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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 gmcfarre
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Cloudy straw color with a beautiful 1 inch eggshell colored head that developed excellent lacing and rockiness.

S - Grapefruity hops with the requisite Belgian yeast spice/funkiness. Good touch of sweet grainy scent as well. Lemony citrus stands out. Very enticing.

T - Kicks things off with a tart, well carbonated sensation. Granny smith apple contributes to the tartness. Belgian spice is well represented. Aftertaste remains slightly tart with good amount of dryness.

M - High carbonation with a light to medium body. Drying aftertaste and slight mouth coating feel.

D - An excellent combination of styles, and a trendsetter among belgians. Intensely drinkable despite its high alcohol content (9.5%). I've been laying this one down for probably 8 months at least, and its quite tasty, so don't be afraid to do the same. Pick some up as soon as you can!

gmcfarre, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like I forgot how to pour a Belgian, 1/4" of beer, 6" of head. Try again, gold with streams of carbonation, big fluffy head.

Smell: Definitely funk. Earthy, vegetable, wet hay.

Taste: A little sweetness comes through then gets overpowered by spicy hops. Some peppery notes, almost seems sour at times.

Drinkability: Not quite my cup of tea (or glass of beer, I suppose) but ok.

I had this right after it came out a few years back and really liked it then. However, this time there wasn't as much sweetness and Belgian yeast flavors as I remembered. The hops seemed to take over on this go-around.

Mdog, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part Two of my "I don't have work until 2:00 tomorrow" Belgian IPA session.

Appearance: The pour is a fiery light orange with a large white head.

Smell: There's quite a bit of grassy and floral hops in the aroma to go along with Belgian yeast and a hint of spice and fruit.

Taste: Holy crap, the spices and hops hit you in the face. These hops taste American with grass and pine. Belgian yeast plays a lesser role and pale malts bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly lighter than medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation.

Drinkability: This might be the most aggressive Belgian IPA. It certainly took more of a page from the West Cost than the other ones I've tried.

goschool, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I knew this would pour a monster head, so I grabbed my handy New Belgium snifter – it corralled all of the volcanic white head. Nice chalky rivers of lace.

Whoo, what an old style farm house funk for an aroma, then is morphs into the standard Belgium yeast and candy cane – along with a spicy pop of hops to finish and round it out. This is a smorgasbord of styles, all noticeable and distinct. Even a bit of sour apple for kicks.

Sharp, crisp and dry, and a fizzy carbonation body – I’d go for more, but the $3.50 a stubby 11.2oz bottle is a tad pricey.

Vancer, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at cellar temp from 12 oz amber stubby.

Pours with a huge whipped cream head, rocky and persistent. Looks very cloudy and golden like a weizenbock.

Aroma is very funky, spicy and sweet. No detectable hop aroma.

Flavor is peppery and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is effervescent from the carbonation, leaves an aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue. Hard to believe it's any more than 50 IBU.

Drinkability is poor, hard to finish this one. There are higher alcohol beers that go down a lot more smoothly in comparison.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden body, thick whipped cream head. Very nice!

Nose is an odd blend of Belgian funk with some sweetness, not really any clear hops here...

Flavor is mildly bitter, but not anywhere near 80 IBUs to my taste-buds. Spicy and flavorful, it's not really an IPA or a typical Belgian. Not at all what I expected, but still OK.

Mouthfeel is zesty and very highly carbonated.

Quenching and drinkable.

ghostwalker, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. White foamy head that leaves a descent amount of lacing. Color is a slightly hazy apricot, Visible carbonation activity.

Smell is very intense, but not overwhelming. The hops really stand out, in fact I got a strong whiff of hops as soon as I cracked the top off. From the bottle it is piney, but from the glass it is more grassy. What a difference pouring makes. Taste is also very hoppy, but balanced. It's not trying to stab you through the tongue. It also has a pleasant white grape blended in.

Mouthfeel has a lighter body and a clean finish. It seems very refreshing at first, and then the ABV sneaks in. Very tasty and I will be enjoying this one again.

bort11, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One pint 9.4 oz brown bottle with the caged cork. Great informative label.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a dense white head. Tons of lacing.

The nose is fruity, spicy, yeasty and a bit flowery in the best possible way.

