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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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4,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,193
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 433
Gots: 494 | 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 Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09
Best by Jan 2010

A - Cloudy amber with orange highlights. ½ inch head thins out but leaves decent retention. Some sediment floating in there. Impressive lacing - some large rings peppered with dense clusters of lace.

S - Nice blend of floral & pine hops. Hints of grapefruit & orange. Dry breadiness is well-seated & isn't particularly over-bearing.

T - Basically the same as the nose but amped up a bit. Potent floral hops upfront with an even-keeled pine bitterness filling in after that. A few grapefruit undertones, but citrus seems to take a less prominent role. Dry bread & toasted malts one the back end mostly stay out of the way.

M - Medium body with carbonation that is ample without being excessive. Some residual bitterness on the finish.

D - I like this one pretty well. It's not something I'd put in regular rotation, but I would mind a few every now & then. Worth a shot.

Ryan011235, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca- Flower Power

A- Light clear yellow/ orange with a bunch of floaties and a thick chunky white head. Good ringed lacing.
S- Nice juicy sweet grapefruit, pine, and caramel.
T- Sweet sugary red grapefruit with caramel and bready doughy malt and floral hops.
M- Sweet and juicy. Malt and sweet hoppiness are well balanced. Finishes off lightly bitter and sweet.

Overall- Very smooth IPA! Solid, well balanced, and an easy drinker. Alc. is well masked.

NJpadreFan, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ashikhman
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard a lot of good things about this beer before trying it, and when I finally came across a bottle of it I was afraid of getting my hopes up too high. Luckily, Ithaca's IPA didn't disappoint.
The beer poured with a healthy two-inch bone white head, which decreased by about half over the course of 5 minutes, and down to about an eighth of an inch in another 5. The color is a nice transparent amber--not exceptional looking but not a bad color.
Upon smelling it I note the subtle but pleasing aroma of citrus-like hops. The first sip is even better. This beer packs a decent amount of hop flavor, but enough sweetness in the background to not feel unbalanced. The herbal bitterness of the hops is followed by a grapefruit twang that lingers on your tongue for some time. Overall I think the flavor is about perfect for an IPA, very very delicious.
Mouthfeel is not too shabby either. Flower Power mantains the perfect balance for this style of beer, neither too watery not too thick. The bitter-sour citrus feeling leaves my tongue feeling like I honestly just ate a grapefruit, which is an interesting effect that I kind of enjoy. This beer is 8% but just barely divulges the fact, making it quite drinkable but possibly dangerous too.
Overall I would say that Ithaca's Flower Power is one of the better IPA's I've had the pleasure of consuming. Though it falls a little short as far as appearance, it more than makes up for it in every important aspect. Though it's a bit pricey for the style, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again.

ashikhman, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured two of these into my 22 oz monster glass. orangish in color with good steady carbonation. approx two inches of head that settled quickly to one quarter inch.

wonderful hop aroma that is reinforced with the wonderful taste. a very nice balance of the grain and hops. i am a hop head so this is necter to me.

good lacing down the glass. the abv of 8% stopped me at two of these. fortunately i have 3 more left!

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of JTahoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner, NYC, served in pint glass.

A - Golden clear served with 1/4 inch beige head. Nice sticky lace

S - Hoppy and floral hint of grain. Herbal and tropical.

T - Following the nose with herbs and pine, orange and pineapple. Some nice underlying caramel malt.

M - Crisp medium low, effervescent carbonation.

D - Nice and super drinkable. A great east coast IPA.

JTahoe, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass) best before Feb year?
A- This beer has an orange body with a very slight hazy and a slight red tint to it. There is a beige creamy bubbly head that had a good carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The fresh floral hops with good pine notes and a soft perfumy pine resin note to the hop finish.
T- This beer has a nice malt flavor slightly sweet with a green herbal full pine hops flavor finishing with a pungent hop flavor. M- This bee has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice full forward hop flavor making this a nice solid IPA.

rhoadsrage, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Gribbs23
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass...

Good color, even better smell (multiple hints of citrus & pine) decent carbonation, but not overpowering. Flowery taste, followed by the pine & citrus notes. Great mouthfeel, not overcarbonated, a little sappyl leftover. Very hoppy at the end, almost like a double IPA. Really good beer- one of the best IPA's I've tasted.

Gribbs23, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have heard about this brew for so long, so I was excited when I got my hands on a bottle.

