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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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4,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,414
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
Gots: 573 | 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 flexabull
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Blind beer #7

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a veer nice white head.

Aromas are very nice. Candied citrus, resin, and hints of pine.

Taste is crisp and clean. Bready and lightly spicy up front. Beer then settles into soft caramel malts. Finish is dry, with a mineral hoppiness. Taste isn't quite what I expected after sniffing this one.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Very crisp carbonation, and good body.

Drinkability is very solid. Nice beer, wish it was a little hoppier, but it is still very refreshing and tasty.

flexabull, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking for this beer for some time now. Glad to find it at Rattle and Hum in NY.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thin white head. Moderate to low retention and fairly good lacing.

Smell is very heavy on hops with lots of flower, freshly cut grass and citrussy/ sweet notes.

Taste is a hop bomb and starts very fresh with citric fruits (grapefruit, orange) , grass and floral. Bitterness then ensues and lingers for the rest of the sip. Not much malt presence or alcohol noticeable. Orange and grapefruit notes reappear in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate and mouthfeel is kinda of syrupy and resinous. Drinkability is on the lower side due to the huge bitter component.

A very hoppy ipa west coast style but made on the east coast.

paulozanello, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of olmatty
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a tall soapy head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing. A slightly clouded orange amber beer.

Smell-Huge perfume of hops, citrus and pine. One of the best smelling IPAs.

Taste-Pine, citrus and spicy perfume hop flavors in equal proportion overlay a good malt background. While hop/alcohol/malt balance is reasonable the hops really steal the show here.

Mouthfeel-Moderately sticky mouthfeel from lots of hops. carbonation is on the lighter, smooth side.

Drinkability-So smooth and flavorful for a for a pretty high 7.5% ABV IPA. I could drink nothing but this beer if necessary. Very much a West Coast style IPA. Don't these guys know they're brewing in NY? An outstanding IPA.

olmatty, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into glass

A- Hazy, orange hue with slight lacing.

S- Gold standard aroma for IPA. Citrus pops on first sniff

T- Graperfruit, pine. Everything about this IPA is dead on for the style.

M- Smooth, perfect for the style. Consistant from start to finish

D- This is what all American IPA's should be. True to style. I bought this at Wegmans on the recommendation of the good folks who posted on this brew.Thank you.

Well done, Ithaca!

peterittenhouse, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as an extra from inebriatedjoker in a recent trade...

Pours a cloudy golden with a persistent head atop... Lots of lacing...

Pungent piney hop aromas... A touch of malt but this is all about the hops. A fresh bouquet of hoppiness... Pine and citrus hops abound and seem deeper and more intense than others of the style..

Dank deep piney hoppiness all the way... Loaded with resiny piney hops that coat the palate and dominate the senses... Unbelievable...

A world class IPA in my opinion... It's deep and dank with resiny piney hops and is better than 99% of the IPAs that I've had... Awesome brew...

Tilley4, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Churchkey.

A - Hazy orange color with two fingers of white head that looked slightly soapy. Little bit of lacing.

S - A light smelling IPA with some floral hops and a little bit of fruit. A little bit of pine in there, but the smell is just a bit too light.

T - Taste is some sweet tropical fruit and light pine hops. The flavor is quite light, it's good, but really needs to pack a bit more of a punch, particularly considering how relatively high hte Abv seems to be. Not bad, but not great.

M - Slightly thin and watery in a lighter bodied beer, but good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink, can session this no problem and have it with a wide variety of foods. Not bad, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

AgentZero, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear orange with a semi-sticky almost pure white head that builds to just a bit more than 1 finger thick but faded all too quickly, leaving behind a thin but good looking lace.

This is what an IPA should smell like. The Aroma is full of resinous piney and floral notes mixed in with some fruity citrus aromas. Malt presence seems to be there with some sweeter toffee like notes lingering in the background.

