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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33 cL stub-nose bottle.

A: The ale has a huge, huge, HUGE head. The thick white billowy foam overtakes the glass when only 1/3 of the bottle is poured. The ale itself is a very pale yellow, almost a weizen color, with a slight haze.

S: The aroma is an earthy hop mixed with some honey-like spices. The combination of hops and spices makes for a spritzy sweet aroma.

T: The ale is an excellent example of a tripel-IPA hybrid, showing off the best of both styles. The tripel characteristics are honey, coriander and alcoholic strenght. Each comes through at the start and end of a sip, providing a candi sugar alpha and omega. In between, the IPA profile kicks in, whipping up a frenzy with some earthy and citrusy hops. The bigger American hops seem incredibly out-of-place in a continental ale, but the flavors are very nicely made.

M: The first time I had this beer, it hit me the wrong way. I was not expected the muted continental IPA-tripel approach. Since then, the flavors have really grown on me and the tripel's sweetness mixes well with the IPA's hoppiness.

D: This hybrid is a veritable smorgasbord of flavors, showing big tripel sweetness and IPA spiciness. I prefer the beer out of a 75 cL bottle, but it does remarkably well in the small bottles.

akorsak, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how old this bottle is, but I see many floating colonies of yeast in the bottle. Fortunately for me, the bottle is corked and caged, so the beer itself should taste fine. On to the beer:

Lovely golden blonde color, but no head was formed on this brew, nor does it seem very carbonated (must be the age of the bottle). I left the yeast colonies in the bottle. Pleasant bittersweet smell of a tripel with a bunch of hops thrown in. At first sip, the beer has very little carbonation and a syrupy feel to it. With more carbonation, this could be really good. It tastes just like a tripel miced with an IPA. The bitterness tends to dominate, providing some aspirin notes, barnyard funk, and candy sugar.

Not bad, but I don't recommend consumning an older biottle for optimal performance; try it fresh. I promise to do that in the future with this beer.

(Updated 5 minutes later: I'm getting over the carbonation, the taste seemes to be improving as it warms. Taste and Drinkability get +0.5.)

DoubleJ, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer had a light golden yellow crystal clear body with a pure white marshmallow head that lasted and lasted. The carbonation was very tiny bubbles and it had great lacing through the whole bottle.

S- Light perfume and a hint or roses with some sweetness and a soft hop aroma balanced with a yeasty hint in the finish.

T- Sweet soft pale malt flavor with a slight floral note. The hops had a nice bitterness to the finish. There were notes of grapefruit, hints of grass and some good strong peppery and piney flavors to the hops. The bottle said 50% magnum, 32 % Spalt and 18% Saaz.

M- medium-light mouthfeel with a slight fizz that makes it feel more full. A faint alcohol warmth in the finish blends with the hops.

D- This is a whole new "non-style" of beers. It has all the great qualities of a Belgian Pale Ale with a great juicy hop backbone and some nice subtle alcohol to compliment it. This beer has all the flavors very well blended but it has lots of good character.

rhoadsrage, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This is a beer I have been wanting to try for a while a Belgian Super IPA.

The cork almost exploded out of the bottle, a quick sniff of the cork gives me a strong odor of pineapple.

In the glass this beer foams furiously leaving a cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with an exceptionally tall white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong pineapple aroma. This is full on with the fruit smells mostly pineapple and lemon with a little black pepper. Doesn't really smell like an IPA, just a new Belgian break all the rules beer.

Taste is sweet woody and bitter at the beginning. Strong and lemony with a solid bitterness and a cooked pineapple flavor about sums up the taste of this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this IS a weird beer. Not quite an IPA but not a Belgian Pale Ale either. I CAN say that this is the most pineapple tasting beer I have ever tasted. Would I buy a bottle of this to give it a retest? Maybe but I REALLY would jump on a Three Floyd Dreadnaught first.

Zorro, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel: Hop It . Slender euro style bottle. Served chilled in a artfully made Urthel snifter, depicting a gnome and proclaiming "Belgiums Newest Cult Beer". Produced in the Netherlands.

Appearance: Lovely hazed golden orange. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a solid lasting soapy head. Cathedral like lacing looking very prestigious.

Smell: A nice tripel like yeast scent, also with grassy noble hops. Like running through a field full of barreled hay in Europe somewhere. Sweet maltyness comes out a bit later in as it approached room temperature.

Taste: Very hop focused, layering itself in its waves of bitterness and earthy nearly citric notes. A tad spicy using some Saaz or Tettneng variety hops and a peppery kick from the yeast. As it warms, the light malty notes emerge. Deceptive in hiding the 9.5%, alcohol is muted by the bitter hops. Sharp and dry, overall a damn fine belgian/IPA.

