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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Power of Love IPA by Mother Earth Brew Co.

May, 2018
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Power of Love IPA by Mother Earth Brew Co. is a bracingly hop-forward beer with traditional and New World hop characteristics, with uncharacteristicly grassy hop elements throughout.  For the IPA style (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A), it is enjoyably crisp and dry, with only slightly too much bitterness to impede sessionability.   

It starts off with strong ripe mango and freshly cut pine needle hop aroma followed by low white bread and surprisingly noticeable apple yeast character. Over time, the pine aroma evolves into a thick and dominant resin character. 

Clear golden amber color with an off-white creamy head.  At first forms a ½" head on the glass that evolves into legs and a persistent foamy film. 

The pine resin aroma influences the flavor, which includes bracingly bitter pine resin and dried mangoes covered in clover honey with persistent bitterness until the finish, where fresh milled white wheat and low vanilla flowers appear before turning into an aftertaste of hop oil. There is enough body and creaminess for the hop flavors and bitterness to not become heavily out of balance, along with a pleasing alcohol feel. 

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