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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Reviews: 1,277 | Ratings: 5,229
Photo of jvillefan
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Perfectly clear burnt yellow body, a little lighter then I expected though. There was a pure white laced head that disappears quickly.

S: Very grassy and unidimensional on the hop front. There was some caramel there but not much.

T: Good but not great. There is some pine and grass flavors in the front and then the flavor just drops off. there is almost no flavor from the malts which I should have expected from the light colored body.

M: A little thin and overly carbonated.

O: This is one of the better east coast IPAs I've had but it still is not that good. If you live on the east coast this is a good option but if you are on the west, I wouldn't request it in a trade.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a murky golden color with a finger of head and thick lacing. The aroma is a bit light but there is a hint of flora/tropical hoppiness. The flavor is also a bit light, and there is an empty bitterness there without much hop flavor. The body is appropriate for the style. Drinkability is average simply because the weaker flavor profile doesn't justify the higher ABV. Overall an unmemorable beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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 rickcampie
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
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 ShogoKawada
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz into alpine pint glass.

A- Hazy pale orange and wheat colors, small but dense head. Good sticky lacing.

S- Hops! floral, fruity, a bit peppery.

T- Hoppy, bitter and one-dimensional. Kind of an overkill on citrusy hops, bitter finish that doesn't have a lot else behind it. Malt is too weak to provide any balance.

M- Kind of falls flat. Not literally, good carbonation, but lacks focus and is a bit harsh on the ABV.

D- Moderately . A decent American IPA. Not my favorite, and one I prob. won't revisit too often, but still an OK beer.

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Photo of TagoMago
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with some funky pseudo-psychedelic labeling.

Appearance: Clear copper with a dark red hue. The beer pours with a decent-size head, but subsides after a matter of seconds, leaving a very faint, barely noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Faint floral hop aroma with some fruity esters. A slight maltiness is detected as well.

Taste: The hop character is very mild for being an IPA, and the body is quite thin. This is a very clean, refined beer with some fruity, herbal hop overtones and a bready malt background.

Overall: This was a rather disappointing IPA and not a very good example of its style. While very drinkable, this beer would never satisfy a true hophead. The body was also a bit too thin. This would be a good beer or those who are new to the style, but for us hop lovers, there are much better beers out there. This appears to be yet another average beer by a very average brewery. Nevertheless, this is a decent beer and makes for great hot weather drinking as it is quite refreshing and not too heavy on the palate.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a righteous trade with Hopstoopid120. Thanks again man!
"Best Before: Oct" notched in the label.

Pours a dull goldish yellow color that is very cloudy, probably due to dry hopping. Huge lush white head formed about three fingers width worth of froth. Eventually the head settled to a small mound of foam with great lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with pine dominating. I am reviewing this back to back with Ithaca Cascazilla, and right away, I notice the pinier hops used here as opposed to the citrus-based formula for Cascazilla. Slight sweetness is also perceptible, but the pine prevails.

Taste is little odd to me. Unbalanced maybe. Very sweet comes to mind. Not enough bitterness in the finish for a solid IPA. There is a light sweet grapefruity flavor followed up by a very slight bitter finish. I also think the finish would benefit from being drier.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium sweet body that goes down smooth and moderate carbonation. Low astringency, yet some alcohol warming in the finish.

Drinkability is fairly good, but the IPA category is stacked with monster beers. Given a choice, I would go with many other IPAs before buying this one.

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Photo of orfeu
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
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 taylor714914
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but where were the hops?
Nose had some hop aroma, but the taste fell short. Drank more like a pale ale than an ipa. Solid body and mouthfeel, but lacked significantly in the hop aroma and flavor. Would pick it up if I was looking for an easy drinking pale, but for an ipa, I'm looking to perpetual from troegs.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flower Power poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. The head faded to wisps after a few sips but still laced down the pint. The smell was good,. but nothing really jumped out at me. The taste was crisp and strong and the floral and citrus hops married well together. The beer had good body, but at 8% ABV two or three of these will about make it a night.

Flower Power is a very good IPA. Nothing overly unique, but great brewing techniques with a really good hop flavor. Definitely worth a try if you find it in your area.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright, lighter copper golden color with a white head. A few asymetrical laces of suds are noted around the edge of the glass. The nose is characterized primarily of malt. Toffee, some notes of apricot, and bits of alcohol all comprise the aromas. The mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, smooth and wet with just a hint of carbonation. A bit of an alcohol burn is noted. Not much going on in the flavor outside of toasty maltiness and some alcohol bitterness. Not my cup-o-tea.

ADDENDUM: I've been informed by another frequent Flower Power-consuming BA that the beer is usually not a malt bomb as I have described. He suspects I've gotten ahold of some old bottles. It is January 31st now and the notch on the enjoy by portion of the label is between the January and the February. So he might have a point. I'd like to try this again fresh.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

An excellent rendition of a more traditional, british IPA.

Appearance is a bright kettle-drum-hued orange, with a small white head.

Rather than knock you over the head with hops, this beer carries a light hop overtone through a thin ESB- like body, and finishes with an extremely dry hop end. Almost like dry hop petals are sitting on your tongue. What better way to resaturate them than to take another sip, eh?

Very drinkable, like many of IBC's products tend to be. The only complaint I have is that I'd like to see more of a malt profile...but seeing how this is a summer seasonal, I suppose you don't want a really heavy body.

This I think would be an excellent choice to convert a non-BA with, especially one who favors sweeter white wines.

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Photo of jfunkk79
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had one on tap at Cambridge Common.

Hazy copper orange color. Floral (duh) aroma with some hints of pine. Really hits the front of the tongue, kind of heavy mouthfeel. Really not that drinkable due to the hops being a bit over done. Could do with a tiny bit less bittering hop IMO. Not a bad beer, just nothing too special.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was my second on a flight of beers I tried at the the gourmet pub/restaurant where I work as a cook. For the record, a flight is a series of four half-pints, so take my drinkability rating with a grain of salt.

