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 WSB
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Be Hoppy" pours a beautiful dark, somewhat hazy, amber/yellow, with an inch of fluffy white, loose head.

Smell is awesomely, happily- and expectedly- hoppy. There are subtle spicy and bready malt undertones, but the bright, sunshiny hops are the star here.

Mouthfeel is light but very active- lots of carbonation and bubble action.

Taste is oddly mild, citrus bitter up front, nicely balanced out and neutralized by a healthy malt profile. Finish is a touch spicy, bitter, and super flavorful. It leaves the palate lingering with an awesome fresh hop taste that I absolutely love.

A great IPA. I expected the 69+ IBUs to be devastating, but it wasn't, in fact, I found this beer extremely drinkable. Reminiscent of a west coast style IPA in that it leaves you with an abundance of bright, fresh hop taste, yet it doesn't overwhelm with bitter.

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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 hudsonvalleyslim
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Peppercorns, the restaurant attached to Wormtown Brewery.

Jeezus - this is my new favorite brew. Last time an IPA moved me like this was the Green Flash West Coast IPA. And this is certainly an East Coast - West Coast style. A beautiful golden aromatic pint. Heavily dry-hopped.

TASTE: Oweeee...! If you like dem grapefruit-like hops (like I do) you in fer a treat! I've had this on draft at some other venues, but this version just kicked ass.

UPDATE 8.1.13: This brew continues to blow me away. In eastern Mass it's only on draft as far as I know, and it is, like the aforementioned Green Flash, my go to when it's on the draft list. We recently brewed a homebrew version from Ben Roesch's (Wormtown Brewing) recipe. It was delicious! But the original.... Maahhvelous.

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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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Brilliant pale gold color

SMELL: Toasted orange peel, mint, evergreen, ripe pears, figs, hemp seeds, white peppercorn, caramel, cake batter

TASTE: Think resin, floral, herbal, oily, fresh tobacco, citric rind, fresh mint, guava, very bitter, passionfruit, dates, dry finish

This is a sleeper IPA, waiting patiently for more people to try it. Despite the gripes of West Coast naysayers, it appears East Coast brewers can indeed brew hoppy beers of epic proportions. It certainly sent our palates for a ride and fed our hop addiction. A must-try for hopheads.

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Photo of Dools9
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 2012. Poured into a tulip.

A: Golden orange,a bit of haze. Produced a thick white two finger head that left marvelous lacing and retained very nicely. Looks very inviting.

S: Sweet and tropical right away. Pine and lemon/tangerine citrus make up the bulk of the nose mixed with a nice floral hop aroma, there's a nice sweetness from the malt, a bit bready and mingle nicely with the prominent burst of hops.

T: Bitter punch upfront with both a mix of citrus and pine. Lemon, grapefruit rind and orange make up the bulk of the hops. There's also some faint earth in there as well. Malts are bready, mildly sweet and provide a decent balance.

M: Medium to full. Its creamy and leaves a nice hop oil slickness behind.

O: A very nice IPA here. Not in your face bitter but most definitely a well made, quality, local IPA. Great example of a west coast from the east. I dig it. Recommended.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy medium yellow with some head and no lacing.

Big hop note, with grapefruit and pine. Yet, I get something else. Barnyard? Spoiled paper? Something off that kinda dissipates as the beer as you add to the pint.

Great hop notes throughout. Piney and grapefruit notes, with nice resinous bitterness tied to some moderate malt. This is a hop forward IPA and it does not take any prisoners. Big sticky hop oil finish.

Medium body with a good firm carbonated base.

Overall, nice IPA. Huge hoppy brew for those who like it. Would had e liked more malt in the balance, but who cares...? This is what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of jb413
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Yard House

A - Hazy orange with cirtrus tones and two fingers of off-white head with good retention. No lacing in the tumbler.

S - Citrusy hops. Grapefruit, orange, some grassy lemon. Nice nose, fairly strong.

