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 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 BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got around to buying something canned from these guys.

Pours out a very golden straw color. Could be a budweiser if I didnt have a nose or tongue.

Smell emits tons of herbal hops. Fruity and flowery.

Smell is the same. This is basically hop soda. I get clementines, tangerines, kiwi, grapefruit and ganja hop flavors. Lots of flower flavors to, I dont really have a good descriptor for "flowers". Its got a bit of bitterness too. . Reminds me a little bit of Flower Power. Very different than the Pacific NW IPA flavors. Reminds me of a session IPA with more hops+booze.

Personally I like my IPA's with a bit of a malt backbone, but thats my preference.

The hoppyness Is crazy though, and I can admire this for what it is. They definitely dry hop the shiznit out of it. I also got this fresh to death (since I bought it at Redstone Liquors).

Great IPA, if you live in Mass you must give it a try.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didnt detect any distinct aroma of a typical IPA. The grapefruit, pine , resin aroma just was not there.
My first taste and immediately I thought of a cream ale. Smooth, soft and creamy. Much like a French Cremant sparkling wine.
The taste was enjoyable and it had a distinct taste of fresh cut grass.
The aftertaste was a bit disappointing, very short finish. But it did have that nice dry finish which I love in IPAs

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Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a can shaped glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, floral, grassy, citrus, piney, caramel, bready, and toasted malts. Smells great.

Taste: Same as above. Was expecting more juicy hop flavor, but still pretty happy with this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Another local awesome IPA out of a can. Would be nice to see this beer more often.

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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 Pawoto
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this bad boy out of a purple can...delightful hop nose. Really tasty IPA that I'd like to take on the golf course.

I'll come back for a full review on this when I get a chance to drink out of a glass.

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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 TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev +4%

The meadow calls with
Rose and fresh-cut grass,
Can see clear down the hill,
The gardener is smoking
His own fresh-cut grass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with thick foamy head that recedes slowly (3/3)
S: Deeply floral and grassy nose with a little bit of pineapple (10/12)
T: I think I just drank a marijuana rose. Not a big fan of the bitter hang. It gets really strong right when you’re enjoying the flowers and grass, but it fades out after 5-10 seconds. (16/20)
M: Surprisingly thick-bodied for an IPA, very bubbly with a somewhat dry finish. (5/5)
O: Very refreshing, but with a lot of complexity. (8/10)

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Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can (best by date of 22-Mar 2015) into a pint glass.

More floral and piney to me than citrusy. Aroma unfortunately recedes somewhat after the initially prodigious head fades away. Would be curious to know the hop mix used in this beer. It's clearly bitter enough, but an additional citrus aromatic might have provided a missing element.

Hop bitterness is the best part of this beer. Serves as a reminder that people who are overwhelmed by hops are sometimes better served with a double IPA for the additional malt presence than with a standard hoppy IPA such as Flower Child.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, carbonation is crisp but commensurate with the ABV and overall flavor profile. Leaves a pleasant malt essence on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth after swallowing.

Not a standout by any means, but easy to recommend and easier to drink.

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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 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 NinjaJesus
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

I tried this for the first time at the Boston Brew festival put on by CBG in September 2014 but had again recently. What a delicious IPA, it is wonderfully hopped and so bright and crisp, just the way I like my IPAs.

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Photo of baseball1976
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

This beer is amazing! I just moved up to MA from AZ, and was spoiled by all of the West Coast IPAs out there... moving here took a little hunting and homework to find great beer... this is one!

The taste reminded me a lot of Stone's Enjoy By, but without the heavy booze. Was on the fence about buying it, and then had it on draft at Armsby Abby... bought a case the next day.

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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 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 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 zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass
Best by: 09/23/14

Thanks to nhbeerguy for sending this over an extra

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow with 2.5 fingers width of off white colored head, dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, tons of dank resinous notes, and sweet malts to balance out the hops. Pretty nice.

T: Piney bitterness, citrus rind, subtle tropical fruits, balancing malt backbone.

M/D: Medium to full body, carbonation is appropriate, fairly smooth for the style, drying on the finish, drinkability is average.

O: Tasty beer. Glad I got to try it. Id drink this again for sure.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear-orange-gold with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Sheets of lacing left behind.

Aroma of baby aspirin, tangerine and delicate malts.

The taste matched the aroma with baby aspirin, tangerine and a soft malty finish. Light bitter note lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company. Perfect for a hot summer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice fluffy and slightly creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear and consistent gold. The smell has strong yet delicate floral notes with a nice malty sweetness to add a little something extra. The taste is similar to the smell but slightly more bitter and more roasted malts. The body is medium bodied but is very light with biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting.

