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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 525
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gcarl on 10-12-2010

classic American india pale ale
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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 525
Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into snifter

L - pours golden honey with tall fluffy white head
S - Resinous with tons of pine and honey sweetness
T - Soft pine with undertones of malt sweetness and a gentle bitter bite to finish
F - Soft mouthfeel, medium bodied with perfect carb

Overall, a refined old school piney IPA. Lovely beer (315 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color with nice white head and loads of carbonation streaming up. Very fruity nose with tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange rind, fresh peaches, and spicy pine. The flavor initially hits you with bitterness, transitioning towards juicy grassy notes, pine, floral sweetness, with some indication of tropical fruits. The malts are balanced very nicely making for a clean, easy drinking IPA. (428 characters)

Photo of keithletty
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really a smooth smooth IPA with a great smell and taste. Right off the bat you can smell floral scents for sure, very juicy, I even smelled a bit of pineapple even though others did not. The taste was very nice, good hops and very fresh, this one went down very easy. (267 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at Cambridge Brewing Co. Hazy orange body with a white head. Great lacing. Citrus hops, grass, caramel malt, and a bit of pine for the nose. Flavor is bright with a nice blend of both citrusy and grassy hops. Malt makes its case on the finish. High drink-ability. (278 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh and juicy, full of bright fruit and clean malt... grasses and citrus come across on the nose, big flavors assert on the taste - vibrant grapefruit with a dusty sweetness - medium-light body, ample carbonation, smooth and clean... (235 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at the brewpub, in a tulip glass
Served: 1 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a burnt-orange color with a thin, cream head. Leaves great lacing down the side of the glass and looks pretty great.

Smell: Bright grapefruit and citrus notes, along with a reasonable piney/grassy assertion that likely lends the beer its name. I didn't find anything overtly floral about it like some reviewers. Lemongrass and cajeput seems most accurate in my mind.

Taste: Smooth, sweet malts counteract a medium bitterness and topped with a nice hop finish. Really smooth and goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium carbonation. Gives the beer body without feeling either heavy or light. Really hits the sweet spot with IPAs.

overall: A great beer, and one of the better IPAs available from a Boston-area craft brewer that's easily obtainable just about anywhere. Would recommend. (892 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; golden, slight orange hue, thin head, nice lacing
smell; floral hops, sweet rolls, a little alcohol
taste; floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, grass, malt, full flavored, nicely balanced, doesn't taste even a little boozy, finishes as crisp and hoppy as it starts
feel; smooth with some bubbles, crisp, medium body
overall; a crisp, full flavored lawnmower ipa if you have a small lawn, very nice (398 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts slim pint glass. Bottom of can says Best By 11/23/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Grassy, somewhat pungent hop aroma with some cereal grain malt sweetness backing it up.

T- Nice shot of bitterness along with more grassy hop flavor. Reminds me of as more aggressive Sierra Nevada hoppy beer. Cascade hops? Very drinkable while still being assertive.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Very enjoyable single IPA that delivers solid bitterness along with some familiar but quality hop flavor. (793 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation action. It poured with a two finger off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of piney hops and a corresponding moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid IPA that has a nice blend of hip aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can (657 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans, had it poured into a pint glass. The color is a little weird for an ipa. Its much yellower and less copper colored than I'd expect from an IPA, and much more opaque than I'd expect. Plenty of soft white head, lots of lacing. The aroma and flavor are great. Lots of floral aromas (as you might expect) and citrus flavors, particularly grapefruit. The mouthfeel was average, a little more carbonation than I'd want but not outrageous. Another great offering from one of MA's best breweries. (515 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a tasty can of ipa here, thanks to philbolt for sending it my way in a very generous package. this one stands out from the crowd for its mouthfeel more than anything else, its dry and crisp like a lager, snappy in the finish, still very very hoppy, but it doesnt linger with oils or bitterness there, uncommon and deliciously refreshing. the flavor of the hops is nice too, a mix of pineapple and pine, sturdy in its construction but not at all heavy or out of balance. the hint of fruitiness in this is really nice, and without all the bitterness that usually comes in the style, it seems more summery, more drinkable, more warm weather beer. it was an outstanding accompaniment to spicy vegetarian curry, bold flavor meeting bold flavor, but the rich coconut milk base of the food was cut perfectly by the beer, and it cleaned the palate nearly completely after every bite. not my favorite beer i have had from these guys, but they do a really good job with all of their beer, and a fun can to taste this weekend. (1,015 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely Solid purchase!!
A: Light copper in color with a medium, white head that quickly dissipates into a thin, white lacing.
S: Floral notes with an underline darkness.
T: Dank, mild citrus notes, piney, somewhat dry, bitter finish.
M: Hops are prickly to the tongue, moderately carbonated, goes down smooth like drinking a soda!
O: Scary good....very surprised how easily it goes down. Has the makings of a career fridge beer AKA: it's a reliable option for the price and the palate!! (491 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden color with a decent white head and a fine cascading blanket of white lacing. The aroma offers an optimistic floral hop and the flavor follows suit with fair bitterness and floral grain ideas. The body is light and very crisp and the hops stay with you to the finish. Very nice. (292 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, honey-yellow coloring with a fluffy, tall, big bubbled, white head with solid cling. Aromas of cut grass, pineapple, melon, caramel backbone, roasted notes, and floral highlights. Flavors are bitter forward, with a blast of tropical fruits assaulting the tongue, heavy on the pineapple, melon, and mango, with some citrus highlights here and there, as well. Grass and cedar spice up the caramel backbone, and it all provides a pretty layered, dynamic flavor profile. The body is full, but with a very dry, spiced foundation. The aftertaste is more of the grass, cedar, and herbal hops characteristics. Dry finish, with a dank and resinous hops linger. Good beer. (729 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Med gold, not quite clear. White, cake-like head and good lacing.

