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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pow Pow is hazy, pale orange in appearance and emits aromatic qualities of orange zest, apricots and honeysuckle on the nose. Bright flavors of citrus pith, along with soft notes of melon are accentuated with a lasting and balanced bitterness.

The idea for Pow Pow was born when 2 very passionate individuals joined forces during the epic 2016 beer festival Beer Camp Across America. Devil’s Backbone, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Stoudt’s, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Trillium collaborated to create one of the festival’s signature beer Pat-Rye-Ot, a pale ale that pays tribute to America’s original homebrewers. During the process two brewers in particular were fascinated by a new hop product that was used in Pat-Rye-Ot. The product: lupulin powder. The fascinated brewers: Sean Lawson and JC Tetreault.

Lupulin powder is essentially a super concentrated hop product made by flash freezing and then shattering intact hop flowers. In early November, the team experimented with different ways of utilizing the lupulin powder in both the whirlpool and during the dry hop, taking into account beer and wort temperatures, contact time, lupulin powder temperatures, and consistency of the powder.

MALT: American 2-Row Barley, English Pale Ale Malt, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat Malt, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Citra Lupulin Powder, Simcoe Lupulin Powder, Mosaic Lupulin Powder, Galaxy, Nelson

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#298
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
240
pDev:
6.05%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
43
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 240
Photo of Pubes_DDH_DIPA
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 02/20/2018. Wow this beer did not hold up well. I got a 4 pack when it was released and found this guy in the back of the beer fridge. Floaters like crazy. Taste is off. This beer 2 months old is a 3/5. But I know I loved the other 3 cans, so I’ll give it the rating it deserves. Just don’t drink this thing old.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy mustard orange-yellow color with a finger of white head.

Fresh juiced orange aromas with hints of grapefruit, cilantro, slight resin.

Flavor is bright and fruity and equally balanced with nice herbal bitterness. Orange juice, grapefruit pith, cilantro, orange creamsickle, mint, and slight alcohol heat.

Feel is thick and creamy, with a nice tight carbonation and a mildly resiny finish.

Overall this beer is fantastic, bordering on phenomenal.

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Photo of bobv
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a very hazy golden body with some nice lacing. Head dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes, but comes back nicely after a few swirls. Very nice nose of tropical fruit and citrus, with a bit of floral attributes as well. Taste of tropical fruit, tangerine, orange, and a bit of lemon near the finish with a bit of citrus pith on the finish. Nice feel and overall, they need to make more of this for wider distribution! Maybe this will be produced at the new Lawson's Finest Brewery in Waitsfield, VT? One can only hope. Cheers!

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Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- this beer pours a this orange juice looking hazy delight with an off white head that lingers
S-Heavy aroma of orange rind and citrus centred tropical fruit
M- this is a medium to full body beer with a wonderful residence viscosity, low to medium carbonation
T-Sweet and mellow upfront with large hits of sweet ripe juicy orange and tangerine fruit
O-what a wonderful beer. Drinks like breakfast orange juice, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel and body are what do it for me, spectacular!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice and hazy golden orange with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Small cap and collar on break, and some lacing.

Smell is citrus fruits, apricot and honey. There is also a slight dank quality. An amazing melding of aromas makes you want to drink this beer right away.

Taste is citrus juice, apricots and that honey makes an appearance too. The dank from the aroma is muted,and I get a bit of sweetness at the end.

Feel is towards the full end and carbonation is spot on. There is a nice hop finish but I don't find it bitter or invasive. A nice beer.

Well this one is a real winner, but I don't think I'm the first one to point this out. I found the sweetness balanced out as the beer warmed. I'd drink this til the cows came home.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours out very hazy, nice dense bright white head leaves great lacing. aromas and palate are green and danky - earthy herbaceous character, pine needles, hop burn, acidic grapefruit and orange juice, citrus peel. its pungent but bordering on being harsh. this got better after it sat for 1-2 weeks.

