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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,729 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,729
Reviews: 1,230
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 470
Gots: 777 | 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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Ratings: 4,729 | Reviews: 1,230
Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A re-review of this one from the bottle as it seemed a bit different from the growler I had previously.

A: The pour is a nice looking amberish color with a fair amount of orange to it. A nice big white head forms as a cap.

S: The nose is more intense than the previous taste of it. A lot of floral and citrus hop notes, leaning toward orange and grapefruit with just a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is much more bitter than I recall it being. Lots of resinous flavors with a moderate amount of citrus. The hops also have a bit of tropical fruit that I didn't notice before. A bit of alcohol comes through as well, which is the only thing that knocks the score down here.

M: A really solid body to this one with plenty of carbonation and a really crisp feel overall on the tongue.

D: Again, the only knock on this beer was the alcohol flavor that I noted. Otherwise, a solid IPA and one of the few from the East Coast that I've had that I earns that description.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, the Flower Power is a basic IPA that offers about the same hoppiness that many other American pale ales do. It's decent enough, however, and I could easily imagine trowing back more than a few of these at a backyard BBQ or concert.

It pours a just slightly hazy orange-gold body (with some sediment) beneath a short head of off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice, sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is yeasty and fruity with some citrusy hops (and a touch of phenolics, but nothing overwhelming).

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled,median carbonation.

The flavor delivers a nicely balanced combination of light, biscuity malt and delicate citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It's yeasty fruitiness adds a layer of complexity to it, and it finishes drying with some residual sweet malt that slips quickly from the palate leaving a mild, dull bitterness behind.

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber that is on the lighter side. There is a layer of off white head that goes away almost completely.

Smell: Citrus peel hops. The hops smell very fresh. Mild amount of sweet malt.

Taste: Very fresh grassy citrus peel hops. Not a whole lot of malt here. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is both tingly and smooth. The finish is dry.

Overall: I'm glad I got to try this really fresh. Just a tad more balance would have been fine with me.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that rests atop a clear, copper colored body. The foam dissipates fairly rapidly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S - Pungent, tropical fruit hop character with and hint of grapefruit and pine as well as some doughy malt in the background.

T - Fruity pineapple and mango hops out of the gate with clean, thick malt. Some peppery notes in the middle as pine starts to appear. Lots of grapefruit in the finish with lingering peppery character and a touch of toffee and fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an IPA that focuses on aroma and hop flavor first, just as it should. The fruity hops dominate in the aroma and while the beer pretty much tastes the way it smells it also has some peppery complexity in the flavor profile. The malt is sufficient to balance things out and keep the hops from becoming overwhelming, but it keeps its head down and allows the hop character to take center stage. Very nice.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.08/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong pale and pungent hops smell with some citrus, spice and caramel in the background.

T: The taste is bready with a strong burst of pale hops. There’s also some citrus and caramel sweetness that come in next. The after-taste is slightly bitter and there even seems to be what tastes like a weird mint flavor in it.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I didn’t really like this one too much at all and would definitely not drink it again.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a good bit of creamy foamy lacing. The aroma smells bright, flowery, piney, and herbal, with fruity notes of tropical sweetness and some more bitter grapefruit character. Sweet grains sit along the back. Man, this is flowery and ripe in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste is bright in the mouth with citric fruit, as grapefruit mingles with notes of aggressive pine and spice. I'm not getting nearly as much tropical fruit though, as the bulk of the balance here is barely being brought by the sweet, grainy, and bready flavors of the malts. Hope dominate the finish, with a bitter and resinous feel that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly sharp feeling the whole way through but there is a softer creaminess that hangs on the edges. There is a bit of warmth on the backend here, which seems to accentuate that strong bitter finish.

The cask conditioning here brought both positives and negatives to this, as it nicely opened up that beautiful full hoppy nose on this but also brought out the more aggressive aspects of the hop profile in the taste a bit too much. Overall though, there was definitely more to like than dislike here, as this remains a very solid IPA in my eyes.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Huge fluffy head that rises up to 3 fingers and fades semi quickly. Very tan clear colored beer with no carbonation rising from the etch at the bottom. The head leaves nice rings of lacing.

N: NIce hops, some fresh musty wet hops, earthy hops, spicy and floral, touch of pine and citrus. Very slight malty aroma too.

T: Chewy hops to start, with a nice bitterness and musty earthy fresh wet hop taste, but not as much as the nose. A bitterness hits hard at first but seems to fade or my mouth gets used to it. Slight pine, spicy hops, and chewy hops. WIth that is a touch of malts and sweetness with a touch of caramel even. Slight oily hop taste too. A nice juicy hop flavor adds to it as well as a slight chewy malt flavor which together make a really nice addition to a West Coast style IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower carbonation.

