Flower Power India Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

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4,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,882
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 484
Gots: 901 | 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.
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Photo of hoagzzz
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this once before. Over all pretty good but a tad too dry and bitter.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of beerbully
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into pint glass

A-Hazy yellow 1/2 inch frothy white head thick lacing that sticks to glass

S-sweet citrus fruit-mango. pineapple, grapefruit, some bubble gum, hops

T-not as sweet as the nose. more grapefruit than mango or pineapple, bit of a bitter finish with some lemon hops are present but not over powering

M-not overly carbonated, slightlychewy, not too bitter

O-very drinkable, refreshing, good hop presece alcohol well hidden. This is one of my go to IPAs great taste and a good value. steady presnce in my rotation well done by Ithaca

Photo of CruisaC
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Photo of Aiptasia
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jayp82
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very impressive. Huge citrus flavors with a great deal of pine. Orange and mango dominate the palate. Well balanced, and extremely drinkable. With a lot of great ipas out there, I will continue to go back to this one. Great overall beer definitely worth a try,

Photo of thlayli87
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of JVStabile64
3.01/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in 2 or 3 years. Pretty good!

Photo of Celt44
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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...

Photo of danmcg62
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of nc41
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of spacebear09
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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.


Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of mrnobody
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ballz50401
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of animalchin
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Nachojon
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of mbusster88
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of KELPAK
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deep gold like color, smells of grapefruit and some floral scents, tastes very crisp and light with a mild touch of grapefruit, very smooth IPA

Photo of Wamesit
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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