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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Reviews by Stoneman78:
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at O'Brien's for CBC/WBC

Pours a clear golden orange hue, minimal white lacing sustains, thick lacing on the glass

Smell is Belgian yeast, sweet honey, light fruits, and lemony citrus hops, fairly subtle for an IPA

Taste is cotton candy and Belgian yeast initially, followed by citrus, light fruits and grassy hops, sweet malts, peppery spices, pine resin, finishes with alcohol and dry bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a well-balanced IPA that is a little light on the the hop presence and bordering on cloying sweetness, the Belgian aspect is a unique twist on the style, overall a solid but unremarkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 04:23:53 | More by Stoneman78
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-14-2014 02:22:52 | More by BrazilianAussie
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with slight haze, medium low carbonation, huge sustained off white slight yellow head with large and small bubbles.

S: Citrusy hops, coke, bright with lemon zest, slight evergreen, light sweetness, light dankness.

T: Citrus hops, lemon zest, blue cheese bite, slight evergreen, medium sweetness, really reminding me of a tripel only with a little more hops and a little more bitterness on the end. Some white grapefruit pith.

M: Medium syrupy body, light resinous tone, low carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as say Chouffe’s version, but reminiscent of Hopus, and this one is supposedly the first Belgian IPA ever. Glad to have found a bottle in Chiang Mai Thailand.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 14:19:02 | More by patre_tim
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store 330ml bottle for just under $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opened well with a ton of head and cloudy golden color.

S- Excellent! Hints of hops, malt, grapefruit and yeast

T- Total confusion at this time. Hoppy trip?? Super hot as well. Just not for me

M- Pretty good, nothing special

O- Pretty good. Gave this a bit of a higher rating that it deserves I think

Food Pairing

This interesting beer pairs well with... Pad Thai or hearty blue cheese


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:31:31 | More by DaveBar
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-19-2014 18:09:36 | More by SStein
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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love blonde ales and I was excited to try this one for I've had some Urthel beers before and they were great, as long with this one.

Poured from bottle to a tulip.

A: Beautiful golden tone, almost like liquid straw. A little under a half inch head for me, poured it quite slowly. Off white colored head all around very beautiful blonde ale looks very approachable.

S: Very smooth earthy smell to it. I get hints of sweetness along with some yeast. The hops are also present too, with a oily background.

T: SMOOTH, and very creamy. Watch out with this one with a 9.5% ABV. If I didn't know I would have guessed around a 7 possibly a tad lower. Like I said very creamy, very balanced with a hop presence and smooth malts and also a nice sweet touch that to me adds various layers to this beer to enjoy.

M: Very creamy which I love but also very sticky, each drink will leave you with somewhat of a pleasant after taste of the beer. Opinions may vary of this, I don't mind it to much.

O: Overall great beer will buy more soon! Caught myself gulping this down rather quickly, I had two so I tried to take the time to really sit with the next one but it was hard. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 20:05:54 | More by KevinM6
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-15-2014 21:06:39 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Having had a few things from Urthel in the past, and always finding them unusual in their own way... in a weird way... it has taken me awhile to try this one as I was not sure what to expect or what I may think of it. It was yet another unusual experience.

The appearance is great. Fantastic light gold to straw tone with a lot of lacing bubbles and a very slight off white head. Beautiful blonde ale, just looks drinkable and approachable. Whenever a belgian ale has that sort of continuous, champagne sort of bubbling that lightly rises and rises... that gives me hope.

The smell. Whoa! Talk about wet hay. Yeah, wet hay... and Belgian candy sugars. There is a strange hoppiness that accompanies the wet hay pungency. Smells slightly yeasty as well. Citrusy too with a pinch of pineapple... All of this is not entirely bad... but... pungent. Quite pungent.

The taste follows suit quite a bit. You get the wet hay sort of deal going on but the sweetness from the malt and the possible candy sugars definitely blend it down into the hops that dry and bitter it a fair amount. It is a fairly sweet beer. There is a dessert-like lemony taste to it... a creamy taste as well. A tad grassy. This unusual... aggressive earthiness that is a powerhouse in the background of this beer. The same earthiness that I have found in all of the Urthel brews that makes them unusual... intriguing... and hard for me to understand. I get a bit of booze as it warms.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. For 9.5%, this brew goes down quite smooth. Almost dangerously smooth. I would have took it as a more 8%. It is crunchy and crisp with carbonation. Slightly bitter and relatively dry. But my small issue is the stickiness. The stickiness just seems a bit too tacky to the back of the mouth.

Overall, I am a bit disappointed in MYSELF. I actually really appreciate this beer and like it above the other Urthel beers I have had in the past. It makes me want to revisit the others sometime. I would drink this beer again. Springtime would be a perfect time for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:16:04 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-26-2014 02:02:10 | More by AngusOg
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-20-2014 14:11:51 | More by mccallisters_dali
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-19-2014 22:30:07 | More by Mack
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel Hop-it has a thick, off-white head, and hazy, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, sour-dough breadiness, with an underlying bright fruit smell. Taste is of all those elements, with a noticeable grain husk and a fairly strong alcohol presence. The straight-forward bitterness shows up in the after-taste. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Urthel Hop-it finishes semi-dry, mostly easy going, and surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv ale. Excellent!


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:09:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-02-2014 17:39:18 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-30-2014 23:12:05 | More by matthewwarner
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-25-2014 21:06:02 | More by ManforallSaisons
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-23-2014 01:15:04 | More by RyanAU
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2014 03:08:54 | More by jopezu
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-13-2014 18:18:52 | More by Sirre
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2014 11:20:59 | More by Jose9e
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-11-2014 10:44:50 | More by Schmoog
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a hope forward belgian blond with some character. not sure why this beer, and their others for that matter, sits on shelves the way it does. mostly clear bright golden color with a fading inch of white lace head and quite a bit of yeast chunks settling out. a nose of strong alcohol, belgian yeast, and bittering hops with a nice floral component and a grassy malt lightness. its a crisp drinker, a little sweet like a good tripel, but cleaned up well by the yeast and hop balance towards the finish. more carbonation would help this, although its far from flat. a well built brew with a nice yeast complexion and a little more going on than the standard belgian strong pale ale. solid brew overall, but maybe a new marketing or branding strategy is needed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 16:11:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a pretty awesome craft label - better than the usual Belgian package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden copper in colour with a thick and creamy head that sits around one-finger. Pretty decen,t with patches of lacing per the style.

Aroma: different to most IPAs I have had - still some herbal hops present, but plenty of citrus and Belgian yeasts.

Taste: more of the herbal and citrus hops come through here, with plenty of biscuit malts backing up. Those earthen characters come through also.

Aftertaste: the typical hop bitterness comes through with more of the earth and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with enough carbonation to carry plenty of flavour through. Nice.

Overall: a good quality Belgian IPA - a good combination of hops, yeast, earth and malts. It still isn't worth AU$150 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014), but I'll take one every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 10:00:14 | More by SmashPants
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-06-2014 22:36:31 | More by Saind
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-06-2014 18:29:43 | More by rrski198
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Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big white head that leaves gobs of chunky lace before settling to a heavy film. Brew is hazy golden. Looks good.

Hoppy yeasty nose, very clearly Belgian in style. Some earthiness, slightly sweet. Smells appetizing. Whiff of booziness.

Slightly bitter to start before going sweet in a big way and then finishing dry and bitter. Bready and hoppy. A touch of orange peel. Interesting but overall too sweet in character.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:05:19 | More by TerryW
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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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