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 Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clouded apricot and lightly burnt orange fuse together nicely. A nice layer of whipped fuzz, near bone white in color, sits atop. Lacing has some notable features with plenty of spots, streaks, and globs

S: this is great. Bitter and bright in the nose. A pinch of tropical fruits with a lot of citrus and sweet malts

T: great balance of flavors: incredible hops and great malt backbone. Hops are rolled in brown sugar and range in flavor from tropical fruits, pine needles, and spicy citrus notes. Flower Power from Ithaca Beer is tight

M: plenty of hops oils lingering in the finish. Medium body and well to do carbonation are a great match for the flavors

D: first beer by Ithaca Beer Company and I am quite impressed. Hopefully I see some more of these come my way

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes - 6/5/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full three fingers of head giving way to chunky lacing. Hazy orange and copper in appearance.

S: Nice clean citrus burst of hops. A little spicy. Also a bit of tangerine and mango present.

T: Great, solid IPA. Nice bitter hops brought to balance with a sweet spiciness. Citrus and some pine flavors. The bitterness in this beer should be a benchmark for most other IPAs.

M: Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Hops are resinous. Carbonation is perfect. Body is moderate. Every sip and swallow leaves me wanting more.

D: A top notch IPA. Wish we could get this one down south. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance; This has a beautiful 2 finger white frothy cap on it that leaves remarkable lacing down the glass. Orange honey colored with a touch of hop haze to it.

Smell: This smells off the charts. Its like a west coast approach to an IPA. Big floral, honey/ tangerine, mango, grapefruit and pinecone sweetness on the nose. Reminds me of hopslam.

Taste: The tase is unreal. Perfect for me, and has that big hop bite but a deep malty backbone. This is a step above all other IPA's i have had. Grapefruit astrigenty, brown sugar sweetness, mango and pineapple citrus components.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, dry aftertaste, balanced sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: Perfect as well. The ABV is hidden, and its smooth as silk going down. This is the best IPA i have ever had thus far.

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Photo of Timmush
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Someone mentioned that this reminded them of Sculpin. Having had Flower Power before, and one more bottle left in the fridge, I decided to see how they compare. Wow! pretty close.
Try it and see for yourself.
The only thing lacking on this beer is the smell, but I can live with it.

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Photo of boralyl
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pouring into a standard pint produced a 1/2" of white head that has a decent retention and leaves some spider web lacing. The beer is golden orange in color with a bit more orange in the appearance. It's mostly clear and has carbonation bubbles present.

S - A nice stinky hop aroma hits you in the face. Theres a combination of flowery and citrusy hops, with the former being the more prevalent. There's also a little bit of sweet malt lurking in the background.

M - Light-medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - The sweet malt hits first and fades out towards the finish. The hops hit around mid-taste, starting off with a citrus zest, and then quickly overcome by a field of flowery hops. When it's all done with you've got a lingering bitterness from the flowery hops to remind you of how delicious this beer is. What's shocking is reading that this beer contains 8% alcohol, I say "what alcohol?"

I was fortunate enough to try a super fresh batch (2 weeks in the bottle) and I love this stuff. Flower Power is a great name because it describes a lot of the flavor and aroma perfectly. This is a great IPA, and I would surly recommend it to all IPA lovers.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A - Nice Amber/orange color with a big fluffy off white head, light lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Mix of floral and citrusy hop aroma. Smells sweet like a honeysuckle. Yummy

T - A lot more balanced then the nose would lead you to believe. A bit of a citrus/florally hop flavor up front and then finishes with a big swallow of pale malts. Kind of disappointing to be honest.

M - medium body with a bit too much carbonation

D - Easy drinking, well balanced IPA. I enjoy this and will enjoy the rest of the six pack I picked up but honestly I'm not blown away by this. I would drink this again but won't go nuts seeking it out.

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Photo of twokansamm
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This beer is crazy good. When I got it from the Anderson's, I thought "another wanna be IPA". Man Was I wrong.

I am blown away by the Floral, Piney, AND citrusy aromas With a great hop bitterness, it is well balances in the malt arena. This is right up there with Pliny IMO.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden orange color with a foamy slighty tan head. Head leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S- Tropical fruits mainly grapefruit and pine apple. Also present are a hint of grassiness, floral notes and a slight whiff of pepper.

T- This one follows the nose really well too. Hops are floral, citrus and piney. Just the slightest backbone of caramel and bready malts. Can't pick up on the alcohol.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Maybe just a bit on the dry side.

D- A solid IPA and very good. Easy to drink and to be honest I kind of over look this one.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copious hop oils release scents of pineapple, mango, flowers

Grass and earth too, but its namesake's scent towers.

The appearance is an average, cloudy amber to light brown.
Better retention and it wouldn't have been marked down.

Tropical fruit, grass, orange citrus with caramel does blend,
hop prominent flavors, while not aggressive, do transcend.