Taste is more citrusy than expected following the predominantly floral aroma. Orange and grapefruit seem to be the predominant citrus flavors which pair well with the sweeter malt notes.

Mouthfeel is light but crisp and enjoyable. Overall Flower Power is a top notch IPA with lots of great citrus hop flavors and surely a beer I'll have again.

Kinsman, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of JxDuff
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/yellow color. Exceptional head that is very light and mellow.

S: Hops hit the nostrils right away followed by a mix of pineapple and a little but of orange.

T: Hops, obviously, hit you right away but are soon followed by a mellow pineapple taste. Finished nicely.

JxDuff, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem. There was a spot for a date to be punched out on the label, however none of them were punched. I figured it was best to drink NOW. Served in generic pint glass.

A- Hazy mango color. Beautiful, full creamy bright yellow/white head. Suspended yeast after the pour.

S- Very strong mango, fruit, pine and maybe tangerine.

T- Hop forward with a nice bam-wow to the back of my palate. It is not cloying or too sweet, and does not make me pucker. Its really well balanced. Malt is minimal, as is pale ales, however is a decent caramel flavor.

M- Nice carbonation. Beer does not have as nice as of astringency as I would prefer. The aftertaste doesn't quite prelude another sip, and is kind of bitter.

D- I'm from PENNA and I could drink a case or two of this. This is a nice easy goin' IPA.

TheSupremeAJ, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rusty orange color with 3/4 inch of bubbly, off-white head. Leaves light, soapy lacing.

S-Light, aromatic, floral and grassy hops.

T/M-Very light and floral, with delicate tangerine sweetness. Simple and successful. I could see drinking this all day. Light bodied with fizzy, moderate carbonation.

D-If this were available in California, I would drink it all the time.

DaveHS, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle

Pours a hazy amber with huge white foamy head. The nose is exploding with citrus, grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Slight malt presence in the back. Very nice sticky lacing forms. Sip provides an excellent tasting IPA, hop forward and bitter right into the finish. Theres a smoothness in the middle where the malt characteristics shine. Medium bodied mouthfeel. High drinkability, a more citrusy IPA with plenty of flavour makes this very refreshing. Glad I picked up a six pack.

heebes, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Singleton Poured into a Chalice

Many thanks to chcfan for sending me one of my all-time favorites. Not quite as good as getting it on tap at Moosewood, but still ... mmm.

L: Deep apricot, ripe, with towering head. Retention is pretty good, with snowflake lacing.

S: Woah ... perfect balance in the nose, hoppy bitterness blended with towering sweetness with no clear victor. Wonderful floral cutting throughout. This thing is awesome.

T: Starts sweet and then drops into a floral bitterness quickly before resolving into a sweet, floral linger that suits me just fine. I wonder if they named t flower power to call my attention to the flavor, or if it is really this strong.

F: Light and wet (I know it's liquid, but you get my gist) for how dry it is.

D: More, more. I could drink a 6-er of this in a go, and go back for seconds.

codewarrior, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of nc41
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is all NOSE, absolutely fabulous. Like most well made brews nice head , lacing, etc.. The nose is all grapefruit, probably the most impressive I've even had the pleasure of sticking my nose in. The taste follows quite nicely, all citrus with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Nicely balanced and the best IPA I've ever had. I have other favorites too such as Two Hearted, and even a piney east Coast brew like Hop Devil and Smuttynose. But this style really fits perhaps a West Coast IPA brewed in NY, IMO outstanding in every way at a relatively sane hop and ABV level, and dangerously drinkable. The only way to mess this up is to try and drive this to a DIPA level when it doesn't need to be. No extra hops or malt needed.

Alpine Nelson is better. Different but IMO better. this added 12/4/11. Flower Power is still amazing though.

nc41, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker

Pours a cloudy yellow with orange tinting. Nice rocky white head that was retained for a while. Smells like a pine forest with a couple fruit trees mixed in, good smell, you can tell it's going to be very bitter. It's very bitter. Almost too much of that piney-resin taste. I also picked up mandarin orange and some citric zest. There wasn't a lot of malt, almost none. Mouthfeel was very dry and sticky. Overall I enjoyed this beer but thought it could have had some better balance, but it delivers in the hops as an IPA should.

