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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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88
very good

814 Ratings
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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Ratings: 814 | Reviews: 539
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Urthel Hop-it has a thick, off-white head, and hazy, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, sour-dough breadiness, with an underlying bright fruit smell. Taste is of all those elements, with a noticeable grain husk and a fairly strong alcohol presence. The straight-forward bitterness shows up in the after-taste. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Urthel Hop-it finishes semi-dry, mostly easy going, and surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv ale. Excellent!

RJT

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of RyanAU
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a pretty awesome craft label - better than the usual Belgian package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden copper in colour with a thick and creamy head that sits around one-finger. Pretty decen,t with patches of lacing per the style.

Aroma: different to most IPAs I have had - still some herbal hops present, but plenty of citrus and Belgian yeasts.

Taste: more of the herbal and citrus hops come through here, with plenty of biscuit malts backing up. Those earthen characters come through also.

Aftertaste: the typical hop bitterness comes through with more of the earth and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with enough carbonation to carry plenty of flavour through. Nice.

Overall: a good quality Belgian IPA - a good combination of hops, yeast, earth and malts. It still isn't worth AU$150 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014), but I'll take one every now and then.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TerryW
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big white head that leaves gobs of chunky lace before settling to a heavy film. Brew is hazy golden. Looks good.

Hoppy yeasty nose, very clearly Belgian in style. Some earthiness, slightly sweet. Smells appetizing. Whiff of booziness.

Slightly bitter to start before going sweet in a big way and then finishing dry and bitter. Bready and hoppy. A touch of orange peel. Interesting but overall too sweet in character.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a fair golden colour, with some floating sediment even with a fairly careful pour (an even more careful pour may avoid this, but I feel I was conservative enough). Head is initially quite bubbly and broad, but settles down to quite a fine if thin white crest that leaves very solidly, firm lacing. Carbonation is fine like the very best Belgian brews.

Nose is certainly missing some hop presence, even the subtle character you often get in a BIPA: only a fine earthiness above the sweet, grainy malt. Ah yes, BB date is 08-2013, so this probably explains it. The base beer is solid though, with solid malt and some fairly neutral but noticeably Belgian yeast notes giving a little bit of spice. With a bit of a brighter hop aroma, it would be very good.

Taste is initially sweet, and slightly nutty, with the malt giving a biscuity tone and the yeast leading to some odd esters of vanilla and coconut. Bitterness definitely comes through on the back, providing a solidly crisp finish accentuated by a faint hint of booze. It's remarkably drinkable for its size at least, leaving a cleanness on the back which makes the beer rather moreish. Feel has some weight, but the fine carbonation helps keep it light.

Overall, I like it fine. I'll try another bottle fresher to check it out with more hop character: more aroma and a tad more bite on the palate and this would probably be a really outstanding beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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