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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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: 416 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a dogfish head IPA glass.

A: Copper color, good clarity. Fine-bubbled rocky white head. Sticky rings and clumps of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Pine and earthy resinous hops are strong on the nose. Sticky bud. Some underlying whiffs of tangerine, kiwi strawberry, and passion fruit. Unmistakable herbal/lemony centennial too. Toasted biscuit malt.

T: Earthy and piney up front. Sweet bud. Kiwi, passion fruit, tangerine, and melon. Big oily and herbal bite. Good clamp of bitterness. Toasty malt base. Plenty of oily and herbal bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Thinly creamy and slick with hop oils. Crisp bite of carbonation adds a nice refreshing touch. Gritty astringency.

O: A very solid IPA. A good balance of hop flavor vs hop bitterness. Plenty to keep even a rampant hophead busy. Cans do wonders for it.

More User Reviews:
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 mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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 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 u2carew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +10.7%
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 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 MattAtAmeriCraft
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +15.1%
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 +14.1%

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 donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 -25.8%
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 PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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%
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 Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +7.7%
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 -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 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.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (best by 9/23/14 - seems like a long time, so must be fresh) poured into a Bruery tulip. I have to admit going into this, I am expecting this to be a wholly inadequate IPA playing off of the success of Ithaca's Flower Power. Similar name and a label design that replicates the color scheme and feel of the Flower Power label (from a distance in the store I actually thought it might be Flower Power in a can). At the very least, I'm irritated a bit about this. Anyway, hopefully I am wrong and the beer is better than my impression of the marketing.

A - Good looking beer in the glass. Pours a pale golden color with light traces of amber highlighting - excellent clarity. Two fingers of fluffy white head cap the beer for several minutes slowly falling to leave behind loose webs of lacing.

S - Full, fresh hoppy aroma...loaded with pine even from a foot away from the glass. Plenty of grapefruit as well but not as intense as the piney aspects, touches of tangerine. Lightly sweet, honey-ish malt.

T - Sharp bitterness at a medium-high intensity. Hop flavors play off of this nicely - first impression is lightly sweet citrus, followed very quickly by the resiny pine that really takes over the flavor profile. Deep pine notes persist thru to the finish where the bitterness reclaims top prize and lingers long after the swallow. Malt character is barely there but gives a faint hint of sugary sweetness and a lightly grainy base. Finish is dry and bitter eliminating any trace of malt after the swallow.

M - Light body and a firm, medium-high intensity prickly carbonation. Hop flavors up front fade into a dry bitterness that lingers forever after the swallow. For me a bit too dry to be ideal - a bit of residual malt sweetness always seem to lift and bring out the citrusy hop flavors adding complexity and further hop experience - this is mostly missing here (at least exists at an intensity level below my liking).

O - Overall a solid IPA. Better than I expected, but certainly not up to the standard set by the Flower Power the marketing seems to be imitating. Flavorful and I would tend to call this sessionable. I can see myself having a few of these cans by the pool this summer.

Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light copper color

Aroma: strong citrusy/piney smell. hop heads delight

Taste: the hops just take over and linger after the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body nice carbonation

this beer is super awesome. Really well done. So refreshing to an east coast brewery do a west coast style ipa. this beer reminded me of heady topper and ranks up there in my book.

Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, straw yellow and was topped by a thin, creamy, off-white crown. The head quickly faded to a clingy ring of froth. Sticky blocks of lacing coated the top quarter of the glass.

The nose was fantastically fragrant. As the name implies, the hops were quite flowery. Semi-sweet and exotic. Citrus notes were apparent. Some tropical fruits. A touch of honey was noticeable as well.

On the front end, the flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Orange notes came through strong. Some tropical fruit sweetness. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile turned substantially more bitter. Super pithy and dry notes of grapefruit rind dominated the back end and the finish. Pine needles were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style, yet surprisingly creamy and slick. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Cambridge Brewing Company's Flower Child IPA is a good but not great beer. Maybe it just happens to be the name, but this reminds me a lot of a second rate version of Ithaca's Flower Power IPA.

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.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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