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): 7.20%

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 everetends
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great LUM!! Poured into a DFH shaped pint (wierd considering below).

A: Poured a light amber color that is crystal clear. Got a good finger of off white head that receeded to a thin ring with no foam in the middle. Lacing is very sticky, leaving rings that notch your level in the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Serious resin scent pouring out of the glass. Citrus, floral and herbal aromas all ring true. Caramel malt is present on the backbone of the aroma with just a touch of brown sugar.

T: Hops yet again. They are there but not amazingly or mind blowing bitter. The flavor profile is yet again flowery and citrus sweetness with just a tinge of herbal. Caramel malt is tries to level out the brew, but still hoppiness rules this ship. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with an oily consistency. Carbonation is just enough to make this brew slightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is only of malty sweetness with tinge of citrus. ABV is very subtle.

D: This beer is good all around and amazingly drinkable. I could kill this sixer tonight if I allowed myself. Smooth and tasty. You can't miss with this beer and Lum is on to something here. Worth pimping and totally worth drinking . . . in mass amounts. Don't drive though, kids.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint IPA disposal unit yields a clear copper body with a finger of dingy ivory foam. The head reduces to a sheet that leaves rings of lacing on the sip-lines of the glass.

The smell of the drink is hoppy, oh yes, with an herbal, brown sugar-floral, spicy citrus bouquet that makes my mouth water.

The taste is plenty hoppy, too, with big buzzy fruity green bitterness kicking around a lightly caramel-sweet backbone. The citrusy, herbal hops pervade the drink with the aforementioned green-fruity bitterness and allow only a roving rogue hard-water mineral element to escape their wrath in the finish.

Superb feel and drinkability. Many thanks to a large glowing-eyed Ithacan dog for letting Daddy Lum get us some beers!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before Oct. '08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, orange/golden color with a fluffy off-white head that left shitloads of lacing.

S - earthy floral and citrus hop aromas.

T - hopped out flavor, herbal, floral and citrus blast with just enough malt to keep your tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - the higher abv is sneaky, go easy.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a decent head and godd lacing.
The aroma is floral hops,citrus hints and grapefruit.
The taste was sweet with a touch of bitter.Piney hops,citrus hints and malt.
The feel was oily,medium carbonation and body.

Notes: I think I will buy this again.Nothing too complex,just an ok brew.Drinkable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a clear plastic cup.

A: Poured a ruby amber brown with a one finger head of sticky white foam. Retention was nice and lacing was decent as well.

S: A very aromatic bouquet of floral hops and citrus smells, the most dominant being grapefruit, followed by some colven lemon.

T: Nice slick oily hop resin flavor up front leaning into an herbal, spicy hop flavor. The malt seems a little unbalanced, leaving the flavor to be a little musty and cloying.

M: Nice, slick, oily feel with a fairly clean carbonated wash down.

D: A decent IPA with an ABV probably around the 6% mark. Not the tastiest, but worth its weight in hops. It's a little rough around the edges, but good for a short session.

This Flower Power went nicely with the cool evening air and music in the environemnt I enjoyed it in. Probably better suited as a cool-weather IPA, but not necessarily one worth seeking out again. It's worth a try.

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Photo of sleazo
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Pours a clear golden brown hue with a nice off white one finger cap. This fades rather quickly though leaving asmall swish of foam. Lacing is gtood however as there is a modern art masterpiece on the sides of the glass.

S_The smell is redolent of a citric hop profile, mostly orange, slight grapefruit like a tangelo. A decent ammount of doughy bread makes sure this isn't one dimensional.

T_This one is all over the place. What starts out as slightly acidic and sour rushes headlong into a more caramel maltiness. The finish has those tangelo hops but also a bit of raw alcohol flavour. The hop profile here leans more towards the orange/tangerine than grapefruit/tangelo. There is also a perfume like quality generated by the alcohol vapors and the citric and slightly floral hops.

M_medium bodied with a mid range carbonation and a bit chalky.

D_What started out nice, look and smell wise devolved into an utter mess. Just totally out of balance and wierd tasting. Unless given to me, I probably would not go back for a second taste

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

Served on tap at The Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

The appearance was a medium brown with a 2 finger head.
The smell was spicy and rich.
The taste was of a decent amount of hops and some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel was robust and goes well with eating hot wings or other spicy food.
Drinkability is good, a pretty good ipa overall.

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Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty ipa i indulge in as often as I can. it pours a golden copper with a nice white had that thins to a miniscus during the session. the aroma is floral as promised and the taste well in front of the malt flavor is the citrus with a nice sweet finish. the mouthfeel is medium full with soft carbonation, it's a nice ipa.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Edit 30 Nov 2015**

This bottle, thanks to Shri, is two weeks old. The nose is a very nice blend of pine and grapefruit, bitter, pungent, pith heavy along with some juicy and fruity hops. A little malt sweetness is also present. The palate opens bitter, clean mildly resiny with grapefruit juice, pine; pungent and delicious. A definite caramel character is present. Medium light in body, this is a classic East Coast IPA.

