Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,248
Reviews:
1,283
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
Wants:
484
Gots:
1,166
For Trade:
21
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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of T-34-85
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have always loved the Ithaca Flower Power. Great aromatic IPA.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish color. In the bottle it was more clear with suspended chunks throughout. These bottle always need to be stored upright and remain undisturbed prior to pouring to reduce the sediments.

S: Great floral hop aroma and slight alcohol smell.

T: Strong and persistent hop bitterness that sticks with your tongue. Accompanied by a nice hop flavor.

Overall: This is a good solid IPA for those who like a hoppy aromatic type of IPA. One negative of this beer is the apparent consistency and quality control. I feel that Flower Power used to be even better than it is now, but unfortunately I have commonly had consistency issues with one batch to the next. Some bottles have been very malt forward with little to no aroma, and it does not appear to be linked with the "best by" date, as it is often a relatively fresh bottle with a lot of time until the "expiration" date. Too bad since it's such a great beer when fresh.

Recommend getting this beer on tap at your local bar or restaurant.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of AirBob
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask with Amarillo hops at Stoddards

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Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SweetChicken
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bnoise11
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdlb44
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold hued brew with very bubbly ring of foamy head. Lots of bubbles on the glass makes this look a little over active.

S: Flowery Hops and tropical fruit notes. Dry malt covered in a candy sweetness. Different IPA smell.

T: Bready malts fit nicely into a grassy tropical fruit hop taste. Sweet and bitter finish. Flowery hop notes are present as well. This is more malt forward than some IPAs, but it's very satisfying.

M: Medium feel, bittersweet finish, plenty of carb.

D: Nice drinker you could knock back a couple of pints of and be happy.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a lighter copper color with a generous head in the Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Smell - The aroma was grainy grapefruit with some grass in the background.

Taste - On the initial taste, my reaction was that is a pretty average grapefruit and grassy American IPA. The sweetness is well masked among the bitter notes. The resin of the hops is a little more aggressive than average. The bitterness stays nicely on the tongue for several moments before fading.

Mouthfeel - I felt like the beer was a little thin for the style, allowing the hops to wash away too quickly.

Overall - I think this is a solid version of the style, though I would suggest better version exist.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden-yellow, very clear. 1.5 fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet tropical mango. Lots (and lots) of pineapple. Bitter hops / pine resin. This smells delicious.

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by pineapple/mango flavor. Aftertaste has some malt sweetness but mostly consists of pretty substantial hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-thick mouthfeel, a bit syrupy. Kind of a bit much, for me.

Overall: Great, but not amazing. Overall just a bit too bitter and unbalanced for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one with dinner. From bottle into pint glass. This review will be short, because that's kind of how I feel about the beer. It's an IPA, and a good one. Not amazing, but nothing wrong with it. It's a good beer, simple as that.

Pours a hazy copper color with a good size creamy off white head. Lacing is good in the glass and give you a good indication about the size of your sips. Smells just like an IPA should, Pine and citrus. Taste is the same, Grapefruit and Pine up front, opening to maltiness and a nice dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much.

It's one you could grab out of the fridge, never looking at the label and mistake it for any number of IPAs. A few years ago, I may have fallen in love with this brew, but there are so many good IPA's, this one just becomes one of many.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 5,248 ratings.
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