Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.22/5
Exceptional
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,028
Reviews:
1,327
Ratings:
5,443
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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507
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Reviews: 1,327 | Ratings: 5,443
Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a high ball glass (we’re on vacation in a cabin in the Catskills so beggars can’t be choosers). No idea how old the beer is as the illegible date code literally rubbed off on my hands.

West Coast from the get-go! Crystal clear, light amber body with one finger of tight, fluffy, soapy, off-white head with solid retention and excellent lacing.

Tons of barley, rye, and biscuity malt on the nose right away. Bready as hell. Grapefruit rind, dank greens, pine resin, and a whole lotta grass. I like a balanced, malty IPA, but on the nose this one is actually too malt-heavy, at least in my opinion.

Flavors follow but the hops shine a little brighter. Still tons of rye and earthy malt, but the ruby red grapefruit and bright citrus poke through with more assertion. A touch of sweet clover honey also makes its presence known, resulting in a significant tug-o-war between bitter pith and malty (honey-enhanced) sweetness. The malt remains a little too strong, but the lingering grapefruit is quite nice.

Feel is extremely soft and velvety, as the head would suggest, with plenty of carbonation and zero heat or alcohol vapors.

One of the more malt-heavy IPAs I’ve had in a long time, but there’s plenty of hops in there to keep things semi-balanced. Overall a solid American IPA (West Coast, specifically), and it certainly stands out with a distinct personality, but I wouldn’t call this beer “exceptional” like it’s aggregate rating seems to suggest.

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Photo of mschenk
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stem glass. Color is a rich amber. Not a lot of head or lacing. Taste and smell of the hops comes through without "too many notes". I was a little disappointed with the flavor. Expected a little bolder given all the high reviews. Still, not a bod beer, there are just better ones of this style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 6/10/19.
Undated can. In reefer at point of sale. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light yellow, very skimpy haze.
Body – Dark yellow, slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular, frothy, one to ten mm crown, a rocky partial cap, and several irregular strands of froth remaining on the glass as the head contracts.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings of tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak and a bit sweaty.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly bitter with a powdery flowery flavor, annoying but not distressing. No alcohol taste or aroma (7.2% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. The aftertaste is weakly tannic.
Palate – 4 – Medium, slightly creamy, somewhat lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 (-0.25 points for an undated serving container). The flavor and aroma are both weak and vague, but, since Ithaca doesn’t bother to date the container, this could be old. Or it could be incredibly fresh and just not very good.

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Photo of Mugman8
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the truly great IPAs for a fair price. Looks great on the pour, lots of lacing and pleasant hoppy aroma and crisp complex favor. Always have at least a six of these in my beer fridge -- year-round.

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Photo of LarryV
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Malty, cracker like nose. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, nit much of a head. Hops shine here with a reasonably sweet malt backbone. A bit floral, lingers on the palate for a while with a mellow hoppiness. This is pretty tasty, I would buy this again.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll keep this brief: I'm not a happy camper these days when it comes to what I see as a total destruction of the beer style we all know as "India Pale Ale". It should not taste or smell like grapefruit or mango. It should be bursting with hop character, it should not be below 6.2% ABV and it should be both refreshing and dry. That being stated, most of the currently trending IPA's should be disqualified. But Flower Power, which has been a flagship IPA for over 20 years now, is one of the all time great standards of the quintessential American IPA. You like IPA's, real IPA's, but haven't tried this one yet? Find it and buy it, immediately. Done and dusted.

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Photo of beergoot
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber hued body; light carbonation rising; sticky, dense, billowy and rocky head; fingers of lacing hanging down the inside of the glass. Strong pine resin and heady floral hop notes. Solid malt flavor backbone with a bold hop bitterness building up to a huge crescendo at the finish. Medium body; sticky and prickly on the palate; dry overall.

This is a surprise American IPA discovery for me. A classic hop-forward beer, accentuating the bitterness yet nicely counterpointed with its complementary malt base. Rock solid throughout and well-worth checking out.

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Photo of Nass
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad to say that i'm drinking a popular north east IPA right now called Ithaca Flower Power & it has beautiful bodacious can artwork. It was canned on the end of August, 2018 so I'm drinking it at around 5 months old, that's not too bad in my opinion, you can't have everything super fresh so i'm honored to say that I have at least been able to try it at a decent date, alright enough small talk let's see how a classic New York IPA drinks. The color of the IPA is spot on for it's usual orange appearance. The taste is amazing. big & bold citrus notes with a malty backbone. This is a well done east coast IPA that is sort of similar to a British style IPA. Sharp citrus bit which is typical for the style but not something I would want to session. This is an eastern IPA but it's not like a New England Hazy IPA so don't get it twisted. I'm getting big juicy fruit notes, tropical mandarin orange, slight pineapple, slight grapefruit, not too rough on the palate going down the throat, not bad at all New York certainly has it going when it comes to producing IPA'S, For what it is support New York breweries. Cheers! A-

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, dark amber color. Fluffy, slightly off-white head with very good retention and very good lacing.

