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Flower Child IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 113 | 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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 567
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to nonic pint glass. No date. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated to a foamy lumpiness of lace. Light stringy rings weave around the glass. The smell has a nice floral to bitter sticky citrus to slight piney hops. The taste combines the sweet with the bitterness of the pine nicely. A dry citrus aftertaste leads to a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me as there’s enough bitterness from the hops to still allow the level of harshness to be good for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of FFreak
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sixer of cans purchased at the Dunkin Donuts in Milton for ~$10. A semi-hazy light golden yellow with a creamy, almost pure white, lacy head. Nice sweetness and citrus fruit in the nose, which also comes through in the taste. A nice soft bitterness on the finish, but as the beer warms it begins to take on what I call a 'homebrew' taste. Mouth is a silky, medium body, super refreshing. Overall, a nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA, that unfortunately degrades as it warms.

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Photo of Kendo
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is orangey with a 2-finger fluffy white head, which settles to leave behind plenty of lace.

S: Not strong enough for an American IPA, IMHO - I get a faint whiff of citrusy hops, predominantly grapefruit.

T: Citrusy hops (grapefruit) over a faint, straw-like malt. Also good piney, spicy hop bite on the finish and into the aftertaste.

M: Body is a bit light in heft and it's somewhat thin and watery. Feels more like a Session IPA than a "regular" one.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

getting a nice floral aroma, notes of pine and malts. taste is really nice, predominately piney hop flavor with some citrus and sweet malt notes. very drinkable, overall good beer. I liked this beer quite a bit and would definitely drink another one, but there are definitely better IPA options out there in my opinion. still, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very crushable, smells of bubblegum and grapefruit. Smooth and very subtle hops throughout that offer a fresh and sweet bite solid IPA from this brewery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C.B.C. Flower Child has a thick, off-white head, a clear, orange-gold appearance, some ascending bubbles, and rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong mango hop oil and pale malt. Taste is of that, with a strong hop bitterness developing by the third sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and C.B.C. Flower Child finishes dry and smooth.


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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balanced and drinkable IPA with piney bitterness offset nicely with some subtle malt sweetness. Finishes quite dry. A crushable beer if ever there was one. This is an IPA I wouldn't have liked earlier in my craft days, that I now enjoy. The minimal sweetness and pine notes mesh well.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. If there's a date on the can, I don't see it. Brought to me by the generous @mr-jj.

Pours pretty golden with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is very damped. Smells vaguely toasty and beery.

Taste, on the other hand, is pretty explosive. Powerful flower, strong pine bitterness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little slick. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went in with low expectations and this beer pleasantly caught me by surprise. This is a very solid IPA and is now my go-to shelf beer when they are all out of Sea Hag.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy bright gold color with a foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that faded slowly, leaving a layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, graham cracker, sweet malt, caramel, fresh piney hops, onion, light spices like pepper and coriander, and then some floral hops. Nice balance with a zesty mix of citrus and malty crackers most similar to graham cracker.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, toasted grains, dry floral hops, graham cracker, sweet malt, caramel, fresh piney hops, oily citrus hops, grass, light spices like pepper and coriander. Earthy in general with what seems like a lot of dry hopping and a nice variety of citrus flavors. Well balanced and full of flavor, this is a nice tasting classic IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, a feel on the smooth side and a fine level of bitterness for an IPA. Overall a really solid beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is of pineapple, some malt sweetness, a tropical fruit medley, and a hint of pine. The taste has a very tropical fruitiness to it with mango being very prominent for me. There is a nice bit of bitterness on the finish. I was pleasantly surprised with this IPA.

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Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into snifter

L - pours golden honey with tall fluffy white head
S - Resinous with tons of pine and honey sweetness
T - Soft pine with undertones of malt sweetness and a gentle bitter bite to finish
F - Soft mouthfeel, medium bodied with perfect carb

Overall, a refined old school piney IPA. Lovely beer

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color with nice white head and loads of carbonation streaming up. Very fruity nose with tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange rind, fresh peaches, and spicy pine. The flavor initially hits you with bitterness, transitioning towards juicy grassy notes, pine, floral sweetness, with some indication of tropical fruits. The malts are balanced very nicely making for a clean, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of keithletty
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at Cambridge Brewing Co. Hazy orange body with a white head. Great lacing. Citrus hops, grass, caramel malt, and a bit of pine for the nose. Flavor is bright with a nice blend of both citrusy and grassy hops. Malt makes its case on the finish. High drink-ability.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh and juicy, full of bright fruit and clean malt... grasses and citrus come across on the nose, big flavors assert on the taste - vibrant grapefruit with a dusty sweetness - medium-light body, ample carbonation, smooth and clean...

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Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at the brewpub, in a tulip glass
Served: 1 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a burnt-orange color with a thin, cream head. Leaves great lacing down the side of the glass and looks pretty great.

Smell: Bright grapefruit and citrus notes, along with a reasonable piney/grassy assertion that likely lends the beer its name. I didn't find anything overtly floral about it like some reviewers. Lemongrass and cajeput seems most accurate in my mind.

Taste: Smooth, sweet malts counteract a medium bitterness and topped with a nice hop finish. Really smooth and goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium carbonation. Gives the beer body without feeling either heavy or light. Really hits the sweet spot with IPAs.

overall: A great beer, and one of the better IPAs available from a Boston-area craft brewer that's easily obtainable just about anywhere. Would recommend.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; golden, slight orange hue, thin head, nice lacing
smell; floral hops, sweet rolls, a little alcohol
taste; floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, grass, malt, full flavored, nicely balanced, doesn't taste even a little boozy, finishes as crisp and hoppy as it starts
feel; smooth with some bubbles, crisp, medium body
overall; a crisp, full flavored lawnmower ipa if you have a small lawn, very nice

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation action. It poured with a two finger off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of piney hops and a corresponding moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid IPA that has a nice blend of hip aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans, had it poured into a pint glass. The color is a little weird for an ipa. Its much yellower and less copper colored than I'd expect from an IPA, and much more opaque than I'd expect. Plenty of soft white head, lots of lacing. The aroma and flavor are great. Lots of floral aromas (as you might expect) and citrus flavors, particularly grapefruit. The mouthfeel was average, a little more carbonation than I'd want but not outrageous. Another great offering from one of MA's best breweries.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!

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Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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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.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.