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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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95
world-class

4,426 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,426
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
Gots: 579 | 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 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
Photo of 7ways
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rough and hazy amber, nice white crown and decent lacing.

Smells like sweet sticky oranges and apricots and rain. Very different from most IPAs, and different is good. One of the first of the style where I can smell the yeast under the hops.

Taste is much less bitter than typical IPAs, and again, less is more/different is good. The orange is more bitter in the taste than the nose, but it's more bittersweet than anything. Pine is damn near absent. I think they made this just for me, as extreme pine is a turn off. Lemon, honey, and grass round out a refreshing change.

Mouthfeel is quite nice lively and dry.

If it was available in GA, I'd buy this once a week.

7ways, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of concealed
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

a: nice head, good lacing, orangey amber color

s: this was my favorite aspect of the beer, great smell, very fruit, orange, grapefruit, not as much of the piney hops of other ipas

t: similar to the smell, very nice citrus as well as the hoppy bite

m: my least favorite aspect of the beer, but it was not highly carbonated

d: very high, but I love IPAs, so I may be a bit biased

concealed, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lightly hazy ruddy orange with an ephemeral dusting of a head.

S: Big citrus- oranges and pineapple, tropical floral scents. Really this reminds me of a mixed drink cocktail, exotic beach style.

T: More citrus rind, some bubblicious, light bread malt but this is obviously a hop forward beer. Big on the dry-hop and citrus and not overly bitter but it leaves that taste in your mouth.

This is a beer I love fresh. With some age, it really drops off. Luckily, this is pretty fresh still and full of flavor. It's easy to forget that you are drinking beer when it smells so darned juicy and tropical.

Lazerlobe, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 8/2/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip
B/B date of November

A - Light amber colour with a slight yellow glow throughout and one finger of bubbly white head and some decent lacing.

S - A robust nose of juicy citrus & tropical fruit - specifically orange, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and grafefruit with a slight pine nose to the bitter hops as well. A sweet malt backbone is present but is subdued.

T - Follows the nose. Full of citrus a flavous. There is tangerine, grapefruit and some pineapple. A light malt backbone provides a little bit of a balance but the juicy hops definitely dominate this beer.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent IPA that I will definitely buy over and over again.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-the color is pretty spot on. a good, golden color yet not too dark for the style. although the head is a little to be desired for its poor lacing and retention

-has flower in the name for a reason with a strong floral aroma. a little sweet and some fruit in there

-summer fruits...peach and apricot up front. a pretty big malt background for an IPA, yet very balanced. some good bitterness comes in the finish

-very smooth. not too carby and has some solid body.

-really like this beer. more like an english ipa, and not huge on hops, but very drinkable for me. went well with the curry udon dish i made as well

juhl31, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. A few particles are floating around in my pint glass. A finger of white head with sticky lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: This is where this beer kills. The nose is dominated by intense grapefruit. Just a slight hint of mango. Earthy hop cones. Just a little bit of delicious piney resin.

T: Big citrus right up front. Grapefruit. Citrus. Just fresh hops right in your face. Regular Flower Power is great this just bumps up the intensity of the hops a bit. You do get a little bit more of that planty taste though too.

M: Medium bodied. Great carbonation for a growler. A little bit sticky.

D: I am torn as to which version I like better. The nose kills on this beer. The body is a little thicker on the regular version as well. Total coin toss. Excellent beer.

So after I put up this review I was told by a very reliable source that all Flower Power has been unfiltered for a year now. Thanks for the clarification.

aerozeppl, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/2/10. 12 oz bottle with a "best before" date of Nov. Pours a dark amber/orange color. Good head with tons of lacing. The smell is exceptional. Lots of hops, grapefruit, floral and citrus aroma. The taste is excellent. Nice and bitter with more grapefruit and floral flavors. Finally got around to reviewing probably my favorite IPA. If you haven't had it yet, seek it out. Certainly an underrated IPA, but I don't think that it will be over-looked for too much longer. Fantastic brew.

PicoPapa, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Flower Power IPA....on tap at Mugs Ale House.

Appearance -pale gold to orange color, medium sized head in the pint glass, carbonation and color are fine.

Smell -very hoppy, floral and pine notes, orange and grapefruit, seems to be a west coast style IPA in terms of nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel - hoppy on the outs, medium to heavy mouthfeel, layered mix of fruit and hops but nicely balanced by the malt and the alcohol stays well hidden, smooth, not overpowering.

Drinkability-no issues, refreshing, nice balance.

Overall-very well done, nice balance, good mix of flavors and it hides its alcohol very well, while I am still a hophead, I'm becoming more of a fan these balanced IPAs where the hops are just one layer and not overpowering, great job.

TheDeuce, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold, with ample head that dissipates into a fine layer with lots of lacing adhering to my cheap plastic glass.

Pleasant aromas of sweet malt and floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt and tongue-numbing concentrated floral hops.

Body is medium with sufficient carbonation to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinking beer, has nice floral hop concentration, is creamy, and at 7.5%, you can have a few.

Beerenauslese, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of seh410
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer, had on-tap at Cambridge Common, an incredibly awesome beer spot/restaurant

Appearance: Deep yellow/straw color with a white bubbly head

Aroma: Pineapple, lemongrass... lots of tropical and fruity hops

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; beer is nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Tastes like the nose, heavy on the fruity hops but very balanced. Excellent.

Notes: Extremely drinkable. One of the best IPA's I've come across. So happy I can actually buy it around here!

seh410, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Krusovice chalice.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange color with a very large, slowly dissipating off-white head that leaves thick, bubbly lace behind. One of the most beautiful beers I have seen.

