Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
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): 7.20%

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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,326 | Ratings: 5,439
Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I do not think I have sampled this in the bottle before today. I have had it on tap several times on Long Island or NYC but never made it to a review. Big, attractive golden body with cream colored head and a pine resin and medicinal hops driven nose.

This is sharp but very clean, with a strong piney bitterness with a tropical fruit chaser. Well balanced and highly drinkable for its octane, this mostly lives up to the hype.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No BO or BB date.
16oz can to 20oz Spiegelau IPA. Pours honey colored, with a light cloudiness. A quick dissipating head gives way to very little lacing.
Smell: Mild overtones of fruit, medium floral, and malt. Taste: Very strong on the floral and malty side.. with a slight hint of citrus. MF: Light carbonation, smooth/creamy throughout. No lingering bite.

I've been staring at this beer on the bottle shops I frequent often. I finally decided to give it a go. What a pleasant surprise for me! The lack of aromas belies the overall taste, which is very good.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a hazy, translucent deep gold, with a creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of really sweet fruit and some malt. Big, pungent, overripe ruby red grapefruit and blood orange, caramel and honey, toast, pineapple, papaya, pine, and earth.

Smacks upfront with pink grapefruit, blood orange, and tangerine; leading into mango, papaya, and pineapple. The malt backbone is big and offers toast, honey, and toffee. Sweet, but not too sweet. Moderately bitter near the finish with some evergreen, pine cone, and fresh dirt. Ends crisply and lightly dry. Alcohol well hidden. Some light lingering bitterness.

Medium-plus mouthfeel, medium-plus carbonation. Big and rounded, yet moves quickly, ends lightly dryly, and leaves sappy, oily, pine resin and grapefruit peel sensations.

The first IPA I ever had, and still my favorite local IPA. A excellent combination of tropical splendor and West Coast style hop bomb.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the '17 Box of Hops. Nice to find some fresh. : )

Moderately hazy orange-gold, with moderate, persistent, white head & lacing.

Aroma is fruity,floral, and a hint of booziness & malt.

Flavor is a balanced blend of floral/slightly-sweet-fruity hops, honey(mead) , lightly-sweet grain, finishing with a light,pleasant, lingering bitterness.

Feel is a smooth, almost unnoticeable creaminess, finishing with a very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall, slightly on the hoppy side of "balanced". A classic, that still holds up . : ) Highly recommended.

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Photo of Spellogue
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flower power you ain't kiddin'. This one is all about the hops! Had on tap somewhere in Rhode Island. Color is on the copper side of golden. Nose is very hoppy, like a spayed cat and neutered dog playing in your grandmother's wet spring flower garden. The taste is all grapefruit and roses. Bitterness and hop high notes. Sharp. Rather thin body. Not much malt making an appearance. Finish is gives a glimpse of sweetness, but turns feline quickly, bittering again with a quick curtain. Not exemplary of the style but an interesting brew nonetheless.

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Photo of liamlawford
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale Amber with a slight haze
Floral fruity aroma
Floral hop taste, grapefruit, well balanced
Very nice feel not too crisp but not too thick and syrupy either
Very nice IPA

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Photo of pubscout
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very solid IPA that is extremely well-balanced with floral, grapefruit, and pineapple hop notes in the nose and a solid malt backbone on the back end. A pleasingly bitter finish wraps this 7.2% American IPA up very nicely. Would pair very well with many foods but especially the spicier ones. I had mine with Sweet Garlic Chili Wings, and it worked very well. Flower Power's been around for some time, and it's not hard to see why it's an evergreen.

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Photo of haines710
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the supermarket to give it a try. Fun bottle design and fun beer. Pours a golden Amber color with a nice head. Fruity smell snd you can definitely taste the citrus and hops. Nice easy to drink beer. Liked this and will look for more from Ithaca.

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Photo of brutus99
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

very fragrant and tasty american ipa, can't comment on look too much, as im not drinking from my beer glass.
smell is floral citrus, with strong grapefruit.
taste is grapefruit forward, but not overpowering, good balance of bitterness, and little to no alcohol bite for 7.5%
smooth mouth feel. is pricey, but when i can splurge it'll be in my fridge!

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle brought back from northern NY to northern IL. The aroma is more floral, piney and citrusy, yet the taste is drier, maltier and hoppier. A solid east coast IPA, hoppy but not near as citrusy as west coast IPAs, and with a more bitter finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can in Dublin, Ohio.
Hazy amber body with a white head that displays good retention.
Moderately hoppy, strong and bitter for an American IPA. Fruity and herbal notes with a touch of earthy. Hints of ripe apricots and pears.
Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of pro45
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light gold with small white head poured into clear plastic cup. Bottled on 5/17/2017. Smell is wonderful. Tropical fruit, citrus, honey, hibiscus, hops, piney. Taste is very hoppy and floral with the tropical fruit in the back end. Soft mouthfeel. Excellent IPA. If it wasn't as pricey as it is, it would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 digboy
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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 TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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)

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)

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

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

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

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 rypkr
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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 dee4maine
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -11.4%
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 citizencane
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden orange with solid head from can into glass. Smell is floral hops, bread, some sweet malts, and mild pineapple and maybe some other fruit. Taste is the same, with a bit less breadiness. Refreshing feel with minimal dryness. Easy drinking and a solid IPA.

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Photo of leom
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Gold/amber, cloudy, not too foamy or lacey
S: grassy, piney hops
T: a bit bready, very nice balance of hops and malt
F: solid, creamy, great feel

This beer is probably the first IPA that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy, gold. Short, foamy, white head fades fast.

Smells floral, malt, pine, tropical.

Tastes bready malt and piney, light earthy fading to a light floral. Dry finish bitter pine linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of brewme
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

WTF? Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I have had this brew before, and liked it, however, thought that it fell well short of the hype. This review only pertains to the batch I just bought. I am not sure if it is off, as Bletchley Park could not make sense of the caca-poopy black on brown bottled-on dating. Way too boozy tasting for that ABV, something is rotten in Denmark. #bodthaticanread

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trying this beer at the bar in the Embassy Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of potpourri. The taste if fairly well balanced with floral notes being present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am nearing the end of my latest horizontal, this one of Ithaca offerings, as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: Nada. I am not a fan of their no longer putting the ABV on the labels. I dig the minimalist look of the new labels, but less is not always more.

I find it VERY hard to believe that I have not previously reviewed Flower Power IPA, but since no review exists, I must press on. I know that I had a bottle for a Bro. Woody Knows Beer piece about a local florist, but this bottle is fresh from the FGBS here in town, so maybe something funny happened on the way to the Forum. SMH.

I could not make heads nor tails of the date stamp on the bottle, but it was a recent purchase on my part. Even so, I have become skittish & once I Pop!ped off the cap, I gave it a gentle pour followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This action raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell back down. leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), but it seemed to be clarifying as it warmed, leading me to wonder if it might not be a chill haze. Nose had a tropical fruitiness, like mango, papaya and pineapple. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft, especially for the style. Usually, these AIPAs attack my tongue like Gangbusters coming through the door, but not in this case. The taste was deeply of pineapple, but underlain by a light grapefruit bitterness and a bready malt flavor. I thought of pineapple upside-down cake as I was drinking it! Yum. Finish was semi-dry, again, unusual in the style in my experience, but quite tasty. I really must return to this once I get caught up.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,439 ratings