Hopulence American Double I.P.A. - Wormtown Brewery

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Hopulence American Double I.P.A.Hopulence American Double I.P.A.

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 24
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-24-2012

100 IBUs, hopped with Horizon, Summit, and Amarillo hops plus other hops in small quantities.
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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would drink it again if it was offered, but would not buy a bottle myself given the abundance of better DIPA's on the market.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap, in a snifter, at Perrercorn's next to the brewery. Somebody added this beer to this website stating it is 100 I.B.U.'s but it is 120 I.B.U.'s and 8.5% A.B.V.

Brewed with an abundance of hops. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon, Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite tanks.

I was expecting it to be overwhelming but it was pretty well balanced. Certainly citrusy, with a short lasting white head, it was your standard orange/copper color. The alcohol was well hidden and the body was more thin than I would have thought. But overall, a very good offering of the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation, dark-copper in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus fruits, pineapple, pine

Taste: very citrusy: pineapple, and grapefruit blend well with a nice malty backbone. Touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter middle and end, moderate carbonation

Overall: Not as hoppy and bitter as I would have thought. This is actually a well balanced beer with a good deal of citrus taste. A good imperial IPA, but there are others I would turn to first.

Photo of far333
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orangey honey colored and slightly hazed with a thick and frothy, lumpy head of white foam that settles out slowly, leaving thick sheets up the sides of the glass. Big aroma of grapefruit and tangerine, hints of pine.

Big citrusy flavors right upfront, grapefruit rind, pine tangerine, and orange pith. Citrus stays long and heavy on the pallet. Honey malt rides beneath, but the hops really dominate.

Even mouthfeel, slightly tannic, finishes tingly. Really good beer overall. Only criticism is that the use of many hop varieties and adding them at every possible step in the brew process creates an onslaught of hop power that can be a bit one-dimensional. But that onslaught can also be pretty tasty.

Photo of NYCDE
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey! First review, bear with me.

Wormtown struck gold on this one. Picked it up in Somerville, MA at the great Downtown Wine and Spirits. (Home of a huge host of fantastic beers.)

Just popped it open.
The nose is just fantastic. Citrus, hops, and bright fruit on the nose.
Taste: Heavenly. Bright, acidic, hoppy, smooth, and bold on all parts of the tongue. The beer actually opened up like a wine as we drank it. It seemed to get smoother and smoother as we went.
It's got a ton of hop character, but is still an incredibly refreshing and easy to drink beer.

I loved it. I'll be on the look out for it again.

Photo of Radmeat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look- dense honey, (after sitting- pale orange )

smell- delicious piney hops, ripe citrus fruit, not overly boozy despite 8.5 %, after a bit of sitting, there is a malty something backbone, not too strong but not missed. I don't mean this in a negative way but the smell reminds me of something damp

Taste- nice and eventful experience, bold flavor that lasts more than 12-18 seconds in waves, when fresh I got hints of citrus but on top of the usual grapefruit (which was a nicer less intense version of the concentrated fruit)

feel- initial bold intro to flavor on the full mouth, especially back roof and flat of tongue tingling. plenty of fun to drink

overall- tasty, would recommend trying

also the description says 100 IBUs but the beer says 120+

Photo of alexbutler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful orange/peach coloring to the body, with a nice, thick head. The coloring reminds me of those Haribo Gummi peaches. After a few sips, the lacing became quite pronounced.

S - Wow. The label boasts "Hops were addd in every conceivable part of the brewing process" and it sure does smell like it. Very fruity, like mango and strawberries give the aroma a huge boost.

T - Very impressive double IPA right here... there's a sweetness here that mixes well with the hops and gives it a significant fruit flavor. Vanilla tones, too.

M - THe sugariness stays with you, but overall balance of hops is very well done.

O - Get ready for a great IPA here, and if you're on the hunt for one with a fruity edge, look no further. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to any fan of double IPAs.

Photo of Brewsephus
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. poured into a Shaker Pint. Bottled in April 2013.

A- Straw hay color, almost clear, slightly hazy, thick 2 finger white head that lasts a while.

S- Massive amounts of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and even a good amount of guava. Intoxicating.