Given that this is 80 IBUs,, it is a lot less bitter than I thought it would be. The brewer has done a great job of balancing all those hops with a thick matly backbone. I get white pepper, green apples, flowers and some of that different Flemish slightly sour funk. While the Saz hops may only be 18% of the total, they add that distinct peppery taste. After I’ve had a few sips, a bit of citrus taste emerges. More spice (clove) late. Always bordering on sour.

The mouth is slightly thick with a touch of slickness. This is an easy drinker that is a great one to savor. Not an everyday beer for me, but this is one to revisit on a regular basis. Well done!

Redrover, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... there's not a "Belgian IPA" category in the bjcp guidelines, so I'll just tell you what I think of it, not how well it stacks up to what it's "supposed" to be like. (dan) :-)

A- Cloudy light orange with an initial two fingers of head that settles to a single layer and leaves strange... spots, I suppose, of areas with bigger bubbles. Looks like an appaloosa's hindquarters.

S- Wow. Tons of citrus and yeast. Lemon, spice, yeast, pale malt, malt vinegar, pine, and an overall initial impression of sourness, but a good one. Reminds me of when I reviewed a five-year-old allagash tripel. I hope it doesn't taste like that though. As it warms, it changes a bit... remember the smell of fresh cookie dough? Not as it cooks, but the dough. Floury, slightly sour, but then really sweet... That's what it smells like.

T- Once again, the most fitting word is wow. I don't really know if I like it or not. Some sweet malt, some honeycomb, but an overwhelming sourness and bitterness, along with some musk and alcohol. The grains seem to be lost in the shuffle... it tastes like a good witbier, but concentrated and with a hint of vinegar added. Malt comes out a bit more the more you drink it, as it becomes less overwhelming as your taste gets accustomed to it. I decided I do like it, but it's still crazy. There's some lingering bitterness with the sour, and just a hint of honey in the finish as well.

M- Bubbly, light, harshly carbonated, like a perrier. Finish is a bit dry.

D- I highly reccomend that you try this. You may not like it, but it's certainly an experience that every beer lover should have. I'll have it again, even at $5 per 12 oz bottle. That should tell you something...

khiasmus, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of masikon
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle, came in the proper branded glassware. A very light tea-like yellow with a mondo bright white head that just sat atop the beer forever causing me to have to wipe my nose off after the first few sips. Smell is soft and very herbal/floral and fresh. An interesting style that I had not tried before, still retains those typical belgian notes but this is even more abundant than expected with herbal/medicinal qualities. Overall, interesting and fun but finishing the whole glass became a slight chore.

masikon, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the Blue Light a couple months ago

a: A meringue like eggshell head fills my big ass snifter, receding very slowly to leave a nice layer. Light lacing clings to the glass. The beer is a bright golden in color, with sparse floaters.

s: Smells damn good...almost like a farmhouse saison that's been hopped up a bit. Gently sweet, candylike pale Belgian malts carry subtle yet intoxicating waves of ethanol and a sharp, spicy hop aroma. Fabulous barnyard funk...I mean really really good and perfectly matched to the hop and malt profiles.

m: Mouth-filling, smooth carbonation and a lighter medium body. Quite nice.

t: Pale Belgian malts under a healthy does of American style hops, delicately floral and slightly piney into the finish. A bit mineral in the early part of the sip, adding to the depth and drinkability. Nice touch of funk flirts around after swallowing, with a high bitterness for a beer from the area coming in.

d: easy as pie...the smell and taste scores certainly approach being worthy of a bump upwards could do it. This one got me thinking of a BIPA modeled after a Two Hearted or Mash House Hoppy Hour...mmm

blackie, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bomber from Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, NC.

Pours a straw color with a MASSIVE white head that takes 3-5 minutes to subside. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is farmy with corriander and cloves. Taste is funky, with definite belgian qualities. Typical wheats, cloves, corriander, banana with earthy hops adds up to a definite funk. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side with over carbonation. Fine enough to drink.

