Recently the results for the United States Open Beer Championships were announced, with over 3000 beers submitted and judged in 81 categories. The winner for Grand National Champion was none other than Wormtown Brewery of Worcester, MA (see the full results HERE). Wormtown was awarded three gold and one silver medal. One of Wormtown’s Gold-medal winning submissions was Hopulence, their Imperial IPA. Wormtown Hopulence is brewed with 9 varieties of American hops with a focus on Amarillo, Horizon, Glacier and Summit. The hops are added throughout the brewing process, resulting in a beer with huge hop flavor and a tongue-tingling 120 IBUs. Hopulence is available year round on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.
Wormtown Hopulence pours a deep amber red, slightly cloudy with a mild white head. The smell is a huge burst of hops, tons of citrus and tropical fruit scents. The hops are strong in the flavor too, grapefruit, mango, papaya, lemon, with some pine and earth. This is balanced by a substantial malt backbone, hints of caramel and enough body to offset some of the bitterness. The 120 IBUs are evident, the beer drinks big and chewy with a giant kick of hops. The 8.5% ABV also comes through in the flavor with a mild but noticeable warming alcoholic sweetness. The finish is a nice mixture of bitter hops, malts and a touch of warming alcohol. This is a really good Imperial IPA, tons of flavor, great bitterness and enough malt to even things out. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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