T - Nice hop profile, mostly citrus and slight floral and pretty hop-forward. Back end is more bitter and dry and biting. Solid backbone.

MF - Smooth, perfectly carbonated, medium body and goes down moderately easy.

O - A nice local IPA. Lots of hops and great feel.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewing Company out of Massachusetts.
Score: 90

No bottling date, but received this one in a trade as an extra in the last week of March. Served in an Avery stemmed beer glass and enjoyed on 04/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thin layer. Excellent lacing, pretty good retention. 4/5

Smell: Lots of sweet grapefruit, lemon and fresh citrus. Plenty of piney hops. There is an orange juice aroma in the background of the nose. 4/5

Taste: Juicy citrus and grassy hops. Malty orange juice backbone. Lemon, grapefruit, orange and mango. Lingering bitter citrus and malty orange juice finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly malty sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A really solid and juicy everyday IPA offering. Refreshing and flavorful.

Recommendation: If you live in Massachusetts, seek a bottle of this stuff out.

Pairings: Rainbow sherbet ice cream.

Cost: $8 for a 22 oz bottle.

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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 MADhombrewer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

Appearance- Light orange/straw color. Small head that forms a film around the edges. Great lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Pine aroma. Bits of citrus and orange in it. 4.5/5

Taste- MMmmm. Pine and tropical fruits. Very well balanced. Good pine/earthy bitterness that turns to a little caramel malt. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium treading to the thin side. I likey. 4/5

Overall- Well done Wormtown. Easy drinking, good balance, great hop flavor and aroma. I will be on the look out for this brewery if I make it back to Boston. 4.5/5

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2011. (I am continually amazed at how difficult it is to get craft rotated out to the consumer in a timely basis. But this is what they had on offer. At least it was in the cooler).

Hazy golden color with a small head that has good retention and lacing.

Tangerine and shortbread on the nose lead to a big citrus and spice flavor. Grapefruit and pine are prominent with a spicy bitter finish. Crisp and dry.

Medium body with good carbonation. Tasty and refreshing. The flavors are not particularly complex or numerous, but they are right on, balanced and tasty. One of the best east coast examples of the west coast style I have encountered in the IPA world.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 greenengineer
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA Pint Glass
A - pale yellow, with hints of orange, creamy head persists, slightly hazy.
S - floral sweet hops aroma - heavenly
T - crisp bitterness, resiny, otherwise fairly light and mild. Little bit of citrus, malt in there somewhere
M - not sticky - it's 80 deg F today and it goes down nice. Actually thirst quenching.
O - Delicious IPA, hop forward without being one of these triple IPA alcohol bombs. Extra points for local. Liking this a lot. Need to find somebody who has this on tap.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Flatbread Cambridge MA.

A true to the "pale ale" color, very hazy. Head is frothy and white. Laces the glass quite well. Smells like citrus and pine resin.

To me this taste like Centennial Hops (like a baby Ruination). Really refreshing and delicious. Solid bitterness. Exciting and strong flavors yet still highly drinkable. I feel like there might be some wheat in here, which lends a smooth slightly fuller mouthfeel. Definitely hop forward though, maltiness is in the background. I really enjoyed this beer, tastes incredibly fresh.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new local IPA to try. Woo Hoo!!

Actually it’s quite nice. Really good looking beer which is a little lighter in color, but produces a wonderful creamy bright white head with a pour. Sticky lacing everywhere.

Aroma is fantastic and a bright citrus burst. A touch of light toasted malt just below. Fresh and nice.

A very nice standard IPA. Showcases some nice grapefruit peel (pith too!) flavors along with just a touch of toasted malt. Very hoppy, very fresh and actually the balance that I enjoy in this style. I’d say the perfect aftertaste of bitterness that lingers with you.

Nice body for the style. Spot on.

I am excited to have another local nice IPA. Well done folks.

