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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 Mistofminn
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a surprise box from Chcfan! Thanks a bunch Chris! This has been a long time want for me (despite not being on my wants list) so thanks for your psychic powers.

Pours a hazy golden color with an amber tint. Huge head (it's still growing as I type this...) with great retention and leaves tons of lacing. This brew is glowing, I love the color so much, this is what I think all IPA's should look like. Beautiful.

There is no doubt why this is called flower power, with a big floral aroma on the nose. Nice bitter hop presence, very appealing to me. So far this is turning out to be everything I had hoped for.

The taste is great too, with a big bitter floral hop character up front, that gives way to a sweet and very fruity hop character in the finish. Fantastic. There is a very distint point in each drink when the taste turns from bitter to fruity, and it's surprising each and every time.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, very smooth and creamy. Huge lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, what a great session IPA.

This is a great IPA, possibly one of my top 5 that I have ever tried. Absolutely fantastic. Completely undeserving of the B+ average it gets here, which is complete blasphemy if you ask me. Although I hate with a burning passion the state in which this was brewed in (only because of the Yankee's) this is one thing that I adore the state for producing.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner, NYC.

Pours a glowing apricot with webs of lace. Orange blossom nose with cannabis notes. Honey and mango malts lead before the hop crush comes with skunk and grapefruit. Leaves a very dry tongue. Light to medium body, sticky, with some burn.

A hop bomb without the harsh.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear gold color with a short lived rocky and foamy white head that leaves some awesomely sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is super floral and citric. Smells super fresh and juicy. Taste is hop-juicy with a nice doughy yeasty deliciousness. Slight musty earthiness too it. Not too much in the malt department here. Feel is moderate with decent amount of carbonation. The hops do a good job of masking the 7.5.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass

A: Vigorous pour creates a 3 finger cream colored fluffy fine head with great retention. Brew is a semi-cloudy reddish orange. Thin, elegant, sticky, measured lacing.

S: Nose is faint alcohol, peaches, apricot, citrus, brown and cane sugar. Also a clean, floral ester.

T: Starts light brown sugar, citrus, bit of sour peach, pine, grassy hops mellows towards the middle with building malts, finish more citrus and a twinge of hop character.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, and crisp. Mouth is watery and a bit grainy/powdery, finishes messy with lingering hops.

D: Comparable to Sculpin but not as clean on the taste and not as crisp in the mouth. Still enjoyable though and I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel, oranges, and floral hop bitterness is easy to detect and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, grass, grapefruit, orange, and a floral bitterness. The bitterness provide a nice bite late as you swallow. Hint of alcohol here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: a nice sessionable IPA. Easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower Power IPA, courtesy of a very generous Lum. Poured in to a traditional shaker pint.

Appearance: Moderately-tinged orange, slightly hazy, with a good one finger of sticky dull whte head that leaves good swaths of white lace, thin and delicate, and a good amount of surface dusting as it recedes. Some very fine, slow bubbles round out the appearance of this one.

Aroma: Some juicy, slightly pithy citrus, heavier than most - i.e., it's characterized by mostly grapefruit, though a few lighter notes peek through - along with a few slightly roasted malt notes, sweet and graham crackery, with a faint but soft hint of spice.

Taste: Dryer than I'd imagine, with quenching, minerally quality, slightly spicy and sprucey. There's tons of grapefruit and orange notes, very juicy and robust, though there's also a faint hint of soap buried in the moderate to moderate-plus bitterness. The malts are as I said dry, a little biscuity and faintly toasted.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and biting, moderately bodied, and not sticky at all, with mild, well-integrated effervescence.

Drinkability: A solid IPA, with an almost English base beer accompanied by a slew of American hops. It's an interesting medley, though it also packs quite the punch at 8.0%. One definitely worth trying, and I can envision it being a go to beer ... if it were readily available. Lucky New Yorkers!

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Photo of Intimidtor
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to krisandajt for this one!!

A: An orange hue, slightly hazy. My Cat must like the way it look,s because he is perched on my lap looking at it. Good bit of head. Thick, cloudy white, and so far it is sticking around.

S: Hops all the way. Grass and herbal notes, possibly leaves too. Also there is a hint of something sweet.. Maybe nectarine? Nice.

T: Hops, but with a nice backbone. Grassy notes come through in the tasty, as well as the faintest hint of something sweet. Almost reminiscent of a barley wine.

M: It feels slightly thick, possibly a little syrupy. Carbonation seems a little low for the style.

D: Overall very enjoyable. A nicely balanced beer, and not a complete hop bomb. Very enjoyable, and something I will get again.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet again, surprised with a brew from mymrnngjckt and number1bum. Kevin, Josh...you are gentlemen, a scholars, and a gods amongst men.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, light coppery/golden color with a full inch of thick craggy head. Right off the bad I can see the sticky lacing in addition to the good head retention.

Smell: A nice splash of citrusy, bitter, grapefruity hops. Not overly potent, but most certainly there.

