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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,421 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,421
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
Gots: 576 | 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 cvaypai
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to NB Globe.

Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Pours a very hazy orange with some nice gold/yellow glow. Pours with a 1 finger fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell - Lots of resiny and piney hops in the nose. Has some nice earthy and grassy qualities. The malt backbone is there and very evident. That all too familiar malty caramel and biscuity back end can be found.

Taste - This has the nice pine and earthy hops, with a tiny bit of citrus mainly as a hint of grapefruit. This beer has a great bitter bite but is lacking a bit in the hop flavor. Still a great tasting beer. Meets some great biscuity and sweet malt with a touch of sweetness and then a nice bitter and a bit dry finish.

Mouthfeel - The weight of this beer is pretty nice, and the beer is not abrasive nor smooth, it's right in the middle and good at that. The carbonation seems good, maybe a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability - This one could be consumed relatively heavy, I could do a few and possibly a 6 pack fairly easy I am assuming. Can't seem to find the alcohol anywhere.

cvaypai, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy dull orange with a tiny little head that actually sticks around a bit. Leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - This is a smelly beer. Fruits arise prominently from this brew, some oranges and grapefruit. A touch of malt in the background.

T - Citrusy hops followed up by something a little abrasive, it's a bit like lemon cleaner. Not terrible but has an edge that isn't all that tasty. I do love the flavor of the hops, they are super-succulent.

M - Fairly highly carbonated, maybe adds a bit of the abrasion to this beer. Comes off as a little too unrefined for me, seems gritty.

D - I could down quite a few of these bad boys, the hop bill is dead on what I like.

LiquidCucumber, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright hazy orange with a big creamy beige head. No real lacing, but the creamy retention is amazing. The foam climbs up on the glass but really doesn't stick.

Huge citric hop scents, but not sharp. Some floral aromas as well. Trying to find he malt, and it is there, but well overshadowed by the hops. Strong scented.

Big tacky hop flavors, with resinous citric elements. This leads to some lightly toasted malt. Some sweetness and fruit come next, but hops dominate again. Really really good American IPA.

Medium bodied, with some tingly carbonation.

Great drinkability from a flavor stance, good from an alcohol stance. Why is his hitting me so hard? Whoa 7.5! This is a great version of the style. Nothing off, great balanced flavors.

OtherShoe2, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light orange with a big foamy white head. Very good head retention and nice thick lace in generous portions.

S- Very nice hops upon opening the bottle. Tropical fruit (peaches) lends very nice sweets and really gets me excited for this. Definitely some floral hints and light malt backbone.

T- Lots of pine and citrus zest. I have seen this with many other IPAs, at least this one still has some tropical fruit to it, definitely floral in the finish (just realized that might connect to the name...).

MF- Body is fine for the style. On the light end of substance with some creaminess. Moderate, smooth carbonation. Bitterness is noticeable but not numbing.

DB- A solid IPA for sure. I kind of wish the flavor was a tiny bit less floral and more tropical but it is still a nice, refreshing ale. I would recommend any hop enthusiast to try this beer.

cbutova, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just the slightest pffft when the bottle is opened has me worried about carbonation levels, but it's all good. Two fingers of clouds settle to a thin layer but leave a nice trail down the glass. Color is lighter than you often see with IPAs and looks more like a lager: pale straw and crystal clear.

Wow, it's not very often that I can smell my beer at arm's length as I pour it into the glass, but that's the case here. And yet, that glorious hop aroma is not overwhelming or overpowering. My toungue is tingling but not at all fried. ABV is not listed on the label and I was SHOCKED to see on BA that it checks in at 7.5%. I feel like I could drink this all day.

coachdonovan, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shrek806 for this one! My first Ithaca beer!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best Before S(eptember).

Pours a hazy orange tan (looks like 1/2 lemonade 1/2 tea) with some thin bone-white head that leaves a little spotting. Somewhat muted, but definitely East Coast style with lots of caramel malt sticking out through the leafy dry hops.