S: Herbal, floral, piney. Strong lemon, spicy earthiness, pear, melon. Wildflower honey.

M: Good bite but felt just a tad thin. med body and carb

T: Tastes like hops slightly sweetened with honey. I'd guess Calypso or Galena. Definite earthiness, pear and melon, citrus. Grassy pine. (355 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden beer and very nice white foamy head. Sticky lace and all. Aroma is delightful. Hop resiny citrus, fruit, earthy and grassy. Taste follows. Clean, crisp, and loaded with happy hops with a good malt profile underneath Smooth going down and leaves the mouth watering for more. I'd gladly enjoy a 12 pack of this however it would be wise of me to break that into at least two sessions. (388 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BEST BY: 08/23/15

Slightly fuzzy gold with a fat, lumpy head that settles to a frothy covering. Smell is prominent zesty orange citrus and floral hops over a little toast. Bright, fresh, and resinous. Bright, zesty hop flavors.... grapefruit, bergamot, pine sap bitterness, green herbs, and a peppery quality that carries through to the finish. Nice old(er)-school character. I could drink many! (400 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is somewhat subdued citrus and floral aromas. Taste is bolder citrus and tropical fruits. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice IPA from CBC. (152 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to an inch thick medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of floral, citrus/grapefruit pith, and tropical/pineapple hops over the top of a light aroma of sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts and lightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and floral hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - really nice hop flavors and aromas are present in this one. Alcohol is well hidden and it would go down very easily on a hot summer day. Definitely worth grabbing again. (1,206 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden and transparent with a 2 finger head. The head consists of bigger bubbles.
Smell: I get pine right off the bat with a citrus rind smell that follows. Grapefruit for sure with a slight clementine sweetness. Complex Nose. Really enjoyed breaking the scents down.
Taste: This beer has a great sweetness up front. The same type that Pliny the Elder has. Also, a strong hop bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip. Behaves differently than most East Coast IPAs that I have had. The flavors began to shine and really come together as the beer warmed up.
Feel: My least favorite part os the beer. Higher carbonation than typically found in an IPA. Watery mouth feel and a head that was in no way creamy. Dissapointed in this aspect
Overall: The beer confused me. Tasted more like a DIPA but had the alcohol content of a regular IPA. Really complex flavors and nose, but at $17 for a 6 pack of cans it could be better. I would drink again if I came across, but I wouldn't hunt the beer down. (1,009 characters)

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

Scents of fruit like nectarines, grapefruit, apricots and tangerines mix with a light caramel and honey. Flavors trend towards the fruity side of hops with grapefruit leading, followed by tangerines. The malt is light but flavorful as it finishes with a touch of bitterness and pine. (284 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and beautiful, the brewers of Cambridge welcome spring with a fruit-forward taste that's backed with the drippy candied sweetness from malt- highlighting the fruity hop presence in a uniquely American way.

Flower Child is a bright gold, plumb bulb with the faintest of haze. A wisping white head pushes forward the vibrant bouquet that starts with mandarin orange, red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and lemon. Honey-like in its malt profile, the initial taste allows the fruit impressions to seem juicy, sun-ripened and fresh-picked.

As the faint caramel, firm honey and light biscuity character of pound cake slowly recede, the hops begin to take command. Trending from the racing tanginess of citrus and tropical fruit and toward dried fruit and the bitterness of their ribs, the more herbal side of the IPA come alive. Fresh-cut grass, pinecone and leaf all assist in the beer's bitter dominance as the finish draws near.

Medium-bodied, but hefty with that early sweetness, the beer dries wonderfully to a smooth and dedicated bitter taste late. It carries a dry, crisp and clean taste that begs for a high rate of consumption- perfect for the warming days of spring. Its citrusy aftertaste lingers in bitterness with all else dissolving to perfection. (1,279 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very little aroma out of the can or the glass. nice looking brew but very minimal carbonation. slightly pine-y, kind of floral. slight grapefruit in the back. decent brew. just no aroma(?)..... (193 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense floral pine hop aroma. Burnt orange clear body with a one finger head that lingers for a little while. An assertive bitterness. Some caramel and malt flavor. Light sourness. Kind of disappointing. (204 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-gold with a small off-white head. Drops to a small cap in relatively short order. Big sticky lacing with moderate carbonation. Clumpy cap remains for the duration.

Smell: Pine needle. Some sticky resin. Pushes of orange and grapefruit as well with a solid floral component. Mildly herbal as well. Malt base is very slightly bready with some toasted elements and a slight caramelized sweetness. Bread crust. A vague notion of mint. Marmalade. Ruby red grapefruit. Pithy bitterness. Slightly grassy as well.

Taste: Bitterness hits up front but is reasonably well balanced by the malt body. Some bread crust with a mild toasted malt profile. Caramelized malts add a touch of sweetness as well. Pithy grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and a touch of mint. Some grass. Big floral component coupled with a solid herbal note. Some green wood. Warming pushes up the pine profile and throws the balance off a touch upping the overall bitterness. Borders on aspirin but never quite reaches it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Mild astringency with a mildly creamy sip.

Overall: More east coast goodness.

It's always refreshing to find a balanced IPA that manages to carry a bitter profile. It's all in line and worth the pickup. (1,274 characters)

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.