Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 195
Gots: 213 | FT: 4
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 983 | Reviews: 139
Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a fresh can of this

Consumed 3/23/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy but mostly clear golden orange - kind of a tangerine color, with some hints of light copper - pours with a small, bright white head - sticks around and leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Hoppy, it be - fresh, ripe citrus with some bright orange, tangerine, and grapefruit aromas - fleshy, juicy citrus with a hint of pith - some lightly dank pine and some light tropical notes in the back - nice malt backbone with some moderately cooked biscuits and bread

Taste: Aggressively hoppy yet very drinkable - interesting hop profile with some nicely juicy citrus and some tropical flavors - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - lightly pithy - some pine and light herbal/grassy notes in the finish - decidedly bitter and well-rounded in hop flavors - nice malt profile with some bread and a touch of light biscuits - pale malts and maybe a touch of caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: There are worse things to be

This is probably the best IPA I've had that was brewed in Massachusetts. And it's probably because it tastes so West Coast. It's extremely hoppy, as the name would suggest, and it has a nice profile. To an extent, it almost tastes like a DIPA. It's extremely flavorful for the low ABV - I would have guessed higher. If I ever see this in MA, I'll be buying more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerMagistrate
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on draft at a bar in the summer BEFORE knowing any of the hype... and my eyes went wide after the first sip.

Every sip after that, I kept exclaiming to people at the table how good this beer was. For me, it was the kind of beer I've always been looking for. I'm really into IPAs, but I too often feel like they go overboard with the hops, rendering the beer skunky and hard to drink. This beer on the other hand had the perfect level of flavor, but was also extremely drinkable and refreshing. Medium bodied, crisp, and the aftertaste was just pure joy. Had a very very slight hint of grapefruit which made it great for warm weather.

Probably my all time favorite beer, and again, I decided that after the first sip BEFORE even having a clue about the hype.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a 12oz glass

Hazy yellow, some carbonation, dense, fluffy, one finger white foam cap

Aroma of citrus and pine hops

Bitter notes on the first sip on the front of the tongue. Bitter again, second sip. I am nog getting the flavor notes. Sharp aftertaste that quickly fades. Good sudsing.

Very bitter beer, not getting the flavor notes

Photo of RunningFox
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite beer right now. Amazing.
It sports a solid 2-finger off-white head that holds firm and relaxes to form craters and great lacing on the glass. The color is a hazy light amber. The aroma is of strong, fresh hops with a sweet floral high note. the taste is of citrus balanced with light biscuit. A perfect bitter hop finish follows through to the swallow.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft @ the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes relatively quickly and leaves nice wisped lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is floral hops, pepper, a touch of pine and a nice solid bready, malt backbone.

T: Taste starts with a nice peppery, floral note before a nice balanced bready, malt fills through the middle with hints of grapefruit. Finish has an underlaying grapefruit flavoring that compliments a strong pine presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily feel with a rather dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I haven't had an IPA with much floral notes lately, so this was a nice change of pace and very nicely done.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Brilliant pale gold color

SMELL: Toasted orange peel, mint, evergreen, ripe pears, figs, hemp seeds, white peppercorn, caramel, cake batter

TASTE: Think resin, floral, herbal, oily, fresh tobacco, citric rind, fresh mint, guava, very bitter, passionfruit, dates, dry finish

This is a sleeper IPA, waiting patiently for more people to try it. Despite the gripes of West Coast naysayers, it appears East Coast brewers can indeed brew hoppy beers of epic proportions. It certainly sent our palates for a ride and fed our hop addiction. A must-try for hopheads.

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

Photo of Guess2814
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to this beer. It gets better as you drink it. Smooth hoppy taste to it.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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!!

Photo of WSB
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Be Hoppy" pours a beautiful dark, somewhat hazy, amber/yellow, with an inch of fluffy white, loose head.

Smell is awesomely, happily- and expectedly- hoppy. There are subtle spicy and bready malt undertones, but the bright, sunshiny hops are the star here.

Mouthfeel is light but very active- lots of carbonation and bubble action.

Taste is oddly mild, citrus bitter up front, nicely balanced out and neutralized by a healthy malt profile. Finish is a touch spicy, bitter, and super flavorful. It leaves the palate lingering with an awesome fresh hop taste that I absolutely love.

A great IPA. I expected the 69+ IBUs to be devastating, but it wasn't, in fact, I found this beer extremely drinkable. Reminiscent of a west coast style IPA in that it leaves you with an abundance of bright, fresh hop taste, yet it doesn't overwhelm with bitter.

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap recently. It is a good IPA that I enjoyed very much. Nothing overly special about this beer but it is a well done IPA. Quite hoppy throughout. Hoppy aroma and a nice, bitter hoppy flavor on the palate. The hops seem to linger a bit once you swallow. A very nice IPA. Wish it was easier to find.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks trevdawg

bottled oct 2012

pours a clean crisp light golden yellow. light head, decent retention

some citrus and tangerine, hints of caramel and malt. sweet and rich.

more hop forward flavors, nice and a bit complex. some slight pine and bitterness with a equal amount of juicy fresh fruit. a bit zesty.

nice filly mouthfeel, mild to moderate carbonation.

really good, i'd imagine it would be killer within a few weeks of being bottled. good stuff, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of mjstacker
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So, i had this on draught a few weeks before finding it in 16 oz. 4-packs. It's near flawless either way.

