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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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89
very good

787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leaf dry bitterness blended with a creamy Belgium. Very much foraminess in pour. Hoppy spicey aroma. Not that complex, though saaz malts give it a salty eno epsom salt character and I finished a 750 ml.Full mouthfeel.
The very next day, I tried a pint on tap and the bitterness was more watered down as was the creaminess-a big head and still full mouthfeel. Three years later and on-tap and it was good complexity and a great tap beer.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours hazy, dark yellow/golden, white head at 1 inch tall, good lacing and medium retention.

Smells malty and somewhat hoppy. I've had this in the bottle a few times and I remember it being more aromatic. Also some spiciness and some fruitiness (citrusy) that may be from the hops as well. Interesting and inviting but not as bold as I remember it.

Flavor is also not quite the same as I remember it. Bitter, sweet, pale malt, only a little hoppy, and a touch spicy. Also, theres a tart aftertaste which seems out of place.

Medium body and quite drinkable. Enjoyable but I'm guessing this isn't overly fresh.

t0rin0, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same along with some yeast and spice flavors. There is a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a better taste than smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. A good dose of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some citrus and floral hops along with some nice yeast notes. The taste is slightly bitter with earthy, floral, and citrus notes. Good body with great carbonation and a nice, mild spiciness. Drinks quite well. One of the first I had of this style.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured yellow in color (slightly hazy) with a huge white head. There's a light level of carbonation visible from the rising bubbles. The beer has a good amount of head retention.
S: There are lots of aromas of candi sugars radiating from the nose with some notes of floral hops, spices and yeast.
T: A decent amount of bitterness from the hops is present in the overall taste. The presence of alcohol is somewhat evident, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, smooth and rather dry on the palate.
D: The beer is a good sipper if you are looking for something with a lot of dryness. The drinkability definitely increased as the beer warmed up.

metter98, May 13, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a pillowy head that leaves a curtain of lacing behind

Smell: Germanic noble hop aroma, with a lemony citrus base and a Belgian spicy yeast aspect

Taste: Toasted malt up front, with a building candi sugar sweetness, by mid-palatem the influence of the grassy noble hops intrudesinto the territory; after the swallow, the noble hop flavors continue to dominate but they are joined, once again, by the toasted malt and sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: I think of Belgian IPAs as more interesting than drinkable, and this one certainly fits that bill; quite a good example of the style, nevertheless

brentk56, May 23, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silly Belgians...puttin' hops in their beer--lots of hops! A growing experiment among Belgians, loading their pale ales with hop flavor and bitterness (taking some hints from the West Coast brewing theories). Solidly a malty, sugar-sweet, spicy, funky pale ale...and then there's hops. A sharp and sudden hop bittering hits in the back of the throat, contributing an earthy, grassy flavor the presents itself primarily in the finish. The beer basically changes from and up-front Belgian Pale Ale to a thinning IPA in the finish. A challenge for the senses and a joy to drink. I just believe the sharp hop presence is a little dominating.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep hazy light beige color ale with a big white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of Saaz hops is easily identifiable with some noticeable spices and a very interesting Belgian yeast. Taste is a mix between some spices, which may includes some white pepper, slightly funky yeast and a dry hoppy finish. Body is a bit light and alcohol is very well masked. This beer is an interesting experiment for sure which I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly yeast-flecked, sparkling goldenrod beneath a massive head of polished ivory. The abundant carbonation and all the hop resins will, no doubt, ensure that the cap hangs around forever. That's a very good thing since it looks stupendous. Creamy, bubbly and super-sticky. Simply put, one of the best heads in recent memory. Sheets of tacky lace don't achieve total glass coverage, but they come close.

If I loved noble hops as much as I love American hops, this would be my be-all-and-end-all of aromas, regardless of style. It's still pretty wonderful. There's a controlled olfactory explosion of floral, sweet grassy and zesty lemon citric elements that is pure noble bliss. A none too subtle funkiness puts it over the top with room to spare. It's abundantly clear that this ain't your daddy's BSPA.

Hop-It is everything that I'd hoped it would be and is likely everything that its brewer(s) set out to create. I'm fairly sure that this bottle is several months old at least and it's still capable of smacking me hop silly and making my poor, tortured tongue beg for mercy. I doubt that I'll ever change my mind about noble hops, but this beer does everything in its power to pull Saaz, Spalt and Magnum to a near equal position with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo.

Pils malt was a good choice since it imparts very little flavor and allows the hops to have their way in this incredibly hop-centric ale. There's more than enough on board, however, to keep the beer from becoming an undrinkable bitter bomb. Just enough sweetness works behind the scenes to counter the raging bitterness of the hops.

Hops dominate from beginning to lingering, desiccating end. Bitter lemon pith and peel is king, with an impressive undertow of cardamom and clove. A honey-like sweetness tries to raise its head, but keeps getting swamped by a deluge of hop resins. I'm finding it hard to believe the 9.5% ABV. There's very little evidence of that much alcohol on the palate and I'd suggest going easy lest this beer sneak up on you like it's beginning to do to me.