Amarillo citrus sweet, grapefruit from Columbus cant be beat.
harsh-less Ahtanum and earthy flavors are quite the treat.

Bitterness quickly rises to a moderate level,
with a light to medium body, this brew is one to revel.

A long and earthy, tropical sweet grain finish,
as far as mouth feel, the medium carbonation doesn't diminish.

Alcohol is hidden and a good IPA this brew doth be,
Slick tongue, nice weight, and hop flavors for thee!

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront. This beer poured a hazy golden copper color with a fuzzy white head. The smell is very appetizing. It smells of cascade? hops and grapefruit. This beer is not overly bitter so the hops are either very well balanced with the malts or mostly late additions and dry hopped. A very good 'strong' beer. Next time I'm in town I'll get a growler of this to go.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for tossing me a fresh bottle of this one. Best before August according to the label. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with three fingers of soapy off-white foam that leaves chunky lacing and settles to a thick cap. The body is a drab brown-orange color that is a bit ugly - you can tell this is now unfiltered.

S - Floral, earthy, hops, with notes of candied citrus, pine, and a touch of cattiness. Not much obvious malt character, and that's just the way I like it - maybe a touch of sugar cookie.

T - The taste is a little more malt forward with some light brown sugar flavor peeking through. Otherwise it's pine, peach and tropical fruits, and a bitter grapefruit finish. Less catty than the nose, which is an improvement.

M - Nice solid medium body, that's perhaps a bit grainy but otherwise very satisfying. Lively carbonation, and an extremely dry finish. Nice oily hop resin is left behind.

D - Not sure why this has a B+, as it's a nice hoppy IPA that doesn't seem to have any major deficiencies. You can tell there are a ton of different hop varieties in here, but it never seems overly busy or muddled.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to trying something from Ithaca for a while now, because I grew up as a young buck in this area, and it seems like they are brewing some good beer there.

Pretty good pour, very carbonated, looks to be a bit on the lighter side for an IPA. Golden amber color, almost transparent.

I was surprised by the taste of this IPA, I have never had anything like it, it is very distinct, at first, I was not sure if I was liking it, butt after sip #2, I did start to like it. Very strong taste, very bold, and crisp. Don't catch alot of malt, definitely more to the hoppy side, but this beer does have an identity for sure, and there is something to be said about that. Many of the IPAs I have had that I really like, taste sort of similar, with slight variations, this is 100% its own. Very hoppy, doesn't pack alot of malt, but very good.

I think it's worth a try, and I am glad I got a six pack.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Penny copper, color with nice slightly off-white head about 1/4 inch thick, slightly cloudy. Piney grapefruit aroma. Maybe amarillo? Rich up front malt balanced nicely with a fruity/grapefruit hop bite that finishes very smoothely. Well done. I will definately look for this again.

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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep gold with a frothy head which never totally disapates.
S- Those simcoe and centennial hops really come through with a heavy pine aroma.
T- Tastge is just like the smell pine. The flavor really lasts. Tastes like several other IPAs.
MD-At 75 IBUs this beer is on my upper end of enjoyability. But if I am looking to go heavy on the hops I would consider this beer in the future.

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Photo of muttyd
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy/cloudy amber. Poured a bit too much of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Very cloudy beer.

S - Pine & grapefruit bomb. Slight trace of bready/toffee malts.

T - Follows the nose. Very citrusy/grapefruity. Nice balance with the sweet caramel malts. Bitter throughout with a sticky sharp bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable IPA. One of the better east coast IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange color. Somewhat hazy with medium amounts of active carbonation. Nice two fingers of head and laces up the glass real nice during my consumption of this beverage.
Smell is absolutely killer. Very hop forward. Citrus and pine rule the day with a dash of sweet peach or apricot....can't quite place it but it adds a sugary character that really makes it pop. Some floral aromatics here as well. Top notch aroma.
Citrusy hops dominate but are balanced out by sweet malts. Very west coast, not quite a hop bomb but very close. Very tasty.
Medium mouthfeel. Somewhat oily aftertaste and bitter finish.
VERY drinkable. This is a standard bearer as far as drinkable American IPAs go IMO. Could easily crush three or four of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of these on a recent trip out to Cleveland and glad I did.

A: Clear golden copper colored ale with 1 finger of off white, slightly golden brown head of large fizzy bubbles. Good lacing left on the glass.

S: Strong pleasant pine hop aroma dominates the nose. Plenty of earthy hop bitterness. My kind of beer.

T: Strong grassy, piney hop flavor with a slight touch of toffee malt flavor in the finish. Good bitter IPA.

M: Medium bodied beer with a creamy carbonation. Very good body that releases the hop bitterness to a clean finish.

D: Great drinkability. I love the strong pine hops in this one. Glad I decided to bring home a 6 pack of these and could definitely drink this one all day.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes in Jan 2010. Thanks for buying me a pint Jim!

