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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 | website

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

A 12 ounce bottle from a sixer courtesy of beertruth and muled back from NY for me by number1bum. We only see Flower Power in PA in the Ithaca mixed 12 pack (3 bottles per 12 pack) or once in a while on draft. Glad to have an entire sixer to myself. Freshest by July 2009. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass and appears a crystal clear rich amber color with about an inch of creamy light ecru foam. The foam leaves a thin lacing on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smell is of floral, herbacious and citrusy hops such as orange and grapefruit. Excellent aroma here! Tastes of toasted bisciut/caramel malts, white grapefruit juice, bitter orange peel, lemon and resinous pine. Hop oils are really noticeable with the slightest touch of warming alcohol. Very fresh tasting with a dry finish, medium body aa well as medium carbonation. All IPA lovers need to seek this one out.

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Photo of albern
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the heck out of this IPA. It also comes with a freshness date on the label and I wish more brewers included this. The beer pours a clear amber color, with an absolutely delightful nose. There is decent lacing and a nice slightly creamy off white head. There is plenty of orange burst and blossom, floral hops, oily and estery character, and a luscious bouquet. The nose is an outstanding feature to the beer.

The taste isn't far behind. This is a delightful nouvelle IPA. There are tons of grapefruit acerbic and tart notes, some lemon, lots of orange blossom and citrusy tangerine, and wonderful hop oils seeping throughout the body of the beer. This is a smooth, creamy beer that has a very nice bready malt base that cuts away some of the hop sting. It isn't an entirely balanced beer, and it is a touch too light and thin in parts. The beer could use a little thickening up to really bring this to the next level. This is a delightful IPA with a tangy aftertaste that is a real palate cleanser. This is a dangerously deceptive 8% ABV beer, with no throaty burn or other boozy characteristics. I would seek this one out again. L'Chaim.

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

Growler Purchased at Skibbo's

Pours a golden yellow into my allagsh flute. Nice 2 finger head the fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells piney and citrusy.

Taste is initally sweet followed by citrus and finishes bitter. The sweetness and citrus is very quick.

Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

It is a nice drinker but at 8% abv not a session beer. I would but this again

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Photo of hsway
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

a: Orangey brown with a small amount of off-white head and a bit of lacing.

s + t: Citrus and pine, with a malty sweetness. Overall not bad, though it left a mildly unpleasant dryness on the back of my tongue.

m: Nothing special.

d: The tongue dryness thing turned me away from having more than one.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold-copper with an even, off-white, one finger head.

Smells of pine resin and doughy bread. No question which flower has the power in this brew.

Nice resiny hop flavor with a little orange zest in the end followed by a bitter hop lingering finish. A true to style IPA for sure.

The mouthfeel is a little off for me. The carbonation up front is pretty sharp and that gives way to the unctuous end that stays with you. If there were a way to combine the two feels to mitigate both, this would be a much better beer.

drinkability is good here. The limiting factor would probably be the ABV but since it's not on the bottle you would not know it unless you knew it because it's really hidden in the taste.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber, towards the darker side in the IPA range. The head is thick and clings to the glass as it diminishes.

Aroma is bright, floral and full of hops and citrus. It really pulls you in. Taste is typical of an IPA, hoppy and floral, bitter, with a touch of malt. It's only a touch dry and easy drinking.

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Photo of jfunkk79
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had one on tap at Cambridge Common.

Hazy copper orange color. Floral (duh) aroma with some hints of pine. Really hits the front of the tongue, kind of heavy mouthfeel. Really not that drinkable due to the hops being a bit over done. Could do with a tiny bit less bittering hop IMO. Not a bad beer, just nothing too special.

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

A - Looks like standard IPA fare into a tulip pint. Beautiful clear copper body with nice streams of bubbles. A frothy, creamy white head sits atop for ages. Nice lacing.

S - The Simcoe really takes the foreground, with C hops in the back, as well as a nice, sweet, malt. Super floral, and I hate saying that with a name like Flower Power. It is a nice smelling IPA, if a little overdone.

T - Not as overdone as the nose, and finishes very dry and light. Not very bitter at all. Mostly green hops up front, and a sweet, fruity malt. Almost tea-like bitterness. Everything is well integrated, and there's nothing off. Not the best IPA ever, but certainly nothing to scoff at.

M - Good, not great. A little too attenuated and crisp for my liking, however I can see where some would be really really into it.

D - Definitely on par with most quality IPA's. It's well-rounded enough to enjoy multiple bottles, though I only have one. *Edit* Holy cow this is 8%? Bumped up half a notch.

Notes: Ithaca Beer Co hasn't failed to impress me yet. Rated it all 4's because frankly, it's a "good" beer. Another thing... at 8%, isn't that a bit much for a standard AIPA?

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Photo of WalterSobchak
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, one finger head, minimal cap, and decent lacing.
Terrific smell! Nice and spicy floral hops right out of the bottle.
Very nice hops punch with a delicate underlying sweet malt but very well hidden in the hops.
A bit over-carbonated for me but it keeps this beer feeling lighter than it really is. Well balanced and quite drinkable...mmm

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Photo of trpng0bily
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale caramel color, nothing really to write home about.

