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.