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Photo of Holderness
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4 days ago

L -- Moderately hazy orange body with a two-finger white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Catty musk, dank weed, earth, citrus peel & zest, and green onion. Also getting hints of freshly cooked asparagus and bacon, which I don't think I've ever smelled in a hoppy beer before
T -- Lime & lemon zest, grapefruit pith, apricot, spearmint, mango, spruce tips, bready malt
F -- Remarkably little bitterness on the finish given the ABV. Crisp and trending dry, medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Moderately fluffy
O -- My experiences with lupulin powder indicate that the flavors and aromas are basically that of obscenely-concetrated amounts of the respective hop, giving it a uniformly zesty and 'green' profile, if fresh. It's brews like this that make me think the horticultural side of hops (developing new hop varieties) is more important than the lupulin extraction side at this point. The final product is freakin great, but it doesn't push boundaries beyond what the two have done before

87/100

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy dark pear-like semi-pale burnt to muddy orange color. Finger’s worth of white foamy head started and dissipated at a decent pace. The aroma had some mango, passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit pith, danky sweet onion, with a dusty resinous backing flowing over a soft yeastiness. Some orange zest and honeysuckle slide in underneath. The flavor takes all previously mentioned aromas to coincide well blended and still exacting the sweet, bitter and zesty portions flowing all along my tastebuds. Its a freefall in the aftertaste as it just seems to flow so smoothly in a liquous crushing semi-sticky finish, different, but I like that. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Mild carbonation feels good and the bitterness is there, but seems to just slide. Overall, what a great DIPA that I would love to have again.

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can (canned 12-12-2016) into an Aslin Beer house glass

Appear: beautiful hazy golden haze. had half a finger of nice foam.

Nose: STRAIGHT Orange Juice goodness. this is the smell I love. I think I've now confirmed that I am a Citra fan boy. like hard core Citra fanboy. just sweet orange and grapefruits. little candied orange peel. slight green herbal dankness note. little peachy note as well

Taste: Bright citrus and tropical fruit notes. Not as sweet as I expected based on the nose. nice hop bitterness on the back end that transitions into the smooth finish. don't pick up the peach on the palate. The bitterness is a nice floral pine evergreen tree.

Mouth: thinner than I anticipated.

Over: SO this beer was hyped in my head. when I saw it get released I knew I wanted to try one. Was able to get one in a recent trade. Didn't blow me away. It's good I like that it's not straight citrus juice. The initial nose was awesome I loved it damn near perfect. THe taste is balance and nice. This is a solid upper tier NE style IPA but it's not mind bending to someone who has tried alot of different verisons and kinds. My review is kind of tough because I had so much hope and hype and thought it was gonna end up blowing my mind and it didn't. However that doesn't make it a bad beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, purchased fresh at the brewery, poured into a Trillium Congress Street Becher glass. Enjoyed on 12.20.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy and turbid orange color, golden and straw hues, foamy white head, about two fingers tall with decent retention and spotted lace. The aroma is really nice, citrus juice, hop spice, dank grassy and weediness, resinous pine with some expectedly sweet doughy pale grain and NE Ale yeast. The flavors are solid, tons and tons of hops pouring out of this one, really juicy, tons of tropical fruits, soft peach and apricot tangerine and grapefruit citrus with plenty of green hop, earthy and dank, somewhat floral, doughy pale grain and mineral water lingers. The mouthfeel is solid, coating, very lively and active carbonation, lighter side of medium body with a smooth and easy but dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Trillium and Lawson's. Juicy, tropical, bright, dank, really refreshing and a solid example of the style. It does suffer from a bit of the overhopped green flavor that is really common with Trillium beer but the bitterness is pretty tame.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, turbid orange-gold pour that is the hallmark of the style. Aroma absolutely explodes from the can - bright citrus and pakalolo. Orange juice, papaya, grapefruit, apricot and nectarines come powering over your palate leaving behind a robust and pleasant fruit-stickiness. Hop bitterness makes itself known but doesn't disturb the citrus overload. Super soft mouthfeel ends the proceedings.

