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

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods, chilled to about 50 degrees and served in a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Finally, an IPA that doesn't taste as though Mike Tyson wrapped his fist in hops and punched me in the mouth with it. Nice balance of flavors with a pleasant floral quality. Clean and refreshing. Paired nicely with the lobster roll and fries I ate with it. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of squonk45
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ithica brewing ???? wow absolutely the sweetest smelling brew ever made ... when I drank mine playing cards everyone could smell the sweet aroma at table.. worst part was I left my vacation figuring I'd grab some on way but didn't fine it till Pa. I could put 2 of them in a mix and match for 14 bucks but a whole six pack was 16 hmm me no understand the math. It will be the last time I go to that pub in Chambersburg Pa. Crooks..
Hopefully I find some soon cause it really a refreshing beverage

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Photo of thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/10/12

L: Deep gold. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing that covers every side of the glass.

S: 5 Man, you can smell it the second that cap comes off. Fresh resinous and citrusy hops upfront. Powerful, pungent, divine. The smell is the most impressive aspect of this brew and leaves quite a lasting impression

T: More delicate and subtle than the aroma lets on. Slightly malty, but hops dominate this flavor through and through. Hops are more resiny than citrusy. Dry, crisp, with a welcomed bitterness that lingers a bit less than I would expect from a well-crafted IPA. Though pretty tasty, the flavor seems a little one-dimensional; some citrusy hop character would add to this.

F: Medium body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate. Slight alcoholic warmth, appropriate for a good American IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very good IPA with one of the best aromas I’ve encountered with the style in awhile. I will certainly be coming back to this one.

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Photo of predikit
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded marigold, left a fair white head that dissipated quickly. Left a small ring of lacing behind.

Smells absolutely amazing, floral and fruity, very bright aroma.

The taste falls short. Very much so. A small floral hop quality with a hint of sweet citrus, and it's gone, left with mostly neutral bitters that persist until the aftertaste. No real remarkable malt character. The brews weakest point.

Medium-light bodied, it is very refreshing and crisp, has a very clean mouth feel.

While it's good feel and amazing aroma save it from an abysmal score, its flavor leaves much to be desired and drags the brew down from the lofty heights it could have obtained.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought from Manhattan by @mr-jj. 046-1549 150724 is the barely readable, barely noticeable code on the neck of the bottle. I'm guessing that's "bottled on" 24 July 2015. Could be clearer, Ithaca...

Pours hazy golden with a medium sized head with good retention. Moderately carbonated. Smell is citrus / floral, nice but mild.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, with the addition of some nice bitterness in the form of pine, and a little extra sweetness in the form of honeysuckle. Something also creamy. Also some lemoniness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but dry. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 finger head, some of which hangs around until the end; good carbonation and lacing.

The smell is citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon and honey with a little graham cracker mixed in. There are also lots of floral notes present.

The taste, fortunately follows the nose with the grapefruit dominating but not overpowering like say Sculpin. This is followed by the lemon and orange. There is lot of graham cracker malt with an oily, piney hop finish. It is an interesting finish being slightly dry and very oily at the same time. The hops are ever present is large numbers but they are tame, not palete shredding.

Overall this is a fine IPA and a good introductory IPA for someone who is on the fence regarding whether or not they want to try an IPA.

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

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a golden honey with bright white head and serious lacing. The head and lacing did not dissipate throughout the pour. The smell is hoppy with lemon-orange fruit and floral hops. I agree with other reviewers that there is a touch of Belgian in the nose. It may be the age (bottled 5/5/2015) but I don't taste the citrus I smelled; rather, the taste is quite malty with a lot of pine and hoppy bitterness. This is a well-carbonated ale that drinks very easily at 7.50 ABV. Overall, it is a solid IPA but I don't think it measured up to the hype. Again, this may be because of the age. I'd like to try it fresher to be fair.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip:

Looks all the part of a delectable IPA. Golden-orange color with mild visible carbonation, and a thick fluffy head. Smells solid, but not overwhelmingly (compared with elite New England-style IPAs) tropical. A little more bitterness present, but the smell overall is pretty muted hop-wise. Taste is very solid, if again a little under the big boys. Some bitter dankness on the finish, preceded by a little bit of citrusy flavor, but a little malty and dry for my tastes overall. It's a darn solid IPA and I'd definitely drink it again in a heartbeat, but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of B_W
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm leaving NY and will definitely miss Flower Power. Great balanced IPA with ample hop flavor in the front, nice body, and a short fruity slightly sweet finish that encourages you to drink more. A great IPA that can compete with the standards from the west and Midwest, which is still too rare in the northeast.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to quibble with the OG of the NY state IPA renaissance. This was _the_ IPA for hopheads in NY for years before the new blood hit the scene with authority. Still probably the best filtered, regularly available packaged IPA coming out of NY.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 150630, my only knock on it is the nose was fairly mute. Guessing it's just the age of the bottle I sampled. Need to track down a fresher bottle to confirm, but otherwise really enjoyed it!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It does have a golden color with haze, similar to unfiltered honey. Not much head. Smells hoppy, fruity, a bit of orange juice, and possibly even a touch belgian-y, but I'm going to assume thats just my nose playing a trick on me.

