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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 4,958
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 957 | FT: 25
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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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Reviews: 1,234 | Hads: 4,958
Photo of thlayli87
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Beautiful golden orange color with 1 finger head. Lots of bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. Decent lacing.

S - Complex nose with notes of mango, citrus, and pineapple.

T - Not as fruity as the nose. Some citrus fruit flavor followed by floral and herbal hop notes.

M - Smooth and satisfying. Mildly astringent

O - Hop forward but smooth and drinkable. A well crafted brew. (409 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the light side, with medium carbonation for the style but very good lacing. Biscuity malt notes, and the hop notes are pine and crushed aspirin. Good beer, but not one of my favorites because of a slight soapiness. (217 characters)

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

This one has it all. A very impressive example of what an IPA should be. Nearly perfect balance of what makes an IPA desirable. Smooth. Disguised ABV. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of "hopiness." I will have another please. (237 characters)

Photo of Celt44
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a medium amber with a nice frothy head. Lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma is very floral (hence the name!). Hoppy hops up front and center. Citrusy grapfruit of course. Finishes with a nice sweet malt aroma.

Taste - Nice mild hop flavor - not the biting bitter of many IPAs. Definitely a malt presence here. Sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel is above average - smooth, not a lot of bite.

Overall an excellent IPA. Definitely easy on the palate. This would be a great introductory IPA for those of you trying to convert the unbelievers. A keeper for sure... (567 characters)

Photo of nc41
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is all NOSE, absolutely fabulous. Like most well made brews nice head , lacing, etc.. The nose is all grapefruit, probably the most impressive I've even had the pleasure of sticking my nose in. The taste follows quite nicely, all citrus with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Nicely balanced and the best IPA I've ever had. I have other favorites too such as Two Hearted, and even a piney east Coast brew like Hop Devil and Smuttynose. But this style really fits perhaps a West Coast IPA brewed in NY, IMO outstanding in every way at a relatively sane hop and ABV level, and dangerously drinkable. The only way to mess this up is to try and drive this to a DIPA level when it doesn't need to be. No extra hops or malt needed.

Alpine Nelson is better. Different but IMO better. this added 12/4/11. Flower Power is still amazing though. (846 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden color with a thumb width head due to a very vigorous pour.

S-Very hoppy, spicy smell. Very fruity, citrusy smell. Very nice.

T-Real hoppy, creamy, nutty taste. Apricots are there as well. Very pleasing to the palate.

M-Super drinkable. Smooth tast with mild hop bitterness.

O-Overall this is a solid IPA from Ithaca. Well balanced and easy drinking. (377 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sidebordz for the trade!

Poured a medium golden amber that was non-translucent but appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small, inconsistently laced off white head that subsided to a mere ring around the glass. The smells became exponentially more aromatic once poured into the glass revealing a nice hoppiness with notes of citrus, lemon, zest and freshness. There is only the subtlest of malt tastes. It has a nice bitterness and almost the dry finish of an unsugared tea. The 7.5% abv is masked well. First tastes from Ithaca Beer Co and I'm satisfied.

Enjoy! (582 characters)

Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so freaking good. I have trouble finding it in the stores but when I do see it I always get it. Hop heads or ipa fans will definitely be pleased with this brew. The aroma and taste are so delicious and full of hop sweetness. Citrusy notes overwhelm this beer in a good way. Enjoy (292 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine, maybe a little pineapple and quite sweet smelling. The flavour is more of the same plus some grapefruit and is much less sweet/malty than the smell which is a nice surprise. The beer is fairly lightly carbonated with a light-medium body. This is a very refreshing and tasty IPA and highly drinkable. (445 characters)

Photo of ballz50401
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 12/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to IdrinkGas for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles present. Head retention is about average for the style.

