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

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.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Nice hop nose (pine, grapefruit & grass); underlying american pale malt with hints of caramel & toffee.

T: Good american hop flavour (pine, grapefruit & grass), though the malt is a little lackluster with a little biscuity grain & a hint of oxidation (flat/cardboard flavour).

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but a fairly dry finish. Slight hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of Klym
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber. Small white head. Medium lacing. Not aromatic. Floral herbal scents. Hop punch but high quality and smooth kicks in later with complex floral citrus passion fruit finish. Sweetness to the hops. A minus

A: A hazy light amber, certainly on the darker side for an IPA. Head is small and white, and lacing is okay.

S: Not very aromatic until it gets quite warm. Tropical fruits, hops, and some floral and herbal scents.

T: A nice hop punch to start off the taste, with a nice level of hoppiness throughout. Finish is more with the sweeter side, with passion fruit, mango, and some citrus intertwined. The hoppiness and fruitiness in the mid flavor blend really well instead of simply being concurrent flavors, almost like hops soaked in fruit juice.

M: Carbonations is right, medium bodied and it moves nicely throughout the mouth. Leaves a strange hop burn on the roof of my mouth/back of my throat a little while after the taste which I didn't find to be a big plus, but other than that was more than acceptable mouthfeel.

O: I had been excited to try this and honestly I feel in someways let down. While this does it in better ways than most, I feel pretty bored with the whole tropical-fruit centric taste profile IPA and I'm not sure that this beer offers much besides a more well-crafted version of many mediocre beers out there. I will say one large this in its credit though which is that the amount of flavor it packed in for a single IPA was exceptional.

Good beer, well crafted, but no symphony in the mouth or creative leaps.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of femALEist
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden orange. It smelled of hops, malt, citrus and very floral. It tasted of pine, orange, grass, floral with some caramel malt undertones. It was pretty enjoyable actually. I have never had any of Ithaca's beers before so this seemed like a good one to try. I look forward to trying more the next time I am back on the East Coast.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Thanks Duff27!

A- dark caramel with huge, dense off-white head. Lacing remains on the glass.

S- caramel malts, citrus and pine hop aromas

T- fairly malty, bitter citrus flavors. Pine and grassy hop bite at the finish.

M- medium body, slightly dry with creamy, oily feel.

O- very good ipa. Very well balanced with nice citrus aromas and flavors.

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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep gold with a frothy head which never totally disapates.
S- Those simcoe and centennial hops really come through with a heavy pine aroma.
T- Tastge is just like the smell pine. The flavor really lasts. Tastes like several other IPAs.
MD-At 75 IBUs this beer is on my upper end of enjoyability. But if I am looking to go heavy on the hops I would consider this beer in the future.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear gold color with a short lived rocky and foamy white head that leaves some awesomely sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is super floral and citric. Smells super fresh and juicy. Taste is hop-juicy with a nice doughy yeasty deliciousness. Slight musty earthiness too it. Not too much in the malt department here. Feel is moderate with decent amount of carbonation. The hops do a good job of masking the 7.5.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap this beer was a cloudy, copper-orange color with a frothy two fingers of off-white colored head. The retention was good, the lacing great! The aroma was mostly of wood, Simcoe hops and a little bit of earthy malt. The flavors were dominated by herbal and floral hops with crystal malt in the middle and a lot of bitterness from the grapefruit/citrus zest finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation light. Very enjoyable for me, but definitely a beer for hops heads due to the high bitterness and undeniable hop dominance.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden/honey color. Hazy in appearance. Beautiful looking beer
Smell - floral, sweet honey, spice, faint hints of citrus
Taste - Follows the nose

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Photo of AdamPenna
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually buy growlers, because they don't seem like a deal on the one hand, and they don't seem to be better quality all the time either (quality depends on too many factors to get into here) but today is a special day - end of the semester - so eff it. The color is a yellow-straw color resembling a good lager, but more orangey. Good herbal, flowery, hoppy smell, but it is the taste that astounds. A wallop of citrus--grapefruit particularly. Pleasant hoppy bitterness. Excellent lacing throughout. Average mouthfeel. (I like a little more oiliness.) Dry finish. No discernible alcohol kick.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a brassy orange with one finger soft white head. Mild haze. Not bad.