Duster72, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 11.2 oz bottle with a 9.5% abv. This is a Belgium IPA here man. Good clear straw color with lots of creamy white suds that are already leaving lacing behind.
Smell is like a great belgium wheat beer with corriander and clove and banana. Weird is the operative word here. Still a great smelling IPA.
Taste is very sweet like some banana Ice cream. The Hops are in there for sure but this is a very strong beer here so they are in the backgound. The clove is here as well as the alcohol burn. Fantastic drink. Mabey just a bit too much alcohol though.
Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with just a tad of oilyness to the finish.
Not a session beer but still a very drinkable brew.

peabody, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a huge, white, foamy head three fingers in depth with excellent retention. It leaves webs and webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is a hazy gold. Looks great.

Smell - horseblanket, with hints of figs and apricots. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - as promised by the smell - horseblanket, with tiny hints of figs and apricots. Small hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with a great deal of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - high abv holds down sessionability, but even if it didn't, this doesn't offer much aroma and flavor beyond horseblanket, so to me it's merely a decent beer, and not one I'd seek out often.

ultralarry2006, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Julia and Jason at Bruisin Ales for trying this out with me tonight. Poured was a delicously looking golden yellow with a huge white foamy head that never faded and lots of sticky white lace. Lots of hop in the aroma, but not your citrus hop bomb, this was..how do you say a bit more refined it seemed. Lots of subtle back flavors, banana, fig, pears were evident in the flavor along with the extremely pleasant hop flavor. Absolutly no presence of the alcohol could be detected which was a shock at over 9%. Such a delicous and complex offering here, light and frothy feel on the palate, lots of carbonation and just a smooth silky feel.This is truly a belgian made for me. A great kinda crossover for the hophead to try and branch out into something new. Would definatly recommend this for anyone to try, and need to pick up a bottle.

mikesgroove, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean mostly clear golden brew, huge head even from a cap fixed bottle. Head is rocky foam, billows very white up over the rim of the glass. Incredibly full retention and lacing. Very impressive.

Strong aroma of Continental hops, especially grassy, citric, and floral notes. Slightly funky, but focused on the noble oils.

While the hop presence is huge in this one, Saaz and co. are less intrusive on the overall flavor than the American hops that inspired the Belgian IPA. Very earthy flavors, grass and spicey pepper along with a flowery depth and citric spark that leaves this one smooth and easy to drink, but still giving the taste buds something to think about. Malt is a near no-show, very pale flavor that grows sweeter with a little warmth.

Speaking of warmth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Scary for 9% plus, just a smooth and drinkable ale. The body is soft without being pushed over, just enough backbone to not be one-sided and bitter. Outstanding Belgian beer, and outstanding IPA. Next time I'm going for the 750 mL.

BretSikkink, Jun 21, 2007
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This holiday special was poured into a wine glass as a last resort and shared with a friend on Christmas day.

I get 2 inches of body and 4 inches of light tan head that jumps out of the glass literaly. Nose is up front wheat in the raw and very yeasty, includes a light hoppy feel with metalic mineral notes. Leaves nice lace after the head finally fades a bit. Smooth mellow mouth feeling is softly balanced with bitter hops and yeasty wheat feel. This is very well balanced and overall silky even with the sharp bitter bites here and there. Not what I expected by the name but yummy none the less. Super easy drinking mellow mouthfeel.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ihscout426
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first try at this style and so I was not sure what to expect.

It poured a clear deep yellow with a billowing 3/4" head of foam.

The nose was fruity, more from the yeast than the hops.

the taste started with a bitter hop and then finished with a fruit and pilsner malt mix.

I would define this beer as a bitter pilsner with a belgian yeast underpinning. I would not place this in the realm of IPA's. a fun beer to try but one is plenty for one sitting. I would try again if have the chance, but not something that would go into my regular rotation.

ihscout426, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of kleffman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this at the Liar's Club, and poured into a Blanche De Chambly flute glass.

The appearance is very light in color from their use of exclusively Pilsner malt, and it's very bubbly and champagne like.

Smell - Very nice hop aroma with the standard belgian yeast tones that I've come to expect in a Belgian IPA. The aroma comes from Saaz and Spalt, plus a Magnum dry hop. Although they were going for the "west coast IPA" aroma it's not quite what I expected, but still very fresh and nice.

Taste - Nice rounded bitterness and hop flavor that really shines through because of the light malt used. Very citrusy and has a little of the belgian fruitiness from their house yeast. The alcohol is there but hidden well considering it's 9.5%.

mouthfeel - very dry. Did I mention dry? It's bubbly, and fun to drink though. Not what I was expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. I would order again, although I have no idea how much it ended up costing since it was on a tab.

