Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,234 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 4,958
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,234 | Hads: 4,958
Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle is dated February ... that is all it says.

A real nice orange amber body but slightly coudy and hazy. Can just see enough rising small carbonation in the middle. Head is about two fingers off white in color, and leaves a decent cap too. Pretty decent looking. Some lacing while drinking but not much.

Nose is a good mix of biscuit malts, and good hop citrus grapefruit. Chewy and dense sensing but nice and balanced. Bold but not ridiculously assertive. Liking this quite well!

On the palate a nice quick creamy texture goes to hop bitter citrus. Finish brings grapefruit forward, then a malt biscuit sweetness even cream. Final resting palate even has some slight ever so small dry sensations even pine needles. Subsequent sips are not as bold but brings out the solid malt backbone and more sweetness almost brown sugar.

A great fun ipa what more can I say. (918 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is medium honey with a modest frothy white head. Smells strongly of fresh citrus and light pine. 'Well-balanced' IPA, if this oxymoron exists. Taste is mainly hops with enough malt to not make it overbearing. Can easily enjoy a sixer over the course of an evening. One of my favorites from Ithaca, a brewery I've frequented from the early days. (350 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Relatively clear, filtered orange/gold body with frothy white head that leaves one big ring of lacing. Aroma is fairly strong, hoppy grass and grapefruit with a little grain and malt background. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, with mild carbonation and a light hop bite in the finish, very pleasant. Flavor has a fairly strong malt backbone, sweet and caramel with a pungent citrus and grassy hop aftertaste that lingers for a very long time. 8% ABV is also very well hidden. Not a hop bomb but just a nice, well balanced "easy" drinking IPA, (562 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to GrindfatherBob for this one.

Appearance - Clear golden body with an ample head. Reduces to very little lacing, however.

Smell - Great hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus with some pine. No malt aroma at all.

Taste - Hop-forward, much like the smell. Great balance of citrus and pine to the hops. Only a hint of maltiness to it. As much as I don't like too much malt in my IPA, this tastes like hops and water, with a healthy lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Because of the lack of malt, it's pretty light. I think it lacks too much body.

Overall - I think I'm harsh on IPAs. This one tastes good, but there's not enough body to carry the flavor. (690 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Mosaic in Astoria. Poured a slightly hazy orange. There was a wonderfully fruity citrus aroma that opens the flavor, but the beer gets a touch thin in the middle. A great clear grapefruit note that finishes the beer out. The hops character is clean and sticks with classic American flavors for a big, rich IPA. (326 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from the tap. Looks good, light mahagony with a good lace show.

Smells of earthy floral hops. In your face.

The taste is hops and some more hops, then some biscuity malt, the slightest hint of alcohal, and then more hops.

Good going down, smooth and tasty. I'd say its medium bodied, but you can disagree if you wish.

Drinkability is solid. I really enjoyed this one. (392 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at the surprisingly good local tap-list at our hotel in Rye Brook, New York. So good that I ignored the rest of the list and had a second. A very well balanced IPA with citrus and pine, a touch of sweetness reminiscent of honeycomb, and a satisfyingly crisp finish. Very fresh tasting and full bodied while also being thirst quenching. I could drink this all of the time if it were local. (404 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, golden yellow coloring with a clingy, low profile, coating white head. Aromas of piney and resinous hops, with a solid pepper spice, and a heavy dose of mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Very tropical and piney, all at the same time. Flavors are bitter hops forward, with pine and cut grass blending over a pepper spice character. Then comes the fruit, heavy on citrus and tropical notes, especially pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and mango. Very fruity. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste carries a bit more bitterness, with a vinous quality on the vegetal bitterness. The finish has a decent resinous and tropical linger, and is slow and dry. Good beer. (762 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the East Village Tavern in Manhattan, at the recommendation of the bartender. "A really nice IPA," he called it, and he's right.

Pours a lovely hazed, but light golden colour, with a full and meringuey head of white. Lacing is solid and crunchy. Relatively light and supple body. Looks great.

Nose is just gorgeous. Fresh and hoppy, with big tropical fruit notes, hints of pineapple and mango, but with a touch of leafy herbal aromas as well. Clean, but fresh and complex. Just gorgeous. It's a phenomenal IPA nose, exactly what you want.

Taste is also great: smooth and light, with a crisp green hoppy bitterness throughout, but a cleansing sweetness and a fragrance on the finish almost like vanilla orchids. Smooth as hell, but with enough crispness and hoppiness to keep it strong and vibrant.

What a great IPA. I'm indebted to the guy for his recommendation. Looking at this beer next to my absolute favourite IPAs and it's on par with the best. Drinkable, fresh, flavoursome and complex. I didn't expect it, but this is definitely one of the best IPAs I think I've had. (1,093 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's the other day. Have had this beer several times now, and it may well be my favorite East Coast IPA.