Smell -- Pineapple, apricot, and bright citrus are most evident, along with some grassy/floral notes. Smell would indicate caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Takes a left turn from the nose: The malt sweetness present in the nose is toned down quite a bit, with pale malt dryness being more of the overall malt flavor. Resin-like hop bitterness is in the mix, certainly, but there is more emphasis on grassy and vegetal bitterness along with bright grapefruit and apricot. Much drier than the nose would suggest, and more bitter.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild to moderate carbonation. Frothy and creamy on the palate with few prickles. A bit oily.

Drinkability -- Not a palate annihilator, but still quite bitter. Refreshing. Wasn't in love with the mouthfeel; perhaps it was the bottle I got, since i. Otherwise, a great regional IPA that I was glad to get a chance to try.

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Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Gold in color, much lighter than most IPAs. 1/2 finger of head. No lacing (3.75)

S. Floral hops and malt. Smells pretty good though not potent (4)

T. Grassy hops and a bitter finish. Sweet malts. Little to no citrus (3.75)

M. Low to medium carbonation. Thin mouthfeel. Dry finish. Some heat from the alcohol (3.5)

O. Kind of dissapointed by this one given the hype. The bottle has an expiration date 2 months from now. That said, it is hard to tell how old this is. Would try it again if I could find a fresh bottle since my rating is much lower than the average (3.75)

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shrek806 for this one! My first Ithaca beer!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best Before S(eptember).

Pours a hazy orange tan (looks like 1/2 lemonade 1/2 tea) with some thin bone-white head that leaves a little spotting. Somewhat muted, but definitely East Coast style with lots of caramel malt sticking out through the leafy dry hops.

Palate is spicy and sharp with hop bitterness right off the bat. As the bitterness subsides, the sweet pale caramel malt flavor rolls on it and brings with it citrus flavors of orange and Persian lime. Nice clean, somewhat sweet finish.

Notes: This beer is rather interesting because it seems to be backwards in mouthfeel for an IPA: it's really bitter right up front but finishes sweeter. Most IPAs now have that creeping bitterness that takes over the palate. This one starts off that way and then releases the palate to the other flavors. Well made and unique!

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.


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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip:

Looks all the part of a delectable IPA. Golden-orange color with mild visible carbonation, and a thick fluffy head. Smells solid, but not overwhelmingly (compared with elite New England-style IPAs) tropical. A little more bitterness present, but the smell overall is pretty muted hop-wise. Taste is very solid, if again a little under the big boys. Some bitter dankness on the finish, preceded by a little bit of citrusy flavor, but a little malty and dry for my tastes overall. It's a darn solid IPA and I'd definitely drink it again in a heartbeat, but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to get around to this since I discovered it at a local bottle shop.

A. Pours a hazy orange with yellow highlights. A one and a half finger creamy white head rises and then dissipates leaving residual lacing on every bit of glass it touches.

S. Smells of orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel. As it warms those tropical hop flavors come out.

T. Taste strongly reflects the smell with a bit of caramel sweetness. The tropical flavors come out more in the nose, but a slightly evident on the tongue as well.

M. Medium body with a high level of biting carbonation.

D. A very refreshing IPA that is interesting, but not overly complex. I could see picking this up to celebrate a beautiful summer day, but a rainy late fall day is not exactly the right mood for this.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangy amber, moderate head, leads to a thin tiny buble film and some lacing. Piney, hop nose. Bready malt base, pleasant,but not overpowering hopping rate here. Fruity,and citric. Soft and well balanced IPA, actually seems British in style. This one will not to it for you if your looking for something wildly hoppy, but its a pleasant IPA/sessioner

