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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%


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

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
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sweetbrew82

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a tulip/ Cork has a date of 49/07

P: Orange-tinted gold with a tall, healthy head of thick, billowy, pearly white foam that sits atop the beer like a puffy cloud in the sky. It shows pretty good retention and demonstrates some nice little dimples as it sinks to form a thin cap with a thick halo on top. By the end of the first glass, the sides of my drinking vessel were smeared with some fingers of lace, too.

A: Well, this is not a hop-bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think it was meant to be. However, they are definitely shouting the loudest with tons of zesty citrus, freshly-cut floral goodness, and some grassy notes as well. Next in line is a hearty toasted grain aroma followed up closely by honey, some orchard fruitiness, and a spicy yeast that smells mostly of cloves. This smells very interesting, in a very good way!

T: Just like the nose, the hops are definitely the captain of this ship. But, they never dominate the rest of the profile and drown out the other flavors because the brewers have accomplished a masterful balancing act here.

Hops hit right upfront with intense flavors of bitter lemon zest, along with hints of tangy tangerine and grapefruit underneath. As the mouthful progresses, they lend an herbal, grassy-like undercurrent that works perfectly with the toasted malt that's got a grainy, honey bread-like sweetness. They do a great job of staying out of the way of the hop attack, while managing to hold up the big flavor profile quite nicely. Wrapping all of this up in a beautiful, zesty bow is the pool of spices that this beer seems to swim in. There's definitely a black peppery spiciness accompanied by just the right amount of clove to compliment. It's quite subtle, but I'm also getting a bit of sweet apples in the background that only help to further quell the hoppy bitterness. It finishes with a dry, alpha acidic bitterness accompanied with that spicy, slightly chalky yeast that leaves a never-ending aftertaste. Oh yeah, I haven't even mentioned the hefty 9.5% ABV yet. I guess it's really easy to forget when it never even makes a cameo appearance behind the wall of flavor! Quite enjoyable!

M: Initially, Urthel Hop-It felt like a medium-full bodied beer as it swirled across my palate. But as it warms, it is definitely more on the 'full-bodied' side of the spectrum. It's got a fair amount of silky smoothness to it with a plush feel on the tongue that just expands and blossoms in the mouth to caress the taste buds. Not as good as some of the better BSPA's, but pretty darn good in its own right.

Notes: Well, after scouring the website to no avail trying to decode the date found on the cork, I have come to the assumption that this is not the freshest bottle. Regardless of whenever the hell this beer was bottled, I still liked it a lot! It's hoppy, bitter, acidic, dry, spicy, well-balanced, and delicious! As for right now, I didn't like it quite as much as the Houblon Chouffe that I had recently, but I will definitely be on the lookout for a fresher bottle to see if that changes my mind. Make no mistake, though, this is a sure-fire winner in the often hit-or-miss category that is the Belgian IPA. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 08:47:03 | More by sweetbrew82
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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.

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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

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Food Pairing

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

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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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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