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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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Ratings: 4,623
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 453
Gots: 693 | FT: 24
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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 chriswilkes33
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hotmanflab666 for the 12 oz bottle.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep hazy gold color with nice white head. Beer retains head very well.

Aroma: Hops are up front but this one doesnt have much of a citrus nose, it is more towards the floral aroma. I suppose thats where the flower power name came from :)

Taste: Yep definately floral with a lingering bitterness, this beer is pushing the boundaries of IPA towards double IPA. Very good beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbpnated just right and leaves neither a dryness nor lingering sweetness on my tongue. Again, very well done.

Overall: Yep, I would happily serve this to any of my friends. Excellent beer.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold approaching brown with a fluffy white head and some lacing.
S - Fruity and flowery. Not much pine. Pineapple, however, is present, along with some citrus and other generic tropical fruit.
T - Fruity and flowery again; tastes almost like fruit juice. A hint of graininess afterwards, not sure exactly how to describe it.
MF - Pleasant, smooth, goes down easy. Interesting mentholated feeling; cools the mouth.
O - Solid brew, really enjoyed this; would however say that this is bordering on a DIPA and it packs an alcoholic punch (that I can feel, even if I can't taste it).

I suspect this beer was just a touch too cold as I wasn't so into it at first but as it warmed it really started growing on me.

Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy amber body topped with a thickish cap of foam that sticks around impressively and leaves plentiful soapy lace.

Interesting nose. Lots of fruitiness, but it's more apricot than citrus. Pine plays no small part, and there seems to be a floral element as well. A sturdy malt presence lingers.

Much respect for the bitterness, although it's not as fruity as I'd guessed it would be based on the aromas. Piney, yup. The hearty malt profile- more bready than sweet- may or may not be stifling the hops a bit. The malts linger as much as the pine, which for my personal taste detracts from the "rememberability scale". Still, a tasty brew that I'd recommend trying.

Photo of OddNotion
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Pours with a one finger white head and a beautiful hazy orange color.

Smell: Each smell of this beer provided me with a nice smile. There is a ton of citrusy fruit, other fruit smells, and very sweet. Amazing, I love the hop aroma on this bad boy.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. An incredible citrus bomb. There is some nice bitterness to back it up but this beer is fruity as which is probably my favorite flavor in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice carbonation, very active and it really helps enhance the experience with this beer. There is a good body to it as well, not too light not too thick.

Overall: This was a fresh bottle. I can see how others may think it is mediocre of they acquire a bottle that is a little dated from my previous experiences with this IPA. It is one of my favorites and if you ge the chance to have it fresh jump all over it! It makes a world of difference. This East Coast brewed West Coast Style IPA can hang with the best of them.

Photo of thehopsguy
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber tint/ light golden mix slight haze..small head 1/2 finger

S- Smells amazing..citrus/sugar fruit mix bitter finish low..low malt sent

T- Full hop flavors crisp grapefruit..light malts

M- Medium body/feel crisp smooth..shits got bite!

O- This beer is exceptional from pour to finish i need barrels of this beer all year round..cheers!!

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

Flower Power

C: 4.0 - Hazy golden/amber color. Red/Pink hues. Pours with very little head (1-2mm, max), which leaves behind a light lacing on the glass.

S: 4.5 - Hoppy. Fruity. Cantoloupe like sweetness. Undertoens of honey.

T: 4.0 Mellow. spices. Light sweetness. Bitter finish. hoppy bitter aftertaste

M: 3.5 Good texture and body. Low/medium carbonation.

D: 4.0 Easy to drink. The hoppy flavors are a favorite of mine, so this ranks highly on my list. I've had this beer once before on tap and it was absolutely amazing. This bottled version isn't as appealing, but then again, it could just be my surroundings which made the experience a little different.


Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lighter amber ale that has a slight haze about itself. Lightly carbonated it produces only an average foam head.
An aromatic brew to say the least with hops having a citrus bouquet and malts with a solid malty backbone.
The taste is very pleasent with citrus and, dire I say, bubblegum.
Malts are big and solid, toasted maybe.
The alcohol is well hidden in this brew so beware, other then that a solid well made beer thats sure to please.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Bottle says best before May. A dark cloudy orange. Beautiful, sticky, creamy white head. Medium carbonation bubbles. Lace is average, kinda patchy.

A nice bright citrus smell mixed with some bread or yeast. Does smell a bit sweet.

I had to spoon my way into this one. Very nice!! A citrus hop taste but not a bitter bomb. More sweetness of an orange than the bitterness of a grapefruit. Getting some yeast taste but I've noticed that it fades as it warms. Very well balanced IPA. I am trying to find something wrong with the taste but can't.

The mouth is great but not excellent. Silky and rich but a tad watery at the end. Carbonation is good.

I really enjoyed this one. I am a West Coast guy so it's really nice to try what the right coast is doing. Thanks to tsblack05 for this one. Highly recommended!!

