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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:05:20 | More by cvstrickland
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 22:51:19 | More by beerthulhu
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nickfl

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 05:02:47 | More by nickfl
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Stoneman78

California

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 04:23:53 | More by Stoneman78
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TStandley13

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 13:51:02 | More by TStandley13
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:33:46 | More by Walken
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 18:53:17 | More by BoitSansSoif
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 13:35:53 | More by rtratzlaff
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 06:25:11 | More by cokes
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:11:04 | More by GreenCard
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:25:07 | More by callmemickey
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jjayjaye

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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"!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:01:45 | More by jjayjaye
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daledeee

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hoppy Belgian?

This comes in a fat bottle with a fun cartoon character on the label. The head brew master is a lady and the brewery has been open since 2000 which seems new for a Belgian brewery. So far, everything I have had from them is superior.

The poured glass is very nice. Good frothy big head with lots of bubbles; rather champagne like. The head stays around longer than most beer. The bubbles continue through out the beer.

The nose is rather mild. Some tart fruit.

I drank this at 45-50 degrees. The taste is fruity like lemon rind with a hint of grapefruit and apple. There is a little malt as well. The finish is hoppy and some grapefruit. This mellowed as I drank it. This isn't as hoppy as the label would lead you to believe, but make no mistake this is a fine drink.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and smooth. This reminds me somewhat of Duvel but more strong flavors. Very good drink. Way too easy to drink for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 23:34:37 | More by daledeee
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This may well be one of the first Belgian IPAs I can recall having... cool.

Hop-It is a bubbly clear gold with a goodly number of small black floaties (yeast, I hope) and capped off with a fat, dense head. It's fun to watch the very active bubbles move the black flecks around. I hope they don't kill me. Otherwise, the beer Looks grand.

Getting metallic, earthy hops in the nose, along with a hefty dose of pepper and tart apples. A sweet honey-like undercurrent runs under all the esters and phenols. Pretty good, nothing earth-shattering. Rather Tripel like.

Tastes pretty darn good, with a cidery, sweet funky apple flavor upfront and forward, followed by some flowery, herbal esters, peppery spice, and a curious Belgian yeast funkiness. Finishes semi-dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. Nice.

Hop-It was a tad too sweet for my liking, but this is really quite a solid beer. Was expecting more hops from the name, but it's nice to be surprised. If you like Belgian golden ales or Tripels you will probably find this worth the $10.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 19:07:11 | More by kkipple
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ziggy13

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, almost pilsner in quality.

S - Grassy hop smell, a slight rubbing alcohol flavor.

T - Very mildy hopped for a hoppy beer. Kind of Saison in character. Because it's belgian it gets away with it. Very herbal.

M - Medium bodied. A softer mouthfeel than i expected. Doesn't really linger at all.

D - Very, very high. It's easy going down and I could see myself having a few big bottles.

An interesting offering from a Belgian brewery. Definitely worth a try. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 02:02:49 | More by ziggy13
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iasanlee

Nebraska

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

A- Pours a golden cider color with 1 finger of tight white head.

S- Scent is not hoppy, but rather similar to Orval. Citrus and belgian yeast is most noticeable.

T- Taste like a good belgian pale ale. sour lemon is first with some subtle sweetness. Almost like a mixture of a classic Belgian strong pale ale and a tripel.

M- Medium in body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I am glad to say I tried it, but after reading the back of the bottle about how the brewer visited the pacific northwest and was inspired by the IPA's to make this beer, I was expecting something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 05:35:16 | More by iasanlee
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 1pint, 9 fl oz bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa, this superior Belgian IPA is right up there with Chouffe Dobbelen IPA as one of the best renditions of this remarkable style... Although a bit pricey, this Belgian was worth every penny... impressive frothy and foamy head lays atop a cloudy, hazy, straw-colored appearance with plenty of visible carbonation... smell is complete with light, fresh, hops, citrus, and lemons... Bubble-gum flavor with fresh pines, hops, fruit, and perhaps a bitter of coriander and spices with a honey and cream taste... exquisite, top-notch taste... I could drink this all night...mouthfeel was like butter... light, full-of-flavor, rich, with a nice sprucy, bubbly feel... overall easy drinkability and the 9.5% ABV is only slightly noticeable behind a wonderful cornucopia of rich, satisfying flavors... hands down, one of the better brews I've ever sampled... great stuff... looking forward to sampling other beers from this terrific brewery... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 23:29:36 | More by dsa7783
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BKIII

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've just had my first glass of Hop-it, and I must say, it's fantastic.

A - Poured a beautiful light golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down into a semi-present ring. Very light bits of lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop scents with hints of lemongrass, bright flowers and to me, green olives.

T - A strong rush of sweet hops, mixing well with the nose. Envelopes the whole mouth with a sweet, then bitter hop flavor before ending into a suprisingly clean finish.

M - Lightly carbonated, with a smooth flowing texture the rolls across the tongue. Flavors hit all 4 receptors.

D - An excellent beer, but I feel that I couldn't have too many of them in a row. The finished glass leaves me satisfied, so too much more would start to weigh down on me.

(also, The glass that I had was a little expensive. The bar manager said that it's almost 6 times the usual cost for a keg... I stopped complaining)

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 21:11:46 | More by BKIII
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA on 1/17/08. Bottle into tulip glass.

A - Cloudy golden body with two-fingers of creamy, bubbly head that retained very well for the whole ride. Plenty of carbonation and lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Very attractive looking beer all-around.

S - Wow! Lots going on with this one. I'm picking up a very distinct sweet, crisp apple frutiness paired with citrus and grassy hop notes. Nice aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters and sweet grapes/white wine as well. A bit of alcohol also pushes its way through.

