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 Rippeddisc
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipped to me from a friend in NY...I love him. Shipped slow boat to hawaii so took 5 weeks. Hopefully still tasty :P

A - Lovely amber...it's an ipa...duh. Thick head...looks like marshmellow goo. subtle lacing

S - heavy on the citrus nose. bit soapy?

T/M - pretty sweet up front..the hops kick in way in the back and dry out that tongue. having troubles putting words on exact phrasing (whoops), but think it has started to mellow a bit.

O - would love to try this more fresh. seems very well put together. alcohol is well hidden but a bit strong so couldnt do a 6 pack...maybe :P

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy rich gold color with intimidating lacing and a strong, consistent film atop. The pint glass is well-coated. I can feel the power already.

Flowery and citrus aromas with a spicy kick to it.

This brew gives you plenty and everything blends together so nicely. Grapefruit and piney hop notes. A sweet candy-like finish. Real hoppy profile.

A well developed feel, with a medium carbonation; I think the perfect range for an IPA. It carries weight but somehow has a light feel to it.

This is just a solid IPA that I would enjoy again for sure. I now have gotten down with the growler Flower Power to the bottle and yeah they were both fantastic. I like what Ithaca did here with a complex IPA offering.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap-Poured from a growler from Lewis Bros. Market in Horseheads, NY.

Appearance - Orange colored, lighter than a lot of other IPA's

Smell - A very nice pine smell.

Taste - This is a very enjoyable IPA. I get a lot of citrus and pines notes. I would say the taste is assertive and pleasant. Very drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium body on the lower carbonation side.

Overall: I live 35 miles from the brewery I think this beer is a grand slam home run for Ithaca Beer Co. Probably their flagship beer and for good reason.

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Photo of JMWEB2
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange, with a very nice creamy white head, great retention, and lacing.

S: Some floral/ citrus notes up front, sweet malts are there, and some pine as well.

T: Alright.. at first i tasted the biscut flavor and some sweetness, but then comes the hop power, citrus, and pine. Also a little spice in there... very bitter.

M: Medium, somewhat dry, but not completely.

O: Hops are on display here which makes the name ring true. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Jayman931
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for awhile. I am lucky enough to get a lot of 3F Zombie and heard a lot of people say it was similar. Its not. BUT make no mistake. This is a GREAT beer. The mouthfeel is similar to Zombie but that's about it. The bottle I had was fairly new. The smell while having an nice citrus note was pale in comparison to Zombie. I got a good bit of grain/malt smell which was refreshing. Not everything has to be all Hops right?

The appearance was lighter than I expected. Looked almost unfiltered and mostly a tan/yellow haze and the core of the beer had a orange hue.

The taste is world-class. It is really good...like...really...really good. I actually just had another sip and changed my taste rating to 4.75

Pretty much if you can buy it frequently...you are lucky

If you can't buy it frequently and you see it....buy it

If you can't get it....there is a trade section on this site.

Outstanding beer...Cheers

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Photo of dondeez21
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Best before date of May 10. Purchased from Joe Canals in EHT.
A: Golden/ Burnt Orange with a finger thick foamy head that leaves decent lacing behind.
S: Sweet Citrus Hops dominate the smell
T: Citrus hops are most noticeable with a very faint sweet aftertaste.
M: Body is medium and not too sticky.
D: This beer drinks pretty well. It reminds me of many west coast IPAs. I will definatly purchase this beer again.

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power, usually I hate hippies but I was willing to give this a shot. Sent to me in two separate trades one by kennyo and another by DrDogBeer. Thanks gents for the solid hookup. This came to me in a 12oz bottle, actually more than a few of them came to me, and I promptly shared them with a tasting I was hosting at my shop. Pass on the love, or some hippie shit like that!

Pours a perky head that likes to stick around, is never fully goes away bunching at the edges of the glass and leaving more than a smear behind on the glass as it goes. A warm hued, tan-ish, mandarin color, hazy but without and solids or yeast apparent, this is a pretty beer to look at, certainly better than all those dreadlocked street hippies on Telegraph.

The nose here is a bit disappointing and leads you in the overall direction of the beer. The high level of biscuit malts are very distracting from the hop bill and all but washes away whatever pleasing floral/citrus/earthy aromas that were once trying to develop. In thinking about this I looked for any freshness dating and behold the notched label stating "Best Before:" June. So I missed it by a month. But I've tasted many other IPAs, tasted not reviewed, and plenty of them held up better than this.

The flavors are again more flexed to the malt side, which I love, but not in IPA unless there is a shitload of hops to counterbalance the sweet malt flavors. There is some dried twig, decomposing grapefruit and burnt sugar tones left here on this past-prime IPA.

