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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4,885 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 484
Gots: 906 | FT: 25
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:
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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Ratings: 4,885 | Reviews: 1,265
Photo of Movember5
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer. Very tasty in my opinion.

Photo of Vinitb91
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Flower power has a good hoppy finish

Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a DFH IPA glass
A: Light orange color with a 1+ finger head that slowly settles
S: Very floral as the name suggests. Thats followed by tropical fruit, a bit of pine, sweet malt with orange/grapefruit peel wrapping it up
T: Crisp, clean, a balanced mix of all of the above aromas but no one thing stands out above the others
M: Surprisingly light-bodied, very crisp and somewhat bitter
O: Very balanced, very easy to drink

Photo of hoagzzz
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this once before. Over all pretty good but a tad too dry and bitter.

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- a hazy deep gold with orange hues, with a fantastically sticky off white head. Doesn't get much better.

S- A mild biscuity sweetness/malt base, but it's pretty much hops, on top of hops. Grapefruit, orange, with a hint of apricot and pineapple.

T- Fantastic. The hops are raw, and give a feint white pepper and hemp vibe, but are mostly orange, grapefruit, with a hint of dank pine and floral components. The Apricot and grapefruit notes accentuate nicely. Very complex.

M- Medium, and quite slick and creamy. Medium Carbonation.

O- American IPA's don't get much better.

Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Pretty poor head retention but decent lacing.

Wonderful piney aroma with some lighter hints of tropical fruit. This one leans heavy on the resin, earth and pine, though.

Juicy flavor with more piney resiny notes. Fruity notes are underneath along with a strong bready malt backbone. Bitterness is high and provides a wonderful counterpoint to the malt. Slick mouthfeel finishing moderately sticky.

Overall, a very solid IPA but not really Earth-shattering. Definitely drinkable and a good everyday choice.

Photo of Getalegup
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, light foam,well balanced, not too dank, not too sweet, just right.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought home from a recent trip to Ohio.

Flower Power is a hazy golden yellow color with thick white head after a vigorous pour. It's slow to settle and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy, as expected, with candied orange peal and grapefruit coming through.

Flavor is intensely hoppy but not overly bitter. A lot of late hop additions give it the aroma and flavor of hops without some much bitterness. Some nice honey sweetness up front and lots of great citrus flavor from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall an excellent IPA and well worth the hassle of bringing it home on a plane. A bit like a lighter version of Hop Slam if my memory serves me right.

Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a yellowish-gold, very little head that faded quickly to a thin film. Slight lacing.
Smell: Fruity, flowery aroma, with just a slight touch of sweet malty smells.
Taste: Not a hop bomb, pretty well balanced with some nice citrus and pine notes and just the right amount of sweetness to complement rather than hide or overpower the hoppiness
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nice carbonation.
Overall: This is a very well made beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Wish we could get this beer (and fresh) in CO.

Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the light side, with medium carbonation for the style but very good lacing. Biscuity malt notes, and the hop notes are pine and crushed aspirin. Good beer, but not one of my favorites because of a slight soapiness.

Photo of REEK
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Hoppy, full of citrus. Mangos, grapefruit, hint of pine. Fairly bitter. Highly recommend. Great burp taste!

Photo of Keystone
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. It's not a hop bomb if that's what your looking for. It is very clean and crisp in feel. Citrusy with slight hoppy bitterness in flavor. It's not as sweet as some IPAs. Overall great drinkable standard IPA.

Photo of GinDC
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very citrusy for an ipa, good after you adjust.

Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's. Love the grapefruit undertones and great odor. This is a mainstay in my beer pantry. Just don't like the updated label

Photo of weiserr
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/10. I prefer this one fresh as it hasn't held up well in the past over 90 days. Quite simply put, this is a tropical sensation of tongue-smacking bitterness. I really enjoy it, and I think it's one of the better single IPAs in steady rotation. Seek it out.

Photo of JonathanG73
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the things I miss about upstate

Photo of MattR2014
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good. I had on tap for this review. I've had in bottles also. I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Revision 1/29/15 had in bottle this time like 1st time and I like it better than 2nd time on draft. Good ipa

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the most tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) burps from this. Mmmm.

This is a relatively thick beer with a delicious cornucopia of flavors. Big mango up front with a little dank and pine wrapping it all up.

This is my second time having this beer and, while it tastes different than I remember, it still kicks ass. Loving the new label/box.

Photo of Joshholmes29
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have a pitcher of this and you won't regret it.

Photo of dacrza1
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: unwinding after the Christmas visitors have left... APPEARANCE: hazy, opaque, almost blood-orange body; white coral sits atop an uneven head; uneven lacing... AROMA: brilliant, BIG mango and pomegranate mix with a floral bouquet to arrest the senses... PALATE: buzzing, vibrantly electric mouthfeel; warm, full finish; big, but drinkable; intense, teeth-clenching aftertaste...TASTE: a potpourri of citric cadences--orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango and sharp sugars--a hop bomb... OVERALL: a mesmerizing enticement of hops, much as the mix pack proclaims; more overpowering than the Cascazilla and the banner carrier in a hop offensive...

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler of this brew at half price so I figured, "why not?". So let's see how this brew matches up.

Look: Interesting pour. Gives a traditional copper-brown, dark yellow. No haze whatsoever. Pretty inviting. Could be a little more interesting, but it's definitely passable.

Smell: First inspection, hints of pine and grapefruit are detectable. More inspection reveals more citrus zest and some mild, bready malts, but only barely detectable. Not bad, but just too ordinary I guess. Nothing really pops.

Taste: First sips open up the hop and yeast characters. The grapefruit and citrus flavors are definitely noticeable. Quite nice, the aggressive carbonation really brings the hop flavors together and balance everything out. Has a malty backbone and the bitterness comes in late I must say.

Feel: Above medium carbonation. Finishes drier than I had previously anticipated. Has a leafy-like bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty good coming into this. Has a nice, well-balanced hop character with the bitterness. I would have again and would recommend to a friend. Not elite, but a decent IPA. Cheers!

Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have heard good things about this beer for a long time. Decided to pick up a sixer while over my parents' house. Here goes:

A: Lovely. Pours a hazy (not too hazy, though) gold color. Lots of carbonation, a sufficient head, and lots of lacing.

S: Herbal, floral, lemon, citrus rind, grapefruit. I'm getting a bouquet of flowers, not much else. It's alright, but I've had beers that melded the scents better. Not much malt despite what a lot of other reviewers are saying (I'm kind of sick, so perhaps my nose isn't functioning properly).

T: Good, but not exactly a balanced IPA like Sculpin or Zombie Dust. Taste follows the nose - lots of bitterness in the hops. Grapefruit and lemon at the back of the palate makes for a bitter mouthfeel. Good, but nothing special.

F: Great - malt lends thickness (just wish it lent flavor too). Good carbonation as well.

O: Good beer but nothing excellent.

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a golden haze with a 1 finger foamy white head.

S. Bready malts. Some pine hop aroma. Floral.

T. A more malt forward IPA with some pine hop flavor and a bit of bitterness. Grassy aftertaste.

M. Light to medium bodied with some nice carbonation. On a 1-10 scale a 3.5 on the body. Finishes pretty clean. The highlight of the beer for me

O. A very average IPA. Not enough hop there for me. But it's not bad. Would drink it again but with so many other options I'd probably just pass it up.

Photo of SBrouse90
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great stuff. I love this beer

Photo of rkeithan
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs in the country.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,885 ratings.