Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 4,536
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 447
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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of Burt
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Amber with some haziness, white head that left thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S. Another hop bomb, fresh cut grass big time in this one with a little malt.

T. Hops up front is almost floral that gets malty in the middle and finishes with a nice hop bite.

M. Little carbonation, that kind of finishes astringent.

D. Hop heads dream beer. I have had this out of the bottle and it was not as good. This is one of those "fresher the better beers"

Photo of stearns16
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hop heaven in a glass.

A - Hazy orange with a solid white head.

S - Pleasant and clean - orange, grapefruit and piney

T - Refreshing. The first sip leaves you wanting more ... and there's a nice bitter finish.

An interesting beer that reminds me of summer, but tastes great in the winter, too.

Photo of jimbus
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Peachy orange with a one finger head; light lacing

S- Bright, mango/apricot/grapefruit aromas - not really any pine or grassiness.

T- Mellow, citrus flavor balanced by cascade hops which provide sufficient bittering.

M- Light mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Not quite as dry and sticky with hops as I sometime like, but very refreshing. A summertime IPA if such a thing exists, which it now does because I just invented it. Boom.

D- Very drinkable and low enough ABV that this would make a decent session IPA

This is the first Ithaca offering that I have tried and I am impressed!

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

appears a hazy orangish golden color, with nice thick bone white head. tons of lacing left with each swig.

smell is hoppy, but with heavy citrus aromas. mango? the taste is again a lot of citrus hop flavor, but very well balanced. some toffee malt flavor to back it up.

good mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. I like well balanaced IPAs, and this fit the bill. not bitter at all.

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

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy yellow tinted orange. Brew has a thick white head. Head settles to a patchy island head. Some lace sticks through out, pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of floral hops, pine, oily resin. A touch of grapefruit hop as well. A very good, pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is smooth, has a nice floral hop taste. Brew has a nice grapefruit hop taste as well. A good biscuit malt taste, some pinyness to it as well. Brew finishes a bit bitter and dry. The brew goes down and drinks way easy. Good drinkable IPA.

This is a nice IPA; good flavors and mouthfeel and has a nice sessionable quality to it. At 7.5% alcohol, this one could catch up with you if you session it, but it would be worth it. Very good stuff.

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

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. This one is 10 days old.

A - Pours sunkist amber orange with a gigantic two and a half finger head leaving thick, sticky, lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops blast you in the face right off the bat. Quite grassy with a bit of pine toward the end. Some caramel malt sweetness is faint but is present and helps balance this one a bit. Very nice floral hop nose.

T - Tons of strong, grassy, citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of sweetness from the malt and sticky pine resin that lingers long into the finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well but does come out a bit in the finish. Fairly well balanced until the finish when the sweetness begins to overpower it a bit. Very nice, but not the best I have had.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel that helps blend all the flavors together. A touch too resiny in the finish for my liking.

D - Pretty high. I knocked it back VERY quickly. How can you go wrong with a hoppy monster on cask? Oh right, you can't. One of the best cask IPA's I have ever had. Great stuff.

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

A: Nice gold color, looks rich and inviting. Medium head, decent lacing.

S: Citrus: lemons, grapefruit, some pine, some light malt and can smell a little alcohol

T: Bitterific. A real hop forward IPA with complex flavors.

M: Abrasive but enjotable.

D: Very drinkable given how many hops are in this brew.

Photo of Pahn
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by May 2011 (I wonder if that is 6 months after bottling...)

Appearance: Free pour yields an out of control, 3+ inch, frothy, just off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing. Pours a translucent orange and leaves giant continents of lacing.

Smell: Deep, dank hops; citrusy and grassy. Smelling this beer is like walking through a greenhouse. Also a bit like walking through the greens section at a fresh market. While eating an orange, I guess.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the hops are far more muted. Tastes like greens, grass, and citrus, with a pretty strong, almost toasted bready backbone. Mildly floral. Healthy amount of hop bitterness (website says 75 IBU, sounds right), but also more sweetness than you'd expect from a really hoppy IPA.

On the one hand, it's pretty well balanced (hops/malt, bitter/sweet). On the other, the nose made a promise to me that the taste did not keep. Also, as a final mild gripe, you can really taste the 7.5% ABV, which in this case is not a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes very slightly dry. There's a hard to describe thick quality to it... I want to say it is like "languid nectar", but this is perhaps ridiculous. Regardless, it works really well with the flavor and aroma.

Drinkability: A good IPA. However, "smells better than it tastes" is a huge beer pet peeve of mine, and while not the most grievous example of this, Flower Power is guilty of it.

