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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Reviews: 541
Hads: 834
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 December 2008. 25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Opened with a welcome POP! The cork reads 26/07.

Poured into a large tulip glass it's a mainly clear (I can see some of my fingerprints through the glass but not all of them) deep golden body beneath a massive head of frothy bright white foam.

The aroma is spicy, citrusy (it's mainly orange peel, but then also lemonish, and even a hint grapefruit-like), grassy, vanilla-ish, clovey, and bready. It reminds me of some kind of cake I had as a child.

The fine bubbled carbonation rises in streams, continually supporting the head, and it's a little hard to get a proper sip at first. It tingles the lips and tongue. The flavor is overwhelming. I let the first sip pass and concentrate on the after-taste. Bitter. Dry. Herbal. Grassy. Spicy. Quite lingering. I need to bring up some saliva and run my tongue over my teeth to clean them. Quite the beer here!

OK, second sip. As I raise it to my nose it's spicy and chalky with a suggestion of clove in the back. The initial flavor is vanilla-ish and bitter at the same time. Grainy malt comes into play. There's a thin but sharp edge of fruitiness... apple, not quite green and tart, but not quite sweet and red either. Black pepper and spiciness swirl as it warms and becomes pillowy soft, seemingly expanding in the mouth to the point that it might burst out. There's more vanilla; and then grassy hops and some mild citrus into the swallow. There's a drizzle fo honey, and some herbs appear, followed by a rising bitterness and a sprinkling of more black pepper. It lingers. The flavor fades, but it remains. It's dry, earthy, and spicy. This is a massive beer, not in terms of strength and body, but in flavor.

As I progress through the glass the head dies down to a two or three millimeter layer, and I see that it's left a very thick initial ring of lace, followed by an empty spot of about 4 mm, and then a fairly solid wall of lace that's brighter in rings where each sip was taken. On the side of the glass where I'm sipping from it's a different case. There's a clear outline of where the beer has been crossing and leaving the glass, and in that channel the lace has formed a covering of tiny spots and streaks that resemble leopard skin. Quite nice!

As it warms it becomes sweeter and more candyish, and the pepper and spice are softened a little bit. I seem to detect some anise and cola flavor. The hops have become seemingly more leafy, or is that the spices, mainly the cardamom, coming out more. It's reached the right balance between malt and bitter and yeast and hops and it's just superb. Each sip goes on forever, and yet I somehow want more!

The alcohol is fairly well-cloaked, and amidst the pepperiness it would be impossible to pinpoint anyway, but you can feel it though! The carbonation seems to somehow help it get into your blood-stream, and after only three quarters of a large goblet I can feel it.

As to drinkability, in terms of consumption, you're not going to go too far with this one. If it doesn't take your taste buds hostage - and it probably will - it WILL shut you down with alcohol! So what we're talking about here is enjoyment. How much did you enjoy it, and how much would you like to take the roller-coaster ride that it is again, if you could!!!??? Well, I personally enjoy an all-out assault on the senses, and this one delivers! It's certainly not for everyday occasions, but for those times when something really special is in order I'd quite readily turn to this as an option.

Two thumbs up! Full throttle! Worth trying!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/3/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus, Belgian yeast, hops, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweetness up front from flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness burst comes in followed by a hearty Belgian yeast breadiness and malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice, strong and hoppy Belgian beer that is a good one to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed gold with very little head that falls quickly to nothing. Massive amount of lacing at first. Nose is an evident alcohol and aged cheese skins. Yeah. That is what I said. Flavor is thick on hops, but the sugars seem to cut into it quite a bit and provide a really odd marriage. Seems to be an interesting mix of spices in there as well that provide an interesting accent. Feel is thicker on the liquid with a fairly high amount of carbonation over the tongue. Very drinkable. An interesting brew with a mix of things going on. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the the 750 ml bottle

Pours golden and efferevescent, with a great clarity. Thick 3 fingers+ white head with crazy fluffiness. Fantastic lacing and head retention

Smell: Slight malt tones and stale hops smell. Slight peppery notes as it warms.

Taste: Big hops bitterness up front that tones down quickly. Wheat maltiness, pepper notes, more citric hops on the tounge, lips & back of the throat. Finishes dry & slighlty grapefruitty

MF: Good balance, syruppy but not ponderous at the same time. Very good carbonation

Despite the heft, this goes down easy on nice Colorado spring evening. Would love to try more from this brewery. Great representation of the style...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Sharp Edge offering where else can you get Urthel Hop-It, and hop it they did. I like the American inspiration behind this Belgian beauty pours into an official Urthel Pache' stemmed glass, appeas a bright golden body forms a bright vibrant whtie hed even strips of fine Belgian lacing. Aroma contains grassy, piney, Saaz, earthy, and citrus notes from the loads of hops they added to this one great mis of styles into one that is truly unique a cross between a hoppy Belgian ale, DIPA, and Imperial Pils. The Saaz are evident very nice biscuit malt profile mineral character in the miix floral hops wow a little bit of everything. Flavor flows so nicely extreme hoppy Belgian grapefruit grassy tart tones touch of fruitiness layers of hoppiness great taste, hoppy pilsner belgianesque. Mouthfeel is medium to light in body fine carbonated goes down so smooth. Drinkability possibly my favorite Belgian I have tasted in a long time incredible beer very excited to drink this one on draft.

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Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.


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.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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