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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.08/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong pale and pungent hops smell with some citrus, spice and caramel in the background.

T: The taste is bready with a strong burst of pale hops. There’s also some citrus and caramel sweetness that come in next. The after-taste is slightly bitter and there even seems to be what tastes like a weird mint flavor in it.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I didn’t really like this one too much at all and would definitely not drink it again.

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Photo of VariableStar
2.12/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is a beautiful color and pours well. However the flower smell and taste is far to strong for me. While it may be a great beer for some, I will not be drinking it again. Just not my taste or style.

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Photo of PaulBenjamin
2.16/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was bland. Maybe I got a pack that had been on the shelf too long but it was in the store's cooler. I am a huge fan of IPA's and -- although I prefer them with a very strong hoppiness -- frankly this just had very little taste overall. I really did try to like it. I like Ithaca's beers and dig the name :). But after all 6 I still felt like I was just drinking water with some hop flavour.

EDIT: On a plus note, if you know someone who wants an introduction to IPA's this would probably be OK. I tend to give 2's only to beers I don't want to buy again -- doesn't mean it was "bad", just I thought it was far off from good.

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Photo of sxoidmal
2.19/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe my batch was infected, because all I could taste and smell was kale. This beer was recommended to me by the bartender, and I assume she tasted it because she steered me away from another beer she felt was too weak and recommended this one. I guess there's a slight chance a wild yeast got in some time after she tried it and before I did, because this was not a pleasant experience at all.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.37/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had heard excellent things about this beer and was excited to try it out. Poured into a pint glass, had an nice golden orange color to it, with a nice white head on it.

The smell is the best thing this beer has going for it. Very strong smell. Full of citrus, very piney, and a really florally hops scent.

Taste was very deceiving. I expected a very strong flavor based on the strong smell. This was not the case. All of the tastes that were present in the smell were there, but very faint, and hard to distinguish. I have never tasted a beer before that left such a discrepancy between smell and taste.

Mouthfeel was the worst part. It was so watery, had no body, and the flavor was gone as soon as it was swallowed.

Overall- I did not enjoy this beer at all. I actually poured half of it. It's not that it was terrible, it was just not worth the alcohol or calories when I had a lot of better beers to get to this night.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.45/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by April

Appearance - Two fingers of soapy head rest on top of a very cloudy caramelized amber beer. Quite opaque a musty looking.

Smell - Smells of rich malts, caramelized hops and hops. The hops smell sweet and are not overpowering.

Taste - Definitely a musky, old tasting IPA. Notes of citrus and heavy malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I was not too impressed with this IPA. It tastes as if it didn't age well, even though I drank it before the best-before date. It has the usual IPA qualities of being filled with hops, citrus and caramely malts. But they just seem aged, old, rotten and skunked.

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Photo of Brno
2.55/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong butterscotch-like aroma. Murky rust to orange color. Bitter hoppy taste that is a little bit strong at first. Sort of thick in its feel. Leaves an aftertaste that is alkaline. Not much of a flavor, but a strong texture. Not one for all day, though it does conjure up images of my childhood in the 1970s rustbelt, but I am at a loss as to why...

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light copper color with a very thin white head.

Aroma is not very interesting. Some flowery hops with a little malt to back it up but not very balanced, and not very bold.

Taste is of slightly sweet malt up front, and then a mix of bitter hops and hot alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of hop flavor up front really. There is a lingering citrusy flavor long after a sip is done.

A bit thin in the mouth, and highly carbonated.

Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will finish this one and move on to something else, or perhaps to bed. The two of these left in the mixed 12-pack I bought will be for others to try and review.

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Photo of brewme
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

WTF? Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I have had this brew before, and liked it, however, thought that it fell well short of the hype. This review only pertains to the batch I just bought. I am not sure if it is off, as Bletchley Park could not make sense of the caca-poopy black on brown bottled-on dating. Way too boozy tasting for that ABV, something is rotten in Denmark. #bodthaticanread

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Photo of HopBrad31
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Pour at Independence Beer Garden in Philly. Bitterness was fine. Hop flavor - little if any, a little fruity and resinous. More nuttiness from the Malt. Out of Balance.
Maybe I got an old keg but this was ok at best.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

10/17/13 Bottle to pint glass
04/12/15 - On tap at Al-Starz
Aroma Is light,a touch fruity.
Color is Cloudy yellow. Small white head.
Refreshing flavor. Apricot maybe. A little pasty aftertaste.


