Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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
Ranking:
#998
Reviews:
1,309
Ratings:
5,370
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled fresh at the brewery, this is an absolutely stunning American pale ale. The 7.5% ABV is dangerously well hidden, so I will have to be careful...

Appearance a clear golden-red amber with decent white head and lacing. Stunning pine & grapefruit aroma - pure "west coast" hops. The flavour is surprisingly well balanced, with sweet caramelized malts complementing the citrus hop zest. Ends with a lovely lingering hop finish...

All in all, an excellent beer. Wish they could pack this much flavour into something under 5% ABV!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of longlasting dense white head.

S: The aroma certainly lives up to the name - tons of floral hops in this aroma. The hops are also quite tropical in nature. The two aromas work quite well together. I get a bit of sweetness, but it's mostly fruity.

T: The taste is a bit more floral and piney than the aroma, also much more subdued. It's certainly still a nice hop flavor, just a bit disappointing. Hop bitterness is moderate and balanced by a light sweetness, the bitterness and sweetness is about perfect. I find the floral aspect of hops come off a bit odd in the flavor of IPAs, and it's the most apparent flavor in this beer.

M: Medium thickness with low, appropriate carbonation. The carbonation in this beer seems to allow more hop flavor to come through.

O: This is a great IPA. The aroma is incredible, the taste is solid. It's certainly a floral-forward beer, a bit odd in the taste, but quite nice.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a nice bright orange color, quite hazy, and sports two fingers of fluffy white head that lasts quite a while. The nose is very fruity with citrus notes of fresh lemon, grapefruit, and sweet pineapple.

Medium-light body with a reasonably firm feel and a very pleasant, bitter flavor. The beer is slightly wheaty up front with a soda cracker-like graininess. The hops all complement this feel and flavor very well, bringing lemon, grapefruit, orange, and white pepper. The finish is dry and bitter with lingering citrus fruit flavors.

So happy this stuff finally came across my path. I was at one of my beer haunts in Ohio, and there it was. I can see why this is a classic American IPA. Lots of sharp, fresh, citrusy American hop flavor, but maintains its drinkability. I would definitely buy this again.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- slightly hazy golden orange , frothy white head with high retention. Nice lacing

S- wow. Pine, citrus, yeast delicious hops. This smells absolutely amazing. First 5 ive ever given for smell.

T- damnit. One sip in and I spill it all over the table. I liked what I tasted. Follows the nose, not too bitter aftertaste. I'll revise this when I try it again.

TASTE REVISION- Very floral, somewhat piney, ends with a caramel/slightly wheaty finish.

M- medium body and carbonation

Delicious and balanced, and highly aromatic. Super crisp and refreshing. Worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Thanks Duff27!

A- dark caramel with huge, dense off-white head. Lacing remains on the glass.

S- caramel malts, citrus and pine hop aromas

T- fairly malty, bitter citrus flavors. Pine and grassy hop bite at the finish.

M- medium body, slightly dry with creamy, oily feel.

O- very good ipa. Very well balanced with nice citrus aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4-18-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a nice two fingers of foam, cloudy copper color, lots of carbonation present

S – Hops with hints of malt. Citrus orange aroma but mainly lots of hops

T/M – Medium bodied, from the nose I would have guessed hop bomb but more like a brew that was half malt and half hop. Malt is a pretty big player with this brew. Smooth brew with a good amount of hop bitterness at the back end

D – Very drinkable brew, great blend of malt and hops. Very easy for me to drink more than one of these. I would for sure seek this brew out again. Big thanks to lovindahops for this one. I recommend this brew!!!

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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little extra in my box from Shuggy. Many Cheers for this!
*Bottle states best by Dec. 2010?

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden pale color with a huge 3 finger fluffy white pillow of foam. Amazing lace, how sweet the sound!

S: Smell is well rather floral actually. Picking up some sweet malts in the background. A bit on the tame side for an IPA in my opinion.

T: Wowzers this is super tasty! Much to my surprise. The sweet malts are nicely subdued and the hops really burst through here with sweet juicy citrus and resinous pine charactersitics dominant. Totally tickles and tantalizes the palate going down. Puckers and dries out in the finish just how I like em. Not really having any high expectations here...this is damn good.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat on the creamier side with a great bitter bite carried through by millions of tiny little bubbles that tickle the throat. Bitter dryness really cuts through in the end.

D: So nice. Big hop flavors are carried well with a subdued malt backbone and solid carbonation. ABV is nonexistant making this some easy drinking.

So East Cost does have some hops!?! I am now a believer of the Flower Power. I think I will be leaving this one on my wants list for sure.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've often seen this mentioned as an underrated IPA, so I figured it was finally time to give it a try.

Pours a clear amber color with some bubbles rising steadily to the top. Creamy light beige head fills the pint glass, leaves a mess of stick on the sides and keeps a very nice, full lace.

Mmm...smell is super juicy, resiny, citrus and pine hops. Very nice. Lots of caramel malt sweetness, as well.

Taste is also packed with citrusy hops, slick and resiny, with some pine as well. Nice caramel sweetness like the smell, and some toasted malt too. It's a bit boozy, with some alcohol burn and a long lasting hop bitterness. This really is a very hoppy IPA - dem flowers are indeed powerful.

This has a hefty medium body, with a nice creaminess and a slick resiny feel. Alcohol burn detracts just a bit from an otherwise very nice mouthfeel.

I didn't realize at first that this was 8%, which is pretty big for a standard IPA, but it made complete sense once I realized it. It definitely drinks a bit boozier and is fuller in the mouth than a typical IPA - it's getting to be halfway toward a DIPA, in my opinion. Whatever, this is good stuff. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A best by April bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hoping this isn't past its prime. Beer is a very hazy copper color, that you can't see through at all. Initial finger of bubbly off white head receded immediately to some bubbles and a light collar around the surface of the beer without much lacing. Not much carbonation visible through the haze but the large bubbles that forms the head means there's some decent fizz in there.

Nose is sweet malts, caramel and biscuit, light citrus sweetness, ripe grapefruit and orange, and a bit of stone fruit, apricot and nectarines. Nose does not bode well for the bitterness level of the beer.

Pleasantly bitter citrus peel on the tongue, orange and grapefruit, along with some dank grassy hops as well. Malt kicks in mid tongue, some biscuit malts sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with only a light bitterness from the initial hops hitting the tongue.

Light to medium body, slick and oily with some minor carbonation tickling the tongue every now and then. Fairly easy to drink as the alcohol doesn't show up in the flavor or in the mouthfeel. A solid IPA, though it may have more pop in the aroma if the bottle had been fresher. May have to try to track down another newer bottle in the future and try it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,370 ratings