The mouth is nice with a sort of drying nature. The malt never builds enough to become sweet and if this had the hops I think it once did I think they would have the balance just right.

Yes I could drink this, I've had plenty worse certainly, but right now it is just an ol' tired bottle, kind of like the skin of hippies spending too many days lost in the sun of their permanent acid trip.

I would love a fresher sample to taste. I think this beer warrants a higher score for sure. I remember this being much more enjoyable in the tasting mentioned earlier. Chalk this one up to having too much beer to taste and not getting to it sooner. Have to prioritize better in the future!

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Photo of BobaFret
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A nice, clear light orange/gold color with a creamy white head that lingers.

S - Tropical fruits dominate the aroma followed by a subtle dank character. One of the most appealing aromas on an IPA.

T - Sweet, citrusy, juicy! You can taste everything that is in the aroma. You can definitely taste the Citra and Simcoe hops.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A superb, drinkable IPA!

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Photo of WalterSobchak
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, one finger head, minimal cap, and decent lacing.
Terrific smell! Nice and spicy floral hops right out of the bottle.
Very nice hops punch with a delicate underlying sweet malt but very well hidden in the hops.
A bit over-carbonated for me but it keeps this beer feeling lighter than it really is. Well balanced and quite drinkable...mmm

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Photo of stickynotes
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention, thorough lacing.

Nose is definitely floral, plenty of grapefuit, sweet malt, a little pine.

Nice and bitter throughout, grapefruit again-strong, piney, light malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, healthy carbonation.

Overall this does not disappoint. Hoppiness is showcased; flower power is an appropriate name. I like IPAs and love this one, will definitely buy again and recommend for someone looking for a good one; hops and hops and bitter and great.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a surprisingly clear copper/orange colour with a off white head

Smell - Grapefruit, oranges, floral is there as well. Balanced well

Taste - Pine, grapefruit, orange, floral hops as well. Nice amount of bitterness

Overall - A well made IPA that I'll get every once and a while

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Photo of xenolithic
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Flower Power poured into my pint glass a pale caramel with about a half finger of off-white head and good visible carbonation.

The beer is very strong in the nose, as it sits away from me by about a foot I can smell it strongly, but not overwhelmingly so. Closer to the nose it gives up really elegant floral notes that are very pronounced. A little sugary sweetness also comes through on the nose.

It tastes like I believe an IPA should, well balanced and not too too bitter. It may be leaning on the side of a Pale Ale as some might argue it's a little anemic to be considered an IPA, perhaps an APA.

The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is thin and watery but not watered down by any means. As mentioned by other reviewers, this beer is smooth which lends to its drinkability.

I could probably drink a six of these in a sitting over the course of a hot summer day and have no issues.

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Photo of JDFish
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy, slightly dark golden into a pint glass:

A; Hazy golden color. Tons of foam and solid lacing.

S: Clean, crisp floral hops. Hint of citrus

T: Tons of hops, refreshing, clean. Dry finish, but pretty well balanced. The hoppy after taste stays with you, particulary in the back of the mouth

M: Medium body. Rich but crisp. Very enjoyable

D: Very drinkable, light in a way. Tons of hops, more like an Imperial. Overall, a very, very good brew! Enjoyed this one!!

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass chalice.

Bright orange amber color, and hazy with a large, white head, two fingers worth. Nose is super tropical with big citrus aromas – grapefruit, orange and lemon, but mostly grapefruit. There’s a little bit of grassy hops as well. The taste is magical. Bright tropical fruits are cut with just the right amount of bitterness for a dry and fresh aftertaste. Lots of grapefruit and a mix of sweeter fruits that I can’t really identify. The mouthfeel is amazing…it’s one of the smoothest IPAs I’ve had, even as it’s packing a big punch at 7.5%. There’s a good amount of lacing left on the glass as I finish and the head is retained pretty well. This is my new favorite IPA that’s readily available.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's tulip.

A: Pours a light orange with little head but absolutely fantastic lacing.

S: I love the nose on this beer. I get a good amount of citrus right up front.

T: This is my favorite part of the beer hands down. Lots of citrus up front and smoothed out by the piney notes on the backend. I'm really enjoying this one.

M: A little weak but still really nice. Great abv that really puts it in a unique spot between IPA and DIPA.

Overall: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this beer. It's a really nice IPA and a great first offering from this brewery.

