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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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4,223 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,223
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 435
Gots: 507 | FT: 24
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light copper color with a very thin white head.

Aroma is not very interesting. Some flowery hops with a little malt to back it up but not very balanced, and not very bold.

Taste is of slightly sweet malt up front, and then a mix of bitter hops and hot alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of hop flavor up front really. There is a lingering citrusy flavor long after a sip is done.

A bit thin in the mouth, and highly carbonated.

Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will finish this one and move on to something else, or perhaps to bed. The two of these left in the mixed 12-pack I bought will be for others to try and review.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

GregSVT, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie Murphy for the 1/2 growler of Flower Power for winning his LIF. Notes taken from a while ago, before I knew what it was. Poured into a snifter.

A- 1 finger white head with lower retention with a hazy orange/copper body tint. Small carbonation bubbles come from the bottom to the top

S- Floral and citrus notes with some piney dryness as well.

T- Sweeter upfront that quickly goes bitter. Sharp citrus and pine dominate the flavor with a malt profile that hangs back slightly. Crisp dry finish that lingers with bitterness

M- Lighter mouthfeel with plenty of small carbonation that turns almost creamy on the tongue.

O- Very nice beer, well rounded and tastes great!

Gushue3, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Goldfishman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Goldfishman, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -5.7%

cfh64, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
4.75/5  rDev +12%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -29.2%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of kjrod20
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

kjrod20, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of RayUF07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

RayUF07, May 25, 2013
Photo of Westyn
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Prospero, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jaminjohnson, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Denzo, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium darkish amber with a cream colored head that holds and leaves lace. nose is perfumy. floral hops on top of some piney and tropical fruit notes and a nice, sweet, caramelly malt backbone. pretty standard concept, but executed very well. taste is intentionally lopsided with a big floral character leading the way, and a healthy amount of bitter that comes in about half way through to open up the taste buds for a little pine and a lot of balancing malt sweetness. medium body starts soft and ends dry. overall, a great beer. one of the northeast's best easily available ipas. always excellent on tap and a great way to cure the hop jones. another winner from ithaca.

timtim, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Googs, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear ambery/yellow colour, two finger white head, good lacing
S - amazing smell of grapefruit and other citrus
T - hoppy bite up front, blends well with the malts, and then a citrusy/bitter aftertaste
M - smooth and creamy deliciousness
O - excellent beer, but i would still take union jack or hopdevil over it, but a delicious beer

vicsju1991, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of ltdantheman
4.75/5  rDev +12%

ltdantheman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of alelover
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

alelover, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of mmcnaughton
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fifty-seven year old life long hippie I gotta say I love the name of this.

Pours cloudy and golden, topped only by a cap of beige foam that gives way to islands. A gentle swirl produces minimal lace.

Smell is a subtle, effervescent mix of citrus and bitter, rounded off by muted floral and earth notes.

The taste is a bright expansion (as in 'mind expansion') of citrus and floral. It starts this way, it builds this way, and it crests in a blizzard of brilliant American hop notes, almost fruity, into a finish of wonderful... flower power. I can't help it, this beer is well named, it finishes with a rush I can only describe, as Ithica does, as flower power. Not dry, not sweet, not super citrus, or astringent, just yummy and... florally potent. Looking for an IPA that isn't west coast IBUific, or east coast malty/bitter? Looking for a brew that is luscious in a different way, yet is potent and yummy? You found it. Man, this is a tasty brew! No wonder it won TAPS last year.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, perfect (low) carbonation, clean in the mouth, clingy not oily, clears well, could it get any better?

Drinkability? I could drink this non-stop until Planet X returns. Home run for Ithica.

cavedave, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of jjheinrichs
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jjheinrichs, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Brushkanna, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mecmd, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Williaar, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev -5.7%

roostor07, Oct 28, 2013
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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