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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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 vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Clear light gold. Tall white head with a moderately loose bubble structure. Ok lace.

S – The aromas are clean and crisp. Spicy notes of coriander, pink peppercorns, and clove are wrapped around bitter and herbal notes of tarragon, sage and Curacao.

T – The taste is fruitier than the nose, but still carries similar spice / herb themes. Orange zest and pink peppercorns take the fore front, while the hop bitterness plays out as sage. Their yeast also managed to pull out light honey and banana notes. Overall the profile is very well integrated.

M – Well carbonated, with a soft, medium body. Sweet and herbal bitter backend.

O – Great flavor with a smooth and refreshing body. Surprisingly good with a variety of fresh fruit, particularly green grapes. (773 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber with white floaties. White head with half finger head and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light fruit and spice. As advertised, starts like a Belgian dubbel; sweet malt and fruit and quickly transitions into a nondescript hop spiciness. The hops are not as aromatic as a top tier IPA, but the combination of Belgian ale and strong hop finish is interesting and pleasant to drink. Worth a revisit. (483 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code K27F11. Hated large format bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a slightly hazy straw gold color with 1/2 inch of bright white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, but in a musty, mellow way that I attributed to the yeast. On the tongue, those aspects were there, in addition to a funk that is clearly due to Belgian yeasts. There was a sharp hop bitterness, and some alcohol burn as well.

The body was medium, typical for an IPA, but heavy for a Blond, which is what the label calls the beer. Drinkability, was OK, but the alcohol burn was a negative in my view. Overall, a decent and enjoyable brew. In general, I'm not a fan of "Belgian IPAs", I don't think the fruity yeasts and bitter hops generally used play well together. This is a solid and relatively enjoyable brew, but I would have been satisfied with a 12oz bottle. (878 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy hazy golden-lemon color with a moderate size rocky white head that was mostly lasting.

S: a nice sour fruitiness (apricots, peach) along with some sour citrus (lemons) and some pepper notes.

T: There was a nice spicy citrus flavor and spicy hoppiness. Overall fruity with a crisp clean finish and nice alcohol presence.

M: spritzy from the carbonation and a little slick on the tongue.

D: Good complexity of flavors sour lemons, oranges, spicy hops making for a interesting drink. (507 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw with a white head, some retention & nice lace.

S: Phenolic spiciness, citrus & pine from the hops, hints of tropical fruit, definitely alcohol in the aroma.

T: Basically a tripel with a good dose of American hops. Plenty of phenolic spicing, hints of fusel/tertiary alcohol, citrus & pine, hints of fruit, crisp bitterness, warming/somewhat-assertive alcohol.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A pleasant, very strong, sipper. (477 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 Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for bringing this one, post brewday after brewing up a hoppy Belgian.

Pours a hazed yellow, thin white head forms and settles to a thin ring, drops some lace spots, looks okay. Smell is sweet and honeylike, grassy, some sherry, citrus and floral hops, wheat, yeast and spices, not as hoppy as I had hoped. Taste is honey, spicy floral, hoppy middle with some decent citrus, sherry, alcohol, bit of tart fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Maybe an older bottle? Not bad but I was hoping for something more out of it. Thanks Jan! (593 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunny color. Thin white head leaves copious amounts of lace. Aroma is bready, spicy, yeasty and a little hoppy. Doesn't smell like an IPA, though I don't believe that was the intention. Anyways, nice aroma. This beer is quite spicy on the palate. And bitter too. The bitterness is conveyed in a nice way. Pretty clean. And the spiciness is steeped in pepper. A lot of those biscuity and doughy Belgian-like malt properties are evident and provide a nice enough foundation. Yeast gives off some fruitiness I believe in green grapes, apple skin and pear tones. The more I drink it the more I like it. Mouthfeel/carbonation is delicate. Body is approaching medium. Great experiment here. A hopped up Belgian. More and more of these fuckers are showing up and I like it. (771 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, slightly dark straw/ngold color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with excellent retention. Ample lacing that clung in thick rings.

S: Floral hops; lemon peel, citrus and grapefruit. Some slightly sweet biscuity malts. Not a lot here.

