Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
5,375 Ratings
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.

Added by Todd on 09-17-2002

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Photo of frazbri
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ithaca Flower Power IPA poured copper in color with a tall white head and good lacing. Big grapefruit aroma with just a teensy touch of pine. Flavor started with grapefruit and bitterness followed by a little malt sweetness. Body and carbonation level was in the medium range and refreshingly dry.

Flower Power is one dimensional, but that one dimension is tasty. It's very much a hop heavy, IPA, but it's damn drinkable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a slight reddish hue. A two finger bone white head dissipates quickly to leave some minor lacing.

First whiff is of flowers and citrus, slight phenolics, and a toasted malt backbone. Sweet and aromatic, some fruits--apricots and mangoes. Balanced.

Herbal, floral hops with a good amount of bitterness before the sweet malts come in and balance things out a bit. The finish is of perfumey hops and dish soap. Bitterness builds with each sip.

Creamy and medium bodied with carbonation right on par for the style.

I could easily put back a few of these in a sitting. The 7.5% is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer - pours a hazy amber, with a light head. I couldn't pick up much of an aroma, but the flavor was pleasant: slightly floral, a little grapefruit on the finish. Solid taste of light malt. The hops are light - not particularly bitter, but good use of flavor and aroma hops, which gives it a faintly tropical character. This is not a classic IPA, like Avery or Acme, but light and drinkable. It's a beer you could serve to your non-hophead friends yet not be ashamed to put out for IPA fanatics either.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with 1 inch of thick cream colored head. Good retention and good creamy, sticky lacing. Definitely can tell this is an IPA, lots of hop smells of citrus fruits like grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel, pine, as well as bread dough. Tastes of sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and orange and lemon zest up front with a nice caramel and biscuits malty backbone, dry hoppy pine needle, spicy finish. Medium in body, good carbonation. Sweet and bittering with a powerful hop presence, but still balanced. A really solid IPA that is easy to drink and doesn't seem too alcoholic so I'd definitely enjoy these often, and session.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, pretty thick one finger off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, lots of grapefruit off the bat, some pineapple, bready malts, biscuits, lots of tropical fruit, light pine, some floral, nicely balanced nose. Taste is nice, some caramel, quite sweet up front, nice pineapple and grapefruit hit, lots of fruit, bit of pine, light alcohol, balanced finish, little on the sweet side though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty solid body, but could use a bit more punch.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from both Charlesw and Warriorsould in Week 2 Powerball.

A- pours a deep copper color with two fingers of creamy head on it.
s-very bready and very sweet on the nose with a bit of citrus fruit in the nose as well
T-The fresh citrus comes through much better on the taste. Big tastes of grapefruit upfrong with some pine lagging behind with the sweet caramel malt rounding out the citrus very nicely.
M- medium bodied with medium carbination and with no astringency
D- I enjoyed this offering and would buy it if were available locally. A good anytime beer that is good on most occasions where you just need a tasty beer.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at MadMex in Cranberry, this IPA pours a pleasing clear golden amber with a thick frothy, bright white head (of course the lighting was dim so there's some guess work involved). The foam held its form well and left some spotty chunks of lace behind. A very good looking brew to be sure.

Tons of super sweet citrus hops. Overwhelming citrus and pine. Bitter orange and grapefruit and fresh, resinous pine. Super juicy and pungent. A real hop bomb.

Again, pure hops. Maybe its because I just finished a much sweeter beer, but the bitterness is really jumping out of the glass for me. Crisp and spicy fades in to mounds of citrus and pine. Primarily orange and grapefruit pith once more with a hint of pineapple. A great melody of hop characters. A solid malt note and a bit of a biscuity flavor provides a bit of balance to this hop explosion but for the most part lets the little green cones shine. Certainly a suitable name for a beer that displays the finer qualities of my favorite "flower" in such a fashion.

Bright and fresh with a higher carbonation level which helps to increase the crispness and overall refreshing nature of this brew. Lively and bright, just the hop explosion I was hoping for this time. It puts me in the mood for summer.

*Judging from the other reviews, the folks who really seemed to enjoy this one generally experienced it on-tap. Maybe that's just a coincidence but my guess is this is a brew that lends itself better to that particular serving method. Translation: order one at the bar if you find it!

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Photo of ziggy13
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An orange-red hue. Small white head with great lacing that stays with you all the way.

S - very bready, then the sweet smell of hops hit you. definitely an English IPA.

T - A full-hopped flavor that's a little subdued. There's a ton on English malts and yeast that you taste near the end.

