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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 | 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 eandersen
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful looking beer, golden honey colored with a fluffy two finger head with some staying power

S - the nose is incredible. Waves and waves of fruity hops hit you up from- peach, nectarine, pineapple, a hint of lemon zest. Followed with a touch of pine

T - loads of grapefruit and many of the same citrus fruits in the nose. As the name implies there's a ton of "flowery" evervescent notes

M - average mouthfeel. Real crisp not great but not bad

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Photo of RJQ3
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a long Pilsner glass. Look is a cloudy golden color with a good 2 finger white head that stays and cascades all the way down the glass. Smell is a strong citrusy floral hoppy aroma that continues with the taste. Very smooth and light feel in mouth for a 7.5% ABV IPA. Overal this is exactly my kind of flowery/citrusy IPA with hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon, followed by lovely flowery hop flavor a with no malty backbone. Very dangerous though cause it goes down so easily!

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep golden color with small head when poured.

S: Typical lovely hoppy smell of IPA. Lots of piney and citrus along with some dank.

T: Great tasting IPA. Just like the nose, piney and citrus. Nice crisp dank bitterness that hit, lingers just long enough with a piney end. Great balance.

M: Nice body, good carbonation and def not the lightest IPA on the palate. Almost a creamy texture.

O: A wonderful example of an IPA. Name def suits this beer. I would def search this out again and glad I have a few more. A must have if you are an IPA fan.

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Photo of bigkamp
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my harpoon 100 barrel glass.

OH MY GOD, is this pliny's cousin? I had PTE for the first time on vacation in San Francisco and I have been crazing it ever since. This was the closest that I have come to matching it.

It pours an amber gold with a two finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing. Smell is citrus and bitter. I can tell this is going to be good...

Taste is perfect for a double ipa. Smooth, crisp, super fresh taste. I absolutely love this beer! I can't believe this is my first time trying it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks darker than expected. More like a DIPA than an IPA in color with a half inch of head.

S - First smell - grapefruit hops and boy it it citrus-licious! The smell is strong and fruity so hopefully the taste will be equal.

T - Hmm it is smooth but really muted. I expected an assault of hop-itude but got a smooth IPA which is very drinkable but not as expected. It is pretty nice to see such sweetness in such a high ABV IPA with a slight hops giving the bang for your buck. I am confused...

M - I would expect it to be around 6 percent so this recipe is awesome.

D - Well money talks and I haven't seen the case prices for it but I can already tell I can get Southern Tier 2xIPA for cheaper and I liked it the same. This is still one great IPA and if you can get your hands on it cheaper than most IPA's go for it. For me I have little options and it really wasn't worth the four dollar single. Nice beer.

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Photo of BobCS
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy orange amber with fine white head

S: unmistakeable American hops full of citrus/grapefruit but powerful and floral as well. The name of this beer and the aroma are just a perfect match.

T: although dominated by hops there is more to the aroma and flavor and less of a bitterness than you might expect in such a well hopped IPA. The result is a suprising tilt to the balance toward something aromatic, floral, and spicy and away from a tongue lashing and lingering bitterness. The bitterness is clean and restrained and beautifully in balance.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated and lively

O: this is just a gorgeous beer and despite the many other IPAs I've had, this perfectly named beer reinvented the style for me and showed me something brand new and fresh. I really can't get enough Flower Power!

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Photo of aorloski
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horrible cold day, first snow of the year, time to drink like its warm out.

Appearance - Quintessential dark orange, no hop haze whatsoever. About a fingers worth of a very fluffy white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell - The highlight of this beer. Incredibly floral and juicy. Grapefruit and orange peel stand out with a nice bready backbone. Just an amazing smelling beer.

Taste - Pretty good, definitely a very juicy IPA, very little bitterness just an incredibly lusciously juicy hop offering.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation and on the thicker side.

Overall - I can't believe this one is 7.5abv. One of the nicest smelling IPAs i have ever had but not the best tasting. Overall a very great offering, i can see why this beer gets hyped!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dujayhawk for this particular bottle. I've had this one a few times before, but never given it a proper review. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light gold, with a one-finger white head that quickly fades to foam. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Huge hop aroma. Tropical fruit, floral, grass, dank, and a bit of orange/citrus. Just a touch of biscuit malt in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but more orange & grapefruit citrus hops, with some melon and spice in addition. The tropical fruit hops seem most prominent. Bitterness in the hang but that fades quickly from the palate.

M: Light body, great carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: Well, this is as tasty as ever. Certainly one of my top IPAs out there.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear orange. Bubbly white head settles rather quickly. Light rings of lacing.

S: Very floral. It's like a bouquet of flowers. Lots of tropical notes too. Pineapple and orange. Green and pithy with hint of pine. Subtle caramel and biscuity malt base.