Palate is spicy and sharp with hop bitterness right off the bat. As the bitterness subsides, the sweet pale caramel malt flavor rolls on it and brings with it citrus flavors of orange and Persian lime. Nice clean, somewhat sweet finish.

Notes: This beer is rather interesting because it seems to be backwards in mouthfeel for an IPA: it's really bitter right up front but finishes sweeter. Most IPAs now have that creeping bitterness that takes over the palate. This one starts off that way and then releases the palate to the other flavors. Well made and unique!

SFLpunk, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of infi
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a barely translucent, murky orange color, full of shadows. At first was an incredibly large marshmallowy off-white head, full of varied sized bubbles, but later dissipates into a sizable one-fingered depth. Beautiful stratified lacing clumped around the glass, as well. On the nose is a floral bouquet of piney hops and slight citrus aromas, akin to apricots and peaches. Very nice and straightforward.

Taste starts off with a malty sweetness that eases into a slight piney and earthy hop character, with some fruit citrus towards the end. The bitterness is more subdued than anything throughout this IPA; there's not much of a hop presence in this taste. Overall, Flower Power is a very basic, yet sufficiently crafted example of the style.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth - not much of a carbonated brew, but still lively and light-bodied, which was very delightful for me. Drinkability is quite easy due to its straight forward taste and smooth mouthfeel. I could definitely have two or three more glasses for a night.

infi, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs (thanks again, Marcus!).

A - Hazy orangish yellow, with a hefty three fingers of head. Decent retention, lots of lacing on the glass. Pretty nice.

S - Plenty of sour citrus, with grapefruit, orange, and lemon in the foreground. There's a malty sweetness, mainly caramel, that I get in the back.

T - Nice mild bitterness from the hops, with again some grapefruit and lemon zest. More of the caramel from the malt, with a long bitter finish that dries the palate.

M - Sweet at first but finishes very dry.

D - ABV is reasonable, but the dry finish would keep me from taking down an entire six-pack.

O - Comparing this in a tasting with Pliny and 2xIPA, this came in third. I'd had it before on tap, and loved it, so maybe I'll search out a keg for a followup review.

djmichaelk, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of H1N1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a trade with TheSevenDuffs. Much appreciated!

Poured from bottle into my pint glass.

A- Golden Amber with about a finger and a half of frothy foam. Decent lacing. The foam quickly subsides into a thin layer that remains for a long time.

S- Really nice. Nice piney hops. Definitely some citrus. A really nice combination. Nothing is overpowering, just pleasant.

T- Pine hops are the first flavour to hit my taste buds. The Citrus comes out second, with some floral tastes. Then there is a sweet malty taste. Then after swallowing, the pine lingers.

M- Really good mouth feel. Full and smooth. Loss of Carbonation was a bit too fast.

D- Excellent. I could drink a ton of this. Sadly, I only have the one bottle.

H1N1, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clear copper with a great two-finger head. This creamy, craggy monolith retains at about one-finger and laces very well.

The aroma is fantastic and pungent, emphasizing the piney goodness of American hops. Dank and a touch citrusy.

The flavor is well-balanced and does not strike the palate as too bitter. The sweet, caramel malts are present along with a earthy, resinous hop character. Still very juicy even without a lot of fruity or tropical hop flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, with medium-low carbonation. This drinks a bit heavy for a regular IPA but it is still an excellent beer.

What a vastly underrated IPA. Deliciously hoppy and satisfying.

dasenebler, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, vibrant. Rocky white head...

S: Sharp pine, cuts like a knife. Splash of citrus which seems to exist under a bitter pine barrage. Touch of alcohol is perceivable.

T: Sharp bitterness and overall pine impression translates from the nose. Getting that killer bitterness on the back end. Citrus is present but overshadowed. Pale malt rounds things out but is not the main attraction here. Overall taste and hints of booze screams DIPA.

M: MF is approaching DIPA territory....quite thick and resiny.