This beer is better on tap, or, if bottled, (I would guess) at least extremely fresh (the several times I have had it in bottles it hasn't been fresher than this bottle, nor has it been better). The hops are beautiful, and they stick around in the aroma to remind you of what you're missing if you don't get all OCD and drink it straight off the delivery truck, if not right out of the fermentation tank.

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

A: Pours a slighly hazy orange color with a small white foam head that dissipates to a film. There was a lot of lacing down the glass.

S: A really strong amount of grapefruit hops hit the nose. I get a faint whiff of pineapple hops as well. There is also a small amount of honey malt character as well.

T: The citrus hops are really prominant up front and throughtout the tasting. I get a little of the honey and bready malts on the very back end which just smooths the edges of the hop bitterness.

M: A nice full body beer, leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a really nice IPA, one that is readily available for me. I would seek this out and have more.

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, slightly orange amber in color. Forms a good inch of fluffy, white head when poured into a tulip. Head eventually drops to a stable surface coating, leaving a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops. Orange blossom and some mango. A little whiff of alcohol.

T: A nice blend of lightly sweet grainy malt that is overcome with a strong citrus bitterness, and a little pine, that leaves the beer feeling dry on the finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Brief strong dose of bitterness that fades to a nice dryness.

D: A very nice, hop-forward IPA that goes light on the caramel malts. An easy drinking everyday IPA.

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

Thanks to a generous victory4me.

Pours a bright brassy orange. Large white billowy head.

This is one of the strangest, most unique flavor profiles for an IPA I can recall. Tons and tons and tons of fresh cut grass, a bit of a floral aroma, some new-mown hay, and a tang of tart peach. Wow. What a crazy aroma.

Taste has a touch of pine, but the slightly earthy grass rules all here. The citrus is very muted, but does offer a nice "twang" to the aftertaste and helps round out the meadow flavor.

What an interesting beer. Happy to have had a chance to try it. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper/honey color with a faint haze from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Freshness date on the label, but not the ABV.
Solid carbonation with one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice lace.
Wow, as the name suggests this IPA is packed with 'flower power'. The moment the bottle was cracked open, the aroma of hops was evident. Hints of sweetness/fruity esters, malt, some pine interlaced with a really powerful hoppy aroma.
Taste is divine, absolutely divine. The hops hit the palate up-front, with a perfect blend of malts and pine, and culminating with what appears to be a sweet finish when the hoppy bitterness strikes again.
Coats the palate beautifully; silky, creamy mouthfeel.
This is one of the most balanced and well-rounded IPA's in my opinion. Some might say that it is too hoppy, but I beg to differ.
The ABV is masked very well and the delicious taste makes this a highly drinkable IPA. This is definitely a feast for the hop-heads. One of Ithaca Beer Company's finest ale.
Highly recommended.

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

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has some nice floral hop and fruit scents to it. There are some major fruit scents coming out. Smells like there are some mango's, apricots and some other nice citrus scents.

T: Upfront the presence of the hops is nicely complimented by the sweetness of the malts. There are subtle fruity/citrus flavors that complete the well balanced beer's finish while leaving some bitters in the palate.

M: Medium bodied, has average carbonation. There are bitters present and the resins leave an oily/sticky feel.

D: This is a solid IPA, tastes sort of like a west coast IPA. It is well balanced, the sweet malts and fruits compliment the bitters nicely.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ithaca pint glass, Found some fresher bottles after getting a beat six-pack.

A- A bright orange color, a bit hazy, just very bright. About a 1/2 inch of the white stuff came up from a very hard pour, practically 180 degrees the opposite way. Some clunks of lace here and there.

S- Yep, it's that sweet lovin, hops, mango, citrus, pineapple, the works. A nice flower scent and a malt backbone that's anti east coast, not that i have anything against this side, our ipa's are lack luster though. Some bisquit and just hops.

T- Yep, it's up there, Im not afraid to say this but Flower Power is the best example of this style out the east (I have not had heady topper) period... Tropics citrus, light nice malts, a friendly bere here.

M- Getting some bitterness followed by a nice easy malting that imparts not much sweetness. I have had this not fresh and it does get very easty and sweet, drink up quick. Carb is not a problem.

D- I drink this on a weekly basis.

When I first had the power on draft when it first showed up in philly I was not that impressed, when it came back year round it has been nothing short of spectacular. Kudos to Ithaca for brewing a tasty ass IPA!!

Photo of grover37
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of 12oz bottles at Bella Vista in Philly for about $45. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance (4): Slightly cloudy dark orange color. A finger of off-white head recedes to a thick ring around the outside of the glass and a thin layer of small and medium sized bubbles. The head is maintained but there is not much lacing.

