Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 1,015
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 193
Gots: 232 | 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.
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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head was respectable and delivered the lacing goods

Smell: Grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of grassy elements

Taste: Just a hint of the biscuit and the hops take over, bringing grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors; after the swallow, there is an unexpected hint of grass that makes the beer a bit distinctive

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very fresh can and it shows; this is a really good West Coast style IPA that has a touch of individuality, to boot (564 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Clear yellow gold 2 fingers of fluffy foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of pine, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, and a lot of floral notes, a little cracker malt.
T - Follows aroma closely, but more on the floral side, you get the tropical notes throughout, until the end you get a dry pine bitterness. There's also some nice crisp fresh lemon and cut grass.
M - Slightly chewy and sweet, but still semi-dry and bitter.
O - Outstanding IPA, and incredibly drinkable. Reminds me of some of the traits in headhunter. (550 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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! (461 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden yellow, nice thick white head.
S. Nice clean smell
T. Grape fruit all the way. Parts of me want to compare it to Heady, but I don't think so, sorry. It is nice and bitter, it hits you while drinking and stays over like a good girlfriend...
M. Carbonation fine.
Overall a nice beer, I enjoyed it thoroughly. (316 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a: Cloudy, murky straw color; served with a small fizzy head.

s: Big hop aromas of dank, wet pine plus some pithy grapefruit. A hint of bready malt and caramel for balance.

t: Massively pungent and hoppy. Pretty much mirrors the smell. Bready malt hard to find under the fresh tasting hop assault. The hops are juicy, dank, and hugely flavorful with relatively low bitterness.

m: Pretty chewy and dense feeling.

o: One of the best IPAs I've tried. Kick ass and world class. (477 characters)

Photo of frizzzle
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great ipa, good smell, great taste.
Pours hazy golden,
Smells great, piney notes are present.
Taste is smooth, nice hoppy taste, dry clean finish.
This is good!!! I would recommend this to any one who loves IPAs, this is great! You won be disappointed!!! Big thanks to Tadd for sending this! (302 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a shaker pint at Peppercorns. Pours a golden-orange with a slight haze and a 1/8th inch bright white head. Thin coats of lacing dress the glass as the beer is consumed. Nose expresses sweet citrus (perhaps tangerines), melon and floral notes. Taste follows nose with just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I'd love to see this beer consistently in a 16oz. can format. (472 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really special brew here, truly fantastic. scored this near Amherst, lucky me. it pours a golden color, maybe a touch darker, brass I should say, with a thick lather just off white and lasting. the smell to me is german or Czech pilsener malts, and lager yeast, which I know this isn't, but man it seems like it. not groundbreaking, but the flavor is. huge falconer and simcoe hop throughout, lighter malt, pils for sure, and some crystal too I think, but this, as its namesake posits, is a hop forward brew. glorious profile of hops, something so many have attempted and so few have pulled off. this is really well done. best part is how light it drinks, medium body at most, and a real nice ale yeast cleaning it up. creamy feel, pillowy like a cloud or a bounce house, relaxed but assertive, I love this. (809 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottle sometime in July. Pours a orange yellow, with a one inch white head that covers the glass with lace. Smell is very tropical tangerine, pineapple, Mango, fresh cut grass, and some grapefruit. Taste is very tropical up front, with a pucker of grapefruit in the lingering finish. Body is medium, perfect amount of carbonation, not dry, and very easy to drink. This is really nice, awesome balance. (428 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to lucas1801 22 oz bottle (July)into tulip

A Hazy golden color with 1/2 inch white foamy head

S Nose is great. Fresh citrusy hop with some floral notes

T Lots of citrusy hop flavor up front with a medium amount of bitterness

M Medium body with low to medium amount of carbonation

O Overall this was a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer would definitely try it again. Bottled in July but still tastes really fresh (427 characters)

Photo of asaharyev
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: Crystal clear saffron with a nice finger’s worth of fluffy white head that last for a while, leaving a ton of lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma: Sweet smell of hops. A nice fruity and floral aroma greets my nose, with orange and lemon peel in the, as well as pine and a sweet caramel malt backbone.

Taste: Great hop flavor right up front, a ton of citrus with a balance of floral flavor, mostly lemon peel and jasmine. A sweet toasted caramel backbone makes itself apparent as you get closer to the end of the bottle. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and the after taste is hoppy, but not overly bitter, making it quite pleasant.

Overall: This is an amazing IPA. Well balanced, great hop flavor without overpowering bitterness, and a nice smooth drinker. I could see myself having this year round, refreshing on hot summer days, and warming during a January snowstorm. Pick up a bottle of this if you can find it. (929 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On-tap 7/30/13 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a lot of citrus and a caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a long time. (809 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color, very hazy but no visible particles. Nice fluffy white head.

Aroma is a burst of bright, juicy citrus scents with hints of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Really saturated with delicious smells of fruit.