OakedCanuck, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Hazy yellow in color, nice foamy head lots of lacing.

S= I picked up grapefruit and pine hops on the nose.

T= The hops are really in this beer and I like that you really pick them up in the nose and in the taste they really come out I pick up all the hops.

M= Medium in body nice carbonation.

D= Really glad I got to try this one wishing I had more of these.

LiquidBread219, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle -

Poured cloudy light orange with one finger head that formed a nice thick lacing , decent carbonation.

Smell - Grapefruit and piny hops.

Taste - Fresh fruity grapefruit with light hop notes , pine hints with light malts.

Drinkability - This was a easy to drink IPA with a slight piny aftertaste, Well blended fruits with refreshing hops.

InebriatedJoker, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Homebrew35
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a nice 1 finger white head. Smells of mango, pineapple, resinous and some other fruits. Tastes sweet at first, a bit prickly citrus, bitter medium dry finish with some lingering bitterness on the roof of my mouth. Most ipa finish bitter on my tongue but not this one. Quite drinkable for the medium high abv. The smell is the best part for me. I'd pick this up again. $2.00 a single at BoTW Rochester ny.

Homebrew35, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into Rapscallion snifter.

pours a golden honey color with noticeable haze (i didn't decant this time). thick white head that sticks to the glass for a long time.

amazing fruity hop aroma. pineapple and grapefruit are very noticible with notes of pine bitterness and a subtle malt character. practically smells like fruit punch, but i know there's no fruit added to this beer which is impressive.

deliciously hoppy fruit (grapefruit, pineapple) flavor up front which makes it a little sweet at first but then nice and bitter in the middle. hops linger on the tastes buds for quite some time after sipping. excellent.

delicately smooth mouthfeel; very drinkable but the hops will kill your tastebuds after a few.

amazingly hoppy IPA without being too bitter. not the cleanest finish ala Pliny the Elder, but it still has enough of that citrusy punch to make this one of the best east coast IPAs to come by.

tzieser, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of LtCracker20
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow body with a 2-finger white head. Head shows pretty good retention but very good lace.

S- Awesome! Amazing citrus hops up front with big pine notes as well. A great smelling IPA, one of the best I've smelled. Grapefruit and pineapple really stand out.

T- Again, big hop punch of grapefruit and pineapple, and very nice bitter pine. A little sweetness comes through, but mostly the hop bite. Bitterness in the end lingers a little while.

MF/D- Medium bodied with a taste that lingers for a while on the palate. Very drinkable in the sense that I'd have no trouble enjoying a couple, but the palate killer this hop bomb is would probobly keep you from having more than that.

LtCracker20, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy, amber color with a 2.5-fingered, rocky, snow white head. Good retention that settles to a creamy cover. Hard to see much carbonation. Great lacing.

S - Smell is rich in pine and grapefruit. Not getting much of the fruit notes, but it is indeed very floral. Rich and inviting, it really grasps the senses and pulls your nose in for more. Other citrus fruits play in near the background, but are faint and don't make much of an appearance.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, but a bit more blended. Upfront it's a bit bready and chewy, before finally relaxing into the citrus flavors. Lemon, grapefruit, and a slight pineapple flavor make up the bulk of this stage. Finally, the bitterness from the fruits leads nicely into the bitterness of the hops. Finish is bitter and fruity.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. The head and bready malts make the beginning go down smoothly, but as it finishes it really does turn bitter.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The bitterness in the finish is long and a bit off-putting, but it's made up for by the rest of the flavor and the well-masked alcohol. I feel this one is a little bit older than preferred, and I would like to pick up some fresh bottles to compare.

nhindian, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's sunny yellow colour, enshrouded in a smoke-like haze, seems befitting to its name. The foam atop is thick and solid as a glacier and, although it stands to reason that it must slowly be diminishing, it seems to be doing so at glacial speed. More than that, the carpet of lacing it's tattooed to the glass looks like fit to stand the test of time.

