Flower Child IPA
Cambridge Brewing Company

Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA
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From:
Cambridge Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,016
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,424
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.23%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
641
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 16, 2022
Added:
Oct 12, 2010
Wants:
  26
Gots:
  195
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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Rated: 3.75 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Oct 16, 2022
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Rated by mschrei from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I like this. Crisp, hoppy, citrusy, and slightly bitter. Easy sipper and really tasty. Thanks to @larryv for this.
Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew.
Oct 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by TrojanRB from Texas

Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by BeerWasp from Germany

Aug 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Jul 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.74 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canning date????

A - Medium to dark orange gold pour with thick, sticky, white lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma along with citrus and sticky floral. Overall aroma smells a little stale and muted.

T - Sticky floral and citrus from start to finish with some sweet malt up front. Finishes with nice lingering floral bitterness with some sticky pine poking through at the very end.

M - Big medium body with soft carbonation.

O - The nose falls a little short and the best part of this beer is the lingering piney citrus bitterness. I wish they would date stamp their cans.
Dec 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a couple of these last night.....cloudy, amber on the pour, with slight head and some lace. Aroma is fruity and pine. Taste is pleasantly fruity with slight piney bitterness, with a clean crisp finish. An enjoyable brew overall.
Oct 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Aug 17, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a good tasting ipa hoppy but not too much, smooth beer
Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Mar 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jan 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by wc94wc from California

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by mike22ne from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.
Dec 21, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.
Sep 20, 2019
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Rated by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks good, but not much there there. Pleasant enough, but a little flat and not a lot of distinctive flavor.
Aug 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
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.
Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2019
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +2%
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
Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by CollinaTiger from South Carolina

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Aug 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by Chewy007 from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by David19457 from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by LarryV from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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.
May 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by dexterk1 from Illinois

May 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dduquette from Maryland

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
May 05, 2018
Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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