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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
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

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

classic American india pale ale
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Ratings: 430 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by SuperStory:
Photo of SuperStory
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper/apricot in appearance

S: Very faint aromas of pine and grapefruit

T: More vibrant, citrus hop flavor than expected with such a faint aroma. Strong grapefruit tanginess throughout. Very easy to drink on a summer day!

Overall a great seasonal offering from CBC! I would like to see this one year round!

More User Reviews:
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 mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy off-white head on top. Nice head retention, with sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Some nice pine mixed with a little bit of floral hops. Faint grapefruit and orange rind. A bit of biscuity malt.

T: Nice citrus up front, some apricot and a bit of pineapple mixed with some pine. Definitely flowery, like the name implies.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitter finish.

O: Pretty solid IPA from CBC, would expect nothing less.

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 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 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 u2carew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles slowly. Clear bronze body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Peach. Grapefruit. Subtle pepper. Hints of pine. Floral notes.
T) Bold hops up front. Grapefruit. Slight buttery caramel notes. Lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium light body. Tannic like an orange peel. Very drinkable and fairly smooth if your familiar with IPAs.
O) A delicious, easy drinking IPA. I'd definitely have another one.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by stillmatic2232.

Pours a hazy amber orange, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very fresh and delicious- lots of citrus hops, very floral as well, which makes sense given the name.

The taste is similar. Nicely juicy, with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, along with a finish full of hop resins and oils. Only a small amount of sweet grainy malt is present, doesn't distract from the hop bonanza.

Medium bodied, light and airy on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly dry, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is an excellent IPA, juicy and delicious.

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 dd43
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 MattAtAmeriCraft
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on draught at the CBC.
Pours a foamy head that dissipates at an average rate. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass after a few sips.
The color is a deep orange, an earlier review called it a tangerine color and I would have to say that it is an apt description of the color.
I feel as though the nose of this beer is fairly deceiving. I got a lot more malt in the nose than the taste of the beer contains. Subtle citrus hop aroma is present, but only after a few sips and searching.
This beer tastes good. Plain and simple. Nice and balanced, the six types of hops shine through in the front with a delicate maltiness coming through in the finish. Solid grapefruit notes with some piney attributes. Nice stuff.
The mouth feel is a fairly medium body, definitely some substance to it especially for a 6.3% abv.

All and all a pleasing summery IPA. This was my first foray into CBC and I was happy with my experience. I didn't have food otherwise I'd rate the place as a whole. I live in Boston and often when I venture across the river I feel as though I'm transported to San Francisco or some West Coast beer haven. This experience at CBC made the journey worth it and this beer was definitely something I'd share with friends.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice fluffy and slightly creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear and consistent gold. The smell has strong yet delicate floral notes with a nice malty sweetness to add a little something extra. The taste is similar to the smell but slightly more bitter and more roasted malts. The body is medium bodied but is very light with biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting.

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze hue with a one finger frothy white head. there was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured clean piney hops with grapefruit and a light grain.

The taste offered a vibrant piney hop with floral notes with a grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a highly quaffable hop forward IPA.

Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into tulip. Pours hazy bright orange with a two finger head. Smell is tons of pine resin, citrus fruits, sweet hops, biscuit. Taste is lots of pine, lemon, melon,earthy, tons of west coast style hops but very balanced, not too bitter, no ral malt caricature. Mouthfeel is to be expected. This ipa has tons of pine and citrus. It's very drinkable and extremely delicious, reminds me of pliney IN THE RESPECT that it doesnt try to be an in your face hop bomb, its just so well balanced. glad I got to visit the brewery and bring this back to Columbus. Plus the label is awesome

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

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 donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$6 at Union Brewhouse

Hazy orange. Bartender filled my glass to the top which didn't leave any room for a head. I'll assume Flower Child usually looks at least ok. Smells like peach candy rings and bubble gum. Occasional whiffs of toasted cereal grain. Tastes like Crystal Light peach iced tea. Deceptively sharp, piney bitter.

I get more peach than floral. As such if I had to name this after a 60's movement I would go with Eat a Peach. Good stuff. CBC usually is.

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 PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a Best By Date of 9/23/14 stamped on the bottom of the can. Lots of lacing. Pours a pale golden color with an inch of frothy head. The aroma is lots of citrus and pine. Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. The taste is lemon, lime and orange peel upfront followed by pine. Finishes nicely with grapefruit bitterness. Some floral notes throughout. Medium bodied and slightly oily. Slight alcohol presence. I am very impressed with this one. Overall, fantastic IPA.

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass
Best by: 09/23/14

Thanks to nhbeerguy for sending this over an extra

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow with 2.5 fingers width of off white colored head, dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, tons of dank resinous notes, and sweet malts to balance out the hops. Pretty nice.

T: Piney bitterness, citrus rind, subtle tropical fruits, balancing malt backbone.

M/D: Medium to full body, carbonation is appropriate, fairly smooth for the style, drying on the finish, drinkability is average.

O: Tasty beer. Glad I got to try it. Id drink this again for sure.

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 Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear-orange-gold with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Sheets of lacing left behind.

Aroma of baby aspirin, tangerine and delicate malts.

The taste matched the aroma with baby aspirin, tangerine and a soft malty finish. Light bitter note lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company. Perfect for a hot summer.

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly and leaves some soapy lacing, over a crystal clear toasty orange slight auburn color.

Nose is pure awesome hops, loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, as well as loads of musty resins, actually the fresh wet hop like resins dominate at first, with a little passion fruit in the background, touch of papaya and guava, as well as a slight stone fruit flesh, citrus is more mild than I initially thought, and it gets slightly floral. under all that is a mild sweet malty base with a little toasty malt.

Taste actually starts with a little sweet malt, a slight honey malt like flavor with some sweetness, slight honey cereal flavor too, an interesting malt blend. Then hops kick in, milder than I expected but plenty there. Some bitterness but not a ton, juicy fruits with some tropical but more of the guava papaya angle and a slight fleshy dragon fruit, and a generic tropical fruit without the citrus really. Finish lingers for quite some time with med bitterness, a bit more of the citrus now with a little clementine, touch of tangerine and more generic tropical fruit, fairly dry but just slightly sticky.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb.

Overall quite a nice beer, the malt bill is very unique and interesting and somehow stands out through the nice hop barrage, which brings nice tropical fruit, less the citrus portion but nice fruit overall.

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 PPOmaha
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in the CBC Beergarden during the 24th Anniversary.

No head from this cask-condition pour. There are some fine intermittent bubbles on the surface. Some these do stick to the glass briefly. Cloudy. Dark gold color.

Strong grapefruit citrus aroma.

Served around 50 degrees (10 Celsius), this a hop bomb. Bitter and peppery. The alcohol is notable, but in the background. Low carbonation naturally. Full bodied as well. Long bitter orange rind aftertaste.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.