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Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 1,052
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 192
Gots: 249 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmerloni on 04-01-2010

2010: Growler fills and taps only.
2011: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles.
2012: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles.
2013: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles. A 60 case (360 4-packs) trial run of 16oz cans was released brewery only on September 18. Due to success, canning to begin in 2014.
2014: Growler fills, taps, 22oz bottles, and 4 pack 16oz cans.
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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 1,052
Photo of Nicole15
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get almost no aroma from this. Maybe it's because I've already had two treehouse beers that were heavy on the aroma so I have a skued expectation? It pours golded like straw with a fluffy white head. Faint lacing all the way down as you drink. The initial taste is pine with some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Overall a solid IPA that's worth picking up. (368 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into snifter - super fresh (less than 2 weeks)

L - Pale golden with fluffy white head and some lacing
S - Grapefruit and tropical with a touch of dank
T - More piney on the palate, but still some dank tropical notes. Firmly bitter; a touch astringent
F - Light bodied and crisp with moderate carb

overall a very solid IPA - worth trying if you get the chance. (376 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a light amber-orange appearance with a decent head and some good lacing on the sides of the glassware. Really great and strong aromas of hops and bready, yeasty flavors. Could sense some grapefruit, oranges, and earthy tones to the smell as well. Really good flavoring with this beer thanks to a bitter hoppy taste mixed with citrus flavors and malts. Good carbonation and body that helps bring out the flavors to this IPA. Overall, this was a great IPA and a highlight to the brew fest I went to. (605 characters)

Photo of mhs413
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot be happier about this IPA that I stumbled upon. I saw a 4-pack in a store, did a quick check of some reviews and brought it home. I love the citrus notes and the hop balance. (183 characters)

Photo of mrz200
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review is based on recent bottle purchase. I had this on tap about a year ago and was underwhelmed. Got a 6 of bottles and now understand the hype. Delcicous, dank, and earthy IPA. Aired out and cold, this was fantastic. (224 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although it is a clear brew, the difference between this and an adjunct beer becomes "clear" after the first smell. Tastes as good as it smells. And not too heavy on the ABV, so I appriciate that. Hits the smell, ABV and taste buds on 8 cylinders, I'm totally impressed on how well put together this IPS is. (307 characters)

Photo of Flarol
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am not an IPA expert, but when i go to a liquor store for a 6 pack IPA is what i choose. This beer is my go-to if i am not looking to get extremely drunk from the 8.4% double IPAs. Best tasting 6% beer i have come across. (223 characters)

Photo of brewmeister1984
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love that this brewery is 10 min away from me. Be hoppy is definitely a must have in every beer geek's fridge. Affordable and delicious, two of it favorite things. (163 characters)

Photo of HankSingle
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Took me a long time to finally get a hold of some of this, and that sort of expectation is hard for any beer to overcome. It took two cans, over two days, to get around to thinking about what the beer is vs what the beer is presented as due to scarcity - and what it is, is very, very good.

It's straw-like in color, a sort of faintly luminous yellow, with a fluffy head that quickly fades. Very little fruit on the nose, just a clean, zesty hop fragrance. Clean is what I'd call the flavors, too - there's a suggestion of grapefruit rind, but mostly it's a vivid, green 'hop' taste, with some pine resin, and some lurking oils. The real magic is in the mouthfeel, which is so bright, and has an almost champagne-like effervescence - reminds me of some old school belgians. Feels like a lovely trick, and makes it very refreshing.

There is something doggedly traditional about Be Hoppy, a little bit of 'aren't they all supposed to taste like this?', enough so that it doesn't seem special, but by the same token, I know if it were regularly in the cooler at my shop, I'd bring it home a LOT of the time. That's what I really settled on - that there aren't a huge number of beers I would choose to drink over it, and even burdened by hype, it feels worth the cost to bring home. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 7/2/2015 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Golden yellow/orange, cloudy, with a one finger head that moves to quick lace.

S - Grapefruit, hops. Pine variety.

T - Follows the nose. Pine dominates. Some toasted grains, malt balance.

M - Carbonation a tad above medium, heft is solid.

O - A well put together IPA. Solid in every department. (370 characters)

Photo of EPS
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect hoppy ale. Golden in color but perfect balance. Plenty of citrus hops and sparkle AND body. Love that we can get it at a local place on tap. (152 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lord Hobo, pours clear yellow gold color with a 1 finger thick foamy head that faded slowly and left incredible lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of dry floral hops, weed, grapefruit, tangerine, graham cracker, wheat bread crust, citrus hops, honey, light piney hops and toasted grains. Nice balance and a strong hoppy sweetness, but the hops were not so incredibly fresh or bold to list this as "outstanding" per the rest of the BeerAdvocate reviews. It's a good solid IPA, but just well above average in every way IMO. (567 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

