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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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1,256 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,073
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 497
Gots: 1,035 | 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: 5,073
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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Photo of MrIncognito
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Photo of mnrider
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.


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Photo of Vivelepositif
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

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Photo of HopBrad31
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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...

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Photo of hophugger
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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....

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jpro
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

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Photo of Victor-monte
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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Photo of gonzo000
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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

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