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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

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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +0.2%
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%
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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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big fluffy, long-lasting white head, a noseful of flowers, flowers and mellow grapefruit on the taste, just a DELICIOUS beer. Could drink this everyday.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid IPA. Nice golden color with decent soapy lace retention. Bready malts and some floral esters in the aroma. Piney and resiny hops predominate the taste along with a bready malt backbone for balance. A dry finish. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Will get again.

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Photo of Jojosaute
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- apricot honey light orange
S- tree blossom of peach and orange.
T- extremely floral. Light hops. Interested to find out what hops this is.
M- smooth. Great easy drinking.
O- this is phenomenal. Love this beer. Makes you happy on a summer day

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice honey color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit

Taste: Loaded with fresh citrus and tropical fruit, with a reasonable malt backbone

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent IPA. Would gladly get again!

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a mug

A: Pours a lively gold color with a 2 finger head of white foam and a visible amount of carbonation.

S: Aromas are floral and citrus hops that are strong but not overwhelming. Some pine with a good amount of biscuity malts as well.

T: Clean, crisp flavors of floral/piney hops. Some citrus is there with a solid backbone of biscuity malts. The malt stacks up fairly well to the hops making this beer very balanced.

M: High carbonation with a medium body and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Good balance and very drinkable with a finish that is a touch dry.

O: Overall I thought this was a good IPA that is very drinkable and very balanced. Crisp floral/citrus hop flavors with a bit of pine that is there but not overwhelming. Biscuity malts stack up well to the hops leading to moderate bitterness. A solid IPA that I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of MattJ85
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light orange...beautiful classic IPA color. Smells are tropical, grapefuit and alcohol. The hops boom up front in the taste but quickly fade into a snappy dry, clean finish. Every sip leaves you wanting another almost immediately after.

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Photo of Chris33
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No "born on date" on bottle; poured into a snifter.
The nose comes off as an orangey carmel with a hint of lavender. Big malty feeling on the nose too.
Taste was a little more florally than what was picked up off the nose. Nice big malty finish on this one. I compared it a little to DFH60.
Typical east coast IPA having more malty notes in the taste than the floral abundance of a west. Delightfully delicious and will pick up again in the future.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much better when fresh, thats a no-brainer. had a somewhat old 6 pack of this and thought it was good but not great. then i went to a local pub and they had it on draft. got 3 pints of it! was really damn good

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, peachy color with a cloudy appearance and a bit of white head and lacing. Smell presents a bold floral bouquet (as you might expect given the name) with some pine and fruit notes as well. Taste is consistent with the smell and you get floral, pine, fruitiness and a little bit of bitterness on the finish; overall it's nicely balanced. Carbonation is light and for an IPA it has a fuller body than you might expect. Bit of a meatier, fuller feel as well.

Suggested food pairing: Cheeseburger and fries

If you like this beer then you should also try: Si p of Sunshine

Ideal time to drink this beer: Belly-up at the bar. Given the food pairing, this seems appropriate.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This beer may not be on the same level as some of the elite, East Coast-IPAs but it's certainly no slouch. It's a good representation of the style and feels sort of like a good college football player who isn't quite at the NFL level: nothing to be ashamed of but maybe not in the top rung. Still, flavorful and widely available, this is a great choice if you don't have access to everything else that the East Coast has to offer.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Without a doubt, one of the best and easily drinkable IPAs I've had in a while. It did not present as an overly hoppy beer on smell, and the taste and finish was clean and crisp. Pours just a little cloudy; it had a floral and fruity taste, but not overly so on either count. I would buy this regularly. It actually went down a little too easily!

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Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a pint glass, didn't notice a freshness date. This beer is a cloudy orange with a great lacing and retention, nice golden tinge to it.

S - Aromas of tangerine, fresh orange juice, lavender, juicy citrus, with a fresh sweetness to it, balanced by a meaty malty backbone. A tinge of slightly tart gooseberry. Overall it is good, but I get the sense if fresher it would really pop.

T - immediate notes of citrus, with fresh tangerine, grapefruit, very bright, with some fresh spring florals, a touch of herbal notes. I do get some pineapple creep in to compliment the bright citrus to really give a nice tropical feel to this beer, and it feel really satisfying and smooth on the palate, with a thick creamy feel and enough bitterness and zesty carbonation to balance it off nicely and lead to a satisfying drying finish. A great IPA.

M - smooth, sits thick and a bit creamy on the palate with a refreshing body and nice malt tones, very appealing.

Overall, yes a very great IPA, I would love to have this regularly available, but for me personally I think it is a step below some others I have had, and I think that is just do to a palate preference, the execution here is spot-on and the beer exudes the tropical pineapple and tangerine/grapefruit notes. Really lovely beer.

