Hopulence Brewed by
Wormtown Brewing in Worcester, Massachusetts
is brewed with an abundance of hops. Once Wormtown started hopping
this beer stopping was impossible. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon,
Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American
varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing
process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through
whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with
pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite
tanks. No expense was spared to bring you HOPULENCE! ABV: 8.5%. IBUs:
Appearance - Beautiful orange/peach coloring to the body, with a
nice, thick head. The coloring reminds me of those Haribo Gummi
peaches. After a few sips, the lacing became quite pronounced.
Aroma - Wow. The label boasts "Hops were addd in every conceivable
part of the brewing process" and it sure does smell like it. Very
fruity, like mango and strawberries give the aroma a huge boost.
Taste - Very impressive double IPA right here... there's a sweetness
here that mixes well with the hops and gives it a significant fruit
flavor. Vanilla tones, too.
Mouthfeel - THe sugariness stays with you, but overall balance of
hops is very well done.
Overall - Get ready for a great IPA here, and if you're on the hunt
for one with a fruity edge, look no further. I really enjoyed this
beer and would recommend it to any fan of double IPAs.
The Story Behind
the Name "Wormtown"
In 1978, an underground DIY fanzine hit the streets of Worcester
which covered the burgeoning local music scene and its inhabitants.
Wormtown Punk Punk Press was gobbled up by the musicians and music
fans of Worcester who craved news and information about the exciting
sounds emanating from the local airwaves and rock clubs. Wormtown
Punk Punk Press featured groups from Worcester like the Blue Moon
Band and Crazy Jack, and from Boston like Willie Alexander, DMZ and
The Real Kids. The 'zine hit a nerve in the city and those who were
entranced with punk picked up on the name Wormtown and adopted it
quickly to represent themselves and their emerging culture. Within a
year an album showcasing the city's best punk bands entitled
Wormtown '78 was produced, effectively branding the local music
scene, and the city of Worcester, forever.
Not everyone identifies with Wormtown. Not everyone is involved with
the underground music scene in the city, not everyone is a fan of
punk. But the name has stuck and has been adopted by countless
Worcester citizens because it symbolizes and embraces the free
spirited do-it-yourself ethic that is simply Worcester. Over the
years it has meant many things to many people and sometimes frowned
upon as derogatory by some, when actually it helped change the
culture of the city in a way where anyone could strike out on their
own and create music, art or a collective of liked minded
individuals. Wormtown Brewery has that same spirit - they are
creating something unique to add to the mix in our city. Will it
change Worcester the way music did back in the late '70s? Who knows.
But one thing is for sure, there is nothing that goes better with
good music than good beer.