Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,250
Reviews:
1,283
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew because of the highs and lows. Grapefruit aroma, lace in appearance, refreshing aggressive carbonation. However, a drying leaf aftertaste, bitter drying out grainy like the sucrose toothpaste. A bit of metallic, and a line of dark blood red like a radish in the head of the pour. I would try this on tap, but would want some food right away.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with slight malt and soapy aromas coming through as well. Taste is of fresh citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops with a nice malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a very nice hop aroma and taste. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy orange yellow color. The head was pretty fluffy and white looking. The lacing was strong on the glass. The smell if citrusy and floral, very lively aroma. The taste is hoppy and has a really nice floral earthiness, balanced with some lemony melon flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, lightly carbonated. Overall this beers got a good drinkiblity to it and I feel it's a very good IPA.

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Photo of nmann08
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow. White head, with good lacing n the glass.

Nose is hops, all the way. Citrus hops, some caramel malts. Apricot and Lemon.

Taste is sweeter than the smell lets on. More of a malt backbone, then finishes with a fruity hops taste. The bitterness comes in late.

Finishes dry, a bit stringent. Medium bodied. Grapefruit flavor lingers.

Overall, a great IPA, but not an elite one.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops along with some hints of pine resin. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is filled with citrusy and bitter flavors from the hops, but these are in no way overpowering because there is an excellent balance with the underlying malts, which even contribute some hints of malty sweetness to the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is quite drinkable considering all of the hoppy flavors and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking name and bottle.. whats inside?, not so cool. An average IPA at best, a little too bitter for my liking making it quite unbalanced. This greatly affects the drinkability of this beer. Also, the alcohol flavor is way too prevalent and makes it tough to drink as well. There's better, there's worse, its decent.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely exquisite IPA with an intensely floral and fragrant nose of citrus, nectar, and perfume. With the supple and elegant aroma, the flavors are to match, while offering a sensible drinkability that's almost dangerous.

Hazy golden in color, the beer carries a modest amber hue with finely knit carbonation taht coats the surface with foam and froath. Intricate pockets of fine lace adorns the glass in consistent and froathy fashion. A very solid IPA appearance.

Again, the perfumy nose puts on a show with citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, zesty corriander, tangerine, and mango. The citrus and tropical fruit descriptions can go on and on. Suble malt sweetness gives roundedness to the hop nose and provides a mouth-watering sensation without bringing about attention. This beer is all about the hops.

Flavors continue the hop dominance with a crisp and sharp flavor of citrus and tropical fruit zest and pulp that all fade into a clean and sharp bitterness in finish. Again, hop sweetness gives a slight roundness and caramel sweetness, but really only offer a background support for hops and never interfer with balance. Alcohol taste begins to resemble mild acetones but are disguised well by hop bitterness and flavor. Any esters are hard to detect beyond the fruity flavor offered up by hops.

Medium-full to start, the soft creaminess of carbonation gives a fuller texture. But as the carbonation subsides, the hop dryness set in at mid palate and usher in a bright and cleanly dry finish. A soft linger of malt accompany the fleeting hop bitterness and give a short lived impression in aftertaste.

There's a part of me that wants to detest the gimicky beer name. But the floral character makes 'Flower' relevent, and the 'Power' is understated but relevent. But this beer wins out regardless of the name.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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

***
09/12/2016 impression:

One of the few IPAs with a tropical pineapple fruit emphasis that I can actually stand, Flower Power is a solid balanced brew but finishes a bit sweeter than it ought to. A bit more citrusy bite would help level out the hop profile, but its fruity floral vibe is nice as-is.

I remembered this being a lot better, but it's drinkable fare from Ithaca. Perhaps seasonal hop availability is a factor, or I just didn't parse the pungency of the pineapple in my earlier review.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
09/16/2016 impression:

Standard off-white frothy head. Copper colour of average vibrance.

Aroma greets the drinker with a balanced profile of pale to amber malts and floral hops. Aromatic intensity is average.

Presents soft on the palate, ushering in a warm pineapple fruit emphasis along with subsidiary floral and fruity notes. Clean yet estery American ale (saccharomyces) yeast. Balanced, certainly.

Residual sweetness is a bit too high for an IPA, but all around it's definitely above average in terms of build.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
2nd impressions on-draught at Blind Tiger Alehouse in Manhattan from notes taken Spring 2015:

B / GOOD

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a firm, foamy head that leaves dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: Flower power, with sweet, floral citrusy elements; s bit different from the typical IPA, however, as there is an apricot aspect in there, as well

Taste: Sweet and citrusy from the get go, with a building floral apricot aspect the reaches its crescendo at mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness sets in to provide a foil to the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoying this one; the only change I would make would be to add a bit more carbonation to cut through the sweetness more effectively; although there is considerable bitterness, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I have encountered

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber that is on the lighter side. There is a layer of off white head that goes away almost completely.

Smell: Citrus peel hops. The hops smell very fresh. Mild amount of sweet malt.

Taste: Very fresh grassy citrus peel hops. Not a whole lot of malt here. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is both tingly and smooth. The finish is dry.

Overall: I'm glad I got to try this really fresh. Just a tad more balance would have been fine with me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, flecked with some suspended sediment. A finger of foam rises initially, settling to a wispy cirrus skim across the top. Against the edges of the glass sits a crescent string of larger bubbles. Flecks of spotty lacing in the glass also.

Candied oranges, banana, mango, tropical fruit notes. Hops throw off a light spiciness as well.

Grapefruit rind and bitter pith, juicy sweet and resinous bitterness at the same time. Earthy and herbal, resonant hop flavor and bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. Balanced malt flavors in the middle. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice to sip and enjoy, could have another for sure.

Thanks Mike for this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops cones with light bittering notes and some light citrus as well. Taste is a very pleasant mix between some floral notes with whole hops cones notes with solid semi-sweet malt base. Bitter notes are not too heavy. Body is full with good carbonation. Really well brewed with nice notes of floral hops with well balanced bitter notes and semi-sweet malt bill.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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