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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
91
outstanding

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gcarl on 10-12-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, May 24, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, May 26, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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

brentk56, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

nickfl, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

jlindros, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -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.

smcolw, May 04, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Trashcat, Thursday at 03:30 PM
Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

rab53, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

plaid75, Nov 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Brad007, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BGsWo22, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Jwale73, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

mynie, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours somewhere between orange and yellow. Sample glass restricts accurate head and lacing description.

S-Flower Child seems to be an apt name. Floral hops and rather concentrated orangey citrus. Light, spicy hops with some well set biscuity sweetness.

T-The flavors of hop-induced fruits are pleasurable. Citrusy but not pungent citrus; more tangerines than grapefruit, which I prefer. Floral hops and a light grassiness. Well balanced with some sweet caramel and biscuit.

M-Very drinkable. Softer bitterness. Light resin. Tingly bubbles.

O/D-A very delectable IPA. I know this has been said before but it draws comparisons to a very highly regarded IPA with an eerily similar name.

VelvetExtract, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

st9647v3, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaxon53, May 30, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Florida9, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.