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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.

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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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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the late great Lum for sending this beauty my way.

Dark orange pour, no head to speak of really.

Caramel candied smell with piney hops thrown in.

Sweet malty, piney hops, resiny coating. Very good IPA. Not as wild as the West Coast IPA but still every bit as tasty.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before June 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (oranges, apricots, tropical fruit), pine hops and honey. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the hops don't overpower the malty flavors (as the hops seem stronger in the aroma). With that being said, I think it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd buy this again and it's definitely worth a try if you haven't had this beer before.

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Photo of SourBatchKid
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with my cuz Libby, good times babe!

A- Goldenly tarnish of a brew with two fingers of head, the carbonation seems to have larger bubbles in its off white foam. Not much lacing on the walls of the mug however little there is seems to be hanging out for a bit.

S- Sweet citrus, like ruby red grapefruit with powdered sugar on top of it or... maybe...., honey. But the over wellming smell here is the sticky pine needleness that lends its self to hoppyness.

T- Crisp and very refreshing, the hops are most definitely prevalent here. It chomps, with hints of flowers, rose water would be a great example. Finish's just as it started with one big difference, it finish's dry.

M- It has a nice creaminess to it that doesn't back down, not even at the end. I am enjoying chewing through the flowers in this beer.

D- I would take it rather then leave it. Great price point two bucks during happy hour, sweet!

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Photo of essentially
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish tan. small-moderate lacey head on top

S: citrus and pine hops, trace of lemon

T: smooth at first then a bracing bitter as it goes down. Only slightly sweet, definitely less sugar that many (almost) syrupy IPA's especially the doubles. Tastes blend crisply with slight hoppy aftertaste

M: Chewy, but thinner that many IPA's.

D: Potent but at the same time drinks fairly light for the kick it packs. I like this beer -a lighter drinking alternative to a double but still with a taste strong enough to bitch-slap you if you even look at a Bud Light...

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

12 oz. bottle.

Mildly hazy brassy apricot body. Two fingers of thick, dense, beige-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Sugary caramel and cookie malt aromas underneath apricot, orange rind, pineapple, and light pine sap. Nice. Toasted malts up front. Herbal hop bitterness follows. Some tropical fruit mixes with sugar cookie batter mid-palate. Any sweetness is balanced by a dry, grapefruit-citrus, herbal-pine hop bitterness. Nice long appetizingly dry finish. Creamy feel in a medium body. Very nice!

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

Snagged a couple singles of this during my last visit to From the Vine. I've been excited to try it as I heard it was flying off the shelves.

Appearance- Pours a burnished gold out of the bottle with a fair amount of beading carbonation in the body of the beer and about a finger and a half of puffy white head sitting on top. Decent retention, with it dying back to some patchy sheeting after a bit. A small amount of lacing left as well.

Smell- A good deal of piney, resiny hops, with some grapefruit rind thrown in for good measure. Definitely leaned towards the side of pine for me though. Pretty big on the hops all around though and a solid nose.

Taste- Big piney hops with some undertones of citrus, grapefruit primarily. Definitely a solid hop punch with a bitter finish. However, as the beer warmed, some sweeter caramel flavors showed through as well. Dominated by the hops though for sure.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was substantial and slick with good carbonation. The beer went down easy as well and was quite drinkable despite a somewhat higher ABV.

Overall, a very solid IPA. It didn't hit it out of the ballpark for me, but I enjoyed it and wouldn't be opposed to having it again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from aglose45.

A: Muted orange/copper color with a dense cream colored head about half an inch thick or so that won't go away. Slightly cloudy but not opaque. A few bubbles moving around in the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Hop resins, some pine, a few more citrus like notes, honey like sweetness and a few yeasty esters that are subdued but noticeable. A little bit of booze.

T: A little underwhelming on the taste, floral hops, sweet caramel and honey and a nice lingering bitterness. The flavor of this one just seems to fall flat from what the nose leads on. Grassy hop profile some grapefruit rind and a little bit of pine pitch. The hop flavors are there, but seem a bit subdued. Caramel is nice and the base malt leads a nice flavor. Pretty tasty really, but I expected a little more pop from the hops from the nose. Still quite tasty.

M: A little on the fuller side of the scale, which is nice for an IPA, quite dry, and slightly warm. Excellent amount of carbonation. Not at all bad here. Spot on.

D: I enjoy it, and would probably drink it fairly often but it doesn't quite stack up to my other favorite IPAs. Definitely a fine example though. Recommended.

Thanks Adam!

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