Be Hoppy | Wormtown Brewery

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Be HoppyBe Hoppy

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 xerotime
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Peppercorn's served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy medium orange with a solid 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lacing the whole way down.

S - The usual suspects of citrus and pine some light malt and yeast.

T - Firmly bitter with a large yeast bite. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

Overall a nice attempt at a West Coast style IPA but seems to me that it may have been rushed out of the brewery to have such a prominent yeasty flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
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 Tracs
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Active carbonation. Minimal head but decent lacing. S: good fresh hops, grassy and citrusy. T: very mild. Almost like an American Pilsner but with a hop finish. F: crisp. Very carbonated. O: a drinkable beer but not a great IPA. Very minimally hopped for today's standards. Maybe a good beer for people just starting to get into hoppy beers.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Bottled in August 2011.

Slightly cloudy, pale straw in color. A bit of noticeable carbonation. Dense, bright white foam of a head. Condensed and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright pine and citrus hops; both seem to be a bit thin and a touch solvent-like. Some medicinal notes along with a moderate earthen must.

Lemon, lime, and pear citrus qualities up front; again, a bit thin in spots. Spruce and pine that overwhelm the palate which leads to an overpowering, bulky bitterness. Touches of peach and melon in the aftertaste, along with the bitterness.

Medium in body; thin in spots, but remarkably gritty. As with the taste, the texture is just out of balance.

Intensely hoppy; however, the various hops don't quite marry. Lacks a refined touch.

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Photo of Holderness
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a two finger solid white head. Smells strongly of fruity and floral hops, with a slight peppery kick. Taste leans towards an overly bitter hoppiness that masks much of the tropical nuances going on in this beer. Very robust mouthfeel with a tapering, slightly watery finish. Overall a pretty run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is lemon and grapefruit rind. Moderately bitter and medium bodied. Above average ipa, but I have several others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of brureview
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brew date: August 2012. Purchased October 2012.
Not sure if the beer is fresh.

Poured a nice golden color with a two finger head.

Aroma: orange rind and tobacco.

Good bitterness, and not overwhelming.

Mouth feel very smooth, not very carbonated.

Taste: grapefruit. No sweetness as other reviewers have noted.
Perhaps the bottle has lost its freshness?

2nd tasting: definitely drink this IPA at 50 F. More hoppiness, tartness, orange rind, malt.
The IBUs are more pronounced at this temp. A good beer, but I would like to taste a more recent brewing date.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper, faded gold, almost pilsner-like contents emptied into the glass. The look of IPAs gone by. Patch lacing reduction byproduct from a finger's worth of head. A ton of biscuit in the nose with citrusy undertones. Sparse grapefruit, faint lemon and orange rind. Overwhelmingly doughy upon further raises of the glass. The taste works as the citrus-like qualities grab the palate from front to back end, exhibit a multitude of herbaceous attributes, and finish bitter. The best part of the beer. The feel is prickly, and marginally dry. This is a good beer, but I don't think it stands with the modern interpretation of the IPA which, for me, is the cat's meow. To each their own. Give me that juicy, turbid sh*t and I'll be happy. Cheers, BA.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less hazy than they make it out to be. Fuity citrus taste with a mild hop bite and moderate maltyness. Has a rolling finish like Hop Ranch with the aromatics and tropical fruityness of JaiAlai. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very hazy light honey color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. Eventually it fades to a small cap and there are chunks of lacing everywhere. Smell is floral, citrus, a touch of dankness and some light bready malts. Taste is floral and spicy with too much bready malts and a bitter finish. Feel is light side of medium and slightly watery. Overall a nice beer, but nothing fantastic. Maybe it is too fresh at 8 days old and only the green floral hops come thru on the taste. Will report back and alter ratings in a week or 2 if it is deserved.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 8/10/16. Lowish fill on the neck.

Pours hazy gold with decent lacing and retention. Aromatics are subdued for the style. Hints of grapefruit and pine.
Medium bodied and crisp. Pine and cut grass on the palate with some grapefruit. Firm bitterness and quite dry.

Finishes with some lingering spicy hops and drying bitterness.

Tasty enough but for a modern IPA I find the nose seriously lacking and the hopping otherwise pretty mundane.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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 andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold (with a bit of a coppery sheen to it), with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with roughly a rich ½ finger or so of froth, which throws up a sudsy cascade of lacing that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, and a little flowery in the nose, with bright citrus undertones and definite herbal textures that work their way in as well. A touch of fresh pine and some tarter lemon character starts to emerge as this warms. Sweet neutral grains add some support underneath the hop flavors but it’s that fresh (and slightly earthy) bitterness in the nose that shines the brightest here.

The taste starts out similar, with vibrant and flavorful citrus flavors up front, but then bitterness and resins spread out into the mouth with a bit of a harsh and unrefined feel that carries itself into a fairly dry and piney finish. A biscuit-like sweetness from the malts and some softer tropical flavor (that strengthens as this warms) does hang on the edges of the profile and do their best to balance this (and even hang some light sugars in the finish) but there is a lot of aggressive to this, especially from those pine resins here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the edges of the feel that then gives way to more of a creamy slickness that rides down the middle of the tongue. There is a touch of warmth from the alcohol that adds some extra boldness to the hops but I can’t really say that it inhibits the drinkability of this in any way.