T- Piney, more tropical fruit, not as much grapefruit as on the nose, a little pineapple in the finish. Very nice bitter backbone, stands up to the intense aroma and fruit forward flavor. Not much other than base malt in the flavor. Alcohol is very elusive. Scary at 8.5%.

M- Refreshing, resinous, bubbly, crisp. Everything I love about DIPAs.

O- I love the Wormtown "Be Hoppy" IPA, and I had high hopes for this beer as well. Let me tell you; I was blown away by this. What a fantastic hop offering to the gods. Great beer, great flavor!

Photo of Hourglass
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle appropriate carbonation and head with lasting resiny lace.
Incredible hop nose mostly amarillo with cascade this from a bottle 3 months old. Perfectly balanced you wouldnt guess this had 120 IBUs so well crafted. Mouthfeel perfect for style cant say anything negative about this brew. Overall a great double Ipa with impressive nose, flavor, mouthfeel, and 8.5%ABV. Would definatle buy again!!!

Photo of Shaymus
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy with a dark orange color. "looks hoppy" appearance!

A bit resinous with a light somewhat watery mouthfeel

The taste is a typical Hop Bomb that stays with it for a few.
was expecting a bit of bitterness with so much Hoppiness
but wasn't there.

This is another solid offering from a Solid Brewery. Looking forward to the next one

Photo of softtracii
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to find. If I saw it on the shelf again I would not pass it up. Nice overall double from NE.

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. April 2014 batch. Sampled on May 25, 2014.

A slightly cloudy orange-copper pour under a two inch white foamy head that slowly settles back but never dissipates entirely.

Some DIPA'a can be explosive with floral and piney hops but that is not the case here. Oh, certainly I am picking up at least one of the 9 hops they use to brew this beer, but overall the toasted biscuits and yeast are just as predominant.

The body is around medium but also smooth and drinkable.

Resiny, mildly bitter flavor but also room to catch the toasted biscuit malts. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of gonzo000
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big Grapefruit taste dominates this very enjoyable beer. Fruity hops take center stage in this IPA with a bite. Wormtown does not disappoint.

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think I had this one last year or months ago and remember liking it. Let's see how it stacks up to other Double IPAs with a review.

A- Poured out of the bomber into a snifter and a pint glass. Both vessels are filled with a beer that has a dark orange, pretty much amber body. A nice creamy head builds to about two fingers high with good retention. A big puffy ring leaves a few nice clouds of lace.

S- A lot of pine and citrus zest up front in a hop forward ale. Beyond the hops is some caramel malts, light sweetness and general fruit hints.

T- Citrus and pine hops make the biggest impact for me with a definite orange fruit note coming from these hops. Other hop hints include lemon zest, tropical fruit and floral flavors. Malts give some balance with a caramel and lightly toasted grain feel.

MF- Big enough body to suit the alcohol, somewhere just above a medium consistency. On the palate the beer is creamy with moderately high carbonation and a good bitterness in the finish.

Pine and citrus forward Double IPA. Hop forward with a slight malt balance and drinks very easily for 8.5%. Solid compared to other examples of this style. To me the aroma is just a bit weak for some reason but nothing else is flawed.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains strong fruity citrus, a good amount of hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style. There’s also a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are many other 2IPA’s I would pick first.

Photo of ppoitras
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head deflates slowly, with sticky lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sedate of hops pine.

Taste is sweet to start, ample citrus backbone, with pine coming on through the close. Mouthfeel very smooth, with excellent drinkability. A bit soft on the hops for the style, but I'm actually good with that. Would buy again, for sure.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a murky amber color with an inch of white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, tangerine, with some light toasted malts. The taste is a great hoppy mix. Grapefruit, peach, pine, and tangerine. Lots of orange peel and grapefruit peel. Some light malt notes but bitter hops is the star here. More citrus peel at the end with some pine. Pretty noticeable alcohol presence. Lots of carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel. Bitter, hoppy and delicious. Overall, a great Imperial IPA I will be buying again.

Photo of predikit
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded copper, left a frothy white head the leaves plenty of lacing behind. Visible particles floating around.

Smells of grapefruit, critrus hops.

For this IBU count, it is extremely mellow. Bitterness is imperceptible, hops impart little to no flavor, hints of citrus , malty finish.