M - Relatively thin and watery. Doesn't linger on the palate. Not a bad thing.

D - This is very high. I could easily have a six pack of it, but the english aftertaste is a little offputting.

A standard IPA that is worth a try of course. Cheers!

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Photo of rickcampie
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent head that retains fairly well. Some lacing noted
Smells very floral, fruity, sweet smelling...very pleasant.
Not much up front in the taste. Biting bitterness, slightly dry finish. Not much depth at all. I was expecting much more from this based on the great aroma of this brew.
Mouthfeel is very watered down. It's certainly drinkable but I'd reach out for a plethora of other IPA's way before this one. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront juicy citrus hop - oranges, grapefruit, apricot, etc.

The taste was equally frontloaded hop-wise. Citrus hops dominated - so sweet and juicy that you almost wanted to chew them. Of course there was a solid grain backing, but virtuously unrecognizable.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very flaorful AIPA. Certainly a sweet-hop lovers delight.

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Photo of malcontent
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep orange hue with a strong finger and a half of head. Sadly the head dies as quickly as it appeared.

Just a barrage of hop scents from across the spectrum. Strong pine blends with a sweet citrus (likely the malt shining through creating a tangerine aroma) and floral bouquet. Wonderful.

Certainly not a hop overdose, the malt backbone is so evenly balanced that it serves to accentuate the hop taste (somewhere between grapefruit and pine resin). It shows skillful brewing to make a hoppy beer that doesn't reek of having dumped wads of the stuff in to achieve the desired effect. The only knock is that the finish is a touch astringent.

Perfect carbonation with a light to medium body. Once again, the slightly astringent finish detracts a bit. Nevertheless, this is a highly-hopped beer that never grows annoying. Drink it if you can find it.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Color is a clear pale amber with a white head that dissipates. Slight lacing. Aroma is spicy, herbal, and a little fruity from the combination of simcoe and palisades hops. Flavor is clean, with an intense hop bitterness and a nice dry hop finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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Photo of jlipski
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very floral yet hoppy too.

Color:Medium Golden
Carbonation: Low
Head and its retention: Low
Is it clear or cloudy? Clear Inviting

Malts: sweet
Hops: herbal, perfumy, spicy, leafy, grassy, floral, piney, citrusy
Yeast: flowery aromas

Taste:Orange lemon citrus taste with a bitter hoppy compliment
The beer is are to below build
There is a balance to ingredients which may be its downfall
Dominant character is floral overtones
Its out of the box for style

Light, thin smooth
Average to below carbonation.

Extemely drinkable with a 7% BAC
I would have another.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let's see, heavy floral/malt balance in this beer, but I like it. Orange citrus notes, but is not under pronounced, with a faint hint of smoke. The malt is subtle and not too sweet.

A nice mid level American IPA. I tried it twice amongst the incredible offerings at my beer bar in NYC. Doesn't quite stand up to an imperial or DFH or Loose Cannon, but it was quite nice. Definitely not turning my nose at it. Great stuff on tap.

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Photo of erosier
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice copper color from the bottle with a nice off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It has a good IPA aroma - nice fresh hops and some citrisy undertones mixed in with a bit of malt. The taste is pretty good. Sweet roasted malts with a citris taste followed by alot of hops capped off by a citrisy aftertaste. It has a good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. It is fairly drinkable and a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber gold with an off white head. Nose is strong with pine resin and almost a touch of sweet apricots. Flavor is strong with hop attributes. Fairly strong sweet tone to it. Feel has a lot of bubble on the tongue but a fairly standard liquid feel. I say this is extremely drinkable, but more so if you like the hoppy brews. If you are not one who digs getting kicked in the mouth by a hop (not that this one is that extreme), then you might appreciate this one a little bit less.

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice honey yellow color with a medium head.

S: Nice malty aromas with definite pine and citrus notes.

T: Nice citrus taste with a hint of pine. It has a nice malty bready finish to balance it all out.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: Nice drinkable brew.

Overall: Another great brew provided by BeerTruth. Good tasting and easy drinking. What more can you ask for from a session brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently re-reviewed and re-scored this beer. I have deleted my previous review and will be posting my new review very soon.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent head that retains fairly well. Some lacing noted
Smells very floral, fruity, sweet smelling...very pleasant.
Taste is extraordinary. Tropical notes, citrus notes, wrap themselves up in a resiny pine. But nothing overpowering...just pure harmony. This is avery intriguing brew and has popped up into one of my favorite IPA's recently. I dont remember it being this good 3 years ago. I could live off of this stuff and the occasional Stone, and Smuttynose. This stuff is well engineered and its the shit, thats all their is to it. So...Let's hear it for FLOWER POWER!!! 420!!!! YEYAAAEEAAAHHHH!!! I could...scratch that...will drink these all day and night. Beervana ravishing my pallete. Keep it comin'. Keep it comin'.

