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Flower Child IPA | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
667
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
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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 metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation action. It poured with a two finger off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of piney hops and a corresponding moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid IPA that has a nice blend of hip aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

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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 brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to an inch thick medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of floral, citrus/grapefruit pith, and tropical/pineapple hops over the top of a light aroma of sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts and lightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and floral hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - really nice hop flavors and aromas are present in this one. Alcohol is well hidden and it would go down very easily on a hot summer day. Definitely worth grabbing again.

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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 smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, honey-yellow coloring with a fluffy, tall, big bubbled, white head with solid cling. Aromas of cut grass, pineapple, melon, caramel backbone, roasted notes, and floral highlights. Flavors are bitter forward, with a blast of tropical fruits assaulting the tongue, heavy on the pineapple, melon, and mango, with some citrus highlights here and there, as well. Grass and cedar spice up the caramel backbone, and it all provides a pretty layered, dynamic flavor profile. The body is full, but with a very dry, spiced foundation. The aftertaste is more of the grass, cedar, and herbal hops characteristics. Dry finish, with a dank and resinous hops linger. Good beer.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at Cambridge Brewing Co. Hazy orange body with a white head. Great lacing. Citrus hops, grass, caramel malt, and a bit of pine for the nose. Flavor is bright with a nice blend of both citrusy and grassy hops. Malt makes its case on the finish. High drink-ability.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by stillmatic2232.

Pours a hazy amber orange, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very fresh and delicious- lots of citrus hops, very floral as well, which makes sense given the name.

The taste is similar. Nicely juicy, with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, along with a finish full of hop resins and oils. Only a small amount of sweet grainy malt is present, doesn't distract from the hop bonanza.

Medium bodied, light and airy on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly dry, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is an excellent IPA, juicy and delicious.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral hops and juicy grapefruit dominate the initial aroma. Notes of resin surface late.

Very resiny in flavor, with light floral and muddled citrus notes.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts slim pint glass. Bottom of can says Best By 11/23/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Grassy, somewhat pungent hop aroma with some cereal grain malt sweetness backing it up.

T- Nice shot of bitterness along with more grassy hop flavor. Reminds me of as more aggressive Sierra Nevada hoppy beer. Cascade hops? Very drinkable while still being assertive.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Very enjoyable single IPA that delivers solid bitterness along with some familiar but quality hop flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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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 mynie
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 Dope
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/8/13. Almost 2 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear, medium orange. Big fluffy offwhite head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving a nice solid lacing behind. Good retention too.

S: Floral and citrus hops mainly. Sweet orange marmalade as the caramel mixes in. A little herbal? Interesting.

T: Definitely citrus in here with orange and some grapefruit up front. Maybe even mango? Some herbal hops in the middle with a little caramel and maybe even honey backing it up. Love that orange marmalade flavor, not sure what combination is doing it for me. It's nice though. Finish is a bit oily and resinous.

M: Nice medium body, carbonation is dead on. A little bit of hop resin coating the mouth in the finish.

O: Nice variety of hop flavors and good balance to boot. Good sweet caramel and honey flavors along with bitter hops. Very drinkable. CBC never seems to disappoint, and this is no exception.

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Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very little aroma out of the can or the glass. nice looking brew but very minimal carbonation. slightly pine-y, kind of floral. slight grapefruit in the back. decent brew. just no aroma(?).....

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BEST BY: 08/23/15

Slightly fuzzy gold with a fat, lumpy head that settles to a frothy covering. Smell is prominent zesty orange citrus and floral hops over a little toast. Bright, fresh, and resinous. Bright, zesty hop flavors.... grapefruit, bergamot, pine sap bitterness, green herbs, and a peppery quality that carries through to the finish. Nice old(er)-school character. I could drink many!

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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.

RJT

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scents of fruit like nectarines, grapefruit, apricots and tangerines mix with a light caramel and honey. Flavors trend towards the fruity side of hops with grapefruit leading, followed by tangerines. The malt is light but flavorful as it finishes with a touch of bitterness and pine.

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Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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