dry-hopped aftertaste lingered for quite a while with just a hint of sugar and tangerine to keep things light. No glass of water needed with this, which is saying a lot given the style and strength of this beer!

The alcohol is sneaky in this as it can be felt but not tasted at all. This beer is easy to down in large quantities since it's so easygoing and nicely crafted for the style. It doesn't quite match up to its counterparts from California or the East Coast and that's not a bad thing since this stands out fine on its own. Those lucky enough to try this will certainly feel groovy for stumbling upon this beer that pairs wonderfully with Spring!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: September 2011

A: Pours a golden yellow with orangish highlights. About 1/2 an inch of head dissapates fairly quickly

S: A mix of freshly cut grass and flowers that have just started to bloom. Also get some citrusy notes in there. Pretty much an all-hop nose. Very nice

T: Follows the nose to the T, fairly bitter to start off but that goes away as quickly as it came. Hops are grassy and earthy, with a hint of citrus rinds. Sweet maltiness rounds things off nicely. Alcohol is barely present among all the hoppy goodness

M: Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation

O: Another easy drinking IPA. Great for spring and summer, and will most likely catch up on you quickly because of the well-hidden 7.5%

Photo of birdman200
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with ruby red red highlights. Has a 2 finger white head with very little lacing. Big aromas of grapefruit in the nose with hops jumping out of the glass. Very nicely balanced, with a hop bitterness that is not too overwhelming, that starts strong in the front and finishes a little easier. Dry taste, with little caramel notes. Bitter after taste. Very drinkable IPA, definitely a strong candidate for one to keep in the fridge on a regular basis.

Photo of spartanfan
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at union jack's glenside

A: pours a translucent golden brown. It's not cloudy but I can't see through it. Good lacing left behind.

S: sweet aromas blend with a earthy grassy hop aroma. A flowery smell is also present as the name would imply. The aroma isn't the strongest I've smelled but I'm not sure how fresh it is.

T: bitterness dominates the pallette. tastes of dirt and grass, but in a good way. Sweetness is present to balance but lingering bitterness prevails

M: this beer has a medium body with a bit more carbonation than I would like

D: I prefer citrus flavored hop more than earthy flavors but this beer is enjoyable and I could drink a few in a sitting.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a brilliant golden amber hue with a solid two fingers of creamy foam that leaves some spotty lacing as it falls. Definitely makes me want to drink it! Aromas of bright, fresh hops shine through. Citric, floral and herbaceous they rule the show here. Smooth malty backbone. Lovely and pungent.

First sip is bright hops upfront with more resinous citric and floral flavors flowing across the palate. Fresh and vibrant with a well balanced caramel malt backbone. Not overly bitter - but there's a nice bite on the way down and lingering hops on the finish. Well balanced, super tasty IPA. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied - super refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, this is just a great IPA and I wish I could obtain it easier!! Very glad to have finally had the opportunity to try it, thanks Lum!

Photo of Cresant
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: June (I beat that by only a few days!). The body was a pale golden color with a brief cloudiness. The white, pithy head left a cap throughout, but no lacing.

The smell was intensely floral - no surprise there. Herbaceous. Very nice.

The taste was of grapefruit peel and pineapple. Brass bitterness but with enough juicy sweetness to keep it interesting. Hard candy sweetness in the middle drops off and finishes spicy and bitter. Very tasty and interesting. One of my new favorites.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation (helped by the etched glass). I would pick this one up frequently if it were distributed in my area.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Orange/Red with a 2 inch off white head. Slowly dissipates to a nice film and some nice lacing.

Smell-Huge floral hops. citrus and pine hops are there as well, but the floral hops really masks the aroma. Definitely a great representation of floral hops.

Taste-Follows smell, big time floral hops and some light malts. Some peppery flavor as well. Very bitter in the forefront but no unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Pretty smooth, slightly prickly on tongue. Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.

Overall-Ithaca nailed this one. Big floral aroma and taste. Too bad I can't get these in Tx, but will be drinking more of these tonight at my stag.

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

A: Pours red with a finger's worth of white head that recedes into a bubble film

S: Plenty of floral hops, with a slight layer of citrus and piny hops in the background. A touch of caramel malts, though it's faint.

T: The first taste is of the array of floral hops, followed by a slight toffee malt, finished with grassy/citrusy hops.

M: This one is surprisingly thick, resiny, sticky, but drinks well.

O: I love the aroma, but the taste is a slight step behind. Still, a great DIPA. However, it doesn't change my top 5 DIPA list.

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

A ~ a deep, hazy golden hue with a very light lace floating..to the point where it looks like a light snowflake dissipating on top of the beer..

S ~ Citrus hops, a bit floral in the back... but a very good lemoney-lime with a bit of pine..tanginess is present

T ~ I love when a beer follows the nose. Bitter bite on the finish after you get that throw of hops onto your taste buds.

M ~ Light to medium bodied IPA. Tasty, easy drinking. Perfect for the summer.

0 ~ Yummy!

Photo of Yagman3000
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6 pack of bottles and poured into a snifter. Hadn't had this in a bit and wanted to give it a try again.

Appearance is nice. Light orange with a small head remaining on type and some hop oils firming Belgian lace.

Smells nice. Hoppy, piney, and a sweet undertone of tropical fruits.

Taste is good. Hops and fruit seem to mix pretty evenly together without a sweet > bitterness or the reverse pattern.

Mouthfeel is one ofbuts best attributes. Thick, resinous, and oily from the hops. Quite pleasurable.

