Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was quite a surprise to find. The color is golden with a voracious bubble pattern that continues for the duration of the beer. A large head that leaves an interesting lacing pattern on the glass. Its curious...for a beer called "Hop-it" I am not able to make out any hoppyness in the taste at all. The initial taste is a bit like citrus. The end is much more bitter, but its not a hoppy bitterness but more of a yeasty bitterness. The finish is terrific, with more of a lingering lemon-like taste. Quite a beer! (521 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. White foamy head that leaves a descent amount of lacing. Color is a slightly hazy apricot, Visible carbonation activity.

Smell is very intense, but not overwhelming. The hops really stand out, in fact I got a strong whiff of hops as soon as I cracked the top off. From the bottle it is piney, but from the glass it is more grassy. What a difference pouring makes. Taste is also very hoppy, but balanced. It's not trying to stab you through the tongue. It also has a pleasant white grape blended in.

Mouthfeel has a lighter body and a clean finish. It seems very refreshing at first, and then the ABV sneaks in. Very tasty and I will be enjoying this one again. (708 characters)

Photo of EatsTacos
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my fifth Belgian IPA in the last two weeks after a trip to Brussels. This proved not to be my favourite, but the most massively hopped of them all so far.

Poured into a wine glass; A thick mousse-like two finger head and some slight lacing on the glass

Aroma: Fantastic blend of spices coming off the yeast being used here; cinnamon, corriander, pepper, put together with a very bready and raw yeast aroma. All this blent tightly with an incredible nose of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste: The spicey character took a back seat to the hops in the taste. This is a complete hop showcase and it is notably different than the varieties of cascade or centennial, and other hops being used in a lot of American IPAs. The hops are less aromatic and floral and much more bitter and to the point. They are still very much citrusy, and there is a bitter grapefruit and lemon rind throughout. All this is backed by a very weak malt which does not contribute almost any sweetness for balance. This is the most unbalanced of all the Belgian IPAs I've had lately. The alcohol was quite warming too, and not well hidden.

Mouthfeel: In line with most Belgian IPAs and most higher ABV Belgians in general the body is quite thin. The carbonation is sharp and high. (1,258 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma is beautiful with spices flying around everywhere and a nice display of hops as well. Upon the first sip, the flavors just explode in your mouth. Much like the aroma, spices dance all over the tongue and the hops are there to give it an extra punch. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted brew that is extraordinarily drinkable despite it's high ABV. Highly Recommended. (485 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared w/ Cooperrip.

Huge bone-white head. Rocky and foamy with great retention. Once it did fade, it left behind a DNA strand patchwork of lace that was still on the glass the next morning.
Murky yellowy-orange body. A bit cloudy but clean.
Musty hop nose. Earthy slightly sour background like over-ripe apples.
More sweet on the tongue than hoppy. Fruity, musty apple funk. At 9.5%, the alcohol is hidden nicely behind the spicy and slightly hoppy yeasty sweetness.

Rather dry, and EXREMELY drinkable. Nice combonation of styles. (557 characters)

Photo of BKIII
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've just had my first glass of Hop-it, and I must say, it's fantastic.

A - Poured a beautiful light golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down into a semi-present ring. Very light bits of lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop scents with hints of lemongrass, bright flowers and to me, green olives.

T - A strong rush of sweet hops, mixing well with the nose. Envelopes the whole mouth with a sweet, then bitter hop flavor before ending into a suprisingly clean finish.

M - Lightly carbonated, with a smooth flowing texture the rolls across the tongue. Flavors hit all 4 receptors.

D - An excellent beer, but I feel that I couldn't have too many of them in a row. The finished glass leaves me satisfied, so too much more would start to weigh down on me.

(also, The glass that I had was a little expensive. The bar manager said that it's almost 6 times the usual cost for a keg... I stopped complaining) (922 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Blue Nile in Minneapolis, Urthel Hop It is listed at a Falling Rock Tap brewer's talk during GABF as a double IPA. Elsewhere it's listed as a Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Whichever is most accurate, it is a great beer, and probably a bit of both. Poured in an Urthel tulip glass, it has a very majestic head with tight bubbles. The initial smell is flowery and sweet. As a double IPA, it does have a strong hop presence. However, my wife generally won't drink a pale ale or india pale ale, much less a double. So, while the beer may be 80 IBUs, the balance of the beer is good enough to get a "not bad" from my wife. Balancing the hops is a well rounded Belgium golden ale character, fruity with lots of body in spite of the light color. It didn't mix well with the spicy food I ordered--and, it lost the balance as it warmed while I had dinner. Maybe should have saved it for dessert (after baklava for dessert, which was excellent).