This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It had that type of bright and flavorful citrus flavors that I love to find in my hoppy beers but then also had some more overly aggressive character as well that really kept this from reaching that next level for me. If I had to pick though, I’d definitely say that there is more to like than dislike with this one though, as that combo of vibrant hops and easy drinking body left a favorable impression on me.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Maverick74 for the great extras

A - Hazy wheat gold body with a fuzzy white head. Ok retention and lace.

S - OK nose. Orange, yeast cake, white bread, grapefruit pith, and just a touch of soft bitter fresh cut flowers.

T - Soft bready backbone with woody and herbal hop overtones. Dry and well balanced.

M - Smooth, medium frame. Par carbonation.

O - A really nice, highly drinkable IPA. Smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of meefmoff
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at a not particularly great sports bar. A very solid beer but not quite the aromatic, citrusy VT style monster that I was expecting. May need to try it again with style expectations more on track.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright golden hue with a thick cap of sticky foam.

S- Strong hoppy nose full of citrus and a touch of pine. A bright grapefruit bitterness shines through.

T/M- This is one tongue-scraping hoppy bastard. There's enough malt backbone and hop fruitiness to keep your palate from being pounded into oblivion, but the citrus and lemon tartness are huge. I wish there was a bit more fruitiness around the edges to balance. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

O- really nice brew that is easily one of the best east coast IPA's. A few more touches (tropical fruit and floral notes) on this and it could be a favorite.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank a can of this after I had a bomber of hopulence. Not sure if that had anything to do with it but did not love this beer at all. It is definitely a good beer but in the grand scheme of whats out there I did not find this to be up there with the tree house IPA'S or the heady's, SOS, 2nd fiddle, pliny. . . Just didn't live up to the hype for me. Overall solid but not great!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

canned 5/13 (a month and a week). poured into a willie becher. brew has a semi transparent golden yellow w a frothy cap that hung out for a while. tons of visible carb. nose is nice subtle citric hop. fruity and sweet. much more aggressive and bitter on the taste. a bit chewy. nice but I don't see what all the hub bub is about. bitter ipa with sine citric note on the.hop profile

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Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle from brewery: This one pours a hazy golden color. There is about a finger of a white head on it. Good aroma. Citrus and pine hops are predominate. The taste is good. A slightly subdued bitterness. Pine and citrus notes. A bit of a grainy malt behind it. This is nice!

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Photo of ms11781
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having multiple discussions with someone who's opinion I respect about how some IPAs (and which ones) hold up over time and which ones don't I was given this bottle to try, which I have had fresh on tap and in the bottle. This one has about between 3-4 months on it.

Bottled in August 2011. Sampled on 11/26/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely cloudy, but bright golden color with a thick finger of creamy foam sitting on top. As the beer warms it ends up being just a bit hazy so perhaps it was a bit too chilled at first. Nice lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

The nose is a somewhat subdued when the beer was cold but some nice citrus notes, mainly grapefruit, come out when the beer is allowed to warm. There is a nice, slightly resiny pine aroma as well. Some light bready malt notes are present as well.

The taste is a step up from the nose. The grapefruit that was in the nose is here, along with some other citrus notes. The more prominent characters are some earthiness and bit of grassiness that weren't in the nose. They come on strong through the middle before a good piny bitterness takes hold. Nice bready malts make a nice base for the hops to play off of.

Surprisingly lively carbonation. It gives the beer a crisp and lighter mouthfeel. The flavors are so clean that the light body works here. A nice bitterness comes on at the end but it doesn't stick or linger.

This is a beer that has held up exceptionally well over a 3-4 month period. It's not at the optimal point it was when it was extremely fresh but the hop flavors and aromas are still potent and give the desired affect. If I had not had this beer in the past and someone told me it was fresh I wouldn't bat an eye.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft @ the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes relatively quickly and leaves nice wisped lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is floral hops, pepper, a touch of pine and a nice solid bready, malt backbone.

T: Taste starts with a nice peppery, floral note before a nice balanced bready, malt fills through the middle with hints of grapefruit. Finish has an underlaying grapefruit flavoring that compliments a strong pine presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily feel with a rather dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I haven't had an IPA with much floral notes lately, so this was a nice change of pace and very nicely done.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks trevdawg

bottled oct 2012

pours a clean crisp light golden yellow. light head, decent retention

some citrus and tangerine, hints of caramel and malt. sweet and rich.

more hop forward flavors, nice and a bit complex. some slight pine and bitterness with a equal amount of juicy fresh fruit. a bit zesty.

nice filly mouthfeel, mild to moderate carbonation.

really good, i'd imagine it would be killer within a few weeks of being bottled. good stuff, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Dated 3/8/2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a somewhat clear lemon-orange body, two finger white head, good retention, some lacing. Smells of spice, citrus, a bit of zest, mild cat piss, very small touch of hop resin. A bit of sharp caramel sweetness. Flavour is a mild caramel and crackery grainy sweetness, hop resin, citrus, a bit of spiciness. Nice complexity, nothing too special but definitely an above average beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation, mild bitter melon on the finish. Decent local IPA, better than most.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Christmas party, thanks to whoever brought it.
Lightly hazy light golden. Earthy pine and citrus aroma and flavor. Better than I expected, might have to check out more from this brewery!

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