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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of jim102864
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Hildegard and her husband, the owners of Urthel, at Toronado in San Francisco two years ago. That was the first time I tried Hop It and now I seek it out any chance I can.

This time, I poured it from their wonderfully labeled 750ML bottle into my Czechvar guilded lipped tulip glass. A lovely wheat and gold color with active carbonation and a pillowy white foam which lingered throughout the session.

The nose was citrusy and beautiful; hoppy with grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and lemons. Simply spectacular.

The tatse was also citrusy with oranges and grapefruit, etc. Perfectly balanced. Chaulky from the yeast yet clean and perfect.

Mouthfeel was more of the same citrusy magic. Smooth and delightful.

This is simply the class of the style. Superior in every way. A must try for all BA's.

Photo of echdk3
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 11,2 oz bottle into a snifter

A_Almost opaque dark tan-yellow color. The head starts thick like sea foam and a thin layer stays quite long

S_Roasty and nutty, almost like a fresh biscuit and without too much alcohol smell

T_Very balanced flavor with a little bit of wheat taste in there. Finishes somewhat strong and piney

M_Thick and somewhat chewy and carbonated the perfect amount

D_Alcohol definitely makes its presence known (except for the aroma) at 9,0ABV. I would drink a couple, but only provided I was at home

I will most likely buy this beer again and drink it slowly by my fireplace, especially as it gets colder outside

By the way, I noticed the listed brewer is Belgian but the bottle clearly indicates that it is Dutch - "Produced in the Netherlands" - does this sort of arrangement happen often? Because it seems a bit strange.

Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light and cottony head, a full inch and a half of foam on a medium pour, very pale straw, noticeable sediment, lacing on the edges of the glass - 4.25, S: Crisp and dry, some candied sugar, yeasty, the Belgian component is evident, possibly some banana in the depths, a subtle fruity sweetness - 4.50, T: Herbal hops, quite bitter as you might expect from an IPA, this is a touch on the dry side, some raisin flavors - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: I thoroughly enjoy IPAs and Belgian Blondes so how can you go wrong, a very pleasant brew - 4.00

Photo of mnj21655
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold in color with some amber hues. A full finger of mousse-like white head lingers and leaves some nice lacing. Great aroma, yeast, fruit, spices, and lemony hops. No real indication of the alcoholic strength that lies within. Taste is ok. The good: A good malt backbone, a good amount of hops, and a solid bitterness. The Bad: The hops are a bit too resiny in my opinion and, when combined with the substantial alcohol presence, they take on a medicinal character that is out of style and unwelcome. Good mouthfeel, medium-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation yields a very creamy brew. Definite alcohol presence. Drinkability is ok, the medicinal quality in the taste really drags this beer down.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited once I tasted this beer for the first time.

The beer was a golden honey color that was rather hazy. There was a foamy white head that some a bit of retention and demonstrated great lacing.
Aroma was Spicy and very fruity. Banana tones along with other fruits.

Wonderful complex and spicy flavor. Banana/creamy very fruity. Near the end you can taste the alcohol. A lot going on here and one to enjoy slowly.

Bright mouth feel with medium body. A warming sense from the alcohol.

Really nice drinkability.

Excellent beer.

Photo of Tolann
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been in my fridge probably since June and it's now Halloween. Belgian style beers kinda scare me. Plus this beer has sediment and floaties which I know are supposed to be there, but they scare me. So I got a, in my mind, a scary brew for a scary nite.

A - blond, straw yellow and a crest white smile, umm I mean head. Floaties. Lots of them. Almost like pulp in orange juice. Freaks me out.

S - Real yummy smell. Orange and citrus and they're my favorite. There's a fresh hop smell about it too.

T - Mellow and malty. Maybe it was good that I've been scared of this beer for so many months. I"m not finding too much of the Belgian weirdness that I was anticipating. This is a good thing...

M - Some aftertaste that seems to stick to the back of your mouth. I think its where all the hops are. Malty up front, with a hop kick in the back. Small amount of alcohol tingle if you look for it.

D - Drinks almost too easy for the %ABV. Maybe I won't be so scared of this one next time I see it offered up. It would be even more drinkable if the cork wasn't such a bastard and required the use of pliers.

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear light gold with sediment chunks and lots of white head. It smelled complex, like strong wild yeast, vinegar, lemon pine-sol, grassy hops, and honey malt. It tasted like salty wild yeast, bitter lemon and grassy hops, sour wheat and seaweed, with spicy cider notes and subtle caramel malt. It was thick with lots of carbonation, and a lasting bitter/sour aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this was a very unique beer. I'm not sure if I liked it or not, but it certainly had a complex and interesting scent and flavor. It was pretty clean, but was more of a sipping beer due to the extreme flavors. Some aging might help bring out more of the malt to balance the crazy yeast and hops.