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Photo of digboy
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Just wow. As a fan of NE style IPAs this one just topped my charts. I poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass to find a deeply opaque golden straw color with a solid finger high head. It is impenetrable like a dense fog and emanates a complex dank, juicy rich aroma of pine and melon and apricot - a real treat for those who enjoy a juicy beer. The mouth feel is soft and oatey with a somewhat moderate bitterness for a DIPA. The flavor perfectly compliments the aroma by offering slurry of citrus and dry apricot with a hint of pine. The malt gives way to the hops but this does not detract in any way. I really like what Trillium is doing and this collab matches their sensibilities perfectly. I rate this high for the category because I think they have taken the hazy juicy IPA to somewhat of an extreme and managed to eke out a superior product. I earnestly look forward to hunting this one down again.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton Kevin, as usual!

A- Tallboy can reveals an extremely cloudy, murky yellow brew into my snifter. Rising atop the beer is a creamy white head peaking at about half an inch high. Good head retention leaving a medium belt around the edges. Lacing begins with wide sheets with creeping webs drizzling below that.

S- Wowie zowie that is a beast of a hop aroma. Fresh fruits reminding me more of the best fruit salad one could imagine more than a beer here; the tropical and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Apricot, oranges, tangerines, peach, mango, melon and some dankness. Nectar incoming.

T- Follows up on the aroma with the fruit explosion joined by a pretty intense bitterness that reaches astringent in some sips. Flavorful melon, cantaloupe, mango, peach, bitter grapefruit and orange zests, dank herbs and pineapple come to mind. A touch of vinous grape and berries comes into play here as well.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and frothy texture. The carbonation comes in at a very high level and really pushes the hop flavors to the limit. Finishes with an aforementioned intense bitterness.

Perhaps one of the best hop aromas I have ever experienced but the flavor gets taken over by a bit too much intense bitterness which truly strangles the taste buds. Expect a blast of fresh tropical and citrus fruits and beyond your daily dose of needed hops.

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Photo of jhavs
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Super hazy bright yellow with a hint of orange tint. Looks like grapefruit juice. Thin just off-white head that slowly settles, rings the glass, floating islands.

Big citrus zest, juice and melon. Hint of resinous earthy pine, herbal.

Citrus, orange juice, lemon zest, hint of grapefruit pith in the bitter finish. Background deep earthy resins.

Moderate carbonation, higher side of medium body, soft mouth feel.

Overall a great collaboration brew, I think the lupulin powder is a neat ingredient for brewers to explore.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy beautiful yellow with hints of peach. Nice white head. Orange and melon but a ton of green hop somewhat resinous pine hop character. Great beer. But not sure how I feel about the lupulin powder. For what is probably a low BU beer, the powder seems to provide a little of its own harshness.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super hazy. Some orange in it plus more fruit I can't quite tell.

Tons and tons of hops, there's some Mosaic and Galaxy but probably a lot more, the lupulin powder just concentrates the hop flavor and it's delicious without overpowering with bitterness.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy orange with two fingers of white head

S - Orange, mango, melon. Minimal hop bitterness.

T - Acidic citrus juice, mango, some orange sherbet. The finish has some of the much missed hops.

F - Soft and full. Can we call it a DIPA at 7.7%? Speaking as a DIPA, it drinks very easy.

O - Once you take off the rose-colored glasses of seeing a Trillium/Lawsons collab, you will see that while this is another great IPA from Trillium, it doesn't measure up to some of the better offerings from these guys. Still delicious, but not quite world class.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by Zack. Thanks! Happy NYE!

Two great breweries, especially in the IPA category, so I'm excited to try this one. Super hazy yellowish orange body with a small white collar. Lovely notes of melon, followed by grapefruit. Intensely hop forward with a tangy, fruity sweetness. Soft carbonation. Tasty.

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Photo of ELS
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adding the Lupulin Powder almost seems like cheating. It makes the IPA so full of hops flavor you can't help but like it. The question I have though is "when does beer stop being beer and become a larger more basic category of flavored fermented beverage? Still, it's delicious. Tastes a lot like Julius to me. Very juicy, easy drinking hop bomb. Ton of citrus flavor.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Picked this up via trade in Treehouse parking lot and it was worth it! Gave up 2 Green for 1 can. Great decision! What an amazing concoction from Trillium.
More please!!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a Lawson's beer, looks like a Tree House beer, tastes like a lesser batch of Double Sunshine, the kind that tastes bitter with buttery notes without the tropical blasts of flavor.

