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Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber, hazy. White foam fine and medium bubble, relatively high average life.
Aroma: very weak, very clear, little notes of hops, a little flower and honey.
Taste: it is very similar, the whole little clear, lacking any particular accent.
Gentian very clear, hop, dry, grassy. It is quite long but it did not bother and "pulls". Saturation medium, fits. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I liked the color, a mixture of red and orange, looks hearty and alive. Drops substantial yeasty phenols from Belgium and alcohol on the nose. Hops conspicuously absent from something with Hop in the name. . .

Taste was like a tripel with citrus, lots of that stuff, compared with orange liquers before, not entirely off point. Ultimately the hopping fell short of what I was looking for in this one. Gave some citrus for sure, but maybe the carbonation could have been higher to help it out where it needed it.

Format and price are expensive, would not bang again. Would bang a dry hopped version though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, gold colour. Mostly fruity, Belgian yeast smell. Tasted crisp, fruity, sweeter, typical Belgian-beer taste; not much hop, but a crisp bitterness at the end.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

See, this beer right here, and also De Brabendere's 1894, are great examples of what the Belgians do with their hops. They're there to create variation and complexity in the flavor, not to overwhelm it as the American IPAs do. This was introduced to me as a Belgian IPA, and if that's the case, then those guys a pond and a half away are doing it right!

Heavy-medium body with some nice creamy carbonation yields a golden ale that it sweet, fruity, and hoppy all at the same time. The flavors I most detect (both in scent and taste) are pineapple, peach, and mango, with a bit of some oily pine and bitter hops. Most apparent, however, is a sweet and malty honey flavor that gives some oomph to the flavor. I would say that overall, it's fairly well balanced, but with a bias towards the sweet as Belgians tend to have, with a bitter finish that makes a late entrance and then lingers forever, much like my Mom at parties (minus the bitterness). Truly, a delicious beer and a good lesson for American brewers on how to use hops well, though a bit less sweetness would not have gone unappreciated.

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Photo of drmeto
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lots of particle floaties
S:
-pineapple,white bread,biscuity,lemon zest,coriander
T:
-pineapple,grapefruit,lemon zest,spicy,pine
-high,unbalanced,lingering bitterniss
F:
-high carbonation
-medium body
-no alcohol detectable
O:
Quite nice, but the cloying bitterniss is off-putting

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Photo of starclimber
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky light amber. Reeks of fresh delicious apples and butterscotch. Starts off sweet yet finishes dry. Burnt brown sugar. My reduced mental function says 'boozy' but my tongue is all over the bitter finish. Was marked down to clear, at which price I'd certainly buy again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle - coded K12D7 08:08

Urthel Hop-it body is a slightly hazy peach color producing a 1-finger bubbly white head that left a nice lacing on my tulip glass. The nose is a mix of citrus, yeast and a bit of hops. The taste of citrus and malt is up front followed by piney hop bitterness and pepper/spice. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy. Mouth feel is smooth, and crisp with a medium body.

Overall, a very drinkable ale that is not too hoppy for this non hop heads.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-more of a strong pale look
- light hops mostly yeasts
- a very sweet hop taste with a lot of yeast notes as well
- smooth as can bee taste medium to full body
- great Belgium IPA, they are all treats

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw color. Lightly funky in nose and flavor. Light-bodied but the flavor profile has more malt than hops - even on the finish. The hoppiness becomes more assertive halfway through the glass but a sweet note remains throughout.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Urthel signature beer glass. (Looks like a flat-bottomed tulip glass)

Appearance: A dark transparent amber color with light bubbles to the body. Thin (white) head with a hard pour and at best rose to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Bland light smell with a yeast after tone scent. Super light, once it warms up it kicks up a notch but doesn't mean it smells anywhere near addicting.

Taste: Complex but has a over powering lemon feel to it that I can't quite shake the sourness off of my mouth. Heavy hops and super malty which in most situations is great but this brew is definitely not built for everyone.

Mouth: Citris feel with a heavy carbonation to the body. Sticky, and quite honestly rarely I say this...best property of the beer.

Overall: Not a bad grew at all but factoring in the price and availability it has major holes in it. Hate to sound like this but it could use some tweaking. Worth just to split it with a friend or maybe like I did and watch some reruns of SoA. Salud!

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Photo of SurferEric
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredible carbonation, despite not disturbing the bottle there was no containing the foam once opened. Quite good once I finally got to drink something other than the foam.

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on draft served in a goblet; Smell was great, had an all most barrel-aged flavor to it. Definitely a Double IPA. Awesome hazy look with a big head.

