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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 522
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 97 | 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 PPOmaha
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of gcarl
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt gold in color. Quick fading head that leaves nice but faint lacing on the glass. Hop forward, tart, dry. Built off the Flower Power IPA out of Ithaca Brewing, Flower Child mimics it parent well. Truly a hop bomb but lacks the malt base that makes me want more than one in a sitting. If you are looking for more of the west coast style than most east coast IPA offer. This one is for you.

GC (399 characters)

Photo of SuperStory
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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! (319 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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; (495 characters)

Photo of MattAtAmeriCraft
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of ktblue22
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A damn solid IPA - pours a deep amber orange with very little head out of a 22oz bomber. Smell is very floral, which was pleasantly expected. Tastes of many spices - cloves most prominent. Really well done and definitely not a hop-bomb. Flavor profile changes as you drink it, from spicy to florally to citrus. (310 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, smells great. Clear, golden colored. Floral and piney aromas dominate. Tastes very piney, more so than the smell would lead one to believe, balanced by a touch of honey on the palate. More pine on the finish. A little bit of chewiness keeps it dynamic. (264 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a tasty can of ipa here, thanks to philbolt for sending it my way in a very generous package. this one stands out from the crowd for its mouthfeel more than anything else, its dry and crisp like a lager, snappy in the finish, still very very hoppy, but it doesnt linger with oils or bitterness there, uncommon and deliciously refreshing. the flavor of the hops is nice too, a mix of pineapple and pine, sturdy in its construction but not at all heavy or out of balance. the hint of fruitiness in this is really nice, and without all the bitterness that usually comes in the style, it seems more summery, more drinkable, more warm weather beer. it was an outstanding accompaniment to spicy vegetarian curry, bold flavor meeting bold flavor, but the rich coconut milk base of the food was cut perfectly by the beer, and it cleaned the palate nearly completely after every bite. not my favorite beer i have had from these guys, but they do a really good job with all of their beer, and a fun can to taste this weekend. (1,015 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,279 characters)

Photo of shadetree67
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Stiff pour yielded an impressive 3 fingers of head. Gold in color and clear. I can see there is lots of carbonation in this.

S. Very floral with slight citrus in there too. Pretty aromatic

T. Follows the nose. Floral and perfume-y with a hint of pine. Malt is barely present. Quite bitter.

M. Medium Body. Medium to high carbonation. Dry finish.

O. This would be nice on a hot day but I would only be able to drink one as I typically don't care for floral IPAs (468 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (672 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral hops and juicy grapefruit dominate the initial aroma. Notes of resin surface late.

Very resiny in flavor, with light floral and muddled citrus notes. (157 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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.

Hop bitterness is the best part of this beer. Serves as a reminder that people who are overwhelmed by hops are sometimes better served with a double IPA for the additional malt presence than with a standard hoppy IPA such as Flower Child.

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. (881 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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(?)..... (193 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (424 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (284 characters)

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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