Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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3.85/5 rDev -2%
Purchased on 4 June 08 at local Whole Foods grocery store; had never seen it before. I've noted in other write-ups folks say it's from Belgium, but on the front of the label it states "Produced in The Netherlands."
A - nice gold color with modest head and lace tracings.
S - banana, herbs, hops, a touch of candy
T - very nice hop flavor with a touch of alcohol and a terrific mouthfeel. This is an ideal ale for the deck on a warm evening; would be very good with steamed mussels.
06-06-2008 22:36:03 | More by pinotboy007
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Full of herbal and earthy hops with spicy citric/pine edge. Alcohol presence adds to the spiciness. Some kind of light nutty malt somewhere under the hops.
Medium straw color, translucent, large, fluffy head with moderate retention.
First sip brings a world of highly tart, mildly acidic, and mildly alcohol flavors to the playing field. On swallow I note a large hoppy bitterness with lingering dryness. Second sip adds mellow malt with nutty and light biscuit/bread flavors and a light fruity sweetness.
Hop character is deep with herbal/earthy major tones, spicy/zesty midtones, and citric/resinous-pine undertones. The spiciness may be more from the alcohol and carbonation, for the combination of the two are reminiscent of a Tripel. Just a perceived hoppiness? I couldn't say for sure.
A deeper sweetness blooms; together with the tartness it takes on a sour candy feel. Very tasty right now, beyond the initial numbing hop/alcohol.
Final Thoughts: ___
My first Belgian IPA. Not as hoppy as many American IPAs (especially of such alcoholic strength), but it was hoppier than I expected from reading about the style. Pretty tasty!
The Verdict: ___
An incredibly tart, well-balanced IPA that has enough malt to bring to the party and only enough hops to make a point.
06-06-2008 02:12:16 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
The cork comes off with a nice crisp pop. Pours a lively pale yellow, highly carbonated brew with a 2 finger, fluffy head that seems to take its time dissipating as it leaves a ton of lace in its' wake. I will let it sit a moment. No need to rush it.
A zesty, spicy brilliance that can has pineapple and apricot blended softly with a hint of lemon and/or lime in the midst of this floral masterpiece.
Nice light zingy spiciness with a nice lively dance of carbonation on the is a long lasting flavor that is both floral and slightly bitter at the same time. Nicely balanced with really good flavor definitions. You can taste
The fruity/bitter aftertaste help convince me of the full body of this beer. Fills every inch with a really nice feeling of drinking a good full beer.
This beer is drinkable in the sense that it is delicious. With every sip you are reminded that this one is not for the faint of heart at 9.5%ABV.
This beer puts many Triples and Goldens to shame.
06-06-2008 02:03:11 | More by RixBeer
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.)
06-03-2008 02:29:51 | More by DoubleJ
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
While this isn't my first experience with Belgian IPA's, this is my first experience with Urthel and drinking a Belgian IPA not on tap. Poured a 33cl bottle into my Chimay chalice. The beer is beautiful. It pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a huge, white frothy head that leaves extremely sticky lacing down the entirety of the glass. Wow, this sets the standard for the style in my mind. The aroma is citrus up front with orange and lemon peel coming out. There is also a slight hint of breadiness that finishes with just a bit of spice from the yeast. The taste is hoppy and the spiciness comes out and reminds me of pepper on my tongue. A slight alcohol comes out in the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel reminds me of a DIPA. The mouthfeel of this beer is full, thick and it coats your mouth with a mild bitterness. The spiciness kind of overpowers the hops a bit, but its a very good IPA. I will definitely seek this one out again.
05-29-2008 21:00:25 | More by hwwty4
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
keep in mind, this beer that im reviewing is an old stubby bottle. to the best of my knowledge, all of the urthel 11.2 oz bottles changed to tall and thin. so if im drinking an old stubby bottle today on 5/26/08, you do the research on how old it is.
pours up a dark orange with a great, white, frothy head. lots of retentive lacing. aromas of citrus hops, slight honey, a dried grassy smell. tastes of citrus hops, lemon, yeast, alcohol spice. pretty full bodied, low to medium carbo, sweet start to a dry finish.
i think that this obviously pretty old bottle has definately mellowed out the hops a little bit too much. but the beer as a whole is aged to a very nice, smoothe blend of flavors. i kind of prefer a relatively fresh bottle of this outstanding Belgian IPA.
05-27-2008 04:09:46 | More by stumac
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured out of 22oz bomber into the glass that came with it when purchased almost looks like a mushroom glass and has cool design of the bald old man and grass flowers and some #'s going arround the glass...differnt!
