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 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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Photo of charlesw
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber. Clear enough, but not like glass, you know? A finger of dense white head lastes fairly long and leaves good lacing. Smells fruity and citrusy. And, no, I'm not going to be more specific than that. Tastes... Huh. Tastes so much better when it's fresh! Had some at the brewery and, wow, was that ever awesome. This has been in bottles for a while (who knows how long - there isn't a date! Still, the stuff I had at the brewery was 5 weeks ago. Hmm. Yeah, they had it in bottles then). So, tastes change and I'm getting used to Ithaca hop use (Cascazilla/Red, DIPA, Flower Power). Still... This reminds me, oddly, of drinking Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. Something about the bitterness profile, you know? Anyway, I think I liked it a lot more fresh. Sweeter, less bitter. Not a bad brew for a hot summer day but perhaps a bit sweet for that...

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Photo of locorogue
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when this beer first came out, i was in love, to me almost the perfect beer(4.75/5)...but! i'm probably alone on this but i think they changed the recipe, and not for the good. i have not had a Flower Power in months, i hope they reverted back to the original recipe. mine is most likely the only opinion per the downfall of this once amazing beer...this beer is most certainly worth a try though, if at the least you can taste a glimpse of what this beer used to be...

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Photo of Vivelepositif
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap, pours a light Amber/copper color with little head, approximately 1-2cm. Predominantly piney with Orange notes, very light and crisp. Extremely light. More reminiscent of a lager rather an IPA. Leaves something to wish and hope for, maybe if they kicked up the bitters and hops if revisit but for me, this is a once and only time I'll be trying.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review from the 2016 box of hops:

A - Bright gold and very clear in color with a thick, frothy white head and delicate carbonation.

S - Aroma is faint at best with zesty citrus peel and floral.

T - Very light citrus rind and floral that's barely detectable.

M - Thick and full bodied with creamy carbonation.

O - Mundane. This is not the same beer from my previous review (see below). :o(

A - Pours a medium orange color with a nice thin, white layer of foam. Minimal carbonation.

S - Citrus, floral, and pine hops with cracker malt underneath. The citrus hopping is pungent - smells FAR better than the bottled version which in comparison, was faint and boring.

T - Moderate pine, floral, and citric hopping that stays consistent all the way through. Unfortunately, this particular serving was totally flat because they were having issues with the tap lines. Of all 50+ beers on the menu, the Flower Power was by far the most popular beer on this particular night.

M - Totally sucks w/o carbonation. Medium body with lingering floral, pine bitterness.

Is a wonderful IPA. Glad I've had this in the past so I know what to expect from this brew. My previous experience with this beer was taken into consideration in the review because if it was based on this particular tap, it would have fell flat on its face.

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Photo of KeefD
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with an inch high white head that fell quickly leaving little lacing int he tulip glass. Aroma is oxidization intitially, but there are some sweet malts buried beneath the citrusy hops. Big bitterness in this beer but it's awfully sweet as well. I guess you could say it's balanced, but in the way I typically don't enjoy. Just too much sweetness without enough piney, grapefruit flavor to even things out. Sweetness becomes cloying as it warms, almost like artificial candy sweetener. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not bad, but one's enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before April. Thanks to Schlimenhaumer for shipping this one to me from New York. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given its current ratings.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of okay thickness and good (~4+ minute) retention, but with a disappointing lack of cream. Body colour is a rather pale yellow-copper. Translucent and opaque. Somewhat vibrant. Yeast particles are visible in the bottom of the glass. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Standard fare for the style, but the head retention is notable.

Sm: Juicy, nectary, and piney. Fresh citrus; light grapefruit, maybe lush orange peel. A bit of clove perhaps. Floral hop character. Mango/tangerine. It's lush and balanced; I can't wait to try it. A refreshing inviting aroma with hop presence in all the right places. It's not generic and floral like many mundane offerings of the style; there's depth of flavour here. A lovely aroma of fair strength. Quite pleasant.

T: Lovely. Deep floral hop character up front giving way to more nectary oily piney hop character towards the finish. Juicy citrusy fruit throughout, without too much grapefruit - a common problem in IPAs. Refreshing and well balanced, though the finish does have a hint of bitterness and the flavour dies rather abruptly. Quite pleasant and enjoyable, but that finish is a definite flaw. In any case, it's a complex and subtly executed IPA; definitely amongst the best I've had - and packed with so much flavour. It rivals many Imperial IPAs in its depth of flavour. I'm impressed.