T: Green, pithy, and floral hops. Dank, oily tide of bitterness builds. Quick bursts of tropical fruits come through now and then, mostly orange and peach. Malt tastes are reminiscent of biscuits and just a touch of caramel. The malt taste doesn't come through much, but it provides a nice base. Pine just before the finish. Finishes with bitter, oily hop tastes, pith, and pine resin.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy and well rounded with some of that enamel-stripping feeling.

O: This is an excellent IPA. Maybe my new favorite. It has drinkability in spades, and is brimming with mouth-watering hop flavors. This is an easy rival for anything from the west coast.

Notes: A great value for the money too.

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Photo of heebes
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle

Pours a hazy amber with huge white foamy head. The nose is exploding with citrus, grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Slight malt presence in the back. Very nice sticky lacing forms. Sip provides an excellent tasting IPA, hop forward and bitter right into the finish. Theres a smoothness in the middle where the malt characteristics shine. Medium bodied mouthfeel. High drinkability, a more citrusy IPA with plenty of flavour makes this very refreshing. Glad I picked up a six pack.

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Photo of jsanford
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a lovely fluffy white head. Retention is amazing and the lacing is ridiculous. One of the prettiest IPAs I've seen!
S - Wonderful aromas of sweet orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, and flowers. Not too strong but not too subtle, very nice nose.
T - Floral and citrus hops are tamed nicely by the bready caramel malt. Finish is pleasantly bitter and dry.
M - Light bodied with sharp, crisp carbonation, just right for the style. Surprised to see this is 7+ ABV, I'm not detecting it at all!
D - Incredibly drinkable, hindered only by the higher ABV. If this was around 5% (and easier for me to find), I'd drink it all day long. Amazing beer, can easily contend with the top-tier West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much better when fresh, thats a no-brainer. had a somewhat old 6 pack of this and thought it was good but not great. then i went to a local pub and they had it on draft. got 3 pints of it! was really damn good

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get this as an extra!

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, and it comes out a beautiful golden color with a hint of haze. You can smell the floral hops as it pours and the citrus when you get it to your nose. The hops hit you right away with a malty backend that is fantastic. Definitely its my first but certainly one of my favorite IPAs. It has the grapefruit bite, and a great sweetness to counter that slightly. Not overly carbonated, in fact there was almost no head and no lacing down the glass. This is a great IPA, great flavor, and absolutely one I want to get again.


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Photo of Mistofminn
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a surprise box from Chcfan! Thanks a bunch Chris! This has been a long time want for me (despite not being on my wants list) so thanks for your psychic powers.

Pours a hazy golden color with an amber tint. Huge head (it's still growing as I type this...) with great retention and leaves tons of lacing. This brew is glowing, I love the color so much, this is what I think all IPA's should look like. Beautiful.

There is no doubt why this is called flower power, with a big floral aroma on the nose. Nice bitter hop presence, very appealing to me. So far this is turning out to be everything I had hoped for.

The taste is great too, with a big bitter floral hop character up front, that gives way to a sweet and very fruity hop character in the finish. Fantastic. There is a very distint point in each drink when the taste turns from bitter to fruity, and it's surprising each and every time.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, very smooth and creamy. Huge lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, what a great session IPA.

This is a great IPA, possibly one of my top 5 that I have ever tried. Absolutely fantastic. Completely undeserving of the B+ average it gets here, which is complete blasphemy if you ask me. Although I hate with a burning passion the state in which this was brewed in (only because of the Yankee's) this is one thing that I adore the state for producing.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange amber with full finger off white head

Aromas reek of delicious hoppiness. Lemon orange citrus hoppy with some pine. Has some sweet too.

Starts with hop spiciness. Citrus pine bitter. Sweet oranges. HUGE excellent bitter finish. Get a sense of sweet malt but always has big hop backbone.

Smooth mouth medium light body.

Overall excellent hoppy American IPA

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Photo of stuartn
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pale yellow not too heady pour. aptly named, as the floral aroma is astounding! thick, nectarlike but clears easily. hop bitterness is crisp at the end, doesn't linger too long. by far the most fragrant of IPA's, and not your typical litchi fruit nose...loved it!

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Photo of JG-90
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass yields a medium sized bubbly head that is slighty off-white in color. Beer is a dull cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. Head recedes to leave a thin film on top. Moderate lacing.

Great smell - grapefruit, orange, and floral are most noticable. Pinneapple and pine also present with a bit of bread. Taste is incredible as well, starts with orange and floral, then comes grapefruit bitterness, finishing with pine and bread. Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium/heavy body, moderate/high and slightly biting carbonation.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange body with a solid finger of white head.

Nose is tops. This may be the best smelling IPA ever, including Heady Topper. Sweet mango and lemon. Wow!

Flavor is tart, crisp and just a bit sweet. Certainly not a big giant malt bomb like DFH 90, but I would say that this is more balanced than a lot of recent IPAs I've tried. Huge, juicy hops are everywhere. Tropical fruits and sharp citrus. Moderate apparent bitterness married with huge aroma. Really nice!

