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 MortarPestle
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a damn good ipa, one of the best out of new york state. the pour is akin to a fresh hop beer, golden honey in color with a little hazy and a delicate tan head thats short and lacey. the nose is tons of puckery grapefruit and some tropical fruit as well, but the flavor gives off some pine notes too in the hop complexion. this is a very refreshing ipa, fruity but not sweet, light malt keeps the hops on center stage. its really bitter in the finish, but more like a fruit bitter, sort of tart and almost caustic in that citric acid way, but the feel is in fact pretty smooth. youd never guess the abv until you drink a few and try to walk to the pisser. mild but adequate carbonation and only a medium body, this is dangerously poundable. i love the citrus element in the hops, its different and its delicious. ithacas best beer as far as i am concerned.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle -

Poured cloudy light orange with one finger head that formed a nice thick lacing , decent carbonation.

Smell - Grapefruit and piny hops.

Taste - Fresh fruity grapefruit with light hop notes , pine hints with light malts.

Drinkability - This was a easy to drink IPA with a slight piny aftertaste, Well blended fruits with refreshing hops.

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Photo of tastesogood
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very solid citrus and rich broad sweetness. well hopped... great when fresh.didn't expect so many fruits and it comes forth as a citrus bomb. nose is dryer with hints with a floral pine dominating. palate is sweet orange with a bitter bite of orange peel. pineapple and mango touch that is crisped out with the bitter. great beginning to end on the palate. and nice bright and equally fruity as savory balance.

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Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear golden orange with a thin layer of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-lots of hops-mostly citrus and a bit of pine, and breadlike malts

T-wow that is a lot of hops! Orange peel, grapefruit, and pine, and some sweet fruitiness (pears, apricots)

M-medium body, high carbonation, bitter and sort of sweet aftertaste if that combination is possible

Overall a very hoppy but still drinkable beer. I can see why people like it so much.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by October 2011.
12oz bottle generously provided by hannydawg’s Lights Camera Action- take 4 LIF. Served in a Deschutes becker.

Pour yields a 1 ½ inch white head that leaves perfect lacing. A nice ring with solid sheets and a few round spots. Gorgeous light amber that is only slightly cloudy. This was so close to a perfect score until, uh oh, floaties, and lots of them even though I left a good bit of beer in the bottle, they do eventually settle though.

Bread, peanuts, grain a bit of grapefruit but mostly ripe oranges in the nose, nice but not a big smell. Whoa, taste is excellent and a bit unexpected after the smell. Tons of grapefruit with the underlying taste of ripe oranges, but there is that weird nuttiness on the back end. Perfect bitterness in this brew, that, in combination with a nice medium carbonation and body, provide the perfect mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer and the floaties and nuttiness are the only drawbacks but this may be my favorite IPA from the Northeast.

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Photo of mverity
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Casey3236 for getting this to me in a trade. I'll be enjoying this over the next week or week and a half.

Great yellow gold color with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is fantastic. I get a ton of earthiness from this beer; along with a ton of hops. Lacing is holding up fairly well. Taste is very nice as well. A nice dryness I don't expect from IPAs, but is enjoyable. The hop profile is clean and bright. Still loving the earthiness; it reminds me of the hills of Tennessee. Mouthfeel is slightly different, but like I said, the dryness is enjoyable. I find this IPA to be better suited for late Fall or early Spring, when it's a bit colder outside.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- crystal clear and golden with slight orange tint in appearance.

Smell - floral hoppiness.

Taste - again floral hoppiness with a sweet tinge of honey/caramel malt.

Feel - very smooth with light hoppiness that does not overwhelm the palate. Very crushable.

Overall - one of my favorite IPAs especially on a hot day.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ginger Man.

Beer is a transparent copper colour, with a moderately-sized white head.

Big nose: citrus focused, with lots of grapefruit. A bit of sweet malt.

Taste is soapy, with lots of citrus, predominantly grapefruit. Hops, hops an more hops. There is a bit of a malty backbone that gives some body, but not much malt flavour. A bit of bread. Fairly bitter.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated A bit oily.

Overall, quite good.

