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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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Reviews: 1,263 | Ratings: 5,132
Photo of canoehornpoint
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Penny copper, color with nice slightly off-white head about 1/4 inch thick, slightly cloudy. Piney grapefruit aroma. Maybe amarillo? Rich up front malt balanced nicely with a fruity/grapefruit hop bite that finishes very smoothely. Well done. I will definately look for this again.

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Photo of jman892
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhat hazy, muted orange, with a 1 finger white head, which fades pretty quickly. That being said, it does leave decent lacing.

S - Smells delicious, very citrus forward, sweetness rounding it off.

T - Citrus hops again dominate, strong taste of orange zest. Bitter hops mix in and finally a taste of pine.

M - Somewhat sticky with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Quite happy to finally try this. Very good IPA. I have not had an IPA in a while but this is a good reintroduction.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the Bottle outlet in Philly. Recommended by gentleman beer master there.

A: Nice head, good color. Standard plus.

S: Floral, citrus and some fruityness with hops.

T: Good smooth taste. Bitter, hops... Citrus and grapefruit aftertaste. Very well balanced with a lingering taste of ...want more!

M: Big body with a silky feel. They hit it on the nose ! Or tongue, pallet etc.

O: Surprised I was. What a great brew! Terrific as a matter of fact.

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Photo of nitro0292
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler did not trap quite enough co2, so carbonation was not as much as I would've liked.

Clear light amber color with one finger head of tight bubbles. OK retention, great lacing all the way down.

Smell was very strong with apricots, grapefruit and other fruits. Terrific hop smell.

Taste was hop forward with bitterness and hop oils shining through. Just enough malt to keep the hop presence reasonable. This is what U want from an IPA. The fact that this is east coast beer is even better as I can get it fresh. Yum.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation, but for a Growler this is Ok.

Overall this a go to IPA that would drink anytime and would seek out.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Honey color with a thin soapy head. Appears to be viscous.

Smell - Nose is pine cone and a little honey maple.

Taste - Similar to nose and dominated by hop bitterness. Some hop juice shows along with cannabis in finish.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin considering the style, appearance and abv. Decent.

Drinkability - Not bad considering the style and hoppiness. Long but clean finish.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a beautiful tangerine-amber into the glass with a thick finger and a half of white head. Retention is excellent and globs of lacing are left along the glass rim; great, love the look of it.

Aroma-Floral and 'flowery' upfront then followed by a big citric kick of tangerines, limes and grapefruit, some apricot in there too. What a unique smell, not a lot of IPAs go the floral route but I dig this.

Taste-Flavors are very floral with hints of orange rind, apricot and bitter pine sap but it's all balanced with a solid crystal malt backbone which cuts the bitterness with some sweetness. More apricot on the finish mixed with floral notes reminiscent of the early profile before ending bitter and citric.

Mouthfeel-On the fuller side for an IPA, slick and resiny; it coats the whole tongue. Carbonation is between medium and high, perfect for this beer. Truly a top notch mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Overall-This is my go-to IPA and has been for some time now, I can always get it fresh and its flavors never disapoint; a class IPA all the way

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

A: Lightly hazy ruddy orange with an ephemeral dusting of a head.

S: Big citrus- oranges and pineapple, tropical floral scents. Really this reminds me of a mixed drink cocktail, exotic beach style.

T: More citrus rind, some bubblicious, light bread malt but this is obviously a hop forward beer. Big on the dry-hop and citrus and not overly bitter but it leaves that taste in your mouth.

This is a beer I love fresh. With some age, it really drops off. Luckily, this is pretty fresh still and full of flavor. It's easy to forget that you are drinking beer when it smells so darned juicy and tropical.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is of sweet, mouth-watering hop resin and pine then grapefruit.

The appearance of this ale is honey colored with perfect clarity. A lively three fingers of off white tight bubble head made for a very appetizing sight. Some lacing is evident on the walls of my pint glass and the head has good retention.

The flavor starts with some bitter grapefruit and hop, then mild malt. Not a lot of depth of flavor or complexity here, just a nice refreshing bitter IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly nice due to the hop resin and lively carbonation, but it fades quickly on your palate.

Drinkability is quite good given the 8% abv, but I want for more flavor if I going to have more than just one or two. All in all, not a bad AIPA, but definately not in the class of some of the big boys yet. Good job Ithaca Brewing.

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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 sjverla
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Holy pine woods! So piney. Hints of candied grapefruit. Berries. Super fresh and outdoorsy. Very enticing, though not very complicated.

Appearance: Pillowy white head floats atop a hazy golden brew with just the slightest red undertones.

Taste: Obviously bitter--grassy. A little yeast at the end. A little sweet at the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is kind of the epitome of IPAs to me. Very evident hoppiness, which I like, but kind of one-note. Not terribly interesting.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle to a snifter.

L - like tlc, pours hazy, sexy, cool. Lots of floaties. looks a bit like an orange snow globe in the light in my snifter. neato. head quickly dissipates to a thing lace around the edges.

S - mmmmm. flower power is an apt name, smells like bouquet, of hops. sweet, floral but not piney or earthy. much more tropical than I expected but smells wonderful.

T- keeping with the musical theme, this beer is a smooooooooth criminal. as you take a sip that floral sweetness hits the nose first and has a perfect taste to pair, sweet tropical notes. Where the beer goes into overdrive for me though is the great balance obtained by the bitterness from the hops.

MF - lovely here as well. smooth and medium bodied.

O - I'm from new england, so I know my citrusy floral hazy DDH bombs *beats chest* and this isn't that but this is a great "easily accessible six pack" versions of that style and I like it.

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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 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 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 SiepJones
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Snifter

I had heard a ton of good things about this beer, and I love a good IPA so it was a no brainer buy when I saw a six pack of this sitting in Mullberry Market.

A: Pours a murky copper. Half inch of head on top, sticks just a little to the side of the glass as it recedes.
S: Nose of sweet pine hops with some hints of lemon
T: Sweet floral flavors up front, pine notes on the backend. This beer has a slightly bitter aspect followed up with a nice sweetness creating a crisp ending. All the flavors blend together nicely.
M: Chewy hops, lightly carbonated, crisp.
D: Not too low of an ABV (7.5%) although low for an IPA fan. The sweet floral hops flavor makes this very drinkable even for a casual IPA fan.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: Unknown, served extremely cold, on tap at E's (UWS). Drank 11.29.14. Poured into a 16oz shaker.

A: Crystal clear golden coloring, zero head upon receiving glass (was unable to see the bartender make the pour). Faint super sticky lacing, zero carbonation present. I suspect that the appearance of this beer was a result of the extremely cold pour, so consider this a placeholder until I re-review.

S: After letting it warm up... hop forward, sweet, dank pine aromas. Grapefruit, apricot, lemon... well balanced and pleasant... easy and laid back. Aroma seemed to linger for quite some time.

T: Sweet hops with a bitter backing. Pine, FLORAL, mango, pineapple... plenty of malt sweetness. Very well put together.

M: Medium body, next to zero carbonation (could be from the temp/keg), very little lingering bitterness... but a noticeable lingering sweet stickiness.

O: It seems that there is a never ending supply of IPAs out there, and that finding quality iterations is becoming easier and easier, but Flower Power is a standout. A beer I would definitely purchase again, and which might well become my go to IPA while living in NYC.

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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 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 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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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.