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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 -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 -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 LJSchoppert
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -2%
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 -1%
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 +5.9%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 -33.7%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Professor_Frink
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite good. Hops aren't biting, but a very nice IPA flavor. Smooth. Head dissipates relatively quickly. Flavor doesn't hang around too long. I could drink several in a night. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated can: bright and clear, golden-orange with a sustained, foamy head.

Very fresh aroma of tropical fruits and some pine.

This is a refreshing and well-hopped IPA that is restrained and quaffable. There is a comfortable and inviting bitterness of semi-sweet fruit and just the right hint of pine to make every sip a pleasure; minimal dankness and no off-flavors.

The body is somewhat light but there is a well-rounded mouth feel with a marmalade like sweetness on the palate.

I am very pleased that I tried this as I initially passed it on the shelf. It has the perfect hop and malt profile.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this can (nice art work too) in a mix 6 from a suburban Liquor Barn. It has a very tasty hop profile and I'd really like to try it on tap. Not a local option sfaik.

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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 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 FFreak
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -4.5%
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 Hyptochrons
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.7%
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 -4.5%
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 CHickman
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 -6.2%
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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