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

I can't figure out what was different with this IPA compared to all the other brutally gang-hopped ones I've tried. This has 6 different variety of hops in it and the scrumptious, balanced blend of flavor they were able to achieve is remarkable. Then again, I had this at a cask festival and you could chalk it up to luck. That is, until I'm able to try this on draft or bottle or whatever other way and compare. Here's a summary of my sotten scribbles:

Compared to a lot of the other ales I tried that day, this poured a beaming liquid sunshine orange with a healthy yellowish head atop. Spicy citrus zest hits the nose immediately, strong and proud, as malts dissolve 'neath the scent 'o hop.

The taste is complex, to put it one way. Sensations, go!

orange oil and a rich, clean, nutty malt
fuzzy tang on the tongue
sweet citrus, spicy/peppery zip
mild, lingering bitter grassy/dandelion leaf
solventy finish, approaching but not achieving burn

It was back and forth with the flavor mutations. Each sip showing a different angle, focusing on changing ratios of what the ingredients offered. Flower Power is one of those beers that takes hold of my imagination, toying with it, to my delight. Oh, we will meet again soon.

Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a good bit of creamy foamy lacing. The aroma smells bright, flowery, piney, and herbal, with fruity notes of tropical sweetness and some more bitter grapefruit character. Sweet grains sit along the back. Man, this is flowery and ripe in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste is bright in the mouth with citric fruit, as grapefruit mingles with notes of aggressive pine and spice. I'm not getting nearly as much tropical fruit though, as the bulk of the balance here is barely being brought by the sweet, grainy, and bready flavors of the malts. Hope dominate the finish, with a bitter and resinous feel that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly sharp feeling the whole way through but there is a softer creaminess that hangs on the edges. There is a bit of warmth on the backend here, which seems to accentuate that strong bitter finish.

The cask conditioning here brought both positives and negatives to this, as it nicely opened up that beautiful full hoppy nose on this but also brought out the more aggressive aspects of the hop profile in the taste a bit too much. Overall though, there was definitely more to like than dislike here, as this remains a very solid IPA in my eyes.

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

medium darkish amber with a cream colored head that holds and leaves lace. nose is perfumy. floral hops on top of some piney and tropical fruit notes and a nice, sweet, caramelly malt backbone. pretty standard concept, but executed very well. taste is intentionally lopsided with a big floral character leading the way, and a healthy amount of bitter that comes in about half way through to open up the taste buds for a little pine and a lot of balancing malt sweetness. medium body starts soft and ends dry. overall, a great beer. one of the northeast's best easily available ipas. always excellent on tap and a great way to cure the hop jones. another winner from ithaca.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.45/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by April

Appearance - Two fingers of soapy head rest on top of a very cloudy caramelized amber beer. Quite opaque a musty looking.

Smell - Smells of rich malts, caramelized hops and hops. The hops smell sweet and are not overpowering.

Taste - Definitely a musky, old tasting IPA. Notes of citrus and heavy malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I was not too impressed with this IPA. It tastes as if it didn't age well, even though I drank it before the best-before date. It has the usual IPA qualities of being filled with hops, citrus and caramely malts. But they just seem aged, old, rotten and skunked.

Photo of chilly460
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent medium amber, with a finger of densely bubbled off white head. Decent retention, with consistent thin lacing.

S - No mystery how they named it, bigtime floral hops in this one. Some citrus in the background, plain biscuit malt base.

T - Once again very floral, with some background melon. I got a sort of dank bitter finish on it, like grassy hops but more pronounced bitterness.

M - Felt this was fine for the style, medium mouthfeel and carbonation, maybe a touch more carbonation then I'd like.

O - Solid brew, good looks, smell, and taste. Don't know if I'd go out of the way to trade for it again, but I'd make this a regular buy if it was available locally.

Photo of jwinship83
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent light copper colored body with a large and fluffy eggshell colored head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- wow, the floral hops can be smelled from a mile away. very intense. after that i get some lighter piny hop notes and some sweet caramel and toffee malts attempt to balance it out.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and light toffee malts that i could smell and quickly moves into hop territory. lots and lots of floral hops. much lesser amounts of pine and grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. nicely bitter.

D- easy to finish. id drink this at the times im craving something on the more floral side. if thats not for you, then stay away. if you dig them, check it out.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fat inch and a half cream head that sits like cream. Medium amber color with LOTS of carbonation continually rising. Thick, solid web of plaster lace all the way down that leaves rings on the glass like rings in a tree, each sip leaves 1 year on the tree, on my glass.

S: Very appetizing - citrusy, cascade hops, it's reminding me of how nugget nectar smells.

T: Warm and thick, let down from what the smells let on. Everythings muted. This isn't the freshest bottle but the mellowed hops are contributing this warming action that reminds me of an amber lager or pilsener. I hate pilseners. This is only a contributing note, as this is not the primary flavor going on

M: Mulled over with the creaminess. Can't really say much bad about it, just not much popping.

