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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 521
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 96 | 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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Photo of keithletty
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (587 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/08/13

Slightly hazy, golden-orange with a big, fluffy, lumpy, bright white head leaving behind decent lace and retention. Very floral and fruity hops with some fragrant honey mixed in. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit but I can honestly discern melon for the first time in a while and I always want to taste it. Similar taste with a great body. So damn smooth. The right carbonation. Everything is spot-on with this beer and it surpassed my expectations. Phenomenal IPA. (488 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

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. (216 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of baseball1976
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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. (377 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +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. (625 characters)

Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.
Cheers (386 characters)

Photo of Pawoto
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (210 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fruity solid IPA. I wasn't expecting anything extraordinary, but this beer is exponentially better than the very good "The Audacity of Hops" in my opinion. Really was smooth and was pitted perfectly with BBQ chicken. CBC continues to churn out good beers. (260 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a humble shade of blonde and gold with a thick, frothy head into my glass. The description has me excited about what lies within.

Immediately, my nose is greeted by biscuity malt and a strong mix of floral, citrus and pine hops. Aroma is comparable to a few other IPAs and even one or two DIPAs that I've sampled from others.

It gets even better in the mouth: A blast of pine with an acidic citrus layer. Malt is there but the hops make it clear that they're the star of this show. It gives me much pleasure as a hop-head.

The pine hop residue makes the biggest impression on the mouthfeel as well. Old school bitterness for an old school hop lover.

I'm stoke to see this latest release in my neck of the woods. Every time I drink something from CBC, it reminds me of my trip to Boston and visit to CBC. Great memories! (829 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited CBC yesterday with Da Boss. Had a teardrop pint for $5.50.

Beer poured golden orange with an OK white head.

Nose was fresh hops - very nice.

Taste was classic west coast IPA; hop forward with citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel was refreshing, good carbonation with a medium body.

Overall a very solid IPA - this was the definition of a fresh IPA at it's finest. This is a seasonal beer so give it a shot if you are in the MIT area of Boston! (452 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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!! (491 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color capped by an inch of foam that leaves a number of strands behind

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with sweet orange and pith tones

Taste: Hop forward, with a blend of orange, pith, tropical fruit and just a touch of honey blending through mid-palate and the finish; a little grainy in the aftertaste with biscuity malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very nice IPA that is hop forward, well-balanced and with the floral sweetness, a somewhat individual approach (543 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden body with straw colored hues beneath the fluffy white head which dissolves to leave little lacing behind.

As advertised e aroma offers citrus,pine, and floral hop notes. All are fresh and clean with greater focus on the citrus sweetness and flower petals.

The flavor is similar with copious amounts of hops and plenty of variety including the floral, citrus, and pine notes previously mentioned with more focus on the citrus as it warms.

Medium n body with medium carbonation and a clean, crisp palate with a hop punch finish.

A great Aerican IPA with a nice variety of hops to entertain the senses. (624 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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)
42/50 (633 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (400 characters)

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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