Golden blonde in color
Taste just the right amount of hoppy and bitterness. Earthy. Nice belgian I.P.A
Very warming when it goes down
Definatly been sipping this one for awhile
I like it alot would buy again!
05-25-2008 03:27:00 | More by blackbearywheat
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
05-21-2008 16:58:18 | More by Brad007
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
BA calls this Belgian IPA, but the bottle calls it a Blonde Special Ale. I'm gonna go at the from the Belgian IPA perspective, as I don't know much about Blonde Special Ales.
Big, honkin, persistent head. Even when poured with attempt to minimize. Pale golden, almost American macro color. Yeasty chunks in the bottom of the bottle, didn't look that closely earlier.
A nice swirl of sweet malty and restrained but clearly present hops in the nose. Alcohol is noticeable.
Sweet up front and in the finish, but with an unusual (compared to American IPA) hop flavor battling for the stage in the middle. Certainly not as aggressively hopped as many American IPA's, especially when considering that Midnight Sun is my local world class brewery. If you are not familiar with Midnight Sun that is understandable considering the remote location, but AKBelgianBeast trades alot of Midnight Sun, if you are interested. They do a lot of big, aggressive, perhaps excessive, IPA's, among other adventurous explorations in fermentation.
Plently of carbonation, sweet finish. No need for a glass of water to wash the hops out.
Went down quite easily. First few ounces were colder and much less enjoyable than the rest, as it warmed. By the end of the 750 it was drinkin' like a session beer.
05-04-2008 09:05:34 | More by sprucetip
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Golden with hints of orange. A moderate layer of head forms at first, receding with extremely sticky lacing. This looks just like you'd expect from a tripel.
S: The smell is the first indication that this is not just a Belgian tripel. There is a blast of sweet orange up front accompanied by strong aromas of citric hops as well.
T: Sweet with just the right amount of bittering hops up front to keep this from being overly cloying. Nice yeasty biscuit flavors give the malt enough body to balance the flavors well.
M: Creamy with fine carbonation.
D: I'd really like to have the other half of this bottle back, but I'm a nice guy and shared it with the better half. This takes the best of a Belgian tripel and a continental IPA and blends them nicely.
05-03-2008 17:16:12 | More by ewright
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
I sampled this on tap at Monk's in Philly.
As is usually the case, "hop" in the title got my attention. It doesn't have quite the hops I had hoped for but it was certainly more than most Belgians.
It's got a perfect appearance with a very light golden color, excellent clarity and a large white head. It's got a sweet smell with some floral hops as well. The taste is very sweet (much sweeter than I expected). It's also a little bitter and hoppy. It's a bit thin in the mouth. It's pretty easy to drink but not all that compelling.
This is a good, easy to drink beer but not one I'd order regularly.
05-02-2008 22:47:00 | More by GJ40
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
Found this one somewhat disappointing. Had difficulty convincing myself that this was actually a Belgian Ale I was drinking.
Pours a clear, deep gold with a thick, frothy white head which showed good durability. A fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Nose was assertively very grainy and grassy. I hate to say it but with my first whiff came to mind a hopped up Becks. A fair amount of yeast and lemon also noted in the nose.
Palate was pleasantly full, but had a lightness to it also. Quite spritzy.
Flavors of grain, grassy hops, lemons, malt and sweet fruits come through. Finishes quite spicy with a bitter punch which I found slightly harsh.
Glad I gave it a try, but I'll stick to the more traditional Belgian Ales.
05-02-2008 02:26:03 | More by macster
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
A hard pour reveals a creamy golden brew which is topped by a huge off-white head. Retention and lacing are excellent, and are almost too much for the tulip to handle. Smells fuity, estery and creamy up front with a little hoppy covering overlaying some sweet bready malts. Not as hoppy tasting as expected, but a slight bitterness does offset the malty goodness. Sour fruits make for a slightly tangy and a bit of a winy experience. Carbonation is active, and really opens things up on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Not what I was expecting, and more characteristic of a tripel, but damn good. This is what I would call a hybrid IPA/Tripel. If you can get beyond the categories, this is one sweet tasting brew.
05-02-2008 00:59:18 | More by stephens101
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet produces a bright orange-yellow body with little floaty things in it; 3+ finger volcano-turned-floating puck of richly creamy head recedes enough after a while to get the rest of the brew in the pint glass;persistent stream of bubbles pumping from the bottom; fat rings of foamy lacing slide down the glass.
