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 TastefulNudity
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz poured cold in to Spiegelau Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange (lighter than usual) with a nice two finger lacy head that settles down to one finger. I have no idea if this IPA glass makes it taste better but it works wonders for head retention.

S: Wow. Shines here. Tropical fruit dominates with mango and pineapple. Resinous hops, strong pine. A little biscuity sweetness.

T: Comes in with sweetness on the front, strong pine and some tropical fruit in the middle, and dry hop bitterness at the end. This is good, but not as good as the nose.

M: Starts sweet and ends very dry. Can't complain.

O: This is a solid, solid every day beer. Living in California, I'm grateful to be able to try a NY brew. My only complaint is that the nose is much more inviting than the taste. Interpret my overall as a 4.33, I really can't decide which way to sway.

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Photo of fields336
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: goldenrod, 1.5 fingers of head dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lacing.

S: peaches, orange, herbal, slight bready/ caramel and toffee notes

T: nice big juicy citrus blast, grapefruit, slight herbal/minty taste. A little astringent on the finish

M: dry and easy drinking

O: a delicious beer. got a growler for $8, I'll take that every day of the week.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/10/12

L: Deep gold. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing that covers every side of the glass.

S: 5 Man, you can smell it the second that cap comes off. Fresh resinous and citrusy hops upfront. Powerful, pungent, divine. The smell is the most impressive aspect of this brew and leaves quite a lasting impression

T: More delicate and subtle than the aroma lets on. Slightly malty, but hops dominate this flavor through and through. Hops are more resiny than citrusy. Dry, crisp, with a welcomed bitterness that lingers a bit less than I would expect from a well-crafted IPA. Though pretty tasty, the flavor seems a little one-dimensional; some citrusy hop character would add to this.

F: Medium body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate. Slight alcoholic warmth, appropriate for a good American IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very good IPA with one of the best aromas I’ve encountered with the style in awhile. I will certainly be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the most tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) burps from this. Mmmm.

This is a relatively thick beer with a delicious cornucopia of flavors. Big mango up front with a little dank and pine wrapping it all up.

This is my second time having this beer and, while it tastes different than I remember, it still kicks ass. Loving the new label/box.

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Photo of harrymel
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Malvado78 for this as an extra!
Best by: 02/2011
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Amber-gold ale with slight haziness. Less than single finger head of coarse, tightly packed bubbles retires to a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: So, this might be one of the most unique IPA's I've ever smelled. Beyond the typical hop aromas (see pine, resin, citrus, etc...), I've got peaches! Plums! Sweetened malts play well here as well. Mostly pale, hints of caramel. Goddamn beautiful.

T: I can't believe this is an IPA! Flower power is aptly named, as the beer is so floral. Jasmine, malt, hops, apples...maybe my vernacular can't accommodate the complexity here, fuck this is good!

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. Little impact on the mouth. Good drinkin beer.

D: Man, I'm not usually an East Coast IPA guy, but this is an outstanding beer - geography aside.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Subtle orange with fast rising bubbles and a big long lasting white head.

Smell: Intense grassy , citrus with a slight musk of wet moss

Taste: An intense array of C-hops and a very satisfying dryness. Simple yet perfect

Mouth feel: Dry yet refreshing. Sipping requires more sipping because your left with a very dry pallet.

Overall: A hop heads paradise in a bottle. One of the better IPA's that I have tried. Thank you beautiful Ithaca for this brew :)

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Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Lighter copper orange color, mild bubbles, but with a resilient head and pretty good all-around-the-glass white lacing.

Smell: Beautifully candied and caramel hops, but also with a pungent flowery and bouquet-like coupled bitterness with some grapefruit and orange. An overtake of the senses, and almost romantic in some ways, without being terribly sweet or overly flowerly. My wife said, "It smells pretty," and she usually isn't a fan of IPAs, aroma or taste.

Taste: The flower power name comes to the forefront initially, with some sweetness, candied hops, and the bouquet, but then the grapefruit and citrus rind-like bitterness is there not to overtake or curb, but to compliment and meld extremely well. This could've gone too sweet too quickly, but it ends up meshing in a pretty great way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spritzy and medium-bodied without feeling full or overdone or underdone, and pretty close to that higher rating, but alas.

Drinkability: Is this seriously 8%? I'm blown away by knowing this now, after I had no idea. I wouldn't have guessed it was this strong at all, as it ends up drinking too easily and is almost too tasty, with no semblance of alcohol to let you know. I hope to be grabbing 6-packs of this when I can. One of my new go-to IPAs. Get your hands on some if you can.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before July 2013 Date.
Poured into Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.
Big thanks to IPAkindofguy for giving me this as an extra in a trade!

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light orange verging on blonde. Its almost pilsner-esque in hue. A thick, pure white 2 and half finger heads forms as soon it the beer hits the glass. The leaves lots of sticky lacing as the head recedes. Really nice looking IPA.

Aroma: Big, dank slightly astringent citra and simcoe hops right away; Huge tropical notes of kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit and light passion fruit. There is really interesting floral scent imparted by the yeast. There is a really nice and soft, sweet maltiness that comes out more and more as the beer warms.