Being the hop head that I am, I enjoyed the label. Eye catching and very appealing. Psychadelic =)

A- Dark hazy orange color- large fluffy head- some serious lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, grapefruits, extremely floral. Very fresh and strong.

T- This is a very hoppy brew. Hops smack your taste buds up front- grass, flowers, pine, orange, pineapple. Even some caramel on the back.

M- Creamy and smooth. Some dryness and oily at other times.

D- Highly recommended. Close to being a DIPA. Hoppy as hell with a nice malt finish.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright orange color with a slight golden tinge... One and a half fingers worth of foamy slight tan head... Minor hints of carbonation... Translucent and clean throughout...

S - The nose is dominated by a hints of grapefruit and sweet pineapple... The hops are familiar, yet there is something slightly unique about them... Also present are a hint of grassiness, floral notes, and whiff of faint perfume...

T - The palette follows close to the nose... The hop profile takes on floral and piney characteristics in addtion to the citrus... Fresh cut grass... Some minor hints of caramel and bready malts...

M - The hops are slightly juicy, but otherwise this is a fairly dry offering... Medium bodied, with a sturdy amount of carbonation... A little on the harsh side...

D - A solid IPA teetering on DIPA territory... Hides the 8% ABV very well... There's is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I'm not sure there is anything overly memorable either... I would gladly drink another if given an opportunity, but I can think of numerous IPAs that I'd prefer...

philbe311, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent honey-gold with a 2.5 inch bright white head that gradually receded into a rocky cap before settling into a solid skim. Delicate strings and strands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is sweet citrus, a suggestion of cereal grains and a light, floral character. Taste consistent with nose; however, cereal grains disappear from the flavor profile, and a light, lingering bitterness comes out at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive background carbonation that falls short of prickly. Consistency also exhibits a little oiliness as well. This is a pretty tasty IPA I have to say. Great balance with a well-hidden abv at 8.00%. Well worth your time.

Jwale73, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket RI
A - Slight hazy honey color. A small dense white head leaves plenty of lacing.
S - Delicate hops up front, floral, citrus, sweet malt.
T - A nicely balanced mix of hops and malt. Citrus, with a sweet malt back bone that is just enough to balance this tasty brew. Delicious.
M/F -Fine and smooth carbonation - wonderful. Light/Medium in body.
D - A fantastic IPA that is in my top five for the style.

ThirstyBird, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was handed a bottle at a party by a guy who had just driven in to town from the brewery where he bought it that day. It was achingly fresh.

Beautiful smell of hops - tea, flowers, sweet grass, stone fruit, and there you have the flavor too with the addition of silky sweet malts and lucious creamy mouthfeel. A burst of hops up front, in the middle, and on the finish, but silky smooth all the way.

dedrinker, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler filled at Fat Heads 2/23...served in pint glass

A - poured about two fingers of fluffy off-white foam, sticky and laces down the side of the glass the whole time. the beer is slightly hazy, light gold colored.

S - strong sweet citrus hops with an equal amount of floral notes to it. outstanding, one of those i sniff before every sip.

T - floral hoppy flavors, grass, sweet grapefruit, orange hard-tack candy, caramel and just a hint of toasted bread.

M - flavors are quite clean thanks to a nice subtle carbonation (might be assisted by the growler) and oily mouthfeel.

D - quite yummy, probably my favorite East Coast IPA that can easily rival any from the left. love this one.

Stigs, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I discovered this summer. That face logo on the bottle caps still freaks me out though.

Cloudy, unfiltered gold color with a nice fluffy white head. Looks friendly. Nice lace and retention. Pungent aroma of tropical fruit and peppery floral hop. Tastes like potpourri hops which come accompanied by a thick, dank hop oil mouthfeel. Produces satisfying hoppy burps.

Best I've had from Ithaca thus far.

donkeyrunner, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold body, lots of carbonation streams, and a level if fuzzy white three finger head made up of surprisingly uniform micro-
bubbles. Good lacing.

Inviting, almost aggressive, pine aroma.

The malt foundation seems like a slippery sidewalk quickly coated in hop juice. Its quickly a battle not between malt and hop, but between juicy fruit on the tongue and floral hops above.

Mediumish mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

While it could use a smidgen more malt, a solid everyday ipa with a bit different hop bill. Recommended.

RonfromJersey, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Buckeyes67
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this beer it was to much for me to like. I have since grown to love IPA's and this one deserves to be in the top 5 for anyone that loves to drink IPA's. It has a great smell of flowers and fruits. It really has a strong hoppy taste to it and goes toward the border of overkill but stops short of it. It does have a good balance in its flavor and is easy to drink. I would suggest not to try this one if you are just starting to drink IPA's.

