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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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1,252 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,252
Hads: 5,022
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,003 | 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 WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Version (only available at brewery)

The beer pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is killer! It has a powerful citrus hop blast along with a really solid malt aroma (pale and Carapils). The hops smell so fresh. The taste is great as well. It's perfectly balanced in the West Coast style. It has the basic malt bill of pale and Carapils malts loaded to the gills with Cascade hops. It's wickedly bitter, yet so refreshing, even at 8%. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer that seemingly is better unfiltered, although it's not very hazy at all.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About 2 weeks old, picked up locally.

a - classic orange with massive frothy white head with chunky lacing. Just like the growler, head hung out forever. Brew was Transparent.

s - i could smell this puppy across the room. nice citric hops. not too sweaty or sticky, but definitely a fresh hoppy ipa smell. piney but fruity. very brisk with just enough malt backbone to keep it balanced, but the hops are the superstar of the show.

t - wonderful fruity hop bouqet. Mango and peach and less pine. Some malt for balance, but floral hops leadnthe way.

m - medium bodied...a balanced hop fiesta. Finishes a tad bitter.

o - overall, one of the better local(ish) ipas. always nice to have this one fresh and whenever ases show up in the stores this is a go to 6er for the fridge. I hold this beer in high regard, was kind of surprised to not see a bottle review on file. Love this one. Worth seeking out if you don't get it. East coast IPA goodness.

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Photo of wrobills
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice gold/amber slightly hazy.

Smell: Like a big citrusy olfactory atomic bomb. Grapefruit, peach, "grassy". Sweet and hoppy, makes you want to dive right in.

Taste: Sweet citrus hops up front with a nice malt backbone so that the initial taste is not too bitter. The end of the beer leaves a nice lingering bitterness on the back of your tongue. Hoppy, but not too bitter. The 7.5% is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, Medium bodied beer. Leaves what feels like a thin layer of hop oil all around your mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these. Wont overpower your taste buds (if you drink IPA's), but also wont leave you wanting...

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan.

Amber color with thick white head that lingers well in pint.

Smell is as the name suggests, a floral car-bomb. Nice lemon, and mango notes.

Taste is lemon, mango and sweet malts. Good resinous hoppiness. Nice bitterness in finish. Not overpowering. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mediun bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall this is almost perfect. Would love to see this in Mississippi.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery served chilled in a pint glass this beauty shows a clear light amber color with a modest white head but very nice spidery lacing. The aroma offers classic citrus/cat piss type hops with a slight brussel sprout edge. Nice. The flavor brings a more flowery hop but still carries plenty of pissy bite. Delicious. It has bright orange-grapefruit and as you go there is a fair pine edge with a biscuit idea to it as well. It's medium bodied, slightly syrupy but plenty drinkable. Carbonation is tastefully light. This is just a classic IPA that should satisfy any hop lover. I give it a solid "A" and would welcome this refreshment on any occasion.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a firm, foamy head that leaves dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: Flower power, with sweet, floral citrusy elements; s bit different from the typical IPA, however, as there is an apricot aspect in there, as well

Taste: Sweet and citrusy from the get go, with a building floral apricot aspect the reaches its crescendo at mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness sets in to provide a foil to the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoying this one; the only change I would make would be to add a bit more carbonation to cut through the sweetness more effectively; although there is considerable bitterness, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I have encountered

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber gold with an off white head. Nose is strong with pine resin and almost a touch of sweet apricots. Flavor is strong with hop attributes. Fairly strong sweet tone to it. Feel has a lot of bubble on the tongue but a fairly standard liquid feel. I say this is extremely drinkable, but more so if you like the hoppy brews. If you are not one who digs getting kicked in the mouth by a hop (not that this one is that extreme), then you might appreciate this one a little bit less.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: September 2011

A: Pours a golden yellow with orangish highlights. About 1/2 an inch of head dissapates fairly quickly

S: A mix of freshly cut grass and flowers that have just started to bloom. Also get some citrusy notes in there. Pretty much an all-hop nose. Very nice

T: Follows the nose to the T, fairly bitter to start off but that goes away as quickly as it came. Hops are grassy and earthy, with a hint of citrus rinds. Sweet maltiness rounds things off nicely. Alcohol is barely present among all the hoppy goodness

M: Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation

O: Another easy drinking IPA. Great for spring and summer, and will most likely catch up on you quickly because of the well-hidden 7.5%

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into glass

A- Hazy, orange hue with slight lacing.

S- Gold standard aroma for IPA. Citrus pops on first sniff

T- Graperfruit, pine. Everything about this IPA is dead on for the style.

M- Smooth, perfect for the style. Consistant from start to finish

D- This is what all American IPA's should be. True to style. I bought this at Wegmans on the recommendation of the good folks who posted on this brew.Thank you.

Well done, Ithaca!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #48 on the "Top Beers - American IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. A top IPA, needless to say this is a top want. Thanks to a recent trader for extra-ing this beer my way.

Beer is yellow / amber with a mild haze, steady moderate carbonation, white head small bubbles, lots of lacing, looks nice.

Aroma is quite hoppy, piny, mildly sweet, a nice aroma for sure.