Mf: A bit buttery. Smooth and wet and oily - until the finish, where it dries up just a touch. Carbonation is a bit high, but it's forgivable. Luscious and refreshing, aiding the flavour profile and the fresh focus of the beer. It suits the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I could probably down it all night and be satisfied. It's definitely up there with Sculpin as a favourite IPA, but the problematic finish holds it back. Hides its ABV well.

High B

09/12/2016 impression:

One of the few IPAs with a tropical pineapple fruit emphasis that I can actually stand, Flower Power is a solid balanced brew but finishes a bit sweeter than it ought to. A bit more citrusy bite would help level out the hop profile, but its fruity floral vibe is nice as-is.

I remembered this being a lot better, but it's drinkable fare from Ithaca. Perhaps seasonal hop availability is a factor, or I just didn't parse the pungency of the pineapple in my earlier review.


09/16/2016 impression:

Standard off-white frothy head. Copper colour of average vibrance.

Aroma greets the drinker with a balanced profile of pale to amber malts and floral hops. Aromatic intensity is average.

Presents soft on the palate, ushering in a warm pineapple fruit emphasis along with subsidiary floral and fruity notes. Clean yet estery American ale (saccharomyces) yeast. Balanced, certainly.

Residual sweetness is a bit too high for an IPA, but all around it's definitely above average in terms of build.


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Photo of Stimack
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured to an orange color, quote clear with a small to medium white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is ok, nothing to really write home about but solid. I seem to pick up quite a bit of malt, seems to have a caramel scent along with a good hop (grapefruit) aroma. The taste is ok, not awe-inspiring as I do notice a strong hop taste that is more citrus like but does not seem to have enough oomph. Also picking up a good malt flavor, but to me it just seems that this brew is quite bland for what I was expecting from its name. Good brew, don’t mind it in the mixed 12 pack and one I would get again, just not my favorite offering from Ithaca.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left decent sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a hazy amber color.
s - big citrus aromas, mainly oranges with a hint of spice.
t - not as big a hop flavor as i would have liked. hints of orange but mostly a grainy and bready type flavor dominates.
m - medium bubbly thickness.
o - decent ipa but lacked a little bit of a hop punch.

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Photo of ziggy13
3.46/5  rDev -17%
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 Azurescens
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with best before October punch in label, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/31/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Really malty nose for an IPA, lots of bready pale malt with some herbal and citrus hops hiding beneath the malt.

T: Some hop bitterness with bready malt, honey and some citrus notes from the hops. Not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping. Lingering taste of malt.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good beer but not the best example of an IPA, the maltiness comes through much more than any hops that are present. I had this almost a year ago on draft and would like to try this fresh again to compare.

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Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A fairly still amber with a thin white lacing of head on top.

Rather than the characteristic floral aroma indicative of an IPA, I'm getting a mostly malty aroma. Off style.


Very smooth mouthfeel. Not scorchingly hoppy like some IPA's. In fact, this is quite malty. There is a hop presence at first, but it is replaced by a mildly sweet malt flavor by midsip. Not like any IPA I've ever had.

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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 beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to suspect for this extra. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Small amount of white head fades leaving a tiny lace ring.

S: Very fragrant with loads of citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple. Actually more on the sweeter side of things than bitter.

T: The flavor is much more malt driven. The citrus is present but not up front. It has the acrid hint of an old bottle. I'm not sure and I didn't note the bottle notch in my notes.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad but I expected more. This bottle could have been a bit on the old side. someone needs to send me a super fresh bottle.

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

Pours a golden amber with a scant smattering of a head cap.

Scents are a malt front with a Tang flavor balance.

First swigs: Bright lemony citrous hops met with a pez candy and crisp feel. Lingering lemon pel citrus snap. Quite the balanced IPA that bring together a blend of zesty pepper and lemon Tang with a lightly caramelized sugar malt.

Mouthfeel is nedium with frothy carbonation. A dry clean finish with a spritz of mouth pucker.

Last swigs: Refreshing Spree candy bite.. $7.99 a 6'er at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

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Photo of sjverla
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Holy pine woods! So piney. Hints of candied grapefruit. Berries. Super fresh and outdoorsy. Very enticing, though not very complicated.