Worth the drive to Minneapolis to have a well served glass. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after removing the wire basket and cork greeted me with a nice “POP”, something I like to hear from these beers. Then the pour revealed a sparkling golden yellow body with a mastodonic semi-creamy light tan head that lasted for quite a spell, upon its depletion, the lace formed a tight screen to obscure the glass. Nose is a perfect blend of hop floral spiciness from the Saaz hops with a sweet over ripe orange and pineapple tone, crisp and refreshing, a real treat for the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet and tart, grain profile splendiferous and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pertinent acidic bite, the sweetness lingers long and the hops take their place at the rear giving a satisfying twang to the old taste buds, a real nice beer I’d say. (797 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden with an orange tint color. Large white foamy head with average retention. Decent lacing left over.

S - Good amount of citrus and topical fruit hop smells come out. A little bit of pine and grass as well as some pale malt.

T - A faint subtle taste of pale malt starts the sip. This doesn't last long though and gives way to a plethora of hop flavors. They intermingle and change with every sip. Plenty of orange and some grapefruit and lemon, along with a bit of pine and grassy flavors. Also a good amount of tropical and golden fruit fades in and out. These fruit flavors consist of pineapple, mango, a bit of apricot, and peach and these fruits have a slight candied taste to them as well. Finish with a bit of spicy and a slight alcohol warming as well as Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with higher than average carbonation. Fairly creamy and drying finish.

D - Good drinkability. Hop flavors dominant but they don't kill the palate, also not incredibly bitter. Pretty creamy and goes down easy. Refreshing, but ABV is a little high to drink too many.

Notes: Really nice beer that taste somewhat like a mix between an American IPA with West Coast hop flavors and a Belgian IPA/Tripel. Lots of good hoppy flavors with lots of fruity hops and some pine. (1,276 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head fed by sparce rising bubbles, leaves good amount of lace.

Aroma is light fruity grape, melon nice hoppy with light spice. Hops are good very fragrent grassy, nice earthy flavors yeast or hops with nice peppery coriander. Noted some light vinegar aromas also.

Taste nice zesty feel some biscuit malt crisp leads to nice spice, minty peppery with some good grassy hop flavors mingled with earthy yeasts. Finishes with the spice. Over all very tasty great hop flavors in a Belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is a good medium even though it feels light also. Malt that is noticed is covered by hops and spice. Perfect carbonation zesty but not over done.

Drinkability is good big full flavored but light and crisp also. The 9.5% not noticed at all. Highly recommended pricey but well worth it (845 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle into la fin tulip

A - looks really good. the body is a very warm golden honey orange colour. the head is big and very bright. lacing is good, and the head retention is above average. there are some pretty big yeast chunkies in the mix, thus preserving the hybrid tripel look, or so I think.

S - a real floral, hoppy, almost lemon grassy nose. quite good. there is also a notable malt body and yeastiness, and somewhere in the mix is this intriguing sweetness. maybe its a bit of vanilla and orange, I don't really know, either way it smells quite good.

T - really good, very balanced, and not too bitter. the initial taste is a good bitterness from the hops, it is a bitter herbal and dry kind of taste, almost feels like it is drying up the tongue. the alcohol come out at the back of the palate. there is a definite vanilla and honey aspect, this is what I think I am classifying as a sweet flavour. the finish is a bit more blunt with the alcohol, giving a bit of a dry scorching down the throat, but the beer is still quite smooth. the aftertaste is at first qiute boozy and dry, but it comes down eventually to the hops, and there is a bit of malt to even it out.

