Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,258
Reviews:
1,286
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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1,170
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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in the Ithaca Brewing variety 12-Packs.

Appearance: Typical, lemony-yellow, cloudy IPA. Paler than most, but this is not a 9%+ ABV’er. Generated a loose, frothy, large-gauge white head that resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. Fine-grained carbonation.

Smell: Appropriately floral in character, with a resolutely, hoppy, herbaceous aroma. Very fresh-smelling, like a Spring day down at the Gorge.

Taste: For those of you die-hard hop-heads, this will seem pretty mild; but it is an excellent session IPA. The taste, like the aroma, is very floral, with definite hop notes balanced by a sweet fruitiness. Doesn’t exhibit the strong, citrus characteristics of many IPA’s. Has a very refreshing flavor profile. The draught version is meatier, with more complex herbal notes and a longer, fuller finish; although the bottled version is nice as well. Several people came up to me at the fraternity’s Reunion cocktail party to specifically comment on how good the Flower Power was (it ran out first). One brother specifically came up to me and said, “Wow, this is a hoppy beer! I like it!”

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Finely carbonated. Light-bodied. The bottled version is on the thin side, robbing it of some of its charm.

Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. Somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA, this beer should have a very wide appeal to BA’s and novices alike. Not very strong (either ABV or hoppiness), it is particularly enjoyable when fresh on draught.

This beer really surprised me. While impressed by Ithaca’s Nut Brown and the Pale Ale, I didn’t expect the Flower Power to be as complex and intriguing as it was. It really cries out to be made available year-round as their flagship brew. While not on the level of a Dreadnaught or HopDevil, it defines its own niche as a "mild" IPA, with a smooth, sweet character. Extremely inexpensive, this is a great Summer beer for quaffing in copious quantities. Flower Power is a beer that proves the aphorism that, “When in Rome…” Like the super-fresh, simple wines one might try in Italy or France, that never seem to travel well, Ithaca Flower Power IPA really shines, especially when fresh.

Bottom Line: If this had been available at The Chapter House (or even on tap in the house) when I was in college, I still wouldn’t have graduated!

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

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Photo of writer917
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pineapple & a loaf of bread.
Two tablespoons of honey & a field of hops.
A twig from a pine tree & a bouquet of tulips.
A dash of white pepper & a dog's kiss on the cheek.
Golden-amber, medium-bodied, & floral, hence its name.
Bitter on the attack & finish;
A bitterness that needs a blue cheese to spar with it.
A bitterness that needs some French fries or kettle chips.
It has a maltiness that summons Upstate's vast western region, full of as much mystery as the City.
The porches, the factories, the small towns, the mountains, and rivers.
The snow, the birds, the universities, the tractors, and the wind.

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Photo of Madmav
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My goto, readily available, IPA here on the east coast. Great summer IPA.

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Photo of Flyboy24
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. A fantastic IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Color is a really nice orange-gold, a bit hazy. Two-finger dense and frothy white head leaves decent lacing. First hit of the smell for me was grapefruit and cat pee ( the good kind), though the aroma became much more muted after that first blast, resolving to a subtle citrus and tropical fruit. I get more of a spicy herbal flavor that carries through to the finish, which is pleasantly lingering with medium bitterness. Good carbonation keeps things lively. The malt provides a sweetness which for me is just right (the sweet spot?) to balance the spicy hops. This is a delicious IPA--glad I got it.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking the smell of this beer right away. Quite citrus and some dankness fruity. First sip the citrus was lighter than I would have thought which quickly gives way to a dry malt finish with some light bitterness coming through. Good beer but really no sweetness/fruitiness coming through from what I detected on the nose. Feel like I could drink this easily and alcohol content hidden. Like it.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Great unfiltered IPA look . Nice head and lacing

Smell: Piney and floral notes. Citrus hops and dank flavor all day long

Taste: Sweet grapefruit peel, bitter hops.

Feel: Went down so nice......very creamy ....and good

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Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Barkley
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, golden color, straw in some spots and light amber in others. Murky and translucent, then topped off with a white cap that settles to a quarter-inch and shows some decent staying power. Nice, drippy lacing is left near the top of the glass.

Flower Power, like the name might imply, is powerful and fruity - loaded with citrus, huge pineapples, apricots, and maybe some mango. Light hop resin sits in the background along with some light pine, but stays secondary to the citrus overload. I've heard people compare this beer to Zombie Dust, and I see where they're coming from. This citrus isn't quite as powerful here (and neither is the rest of the hop profile, for that matter), but it's drawing some slight resemblance.

Somewhat surprisingly, the first thing I notice on my palate are the hops, and they exhibit a mildly spicy, white-pepper flavor, something that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma at all. Some resinous flavors come through and the bitterness smacks your tongue quickly and all at once. Slightly oil and leafy. Lemon and orange zest play a big role in the flavor, as well as light apricot and pineapple. The palate isn't picking up the fruit as much as the nose, but it's definitely there, and certainly more noticeable in the latter half of the sip.

The bitterness is pretty powerful and probably helps tone down the fruit at first. Sweetness from the malt is there, giving off a light, sweet bread flavor. Other than being a backbone for the huge hop profile, it doesn't do much else. The aftertaste is full of a peppery bitterness, a little fruity pith, and some dry, bready malt. Maybe even a little ashy as the beer gets warmer. Medium bodied, a little stickier than expected, decent carbonation.

I can see why people might substitute this beer for Zombie Dust where it's more readily available. Similar in many ways - and although I prefer ZD much more, this beer is still pretty damn delicious. If it was available in my area, I'd probably drink it all the time. Goes down easy and gives you a nice fruit, bitter hop kick.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with a somewhat good clarity. Produces a good head stand with a rocky, off-white head that has good retention.

S: It smells like a bag of hops with a strong hops aroma of citrus and tropical fruit being mostly lemon, lime and pineapple with some papaya. There is light malt sweetness and a light flower alcohol aroma as well. Some of that grassy, herbaceous aroma from the hops. One of the best smelling IPA on the market.

T: Great hop flavor dominates with a strong citrus and tropical fruit hops flavors and a very strong hops bitterness. The malt is there with a just enough to clean sweetness to support the hops. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness. The balance is fairly bitter but not as aggressive as some IPAs.

M: A medium-light body with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: Still one of my hands down favorite IPAs. The hops aroma and flavor is outstanding with a ton of West Coast citrus character and herbal notes. If I could take only one beer with me to a deserted island it would probably be Flower Power.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ccapurso
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Leeshka410
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Without a doubt, one of the best and easily drinkable IPAs I've had in a while. It did not present as an overly hoppy beer on smell, and the taste and finish was clean and crisp. Pours just a little cloudy; it had a floral and fruity taste, but not overly so on either count. I would buy this regularly. It actually went down a little too easily!

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Photo of Herze
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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