Medium light body, alcohol is very present and not hidden at all.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy dark golden. Head forms quickly but fades, leaving consistent lacing.
S: Deep down, I get orange peels...but on the surface, wet dog. There is a dank, wet musty smell here. Not bad, and citrus comes behind it.
T: Very different than the smell. Malty, with a strong blend of hops coming through and solid bitterness. It says 120 IBUS, but I don't buy it. This is never harsh. The malt and alcohol blend nicely with the hops. Quite balanced.
M: rich and luscious. This is a very mouth coating IPA.
O: a terrific beer. I really appreciate a DIPA that is well made and balanced, not off the rails with bitterness or booze. Will get this again.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at peppercorns

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly in the snifter, light lacing as it fades at a med pace, fairly hazy reddish orange amber beer.

Nose is pure tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, over ripe peach, tangerine, hint of musty passion fruit, its like fruit juice. Hint of resinous hop, and just a touch of reddish malt.

Taste starts again with hops but a bit different. This time more candy hop flavors, light candied pineapple and grapefruit bring more tropical fruits, as well as light tangerine and apricot. Musty light resinous hops come through, when a slight earthiness. Malts are more prevalent, with light caramel and toffee reddish malts, and light sweetness. Pretty well balanced with a fairly bitter kick, and slight malty sweet big base. Finish fruits a bit but stays a bit sweet and soft, bitter finish with long hop taste, adds malts and caramel as well.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, nose is awesome, taste departs from there a bit, but nice balanced dipa that hides the booze well with light sweetness and malt profile while maintaining a nice bitterness that doesn't overpower or destroy.

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at Mead Hall, Wormtown Tulip.

A - Pours a nice orange almost copper color. Perfect lacing in my opinion with about one and a half fingers worth.

S- Insane orange peel smell with a hint of candy if you will.

T - The orange/citrus is pretty obvious in first taste. After a few more I got a almost marmalade glaze taste mixed with the citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is very average and the booze is hidden very well.

O - Overall this was actually my first tasting of a WT beer. I'd recco it and have again, not a top three dipa but pretty good.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into my Hill Farmstead glass. Bottled April 2013. Impulse buy tonight and pretty excited to try it.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a half finger's worth of white head that dissipates into a halo around the edges of the glass. Not all too impressive, but certainly not off-putting.

S: Really nice. Lots of tropical fruits and citrus. This is clearly fresh and I'm happy about it.

T: Not quite as hoppy as the nose was, but still quality. As it warms a bit, the hop presence makes itself known more. Decent-sized malt backbone, but this is definitely hop forward.

M: Carbonation is at the right level and the beer is very drinkable. Not going to mess around with more than a bottle with the ABV, but I'd order a few drafts if I saw it on tap.

O: I'm glad I picked this one up. I really enjoy Be Hoppy and would still pick that over Hopulence, but this isn't far behind. Perhaps a bit pricey for a bomber, but I don't regret this purchase whatsoever.

Photo of sprat1960
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden to copper in color; cloudy. A super huge 3+ finger off-white creamy head forms when poured; forms mountains of firm foam with a very long retention that eventually recede leaving a thick, rich layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks perfect to me.

Smell; Wonderful smooth rich hoppy aroma with some malt. Made me want to drink the beer immediately.

Taste: Overall matched the small. Delicious smooth hoppy flavor, some malt, with a somewhat dry bitter finish. Tasted fresh and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body; thick for the type of beer. Lots of mild carbonation initially that dies down. Dry finish.

Overall: A great beer that I cannot wait to drink again. I really like Wormtown brews; being small batch and local to me the flavor is always fresh.

Photo of HopDeezy
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber, light haze, off white almost almond 1 inch head.

S - tropical punch, citrus, nutty, malty dank.

T - Punch, pine, citrus, more nuttiness and sweetness. Heavy on the dank, citrus and punch. Very nice.

M - medium on the carbonation, almost light in mouthfeel texture but big hop explosion on the finish

O - Great Beer. Not in the upper echelon of the great DIPAs but certainly a terrific example of the style. Usually it's hard to find and sold one per customer. If I see it I'll always grab a bottle.

Photo of Comrailfan
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a top notch beer!

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Hopulence American Double I.P.A. from Wormtown Brewery
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