Flower Child IPA
Cambridge Brewing Company

Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #697
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,794
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
746
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Massachusetts, United States
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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA
Notes: LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH!

Get your hop groove on with our Flower Child IPA. Its herbal blast of citrus, floral, and piney hops will resonate within you like that glorious guitar solo from you favorite concert ever. It's a new dawn!
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12 oz (355 ml) can at The Tap House in Tuckahoe, NY, into a 12 oz schooner glass.
A: Pours a cloudy, amber color with no more than half finger, white head formation with rim retention, but rings of foamy lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, apricot, and light pine mix initially with an orangy finish.
T: Semisweet. Palate flavors largely favor the nose with a Cointreau finish. Slightly peppery bitterness is light leading to a clean, refreshing finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong persistent carbonation.
O: Really enjoyable. A relatively light, fruity IPA that would go well by itself or with nearly anything.

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Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can. I get it fresh from the brewery.
A classic American IPA, bitter and hoppy. Balanced flavors of floral, citrus peel hops and grainy malts with a touch of light caramel.
A solid beer that has been around for years and will surely be on hand for many more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How in the flying f**k have I NOT previously checked into this one?!? I used to go up to BOS routinely & this was a regular stop for me while in town! I've been in the bowels of the place as well as on a brewery tour, but NO review of this beer for The CANQuest (tm)?!? WTF, over?

From the CAN: "Love the One You're With!"; "Get your hop groove on with our latest, Flower Child IPA. Its herbal blast of citrus, floral, and piney hops will resonate within you like that glorious guitar solo from your favorite concert ever. It's a new dawn!"; "CBC was founded in 1989 in Kendall Square, Cambridge, where we've been crafting classic, unique, and experimental beers ever since. Keep an eye out for our next very special offering. Thanks for supporting authentic craft beer! Cheers, [undersigned] Phil & Will".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug since this whole thing is a mystery. It foamed up nicely to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention, leaving a load of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of grapefruit & pine with an underpinning of caramel. 8=O This was like some kind of throwback for this hophead! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy but on the approach & certainly big for the style. The taste remained old skool with the pine & grapefruit flavors at front & center with a caramel malt base underneath. Mmm. Finish was dry, but not so much so as to be gasping. It was really right in my wheelhouse, to be quite honest. This is one that I would mule back from my next trip, whenever that may be. YMMV.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 8/23/15"; drank 5/10/15 @ the Yarchives.

Hazy dandelion appearance.

HUGE khaki head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Mild orange citrus & mango notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild orange citrus flavor up front; a bitter grapefruit bite on the finish.

Not enough flavor & too bitter; drinkable but not enjoyable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can best be: 2/16/19 opened on 11/22/18

A well carbonated, clear golden-amber color. Chunky and off white foam with excellent lacing. Good look.

A rather classic Aipa nose, with robust wild fruitiness, sweet tinged hops, and grainy but light maltiness. Strawberry and cream, pineapple and rhubarb from these hops.
Light to medium bodied foray, crisp, clean malty bite gives way to a tropical fruit style blast from the hops. Good complexity, not extreme, but very high-end in a classic way. The hops turn slightly earthy with an excellent, dry, bitter bite Right at the end.

CBC has been killing it since '89. They make the very best American Belgian styles of anyone, and that's why they are an all time favorite of mine

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with spelingchampeon. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 9/8/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an awesome IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Loved the classic Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum, Chinook, and Amarillo profile as expected. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; solid pale malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, awesome classic tasting west coast style.

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Photo of LarryV
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I already wrote a review and it failed to post, I'm just going to say this is a delicious IPA and one of the best I've had recently. We're talking classic IPA goodness here, no pretentious NEIPA juicy nonsense, delicious.

1/1/2019 - Updating my review. I still consider this one of the best classic style IPA's around. Aroma of dank hops gives a prelude to what's ahead. Pours an attractive clear amber color with a decent head that's quick to dissipate to a lacy ring of white. Taste is aggressive hops balanced by a modest but unobtrusive malt backbone. Sweetness is kept to a minimum and the finish is surprisingly dry. Really a good IPA and a nice alternative to all of the NEIPA's that are flooding the market. Priced right at $10.99 a sixpack at my local store.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could be an every day IPA. Would like to blind taste off of 6.5% faves like Dales Pale Ale.
a) slightly chill hazed, the one finger head lasts and laces nicely over a bright golden body,.
s) Too faint, but it's orange rind, pine, flowers.
t) Fruit as promised with emphasis on candied fruit rind, over a creamy, malty caramel base. honey, and nice landing bitter.
f) Mid weight, good flavor see saw, clean finish, great food or first beer of the evening.
o) Smart American IPA, not overly hopped, close to a hoppy APA. Try 24.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Seymour in Greenfield, MA. The beer had a murky orange appearance with a thick, large head. The aromas had a light piney aroma that followed with a pretty creamy orange juice flavor. The mouthfeel was really nice as it helped the beer have a creamy texture without being too dense. Overall, the beer was really nice.

