Style: NEIPA – DDH with Citra & Centennial Lupulin Powder, and Bravo Hops
Captain Lawrence is located in Elmsford, NY and is known for making super solid beers. They brew seasonal’s, sour’s, and brewery only beers, along with their core collection of year rounders. Powder Dreams is the cousin to Tears of Green, which is the imperial version. Powder Dreams is brewed with a combo of 2-row, and oats to give it a silky smooth body. It is hopped in the kettle exclusively with Bravo hops, and then dry-hopped with Citra, and Centennial Lupulin Powder.
I drank this beer being a week shy of two months old, and I think it drank properly, but this was also the first time I’ve had it, so it may be a bit different when drank fresh. I find sometimes when brewers use lupulin powder, that the beer actually needs to sit for a couple weeks after canning before you can enjoy it. I just feel the lupulin powder can come off a bit spicy on the back of the throat, and it just needs a little bit of time to settle.
I poured the beer into a snifter and watched a big fluffy head come to life. As the head started to settled it looked very cream like, and left behind thin, strong laces. The body had a deep golden hue to it, and looked turbid. It released aromas of grass, grapefruit-zest, mango, and herbal notes, all of which were very pronounced. On my first sip, the first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel…it was ridiculously soft, almost creamy. With my next gulp I got a lot of grass, herbal tea, and edible orchids upfront which then transitioned into big bursting fruit notes of tangerine, and mango. There was a slight bitterness in the finish but it was quick and to the point. I felt a slight coating in my mouth but it wasn’t off-putting. I still got a slight tickle on my throat from the lupulin powder, but it was not overwhelming. This beer starts out dry, and finishes with a touch of sweetness.
This is a ridiculous beer in my opinion, brewed so well. The balance of hops and malt, the toned back bitterness, the extremely soft mouthfeel from the oats, all create a wonderful drinking experience. This is such a crushable beer, though just over 7% I’d be wary. Here is a beer you don’t need to wake up early on a saturday morning to stand in line for 5 hours to get. You can roll out of bed, head to your nearest liquor store, and pick up right off the shelf to get your New-England IPA fix.
Bottle King will be getting in some cases of Tears of Green at select stores in the next day or two so be sure to stop in and check it out! I’ll try and do a review on Tears of Green within the next week. Be on the look out for both beers on Bottle King shelves…Powdered Dreams should be back some time in september hopefully…fingers crossed!
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Pints!