D: A 7% beer that drinks like its 9% must suffer in drinkability. This is more like a DIPA in most aspects, except on paper. A solid and enjoyable IPA regardless.

zoolzoo, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of jhaitsma
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color. Not as carbonated as I like and it showed with a light head on it. Well hopped but still smooth. Little heavy for my mouthfeel due to the lack of head but it's something I would drink again. Would love to find this on tap or to see if it could improve the head. Cask drawn would just continue to make this almost cloudy or too heavy. Little bit more head and this would be great.

jhaitsma, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of a74gent
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from previous notes - drank on 8/16/2010

Very nice, fruity nose on this. A sweet fruity rather than the grapefruit that is typical. Real nice feathered light amber rich gold color with a nice big head that laced around nicely before leaving a thin film on the surface. Nothing much on the back end which I like although most may not.

a74gent, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a brassy orange with one finger soft white head. Mild haze. Not bad.

Smell -- Pineapple, apricot, and bright citrus are most evident, along with some grassy/floral notes. Smell would indicate caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Takes a left turn from the nose: The malt sweetness present in the nose is toned down quite a bit, with pale malt dryness being more of the overall malt flavor. Resin-like hop bitterness is in the mix, certainly, but there is more emphasis on grassy and vegetal bitterness along with bright grapefruit and apricot. Much drier than the nose would suggest, and more bitter.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild to moderate carbonation. Frothy and creamy on the palate with few prickles. A bit oily.

Drinkability -- Not a palate annihilator, but still quite bitter. Refreshing. Wasn't in love with the mouthfeel; perhaps it was the bottle I got, since i. Otherwise, a great regional IPA that I was glad to get a chance to try.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On several occasions I've tried (and enjoyed) Ithaca's 'wild ale' offerings, but this is a first from their 'standard' lineup. A 12 oz. bottle (shared by charliedvrs) with a Best Before notch at 'N'[ovember]. Into the pint glass she goes...

A: I'm struck by the unfiltered haze and brilliant sunshine-orange glow, as if radiating from within. Fairly strong head, a finger or so of creamed egg whites from the start diminishing to a thin but lingering film. Good lace, too: broad-banded stickiness. Deduct points for quite a few mysterious dark flecks hanging and settling in the base of the glass.

S: An 'odd' noseful only in that these ain't the hops I'm used to sniffin'; a bit of research shows Northern Brewer and Palisades as the two I'm treated to. Expelled from the glass are pine needles and pith and peach pits, with good spice to boot.

T: Another citrus-forward East Coast IPA (following a recent taste of Mayflower's IPA). This one sports an almost-punishing grapefruit pith, tangy and bitter. Lupulin attacks with evergreen sap and subtler peach/apricot tang leaving a lasting bitterness that borders on the medicinal. I just don't get as much sweetness from the malts as I'd love, ending seems saliva-suckingly dry.

M: Thicker feel, rich and zesty, an enveloping warmth girds the sides of my tongue. Don't know that I embrace the coating feel quite as much as it embraces me... a bit too much of a grainy/starchy impression.

D: Tiptoes the line between 'IPA' and 'DIPA'; at 7.5% you've gotta be careful and give this some respect. Good flavor and aroma. I'm not quite in love, nor completely at peace, but this hoppy (hippie?) beer deserves some attention. Recommended.

msubulldog25, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-The beer pours a luscious amber orange hue. The beer is hazy and when poured, a head forms, then slowly rises and retains excellently. The lacing is pretty too.

S-Flowery hops lead the way with this one. A bit fruity as well. Light base malt here. The flowers are awesome. The tropical aroma is amazing too. Honeydew, mango and apricot. Killer.

T-Some great fruity and piney hop flavors to begin. The fruitiness is quite tropical. The pine is not overpowering, but does leave some impressive bitterness. The malt is lighter but still noticeable. After each sip comes a long, awesome, lasting floral flavor that refuses to die off. My type of hoppiness. Just so damn concentrated and exotic.

M-Light to medium bodied with a nice crisp carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Overall, they nailed it here with the feel.

O/D-For 7.5% the beer is very drinkable. The floral taste seems to never leave the palate. The beer has all the better aspects of my ideal IPA. Great fruits, some nice pine that leads to an underrated bitterness. The hops are so juicy and ripe and multidimensional. Everything from green grass to wet pineapple. Overall, after my second six-pack, I have begun to fall in love with the unique flavor this brew showcases.

