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Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 5,071
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,034 | FT: 23
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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of 7ways
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rough and hazy amber, nice white crown and decent lacing.

Smells like sweet sticky oranges and apricots and rain. Very different from most IPAs, and different is good. One of the first of the style where I can smell the yeast under the hops.

Taste is much less bitter than typical IPAs, and again, less is more/different is good. The orange is more bitter in the taste than the nose, but it's more bittersweet than anything. Pine is damn near absent. I think they made this just for me, as extreme pine is a turn off. Lemon, honey, and grass round out a refreshing change.

Mouthfeel is quite nice lively and dry.

If it was available in GA, I'd buy this once a week.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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

A: Great hazy golden color, with a good amount of head that is sticking around.

S: AMAZING, get a ton of hops. Citrus and pine just exploding into your senses.

T: Getting a lot more pin than citrus in the taste, a great piney taste though. A small hint of citrus but barely any, just a great pine taste.

M: Goes down pretty smooth, leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue which is good.

O: This is a great beer recommended by a friend at a tasting, picked up a sixer and will definitely love everyone of them. This could be my year round hopslam

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Photo of prg1976
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear amber color with a decent amount of off-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a nice thin layer on top.

Smell is sweet floral citrus. Orange peel. Awesome

Tastes a nicely bitter, citrusy, sweet. The bitterness hangs around a bit, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. The bitterness is there, but it should be IMO. Drinkability is good, there's a nice mid range abv so you could have a couple.

This is an awesome beer. A great west-coast style IPA from an east-coast brewery. Bravo, Ithaca!

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront. This beer poured a hazy golden copper color with a fuzzy white head. The smell is very appetizing. It smells of cascade? hops and grapefruit. This beer is not overly bitter so the hops are either very well balanced with the malts or mostly late additions and dry hopped. A very good 'strong' beer. Next time I'm in town I'll get a growler of this to go.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into snifter.
a = great amber rich color, had to comment to wife right away that this was a beautiful color of beer. poured a slight head from bottle to glass. lacing wasnt evident until really looking for it.
s - average at best, no distinguishing notes. hard pressed to find the citrus or pine smell
t = very solid offering, nothing spectacular, not bad, not great. tasted good, but a lot better offereings available
m = easy, non obtrusive, good start, but a very off finish
d = easy drinking, dont taste the abv of 7.5, feel like i could drink quite a few in a sitting, would not travel long distance for it, or put in my wants category, but would not begrudge if it was thrown in as an extra.

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Photo of cvaypai
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to NB Globe.

Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Pours a very hazy orange with some nice gold/yellow glow. Pours with a 1 finger fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell - Lots of resiny and piney hops in the nose. Has some nice earthy and grassy qualities. The malt backbone is there and very evident. That all too familiar malty caramel and biscuity back end can be found.

Taste - This has the nice pine and earthy hops, with a tiny bit of citrus mainly as a hint of grapefruit. This beer has a great bitter bite but is lacking a bit in the hop flavor. Still a great tasting beer. Meets some great biscuity and sweet malt with a touch of sweetness and then a nice bitter and a bit dry finish.

Mouthfeel - The weight of this beer is pretty nice, and the beer is not abrasive nor smooth, it's right in the middle and good at that. The carbonation seems good, maybe a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability - This one could be consumed relatively heavy, I could do a few and possibly a 6 pack fairly easy I am assuming. Can't seem to find the alcohol anywhere.

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

Flower Power

C: 4.0 - Hazy golden/amber color. Red/Pink hues. Pours with very little head (1-2mm, max), which leaves behind a light lacing on the glass.

S: 4.5 - Hoppy. Fruity. Cantoloupe like sweetness. Undertoens of honey.

T: 4.0 Mellow. spices. Light sweetness. Bitter finish. hoppy bitter aftertaste

M: 3.5 Good texture and body. Low/medium carbonation.

D: 4.0 Easy to drink. The hoppy flavors are a favorite of mine, so this ranks highly on my list. I've had this beer once before on tap and it was absolutely amazing. This bottled version isn't as appealing, but then again, it could just be my surroundings which made the experience a little different.


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Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is straw yellow, somewhat cloudy... but clean. Pours with a messy cream head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is very floral, hoppy and grassy.

