Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,222
Hads: 4,928
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 489
Gots: 931 | FT: 26
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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

Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.
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Photo of MrIncognito
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a clear, bright golden body with a great, sticky two-finger white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops can be smelled while pouring the beer. Floral and sweet. Aromas of oranges and just the slightest bit of grapefruit.

Orangey citrus hops dominate with a slightly sweet malt backbone. Not a grapefruit bomb by any means. Just a hint of it in there for bitterness. Strong bitterness without being overpowering - thank you sweet malt and alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden.

Really drinkable and very tasty. Reminds me a good bit of Nugget Nectar in the way that it is hoppy and bitter while being balanced nightly with malt sweetness. (665 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color. Large white fluffy head. Good retention with great lacing.

S: Hops. Citrus hops. Tropical hops. Some floral and grassy notes. Lemon
and other citrus. Juicy. Light malt aroma comes in towards the back end.

T/M: Tastes almost exactly like the aroma. Bitter. Plenty of citrus and tropical
hops and flavors. A little dry. Just enough malt sweetness to even the beer
out. The aftertaste has a citrusy finish. Medium bodied.

O: Outstanding. Close to world class. The hop taste is amazing and the
drinkability is dangerously good.

Cheers!!! (558 characters)

Photo of Vivelepositif
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap, pours a light Amber/copper color with little head, approximately 1-2cm. Predominantly piney with Orange notes, very light and crisp. Extremely light. More reminiscent of a lager rather an IPA. Leaves something to wish and hope for, maybe if they kicked up the bitters and hops if revisit but for me, this is a once and only time I'll be trying. (352 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Its not super hoppy....but its super grapefruity and orange...with a nice dry bitter aftertaste....I really like this a lot! not my fav but still good! (151 characters)

Photo of HopBrad31
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Pour at Independence Beer Garden in Philly. Bitterness was fine. Hop flavor - little if any, a little fruity and resinous. More nuttiness from the Malt. Out of Balance.
Maybe I got an old keg but this was ok at best. (217 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 140808.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Fragrant hop aroma with a sweet malt presence that's also a bit bready. The synthesis of the two is very pleasant.

T- The sweetness of the malt blends with the hop flavors that are also kind of sweet and somewhat earthy. The bitterness is there and lingers a bit but is rather restrained. So very easy to drink for the ABV. It almost begs to be called a session beer.

M- Slightly oily with a mild tingle from the medium carbonation. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- Everything about this beer says "subtlety." It's hoppy, but not overly so. The malt presence is sweet but in a rounded way that plays off the hops damn near perfectly. The ABV is such that it gets the job done but not overdone. Smooth, simple, effective. As far as non-intense IPAs go, this one is my favorite. Could drink it all day, every day. (1,124 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -3.8%

How can it be that I live so close to NY and it took me so long to try this NY staple IPA?

I think I may have an older bottle as I found the nose a little muted. The taste was nice but again seemed to be muted and the hops a little hidden. Mouth feel was good and this beer looked great.

Why a 4.0 if the bottle was old and the flavors muted? Well it was still quite tasty and I believe a fresh beer would easily earn this grade... (434 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with decent head and tremendous lacing. Slightly cloudy. Aroma is awesome with pine resin and lots of citrus. Taste is similar to aroma with pine resin, hops and a lot of citrus, especially sweet tropical citrus. Nice mouthfeel and th balance of hops and citrus is great. The sweet of the tropical fruit is teasing in that it makes you want a little more but I am glad it doesn't because tha balance is very good. A hoppy-citrusy beer that is very drinkable and offers a great clean, crisp finish leaving you wanting more.... (553 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the 08.27.14 batch poured into a teku.

