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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really special brew here, truly fantastic. scored this near Amherst, lucky me. it pours a golden color, maybe a touch darker, brass I should say, with a thick lather just off white and lasting. the smell to me is german or Czech pilsener malts, and lager yeast, which I know this isn't, but man it seems like it. not groundbreaking, but the flavor is. huge falconer and simcoe hop throughout, lighter malt, pils for sure, and some crystal too I think, but this, as its namesake posits, is a hop forward brew. glorious profile of hops, something so many have attempted and so few have pulled off. this is really well done. best part is how light it drinks, medium body at most, and a real nice ale yeast cleaning it up. creamy feel, pillowy like a cloud or a bounce house, relaxed but assertive, I love this.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of fresh hops are present in the nose - pine resin and citrus stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, this is a very hop-forward beer that has a variety of hop flavors combined with a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smelled and tasted very fresh; the bottle says it was brewed this month so it can't be more than two or three weeks old. It is a really bold IPA.

Note: Bottled May 2013

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head was respectable and delivered the lacing goods

Smell: Grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of grassy elements

Taste: Just a hint of the biscuit and the hops take over, bringing grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors; after the swallow, there is an unexpected hint of grass that makes the beer a bit distinctive

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very fresh can and it shows; this is a really good West Coast style IPA that has a touch of individuality, to boot

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Prezzo in Milford, MA.

A: Light 1 finger creamy head fades semi quickly over the semi clear golden orange slightly hazy beer. Also leaves a nice lacing.

N: A nice fresh hop aroma, with some pine, citrus, very light musty fresh hop, a little chewy hops, and touches of a malty base.

T: Again fresh musty hops hit first. It adds some citrus and pine, and quite a bit of tangerine, orange peel, and some grapefruit. A slight chewy hop with little malt too. Overall a pretty bitter and spicy hop presence. There's even a little hop oil. It's a nice hop character, not the best around, but done pretty well. With that is a touch of malty sweetness.

M: Medium to light with good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter as it seems to ramp up quickly but hits a peak quickly as well. Pretty dry as well. It has a very citrus orange peel on the finish especially, almost like biting on an orange rind. Slight sticky syrup feel too somehow, with a fresh wort taste. With the slight fresh wort and heavy strong spicy bitterness I get the feel like I'm chewing on the trub at the bottom of the finished brew. A decent west coast style IPA brewed on the East Coast.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On-tap 7/30/13 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a lot of citrus and a caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2013

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some very light notes of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. The hop flavors are extremely fresh and that makes this beer a very enjoyable one. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is fairly well balanced without any malt sweetness coming through and just a touch of bitterness that lingers. The hop flavors are really fresh and really enjoyable. Definitely one I would be happy to have again...

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Large four-finger head. Light golden color and hazy. Plenty of ring lace with extensive web lace in between. A dome of froth is created as the head settles.

Grapefruit rind aroma. Light floral smell, but it is all hop.

Pale malt start. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. The swallow is not harsh, but there's plenty of biting, peppery hop finish. The body is relatively thin for the style. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 06/29/13 notes. On tap at Pico in Boston; served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, bright yellow-golden color with two inches of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruits, fresh tropical fruits, floral hops, and some wheat. Nose is awesome...super fresh hops and fruits, and a ton of hops. Really like it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit juice, fruity malts, wheat, grains, and some tropical fruits. Taste is good though less fruit overall, and more pine. Taste is moderately bitter.

m - Medium body low to moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but easy to drink the whole glass...could have had two.

o - Overall I thought this was a great IPA, and this is the best Wormtown beer I've had so far. The nose is awesome; tons of fresh hops and fruits. It's easy to drink and not too bitter; would definitely like to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is an amber-gold coloring with a thin, filmy, frothy white head with a good cling and retention. Aromas of spicy and fresh hops, with a cut grass and pepper blending. Also some sweet caramel in the background, too. Flavors are roasty and hoppy initially, with a solid balance. Roast sweet backbone that doesn't interfere with the resiny, bitter, and peppery hops presence. Smooth, light, and resiny bitter aftertaste with a tangy, slightly drying and bitter finish. Very tasty, and very well balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for this one. Served in my Alchemist pint glass.

A - Voluminous eggshell foam with superb retention that eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving stray lace splotches. Slightly hazed golden apricot body with plenty of visible tiny bubbles. A tad lighter than most IPAs but quite attractive.

S - Smell is potent and dank, with plenty of sharp pine and pithy grapefruit, and perhaps a hint of tropical fruit. Light bready malt backdrop with just a kiss of sugar in the periphery.

T - The taste doesn't quite live up the promise of the aroma, although it's still quiet good. Plenty of bitter yet juicy citrus, light pine, hint of melon, and a fairly neutral malt backdrop that contributes a touch of sugar. A lot like the aroma, but without the same pop. Bitterness is at the lower end of moderate.

