Beer of the Week 11/15: Powder Dreams
Beer: Powder Dreams
Type: New England IPA
Brewer: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Location: Elmsford, NY
Not to get too technical here, but I’ve always found IPAs that use either a) Sabro hops or b) lupulin powder to be my favorites from a flavor standpoint. That’s why I jumped at the chance to nab this beer from a local liquor store. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Captain Lawrence beers, and not just because my last name is Lawrence (but yes, that certainly helps). They tend to make quality stuff and this one in particular was an above-and-beyond IPA from a flavor profile perspective.
Quick hop lesson: if you look at a whole hop cone, lupulin is the yellow powdery substance that clings to the leaves that is sometimes collected and is used as a highly concentrated flavor enhancer. Just about any hop varietal can produce lupulin powder, and is collected thanks to the help of advanced harvesting equipment. This particular beer uses Azacca hop lupulin powder. Azacca hops are big in tropical fruit and citrus notes, and the first sip I had of Powder Dreams was nothing short of a tropical flavor explosion. The citrus notes lingered for a bit, but gave way to a very nice hoppy/piney profile toward the back end and combined with the fruitiness perfectly. There’s a reason IPAs are my go-to brews: because they can be wildly versatile and have a wide range of tastes and techniques.
I would absolutely recommend this beer to all IPA fans, especially those who enjoy a concentrated citrus burst. Check out any beer utilizing lupulin powder from hops - I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And always remember: everyone likes a Lawrence!
For more information on Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, visit the website here. You can also check them out on social media @captlawrence. Cheers!