Flower Power pours a cloudy shade of golden orange. The aromas are heavily on the citrus fruit side: lots of fresh orange peel, pineapple, and grapefruit. But underneath those aromas is a light, herbal tea-like scent, which is really nice. The taste is sweet and juicy, with sweetened white grapefruit juice the dominant flavor. The finish is mostly sweet, too, though there's a pronounced bitterness at the very end. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. This is a great juicy, herbal IPA that I'm glad to see in Ohio. Definitely on the sweeter side, but it's a good, light sweetness, rather than a heavy, overpowering, and awful sweetness you see in something like Chillwave. (725 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the hand pump at the brewery. Dry hopped with delta hops.

I found a nice combination of honey and toffee for a malt base. While it wasn't unhoppy, I did expect more from a beer I had heard such great things about. I tasted earthy citrus and dank grassiness. The body was smooth and creamy.

Not bad overall but a bit of a letdown. (336 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful light orange and hazy colour. Head decent, lacing good. Bright orange/papaya aroma. Sweet orange/apricot tastes; softly dry finish with light grapefruit bitterness. This beer is good, yet so close to being something more. (233 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz bottle. Looks good in the glass. Nice aroma and taste. Easily a top 10 IPA for me... Below Sculpin and Jai Alai, but I like it more than Bells Two Hearted. Would gladly have it again. (193 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%

One of my personal staples, this hits all the right notes for me. Pours a nice golden yellow with a thin off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of floral and pine notes from the hops while also having hints of orange and lemon peel. The taste is crisp and full of flavor. Highly tasty and refreshing. (318 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fairly tall, creamy and frothy head of golden-tinted foam. Head retention is good, and lots of foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Some light sugar cookie malt aroma up front. Hop aromas are primarily sweet citrus (orange, especially), with some piney and tropical/fruity notes.

T: Nondescript but present maltiness initially. Hop bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Hop flavors are citric, fruity, and lightly resinous. A second wave of bittering bite kicks in late, with some herbal flavors and a kiss of alcohol.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is supple, smooth, and fairly light. Dryness builds steadily into a predictably hoppy finish.

O: This is a very good IPA, but I don't think it's in my top ten. For an IPA with such a pale, relatively blank malt canvas, I'd expect a more outstanding dose of bitter, resiny hop character. For a conventional take on the style, though, it works really well. (957 characters)

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

A very decent beer with a pleasant hoppy aroma and a citrusy/piney bitter flavor. Pours a decent head and a color that it's typical IPA. Really nice overall. (159 characters)

Photo of Victor-monte
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz bottle
A. Slightly hazy golden color, 1 finger head that dissipated quick.
S. Very hoppy with pine and citrus notes.
T. Very smooth with the right amount I carbonation but still crisp. Hoppy with pine notes and a solid end taste of grapefruit orange and pine.
Overall very enjoyable IPA with solid abv. Good year round (326 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

a. Golden orange in color with little to no head. Very cloudy.

s. Little on the nose. Hoppy citrus.

t. Grapefruit explosion. A near perfect amount of bitter on the back end.

m. Really smooth and enjoyable.

o. Ithaca's best by far (ok, have had like 5 Ithaca beers, but this blows them away). Outstanding - will revisit. (331 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear mostly yellow with a hint of hold. Nice dense near white head with great retention, lacing is perfect. 4.5

S - Grapefruit, orange, orange peel, light pine/citrus rind notes. Minimal underlying caramel sweetness 4

T - Initially piney bitter with lighter/slightly overpowered citrus notes coming in shortly after (grapefruit mostly). Finish is sweet citrus and the piney resinous qualities start to creep back in and linger a bit through the aftertaste. 4.25

M - Relatively light bodied, perfect carbonation, fantastically drinkable from both a mouthfeel and flavor profile perspective 4.5 (611 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with good head and lace patches on top of a citrusy aroma that is sharp and cutting (like bitter hops). Beer is light, crisp, hint of spices or dirty hops, a good citric profile and there is balance from light caramel and bread malt notes. More hoppy than anything else but not bad at all. (310 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

05/21/14 From bottle. Second time around for the Power & I. I was so impressed first time I decided to see if it could be true that I would actually like an IPA w/images of hops on the label. Usually that's the kiss-of-death...but here, I was willing to test my luck.

