Wormtown Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #552
Ranked #2,780
4.15 | pDev: 9.16%
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Brewed with an abundance of hops. Once we started hopping this beer stopping was impossible. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon, Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite tanks. No expense was spared to bring you HOPULENCE!

120 IBU
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yielded a finger of white soapy foam with long retention and spots of lace. Very hazy yellow gold, translucent, almost cloudy.

Piney, herbal and citrus hops greet the nose with some rosemary and crackery malt. Cardboard and alcohol are faint in the background.

The taste is semi dry with big hop bitterness that rises to above average. Juicy citrus with canned pears and peaches try to add sweetness. Toast is added to the crackery malt keeping the bold hops in check. The finish is long as is the bitter, astringent aftertaste.

Medium light body with lasting carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. Big, bitter and boozy per style. Canned on 2/20/20.

Apr 20, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-light amber color with a frothy head, leaves impressive lacing behind. Dank hops, malty aromas are enticing, Taste follows through - big, dank, pungent hop flavors with a well balanced malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of creaminess. A really impressive beer from Wormtown and quite enjoyable.

Jul 10, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

West coast style DIPA throwback
Huge malt, huge pine and sour earth.
8.5% abv feels mega.
Crusty white foam, burnt golden color is inticing.
Sour tart hops, malty madness all over crazy ghost face lace
Peppery, spicy hop attack,
Spice, pepper hop, crazy fat malt.

Jun 28, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Swung by Wormtown today with Alewife for a quick pop. Had a 13oz pour for $7.00.

Served in a way-cool Teku glass, it was a clear, rich, deep golden color. Had a creamy, fine white head with solid lace. Aroma was of semisweet fruit, like apricot and tangerine. Body was medium-plus, and glided nicely over the tongue.

Flavor, like the nose, had plenty of tangerine and apricot. It was a very nice level of sweetness, with pineapple also getting in on the proceedings. The finish had a touch of bitterness before wrapping up in a slightly dry fashion. Very nice!! Prosit!

4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Jun 23, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/22/19

Pours a clear burnt orange with a thick head of white foam; very good retention rate results in a slowly receding creamy cap, a fairly dense collar, and big splotches of lacing thrown haphazardly around the glass.

Aromas of very balanced but intensely herbal white grape followed by freeze-dried peach, while some well-defined weediness pops through nicely; there’s a light tropical touch in the background (mango, pineapple, guava) and a flaky malt presence mostly dominating the background.

Taste shows flaky malt holding more of a foothold on the profile overall, dank white grape and lightly bitter herbs offering up the most character; lighter suggestions of tropical fruit hover but never truly impress on the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a body that’s a shade toward the lighter side of medium and a balanced carbonation leaving a nice fizz and light prickle on the palate; faint creaminess as it peaks on the mid-palate turns quickly drying, and guides a vague bitterness to a mostly clean swallow; virtually no booziness present.

Incredibly solid DIPA that offers little to complain about, but gives me little to remember it by; well-done, balanced dankness and tropical notes, but are otherwise undistinguished. At its most basic point, it’s just a really nice DIPA; not much more, not much less.

May 18, 2019
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dated 3/28/18 on the bottom rim of the can, 1 month old.

Pours a very hazy orange amber in the glass with a finger + half of creamy off-white head. A pungent mix of earthy and citrus tones on first nose. Notes of extremely dank orange, wet earth, spiciness, candied pink grapefruit, black licorice, very over-ripened peach and I swear, burning oak. Definitely a unique profile on this one. Taste follows the nose, focusing on the dank earthy tones, also bringing in notes of more of a bitter yellow grapefruit, resin, apricot and biscuity malt. A pretty complex brew! Mouthfeel is a smooth medium. Aftertaste is burst of citrus juiciness followed by a lingering medium bitterness. Definitely a old school ultra dank west coast IPA at heart but it's bringing in some juiciness and mouthfeel from the modern NEIPA. The best I've had from Wormtown yet!

Apr 29, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a cloudy, orangish golden color. There is a thin off white head and minimal lacing. Good nose. A bit earthy and a touch funky. Some resinous hops and tropical notes. The taste is very good. Minimal sweetness and some bitterness. Citrus, pie and faint tropical hop flavors. Good Body. Nice!

Aug 12, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, I cant find any freshness/bottling date info

Pours with a medium haze, darker orangey in color, leaves fine strands of lacing.

Large nose of resinous hops and ripe tropical fruit

Resiny and somewhat bitter IPA..trending towards an old school flavor profile...but I do get some oniony notes and ripe tropical fruit, making this a brew with a lot going on..complex, densly flavorful and quite enjoyable.....sturdy and broad shouldered IPA

Apr 19, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mac and Walt's in Norton, MA.

This one pours a bright and hazy orange, pretty thicc-looking, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like tangerine and orange jam, with mango, and sweet grapefruit, with heavy duty pine as well.

This is really wonderful- it's so rich and creamy, and insanely juicy- tangerine creamsicle, yo. There's a good amount of bitterness, and all of the flavors just resonate super deeply here. This is really well crafted.

This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a nice amount of carbonation.

I've only had a few beers from Wormtown, but all were excellent.

Apr 15, 2017
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ImHoppyNow from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Jan 02, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jun 22, 2016
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Jun 19, 2016
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NHDarkLord from Connecticut

4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Mar 19, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Jan 05, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -7%
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.

Jul 10, 2015
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calitrie1486 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 19, 2015
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Radmeat from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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+

Feb 03, 2015
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HopDeezy from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jan 23, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Dec 27, 2014
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Kendo from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Dec 26, 2014
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Oct 03, 2014
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Erockruns from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Sep 18, 2014
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Aug 11, 2014
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NYCDE from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Aug 10, 2014
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 453 ratings