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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | 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

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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 60
Photo of huntley101888
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like a boozy dandelion. It is pretty true to style in all the other aspects, but the dandelion taste ruins it for me.

Photo of bigsteve45
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Keithp3939
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that good. No aroma and no bitterness

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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(?).....

Photo of rjplumer
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good ipa. Great balance. Hops malt.. Very nice session beer

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got around to buying something canned from these guys.

Pours out a very golden straw color. Could be a budweiser if I didnt have a nose or tongue.

Smell emits tons of herbal hops. Fruity and flowery.

Smell is the same. This is basically hop soda. I get clementines, tangerines, kiwi, grapefruit and ganja hop flavors. Lots of flower flavors to, I dont really have a good descriptor for "flowers". Its got a bit of bitterness too. . Reminds me a little bit of Flower Power. Very different than the Pacific NW IPA flavors. Reminds me of a session IPA with more hops+booze.

Personally I like my IPA's with a bit of a malt backbone, but thats my preference.

The hoppyness Is crazy though, and I can admire this for what it is. They definitely dry hop the shiznit out of it. I also got this fresh to death (since I bought it at Redstone Liquors).

Great IPA, if you live in Mass you must give it a try.

Photo of rdilauro
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didnt detect any distinct aroma of a typical IPA. The grapefruit, pine , resin aroma just was not there.
My first taste and immediately I thought of a cream ale. Smooth, soft and creamy. Much like a French Cremant sparkling wine.
The taste was enjoyable and it had a distinct taste of fresh cut grass.
The aftertaste was a bit disappointing, very short finish. But it did have that nice dry finish which I love in IPAs

Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a can shaped glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, floral, grassy, citrus, piney, caramel, bready, and toasted malts. Smells great.

Taste: Same as above. Was expecting more juicy hop flavor, but still pretty happy with this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Another local awesome IPA out of a can. Would be nice to see this beer more often.

Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral, juicy grapefruit aroma. Notes of resin.

Very resiny flavor, light floral and muted citrus notes.

Photo of Pawoto
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this bad boy out of a purple can...delightful hop nose. Really tasty IPA that I'd like to take on the golf course.

I'll come back for a full review on this when I get a chance to drink out of a glass.

Photo of rogacks
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Was able to get a fresh 6 pack. So good!

Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep golden color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: herbal and tropical fruit; as it warms, a little floral in the background;

T: a little muted; tropical fruit is most prevalent; floral and piney hops are there as well; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: complex; not a favorite for me - I wish the flavors were a little more assertive; nonetheless, very good;

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

The meadow calls with
Rose and fresh-cut grass,
Can see clear down the hill,
The gardener is smoking
His own fresh-cut grass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with thick foamy head that recedes slowly (3/3)
S: Deeply floral and grassy nose with a little bit of pineapple (10/12)
T: I think I just drank a marijuana rose. Not a big fan of the bitter hang. It gets really strong right when you’re enjoying the flowers and grass, but it fades out after 5-10 seconds. (16/20)
M: Surprisingly thick-bodied for an IPA, very bubbly with a somewhat dry finish. (5/5)
O: Very refreshing, but with a lot of complexity. (8/10)

Photo of JoeRonan4
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%


Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12 oz can (best by date of 22-Mar 2015) into a pint glass.

A very easy drinking IPA, made on the east coast but not necessarily with the malt balance you look for in best of breed renditions of the style.

More floral and piney to me than citrusy. Aroma unfortunately recedes somewhat after the initially prodigious head fades away. Would be curious to know the hop mix used in this beer. It's clearly bitter enough, but an additional citrus aromatic might have provided a missing element.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, carbonation is crisp but commensurate with the ABV and overall flavor profile. Leaves a pleasant malt essence on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth after swallowing.

Not a standout by any means, but easy to recommend and easier to drink.

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pretty, dark orange with a white head.

Smells floral and citrusy, with big nodes of centennial and chinook. G-good god... is this a Massachusetts-brewed IPA that doesn't taste like extract and isn't brewed with nobel hops?!?

It is!! Wonderful hop profile, wonderfully balanced. Probably a boilerplate run-of-the-mill IPA in Michigan, but here it is a friggin godsend.

This is the closet thing I've found to a Midwest IPA ever since I moved to this wretched New England wasteland. That probably caused me to run up the score a bit. Still, tis a fine IPA with an honest-to-god variegated American hop profile, and that's exactly what I was looking for.

Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden in color. Forms a nice creamy head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is somewhat muted. However, I can make out some citrus and a bit of orange blossom. Otherwise, not much else. Taste isn't bad, just a bit watery. Light sweetness. Mostly orangey citrus with a little grapefruit and orange zest. On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. A little thin all around, but, otherwise not a bad beer.

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

I tried this for the first time at the Boston Brew festival put on by CBG in September 2014 but had again recently. What a delicious IPA, it is wonderfully hopped and so bright and crisp, just the way I like my IPAs.

Photo of baseball1976
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

This beer is amazing! I just moved up to MA from AZ, and was spoiled by all of the West Coast IPAs out there... moving here took a little hunting and homework to find great beer... this is one!

The taste reminded me a lot of Stone's Enjoy By, but without the heavy booze. Was on the fence about buying it, and then had it on draft at Armsby Abby... bought a case the next day.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz. can served in a tumbler. Pours a golden orange with a rocky 1.5 inch, buttermilk colored head. Distinct malt presence in the nose, followed by a piney, floral, resinous, citrusy character. Taste is a bit more earthy/herbal than piney with an astringent, slightly medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation that leaves a slight residual burn at the back of the throat. Acidity lightly stimulates that salivary glands. Overall, a decent American IPA; perhaps a bit too malty for my general sensibilities, but pretty solid. I bet this beer would make a great cask offering.

Photo of PPOmaha
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Hop forward, very floral, also lots of citrus juice. Candied orange slices. Sweet bready malt aroma. Something lightly plasticy is also there. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Appearance: Golden with copper highlights. Some haze. Thin dense white head.

Flavor: Very high bitterness up front, not at all balanced. Another taste, just more bitterness. There is a little bit of hop flavor here some citrus, lots of pine but it is overpowered by bittering hops. Hard to pick out distinct malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: IPA with one-note bitterness. All the hop flavor is overpowered by the level of bitterness. The bittering addition was way too much for me here.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.