Flower Power
Ithaca Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #59
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,274
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.91%
Reviews:
1,335
Ratings:
5,491
From:
Ithaca Beer Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  508
Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Flower PowerFlower Power
Notes: 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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ajmarohn from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer will always be near and dear to my heart.

Flower power paved the way for my introduction to IPAs.

Decided to grab a six pack of this one; since i havent had it since 2015. Man, it was great. NE IPAs can get taxing after awhile so this one was breath of fresh air. Loved the hops in this.

Jan 07, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first fell in love with this beauty while sipping on a pint in a Mexican-American restaurant in downtown Ithaca back in '16. A great IPA with carefully balanced malt and hops. ABV is slightly strong but not too boozy.

Nov 07, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the name I was expecting a kinda juicy, sweat NEIPA. It’s not that. I don’t mean that in a bad way, though. After reading the label and taking a few swigs, I can see this as more of a west cost type IPA - Racer 5, Stone IPA type. Clear and amber look with a big hoppy aroma. Drinks like a Harpoon with more of a kick. Initially I wasn’t overly impressed, but as most good beers will, after a few sips the flavors hung around and I found my hand bringing the glass to my lips more and more. The rest of the pack will surly not last long.

Jul 08, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark golden color - very west coast IPA styled. 1 finger white head. Head retention is decent. It leaves a foam ring around the glass.
The nose is more of a pine hop. Somewhat mellow, but there, and pleasing.
Taste - a mellow pine hop. Not too strong, but there. There's a nice malty backbone to this IPA, which provides a hint of sweetness to mellow out the pine of the hop.
Body is decent. The hops cling to my throat.
Good solid west coast IPA, and a pleasure to try.

Apr 13, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rating from notes. Consumed August 2014. "One of the better West Coast-style IPAs from the East Coast, with almost no discernable malt profile (minus some honey and biscuit). A hop lover's dream."

Jan 26, 2020
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CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ou bottle 60 days from bottling. Beautiful IPA with thick head and nice color. Lovely specks floating in the glass. Getting into this the body is lighter than I expected masking the 7.2% alcohol well. Intense lacing on the glass. Clean IPA with no crap or flavorings added. Have had this many times over the past few years and remains a go to.

Nov 15, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a 1/2 inch white head. Thick lacing as you go, which lasted to the end. Slightly cloudy. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is floral, grapefruity, piney.

Taste is fruity, malty, piney, grapefruity. Cascade, chinook, simcoe hops.

Medium to full bodied. Dry finish.

Excellent IPA. Good color, good aroma, good bitterness. A winner.

Oct 13, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a high ball glass (we’re on vacation in a cabin in the Catskills so beggars can’t be choosers). No idea how old the beer is as the illegible date code literally rubbed off on my hands.

West Coast from the get-go! Crystal clear, light amber body with one finger of tight, fluffy, soapy, off-white head with solid retention and excellent lacing.

Tons of barley, rye, and biscuity malt on the nose right away. Bready as hell. Grapefruit rind, dank greens, pine resin, and a whole lotta grass. I like a balanced, malty IPA, but on the nose this one is actually too malt-heavy, at least in my opinion.

Flavors follow but the hops shine a little brighter. Still tons of rye and earthy malt, but the ruby red grapefruit and bright citrus poke through with more assertion. A touch of sweet clover honey also makes its presence known, resulting in a significant tug-o-war between bitter pith and malty (honey-enhanced) sweetness. The malt remains a little too strong, but the lingering grapefruit is quite nice.

Feel is extremely soft and velvety, as the head would suggest, with plenty of carbonation and zero heat or alcohol vapors.

One of the more malt-heavy IPAs I’ve had in a long time, but there’s plenty of hops in there to keep things semi-balanced. Overall a solid American IPA (West Coast, specifically), and it certainly stands out with a distinct personality, but I wouldn’t call this beer “exceptional” like it’s aggregate rating seems to suggest.

Jun 27, 2019
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mschenk from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stem glass. Color is a rich amber. Not a lot of head or lacing. Taste and smell of the hops comes through without "too many notes". I was a little disappointed with the flavor. Expected a little bolder given all the high reviews. Still, not a bod beer, there are just better ones of this style.

Jun 14, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 6/10/19.
Undated can. In reefer at point of sale. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light yellow, very skimpy haze.
Body – Dark yellow, slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular, frothy, one to ten mm crown, a rocky partial cap, and several irregular strands of froth remaining on the glass as the head contracts.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings of tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak and a bit sweaty.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly bitter with a powdery flowery flavor, annoying but not distressing. No alcohol taste or aroma (7.2% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. The aftertaste is weakly tannic.
Palate – 4 – Medium, slightly creamy, somewhat lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 (-0.25 points for an undated serving container). The flavor and aroma are both weak and vague, but, since Ithaca doesn’t bother to date the container, this could be old. Or it could be incredibly fresh and just not very good.

Jun 10, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the truly great IPAs for a fair price. Looks great on the pour, lots of lacing and pleasant hoppy aroma and crisp complex favor. Always have at least a six of these in my beer fridge -- year-round.