Very hoppy up front, yet finishes relatively smooth. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are noted. Impressive tasting IPA. There's something to it (maybe something citrusy) that makes it more interesting than a lot of other IPA's I've had recently. Very nice body, excellent carbonation. Really just a great all-around IPA. This is something I hope the brewers at Ithaca are proud of.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has it all. A very impressive example of what an IPA should be. Nearly perfect balance of what makes an IPA desirable. Smooth. Disguised ABV. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of "hopiness." I will have another please.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured on tap at Paddy's Irish Pub, in Springfield, MA. Though very hoppy, it finishes smooth. It has a delicate feel on the palate, and the aromas are on par with what one would expect from an IPA. Worthy of drinking again in my book.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- crystal clear and golden with slight orange tint in appearance.

Smell - floral hoppiness.

Taste - again floral hoppiness with a sweet tinge of honey/caramel malt.

Feel - very smooth with light hoppiness that does not overwhelm the palate. Very crushable.

Overall - one of my favorite IPAs especially on a hot day.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orangish-gold color with mild haze. One finger off white colored head disappears quickly. Small amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is honey and floral hops. A bit of tropical fruit.

Taste is honey on the first sip. Vaguely reminiscent of Hopslam. Some floral hops and tropical flavors. Mango and papaya. Caramel malt provides nice balance.

Medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue with very little bitterness. Mild lingering sweetness.

This is very smooth IPA with nice malt balance. Aroma could use a boost but flavor and feel were very nice.

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Photo of mattice70
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - golden orange cloud
Smell - great floral hop aroma
Taste - IPA heaven. Each sip is full of floral hoppiness.
I really believe this is one of the best India Pale Ales I have ever had. I was able to taste straight from the bottle and also a growler filled of Unfiltered Flower Power. Unfiltered is absolutely amazing.

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Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle, from the botle
Served: 17 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so I can't really comment on the appearance of the beer itself, but I like the retro looking, 60s branding.

Smell: Very hoppy with big citrus notes, especially grapefruit and lemongrass.

Taste: Nice hop notes overlaid with a soft sweetness from the malts. The hop character is much the same as the nose- very citrus oriented, despite the name. This IPA has great 'balance' between the hop notes, bitterness, and malt sweetness, despite the fact that the hops are obviously the dominant force here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium carbonation. Nicely drinkable without getting heavy. Solid heft though.

Overall: A great beer, no doubt, and one that is immensely enjoyable. A great American IPA that bridges the cap between session IPA and double IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $13.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 5, 2015
Misc.: Born on May 8, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spiderweb layered lacing on the side of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Citra, tropical, resin, Cascade, bitter pine and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted Cascade, Citra, unknown other hops, resin and boozy pine. Fairly malty. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not that bad overall, but not as good as I thought it would be. Ehh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear straw/copper with about 1" white head that recedes quickly. Retention is excellent, lacing is minimal.

S: A blast of floral & citrus notes countered by a solid crackery malt note. Quite nice.

T: Leads with off-sweet caramel & flower notes. Mid palate is malty with touches of honey. Finish is properly hop-bitter.

M: Moderate carb & a pretty light but slick body all come together nicely.

O: Really quite good.

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Photo of Machoo
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bartender stated this was best on the board. Never tried Ithaca. Never would have guessed the ABV. Think it's the pineapple that hides it. Woud Spongebob approve? Pleasant surprise.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, golden yellow coloring with a clingy, low profile, coating white head. Aromas of piney and resinous hops, with a solid pepper spice, and a heavy dose of mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Very tropical and piney, all at the same time. Flavors are bitter hops forward, with pine and cut grass blending over a pepper spice character. Then comes the fruit, heavy on citrus and tropical notes, especially pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and mango. Very fruity. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste carries a bit more bitterness, with a vinous quality on the vegetal bitterness. The finish has a decent resinous and tropical linger, and is slow and dry. Good beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is quite the enjoyable East Coast IPA. Bought in a growler (at Total Wine in Fredericksburg, VA) and enjoyed at home. Poured a golden amber with a small head and yummy taste!

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger white foamy head. The settles into a small ring leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit, and piney hops.

T - The taste starts with a subtle punch of piney hops that is followed by a wash of grapefruit and orange. The is a light caramel malt backbone balancing the flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - A nice easy drinking IPA. Would definetly drink again.

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

Bottling date of 04/03/15

Appearance - Pours clear and purely golden in color with a white, finger width head. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Floral notes with touches of ruby red grapefruit and pine. Faint, bready malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral notes hit first, then a big grapefruit hop character comes through. Sturdy malt backbone that rides between caramel and sweet breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth, slick texture. Easy on the finish.

Overall - Delicious and easy drinking IPA. Reminds me a bit of Deschutes Inversion, only smoother and more approachable. Would love to see this on the West Coast some day.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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