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Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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 kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April. Thanks to Schlimenhaumer for shipping this one to me from New York. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given its current ratings.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of okay thickness and good (~4+ minute) retention, but with a disappointing lack of cream. Body colour is a rather pale yellow-copper. Translucent and opaque. Somewhat vibrant. Yeast particles are visible in the bottom of the glass. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Standard fare for the style, but the head retention is notable.

Sm: Juicy, nectary, and piney. Fresh citrus; light grapefruit, maybe lush orange peel. A bit of clove perhaps. Floral hop character. Mango/tangerine. It's lush and balanced; I can't wait to try it. A refreshing inviting aroma with hop presence in all the right places. It's not generic and floral like many mundane offerings of the style; there's depth of flavour here. A lovely aroma of fair strength. Quite pleasant.

T: Lovely. Deep floral hop character up front giving way to more nectary oily piney hop character towards the finish. Juicy citrusy fruit throughout, without too much grapefruit - a common problem in IPAs. Refreshing and well balanced, though the finish does have a hint of bitterness and the flavour dies rather abruptly. Quite pleasant and enjoyable, but that finish is a definite flaw. In any case, it's a complex and subtly executed IPA; definitely amongst the best I've had - and packed with so much flavour. It rivals many Imperial IPAs in its depth of flavour. I'm impressed.

Mf: A bit buttery. Smooth and wet and oily - until the finish, where it dries up just a touch. Carbonation is a bit high, but it's forgivable. Luscious and refreshing, aiding the flavour profile and the fresh focus of the beer. It suits the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could probably down it all night and be satisfied. It's definitely up there with Sculpin as a favourite IPA, but the problematic finish holds it back. Hides its ABV well.

High B

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Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.6%
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.

Enjoy!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -9.6%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange with a low off white cap that settles out slowly and leaves light rings of lace around the glass. Fresh aroma of tangerine and floral and pine.

Initial flavor of citrusy hops, tangerine and orange rind, some pine. Honey malt rides beneath, well balanced but firm hops. Pine sap lingers. Even mouthfeel, a tad slick. Tasty and drinkable, good beer.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

A very decent beer with a pleasant hoppy aroma and a citrusy/piney bitter flavor. Pours a decent head and a color that it's typical IPA. Really nice overall.

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Photo of rodney45
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Peculier Pub NYC

A: Golden and hazy, with a creamy, silky smooth, wonderful head that leaves an artistic lacing.

S: Hop and citrus notes. Very big hop notes(peach, tangerine, apricot)..

T: Like most IPA's the taste follows the nose. Big hop flavor, upfront and unapologetic. A different style of hop blend produces a effervescent, yet earthy hop profile. Grapefruit, tangerine, and clementine round out the hop character. Malt is here for a balance and really is hidden. Dry aftertaste.

M: Medium body, high carbonation, and very bitter.

O: Very nice IPA for a hop head. Has a dynamic blend of hops that does produce a sort of floral overtone, but not enough to name the beer flower power. I'd say the best you'd get in terms of flower aroma would be a dried out rose or lilly, bought at say, michaels or ac moore. I enjoyed the effort from a brewery I'll probably be seeing more of soon.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, pretty thick one finger off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, lots of grapefruit off the bat, some pineapple, bready malts, biscuits, lots of tropical fruit, light pine, some floral, nicely balanced nose. Taste is nice, some caramel, quite sweet up front, nice pineapple and grapefruit hit, lots of fruit, bit of pine, light alcohol, balanced finish, little on the sweet side though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty solid body, but could use a bit more punch.

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Photo of Adamdc
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter. I think this is my first Ithaca beer.

A: slightly hazy orange pour with a white billowy head that hangs around for a few minutes then slowly recedes to a quarter inch ring leaving behind lots of lacing.

S: Very nice! Grapefruit, pine and resin propped up on a strong malty backbone. Nicely balanced.

T: Some grapefruit but slightly more pine and resin. A touch of bitterness in the front and then slightly more at the back. As it warms I'm picking up on the alcohol. Not bad.

M: I would call this medium-bodied for an IPA. Pretty smooth overall.

D: This is going down very smoothly. The slightly higher abv might deter someone from having several of these but this single is disappearing quickly.

This is a pretty solid IPA and I'm glad I've got 5 more to have but, with that said, there are many others out there that I'd reach for first. Very good but not great!

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Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 8/22/15. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

My notes aren't very legible, writing in a dark bar. Color is hazy gold with a good white head. Nose and flavor are tropical and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a two-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is mostly hops with some pine and floral scents. The taste was also almost all hops hitting hard with a very small amount of malt sweetness. Tastes like some of the piney cascade hops Ithaca Beer seems to love and some more citrusy/floral ones. The taste hits hard but leaves the palate fairly clean. The mouthfeel is a little slick with a decent amount of carbonation to make for a pretty crisp feeling. This beer is pretty drinkable for an IPA, a lot of flavor out of the hops without any overwhelming bitterness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a hazy golden color with a two finger white head. The head had a decent retention, fading over time to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of tropical fruits and citrus with a lighter bready aroma. As the name implies, mixed with these are aromas of a more floral nature with light hints of pine as well.

Taste – The flavor starts out more bready and sweet with some of the fruit flavors present up front. Right at the start there is some citrus hop flavor which complements the tropical fruit flavors well. As the taste advances the pine hop enter he taste profile bittering the beer a bit. As the flavor rolls forward a mellowing herbal hop comes to the tongue and with an increase in the citrus hop in the end leaves a lightly bittered yet rather smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body was rather creamy with a level of carbonation that was on the lower side. Overall it was very nice for the hop and sweet flavors and made for a easy drinking feel.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking and refreshing IPA even at 7.5 % abv. Slighly on the mild side in terms of hoppiness, but delicious none the less.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, vibrant. Rocky white head...

S: Sharp pine, cuts like a knife. Splash of citrus which seems to exist under a bitter pine barrage. Touch of alcohol is perceivable.

T: Sharp bitterness and overall pine impression translates from the nose. Getting that killer bitterness on the back end. Citrus is present but overshadowed. Pale malt rounds things out but is not the main attraction here. Overall taste and hints of booze screams DIPA.

M: MF is approaching DIPA territory....quite thick and resiny.

D: A 7% beer that drinks like its 9% must suffer in drinkability. This is more like a DIPA in most aspects, except on paper. A solid and enjoyable IPA regardless.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.
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