It smells like someone hid citrus under my radiator and it's now festered into some kind of wickedly bitter and acidic concoction. When I find out who did it... I'll have to thank them. This smells lovely. I might even try reproducing this at home myself. A melange of orange peel, pink grapefruit and a pinch of lemon zest - it brings citrus to the next level.

Unfortunately it's all mostly for not as the taste is decidedly anti-climactic. The taste of diluted lychee liqueur, cut with a splash of orange juice and rounded out by a fleeting mintiness, is certainly tasty but it lacks what the Jewish would call 'chutzpah': the exaggerated self-opinion, the audacity and pomposity typical of American IPAs. (Which, perhaps to some, isn't such a bad thing...)

And it's not due to any shortage of hops; the presence of leafy, bitter greens is exceeding but it's at least in part because of a total shortage of malts to overstep it. That said, it might be better off without a thick, gooey-sweet malt bill - keeping that pithy, citric acidity intact is a valid priority, even if it does make the beer seem a little bit thinner.

Ithaca Flower Power is one groovy beer, man. And at a (surprising) 7 something percent alcohol, it's definitely no buzz kill. But it's not the kind of beer you sit around the drum circle waxing poetic about - it's the kind of beer you drink. Fast. And in great quantity. With great gratification. With an impatient urge to go out immediately and buy more.

biegaman, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy but vibrant gold with one finger of sticky looking off white head.

The aroma is loaded with piney and grassy hops and some citrus, more lemon than anything with some hints of light spicy yeast. To me, this aroma is in the top tier of IPA's, pretty complex and well balanced.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but I may have been setting my sights a little high. Pretty solid bitterness with lots of resinous pine with hints of spice and some citrus sneaks in there as well. The 7.5% abv is very well hidden among the other flavors.

Medium in body with a sticky mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation as well. This one is highly, and dare I say dangerously drinkable. One of the more complex IPA's I've had, making it even more fun to drink.

321jeff, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold hued brew with very bubbly ring of foamy head. Lots of bubbles on the glass makes this look a little over active.

S: Flowery Hops and tropical fruit notes. Dry malt covered in a candy sweetness. Different IPA smell.

T: Bready malts fit nicely into a grassy tropical fruit hop taste. Sweet and bitter finish. Flowery hop notes are present as well. This is more malt forward than some IPAs, but it's very satisfying.

M: Medium feel, bittersweet finish, plenty of carb.

D: Nice drinker you could knock back a couple of pints of and be happy.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden yellow body with some orange tints around the edges...a pillowy, white head stands about 1.5 fingers and falls into a thin ring...nice lacing

S - Holy tropical fruits...the aroma is making my mouth water...grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon

T - The hops are the star in this beer...they are present from start to finish...in the beginning they are fresh and sweet while at the end they are oily and bitter...there isn't a strong malt backbone but it works with this beer

M - Medium bodied...oily and bitter...the lingering bitterness keeps your mouth puckering for more

D - After two your taste buds are shot but the ABV is pretty normal...I suggest you find this and drink it fresh...I had this super fresh and loved it so I ordered it somewhere else (a non-beer destination) and you could tell it had been on for a while...this is my review for the fresh beer and I did not factor the old one in...sorry for a short review but this one is a must try for people who enjoy tropical IPAs

thain709, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of devinoconnor
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If you're an IPA fan then you must try Ithaca's Flower Power. It's a robust IPA bursting with hoppy flavors and strong citrus. Color is what you'd expect-- bright and golden.

The taste is citrus and I got some flowers in there too (maybe I'm easily persuaded by the beer's name).

Goes down easy but be careful of the ABV... One or two should be the max.

devinoconnor, Dec 13, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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