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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

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, oranges, and floral hop bitterness is easy to detect and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, grass, grapefruit, orange, and a floral bitterness. The bitterness provide a nice bite late as you swallow. Hint of alcohol here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: a nice sessionable IPA. Easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ithaca pint glass, Found some fresher bottles after getting a beat six-pack.

A- A bright orange color, a bit hazy, just very bright. About a 1/2 inch of the white stuff came up from a very hard pour, practically 180 degrees the opposite way. Some clunks of lace here and there.

S- Yep, it's that sweet lovin, hops, mango, citrus, pineapple, the works. A nice flower scent and a malt backbone that's anti east coast, not that i have anything against this side, our ipa's are lack luster though. Some bisquit and just hops.

T- Yep, it's up there, Im not afraid to say this but Flower Power is the best example of this style out the east (I have not had heady topper) period... Tropics citrus, light nice malts, a friendly bere here.

M- Getting some bitterness followed by a nice easy malting that imparts not much sweetness. I have had this not fresh and it does get very easty and sweet, drink up quick. Carb is not a problem.

D- I drink this on a weekly basis.

When I first had the power on draft when it first showed up in philly I was not that impressed, when it came back year round it has been nothing short of spectacular. Kudos to Ithaca for brewing a tasty ass IPA!!

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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)!!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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,

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, citrus, a touch of resin. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it didn't quite live up to the hype, it is a good quality beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Nice hop nose (pine, grapefruit & grass); underlying american pale malt with hints of caramel & toffee.

T: Good american hop flavour (pine, grapefruit & grass), though the malt is a little lackluster with a little biscuity grain & a hint of oxidation (flat/cardboard flavour).

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but a fairly dry finish. Slight hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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).

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright tangerine pour, when backlighted, shows a translucent nature with a medium sense of effervesce. The head was spongey, like a freshly baked cake, sturdy, and rose a finger high, almost refusing to budge even after 4-5 minutes. The lacing was equally impressive leaving a thick coating with stratified rings running down the glass.

S: Sweet piney scents open things up on the nose with some sweetened pink grapefruit juice. The strength is moderate in delivery, faintly noticeable even before bringing the glass up. It really does smell like sweetened pink grapefruit juice is the best to describe this followed up by a soft flowery essence of citrus.

T: The flavor was one part sweet, and one part citrusy with grapefruit coming through. The bitterness soon moves in with medium-strong proportions of grapefruit pulp, pine and a dry flowery citrus presence. The swallow finds a bite of spicy bright citric hop elements and some hop oils of pine with dry grapefruit grind coating the tongue. Dry, flowery and a hop presence that could easily be mistaken for an imperial with a thick toasted residual malting backing things up adding substance.

M: The mouthful was creamy and frothy on the hold, full bodied with a spicy citric bite with some noticeable alcohol notes. Warm piney flower bitterness is left behind.

D: An ipa that brings the hops and malt and shouldn't disappoint. Sweet upfront, quickly turning bitter and flowery on the finish. A great six pack investment for the hop head inside of you and certainly heads above 90% of others by style garnishing this an easy A.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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