Smell: A very nice fruity aroma. Smells like freshly cut oranges and mangos. Some toffee notes in the backround.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out with some tastey tropical fruit flavors then turns to some grainy caramel malts. Mouthfeel is meduim with a strong hop bite and a dry alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad of a drinker. I thought this one was going to be a big winner when I first poured it and smelt it. The rest of this brew kinda went downhill from there. Still a solid brew that I would drink again if it was available locally to me. (794 characters)

Photo of animalchin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Had everything a good IPA should have. Decent rocky head and lacing. Smell was a little more herb-ally pungent, even more so than the existing hops. Taste is a nice balance of floral complexity and earthy hops - very refreshing. Also offered a nice body that doesn't overbear your stomach. Excellent take on an IPA from an ever-growing brewery. (392 characters)

Photo of Nachojon
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ironbike1

A- 1 finger white head. Golden with a little haze and just a touch of red when put to light.

S- Solid aroma, citrus hops, warm hay and some fresh grass. One of those pop the bottle smell explosions. A little sweet citrus like a mandarin.

T- Crisp citrus hops, grapefruit, mandarin. That dry grassy hoppiness that is always the sign of IPA goodness.

M- Dry. Crisp. Yummy.

O- Was really looking forward to trying this. Solid East Coast IPA with some West Coast flavors (biased, sorry bout it). Good, not great. (532 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2014.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. There is a variety of flavors, and the hops do not overshadow the other flavors. (737 characters)

Photo of MVotter
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ithaca Brewery Flower Power IPA pours into a chalice a crystal clear amber, and leaves a thin, cream colored head.

The smell is a mixture of tart fruit esters (grapefruit, for sure). And, and piney hops ... even a hint of malt; this IPA is already uber aggressive in the aroma!

The taste is a hop lover's dream. It begins with a good dose of hop bitterness ... grapefruit notes parallel the aroma; tangy, citrusy. The malts provide a nice balance, then give way to an audience-pleasing "hoppy ending."

The mouthfeel is effervescent and medium gravity, medium dry.

Flower Power is one hop-a-licious IPA. And, at 8% abv, it drinks relatively easily. The flavors in this brew never let on about the abv (sneaky in that regard).

GET YOUR HOP ON! (750 characters)

Photo of mbusster88
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Really hazy body with pillow white head. Getting a small amount of carbonation on the glass. Head sticks around rather long, and leads to some good lacing.

S: Wow, get the floral sent of hops right away. Some astringent notes and pine as well.

T/M: Hop bite hits the tongue first. Then some malty bread characters, then right back to the hop bite and some dryness. Great feel with good smoothness and wonderful flavors.

D: Love this beer. Taste is fantastic and the hops really scream out of this one. Easy drink with a good body and balance to it. Recommend to get a few of these and give them a go. (648 characters)

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

This is my first bottle, I am a big fan after the first sip. The beer has a nice floral fruitiness without being sickly sweet which is very important to me in an IPA.

A: Nice amber colored pour, lees floating around which I love to see, unfiltered. Very nice looking pour. Lacing on glass as beer goes down. This is certainly a real looking beer.

S: Delightful sweet hoppy scent. A bit of sour apple essence, unusual. Some pine and bitter as well. Sublte malt backbone, so much so I don't think, "malt" when smelling, but it is there in a well balanced manner.

T: Not your typical grapefruit bomb IPA. Fruity jammy, sweet but not too sweet, bitter but hardly astringent. Balanced , awesome. Impressive.

M: Creamy and thick mouthfeel. Fantastic. Not too thick but thicker than your average IPA even at 7.5%.

D: High drinkability. Probably dangerous at 7.5%, I could see sucking down three of these very quickly.

This is my first bottle of Flower Power and I am certain it will not be my last. I have been looking for another 7-8% IPA to add to my fridge rotation and I think this is it! Bravo! (1,100 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a golden honey with bright white head and serious lacing. The head and lacing did not dissipate throughout the pour. The smell is hoppy with lemon-orange fruit and floral hops. I agree with other reviewers that there is a touch of Belgian in the nose. It may be the age (bottled 5/5/2015) but I don't taste the citrus I smelled; rather, the taste is quite malty with a lot of pine and hoppy bitterness. This is a well-carbonated ale that drinks very easily at 7.50 ABV. Overall, it is a solid IPA but I don't think it measured up to the hype. Again, this may be because of the age. I'd like to try it fresher to be fair. (663 characters)

Photo of KELPAK
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a thick two finger head.