A: Paler than I expected with a rather thin head, but this could have been a problem caused by the small half-pint glasses.

S: Not the most fragrant, but it certainly is original. Hops, alcohol, and a slight floral aroma are present.

T: Not as bitter as I expected from an IPA. Without knowing it was an IPA I would have certainly guessed it was a pale ale. The most interesting thing to note here is the presence of a slight fruity taste toward the finish. With the floral smell it creates a nice combination.

M and D: The feel was average--a bit thin. The drinkability is higher than the average IPA for me, mostly because I could just keep coming back for melding of floral and fruity in a bitter beer. Well balanced, but still not my favorite.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs (thanks again, Marcus!).

A - Hazy orangish yellow, with a hefty three fingers of head. Decent retention, lots of lacing on the glass. Pretty nice.

S - Plenty of sour citrus, with grapefruit, orange, and lemon in the foreground. There's a malty sweetness, mainly caramel, that I get in the back.

T - Nice mild bitterness from the hops, with again some grapefruit and lemon zest. More of the caramel from the malt, with a long bitter finish that dries the palate.

M - Sweet at first but finishes very dry.

D - ABV is reasonable, but the dry finish would keep me from taking down an entire six-pack.

O - Comparing this in a tasting with Pliny and 2xIPA, this came in third. I'd had it before on tap, and loved it, so maybe I'll search out a keg for a followup review.

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Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a beige head. Nose has subtle grassy hops and sweet malts. Taste a bit light. Good nutty malt presence and mellow herbal hops. Light body holds a light carbonation. Decent session brew from Ithaca. May be a good IPA to serve from a beer engine.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Foggy gold with a one finger white head. Some sediment on the bottom. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Strong hop bitterness and a bunch of alcohol. Aroma is very pungent .Strong spicy citrus smell.

T- Surprisingly more balanced then I assumed. Hops present with some malts and citrus taste. Good IPA characteristics.

M- Medium body with a lingering aftertaste. A decent amount of crispness make it somewhat refreshing.

D- I could drink a six of this without loosing interest.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appeared a see-through gold color with a slight amber tinge. Minimal head left behind very minimal lacing.

Smelled of strong hops - a bit of earthy-ness and some honey mixed in.

Taste is a bit watery, not much complexity, and not a very strong bitter kick to it. Very bland (for an ipa).

Mouthfeel was extremely thin. Carb. feels ok.

Overall this has let me down. I specifically hunted down a six pack to see what the hype was all about, and am glad that I didn't buy the case. I find this to be an average IPA, but it seems to lack depth to me. It tastes like water mixed with some hop bitterness. Will not drink again.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Except for the foofy label I couldn't find to much wrong with this beer. It poured a nice orange amber with a three finger head that laced nicely down the glass as I drank it. The aroma was of a sweet orange/bread malts and spicy hops. The taste was of sweet bread and buttery caramel. The bitterness came through with the hops in the end. The mouthfeel is slick at first and well carbinated. There is a gummy mouthfeel afterwards. Overall a middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fat inch and a half cream head that sits like cream. Medium amber color with LOTS of carbonation continually rising. Thick, solid web of plaster lace all the way down that leaves rings on the glass like rings in a tree, each sip leaves 1 year on the tree, on my glass.

S: Very appetizing - citrusy, cascade hops, it's reminding me of how nugget nectar smells.

T: Warm and thick, let down from what the smells let on. Everythings muted. This isn't the freshest bottle but the mellowed hops are contributing this warming action that reminds me of an amber lager or pilsener. I hate pilseners. This is only a contributing note, as this is not the primary flavor going on

M: Mulled over with the creaminess. Can't really say much bad about it, just not much popping.

D: This seems very drinkable for 7.5%. Would probably be best at colder than cellar temps. I still doubt this beer is very hoppy fresh or that exceptional imo.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber, towards the darker side in the IPA range. The head is thick and clings to the glass as it diminishes.

Aroma is bright, floral and full of hops and citrus. It really pulls you in. Taste is typical of an IPA, hoppy and floral, bitter, with a touch of malt. It's only a touch dry and easy drinking.

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Photo of thatbrian
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

When I saw the numbers I had to try it. How could I not? I'm an IPA lover, and hops make my day, but, to my disappointment, this IPA was all nose, which is off the charts, but, it's far less appealing to the taste buds than it is to the nose.

Glad that I was able to purchase one bottle rather than a six pack.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a short foamy head, not much retention but a little lacing. Smell is dominated by a nice light flowery hops, citrus notes. Taste is rather light, slightly smooth malts but really centered on the hops, not very bitter though. Very, very carbonated. Refreshing and light, a good light IPA for people who don't like heavy-duty hops.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Churchkey.

A - Hazy orange color with two fingers of white head that looked slightly soapy. Little bit of lacing.

S - A light smelling IPA with some floral hops and a little bit of fruit. A little bit of pine in there, but the smell is just a bit too light.

T - Taste is some sweet tropical fruit and light pine hops. The flavor is quite light, it's good, but really needs to pack a bit more of a punch, particularly considering how relatively high hte Abv seems to be. Not bad, but not great.

M - Slightly thin and watery in a lighter bodied beer, but good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink, can session this no problem and have it with a wide variety of foods. Not bad, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of curasowa
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow with a big head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops over sweet malt, with some lemon and oily hop notes.

Taste: Phenolic bitterness upfront that mellows out in the middle with some malt sweetness and lemongrass flavors leading to a pretty bitter finish that is lingering and slightly harsh.

The Rest: Medium bodied, but held back overall by a somewhat unpleasant finish.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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