D: This seems very drinkable for 7.5%. Would probably be best at colder than cellar temps. I still doubt this beer is very hoppy fresh or that exceptional imo.

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

appearance: amber orange color in apprearnce, some lacing head

smell: sublte hop presence, citrus

taste: some piney and citrus hop flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: very solid IPA, a little balanced but mostly a hop bomb. would seek and drink again

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange golden yellow with a finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops

taste: citrus hops, bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

drinkability: this was a nice representation of a ipa. glad I got to try this one.


Photo of neorunner
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #__ - http://flic.kr/p/9qcXbu

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into my New Holland pint glass. Color is a cloudy tangerine orange with a thin white head. Aroma is very floral and has a solid citrus component, lots of grapefruit and pine in the smell. Taste is nicely bitter and juicy, not much malt presence but that's ok in my book. Mouthfeel is dry and cottony on the end but very clean and refreshing in the beginning. Going to go with IPA on this one.

The reveal - Ithaca Flower Power. I know I've seen this on the shelves when I've been back home in Ohio. I'll be picking up a 6er of this the next time I find it.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

Photo of bigkamp
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my harpoon 100 barrel glass.

OH MY GOD, is this pliny's cousin? I had PTE for the first time on vacation in San Francisco and I have been crazing it ever since. This was the closest that I have come to matching it.

It pours an amber gold with a two finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing. Smell is citrus and bitter. I can tell this is going to be good...

Taste is perfect for a double ipa. Smooth, crisp, super fresh taste. I absolutely love this beer! I can't believe this is my first time trying it.

Photo of Brianjames16
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Foggy gold with a one finger white head. Some sediment on the bottom. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Strong hop bitterness and a bunch of alcohol. Aroma is very pungent .Strong spicy citrus smell.

T- Surprisingly more balanced then I assumed. Hops present with some malts and citrus taste. Good IPA characteristics.

M- Medium body with a lingering aftertaste. A decent amount of crispness make it somewhat refreshing.

D- I could drink a six of this without loosing interest.

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

On tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from fresh notes.

A - Good medium amber color. One finger of light brown head that stays somewhat throughout.

S - Floral, with hints of fruit. I can absolutely understand the name of it now. This is the most floral beer I think I've ever experienced.

T - Once again, very floral, with hints of (very subtle) fresh fruits. Unfortunately for this beer, there is a slightly unpleasant bitterness at the finish that I wasn't expecting that detracts.

M - Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. I like the way this beer feels in my mouth throughout, but after I swallow, the finish and aftertaste are not doing it for me.

D - Good drinkability, can't taste the alcohol. Very solid brew, but I wish it was more evened out, as the finish is what makes this beer get all around 4s from me.

Photo of Morey
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with May notched for best taste.

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a one finger cream colored head which has settled to a thin layer o foam covering the top of the beer after about 5 minutes or so. Impressive lace being left behind on the sides of my glass after each sip.

Very appealing citrus forward aroma. Some Ipa's smell malty, some smell hoppy...yet not amazing. You can tell that this is a very good Ipa just from the smell. Right up there with NN, and 2H'd as far as the nose is concerned.

Taste doesn't disappoint either. Nice balance between the citrus-hop flavor and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness lingers after each sip, but it doesn't completely wreck your palate.

Medium bodied Ipa with a spot on carbonation level for the style (not too high, yet not too low either).

7.5% is pretty high to have too many in a row, but it's definitely an easy drinking Ipa without question.

Morey's Bottom Line: Been wanting to try this one for a while, so I had high expectations. I've got to say....I wasn't let down. This is now definitely in my top 5 Ipa's easy.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally overlooked this beer for years because I thought the name and packaging was kinda cheesy. What a mistake!

A: Hazy gold with a one-finger head that reduces to a nice topping with a consistent ring around the edge. Nice tight bubbles. Good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus! Mostly grapefruit and pear (also lemon and apricot?) with a bit of sugary malt. One of the best smelling beers I've experienced. Almost like candy.

T: Perfectly balanced malt and hops. The best qualities of the hops are on display here as floral and citrus notes dominate the beginning and then gradually recede with a slow decent into bitterness.

M: An appealing middle-of-the-road level of carbonation and body. Pretty much what I'd look for in this style.

D: One of the best examples I've found. This particular IPA hits on all cylinders and is right up my alley. Will seek it out all year round.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange body, capped with a pillowy white head.

S: A nice hoppy nose of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and citrus. Overall, very pleasent and very fruity.

T: I don't care for IPAs that are super bitter and this one had a great taste. Upfront flavor is a nice bitter-sweet hop; cascade comes up to the palate in the beginning. The middle has a sweet malty flavor with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and honey. Finishes very slick, bitter-sweet, and balanced.

M: Very syrupy texture with a medium body and light-medium carbonation.

D: Great beer. A solid IPA with a complex hop flavor that's very smooth and easy to drink. Glad I picked this up on a whim.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,623 ratings.