The beer is sought after by many IPA lovers, this was an ok beer, for an IPA.. perhaps a little too floral for me. Obviously why its called Flower Power this is what they were going for... and I understand that.

The beer wasnt for me though...

I will get it again, buy it again, and drink it again... its just not as good as I thought it was rumored to be.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy golden color with thick but airy head that laces well throughout the pint.

Flower power indeed! citrusy floral notes in the nose, with a crisp piney in the back.

Taste to match the nose, but with the piney notes more assertive, with a grapefruit flavor providing a touch of sweetness.

A good brew that I will continue to enjoy.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold approaching brown with a fluffy white head and some lacing.
S - Fruity and flowery. Not much pine. Pineapple, however, is present, along with some citrus and other generic tropical fruit.
T - Fruity and flowery again; tastes almost like fruit juice. A hint of graininess afterwards, not sure exactly how to describe it.
MF - Pleasant, smooth, goes down easy. Interesting mentholated feeling; cools the mouth.
O - Solid brew, really enjoyed this; would however say that this is bordering on a DIPA and it packs an alcoholic punch (that I can feel, even if I can't taste it).

I suspect this beer was just a touch too cold as I wasn't so into it at first but as it warmed it really started growing on me.

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Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's in Paoli:

Nice deep orange amber color with 2 finger foamy head. Great smell of citrus, especially orange, west coast nose for sure. Very refreshing with a great hoppy flavor and a slight malt backbone in there. Extremely drinkable. I could really get myself in trouble with these. I had 2 pints easily and a third would have been no probelm. No hint of the 8% abv whatsoever. I will certainly buy this in bottles when readily available in this area. Very well done by Ithaca and I would highly recommend to those who enjoy a very nice IPA. Cheers.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/10/12

L: Deep gold. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing that covers every side of the glass.

S: 5 Man, you can smell it the second that cap comes off. Fresh resinous and citrusy hops upfront. Powerful, pungent, divine. The smell is the most impressive aspect of this brew and leaves quite a lasting impression

T: More delicate and subtle than the aroma lets on. Slightly malty, but hops dominate this flavor through and through. Hops are more resiny than citrusy. Dry, crisp, with a welcomed bitterness that lingers a bit less than I would expect from a well-crafted IPA. Though pretty tasty, the flavor seems a little one-dimensional; some citrusy hop character would add to this.

F: Medium body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate. Slight alcoholic warmth, appropriate for a good American IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very good IPA with one of the best aromas I’ve encountered with the style in awhile. I will certainly be coming back to this one.

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Photo of rembrant
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and hazy with a persistant white froth that eventually settles to one finger. big time lace.

the Aroma is very fruity with grapefruit dominant to the extent there's nothing else obvious. After a few determined whiffs I do find a little malty caramel.

In the flavor,that malty caramel comes and goes so quick it's barely there...then Grapefruit Bomb. It's a bit like Crooked Tree IPA in that it just turns into grapefruit juice. Limited complexity,and as with crooked tree...I'm wondering where my BEER went. I'm impressed by the deception,but want some OTHER beer taste too. I'd had a Celebration 12 pk,and there,while I got grapefruit,I also got other flavors and details.

Mouthfeel is good,while the malts don't flavor it much,they are there with some body. I let a bit warm,and eventually there was a little malt + depth,but by then it's warmer than I want an IPA.

Drinkable and indeed tasty and refreshing but I'd expected more. Very fresh....was just in town a couple days.

(from notes late Nov)

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Photo of abraxel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 6, courtesy of mdfb79. A 12-oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter.

A - Very clear golden orange, with a finger or two of near-white head. Thin but long-lasting lacing.

S - This is yet another that I could smell the second the cap came off. Awesome tropical, pineapply, mandarin-orangey hops. This smells fantastic. There's some biscuity malt in there, too. Smells like a fantastic IPA.

T - This can't quite cash the check written by the aroma, but it's still quite good. Orange pith, pineapple, pine, and some grassy/earthy resin. A simple but tasty malt backbone. This is a well-done, balanced, drinkable IPA. I like it, but don't quite love it.

M - Medium body, relatively low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice IPA. I wish the flavor were as awesome as the aroma, but it was still good.

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Photo of dougfur
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flower Power is a solid and underrated IPA. This beer is nearly perfect if you're hankering for a citrusy, "lighter" DIPA. It's actually pretty similar to PTE.

