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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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4,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 458
Gots: 739 | FT: 25
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of thedominator
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FInally, a fresh batch of Flower Power. I have been awaiting this for a while. Poured into my DFH signature glass. Best by date of Aug.

Appearance: a beautiful orange color, filtered look. a thin quarter of an inch head with a little lacing. looks the way it should 4.5

Smell: i am getting the "flower" floral smell, but i think that the fresh melon smell dominates. smell almost fruity. 4.5

Taste: i dont know if it just the name, but i feel like i just chewed up some fresh lawn clippings and yes"flowers". a little bitter on the end, but i really like the taste. also a little pine resin in the finish very good 5.0

Mouthfeel: a little oily and coats the mouth a way a strong ipa should. 4.5

Overall: a very solid ipa from ithaca. although i think it is bordering a dipa it is great and i wish it was more readily available fresh

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

The smell just about knocked me out: it's called Flower Power for a reason, as the hops smell like flowers more than...hops. It has that same punch-in-the-face aroma as Nugget Nectar, where the hops are fresh and aggressive on both the nose and tongue. Great stuff.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured khaki-colored from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice 1-finger head with a touch of lacing.

S: It earns its name right on the nose. Big floral and citrus hop aroma with a hint of dried pine needles on the finish. Some toast notes in there as well.

T: Hops and wheat bread in the mouth with a dry finish. Notes of grapefruit and orange, flower petals, hearty bread, rosemary and oregano. A lot of flavors, well blended and balanced for enjoyment.

M: Bright, effervescent, yet chewy enough to sink your teeth into it. A nice feel, with a sticky dry afterfeel.

O: Delicious. For IPA lovers, this beer is a must.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden orange with frothy head that leaves a lot of good lacing.

S - Tons of grapefruit and flowery/grassy hops. Not much else, just a wallop of hops.

T - Very grassy and flowery, faint hints of grapefruit and lemon, but it's quite muted. Moves into some peaches. I thought the overall taste was a little weak considering the smell. A good taste, just not what I had expected under such a good nose.

M - Quite a full bodied mouthfeel, some stickiness in the back of the throat, very drinkable and crisp.

Overall - It was a good, not great, IPA. It was a great nose, but a little weak on the taste. I thought, though, it was very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of ElGallo
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a big snifter. Best before "June" marked on the label. Appearance is deep gold color, good head and lacing.

First whiff and it's all cat piss. Arggh! Such a put-off when the hops do that. But I still have hope.

Taste is much improved over the scent. Floral notes, fruit notes, some fresh bread, and a solid malt base. Still some bittering hop cat piss in there, but it comes and goes.

Overall the flavors are good, but I was disappointed with the smell, which kind of dampened the overall experience. Wish this had a "bottled on" date instead of a "best before," but what can you do?

UPDATE (4/24/13): snagged a fresh bottle yesterday and quite pleased with this beer. No cat piss odor, just a fruity smooth IPA. Very well done.

Photo of zimm421
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a golden orange color with a nice, bubbly, off-white head.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine. The nose is very powerful, very impressive. The taste is very piney, not a whole lot of citrus there. Not really much malt presence, pretty unbalanced, as with the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp carbonation bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a very enjoyable IPA. Although it's unbalanced, it's refreshing and goes down easily.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured golden amber with a big fluffy head. A bit of head stuck around the entire drink and this thing laced the glass beautifully like sedimentary rock.

S: Lots of great fruit and citrus hop scents: pineapple, some lemon, maybe a bit of grapefruit. The malt is there providing support in a sweet bread sort of way. Just keeps getting better, very floral explosive aromas.

T: Starts off with some bitterness upfront, nothing over the top, then moves to great pineapple, lemon, citrus (cant quite say if grapefruit or oranges). Very juicy fruit kind of hop profile. Some saltine cracker then all bite and bitter to the end. The more I drink this the more I find the grassy notes from the hops. Very enjoyable but subtle.

M: As expected, medium with minimal carbonation and a full feel.