*original review below*

12oz bottle received as an extra from israel. Thanks! Best before June.

A: Copper colored brew with a fluffy off-white head that slowly recedes leaving a nice lace. Even twenty minutes in, this has a thin cap of foam

S: Hoppy with a good dose of bitterness and a very pleasant aroma. Hop notes include plenty of pine with a hint of mango with a caramel sweetness rounding this out

T: Nice bitterness to start things off but there's something strange going on here with almost medicinal bitterness with a hint of vegetable character. There's a mild sweetness that comes through but the finish is fairly dry, bitter and almost unpleasantly so

M: Well carbonated but the bitterness on the finish is excessive and not as well rounded as some of the better IPAs I've had

D: Maybe, I'd drink another to see if this is a good batch but otherwise, I don't see myself revisiting this

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

Poured into a glass from the tap. Looks good, light mahagony with a good lace show.

Smells of earthy floral hops. In your face.

The taste is hops and some more hops, then some biscuity malt, the slightest hint of alcohal, and then more hops.

Good going down, smooth and tasty. I'd say its medium bodied, but you can disagree if you wish.

Drinkability is solid. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JMD
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper color with big fluffy head. Nice lacing down the entire glass. Great looking beer.

S: Big piney nose, floral hops, and some citrus. Some underlying carmel and sweet bread.

T: Starts sweet with light carmel, honey, a little bisquity. Then the hops kick in and it tastes like a ripe juicy grapefruit.

M & D: Moderate carbonation, very smooth. I thought this was a great easy drinking IPA. Great hop flavor without the in your face bitterness. Another great offering from Ithaca.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I reviewed this beer tonight while recovering from ACBF. I was in an open minded mood tonight, listening to some Aphex Twin. I poured this IPA into a pint glass. The bottle says best before June/July. Not exactly helpful...

A: The body is a clear, deep amber with red highlights. You can see the very active carbonation. This is all topped by a thick cream-colored head which leaves no lace, but stays around for a while.

S: There is a big, floral and zesty hop nose which showcases Simcoe, Palisades and Cascade. (Note: I cannot smell the difference between hops. These are the hops Ithaca claims to have put in this beer. Maybe someday I will get to that mystical state of being where every hop is an individual on my palate.) Underneath the hop smell lies a sweet, seductive, caramel malt presence.

T: The taste is characterized by the medium-high bitterness level, which demands a substantial malt counterpart. It is met by a rich malt flavor. Overall, I say the taste is fresh. The alcohol is mild and does not play much of a role in the flavor profile.

M: This IPA is smooth. Its medium body coats the mouth and as the beer warms, so does the alcohol warm the drinkers throat.

D: Surprisingly, I liked this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe I poured this out the first time. I guess I need to be in a serious IPA mood for this offering. However, it is worth trying.

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on tap at Delancy's in CT. poured a reddish amber copper, very clear, and head dissipated quickly. smells of floral lilac and pine. full-bodied malty, caramel and toasty on the malt side and floral, piney and grapefruit on the malt side. pretty rich. i would almost call this a hoppy (imperial) amber ale. i love the name and the logo. more flower to ya!

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Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in November 07 from the brewery. Consumed for this review six months later.

A-Nearly clear, light copper colored liquid topped with a 3/4 inch eggshell colored head that had good retention and and left nice lacing as it started to recede. Also, as I drink and finished the beverage, the lacing effect elft rings down the whole of the glass.

S-Big floral and herbacious hops hits the olfactory senses immediately. Caramel and biscuit malt come in in the middle. Some fruits come in like sour apple ans pear come but wisp away to reveal more floral na dhebacious hops.

T-Herbacious hop bitterness upfront. Herbal hops, floral hops all hit before the malt kicks in in the middle and acts as a backbone but is pushed out by the hop bitterness again. Finish is stron bitter herbs, floral and a bit of grapefruit.

M-Mouthfeel is a firm medium body, almost hasa bit of chew. Not drying at all, coats the mouth.

D-interestingly, when I brought this case home from the brewery, I didn't like it all that much, in fat I hated it. Now that it has mellowed I love it.

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Photo of BgThang
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a trade from LUM. Thanks!

Pours a deep amber color with minimal head. Just enough you know its carbonated.
The nose - pine, slight grapefruit, maple syrup???

The mouthfeel - nice its very citrusy upfront which smoothes out to a nice hoppy bitter back end.

this is a nice IPA which is very drinkable. BTW I get some maltiness in there also on the backend.

I would certainly buy this beer if I came across it in my travels.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this BONUS beer on our trade Israel!!! This beer looks mighty tasty.

Appearance: 12 oz. bottle with the month June clipped out on the freshness date, but what year? Neat psychedelic-style hops taking me back to the 1960's (even though I was both in 1975). Where's the Pink Floyd?  Pours a gorgeous dark amber with orange highlights. Nice ¾ inch head that sticks around a while and creates sticky legs as I drink. Very nice.

