Barrel Aged IPA | Wormtown Brewery

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer is simply called Barrel Aged IPA. The beer is aged in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel acquired from Sam Adams which they used for aging Utopias. The beer is not associated with Utopias or Sam Adams. Tom Oliveri- Owner Wormtown

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of rudzud
4.87/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The latest and greatest from Wormtown definately doesnt fall short. Their delicious Be Hoppy IPA was aged four weeks in one of those mythical Sam Adams Utopia barrels. Due to this aging process there is no specific ABV, but Ben did say it was slightly higher ABV than their usual Be Hoppy IPA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with very little action going on in the snifter. This pour initially had a big head, which was cut off due to serving suggestion (the drink should have little to no head). What came to me was a milky white half finger head with nice side retention.

S - Big floral hops with light fruit notes, among the fruit notes a slight citrus (namely grapefruit) stands out. Some definate oak notes as well as a great warming smell presumably from the Utopia that I can't specifically place.

T - Such a unique aged IPA! The aging in Utopia barrels gives this IPA such an amazing depth. Nice floral hops upfront with just a slight tropical bitterness on the back. Such a mellow creaminess was imparted by the aging process, but a noticeable alcohol pressence. Presumably that is the Utopia's doing, as this is not an occurance in regular Be Hoppy. Some nice hints of vanilla too. Can't quite place the strong alost fruity taste but holy cow, its a full assault on the pallet.

M - Smooth, low carbonation. What one expects with an aged IPA.

D - Warming alcohol makes this feel like a rather strong beer. While the exact ABV is unknown, this isnt some timid 6%. Really wish they made more than 3 barrels of this as I want to drink this all night, even if it would knock me on my ass. Excellent flavours and aroma make this aged IPA so, so enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at peppercorns.

A nice semi rich and frothy head of 1 finger fades slowly over a mostly clear orange pale gold colored beer. It leaves a nice thick lacing on the sides as it goes down.

The nose brings plenty of nice hops, some spicy, citrus, lots of tropical fruit, little tangerine and touch of grapefruit, even a hint of pine. Then is a nice sweet aroma, wit just a hint of malts but more of a cognac or brandy style. Hints of a booze similar to a cognac or brandy and some oak with a touch of vanilla.

The taste brings more of the same with the light creamy malty taste to start, then more of the booze, again being cognac or brandy like again a hint of booze but not much. Some light oak and touh of wood esthers. Of course plenty of hops too. A decent bitterness with touch of astringency, bringing a little earthy quality and some citrus, little pine, and bit of fruit too but less so than the aroma. It finishes with lingering bitterness and some hop flavors, a little creamy malty oaky like taste too, and hints of wood esthers.

The mouth has a medium body slightly syrupy and lower but decent carbonation.

It has a pretty good drinkability with just a hint of booze and a nice bitterness that's not crippling. With that is also a light astringent bitter hop taste but it adds to the hops and bitterness, and is juxtaposed by the oak and creamy taste, so it goes down well.

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Barrel Aged IPA from Wormtown Brewery
4.73 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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