Be Hoppy
Wormtown Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #48
Ranked #1,155
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 1,601 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mmontalto from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honestly, seems like a typical IPA. Rather noticeable bitterness right off the first taste, grapefruit aromas and flavors. Decent aftertaste. Smell isn’t too impressive, but it’s something. Looks are average

Mar 19, 2021
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Imperishable_NEET from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent IPA you can get on tap at many bars. Tastes of grapefruit and... well, hops. No beating around the bush, it's an IPA and not for those who can't tolerate a little bitterness. Looks very cloudy in the glass, a medium yellow color, almost looks like apple juice but a little lighter. If you're looking for great hops Be Hoppy lives up to the name.

Jan 30, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can marked: PKG 12/08/20

Poured into my tulip glass this IPA is an ever so slightly hazed straw gold with a three finger cake-like off-white head. Excellent lacing - glass is fully paneled.

Scent is muddled tropical fruits, soap, grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Taste is tropical fruit with a sharp piney bitterness. Grapefruit. Pepper. Spicy hop notes. Nice stout bitterness. Malts are constrained to a light biscuity presence. Hops are clearly the focus here. Nice balance of sweet sticky tropical fruits and sharp pungent bitterness.

Mouth is oily and medium full.

Great IPA in what I'd consider the West Coast style.

Dec 29, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw colored with a low head of white foam that quickly settles out flat. Low aroma of lemon and orange rind. Bright hoppy flavors right upfront, grapefruit and lemon, pine and tangerine. Assertive bitterness with mild biscuity malt on the side. Sparkling and tingly mouthfeel, warms the cheeks. Good beer, glad to see an IPA from New England that does the IPA style right.

Nov 27, 2020
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DD420 from Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned (6/16/20)
Drank (9/30/20)

Not the freshest, drinking it cuz it was left in the fridge, not going to waste it. I could see the being the best or only IPA in a bad bar. Better than bud light atleast!!!

Oct 01, 2020
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mnrider from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 Pint Black and Yellow Can (18 Days Fresh)

A: Pours bright golden clear color. one strong finger of white head. Very little visible carbonation. Little head retention with some pretty nice sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is weak. Grassy. Hops. Pine. Some citrus notes. Nice but could be stronger.

T/M: Bitter hops. Pine and herbal flavors. Spicy. Has a dry crisp feel. The hop bitterness lingers into the aftertaste with a bit of a sticky feel.

O: Very nice classic west coast style IPA. Nothing too spectacular and seems a little overrated. Still enjoyable and I always welcome bitter hop forward IPA’s. I’ll need to try it a little fresher.


Sep 30, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright, clear golden with a creamy white head on top that dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big hops in the nose, pine, grapefruit, a touch of tropical fruit and some herbal/peppery spiciness.

T: Firm bitterness, moves into piney and citrusy hops with a peppery edge. THe malt is subdued and clean, so is the fermentation character.

F: Crisp, dry, and medium bodied. Excellent.

Overall: A very nice West-Coast Style IPA here on the east coast. If you are looking for a simple IPA with a complex hop character, this is the one.

Aug 25, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look...pale yellow hazy pils like
Smell... faint smell of hops, grassy, earthy, citrus, and peppery
Taste...sweet start to a colossal bitter. Definitive earth taste.
Feel...well carbonated. Prickly
Overall... pretty nice and fresh. A good beer but world class. Not even close for me.

Aug 23, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

October Update : Finally got a can to try. Pretty consistent with the fresh keg experience related below. Lighter in body than most IPAs. Low malt taste. Mild hop bitterness dominates. I will stick with my last ratings.

Update - Two weeks later. Back at the same place and had two more pints. It is clear that the last pour was from a near done keg. This time there was a nice fluffy head and more carbonation. Fresher and crisper too. My last ratings were 3.75, 4,4,4,4 for 3.99. I am upping them. Still need to try a can!

Had a couple of pints on draft tonight.

