Wormtown Brewery, which opened in Worcester in 2010, makes a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that rivals the best of them. Be Hoppy IPA (6.5 percent alcohol by volume) reminds me of the great IPAs made by Bear Republic, Green Flash, and Stone.
Hazy golden with a big, thick head of foam, the beer emits an aroma that is equal parts citrus and flora. The head sticks around for a long time, leaving pretty lacing up the side of the glass.
Be Hoppy is bitter, as it should be, but it's not crazy, palate-destroying bitter. It strikes a smart balance that helps it go down smooth. I'd love to pair this with seafood next time. A 22-ounce bottle costs about $8, which is a bit pricey for a single IPA. That said, it's one of the best IPAs made in these parts.