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 Rugg315
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to school in Worcester I have a soft spot for the home team. That being said let's get into this.
As advertised this is a classic left Coast ipa in the looks department (green flash west coast ipa).
Nose is very tropical and pleasant at first. Backend giving off a charred fruit not much pine. It is well done.
Taste is excellent up front that west coast feel. I find this style getting more simple as you go through it. I am tasting regular beer at certain points later.
Feel is okay.
I think they set out to do what they were going for which is always interesting. Even if it isn't your favorite style in this beer.

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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 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 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 ThrewRedButter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark yellow, hazy body with a finger of white head

S - Earthy, wet grass, tree bark, pine, grapefriuit. smells cleans

T - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, subtle pine and resin, spicy and herbaceous hops. More complex than I thought it would be

F - Light-to-medium, great drinkability and no alcohol presence

O - I prefer this to Be Hoppier as this is almost just as flavorful, but is much easier to drink and easier to find.

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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 ONUMello
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Legal Sea Food
A: Lighter than I anticipated, more of a dark yellow, thin head
S: Herbal, pine, orange peel, a bit of grapefruit
T: Matches the nose. Grassy, herbal and citrus
M: Light- bodied, very fresh and crisp
O: Really cuts through the seafood batter and I'd a great pairing. Really nice IPA

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Photo of VFerrec
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good West Coast style IPA.
Pours gold with a nice head. Citrusy on the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of citrus (grapefruit)right off the bat with slight sweetness at the end. Very accessible in central mass area, good drinking beer!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly clear pale orange in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is subdued but has lemon, resiny pine, and subtle citrus notes. Taste has a touch of pale, crackery malt, some citrusy hops, slick resiny hops, and a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Good mouthfeel, medium-ish body that leans a bit in the lighter side and moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer, more of a traditional American IPA that hits the right notes and remains accessible. I'll definitely revisit this beer.

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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 StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 02/22/16

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy off-white head. Smells like floral berries, sweet citrus, caramel, clean biscuity malt, with fresh earthy grass and pine. Tastes like fresh berries, dank pine, bitter citrus, caramel, clean malty biscuit, with lingering dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Overall a unique and balanced IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HenryNeeser
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best Beers I have had in a long time.
Look, a nice warm amber color, looks like an IPA, a little cloudy but can see through the glass.
Head, yup there is a little if you pour it into a glass/mug.
Smell, bingo, smells like an IPA, it's an IPA.
Taste,. full body, bitter, and very smooth, with a finish that lingers, and if you don't know what a hoppy brew tastes like then try one of these. You always know a good beer when it is the first one to disappear from the cooler shelf. the cans, and the bottles were all gone today when I stopped in to grab a rack. This is not the first time, and now I'm wondering if I should horde it! :) <= hoppy face here.
Thank you Wormtown Brewery for producing such a finely crafted brew.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 02/02/2016 into a shaped pint glass last night. Comes out golden with a slight haze, decent head falls down quickly.

Very hoppy aroma, some grapefruit and resin, west coast style on the nose. Flavor is sharply bitter, not a lot of malt. Citrus grapefruit notes, finishes with a piney resin from the hop oils that linger a bit. Finish on the tongue is dry, beer is medium bodied.

Overall an excellent example of a west coast style IPA from the east. A very well crafted beverage from a brewery I have never heard of until the bottle landed in my possession.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Golden color, hazy but not completely opaque. Nice fluffy head
Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, grassy, herbaceous, pine
Taste - Citrus peel, grapefruit, pine, pine needles

Overall - Across the board this is a great IPA. Nice crisp/dry finish and is super easy drinking. Wish I could get my hands on this more often....

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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 djlauryn
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Sacco's in Somerville, MA. This is a basic IPA done well. Not much of an aroma, a decent hoppy bite, a little on the watery side and at times I taste the alcohol. it's a little bitter, I'm not getting any citrus or pine... one of my go to local beers available on draft at bars in somerville.

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Photo of mctnoyes
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This used to be my favorite IPA when it first came out. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it was a slightly bigger beer originally. I also remember it being more hazy, which I really like in an IPA. Still, this is one of the best single IPA's out there!

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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 Hyptochrons
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled on 1/28/2016, drank it at just over two weeks old so it should be tasting pretty fresh!

appearance is nice, thick head leaves some lacing.

nose is underwhelming, slight floral and pine notes. taste is also underwhelming, although there is definitely a nice piney flavor on the finish, balanced well by malts.

overall its definitely a decent and drinkable ipa, but compared to other beers Ive tried, its pretty boring and one dimensional. not to mention i paid like $14 for a six pack... definitely not worth the price and a big let down in my book!

revisited this one a few weeks later... actually thought the beer got better with some age, maybe im going crazy. picked up some more of the citrus notes this time around, which complimented the piney flavor well. still maybe not worth the price in my opinion, but upon further review... its a pretty great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- orange haze nice looking pour . At least two finger head and fantastic lacing .
S- Wow , smell is noticable right after can was opened, fresh/grassy/meadows . Can date 1/11/16 , I have another 4 pack dated 2/1/16 and will enjoy comparing differences.
T- slightly sweet, honey , citrus but not tropical, more bitter/dry.

I enjoy this beer as it offers sonething different in flavor each time I have it ,unique and refreshing , always excellent .
Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into tulip glass. 1/11/16. Don't worry.

L. Dark orange, golden with tons of haze. 2 finger white, thick, head. With nice thick lacing.
S. Nice hops, citrus and pine up front. A touch of tropical fruit with the citrus. A good amount of lemon.
T. Lots of bitterness, citrus and pine. Nice, clean finish.
F. Medium to medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored, slightly cloudy.
Citrus and pine aroma.
Taste is similar with a bit of bitterness in the finish.
Very good beer which I see myself buying again.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at... my house! Yes, we have Be Hoppy on tap in our kegerator, it's the only beer in the past two years we've repeated as a pony keg lasts us a couple months at least. It is a great beer but I've never officially reviewed it so here goes.

Pours a light golden with a decent, two finger head, settling to a nice film. The smell is more floral, not as juicy as some IPAs I've been binging on over the holidays, or as resin, more like grassy and fresh. The taste is crisp, grapefruit and hop heavy, especially with the bitter/dry back end. The mouth feel is heavy for an IPA for me which makes it not quite as session-worthy as some other IPAs, though I don't think being session worthy is it's intent. It's intent is to be delicious, and that it is.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a IPA glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold color with two fingers of thick foamy head and lots of thin webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is very perfumy with a great floral aroma. There is some slight grassy aroma here in the nose that is filled with hints of pollen. There is some sweetness coming out with aromas of pear and apple to tops things off.

The taste is sweet at first with some slight pear flavor mixed with a hint of pine. A tangerine flavor comes out in the middle and tea leaf flavor begins to mix into the background. There are hints of berries come out before a tangy light bitterness punctuates at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice drinkable feel to. There is bitterness here but it softened by a juicy flavor that shadow it and camouflages the bitterness before it can build and take hold on the palette.

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