Photo of beerad666
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Cooper's Bar in Chicago. It was poured from a 11.2oz bottle. Poured a light hazy orange with a big white fluffy head. The aroma was very fruity, typical of a Belgian. When I took my first drink I thought the hops were going to stand out more, but they only mildly appeared as an after taste. For a beer called "Hop It" I was a little disappointed, but it was hard to believe that this guy was 9.5%... well masked.

I'm glad I tried it but I won't be reaching for it again.

Photo of sleazo
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle

A_A mildly aggressive pour yields a slightly cloudy golden amber liquid with a decent two finger head that fills up the snifter. There is decent retention as it settles in nicely as a fluffy covering with strips of non symetric lace.

S_The initial whiff gives a strong dose of grassy and slightly spicy noble hops. Behind this is some freshly risen dough. A bit of skunk there as well. The bottle could be a bit old as I am unsure of the dating system.

T_Grassy notes up front give way to Greek Easter bread. The hops dominate though. The finish is pure bitterness with no other distinct quality. This manages to overwhelm everything else and detracts from an otherswise pleasant experience. There is a bit of fusel alcohol as well.

M_Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation typical in a tripel.

D_There are some positives here but the underlying bitterness just proves to be too much. I am big fan of IPAs and 2xIPAs but it really doesnt work here. I am not sure if they over used bittering hops or the hops they chose just don't make sense in such large quantities.

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

A strange looking dwarf on the label is a little imposing...oh well.

Huge white head, with good retention. Cascading golden bubbles in the orange-yellow liquid.

Sweet hop smell and citrus notes. Slightly yeasty.

Malty initial flavor, minimal almond flavor, big hop balance. The flavor has some yeasty aftertaste.

Dry feel with a burst of carbonation.

Great body, big hop flavor, very appealing.

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a long stemmed goblet at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA this brew shows a light amber gold with a decent fuzzy white head and lacing that doesn't quit. The aroma is grassy alcohol hops, generally a solid Belgian wheat and yeast. The flavor is true to the aroma and is smoothly carbonated, clean and leaves a nice sweet almost buttery citrus hops coating on the tongue and bites a bit at the finish. Alcohol is fairly prominent but I would still say that this drinks reasonably well. Very nice.

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is a lightly hazed gold with a moderate white head that laces a little on it's way down the glass.
the aroma contains a grainy sort of maltiness with some grassy, piney and herbal hoppiness. some fruitiness is detectable with notes of candied pineapple mostly. a fairly standard belgian pale ale type aroma + hops.
the taste has good deal more complexity than the aroma lets on with some of those standard belgian pale flavors as in the aroma, but with the addition of a slight cotton candy type flavor, white pepper and some some green herbal hops, a lot like you might find in an english IPA. a little biscuity like one too. a moderate hop bitterness creates some dryness lending to it's drinkability.
in the mouth it's medium bodied with moderate, but fine carbonation.
the drinkability is quite good it's got an interesting grainy/hoppy thing going on, making it very easy drinking. why, i'm not sure.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a straw/yellow color with a huge head and great lacing. The head did fall quickly.

S: This beer is hoppy. Citrus, sweet and alcohol aromas are picked up as well.

T: Bitter initially. Definitely like an overly hopped Belgian Blonde ale. It is quite complex but manages to pull off a great balance.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. It is light and airy - almost fluffy. There is a hint of alcohol.

D: Great balance and complexity make this an easy drinking brew. It also made it one of the hardest to describe....but I'd definitely recommend it.

Photo of burnstar
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a fairly large persistent head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is all citrusy and herbal hops. Lemons. Taste has a light background sweetness throughout. Phenolic, yeasty, and spicy. Again lemons with a touch of bitterness. Finishes rather dry. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable considering its strength, although this is not something I'd want to have everyday. Very nice overall.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. It left small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and floral notes. Also, a nice grain aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and peppery with hints of pine. It also had a nice roasted caramel malt flavor and a bitter finish.

M - It was sharp, crisp and somewhat dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good Belgian IPA. Complex flavors with a nice finish.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel- Hop-It

Thanks to KennyO for this 1.

A- Light hazy orange with a big frothy head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Light citrus hops with a spicy malt aroma.
T- Spicy peppery malt with a hint of wheat, alcohol, and pine.
M- Dry and spicy with a hot alc. touch. Sweet malty finish.