Poured a lovely orangey amber, a little bit of haze, with a pearly 1" head that left ample lacing and retained wonderfully. The bouquet is a rich piny and citrusy balance and a LOT of it! Hugely aromatic and floral with a bit of earthy tones. A light honey/caramel backbone with ample citrus fruits and pine. I shan't drink less than a pint of this every time.

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Photo of kwjd
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a tight white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smell is huge hoppy citrus and pine. Taste has refreshing bitterness with tons of grapefruit and pine, but mostly grapefruit. Little bit of malt, but really, an IPA is about the hops and this delivers. Surprisingly awesome for an east coast IPA, which I sometimes find too sweet.

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Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best-by "June" no year (must be 2010)

Pours a nice orange-copper with thick, chunky white head resembling a vanilla milkshake. This is what an IPA should look like.

Scent is sweet & citric with a hit of floral hops in the mix.

Immediate blast of sweet, piny hops. You can almost chew on the hops, they're so plentiful. There is a floral quality living up to the name, along with a juicy orange-grapefruit note. This one is nice.

Full-bodied and juicy, with a fairly dry finish from the hops.

Now this is an American IPA! Quite a few malt-heavy IPAs from the East Coast give the region a bad name, but Ithaca makes one to contend with the Left Coast favorites. Well done.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower Power pours a light gold color. It's crystal clear, and has a copper tint when held to light. An off-white head covers the top and rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It's relatively slow to recede, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.

The nose is pretty good, but is just slightly underpowered. Smells like there's a mix of pale and caramel malts as the base. There's a sweet, slightly sugary scent to it. Fortunately, it's not too caramel heavy. Hops are certainly noted. They're interesting. They smelly citric, but it's a mix of peach and orange. There's definitely a floral variety here, as well. Alcohol is buried. It's not bad at all, just interesting.

The flavor is quite good. I like it. It does have a sweet malty base. It tastes equal parts pale and caramel to me. Holds things together nicely. The hops have a strong presence and a nice flavor. They do have an interesting peachy orange flavor. That's unique. They also bring a grassy, floral flavor to the table, along with a healthy amount of bitterness. Alcohol is never a fact. It finishes with a fruity, slightly bitter flavor that's quite dry.

Flower Power has a light/medium body. Carbonation is relatively light, and it has a smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, unique IPA that's a nice change of pace. I could happily take down a couple of bottles. Pretty impressive stuff.

Ithaca Brewing has an interesting little gem with Flower Power. It's good. It reminds me of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA. Perhaps they use a similar hop profile. I like the peach and orange combo. It's different. It would benefit from a stronger nose, and perhaps a little more bitterness. Just my preference for the style. This is definitely worth grabbing if you see it. Go on. Do it.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this one had a huge head on top. Pours a copper orange color with enormous, dense white head. No joke, it resembles Duvel and some others in the size, retention, and lacing here. Beautiful. Smells like a decent IPA, a bit piney-er of a focus than some other American IPAs. Taste is similar, piney hops with some clean bitterness and biscuit-y malt. Medium body, not as dry as some hop bombs out there, but smooth. Very drinkable, an IPA I would have no problem ordering or buying again. Just a clean, smooth, straightforward IPA. Good work here.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA. A friend reccomended this to me after seeing how much i loved Nugget Nectar.

Pours an amber color with a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves a nice lacing down the side.

Smell is piney, not much malt smell here.

Taste is piney hop bitterness up front, with a faint sweetness in the background. Not overly bitter at all, a good IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these, and it is a very inviting beer.

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Photo of dontcostnuthin
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful red orange hue with a dense lingering finger of head. Each pout leaves nice lacing across my glass. Really like the way this one looks. The nose reveals a light fresh grassy and citrus aroma. The hops are certainly present in this beer, but not as overboard as many of todays IPAs. Again, grassy and lemon citrus tastes are prevelant but are well balanced. Alcohol is also detectable, and contributes to flower powers slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation works well with this beer. I could have several more, but the clinging grassy bitterness would keep this from being a truly session-able beer (i know, its above 4% abv too.) Certainly think this is an above average IPA

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Photo of mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour yielded a massive, 2 ½ finger eggshell colored head that lasted forever. The head's recession left lots of peak and valleys in the foam and coated the glass throughout the taster. The body is a semi-hazy, yellowish orange with golden highlights.

The nose has tons of fruity, citrus hops. You can also detect some sweet caramel, honey and lemon zest. Can aromas be refreshing? This one is...

Bam...some fruity hops hit the palate...smooth yet bitter. This give way to a sweet center of honey that is overtaken by the bitter hop finish. Lots of citrus...lemon and grapefruit throughout.

Medium to light mouth feel...a little slick with moderate to high carbonation.

Man...this is a great drinking beer. Very easy to throw back a few of these. Make sure you keep a few of these in your cooler for the summer!

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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