Be Hoppy
Wormtown Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #49
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,077
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
1,579
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Wormtown Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  196
Gots
  524
SCORE
95
World-Class
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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: 218 | Ratings: 1,579 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jrc1093
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.

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Photo of 1009
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.

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Photo of dele
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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Photo of Brad007
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!

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Photo of mntlover
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.

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Photo of crackerjack57
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
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

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Billolick
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
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

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Photo of GregDBoston
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.

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Photo of Seamudbug
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.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
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.

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Photo of egrandfield
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.

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Photo of JASnyder
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

pale golden yellow color, white head. well rounded hop aroma - fruity, dank, earthy. taste is similar, fairly bitter, pale malt. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Amendm
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured gently into a 16 oz mug, I need room to swirl
Clear yellow-orange, thick and very light colored beige head that is long lasting with much lacing.
Malt and hops dominate the smell with citrus and pine.
Flavor is sweet from the malt upfront, dries out as the hop flavor kicks in yet is not to bitter.
Rich mouthfeel for an IPA , behaves like the flavor as it thins but is not watery.
I am glad this beer rates so high, it is my favorite IPA considering it is reasonably priced (6-er for $10.49), well balanced and not overly hoppy...dispite the name.
Time to recycle, I have at least 8 empty 6-ers in the garage.

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Photo of Docscape
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a little cloud. Very mild smell. Mild hoppy flavor. A very light spice finish.
Listed as 7%. 13oz draft. The Fix Burger Bar. Worcester, ma.

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

I tried this at Mews Tavern in Rhode Island. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left a nice ring lace. The scent had hop hints that included some citrus peel and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with some citrus peel spice notes present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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

Served in a 4 oz (118 ml) flight glass at The Emerald Rose in Billerica, Massachusetts.
A: Pours a virtually clear, light golden color with a solid white head, so-so retention, but really intense rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of peach, mango, pine, and lemon citrus predominate.
T: Lemon and peach flavors are balanced by light roast maltiness and moderate piney bitterness.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks very cleanly.
O: A delicious and drinkable more WC than ECIPA

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Photo of Jvanpotter
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found a case at my local store. Decided to spend the extra $ (my usual IPA is Wachusett, Harpoon, or Sam Adams) and have found that 1) it is more than worth the extra $ and 2) it has become my favorite IPA. It's that good. I just hope I can get my local to get more of it: Wegman's doesn't have it. Or I'll just have to drive in to Worcester and pick it up there. That's a trip I'll be more than happy to make.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Legal Seafood at Term C Logan serves, and has great craft selection.
a) Nearly clear golden body with a super lasting and lacing head, even in this busy airport setting.
s) Floral garden of citrus, pine, herb, and bright, tart tropical fruit.
t) Follows the smell but big bursting flavors all in the citrus and tropical fruit direction. Then shifting into an herbal, piney, resinous. cleansing bitter finale.
f) mid body, well carbonated, finishing tight and dry.
o) More west than east coast hop bomb, gets better as it warms.

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

Brewed in Massachusetts but with their heart on the West Coast, the Wormtown Brewery is keeping the left coast's hop dominant taste going with a double dry hopped American IPA that celebrates a resounding fruit character from some of the sexiest hops on the planet and with a dry, bitter backbone that's careful not to interfere with the hoppy showcase.

Be Hoppy puts a smile on the face with a glowing pale gold color that lights up with a translucent haze. As a creamy and persistent head builds, the aromas spill onto the nose with a radiant perfume of citrus, herb, pine and tart tropical fruit. Sweet and simple early on the palate, the IPA starts off with a bready, honey and hard candy maltiness that's remiss of angel food cake.

It doesn't take long for the sweetness to dissolve and the palate to become arrested by the hop flavor. Bursting on the middle palate, the high flavor of red grapefruit, radiant tangerine, hints of lemon and the juiciness of honeydew wash the tastebuds in a clean and resinous taste. Trending bitter and herbal, the taste develops a near gooseberry, passionfruit and kiwi succulence that fuses seamlessly with a late palate of fresh pine shavings, muddled grasses and a peppery verbena-like herbal character.

Medium bodied but trending drier and lighter as the taste wears on, what stars reasonably creamy and fruity ends with spicy hop resins that grip the gullet tightly and extends into a long, botanical and smoothly bitter afterglow. This IPA doesn't back down from premiere bitterness, nor does it refuse to take a backseat to the juiciness or haze of trendy IPA, but shows the continued relevance of a bitter beer done well.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/20/17. Frothy white head of 1.5 fingers, and a light hazy amber glow. Lots of lace left behind as the head recedes!

Aromas of mangoes and grapefruit right off the bat, following with a necessary onion-pine (for the west coast vibe) and more fruits.

Some pithy, hoppy grapefruit out front, followed by candied tangerine, and then the IBU's slam home hard with a harsh pine bite followed by lingering resins. Some wood chips also linger around.

Feel is crisp, creamy, and then on the finish it's resiny. Nice.

Overall a pretty decent IPA. It's not groundbreaking and has a pretty high perceptible IBU but I think that's the general idea. I think these guys did for the west coast what the west coast does for the east coast - attempt a style but not quite reach the level of expertise. That's okay, New England - I like your IPA's much better.

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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1579 ratings