Beer Review: Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA

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Glad to be finally getting a review of this beer up on the blog as it is one of my go to beers when visiting friends in central Massachusetts. Wormtown has gained some notoriety off the back of this beer and it is especially accessible now that it is offered in cans. Be Hoppy comes in at 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color with a nice 1 finger head. Good retention and great lacing. Love the new 16oz cans.

Nose: Pine, resin, grapefruit. Especially big on the pine and resin notes as a west coast style should be. Floral, earthy and grassy as well. Citrus comes through on the backend of the nose.

Taste/Mouth: Slightly citrus, lemon and grapefruit. The floral, pine and earthy notes all come through from the nose as well. Bitter and hoppy but not palate crushing. Nicely done west coast style. Finishes dry and bitter but also crisp and clean. Makes for an easy to drink IPA.

Price/Availability: 4 pack of 16oz cans for $10 in Worcester.

Overall: Who says if your a brewery in NE you have to brew only NE style juice bomb IPAs? Be Hoppy is a great east coast take on a west coast style IPA. Easily can put down a few of these and not get tired of it. I gotta say its refreshing to just have a nicely well executed west coast style IPA after drinking all the juice bombs in NE. This is a solid go to if you are in the central MA and wanna drink a nice local IPA.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Trillium Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street IPA

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The final of the 4 beers I was able to grab when I visited Trillium is the one I was probably most excited about, Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street. Like the rest of the “Street” beers this one showcases a single hop variety, Sleeper Street showcases El Dorado. They also had this on draft when I was at the brewery so I already knew what I was getting into grabbing one of these. DDH Sleeper Street comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Turbid juice, yellowish orange color with a 1/2 finger head and some good lacing. Super hazy orange juice NE style IPA, you know the drill.

Nose: Holy pineapple. Fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, pineapple candy, pineapple everything. Orange juice, tangerine, mango, tropical fruits, peaches. It is also floral and earthy with some hints of freshly squeezed limes. Juice bomb for sure. I love pineapples so this beers nose is awesome.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely. Orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lime and tropical fruit bomb. Has a pine and woody feel with a small bite of bitterness but mostly just a juice bomb. Delicious and crushable IPA with so much depth of flavor. Finishes slightly bitter and sticky.

Price/Availability: I got a mixed 4 pack of cans at the brewery, a 4 pack of this is around $12 I believe.

Overall: The double dry hopped versions of the Trillium IPAs are their crown jewels. I haven’t had a chance to have all of their beers, or even close to all of them, but the DDH beers are some of their best offerings I have had a chance to try. DDH Sleeper Street possibly being my favorite Trillium beer to date (Galaxy Cutting Tiles was unreal as well). This is an incredible showcase of El Dorado, a hop that has been pushed aside lately by some newer varieties but has always been a favorite of mine and gets some well deserved time in the limelight again. Trillium seems to have perfected the NE style IPA and feels like the one brewery who will be able to maintain the best after this fad passes. DDH Sleeper Street earns a well deserved perfect score.

Grade: A+

Beer Review: Trillium Stillings Street IPA

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More from the hypest brewery in the greater Boston area right now, Trillium! This is their Stillings Street IPA which showcases the complex Nelson Sauvin hop. Stilling Street comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Trillium juice of course! Turbid, hazy yellow orange juice. 1 finger head which has great retention with some great lacing. Every Trillium beer I get to have further blurs the line between beer and juice.

Nose: Showcases Nelson Sauvin. Musty, lemon, tropical fruit, white grapes and grapefruit. It has nice resin, pine, floral, earthy and grassy hop notes as well. It is a very complex and potent beer, lots of layers of fruit and other great hop notes.

Taste/Mouth: Dank, juicy tropical fruit flavor with white grape juice, cantaloupe, honey dew, orange and tangerine. Floral, musty with some nice cereal malt backbone. Some dry and very mild bitterness throughout and also finishes that way. It has a nice creamy medium mouthfeel.

Price/availability: I got a mix 4 pack from the brewery, I think this beer is around $12 a 4 pack.

Overall: A very fine showcase of Nelson Sauvin. This is a fantastic series of beers from Trillium and most certainly deserves all the attention it is receiving. Trillium continues to impress by putting out nothing but super quality stuff. I am not all about the NE style juice bombs like a lot of the community but Trillium is doing it right. If you get the shot in a trade or to visit the brewery definitely pick up as much of their beers as you can!

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Oddside Citra Pale Ale

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Oddside finally made its way to Chicago earlier this year. I had some friends from Michigan hyping them up quite a bit so I was eager to get my hands on some of their stuff. The beer I had heard the most about was their flagship pale ale, Citra which comes in at 5.75%.

Appearance: Hazy copper amber color with a thick 1/2 finger head. Good retention with sticky lacing. I like the artwork on the can.

Nose: Very malty. Orange, mango and grapefruit. Citra hop notes are there but malt is at the forefront for sure. It isn’t very exciting.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely with some decent citrus and tropical flavors but for the most part it is malt forward. Malt sweetness with a light mouthfeel which finishes dry and chalky. Honey and bready malt with some spicy, floral and earthy notes as well. Something is off for sure, it just isn’t a beer that feels like it is all together.

Price/Availability: 6 pack of cans are about $10 here in Chicago.

Overall: I will start with the good, this feels like an accessible beer for newer craft beer drinkers and isn’t as harsh on the palate as some of the newer APAs hitting shelves can be. On the other hand this beer feels like kind of a mess, its spicy, earthy and grassy while lacking any real burst of juiciness from the citra. It is far too malt forward for my taste as well and I find it hard to find it enjoyable. I find it baffling this has a 90 on BA. I would try it again maybe fresh on draft to see if maybe I just had an off batch, otherwise I don’t think I would revisit this one again.

Grade: C

Beer Review: SingleCut Weird & Gilly IPA

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SingleCut has found itself in a bit of trouble as of late and has had to close down for the time being due to some violations with NYC. I’m not letting it change the way I feel about their beers, which is very positively. I have been doing my best to track down all of their hoppy offerings. Here is one of their rotating American IPAs, Weird & Gilly which comes in at 6.6% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy orange copper color. 1 finger fluffy, pillowy head with good retention and nice lacing. Clean looking label, has that nice matte feel to it.

Nose: Mango, tropical fruit, passionfruit, orange and lime. Pine and resin come through as well, really big on the tropical notes on this nose.

Taste/Mouth: Some tropical fruit carrying over but bit on the toasted cracker and biscuit malt flavors. Some orange, pine, floral and earthy notes. Finishes dry and bitter with a medium to thin feel. Medium to high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Price/Availability: Grabbed it while in Massachusetts for about $8.

Overall: Weird & Gilly is my third SingleCut beer I have had and while it is certainly a solid IPA it falls short to SSMS and Mo’Shuggie. This is still a great beer and extremely drinkable. Would love to try it again, especially if it could be on draft. Loved the passionfruit and lime notes on the nose. I will definitely continue to grab up all the SingleCut I can!

Grade: B+