Appearance: Pillowy white head floats atop a hazy golden brew with just the slightest red undertones.

Taste: Obviously bitter--grassy. A little yeast at the end. A little sweet at the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is kind of the epitome of IPAs to me. Very evident hoppiness, which I like, but kind of one-note. Not terribly interesting.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mjtiernan in BIF, thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden straw, average white head and substantial lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple, mango, flower power floral hops followed by some sweet toffee malt.

T: The flavor is surprisingly earthy, floral and pine focused considering the smell. There are very minimal fruity flavors, but there is some malt to add a bit of sweetness, though not enough to really balance the beer.

M: Solid body, with the malts providing the substance. This quickly gives way to a very drying, bitter finish. This is one of the more bitter IPAs I have had.

O: This is a well made beer, but certainly not my style of IPA. The hop profile is way too dry, floral and earthy for me (I suppose, hence the name?) While it is a solid beer and I can appreciate it, I probably would not have this one again.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with some orange tint to the color. White head is initially two fingers in mu tulip but fades down to just a bit. Good lacing. Nose is light citrus with a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is might and sweet with a small amount of bitterness and some light citrus and tropical notes. Light and slightly bitter. Drinks pretty well, but nothing too special.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange colour with a moderate head. The floral aroma was well complimented with hints of citrus fruits and peaches. The taste was fruity as well. It did'nt have much of a hoppy bite that I was expecting. It was more tame. More of a beer for those who didn't like the Double IPA.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of resiny hops, citrus, grassy and sweaty hops, and iced tea notes. Flavor is rather malty and sweet upfront with resiny hops in the finish. Very similar to Weyerbacher Double Simcoe actually. Some astringency in the palate. Decent IPA.

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Photo of aaron72
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured hard from a bottle into a heavy pint glass.

poured a cloudy, deep yellow with sediment floating through the ale. it looks to be a live unfiltered style, kinda reminding me of a sierra nevada pale ale. it pours a white head of about 1/2" quickly fading into lacing on the glass.

the smell is a pure hop blast & bright sweetness of citrus fruit.

this ale taste like chewing a fresh hop flower. it is VERY bright & VERY bitter unlike any IPA ive ever tasted! hardcore hoppp fans will dig this ale! im tasting grapefruit... very citrus tasting.

the mouthfeel is bright & carbonated & the hop taste on my tongue is sharp.

overall, it's a bit too hoppy for my taste buds these days. a few years back i loved IPA 's & hoppy brews but now i favor a more balanced taste. this would be a nice ale for a beautiful, warm day. maybe a bright day that matches the bright tones of the look & taste of flower power. i might be able to drink 2 of these in one sitting... so, for me, not a session ale. still, for the style it's a damn good drink!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Label is notched best before March 2012 so this one is 6-8 weeks old.

A - Pours a hazy orange/copper with a quickly fading white head. Leaves a patchy film on top and some lacing remains down the glass as I drink.

S - Very floral, as expected from the name. Strong smell of honey and pine with some citrus.

T - Tastes mostly of honey, lemon, and malt. It's too sweet for my liking. I think much of the hops have faded. Reminds me of tea with honey a little bit. Probably past it's prime, or at least for the flavor I was looking for.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. A little bit syrupy.

O - I was looking forward to trying this beer because I had heard good things. I was a bit disappointed, but it wasn't terrible. I will seek a fresher bottle because I have heard the flavors change quickly with this beer. The best by date is three months from bottling so this one was at least two months old.

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Photo of shamrock7
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color that’s a bit foggy, but complimented with a nice foamy head. I thought it had a nice fruity aroma. Not a big hop taste – pretty full and creamy. A finish that’s more on the bitter side. Very easy to drink. Some people may not like it because it is a little different and not what you would expect from an IPA, but overall I thought it was a nice beer.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT.
Slightly hazy amber with a frothy white head.
Smells very piney with a bit of citrus.
Big blast of hop bitter right from the start. Citrus rind , floral, oily , piney punch backed up by a decent amount of slightly sweet malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A definite hophead brew.
Cask is the way to go for this one....very nice mouthfeel...micro carbonation with a medium body...flavors all meld well at this temp.
Not sure of the ABV on this, but I got quite a buzz from just one.

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