F: Pretty dry and bitter, and leaves an anesthetized feel with all the spicy hop characteristics. Long bitterness, some orange peel now, musty fresh wet hop taste lingers, little spicy bitterness. It leaves some astringent flavors too that start to bombard the mouth. Lots of nice hops overall in the beer, nice a fresh tasting and hoppy. West Coast style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Flower Power IPA it's been awhile since I've seen this, but this stuff is excellent fresh. Appears a pale copper hazed orange hue with an off white slight orange tinted cream colored head. Forms thick and lacing is patterned evenly as it dwindles down around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of citrus/pineapple and earthy hops, very nice smell with caramelized/biscuit malts sugar coated hops wafting my way. Pungent bitterness with sugar coated citrus/grapefruit/earthy hop blasts...a very nice east coast hoppy IPA. Probably one of the best versions I've come across in some time from the East Coast. Mouthfeel is nice medium bodied sharp carbonation, this would cut through either spicy foods or strong cheeses easily. Slightly oily textured hop content in the body gliding across the palate. Drinkability overall is excellent one of those effortless easy drinking IPAs that will surprise you with the alcohol content, up there with Bell's Two Hearted or Founders Centennial IPA.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's in Norristown PA, served chilled in a pint.

A - A lightly hazed golden amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light khaki. Lots of lace, small beading and there is visible carbonation in the beer.

S - A very citrus and yes, floral hop smell w lots of c hops giving a citrus and grapefruit edge w/ a hint of herbs. A very strong hop presence w/ sweet notes in the back -great aroma

M - The feel is bittersweet, crisp w/ an astringent and bitter texture dominating w/ moderate carbonation and mellow resinous texture. An interesting citrus acidity with just enough malt to add to the layers of dry and bitter in the finish

T - The taste is very full of citrus and zest flavors w a grapefruit and lemon peel taste that is bitter w/ a hint of juicy herbal and mild pine elements. The malt flavor gives a light honey-like taste w/ gentle orange and mild bitterness in the taste carries on. The floral part of the beer is more felt in the resinous smooth way the beer sits on the palate and there is a tasty smooth lemon, mango, lime and orange blend even until the finish- packed with flavor.

D - A great Imperial IPA to me - at 8% it is above your normal Amerian IPA in my opinion. I find it smooth grant you and not intensely bitter, but it still makes the cut. The flavor is easy to drink while potent until the last taste. I will definitely have this again, it took 3 tastes to review this. I enjoyed this, but figure at 8.2% it has its limits.

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! BBD of July

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, citrussy & tropical fruits, plus a touch of apricot & biscuitty malt

T: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, some dry & biscuitty & honey malt notes up front, Dryness, honey, grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, some herbal bitterness as well. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple & a kiss of booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, great balance

Drinks too easy, great AIPA, reminds me a lot of Hop Slam

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive appearance, pours light amber in the tall glass. Well carbonated with a nice foamy cap. A few bits and pieces floating but lovely champagne bubbles.

Smooth and rich with a beautiful aromatic flavor. Hops in the nose and hops on the tongue, but all so flowery and spicy. Bitterness is remarkably moderate. A rather light mouthfeel for all the intensity of flavor. Malt is sturdy but light on its feet. A delicious, drinkable, yet hop-centric brew. And the creamy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure.

I have been drinking too many west coast and Colorado IPAs the last few years. I think the western crowd should pay attention to what other brewers are doing with the less intensely bitter style. Ithaca, Southern Tier, Dock Street-- and Epic in Salt Lake. More flower power!

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

I've had this bottled and on tap. Pours yellow-orange with a small white head. Floral hops on the notes with pine accents. Complex taste with the floral hops mainly up front, some citrus and spice in there, and a bready malt finish. Lightly carbonated. Light-medium mouthfeel, and crisp and drinkable. Not extreme at all for an IPA.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking name and bottle.. whats inside?, not so cool. An average IPA at best, a little too bitter for my liking making it quite unbalanced. This greatly affects the drinkability of this beer. Also, the alcohol flavor is way too prevalent and makes it tough to drink as well. There's better, there's worse, its decent.

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for tossing me a fresh bottle of this one. Best before August according to the label. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with three fingers of soapy off-white foam that leaves chunky lacing and settles to a thick cap. The body is a drab brown-orange color that is a bit ugly - you can tell this is now unfiltered.

S - Floral, earthy, hops, with notes of candied citrus, pine, and a touch of cattiness. Not much obvious malt character, and that's just the way I like it - maybe a touch of sugar cookie.

T - The taste is a little more malt forward with some light brown sugar flavor peeking through. Otherwise it's pine, peach and tropical fruits, and a bitter grapefruit finish. Less catty than the nose, which is an improvement.

M - Nice solid medium body, that's perhaps a bit grainy but otherwise very satisfying. Lively carbonation, and an extremely dry finish. Nice oily hop resin is left behind.

D - Not sure why this has a B+, as it's a nice hoppy IPA that doesn't seem to have any major deficiencies. You can tell there are a ton of different hop varieties in here, but it never seems overly busy or muddled.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,729 ratings.