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

Golden orange hue with little head but with some lacing for a pleasing effect. Very hoppy, floral, citrusy (grapefruit, tangerine) nose (there’s almost an ice-cream or sorbet smell if you really stick your nose into it). Really smells delicious but in the craft scene this type of presentation has become commonplace. Quite a sweet taste, with malty, fruity things happening, but bringing lots of hop flavor to bear. I would say this one is more about the hop character than bitterness, although the latter is still well represented. Some alcoholic tastes but it’s not really slamming me abv-wise so I’d say it’s fairly drinkable as far as IPA’s go. Dryness in the midrange for the style. Some buttery notes in the sweetness and in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Whether or not you are into the labeling is one thing, but the beer is quite tasty. If I were eating a meal with this I’d want another one right away.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let's see, heavy floral/malt balance in this beer, but I like it. Orange citrus notes, but is not under pronounced, with a faint hint of smoke. The malt is subtle and not too sweet.

A nice mid level American IPA. I tried it twice amongst the incredible offerings at my beer bar in NYC. Doesn't quite stand up to an imperial or DFH or Loose Cannon, but it was quite nice. Definitely not turning my nose at it. Great stuff on tap.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Spinnerstown Hotel flute glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a 1.5 finger white head. A few swirls of the glass leaves limited lacing and the head recedes to a collar.

S - Primarily herbal/spicy hops and orange, a slight hint of the underlying bitterness as well with some ruby grapefruit. Disturbing the glass slightly gives off some solventy alcohol.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops! The standard grapefruit and pine but with large doses of orange. Maybe some apricot and lemon as well. Bittering hops up front but transitions into caramel malt backbone with minimal dark fruits complementing. Finishes with a large amount of bittering hops.

M - Light bodied with creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden behind all those bittering hops.

D - Very tasty and surprisingly balanced given the bitterness. Provided it will be common in our market, this will be my everyday IPA.

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Photo of sbw138
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint class from a bottle. Had a 2 finger head, which held some lacing at the top. Smelled almost like a west coast IPA, very impressive. Tasted great. Excellent hoppy taste with almost a subtle malty backbone, somewhat surprising. I was very pleased with this beer, as I have been disappointed with some other Ithica brews in the past. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of Intimidtor
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this IPA at Fat Head Brewery yesterday in North Olmsted Ohio. Poured into a pint glass this had a nice dark gold appearance with about 1/2 inch of head. Smell was inviting with the floral smell I was craving. Taste was spot on what I expected as it was similar to the smell. Drinks smooth with an even finish. I could drink a few of these. I would have to recommend this beer especially if your looking for that floral taste and aroma.

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Photo of Vivelepositif
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap, pours a light Amber/copper color with little head, approximately 1-2cm. Predominantly piney with Orange notes, very light and crisp. Extremely light. More reminiscent of a lager rather an IPA. Leaves something to wish and hope for, maybe if they kicked up the bitters and hops if revisit but for me, this is a once and only time I'll be trying.

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Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a bottle

A- Beautiful white pillowy head about 2 inches, slightly cloudy bright golden hue
S- Sweet malts, citrusy and fruit hops, peaches, apricots, blueberries
T- Tastes like it smells. Nice balance of sweet and bitter
M- light to medium bodied, lingering bitter finish
O- A great IPA, has everything I like about the style- crisp, refreshing, a beautiful aroma that unfolds as it warms in the glass, and a nice bitter finish that washes down my pastrami sandwich perfectly.

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Photo of mrz200
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of this one for a while, but have recently found myself in amsterdam NY for work where I've been able to get my hands on just-brewed Flower Power which has put this one in my upper echelons of IPA's. To me, it's a good thing when time and temperature have adverse affects on an IPA. The variety of flavors, and collective "lightness" of the results makes the freshness all the more important. There's no monster hop or malt to hide any imperfections.

Color is a little light, and masks the burst of flavor that you are in for. The nose is a little more of an indication...the flowers, citrusey hops, are practically tasted right then. Carbonation is a little high, i definitely recommend that you pour this one in a glass and give it a few minutes to "air out" a bit, but sometimes my thirst gets the best of me.

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Photo of beerogre
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasting, drinkable IPA, with a lovely, flowery hop forward flavor.

Although, at 8% abv, this for me, is getting a bit strong for an IPA and is definitely encroaching on DIPA territory. I was looking for something more like a session beer when I bought this one, but was caught out by the IPA classification and the lack of an abv figure on the label.

Not disclosing the abv information is one of my pet peeves, and I don't really understand what the problem is with certain breweries not putting it on the label. It's a major consideration for me when I'm buying beer - I want to know what I'm getting into, and I don't always want the same effect from my beer. Sometimes I just want to knock back a few beers and other times I might want to get shitfaced and write surreal poetry.

As good as this beer is, I probably won't buy it again, because if I want a good IPA, I'd probably go for something a bit weaker, like Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration (if it's out) or if I want something along these lines I might as well go the whole hog and treat myself to Stone Ruination.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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