Beer is medium in body and really nice on the finish, strong and complete with a nice body and a moderate bitterness on the back. Mostly pine hops but a wonderful little IPA here. I'd drink this every day, seriously.

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Photo of chriswilkes33
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hotmanflab666 for the 12 oz bottle.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep hazy gold color with nice white head. Beer retains head very well.

Aroma: Hops are up front but this one doesnt have much of a citrus nose, it is more towards the floral aroma. I suppose thats where the flower power name came from :)

Taste: Yep definately floral with a lingering bitterness, this beer is pushing the boundaries of IPA towards double IPA. Very good beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbpnated just right and leaves neither a dryness nor lingering sweetness on my tongue. Again, very well done.

Overall: Yep, I would happily serve this to any of my friends. Excellent beer.

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Photo of fear025
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Hops, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.

Appearance:Golden in color, huge white fluffy head.

Taste:Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. It tastes a little dank, like a wet hopped ale.

Mouthfeel:Light in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability:Even though it sat in my cellar longer than it should have (3 months), the hops held up really well. What a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/29/10

A:Pours a nice orange color with a white head that falls fairly quickly, sticky lacing
is left down the glass as the brew is drank down

S:A very intoxicating aroma is let off into the nose with a mixture of tropical mango and pineapple juicy hops. It makes me just want to sniff it all night long

T:Just as the nose leads you to believe the drink on this is filled intense flavor of juicy
hops only being balanced for a moment before it takes hold of the palate again for another
hit of bite on the backend

M:Body on this one is a little thin with nice carbonation, palate is left a little dry from
the alcohol.

D:This is another one of those brews that I could drink all the time if it was available in
my area. Reminds me a lot of a West Coast IPA version , big hops with no apologies
for your palate. This one is a hop lovers dream.

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Photo of cpolking
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper in color with a half inch of foamy head. The aroma is of huge hops. It starts out piney, then turns citrusy and finishes with a light tropical fruit and flower. The flavor follows the aromas through their progression, finishing both surprisingly light, yet bracingly bitter at the same time. If you are a hophead who likes American IPA's you should like this good example.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice eggshell white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: The aromas are big on the hops and a bit of sweet malt as well. I'm picking up grapefruit, floral hops, a bit of pine and a decent caramel malt backbone. There's a bit of tropical fruit in there as well. As I take more whiffs of this thing it gets more complex.

T: The taste is incredibly good starting with a bitter grapefruit peel flavor followed by wonderful notes of mango, sweet malt, and bitter pine. This has all the great flavors of a classic IPA. The buttering hops could be dialed back a tad but that is a tiny complaint.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied with a drying finish.

O: I would drink this all the time if it were available here. Great flavors and aromas make this a benchmark for all IPAs in my book.

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Photo of danedelman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy copper color with a nice 1 finger head.

S-lots of floral hops in the nose. Piney and delicious. Note:I am not a huge hop head and find this to be a great balance of hops to malt.

T-Piney hops right on the front of the tongue with a nice malt character lurking in the background. Not over powerful hops and great balance. Awesome job Ithaca!!

M-clean and crisp, what more can you ask for.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow/orange hue, finger head, great lacing

S: peach, mango, light floral, intoxicating nose

T: peach/mango jam, mild floral, hint of grass,
long slow piney bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: OH MY! I have heard so much about this East Coast
brew and it lived to the hype. Powerful IPA, on cusp
of a Double/Imperial IPA to some. Excellent sweet
and bitter balance.
Would highly recommend this to everyone, almost
a Double for someone who isn't in love with hops.


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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA into a pint glass. Brew date 1/11/11.

A: pours a nice rich amber color. not too hazy. nice two finger head from the tap. FRESH BEER!

S: loved the nose! fresh floral, citrus hops surround this one.

T: love the hop punch of this one. nice mouth pucker, hop punch at the beginning, some malt (not a lot) and a crisp finish

M: good bite. not too chewy. very much liked.

D: well I put back two after drinking 3 other types of brew....so I liked and it was very drinkable with a DD to take you home :)

Overall, I put this up there with my favor IPAs. This might be a surprise to some but this is a tasty brew. Ended up buying a 6-pack of it in their bottle shop aftewards but odds are not as good as the fresh stuff.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket RI
A - Slight hazy honey color. A small dense white head leaves plenty of lacing.
S - Delicate hops up front, floral, citrus, sweet malt.
T - A nicely balanced mix of hops and malt. Citrus, with a sweet malt back bone that is just enough to balance this tasty brew. Delicious.
M/F -Fine and smooth carbonation - wonderful. Light/Medium in body.
D - A fantastic IPA that is in my top five for the style.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tuscany Brewhouse in a pint glass

Straw and honey appearance nice light head and perfect lacing as it recedes.

The extra love this beer gets is evident right away
serious dry hopping, huge citrus grapefruit bitters and
sticky resinous pine. 7 different hops all come through in layered effect.

