Hopulence American Double I.P.A. | Wormtown Brewery

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Hopulence American Double I.P.A.Hopulence American Double I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBUs, hopped with Horizon, Summit, and Amarillo hops plus other hops in small quantities.

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Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember when this first came out ! Those of us that had it we called it fruity pebbles, it was a rotating brew that we couldn't wait for Ben to brew, man what a mouth blast of fruits, it has changed alot since it first came out still a great brew though, but just a shell of its former self

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle dated 05/17/16

Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet caramel malt, mild onion, apricot, pineapple, melon, blueberry, blackberry, plum, toffee, nectarine, peach, orange citrus, grapefruit, biscuity cracker, with dank earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like biscuity crackery caramel malt, mild onion, pineapple, apricot, cantaloupe, papaya, toffee, blueberry, blackberry, mild stone fruits, grapefruit, orange citrus, with dank earthy grass and herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice double IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Worthy Brewfest in Springfield. The beer had a clear amber appearance with an incredible aroma of spiced hops that arise from the glass. The taste followed the nose with a much more pronounced bread-malt balance that helped the beer be bittersweet. General medium body for the beer that helped give a good texture and crispness. Overall, I found this to be an excellent drink.

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Photo of NHDarkLord
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic Double IPA. It has an amazing hoppy aroma and an intense amount of juicy hop flavor. I bought this in a 64 oz growler to share with my friends.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that it's very weird to drink such a "non-New England-style" dIPA from a brewery in MA, but here we are. Horizon hops are pretty much just a Nugget-esque (aka normal bittering hop with no special dual-use properties) substitute and Glacier is definitely an interesting choice for a modern day strong pale ale... neither are exactly en-vogue. Though this does say several other hops are in play, it's interesting that this advertises such underutilized varietals. Maybe this will be the old-school dIPA that no one has asked for that yet, for some reason or another, has an esteemed place in New England brewing!

This pours from a growler with a rather nice burnished copper color, capped with a few fingers of bone-white head that eventually sinks down to a quarter-finger of the same. Lace is spotty and inconsistent, but the nose is very nice thankfully. Redolent of grapefruit and lemon peel, it follows on to the palate with a sharp, citric tang that lasts throughout each sip. Malt balance is certainly there with a crackery feel that presents as a chewy and satisfactory backdrop to the citrus-based hoppiness. This is definitely a days-gone-by dIPA in terms of its hop flavors. Feel is oily and rather slick; definitely not a "dry" finish, but it does beckon me to take another sip. Good stuff. Nothing complex, but a sort of "West Coast via New England" experience that works out well. I enjoyed it!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a pure white head. Some nice lacing as well.

The smell, from my pour, is bitter and dank. Some very faint skunkiness can be detected as well. This is an IPA that clearly sets out to be bitter right from the start, and the nose follows suit. Some grapefruit, some pine, and lots of dank, hoppy, ridiculousness. This is one of those beers you have to smell in shifts or else you will get a contact high.

Anyway, the taste pretty much follows the nose. It's bitter, with a very light, bready malt presence. Some hints of grapefruit, and a lot of piney, grassy bitterness. This is seriously a bitter bomb.

The feel is medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. The alcohol is there but it is well hidden by the bitter onslaught raging my palate.

Overall this is definitely a good DIPA. If you prefer bitterness over tropical tones, then you will love this beer. Not quite up to the level of Be Hoppy but absolutely a solid brew.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought this was a slight step up from Be Hoppy. Had a more attractive color, and overall a better taste, with more bite then the be hoppy did. Again, good but not great. Definitely worth a try, just with whats out there wouldn't go out of my way to get it considering there are much better options in my opinion.

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Photo of Radmeat
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look- dense honey, (after sitting- pale orange )

smell- delicious piney hops, ripe citrus fruit, not overly boozy despite 8.5 %, after a bit of sitting, there is a malty something backbone, not too strong but not missed. I don't mean this in a negative way but the smell reminds me of something damp

Taste- nice and eventful experience, bold flavor that lasts more than 12-18 seconds in waves, when fresh I got hints of citrus but on top of the usual grapefruit (which was a nicer less intense version of the concentrated fruit)

feel- initial bold intro to flavor on the full mouth, especially back roof and flat of tongue tingling. plenty of fun to drink

overall- tasty, would recommend trying

also the description says 100 IBUs but the beer says 120+

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber, light haze, off white almost almond 1 inch head.

