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Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,074
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 193
Gots: 264 | 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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Photo of xerotime
3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Peppercorn's served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy medium orange with a solid 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lacing the whole way down.

S - The usual suspects of citrus and pine some light malt and yeast.

T - Firmly bitter with a large yeast bite. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

Overall a nice attempt at a West Coast style IPA but seems to me that it may have been rushed out of the brewery to have such a prominent yeasty flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to damienblack for this extra in a recent trade. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife as a change from the big, brutal, darkness we've been imbibing.

The pour is a hazed, hefe yellow, clear until the last 2-3 ounces came tumbling forth. Nose issues a memorandum of floral hops, bit of lemon, & a light & breezy sweetness.

Be Hoppy is a beer that's hard to pin to the mat. A lovely, dry hoppiness up front gives way to too much sweet malt in the background. Citrus, caramel, sugary sweetness vie for attention. There's an aspirin lilt in the aftertaste that dents the enjoyment. Dense & chewy for a regular old IPA, & I'm going to attribute that, fairly or not, to a hand too heavy on the malt. This weighs the tummy like a bruiser twice its weight; Darkness felt light by comparison. Half a bomber? If I must.

Bit of a letdown, this one is decent enough, but not a brew I'd feel compelled to run out & try again.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Bottled in August 2011.

Slightly cloudy, pale straw in color. A bit of noticeable carbonation. Dense, bright white foam of a head. Condensed and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright pine and citrus hops; both seem to be a bit thin and a touch solvent-like. Some medicinal notes along with a moderate earthen must.

Lemon, lime, and pear citrus qualities up front; again, a bit thin in spots. Spruce and pine that overwhelm the palate which leads to an overpowering, bulky bitterness. Touches of peach and melon in the aftertaste, along with the bitterness.

Medium in body; thin in spots, but remarkably gritty. As with the taste, the texture is just out of balance.

Intensely hoppy; however, the various hops don't quite marry. Lacks a refined touch.

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Photo of brureview
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brew date: August 2012. Purchased October 2012.
Not sure if the beer is fresh.

Poured a nice golden color with a two finger head.

Aroma: orange rind and tobacco.

Good bitterness, and not overwhelming.

Mouth feel very smooth, not very carbonated.

Taste: grapefruit. No sweetness as other reviewers have noted.
Perhaps the bottle has lost its freshness?

2nd tasting: definitely drink this IPA at 50 F. More hoppiness, tartness, orange rind, malt.
The IBUs are more pronounced at this temp. A good beer, but I would like to taste a more recent brewing date.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz can I believe

A- Almost saison light golden honey with thick head, medium/medium-low retention. White clouds head in color

S- Really quite bland on the S. Some lemon citrus, some honey, but not much. More of a void

T- Kinda following the S, with some citrus; but hop bite way afterward. Kind of cornfusing

M- Kinda creamy, nice amount of carb; there is a sting involved at the end of the taste

O- Interesting brew, a great extra for anyone!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in October 2013. Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy straw, with a large long lasting foamy head. This looks good.

The aroma has some mild pine notes; not overly strong.

The taste starts out very dry with minimal malt influence. The finish is crisp and bitter, with a nice piney hop finish with just a touch of herbal flowery notes.

This is light bodied with a great balance for a hop forward IPA. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. Try it!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of meefmoff
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright golden hue with a thick cap of sticky foam.

S- Strong hoppy nose full of citrus and a touch of pine. A bright grapefruit bitterness shines through.

T/M- This is one tongue-scraping hoppy bastard. There's enough malt backbone and hop fruitiness to keep your palate from being pounded into oblivion, but the citrus and lemon tartness are huge. I wish there was a bit more fruitiness around the edges to balance. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

O- really nice brew that is easily one of the best east coast IPA's. A few more touches (tropical fruit and floral notes) on this and it could be a favorite.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of ms11781
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having multiple discussions with someone who's opinion I respect about how some IPAs (and which ones) hold up over time and which ones don't I was given this bottle to try, which I have had fresh on tap and in the bottle. This one has about between 3-4 months on it.

Bottled in August 2011. Sampled on 11/26/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely cloudy, but bright golden color with a thick finger of creamy foam sitting on top. As the beer warms it ends up being just a bit hazy so perhaps it was a bit too chilled at first. Nice lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

The nose is a somewhat subdued when the beer was cold but some nice citrus notes, mainly grapefruit, come out when the beer is allowed to warm. There is a nice, slightly resiny pine aroma as well. Some light bready malt notes are present as well.

The taste is a step up from the nose. The grapefruit that was in the nose is here, along with some other citrus notes. The more prominent characters are some earthiness and bit of grassiness that weren't in the nose. They come on strong through the middle before a good piny bitterness takes hold. Nice bready malts make a nice base for the hops to play off of.

Surprisingly lively carbonation. It gives the beer a crisp and lighter mouthfeel. The flavors are so clean that the light body works here. A nice bitterness comes on at the end but it doesn't stick or linger.