T - Begins with a spicy yeast aspect with lots of apple flavor and a very pleasant citrus and grassy hop flavor, much like a pils. Finishes bitter but also sweet, much like a white wine. Overall, very fruity and spicy flavors combine with juicy hops to create a very unique and delicious taste.

M - Medium to full body with smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Combines the spicy aspects of a Belgian, the hoppiness of an IPA and crispness of a pils, all with a white wine aspect. Bittnerness lingers on the palate for quite a while, but is paired with a bit of fruit tartness.

D - Extremely complex brew for sure. Very impressed! Lots of flavors and textures coming out in this brew. All of the flavors blend quite well together. Could perhaps use a bit more of a malt backbone, but otherwise a truly unique concoction. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 14:01:32 | More by ffejherb
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a yellowish/gold color with a slight haze and a 2" white clumpy head.Good lacing.

S-The smell was of spicy/earthy hops.I also got a fruity smell of banana and cloves(just like a hefe)The background was sweet malts and Belgian candi-sugar.

T-First taste was spicy hops,light fruit and a peppery/earthy bitter finish.The taste of alcohol was present as it warmed.Had a very unique taste,all Belgian,malts,sugars and yeast.

M-Crisp,very dry mouthfeel.Good carbonation,medium bodied.

D-Very unique beer,very drinkable even at 9.5%.Harder too find but was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 05:48:47 | More by twbrewer
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange highlights. The head is a decent tight white head that left some real nice lacing on my Chimay glass. The taste is typical Belgian. Some nice barn yard funk, like a saison; some nice Belgian candi sugar, like a BSPA. It also has a tart apple aroma. The taste starts off with palt malt and candi sugar which is quickly followed by a wave of corriander. There is a light, light bitter hop. Also, there is a noticable fusel alcohol flavor. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy, the finish is on the sweeter side. Definitely a very nice golden Belgian brew. The hops really aren't there. Not sure if this brew needs a 9.5% ABV, which definitely limits the drinkability. Would like to try a side by side with Piraat. Definitely worth a try for the curious beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 03:39:42 | More by Gmann
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mj71

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- After first reading some reviews, I gently poured it into an Ommegang goblet. About a fingers-worth of crackling white head that fairly-quickly dissipated into small clumps of medium sized bubbles. Color is a hazy medium gold.

S- Sweet, apricots and pears come to mind. For being called Hop-It, not too many hop aromas I recognize.

T- Hops appear late in the game and stay around long after the swallow. Initial, fleeting sweetness is crushed by hops.

M- Crisp, lots of carbonation, I'm having trouble reconciling this one. Not a whole lot of balance.

D- Not my favorite. I'm not left longing for the next sip.

Like kosmoraios below, my bottle has a new label, although it still says "The Original Hop-It" With so many stellar reviews, I wonder if the recipe has changed a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 22:53:34 | More by mj71
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1-9-08: Watching "Talk to Me" while reviewing this gem.

I poured this gorgeous beer into my De Garre snifter. It had a huge egg shell head that left lacing over the entire snifter. It had a nice bright yellowish-orange body that was semi-transparent.

A nice herbal hop aroma with bits of dried apricot. Very pleasant indeed.

All the flavor of a typical Belgian with a nice rounded hop body. A big hop presence, but it doesnt interfere with the other flavors. Light fruit, biscuit and glorious hops; herbal again with a bit of earth. One of the best beers I have ever had.

The moutfeel is fairly light a bit grainy.

I will get more of this beer as soon as I can. This is like no other Belgian IPA i have ever had. It is amazing.

8-26-09 - edit:

Enjoying this beer on a beautiful Nashville evening on my veranda; I cant believe I waited this long to try this beer for a second time. It is still amazing, if not better. I also havent seen "Talk to me" since I last had Hop-it, and I should because it also was a great movie.

R.I.P. De Garre snifter. The best beer glass I have ever had passed (fell on the floor) not long after the initial 1/08 review.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 00:15:50 | More by IPAcraig
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I have looks different than the pic, and it touts itself as a "Superior Hoppy Blond Ale" on the bottle. There is no mention of a Belgian style or that it's an IPA.

Pours a crisp, clear golden-blonde into my Duvel tulip glass. White foamy head rises to about 3 fingers before quickly settling back down, leaving moderate lacing on all sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pears, figs, malt. Sugars are evident in the nose, very sweet, fruity nose.

Taste is distinctly Belgian Blonde (golden) ale. Very sweet, fruity flavor with a weirdly nutty finish. There are sour apples, underripe plums. Alcohol becomes very evident as the ale warms. Hops .. I guess.. but it's not an IPA by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and oily. Not a very drinkable beer due to it's high and poorly-masked alcohol content. It tastes like a Unibroue beer. Nice try, Urthel ... not horrible, but time for a revamp.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 21:51:51 | More by kosmoraios
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dhilltop2000

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been waiting awhile to take this $11.49 1pt 9oz bottle out of the fridge. I finally decided to try it. What could be better, a hoppy IPA with a Belgian touch!? Two of my favorite styles on the table! I took it out from a 42deg fridge, let it set in room temp for 30 min and popped the cork! That's where my excitement started to dwindle. Poured a hazy butterscotch color with a ridicules amount of tiny white bubble into a Duvel tulip glass. Don't get me wrong, I love a good head, but this was quite the over load. I literally had 6 inches of tight ice cream like head for every 1oz of beer I poured. I had to wait 5 minutes for the ball of foam to "produce" a mouthful of liquid. Smells much more of a banana cream, triple Belgian ale concoxion than an IPA. I don't like the way the beer is balanced between the creamy sweetness and the hoppy bitterness. Don't expect much from the IPA aspect. Definitely a let down in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 16:32:11 | More by dhilltop2000
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.