T: Floral hops; lemon zest, grapefruit and orange rind. Pale, biscuity malts in the foundation that linger a bit until a bittering finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Very smooth and pleasing. Finished well.

D: Good sipper. ABV slows it down a bit. Nice big hoppy beer that hasn't forgotten how to finish. (560 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool orange and red color, reminds me of tropical fish for some reason. Good lacing. Deifnitely has that Belgian yeast and alcohol smell.

Strong citrus bite and alcohol, like gran marinier almost in this one, the hopping, is what happens when Belguim tries to do American hopping, its just not enough still.

Good mouthfeel and all, just it was missing some extra over the top hopping to make it awesome or worth the price. (426 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pale golden in color with cloudiness and a one-finger head.

Aroma: A mixture of flavors: Hops, sweetness, breadiness and even some spiciness.

Taste: Rich and malty upfront. Smooth. Spicy and bready. Decent hop bitterness in the middle. A second sip confirms the hoppiness with spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and hoppy. Smooth. Spiciness lingers.

Drinkability: Depends on your threshold for Belgian ales. This beer at 9.5% is a slow sipper though. Still, I think it's an interesting style that I've never experienced much. Would I buy it again? Maybe and just for the purpose of aging it. (595 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a mildly murky mix of gold, hay, and amber.Very mildbubbling, but a great foamy head and good lacing.Looks like an IPA, with some Belgian flair.

Smell- Very floral hops mix with some spiced breads. Maybe a touch of soap. But still enticing.

Taste- Starts with a litle spiced spruce needles, then to a fresh bouquet of hop flowers. More astringent than bitter.The malts take on a grainy spiced, bread flavor.A little nutty and a few hints of green apples.

Mouthfeel- Astringent, slightly warming, and very cleansing. A nice Belgian interpretation of an IPA. (583 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml fattie into an Orval glass (chose the glassware out of ingnorance and taste). The appearance is slightly hazy pale orange with clumpy islands of foam on top. The smell is not as overly hoppy as I expected, it's more muted with a sweet Belgian yeastie aroma in the background. The taste is sweet and malty, slight bite of hops, with Belgian yeast in the mix and a slightly sour taste on the back-end. Really nice thick mouthfeel and delicious flavor keep the drinkability high, although the high alcohol content (not detected in the flavor) could be dangerous. (579 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass with sticky lacing.

Smells of light citrus and floral hops with hints of banana. The aromas are definitely skewed more toward the hops than the trippel.

Tastes very good. Smooth trippel flavors are backed up by citrus/lemon flavors. The bitterness is not as intense as others in the style, but it certainly has a presence. The ABV is hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. Personally I like just a bit more hoppiness in my BIPA's, but I still think this is one easy-drinking beer.

Overall this is one of the better beers in the style. Give this a shot. (873 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 THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: belgian yeast, hops, bready malts

taste: sweet, belgian yeast, some hop flavor

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, medium body,

overall: decent brew. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ (268 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the maproom in chicago and a sizeable chalice - reviewed from cellphone notes.

I feel like i might enjoy this one more out of a bottle - too bad they are so danged expensive.

appearance: syrupy light golden colour in my chalice, fluffy white head with decent retention

smell: hops are a bit tame but maybe the massive crowd of people in the maproom had hindered my sense of smell...nice layers of yeast and white pepper spice

taste: with the word "hop" in the name, i guess i was just looking for more hops. This seems more like a jazzed up belgian pale to me with the focus being on providing a strong yeast base with mild pepper spice, a syrupy character, and then a dash of hops

mouthfeel: syrupy and yeasty

drinkability: just dandy (751 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the tall Urthel tulip (or maybe just newer then mine), Hop -It! is yellow with a white head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Freshly tapped keg, I'm geeked!

Smell is strong noble hops, grassy herbs and wildflowers, with some nice phenols as well.

