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Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Lost Beers (continued)- Wormtown "Be Hoppy" IPA

For my first post of 2013, I decided to continue to clean of the "lost beers" drawer from 2012.

Last year, there were a lot of great beers that I enjoyed, wrote about, but never got around to posting, for one reason or another. Todays beer- Wormtown's wonderful "Be Hoppy" IPA- was originally intended to be featured during my IPA month in August. 

Be Hoppy IPA
Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, MA
6.5% ABV, 69+ IBU's
 
"Be Hoppy" pours a beautiful dark, somewhat hazy, amber/yellow, with an inch of fluffy white, loose  head.

Smell is awesomely, happily- and expectedly- hoppy. There are subtle spicy and bready malt undertones, but the bright, sunshiny hops are the star here.
 
Mouthfeel is light but very active- lots of carbonation and bubble action.
 
Taste is oddly mild, citrus bitter up front, nicely balanced out and neutralized  by a healthy malt profile. Finish is a touch spicy, bitter, and super flavorful. It leaves the palate lingering with an awesome fresh hop taste that I absolutely love.

A great IPA. I expected the 69+ IBUs to be devastating, but it wasn't, in fact, I found this beer extremely drinkable. Reminiscent of a west coast style IPA in that it leaves you with an abundance of bright, fresh hop taste, yet it doesn't overwhelm with bitter.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Go to the Wormtown Brewery, get yourself a growler, get your discounted refills, also eat at the attached and delish Peppercorn's restaurant. An ALL GOOD visit to Worcester!