Great floral smell that invites you in to taste a beer with some serious hops. outstanding initial taste that finishes nice and smooth. relatively hard to get ahold of however so if you have the chance to try this i recommend that you do not pass it up. (310 characters)

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

Poured an reddish golden color with a puffy white head and plenty of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was citrus hops with a bit of orange peel, lemon, and caramel.

The taste followed the nose --- citrusy, orange and lemon peel, and a bit of honey. It had just the right amount of malt to hold up the hop bitterness without dragging it down. It finished dry with some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied carbonation to hold up the hops and caramel malt. Given the aroma and taste, it had very little resiny stickiness to it, which is ok.

If this were regularly available to me, I would have these often. (612 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow. Thick white head gives way to delicate lacing.

S - Hops. Grapefruit.

T - All hops in the mouth. Centennial and Citra. Lots of grapefruit. Pale malt to help to create what is a surprising level of balance, given the bold hops presence in this beer. Not tropical but certainly bright and very botanical; very refreshing. Bitter and peppery in its finish.

M - Medium lush.

O - Wow. One of the great IPAs out there. (442 characters)

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

Appearance: Golden Orange. Clean and semi transparent. Pours a nice head that has some variation in bubbles. Streaming carbonation from the bottle of the tulip glass. Has some nice legs on the glass.

Smell: Nice and hoppy. A pleasant lack of bitter with some nice clean citrus notes. Lots of grapefruit.

Taste: A clean hop profile. A bit more bitter than the nose but a good hop backbone. It has some very pronounced lemon and grapefruit notes. A clean and lasting finish. Maybe a little too much grapefruit for me but it really opens up and smooths out as it warms. Pretty clean for 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: A decent dose of carbonation, really fine and homogeneous. Thin and spreads well.

Overall: A solid IPA that really smooths out as it warms up. A really spot on amount of hops. In my opinion, it's got a too much of a forward grapefruit taste that makes it a bit too bitter for me. I still really enjoyed it but it's just not my favorite IPA. (946 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received these in a trade from trxxpaxxs. Best before date was late June.

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a nice slightly hazy orange-amber. It formed a on-finger chunky cream colored head with generous amounts of sticky lacing that remained even after the beer was gone. The head retention was quite good.

S - Lot's of fruit backed by yeast and malt. Fruit notes are orange, mango, grapefruit. Nice fresh floral notes and bready malt in the aroma as well.

T - Very nice biscuity and bready malts on the front end that fade to lemony grassy notes in the middle . The finish is resiny pine the is bitter, but not overly so, with honey notes that hide behind the hops.

M - The mouth-feel is medium bodied w/ lively carbonation & slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - Very nice beer. I like good malt presence in an IPA and this beer fits well there. It has a bit of sweetness mixed with the bitterness in the finish which I thought was really nice. Glad I have a couple more on hand to enjoy. (1,000 characters)

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

alright the flower power ipa got this one fresh near the brewery

poured out pretty dark for an ipa? almost a deep orange more of a red color in my sample then again i was drinking it outside late at night

wow incredible aroma this might be the best aroma of any beer i had recently really awesome stuff here serious grapes and lime and lemon and pine trees here

taste right in there too heavy intense citrus bittnerness very dry and also very potent you could taste the alcohol but it did not matter it was awesome

great mouthfeel super refreshing also light in the body what i mean is the hops lifted the body right up it was quenching

overall this is an awesome ipa i will be buying many more (699 characters)

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

Received this in a trade from LUM. Thanks!

Pours a deep amber color with minimal head. Just enough you know its carbonated.
The nose - pine, slight grapefruit, maple syrup???

The mouthfeel - nice its very citrusy upfront which smoothes out to a nice hoppy bitter back end.

this is a nice IPA which is very drinkable. BTW I get some maltiness in there also on the backend.

I would certainly buy this beer if I came across it in my travels. (443 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the most tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) burps from this. Mmmm.

This is a relatively thick beer with a delicious cornucopia of flavors. Big mango up front with a little dank and pine wrapping it all up.

This is my second time having this beer and, while it tastes different than I remember, it still kicks ass. Loving the new label/box. (345 characters)

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