Smells of bananas, cloves, piney and earthy hops with a touch of sweeet malt;
Tastes citrusy and bready, spicy with sweet maltiness, slightly overripe fruit very evident and warming alcohol with a hint of Aqua Net hair spray; a nice antiseptic lemon zest twang and bitter hoppy finish with some notes of paint thinner. There's a lot going on here.
Mouth feel is nice; a tingle of carbonation, a little oily and pleasantly sticky, the brew is hefty and complex without wiping out the palate or the nose, and was especially good with bratwurst with hot mustard and spicy dill pickles. High ABV and the readily-evident alcohol likely limits the drinkability, but it's super smooth.
Incorrectly listed here as a product of Belgium? Mine clearly says on the label it's from the Netherlands?
04-28-2008 23:05:20 | More by cvstrickland
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-24-2008 22:51:19 | More by beerthulhu
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
A - Two fingers of bone white head that settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake. The body is golden and clear.
S - Earthy, slightly fruity noble hop aroma with some biscuity malt and a hint of caramel in the background.
T - Spicy, fruity yeast character up front with notes of banana, pepper, and mango. Toasty, biscuit malt in the middle backed by herbal hop flavors and a swelling bitterness. The finish is full of flavorful hop bitterness and peppery phenolics, backed by warm, smoky malt flavors.
M - Smooth, medium body with high carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish.
D - Quite drinkable and very full of flavor. The hop character is profound and refined, much like Sam Adams imperial pilsner, with a fruity, peppery yeast essence that is reminiscent of a great triple. Overall, a distinctly excellent example of a Belgian IPA.
04-24-2008 05:02:47 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
On draft at O'Brien's for CBC/WBC
Pours a clear golden orange hue, minimal white lacing sustains, thick lacing on the glass
Smell is Belgian yeast, sweet honey, light fruits, and lemony citrus hops, fairly subtle for an IPA
Taste is cotton candy and Belgian yeast initially, followed by citrus, light fruits and grassy hops, sweet malts, peppery spices, pine resin, finishes with alcohol and dry bitterness
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and oily texture, moderate carbonation
Drinkability is moderate, a well-balanced IPA that is a little light on the the hop presence and bordering on cloying sweetness, the Belgian aspect is a unique twist on the style, overall a solid but unremarkable beer
04-20-2008 04:23:53 | More by Stoneman78
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
A-Nice head, left a pretty good lace along the glass.
S- Fruity, Citrus, Cloves, Spices, and Hops!
T- Sweet at first, then hops take over.
M- Alcohol present. Pretty good feel, thin for a more hoppy beer but good.
D- Great beer, though one is enough. Very strong flavores
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2008 13:51:02 | More by TStandley13
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Urthel: Hop-It, Belgian IPA (Tasted 04/07/08)
330 ml. Bottle: poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours out a deep hazed golden color with a giant bubbly head that takes up half of the glass. It fades slowly, leaving a large plateu of foam akin to meringue in the center of the glass. Retention is beyond insane, swirling is futile.
Odor: Soft fruity and floral hops reminiscent of strawberry and honeysuckle, with spicy, clovelike notes from the yeast & toasty malt aromas.
Consistency: The carbonation makes the body a little deceiving on this beer, it feels somewhere between medium and full, leaning towards the former.
Taste: Sweet, slightly fruity, candied malt flavors with a sour edge, balanced by clean hop bitterness & peppery alcohol. Flavors from the hops are very laid back, but come out in the finish, spicy and earthy.
Dangerously drinkable, seems to be quite different from the majority of other Belgian IPA's due to the emphasis on sweet malt character.
04-17-2008 03:33:46 | More by Walken
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
A-Cork broke, but we took this low point in stride, and did not panic. Everything got better once we found an ah-so corkscrew. Poured a golden amber into chalice w/nice white head. Thick lacing.
S-Rich bouquets of banana, clove, spice, and sweet malt. Also notes of hops...citrus and floral characters linger in the background.
T-Sweet toasted malt in attack gives way to banana and other tropical citrus notes, spice and clove, and layers of hops throughout the midpalate and finish.
M-Nice consistency in body, and robust carbonation. Alcohol is present, but unapparent for the abv.
D-Very enjoyable. A complex, nuanced brew that continues to deliver as the temperature rises.
04-16-2008 18:53:17 | More by BoitSansSoif
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
11.2 oz bottle with a really cool label.