MF&D - the body feels a bit thin for some reason, but the carbonation, which is quite small and plentiful, pumps up the body to a mouth coating medium. (1,337 characters)

Photo of numenor1
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost clear golden hue with mountainous rocky white head. Smells a wee bit phenolic, with pepper and spicy, earthy hops. Not as generous here as I would have expected. Hops are the story here. A dry, belgian style IPA. Initially a stab of fruity hoppiness, immediately gives way to earthy, spicy hops riding atop lightly toasted malts with some fruity esters thrown in(tropical). The yeast characteristics and hop flavors meld together seamlessy, very difficult to tell where one ends and the next begins. Tremendously well balanced. Finishes dry with spicy pepper. Mouthfeel is medium with substantial carbonation. Very creamy. Very drinkable. Extremely well put together, I'm a fan. (688 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged large bottle, brought by my house by mntlover for our tasting session on 1-18-06. Many Thanks, Brian, for this one! Pours into a tulip glass a cloudy golden body, with an enormous, snowwhite, pillowy head that quickly becomes pitty and rocky. Extreme carbonation is evident, as thousands of tiny bubbles rush around toward the surface. Lacing is exceptional, in large sheets and island chain patchy lace.

Aroma is fascinating. Herbal, spicy, and floral. reminds me of a Saison, or biere de garde. Peppery, with earthy notes. Very pastoral in its bouquet. Mild earthy yeastiness is accented by a note of coriander, quickly eclipsed by a fresh and leafy minty menthol and catnip. Fresh rosemary leaves add even more intrigue.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with effervescent carbonation.

Taste is herbal and spicy, much like the nose. Lots of fresh leafy hops here, producing a complexity of earthy, floral, and herbal flavors. Coriander and white pepper jump into the finish, lending a wild flower character to the body. Very much like a good Saison, or biere de garde.

Extremely drinkable and highly recommended. The alcohol content is nowhere noticed. Dry, herbal, crisp, and refreshing. The addition of American Northwest hops here, adds even more complexity.Very nice! (1,306 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On a second tasting on tap, I noted no skunk and a pronounced alcohol bite. The taste was extremely smooth--nothing about this was extreme. Deceptively easy to drink.

On tap this may be a new Belgian IPA favorite, displacing the Houblon Chouffe king.

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Gold color with a green tinge and a mild level of haze. Impressive rocky, egg-white head that leaves a generous amount of chunky lace.

Light earthiness to the aroma. The hop is present but muted. There may be a touch of skunk, too.

Pine-like flavor from the hop. Smooth texture without being too syrupy. Excellent balance--the malt provides a solid dry base. The alcohol is present but without making the body oily. The aftertaste is pure spicy hop with the alcohol kicker. (736 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked, caged and silkscreened 750 poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with two fingers of white that shows good retention and leaves heavy lace.

The nose is citric and spicy with sugars and an earthy funk that is balanced out nicely by the hops. Complex and mouth watering.

Lemon zest upfront with a quick shot of confectioner's sugar, an equally brief note of the pilsener malts and a growing hop bitterness that is almost oily. The alcohol barely registers as a dash of pepper in the dry finish.

The mouth is full, and has a drop of oil, but it finishes clean. About as drinkable as an abv this high could be.

Its like a Triple and a DIPA got it on and gave birth to this fine brew. I really like the packaging too. Cool graphics and lots of info regarding the story behind the beer and a list of ingredients is always a nice touch. (847 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour reveals a creamy golden brew which is topped by a huge off-white head. Retention and lacing are excellent, and are almost too much for the tulip to handle. Smells fuity, estery and creamy up front with a little hoppy covering overlaying some sweet bready malts. Not as hoppy tasting as expected, but a slight bitterness does offset the malty goodness. Sour fruits make for a slightly tangy and a bit of a winy experience. Carbonation is active, and really opens things up on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Not what I was expecting, and more characteristic of a tripel, but damn good. This is what I would call a hybrid IPA/Tripel. If you can get beyond the categories, this is one sweet tasting brew. (729 characters)

Photo of goschool
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part Two of my "I don't have work until 2:00 tomorrow" Belgian IPA session.

Appearance: The pour is a fiery light orange with a large white head.

Smell: There's quite a bit of grassy and floral hops in the aroma to go along with Belgian yeast and a hint of spice and fruit.

Taste: Holy crap, the spices and hops hit you in the face. These hops taste American with grass and pine. Belgian yeast plays a lesser role and pale malts bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly lighter than medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation.

Drinkability: This might be the most aggressive Belgian IPA. It certainly took more of a page from the West Cost than the other ones I've tried. (689 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel Hop-It is one kick ass looking beer. It pours a vibrant gold color and is filled with yeasty particles swimming around. A very sticky, fluffy white head sits on top. It's easily three fingers plus deep. Waves of sticky lace clung to the glass as it descended. Very impressive looking beer.

