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Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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144 Reviews

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,123
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 24.41%
Wants: 193
Gots: 297 | 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 Florida9
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that eventually falls to a patchy surface coating. Leaves a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is light, but quite pleasant. A mix of lighter citrus notes: lemon and orange, with notes of passionfruit, mango, and tropical fruit.

T: Taste starts off very subtly. Light pale malt sweetness. Some very light lemon. But the beer really turns it on on the back end. Mandarin orange, papaya, tropical fruit. Turns resiny after the swallow.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild sweetness. Aggressive bitterness is all on the back end. Lively carbonation.

O: This is a very nice beer. It's a bit light in the aroma, flavor, and feel, but what is there is rather enjoyable. I guess sometimes a little subtly goes a long way.

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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 JMScowcroft
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wormtown Brewing Co. - Be Hoppy, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a big soapy head that dissipates quickly. Tons of lacing,

Smell - Weed, Brussels sprouts, and piney hops.

Taste - Nice, light on the malt here and hoppy as hell, nice juicy citrus and bitter pine, some MJ taste, which I definitely enjoyed.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter, and drinkable. Not boozy.

Overall - Good brew, tasty and refreshing. Definitely a hop head brew. Cheers!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with two fingers of off white foam. The nose is clean and citrus forward with juicy grapefruit, soft caramel malts and a touch of pine. The palate is well balanced and dialed in with great hop flavors that follow the nose. Nice round grapefruit on the front end moves slowly into a round malty sweetness and a bitter piney finish.

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Photo of Hendry
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi transparent golden colored pour, two soapy fingers of bone white head, solid lacing in the glassware, lots of tiny bubbles in there rising up.

The aroma is a subtle one, but lets you know this one is about the hops. Reminding me of ripe Anjou pears, green grapes, and granny smith apples, there is a yeast presence in the background that is integrated nicely.

In the same way the nose is on the subtle side, the flavors follow in a similar manner. The blend of six different hops results in a character that isn't clearly dominated by any single hop contained in the mix. Be Hoppy delivers smooth and easy drinkability with a pleasant aftertaste that is devoid of sharp bitterness (there is no pucker factor, but not every IPA is trying to achieve that).

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, carbonation is brisk and snappy.

Be Hoppy is an all around solid IPA that is well worth seeking out. Don't expect an in your face aroma or flavor, but do expect a well executed, well hopped IPA that satisfies on many levels.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into my Night Shift tulip.

Pours a hazy golden with a sudsy bone-white inch-high head. Head recedes slowly to a lingering cap of foam. Plentiful, sticky lacing.

In the nose, a heady blend of tropical fruits, grapefruit flesh, orange zest, and dank pine. Lots of pineapple comes through. Very appealing.

Taste more or less follows the nose...opens with grapefruit and tangerine, before exploding into a medley of mango, papaya, passionfruit, and pineapple, with the latter again being very dominant. Finishes juicy, with a slight dry, grassy bitterness lingering into the finish. Subtle pale malts provide backbone but allow the hop flavors to shine.

On the tongue, medium-bodied but with a crisp, zippy carbonation that keeps the beer feeling appropriately juicy yet still clean and refreshing. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

On the whole, a damn fine IPA that I'm delighted to be seeing with greater frequency as of late. It can't quite hang with the titans of Vermont in my opinion, but it comes ever so close.

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Photo of BeerTick
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, I just tried it in the 16 oz. cans and it is phenomenal. Very hoppy, with citrus and grapefruit flavor. Awesome mouthfeel that lingers and provides residual hop flavor. A bright yellow pour with an almost white head and excellent aroma pervade this quality IPA. Not much out there that can beat it, and I love that its local to MA. I would recommend to any and all.

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Photo of Clemtunes
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a great beer, all the flavor you would expect from a full bodied IPA..as a local brew it makes me happy that they produce a world class beer..its tough to find sometimes but if you see it you need to grab some,i get the 4 pk cans for their versatility,the bottles may well be even better

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 Hab11
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tested from 16 oz. can. Cloudy yellow gold color with slightly off white head which leaves behind a nice level of lace. Smells of lemon peel and citrus somewhere between pummelo and clementine. Taste is much like the nose lemon zest and with citrus notes and almost peppery type bite without tasting of pepper. Great level of hoppiness without being overdone. This beer has only very mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is initially crisp and transitions to a nice almost sugar water feel. Plenty of carbonation but again without being overdone. I've heard said before an I agree no need to go for Vt. for Heady Topper (well except its Vt. and Heady Topper) with this down the road!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a translucent light orange color with a half inch of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange, lemon and some light breadiness. The taste is piney hops and grapefruit up front. Some orange and bready malts. Orange peel and lots of grapefruit at the end. Some floral hop notes. Good deal of bitterness. Oily mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Minimal alcohol presence but there is some warmth there. Overall, damn good and worth seeking out. Plus you can't go wrong with an IPA in a 16oz can.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a bulbed tulip glass. Liquid comes out a slight pale golden color, but glows bright when you hold it up to the light. There's some particles floating around in there producing a slight haze, but you can still see through it. Nice big foamy, frothy head with tons of small bubbles, produces a ton of lacing to it. Wormtown Be Hoppy is a very nice looking beer.