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Photo of dudd
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dank203
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours into a tulip orange, little white head, maybe a finger. aroma has fresh citrus, perfume, candy, pine. taste: balance of sweet and spicy. getting more earthy qualities, lots of pine. the lingering bitterness. overall pretty floral/herbal/earthy rather than citrusy

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits you with one to two fingers of bone white foam, fairly dense weave but there are some bigger bubbles, the lacing forms very long streaks, however, not the stickiest. Cloudy yellow to light orange hued liquid, lots of “floaties” inside, fully opaque, you can only see a few lazily scattered bubbles but unlikely there’s many more you can’t discern. The nose is on the aggressive side, herbaceous and piney, dried grapefruit pith, metallic earth, burnt bread crusts and while the florality and peach, apricot fruit are no pushovers, they don’t have the raw power to show decisively, overall its muscular texture lengthens presence more than gluey richness. In the mouth it has a similar feel, close to full-bodied, focused on grip over layering. As you get pineapple, papaya mixed into the apricot and apple, more nervosity, same for the white grapefruit, blood orange citrus, comes into its own. Still, little ignoring the grassiness and earthiness, on the bitter side of the ledger. Pine, dash here and there of cocoa or mocha. Seems to want to offer fewer elements and intensify what is there. Carbonation is sneakily strong, enlivens the finish. While not an easygoing rendition of the category, by the same token not overly challenging to the point of conceding the victory.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of younger35
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because I told him if he didn't send me one I'd kick his ass. I received it the next day. Ithaca makes some solid solid brews so I'm excited to try another IPA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Best before April ('09 I'm assuming).

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with excellent clarity and thousands of tiny bubbles that permeate throughout the glass. A nice one finger head that recedes very slowly still leaving a great cap that leaves rings and rings of sticky lacing.
Smell- Super fruity and fresh with a nice clean citrus profile. Grapefruit and pineapple are ridiculously pungent and very inviting. A bit of pine sap and mint add an earthy sort of undertone but this is a tropical nose through and through. I don't smell an ounce of malt in this bad boy, just 100% fruity bitter goodness.
Taste- Starts with a nice bitter bite that like the nose is super fresh and fruity. Not the kind of pithy grapefruit that I get out of a lot of these but more of a fruity orange/grapefruit pulp. More of the meat of the fruit rather than the flesh. Slightly sweet on the finish with a bit of lightly toasted biscuit and a lingering lemon. Amazing that a beer like this can hide the 8% so well.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more heft that you'd expect from a 8% IPA that is this bitter. A lightly crisp feel from the carbonation and a slick oily finish.
Drinkability- Fantastic beer. So drinkable and fresh I can imagine that this beer definitely would lose of bit after a couple months. Other than Brute, this is the tastiest Ithaca brew that that I've bee lucky enough to enjoy. Adam was right; this is a definite fridge stocker. Great beer!!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle poured into two snifters
little head, but excellent lacing
smell is wonderful floral hop and pine.
color is golden straw.
taste is very nice floral hop.
mouth-feel is light body and dry at the end.
not very crisp or carbonated.
recommended but there are much better beers in this style to chase.

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Photo of Soonami
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca Flower Power IPA is a beer I've heard good things about, but only just now got to try. This is a very good IPA especially from an east coast brewery. You can definitely taste and smell the Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops in the beer, the grapefruit, peach, apricot and passionfruit flavors just sing. The only gripe I have is that the bitterness is just a bit harsh, it lingers just a bit too long into the aftertaste. The malt flavor and hint of caramel is very nice.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate fatigue and such factors aside, this isn't the same Flower Power I recall from some years back: no killer nose, no hoppy, piney bite. I see a 2013 review sort of compared this to Zombie Dust and another heralded it's West Coast character. Wow, OK. Totally different beer in 2015 folks . Nonetheless it's still actually a very good IPA. Goes down quite easy for a 7+% beer but that also speaks to the simpler nature of this incarnation of FP. It's not a world class IPA anymore in my book but still very good if you can find it fresh. Some of the older reviews on the site are working off a prior version of this beer that was far more transcendent than what Ithaca is churning out nowadays.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden amber cloudy color with a bid 2 finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells like walking into a flower shop, with a nice earthy undertone and a great sweet flower overtone. A bit of citrus (possibly orange) lingers at the end.