O: I really liked this beer. It was an IPA that satisfied me with its juicy fruit hop character and balanced malt profile. This is a beer I could drink for a while. Great stuff.

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a best before date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body has a heavy haze with a warm orange amber glow. There is some nice visible carbonation which helps support a two finger tall, off white foam head. This head is very thick and clingy. It sticks all over the glass and leaves tons of thick lace patterns behind.

Smell: This one has lots of beautiful big juicy and fruity hops right up front in the nose. Just under the hops there is a sweet candy like maltiness for backup.

Taste/Palate: Right up front there is a ton of deep juicy hops sweetened by deep rich bready malts. Inside of this I get notes of mixed citrus rind, orange, lemon and heavy grapefruit as well as dried apricot and sweetened canned peaches. The hop bitterness slowly builds towards the finish with herbal leafy notes coming into the mix. It finishes with a deep dank hop presence that lingers on with solid bitterness. The plate has a very firm and smooth feel with mild carbonation.

Notes: This American IPA is very well made and brings all the hop power and bitterness of a Double or Imperial IPA.

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

12oz bottle into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours a hazy dark golden, bordering on amber. The beer forms a thin head, and lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

Nose is straight dank. Potent hops mix with a serious malt backbone. Not really citrus on the nose, but not piney or herbal either. Quite unique as American IPAs go.

Taste is well balanced, with a moderate hop bitterness and the sweetness from the malt bill playing a supporting role. The hops arent really citrus. They strike me as floral, but maybe thats the power of suggestion. This is the epitome of the east coast IPA style, in my opinion.

Medium bodied, nice lingering bitterness.

Overall, I'm glad I traded for a sixer of this. I haven't had anything quite like it, an I've definitely had my share of Anerican IPAs. Solid brew.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4-18-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a nice two fingers of foam, cloudy copper color, lots of carbonation present

S – Hops with hints of malt. Citrus orange aroma but mainly lots of hops

T/M – Medium bodied, from the nose I would have guessed hop bomb but more like a brew that was half malt and half hop. Malt is a pretty big player with this brew. Smooth brew with a good amount of hop bitterness at the back end

D – Very drinkable brew, great blend of malt and hops. Very easy for me to drink more than one of these. I would for sure seek this brew out again. Big thanks to lovindahops for this one. I recommend this brew!!!

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, on-tap at Al's.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, a little dark but strikingly clear. No head comes along, making it look like a cask pour even though it isn't.

S: The stickiest of the icky, the beer is wickedly dank. The hoppiness has citrus and plenty of it, along with a resiny thickness. What a hoppy delight to linger on.

T: For as hoppy as it is, its caramel base isn't shy. Standing out through each sip, it adds balance and support for the dark, dirty hops. As the hops bloom, which they do often, the ale becomes a resiny swirl of citrus bitterness. Grapefruit and orange rind are strong, fresh and vibrant. The strength of the ale is slow to materialize but at a certain point it hits. Even after that point, the hops are deliciously strong. A floral dose of intensity.

M: Resiny and thick, coating my tastebuds anew on each sip. Dank is the word of the day, a dark hoppy melange of flowers and citrus. Fresh this IPA is tough to top.

Mouth smackingly good, bitter and focused with a true bite. Amongst a line-up that included Mongo, Big A, Hopsickle and Idiot IPA, this one stood out (I did grab a mongo growler to go).

Photo of nataku00
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A best by April bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hoping this isn't past its prime. Beer is a very hazy copper color, that you can't see through at all. Initial finger of bubbly off white head receded immediately to some bubbles and a light collar around the surface of the beer without much lacing. Not much carbonation visible through the haze but the large bubbles that forms the head means there's some decent fizz in there.

Nose is sweet malts, caramel and biscuit, light citrus sweetness, ripe grapefruit and orange, and a bit of stone fruit, apricot and nectarines. Nose does not bode well for the bitterness level of the beer.

Pleasantly bitter citrus peel on the tongue, orange and grapefruit, along with some dank grassy hops as well. Malt kicks in mid tongue, some biscuit malts sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with only a light bitterness from the initial hops hitting the tongue.

