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Review: Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA

Posted by Steve Greenlee  January 23, 2012 11:59 AM

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wormtown small.jpgWormtown 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.

Email me at greenlee@globe.com. Follow me on Twitter @SteveGreenlee.

Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for Boston.com. He can be reached at gdzen@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.
 

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