My only complaint is mouth feel it was lighter than expected

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Photo of letsgopens
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at MadMex in Cranberry, this IPA pours a pleasing clear golden amber with a thick frothy, bright white head (of course the lighting was dim so there's some guess work involved). The foam held its form well and left some spotty chunks of lace behind. A very good looking brew to be sure.

Tons of super sweet citrus hops. Overwhelming citrus and pine. Bitter orange and grapefruit and fresh, resinous pine. Super juicy and pungent. A real hop bomb.

Again, pure hops. Maybe its because I just finished a much sweeter beer, but the bitterness is really jumping out of the glass for me. Crisp and spicy fades in to mounds of citrus and pine. Primarily orange and grapefruit pith once more with a hint of pineapple. A great melody of hop characters. A solid malt note and a bit of a biscuity flavor provides a bit of balance to this hop explosion but for the most part lets the little green cones shine. Certainly a suitable name for a beer that displays the finer qualities of my favorite "flower" in such a fashion.

Bright and fresh with a higher carbonation level which helps to increase the crispness and overall refreshing nature of this brew. Lively and bright, just the hop explosion I was hoping for this time. It puts me in the mood for summer.

*Judging from the other reviews, the folks who really seemed to enjoy this one generally experienced it on-tap. Maybe that's just a coincidence but my guess is this is a brew that lends itself better to that particular serving method. Translation: order one at the bar if you find it!

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Photo of codewarrior
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Singleton Poured into a Chalice

Many thanks to chcfan for sending me one of my all-time favorites. Not quite as good as getting it on tap at Moosewood, but still ... mmm.

L: Deep apricot, ripe, with towering head. Retention is pretty good, with snowflake lacing.

S: Woah ... perfect balance in the nose, hoppy bitterness blended with towering sweetness with no clear victor. Wonderful floral cutting throughout. This thing is awesome.

T: Starts sweet and then drops into a floral bitterness quickly before resolving into a sweet, floral linger that suits me just fine. I wonder if they named t flower power to call my attention to the flavor, or if it is really this strong.

F: Light and wet (I know it's liquid, but you get my gist) for how dry it is.

D: More, more. I could drink a 6-er of this in a go, and go back for seconds.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. best before FEB.

A: super hazed golden/orange. the head is off-white and looks sticky. great lacing and good retention. good looking AIPA.

S: citrus for sure. just a blast of american hops. certainly a rich, malt backbone there to bring it all together. this is what an AIPA should smell like.

T: sweet, tasty morning fruits. clementine. oranges. grapefruit. the malt is up front and big as well. maybe some wheat in there? the finish leaves the longest lasting, closest representation of grapefruit that i can have to memory on an IPA.

M: carbonation is moderate and works well with the hop profile and malt body. medium bodied.

D: super vibrant and flavorful AIPA. definitely one of my favorites. just bright, fresh hop flavor that every IPA lover looks for in a good one. pick it up if you can find it!

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best IPA...EVER!!!...

I've had this on tap and out of bottles many times...this particular poured from a bottle to a typical shaker american pint glass...

I've had all of the heavy hitters...Two Hearted, Union Jack, Big Eye, Sculpin, Blind Pig, Pliny, etc etc...and there are many exceptional IPAs from my local PA brewers as well. I give applause to all of these...but my favorite is Flower Power...

I had the pleasure of visiting the brewery a few years ago and had a wonderful experience touring and tasting...it was great...excellent brewery...excellent beers...

Flower Power is an amazing example of the American IPA...scrumptious aromas, great flavors, nice strong abv and an aftertaste that doesn't turn you away...its a very balanced, extremely hoppy, and nicely strong example of the style...

A - Gorgeous golden orange appearance, nice sized head, with a small surface head that hangs around like a "real ale" should, with excellent lacing.
S - Look out aroma...I smelled the beautiful hop flowers used in this nectar from at least a foot away while pouring...citrus, tropical fruits, pine trees, flowers, herbs, earth, etc...its an awe inspiring thing...
T - Pine resiny, citrus and tropical fruits, biscuits/bread/yeast, bitter and crisp, very very balanced, the strongets and most balanced IPA I've experienced...
M - Medium to full but not syrupy like so many A-IPAs...
O - Perfection...I don't understand why this IPA isn't on the top of the list...clearly so many of you BA members have not experienced this gem...visit the brewery asap...buy this ale asap...or trade for it asap...its an A+++
As of 2013 this beer seemed to have changed deinfitely not the same world class hop explosion it was when I originally reviewed. Good but not great on par with two hearted which I think is a good solid ipa but amazing, not so much. Still give this a try but since the brewery expanded and changed brewers this ipa is no longer my favorite...sad : (

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Photo of psurandy
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Pours a deep gold with a decent head and respectable lacing. The smell is fantastic with floral hops. Great taste with citrus and floral hops up front that flows into a nice little bite of bitterness in the back. The malt backbone isn't prevalent, but you do get a nice bit of sweetness to provide balance to the beer. I really enjoy this beer and what is even better is the fact that it is exactly as advertised. Flower Power India Pale Ale is the perfect description. If you are looking for an IPA that isn't as strong on the bitterness but has a great floral hop characteristic this hits it. I am shocked that this beer is 8%. Easily one of my favorites in this category.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.