Be Hoppiest | Wormtown Brewery

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 09-23-2015

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Photo of JohnofUpton
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanm3850
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Bottled 9/28/17 so two months old, but just showed up on a local store shelf.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a; Translucent orange with a 3/4 inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing, Quite a lot of sediment.

s: Citrus with moderate strength, leaning somewhere between orange and grapefruit.

t; Follows the nose along with some pine resin on the medium plus hop bite and what looks to be a medium biscuit malt base. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Covers its high ABV (10.7%) well.

m: Medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial DIPA with good citrusy flavor and nice finish. Worth the bit extra it costs over Be Hoppy, although I have yet to try the intermediate Be Hoppier.

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

Photo of buzzarooski
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whiterapid
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ronl12
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like this was first released a couple years back for the brewery's 5th anniversary... time seems to have flown by, as I remember when Wormtown was only a couple years old and my good buddy Pat was raving about them when they were operating out of Peppercorn's in Worcester. I guess we're on the calendar year of their 7th anniversary now, and this triple IPA is seeing some slight distribution. Picked up a single bottle at Craft Beer Cellar Westford. Bottled 9/28/17 and clocks in at 10.7% ABV.

Pours a nearly entirely-hazy orange color. Very deep hue to this one, but it's also quite homogeneous. Superb lace and retention. Dripping cobwebs of foam coat the inside of my glass with sticky residue as a tightly-structured lattice of crystalline bubbles sits at about a finger-and-a-half atop the moderately hazy surface. Nice looking stuff. I like the haze combined with the deep orange tone a lot... looks a little bit more characterful than a lot of big IPAs I've seen lately.

Nose is grassy and dank upfront, with a focus on earthy, leafy hops with some herbal components coming out as well. Light notes of grapefruit pith, mango and pineapple. Caramel and biscuity malt punctuating the aroma here... the unabashedly resinous and intense hop profile is certainly felt, but it feels markedly less fruity than some other reviewers have suggested. I can definitely pick up some catty elements and light notes of red berries, so this likely includes Mosaic to a pretty hefty extent. The spice and dank notes really pop out to me, though, overall. Decent nose, but it doesn't really seem overly promising in the realm of triple IPAs (of which I've had a lot of meh/low-quality examples of as well as several stand-out exemplars).

Flavor is a bit savory, dank, piney and resinous with some ruby red grapefruit, raspberry, citrus rind and Meyer lemon notes alongside the catty, pushy bittering hops. A little bit fruitier here than in the nose, but then there's also a dollop of caramel-leaning malt towards the mid-palate that keeps things anchored in the realm of balance overall. That's not to say the bitter punch towards the end lacks heft whatsoever, though, as each small sip of this beer absolutely pummels the palate with intense hoppiness. It's just that this particular recipe feels kind of reined in compared to some other double-digit ABV IPAs. I don't think that's a bad thing, but it also means this lacks its own distinctive character and doesn't particularly stand out in my opinion. Still fairly tasty, though.

Feel is rather thick and syrupy, as is par-for-the-course with this sub-style. It features a somewhat viscous malty character and a subtle, effective carbonation that tends to massage the palate instead of bubbling/building up to unload all of the hop flavors at once in the finish... and that's a good thing because there's a lot to go around with this brew.

I enjoy the way this looks and drinks, but the nose and flavors are not as powerful or as distinct as I want them to be. I get the feeling this is either heavily Mosaic-forward (perhaps single-hopped though I highly doubt that) or there are too many different hops contributing to some haranguing of the palate. Perhaps some changes in hop varietals or expression would get this to the next level. I look forward to trying future batches to compare notes with, of course!

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

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden orange with hazy body and a finger of white head

S - Dank and resinous with sweet citrus

T - Sweet citrus on the first half with blood oranges, peaches, apricots. 2nd half is all dank, resinous hop juice. Orange creme and sherbet make it dessert-like.

F - Thicker than usual, but expected for over 10%.

O - Big TIPA, but sweet and fruit elements help with drinkability.

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Photo of Notmtwain
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Went to Wormtown to get some fresh "Be Hoppy" and I was blown away by a sample of "Be Hoppiest" which "resinated" with my taste buds. Can't say I experienced any of the bubblegum flavor mentioned by another reviewer. Just a fresh slap of piney hops in a cloudy amber brew.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 09/28/17

Pours hazy cloudy amber gold orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like bubblegum, berries, papaya, grapefruit, orange citrus, lemon, lime, starfruit, melons, apricot, peach, mango, passionfruit, red currant, caramely bready toasty malts, sweet spice, with floral earthy resinous grassy woodsy herbal pine. Tastes like an explosion of apricot, peach, mango, passionfruit, bubblegum, berries, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, starfruit, melons, red currant, caramely bready toasty malts, with floral earthy resinous spicy woodsy grassy herbal pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice triple IPA.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of outoffocus
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeK89
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AKA( birthday brew #5) poured into a tulip
A: orange juice, murky, forced poured to show a little thin head , that disappeared, leaving some nice lacing
S: nothing over the top, some malty sweetness, hint of some tropical fruits,
T: ya all of the above but with a blast of spicy bitterness,and booze,
M: slick, sweet sticky, bitterness that just won't go away, with a booze blast
O: first triple I've had that was drinkable with out my mouth saying what the F' is this

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Photo of shehateme
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dental
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJRubes
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Hootie159
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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