Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TerryW
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden copper color. Thick creamy head of about one finger on the pour. Thick lacing left behind after each drink. Highly active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: rustic, grassy front to the brew. Doughy buttery yeast presence is very potent. Mild fruit and spice are also picked up. A golden ale with a lot of earthy hop character.

Taste: leafy greens and spices immediately jump the palate. Those rustic earthy hop tones return in the body and linger on the palate for a long time. The finish is a creamy medium heavy yeast finish with a grassy hop character left behind.

Mouthfeel: a very interesting and bold combination of traditional golden ale characteristics and earthy hops.

Overall: a really interesting brew. Love the seamless transition of flavors and stages. Massively complex while being very drinkable at the same time. Cheers!

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with lots of thick head with great retention and leaving an incredible wall of laces. Some floating particles.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, oranges, pineapples, molasses, a distant sourness, herbs and Cointreau.
Flavor of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, oranges, pears, medicine and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is perceived, but brings the whole beer together.
Good beer and faithful to the style. Belgian complexity tuned up with hops. Though I believe, they still haven’t figured out the right type of hop combination to perfectly match Belgian Ales.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO into a pint glass

Appearance - Golden yellow in color, some sediment is visible to the naked eye. About two fingers of creamy head slowly recedes leaving a nice white cap and significant lacing. Quite impressive looking.

Smell - Yeast (from being a crossed - Tripel), some citrus,, grapefruit maybe? and minimal piney scents. Very nice but a little less than expected.

Taste - Definitely tastes like a cross between an IPA and a Tripel. Some sweetness is available, but the surprising thing was how subdued the IPA flavors were, the big hop filled flavors were present but simply strong.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, moderate body with nice level of carbonation. Good moderately dry finish as well.

Overall - a very good beer but not a great beer. Would repurchase is availability was better, however only saw this in the LCBO superstore in Toronto.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.16/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dull gold color with little to no head. I must have gotten a bad bottle because this has little to no hop flavor or bitterness and was all flat malt. The drain enjoyed it more than I did. Carbonation is lacking for a belgian. I'll have to try it again and revise my review then. sorry guys!

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Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, some nice lace work as well. Smell is of lemony noble hops, citrusy and fruity, dry hops, touch of spice and toasty malt with a slight skunky note as well here. Taste is spicy with lots of hops, earthy and citrusy with bit of sweetness before a drying finish, quite bitter throughout, lemony and orange with just a biot of sweet toasted malts. This is pretty good but not as good as other belgian IPA's like Hoblun Chouffe or Charlevoix Lupulus, would drink again however.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a tall white head sitting on top. Lots of sediment in the pour, not sure if this is bottle conditioned or what.
Aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy. Aroma is vaque but smells dry and fruity.
Drinks softly and smooth and well hidden alcohol. Malts are in abundance but hopos are light and sport a fruity taste.
Finishes dry.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a style I really love. In many of them you can hardly tell that there is a lot of alcohol, but this one is a bit boozier. Still, the style and this ale hides the booze extremely well, and delivers a great drinking experience.

It pours a typical piss yellow with a reasonable head that continues to develop slowly as you go. Not bad for the style.

The aroma is maybe a bit faint, but correct for the style. The taste is right were it should be - that Belgian mix of hops, yeast, malt and infection! Their beers are supposed to have a little extra infection going on, and this tastes of it very slightly. As I said before, it is a bit boozier than some, but it is still a fine drink.

The aftertaste is nice, but boozy too. You can't go wrong with this. Recommended!

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
1.81/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Cloudy amber, some head rings and overall not the prettiest beer.

Smell: apricots with some undertones of hops and I detected a hint of wet cardboard that led me to believe the beer might have been off.

Taste: Strong carbonation, decent hop and malt balance that began bitterly and finished sweet. The aftertaste was a powerful lingering astringency.

Overall: I really believe that my beer was off, or at least I hope it was.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced to a puffy head and left some nice lacing. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Faint citrus and grapefruit notes, spicy aromas, and sweet malts.

Taste: Ahh, there's the flavors traditional of a BIPA. Part IPA and triple mixed together. Citrus and major bitterness from the hoppy IPA side and then you got part of a Belgian tripsel to balance it out. Belgian candy, bready and sweet malts, powdery yeast, spiciness, and the alcohol is well hidden too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, some lingering bitterness, and quite enjoyable where the bitterness doesn't bother me too much.

Overall: A very nice BIPA. A style I am becoming more in love with every week. How can you ho wrong with an IPA and triprl mixed together? I know I can't.

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Photo of Marc_V
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop. Head: thick, white, stable - Colour: very beautiful clear golden - Aroma: floral, yeasty - Taste: bitter, full of hops, yeast, clear alcohol presence Aftertaste: bitter, dry - Overall: a strong hoppy ale that will be appreciated by amateurs of IPA's.

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Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness date provided, 330 mL. Pours a nice white head, shows excellent lacing and a lasting film, great retention. Colour is a nice bright gold, steady carbonation.

The smell is quite reminisent of a Tripel. Some slightly astringent hop character, warming maltiness. Some straw notes, but also something vaguely similar to paint thinner in the background.