Poured into a goblet revealing a golden blonde with orange hues in the beer with tons of floating yeast. It almost has a lava lamp like effect to it as yeast floats throughout being lifted by the carbonation and slowly falling and swirling as gravity and carbonation work against one another. The head is a white and billowing.
The lacing is more of a solid wall on the side of the glass.
Smells are sweet malt, flowery hops with spices, fruit.
Taste is sweet candish malt, then the hops bite down bringing waves of spice, lemon, cloves, and I believe I have a mint-like aftertaste on my tongue that I've never gotten from a beer. A pretty dry finish. The yeast also adds alot to the flavor.
This is well carbonated, but it matches the luxious body producing a great mouthfeel. The hops are enough to give me a slick feeling to the teeth and the higher abv warms the stomach.
As it warms the yeast flavors push out a bit more.
A really unique beer worth trying. If you enjoy American IPAs you may or may not enjoy the Belgian versions. In my opinion they are pretty different beers. American hops are just a different animal. I enjoyed it more for its belgian qualities. And its unique flavors. If I ever find it for 2.50 as I recently did, I will certainly buy more than one.
04-16-2008 13:35:53 | More by rtratzlaff
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
Smoggy tangerine gold with a proud, tall, durable cap of milky white froth.
Scented of lime rinds, multi-colored peppercorns, hay bales, thyme, sandalwood, aluminum, and pressed apples. It's a great aroma, but it seems dialed down and not as vivid as it could or should be.
Enters the mouth with a snap of Pils malt saltine crackers, then it drowns in a white grape juice bath. Flecks of apples and pears (mostly the peels and rinds) and some yeast-derived corkboard funkiness appear as it begins to dry itself off. There's a tic of lemon-pepper, then it goes arid with autumn prairie grasses, shearing black pepper (which is primarily a hop trait here, but also influenced by the yeast), alum, and rusting tin. It's thoroughly on the dry side, as the hops carry no juiciness that would indicate any NW USA IPA influence as this claims. The bitterness is there, though. It concludes with a vague sense of Evergreen and juniper and driftwood, and a quick sting of alcohol.
The body is medium plus, but seems deceptively small with a quick, darting, lively carbonation. This pushes itself down the throat to quench its own dryness.
This is almost very good. It's a bold beer, but, really, neither the malt nor the hops take charge flavorwise, and it appears a bit mild even though it absolutely is not. It seems to beg for a defining characteristic.
04-10-2008 06:25:11 | More by cokes
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: pale straw yellow, slight haze, big layer of pure white froth, great head retention, lace
Aroma: luscious perfumey hops with hints of blossom honey, coriander, citrus peel
Flavor: full malt sweetness with a sugary edge that almost becomes too sweet until a late-hitting smooth bitterness tamps it down; followed by peppery alcohol and hints of passion fruit, buckwheat, and clementine; finishes semisweet with a lingering mild bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, zingy carbonation, a bit slick and lots of alcohol warmth in the throat
Other comments: This is a great beer but I was surprised at how not-hoppy it is. In other words, I was expecting a bit more of a kick. Having said that, this is a much more balanced brew than what you typically get from an American craft brewery.
03-26-2008 21:11:04 | More by GreenCard
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
A: Gold with lots of foamy head.. decent lacing and retention
S: Lots of floral hops.. sweet malts (honey and apples and pears?) with some phenols and yeast rounding out a complex nose..
T: Disappointing... I think they over did it here as the fruity malts come across really funky when matched with the floral hops... some metallic almost coors light like finishing notes
M: Dry, crisp finish. Tickles the tongue.
D: The taste was just too disappointing to try again...
03-23-2008 02:25:07 | More by callmemickey
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Initially pours a clear pale golden color with a huge tight white head that's kept alive by a whirling effervescence. Monster lacing effects, some 3D, that fade like an ice cream float. Many tiny (itsy-bitsy) suspended particles reveal themselves as you venture downward further and further. Really quite a show. The smell has a nice bright crisp lemon fruity character that dominates the earthy yeast notes below. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is refreshing and light. More or less a hoppy tripel or in other words a tripel with attitude! Scores serious points for passion and imagination. Full flavored, the taste is bright with a fruity citrus note. Moderately spicy and full of hops, finishes on the dry side with a unique and complex fruity yeasty after taste that lingers nicely. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden. Best when considered in an 'off centered' alternate to the "best pint glass" and in the comfort of a poofy recliner. A lot going on with this one, quite a hoot! Super glad that the folks at Sam the Beer Man "get it"!
03-08-2008 02:01:45 | More by jjayjaye
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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