Taste: Hops slam your palate immediately; huge notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and a really nice pine needle note. A soft bready malt presence provides the perfect backbone to show case the tropical and fruity hops. The beer finishes dry and bitter with lingering notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and cracke-ry malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great stuff! Honestly this is the most "west coast" styled IPA I have ever had. The hops positively leap off of the soft, but firm malt backbone. This really reminds me of a slightly less aromatic version of Blind Pig IPA from Russian River, but if it was brewed with Citra hops. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange color with a large head that dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

S: Smell is wonderful. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine and herbs all come forward from the hops and the sweet malt.

T: Also, wow. Sweetness in the background upon which hop flavor piles up, creating a huge assortment of flavor. Mango, pineapple, strawberry, lime zest, grapefruit and pine. Very clean, slightly bitter finish that lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. Hops really dig into your tongue.

O: Not sure if this is the best IPA I've had, but it's definitely among the top, along with Founders Red's Rye, Smuttynose and SN Torpedo. Great stuff from my home state. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these as extras in an awesome trade with Gory4d... Big thanks Greg... I hope you like your beers as much as I like mine!!

12oz poured into my Delirium goblet.. 1" white head.. good retention and lacing... the brew is a hop hazed glowing orange.

Nose is big and really surprisingly hoppy... perfumy and tons of pithy grapefruit zest..

Bracing bitterness barely gives way to very lite pale malt sweetness and then the full frontal assault of palate clinging oily citrus hops... again there is a perfumy floral hoppiness that lingers long through the finish.. the body is medium with a smooth .. with warmth comes a bunch of other fruity hop flavors that remind me of apricot and Flintstone vitamins.. I thought this was pretty nice.. I would buy this all the time if I had it available...

Thanks again Greg!!

Edit: damn... I just noticed the ABV.. wow.. I never ever would have guessed.. impressive.


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Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: June (I beat that by only a few days!). The body was a pale golden color with a brief cloudiness. The white, pithy head left a cap throughout, but no lacing.

The smell was intensely floral - no surprise there. Herbaceous. Very nice.

The taste was of grapefruit peel and pineapple. Brass bitterness but with enough juicy sweetness to keep it interesting. Hard candy sweetness in the middle drops off and finishes spicy and bitter. Very tasty and interesting. One of my new favorites.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation (helped by the etched glass). I would pick this one up frequently if it were distributed in my area.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Golden orange haze with a fluffy cloud head.

S- Sweet floral, citrus, grapefruit peaches, amazing.

T- Bitter-sweet hops. Bold citrus flavors as present in the smell as well as the taste. Very well put together.

M- Medium bodied, very bold and bitter.

D- Fantastic. at 7.5% even better. Great IPA.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured khaki-colored from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice 1-finger head with a touch of lacing.

S: It earns its name right on the nose. Big floral and citrus hop aroma with a hint of dried pine needles on the finish. Some toast notes in there as well.

T: Hops and wheat bread in the mouth with a dry finish. Notes of grapefruit and orange, flower petals, hearty bread, rosemary and oregano. A lot of flavors, well blended and balanced for enjoyment.

M: Bright, effervescent, yet chewy enough to sink your teeth into it. A nice feel, with a sticky dry afterfeel.

O: Delicious. For IPA lovers, this beer is a must.

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Photo of paulytasker
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type- Bottle with best by date of May '13 poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a big, bold Orange with a frothy, creamy, half inch head that hung around for the 1st couple sips. After the head dissipates, an awsome spider web-ish lacing clings to the side of the glass until it's finnished.

S- A big dose of citrus hops takes hold of the nose, it's almost as if i was walking right into a pineapple and mango grove. Pine hops present as well but not as dominating. Another fruity scent going on that I just can't put my finger on. Through all the sweetness, there is a very slight malty backbone to balance things out nicely. This very well may be the best smelling IPA I have ever come across!

T/M- The fruit madness present in the nose is right there on the pallate, I think the scent that i couldn't make out may have been Tangerine? Piney hops are perfectly balanced in. This is such a sweet/bitter piece of paradise. Finnishes better and better as this warms up to room temp. Medium carbonation and a hell of a drinkable brew, slick on the tounge with a crisp, rather dry finnish.

O- The 1st time i had this brew i chose not to review it due to the fact i had sampled about 6 or 7 other IPA'S that night and my pallate was out of whack. I knew it was good then but now that i could sit with a fresh bottle and focus my senses on it, i am blown away. One of the top 3 IPA'S I have had.... hands down!

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Photo of Gooball201
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly best available IPA in NJ! Greenflash was but either production or distribution problems have held it back!

If you like the US IPA than get what you can! Do not understand why Ithaca's best seller is Apricot Wheat when this is part of their line up!

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow body with a 2-finger white head. Head shows pretty good retention but very good lace.

S- Awesome! Amazing citrus hops up front with big pine notes as well. A great smelling IPA, one of the best I've smelled. Grapefruit and pineapple really stand out.

T- Again, big hop punch of grapefruit and pineapple, and very nice bitter pine. A little sweetness comes through, but mostly the hop bite. Bitterness in the end lingers a little while.

