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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 5,001
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 495
Gots: 982 | 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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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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Photo of MRieb
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of RambleOn
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

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Photo of locorogue
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
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...

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Photo of dorosjim
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.