Taste: A moderate hit of the same citrusy hops picked up in the nose. There's a subtle bit of sweetness in the back that provides a fair bit of balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but the body is a bit light for me. Texture is a little bit thin, but not exactly watery. An easy drinker, but a bit lacking in this department IMO.

Drinkability: A quality IPA. Good hops with a sweetness to provide some balance. Certainly a brew I will reach for again.

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Photo of mikedepue
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - slightly hazed golden orange with 3/4" off-white head, very nice lacing

S - Mostly floral and piney hops. The citrus is there it just takes a backseat compared to other IPA's

T - I noticed the citrus much more in the taste. Its all there: grapefruit, pine, floral. Its lingers on the palat begging you to take another sip

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Very drinkable. I lean more towards the west coast IPA's, but this is right there. A solid beer, one of my top ten from the east coast.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by the beer store guy at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY when I asked for good IPA suggestions. For some reason I always thought this was some kind of summer wheat beer and never picked it up. Apparently I've been missing out.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger yellow-tan head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass.

S - The aroma of floral hops hit me immediately after pouring. Lots of citrus notes, mainly lemon and a little pineapple. I'm now understanding why they call it Flower Power. Very inviting smell that already reminds me a lot of the Victory Hop Wallop.

T - Wow. This is just like Victory Hop Wallop! Very similar approach to an IPA. Grapefruit hops and lots of them, and plenty of citrus, mainly lemon zest. Balanced by a sweet malt presence and a slightly bitter, floral aftertaste. Very much lives up to its name. Outstanding.

M - Very creamy and smooth. I like a floral IPA like this to have plenty of carbonation and it does. These beers just don't taste right if they are too flat.

D - I am very surprised that this is 8%. You definitely don't taste the alcohol very much. Be cautioned if sessioning a six pack of this, it isn't your average IPA.

Overall, very pleased with this and I will get it again being from upstate NY. Reminds me so much of Victory Hop Wallop yet is a much less expensive substitute in my area. I am surprised this is labeled as an IPA and not a DIPA. Very hoppy, floral, citrusy IPA as opposed to some of the more bitter and maltier versions out there. Recommended by this hophead for sure. Props to Ithaca on this one, I haven't picked up their beers too often since my college days but I am going to start.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours two fingers of a thick bubbly white head that lingers for almost a minute and leaves a light lacing on the glass, the beer is a cloudy deep golden color

S-light notes of ester hit the nose, flower mostly and light notes of citrus rind, hit of pale malt in there as well but faint

T-this is all hops,great hop flavor, mostly a flowery hop with a hint of citrus finishing with a nice hop bitterness

M-this is very smooth with a medium body, almost a syrupy texture with just the right amount of carbonation

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

giant shout out to kennyo, as ive been wanting to try this for some time.

pours hazy yellow and orange with a giant fluffy head, that... blocked the scent. grrr!

light citrus, mainly tangerine and orange with slight pineapple. light sweet malts.

hops are slightly bitter with a very balancing malt presence. light sweet citrus notes, mainly orange.

pretty close to perfect body, full bodied with balanced carbonation.

good beer! very easy to drink and not over the top in an way. very balanced.

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Photo of TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden/yellow with a sticky, white head.

S- Very floral hop profile with notes of lemon rind and hop spice.

T- Big floral hop bit mixed with some hop spice and orange/lemon citrus. Blends perfectly into a sweet malt backbone.

M- Medium body with a nice, smooth carbonation.

D- Really a great IPA from a brewery that I didn't pay much attention to until recently.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before January:

Pours lighty hazed amber with an off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - floral/herbal/perfumy and fruity...Very hoppy, though a bit different than typical American IPA - but very nice!

The taste is of big bitter hops - herbal, floral, fruity with balancing malt in the middle that balances it, but recedes to leave a aspirin-ish perfumy dryness.

It is medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

Something a bit raw-ish about it...Alcohol is masked reasonably well in flavor (didn't realize abv until putting review in, though doesn't exactly surprise me - and that might be it). There's a different sort of hoppiness to it. An interesting brew and a good change to something a bit different in an American IPA hop character brew.

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Photo of FrankenBrew
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got his beer in a trade from SliverX, thanks Tim. These are my thoughts from having the beer a number of days ago:

A-light to medium bodied with a slight copper color.

S-citrus, piney, and overall delicious smelling.

T-not as bitter as I would've expected from the smell, very pleasant and easy drinking. The hoppiness is very noticeable and appreciated, but not overwhelming.

M-surprisingly creaming and smooth.

D-could've had three or four of these no problem. A very solid, boarding on great IPA.

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Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow. Soapy white head that leaves very nice rings of lace. The head retains very well but there is not a lot of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S: some nice fresh hops, slightly lemony and slightly floral. Not the same burst of aroma that other IPAs have but still very nice.

T: Mainly pine notes followed by a flowery/soapy note. The caramel comes out nicely and provides a good amount of balance to this IPA.

M: Some booziness detracts from the mouthfeel. It is creamy and full bodied.