Smell: As the name of the beer would suggest, there is a wealth of floral hop aromas about this. Also has notes of earthiness, pine, grassiness, buttered toast, and a hint of nuttiness. As the beer is warmed and the glass starts to go down, I can also detect some grainy malt.

Taste: Starts off buttery-sweet and a bit bitter, finishing with a stronger bitterness. The finish also reveals flowery flavors alongside notes of earthiness and nuts. There is also a bit of an alcohol note to this, especially as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body with balanced, natural feeling carbonation and a dry, hoppy finish. Warming alcohol in the stomach.

Drinkability: I've heard a lot about this beer and had to try it for myself- I'm glad I did, this is the best IPA I have tried as of yet. It's very hoppy, but it isn't a bitter assault on the tastebuds. This is a very tasty brew I will definitely look to try again in the future.

Mosstrooper, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A re-review of this one from the bottle as it seemed a bit different from the growler I had previously.

A: The pour is a nice looking amberish color with a fair amount of orange to it. A nice big white head forms as a cap.

S: The nose is more intense than the previous taste of it. A lot of floral and citrus hop notes, leaning toward orange and grapefruit with just a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is much more bitter than I recall it being. Lots of resinous flavors with a moderate amount of citrus. The hops also have a bit of tropical fruit that I didn't notice before. A bit of alcohol comes through as well, which is the only thing that knocks the score down here.

M: A really solid body to this one with plenty of carbonation and a really crisp feel overall on the tongue.

D: Again, the only knock on this beer was the alcohol flavor that I noted. Otherwise, a solid IPA and one of the few from the East Coast that I've had that I earns that description.

womencantsail, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours amber-orange with a decent white head that recedes to lace. Nose of hops, some caramel malt, and I am detecting some apricot and sage. This beer is super balanced, masking the alcohol perfectly. The hops and malt come together perfectly with good fruity notes of apricot and bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a decent and enjoyably bitter finish. I am very impressed by this beer.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of HotHands
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this at Ithaca Beer today. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a honey-like amber with a white head. The glass has solid lacing after each sip, more of a lace coating than the usual catacombs.

S - intense fruity smell - pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.

T - A very hoppy beer with a unique hop character. Follows the nose with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine, with a significant bitterness and a nice malt backbone. Slightly dry, bitter finish.

M - good feel with a nice body, not too heavy or too light, with some hop oiliness. Carbonation is as expected.

D - dangerously drinkable for a 7+ ABV beer. No booziness at all.

Overall, probably Ithaca Beer's best offering and one of the best IPAs in the east coast, heck, in the country.

I should mention that there is a big difference between the on-tap and bottled version of this. The bottled version would probably be in the 4.2-4.3 range.

HotHands, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Pyner
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite IPA to date. Incredibly floral and extremely smooth. It compares somewhat to Hop Wallop from Victory but is better. This beer also hides its potency very well and is very easy to drink. As the beer warms up its citrus tones begin to shine thru making it even more complex and delicious. Well done Ithaca!

Pyner, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was my second on a flight of beers I tried at the the gourmet pub/restaurant where I work as a cook. For the record, a flight is a series of four half-pints, so take my drinkability rating with a grain of salt.

A: Paler than I expected with a rather thin head, but this could have been a problem caused by the small half-pint glasses.

S: Not the most fragrant, but it certainly is original. Hops, alcohol, and a slight floral aroma are present.

T: Not as bitter as I expected from an IPA. Without knowing it was an IPA I would have certainly guessed it was a pale ale. The most interesting thing to note here is the presence of a slight fruity taste toward the finish. With the floral smell it creates a nice combination.

M and D: The feel was average--a bit thin. The drinkability is higher than the average IPA for me, mostly because I could just keep coming back for melding of floral and fruity in a bitter beer. Well balanced, but still not my favorite.

ryantaussig, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had off the tap at some bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- Beautiful copper color with a foamy head and lace. Relatively clear.
S- Wonderful hop scent.
T- For an IPA, it has a very nice balance to it. It's hoppy, but not over the top. Good floral malty balance to it. It's very smooth.

Amalak, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow-amber-orange combination with a one finger off-white head. Good lacing and solid retention. The aroma is awesome. Strong grapefruit and floral scents. You don't even need to get your nose in the glass to notice. Aroma stands out from all the IPA's I've tried. Good floral and grassy hops. A bit of citrus and tropical malts as well. Decent malt backbone and a nice bite to finish. Again, awesome aroma and the taste follows and does not disappoint.

uustal, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive gauzy orange/amber. A white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is big and hoppy: flowery, resinous, with some grapefruit. The taste is very good. A nice initial hoppy burst with a sharp and crisp bitter finish. The hops are a nice mix of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is good; the beer is fairly heavily carbonated and it is quite drinkable. Overall a very, very good big IPA. Not quite top of the heap, but there's a lot of competition in the IPA category. But almost top tier. Definitely one to have again. It would probably be even better on tap.

DoreenAndDave, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before September 2010

Pours a light, honey, golden color- slightly hazy. 1 finger of white soapy bubbles.

Lots of citrus in the nose- mostly orange and grapefruit. I also smell plenty of pine and earthy hops.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. Lots of citrus and pine. It is also a little soapy and grassy. In the finish, I get some sweetness from the malt in the form of caramel/brown sugar. This beer doesnt seem to be too aggressivly hopped. I would'nt mind if it was though. Still pretty nice. I would like if it was a little more bitter.

The mouthfeel seems about medium with medium carbonation.

This is a balanced IPA but, I prefer a more hop forward flavor profile. However, I don't taste any alcohol and that makes this pretty drinkable.

Dubber55, Jul 13, 2010
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,426 ratings.