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a tulip glass Aroma- Has a big yeast smell, not that appealing. Appearance- A clear amber color with a small white head. Taste- Has a strong lemon flavor that is fairly sour. the next flavor is the hops and malt. Pretty unique and uncommon Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation. Overall- A better than average beer but not for everyone.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this classic Belgian IPA on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, 12 oz. as memory serves. A burnished gold color with a slight reddish tint and a finger or so of white foam. Surprisingly fruity aroma with the requisite dose of Belgian yeasty spice, although to my sniffer the hops steal the show ... Some toffee and whiskey notes underneath gummy bears, nectarine, orange, pineapple, kiwi, clove. Sweet for the style despite the hoppy power on the nose. I get a healthy dose of cantaloupe and butterscotch with some pine needles to complement the clove-like medicinal burn. It is indeed bitter but the butterscotch and fruit elements really dial this aspect down for me. The complexity on the nose does not quite translate perfectly onto the palate but I'm not really complaining. Some alcohol detectable on nose and palate. Body on the high end of medium, with mellow gentle carbonation. Quite a nice brew that I would seek out again. My impression does not jive that well with the written impressions of the masters like Micheal Jackson, who emphasize the bitterness. Aw well. Gustatory impressions differ across tasters, and these guys probably haven't blasted their taste buds with modern DIPAs to the extent I have. YMMV.

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Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 18D). Aroma: light sweet malt aroma, honey alcohol and spices. Very subtle hop aroma and esters (orange like). moderate alcohol aroma. Appearance: deep gold with material in suspension, so not clear. white creamy head with good retention and lacing. Taste: bitter taste from hops (this is a special blond) that linger to the finish. Medium bitterness balanced with high alcohol content. Some orange zest flavor present. dry finish and moderate bitter aftertaste. Palate: medium-high carbonation with medium body, giving a creamy sensation. Overall: a complex blend of aromas and flavours that combine well together.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glagow (£4):
Bright, golden amber with a slight haze & a 1.5cm, foamy white head with excellent retention, it holds steady for even after I started drinking the beer.

Light spice & yeast the medium strength citrus hops with pine & grapefruit. Some sweetness, mainly from some sugar & background fruits, mainly oranges & some pineapple with subtle hints of alcohol then some earthy hops & grassy notes at the end.

Hops, citrus & pine hops to begin alongside the spice & yeast. Orange & some grapefruit feature & it's well balanced with some sugar from the fruits as well. Some herbal & floral flavours come through with hints of alcohol at the end.

Almost full bodied. It's smooth with touches of alcohol without being too boozy or hard to drink. Sweet throughout with low carbonation.

A fairly good example of a Belgian IPA with more hops than I'd anticipated. Easy to drink & the dry hopping definitely made a difference with this one. Definitely a beer worth looking out for.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Champagne blonde with lots of floaties and puffy cratered white head.
Noble spice, pear esters, and rubbery yeast on the nose, plus some candy sugar.
Country white loaf, big lemon zest, some yellow apple, then herb, anise and grassy hops.
Banana chew finish and seriously numbing linger.
Creamy, hot, light-medium.

Pretty, good nose, luscious feel - technically sound. Nice layers of flavor, too - restrained phenols from the yeast, just a touch of white pepper. But too hot and underhopped (relative to each other) to work as an IPA.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,33 l bottle (09-2016) into a tulip. Clear golden color, large white foamy head with pretty good retention and good lacing. Faint smell of belgian yeast and a hint of grass right after pouring. The taste starts off slightly sweet with malts, sugar and belgian yeast, drying up towards the slightly bitter end with a nice citrusy hoppiness. Balanced taste with no alcohol in it Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pleasant, drinkable and well balanced belgian IPA. Nice complexity, almost tripel-like with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden light amber color. Soppy white head reduces to a thick ring. Love looking at it in its own glass. Typical Sharp Edge proper glassware service.

Apricot fruitiness, floral hops, tangerine-like hops, meyer lemon, and pale malt sugars. Excellent nose. Prime authenticity.

Sweet stone fruits, leafy tartness, sweet lemon, flowery hops, grapefruit, spicy bitterness, estery pear, and slight alcohol. Rosewater and candied fruit. Unreal good.

Soft body with hefty wetness. Sparsely carbonated with a late push in the finish. Somewhat spicy.

Awesome Belgian IPA. Highly recommended, on-tap.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; coded K12J12. Finding Belgian IPAs locally is a bit of a challenge, so this bottle will serve as a small treat for me. Served slightly chilled and poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright amber-blonde colour, topped with just under two fingers of puffy, billowing white head. Very effervescent, with great retention; gobs of sticky lacing are left clinging to the glass as the froth gradually seeps away. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about it. The aroma is similarly enticing, and includes a mixture of pale malt sweetness, lemon citrus, candi sugar, apricot and yeasty, spicy phenolic notes. Nothing wrong structurally here, but the bouquet could stand to be a little less muted.

This is a tasty BIPA, but not a flawless one. The malts provide a grainy sweetness that is a bit lacking, with apricot and candi sugar notes somewhat making up for its lack of assertiveness. A touch of lemon peel also comes through, with the profile concluding amongst a cacophony of grassy, floral noble hop bitterness and phenolics muddled up with a moderate ethanol flavour. Mild heat in the aftertaste, with a lingering bittersweet flavour that I am really digging. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that contributes to the lively, crisp mouthfeel of the beer. I don't usually have good results when I mix sweltering summer days with high abv beers, but this strong ale is surprisingly refreshing.