canned 5/13 (a month and a week). poured into a willie becher. brew has a semi transparent golden yellow w a frothy cap that hung out for a while. tons of visible carb. nose is nice subtle citric hop. fruity and sweet. much more aggressive and bitter on the taste. a bit chewy. nice but I don't see what all the hub bub is about. bitter ipa with sine citric note on the.hop profile (381 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am supposed to be working, but I got bored and came over to Summer Shack. They finally have a good beer selection. This Be Hoppy surprised me at how good it is. Nicely hopped and very refreshing. I have to go back and speak to auditors so I am hoping this beer is 12% or 13% ABV. Good stuff - will make this a go to (322 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank a can of this after I had a bomber of hopulence. Not sure if that had anything to do with it but did not love this beer at all. It is definitely a good beer but in the grand scheme of whats out there I did not find this to be up there with the tree house IPA'S or the heady's, SOS, 2nd fiddle, pliny. . . Just didn't live up to the hype for me. Overall solid but not great! (379 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a popular beer seen on draft throughout MA, it usually is the best choice available and frankly if you see it on the shelves at a store you better buy it! Hops galore with some grapefruit citrus. Has a dry finish with some slight bitterness. This is a classic MA beer! (276 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA. It has the perfect taste for a IPA it allows you to tastes the hops but not overwelm you with the perfect smooth and bitter finish. A very drinkable beer. Enjoy! (174 characters)

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 4/9, so 20 days old..really good, very aggressive bittering! Nice! But somewhat lacking on aroma...
100 from the Bros.? Wow.
Big impression, tho, almost comes off as a DIPA... (186 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale and golden with lots of head. Smells like pine and hops, with some hints of citrus. Tastes bitter, crisp, dry and very hoppy. Just a real IPA, that isn't disguising hops in any way. This is a great beer. (218 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from 7Sport (many thanks, I'd been wanting to try this). Canned 3/2/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant clear golden yellow with a three finger stack of white bubbles. Pillows remain, leaving copious sheets of beautiful lace.

Bright citrus aroms dominate. Orange and grapefruit with a hint of honey-like sweetness. This is one I can't stop myself from returning to smell repeatedly throughout my enjoyment of the glass

Citrus continues to be a big part of the hop flavors but there is much more than that. Graprfruit, orange peel, mild pine, slightly floral, lemon zest, mild earth, faint cracker and hints of pepper. This is bitter and hoppy in almost all the right ways and has virtually no real alcohol precense. Incredibly easy to drink.

Crisp, fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Just a touch too dry for my preference but still quite good. Citrus zest and mild pine create a lingering, bitter, hoppy finish.

Be Hoppy may not hit every aspect perfectly for what I look for but is certainly in the upper echelon of IPAs. Bright and crisp with hops a-plenty. I'm glad that I got to try it. (1,125 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was able to score a fresh 4 pack that was canned on 4/9/15 and I can't emphasize how amazing this beer is when its fresh.
A: Somewhat hazy with a golden copper like color with a foamy white head.
S: Smells very piney with mild citrus notes.
T: Mild bitterness, piney notes, has a nice dry, hoppy finish. The citrus notes seem to pop in my mouth...so much flavor!
M: Mild to medium amount of carbonation. Has a nice body to it as the hops definitely tingle the mouth.
O: Overall, having this beer fresh is a real treat. The hops pop in your mouth combined with juicy citrus notes...fantastic!! (594 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Maverick74 for the great extras

A - Hazy wheat gold body with a fuzzy white head. Ok retention and lace.

S - OK nose. Orange, yeast cake, white bread, grapefruit pith, and just a touch of soft bitter fresh cut flowers.

T - Soft bready backbone with woody and herbal hop overtones. Dry and well balanced.

M - Smooth, medium frame. Par carbonation.

O - A really nice, highly drinkable IPA. Smooth and well balanced. (445 characters)

Photo of meefmoff
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at a not particularly great sports bar. A very solid beer but not quite the aromatic, citrusy VT style monster that I was expecting. May need to try it again with style expectations more on track. (205 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less hazy than they make it out to be. Fuity citrus taste with a mild hop bite and moderate maltyness. Has a rolling finish like Hop Ranch with the aromatics and tropical fruityness of JaiAlai. Overall a good beer. (223 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big score at Charles street liquors in Boston. Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams glass, as there is no huge demand to "drink from the can!" like a Heady pounder.

Gorgeous beer. Straw, hazy, perfect head and super sticky lacing. Perfect.

Aroma is mild but pleasant. Melon and pineapple sweetness. Nice.

Great flavor. All subtle flavors due to the relatively low abv. But what it lacks in umph it makes up with complexity and cleanliness. I try to avoid this comparison in hoppy beers, but the profile really is like a light Heady. Smooth melon, a touch of grassiness, touch of lemon. Really wonderful.

So clean. The most pleasant flavors stick in the finish.

What a great beer. Boy I hope we see this on a larger scale soon. I'd go to this sucker all summer long. Love the pounder format for a 6.5 beer too. (827 characters)

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