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, citrus, a touch of resin. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it didn't quite live up to the hype, it is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a very clear amber color. There was a small white head to it. The aroma was pretty good. Its main component was a flowery hopiness, with some spiciness also. The taste had a decent bitterness to it with a good medium malt backbone. Still, it really was more in between an IPA and an APA. I’d still have another, however.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful light orange and hazy colour. Head decent, lacing good. Bright orange/papaya aroma. Sweet orange/apricot tastes; softly dry finish with light grapefruit bitterness. This beer is good, yet so close to being something more.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $13.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 5, 2015
Misc.: Born on May 8, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spiderweb layered lacing on the side of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Citra, tropical, resin, Cascade, bitter pine and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted Cascade, Citra, unknown other hops, resin and boozy pine. Fairly malty. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not that bad overall, but not as good as I thought it would be. Ehh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I reviewed this beer tonight while recovering from ACBF. I was in an open minded mood tonight, listening to some Aphex Twin. I poured this IPA into a pint glass. The bottle says best before June/July. Not exactly helpful...

A: The body is a clear, deep amber with red highlights. You can see the very active carbonation. This is all topped by a thick cream-colored head which leaves no lace, but stays around for a while.

S: There is a big, floral and zesty hop nose which showcases Simcoe, Palisades and Cascade. (Note: I cannot smell the difference between hops. These are the hops Ithaca claims to have put in this beer. Maybe someday I will get to that mystical state of being where every hop is an individual on my palate.) Underneath the hop smell lies a sweet, seductive, caramel malt presence.

T: The taste is characterized by the medium-high bitterness level, which demands a substantial malt counterpart. It is met by a rich malt flavor. Overall, I say the taste is fresh. The alcohol is mild and does not play much of a role in the flavor profile.

M: This IPA is smooth. Its medium body coats the mouth and as the beer warms, so does the alcohol warm the drinkers throat.

D: Surprisingly, I liked this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe I poured this out the first time. I guess I need to be in a serious IPA mood for this offering. However, it is worth trying.

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Photo of mentor
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Review, Scored (2010-07-23)
Pours a two finger off-tan head over a cloudy and particulated orange-rust liquid. Smells lemon pith, pine, grapefruit, dry woody, blood orange, and tropical punch. Smells fantastic.

Tastes potent piney citrusy juicy hops with modest hop bitter and gentle sweet malt undertones. Hop flavors are very pithy grapefruit, lemon tart, baby aspirin, kiwi rind. Hop bitter is mostly clean but with some ragweed/grassiness to keep it interesting. This hits the spot, having just finished pitching a softball game in the summer heat. Mild alcohol sting and crisp carbonation sting of fine bubbles at the end. Dry finish leaves teeth sticking to each other. Md-thick in the mouth, but leaves the mouth as light.

Old Review, Not Scored (2005-07-06)
Bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one finger very light tan head over a crystal clear light rust orange liquid. Smells, whoa, Munich and Biscuit Malt. That's not what I was expecting from an IPA. Citrusy hop aroma is oddly absent.

Taste is potent malt and almost no hop bitter or flavor. Upon drawing in the liquid, I get a faint sour that's quickly over-run by sweet and malt that's likely Munich, as it has a chalky character that I find in my homebrews that use Munich. The taste is similar to New Belgium's "Fat Tire", but stronger. With searching I get some tangerine from hop flavor near the end. Also, about that same time, I get a bit of acrid from carbonation forming on the flat of my tongue. The aftertaste sees a very gentle hop floral rise up the back of the throat. Md body and mildy, but sharply, carbonated.

Overall the beer is delightfully sweet and munich malty. I'd classify it as more of a bock or american red. Sorry for the low scores, I have to rate it as an IPA, if I were to rate as a bock it would be much higher.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, thick head on top of a clear gold body.

Incredible smell on this one. Orange, grapefruit, floral and pine. So complex. Beautiful. I want a Flower Power IPA air freshener.

The orange flavor really comes out in the taste, to an almost bizarre degree. I like citrusy hops, but not to the point where I feel like I'm drinking Orangina. Bitter hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel. High carbonation and medium to light body gives this re-drink value, but it may not be for everyone.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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