Smell: Orange and pine scented hops abound. Sweet malts blend perfectly with the hop bouquet. I can't wait to try this one. The more it warms, the more the alcohol is present.

Taste: Bitter, citrusy hops, alcohol and an unbalanced amount of sweet malts. I'm actually surprised about the amount of alcohol I'm tasting. Lots of ripe and bitter hops with just a bit too little malts to balance out.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a nice, slightly bitter IPA. I am not certain of the ABV, but it might come back and kick your ass if you're not ready. Aging this for another month or two may bring down the bitterness/slightly unbalanced factor.

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Photo of PBBC
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very brilliant red-orange. Excellent clarity. Color almost looked unnatural in the growler, like cherries.... or almost like orange crush... but very cool nonetheless.

Aroma is sweet, and obviously, very floral... the nose finisheds piney and earthy... slightly smokey?

First taste, rolls over the tongue, the floral notes and sweet, slightly toasted malt tinging the center tastebuds, and the grapefruit and pine notes lighting up the rear of the tongue with the excellent bitterness.

The taste lingers on the tongue, making you hungry for the next sip.

A little heavy for some at 7%, but overall, a very crisp, clean finishing example of an American IPA.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is from the bottle

Freshness notch says best before April (tasting May 23)

Pours a solid copper brown. Has a solid nose of floral tones with a touch of citrus. Has rather tight beads of carbonation. Has the hops up front first and foremost, but lacking the malt. Nearly out of balance. More on the citrus side from the hops. Nose was nice but misleading. Definitely closer to a west coast style IPA than a balanced east coast. Rather light in the mouth with a bitter, nearly sour, dry finish.

overall it is a nice beer, but nothing special for an IPA due to the heavy hops and light malt. This may be due to the month late on the freshness. will try a fresher one soon.

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Photo of tayner
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best before aug date received as a powerball winning.

Pourted a medium copper color with a white head that settled to a small ring. very little lacing

smell was floral hops and pine trees. There is some background sweetness, but not much.

Taste is a pungent lemon/citrus flavor up front that settled to a finish of a more piney hop flavor. This is very unbalanced though as the maltiness was there, but barely. The base malt profile of this beer does not hold up well to the overpowering hoppiness. this is more in the style, IMO, of west coast hop bomb rather than east coast balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel was oily and heavy for an IPA, almost as oily as lot of IIPAs. carbonation helped make the finish very dry, almost too dry.

This one is a chore to drink for me. I did drink the whole bottle, but i would not go back for seconds. I prefer my ipas to be more balanced, and this one is just hop oils in a bottle. If that is your thing check this one out fresh.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lum for throwing in this bottle as an extra.

a - pours a deep rust color, one-finger dense ivory head, retention around the edges mainly, some lacing, pretty clear

s - strong piney hoppiness, some citrus, slight biscuity malt, no alcohol

t - some grapefruit mixed in with mainly piney hop bitterness, a little malt in the mid-palate, but not much, finish is more piney bitterness with some graininess, not much alcohol noticeable

m - medium-bodied, pretty lively in terms of carbonation, finish is dry

d - not overly drinkable b/c of the dry finish, but not too bad in terms of drinkability either, a couple bottles would be no problem

Decent IPA all around. Nothing spectacular, but pretty solid. Well worth a try.

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

draft, put into a bomber at new beer.

Pours a orange color with almost no head.

Aroma of grapefruits, grass and pine.

Flavor of grapefruit, grass , biscuity malt and hops.

Its a nice drinking beer, flavorful and not overwhelming.
I heard it has a high abv but i cant detect it at all.

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although, I am not a great IPA drinker, this one is the wine drinkers delight, with almost a aroma of Califonian style sauvignon blanc coming at you. The hops were well done and enjoyable tasting instead of just hopping for the sake of hopping, I'm told the alcohol is high in this but it doesn't show in the taste profile. I'm no hippie but I gave this one the peace sign.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Nice hop nose (pine, grapefruit & grass); underlying american pale malt with hints of caramel & toffee.

T: Good american hop flavour (pine, grapefruit & grass), though the malt is a little lackluster with a little biscuity grain & a hint of oxidation (flat/cardboard flavour).

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but a fairly dry finish. Slight hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertruth and the Kansas Jayhawks for the beer.
Pours a copper amber color with a thin bubbly head that fades to a film of lace on the glass. Lace sticks tightly to the sides of the glass as is typical for the style.
Interesting aroma for an IPA. Lemon, and fresh cut grass. Not a bad aroma by any means just not the usual C-hop aroma I was expecting.
Toasted malt flavors but this is a hop heavy IPA. Lemon, grapefruit, and the grassy flavor again. I think they used a hop I'm not very familier with. A bit grainy in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit heavy on the carbonation. The carbonation doesn't really detract from the beer though.
Good IPA with an interesting hop profile. If ever in upstate NY I would pick this one up.

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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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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,399 ratings