Final Grade: 4.02 a solid A-. Urthel Hop-It should be considered well worth a try for any fan of Belgian beers looking for something with more of a bitter, grassy hop bite than usual. As a bonus, the price point in this market ($3.25 / 330 mL) is outstanding, making it the most affordable example of its style by a comfortable margin. If you're a hophead or Belgian beer fan, you'd be remiss in passing up the opportunity to grab a few bottles while it's available locally.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light and crisp golden yellow with champagne like bubbles and a frothy head of white foam.

Biscuits, toasted malt, mild Belgian yeast spice, citrus.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness, slight Belgian yeasty spiciness, lemongrass, orange.

Light-medium bodied, high carbonation, frothy, bubbly, creamy smooth.

Overall, a darn good Belgian IPA very nice mouthfeel and interesting aroma/flavor combination.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with slight haze, medium low carbonation, huge sustained off white slight yellow head with large and small bubbles.

S: Citrusy hops, coke, bright with lemon zest, slight evergreen, light sweetness, light dankness.

T: Citrus hops, lemon zest, blue cheese bite, slight evergreen, medium sweetness, really reminding me of a tripel only with a little more hops and a little more bitterness on the end. Some white grapefruit pith.

M: Medium syrupy body, light resinous tone, low carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as say Chouffe’s version, but reminiscent of Hopus, and this one is supposedly the first Belgian IPA ever. Glad to have found a bottle in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store 330ml bottle for just under $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opened well with a ton of head and cloudy golden color.

S- Excellent! Hints of hops, malt, grapefruit and yeast

T- Total confusion at this time. Hoppy trip?? Super hot as well. Just not for me

M- Pretty good, nothing special

O- Pretty good. Gave this a bit of a higher rating that it deserves I think

Food Pairing

This interesting beer pairs well with... Pad Thai or hearty blue cheese

Enjoy

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Photo of KevinM6
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love blonde ales and I was excited to try this one for I've had some Urthel beers before and they were great, as long with this one.

Poured from bottle to a tulip.

A: Beautiful golden tone, almost like liquid straw. A little under a half inch head for me, poured it quite slowly. Off white colored head all around very beautiful blonde ale looks very approachable.

S: Very smooth earthy smell to it. I get hints of sweetness along with some yeast. The hops are also present too, with a oily background.

T: SMOOTH, and very creamy. Watch out with this one with a 9.5% ABV. If I didn't know I would have guessed around a 7 possibly a tad lower. Like I said very creamy, very balanced with a hop presence and smooth malts and also a nice sweet touch that to me adds various layers to this beer to enjoy.

M: Very creamy which I love but also very sticky, each drink will leave you with somewhat of a pleasant after taste of the beer. Opinions may vary of this, I don't mind it to much.

O: Overall great beer will buy more soon! Caught myself gulping this down rather quickly, I had two so I tried to take the time to really sit with the next one but it was hard. Great beer.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Having had a few things from Urthel in the past, and always finding them unusual in their own way... in a weird way... it has taken me awhile to try this one as I was not sure what to expect or what I may think of it. It was yet another unusual experience.

The appearance is great. Fantastic light gold to straw tone with a lot of lacing bubbles and a very slight off white head. Beautiful blonde ale, just looks drinkable and approachable. Whenever a belgian ale has that sort of continuous, champagne sort of bubbling that lightly rises and rises... that gives me hope.

The smell. Whoa! Talk about wet hay. Yeah, wet hay... and Belgian candy sugars. There is a strange hoppiness that accompanies the wet hay pungency. Smells slightly yeasty as well. Citrusy too with a pinch of pineapple... All of this is not entirely bad... but... pungent. Quite pungent.

The taste follows suit quite a bit. You get the wet hay sort of deal going on but the sweetness from the malt and the possible candy sugars definitely blend it down into the hops that dry and bitter it a fair amount. It is a fairly sweet beer. There is a dessert-like lemony taste to it... a creamy taste as well. A tad grassy. This unusual... aggressive earthiness that is a powerhouse in the background of this beer. The same earthiness that I have found in all of the Urthel brews that makes them unusual... intriguing... and hard for me to understand. I get a bit of booze as it warms.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. For 9.5%, this brew goes down quite smooth. Almost dangerously smooth. I would have took it as a more 8%. It is crunchy and crisp with carbonation. Slightly bitter and relatively dry. But my small issue is the stickiness. The stickiness just seems a bit too tacky to the back of the mouth.

Overall, I am a bit disappointed in MYSELF. I actually really appreciate this beer and like it above the other Urthel beers I have had in the past. It makes me want to revisit the others sometime. I would drink this beer again. Springtime would be a perfect time for this one.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.