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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Reviews: 1,220
Hads: 4,915
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 488
Gots: 921 | FT: 26
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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: 1,220 | Hads: 4,915
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, date stamped on the neck is 140709. Bottled just a few days ago!

A: Clear body, thin white head with decent retention. Color is pretty light, typical of a dry hop bomb.

S: Floral hop bomb. Nice citrus notes as well. Nice stuff.

T: Juicy hops with a nice malt backbone. A fantastic example of an American IPA. Pretty dry, not too bitter, but packs tons of hop flavor.

M: Good carbonation. At 7.5%, this is practically a double. Alcohol remains hidden.

O: Been wanting to try this for a long time, and it definitely lives up to the hype. This is up there with Two Hearted for me. (596 characters)

Photo of Marko84
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh my heavens, a beer I've had a hundred times before. And I hope to have a hundred a hundred times again.
This is the real deal ladies and gentlemen, and I am proud of this local product. Smells like a pinecone mated with a citrus and developed some kind of wonderful bastard spawn. Tastes even better, this one leaves no lie between nose and tongue. To be honest, I can say more about the nose than the taste as I find it hard to stop sniffing it. When I take a swig, I am thinking of all the more exclusive and higher priced IPAs I've had. My quest for the hard-to-come-by and hyped-up has led me to neglect a true jewel, right underneath my fingertips. Never again. Ithaca, my hat is off to you, this is a masterpiece. (722 characters)

Photo of kingmaxwell
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer. Strong and drinkable IPA with a lot of lingering hop taste. It is a bittersweet bomb of goodness.

At the front end is good fresh hop taste. Great aroma once the bottle is cracked. The title does not lie, you are getting the heavy floral hop-stravaganza with this beer. This is an IPA made with care and the flavor is fresh . . . almost no extra taste, just delicious if you like tasty IPAs.

Works well with pizza and the beach. Highly recommended. (478 characters)

Photo of Shoota86
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down a top 5 best IPA out there. The citrus notes after a quite potent bite from the hops is a perfect blend of happiness. It is a little pricey, but the juice is absolutely worth the squeeze. I have had twonkegs of this delicious beer over the last two years, and it is quite simply the best out there. (317 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle poured into two snifters
little head, but excellent lacing
smell is wonderful floral hop and pine.
color is golden straw.
taste is very nice floral hop.
mouth-feel is light body and dry at the end.
not very crisp or carbonated.
recommended but there are much better beers in this style to chase. (303 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always looking for a good IPA, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I nice citrus waft of hops. Very pungent smell of grapefruit and banana. Pours to a bright yellow with a bright white head that stands well. On the taste this brew has a nice hop belt up front with floral sweetness in the background. The sweetness then smoothly transitions to the front but the floral hops hang on then come back in the end with a sharp bitterness that then fades to a flat bitter sweet aftertaste. Very intense flavors, distinctive and gradual, nothing abrupt. Pricey, but a keeper without a doubt. (592 characters)

Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a bottle

A- Beautiful white pillowy head about 2 inches, slightly cloudy bright golden hue
S- Sweet malts, citrusy and fruit hops, peaches, apricots, blueberries
T- Tastes like it smells. Nice balance of sweet and bitter
M- light to medium bodied, lingering bitter finish
O- A great IPA, has everything I like about the style- crisp, refreshing, a beautiful aroma that unfolds as it warms in the glass, and a nice bitter finish that washes down my pastrami sandwich perfectly. (489 characters)

Photo of smanders
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ranked pretty high and it's relatively inexpensive at TW...why not? Poured into a pub glass for review.

Appearance - cloudy copper with a bulbous, white head. The most beautiful lacing I've seen in awhile.

Smell - nice citrus (grapefruit, orange & lemon rind) with a touch of herb/grass. This smells really good!

Taste - Unfortunately, the smell is the winner here; sweetness of the malt tops the bitterness of the hops, but nothing overpowers anything (i.e. well balanced). I'd kill for a freshness stamp...

