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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
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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

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

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle at fridge temp into a tulip glass.

A- Very pale golden orange-yellow body with an off white head. Beautiful lacing and the head retains itself very well. This really is a fantastic looking beer.

S- Woah! This is amazing..Really fruity...grapfruit and tropical citrus notes shine through wonderfully. Its got a really clean and soft smell to it. This really does smell great. Possibly the best smelling IPA I've ever smelled.

T- Very refreshing and clean IPA. Sharp grapfruit with a touch of lemon. The tropical fruityness is still there along with some pale malt. Unfortunatley, the tropical fruityness is definitiely not as prominent in the taste as it is in the smell.

M- Little dry, resiny and bitter! Fantastic feel for an IPA. Good carbonation also.

O- Awesome.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Gosse Island nonic pint. Notched for best before October.

Straw amberish yellow with a little bit of haze to it. More dizzying than haze, actually. A small half finger head and a little bit of lacing

Zesty grapefruit and lemons with a touch of mango. Real fruit forward but then a touch of bittering hops come in with an aroma similar to pinecone. Sweet caramel and saltine cracker come in displaying the malt.

Big fruit flavor on the tongue at first with mango and zesty citrus fruits, grapefruit being the most dominate. Subtle pale malt wafer-like sweetness. Some cracker and piney hop finish the flavor and leave a bit of dryness on your tongue.

Crisper than most IPAs with a thin medium body. Low carbonation and some drying as well.

Nice fruit and citrus zest flavors with a subtle sweetness. Crisp on the tongue and just enough bitter hops to dry out the mouth. A solid fruit forward IPA that I am glad I finally got to try.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

Bottled 7/26/2011

A- Pours a nice yellow brown straw color, one finger off white head dissipates slowly, really nice lacing, typical looking IPA.
S- Nice aroma, really bready and nutty, big malt presence, pine, citrus, peach.
T- Big malt backbone, grapefruit comes out in the taste a lot more than the aroma, pine, citrus, nice bitterness comes out in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp finish.
O- Decent IPA, a little to malt forward for my taste, but a nice change after drinking mainly RIS for the past week. Enjoyable but would not seek out again.

Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy. Orange/gold. Thin beige head fades most of the way and leaves sparse lacing.

S: For an IPA, rather subtle on the nose. Oranges; hint of grapefruit and pineapple. Leans sweet.

T: The flavor is more malt-heavy. Also more pronounced than the nose led me to anticipate. The citrus is present but reserved.

M: Light to medium body. Adequate carbonation.

O: Very pleasant. Not too aggressive with the hops. I tend to go for more of a West Coast style, but this beer is nicely made and I appreciate that the "Best Before" date was indicated on the bottle's label. I drank it just in time.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of tripelhops
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a snifter glass, color is trypical, golden copper, a couple findgers worth of frothy, off white head rises up and quickyl falls leaving great lacing on the sides. I don't know how old my bottle is, but the aroma is good, maybe a bit subdued, but wonderful cirtus smell with a touch of pine. The actual taste is sort of opposite, more pine and less citrus, maybe even a bit grassy, sweet at first then the bitterness really gets you. Carbonation seems about normal for the style and mouthfeel is good, really dry at the end. I had this on draft at Churchkey in DC a few months back and while I didn't take notes, I remember thinking it was very good, and the bottle didn't disappoint. It's a solid IPA.

Photo of Gushue3
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie Murphy for the 1/2 growler of Flower Power for winning his LIF. Notes taken from a while ago, before I knew what it was. Poured into a snifter.

A- 1 finger white head with lower retention with a hazy orange/copper body tint. Small carbonation bubbles come from the bottom to the top

S- Floral and citrus notes with some piney dryness as well.

T- Sweeter upfront that quickly goes bitter. Sharp citrus and pine dominate the flavor with a malt profile that hangs back slightly. Crisp dry finish that lingers with bitterness

M- Lighter mouthfeel with plenty of small carbonation that turns almost creamy on the tongue.

O- Very nice beer, well rounded and tastes great!

Photo of LSUPT
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by October 2011.
12oz bottle generously provided by hannydawg’s Lights Camera Action- take 4 LIF. Served in a Deschutes becker.

Pour yields a 1 ½ inch white head that leaves perfect lacing. A nice ring with solid sheets and a few round spots. Gorgeous light amber that is only slightly cloudy. This was so close to a perfect score until, uh oh, floaties, and lots of them even though I left a good bit of beer in the bottle, they do eventually settle though.

