Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 544
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gcarl on 10-12-2010

classic American india pale ale
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C.B.C. Flower Child has a thick, off-white head, a clear, orange-gold appearance, some ascending bubbles, and rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong mango hop oil and pale malt. Taste is of that, with a strong hop bitterness developing by the third sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and C.B.C. Flower Child finishes dry and smooth.


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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balanced and drinkable IPA with piney bitterness offset nicely with some subtle malt sweetness. Finishes quite dry. A crushable beer if ever there was one. This is an IPA I wouldn't have liked earlier in my craft days, that I now enjoy. The minimal sweetness and pine notes mesh well.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. If there's a date on the can, I don't see it. Brought to me by the generous @mr-jj.

Pours pretty golden with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is very damped. Smells vaguely toasty and beery.

Taste, on the other hand, is pretty explosive. Powerful flower, strong pine bitterness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little slick. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went in with low expectations and this beer pleasantly caught me by surprise. This is a very solid IPA and is now my go-to shelf beer when they are all out of Sea Hag.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy bright gold color with a foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that faded slowly, leaving a layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, graham cracker, sweet malt, caramel, fresh piney hops, onion, light spices like pepper and coriander, and then some floral hops. Nice balance with a zesty mix of citrus and malty crackers most similar to graham cracker.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, toasted grains, dry floral hops, graham cracker, sweet malt, caramel, fresh piney hops, oily citrus hops, grass, light spices like pepper and coriander. Earthy in general with what seems like a lot of dry hopping and a nice variety of citrus flavors. Well balanced and full of flavor, this is a nice tasting classic IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, a feel on the smooth side and a fine level of bitterness for an IPA. Overall a really solid beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is of pineapple, some malt sweetness, a tropical fruit medley, and a hint of pine. The taste has a very tropical fruitiness to it with mango being very prominent for me. There is a nice bit of bitterness on the finish. I was pleasantly surprised with this IPA.

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Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of keithletty
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

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Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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!!

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Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.