S - tropical punch, citrus, nutty, malty dank.

T - Punch, pine, citrus, more nuttiness and sweetness. Heavy on the dank, citrus and punch. Very nice.

M - medium on the carbonation, almost light in mouthfeel texture but big hop explosion on the finish

O - Great Beer. Not in the upper echelon of the great DIPAs but certainly a terrific example of the style. Usually it's hard to find and sold one per customer. If I see it I'll always grab a bottle.

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Photo of predikit
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded copper, left a frothy white head the leaves plenty of lacing behind. Visible particles floating around.

Smells of grapefruit, critrus hops.

For this IBU count, it is extremely mellow. Bitterness is imperceptible, hops impart little to no flavor, hints of citrus , malty finish.

Medium light body, alcohol is very present and not hidden at all.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange amber color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank

Smell: Floral, citrus, grassy, herbal, pine, lemony, bready, biscuity, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Light tingly bitterness in the rear. Delicious, hoppy, and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and light nice bitterness.

Overall: I like this beer more and more every time I have it. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy dark golden with a tight-bubbled, one-finger foamy head on top. Good thick rings of lace left behind with each sip.

S: Predominantly grapefruit. Touch of green stuff as well - pine needles come to mind.

T: Follows the nose: grapefruit juice hops, some apricot-like hoppy fruitiness and a touch of pine. Finishes with a mild spice.

M: Nice creaminess; smooth but not syrupy. Call it medium-to-full in heft.

O: Good stuff. It's been awhile since I've had a new (to me) DIPA that really impressed, and this one does just that. Nice drinker at 8.5% ABV, with good hop flavors and reasonable bitterness. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of lic217
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper and clear, some lacing
Smell: Mostly tropical Hops (peach/mango)
Taste: Pine, citrus and tropical hops, sweet, ends bitter, alcohol heat (too much)
Feel: Perfect carbonation and a nice resiny feel
Overall: A nice imperial IPA

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Photo of Erockruns
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A dark, strong copper haze with a meaty tropical smell you could tear with your teeth. Makes me want to bite and chew as opposed to sip and swallow. This is a big, strong hop forward beer with a distinct bitterness all the way through. Some fruity notes tickle a bit and then a lingering sticky hop-piney zing hangs around in between sips. I'm a DIPA fanatic and this is a good solid beer but my Wormtown go-to is Be Hoppy. That beer competes for the best standard American IPA on the market.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden to copper in color; cloudy. A super huge 3+ finger off-white creamy head forms when poured; forms mountains of firm foam with a very long retention that eventually recede leaving a thick, rich layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks perfect to me.

Smell; Wonderful smooth rich hoppy aroma with some malt. Made me want to drink the beer immediately.

Taste: Overall matched the small. Delicious smooth hoppy flavor, some malt, with a somewhat dry bitter finish. Tasted fresh and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body; thick for the type of beer. Lots of mild carbonation initially that dies down. Dry finish.

Overall: A great beer that I cannot wait to drink again. I really like Wormtown brews; being small batch and local to me the flavor is always fresh.

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Photo of NYCDE
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey! First review, bear with me.

Wormtown struck gold on this one. Picked it up in Somerville, MA at the great Downtown Wine and Spirits. (Home of a huge host of fantastic beers.)

Just popped it open.
The nose is just fantastic. Citrus, hops, and bright fruit on the nose.
Taste: Heavenly. Bright, acidic, hoppy, smooth, and bold on all parts of the tongue. The beer actually opened up like a wine as we drank it. It seemed to get smoother and smoother as we went.
It's got a ton of hop character, but is still an incredibly refreshing and easy to drink beer.

I loved it. I'll be on the look out for it again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation, dark-copper in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus fruits, pineapple, pine

Taste: very citrusy: pineapple, and grapefruit blend well with a nice malty backbone. Touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter middle and end, moderate carbonation

Overall: Not as hoppy and bitter as I would have thought. This is actually a well balanced beer with a good deal of citrus taste. A good imperial IPA, but there are others I would turn to first.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow, hazy, with nice head. The nose is almost pure yellow grapefruit, but I get a little pineapple in there as well.

The taste is pretty "juicy", with a bit more tropical feel than the smell. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple all seem to come together. Given this burst up front, the end subsides nicely into a lite bitterness with a touch of dryness.