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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 PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a Best By Date of 9/23/14 stamped on the bottom of the can. Lots of lacing. Pours a pale golden color with an inch of frothy head. The aroma is lots of citrus and pine. Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. The taste is lemon, lime and orange peel upfront followed by pine. Finishes nicely with grapefruit bitterness. Some floral notes throughout. Medium bodied and slightly oily. Slight alcohol presence. I am very impressed with this one. Overall, fantastic IPA.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper in color, nice clarity. 1 inch of head made up of larger bubbles, not frothy in texture. Head fades to a ring.

Aroma: At first there's a nice bouquet of flowers, spice, and mixed tropical fruits, most notably melon, but also tangerine. The tropical aspects fade a bit as you drink it.

Taste: Nice balance here. Just the right amount of caramel malt background to provide some substance but it still lets the hops shine a bit. I'm guessing there's citra in here as I do get some citrus but also the spiciness that CItra can provide. A touch of both pine and melon is there. Slight earthiness. A note of pineapple is noticed on the finish. Really pleasurable to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium to below-medium in body. But not quite thin. FInishes dry, I kept yearning for another gulp.

Overall: Very nice IPA here. It simultaneously appeals to hop heads who want modern american hop notes up front, but there's enough caramel malt character to appeal to those who prefer some balance. Nicely done, , but I'm not surprised...CBC always delivers quality.

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Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (best by 9/23/14 - seems like a long time, so must be fresh) poured into a Bruery tulip. I have to admit going into this, I am expecting this to be a wholly inadequate IPA playing off of the success of Ithaca's Flower Power. Similar name and a label design that replicates the color scheme and feel of the Flower Power label (from a distance in the store I actually thought it might be Flower Power in a can). At the very least, I'm irritated a bit about this. Anyway, hopefully I am wrong and the beer is better than my impression of the marketing.

A - Good looking beer in the glass. Pours a pale golden color with light traces of amber highlighting - excellent clarity. Two fingers of fluffy white head cap the beer for several minutes slowly falling to leave behind loose webs of lacing.

S - Full, fresh hoppy aroma...loaded with pine even from a foot away from the glass. Plenty of grapefruit as well but not as intense as the piney aspects, touches of tangerine. Lightly sweet, honey-ish malt.

T - Sharp bitterness at a medium-high intensity. Hop flavors play off of this nicely - first impression is lightly sweet citrus, followed very quickly by the resiny pine that really takes over the flavor profile. Deep pine notes persist thru to the finish where the bitterness reclaims top prize and lingers long after the swallow. Malt character is barely there but gives a faint hint of sugary sweetness and a lightly grainy base. Finish is dry and bitter eliminating any trace of malt after the swallow.

M - Light body and a firm, medium-high intensity prickly carbonation. Hop flavors up front fade into a dry bitterness that lingers forever after the swallow. For me a bit too dry to be ideal - a bit of residual malt sweetness always seem to lift and bring out the citrusy hop flavors adding complexity and further hop experience - this is mostly missing here (at least exists at an intensity level below my liking).

O - Overall a solid IPA. Better than I expected, but certainly not up to the standard set by the Flower Power the marketing seems to be imitating. Flavorful and I would tend to call this sessionable. I can see myself having a few of these cans by the pool this summer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a dogfish head IPA glass.

A: Copper color, good clarity. Fine-bubbled rocky white head. Sticky rings and clumps of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Pine and earthy resinous hops are strong on the nose. Sticky bud. Some underlying whiffs of tangerine, kiwi strawberry, and passion fruit. Unmistakable herbal/lemony centennial too. Toasted biscuit malt.

T: Earthy and piney up front. Sweet bud. Kiwi, passion fruit, tangerine, and melon. Big oily and herbal bite. Good clamp of bitterness. Toasty malt base. Plenty of oily and herbal bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Thinly creamy and slick with hop oils. Crisp bite of carbonation adds a nice refreshing touch. Gritty astringency.

O: A very solid IPA. A good balance of hop flavor vs hop bitterness. Plenty to keep even a rampant hophead busy. Cans do wonders for it.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly arrived nice fresh cans, just in time for some great weather. Best by date of 9/23/14 listed on the bottom.

Appearance - Somewhat dark shade of copper/orange with just a bit of haze. White head is big at first, eventually reduces to a thin ring towards the end.

Smell - Nice scent that is noticeable upon cracking it open. Tropical fruit hops for sure, floral, some earthy and grassy tones, herbs. Maybe some toasted malt in there but mostly hops. Decent strength.

Taste - Taste ups the ante with more complexity and intensity. Tropical fruit hops lead the way (mango, peach, tangerine) but a good dose of herbal, floral, and grass there too. More biscuity malts, grainy cereal tones, and some sweet malts coming through, well-balanced but still a fair amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Solid body, good amount of hop oils, nice carbonation that is just a touch on the spritzy side. Average drinkability.

Overall - Awesome Massachusetts IPA, represent! Also, yet another great hoppy beer now in can form, aluminum-lovers are getting spoiled.

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