The beer pours a striking golden peach color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all hoppy IPA goodness, with considerable citrus, pepper, wet tobacco and dank earth. This IPA smells great. Flavors replicate the nose, and I love the dry flavor profile on this IPA. There's just enough malt to balance the hoppy bitterness, and the beer finishes with a clean, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, although this beer has plenty of flavor and is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol no more then an afterthought.

Wish this beer was available down in Baltimore as it would be my go to IPA whenever available. (803 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Lots of floral notes, some fresh pineapple

T: Very clean and crisp, loads of floral notes, pineapple, tropical notes, a little booze feel and hop bite on the end

M: Medium body, tasty, nice feel

D: Very drinkable and one of the most flavorful single IPAs out there (352 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's sunny yellow colour, enshrouded in a smoke-like haze, seems befitting to its name. The foam atop is thick and solid as a glacier and, although it stands to reason that it must slowly be diminishing, it seems to be doing so at glacial speed. More than that, the carpet of lacing it's tattooed to the glass looks like fit to stand the test of time.

It smells like someone hid citrus under my radiator and it's now festered into some kind of wickedly bitter and acidic concoction. When I find out who did it... I'll have to thank them. This smells lovely. I might even try reproducing this at home myself. A melange of orange peel, pink grapefruit and a pinch of lemon zest - it brings citrus to the next level.

Unfortunately it's all mostly for not as the taste is decidedly anti-climactic. The taste of diluted lychee liqueur, cut with a splash of orange juice and rounded out by a fleeting mintiness, is certainly tasty but it lacks what the Jewish would call 'chutzpah': the exaggerated self-opinion, the audacity and pomposity typical of American IPAs. (Which, perhaps to some, isn't such a bad thing...)

And it's not due to any shortage of hops; the presence of leafy, bitter greens is exceeding but it's at least in part because of a total shortage of malts to overstep it. That said, it might be better off without a thick, gooey-sweet malt bill - keeping that pithy, citric acidity intact is a valid priority, even if it does make the beer seem a little bit thinner.

Ithaca Flower Power is one groovy beer, man. And at a (surprising) 7 something percent alcohol, it's definitely no buzz kill. But it's not the kind of beer you sit around the drum circle waxing poetic about - it's the kind of beer you drink. Fast. And in great quantity. With great gratification. With an impatient urge to go out immediately and buy more. (1,846 characters)

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

(Served in an American pint glass) best before Feb year?
A- This beer has an orange body with a very slight hazy and a slight red tint to it. There is a beige creamy bubbly head that had a good carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The fresh floral hops with good pine notes and a soft perfumy pine resin note to the hop finish.
T- This beer has a nice malt flavor slightly sweet with a green herbal full pine hops flavor finishing with a pungent hop flavor. M- This bee has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice full forward hop flavor making this a nice solid IPA. (597 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront juicy citrus hop - oranges, grapefruit, apricot, etc.

The taste was equally frontloaded hop-wise. Citrus hops dominated - so sweet and juicy that you almost wanted to chew them. Of course there was a solid grain backing, but virtuously unrecognizable.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very flaorful AIPA. Certainly a sweet-hop lovers delight. (491 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, on-tap at Al's.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, a little dark but strikingly clear. No head comes along, making it look like a cask pour even though it isn't.

S: The stickiest of the icky, the beer is wickedly dank. The hoppiness has citrus and plenty of it, along with a resiny thickness. What a hoppy delight to linger on.

T: For as hoppy as it is, its caramel base isn't shy. Standing out through each sip, it adds balance and support for the dark, dirty hops. As the hops bloom, which they do often, the ale becomes a resiny swirl of citrus bitterness. Grapefruit and orange rind are strong, fresh and vibrant. The strength of the ale is slow to materialize but at a certain point it hits. Even after that point, the hops are deliciously strong. A floral dose of intensity.

M: Resiny and thick, coating my tastebuds anew on each sip. Dank is the word of the day, a dark hoppy melange of flowers and citrus. Fresh this IPA is tough to top.

Mouth smackingly good, bitter and focused with a true bite. Amongst a line-up that included Mongo, Big A, Hopsickle and Idiot IPA, this one stood out (I did grab a mongo growler to go). (1,145 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jun/Jul

Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice touch of citrus and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice touch of sweetness, slightly malty, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice IPA. (417 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 8/2/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip
B/B date of November

A - Light amber colour with a slight yellow glow throughout and one finger of bubbly white head and some decent lacing.

S - A robust nose of juicy citrus & tropical fruit - specifically orange, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and grafefruit with a slight pine nose to the bitter hops as well. A sweet malt backbone is present but is subdued.

T - Follows the nose. Full of citrus a flavous. There is tangerine, grapefruit and some pineapple. A light malt backbone provides a little bit of a balance but the juicy hops definitely dominate this beer.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent IPA that I will definitely buy over and over again. (739 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Haw River teku glass.