The aroma is very hoppy, with pretty strong citrus notes. It tastes just as it smells and is very well balanced. Color is orangy, but certainly not dark for an IPA.

If I had to pick one IPA to drink forever....well, that would be tough, but this would be in the running! Perfect for a hot summer day!

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Photo of kaips1
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was a 12oz extra from the awesome Charlie Murphy, thanks Nick.

this poured into my sam a pint glass, it at first poured with a 3 finger thick frothy head, that subsided to a thin layer of bubbles, that left lots of lacing. the color is a nice light copper that thins out at the bottom of the glass. there is a thin bit of haze in it that seems to fade with the color as you travel down the glass. the smell on this is all floral and citrus, it smells like heaven, probably the most appealing part of this beer. light malt and mild bitter but still citrusy hops pull the flavors of this beer together light in body i could see this being a session beer if i lived up north. this beer a little tingle, not like some ipa's ive had but it wasnt bad and it seems to fit the body of this beer more so than if it was a more pronounced hop forward beer. overall it was good and a nice beer that i could see myself drinking again, may not be the first choice but its on the list.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati

poured from a bottle into my DFH glass

Pours a nice golden color with a creamy white 1 inch head

Smell--like you've been hit in the face with a grapefruit. I really can't get much past that, it's very refreshing.

Taste--ok...imagine you take a grapefruit, preferably the one you just smelled, and scoop out all of the fruit. Then you take the remaining liquid and slurp it up. It's that impressive and predominant.

M/D--I am not the world's biggest IPA fan; I'm slowly treading into that spectrum of the beer world, but if all good IPAs taste this good, I'll be picking up some more. I've got a Green Flash West Coast IPA that's up next.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive gauzy orange/amber. A white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is big and hoppy: flowery, resinous, with some grapefruit. The taste is very good. A nice initial hoppy burst with a sharp and crisp bitter finish. The hops are a nice mix of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is good; the beer is fairly heavily carbonated and it is quite drinkable. Overall a very, very good big IPA. Not quite top of the heap, but there's a lot of competition in the IPA category. But almost top tier. Definitely one to have again. It would probably be even better on tap.

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Photo of nc41
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before March 2011. Reviewed on February 11th, 2011. Ithaca's Flower Power, eh? I've been anticipating what this beer might be like. Let's do it up!

Now that's what I like to see in an IPA! Poured into a pint glass this resembles honey topped with cream. A 1/2 inch head meanders down to a skimming but maintains a solid cap on the brew constituted of tight white bubbles. No chill haze. Carbonation looks solid throughout. Lacing is fantastic and spiderwebs down the glass. Aroma is delicious. Light grapefruit and pineapple linger in a nose that is definitely citrus hop forward. The malt's bready smell stands around in the background but it's definitely there. Hey, it's an IPA. It's supposed to be hops! Hops! Hops! Right?

A little less than I expected in the taste at first.. This beer is, how do you say, delicate. Bitterness is very low and a bit of seemingly piney hops begin to play near the tip of my palette. I would say that this IPA is definitely very well rounded. It's not a hop bomb as the nose would suggest but malts don't overpower either. Biscuity with light citrus and piney hops on top. Bitterness continues to lay low.

At 7.5% this is a bit more than sessionable but it tastes like a session beer. Crisp. Refreshing. Nowhere near hot with alcohol. No particular flavor punches you in your taste buds. Enjoyable and fresh!

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying tonight from a 12 oz. courtesy of a trade with ThePorterSorter.

A: Pours a delightful golden blond into my 4 oz. Intuition ale works tumbler. Head at 1/2" on the pour subsided quickly to a cloudy surface foam with moderate lacing.

S: Smell is quite pleasant. Even amounts of fruity esters in the apricot vein balanced with soft malts and fragrant florals from the hops.

T: Taste is gentle and well balanced. Star fruit and light tangerine citrus notes on the tongue with only the slightest hops bite to even out the malts. Finishes wet and earthy with a soft loam backnote. Refreshing and delicious beer that is subtle and well balanced.

M: Easily draught. Carbonation is soft and micro-fizzy. Very wet on the tongue and clean tasting. A truely refreshing beverage.

O: This could easily be a go-to beer for me. Very nice. I'd definitely love to enjoy some more of this beer.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Celt44
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.