Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
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
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Golden light amber color. Soppy white head reduces to a thick ring. Love looking at it in its own glass. Typical Sharp Edge proper glassware service.
Apricot fruitiness, floral hops, tangerine-like hops, meyer lemon, and pale malt sugars. Excellent nose. Prime authenticity.
Sweet stone fruits, leafy tartness, sweet lemon, flowery hops, grapefruit, spicy bitterness, estery pear, and slight alcohol. Rosewater and candied fruit. Unreal good.
Soft body with hefty wetness. Sparsely carbonated with a late push in the finish. Somewhat spicy.
Awesome Belgian IPA. Highly recommended, on-tap.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 02:45:59 | More by thecheapies
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; coded K12J12. Finding Belgian IPAs locally is a bit of a challenge, so this bottle will serve as a small treat for me. Served slightly chilled and poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright amber-blonde colour, topped with just under two fingers of puffy, billowing white head. Very effervescent, with great retention; gobs of sticky lacing are left clinging to the glass as the froth gradually seeps away. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about it. The aroma is similarly enticing, and includes a mixture of pale malt sweetness, lemon citrus, candi sugar, apricot and yeasty, spicy phenolic notes. Nothing wrong structurally here, but the bouquet could stand to be a little less muted.
This is a tasty BIPA, but not a flawless one. The malts provide a grainy sweetness that is a bit lacking, with apricot and candi sugar notes somewhat making up for its lack of assertiveness. A touch of lemon peel also comes through, with the profile concluding amongst a cacophony of grassy, floral noble hop bitterness and phenolics muddled up with a moderate ethanol flavour. Mild heat in the aftertaste, with a lingering bittersweet flavour that I am really digging. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that contributes to the lively, crisp mouthfeel of the beer. I don't usually have good results when I mix sweltering summer days with high abv beers, but this strong ale is surprisingly refreshing.
Final Grade: 4.03 a solid A-. Urthel Hop-It should be considered well worth a try for any fan of Belgian beers looking for something with more of a bitter, grassy hop bite than usual. As a bonus, the price point in this market ($3.25 / 330 mL) is outstanding, making it the most affordable example of its style by a comfortable margin. If you're a hophead or Belgian beer fan, you'd be remiss in passing up the opportunity to grab a few bottles while it's available locally.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 19:20:09 | More by thehyperduck
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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