Lighter copper color, nice looking white head, bout an inch thick. Very aromatic smell with a lot of floral and fruity hops present. The taste isnt quite as hoppy as i would have expected from the nose...but maybe just because this isnt super fresh (though still in date.) again i get a lot of floral tones in the flavor. Not too sweet though, definitely get a nice bitter finish. A good amount of malt character too. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA. not quite in the "great" category, but enjoyable. (575 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these as extras in an awesome trade with Gory4d... Big thanks Greg... I hope you like your beers as much as I like mine!!

12oz poured into my Delirium goblet.. 1" white head.. good retention and lacing... the brew is a hop hazed glowing orange.

Nose is big and really surprisingly hoppy... perfumy and tons of pithy grapefruit zest..

Bracing bitterness barely gives way to very lite pale malt sweetness and then the full frontal assault of palate clinging oily citrus hops... again there is a perfumy floral hoppiness that lingers long through the finish.. the body is medium with a smooth .. with warmth comes a bunch of other fruity hop flavors that remind me of apricot and Flintstone vitamins.. I thought this was pretty nice.. I would buy this all the time if I had it available...

Thanks again Greg!!

Edit: damn... I just noticed the ABV.. wow.. I never ever would have guessed.. impressive.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5 (935 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to nonic glass at ChurchKey on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Expected hazy amber hue. A good pour yields a nice two finger head. The lacing sticks around for the duration.

S: Citrus and hops. Minor traces of resin and malt.

T: Grapefruit is prevelent up front, with bitterness seeping through the middle. There's a nice laid back and mellow malt finish.

M: Properly creamy and well balanced.

O: I was gonna head up to PA to snag some of this on Sunday but got caught up cleaning the house with the wifey. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find this at ChurchKey's, seeing as Ithaca doesn't distribute to the area.

This is a really solid and highly drinkable brew. Every aspect of this comes together to create a beer worthy of it's (modest) hype. There's a good chance I'll still be making that trip to PA for a case of Flower Power. (848 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Inch-tall fluffy white head on a dull orange beer. Above average head retention and good drink-by-drink step lacing.

S- Oh my. Amazing grapefruit aroma!! Smelled it at the first half pry of the cap.

T- Yes, this is the type of IPA I love. Citrus notes dominate. Nice lingering hops on a strong malt backbone. Drinks right at 7.5%abv with a touch of booziness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- My first offering from Ithaca did not disappoint. I've wanted to try Flower Power for a long time, funny that my chance would come in an LIF win. Thanks again Mike (mcb4538)!! (586 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA’s and one that I have enjoyed many times from the bottle but had a chance to have this on tap and felt the need to review for that serving type despite the fact that it may soon be deleted. A tremendous beer is even better in its draft form! Deep burnished amber gold color, head on the smallish side without much retention, mild lacing.

I can smell this one from 3 feet away just sitting on the bar just redolent of floral hops, pine, and citrus. Ultra fresh and juicy. Lightly sweet but powerful and resiny up front.

Big time taste of fresh floral, herbal hops, again lots of pine, resins, citrus flavors. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple but not totally citrus-forward. The name is fitting, as the floral notes definitely dominate. Just a touch of maltiness underneath but nothing too noticeable. The east coast answer to the west coast hop bombs.

Carbonation is medium to low and the body is on the fuller side; excellent creaminess, somewhat sticky, long aftertaste that’s both bitter and citric. Very pleasing mouthfeel.

I’m a huge fan of this one out of a fresh bottle and the draft version is even better. Not to be missed. (1,175 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, body is very pretty but a pretty mediocre half inch head.

Smells great--bright orange citrus, pineapple, maybe some mango or grapefruit.

Taste starts with sweet fruity peach, fades to floral notes and some spicy hops, then the orange and other citrus that dominated the nose. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery at first, after a couple seconds in mouth the carbonation builds up and it's fine. Body is thick enough, pretty drinkable, just needs slightly fuller carbonation.

Great IPA, good balance.

8.2/10 (540 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" creamy light beige head, which fades, but laces well with foamy coating. An orangy amber brew, with a minimal aroma, which is more of malts than hops, unfortunately. Taste is initally light malts, which is taken over by a generic hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, could certainly see this as a session brew, but nothing particularly outstanding in any aspect. A reasonable all-purpose brew. (539 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another from my recent trade with orcasteve. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish amber with about 3/4 of an inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing pine and floral hop aroma happily drifts into the nose. I really like the aroma of this beer a lot. The flavor is right there with the scent, lots of pine and flower and a slight malt backbone.

The body is right where it should be full and tongue coating, but not heavy or sticky. Drinkability could not be better.

This is from one of the breweries I miss from my home area and this brew is as good as I remember. A job well done! (650 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.