My apprehension was unfounded. This proved to be a truly substantially enjoyable brew. If you eschew hoppy beers, like I do, this will alter your view that all nondescript IPA's are to be avoided, Just the opposite. Seek this out. It's highlights are the hops, but that is not at the expense of the overall enjoyment. This is worth seeking out & trying for no reason other than pure enjoyment. My only regret is I only see it once in a while, & I live in the same state.

08/04/13 From bottle. Speaking as a very unhoppy guy this is s a most enjoyable beer. Someone just explained that it is an "East coast" hoppy beer vs the usual Westie style. Makes me happy as now I can hold my head high & say I am not alone. Hops have their place but they should be "seen but not heard", in a sense. As it Warms to ambient temperature, the hop comes to the fore, but still keeps trim. Whoever made this is a hero. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy orange-gold with a tightly packed finger or two of bright white head. Good lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smells super fresh with citrus juice and pine at the forefront. Resiny-dank apricot (Amarillo?), subtle floral notes and white pepper.

T - Bright and citrusy up front; juicy, syrupy apricot and peach at center, and pine around the edges. Floral, herbal and lemony as the beer develops. Very well constructed IPA -- uber hoppy flavors, but little bitterness.

M - medium mouthfeel that dries out nicely considering how resinous/juicy/syrupy this beer is at times.

Overall great beer. I'd love to venture a guess as to what hops were used -- Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, Cascade? (700 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought by my gf during her trip to NYC. Poured into a pint.

A&S: Lively translucent colored beer. Head pours almost a finger of fizzy off-white head then turns creamy and retains in a thin layer. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some mix of lemon citrus in there as well and a tiny bit of sweet malts.

T&M: Tons of grapefruit citrus mixed in with some spicy coriander. Some floral notes. Bitterness is present in the finish, but not overwhelming. Body is almost full and quite creamy while remaining cleanish and very drinkable.

Overall: Never heard of this brewery before so I was a little skeptical, but this beer was pretty great! A little pricey going for around 3 bucks a single 12oz (not sure about sixers). Probably one of my favorite IPA's I have tired all year. Really reminds me of the workhorse ipa from Laurelwood in Portland. (854 characters)

Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mason jar glass. I couldn't determine exactly how fresh this was considering the frustrating dearth of info on the beer label, but it's likely less than a month old since this is the first time I'm seeing at at my local Fairway.

A - Crystal clear medium-light amber with a thin surface of foam and thin, sticky circles of lacing.

S - Slightly boozy on the nose with a lot of bright floral lavender and citrus aromas. This is a very crisp, clean-cut sort of IPA.

T - A little jammy on the first sips with an upfront bitterness, but yields quickly to the juicy, flowery, slightly piney flavors. Very little heavy malt taste, which I think is preferable for this flavor profile. Finishes just a tad dry.

M - Light and moderately carbonated. There is no weight in this brew's mouthfeel.

O - It's a pretty prototypical example of the clean & crisp side of IPA's, as opposed to the dark & dank side. I don't know if I'd buy it again, but I'm glad I tasted this apparently well sought-after brew. If you like IPA's that are really on the crisp and fruity side, you'd probably like this one (1,122 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a surprisingly clear copper/orange colour with a off white head

Smell - Grapefruit, oranges, floral is there as well. Balanced well

Taste - Pine, grapefruit, orange, floral hops as well. Nice amount of bitterness

Overall - A well made IPA that I'll get every once and a while (316 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a honey color in a Spiegalgau glass with a 1 finger head. Slightly lighter color than most IPAs I have tasted. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is not strong-citrus and tropical fruit.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The taste is citrus and tropical fruit.

The finish is wonderful. This is a hop bomb. Very spicy, slightly bitter, and very, very hoppy. One of the hoppiest beers I have tasted to date.

Overall, a solid IPA. The citrus is not prominent, but the hoppiness wins the day.
Best tasted close to 50°F. (555 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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