Mouthfeel - light body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Although the first round was a tad disappointing, I'm going to try this again. If not for the taste, then just for that incredible lacing. Thanks Ithaca! (734 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells very nice, very fragrant mix of sweet malt and hoppiness.
Tastes very nice, a balanced IPA, not the malt forward West Coast nor hop forward East Coast. Somewhere in the middle.
Mouthfeel was really nice and inviting.
Overall, a very tasty IPA. (348 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter glass.

A- Pours foggy with a yellow-amber hue. About a finger of bright white head. Ample lacing present. Medium amount of carbonation.

S- Great tropical nose. Lots of fruits/citrus/flora come through. Mango, peach, grapefruit, orange and lemon stand out. A little grass in the background. Love sticking my nose in these kinds of IPAs.

T- As the smell indicates, this is a juicy IPA with fruits and grass complimenting one another well. The sweet, tropical fruity hops and bitter hops compliment each other well. Malts are present, but the hops definitely prevail.

M- Somewhat light body, very refreshing. Slightly bitter as most IPAs should be.

O- Glad this IPA is readily available. Its another great go-to ale around here. Great job with the hops, and its light and crisp enough for a summer day, yet yields a nice hop punch that comes in handy all year long. Ithaca did a really good job here. One of my top 5 easily obtainable IPAs. (970 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy orangey gold. The head is pretty thick, white, with soapy lacing lasting throughout. The aroma is mild with some pretty strong caramel notes and just a hint of citrus hops. The flavor is about the same. Neither is bad, but there really isn't all that much that makes this beer noteworthy. There is a good weight to the body, thicker than I was expecting based on previous comments. It's a decent beer. (419 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a lighter copper color with a generous head in the Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Smell - The aroma was grainy grapefruit with some grass in the background.

Taste - On the initial taste, my reaction was that is a pretty average grapefruit and grassy American IPA. The sweetness is well masked among the bitter notes. The resin of the hops is a little more aggressive than average. The bitterness stays nicely on the tongue for several moments before fading.

Mouthfeel - I felt like the beer was a little thin for the style, allowing the hops to wash away too quickly.

Overall - I think this is a solid version of the style, though I would suggest better version exist. (693 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits you with one to two fingers of bone white foam, fairly dense weave but there are some bigger bubbles, the lacing forms very long streaks, however, not the stickiest. Cloudy yellow to light orange hued liquid, lots of “floaties” inside, fully opaque, you can only see a few lazily scattered bubbles but unlikely there’s many more you can’t discern. The nose is on the aggressive side, herbaceous and piney, dried grapefruit pith, metallic earth, burnt bread crusts and while the florality and peach, apricot fruit are no pushovers, they don’t have the raw power to show decisively, overall its muscular texture lengthens presence more than gluey richness. In the mouth it has a similar feel, close to full-bodied, focused on grip over layering. As you get pineapple, papaya mixed into the apricot and apple, more nervosity, same for the white grapefruit, blood orange citrus, comes into its own. Still, little ignoring the grassiness and earthiness, on the bitter side of the ledger. Pine, dash here and there of cocoa or mocha. Seems to want to offer fewer elements and intensify what is there. Carbonation is sneakily strong, enlivens the finish. While not an easygoing rendition of the category, by the same token not overly challenging to the point of conceding the victory. (1,292 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - One finger creamy head. Good retention. Small bubbles. Light lacing. Pretty cloudy amber/orange color.

S - Malty sweet smell. Perfumey smell with hints of flowers, peach, tangy orange, passion fruit, grapefruit.

T - Not sweet like the smell. Initial front is fairly bitter, but not overly so. Then there is a bit of fruitiness (e.g. orange peel) that takes over, followed by a bitter finish.

M - Medium thickness. Alcohol makes it's presence felt, but not too strong.

