Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 69 | 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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Ratings: 452 | Reviews: 71
Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an incredibly piney and woodsy IPA. Hops are very forward and prominent. Finish is of herbal citrus tones. A solid IPA overall.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz can on May 16, 2015.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very good american IPA drank out of a can. Will be picking up another six pack.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Tiffany88
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pretty good beer beer. Taste of lemon and orange peel but too much bitterness on the back end for me to enjoy it. That said I don't really like IPAs

Photo of huntley101888
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
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 +6.5%
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 -30.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -14.9%
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 +1%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.7%
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%
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 +2%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.7%
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.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.