The first sip brings an incredible punch of tropical and citrus flavors, like pineapple and grapefruit mixed together. Some of the hop bitterness starts to get in the way though, giving the taste a sharp bitter edge that masks those amazing tastes. But still the beer is very solid with every sip filled with tropical/ctirus fruit.

The stiff hop bitterness overpowers at first but fades with the aftertaste leavying a medium body smacking of fruit sweetness and a clean, dry yet fruity aftertaste.

Really blown away by this beer, one of the best IPAs I've had, ever. Dial the hop bitterness back but keep the late hop additions and you could give Heady Topper a run for its money! (918 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden color. Great lacing.

S - Really fresh hop smell. Citrus is dominant.

T - Citrus up front, followed by a robust bitterness that really tasted nice. It's a complex flavor and extremely well done. Edited taste to 4.5 after second glass a couple months later, most likely fresher. More pronounced citrus, less pronounced bitterness. Really good.

M - Nice medium bodied with a hint of carbonation. Leaves a little tingle on the mouth.

O - Very enjoyable beer! Would order again. Sorry for the short review. (530 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 06/29/13 notes. On tap at Pico in Boston; served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, bright yellow-golden color with two inches of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruits, fresh tropical fruits, floral hops, and some wheat. Nose is awesome...super fresh hops and fruits, and a ton of hops. Really like it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit juice, fruity malts, wheat, grains, and some tropical fruits. Taste is good though less fruit overall, and more pine. Taste is moderately bitter.

m - Medium body low to moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but easy to drink the whole glass...could have had two.

o - Overall I thought this was a great IPA, and this is the best Wormtown beer I've had so far. The nose is awesome; tons of fresh hops and fruits. It's easy to drink and not too bitter; would definitely like to have this one again sometime. (972 characters)

Photo of nootch23
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 22 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip. Bottled date June 2013

A - pours a nice IPA hazy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of white head. Really nice looking IPA.

S - right up front there is a big citrus, tropical fruit aroma with floral grassy notes underneath. Not a huge smelling beer but a pretty good smell to it.

T - the taste is all hops and nothing else. There's no taste of melon or any tropical fruit. There might be a little citrus there, perhaps lemon peel but this is mostly floral with a piney astringency to it.

M - decent amount of carbonation on the tongue leaving the mouth tasting great and with that hop bitterness. No dry finish with this.

O - this is a really good tasting IPA and at 6.5% very easy to drink. Its a pretty light beer so its not real filling or heavy. The taste is all hops and very little other characteristics to it which prevents it from blowing me away. There isn't too much going on with this on, just a straight up good tasting IPA. I would definitely purchase this again but there are much better IPAs out there. I wouldn't stick my nose up with this one. Really solid. (1,132 characters)

Photo of nesarebad
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle date April 2013, courtesy of IPAkindaguy - thanks Corey!

A - Pours cloudy with a light golden amber color. Two finger head that settles gently as I consume the beer. Intermittent lacing throughout as I drink.

S - Herbal, piney, grassy and hints of citrus throughout the nose. A faint malty backbone peaks through at the end of the nose.

T - A melding of the flavors presented at the nose. A wonderful balance of pale malts and wonderfully balanced hops. I think this beer shines through in the taste more so than the smell. Very balance, bitter but not abrasive.

M - A very drinkable beer, very nice on the palate not too sticky yet firm.

Overall, this is a wonderful IPA and I am always glad to see good east coast examples of the style. Certainly won't be confused for a west coast hop bomb but it packs enough of a punch to hold its own. (864 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 (752 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2013

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some very light notes of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. The hop flavors are extremely fresh and that makes this beer a very enjoyable one. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is fairly well balanced without any malt sweetness coming through and just a touch of bitterness that lingers. The hop flavors are really fresh and really enjoyable. Definitely one I would be happy to have again... (1,044 characters)

Photo of stevensd19
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was going to write my own review, but then saw the one by RunningFox and have to just agree with that... Really great brew from a small, young brewery in nearby Worcester, MA... very glad it's readily available on tap in two bars in my town of Hudson, MA; Horseshoe Pub and Rail Trail Flat Bread.

RunningFox review:
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. (693 characters)

Photo of RunningFox
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.75 @ Union Brewhouse, Weymouth

Dark, very cloudy straw color. Thick, creamy head, looks like a rocky nitro pour. Hearty lace ladder for a little man to climb out of my beer if he wanted to. If he was in there. Poor little fella.

Smells really, really, really fresh. General hop smell, like when I sniff a fresh bag of hops. Definately has a wet grass citrus lean but I'm really just floored by how fresh this smells. Some bready cracker malt underneath.

Doesn't taste as potent as it smells but doesn't lag too far behind either. Wet grass grapefruit hops over a fairly dry cracker malt. Lots of resin in the mouthfeel which I love.

I wasn't expecting it to be this good when I ordered it. (697 characters)

Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.