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 citizencane
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden orange with solid head from can into glass. Smell is floral hops, bread, some sweet malts, and mild pineapple and maybe some other fruit. Taste is the same, with a bit less breadiness. Refreshing feel with minimal dryness. Easy drinking and a solid IPA.

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Photo of leom
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Gold/amber, cloudy, not too foamy or lacey
S: grassy, piney hops
T: a bit bready, very nice balance of hops and malt
F: solid, creamy, great feel

This beer is probably the first IPA that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy, gold. Short, foamy, white head fades fast.

Smells floral, malt, pine, tropical.

Tastes bready malt and piney, light earthy fading to a light floral. Dry finish bitter pine linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of brewme
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

WTF? Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I have had this brew before, and liked it, however, thought that it fell well short of the hype. This review only pertains to the batch I just bought. I am not sure if it is off, as Bletchley Park could not make sense of the caca-poopy black on brown bottled-on dating. Way too boozy tasting for that ABV, something is rotten in Denmark. #bodthaticanread

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trying this beer at the bar in the Embassy Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of potpourri. The taste if fairly well balanced with floral notes being present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am nearing the end of my latest horizontal, this one of Ithaca offerings, as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: Nada. I am not a fan of their no longer putting the ABV on the labels. I dig the minimalist look of the new labels, but less is not always more.

I find it VERY hard to believe that I have not previously reviewed Flower Power IPA, but since no review exists, I must press on. I know that I had a bottle for a Bro. Woody Knows Beer piece about a local florist, but this bottle is fresh from the FGBS here in town, so maybe something funny happened on the way to the Forum. SMH.

I could not make heads nor tails of the date stamp on the bottle, but it was a recent purchase on my part. Even so, I have become skittish & once I Pop!ped off the cap, I gave it a gentle pour followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This action raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell back down. leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), but it seemed to be clarifying as it warmed, leading me to wonder if it might not be a chill haze. Nose had a tropical fruitiness, like mango, papaya and pineapple. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft, especially for the style. Usually, these AIPAs attack my tongue like Gangbusters coming through the door, but not in this case. The taste was deeply of pineapple, but underlain by a light grapefruit bitterness and a bready malt flavor. I thought of pineapple upside-down cake as I was drinking it! Yum. Finish was semi-dry, again, unusual in the style in my experience, but quite tasty. I really must return to this once I get caught up.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy yellow color with tons of sediment and a large white head. The aroma is floral hops and some fruit. The taste is citrus and hops.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking the smell of this beer right away. Quite citrus and some dankness fruity. First sip the citrus was lighter than I would have thought which quickly gives way to a dry malt finish with some light bitterness coming through. Good beer but really no sweetness/fruitiness coming through from what I detected on the nose. Feel like I could drink this easily and alcohol content hidden. Like it.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Great unfiltered IPA look . Nice head and lacing

Smell: Piney and floral notes. Citrus hops and dank flavor all day long

Taste: Sweet grapefruit peel, bitter hops.

Feel: Went down so nice......very creamy ....and good

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Photo of DJNordz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an old 12oz shoe. Smell was musty but I think it may have been the shoe. Definitely smelled some tropical notes too. Jokes aside about what I was pouring it into this is one of my favorite readily available IPA's. It has just the right amount of hoppiness and fruitiness to be utterly smooth and flavorful to drink. The ABV is both high and covered well. Just a great beer!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey amber color, spotty bubbly white foam. Spread out and lacy.
A very bold hop aroma here, citrus, pine and spicy. The malt delivers a fine dose of honey sweetness, ripens up the body and mouthfeel, provides very nice balance.
The taste has multiple layers, a pineapple and grapefruit bite is most obvious with smaller amounts of dry, earthy notes underneath.
The feel is crisp but also pretty heavy with the abundance of honey sweet malt.
A bold and complex offering with a mighty nice malty balance.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

10/17/13 Bottle to pint glass
04/12/15 - On tap at Al-Starz
Aroma Is light,a touch fruity.
Color is Cloudy yellow. Small white head.
Refreshing flavor. Apricot maybe. A little pasty aftertaste.


12oz. Bottle to pint glass @ Killarneys

LOOK: Gold, Small White Head.
AROMA: Weak hops, hay.
TASTE: Grasses, Hops, touch of citrus. A little "bite" of bitterness at the end.
FEEL: Good Carbonation; slightly below average body.


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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale, year round release from Ithaca Beer Company, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing foamy off-white head over a very mildly hazy amber body with fine sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Gentle but aromatic blend of citrusy, tropical and floral hop notes in the aroma, with hints of grapefruit (sans acidity), mango and pineapple. Undertones of pale crystal malt generates just enough malt body to give this beer a delicate balance, although the hops prevail by a slight margin with a moderate bitterness. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Hop-generated notes of mango, pineapple and sweetened citrus with a gentle crystal malt sweetness that continues to give the hop presence a lead. Light and drinkable in body with a lot of unique hop flavor, while remaining relatively mild in hop bitterness and malt sweetness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even hoppy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very enjoyable India Pale Ale with a unique array of tropical fruit and less acidic citrus hop qualities makes for a refreshing drinking experience. The lightness of the body, balance of hop and malt characteristics and more gentle hop bitterness places this beer for me on the border between American IPA and "hoppy" Pale Ale, although this is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer, and you should never stop at just one. Why I picked up a single bottle, I may never know. Highly recommended when passing through the distribution circle. 4

Ithaca Beer Company's
Flower Power

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Photo of scottfrie
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass at a hotel bar in NY.

