Flower Child IPA | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
classic American india pale ale

Added by gcarl on 10-12-2010

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Photo of Emersonio
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
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 HiWire
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy Amber with no particles. 1 finger head that hangs on. Smells like a lot of hops and citrus, grapefruit. Has minimal and earthy hop taste. Super, super thin mouthfeel as I drink it. Minimal lacing as drank. Strange brew considering the difference between aroma and taste.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of gcarl
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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.


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Photo of peensteen
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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 SuperStory
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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Photo of MattAtAmeriCraft
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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; moderately dry finish;

O: complex; not a favorite for me - I wish the flavors were a little more assertive; nonetheless, very good;

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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 elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of shadetree67
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of crotharagain
3.84/5  rDev -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 Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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 captainsdaughter
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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 snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Damian
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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