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.

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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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a fingernail of bright white on top. Heavy lacing is present. The aroma is fairly straightforward with plenty of citrus hops. The taste is aggressively filled with citrus hops with a nice light malt backbone to keep things from being out of hand. The mouth is very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color with granular particles in suspension. Two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is about average and a finger ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Rich maltiness with plenty of peachy fruitiness. Floral, resiny, and citrusy hops. Caramel malts to round it out.

4.0 T: Hops per above with peachy, orange, and pineapple citrus. Again strong neutral maltiness with caramel notes and light toffee.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.25 D: Good mix of hops and malts. Great beer overall.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Color is a really nice orange-gold, a bit hazy. Two-finger dense and frothy white head leaves decent lacing. First hit of the smell for me was grapefruit and cat pee ( the good kind), though the aroma became much more muted after that first blast, resolving to a subtle citrus and tropical fruit. I get more of a spicy herbal flavor that carries through to the finish, which is pleasantly lingering with medium bitterness. Good carbonation keeps things lively. The malt provides a sweetness which for me is just right (the sweet spot?) to balance the spicy hops. This is a delicious IPA--glad I got it.

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Photo of mfowler314
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this one... My favorite IPA so far and by far. I love the citrusy taste and smell. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color! Overall a great IPA for those who like citrus-flavored IPAs.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One inch head, 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. One inch frothy white head. The smell is fantastic. Floral, citrus, hoppy. Taste follows the nose. Finishes dry. Very, very drinkable. This bottle was 2 months old yet still tasted quite fresh. I've had this on tap numerous times at the Recovery Sports bar in Queensbury, NY and it was equally as good.

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Photo of cfalls
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Copper color, almost clear, thin white head sticks around

S - Malt forward, some floral/clover notes

T - Malty for an IPA, some sweetness, floral, pear

F - Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, small champagne-like bubbles

O - Good IPA, but not really my style -- too much malt, not enough tropical hop flavors.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 8/22/15. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

My notes aren't very legible, writing in a dark bar. Color is hazy gold with a good white head. Nose and flavor are tropical and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a long Pilsner glass. Look is a cloudy golden color with a good 2 finger white head that stays and cascades all the way down the glass. Smell is a strong citrusy floral hoppy aroma that continues with the taste. Very smooth and light feel in mouth for a 7.5% ABV IPA. Overal this is exactly my kind of flowery/citrusy IPA with hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon, followed by lovely flowery hop flavor a with no malty backbone. Very dangerous though cause it goes down so easily!

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Photo of Seasmom
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not an IPA fan, but this is not as hoppy and bitter as others (same reason I married my husband). Has a sort of effervescence on the tongue from the beginning. Not as smooth as my usual beers, but good and palatable.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I vaguely recall trying this brew years ago and liked it. I didn’t remember what it was about it that I like, but for 7.5% ABV I decided to give it a try again and pay more attention this time.

Look-It pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues. The head does not exist unless the beer isn’t cold enough and you pour vigorously.

Smell-I smell a strong malt body with honey-suckle and grains. I get mild hints of tropical fruits and floral notes. Let’s see what it tastes like.

Taste-It tastes similar to the nose, but with a good deal of floral notes which are tasty. If you like rose petal and coriander as well as clove, hints of grassy hops, citrus, orange and peach, then you will like this beer. The malt base is sweet and strong, but is partially cut by the mild bitterness. The alcohol warms the body and cuts the mild carbonation nicely.

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sweet. There is a creaminess to it and the only bad thing is it tastes similar to if they had used a malt extract syrup. They claim that they don’t, but I’m not so sure about that. I hate syrups for malts. They did dry hop this too so that is a plus.

Overall-Overall I enjoyed this beer, but I wished for a bit less sweetness. I did enjoy the spiciness to it and the floral notes. There was sufficient citrus and tropical fruits from the hops that make this beer drinkable, but only just. Cheers!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden/honey color. Hazy in appearance. Beautiful looking beer
Smell - floral, sweet honey, spice, faint hints of citrus
Taste - Follows the nose

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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