A: Pours a hazy burnt golden with a finger of greasy off-white oily head that faded into a greasy film that lasted the whole beer through. Sheets of sticky lace left down the glass.
S: A simple but delicious smelling perfumey tropical fruit nose.
T: Juicy tropical fruit hops mixed with a kiss of floral bouquet. I get a kiss of citrus nectar hints in the finish. The malt back bone pokes through with a hint of bready sweetness and just a touch caramel and honey. Sweet overall, but packs a solid citrus bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is light sweet and has a nice floral blossom honey quality.
M: Medium body, smooth and soft carbonation, slick and lightly greasy hop oil mouthfeel. The bitterness is solid and lingers in the aftertaste.
O: A very solid IPA, extremely smooth. Just a tad on the sweet side for my personnel taste, but I'd definitely order this again. Nice bouquet of fresh hop florals and flavors. I'd say this beer is boarding into dipa territory.

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Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ithaca Flower Power IPA:

Pours a hazy straw color, and smells of tropical fruits and hop bitterness. Taste follows the nose. Piney, tropical hop flavors. Quite bitter, but has great drinkability. This is one of the staples for me as IPA's go, and it is always readily available near me. Flower power!

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored with an airy white head that lasts before leaving heavy lacing. Served too cold to get a good sniff. Heavy tropical flavors, including guava and coconut, with a strong bitterness on the backend. Medium bodied with appropriately strong carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this beer the other day and have enjoyed every glassful. The beer mas not too hoppy, but enough to make it too bitter for my tastes. Good color.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a copper-type color with a light head that quickly dissipates. The smell is beautifully floral and he taste is as well, with earth tones as well. This is a really tasty, floral IPA, as the name would suggest.

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

Comes out orange, light, 2/3" white head. A hoppiness in the aroma that can be described as citrus, orange, flowers.

Appreciate the hop mouthfeel and the ability to hide alcohol at the high end strength wise for an ipa. Citrus and pine. Stayed floral. One of the first well made East Coast ipas.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious floral, citrusy, IPA that is a little on the lighter side. This brew highlights the hop combos without overpowering it with citrus and malt. The balance is perfect. The look is light amber with some haze and a bit of sedimentation. Nice lacing and frothy, off-white head. Good bitterness on the pallatte as it goes down without a ton of bite from the fruit additions. Delish.

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Photo of gatornation
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange color slight hazed, smell is all tropical, taste has pineapple and citrus hops with sweet malts in the finish, smooth delicious easy to drink , with medium carbonation, this would be a staple ipa in my fridge if i had access to it.

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

In a tulip. This 12oz bottle pours a hazy honey hue, leaving a 1-2 finger white head to quickly rise and fall, leaving good lacing with moderate retention. The nose is intensely floral. Orange and citrus give way to bitter hops on the palate, and the residual astringent hop bitterness plants this beer squarely as an old-school IPA. A far cry from the sweeter and fruitier IPAs of more recent years. In showing its age, this beer highlights some of the less refined elements of the IPA's backend palate, but nonetheless maintains a robust and complex core flavor profile. Overall, a strong IPA. As the IPA market has expanded, and as that expansion has brought more IPAs of excellent quality to the mainstream, this beer has become something less singular - now more an equal among excellent peers than a truly standout brew.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle to a snifter.

L - like tlc, pours hazy, sexy, cool. Lots of floaties. looks a bit like an orange snow globe in the light in my snifter. neato. head quickly dissipates to a thing lace around the edges.

S - mmmmm. flower power is an apt name, smells like bouquet, of hops. sweet, floral but not piney or earthy. much more tropical than I expected but smells wonderful.

T- keeping with the musical theme, this beer is a smooooooooth criminal. as you take a sip that floral sweetness hits the nose first and has a perfect taste to pair, sweet tropical notes. Where the beer goes into overdrive for me though is the great balance obtained by the bitterness from the hops.

MF - lovely here as well. smooth and medium bodied.

O - I'm from new england, so I know my citrusy floral hazy DDH bombs *beats chest* and this isn't that but this is a great "easily accessible six pack" versions of that style and I like it.

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Photo of JoeLacy
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six pack of 12 oz bottles from Giant Eagle Sawmill store poured into a 16 oz snifter. No date on bottles or carton. Reminds me of The Calling but slightly less refined. Still one of the better products I have had from Ithaca.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Atrium Grille and Bar at the Embassy Suites in Syracuse - This is one beautiful IPA. Pours slightly hazy light golden with a lasting, clingy-as-all-get-out finger of white foam that laces every sip to the bottom. Aroma is citrus all the way, with just a bit of tropical fruit (mango?) to take it into one of the top beers I've smelled. Flavor is similar, with citrus blast dominating up front, a nice malt backbone mid-sip, and just slightly dry on the finish with some lingering grapefruit. Very good stuff

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