Jun 01, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Malty, cracker like nose. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, nit much of a head. Hops shine here with a reasonably sweet malt backbone. A bit floral, lingers on the palate for a while with a mellow hoppiness. This is pretty tasty, I would buy this again.

May 17, 2019
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll keep this brief: I'm not a happy camper these days when it comes to what I see as a total destruction of the beer style we all know as "India Pale Ale". It should not taste or smell like grapefruit or mango. It should be bursting with hop character, it should not be below 6.2% ABV and it should be both refreshing and dry. That being stated, most of the currently trending IPA's should be disqualified. But Flower Power, which has been a flagship IPA for over 20 years now, is one of the all time great standards of the quintessential American IPA. You like IPA's, real IPA's, but haven't tried this one yet? Find it and buy it, immediately. Done and dusted.

May 01, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber hued body; light carbonation rising; sticky, dense, billowy and rocky head; fingers of lacing hanging down the inside of the glass. Strong pine resin and heady floral hop notes. Solid malt flavor backbone with a bold hop bitterness building up to a huge crescendo at the finish. Medium body; sticky and prickly on the palate; dry overall.

This is a surprise American IPA discovery for me. A classic hop-forward beer, accentuating the bitterness yet nicely counterpointed with its complementary malt base. Rock solid throughout and well-worth checking out.

Apr 12, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad to say that i'm drinking a popular north east IPA right now called Ithaca Flower Power & it has beautiful bodacious can artwork. It was canned on the end of August, 2018 so I'm drinking it at around 5 months old, that's not too bad in my opinion, you can't have everything super fresh so i'm honored to say that I have at least been able to try it at a decent date, alright enough small talk let's see how a classic New York IPA drinks. The color of the IPA is spot on for it's usual orange appearance. The taste is amazing. big & bold citrus notes with a malty backbone. This is a well done east coast IPA that is sort of similar to a British style IPA. Sharp citrus bit which is typical for the style but not something I would want to session. This is an eastern IPA but it's not like a New England Hazy IPA so don't get it twisted. I'm getting big juicy fruit notes, tropical mandarin orange, slight pineapple, slight grapefruit, not too rough on the palate going down the throat, not bad at all New York certainly has it going when it comes to producing IPA'S, For what it is support New York breweries. Cheers! A-

Feb 06, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, dark amber color. Fluffy, slightly off-white head with very good retention and very good lacing.

S---Hoppy. Tropical & citrus fruits. Pineapple/mango/grapefruit/lemon.

T---Follows the nose. Pineapple/mango/papaya/grapefruit/orange peel. Sweet & complex.

F---Juicy & wet. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O---Excellent IPA. Hoppy & bright. I'll get this one again if I see it.

Jan 28, 2019
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RMehrenberg from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours about two inches of foam that settles down to one inch. Hazy golden color. Sweet, fruity, hoppy smell. Strong, sweet pungent taste---peach? honey? Nectar-like. Not as bitter as expected.

Dec 28, 2018
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Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A had a hard time believing that this beer was THIS bad. I mean the beer tasted soooo skunked. I could not believe it , I just could not, so I bought another six pack....yep it is that bad!

Dec 22, 2018
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InfamousRJT from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a surprisingly good IPA, with a name like Flower Power, I expected it to be overally floral and taste like potpourri. Im not a big fan of most IPA's because they tend to over do the hopiness to drive home the point that your drinking an IPA. Ithaca's Flower Power nailed what an IPA should really taste like. it has the right amount of hopiness mixed with subtle floral notes too produce an overall balanced and smooth drinking IPA

Oct 05, 2018
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Mikie02835 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This New York beer drinks real well in south Florida heat. light tasting citrusy ipa coming in at close to 8 percent alcohol. love the art on the can. The checkout girl looked at the six pack and said “my dad would love this beer”. indeed. very light tasting ipa

Oct 04, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tops. Hazy dark golden with nice creamy head. Citrusy, dank aroma. This one’s off to a lovely start. Taste Is juicy, mild hops bitterness, floral. Rich and full. Everything works together beautifully. Really nice.

Aug 27, 2018
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JustCamIt from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this one on draft. Appearance was a medium dark gold with a thick head and few bubbles. Aroma was freshly broken pine needles and pomelo peel. Taste was mild but bright grapefruit with just enough hops to keep the malt in line. Mouthfeel was crisp.

Aug 18, 2018
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at The Boatyard Grill in Ithaca, N.Y. About an inch of head with spotty lacing and a nice dark amber color. Taste is resinous and piney with floral notes. Overall great ipa.

Jul 29, 2018
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good beer - this guy has a maltier backbone to subdue the astringent hops. The hops are still present of course but are balanced very nicely in this highly drinkable IPA.

Jun 30, 2018
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akirakcat from New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange, with some lacing. Aromas run the gamut--earthy, pine, floral at first, then citrus and tropical fruits coming out as it warms. Pineapple and grapefruit notes, met with a resiny, almost woody taste. Pretty standard degree of bitterness. Average ("balanced") mouthfeel.

The first time I had this, on draft, it seemed more distinctly fruity and floral. But out of the bottle it tasted similar to West Coast IPAs. Overall a quality beer at a gettable price.

Jun 24, 2018
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