MF/D- Medium bodied with a taste that lingers for a while on the palate. Very drinkable in the sense that I'd have no trouble enjoying a couple, but the palate killer this hop bomb is would probobly keep you from having more than that.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's the other day. Have had this beer several times now, and it may well be my favorite East Coast IPA.

The beer pours a striking golden peach color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all hoppy IPA goodness, with considerable citrus, pepper, wet tobacco and dank earth. This IPA smells great. Flavors replicate the nose, and I love the dry flavor profile on this IPA. There's just enough malt to balance the hoppy bitterness, and the beer finishes with a clean, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, although this beer has plenty of flavor and is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol no more then an afterthought.

Wish this beer was available down in Baltimore as it would be my go to IPA whenever available.

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Photo of Thezapper
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a decent head and nice lacing.

I get mostly citrus followed by some earthy hop aroma.

This is one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had. It's got big hops, a nice malt counterpoint, a fruity complexity and just a touch of alcohol heat.

Medium carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Unlike some IPA's this beer leaves you wanting more. It has a nice hop profile without being overly bitter. It might be the best "session" IPA's out there. Definitely recommend this brew.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so freaking good. I have trouble finding it in the stores but when I do see it I always get it. Hop heads or ipa fans will definitely be pleased with this brew. The aroma and taste are so delicious and full of hop sweetness. Citrusy notes overwhelm this beer in a good way. Enjoy

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose Pint. Fridge temp. Bottled this month apparently.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with one finger fluffy white head that sticks around for a while leaving great lacing.

Smell- Fruity floral hops.Tangerine, peaches, grass, hop flower aromas. Not much malt. Very fruit forward. Very pleasant.

Taste- Peaches and tangerines first, followed by grassy resinous hops. Very light malt backbone. Super floral and grassy with an awesome balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a medium resinous body. No booze heat and medium bitterness factor.

Overall- Damn fine IPA. Glad I got to finally try it, especially when it's so fresh.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with a best by date of Decemeber. Poured into a snifter glass and served slightly chilled. Thanks to IdrinkGas for this extra in our trade.

Appearance: Dark orange to amber in color. Nice one and a half finger, whitish head with not much retention.

Aroma: Some tropical fruit like mango and pineapple balanced with copious grapefruit and some pine notes. A noticable malt backbone is present too.

Taste: The hop character is really nice. A nice balance of bitter grapefruit and pines notes with topical fruit notes. There is definitely some nice caramel from the malt there too. Great balance here. Very clean and bright finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Not overly carbonated but it works well.

Drinkability: With a really clean finish and the ABV well hidden, I think this is a dangerously drinkable IPA. Manages to toe the line between drinkable and flavorful.

Overall, a really good IPA and something I would definitely get were it more available here. Definitely one of my new favorite single IPAs. Highly recommeneded.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orange, almost no transparency at all, a nice off white head at the top that leaves a nice lacing as you sip away.

S - Nice sweetness right off the bat, tropical fruit and citrus, notes of some pleasant hops.

T - Citrus and pine right from the get go, and a nice hopiness at the tail end.

M - Perfect carbonation and sticky to the tongue.

O - Great Great IPA, definitely enjoyed this brew very much!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Version (only available at brewery)

The beer pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is killer! It has a powerful citrus hop blast along with a really solid malt aroma (pale and Carapils). The hops smell so fresh. The taste is great as well. It's perfectly balanced in the West Coast style. It has the basic malt bill of pale and Carapils malts loaded to the gills with Cascade hops. It's wickedly bitter, yet so refreshing, even at 8%. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer that seemingly is better unfiltered, although it's not very hazy at all.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About 2 weeks old, picked up locally.

a - classic orange with massive frothy white head with chunky lacing. Just like the growler, head hung out forever. Brew was Transparent.

s - i could smell this puppy across the room. nice citric hops. not too sweaty or sticky, but definitely a fresh hoppy ipa smell. piney but fruity. very brisk with just enough malt backbone to keep it balanced, but the hops are the superstar of the show.

t - wonderful fruity hop bouqet. Mango and peach and less pine. Some malt for balance, but floral hops leadnthe way.

m - medium bodied...a balanced hop fiesta. Finishes a tad bitter.

o - overall, one of the better local(ish) ipas. always nice to have this one fresh and whenever ases show up in the stores this is a go to 6er for the fridge. I hold this beer in high regard, was kind of surprised to not see a bottle review on file. Love this one. Worth seeking out if you don't get it. East coast IPA goodness.

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Photo of wrobills
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice gold/amber slightly hazy.

Smell: Like a big citrusy olfactory atomic bomb. Grapefruit, peach, "grassy". Sweet and hoppy, makes you want to dive right in.

Taste: Sweet citrus hops up front with a nice malt backbone so that the initial taste is not too bitter. The end of the beer leaves a nice lingering bitterness on the back of your tongue. Hoppy, but not too bitter. The 7.5% is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, Medium bodied beer. Leaves what feels like a thin layer of hop oil all around your mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these. Wont overpower your taste buds (if you drink IPA's), but also wont leave you wanting...

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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