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Be Hoppy | Wormtown Brewery

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jmerloni on 04-01-2010

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Photo of VFerrec
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good West Coast style IPA.
Pours gold with a nice head. Citrusy on the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of citrus (grapefruit)right off the bat with slight sweetness at the end. Very accessible in central mass area, good drinking beer!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly clear pale orange in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is subdued but has lemon, resiny pine, and subtle citrus notes. Taste has a touch of pale, crackery malt, some citrusy hops, slick resiny hops, and a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Good mouthfeel, medium-ish body that leans a bit in the lighter side and moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer, more of a traditional American IPA that hits the right notes and remains accessible. I'll definitely revisit this beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Dated 3/8/2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a somewhat clear lemon-orange body, two finger white head, good retention, some lacing. Smells of spice, citrus, a bit of zest, mild cat piss, very small touch of hop resin. A bit of sharp caramel sweetness. Flavour is a mild caramel and crackery grainy sweetness, hop resin, citrus, a bit of spiciness. Nice complexity, nothing too special but definitely an above average beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation, mild bitter melon on the finish. Decent local IPA, better than most.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 02/22/16

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy off-white head. Smells like floral berries, sweet citrus, caramel, clean biscuity malt, with fresh earthy grass and pine. Tastes like fresh berries, dank pine, bitter citrus, caramel, clean malty biscuit, with lingering dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Overall a unique and balanced IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HenryNeeser
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best Beers I have had in a long time.
Look, a nice warm amber color, looks like an IPA, a little cloudy but can see through the glass.
Head, yup there is a little if you pour it into a glass/mug.
Smell, bingo, smells like an IPA, it's an IPA.
Taste,. full body, bitter, and very smooth, with a finish that lingers, and if you don't know what a hoppy brew tastes like then try one of these. You always know a good beer when it is the first one to disappear from the cooler shelf. the cans, and the bottles were all gone today when I stopped in to grab a rack. This is not the first time, and now I'm wondering if I should horde it! :) <= hoppy face here.
Thank you Wormtown Brewery for producing such a finely crafted brew.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 02/02/2016 into a shaped pint glass last night. Comes out golden with a slight haze, decent head falls down quickly.

Very hoppy aroma, some grapefruit and resin, west coast style on the nose. Flavor is sharply bitter, not a lot of malt. Citrus grapefruit notes, finishes with a piney resin from the hop oils that linger a bit. Finish on the tongue is dry, beer is medium bodied.

Overall an excellent example of a west coast style IPA from the east. A very well crafted beverage from a brewery I have never heard of until the bottle landed in my possession.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Golden color, hazy but not completely opaque. Nice fluffy head
Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, grassy, herbaceous, pine
Taste - Citrus peel, grapefruit, pine, pine needles

Overall - Across the board this is a great IPA. Nice crisp/dry finish and is super easy drinking. Wish I could get my hands on this more often....

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Photo of CNoj012
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very hazy light honey color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. Eventually it fades to a small cap and there are chunks of lacing everywhere. Smell is floral, citrus, a touch of dankness and some light bready malts. Taste is floral and spicy with too much bready malts and a bitter finish. Feel is light side of medium and slightly watery. Overall a nice beer, but nothing fantastic. Maybe it is too fresh at 8 days old and only the green floral hops come thru on the taste. Will report back and alter ratings in a week or 2 if it is deserved.

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Photo of djlauryn
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Sacco's in Somerville, MA. This is a basic IPA done well. Not much of an aroma, a decent hoppy bite, a little on the watery side and at times I taste the alcohol. it's a little bitter, I'm not getting any citrus or pine... one of my go to local beers available on draft at bars in somerville.

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Photo of mctnoyes
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This used to be my favorite IPA when it first came out. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it was a slightly bigger beer originally. I also remember it being more hazy, which I really like in an IPA. Still, this is one of the best single IPA's out there!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper, faded gold, almost pilsner-like contents emptied into the glass. The look of IPAs gone by. Patch lacing reduction byproduct from a finger's worth of head. A ton of biscuit in the nose with citrusy undertones. Sparse grapefruit, faint lemon and orange rind. Overwhelmingly doughy upon further raises of the glass. The taste works as the citrus-like qualities grab the palate from front to back end, exhibit a multitude of herbaceous attributes, and finish bitter. The best part of the beer. The feel is prickly, and marginally dry. This is a good beer, but I don't think it stands with the modern interpretation of the IPA which, for me, is the cat's meow. To each their own. Give me that juicy, turbid sh*t and I'll be happy. Cheers, BA.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled on 1/28/2016, drank it at just over two weeks old so it should be tasting pretty fresh!

appearance is nice, thick head leaves some lacing.

nose is underwhelming, slight floral and pine notes. taste is also underwhelming, although there is definitely a nice piney flavor on the finish, balanced well by malts.

overall its definitely a decent and drinkable ipa, but compared to other beers Ive tried, its pretty boring and one dimensional. not to mention i paid like $14 for a six pack... definitely not worth the price and a big let down in my book!

revisited this one a few weeks later... actually thought the beer got better with some age, maybe im going crazy. picked up some more of the citrus notes this time around, which complimented the piney flavor well. still maybe not worth the price in my opinion, but upon further review... its a pretty great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- orange haze nice looking pour . At least two finger head and fantastic lacing .
S- Wow , smell is noticable right after can was opened, fresh/grassy/meadows . Can date 1/11/16 , I have another 4 pack dated 2/1/16 and will enjoy comparing differences.
T- slightly sweet, honey , citrus but not tropical, more bitter/dry.

