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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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93
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1,233 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,233
Hads: 4,957
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 957 | 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: 1,233 | Hads: 4,957
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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. (159 characters)

Photo of Victor-monte
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 (326 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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. (331 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (611 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with good head and lace patches on top of a citrusy aroma that is sharp and cutting (like bitter hops). Beer is light, crisp, hint of spices or dirty hops, a good citric profile and there is balance from light caramel and bread malt notes. More hoppy than anything else but not bad at all. (310 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

05/21/14 From bottle. Second time around for the Power & I. I was so impressed first time I decided to see if it could be true that I would actually like an IPA w/images of hops on the label. Usually that's the kiss-of-death...but here, I was willing to test my luck.

My apprehension was unfounded. This proved to be a truly substantially enjoyable brew. If you eschew hoppy beers, like I do, this will alter your view that all nondescript IPA's are to be avoided, Just the opposite. Seek this out. It's highlights are the hops, but that is not at the expense of the overall enjoyment. This is worth seeking out & trying for no reason other than pure enjoyment. My only regret is I only see it once in a while, & I live in the same state.

08/04/13 From bottle. Speaking as a very unhoppy guy this is s a most enjoyable beer. Someone just explained that it is an "East coast" hoppy beer vs the usual Westie style. Makes me happy as now I can hold my head high & say I am not alone. Hops have their place but they should be "seen but not heard", in a sense. As it Warms to ambient temperature, the hop comes to the fore, but still keeps trim. Whoever made this is a hero. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy orange-gold with a tightly packed finger or two of bright white head. Good lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Smells super fresh with citrus juice and pine at the forefront. Resiny-dank apricot (Amarillo?), subtle floral notes and white pepper.

T - Bright and citrusy up front; juicy, syrupy apricot and peach at center, and pine around the edges. Floral, herbal and lemony as the beer develops. Very well constructed IPA -- uber hoppy flavors, but little bitterness.

M - medium mouthfeel that dries out nicely considering how resinous/juicy/syrupy this beer is at times.

Overall great beer. I'd love to venture a guess as to what hops were used -- Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, Cascade? (700 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought by my gf during her trip to NYC. Poured into a pint.

A&S: Lively translucent colored beer. Head pours almost a finger of fizzy off-white head then turns creamy and retains in a thin layer. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some mix of lemon citrus in there as well and a tiny bit of sweet malts.

T&M: Tons of grapefruit citrus mixed in with some spicy coriander. Some floral notes. Bitterness is present in the finish, but not overwhelming. Body is almost full and quite creamy while remaining cleanish and very drinkable.

Overall: Never heard of this brewery before so I was a little skeptical, but this beer was pretty great! A little pricey going for around 3 bucks a single 12oz (not sure about sixers). Probably one of my favorite IPA's I have tired all year. Really reminds me of the workhorse ipa from Laurelwood in Portland. (854 characters)

Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mason jar glass. I couldn't determine exactly how fresh this was considering the frustrating dearth of info on the beer label, but it's likely less than a month old since this is the first time I'm seeing at at my local Fairway.

A - Crystal clear medium-light amber with a thin surface of foam and thin, sticky circles of lacing.

S - Slightly boozy on the nose with a lot of bright floral lavender and citrus aromas. This is a very crisp, clean-cut sort of IPA.

T - A little jammy on the first sips with an upfront bitterness, but yields quickly to the juicy, flowery, slightly piney flavors. Very little heavy malt taste, which I think is preferable for this flavor profile. Finishes just a tad dry.

M - Light and moderately carbonated. There is no weight in this brew's mouthfeel.

O - It's a pretty prototypical example of the clean & crisp side of IPA's, as opposed to the dark & dank side. I don't know if I'd buy it again, but I'm glad I tasted this apparently well sought-after brew. If you like IPA's that are really on the crisp and fruity side, you'd probably like this one (1,122 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a surprisingly clear copper/orange colour with a off white head

Smell - Grapefruit, oranges, floral is there as well. Balanced well

Taste - Pine, grapefruit, orange, floral hops as well. Nice amount of bitterness

Overall - A well made IPA that I'll get every once and a while (316 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a honey color in a Spiegalgau glass with a 1 finger head. Slightly lighter color than most IPAs I have tasted. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is not strong-citrus and tropical fruit.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The taste is citrus and tropical fruit.

The finish is wonderful. This is a hop bomb. Very spicy, slightly bitter, and very, very hoppy. One of the hoppiest beers I have tasted to date.

Overall, a solid IPA. The citrus is not prominent, but the hoppiness wins the day.
Best tasted close to 50°F. (555 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No bottled date to be found

A- hazy orange with tone of lacing
S- muted classic IPA hops
T- sweet going to acidly/ sharp hops to intense floral notes. No I understand the name. Like chewing flower petals
M- nice consistancy. Sticky saliva

O - awesome use of a florally hops (312 characters)

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

A: clear; copper colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded quickly; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, banana; floral notes as well;

T: pine and grapefruit are predominant; a bit of ripe pineapple in the finish; moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: hops are up front, but not overly so; really pleasant to drink; an old favorite; (370 characters)

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)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.