Buckeyes67, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca Flower Power
12 oz brown bottle
Best before September notched on the side of the label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a fluffy white head on top. Nice trails of sticky lace.

Citrus and pine nose with some sweet malts coming through.

A grainy and biscuit malt presence with a hoppy punch that showcases flavors such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. I'd also add that there is quite the juicy sweetness.

Yeah, good beer. Nice hoppy American IPA.

Hibernator, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ffenski
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Arrow Wine, Centerville.

Pours a thick gold with heavy lacing all the way down. Wonderful sweet, floral aroma with biscuity hints. Not too syrupy, grapefuit pine dominating but with good malt balance. Good carbonation and very smooth- reminds of Cali-style IPA.

ffenski, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of joejost
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First let me say I am a huge fan of Flower Power and have had it in bottles, growler, and on-tap.

This review is based on unfiltered on-tap at the brewery less than 30 minutes after they kegged it.

Poured a cloudy golden-yellowish, with a beautiful white head.
That smell!! Instantly recognize the grapefruit, pineapple, hop aroma.
This tastes incredible! I could drink this morning, noon, and night, for the next 40 years.

joejost, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alpinebryant for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Pours a bright orange color with a bubbly white head that settled down to a this covering.

Aroma is very floral and citrusy which is very appealing. Taste is also very citrusy up front with a long bitterness in the end. I detect a little malt but the hops are the star of the show here.

Medium bodies with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, a very delicious IPA that I thoroughly enjoyed and would purchase again.

billab914, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a surprise box from Chcfan! Thanks a bunch Chris! This has been a long time want for me (despite not being on my wants list) so thanks for your psychic powers.

Pours a hazy golden color with an amber tint. Huge head (it's still growing as I type this...) with great retention and leaves tons of lacing. This brew is glowing, I love the color so much, this is what I think all IPA's should look like. Beautiful.

There is no doubt why this is called flower power, with a big floral aroma on the nose. Nice bitter hop presence, very appealing to me. So far this is turning out to be everything I had hoped for.

The taste is great too, with a big bitter floral hop character up front, that gives way to a sweet and very fruity hop character in the finish. Fantastic. There is a very distint point in each drink when the taste turns from bitter to fruity, and it's surprising each and every time.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, very smooth and creamy. Huge lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, what a great session IPA.

This is a great IPA, possibly one of my top 5 that I have ever tried. Absolutely fantastic. Completely undeserving of the B+ average it gets here, which is complete blasphemy if you ask me. Although I hate with a burning passion the state in which this was brewed in (only because of the Yankee's) this is one thing that I adore the state for producing.

Mistofminn, Dec 05, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner, NYC.

Pours a glowing apricot with webs of lace. Orange blossom nose with cannabis notes. Honey and mango malts lead before the hop crush comes with skunk and grapefruit. Leaves a very dry tongue. Light to medium body, sticky, with some burn.

A hop bomb without the harsh.

StJamesGate, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear gold color with a short lived rocky and foamy white head that leaves some awesomely sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is super floral and citric. Smells super fresh and juicy. Taste is hop-juicy with a nice doughy yeasty deliciousness. Slight musty earthiness too it. Not too much in the malt department here. Feel is moderate with decent amount of carbonation. The hops do a good job of masking the 7.5.

kbnooshay, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Vigorous pour creates a 3 finger cream colored fluffy fine head with great retention. Brew is a semi-cloudy reddish orange. Thin, elegant, sticky, measured lacing.

S: Nose is faint alcohol, peaches, apricot, citrus, brown and cane sugar. Also a clean, floral ester.

T: Starts light brown sugar, citrus, bit of sour peach, pine, grassy hops mellows towards the middle with building malts, finish more citrus and a twinge of hop character.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, and crisp. Mouth is watery and a bit grainy/powdery, finishes messy with lingering hops.

D: Comparable to Sculpin but not as clean on the taste and not as crisp in the mouth. Still enjoyable though and I'm glad I got to try this.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, oranges, and floral hop bitterness is easy to detect and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, grass, grapefruit, orange, and a floral bitterness. The bitterness provide a nice bite late as you swallow. Hint of alcohol here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: a nice sessionable IPA. Easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.

Gavage, Nov 25, 2009
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,193 ratings.