A little more than one dimensional, but pretty much stays fruity throughout. Could definitely go for this again, if I were in the moody for a juicy IPA. Just need to be aware what I'm in for.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a hazy orange with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bright fruity aroma that is a little dank but brings a juicy grapefruit and a touch if passion fruit in the nose. There is a true grassy aroma there in the nose as well giving a strong summertime feel.

The taste is grassy and really brings the hops but without the bitterness at first. Juicy grapefruit again is here with some tangy lemon-like flavor that gives a bit of a zing. The grassy flavor comes back with a bitter bite at the end giving a touch of a bitterness that only holds onto you for a moment and then let's go.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice medium body. A really nice drinkable feel that adds to the good flavor enhances this beer.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy dark golden. Head forms quickly but fades, leaving consistent lacing.
S: Deep down, I get orange peels...but on the surface, wet dog. There is a dank, wet musty smell here. Not bad, and citrus comes behind it.
T: Very different than the smell. Malty, with a strong blend of hops coming through and solid bitterness. It says 120 IBUS, but I don't buy it. This is never harsh. The malt and alcohol blend nicely with the hops. Quite balanced.
M: rich and luscious. This is a very mouth coating IPA.
O: a terrific beer. I really appreciate a DIPA that is well made and balanced, not off the rails with bitterness or booze. Will get this again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains strong fruity citrus, a good amount of hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style. There’s also a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are many other 2IPA’s I would pick first.

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Photo of bigsoxfan4
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe this to be the perfect beer. It has a very similar makeup and taste to Heady, but I actually enjoy this one just a bit more. Bravo

Pours a murky amber color. This brew is extremely fresh, even though it was bottled 8 weeks ago. Aroma is strong, citrusy, piney, resiny. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fresh taste to it. A blast of hops right from the start with a moderate bitterness.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful orange/peach coloring to the body, with a nice, thick head. The coloring reminds me of those Haribo Gummi peaches. After a few sips, the lacing became quite pronounced.

S - Wow. The label boasts "Hops were addd in every conceivable part of the brewing process" and it sure does smell like it. Very fruity, like mango and strawberries give the aroma a huge boost.

T - Very impressive double IPA right here... there's a sweetness here that mixes well with the hops and gives it a significant fruit flavor. Vanilla tones, too.

M - THe sugariness stays with you, but overall balance of hops is very well done.

O - Get ready for a great IPA here, and if you're on the hunt for one with a fruity edge, look no further. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to any fan of double IPAs.

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Photo of ChrisCorbin
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a nice inch thick head.

I must say for 120+ IBU's, it is incredible drinkable. The first sip I took, I immediately knew I tasted something, but couldn't put my finger on it. Another sip or two, and I had it. I know this might sound strange, but I get a subtle taste of strawberries.

The aftertaste is clean and crisp, again, not what I would expect from a DIPA with 120+ IBUs. In my opinion, the aroma from the bottle as soon as I uncapped it was amazing, but after poured into a glass the aroma was a bit lost.

This is an exceptional beer. Wormtown set the bar high with Be Hoppy, and this beer did not dissapoint.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange infused gold. Head is off-white, fluffy, and dense. Tight bubble structure with solid retention leaving a couple cm cap for the duration.

Smell: Super juicy. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, straight up juicy citrus. A slight spicy and earthy bitterness through the back. Leafy and raw hop. A bit of oil and resin. A little bit of stone fruit, mostly peach. Malts are big and sweet. Cooked malts. Nicely bready with a solid caramelized malt sweetness. Slight pish of alcohol as it warms. Some mild fruity and spicy esters. Sweet.

Taste: Bready tangerine. Super juicy and wet. Orange, a touch of pith, and ruby red grapefruit. A touch of peach in the back. Pine needle and a solid backing bitterness. A touch of mint. Super bready, some biscuit, and a ton of cooked and caramelized malt. Big and sweet. Alcohol throws the associated esters. A touch of hop spiciness coupled with a leafy resinous finish. Surprisingly balanced given the aggressive hopping. Warming pushes a mushy fruit to the forefront with a touch of apple and pear. Hops remain bitter and the sweetness drops and rounds out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full body without hitting the syrupy nature of some beers in the style. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: No Gatsby party.

It's hoppy and unabashedly so. Well balanced but loses out a bit as it warms. Drinks so smooth.

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