Taste: Starts with a nice sweet citrusy-flowery taste but then the bitterness overpowers the beer a little bit. However, this actually finishes with a creamy earthy hop character that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, very refreshing.

Drinkability: I was originally not too impressed but as I'm drinking, this beer is definitely growing on me. Obviously that means more research is necessary!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower power throws a cloudy yellowish-orange with a ½ inch well disciplined white head. A massive hoppy aroma, with some grapefruit and earthy notes as well. The body is mildly carbonated and very creamy. A bitter hop blast is quickly introduced, and the lips are left slightly burnt. Biscuits and citrus-like tastings are delicate, yet enjoyable. Hops lovers beware—this one is addicting. A simple, yet good definition of an IPA.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, on-tap at Al's.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, a little dark but strikingly clear. No head comes along, making it look like a cask pour even though it isn't.

S: The stickiest of the icky, the beer is wickedly dank. The hoppiness has citrus and plenty of it, along with a resiny thickness. What a hoppy delight to linger on.

T: For as hoppy as it is, its caramel base isn't shy. Standing out through each sip, it adds balance and support for the dark, dirty hops. As the hops bloom, which they do often, the ale becomes a resiny swirl of citrus bitterness. Grapefruit and orange rind are strong, fresh and vibrant. The strength of the ale is slow to materialize but at a certain point it hits. Even after that point, the hops are deliciously strong. A floral dose of intensity.

M: Resiny and thick, coating my tastebuds anew on each sip. Dank is the word of the day, a dark hoppy melange of flowers and citrus. Fresh this IPA is tough to top.

Mouth smackingly good, bitter and focused with a true bite. Amongst a line-up that included Mongo, Big A, Hopsickle and Idiot IPA, this one stood out (I did grab a mongo growler to go).

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Photo of Gavilan
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcs4u
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Tomdee74
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before but it's been a while and my palate has changed some so i wasn't sure if my mind changed at all. The first time I had this I loved it. Since then i've tasted some PTE and Hopslam and two hearted among some other really good IPA's so i wasn't sure if this would still hold up. I can say with certainty that it did indeed hold up! big up and thanx to smutty33 for getting me on to this... was great on tap and in bottle

A - pours a nice hazy orange with good head of about an 1 1/2 inch of foam and great sticky lacing. it was fun to pour this into a tulip glass.

S - Smell the floral fruitiness!! Very impressive for a regular IPA and not a Double. This is one characteristic I am very fond of with this beer. Smells more like a midwest or west coast ipa. This might be my favorite trait of this beer.

T - Very fruity! A hop blast of course there is grapefruit. There is a lot of grapefruit.. but it tastes like sweet part of the grapefruit and not the rind! too many ipa's have the grapefruit taste, but they taste like the bad part of the grapefruit, whereas this is the good part. Very interesting i'm tasting maybe orange and mango in this too. just complex with some of my favorite fruit flavors in this!!

M - It is thick maybe a little sticky and I love that. I aftertaste leaves a nice twinge sweet taste in my mouth.. i almost want to pucker like after eating real bitter candy like a sour patch kid..

D - I could definitely drink these and enjoy these no problem. I should give them a really high rating here because I could easily put away a six pack of this. I love the taste. I think it is very underrated but that's okay.. i wish i could get this easier as it's not around here enough...

***edit on 5/17/2010

I just have to say again that i truly enjoy this beer... i am a hop head and this one comes in as one of my favorites. i'm drinking it now and am really impressed with the smell. i was around a non beer drinker friend yesterday who said he hates all beer. i told him to take a sip of this.. he did and his eyes lit up immediately and he yelled out "that's good!!!!".. gives to a bmc drinker and it will knock their socks off. i think it is a very friendly ipa as opposed to some of the others out there that you kinda have to work your palate up to.. this is not like that. i think this is super friendly.. too bad this is semi seasonal as it would may otherwise be a go to ipa over here!!

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 5,284 ratings.
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