Mouthfeel is slick and stripping. Citrus burn.

Overall is excellent. I like this more than Pliny, but maybe a little less than Heady Topper. If the numbers don't reflect that, oh well...reviewing is inherently subjective.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dull golden yellow yielding a foamy, relativey lasting 2 finger head; patchy lacing.

yowzah, the nose is exceptional. big fragrant bouquet of citrus, a touch of pine, and some caramel maltiness. delicious aroma, just what i look for in my IPAs. and taste isn't far behind, delivering fresh citrus, apricot, some floral characters and a malty backbone. bitter hoppiness in the finish. outstanding IPA. really enjoyable.

medium bodied, medium-low carbed mouthfeel; i already see this earning a spot in my regular rotation.

originally reviewed: 01-05-2011

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy, pale straw yellow in appearance with a bubbly, one-finger head of bright white froth. A thin sheet of lacing coated the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was fantastically fruity and fragrant. Peaches, apricots and nectarines leapt from the glass. Lots of tropical fruit notes as well. Mango and pineapple were quite noticeable. Overall, sweet, yet not overly so. A touch of citrus was also detectable.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was super hoppy and balanced. Fortunately, the sweetness seemed to come from the fuitiness of the hops, rather than from an overload of caramel malts. Peaches and nectarines came through strong, along with some tropical fruits. Grapefruit pith appeared in the off-dry finish. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this drank like a charm.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. A bit thinner than anticipated. Smooth and creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Ithaca's Flower Power IPA. If you like your IPAs well balanced, yet not overly malty, and loaded with tons of peach and nectarine flavor, then look no further. Flower Power is the real deal.

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Photo of Deuane
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the tasting room of the brewery and then later from a freshly filled growler. Dark amber with a nice head of light tan foam. Very attractive lacing on glass. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, with apricot and gapefruit tones. Good body with plenty of maltiness and a fantastic flowery/fruity taste that makes you want more. Taste is hoppy up front for sure but not so much that it is undesired. This is a very nicely balanced hop attack. Plenty of citrus fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, just what you would want to let the hops shine through. For a hop-head like myself this beer has a drinkability that is very good.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous thanks go out to the incredible trader, bjspicer (Brian), for this killer extra in our recent trade! Knocked it off my wants.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an uber-cloudy dark honey-gold, with a finger-width bone white head on top. Great retention; pretty globs of lace on the side. The nose on this beer is rivaled, in my experience, only by the brothers Pliny. Huge waves of citrus tones, pine, honey, light booze. My nose can hardly even take this massive amount of olfactory goodness. Perfect. I would douse myself with this scent were it a cologne.

The mouth is thick, bordering on heavy for the style. Not filling though. Still, the drinkability is not bad as it is so freaking good. As another reviewer notes, the hops are in full flavor here, and not just manifesting bitterness, though it is bitter. Lots of fruit noted like grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and finishes sweet with notes of honey and apple. Excellent aftertaste, as the bitterness isn't tiring or scalding. This is a spectacular IPA. I would love some more of this. I think this is the standard for accessible, non-Imperialized IPAs. Highly recommend.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with a white foamy head with some nice soap like lacing. Slight bubbles.

Wow! Sweet peach, floral and grapefruit. That's it and that's all it needs for aroma.

Big time grapefruit, sweet malt, bread, caramel, than slight bitterness comes in. Very tasty.

Light body, smooth, barely noticeable carbonation.

This is a great IPA! Very close to a Imperial but stays just under that classification. This is should be on the list for top IPA's.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-gold color. Has a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a strong citrus and floral hops aroma with a touch of sweet maltiness. This might be the best smelling IPA I've come across.

Taste: Starts off assertively bitter with citrusy and grassy hops. Finishes with a grapefruit/lemon flavor and a bit of sweet malt and grain. Leaves a nice citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body with a bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A truly superior IPA and perhaps my new favorite. It is full of expressive hop flavors and is still quite drinkable despite an assertive bitterness. Certainly not a beginner's brew, but something that I think would appeal to all true beer lovers.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. A few particles are floating around in my pint glass. A finger of white head with sticky lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: This is where this beer kills. The nose is dominated by intense grapefruit. Just a slight hint of mango. Earthy hop cones. Just a little bit of delicious piney resin.

T: Big citrus right up front. Grapefruit. Citrus. Just fresh hops right in your face. Regular Flower Power is great this just bumps up the intensity of the hops a bit. You do get a little bit more of that planty taste though too.

M: Medium bodied. Great carbonation for a growler. A little bit sticky.

D: I am torn as to which version I like better. The nose kills on this beer. The body is a little thicker on the regular version as well. Total coin toss. Excellent beer.

So after I put up this review I was told by a very reliable source that all Flower Power has been unfiltered for a year now. Thanks for the clarification.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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