Although I was told it's bottom fermented the bottle actually says top fermented.

kleffman, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to go a bit against the grain here. This was decent but not great
The best quality this beer had was its head. Quite fluffy and billowing.
Smell is ok. Although i had just had a Surly Cynic Ale and so my nostrils and taste buds were a bit weary.
Mouthfeel is average, a bit on the light side.
Drinkablity for 9.5% was pretty good.

supercolter, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium IPA and to be honest I had no idea what to expect.
Poured a lemon yellow clear liquid topped with a finger of small, tight white bubbles that melted to a sticky ring in the glass.
Aroma is the first surprise. Distinctively Belgium in yeast but an added soft earthiness and some sweet citrus. Really unusual and nice.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy as well as tingly from lots of tiny carbonation.
Taste is another surprise. Soft Belgium blonde notes with soft and sweet pale malts greet you initially then give way to nicely bitter citrus hops...not west coast kind of bitterness, but fresh and clean bitterness. I'm also catching a hint of some spices here...corriander and cloves mostly.
Everything about this bottle is bright and fresh tasting.
If this is indicative of the style, I like a Belgium IPA very much and will have to seek out more.

IntriqKen, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light golden yellow with a thick foamy head that descends to a thin foamy cover.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt, spices, fresh-cut hay and tropical fruits.

The taste is lemony-orange citrus. Clove spiciness. Sweet with a balancing bitter hop kick. Alcohol present, but soft. Dry finish.

Creamy and velvety smooth.

A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast/malt and American hops. Spicy, bittersweet. Unique and delicious.

jwc215, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a modified tulip it forms a chunky, loose, white head. Retention is outstanding. Golden body with medium sized carbonation. Tasty looking.

Smell is of spices and light fruits. Kind of a mix between a belgian pale and a tripel....in the nose at least.

Tasted very spicey, dry and full of hops. Soft and fairly light up front but then theres a humongous zap with the combination I just mentioned. First the spices, then the fruits and huge cleansing snap of hop bite. The taste lingers into the aftertaste and is a task to clean this baby up but eventually you'll be ready for another pull. Patience. As it warmed there was a more hefty load of cloves and it became a bit sweeter but to be honest it needed some of it.

Notes: Excellent. A great new style and this is a shining example of it. Bring on more fresh versions and it will be purchased in this household.

DogFood11, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

strong noble hops of pepper and grass
yeast ester spice -
slight clove and fruit patch
good bitter finish
with slightly sweet malt
all comes together
to form a nice call

pours a straw rich yellow
with a nice foaming head

smells of the yeast spice
phenol hop bread

mouthfeel is balanced
with a nice carbonation

drinks exceptionally easy
for the ABV situation

meadhead, May 31, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Caged and corked. The cork slides off very easily -- pfffft -- from this 750 ml bottle. Into a Duvel tulip it pours. The body is light golden with a BIG 3-finger fluffy white head. Excellent head retention as lots of bubbles rise to refortify things. In fact, a 1-finger head stays throughout most of the experience, with a meringue-like pillowy clump in the middle of the glass. Lots of foamy lacing sticks to the glass on the way down. Nice to look at in a lot of ways.

S: Floral, spicy and a bit funky. Something fruity in the nose that I can't quite place; I finally settle on apricot. Some yeasty cloves too.

T: I expected a more juicy jop profile having read about Hildegard's Pacific Northwest inspiration. It's far more crisp and dry than American hop-bombs. Early on I can taste that Belgian yeast and a grain-like malt sweetness. I don't really think I sense the alcohol in the taste (though it is felt in the belly pretty quickly), but then I did note a "bite" of black pepper. There is a definite hop presence, but that presence is a woody, grassy, lemony raw bitterness that lingers as a somewhat tart taste, bringing to mind green apple skins. Burps are spicy.

M: Light-to-medium in feel. A general spritziness -- along with the hop bitterness -- makes it feel dry, clean and crisp.

D: Good, especially for a beer of 9.5% ABV. The second glass went down more slowly than the first, however.

Notes: I wrote down "Like a Duvel on 'roids" and in some ways I think that's a decent description.

Kendo, May 29, 2007
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
87 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.