Poured a clear straw color and arrived with no head.

Smelled and tasted piney and hoppy. Nice crisp lightly bitter finish.

Medium body and light carbonation.

A pleasant standard non NE or west coast IPA.

P.S. Looking through the other reviews I notice that reviews on draft tastings seem to be less enthusiastic. Now I will have to find a can and check that out too.

Aug 02, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/5/20

Pours a clear, brilliant deep honey gold body topped with multiple fingers of pillowy, eggshell white foam; great head retention yields a chunky cap, moderate, frothy collar, and a comprehensive spatter of webby/spotty, soapy lacing around the glass.

Aroma offers musty grass accented with grapefruit seltzer upfront, followed by a soft medley of stone fruits comprising the middle; a fresh dose of pine contrasts straw and a hint of juicy pineapple on the close.

Taste opens with a blunter dose of grapefruit, fleeting pine, and citrus esters, with soft, crisp flaky malts tying the foundation of the profile together; a spectacularly rounded mid-palate melds earthy and fruity tones for a seamless transition to a back end featuring the deftest touches of bright orange, sandalwood, apricot, and peach, which in turn contribute a subtle yet potent sweetness to counterbalance the steadily encroaching bitter tones.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light body with a full, pillowy carbonation offering ample heft even as it steadily levels out to a crisp, semi-resinous mid-palate; increasingly drying, a dense, sharp bitterness builds on the back end with an oddly refreshing snap on the finish.

Wormtown's take on a West Coast IPA proves bold yet surprisingly approachable as a tightly packaged hoppy onslaught; the exceptionally fluid malt base and casually aggressive bitterness harmonize among fruity nuances, never overly obtuse, and leave this IPA a standout, not to mention sessionable, option.

May 22, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle says it will put a smile on your face and we at 1009 couldn’t agree more. This is a super crisp, hoppy (naturally) bright, refreshing IPA. A perfect beer to bring to a back yard bbq on a summer night.

May 18, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle dated 11/25/19, poured into a tulip glass on 1/9/20.

A very clear beer for an IPA - no haze or cloudiness to it at all. It's a nice dark yellow color and it offers a half inch head and considerable resin on the glass.

The nose is satisfyingly hoppy with aromas of pine, hemp, and citrus.

The beer tastes just like it smells - classic WCIPA flavors. I get a lot of grapefruit and a taste of pine. Clean, clear flavors that really sing.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than some other examples of this style, which is both good and bad. Bad because one beer is maybe a touch less satisfying than a Two Hearted might be (this beer stands up well to Two Hearted). Good because it makes the beer very drinkable; it's easy to down this quickly and reach for another.

Overall a fantastic WCIPA and a very welcome contrast to the plethora of sickly-sweet NEIPAs one mostly finds in these parts.

Jan 10, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear Pilsner like gold with frenetic streams of carbonation. The head dissipates quickly but coats the glass in foam patches. Lemon, pineapple and guava in the nose. The taste is citrusy with lemon and grapefruit in abundance. Strong bitterness throughout, somewhat tempered by some light biscuit malts. The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium, creamy carbonation. High bitterness and some citrus in the long finish.

A fantastic IPA. Very hoppy and bitter but still balanced. A must try.

Jan 03, 2020
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 7/23/19. Pours a light hazy golden blonde hue with a frothy white head into my glass. Bright citrus aroma in nose, I want to think mango with buttered bread. Crisp, delicious citrus bite with the old school left coast happiness. So clean, so tasty, so unlike the hazy stuff coming out. I'll take this in a heartbeat. Wish I had gotten the companion to this, Don't Worry. Pick it up! I don't get to Mass much so it was worth every penny!