Bread, peanuts, grain a bit of grapefruit but mostly ripe oranges in the nose, nice but not a big smell. Whoa, taste is excellent and a bit unexpected after the smell. Tons of grapefruit with the underlying taste of ripe oranges, but there is that weird nuttiness on the back end. Perfect bitterness in this brew, that, in combination with a nice medium carbonation and body, provide the perfect mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer and the floaties and nuttiness are the only drawbacks but this may be my favorite IPA from the Northeast.

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

12oz bottle (best by Nov) poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours golden with orange hues. Nearly 2 and a half fingers of bubbly white head with great retention. As the head final starts receding it leaves web-like lacing everywhere from the brim down.

S: Flower power meets citrus. Huge citrus and tropical fruit nose with mango, pineapple, orange, tangerine, maybe even apricot. Lots of fresh floral notes to balance out the citrus with just a touch of pine in the background. Reminds me of the nose on Alchemist IPA. Like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh c-hops.

T: The hop profile on the nose doesn't translate perfectly through to the taste. The floral notes are at the focus with just a little citrus in the background with some pine. Not a lot of bitterness, there is a heavy resinous and sticky quality, but without the huge punch of bitterness. A light toasted malt base with just a touch of sweetness. I only notice a little alcohol esters near the finish, but they work fairly well and aren't obtrusive (a problem I find with a lot of IPAs). Dry finish with just a touch of bitterness and a lingering floral/slightly earthy and herbal hop character.

M: Medium to slightly light body, Moderate carbonation. Very sticky and resinous, the body just clings everywhere and leaves a pleasant astringency.

O: I'd put this up there with some of the best IPAs I've had. The downside is the disappointment that the taste doesn't match the hoppy nose, but it certainly isn't anything to sneeze at. A bigger tropical fruit presence in the taste would easily put this up there with my favorite IPAs (Alchemist IPA, Sculpin, etc).

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

Picked up a case of this based solely on hype. It was three weeks old at the time so it was pretty fresh. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Chunky billowing head lasted the entire glass. Yes! Nice piney, citrusy scent, very hopped up. I could smell it across the kitchen after the pour. Delicious flavors slightly weaker than the smell. The aroma was the best part. Easy drinking and medium on the mouthfeel. I could put down two no problem. A good basic IPA. Almost lived up to the hype.

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

Appearance - Two finger, nice and white foamy head. Head sticks around for a good long time. Sticky lacing all over my glass. Color is clear golden. Very nice appearance.

Smell - Aroma is of sweetness, bubblegum, wonderful tropical fruit hop notes that are right up my alley, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, some citrus, and a little bit of a peach aroma in the background there. Smell is mostly dominated by hops, but I get a little bit of malt backbone that's just barely present and compliments the big, hoppy beer well.

Taste - Bitterness, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus notes, some pine (or maybe that's just the hop bitterness playing tricks on me), malt and biscuit. For as much as I don't detect much malt in the aroma, there's a very apparent malt/biscuit note in this one (which isn't exactly my cup of tea for IPAs, but it's not bad tasting by any means). Even though I prefer less prominent malt backbone in IPAs, this one does what it does quite well.

Mouthfeel - Mouth has a light and airy quality to it. Consistency is smooth, carbonation is medium (and spot on at that), I'll say the body is light, and the finish is somewhat lingering, but not too long, with bitterness dominating that facet. This is a great example of what I want a mouthfeel to be in most every IPA!

Overall - As I said, IPAs on the maltier sid aren't necessarily my cup of tea, but that this beer does it quite well. To be honest, the taste of this beer wasn't what I expected based on the smell. The aroma had me thinking I got another sweet tropical fruit bomb with subtle malt presence, when the taste was more of a mix between a tropical fruit bomb, a strongly malty IPA, and a citrus & pine bomb. That said, I'd gladly drink more of this if I got it or lived closer to the brewery. Definitely a must try for the IPA drinker, I'd say.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks stonebrewfanatic for sending this one and texasclimber for sharing it.

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing over the top of the glass and clings to the sides.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and a touch of pine, but not as much as west coast IPAs.

Taste: Grapefruit dominates with a touch of papaya and citrus.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing.

Overall: It’s been a long time since I had had this beer and I really enjoyed it the second time. Great aroma without an overwhelming bitterness that a lot of west coast IPAs tend to have, not that I’m opposed to that.

Photo of nitro0292
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler did not trap quite enough co2, so carbonation was not as much as I would've liked.

Clear light amber color with one finger head of tight bubbles. OK retention, great lacing all the way down.