Mouthfeel: Zesty carbonation accompanied by a crisp biting hop. Semi dry finish and some faint chalky yeast on the back end.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. Le' Drinkabli'! An excellent hoppy Belgian beer. Served in its proper glassware really brought out all the best this beer has to offer. Prices be damned, I want a case of this.

Stinkypuss, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, awesome creamy white head, tons of lacing through out the drink. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, and yeast. The taste is awesome of hops, fruits, and malts. A nice tangy flavor with a nice bite/hop finish. Medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable. I've been wanting to drink this ever since I got it (5-6 months ago), very tasty, and highly recommended. Very true to the style.

Wasatch, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, most recently on tap at Max's.

The beer pours an impressive brilliant gold color, just a bit on the light side. Absolutely fabulous head retention and lacing, very creamy looking . On the nose one gets a bit of leafiness, spice, citrus and sweet Belgium candy. Very complex on the nose. On the palate, the beer starts off as your rather typical delicious Belgim blond. It's light and sweet on the palate, but with a gripping mouthfeel. Then the hops kick in.... big time. One suddenly notices this huge avalanche of hops on the back palate, and all of the sudden the beer tastes very dry. It finishes very crisply, and is very clean on the finish.

This is just an excellent beer, one I am always happy to see whenever I see it on tap.... whether on the left coast or the right. Just a very solid beer.

John_M, May 13, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo, in Toronto.

An American-inspired ale but the beer's appearance reminds one of a brilliantly polished dinner set of European royalty; it shimmers with gleams of gold and brass. The clarity is immaculate and little bubbles tipsily wonder about. The head, in true Belgian fashion, is firm and long-lasting. Its foamy wash curiously lacks the grip to mark the glass.

Sassy hops are necessary - and very dear - for a strong IPA type ale. The same can be said of a phenolic, elegant yeast for a strong Belgian ale. Oddly, this beer, said to be a combination of both, lacks each - at least from the smell of things. I don't sense any nuances of esters or spices nor can I make out anything fruity, spicy, bitter or herbal.

Best I can tell, from both taste and available information, Urthel's Hop-It uses nothing but simple pale malt. It is plain and desperately lacks depth. Cereal grain and... nothing. Hops? No. As previously mentioned, this beer, unlike a fellow golden strong ale like Duvel, doesn't posses the spicy phenols and fruity esters to dress up the bare, blandish malt bill.

With nothing really keeping it in check, the alcohol is fiercely present. The unmistakable taste of ethanol scorches the palate. Its sanitizing effect numbs the inner layer of the lips. Not one thread of the nine and a half percent alcohol goes unnoticed; an observation rare in Belgian ales. With a little warming, this becomes as painful as amateur surgery.

My first sample of this beer was from a 750ml bottle that I assumed must had been past its prime. The beer was unexpectedly listless and by no means even remotely hoppy. There need not be all the fruity American hops but some is necessary if the brewery continues to advertise it as "an hommage to hops in the style of American Craft Brewers."

And maybe through the other end of the telescope it looks that way, but it certainly wasn't the view I had looking into my glass. I was surprised by how little I enjoyed the beer, for a second time at that. The concept of a Belgian DIPA is intriguing to say the least. From my experience, however, its success seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

biegaman, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in a brandy snifter

Pours a perfect amber with moderate head. Nose is unexpected. Was looking for more hops and obvious Belgian yeast, but instead mild hops and malts. Taste is good though for an IPA very mild hop character; malts come through nice and the alcohol is masked well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Not a bad IPA, but it won't have me switching from American to Belgian any time soon.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

olradetbalder, Yesterday at 11:55 AM
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2%

dmorgan310, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bottle.

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger wispy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an initial fusel alcohol with an herbal hop and spicy earthy ester.

The taste consisted of a peppery earthy hop spice that slowly faded into a medley of fruity esters and sweet grainy malts.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish - no doubt thanks to the remainder of the presumably once powerful hops.

Overall a tasty and well preserved IPA. Suprisingly smooth and user friendly.

plaid75, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +2%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PEIhop, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

Viggo, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rolltide8425, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Bighuge, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with some suspended yeast. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells hops, sweet malt, tart malt, slight alcohol, and slight fruity aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and chewy with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, then sweet hops, then slight alcohol. Sweet malt background and fruity flavors come through in the finish. Smooth finish and only a slight dryness left on the palate. Overall, a really good Belgian IPA - worth a try.

Tone, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

beertunes, Oct 16, 2013
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.