I enjoy this beer as it offers sonething different in flavor each time I have it ,unique and refreshing , always excellent .
Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into tulip glass. 1/11/16. Don't worry.

L. Dark orange, golden with tons of haze. 2 finger white, thick, head. With nice thick lacing.
S. Nice hops, citrus and pine up front. A touch of tropical fruit with the citrus. A good amount of lemon.
T. Lots of bitterness, citrus and pine. Nice, clean finish.
F. Medium to medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored, slightly cloudy.
Tropical and pine aroma.
Taste is similar with a bit of bitterness in the finish.
Very good beer which I see myself buying again.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at... my house! Yes, we have Be Hoppy on tap in our kegerator, it's the only beer in the past two years we've repeated as a pony keg lasts us a couple months at least. It is a great beer but I've never officially reviewed it so here goes.

Pours a light golden with a decent, two finger head, settling to a nice film. The smell is more floral, not as juicy as some IPAs I've been binging on over the holidays, or as resin, more like grassy and fresh. The taste is crisp, grapefruit and hop heavy, especially with the bitter/dry back end. The mouth feel is heavy for an IPA for me which makes it not quite as session-worthy as some other IPAs, though I don't think being session worthy is it's intent. It's intent is to be delicious, and that it is.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a IPA glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold color with two fingers of thick foamy head and lots of thin webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is very perfumy with a great floral aroma. There is some slight grassy aroma here in the nose that is filled with hints of pollen. There is some sweetness coming out with aromas of pear and apple to tops things off.

The taste is sweet at first with some slight pear flavor mixed with a hint of pine. A tangerine flavor comes out in the middle and tea leaf flavor begins to mix into the background. There are hints of berries come out before a tangy light bitterness punctuates at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice drinkable feel to. There is bitterness here but it softened by a juicy flavor that shadow it and camouflages the bitterness before it can build and take hold on the palette.

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Photo of sandsonik
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy, golden yellow with little head retention but a lot of lacing
Smell- intensely hoppy and piney from the first moment I cracked the can open. Much more piney/grassy than citrusy.
Taste - but there is a hint of citrus in the taste. Still, this isn't a juicy, fruity IPA. Hop forward, but not aggressively so. Crisp, pleasant, peppery finish.
Feel - nicely carbonated.
Overall - an easy to drink, not too bitter IPA that will give hopheads their fix without turning off the hop-shy. Somehow it felt more refreshing than the typical IPA, sort of a bridge between a lawn mowing pils and a hoppy IPA. Not world-class, but definitely solid and appealing. Would definitely drink again. I'd say it was a good crushable session IPA but I found the alcohol snuck up on me quickly! Really only 6.5%?

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Christmas party, thanks to whoever brought it.
Lightly hazy light golden. Earthy pine and citrus aroma and flavor. Better than I expected, might have to check out more from this brewery!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alberto's Pub in Norton, MA.

This one pours a slightly hazy lucid orange color, with a foamy one inch head, and a rings of lacing down the glass.

This smells pretty great, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a fairly resiny aroma as well.

There's not a whole lot of malt character to this one, it's all fresh citrusy hops. It's got a really deep and long lasting citrus flavor to this, candied orange, some pineapple and mango, with a very resiny and intense finish. This is super bold and really quite wonderful tasting.

This has a very, very juicy mouthfeel, with a nice crispness, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall, a super enjoyable beverage that I hope to find again some day.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden hue. This wasn't an aggressive pour, but there is good head retention. Some flowery passion fruit and mango in the aroma. After some initial malt sweetness, there is a really nice earthy grapefruit peel bitterness. Be Hoppy has a very nice mouthfeel, effervescent enough to bring out all of the characters. A really terrific IPA.

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Photo of Tracs
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Active carbonation. Minimal head but decent lacing. S: good fresh hops, grassy and citrusy. T: very mild. Almost like an American Pilsner but with a hop finish. F: crisp. Very carbonated. O: a drinkable beer but not a great IPA. Very minimally hopped for today's standards. Maybe a good beer for people just starting to get into hoppy beers.

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Photo of emount91
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a slightly hazy yellow color, carbonation seen going up the glass, white foamy head that dissipates quickly. smell is balanced: bitter hops and bready malts. taste is hop forward: big citrus and grass taste, followed by malt, but ends with a bitterness that can only be described as "hops" and not anything un-hop-related to compare it to. mouth feel is good, could use a tad more carbonation but I'm just being picky. very good beer, perfect for summer and being outside if you want something with a little more alcohol than a session.

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Photo of Rossaronie
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, smell is great and strong. Great flavor for a single IPA and it was extremely drinkable. Bought as a 16oz 4 pack. And loved the beer would love to have it again.

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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
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