Taste is pretty smooth, a hoppy blonde for sure, but they were able to keep the hop flavor heavy but with light bitterness. Some waxy phenols and spicy esters, dryer finish, on the cleaner side

Mouthfeel is light and dry, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly more hop flavor the bottles I've had in the past, but I'm not really a fan of such aggressive flavors of the German noble varieties, and prefer either EKGs or American style hops in my BIPAs. (721 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy seethru orangish hue with yeast floaters and good carbonation that leads to an ever present one-finger head and lace patches. A yeasty, slight nutti/grainiess in the aroma as well as minor hops but they are subdued. Love the taste as the hops are strong and there is a good citric bite. Hard on the first sip but then balances with a light-to-medium body comprised of some sour fruits that give off a mild vinous taste (white grape, orange) and there is some spicy clove. Some sweet caramel malt balances beer with sticky sweetness in backend and the hops are mild but everpresent and lead to a smooth, slightly dry finish. The ABV complements the beer with the crispness in the finish and overall the beer is smooth and sweetens as it warms - not real hoppy at all but a perfect amount of hoppiness in this beer to still let the "Belgian" characteristics shine thru. (882 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice opaque dark honey golden with a VERY thick and persistent head - it is thicker than B.S. in Washington and stays better than whipping cream on hot coco. Aroma is strong and mainly malty with a touch of sweetness and a strong hop undertone. Flavor balances hop and malt components, with a little malt sweetness and some hop fruitiness, and a touch of bitter. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable ale. (414 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a long stemmed goblet at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA this brew shows a light amber gold with a decent fuzzy white head and lacing that doesn't quit. The aroma is grassy alcohol hops, generally a solid Belgian wheat and yeast. The flavor is true to the aroma and is smoothly carbonated, clean and leaves a nice sweet almost buttery citrus hops coating on the tongue and bites a bit at the finish. Alcohol is fairly prominent but I would still say that this drinks reasonably well. Very nice. (506 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember having numerous Urthel beers in Belgium and enjoying them all thoroughly. Luckily I picked this one up in a trade and am very excited to drink it before I head to the Sens game.

A - Really nice hazy, golden colour with a frothy, two finger white head leaving outstanding lacing that will not let go of the glass. Tons of visible carbonation.

S - Really zesty. Lemony aromas. Really noticable hops. Typical Belgian character from the yeast as well. I've always been blown away by the combination of heavy hopping and Belgian yeast strains. They mingle so well. Lovely.

T - Automatically fills your mouth with flavour. One sip is all it takes to realize that this certainly will pack a punch. Alcohol is unfortunately very present along with really nice lemon zest and grassiness from the hops. Some banana is there too and the taste lingers with a slight burn from the alcohol. If the booze was better masked this would be much better.

M - Carbonation is right where it should be, not too weak and certainly not overpowering. Nice and bubbly as soon as it hits your tongue.

D - Torn on this. While I certainly could have a fair number of these, the ABV is obvious. The alcohol mixes in an interesting way with the zestiness from the hops but it is more noticable than I would like it to be. Otherwise this beer is very well crafted. (1,348 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear medium gold color with a mega pillowy, fine-bubbled off-white head.
Leaves a mountainous, rocky mesa of foam while it recedes at a snail's pace and leaves sheets of snowflake patterned lace on the glass.
Tons of little floaties hangin out too.

Nose is a soapy, grassy hop presence with the classic Belgian golden ale smell akin to Duvel. Light fruits like green apples pears and maybe a hint of pineapple.

Very Belgian yeasty flavor with a kicked up Hallertau (maybe?) and saaz hop profile. Extremely satisfying and tasty. This one is a beer geek crowd pleaser. I am surprised at how balanced and drinkable this beer is. Taste hides the ABV well, but it can be sneaky as the last few drops leave the 750. (727 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. A two finger white head forms but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is bitter grapefruit hops. Bread and biscuit yeast. Some buttery diacetyl as well.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter grapefruit and a bread/biscuit flavor. THey don't really mesh well for me. Light diacetyl as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This is soapy and oily. A bit of alcohol, and the odd mesh of flavors makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Not bad, but the beer just does not come together all that well for me. Probably not something I will revisit. (606 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows lots of spicy and herbal hops along with typical Belgian phenols, light malt and doughy yeasty notes.
In the way of flavours there's more of the same hops and phenolic notes along with some confectionery-like sweetness and a fair whack of booze.
Much too highly carbonated. (317 characters)

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