S: Fantastic hop profile on the nose. Floral, piney, spicey and sweet - really pretty, but with a bite.

T: A little too heavy on the carbonation to get a good sense of the flavor profile on the initial attack, causing the intense bitterness of the back end to dominate. That said, there are also some really light, feathery characteristics following through on the nose. Looong finish on this one.

M: Heavy carbonation, not particularly resiny for an IPA, this is an extremely crisp beer.

D: If you're up for the bitterness, this one is crisp and light enough to session (though at 8% that might not be the best idea).

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Photo of UA8
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby/ amber color wiht a light off white head.

S- Nose is abundant with citrus notes taking on the most prominenet role, with a background hint of malt sweetness.

T- Leads with semi-sweet malt notes and fresh tangerine notes. mid palate transitions smoothly to more malt balance, Finish is of piney/ herbal hops.

M- Nice carbonation level with medium fullness could be a touch heavier.

D- This is a really solid IPA deffinitely something I could drink regularly. It has enough hops for the hop heads and enough balance for a guy like me.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice dark copperish with a small faint off white head
S- hops ,malt, pot(..awesome), a little nut
T- really nice, a little boozy (it is an 8 percent beer), some hops and alot of malt, some pine
M- its a little on the thickside, it might have been a cask pour im not sure... it wasnt super cold... but def very nice
D- i mean its 8 percent and for me it makes it hard to drink alot of ... but might work better for others

I dug it , id check it out again

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful golden hue with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head that sticks around for a short while, leaving behind just a bit of lacing. This exemplifies the image of "a standard ipa" in my mind.

aroma is evenly hoppy and malty, with a light bready malt pairing with a pleasantly herbal and floral hop character. hints of grapefruit and a bit of caramel sweetness. almost a touch nutty.

Deliciously different. English IPA with a nice apricot-herbal-floral hopping, backed with a strong malt backbone. Well hopped but not over-hopped, it hits on all cylinders without being overbearing or unbalanced. A touch toward the hop side, but with a deliciously unique hop profile.

mouthfeel works nicely with the aroma and flavors... a bit thin and light, but it only makes it more sessionable and doesn't significantly detract. a nice subtle lingering hop bitterness trails on the clean and crisp finish.

A nice, well rounded, yet unique IPA. definitely would be in my regular rotation if available... and I greatly wish I had more of this one. Could easily drink end on end without realizing... it's that solid and that drinkable.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a two-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is mostly hops with some pine and floral scents. The taste was also almost all hops hitting hard with a very small amount of malt sweetness. Tastes like some of the piney cascade hops Ithaca Beer seems to love and some more citrusy/floral ones. The taste hits hard but leaves the palate fairly clean. The mouthfeel is a little slick with a decent amount of carbonation to make for a pretty crisp feeling. This beer is pretty drinkable for an IPA, a lot of flavor out of the hops without any overwhelming bitterness.

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

from notes
poored a dark golden/brown with a big white fluffy head that faded to a film
smell was all very pine like hops
taste was pine hops with a hint of citrus in there, all big hops
mouthfeel very bubbly carbonation, thin to medium body, bitterness is like drinking pine tar and dries the mouth a good bit, a bit too much carbonation for me
drinkability - mmm hops so if in the mood drink up

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Masterski for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.

** Time to update this review. I must have been in a bad mood, or the bottle had a bit of age on it. (which I HIGHLY doubt from Alex) But this is now my GO TO IPA. Great beer. I will leave the old review for the heck of it. Trust my # scores here. Great beer

Thank you!

Pours a bright amber color with tons of bright orange highlights. In finger of foamy off white head forms, then fades to a thin foamy skiff on the surface. Splotchy lacing adorns the inside of the glass.

Aroma is bright, fresh and full of floral hops. Lots of citrus notes. Very nice..

Flavor is fresh and fruity at first. Then you get some nice toasted malts, a bit of bread flavor, then the hops kick in. I also get some honey notes. In this one I do get both some grapefruit and pine notes. This is one of those fresh tasting IPA's that I really enjoy.

Mouth feel is full due to the big hop flavor and the body is medium and a little resin/oil like from the hops. Sticks to your tongue.

Very drinkable. I'll have to get some more of this from my buddy in Syracuse.

Very good IPA

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Photo of trbergman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum 1/21/09.

A - Copper body with thin, creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop aroma. Toffee, lemon zest, pineapple, mango. Not very aromatic.

T - Caramel, toffee, orange zest, some pink grapefruit. Aggressive hop bitterness that builds after the finish.

M - Soft, medium body.

D - Tasty, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Celt44
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a medium amber with a nice frothy head. Lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma is very floral (hence the name!). Hoppy hops up front and center. Citrusy grapfruit of course. Finishes with a nice sweet malt aroma.