The appearance is a hazy blonde, not the orange color i expected.

The smell is fabulous, melons and fruits. Reminds me of Sculpin.

Taste is perfect-ish. Hoppy and complex, smooth and delicious. Not too much of anything, including booze.

I would like it to be a bit more carbonated, but that's just me and i like a bubbly ale.

Overall, I love this beer. It's got smell & taste that rival any of the super-hyped IPA's in it's class. Worth the hunt. Cheers.

Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold (with a bit of a coppery sheen to it), with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with roughly a rich ½ finger or so of froth, which throws up a sudsy cascade of lacing that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, and a little flowery in the nose, with bright citrus undertones and definite herbal textures that work their way in as well. A touch of fresh pine and some tarter lemon character starts to emerge as this warms. Sweet neutral grains add some support underneath the hop flavors but it’s that fresh (and slightly earthy) bitterness in the nose that shines the brightest here.

The taste starts out similar, with vibrant and flavorful citrus flavors up front, but then bitterness and resins spread out into the mouth with a bit of a harsh and unrefined feel that carries itself into a fairly dry and piney finish. A biscuit-like sweetness from the malts and some softer tropical flavor (that strengthens as this warms) does hang on the edges of the profile and do their best to balance this (and even hang some light sugars in the finish) but there is a lot of aggressive to this, especially from those pine resins here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the edges of the feel that then gives way to more of a creamy slickness that rides down the middle of the tongue. There is a touch of warmth from the alcohol that adds some extra boldness to the hops but I can’t really say that it inhibits the drinkability of this in any way.

This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It had that type of bright and flavorful citrus flavors that I love to find in my hoppy beers but then also had some more overly aggressive character as well that really kept this from reaching that next level for me. If I had to pick though, I’d definitely say that there is more to like than dislike with this one though, as that combo of vibrant hops and easy drinking body left a favorable impression on me.

Photo of jjoc
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer around, plus it is available.

Photo of jmerloni
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden yellow-orange with soapyish head (this is one of Wormtown's flaws in the 3 I've tried from them so far?) that recedes pretty quickly. It laces fairly decently, though.

S - Awesome. Citrus and grapefruit pine with a lemon zestyness. Some hearty yeast. And hops!

T - Very good. Follows the nose with a nice hop afterkick. A lot of hops in this one. As advertised.

M - Very nice. The hops dance in your mouth and it's carbonated well. 69 IBUs.

D - Drinkable. The hops chip away at your tastebuds but every sip is pretty delicious. I like this brew a lot. The best from Wormtown so far and increases my hopes from them in the future.

Pretty pricey though?? $10 for a growler seems pretty excessive. The others have been $8 and that's reasonable. Might just be start up costs - breweries with scale in Mass (Berkshire and Opa Opa) sell growlers for $6 or $7 - but I hope they lower their prices as time goes on. But this new brew is very good, nevertheless! Well done, Wormtown!

Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


S: Lots of guava, some dankness, sweet smelling, touch of breadiness, some bright citrus in the background, pineapple

L: Cloudy, burnt orange, creamy white head with ok retention

T: Dank, raw like hop forward taste with a semi-sweet slight bready malt. Medium high citrus bitterness followed by a sweet, but hop forward taste. Mix of dank, citrus and some passionfruit.

M: Medium full bodied, medium carbonation.

Really solid fresh, just make sure its fresh. Nose a little better than the taste.

Photo of tony12hd
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet ipa really good. No hangover

Photo of krantul
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An IPA just as I like them.. moderate to high bitterness, enormous citrus/floral bouquet, well-balanced hop flavor, all packaged into a very pale, dry beer: maltiness is very restrained, with none of sweetness that I generally find very conflicting in this style. Extremely drinkable.

This is a great American IPA that is worthy of notice, certainly one of the very best being made in New England right now.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewing Company out of Massachusetts.
Score: 90

No bottling date, but received this one in a trade as an extra in the last week of March. Served in an Avery stemmed beer glass and enjoyed on 04/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thin layer. Excellent lacing, pretty good retention. 4/5

Smell: Lots of sweet grapefruit, lemon and fresh citrus. Plenty of piney hops. There is an orange juice aroma in the background of the nose. 4/5

Taste: Juicy citrus and grassy hops. Malty orange juice backbone. Lemon, grapefruit, orange and mango. Lingering bitter citrus and malty orange juice finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly malty sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A really solid and juicy everyday IPA offering. Refreshing and flavorful.

Recommendation: If you live in Massachusetts, seek a bottle of this stuff out.

Pairings: Rainbow sherbet ice cream.

Cost: $8 for a 22 oz bottle.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of fresh hops are present in the nose - pine resin and citrus stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, this is a very hop-forward beer that has a variety of hop flavors combined with a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smelled and tasted very fresh; the bottle says it was brewed this month so it can't be more than two or three weeks old. It is a really bold IPA.

Note: Bottled May 2013

Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Enochase04
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little more on the malty side than I prefer. Just not for me

Photo of beer_miser
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant find during a recent dining out. Very hoppy as the name suggests, but won't overwhelm the pallet (it paired nicely with some pub fair). The ABV makes this one a little more drinkable than some similar style beers. I would definitely buy this in a store.

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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
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