Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.23/5
5,304 Ratings
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:
#850
Reviews:
1,295
Ratings:
5,304
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
489
Gots:
1,202
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 5,304 |  Reviews: 1,295
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before May 2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, pine, tangerine, grass, light caramel, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of hop and malt notes. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, orange rind, floral, grass, light honey, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a solid malt balance and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. Very nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavor; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of slightly beige head. No carbonation bubbles. Decent head retention, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral and earthy hops. Caramel and bready malts. Some citrus fruits. A hint like DFH 12 Minute Ipa.

Taste: Sweet floral hops. Citrus fruits. Caramel and bready malts again. A big surgery taste. The more I drink it, the more it reminds me of DFH 120 Minute IPA, just not as boozy.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied. Low amount of carbonation. Ends with a super sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but eventually, the sweetness got to be a little to much here. This would be a one and done for me. Initially good, but 1/4 of the way through it, it took a turn for the worse.

EDIT: Just noticed this was 8%, so I can somewhat imagine why it was reminding me a little of DFH 120 Minute.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, the Flower Power is a basic IPA that offers about the same hoppiness that many other American pale ales do. It's decent enough, however, and there is a pleasant floral character that runs throughout. I could easily imagine trowing back more than a few of these at a backyard BBQ or concert.

It pours a just slightly hazy orange-gold body (with some sediment) beneath a short head of off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice, sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity with some citrusy hops and floral character.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers a nicely balanced combination of light, biscuity malt and delicate floral and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It's yeasty fruitiness adds a layer of complexity to it, and it finishes drying with some residual sweet malt that slips quickly from the palate leaving a mild, dull bitterness behind.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can in Dublin, Ohio.
Hazy amber body with a white head that displays good retention.
Moderately hoppy, strong and bitter for an American IPA. Fruity and herbal notes with a touch of earthy. Hints of ripe apricots and pears.
Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of floral hops aromas with some more subtle hints of citrus and pine.

T: Slightly light in the flavor but there are a lot of floral hints and some notes of the citrus and pine hops as well. I would describe the flavor as refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very refreshing - definitely a session beer and one that we all often get when we go out and want something easy to find and dependable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently re-reviewed and re-scored this beer. I have deleted my previous review and will be posting my new review very soon.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Huge fluffy head that rises up to 3 fingers and fades semi quickly. Very tan clear colored beer with no carbonation rising from the etch at the bottom. The head leaves nice rings of lacing.

N: NIce hops, some fresh musty wet hops, earthy hops, spicy and floral, touch of pine and citrus. Very slight malty aroma too.

T: Chewy hops to start, with a nice bitterness and musty earthy fresh wet hop taste, but not as much as the nose. A bitterness hits hard at first but seems to fade or my mouth gets used to it. Slight pine, spicy hops, and chewy hops. WIth that is a touch of malts and sweetness with a touch of caramel even. Slight oily hop taste too. A nice juicy hop flavor adds to it as well as a slight chewy malt flavor which together make a really nice addition to a West Coast style IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower carbonation.

F: Pretty dry and bitter, and leaves an anesthetized feel with all the spicy hop characteristics. Long bitterness, some orange peel now, musty fresh wet hop taste lingers, little spicy bitterness. It leaves some astringent flavors too that start to bombard the mouth. Lots of nice hops overall in the beer, nice a fresh tasting and hoppy. West Coast style.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with some orange tint to the color. White head is initially two fingers in mu tulip but fades down to just a bit. Good lacing. Nose is light citrus with a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is might and sweet with a small amount of bitterness and some light citrus and tropical notes. Light and slightly bitter. Drinks pretty well, but nothing too special.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that rests atop a clear, copper colored body. The foam dissipates fairly rapidly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S - Pungent, tropical fruit hop character with and hint of grapefruit and pine as well as some doughy malt in the background.

T - Fruity pineapple and mango hops out of the gate with clean, thick malt. Some peppery notes in the middle as pine starts to appear. Lots of grapefruit in the finish with lingering peppery character and a touch of toffee and fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an IPA that focuses on aroma and hop flavor first, just as it should. The fruity hops dominate in the aroma and while the beer pretty much tastes the way it smells it also has some peppery complexity in the flavor profile. The malt is sufficient to balance things out and keep the hops from becoming overwhelming, but it keeps its head down and allows the hop character to take center stage. Very nice.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive appearance, pours light amber in the tall glass. Well carbonated with a nice foamy cap. A few bits and pieces floating but lovely champagne bubbles.

Smooth and rich with a beautiful aromatic flavor. Hops in the nose and hops on the tongue, but all so flowery and spicy. Bitterness is remarkably moderate. A rather light mouthfeel for all the intensity of flavor. Malt is sturdy but light on its feet. A delicious, drinkable, yet hop-centric brew. And the creamy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure.

I have been drinking too many west coast and Colorado IPAs the last few years. I think the western crowd should pay attention to what other brewers are doing with the less intensely bitter style. Ithaca, Southern Tier, Dock Street-- and Epic in Salt Lake. More flower power!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

I've had this bottled and on tap. Pours yellow-orange with a small white head. Floral hops on the notes with pine accents. Complex taste with the floral hops mainly up front, some citrus and spice in there, and a bready malt finish. Lightly carbonated. Light-medium mouthfeel, and crisp and drinkable. Not extreme at all for an IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a good bit of creamy foamy lacing. The aroma smells bright, flowery, piney, and herbal, with fruity notes of tropical sweetness and some more bitter grapefruit character. Sweet grains sit along the back. Man, this is flowery and ripe in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste is bright in the mouth with citric fruit, as grapefruit mingles with notes of aggressive pine and spice. I'm not getting nearly as much tropical fruit though, as the bulk of the balance here is barely being brought by the sweet, grainy, and bready flavors of the malts. Hope dominate the finish, with a bitter and resinous feel that seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly sharp feeling the whole way through but there is a softer creaminess that hangs on the edges. There is a bit of warmth on the backend here, which seems to accentuate that strong bitter finish.

The cask conditioning here brought both positives and negatives to this, as it nicely opened up that beautiful full hoppy nose on this but also brought out the more aggressive aspects of the hop profile in the taste a bit too much. Overall though, there was definitely more to like than dislike here, as this remains a very solid IPA in my eyes.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alpinebryant for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Pours a bright orange color with a bubbly white head that settled down to a this covering.

Aroma is very floral and citrusy which is very appealing. Taste is also very citrusy up front with a long bitterness in the end. I detect a little malt but the hops are the star of the show here.

Medium bodies with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, a very delicious IPA that I thoroughly enjoyed and would purchase again.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,304 ratings
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