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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

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 AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgium does double IPA in this interesting take that we had on draft. Appearance was surprisingly clear compared to most intense beers one comes across; modest frothy head which leaves a slight lacing on the glass over time. There is a cross between the piney citrus of the IPA with the phenolic fruitiness of the typical Belgian strong pale ale.

AylwinForbes, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden, with bubbles coming from the bottom. Huge 4 finger or more head rises and hangs around for a very long time before falling to a thick cap. The lacing is very thick.

S - Hops are there, with a very floral/leafy character that works hard to compete with the yeasty and phenolic aromas.

T - This tastes like a hopped up tripel, but the hops aren't as dominant as I'd expected. Quick blast of piney hops hits and then goes into typical tripel flavors quick. Powdery yeast, a little sour, and a finish full of plastic-like phenols with some finishing citrus hop flavor. Alcohol is somewhat noticable. Bitterness lingers but thankfully isn't too intense.

M - Highly carbonated, light to medium bodied.

D - No thanks. I don't like tripels to begin with very much, and this isn't much more than a somewhat hoppy tripel. I understand if that's what the idea is behind a Belgian IPA, but it isn't something I'd have another of, maybe not even something I'd buy again.

PatrickJR, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had on draft at Zeno's in State College. this was the first beer I had there. light golden color ok head - great lacing however. strong malty smell - not much of a hop nose. taste was good but not near as hoppy as i would have expected for a belgium 'hoppy' beer.

Hophead101, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an insane head with a nice cloudy orange color. Retention sticks around forever.

Smell is of typical belgian spiciness with some corinader and orange peel with some citrusy zest. I detect only a slight amount of banana phenol, and I wonder if my mind is playing tricks on me.

Nice sweetness upfront. Seems like a little candy sugar was added. A slight amount of spicyness and a little orange peel. Finishes with a little bit of a hop bang and some astringency from the alcohol, but it's not too bad.

Smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is just enough to make the flavor cling to the palate well.

This is a nicely done Belgian IPA. It suffers a tiny bit from the astringency from the alcohol, but it's not too bad. Give it a try.

jasonjlewis, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/19/08 during Lucky Baldwin's IPA fest.

Light golden beer with almost no head; just a wisp or two of white lacing.

Estery aroma with spicy and lightly floral hop notes: mmm.

Flavor starts off with a little butterscotch. Malt is present but not especially noticeable. Peppers and other "Belgian" spices flirt with identification. A bit juicy towards the end: nice.

Sort of a less-complex Duvel with extra hops.

There's a bitter aftertaste I am not used to associating with Belgian-brewed beers. There was an oxidized off-note when the beer was first served, but it gradually disappeared after some warming.

charlzm, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours light amber, gigantic fluffy head that stuck around. Nice lacing as well.

S: Mild fruity scent, very mild hop on the nose as well.

T & M: Very tasty brew, this is the first Belgian IPA that I've had. It does have the IPA hop kick but it is not overwhelming. I would put this between the English and American IPA.

D: Definitely drinkable, I really enjoyed drinking the entire bottle and look forward to having again.

elniko, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour off the bottle is quite clear, but going back to the bottle I can see all kinds of shit floating around. Color is a gorgeous light gold color with plumes of silky white head. Really a beautiful beer before all that hop/yeast crap gets in there. Aromas are full of tripel like esters, light clove and citrus, a little funk and a blanket of noble hop notes, floral and spicy. It basically smells like a hopped up Duvel. On the palate, the Belgian blonde flavors really dominate and it finishes with a dose of Hallertau-like hop flavor and a firm bitterness (but nothing in the realm of AIPAs). Carbonation is medium high and with a moderate body. This is the first BIPA I've had, and I have to say it's really a creative style, fusing two other styles I really like and doing it well. I'll have to seek out some other versions.

dreadnatty08, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Light-orange with a huge white head.

S: Belgian yeast, Citric Notes, Spices, Hops, Banana.

T: Caramel, Cloves, Hops, Yeast, Fruits, Yeast.

M: Initial taste is sweet and soft but it ends with a kicking bitterness worthy of an good ipa. Lots of carbonation.

This tastes exactly what it is, an tripel mixed with an ipa. A very unusual combo that works fairly well. Looking forward to drink this again!

baggio, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a real medium golden with white head. The hops were apparent from the pour. The taste was great: super hoppy yet medium to light feel all the way down. This one was especially carbonated, which added to its distinct feel. This one was definitely enjoyable and I hope to find it again!

jeremyd365, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color. 1 Finger of flufy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Very earth bitter hop nose. No hints of citrus or anything else along those lines.

T: Sweet for a second before going into the bitterness.

M: Tons of carbonation. Nice medium body.

D: Fairly easy drinking. Works well on a hot evening. Not the best example of the style I have had but I would definitely get this again.

aerozeppl, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another sample of my new favorite style

A- Hazy yellow. Big airy white head that actually dissipated pretty quickly. Good solid lacing that moves with the level of the glass.

S- Malty sweetness along with banana & clove spiciness. Aromas are more like a tripel- lacking the characteristics of the IPA side of things.

T- Strong bittering hops. Sweet malts seeping through into the finish. Banana & clove esters.

M- Medium bodied. Light active carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

D- The bitterness really takes this one down a notch for me. I'll stick with the La chouffe.

Avryle, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mizzoueng
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reminds me of a nice, crisp, Tripel. Golden in color and pours a good 2"+ of pure white head. Head drops to 1/2" with minimal side lacing.

S - Citrus, biscuit malt, corrinder?

T - Alcohol, very light banana, pugnant citrus, earthy tones, reminds me more of a Tripel than an IPA.

M - Light, alcohol, malty after taste. The crispness of the beer makes it a nice session, especailly when pared with a pizza!

D - Mine came from a 12oz bottle, not the bomber shown in the description. I would get this again for some possible aging and tastings.

mizzoueng, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

pinotboy007, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose ___
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.

Look: ___
Medium straw color, translucent, large, fluffy head with moderate retention.

Flavor/Feel: ___
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

RixBeer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

hwwty4, May 29, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

stumac, May 27, 2008
Photo of blackbearywheat
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

blackbearywheat, May 25, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brad007, May 21, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

sprucetip, May 04, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ewright, May 03, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

GJ40, May 02, 2008
Photo of macster
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

macster, May 02, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stephens101, May 02, 2008
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.