Overall well done but always better fresh from the tap.

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

Thanks to Spider889 for tossing this in for our IP trade.

A: Poured into my DFH signature glass, the beer is a clear orange with a large foamy, white head. The overly large head wasn't surprising since the beer fizzed up upon opening it. Decent head retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of floral and citrus hops, some orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of pineapple. There is also some light pine.

T: Lots of oily hops, mostly citrus with nice tropical fruit flavors similar to the aroma - grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of orange rind. There is a touch of grainy malt to balance things out with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth with good carbonation. Has an oily slickness.

O: Second time I have had this beer and wish I could get it around here. A solid IPA that doesn't really have any flaws, solid all around.

Photo of danmcg62
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden color with a thumb width head due to a very vigorous pour.

S-Very hoppy, spicy smell. Very fruity, citrusy smell. Very nice.

T-Real hoppy, creamy, nutty taste. Apricots are there as well. Very pleasing to the palate.

M-Super drinkable. Smooth tast with mild hop bitterness.

O-Overall this is a solid IPA from Ithaca. Well balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received these in a trade from trxxpaxxs. Best before date was late June.

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a nice slightly hazy orange-amber. It formed a on-finger chunky cream colored head with generous amounts of sticky lacing that remained even after the beer was gone. The head retention was quite good.

S - Lot's of fruit backed by yeast and malt. Fruit notes are orange, mango, grapefruit. Nice fresh floral notes and bready malt in the aroma as well.

T - Very nice biscuity and bready malts on the front end that fade to lemony grassy notes in the middle . The finish is resiny pine the is bitter, but not overly so, with honey notes that hide behind the hops.

M - The mouth-feel is medium bodied w/ lively carbonation & slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - Very nice beer. I like good malt presence in an IPA and this beer fits well there. It has a bit of sweetness mixed with the bitterness in the finish which I thought was really nice. Glad I have a couple more on hand to enjoy.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-red color with a big finger of white frothy head atop. The head fades down slowly to a thick layer with a ton of lace left behind.

S - There is a ton of floral and piney hop aroma. There is also some light citrus hop and other fruity aromas also noticeable.

T - Starts off with some strong piney hops and bitterness. There is some light malt in the background to provide for some balance. Through the middle some stronger bitterness and a bit of citrus flavor comes through as well. The finish is a mix of floral hops and bitterness with a touch of malt sweetness that lingers nicely.

M - Feels medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels super smooth and crisp with some really nice bitterness. The finish has a nice dry kick that is really refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is really excellent and really fresh tasting and nice. The bitterness is really nice as well. The hop malt balance here also tastes great.

Photo of dubinsky
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Crate & Barrel snifter.

A - Pours golden hazy amber with a two finger off white fluffy head. Decent head retention as i write this review, eventually leaving behind some lacing.

S - This is a great smelling beer. It really reminds me of Hopslam. Fairly sweet, with loads of citrus. Pineapple, orange grapefruit and honey dominate the aroma. There is a huge malt presence.

T - Starts off fairly bitter, eventually moving to some sweet pineapple and nondescript citrus flavor. Its way less sweet than it smelled. The more I drink this the more I find the grassy notes from the hops.

M - Medium bodied with normal carbonation. Bitter start and finish.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but i don't think it lives up to the hype. There are way to many awesome IPA's in California to rank this in the top among them. It was a good IPA, but not as well balanced as i hoped.

Photo of mgoblue5743
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great local India Pale Ale, should be a staple for all New York beer drinkers. Bitter in the right ways, viscous, well hidden 7.5% Alcohol By Volume. This is not a super premium drink, but a great, cheap go-to choice for IPA drinkers in the area. Folks at Ithaca do good work. Would want one of these outside on a hot day.

Photo of scottyg354
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Nice Amberish Honey Color

Fruity smell

Great blend of hops, very citrusy and fruity, almost floral type flavoring (Hence the name), very crisp taste

Average mouthfeel, smooth, not to thick, not to light

This is by far one of my favorite IPA's. I would by this by the case if it was more availible in my area

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! BBD of July

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, citrussy & tropical fruits, plus a touch of apricot & biscuitty malt

T: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, some dry & biscuitty & honey malt notes up front, Dryness, honey, grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, some herbal bitterness as well. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple & a kiss of booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, great balance

Drinks too easy, great AIPA, reminds me a lot of Hop Slam

Photo of danman0125
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just drank this beer on tap at the Brass Rail delicatessen in Cambelltown, PA (throughout most of the day yesterday). Initially served in a 16-oz pint glass. I ended up taking home a growler also because I Really liked it.

Appearance - almost-amberlike in color. Nice, moderate amount of carbonation noted. Head is about 1/2" with half-decent retention. Average- looking and pretty much what one would expect from an American IPA.

Smell - Typical smell of a good american IPA. Smells a bit more citrusy in my opinion (where the west coast IPAs kind of smell more grassy and piney I feel).

Taste - Taste is where this beer truly shines. It's just a perfect symphony of hoppy flavors. I can really feel the power of the flower. I drank the whole growler when I got home... I just couldn't help myself. So four pints go down relatively easily.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the hops linger on your palate nicely. Beer had lively carbonation from the tap.

Overall, this is a great beer. American IPAs are one of my favorite styles... mainly the west coasters but this one I will definitely remember. If you see it on tap or in bottle anywhere and you are a hop-head, certainly give it a try.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,529 ratings.