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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,072
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,036 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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: 1,256 | Hads: 5,072
Photo of DavidGross
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good friend from Syracuse suggested to grab a few of these and I was glad I did. A really outstanding IPA. Intense aroma out of the glass and matching taste. The beer was balanced very well and I look forward to more of these.

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Photo of SSS
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Mid tone yellow color with a relatively thick haze
S-Very musty and herbal hints of pine and very subtle citrus
T-Not overly sweet and the bitterness is modest and very balanced
M-I quote enjoyed the carbonation as it was not over the top yet added to the overall mouthfeel in a positive way
O-Very drinkable IPA froM the NorthEast. If you are a fan of musty hops, this is a nice treat. Recommended.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great IPA. I bought this in a mixed six pack and I was blown away! It is a really refreshing hoppy IPA that works really well in the warmer weather. It pours a nice light golden color with plenty of hop aroma. The taste is lighter and crisp. It is a refreshing beer. The hops and a slight sweetness go really well together. This is a must try and a must have! I enjoy and recommend this beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: straw, hazy yellow in color. Nice head and lacing

Smell: Citrus hops, and wheat. Piney and floral notes.

Taste: Sweet orange peel, bitter hops. A touch of maltiness.

Feel: Nice creamy texture. Very smooth and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goes down easy. A pretty good IPA. I'm a little burned out on iPA's, and it's not much different than 50 other ones, but it is drinkable. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold that looks pretty good. The beer leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

The beer smell has some very strong hop notes. The hop notes are mainly floral notes with a nice orange citrus note as well. The beer smell is tilted strongly in favor of the hops with very little malt smell coming out.

The beer taste strongly resembles the beer smell. The taste also has strong hop notes with very little, if any, malt notes. The hop notes mainly consist of a floral and orange citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, bordering on creamy. The beer is medium bodied but does not always feel like it. The carbonation is very little as to not interrupt the smooth feel.

Overall, a very good IPA and one worth getting. The IPA isn't as hoppy as other variations but most certainly lives up to its name. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Mateer
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It looks like Ithaca brewery changed up the label again.

Appearance: Golden, yellow. High carbonation. Strong lace.

Smell: Pine and Flower.

Taste: Pine, citrus, pineapple. Balance exceptionally well by the malt backbone.

Overall: I wrote this up quick because I wanted to drink this beer, giving it the respect it deserves. If I had to compare this to another beer I'd (dare I say it) say that it is very similar to Heady Topper. I just wish that it was unfiltered as it has been in the past, but what else can you ask for. Another exceptional Northeast IPA.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate fatigue and such factors aside, this isn't the same Flower Power I recall from some years back: no killer nose, no hoppy, piney bite. I see a 2013 review sort of compared this to Zombie Dust and another heralded it's West Coast character. Wow, OK. Totally different beer in 2015 folks . Nonetheless it's still actually a very good IPA. Goes down quite easy for a 7+% beer but that also speaks to the simpler nature of this incarnation of FP. It's not a world class IPA anymore in my book but still very good if you can find it fresh. Some of the older reviews on the site are working off a prior version of this beer that was far more transcendent than what Ithaca is churning out nowadays.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Keystone
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of MattR2014
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of VoteforPaul
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.