Smell is a good representation of the American IPA style. Lots of grapefruit and fresh orange peel, some tropical fruits, some lemon grass, and a hint of sweet breadiness. Sort of a natural sweetness to it and pretty well balanced.

Taste is kicked up a notch. There's a buscuit breadiness that comes out right away, then the hops take over. Sort of like a citrus cobbler with a touch of honey. Once the hops take over there's plenty of grapefruit pith and fresh but not quite ripe orange. Again some earthy lemon grass that's has a natural sweetness to it as well. Tastes great and is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level, right in between. I think the best way to describe this IPA is clean, something about it just feels so clean and crisp. Great sweetness/bitter balance that has a nice clean, dry, just the right amount of bitter sweetness. Great drinkability, a perfect anytime beer, especially if you're feeling an IPA. I've had this beer several times on tap and love the fact it's been released in cans. Wormtown IPA is a well done IPA.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a paleish gold. Head is white and fluffy. Moderate retention leaves a small cap and slightly larger collar. Sticky chunks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citrus. Orange zest and ruby red grapefruit flesh. A touch of pine needle bitternes in there as well. A vague notion of tropical aromas, but they're hard to pin down. A touch of mint with a ton of mealy fruit. Pear, apples, and some mango. Toasted bread crust with some backing malt sweetness. Slightly caramelized, but mostly loaded with pale malt sweetness. Uncooked dough/batter. Rather delightful.

Taste: A bit more bitter than the nose. Nice push of pine needle coupled with pith and oily grapefruit rind. Incredibly oily, with an almost juicy citrus push. Mint lingers in the background with an almost woody finish. Malts run lightly sweet pushing a slightly toasted element along with some caramelized malt sweetness. Continues with some undercooked dough/cake batter (read slightly sweet here). Some pear and apple skin. Mildly tropical Warming gives it a slightly more bracing bitterness. A touch of weed buried in the back. Bitter without being abrasive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Finishes on the dry side.

Overall: Better than Bob Marley

A damn fine IPA. Bitter and drinkable with enough character to remain interesting over repeated consumption. Add to that the 16oz can format and you've got a local option that's tough to beat.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Can poured to a large, 500ml chalice with a fairly hazy golden-orange body. Creamy white cap forms with a nice thick, frothy texture and about a finger height. Head retention is really good. The head never quite dies and it leaves thick pillows of lacing all around the glass.

S- Hops jump off the top with an emphasis on citrus like grapefruit, tropical fruits and then some floral notes. Not much beyond the pungent hops.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with the hops and with a similar flavor profile but some pine certainly opens up to compliment the things mentioned above. Grapefruit is huge, mango flesh, tangerine, orange zest and floral notes from the hops make up a bulk of the flavor. Super clean yeast and just a hint of light cracked grains. Some dankness throughout.

MF- Creamy and somewhere between a light and moderately thick body. Carbonation at a high level, which I find best suited to really bring out those hoppy flavors. Ends with a moderate bitterness on the palate.

At 6.5% and not an over-the-top-in-your-face level of hop flavor and bitterness, this might become the next dweller of my fridge. It brings all the great flavors of hops without making me feel like I won't be able to taste anything for an hour. In all seriousness, a great citrus forward IPA.

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Photo of CoutoAdam
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my beer buddy Brandon, thanks man! Very well rounded IPA with earthy pine hop notes. Great color and mouthfeel. Not overpowering and very drinkable. Would love to try this on tap! Would like to see a little more linger on this one. Although, it makes me want to drink more, and I guess that's the idea..

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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 GotWad629
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pumped that this is available in 4 pack tall boy cans now

Pours a dark yellow/coppery color - my girlfriend said it looked like dehydrated urine. Tomato tomat-o I guess

Smells of resinous hops, pine, lemon peel, sweet/stale grain. Again the lady said it was like walking through a forest amongst pines with an orange grove right next door - she's good.

An intense hop burst hits the tongue first with pine and earthy hops notes followed by Sweet malt and bitterness.

Finishes dry with carbonation that is spot on for an IPA - fills your mouth and cuts some bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Omnium
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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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 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 SSS
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.