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Photo of armock
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing

S - Of course lots of hops upfront with some citrus notes

T - Hops upfront then some sweet malt and citrus

M - Theres a good amount of carbonation in this brew

D - This is a very good IPA very easy to drink a good session beer

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by date: Dec. 2007. Cool label reminds me of a retro 60's band poster.

A - Hard pour revealed one-finger pillow of froth that quickly disappeared. Body is a cloudy burnt orange/rust tone with pretty mild carbonation. Some decent lacing around the glass.

S - Nice hoppy nose with a mixture of citrus and floral notes, bready malts and just a tinge of alcohol as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Hops up front with a sweet, toasted malt backbone. I'm picking up on mainly citrus fruits (grapefruit at the forefront), a slight spicy pepper aspect and maybe even some honeysuckle. Some grassy hops are present as well. Starts out bitter, but turns a bit sweet.

M - Feels good on the palate. Pretty creamy and not overly bitter for an IPA. Slightly sticky with a fairly dry finish.

D - Didn't knock my socks off, but I could easily throw back a few of these in one sitting. A good offering from Ithaca with a pretty solid hop profile.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06-05-2009 - Growler - (Unfiltered/Brewery Only)
(A 4.0, S 4.5, T 4.25, M 4.0, D 4.25)

Pours a transparent, slightly hazy pale golden color with better than a full finger foamy off white head that fades slowly. Sheets of Belgian lacing from top to bottom. The smell is aggressive, citrus floral and primarily piny grapefruit. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel has a medium body and is spiked of tangy hops. The flavor isn't as full as the nose. The tangy hop character and full pine resin nature of the taste is otherwise unequally supported. The piny citrus flavors lingers nicely. Hugely drinkable...the 8% ABV is a complete surprise.

11-15-2007 - Bottle
(A 4.0, S 3.5, T 3.0, M 3.0, D 3.5)

Pours a clear light amber color with less than a finger wispy white head that resists fading. A reasonable amount of lacing present. The smell is light yet hoppy with a mild piny aroma. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel and flavors are light also. Almost watery, a piny hop flavor sneaks through then becomes more prominent with the swallowing breath.

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Photo of orfeu
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before January 2008. Ambered gold with slight haze. Yellow-ecru head is tightly packed, sticky and persistent. More cedar-spruce than grapefruit-tangerine in the aroma, but it's a close fight. Floral, too, appropriately. Candied nasturtium and grapefruit pith flavors are undercut by a disappointing watery blandness. Meager bitterness comes back near the finish, but sadly it's too little and too late. Weak finish, and the mouthfeel is dull and virtually lifeless save for a sparkly and bitter bite near the end of the swallow. Decent, but only just.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange hue with little head but with some lacing for a pleasing effect. Very hoppy, floral, citrusy (grapefruit, tangerine) nose (there’s almost an ice-cream or sorbet smell if you really stick your nose into it). Really smells delicious but in the craft scene this type of presentation has become commonplace. Quite a sweet taste, with malty, fruity things happening, but bringing lots of hop flavor to bear. I would say this one is more about the hop character than bitterness, although the latter is still well represented. Some alcoholic tastes but it’s not really slamming me abv-wise so I’d say it’s fairly drinkable as far as IPA’s go. Dryness in the midrange for the style. Some buttery notes in the sweetness and in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Whether or not you are into the labeling is one thing, but the beer is quite tasty. If I were eating a meal with this I’d want another one right away.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper with a 2 finger, off-white head. Head might be a touch watery, but seems to lace well.

S - Lots of pine, some citrus, and floral notes.After a second, a sweet maltiness also comes through and almost takes over.

T - Grapefruit flavour is strong as well as a pronounced bitterness. Solid malt in the middle gives this some body and balanced out the fresh hoppiness. A bit of a boozy note comes out after a few sips as well.

M - Body is solid and maybe a bit on the chewy side. Carbonation is moderate.

D - This is a very well balanced IPA, hitting with both malt and hops. Still, not overly heavy and quite drinkable. Well done.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,375 ratings