Taste has an upfront hoppy character, crisp and dry, with a good support of malt. Some of the piney character from the hops, a nice mustardy freshness. The astringent character is present on the finish. Aftertaste is dry and quite long, preserving a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but alcohol is quite present. Carbonation is at an appropriate refreshing level. Drinkability is quite good, malts are relatively light on the palate, so comes across quite bitter.

Good, but probably could have been better. All said I quite enjoyed this. It has a really dry, crisp edge, and a lot of interesting flavour. I think the high ABV came across a little bit negatively but the hops held nicely, and a good example for someone keen to seek out this style.

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Photo of safaricook
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at de Bierparadijs, Meer, Belgium and poured into a Leute Bokbier glass.

A crystal clear golden color with quite some carbonation and a big fine bubbled head just as I like it. The head reduces after some time but a 1/3 finger remains until the end. Lacing like a painting, have to give this my first 5 ever for the looks.

Smell of Belgium yeast, sugar, fruity esters, some citrus and slightly hops.

Taste-wise I get hops, malt and some sweetness. It gets moderately bitter towards the end and there is some sourness as well. Rather complex for the style.

Had fun biting through the massive head. Nice tingling from the carbonation but burpiness factor is not so high. Very refreshing for its abv.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Maybe too drinkable for its high alcohol content. Its almost perfect if you have only one beer but want to get everything out of it: booze, refreshment, hops. In my opinion this is the best of the three Urthels.

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Photo of bellebouche
2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hard to explain how frustrating it is to see continental european brewers lagging so far behind what's happening in the USA, UK, Scandinavia.

For a beer that should showcase hops my sample was surprisingly devoid of any.

Poured well, good head, alcohol was too apparent, malts muted no aroma, dry finish and a little fusel/alcohol hotness.

Unrefined if I'm generous but... such a let down.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a tulip, slightly hazy bright golden, tower of fluffy head retained extremely well leaving lots of sticky lacing
S - spicy yeasty esters, mild leafy hops, honeydew melon, mild bozziness
T - lighter esters than the nose with the added presence of some medicine phenols, mild leafy hops, its tasty but is dominated by the 'Belgian' side leaving little room for the hops to shine
M - creamy start, dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat
O - there's no doubt that this is a tasty bevy, but it just doesn't have enough hop presence for my money so I have to dock it style points, none the less well worth a try

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Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazed golden hue which leaves a mister whippy soft serve three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is earthy herbal hops,sherbet,candy and citrus rind,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of toffee,herbal earthy hops,buttered popcorn,peaches and finished with a lemon sherbet bitterness and overall its very nice,unique and could drink alot of cheers.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden to orange body, packed with dense bubbles of carbonation which float up to meet the foamy, feather white head.

Aromas of Belgian yeasts and herbal and floral hops float to the nose. There is also a sweet fruitiness to this as well, maybe tangerine like.

Great flavors of sweet citrus fruitiness and yeast similar to the aroma highlight the palate.m as it warms it becomes sweeter but also spicier at the same time. There is an herbal hop bite to this as well.

Generous carbonation and a lighter body highlight the mouthfeel with a warming boozy and herbal finish.

A very tasty Belgian IPA. Great focus on the yeast and herbal notes that separate it from its American counterparts.

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Photo of danieelol
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from Camperdown

Pours a nice yellow orange with some sediment. Good head/lacing.

Smell is herbal, Belgian malt (Pilsener)/candy sugar a la Duvel, bit of booze. Quite a lot of fruit. Are the hops partially German perhaps?

Taste is bitter dishwasher detergent and a bit of metallic hoppiness. Still get those Pilsener malt flavours.

Mouthfeel is good too. Pretty boozy though, and lots of Belgian esters.

Overall a good beer. Would drink again.

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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 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 colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having just reviewed Urthel's saison last night which purports to be a belgian blonde as well... this answers the call and HOPS IT!

the pour is excellent with a very nice white two finger head. the ale is golden bronze, very effervescent. nice rich liquid.

the smell is crisp but only slightly hoppy, the taste is excellent. spikey bitterness, a rich maltiness, orange peel, bit oily from the hops. the finish is VERY BITTER, and a little hot.

it has all the belgian characteristics you look for, the yeast, sugary sweet malt, and well-rounded brewing, but then just bonks you on the head with the hops.

definitely worth a try!

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good one! I have had this beer for a while. Hope I didn't miss out on any additional hoppiness while it sat.. poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay goblet. Drank it with blue crabs seasoned with Old Bay. The beer flavor held up very well.

Poured a hazy orange color with a lot of sediment. Delicately bubbling white head...about average retention for a high octane Belgian. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like a Belgian beer, yeasty and fruity...pears and apples.

Tastes kind of like a Tripel with hops!! Some candi sugar and belgian yeast with plenty of light fruit (mostly pears) and a little black pepper.. This is a Belgian IPA though and there is a balancing bitterness to go along with what would ordinarily be a spicy and sweet Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and spicy with a little hops bite.

Overall this is a good Belgian IPA. I drank the whole bottle, a little quicker than I usually drink a beer of this strength. Very nice.

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