Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,223
Hads: 4,929
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 penguinjive7
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the cask this one pours an amber color with a bit of white head.

The smell is piney and citrusy.

The first blast of flavor comes from the hops which are quite tangy and this is immediately followed by a strong grapefruit flavor. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

The mouthfeel is a bit stagnant, but it is possible that this is because of the cask.

This is a very drinkable brew and I was quite impressed overall. (433 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled four days ago, fresh from the brewery, poured into (appropriately) an Ithaca tulip.

A: Deep hazy copper color with a finger and a half of head. You can barely see through this sucker! Nice lacing. Beautiful.

S: Wow! This beer, more than any other I've had, has a strong grapefruit/orange aroma to it that is simply divine.

T: Huge tropical fruit tones, lemon peel, orange rind, slight malt sweetness. West coast style all the way.

M: Carbonation is adequate. Leaves a fantastic hoppy aftertaste.

O: I'm in love with this beer. So far it's the only beer I've found worthy of buying a case of without breaking my wallet. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone. (676 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at union jack's glenside

A: pours a translucent golden brown. It's not cloudy but I can't see through it. Good lacing left behind.

S: sweet aromas blend with a earthy grassy hop aroma. A flowery smell is also present as the name would imply. The aroma isn't the strongest I've smelled but I'm not sure how fresh it is.

T: bitterness dominates the pallette. tastes of dirt and grass, but in a good way. Sweetness is present to balance but lingering bitterness prevails

M: this beer has a medium body with a bit more carbonation than I would like

D: I prefer citrus flavored hop more than earthy flavors but this beer is enjoyable and I could drink a few in a sitting. (682 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.95/5  rDev -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. (573 characters)

Photo of TVolt1
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good golden amber color. Little cloudy. Small amount of white head.

S: floral hop aroma. Little grassy with a small amount of orange aroma.

T: Even has a grassiesh taste. Nice bitter taste. Very different than most IPAs I have had. I cannot pinpoint a lot of the taste -a little funky and earthy

M: good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: OVerall, I am glad I tried this beer and glad my husband received it from BIF. It is very different - not in a bad way but in a bewildering way. (491 characters)

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flower Power poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head faded to wisps after a few sips but still laced down the pint. The smell was good,. but nothing really jumped out at me. The taste was crisp and strong and the floral and citrus hops married well together. The beer had good body, but at 8% ABV two or three of these will about make it a night.

Flower Power is a very good IPA. Nothing overly unique, but great brewing techniques with a really good hop flavor. Definitely worth a try if you find it in your area. (535 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold-copper with an even, off-white, one finger head.

Smells of pine resin and doughy bread. No question which flower has the power in this brew.

Nice resiny hop flavor with a little orange zest in the end followed by a bitter hop lingering finish. A true to style IPA for sure.

The mouthfeel is a little off for me. The carbonation up front is pretty sharp and that gives way to the unctuous end that stays with you. If there were a way to combine the two feels to mitigate both, this would be a much better beer.

drinkability is good here. The limiting factor would probably be the ABV but since it's not on the bottle you would not know it unless you knew it because it's really hidden in the taste. (714 characters)

Photo of eporter66
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange/copper, nice lacing overall, but only 1/4" head off the pour

S - This is where it gets you, citrusy all the way, with grapefruit, orange and it gets the mouth watering for the first taste

T - Sweet, citrusy and dry finish, and a lot of bitterness in the back. The sweetness hits you upfront, but the hops kick in soon enough.

M - Solid mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - In my early days I am sure this would have had too much bite for me. The sweetness and bitter blend make this an excellent IPA experience, and I will come back for more of this. There are just so many to try, this is probably my favorite IPA, and thankfully it is easy to find. A staple, always some in the fridge. (712 characters)

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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