Smell was very strong with apricots, grapefruit and other fruits. Terrific hop smell.

Taste was hop forward with bitterness and hop oils shining through. Just enough malt to keep the hop presence reasonable. This is what U want from an IPA. The fact that this is east coast beer is even better as I can get it fresh. Yum.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation, but for a Growler this is Ok.

Overall this a go to IPA that would drink anytime and would seek out.

Photo of yankeej13
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a local liquor store in NJ had to give it a shot to support a local brewery.

A- Nice and light in color, had a copper light redish color. Medium head of foam with a minor amount of carbonation.

S- Very potent, can def get a heavy hop smell. Lots of citrus and a nice piney smell.

T- Had a nice hoppy taste but was not as strong of a taste. Def get alot of citrus out of it. Doesn't drink like a 7.5 beer.

M- Medium bodied, great drinkability. Great texture. Enjoyed alot.

Cheers!

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

Had on tap at the East Village Tavern in Manhattan, at the recommendation of the bartender. "A really nice IPA," he called it, and he's right.

Pours a lovely hazed, but light golden colour, with a full and meringuey head of white. Lacing is solid and crunchy. Relatively light and supple body. Looks great.

Nose is just gorgeous. Fresh and hoppy, with big tropical fruit notes, hints of pineapple and mango, but with a touch of leafy herbal aromas as well. Clean, but fresh and complex. Just gorgeous. It's a phenomenal IPA nose, exactly what you want.

Taste is also great: smooth and light, with a crisp green hoppy bitterness throughout, but a cleansing sweetness and a fragrance on the finish almost like vanilla orchids. Smooth as hell, but with enough crispness and hoppiness to keep it strong and vibrant.

What a great IPA. I'm indebted to the guy for his recommendation. Looking at this beer next to my absolute favourite IPAs and it's on par with the best. Drinkable, fresh, flavoursome and complex. I didn't expect it, but this is definitely one of the best IPAs I think I've had.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

Bought straight from the brewery about a week ago so super fresh.

A- Pours a nice traditional IPA color. Golden honey orange with a white 1 finger head that sticks around till you start drinking. No lacing or retention.

S- Strong earthy grass hops with touches of grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit like notes. Slight resin or cat piss like aroma in there. Just a general hop bomb!

T- Brutal bitter hops that immediately dry out the mouth. Tons of flavors coming off them like fresh cut grass, pine, and citrus. On top of the crushing complex hop profile as it warms the more bread like malts come through with touches of sweet caramel.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter finish and mouth feel. Leave your tongue behind for this one.

Overall I have to say for a regular IPA this has quickly become my favorite. It's simple and straight forward but yet pretty complex at the same time.

SkÅL!

Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange gold with a good thick and foamy cream colored head. good lacing

S-citrusy and spicy hops. strong aroma, smells good

T-comes in with a fairly bitter and citrusy and herbal taste of hops. the bitterness is the most prominent aspect and seems to get strong and then last throughout the after-taste along with a good herbal flavor. the after-taste is a really good and fairly complex flavor.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-this is a fairly complex IPA. I'm impressed with how good it is with out too much of a hops flavor to it. it is extremely drinkable. it really rides the border of standard IPA and double IPA. I really want to try this fresh on tap, i think it might make the score even higher. i really wish i had found more bottles of this.

Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a British pint...

A: Now this is more like it. A lazy, hazy copper with a creamy, bubbly off-white head. The head and lacing on this are beautiful, an aggressive pour yields a two finger head that settles to a half finger head and lingers. Gorgeous lacing on the sides, big sticky gobs of hop juice adorn the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet yes. Pineapple, pineapple, and more pineapple. And not harsh in the least. Slightest smell of sweet malt blends with the citrusy pineapple notes to create a tropical, flowery bouquet that I can't wait to dive into.

T: Light and effervescent. Flower Power is the perfect name for this beer as I immediately detect rose and tulip flavors, almost like an infused tea. Hop bitterness is perfectly balanced by biscuity malts and blends nicely with sweet pineapple and grapefruit.

M: Excellent. Carbonation is spot on and the flavors are all balanced very nicely. Crisp and refreshing while still flavorful and complex, a hard trick to pull off.

O: Flower Power is a great IPA. With an assertive hop presence yet a malt backbone to keep it all in line, this beer really lets the flavors shine. Should be sought and savored. Good job, Ithaca!

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipped to me from a friend in NY...I love him. Shipped slow boat to hawaii so took 5 weeks. Hopefully still tasty :P

A - Lovely amber...it's an ipa...duh. Thick head...looks like marshmellow goo. subtle lacing

S - heavy on the citrus nose. bit soapy?