Overall- Let this warm up a bit. Flavors seem drowned out when its colder. Nice, a bit boozy.
(thanks Ken)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color with a lot of suspended "something". It smelled slightly earthy, tasted spicy at first and then maybe some fruit but not what I would consider truly hoppy. Interesting beer but I'm not sure the whole "belgian IPA" style really fits here. It tastes like a belgian and not and IPA so...

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaired tulip glass a froathy white head exploded over the sides of the glass,cloudy,nice golden color, tight streams of very tiny bubbles cascading all up the sides of the glass. Very good retention leaviing a lasting pillowy layer atop the beer with thick chunks of lace down the glass.

Clean spicy aromas grassy and citrusy,hefe-like spice notes with sweet breaddy aromas as the warms.

Spicy tastes upfront followed by a rush of earthy booziness,yet the booziness is well-played.sweet sugary maltiness with a lingering dry grassy fade.

Light and zesty mouthfeel,very drinkable espesially for the 9.5% had booziness,yet not overbearing and letting all the oter flavors come through,just the way i like it. Could even enjoy this beer and a hot summer day,which I did.
A lot going in here wish i had another bottle for this review,will definatly pick more of this one up someday. Thanks to Kwakwhore for the send avalible in my area just never picked and up,but i will be now.

Photo of corey0212
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, glowing golden/honey color with a monstrous fluffy white head, thick, clingy sheets of lacing, and lots of suspended floaties in the beer. Smell slightly dominated by the Belgian yeasty aromas, with some grassy hops and citrus in the background. Taste is very "green", herbal hop taste, slightly medicinal bitterness, leafy/grassy tastes...again, "green". Very actively carbonated, somewhat drying, with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness along the back and sides of the tongue. It's tasty. I'd try this one again, could be a great compliment to a lot of different foods.

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the maproom in chicago and a sizeable chalice - reviewed from cellphone notes.

I feel like i might enjoy this one more out of a bottle - too bad they are so danged expensive.

appearance: syrupy light golden colour in my chalice, fluffy white head with decent retention

smell: hops are a bit tame but maybe the massive crowd of people in the maproom had hindered my sense of smell...nice layers of yeast and white pepper spice

taste: with the word "hop" in the name, i guess i was just looking for more hops. This seems more like a jazzed up belgian pale to me with the focus being on providing a strong yeast base with mild pepper spice, a syrupy character, and then a dash of hops

mouthfeel: syrupy and yeasty

drinkability: just dandy

Photo of Quej
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange colour, lots of fluffy white head and very visible carbonation.
S - Smells nicely hoppy, but also very fruity. promises to be an interest mix at the least
T - The taste is as it smells, but less hoppy. The sweetness is fruity, quite malty, tastes of peaches and plums mix with a nice bitterness from the hops.
M - Quite tingly and cleansing.
D - Very good, does not drink like a 9.5er. The sweetness makes it so much more manageable than aan american version. I was pleased.

Photo of changeup45
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange or peach color with a relatively thick off-white head that does settle down to a thin foamy layer. Still some nice lacing on my Chimay glass. The aroma is quite subtle with some yeast, citrus fruits and a grassy or straw scent. This is tangy tasting with a citrus zing, some yeast and spicy hops. Very smooth and enjoyable with a full enough mouthfeel. There's a touch of alcohol in the finish but it is nicely balanced and considering it's 9.5% I'd call it very mild. I recommend giving this one a try!

Photo of Jerico
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly foggy golden color. Mine poured with a large fluffy head that settled down to a dense froth. A little bit of lacing.

S - the reviewer prior to mine nailed this one - it is a cross between a triple and an IPA.

T/M/D - again, a nice cross of a triple and an IPA. Hoppy for sure, but lacking in the sweetness found in either style at times. Alcohol is very apparent. It doesn't taste bad at all, but I find it quite dense and difficult to sip - even for Urthel (I love their Samaranth quad).

Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking brew. Pours a glowing golden with a thick, lacy white head. The nose is a perfect blend between a Belgian Triple and an American Double IPA. Rich malts, tropical fruits, carmelized candy, spicy yeasts with a big bouquet of hops. The taste is more on the IPA side, but still quite good. Fresh floral hops over delicate malts and ripe fruit with subtle alcohol and herbal yeasts. Really opens up at room temp. Nice full body yet crisp and refreshing. A delicious ale from Urthel.

Photo of Overlord
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely not my favorite of the Stone 12th anniversary celebration.

Poured pale yellow. No head. Tastes chalky. Smells like it would have some citrus, but almost none in the flavor. Just all-around unplesant. I have no idea what they were going for here. For what it is, more carbonation is definitely required.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.