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Photo of PaulBenjamin
2.16/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was bland. Maybe I got a pack that had been on the shelf too long but it was in the store's cooler. I am a huge fan of IPA's and -- although I prefer them with a very strong hoppiness -- frankly this just had very little taste overall. I really did try to like it. I like Ithaca's beers and dig the name :). But after all 6 I still felt like I was just drinking water with some hop flavour.

EDIT: On a plus note, if you know someone who wants an introduction to IPA's this would probably be OK. I tend to give 2's only to beers I don't want to buy again -- doesn't mean it was "bad", just I thought it was far off from good.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into an IPA glass to a somewhat hazed golden yellow topped by a dense three finger white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of citrus and tropical fruits with some slight sweetness
T: taste is tropical fruits like mango and pineapple with some grapefruit. decent sweetness from the malt provides balance. swallow is slightly bready malt more grapefruit and pineapple with some oily hop resin.
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carb. this beer has a refreshing finish.
O: an outstanding IPA with great balance and a decent complexity of flavors. buy it if you see it.

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Photo of DavidGross
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good friend from Syracuse suggested to grab a few of these and I was glad I did. A really outstanding IPA. Intense aroma out of the glass and matching taste. The beer was balanced very well and I look forward to more of these.

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Photo of SSS
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Mid tone yellow color with a relatively thick haze
S-Very musty and herbal hints of pine and very subtle citrus
T-Not overly sweet and the bitterness is modest and very balanced
M-I quote enjoyed the carbonation as it was not over the top yet added to the overall mouthfeel in a positive way
O-Very drinkable IPA froM the NorthEast. If you are a fan of musty hops, this is a nice treat. Recommended.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great IPA. I bought this in a mixed six pack and I was blown away! It is a really refreshing hoppy IPA that works really well in the warmer weather. It pours a nice light golden color with plenty of hop aroma. The taste is lighter and crisp. It is a refreshing beer. The hops and a slight sweetness go really well together. This is a must try and a must have! I enjoy and recommend this beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: straw, hazy yellow in color. Nice head and lacing

Smell: Citrus hops, and wheat. Piney and floral notes.

Taste: Sweet orange peel, bitter hops. A touch of maltiness.

Feel: Nice creamy texture. Very smooth and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goes down easy. A pretty good IPA. I'm a little burned out on iPA's, and it's not much different than 50 other ones, but it is drinkable. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold that looks pretty good. The beer leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

The beer smell has some very strong hop notes. The hop notes are mainly floral notes with a nice orange citrus note as well. The beer smell is tilted strongly in favor of the hops with very little malt smell coming out.

The beer taste strongly resembles the beer smell. The taste also has strong hop notes with very little, if any, malt notes. The hop notes mainly consist of a floral and orange citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, bordering on creamy. The beer is medium bodied but does not always feel like it. The carbonation is very little as to not interrupt the smooth feel.

Overall, a very good IPA and one worth getting. The IPA isn't as hoppy as other variations but most certainly lives up to its name. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Mateer
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It looks like Ithaca brewery changed up the label again.

Appearance: Golden, yellow. High carbonation. Strong lace.

Smell: Pine and Flower.

Taste: Pine, citrus, pineapple. Balance exceptionally well by the malt backbone.

Overall: I wrote this up quick because I wanted to drink this beer, giving it the respect it deserves. If I had to compare this to another beer I'd (dare I say it) say that it is very similar to Heady Topper. I just wish that it was unfiltered as it has been in the past, but what else can you ask for. Another exceptional Northeast IPA.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate fatigue and such factors aside, this isn't the same Flower Power I recall from some years back: no killer nose, no hoppy, piney bite. I see a 2013 review sort of compared this to Zombie Dust and another heralded it's West Coast character. Wow, OK. Totally different beer in 2015 folks . Nonetheless it's still actually a very good IPA. Goes down quite easy for a 7+% beer but that also speaks to the simpler nature of this incarnation of FP. It's not a world class IPA anymore in my book but still very good if you can find it fresh. Some of the older reviews on the site are working off a prior version of this beer that was far more transcendent than what Ithaca is churning out nowadays.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a DFH IPA glass
A: Light orange color with a 1+ finger head that slowly settles
S: Very floral as the name suggests. Thats followed by tropical fruit, a bit of pine, sweet malt with orange/grapefruit peel wrapping it up
T: Crisp, clean, a balanced mix of all of the above aromas but no one thing stands out above the others
M: Surprisingly light-bodied, very crisp and somewhat bitter
O: Very balanced, very easy to drink

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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