12oz. Bottle to pint glass @ Killarneys

LOOK: Gold, Small White Head.
AROMA: Weak hops, hay.
TASTE: Grasses, Hops, touch of citrus. A little "bite" of bitterness at the end.
FEEL: Good Carbonation; slightly below average body.


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Photo of sleazo
2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Pours a clear golden brown hue with a nice off white one finger cap. This fades rather quickly though leaving asmall swish of foam. Lacing is gtood however as there is a modern art masterpiece on the sides of the glass.

S_The smell is redolent of a citric hop profile, mostly orange, slight grapefruit like a tangelo. A decent ammount of doughy bread makes sure this isn't one dimensional.

T_This one is all over the place. What starts out as slightly acidic and sour rushes headlong into a more caramel maltiness. The finish has those tangelo hops but also a bit of raw alcohol flavour. The hop profile here leans more towards the orange/tangerine than grapefruit/tangelo. There is also a perfume like quality generated by the alcohol vapors and the citric and slightly floral hops.

M_medium bodied with a mid range carbonation and a bit chalky.

D_What started out nice, look and smell wise devolved into an utter mess. Just totally out of balance and wierd tasting. Unless given to me, I probably would not go back for a second taste

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Photo of Bentster
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new flower power is not what it used to be. It's a mere shadow of 2011 Flower Power. The beer had very little scent. The flavor was faint. This beer could be called "Flower Power light".
It is still a fine beer but it lost it's edge....big time.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into pint glass.
Thin, quickly dissipating head lies on top of opaque honey-orange liquid. Mild fruit, flower aroma with hints of caramel. Hop bitterness predominates, lingers, doing a fair job of masking the 8% ABV. Unfortunately that's the best that can be said for the flavor of this IPA. You could drink a couple of these if the alternative is a mass produced offering that boasts "triple hops", but with the plethora of IPA's now available, why?

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Photo of Mauerhan
2.89/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i got this from the secret santa bif. to be completely honest i had forgotten that i had it. it has been sitting in the back of my fridge for the past month and some change. sadly it seems this is well past its prime. all traces of an ipa have left a malt bomb of a mess. i feel bad that im continuing to review this. hrmm oh well.

pours with a great amount of fluffy white thick well retaining head, that sits above a beautiful copper colored brew.

smells like at one point this had some nice east coast hoppy goodness. sadly that smell is faint, faded and leaves alot to be desired.

taste is along the same lines with the smell. at one point this might have been a decent beer. that time is not today. unbalanced, stale whispers of hops. : /

mouth is alright. smooth. medium bodied. decent amount of carbonation.

i would love to see what this could have been fresh. I will look forward to attempting again this summer.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.94/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has an average-sized, fluffy white head with large bubbles. The head vanishes but leaves some nice lacing. It is clear, sparkling and amber. (Maybe 10 SRM). The aroma is of pine and grapefruit with a hint of grass. There is a dusty, earthy basement odor that borders on wet cardboard. In the mouth, it's a bit light, flat, and maybe chalky. The flavor is mostly a grapefruit-orange. It's not bad but not as hoppy as I would have liked it to be.
(rated Feb 5, 2007)

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Photo of mikefuski17
2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ithicas flower power is interesting. I've heard some great reviews so I decided to vice it a go.

A. The look of the beer it great. Nice cloudy, rich golden hue. Small white head with a little lacing.

S. The scent is very strong and complex. The pineyness of the hops kicks your senses first with a sweet tickle of flowers to back it up.

T. Same as smell but much more overpowering. Hops cover your palette immediately with a slight sweet after taste

M. The body is not the fullest but has some carbonation to it. As soon as you fill your mouth, the fizz dies down quickly.

O. Not bad overall. Would I get it again, maybe. But if you like IPAs, give it a try if you have not yet.

Served in recommended pint glass.

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Photo of Naes
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is amber brown in color with a tall off white head.
The aroma is mild, but is fruity with a bit of pine.
The flavor is much maltier than most American IPA’s. There is a bit of caramel mixed in with the hops. The finish is where the citrus hops show their face.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is easily consumed.