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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 MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" custard head of decent lifespan. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. It smells of malt and citrus hops. Taste again has the malt, plus citrus and grapefruit hops and even a little subtle melon to it. Although not the hoppiest IPA I've had it certainly is above middle of the pack. Finish is pretty long. Nice product.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, hazy, sunglow shade of yellow with a thick white head.

Smells like a freshly peeled orange. Tastes the same. Very orange-based citrus hop aroma and taste. Very hop forward, yet not in total excess. Certainly a hop-head delight. This was bottle conditioned and I lazily decanted yet tasted no yeasty notes as I finished off the glass.

Highly recommended for self claimed “hop heads” and IPA fans.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date Nov. 2011
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
Pours a hazy gold color with a full 2" white head and lots of webby and trailing lacing.
The smells are surprisingly mild considering the name. There are plenty of Pale Ales with more hop-forward noses. That said, the citrusy, floral and resinous hop smell is very pleasant. A faint peppery spice is noticed as is a bit of an alcoholic fuminess.
The flavors are where this IPA shines best. Juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, tart orange and spices explode in the mouth with a West Coast-like abandon, yet there's a subtly sweet caramel malt
and very light Graham Cracker-like breadiness that tempers the hop bite in a very pleasing way. A little alcoholic heat warms the back of the throat and can be noticed on the breath rather quickly.
Although this is an edgy and hoppy IPA, it's a fairly fluid and wet brew that invites a few large gulps.
Tasty, drinkable IPA...nice!

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today during my first beer run of 2012. I guess that New Year's resolution is working for me. Bottled November 2011 and poured into a Sam Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a cloudy light gold with some yellow at the bottom. Lighter than expected, but not a turnoff. Big, fluffy, stubborn white head, even with a slow pour. Sticks around for a while.

S: Hops and more hops. I'm picking up nothing from the malt, which is fine by me. Mostly floral hops with some grapefruit. The San Diegan in me is enjoying this.

T: There's that grapefruit I was smelling. Some bitterness, but a lot of citrus going on. I'm picking up even more citrus as it warms up and I'm liking it.

M: Good amount of carbonation, but I wouldn't say this is the best aspect of the beer. I'm going to need a big glass of water after this one, especially since I'm prepping for a long night of beers.

O: I really enjoyed this IPA and it made me feel like I was back on the Best Coast for a while, even though I look outside to snow everywhere. It was a very good start to the night and is something I would certainly revisit.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, golden-yellow with a very bubbly, fluffy, white head. No head retention and no lacing.

S - Strong fruity, floral hops with a hint of toasted malt.

T - Smooth, mostly balanced IPA. Very nice hoppy, fruit flavors and a malty finish. On the more bitter side of the style; a hop head's IPA.

M - Slight carbonation and great drinkability. Smooth with very pleasant lingering flavors.

UPDATE: Wow, my first review of this was over four years ago, so a revisit to this wonderful beer is in order. First sighting in 4-pack tall boy cans in May of 2016 and was happy to see them. A little over a month after the canning date and this stuff is still super hoppy, refreshing, and citrusy. Hazy, beautiful color with a lovely pillowy head. Huge aromas of citrus and all the things that make hops incredible. Flavor is massive. I have to say this is one of the better "base" IPAs in the state and even all of New England. Really gotta bump up my original rating. Glad to see Wormtown is growing and getting better each year.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ale House in Amesbury, MA this IPA is cloudy, yellow-ish tan with a solid white froth on top and mad lacing. The aroma offers skunk cabbage herbal hops with wheat cereal nuances. The first mouthful suggests a brisk herbal hop bite with some citrus accents and lots of biscuit grass brightness. This is medium bodied with a brisk feel full of vigorous but tiny carbonation. A titilating but fulfilling feel that goes down pretty readily if you like a skunky flavored hop specialty brew. No complaints here, quite a decent IPA choice and not a typical one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
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