S---Hoppy. Tropical & citrus fruits. Pineapple/mango/grapefruit/lemon.

T---Follows the nose. Pineapple/mango/papaya/grapefruit/orange peel. Sweet & complex.

F---Juicy & wet. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O---Excellent IPA. Hoppy & bright. I'll get this one again if I see it.

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Photo of RMehrenberg
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours about two inches of foam that settles down to one inch. Hazy golden color. Sweet, fruity, hoppy smell. Strong, sweet pungent taste---peach? honey? Nectar-like. Not as bitter as expected.

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Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A had a hard time believing that this beer was THIS bad. I mean the beer tasted soooo skunked. I could not believe it , I just could not, so I bought another six pack....yep it is that bad!

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Photo of InfamousRJT
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a surprisingly good IPA, with a name like Flower Power, I expected it to be overally floral and taste like potpourri. Im not a big fan of most IPA's because they tend to over do the hopiness to drive home the point that your drinking an IPA. Ithaca's Flower Power nailed what an IPA should really taste like. it has the right amount of hopiness mixed with subtle floral notes too produce an overall balanced and smooth drinking IPA

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Photo of Mikie02835
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This New York beer drinks real well in south Florida heat. light tasting citrusy ipa coming in at close to 8 percent alcohol. love the art on the can. The checkout girl looked at the six pack and said “my dad would love this beer”. indeed. very light tasting ipa

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Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tops. Hazy dark golden with nice creamy head. Citrusy, dank aroma. This one’s off to a lovely start. Taste Is juicy, mild hops bitterness, floral. Rich and full. Everything works together beautifully. Really nice.

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Photo of JustCamIt
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this one on draft. Appearance was a medium dark gold with a thick head and few bubbles. Aroma was freshly broken pine needles and pomelo peel. Taste was mild but bright grapefruit with just enough hops to keep the malt in line. Mouthfeel was crisp.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at The Boatyard Grill in Ithaca, N.Y. About an inch of head with spotty lacing and a nice dark amber color. Taste is resinous and piney with floral notes. Overall great ipa.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good beer - this guy has a maltier backbone to subdue the astringent hops. The hops are still present of course but are balanced very nicely in this highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange, with some lacing. Aromas run the gamut--earthy, pine, floral at first, then citrus and tropical fruits coming out as it warms. Pineapple and grapefruit notes, met with a resiny, almost woody taste. Pretty standard degree of bitterness. Average ("balanced") mouthfeel.

The first time I had this, on draft, it seemed more distinctly fruity and floral. But out of the bottle it tasted similar to West Coast IPAs. Overall a quality beer at a gettable price.

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Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear amber with an inch and a half very well retained white head that left tons of lacing. Smells of grass, tropical and citrus fruits. Tastes of pink grapefruit, pineapple, floral notes, grass and sweet malts. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, slightly dry finish and mouth feel.

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Photo of darktronica
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a full finger of lacy foam. Honeyed and bready, with jammy fruit and bright pineapple notes on the palate. Really clean, with the honey leading to a short, dry finish.

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Photo of Holderness
2.96/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L -- Pours an amber orange body with near-total clarity. Two-fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Primarily grassy, resinous, and malty. Hint of floral
T -- Pine, floral, caramel malt, grass, earth, dried lemon rind. Quite bitter
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Rather bracing bitterness, but has a nice fluffiness and dimensionality to it
O -- Sadly no canning date on this, which makes it difficult to gauge whether the lack of hop character was due in part to old age. More earthy/malty than floral

60/100

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Photo of ThePold
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle into a perfect pint glass. Leaves a sticky head as thick as old phlegm, and good carbonation. Taste is a little tartier than I usually prefer. Nice nose though and probably better on a hot day.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a Pilsner glass. A hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white head. Nice foam retention. Pineapple and tropical fruit on the nose with some faint bready malt. Bright tropical notes on the palate, especially pineapple and tangerine. Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flower Power pours a nice tarnished gold color, with a light half finger of white head. It smells quite nice - mild floral notes, pleasantly juicy. The beer opens strong - it's sweet and malty, quite light and refreshing. I'm enjoying it. There is a slight floral bitterness that I'm not a big fan of; it's not exactly potpourri, but it's getting there as the beer warms up.

Very decent.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange slightly hazy with a finger of soapy white foam.
Smells floral, citrus, sweet tropical notes, and malt.
Taste is predominantly ruby red grapefruit, a little sweet yet still has a tangy bitterness. Getting some floral and pineapple notes too. Sweet malt and honey are definitely there, reminds me a bit of Hopslam in that regard.
Light to medium body, slightly dry finish.
Overall a prety tasty brew, seems to be more classic than most new ones I've tried.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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