The mouthfeel seemed breezily light initially, at least in comparison to its American DIPA counterparts. Further reflection reveals a firm silkiness that is easily the equal of those stickysweet, full-bodied beers that I love so well. I wouldn't change a thing about this one, especially since it improves the drinkability of an already amazingly drinkable beer.

Some will bemoan the fact that a respected Belgian brewer has jumped on the 'more hops' bandwagon that was started by a number of American brewers and that is (thankfully) still going strong. On the contrary. This beer adds to rather than detracts from the legacy of brewing excellence that is Belgian beer. Urthel Hop-It is a stunning achievement that hop heads the world over owe it to themselves to try.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger white head with decent retention on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body.

S: dark fruit, mosty sour cherry, some strawberry.

T: nicely fruity with Belgian yeast and fruity eaters almost saison like coming through. Mild hop notes which likey contribute to the fruitiness.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: Very interesting beer. Aroma and flavor clash a bit but overall drinkable and good to try.

kylehay2004, May 23, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Julia and Jason at Bruisin Ales for trying this out with me tonight. Poured was a delicously looking golden yellow with a huge white foamy head that never faded and lots of sticky white lace. Lots of hop in the aroma, but not your citrus hop bomb, this was..how do you say a bit more refined it seemed. Lots of subtle back flavors, banana, fig, pears were evident in the flavor along with the extremely pleasant hop flavor. Absolutly no presence of the alcohol could be detected which was a shock at over 9%. Such a delicous and complex offering here, light and frothy feel on the palate, lots of carbonation and just a smooth silky feel.This is truly a belgian made for me. A great kinda crossover for the hophead to try and branch out into something new. Would definatly recommend this for anyone to try, and need to pick up a bottle.

mikesgroove, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Patrick.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a large white head and lots of carbonation.

S: A nice floral and spicy hop aroma to the beer. Definitely a lot of yeast influence as it's decently spicy with some fruit notes. Some mild sweetness of malt and bread.

T: Nicely balanced between bitterness, floral and grassy hop flavor, and malt. The malt character is primarily bread and is not all that sweet, but it does give a nice balance. Somewhat dry on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Sort of like a hopped up tripel, but really nice and easy to drink, no matter what you call it.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color, the head was thick, big, and white. The nose had some earthy hops along with some grains and spice. The taste of the beer is hoppy, but not like an American hoppy brew. The hops are much more mellow, still bitter but not citrusy. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and had a bite to it. Overall this brew was pretty good, I enjoyed it for the most part but wouldn't have to order it again if I was out.

Knapp85, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I really looked forward to and was left wanting a little more,poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head,very herbal and medicinal aromas with some Belgian yeast spicieness more Belgian than Pacific northwest for sure.Flavors are really medicinal and spicey with an English-like herbal/minty finish that lingers for awhile."A supremely hopped Belgian ale" it maybe but a mix of Magnum,Saaz,and Spalt dissapoints a lover of Amarillo,simcoe,and cascades like me.A well made beer but not a real hop dream like I had hoped if u like Belgian yeast and medicinal hop you will like it,remeinded me of De Ranke XX wich Iam not a big fan of.

oberon, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Urthel tulip glass.

Got in some fresh stock, so figured I'd give it a go to see what it's all about. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises melon rind, grass, grapefruit peel, light honey, lemon zest, and a small tinge of light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass is the real star of the show now. This adds a bunch of chlorophyll, as well as a stronger-than-usual sting of bitterness, mostly rind-based. It's a bit much for me, but luckily not too much altogether. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall a pretty nice BIPA, just a bit far into bitter territory for my tastes.

TMoney2591, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz snifter on-tap at the BeerBistro in downtown T.O, in the few hours before an all-nighter installation at a client's site.

This beer appears a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as things genially recede.

It smells of crisp grainy pale malt, muddled light tropical fruit, a bit of candi sugar-tinted pastry dough, a twinge of earthy yeast, grassy, leafy hops, and softly edgy alcohol. The taste is sweet pale grainy malt, brown sugar, some ethereal, but fairly informing muddled winter spiciness, faintly funky yeast, mild warmed orange and tart grapefruit juice, musty weedy, earthy hops, and a sidling dry alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is mostly on the low and innocuous side, after an initial heady frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and maybe a tad cloying in its otherwise steady smoothness. It finishes with a certain yin meets yang balance between untethered IPA, and large-ish Tripel.

It seems like the Belgian IPAs that I've tried thus far like to maintain the elevated booze, without the corresponding sweet malt and strong hop amendments (very much like Tripels) that one would expect in parallel, and this is no exception. Decently flavourful, but not overly easy to drink.

biboergosum, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. It left small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and floral notes. Also, a nice grain aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and peppery with hints of pine. It also had a nice roasted caramel malt flavor and a bitter finish.

M - It was sharp, crisp and somewhat dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good Belgian IPA. Complex flavors with a nice finish.

zeff80, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 08, 2014
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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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