Aug 11, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill gazed golden yellow color small white bar pour head great lace. Aroma is hoppy citrus pine and grassy hints light and crisp smelling on a cracker malt base. Taste is the same as the nose. Citrus, pine light grassy hints. Light bitterness in finish with nice lighter bodied refreshing non hazy regular IPA, maybe I am liking it too much due to all the hazy IPA I have had this trip. Mouthfeel is lighter medium lightly peppy carbonation. Overall hits the spot for lunch after walking the morning in Boston.

Jul 18, 2019
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crackerjack57 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got it on tap, wasn't as impressed as others. Just tasted like a standard IPA without anything interesting to the flavor profile. Described for its citrus and aromatics, I didn't catch quite as much of this. Still a good beer but just seemed like the average good IPA, a little on the lighter side too.

Jul 03, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Swung by T-Bones today for lunch with the Scheister. She had gotten me a 3-month Burger and Beer deal, and this was round one. I get a free burger and 1 beer once a month for 3 months. Opted for a 22oz draft of this, normally $7.99.

Poured in a tall, slender glass stain, it was a clear, rich golden color with steady carbo. Head a short, creamy white head with nice lace. Aroma had some sweetish citrus and some pine. Body was solid, with a fairly smooth feel.

Taste had a smidge of caramel malt before going all hop-city. Was somewhat sweet, with tangerine and pineapple, along with some resinous, piney action. Finished with a super slathering of lupulins on the palate. Very drinkable!! Prosit!

4.17/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Jun 29, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can with a canning date of 06/03/19. Sampled on June 23, 2019.

The pour is golden and vivid with good clarity and a foamy, lasting white head. This is not you hazy NEIPA.

The aroma is vibrant with a strong dosage of pine and floral hops and a buried white breadiness. They say citrus on the tasting notes but I didn't really get that.

The mouthfeel is medium, chewy, and smooth.

Wow! But this is bitter! Those pine and floral hops exploded in the mouth and almost feel like they are burning the back of my throat. But ultimately satisfying.

Jun 23, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can...pkgd 3-2-19

Lightly hazed lighter amber, leaves a loose and large cap that goes to a load of scattered webbed lacng.

Pungent pineapple juice nose.

Tasty and easy drinking with more tropical juice goodness...notes of pineapple, pears and a late lime quality with some drying hop qualities. Worth a try.

May 05, 2019
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CraftBeerRunner from California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this. Pale color and lighter taste but crisp and refreshing. Very different than hoppy sweet palate busting styles. In a good way.

Boston, MA, April 2019

Apr 16, 2019
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oddly inconsistent. Worth trying if it's the only IPA on the menu, or the only craft IPA up against Harpoon, Sam Adams versions, etc. But sometimes it has good hops and lupulin and others its sort of flat and you're not really sure they brought you the IPA.

Apr 02, 2019
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Seamudbug from Massachusetts

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

On tap in Eastern Massachusetts. Nicely complemented a fried oyster Po' Boy sandwich. Clear golden yellow body with nice white head. More a Western IPA style - hoppy and a slightly bitter finish. Tiny bubbles from bottom of pint glass for 1/2 hour. Enjoyable.

Mar 17, 2019
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usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass.
Golden hued yellow and clear in appearance, soft white head, long lasting lace.
Smells of wild wild honey, lemon, and biscuity malt.
Tastes of lemon/citrus, wild honey, earthy, biscuity pale malt, and mild grainy astringency.
Medium bodied, balanced, crisp.
Overall, a fantastic, well balanced mid range (6.5% abv) IPA.

Feb 12, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

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

Super West Coasty. Very solid beer with a sweet aftertaste. Really good, but doesn't blow me out of the water. A good beer when you want to have a beer.

Dec 26, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Straight from the tap, at a restaurant just a few miles from the brewery:
Looks like a slightly deeper than usual Budweiser.
VERY subtle bouquet. Raspberries or oranges perhaps?
Tastes pretty smooth. Nothing life changing, but very smooth. Like a really clean Budweiser. Slightly bitter & dank aftertaste isn't bad.
Just the right out of tickling carbonation.

Sep 01, 2018
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