M - Smooth medium body, pleasant soft yet active carbonation, resinous finish. Could stand to be a tad drier, but otherwise, this has a really enjoyable texture that has some creamy hand-pump-esque elements to it.

D - I think this is the first good IPA I've had from Massachusetts (Hoponious Union doesn't count). I easily crushed 20oz of this, and used the last 2oz in the Middle Eastern hot sauce I was making. This would definitely be a go-to offering if I lived in Boston.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alberto's Pub in Norton, MA.

This one pours a slightly hazy lucid orange color, with a foamy one inch head, and a rings of lacing down the glass.

This smells pretty great, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a fairly resiny aroma as well.

There's not a whole lot of malt character to this one, it's all fresh citrusy hops. It's got a really deep and long lasting citrus flavor to this, candied orange, some pineapple and mango, with a very resiny and intense finish. This is super bold and really quite wonderful tasting.

This has a very, very juicy mouthfeel, with a nice crispness, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall, a super enjoyable beverage that I hope to find again some day.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice little touch of citrus. Medium Body, nice bitter finish. This one surprised me, pretty tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was bottled FIVE DAYS AGO (8/13/11), only 1300 bottles and change. Had Be Hoppy first over a year ago and never really revisted it while at Peppercorns, as there are so many great seasonal releases. When I heard that this would be released in bottles, I wasn't that thrilled either (bring on Sweet Tats I say!). That was, until Ben said he was tweaking Be Hoppy just a bit for bottling (believe he said he was going to run it through a second dry hop for aroma purposes)! Now, I had to get my hands on a few bottles. As always, really enjoy the label art.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light gold colour with a super creamy two finger head that leaves HUGE side lacing as it recedes. It never fully dissolves, just slumps to become a nice white blanket. Best non stout/porter appearance for a wormtown beer I've had.

S - I was on the fence with this, but as it warms, it becomes something magical. Its so fresh, the hops are so prominant and so bitter. Great cascade and simcoe hops. My goodness. With just a faint malt backbone.

T - Boom. I feel like thats all I have to say when writing this review is "boom", but, I suppose I will describe it a bit. This is a delicious west coast style IPA. Great bitter pine and citrus hops (grapefruit anyone?). Pine resin and oils, slight sweet malts. This is all about the bitter hops.

M - Like with regular Be Hoppy, I woul dlike to see a bit more carbonation with this. Its low, and combined with the oily pines its just a bit much. That being said, I want to keep drinking this. Alot.

O - Yeah, love this beer. Love this beer alot. I'm a sucker for a good fresh IPA, and this is one of the fresher ones I've had. Love how the extra hopping made this really pop from the bottle. Still can't get over the head/lacing on this sucker. Wish every Wormtown offering could be like this.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with two fingers of off white foam. The nose is clean and citrus forward with juicy grapefruit, soft caramel malts and a touch of pine. The palate is well balanced and dialed in with great hop flavors that follow the nose. Nice round grapefruit on the front end moves slowly into a round malty sweetness and a bitter piney finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the almost clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with slow-falling, lasting lace. Aroma is moderately of skanky green hops, in a good way.

Taste begins with a medium sweetness, then kicks back into the hoppiness that was indicated in the nose, and comes on with the bitterness in the close. Hop burps are immediate. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice IPA, with hops flavor, not just bitter face. Good stuff.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Can poured to a large, 500ml chalice with a fairly hazy golden-orange body. Creamy white cap forms with a nice thick, frothy texture and about a finger height. Head retention is really good. The head never quite dies and it leaves thick pillows of lacing all around the glass.

S- Hops jump off the top with an emphasis on citrus like grapefruit, tropical fruits and then some floral notes. Not much beyond the pungent hops.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with the hops and with a similar flavor profile but some pine certainly opens up to compliment the things mentioned above. Grapefruit is huge, mango flesh, tangerine, orange zest and floral notes from the hops make up a bulk of the flavor. Super clean yeast and just a hint of light cracked grains. Some dankness throughout.

MF- Creamy and somewhere between a light and moderately thick body. Carbonation at a high level, which I find best suited to really bring out those hoppy flavors. Ends with a moderate bitterness on the palate.

At 6.5% and not an over-the-top-in-your-face level of hop flavor and bitterness, this might become the next dweller of my fridge. It brings all the great flavors of hops without making me feel like I won't be able to taste anything for an hour. In all seriousness, a great citrus forward IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a shaker pint at Peppercorns. Pours a golden-orange with a slight haze and a 1/8th inch bright white head. Thin coats of lacing dress the glass as the beer is consumed. Nose expresses sweet citrus (perhaps tangerines), melon and floral notes. Taste follows nose with just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I'd love to see this beer consistently in a 16oz. can format.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
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 cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,384 ratings.
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