Aroma (4.5): Absolutely incredible bouquet of floral and fruity hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, and orange rind. There is a faint sweet booziness with a hint of caramel from the crystal malts.

Taste (4.5): The taste follows the aroma but not quite as potent. Slightly sweet floral hops up front, with bright fruit flavors like grapefruit and mango. An very orangey middle gives way to strong pine flavors in the finish. The slightly sweet caramel flavors also emerge in the finish, but are still dominated by the bitter, slightly resinous floral hops. Speaking of bitterness, it is slightly perceptible but smooth. It balances out the slight sweetness well without being overpowering. There is great harmony here despite the huge tropical fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium to high carbonation for the style and a somewhat prickly mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated but lively which plays well with the fruit flavors. The bitterness and especially the floral hops linger a bit and coat the mouth.

Drinkability (4.5): This is incredibly drinkable for nearly being a DIPA. The huge flavors are still palatable in big gulps as there is little apparent ethanol. I have been drinking a lot of this due to having a whole case of best-when-fresh IPA, but still feel guilty like I should be savoring it. I'll be looking to try this on draft ASAP.

Photo of bamadog
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottyshades for tossing this in as an extra in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 1/9/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a mix of lemony yellow and copper and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head that fades relatively quickly to a thick, but uneven cap; body is quite hazy but still manages to show moderate carbonation; a few patches and swaths of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tons and tons of hops and they come across quite varied -- a definite floral bouquet with some grassy notes, as well as some light citric notes; really a potent and robust nose-full, quite excellent.

Taste: Wow, this is really a world class AIPA -- wonderful blend of hops that have the same flavors and aspects mentioned in the smell; there is also a firm malt backing that provides a slightly honey-esque malty backing that provides just enough balance while letting the hops do their thing and lead and leave the palate with a flavorful bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in terms of weight, and leans a little bit more towards the light side; the carbonation is definitely present and crisp, and avoids being sharp; a thin, yet sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and the belly is left just a tad warm.

Drinkability: This is really an all-day any-day kind of beer -- excellent smell and a set of flavors that really, really impress. ABV may catch up after a bit, but when a beer tastes this good, who cares? Cheers to Ithaca for this one.

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

12 oz bottle. Best-by date notched on side of label.

Pours a cloudy orange, with an eggshell head that sticks all over the glass. Smell is very grapefruit-like, with some of that great candy too. Tastes the same - a ton of tart citrusy hops, but it starts off sweet and finishes bitter. Very nice complexity. Easy to drink. A very nice, dynamic IPA.

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

Thanks to rageagainst123 for this gem!

Ripe orange with yellow tinges, with a light white head of about a finger and a half. Laces well and retention was ok.

Smell is heaps floral with loads of citrus and some resiny pine, and some backing malt sweetness.

Taste is great, with all those floral, grassy hops, stark bitterness, citrus fruits and a slightly sweet malt finish.

Feel is slightly creamy, crisp, light, but on the heavier end of light. Overall, pleasant.

Solid drinkability. A few would be easy and enjoyable!

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

Pours a pale golden straw color, thin head that doesn't last. Smells of pine and citrus infusion. Pineapple and other tropical fruits. Tastes of sweet resin, balanced sweetness and complexity. Lots of stuff going on here but it seems to work. Mouthfeel is of slightly bitter hops, sweetness follows the hops. I could drink many of these, really solid IPA.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dull golden yellow yielding a foamy, relativey lasting 2 finger head; patchy lacing.

yowzah, the nose is exceptional. big fragrant bouquet of citrus, a touch of pine, and some caramel maltiness. delicious aroma, just what i look for in my IPAs.

taste isn't far behind, delivering fresh citrus, apricot, some floral characters and a malty backbone. bitter hoppiness in the finish. outstanding IPA. really enjoyable.

medium bodied, medium-low carbed mouthfeel; good drinkability.

Photo of scottyshades
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before March 2011

A: Pours a dark golden/straw color with a very small and whispy head. Retention is not great.

S: Tropical fruits (mango, candied pineapple), bread, toffee, caramel, and some caramel malts to balance. Really awesome nose- definitely foresee fruity vs bitter

T: Tropical fruits, kind of sweet- almost like candied pineapple. TONS of mango in the flavor, especially the end palate/finish and abit resinous. Malty with notes of caramel, toffee, and bread. Nicely balanced. Not bitter

MF/D: Big body for the style/ABV, smooth and velvety feel to it. My only complaint about the feel is the lack of carbonation...a tiny bit too low for me

Notes: This is Sweetwater IPA meets Hopslam...absolutely awesome tropical fruit/citrus flavors from the hops. Highly recommended

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.

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.

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.

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!

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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