Flower Child IPA | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Flower Child IPAFlower Child IPA

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice bright golden/copper color. There is some slight haze to it. There is a nice half inch white head that is thin but dense. Some sticky lacing is left as the brew goes down.

Aroma of herbal juicy piney hops. Grassy and herbal and flowery as the name states. Notes of some grapefruit and slight tropical fruit notes. More piney and flowery though. There is some slight sweet notes in the nose on the back end, mostly malty. As the aroma finishes there is a nice kick of slight coconut and tropical notes from the hops.

Flavor follows the nose very well. Starts of with biscuity bready notes and then quickly a delicious and intense piney hop punch. Nice and resinous and slightly abrasive on the palette for an IPA. Yummy underlying notes of citrus fruit. Some tangerine as well as grapefruit rind. These are more complimentary to the dank piney notes. Great single IPA. Delicious. The middle of teh brew has that bready bite that balances out the more piney notes. Great IPA. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Nice resinous hints make it seem heavy but the carbonation cleans the palette and the dry bitterness helps out.

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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 Gatch
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/08/13

Slightly hazy, golden-orange with a big, fluffy, lumpy, bright white head leaving behind decent lace and retention. Very floral and fruity hops with some fragrant honey mixed in. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit but I can honestly discern melon for the first time in a while and I always want to taste it. Similar taste with a great body. So damn smooth. The right carbonation. Everything is spot-on with this beer and it surpassed my expectations. Phenomenal IPA.

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Photo of Chazari99
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fruity solid IPA. I wasn't expecting anything extraordinary, but this beer is exponentially better than the very good "The Audacity of Hops" in my opinion. Really was smooth and was pitted perfectly with BBQ chicken. CBC continues to churn out good beers.

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Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into tulip. Pours hazy bright orange with a two finger head. Smell is tons of pine resin, citrus fruits, sweet hops, biscuit. Taste is lots of pine, lemon, melon,earthy, tons of west coast style hops but very balanced, not too bitter, no ral malt caricature. Mouthfeel is to be expected. This ipa has tons of pine and citrus. It's very drinkable and extremely delicious, reminds me of pliney IN THE RESPECT that it doesnt try to be an in your face hop bomb, its just so well balanced. glad I got to visit the brewery and bring this back to Columbus. Plus the label is awesome

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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 u2carew
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles slowly. Clear bronze body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Peach. Grapefruit. Subtle pepper. Hints of pine. Floral notes.
T) Bold hops up front. Grapefruit. Slight buttery caramel notes. Lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium light body. Tannic like an orange peel. Very drinkable and fairly smooth if your familiar with IPAs.
O) A delicious, easy drinking IPA. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$6 at Union Brewhouse

Hazy orange. Bartender filled my glass to the top which didn't leave any room for a head. I'll assume Flower Child usually looks at least ok. Smells like peach candy rings and bubble gum. Occasional whiffs of toasted cereal grain. Tastes like Crystal Light peach iced tea. Deceptively sharp, piney bitter.

I get more peach than floral. As such if I had to name this after a 60's movement I would go with Eat a Peach. Good stuff. CBC usually is.

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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 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 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 CHADMC3
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden body with straw colored hues beneath the fluffy white head which dissolves to leave little lacing behind.

As advertised e aroma offers citrus,pine, and floral hop notes. All are fresh and clean with greater focus on the citrus sweetness and flower petals.

The flavor is similar with copious amounts of hops and plenty of variety including the floral, citrus, and pine notes previously mentioned with more focus on the citrus as it warms.

Medium n body with medium carbonation and a clean, crisp palate with a hop punch finish.

A great Aerican IPA with a nice variety of hops to entertain the senses.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 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 SABERG
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottled "fresh off the truck" in Western Mass.

A - Deep golden hue, great head with long lacing for the duration of the pour.

S - Pine and citrus balanced well with no hint of the "core" hops. Lots of interesting blend here.

T - Initial dyrness lets go to a fine medium body that finishes with some oily, resin component. Well constructructed balanced IPA.

M - Fabolous balance, hint of sharp bitter, then oils, then malty smoothness. Across the palate smooth moutfeel and a nice lingering finish.

Will and company have a real treat in this offering.


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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 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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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 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 arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited CBC yesterday with Da Boss. Had a teardrop pint for $5.50.

Beer poured golden orange with an OK white head.

Nose was fresh hops - very nice.

Taste was classic west coast IPA; hop forward with citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel was refreshing, good carbonation with a medium body.

Overall a very solid IPA - this was the definition of a fresh IPA at it's finest. This is a seasonal beer so give it a shot if you are in the MIT area of Boston!

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC for the ACBF post-fest brunch 6/5. It was served in a large teardrop shaped glass.

Flower Child pours a mildly hazy tangerine. There's a thin bone colored head sitting atop the beer that leaves just a little bit of lacing behind. The nose is all hops, a pungent grapefruit aroma that also displays some other fruity notes in the background. There's a nice touch of caramel sweetness up front to add a bit of balance. The mid palate hop bite that comes through is absolutely perfectly dialed in, potent and attention grabbing without being as aggressive as one might find in an imperial version of the style. A fairly typical, if well executed, pacific northwest hop character (as suggested by the nose) closes things out. The body is impressively light for the style, which helps the beer feel more like an easy drinking brew. The carbonation though is just a little bit too muted for what I like to see in an IPA. Flower Child drinks like a fresh, well done recreation of Ithaca's classic Flower Power IPA, which means it's a great beer.

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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 Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light copper color

Aroma: strong citrusy/piney smell. hop heads delight

Taste: the hops just take over and linger after the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body nice carbonation

this beer is super awesome. Really well done. So refreshing to an east coast brewery do a west coast style ipa. this beer reminded me of heady topper and ranks up there in my book.

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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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