T/M - pretty sweet up front..the hops kick in way in the back and dry out that tongue. having troubles putting words on exact phrasing (whoops), but think it has started to mellow a bit.

O - would love to try this more fresh. seems very well put together. alcohol is well hidden but a bit strong so couldnt do a 6 pack...maybe :P

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

Thanks to thickfreakness for passing this along.

This pours a very clear copper with a one finger eggshell head that dies down to a thick ring and thin cap with spotty lace. On the nose there are floral hops mixed with some more standard fruity aromas. Then again it isn't the standard lemon/grapefruit/orange, but more like apricot and nectarine. In the mouth those same flavors come out but backed up by a substantial malt backbone, slightly sweet but not close to overbearing. The body is medium and the finish is medium with the oily, floral hops sticking longest.

Overall, this is a fine brew, a perfect example of a restrained but not boring IPA.

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very solid citrus and rich broad sweetness. well hopped... great when fresh.didn't expect so many fruits and it comes forth as a citrus bomb. nose is dryer with hints with a floral pine dominating. palate is sweet orange with a bitter bite of orange peel. pineapple and mango touch that is crisped out with the bitter. great beginning to end on the palate. and nice bright and equally fruity as savory balance.

Photo of NODAK
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a citrusy hop aroma here...strong on the grapefruit notes with a hint of tropical.

A strong hit of grapefruit bitterness hits right away along with a hint of pineapple...it definitely sets the tone for the beer. Not much maltiness to this beer at all, other than a bit of breadiness that shows up in the middle...but the biscuit that's found in many other beers of this style isn't found here as best I can tell. Finishes out with a strong, cutting bitterness that ends the beer on a strong, hoppy note. Did I mention this a rather hoppy IPA?

If you're in the mood for a hoppy, citrusy IPA...this is a winner for you! I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to suspect for this extra. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Small amount of white head fades leaving a tiny lace ring.

S: Very fragrant with loads of citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple. Actually more on the sweeter side of things than bitter.

T: The flavor is much more malt driven. The citrus is present but not up front. It has the acrid hint of an old bottle. I'm not sure and I didn't note the bottle notch in my notes.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad but I expected more. This bottle could have been a bit on the old side. someone needs to send me a super fresh bottle.

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

Best before date of 09/11

A - semi transparent golden yellow, two finger white head with very low retention and lacing. This beer isn't too hard on the eyes.

S - I don't use 'bouquet' but the citrus bouquet is wonderful. Boatloads of lemon & lime, grass, bright mango with equal parts of pine and grapefruit. Overall the aroma is low and fades, but is great while it's there.

T - The smell is very similar to the taste here; hops comes in quickly and start beating the shit out of your tastebuds with fresh citrusy hops, though the pine and grapefruit is contributing a healthy amount of bitter. The malt profile is faint, but shows up in the middle with some crackerlie breadiness and a bit of caramel.

M - Medium bodied, carbonation is great.

O - This reminds me of Bells Two Hearted, but actually bitter. Considering this is at least 3 months old (presumably) and still very enjoyable, I'm excited to eventually try one fresh.

Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled (best by August) poured into a tulip - thanks davey!

Gorgeous glowing orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is aromatic hops, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits. So far this reminds me a lot of Two Hearted.

Taste is a bitter, aromatic up-front assault, followed closely by a pleasant malty sweetness. Quite a strong alcohol taste, too, which works here. Mouthfeel is great.

This beer has a great balance and a distinct, unapologetic hop bite. If I didn't know this had just been shipped to me from the Northeast, I'd think I was drinking a San Diego IPA.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best by Aug notched on the label. Poured into a tulip.

A- Flower Power pours a hazy golden orange color wih a couple of fingers of white foam. Decent lacing.

S- Big notes of mango and tangerine dominate the nose. There is a good dose of flowery aroma as well. Slight hint of pale malt in the background but this beer smells like straight up citrus juice with a bouquet of daisies in it.

T- Taste starts out with a flowery, perfume like quality. A bit of a let down that the huge citrus presence in the nose isn't mirrored in the taste. Mild bitterness mid pallet gives way to a somewhat dry finish and a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. ABV well hidden by the flowery taste.

O- Not bad, but not the hop bomb I was expecting. The name of this beer is certainly fitting, as floral hops are the dominatating factor here. I prefer my IPAs citrusy and bitter and this one didn't quite do it for me. Glad I had the opportunity.

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