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Photo of haines710
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can that I picked up at a local bottle shop. Nice creamy head and lacing. Brilliant floral and fruity smell. Dark yellow orange color but but cloudy. Taste is very strong bitter malty with hints of pine and citrus. Very typical northeast IPA. I really like.

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Photo of pandaslap
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome. Reminiscent of resin, flower power, sculpin.

Had on tap in Cambridge, so it probably doesn’t get much fresher...

Floral, just the right amount of bitterness, and the hops linger on the tongue...in short, just right.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The carbonation was heavy when I opened the can. So much carbonation forced a head, which is fine. Head was white to off white in color and mostly dissipated quickly. Beer color was deep golden, just enough to allow light through. Nose is hoppy, but more floral than citrus. Taste was more like old school IPAs, more hoppy bitterness than citrus, but I like it. Follow up allowed flavors to meld and the hops to grow then gently subside.

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Photo of SoniaB
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum yum yum. I like this beer. Nice warm golden color with a nice head with a nice flor. Hoppy but not overwhelming, the flor lingers on the back of your tongue. I would drink this beer again!!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy orange gold. Plenty of foam, and tilting my glass from side to side, plenty of lacing.

S: Pine and very flowery hops in the smell. Mostly pine, which I dig.

T: Pine again but with a mildly aggressive grainy malt character that adds a real plus to this IPA. There's a subtle sweetness that I get within the flavourful profile that I can't identify. Helps.

M: Medium bodied until the finish where it thins out some.

O: I reckon my palate likes this muchly. Who am I to argue?

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Photo of crotharagain
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think I must be drinking a different beer from the other reviewers. Poured not hazy or cloudy at all, but a clear golden orange with 2 fingers of foam that quickly dissipated.
Great hoppy smell, taste is even better and the finish is almost exceptional. Mouthfeel is a little thin.
Overall, a solid IPA that I'll try again.

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Photo of peensteen
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed golden orange, one finger of white head and some lace. Smell is of tropical fruit and citrus, big sweet sugary fruits, similar to smelling a packet of kool aid crystals. Taste is fruity with a bit of sugary malt, some pine and dankness to it, bitterness is fairly substantial here, finishes dry and fruity. Lightly carbonated medium body. Not great, still drinkable but not something I would necessarily revisit myself.

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Photo of LJSchoppert
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold, head fades pretty quickly
Hoppy on the nose, with a lot of citrus
Tastes citrusy as well, with a bit of pine on the back of the palate
Pretty light body, a bit of pleasant stickiness
Overall a proficient IPA. It's nothing to go hunting for in this golden age of beer, but it's a pleasure to drink

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Photo of BrewChaz
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Was able to enjoy this hoppy nugget from the brew gods while canoeing on the Muskegon River in Michigan. While there was no glass to pour in, I had to indulge this golden gem straight from the can, with a paddle in hand. The smell was genuine to the hoppyness that followed, hard to get the "full monty" sniff without a glass, but what trickled down my neck after the first sip was euphoric. A wild verity of hops can be felt here and after further investigation, and, according to their website, " Extensively hopped and dryhopped with a big roster of hops , Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum, Chinook, and Amarillo..." proved my theory correct, Hop-Tastic! Very well blend of malts consisting of pale and honey, helping keep this heady wild child chakras balanced.

Glad I was able to enjoy this Mass. brew on my trip as well, Michigan fall can get chilly and nothing like a quality American IPA to warm your toes up to by the fire. 4/5

- @BrewChaz

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Photo of professorchow
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can in a Shaker pint. Good, solid, tasty, drinkable, well-made IPA. It says something about the moment we're in that, for all those qualities, this ale doesn't stand out in any way amidst the available IPAs. If you like the style--and I do!--this is a reasonably enjoyable beer, but in no way a memorable one. Happy to drink it again, but see no reason to seek it out.

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Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy Amber color with a 4F head in a Stone IPA glass.

Strong pine- earthy and resinous.

Deep citrus taste, resinous followed by a hoppy,resinous spicy finish.

One of my favorite Brewers/Brewpub from the Boston area and one of my favorite local IPAs.

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi-clear golden yellow with a huge white head. The aroma is full of hops and flowers. The taste is hop driven. A really good beer.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold to light orange in color with brilliant clarity. About a half finger of slightly off-white head leaving a fair amount of lacing. Heavy apricot and peach in the nose, floral hops are prominent. Malt character is slightly biscuity, but fairly well restrained. The taste keeps in line with floral hops and adds a fair amount of bitterness as well. The fruit present in the aroma is more restrained in the taste. The taste has a strong refreshing quality to it. Medium-light body, fairly crisp. Dry finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Emersonio
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: On draft at The Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a tulip. Appearance: Hazy golden straw in color with a white head. Aroma: Not much going on here. Supposed to be a hop bomb? Taste: Not much going on here either. Some hops and a bit of honey and malty notes. Aftertaste: Slightly bitter on the backend. Overall: I was excited to try this but it left me underwhelmed. Maybe sat too long??

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into an IPA glass.

Look is a hazy golden straw with an inch thick head.

Hops are very light an herbal. I would almost think they were faded if it wasn't still three months in code.

Nice light interplay of hops and malt. Borders on saison for me, but very good.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 746 ratings