This is a beer that has held up exceptionally well over a 3-4 month period. It's not at the optimal point it was when it was extremely fresh but the hop flavors and aromas are still potent and give the desired affect. If I had not had this beer in the past and someone told me it was fresh I wouldn't bat an eye.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Know nothing about this beer. Received as an extra in a trade from MLAVIOLETTEJR. Very eager to try though.

A- Pours quite clear for an unfiltered IPA. Light copper with a 2 finger off-white head.

S- Resins, hop oils, pine, floral, and biscuit malts. Very enticing.

T- Follows nose. Lots of pine. Pale malts. Hop forward without being crazy out of balance.

M- Nice dry finish. Not overly bitter. Lighter body

O- Just a well done IPA. It might not have any aspect that blows me away, but little if any blemishes. Seek this out.

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Photo of beer4colin
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ UBH.

A - A hazy straw pour with little head. Light lace clings.

S - Very citrusy and the aroma tells you that you will have a mouthful of hops.

T - Surpringly a bit laid back - atbthe start. No mistake, lot of hops here with a pretty bitter finish. A bit metallic after is a retraction.

OA - A very good IPA, better since it is local. Next time I am in Worcheshire I could grab a growler.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden. Beautiful yellow haze.

Aroma: Very bold hop aroma. Nice mix of piney, resinous hops mixed with citrusy hops as well. Grassy, fruity crispness.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Taste definitely follows the nose. Extremely well balanced brew. Up front very piney/resinous hop flavor yields to the more subtle tropical fruit taste. Mild bitterness then comes to the forefront. Balance is the name of the game here. Proper hop flavor with mild pale malts that allows the hops to be the main event.

Mouthfeel: My only complaint here would be something that I love a lot about this beer, if that even makes sense. Such a light malt presence and true hop balance mean that this beer sessions very well...too well. I love this beer but it's too easy to drink.

Overall: Due to high demand and low supply I'm always drinking this beer fresh, the way it was meant to be drank. This is the perfect beer to take the edge off of a stressful day but can also be the perfect summer sipper on the porch in a rocking chair. An imperial version of this beer would highly sought after but honestly the balance is so even that I wouldn't want to mess with perfection. This is just what I'm looking for in an ipa. Great hop flavor and low but noticeable bitterness.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I received from FluffyMcTingle; thank you very much! Bottled in August, 2011 according to the back of the bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy gold/yellow color that really glistens when held to the light. I was happy it wasn’t completely translucent, as I find those slightly less appealing (not sure why really). About an inch of pillowy, pure-white head rose above the liquid and lingered for some time; scattered patches of sticky lacing clung to the glass. Smells of pine resin, bittering hops, some straw, and bountiful citrus notes (lemon, orange, and a touch of grapefruit). While they seem very well balanced, they are a bit muted, and don’t jump to the nose very much. You really need to dig for them. It tastes similar, with the citrus flavors right up front to greet you before the hops, pine, and grains take over. A faint caramel background rounds it out nicely. The finish is crisp, and slightly dry in the mouth. Overall a very good IPA that I’m happy to have tried. I’d gladly drink this time and time again.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date Nov. 2011
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
Pours a hazy gold color with a full 2" white head and lots of webby and trailing lacing.
The smells are surprisingly mild considering the name. There are plenty of Pale Ales with more hop-forward noses. That said, the citrusy, floral and resinous hop smell is very pleasant. A faint peppery spice is noticed as is a bit of an alcoholic fuminess.
The flavors are where this IPA shines best. Juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, tart orange and spices explode in the mouth with a West Coast-like abandon, yet there's a subtly sweet caramel malt
and very light Graham Cracker-like breadiness that tempers the hop bite in a very pleasing way. A little alcoholic heat warms the back of the throat and can be noticed on the breath rather quickly.
Although this is an edgy and hoppy IPA, it's a fairly fluid and wet brew that invites a few large gulps.
Tasty, drinkable IPA...nice!

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a 12oz glass / second tasting on tap

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 not getting the flavor notes. Sharp aftertaste that quickly fades. Good sudsing.
Better on tap

Very bitter beer, not getting the flavor notes

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" custard head of decent lifespan. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. It smells of malt and citrus hops. Taste again has the malt, plus citrus and grapefruit hops and even a little subtle melon to it. Although not the hoppiest IPA I've had it certainly is above middle of the pack. Finish is pretty long. Nice product.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a can shaped glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden copper with three fingers of frothy white head that fades to a solid chunky lace.

Smell: Some citrusy tropical fruit, grass and pine dominate, good deal of hop character but doesn't punch you in the nose like some west coast style IPAs.

Taste: Better than the nose with grass, earthy components and pine dominating followed by some grapefruit and lemon and a lingering hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a nice hop bitterness. Easy drinking and smooth.

Overall: Quite a solid IPA that is absolutely worth a try. Really dig the tallboy can format as well!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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