Taste - Nice mild hop flavor - not the biting bitter of many IPAs. Definitely a malt presence here. Sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel is above average - smooth, not a lot of bite.

Overall an excellent IPA. Definitely easy on the palate. This would be a great introductory IPA for those of you trying to convert the unbelievers. A keeper for sure...

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Photo of Mauerhan
2.89/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i got this from the secret santa bif. to be completely honest i had forgotten that i had it. it has been sitting in the back of my fridge for the past month and some change. sadly it seems this is well past its prime. all traces of an ipa have left a malt bomb of a mess. i feel bad that im continuing to review this. hrmm oh well.

pours with a great amount of fluffy white thick well retaining head, that sits above a beautiful copper colored brew.

smells like at one point this had some nice east coast hoppy goodness. sadly that smell is faint, faded and leaves alot to be desired.

taste is along the same lines with the smell. at one point this might have been a decent beer. that time is not today. unbalanced, stale whispers of hops. : /

mouth is alright. smooth. medium bodied. decent amount of carbonation.

i would love to see what this could have been fresh. I will look forward to attempting again this summer.

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Photo of younger35
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because I told him if he didn't send me one I'd kick his ass. I received it the next day. Ithaca makes some solid solid brews so I'm excited to try another IPA. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Best before April ('09 I'm assuming).

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with excellent clarity and thousands of tiny bubbles that permeate throughout the glass. A nice one finger head that recedes very slowly still leaving a great cap that leaves rings and rings of sticky lacing.
Smell- Super fruity and fresh with a nice clean citrus profile. Grapefruit and pineapple are ridiculously pungent and very inviting. A bit of pine sap and mint add an earthy sort of undertone but this is a tropical nose through and through. I don't smell an ounce of malt in this bad boy, just 100% fruity bitter goodness.
Taste- Starts with a nice bitter bite that like the nose is super fresh and fruity. Not the kind of pithy grapefruit that I get out of a lot of these but more of a fruity orange/grapefruit pulp. More of the meat of the fruit rather than the flesh. Slightly sweet on the finish with a bit of lightly toasted biscuit and a lingering lemon. Amazing that a beer like this can hide the 8% so well.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more heft that you'd expect from a 8% IPA that is this bitter. A lightly crisp feel from the carbonation and a slick oily finish.
Drinkability- Fantastic beer. So drinkable and fresh I can imagine that this beer definitely would lose of bit after a couple months. Other than Brute, this is the tastiest Ithaca brew that that I've bee lucky enough to enjoy. Adam was right; this is a definite fridge stocker. Great beer!!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sunset...into a pint glass...

Solid copper body. 2/3 finger-head with solid lacing.

Slight caramel texture to malt presence...hop pine and slight citrus are prevailing on the nose.

There's a little grapefruit as expected, but it's more rind than pulp. Clean sweet caramel makes a mild entrance

This is just viscous enough to be soothing and there's just enough citrus bite to make it interesting.

This drinks too easily. Wayyy too easily. Good stuff.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for the chance to try this one.

A - Golden amber/brown color with a one finger off white head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a very thin layer of foam on top. Decent lacing as well.

S - Sweet tropical aroma explodes from this one. Some pineapple and mango come to mind with a light, sweet undertone of caramel malts.

T - Very light sweetness at first before being taken over by a sweet tropical taste. Lots of pineapple with light citrus undertones. An excellent tasting IPA.

M/D - Medium bodied with an excellent level of crispness. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of xenolithic
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Flower Power poured into my pint glass a pale caramel with about a half finger of off-white head and good visible carbonation.

The beer is very strong in the nose, as it sits away from me by about a foot I can smell it strongly, but not overwhelmingly so. Closer to the nose it gives up really elegant floral notes that are very pronounced. A little sugary sweetness also comes through on the nose.

It tastes like I believe an IPA should, well balanced and not too too bitter. It may be leaning on the side of a Pale Ale as some might argue it's a little anemic to be considered an IPA, perhaps an APA.

The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is thin and watery but not watered down by any means. As mentioned by other reviewers, this beer is smooth which lends to its drinkability.

I could probably drink a six of these in a sitting over the course of a hot summer day and have no issues.

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Photo of jeff2486
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review on 1/08/09

A: Beautiful light orange color, lively carbonation, medium head, very clear.

S: Nice light smell.

T: Although heavy on hops still manages to be very balanced and smooth.

M: Very light and smooth for the ABV of this IPA.

D: Very drinkable because of the smooth feel, however I am not dying for another.

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

Glad to see this one finally make its way out here. Had it on tap today at lunch into a pint glass...

A: Pours a typical light copper color with some nice, active carbonation. The great thing about this is the sticky looking head that seems to cling to the glass.

S: Smells like a typical IPA with very floral, fresh hops that are mainly piney. Some citrus comes in, but not as much. Sweet cereal malts come through slightly.

T: The taste is very crisp and refreshing with a nice bitter bite. Not very thick or heavy, as this is rather light. But the hop presense is nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall, this was a solid IPA. It wasn't anything special, but it was the perfect beer for today.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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