VelvetExtract, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, citrus, mainly grapefruit, but hints of orange, and hops. In the taste, hops, pine to start then ending a grapefruit like, and a clean maltiness. A small bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit citrus in the aftertaste. Nice hops and a decent malt backing.

OWSLEY069, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of MA08
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass at Pour Judgement in Newport, RI.

Pours a bright orange hazy color with a thick creamy white head, with retention throughout. Immediate pungent smells of hop flowers and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy without being extremely bitter in the aftertaste. Extremely drinkable with the right balance for a Western-Style American IPA. Easily the best "below the radar" American IPA out there.

MA08, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter. only lightly chilled in a refrigerator. 12 oz bottle.

Orange copper color. Creamy white head, great retention. Head rings lacing the glass on every sip.

Immediately smells of hop flowers, citrous notes and a pungent grapefruit aroma upon opening the bottle.

Balanced and very flavorful at the same time. Sweetness is spot on. Bitterness is powerful but not scorching. Very pleasant and satisfying mouthfeel. ABV was surprising, but suiting. Great beer.

I didn't think that a single American IPA could receive such a score. Way better than I expected.

"You can drink this stuff flat and warm and it is still delicious." says my buddy Joe.

mlazzaro, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's. This beer has a current average of B+???? Wow, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Pours a nice clear body with a great head. Smells amazingly fresh. Citrus floral hoppy goodness. Tastes right on par for an amazing ipa. This may be the pliny of the east coast. Not quite the pliny standard but in the same league. Love this beer.

DNICE555, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a 6-pack of this in Cleveland 2 weeks ago, $10.99. Now drinking the last one, I seriously enjoyed this beer.

This beer is a pale golden copper, mostly clear with maybe a hint of haze. The aroma is really good, similar to some Flossmoor IPA's, floral and fragrant with a sweet malty background. It tastes sweet upfront with nice caramel and biscuit, lots of bitterness in the aftertaste, so much as to give a little chalkiness in the mouthfeel. Light carbonation gives a somewhat fuller mouthfeel than the 7.5% ABV would imply, speaking of which 7.5% is pretty high for an IPA. But that doesn't hurt the drinkability, excellent stuff.

TurdFurgison, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cpetrone84....thank you Chris

12 oz bottle notched at Best Before October dumps cloudy orange to my tulip with a thin egg white shell

Nose of bread, tangerine citrus and some pinnepple, and a sharp bite of alcohol

Tastes much she smells with the citrus front and center and the alcohol bite not far behind and a lingering resiny bitterness at the end that remains long after the sip. While I typically heartily enjoy citric forward IPA's, there is just something missing here. Not bad, but not quite what I had hoped for.

Mildly syrupy and low carbonation make this drink like a double, as the abv can attest.

BarrytheBear, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/28/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, honey, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and bready malts. Hint of bitterness but not much at all.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good, smooth IPA. Easy to drink and not very bitter, it had a lot of enjoyable citrus and floral notes. Would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz into alpine pint glass.

A- Hazy pale orange and wheat colors, small but dense head. Good sticky lacing.

S- Hops! floral, fruity, a bit peppery.

T- Hoppy, bitter and one-dimensional. Kind of an overkill on citrusy hops, bitter finish that doesn't have a lot else behind it. Malt is too weak to provide any balance.

M- Kind of falls flat. Not literally, good carbonation, but lacks focus and is a bit harsh on the ABV.

D- Moderately . A decent American IPA. Not my favorite, and one I prob. won't revisit too often, but still an OK beer.

ShogoKawada, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Brno
2.58/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong butterscotch-like aroma. Murky rust to orange color. Bitter hoppy taste that is a little bit strong at first. Sort of thick in its feel. Leaves an aftertaste that is alkaline. Not much of a flavor, but a strong texture. Not one for all day, though it does conjure up images of my childhood in the 1970s rustbelt, but I am at a loss as to why...

Brno, Aug 15, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,421 ratings.