Light to medium body, slick and oily with some minor carbonation tickling the tongue every now and then. Fairly easy to drink as the alcohol doesn't show up in the flavor or in the mouthfeel. A solid IPA, though it may have more pop in the aroma if the bottle had been fresher. May have to try to track down another newer bottle in the future and try it again.

Photo of markipa1
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible aroma. This beer achieves a fantastic and lasting floral hop aroma, but the bitterness was much less than I expected after smelling it. A great beer, but may disappoint those who like really bitter, resiny IPA's. One of the best aroma's I have ever seen come out of a bottle. If you want the smell of a Green Flash, but don't want that many IBU's, this is your beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is straw yellow, somewhat cloudy... but clean. Pours with a messy cream head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is very floral, hoppy and grassy.

The beer is sought after by many IPA lovers, this was an ok beer, for an IPA.. perhaps a little too floral for me. Obviously why its called Flower Power this is what they were going for... and I understand that.

The beer wasnt for me though...

I will get it again, buy it again, and drink it again... its just not as good as I thought it was rumored to be.

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

I had this beer this afternoon upon a friends request. I was not disappointed.

A Great color, dark golden with little head.

S Floral to say the least, hence the name

T Full flavor, citrus is ever present

M There is no mistaking the amount of hops, it is a true IPA lovers beer.

O I would recommend this beer and buy it again.

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

A: Great hazy golden color, with a good amount of head that is sticking around.

S: AMAZING, get a ton of hops. Citrus and pine just exploding into your senses.

T: Getting a lot more pin than citrus in the taste, a great piney taste though. A small hint of citrus but barely any, just a great pine taste.

M: Goes down pretty smooth, leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue which is good.

O: This is a great beer recommended by a friend at a tasting, picked up a sixer and will definitely love everyone of them. This could be my year round hopslam

Photo of aepb1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for BA vapodge for sharing this one with me!

A- Golden-hued body with a creamy white head

S- Floral and citrus hops with some sweetness in there too

T- Citrus hops! A nice sweet balance . Floral and citrus hops begin with the sweetness in the middle and finishes with some bitter hops

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation, feels a bit lacking in the mouthfeel and not sure why but it's still good

D- A very fun take on the IPA, very easy to drink and will return when able to!

Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little extra in my box from Shuggy. Many Cheers for this!
*Bottle states best by Dec. 2010?

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden pale color with a huge 3 finger fluffy white pillow of foam. Amazing lace, how sweet the sound!

S: Smell is well rather floral actually. Picking up some sweet malts in the background. A bit on the tame side for an IPA in my opinion.

T: Wowzers this is super tasty! Much to my surprise. The sweet malts are nicely subdued and the hops really burst through here with sweet juicy citrus and resinous pine charactersitics dominant. Totally tickles and tantalizes the palate going down. Puckers and dries out in the finish just how I like em. Not really having any high expectations here...this is damn good.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat on the creamier side with a great bitter bite carried through by millions of tiny little bubbles that tickle the throat. Bitter dryness really cuts through in the end.

D: So nice. Big hop flavors are carried well with a subdued malt backbone and solid carbonation. ABV is nonexistant making this some easy drinking.

So East Cost does have some hops!?! I am now a believer of the Flower Power. I think I will be leaving this one on my wants list for sure.

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellowish orange, cloudy but almost see-through, with a substantial cream-colored fluffy head that slowly recedes. Leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is all fruity, citrusy, floral hops. Quite nice. My main complaint is that it's on the weak side.

Taste is rather one-dimensional. A gentle but dominant hop bitterness, that basically carries through from start to finish. There's a bit of malt support in the beginning, but it quickly gives way. In general, I get don't get much from the malts, and little of the fruitiness I picked up in the smell. A bit of citrus (oranges) comes through late. Okay, not quite one-dimensional, but maybe 1.5.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-light with medium-high carbonation. Tingly in the finish, and lingers in the mouth for a while

Respectable, but I was rather disappointed with the simplicity of the flavor. I'll confess to being sensitive to bitter, but I just don't get much beyond it in this beer. Particularly disappointing given the lovely intro provided by the appearance and smell.