The nose is slightly underpowered, but is still very good. Hops announce their presence early on. It's a mix of citrus and floral varieties. There's some light orange and lemon colliding with strong grassy scent. It works. I'm unsure of the hop bill here, but it smells pretty diverse. Belgian yeast is prominent and complements the hops extremely well. Light malt sweetness creeps in toward the end. This is delicious smelling Belgian IPA. If it were just a little stronger here, it'd be flat out special.

Hop-It's flavor is a tremendous success. Hops attack the palate right out of the gate. They're very grassy and earthy with just a touch of orange and lemon citrus flavors. There's a slight bitterness to them, but not much. There's enough sweet malt to balance it out quite a bit. But, the hop flavor is nothing short of excellent. The Belgian yeast flavor approaches divine. Urthel did a wonderful job with that here. It plays extremely well with the hop flavor and results in a fantastic beer. Surprisingly, there's barely any alcohol noted. For a nearly 10% abv beer, I'm impressed. It finishes yeasty and a little dry. Hop-It's flavor rocks. This is great tasting stuff.

It has a medium body that's very smooth. Carbonation's dialed down pretty low and just right for this beer. Drinkability is very high despite its 9.5% abv. It doesn't taste or feel nearly that big. I would've guessed it's somewhere closer to 7%. If I had a few bottles, I'd surely attempt to take down a few. It's that good.

Urthel's Hop-It is easily one of the more surprising beers I've had of late. I wasn't expecting anything remotely as delicious as it is. The nose could use a tad more strength, but it's spot-on otherwise. I didn't think there's anyway it could rival Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but it does. It might even be a little better. Believe it. This stuff delivers. What are you waiting for? Go find a bottle. (2,217 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #59 of 60: Urthel Hop-It


Golden body, sheer foamy white head with a superb presentation, as the head partially collapsed it left a rocky surface. Streamer laden with a fantastic appearance, great head retention and lacing to boot. Crisp nose, sweet toasted malts and bitter hops, mild acidity with a little white grape and some sharp aspects that cut through the sweetness, excellent nose. The tastes are sublime too. Great balance between the malts and hops, it’s fair to say that hops accentuate this brew but they are far from over powering, bitter elements dominate but the fulcrum remains in the middle third of this one. Some lemon acidity and fruitiness from the rind, in the longer term this aspect helps deflect the sweet malts I found. Big Mouthfeel from the 9.5% alcohol, high carbonation with a smooth texture. Feels big but drinks with a sessionable likeness. Drinkability is almost perfect, dangerously quaffable and the alcohol is very well hidden. Grows on you the more you drink it.

I kept thinking back to Duvel, this feels much more like a bitter-Tripel, or a strong Belgian Blonde, more than the more traditional “Belgian Strong Pale Ale”. There are not that many hop laden Belgian brews around these days so it is nice to see another one added to the small but growing list. The “Hop-It” is more akin to a De Ranke XX, though not as bitter I think, rather than the hoppier Poperinge Hommel. In the end though it does tend to lean towards a very bitter super-Duvelian type affair.

After a few average brews and the odd disappointment, this was more like it, the first glass was good, the second was absolutely great, and I really took to this one, one of my LBBBF Festival favorites. Glad that I finally got to try this “Super Bitter” Belgium, there aren’t that many around and whilst it could be “hoppier” in character, this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Well worth trying. (2,015 characters)

Photo of jettjon
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle with a cryptic "production code" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Appears the color of hazed lemonade with a ton of precipitating carbonation not only from the nucleation cells, but from the sides of the glass as well, fueling a huge three finger eggshell head that sits immobile with lots of clingy lace. Nose of bready yeast and hints of sweet malt with citrus hops. Spices and a hint of alcohol. Taste is so complicated that it takes a few tries to sort things out. Initially it's a pleasant blend of warm spicy bread dough, with the citrus hops quickly breaking through. Bits of dark fruit and a definite alcohol burn on the back. Semi-sour, grapefruit finish. In the mouth, it's gentle and slick but crisp with plenty of gentle carbonation giving it a creamy yet crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability--well, I'll just say that after my first taste I immediately wished I had a magnum instead of an 11.2 oz bottle.

