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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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 1,337
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Sheppard
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden hue. This wasn't an aggressive pour, but there is good head retention. Some flowery passion fruit and mango in the aroma. After some initial malt sweetness, there is a really nice earthy grapefruit peel bitterness. Be Hoppy has a very nice mouthfeel, effervescent enough to bring out all of the characters. A really terrific IPA.

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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 emount91
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a slightly hazy yellow color, carbonation seen going up the glass, white foamy head that dissipates quickly. smell is balanced: bitter hops and bready malts. taste is hop forward: big citrus and grass taste, followed by malt, but ends with a bitterness that can only be described as "hops" and not anything un-hop-related to compare it to. mouth feel is good, could use a tad more carbonation but I'm just being picky. very good beer, perfect for summer and being outside if you want something with a little more alcohol than a session.

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Photo of Rossaronie
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, smell is great and strong. Great flavor for a single IPA and it was extremely drinkable. Bought as a 16oz 4 pack. And loved the beer would love to have it again.

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

Live in Plymouth, MA, & had not seen this fine brew in over five years. Got a couple on draft at Gillette, which were delicious. Was pleasantly surprised to see a six pack of bottles at the packy near me today, $11. Very good, do not expect to see in bottles near me again anytime soon, but will get @ next Pats game.

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Photo of CTBeerBari
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this over this past weekend straight out the 12oz. Bottle. This had very nice honey malt notes up front and finished very hoppy, especially for an IPA not in the imperial/DIPA range. A truly unique flavor setup for an IPA and I'll be looking out for this one while in Western Mass.

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

Outstanding IPA. Pours a clear golden color with a minimal amount of foam. West coast hops aroma and taste, citrus background. Excellent mouthfeel and with a lighter ABV, I'd nominate this as a top 5 session IPA. Glad to have discovered this brewery.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive unfiltered golden-yellow brew, topped with a very nice snow white head with excellent retention.

Grainier and maltier than expected, both on the nose and the palate. Hops lean toward citrus, with perhaps just a hint of tropical juiciness.

Fairly - and surprisingly - thick mouthfeel for the ABV. I found that enjoyable, but I understand that many would prefer their IPAs to be lighter and easier.

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

Outstanding IPA. Pours a light, hazy gold with a moderate head that lingers. Nose of citrus, fruit and pine without any of the dank, juicy characteristics that portend an overbalanced hop-forward beer (which I also happen to love). Taste of mango, pineapple, lemon and orange gives way to a bready, slightly sweet malt middle and finishes with a nice bitterness. It's the finish that sets it apart - clean and crisp without a lingering stickiness. It's about as refreshing a full-bodied IPA you're gonna find. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Nicole15
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get almost no aroma from this. Maybe it's because I've already had two treehouse beers that were heavy on the aroma so I have a skued expectation? It pours golded like straw with a fluffy white head. Faint lacing all the way down as you drink. The initial taste is pine with some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Overall a solid IPA that's worth picking up.

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Photo of pagriley
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into snifter - super fresh (less than 2 weeks)

L - Pale golden with fluffy white head and some lacing
S - Grapefruit and tropical with a touch of dank
T - More piney on the palate, but still some dank tropical notes. Firmly bitter; a touch astringent
F - Light bodied and crisp with moderate carb

overall a very solid IPA - worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a light amber-orange appearance with a decent head and some good lacing on the sides of the glassware. Really great and strong aromas of hops and bready, yeasty flavors. Could sense some grapefruit, oranges, and earthy tones to the smell as well. Really good flavoring with this beer thanks to a bitter hoppy taste mixed with citrus flavors and malts. Good carbonation and body that helps bring out the flavors to this IPA. Overall, this was a great IPA and a highlight to the brew fest I went to.

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Photo of mhs413
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot be happier about this IPA that I stumbled upon. I saw a 4-pack in a store, did a quick check of some reviews and brought it home. I love the citrus notes and the hop balance.

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Photo of mrz200
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review is based on recent bottle purchase. I had this on tap about a year ago and was underwhelmed. Got a 6 of bottles and now understand the hype. Delcicous, dank, and earthy IPA. Aired out and cold, this was fantastic.

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Photo of Beglane
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although it is a clear brew, the difference between this and an adjunct beer becomes "clear" after the first smell. Tastes as good as it smells. And not too heavy on the ABV, so I appriciate that. Hits the smell, ABV and taste buds on 8 cylinders, I'm totally impressed on how well put together this IPS is.

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Photo of Flarol
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am not an IPA expert, but when i go to a liquor store for a 6 pack IPA is what i choose. This beer is my go-to if i am not looking to get extremely drunk from the 8.4% double IPAs. Best tasting 6% beer i have come across.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love that this brewery is 10 min away from me. Be hoppy is definitely a must have in every beer geek's fridge. Affordable and delicious, two of it favorite things.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Took me a long time to finally get a hold of some of this, and that sort of expectation is hard for any beer to overcome. It took two cans, over two days, to get around to thinking about what the beer is vs what the beer is presented as due to scarcity - and what it is, is very, very good.

It's straw-like in color, a sort of faintly luminous yellow, with a fluffy head that quickly fades. Very little fruit on the nose, just a clean, zesty hop fragrance. Clean is what I'd call the flavors, too - there's a suggestion of grapefruit rind, but mostly it's a vivid, green 'hop' taste, with some pine resin, and some lurking oils. The real magic is in the mouthfeel, which is so bright, and has an almost champagne-like effervescence - reminds me of some old school belgians. Feels like a lovely trick, and makes it very refreshing.

There is something doggedly traditional about Be Hoppy, a little bit of 'aren't they all supposed to taste like this?', enough so that it doesn't seem special, but by the same token, I know if it were regularly in the cooler at my shop, I'd bring it home a LOT of the time. That's what I really settled on - that there aren't a huge number of beers I would choose to drink over it, and even burdened by hype, it feels worth the cost to bring home.


I've gotten my hands on a lot more of this, lately, and the more I drink it, the more adamantly I feel it is one of the best beers going - the balance is easy to miss when you are just tasting, but as a regular drinker, this is hard to top. With Pretty Things closing down, and Jack D'Or gone, this might be my favorite beer.

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

16 oz can dated 7/2/2015 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Golden yellow/orange, cloudy, with a one finger head that moves to quick lace.

S - Grapefruit, hops. Pine variety.

T - Follows the nose. Pine dominates. Some toasted grains, malt balance.

M - Carbonation a tad above medium, heft is solid.

O - A well put together IPA. Solid in every department.

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

The perfect hoppy ale. Golden in color but perfect balance. Plenty of citrus hops and sparkle AND body. Love that we can get it at a local place on tap.

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Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lord Hobo, pours clear yellow gold color with a 1 finger thick foamy head that faded slowly and left incredible lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of dry floral hops, weed, grapefruit, tangerine, graham cracker, wheat bread crust, citrus hops, honey, light piney hops and toasted grains. Nice balance and a strong hoppy sweetness, but the hops were not so incredibly fresh or bold to list this as "outstanding" per the rest of the BeerAdvocate reviews. It's a good solid IPA, but just well above average in every way IMO.

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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 BradMacMullin
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am supposed to be working, but I got bored and came over to Summer Shack. They finally have a good beer selection. This Be Hoppy surprised me at how good it is. Nicely hopped and very refreshing. I have to go back and speak to auditors so I am hoping this beer is 12% or 13% ABV. Good stuff - will make this a go to

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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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Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
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