D: Goes down much faster than it should but I think one will suffice

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Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, freshy fresh

Flower Power pours a brilliant orange color with a small, sticky snow white head. A booming bouquet of fresh, piney, slightly spicy, resinous hops greet the nose with a mild whiff of alcohol. Bright in the mouth and very well carbonated, a defined malt sweetness lay underneath an immense hop character. Weed, man...this offering is definitely, uh, inspired... Very drinkable for its size, honestly i had a couple last night and didn't even realize until now that this was 8%. Lingering bitterness leaves me wanting another sip constantly, not sessionable but 2 or 3 would suffice anyone's hop craving. New Jersey BA's...buy this quick its frrrresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following on the heels of their hopped-up Cascazilla amber, Ithaca does very well with their classical rendition of a floral-laden, high percentage ABV for this India Pale...
Floral notes stand out to the point of having an almost sweet lingering on the mouth... 8% alcohol by volume is difficult to detect...

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Photo of Kadonny
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass. I've had this beer a few times now from tap and it warrants my review. Please note, my previous growler review has proven to be a bit different from what I am tasting in this beer currently.

A: A medium copper goldish color with a fluffy one finger creamy white head. Nice full lacing left behind.

S: Hops, hops and....hops. Huge floral and citrus nose, with more citrus than before. Nice wafting caramel malt sneaks in.

T: The label is what this beer tastes like. A huge floral herbal hop character with an almost as large citrus hop bite. Flavors of orange, lemon, pineapple and grass accompany the floral hops to make this beer so stinkin hoppy. The sweet caramel malt holds things together but never has the opportunity to punch through the hops but provide a huge deepness to the beer. Finish is prickly with the floral citrus leading the way out. Bitterness comes out in the end with a drying aspect.

M: Smooth, herbal, clean, full and coating and bitter. 8% abv? Are you kidding me? Where??

D: Forget it, drinkability is off the charts good.

Overall this beer is so much better after having it a few times. I have truly come to appreciate how good it really is. This is an up and comer folks, this beer will rise the charts rapidly. Think this is an east coast style beer? Ha, this rivals the great west coasters. This is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, and right now I believe this is my favorite IPA from the east coast, hands down. Sorry Smutty Finest Kind, Ithaca wins in a TKO.

Edit 1/18/2010. Purchased a keg for home. As I drink this more, the more I realize just how amazing it is. Freshness is the key which produces a nose that just pops with citrus and floral notes and a taste that follows. FYI, beer now is listed at 7.5%abv.

Edit: 11/5/2012 Keg purchased at home. This keg is really popping wih huge notes of pineapple and tropical fruits. It seems each time I drink this beer, I get new flavors. So complex.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap redbones oct 16/09.

pours hazy orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. orange and grapefruit. bit of pine. light caramel. white bread and cracker. light biscuit. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. medium-high bitterness level. light orange peel. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. white bread. bit of cracker. a bit powdery. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nearly clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, whitish head that has decent retention and abundant lacing. Shows steady carbonation as well.
Smells of grapefruit & a hint of pineapple with a light, sweet malt following.
The taste is citrusy hops at first then some bitterness, though not a harsh bitterness. The finish has some light malt but it's not very distinct. It seems like there should be a bit more noticeable malt presence in this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated throughout.
Drinkability is better than most. With a moderately high, yet unnoticed, ABV a couple of glasses would go down well.

I definitely thought this was a step above your run-of-the-mill IPA and woth a try for the IPA lover.

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Photo of david18
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't been a huge fan of this brewery but this is an aceptional India Pale Ale. The flavor is great and the alcohol by volume is very well hidden. Color is like most IPA's, nice copper. But the most oustanding characteristic was the aroma which was amazing. Get this beer if you can find it.

Had this beer a second time and now i'm upping a couple of the categories.

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Photo of wamu2000
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stab at an Ithaca offering. Very Impressed. Being a Hop-Head this first taste was right up my ally. Hops flows through the nose at first, great but not overwhelming bite.

Smooth finish with a pleasing aftertaste. Similar in sweetness to Green Monsta, a bit more floral, hence the name i suppose.

Always a fan of high abv completely unnoticed, you get it here. High velocity hop aroma and flavor, instantly made my top 5 APA list.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from orcasteve... thanks Jeff!

Pours a honey color with a frothy three finger off white head with very good retention.

Grapefruit in the nose is most obvious... but there's a biscuity/bready smell there as well.

Taste is similar... a very even malt presence is here. Grapefruit skins, orange citrus right off the bat. Really nice carbonation but this doesn't finish as dry and crisp as I like my IPAs to. There's not a whole lot of bite here... hops have definitely faded some in this bottle.

All in all, this is a decent IPA that falls way short in the style. To be fair, this has a best by October etch on the label, but I don't think freshness would add a whole lot more to me enjoyment of this beer.

EDIT: Trying a fresh bottle of this and it KICKS ASS! There's a dry and crisp finish with some teeth-melting hop bite. Never again will I have an old IPA. It just isn't worth it. Old review score was 3.65.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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