Overall: What is this? A Belgian Strong Pale with an insane amount of hops? I don't know and I don't care. (Or as the wife said, "Coriander... and like an IPA." Precisely.) Easily one of the top 10 brews I've tasted. I'm surprised I hadn't encountered this one earlier. A must try if you can find it. (1,243 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of bone white head that settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake. The body is golden and clear.

S - Earthy, slightly fruity noble hop aroma with some biscuity malt and a hint of caramel in the background.

T - Spicy, fruity yeast character up front with notes of banana, pepper, and mango. Toasty, biscuit malt in the middle backed by herbal hop flavors and a swelling bitterness. The finish is full of flavorful hop bitterness and peppery phenolics, backed by warm, smoky malt flavors.

M - Smooth, medium body with high carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - Quite drinkable and very full of flavor. The hop character is profound and refined, much like Sam Adams imperial pilsner, with a fruity, peppery yeast essence that is reminiscent of a great triple. Overall, a distinctly excellent example of a Belgian IPA. (858 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with a massive, craggy head of white foam that lays down ridiculous lace and takes forever to settle. Reminds me of Duvel in that regard, which is to say it's very impressive.

S: Very peppery, spicy, lemony, and herbal hop presence with a lovely dry bread-like presence, as well as some distinct funky grain smells. Quite enjoyable and very robust.

T&M: Impressive. Layer upon layer of complexity with a very dry and hoppy bite on the tail end. Sweet, almost vanilla-like flavors up front with some dry fruity flavor. Light grainy malts come in just a touch mid-palate before a wave of lemony citrus, dry grassy flavors, and pepper rush in. The finish has a lingering citrus and pepper flavor that's quite nice. A wonderfully layered beer. Body is medium with an incredibly silky feel thanks to the delicate carbonation.

D: 9.5% ABV? Hogwash. This beer's incredibly drinkable and quite tasty. Another great Belgian IPA in the books. (966 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet:

A - Hazy golden color with a little amber. Foamy head that dissipates leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus scents and yeasty.

T - Belgian hints of fruitiness and floral smells comingles with a burst of hoppiness that balances quite well. The alcohol creeps up on you and packs a punch as well.

M - Medium bodied with plently of carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed this as it was a bit different. Very drinkable and smooth despite the high alcohol content. (497 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork comes off with a nice crisp pop. Pours a lively pale yellow, highly carbonated brew with a 2 finger, fluffy head that seems to take its time dissipating as it leaves a ton of lace in its' wake. I will let it sit a moment. No need to rush it.

A zesty, spicy brilliance that can has pineapple and apricot blended softly with a hint of lemon and/or lime in the midst of this floral masterpiece.

Nice light zingy spiciness with a nice lively dance of carbonation on the is a long lasting flavor that is both floral and slightly bitter at the same time. Nicely balanced with really good flavor definitions. You can taste

The fruity/bitter aftertaste help convince me of the full body of this beer. Fills every inch with a really nice feeling of drinking a good full beer.

This beer is drinkable in the sense that it is delicious. With every sip you are reminded that this one is not for the faint of heart at 9.5%ABV.

This beer puts many Triples and Goldens to shame. (978 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a light but opaque orange in color with a moderate head that showed amazing retention. If filmed the inside of my Chimay chalice as it went down, then stopped with about a quarter of an inch left.

Smell – This nose started off tight but opened up into a complex array of hops and Belgian yeast. There’s a strong leafy bitter side to this bouquet that reminds me of something like Brutal Bitter. The fruits and spices are light.

Taste – Ka-pow! This one will knock your socks off. The spicing goes buck wild at the taste, and the hops are huge. This has some PacNW IPA mixed in with the fine Belgian yeast and creamy malts. Man, the flavor just lingers for a mile. This is a tremendous and unique mix of traditional BSPA flavors with a kick of American hops. Damn, it’s downright piney.

Mouthfeel – This is a tad larger than medium-bodied with some heart-stopping bitterness and really, really tight European carbonation.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to try another unique BSPA like this. Urthel is one of my favorite Belgian breweries, and this offering just blew me away. It’s not often that a brewmaster can do something so bold and have it come off so well. Great job, Urthel! (1,255 characters)

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
89 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.