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

Ah, another one to add to my frequent favorites. This immediately reminded me of others that I like - like Two Hearted Ale, 2XIPA. It's a bit less over the top - more serious. The aroma is a bit more tame and the taste isn't excessively hoppy (but remember, this is in comparison to excessively hoppy brews).

It's pretty in the glass with great head. Slighly cloudy. Mild bite. Ithaca has proven once again that they can produce high quality goods.

Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a fresh 6 pack yesterday I grabbed a bottle and poured it into a pint glass. It gave me a nice two finger head that stuck around and laced its way down the glass as I drank the brew. The beer itself was a clear copper in color. The hops were up front in the nose citric and piney. The flavor was what I expected hop forward but with a underling malt sweetness. A good IPA balanced and drinkable the carbonation was spot on for the style. It had a medium feel in my mouth so it was filling to the tummy. I will drink it again from time to time now that I can get it.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikro in Hamden last week. Into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice whitish head that leaves good lacing.

Smells pretty strong in terms of hops. Very herbal, piny, with a touch of citrus.

It starts off with a bit of malt to make things a little sweet, some grapefruit pith in the middle, then finishes with a lingering herbal and piny bitterness.

Medium bodied, no alcohol, slightly wet.

Well, at 7.5% it's a real easy drinker, and a nice IPA, just wasn't as good as I held it up to before I tried it. I would try it again no problems if there weren't new alternatives... all-in-all a very good beer, just not groundbreaking.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Picture perfect golden orange color with a 2 finger white fluffy had that stuck around for a few minutes. Steady stream of carbonation formed a column from the middle of the glass at the bottom all the way to the top. Lacing pasted on the sides of the glass stuck around until the last sip.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma with pine-resin mixed in. Also, as the name would suggest, a floral aroma that sets this beer apart from all of the others.

T: What a beauty. Wonderful citrusy (cascade) flavor up front, moves to creamy malty sweetness to balance and finishes dry and bitter but not in a distracting way. In a way that makes me want to drink more!

M: Medium bodied - which I can say for just about every AIPA - with medium carbonation. Bitterness leaves the mouth dry and the hop aftertaste lingers for some time.

O: This is, without a doubt, the beer that makes me glad to live near and work in Ithaca, NY. This is my go to beer. If I need to bring a six pack of something to a party - this would be it. I'm grateful I can get it whenever I want.

Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L growler from Al's of Hampden!!!

This Ithaca brew pours a medium amber brilliant in color and capped with a brilliant soft billowing head that stays around and even laces thicker than most IPAs I have had. The smell is a blossom of resin, pine and citrus which is above my expectation. Upon my mouth this beer flows easily to easily with a sweet citrus beginning to a pine core and bitter dry ending. I like this complex IPA and its twist on the now crowded IPA category. The mouthfeel is just right and now I will have to try to make this growler last a little longer. Ithaca has a home run with this single IPA.

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

First tried this at beerfest in AC last night, and was my favorite beer that I had not previously tried. Today I went out and got a 6 pack at Joe Canals in Northfield. Freshness date on bottle was May.

A: Pours an amber color with a frothy off-white head that disippated quickly, sticky lacing along sides of mug.

S: Smells very hoppy, a sweet hoppy smell with some citrus in there.

T: Tastes very hoppy as well, the sample I had at beerfest was much sweeter than the bottle I am drinking. The grapefuity citrus flavors come out moreso in the bottle. There is a moderate malt taste in the finish, it was blown out by the hops in the first bottle I drank, but now that I'm used to the beer I can get more of the maltiness.

M: Decent mouthfeel, carbonated well. Easily drinkable, very slightly dry finish.

O: A good beer, glad I made the purchase, but I do wish it was more like the samples I had at beerfest last night. The sweet hop flavor I had there was reminiscent of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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