Flower power by Ithaca

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Bentster, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. Bentster

    Bentster Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2012 New York

    I don't know if it's just me but has anyone else noticed that Flower power is not the same. It is still good but not quite as good as it used to be. To me, it tastes slightly watered down and doesn't have the same hemp like-floral quality. There is a white niagara grape taste that is new without the overwhelming passion-tropical fruit sensation.

    Am I alone in this observation?
  2. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    It was better when it was on-tap only.

    But really, no. I still think it's the best regular IPA found in the Northeast.
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  3. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Am I alone in this observation?[/quote]

    As far as I'm concerned, yes you are.
  4. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I have said it in the past and will say it again. FP is a Zombie Dust killer!
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  5. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    Make sure you got a fresh one, and it is still awesome.
  6. AdamP

    AdamP Devotee (460) Mar 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Still tastes pretty damn delicious to me...
  7. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    Still as good as ever IMO, always been a top 5 IPA and a go to for me if its fresh. Only problem is I can't find it as easily now as I was able to a year ago. Doesn't seem like it is shipped to NJ as often.
  8. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I haven't noticed that. It is still the best IPA in the country as far as I am concerned (granted I haven't tried them all).
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  9. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,171) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Yes you are alone. Flower Power is still fantastic.
  10. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (486) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Drinking it right now from a growler. Better than I remember it and its my favorite local IPA.
  11. NearTheGrove

    NearTheGrove Initiate (198) Dec 5, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    They need to make more of this stuff. All I ever see in Pa. anymore is there Apricot Wheat.
  12. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 New York
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    Still phenomenal fresh. Just wish they dated bottles instead of just dating the case.
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  13. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,171) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    They Have a best buy date.
    I wish they used brewed on dates.
  14. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Disciple (357) Jan 6, 2010 Massachusetts
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    you can still tell when it is brewed.
    From Fresh Beer Only.com : Ithaca: Uses a best before date. Month is notched on the side of the label when best to drink before. Bottling date is 3 months from best by date.
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  15. BMitch

    BMitch Initiate (170) Jul 10, 2012 Virginia
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    I was finally able to try FP when visiting family in Long Island for Christmas. While the sixer I bought was nearing the end of its best-buy life, it was still very solid; I could definitely tell the potential is there as one of the better IPAs when fresh. Great beer!
  16. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,171) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I bought some today that had just come off the truck. Has a "best buy" date of April.
    Looking forward to opening a couple tonight.
  17. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Here we go again with the "watered down " conversation. Its fine trust me
  18. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (584) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    I live in southern california and find everytime I have flower power it is fantastic
    rivals west coast IPA's it uses great hops and is smooth hoppy goodness
    can't wait to get some more
  19. martin123012

    martin123012 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 New Jersey

    i have it on tap at my house great stuff drinking amazing, like always has
  20. rdegroat

    rdegroat Initiate (119) Sep 19, 2009 New York

    Hey, I just walked out of J Ryan's, Syracuse, NY knowing the Flower Power I just had was superb.... Wanted to look up a saison I tasted, but was compelled to respond to this Flower Power post first. Flower Power continues to impress....not Heady or Lunch, but still keeps me calling it's name.
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  21. DanE

    DanE Disciple (328) Feb 24, 2012 Connecticut

    Opinions are like elbows, but yours is wrong. Sea Hag IPA for life. :slight_smile:
  22. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (763) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I think that flower power is remarkably overrated but what the hell do I know?
  23. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    If it was made in northern VT, or Santa Rosa CA...If you could only buy it at the brewery...if you could only buy it in a few states...if it had its own day...it would be a higher rated beer on this site.
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  24. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,306) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I've been getting FP pretty regularly lately (thankfully!), and if it does fluctuate it's within a pretty tight range. As hoppy beers go, I've found it to be one of the more consistent ones.
  25. Noochie

    Noochie Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 New York

    Refrigeration, as with most, is a big factor with this beer. I've got some best by Jan/Feb FP's in the fridge that I bought cold that taste perfect right now. The warm 6 packs I buy tend to fluctuate slightly bottle-to-bottle.
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  26. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I'm getting them fresher now. So I think its better than ever !
  27. drperry11

    drperry11 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    Flower power out of a tap is serious business
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  28. bigflatsbeerman

    bigflatsbeerman Aspirant (242) Nov 2, 2005 New York

    I'm surprised because I live near the brewery and it has to be 10X the size of the old one. Be patient they have to be cranking out FP by the boatloads vs. yesteryear.
  29. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,074) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Hmm I should try to homebrew some of my own. Easier than Heady.
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  30. Bentster

    Bentster Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2012 New York

    Thank you everyone for your feedback. My taste buds must be changing. Still like the beer but don't seek it out like I used to. Even on tap,it doesn't leave the serious lacing on the glass either. Thought maybe they knocked it down a notch so they could produce a super Flower Power double IPA and charge $12 bucks a 4 pack like Firestone Walker Double Jack.
  31. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    I wish I could try the variants they've done in the past. Dry Hopped Flower Power (I'm sure they still fiddle with this) and Sour Flower Power.
  32. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (518) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Bottled on date is on the cases only I think. Haven't had this beer since last spring when a bunch of it showed up in this area. Need to revisit once I find some fresh batches.
  33. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I don't think anything has changed and this is one of the best IPAs you can buy, especially when fresh.
  34. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (1,828) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Just wrote a review of FP a couple of nights ago. Had a best by date of Feb '13. Beer was excellent and the tropical aroma and flavors were intense. They should rename it Mango Power.
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  35. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    How old was it? I just grabbed a fresh pack the other day and it is tasty business as usual. FP falls off really quick though.
  36. Bentster

    Bentster Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2012 New York

    "I don't think anything has changed and this is one of the best IPAs you can buy, especially when fresh."

    I totally agree that it is still one of the best IPA's. They built a new brewery over the 2012 summer in order to increase production and I've noticed a slight change but that is probably to be expected. I believe Flower Power has been evolving for a number of years now. I just discovered it summer 2011. Late to the party!
  37. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I know at one point, maybe a year or two ago, there was a recipe/hop change which was confirmed by Ithaca. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. I also remember it being a summer seasonal at 8% abv, fwiw. So I know it's probably gone through some changes over the years. Either way, it's always been a great IPA.
  38. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,257) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Yeah, I think it was longer ago that two years but IIRC you could almost date the change by checking the dates of the reviews of the beer, all of a sudden the scores just shot up.
  39. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    Finally got the pleasure of having this. Great IPA but it's not a top 10 IPA in my vote.
  40. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,270) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Yep, this is one where fresh is best, it falls off quickly. Good thing is they date the case with bottled on and best by on bottle.
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