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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
95
world-class

4,069 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 432
Gots: 451 | FT: 21
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-14-2011 22:41:26 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-06-2013 21:19:15 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -20%

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.

09-11-2005 20:19:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-08-2013 02:23:32 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

12-31-2007 05:38:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.05/5  rDev -51.8%

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.

12-20-2007 03:57:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-10-2011 22:09:33 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-18-2013 19:39:44 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-05-2010 01:52:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

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

05-13-2011 01:41:06 | More by russpowell
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

06-28-2010 04:19:44 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

03-23-2011 16:36:53 | More by Kegatron
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

Ithaca Beer Company Flower Power IPA. Th Spirit of the Finger Lakes. Brewed and bottled by the Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca, NY.

Hazy, golden hue. Small, but lasting, white head. Nice looking IPA.

Aroma: highly hopped, bursting with citrus and pine, plus pineapple, with floral notes, as well.

Taste: A hoppy monster in the mouth, with bracing bitterness right out the gate, citrus fruit, oily resins, smacking up the joint. Never quite quits, lasts long and strong on the palate. Touch of astringency, bit of an aspirin flavor, but this doesn't spoil the overall pleasure found within. In fact, it's a damn nice India Pale Ale.

You've got a keeper on your hands, Ithaca

05-28-2013 07:45:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

04-12-2012 03:42:08 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

10-06-2009 11:46:17 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

04-28-2010 02:41:27 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

a damn good ipa, one of the best out of new york state. the pour is akin to a fresh hop beer, golden honey in color with a little hazy and a delicate tan head thats short and lacey. the nose is tons of puckery grapefruit and some tropical fruit as well, but the flavor gives off some pine notes too in the hop complexion. this is a very refreshing ipa, fruity but not sweet, light malt keeps the hops on center stage. its really bitter in the finish, but more like a fruit bitter, sort of tart and almost caustic in that citric acid way, but the feel is in fact pretty smooth. youd never guess the abv until you drink a few and try to walk to the pisser. mild but adequate carbonation and only a medium body, this is dangerously poundable. i love the citrus element in the hops, its different and its delicious. ithacas best beer as far as i am concerned.

12-05-2012 00:34:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

06-02-2009 19:27:16 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

05-12-2011 13:58:27 | More by Rifugium
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of resiny hops with some orange and grassy hop character as well. The flavor is resiny hops with a little bit of orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA but nothing too special.

05-19-2010 01:51:12 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

11-26-2011 03:10:12 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

06-06-2012 03:43:09 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

From 7/28/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, honey, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and bready malts. Hint of bitterness but not much at all.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good, smooth IPA. Easy to drink and not very bitter, it had a lot of enjoyable citrus and floral notes. Would try again.

08-17-2010 01:07:29 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-11-2012 04:15:46 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Best before January:

Pours lighty hazed amber with an off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - floral/herbal/perfumy and fruity...Very hoppy, though a bit different than typical American IPA - but very nice!

The taste is of big bitter hops - herbal, floral, fruity with balancing malt in the middle that balances it, but recedes to leave a aspirin-ish perfumy dryness.

It is medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

Something a bit raw-ish about it...Alcohol is masked reasonably well in flavor (didn't realize abv until putting review in, though doesn't exactly surprise me - and that might be it). There's a different sort of hoppiness to it. An interesting brew and a good change to something a bit different in an American IPA hop character brew.

11-05-2009 17:07:20 | More by jwc215
Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,069 ratings.