Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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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): 7.50%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,284
Reviews:
1,290
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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486
Gots:
1,186
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Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours nice deep golden color with nice thick white head. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Huge floral aroma combined with sweet honey. There is a very nice caramel/malt aroma and a faint hint of hops. I have to say everything comes out nicely together.

Taste - Taste follows the aroma well, nice floral and malt flavors. Caramel and honey along with some bitter hops flavors.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated pretty dry finish.

Overall - A very well done IPA, so well balanced aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Phil9250
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kayakguy
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of digboy
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated... um, does anyone know how to read petri-dish?

Pours a hazy deep gold-orange color with a one-finger head that settles down to a thick velvety blanket - actually pretty good looking.

My first whiff of the aroma reminded me of many of the "hazies" on the Northeast coast where there is a muddled hop smell that is vaguely tropical in the background, but overrun by a citrusy grain scent - I think this is the sweet malt aroma coming through but it can also be described as "spicy". The aroma grows more intense as the beer mellows in the glass, so give it a few.

The taste also gets more intense with mellowing. It is a hop-forward beer with only a mild sweet malt backbone. It is weak up front but then the citrus hop flavor grows along with a seltzery buzz. Thing is - I don't get any tropicals out of this, only lemon, grapefruit, pine and maybe a little stone fruit. It finishes with a moderate bitterness that creeps up and crowds out the pleasant hop flavor.

Feel is somewhat clean without stickiness, medium bodied with low to moderate bitterness.

So I think this is a really good take on the Northeast "hazy" (*not* a NEIPA mind you). The goal is a very hop forward, low but sweet malt, low bitter beer. This delivers well and I think the best points go to the seltzery hop flavor in the mid-taste range. That's worth trying it out alone, otherwise this would get lost among good but not great southern Maine beers.

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Photo of rockrob
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Canned: May-5-2017 (though I practically had to use a decoder ring to come to that conclusion)


A:
Pours a clear orange with a little chill haze and a couple fingers of creamy off-white head that pretty well dissipates. Ok retention; some doily-like lacing. (4)

S:
Floral/bitter hops, some light malt character. (4)

T:
Follows the nose. Dried orange rind, perfumes flower bitterness, husky hops, meaty (but light) malt presence. (4)

M:
Medium-minus body with active carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. An easy drinker. (4.25)

O:
This one kind of grew on me as I drank it.
It is pleasing to the eye nose and mouth. Pretty straightforward as far as I can see. Floral and perfumes bitterness, sweet malt center, dry as a bone, drinkable, enjoyable. This one is older than I'd like (but not by much) and I get the impression that the nose may have popped a little more at one point in time, but regardless, this was an enjoyable beer all around. Nice balance, dry, bitter, quenching. Would have it again. (4)

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Photo of Basellne23
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

No canned on date. I can tell it was once hoppy by the lingering ibus but given the lack of hop aroma all together I presume this is quite old.

Not sure how I try this fresh though since they don't (or at least not legibly) date their shit.

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

Photo of sisterofba
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sposter4
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a clear light golden body with a one finger off-white head with light slowly moving streams of carbonation seen rising. The smell has a nice floral hoppiness along with a bit of grassiness, citrus and pine that combines very nicely. The taste took those flavors and added a bit of back punch of malt as the beer warmed. On the palate, its about a light sort of body and slightly spritzy with an acceptable amount of harshness on the tongue due to the style, it had a dry and bitter finish. Overall, for the most part, this is good for me and good for the style.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ben1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dee4maine
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To think they were making and selling an IPA like this since 2004 in the Northeast is pretty mind blowing.
It is floral, piney, grapefruity and has decent malt backbone. Very much so like the classic Midwest style of IPAs. It is delicious break from the OJ style IPAs of northeast today.

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Photo of writer917
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pineapple & a loaf of bread.
Two tablespoons of honey & a field of hops.
A twig from a pine tree & a bouquet of tulips.
A dash of white pepper & a dog's kiss on the cheek.
Golden-amber, medium-bodied, & floral, hence its name.
Bitter on the attack & finish;
A bitterness that needs a blue cheese to spar with it.
A bitterness that needs some French fries or kettle chips.
It has a maltiness that summons Upstate's vast western region, full of as much mystery as the City.
The porches, the factories, the small towns, the mountains, and rivers.
The snow, the birds, the universities, the tractors, and the wind.

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Photo of JNPIII127
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of midlifec
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Karenremom
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 5,284 ratings.
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