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Photo of avas
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/12/16. Consumed 12/24/16.

A: Beer comes in a medium gold color with about a finger of creamy, pillowy head of uniformly tiny bubbles, which dissipates at a near-glacial rate and leaves beautiful rings of lacing on the glass. Total haze--not in a murky, gravy kinda way, but in a pulpy grapefruit juice style. One of the prettiest NE-style beers I've seen.

S: Nose is quite forward, but not simply the explosion of fruit I get in many Trillium and Lawson's beers. There's definitely a sweet melon note, a little bit of orange zest and light stone fruit (as per their suggestions), but I also get a bunch of spice (think: black peppercorns), some vegetal dankness (sweaty onion), and pine needle. Pretty unique in that no single flavor stands out.. They all seem to work together pretty well.

T: Follows the nose, but a bit more fruit-forward for sure. Citrus really dominates up front--orange/lemon zest, sweet melon, and peach. It's very fruit-juice-esque up front, but mid-taste, all those intense flavors begin to transition into a more pithy, almost grapefruit rind kinda note. There's a bit of doughy malt that shows up underneath as well, offering some backbone and sweetness to keep this from drinking like straight hop (powder) water. Taste finishes on a mix of sweet and pithy citrus with a lingering medium bitterness that sits on the middle of the tongue. Somewhere in the middle, I get a little bit of that spicy vegetable thing, but it's waaay more restrained than it is on the nose.

M: Pretty typical Trillium mouthfeel. Maybe a bit on the lighter side for a DIPA, but really nice prickly carbonation. It doesn't have the creamy milkshake thing that some others in the NE style have, but I don't think it needs it. The medium weight on the body, an awesome bitter vs. sweet balance, and a nice dry finish make this crazy drinkable for near 8%.

O: I'm really impressed by this one! Been super skeptical of collabs outta Trillium since It-Which-Will-NEVER-Be-Named, but this one is a really interesting brew that is distinctly different from anything else I've had from Trill. What stands out most to me is how different the nose vs. taste are on this... Really dank and piney aromatics really don't translate to similar flavors. If I could change anything about this beer, I wish it smelled more like it tastes, and they could cut back on the carbonation a bit and allow this to drink smoother. But this is definitely an intensely hop-saturated brew... Hope they are learning to dial in their use of lupowder!

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Photo of thebeers
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, particulate-laden light yellow color with just a sudsy white crown by way of a head.

Big juicy aroma of tangerine, apricot and cantaloupe. Just a ghost of herbal hops behind that.

Spicy, herbal hops up front in the taste. Moderately high bitterness. Mildly watery midpalate, with pretty much just the cantaloupe carrying over from the nose. Orange pith lingers in the aftertaste.

Light bodied for a DIPA, with a strong prickliness in the mouthfeel.

It's alright. Sort of like a watered down Kiwi Rising.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in Burlington in a snifter.
Pours a super hazy chicken gravy color with one finger of thick white head.
Aromas are intense hoppines with tons of tropical fruit. Juicy.
Flavor is indicative of The Achemist's Ouroboros. Orangina with big bitterness.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
Overall, this beer is huge and incredible.

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Photo of Rhodes19
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I initially drank this side by side with some Fort Point, and preferred the Fort Point, but I keep coming back to this - the more I drink it, the more I like it.

Look is quite opaque and a bit darker than the Fort Point, lots of tropical fruit and hints of warm spices on the nose.

There is some backbone of flavor which is unique to my tastebuds and unlike any of the other Trillium IPAs I've had - the word that comes to mind is 'chalky,' although that sounds somewhat negative. It's not meant that way. I didn't get quite as much fruitiness on the palate as the nose would have led me to expect.

Lovely mouthfeel; full-bodied, creamy and smooth. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Highly recommend letting this one breathe a bit to open up the flavors.

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Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 240 ratings