Overall, this is an alright brew, but not the hop bomb that I am looking for.

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Photo of dugit57
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you love pure liquid hops this beer is for you. If you like a full balanced beer tempered by a brilliant hop equilibrium, this isn't your beer. The malt and beer flavor itself is lost in the bombardment of piney, grapefruit hop overload. This should have been named hop tea.

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Photo of zdk9
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a slightly orange gold. With just half a finger of head and some thick but weakly clinging lacing.

S- Some hoppiness as would be expected of an IPA. Suprisingly weak though. I can't detect any maltiness.

T- Domination of hops- all pine needles and grapefruit. I'm really not detecting any malt backbone. There is some lingering sweetness after the hops flavor so I guess there must be some malt but I can't get any flavor from it. I suspect this would be a great beer for a hop head, but I'm not such a fan.

M- Pretty light, not a large body on this beer. The carbination flattering for this lightness.

D- I need more complexity than this beer can offer me- an alcoholic hop tea.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one appears a fairly average amber color, with a fading white bubbly head. Smells a little weak for an IPA, but a nice hop aroma is there. Ehhh, I don't know about the taste. A little too sweet and malty. Really sweet actually. I don't know the ABV, but it seems pretty noticable, and really warming. Less hoppy than is desired. Mouthfeel is a little thick. All in all a little underwhelming. They make a great Nut Brown though.

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Photo of shleepy
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Golden. Minimal amount of sediment, if any. Medium, white head.

S: Lots of sweetness. (Uh oh - could be a sign of an older bottle). Light pineapple/citrus notes are coming through, though.

T: A bit dull, in my opinion. After just having a hoppier DIPA, it almost tastes bland. Sure, it seems pretty well balanced, as far as hops and malt flavors go, but it's almost like drinking some slightly bitter water. Yet, there is a slight bitterness that remains in the aftertaste (possibly along with some sweetness? how does that work?). Main flavors are pretty subtle and seem to be dominated by citrusy bitterness.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary - medium body and carbonation.

O: Just not very interesting. Maybe the bottle was not too fresh and/or the serving temperature was too cold, but I'm just not feeling excited about this one.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this IPA in a mixed 12 pack from my sister who was visiting Buffalo. I've never heard of the brewery.

Good frothy head with solid retention and lace. This bottle was very fizzy at first pour, and continued to be fizzy until the last drop. It's a beautiful deep amber color.

When first poured, I got hit with some strong hop aroma, but after letting the glass breathe for a few minutes, the hop aroma was all but gone, leaving only a hint of malt.

Taste was good. Had nice balance, though the hops didn't seem quite right. Not sharp enough; a little more malt and this would be an ESB.

Mouthfeel was all there, perhaps almost to a fault. Quite syrupy for a regular IPA.

Drinkability was fine. By the end here, I'm ready to try a few others from the 12 pack before coming back to the other remaining Flower Power in there.

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Photo of tayner
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best before aug date received as a powerball winning.

Pourted a medium copper color with a white head that settled to a small ring. very little lacing

smell was floral hops and pine trees. There is some background sweetness, but not much.

Taste is a pungent lemon/citrus flavor up front that settled to a finish of a more piney hop flavor. This is very unbalanced though as the maltiness was there, but barely. The base malt profile of this beer does not hold up well to the overpowering hoppiness. this is more in the style, IMO, of west coast hop bomb rather than east coast balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel was oily and heavy for an IPA, almost as oily as lot of IIPAs. carbonation helped make the finish very dry, almost too dry.

This one is a chore to drink for me. I did drink the whole bottle, but i would not go back for seconds. I prefer my ipas to be more balanced, and this one is just hop oils in a bottle. If that is your thing check this one out fresh.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Low carbonation. Tiny white head formed after the pour and faded quickly leaving no lace. Hazy dark golden colored beer. Slightly floral hop and cereal malt flavor becomes bitter midway through and finishes slightly alcoholic. Mild aroma with only a pinch of hops and malty alcohol noticable. With a name like Flower Power I expected a light, more aromatic beer, not a big bitter IPA. Dissapointing.

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