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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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1,235 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 4,960
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 958 | 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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Reviews: 1,235 | Hads: 4,960
Photo of DMXLOX22
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (1,120 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of VoteforPaul
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Decent beer. Not too heavy, bitter enough for an IPA. This is the type of beer that you can have four or five of in one session. Definitely a lower quality but go to IPA. (170 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour into a standard pint glass. Slightly cloudy pale straw gold color.1/2 inch head that dissipated but clung to the side of the glass aggressively. Awesome floral aroma. Hop forward flavor with nice balance. Bitterness is present but nicely attenuated. Just makes you want to drink more. I have had it fresh on tap and it is really outstanding. I am so glad that it is now available where I live, though in bottles. One of my go-to beers. Quite delicious. (472 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: Unknown, served extremely cold, on tap at E's (UWS). Drank 11.29.14. Poured into a 16oz shaker.

A: Crystal clear golden coloring, zero head upon receiving glass (was unable to see the bartender make the pour). Faint super sticky lacing, zero carbonation present. I suspect that the appearance of this beer was a result of the extremely cold pour, so consider this a placeholder until I re-review.

S: After letting it warm up... hop forward, sweet, dank pine aromas. Grapefruit, apricot, lemon... well balanced and pleasant... easy and laid back. Aroma seemed to linger for quite some time.

T: Sweet hops with a bitter backing. Pine, FLORAL, mango, pineapple... plenty of malt sweetness. Very well put together.

M: Medium body, next to zero carbonation (could be from the temp/keg), very little lingering bitterness... but a noticeable lingering sweet stickiness.

O: It seems that there is a never ending supply of IPAs out there, and that finding quality iterations is becoming easier and easier, but Flower Power is a standout. A beer I would definitely purchase again, and which might well become my go to IPA while living in NYC. (1,146 characters)

Photo of MRieb
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I tried this beer the first sip was surprising with an unconventional IPA floury finish, hence the name. It took a whole bottle to get used to but after that had been my go to beer for years. Originally I would've rated this a 5 but over time I found their batch to batch to be very inconsistent especially after they expanded there brewery moving it to a bigger location on the same property in Ithaca where they have a great new restaurant and tap room to sample. I'm not a brewmaster but would love to know why I am experiencing this it also seems the shelf life isn't very long so try to find a recent date which they inkjet in white on the bottles with this format YYMMDD as in 150619. Their inconsistency has me rate this lower than I would normally. (761 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A--copper in color with about an inch head
S--lots of pine coming through the nose. Hop forward with a bit of sweet scent to accompany
T--Hop bomb will please all hop lovers, with a well balanced malt finish to take the sting away from the bitterness.
M--medium, very smooth
O--Hands down one of my favorite IPAs. I was blown away the first time I tried this beer--hops smack you in the mouth but they manage to dissipate by the superb balance of the malts. This beer is a gateway to hoppy beers for someone who is scared away by hop bitterness. Well done Ithaca. (567 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is essentially an EC version of Stone IPA. Pale malt surrounded by pine, grass, and light pine cone. Bitter lemon and biscuit accompanying. Classic East Coast IPA, if not all American IPA. Drinkable, approachable, and simply lovely. Nose is light, but this beer is suitable for any IPA lover. Hop beginners welcome here... (333 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2014.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. There is a variety of flavors, and the hops do not overshadow the other flavors. (737 characters)

Photo of RambleOn
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Introduced to this on Tap at the Capital Theatre In Port Chester, NY. This along with Heady Topper are the tops on My short list. Great hoppy taste. Ganja like results (168 characters)

Photo of locorogue
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when this beer first came out, i was in love, to me almost the perfect beer(4.75/5)...but! i'm probably alone on this but i think they changed the recipe, and not for the good. i have not had a Flower Power in months, i hope they reverted back to the original recipe. mine is most likely the only opinion per the downfall of this once amazing beer...this beer is most certainly worth a try though, if at the least you can taste a glimpse of what this beer used to be... (469 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

So juicy and resinous. Creamy body and brisk carbonation make for a super and drinkable mouthfeel. Floral and bright with an aggressive bitterness. Finish is slick and juicy yet dry. Definitely love this beer! (209 characters)

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)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.