O - Overall the beer seems to be a quality beer, just not exactly my style. I really like the smell, but the taste, while complex, is not my "cup of tea", but seems to be really good for that style of beer. I am only slightly disappointed because I expected some of the sweetness from the amazing smell to carry over into the taste, but it barely did. Overall it seems to be a very good, very quality beer, just not really my style taste-wise. (922 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance; color is a clear gold. pours a large amount of white head that sticks around for awhile until eventually settling into spotted lacing.

smell; very enticing aroma. lots of floral notes, as well as light fruitiness and faint citrus.

taste; floral, hint of biscuit, hint of spice, slightly citrusy.

mouthfeel; very smooth. medium carbonation, light body, very moist.

overall; very versatile, tasty beer. would buy again. (433 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, citrus, a touch of resin. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it didn't quite live up to the hype, it is a good quality beer. (295 characters)

Photo of WellRested518
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- settles into a nice thin head against a golren- haze of a body. Mild lacing.

S-spring. A bouquet of mid-season flora with a hint of lemon and tangerine. Immense. Mild grapefruit in the background with a definite sense of citra hops.

T- the taste hits on that same citrus vibe with some herbal notes... much like a mix between lemongrass and mint. Coriander and rosemary subside behind a lush flow of cascades.

M- bright with good carbonation.

O- a nice mix of citrus and hops... not stunning, but s great vibe for the price. Very spring, very supported. (561 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and herbal hops.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest with some herbal hops, and a little sugary pine. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA with solid scent and taste and an ok body. It had a smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable, but nothing earth shattering. (425 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing tulip. Pours two fingers of thick frothy white head with a pale golden colored body. Up front juicy tropical fruit hops with a more herbal hop behind that. Taste is more herbal/catty hop forward than the fruity hops in the nose. Sweet biscuit backbone. Medium mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish. Overall a nice looking IPA with a great nose of tropical fruits, citrus and herbal hops. Nice dry hopping too. The taste is more catty as compared to the nose but still has some nice citrus notes. Respectable and recommended. (553 characters)

Photo of Bentster
2.82/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new flower power is not what it used to be. It's a mere shadow of 2011 Flower Power. The beer had very little scent. The flavor was faint. This beer could be called "Flower Power light".
It is still a fine beer but it lost it's edge....big time. (250 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a dense white head. There is thin lacing around the glass as it empties.
S - Floral and hoppy. The smell reminds me of the sun and a typical SoCal IPA.
T - Balanced hop and floral taste. The taste is bright and refreshing.
M - Medium-dense carbonation that expands in your mouth. The beer goes down nice and smooth.
O - For me the best thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. The appearance, smell, and taste are all good, however, nothing truly stands out. This is a good all-around IPA that is drinkable and session able, but it needs more juice/pop. (588 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a hazy marmalade-orange with a finger of off-white head.

S: Very tropical. Pineapple, grapefruit, and honey.

T: Bitter pine up front, followed by pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit.

M: Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

O: Top notch. Incredibly drinkable. If this were distro'd in my area, it would definitely be my go-to IPA. (420 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at the surprisingly good local tap-list at our hotel in Rye Brook, New York. So good that I ignored the rest of the list and had a second. A very well balanced IPA with citrus and pine, a touch of sweetness reminiscent of honeycomb, and a satisfyingly crisp finish. Very fresh tasting and full bodied while also being thirst quenching. I could drink this all of the time if it were local. (404 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: After the pour it appeared a bit cloudy - but I think that was the nucleation off the glass. Nice pale gold color. Produces a 1 finger light foam head that appears to want to stick around. Lots of nice lacing left after each sip.

S: Fruit and floral smells.

T: Slight acidic flavor with citrus fruits and floral tastes.

M: Cold and smooth with the right level of carbonation.

O: This is an IPA that is not overly bitter. Bitter is a big problem for me so that is a good thing. This has a nice taste. I had it on tap last night and I am reviewing off a bottle (The bottled date is 2 months ago.) A little of the freshness and punch is missing but it is still really good. (679 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured for my bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Hazy orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Hop extract or resin; Heavy pine and citrus notes

Taste: Bright grapefruit and citrus flavors with floral undertones accompanied by pale malts that keep everything in check. Resiny

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth with moderate bitterness

Overall: This is a great IPA. Very full flavored for the style and smooth and not too bitter which I like. This reminds me of a Lagunitas beer. I will definitely keep my eye out for more of this this summer. Highly recommended (612 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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