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 natasharai
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lum for sending me this yummy IPA!

Appearance: Poured with a large white shiny silky but bubbly head that dissipated to a thin layer (that remained through the rest of my glass) leaving a chunky lacing down my glass. The beer is clear with an orange-gold color.

Smell: Fresh citrus hops, grassy hops, and a light honey sweetness.

Taste: Piney hops, fresh cut grass, sweet citrus, sweet honey, and a lightly toasted malt presence. Leaves mouth with a refreshing sweet/bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, good amount of carbonation, nice hop bitterness, and leaves mouth with a slightly sticky sweet feel.

Overall: Very good drinkability, nice and refreshing flavor. The hop bite is just what I expect in an IPA! Nice malty character a bit different than most basic IPAs.

Thank you Lum for this one!!! I owe you!

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Photo of bonbini26
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan.

Pours a glowing beautiful orange/amber color with a sweet creamy white head about 2-3 fingers. Sticky lacing follows all the way down on this one, good stuff. The smell is a little more on the malt side than the herbal citrus, hops, i was expecting but those come through also. Some earthy wood notes also, but really a complex nose on this one if an IPA. The flavor is full of malts and hops, really well balanced and flavorfull. The finish is great and has that wonderful bitterness that all IPA's should finish with. Full mouthful for an IPA, at 8% i was wondering why it wasn't listed as a DIPA, but this is really a full flavored IPA. And for the 8% content you couldn't really detect and was very easy drinking.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Version (only available at brewery)

The beer pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is killer! It has a powerful citrus hop blast along with a really solid malt aroma (pale and Carapils). The hops smell so fresh. The taste is great as well. It's perfectly balanced in the West Coast style. It has the basic malt bill of pale and Carapils malts loaded to the gills with Cascade hops. It's wickedly bitter, yet so refreshing, even at 8%. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer that seemingly is better unfiltered, although it's not very hazy at all.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured a bit cold, but reviewed at 45 degrees up.

Pours clear, somewhere between straw and copper, with tons of effervescence and a gorgeous pillowy off-white head that just doesn't quit. Thick lacing. Beautiful beer.

Nose is classic IPA - citrusy, grapefruit and tropical fruits, bit piney, a bit of biscuity malt underneath it all. Nice.

Taste is pungent and floral up front, with the rich caramel malt body always playing a secondary role to the very prominent hops without ever getting lost. Not overly bitter, this one plays up flavor without going to crazy over the IBU's which is a huge plus for me. Lots of piney and floral hops, especially towards the long, pungent finish. A nicely done IPA, though the high ABV does lead to an interesting dance where this one treads the border between an IPA and a DIPA. Maybe a bit too pungent and heavy for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit heavy for an IPA, but with a nice carbonation that lends a bit of a bite towards the swallow.

This is a really good IPA, but between the slightly heavy body, and the prominent pungency, it loses a notch or two in drinkability. Still a nice IPA.

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Photo of psurandy
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Pours a deep gold with a decent head and respectable lacing. The smell is fantastic with floral hops. Great taste with citrus and floral hops up front that flows into a nice little bite of bitterness in the back. The malt backbone isn't prevalent, but you do get a nice bit of sweetness to provide balance to the beer. I really enjoy this beer and what is even better is the fact that it is exactly as advertised. Flower Power India Pale Ale is the perfect description. If you are looking for an IPA that isn't as strong on the bitterness but has a great floral hop characteristic this hits it. I am shocked that this beer is 8%. Easily one of my favorites in this category.

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Photo of sbw138
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint class from a bottle. Had a 2 finger head, which held some lacing at the top. Smelled almost like a west coast IPA, very impressive. Tasted great. Excellent hoppy taste with almost a subtle malty backbone, somewhat surprising. I was very pleased with this beer, as I have been disappointed with some other Ithica brews in the past. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of beerogre
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasting, drinkable IPA, with a lovely, flowery hop forward flavor.

Although, at 8% abv, this for me, is getting a bit strong for an IPA and is definitely encroaching on DIPA territory. I was looking for something more like a session beer when I bought this one, but was caught out by the IPA classification and the lack of an abv figure on the label.

Not disclosing the abv information is one of my pet peeves, and I don't really understand what the problem is with certain breweries not putting it on the label. It's a major consideration for me when I'm buying beer - I want to know what I'm getting into, and I don't always want the same effect from my beer. Sometimes I just want to knock back a few beers and other times I might want to get shitfaced and write surreal poetry.

As good as this beer is, I probably won't buy it again, because if I want a good IPA, I'd probably go for something a bit weaker, like Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration (if it's out) or if I want something along these lines I might as well go the whole hog and treat myself to Stone Ruination.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for kennyo for including this as an extra on our trade.

Consumed in a Unibroue tulip glass. Hippy, trippy bottle art. Almost through it was a Magic Hat beer.

Pours a sparkling clear copper color with a 1.75 finger foamy white head that quickly settles leaving foamy, bubbly lacing. A pretty beer. No haze or yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pleasant fruity hop aroma with some malt balance.

Clean and well balanced American IPA. A textbook, straight-ahead example of the style. An 8% beer that hides the alcohol and could easily catch up with you.

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Photo of marcpal
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Philly foodery, enjoyed in hotel. Poured into wine glass. Best I could do.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

A: Bright yellow, pretty bright for an IPA of this magnitude. Not much of a head, ample carbonation and very good lacing.

S: Floral, check. Hoppy, check. Long-lasting in the back of the nose, check. Could endlessly sniff on this.

T: This has the terrific taste of the midwest hops and I salute the recipe and hop bill that was heavy handed in the delivery device here. Orange, pineapple, malts all balanced very neatly with a smacking of pine tree. Most good IPAs are either a grapefruit pith or a pine tree, this one brings both. A hophead delight.

M: One thing that is not super tight with this beer. The carbonation is a bit much where I wish it were something a little bit on the creamier end that would lend a more gentle coating. I like that the pinching bite from the pine stays and holds though.

D: I guess it is limited by the abv, but this is easy as anything to drink. The bite is great and everlasting on the palate after each sip that makes it so pleasureable to drink. Better than good, great.

Let me be (Im sure not the first) to invite Ithaca into NJ distribution.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +6.5%
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 -4.1%
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 -7.7%
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 -3.4%
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 -19.7%
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 -20.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +1%
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 +3.6%
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 -6.5%
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 -8.2%
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 -10.1%
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 -2.4%
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 +4.3%
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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