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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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88
very good

792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall, corked 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Home.

Tons of head immediately into the pour, nearly half the glass. Color is a golden straw. Head begins to settle after a little with nice tight bubbles and thick Belgian lace. I noticed a huge amount of yeast sediment - didn’t think I disturbed it that much during the pour.
Aroma is both sweet and spicy. Familiar Belgian ethers combined with fruity/resin hop scent.
Sweet honey/fruity flavor typical of a Belgian tripel, but has a good mix of spicy, peppery hops. Not overwhelming in either direction, very good mixture of the styles on the beer spectrum. Finishes pretty dry.
Mouthfeel is thick and fully coating. Not overly carbonated.
Fairly drinkable.

All in all, good Belgian IPA. Not as exciting as I had anticipated or hoped, but enjoyable nonetheless.

IgnatiusReilly, May 01, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard this beer is only for export to the US, but I still bought a bottle in Holland.

A golden yellow beer with a lot of carbonation and a thick and stable head.

Smell of resinous, grassy raw hops which pretty much dominates the smell. The yeast adds a nice fruitiness and malts are way in the back. There is something slightly oxidized in the smell.

Taste is pretty bitter, but not as bitter as expected. The hops are mostly present in the aroma, resinous, grassy hops. Malt comes through more than in the smell. This cannot be called balance, because the hops still dominate the taste. The yeast gives the beer it's Belgian character, a fruity and spicy hint, remiscent of Belgian yeast. Body is quite thin and there is this oxidized taste again.
A nice Belgian tripel on steroids, I was not blown away.

Absumaster, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this beer. I have sampled it several times but this bottle all to my self gave me enough perspective to properly review it. Thanks again Adam

Allowed to warm and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden color. Translucent. Huge head in my tulip glass. Massive heavy lacing. The carbonation is intense and aggressive in it goal rapidly reach the top and fuel the head.

Smell: Grassy hops, lemon and a light pale malt aroma with a biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty with a grainy malt base, pineapple, and a Belgian malt, sugar, fruity taste and a big grassy hop flavor and an orange rind bitterness. There is a warmth from the alcohol but little flavor coming through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is extremely big fluffy. The aftertaste is long and sweet, and eventually, after the sweetness fades a lingering dryness is left on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable beer for 9.5% ABV. I enjoyed one 12once bottle and I easily enjoy a full 750 ml bottle.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Green Leafe Williamsburg: Bright golden with a gluey white head. Spicy on the edges with an undertow of hoppiness. Doesn’t come off quite right, but a fun experiment. Re-rated from a corked/caged bottle on 4/15/2007: Poured 100% white foam head and still erupted from the bottle for a while. Aroma is oddly like smoked sausage. Drinking thru the whipped cream head, I get the same basic impression as before; like a Belgian golden ale with an addition of American style hops. I’m upping my rating a bit ... this is good stuff.

Braudog, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of barleylegal
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

insane pour. this beer pours foamy goodness with very good lacing. smells of coriander and citrus with a hint of pine. tastes the same as the smell. it is like a cross between titan ipa and duvel. very different. could only drink one bottle but would never turn one down. never pass it up if you have the chance.

barleylegal, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from my sister as a birthday present and I can say with confidence that it was greatly appreciated. Nice looking bottle that almost seems worth the price of admission to begin with. I was amazed at the amount of head the pour produced.
Using the recommended Urthel glass which I got with the bottle, it was almost impossible to pour the slightest amount with an immense amount of carbonation going up. After a tedious pour, this thing had the most fluffy, creamy white head. Cloudy and golden in color leaving some sticky lacing.
Interesting smell considering this is my first Belgian IPA. Spicy hops with some earthy, fruity undertones. I can't explain it but it's not a bad thing in my nose's opinion.
Definitely a Belgian taste with a smaller American influence. Seems like a tripel with some hops. Sweet, spicy, hoppy, it's all balanced pretty well and is nothing my tastebuds have come across before.
Slightly dry mouthfeel as expected. It's always interesting when you feel like you're pulling a beer through an inch thick layer of frothy cream. More gentle carbonation accompanied by a slight alcohol burn which is actually more noticable after swallowing than in the mouth.
I shared this bottle and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I'm sure I could handle one myself. While a Belgian IPA is not my drink of choice this one seems to be very drinkable. Recommended, for sure.

ncvbc, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of rousee
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful gold color with a thick lush alive looking head--just about perfect looking as the head retains extremely well with an amazing amount of continual carboanation. Thick lush merengue pie like lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is that of wood with some barn like essences too. Nothing akin to horseblanket or anything like that but more of a outdoorsy rustic scent.

Taste is an initial sharp prick of hops followed by a floral middle and finishes dry and crisp. Elements of honey and some vinous quality is noticed also. There is also a good amout of alcohol heat but it is concealed pretty well as it is felt more in your chest than it is on your palate.

The mouthfeel on this is really cool. The head retains so well that when you sip it your lips touch this nice soft foam head and it is quite pleasant. If it wasnt for a slightly chalky mouthfeel on the finish I would score a 5 here for sure.

Drinkability unfortunately cant be scored too highly as this baby is 9.5 % --I would say its better than average for a beer of this magnitude.

rousee, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Brewfan
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared w/ Cooperrip.

Huge bone-white head. Rocky and foamy with great retention. Once it did fade, it left behind a DNA strand patchwork of lace that was still on the glass the next morning.
Murky yellowy-orange body. A bit cloudy but clean.
Musty hop nose. Earthy slightly sour background like over-ripe apples.
More sweet on the tongue than hoppy. Fruity, musty apple funk. At 9.5%, the alcohol is hidden nicely behind the spicy and slightly hoppy yeasty sweetness.

Rather dry, and EXREMELY drinkable. Nice combonation of styles.

Brewfan, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of mhaws000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellowish orange with huge amounts of head that overtake the glass and dont dissipate. Left a thick almost meringue-like head that repeatedly stuck to the end of my nose. By far the most intense foam I have ever experienced

S-I really start to see the combination of styles come through here. The sweet honey banana notes of the Tripel combined with the spicy florals of the hops.

T-Sweetness of a typical Belgian is obvious but not dominating like most belgians. The hops have come through and are bully themselves into the picture to create a much more interesting taste profile. I dont really notice much alcohol considering the 9.5 ABV

M-Fairly light and crisp except for the fluffy creaminess that the ever-present head creates with each sip.

D-Very good. The combination of the two styles creates a very interesting blend in this beer. As a huge fan of the American IPAs I really enjoyed this one. All of the delicious hoppy bitterness but displayed in an entirely different way than I am used to. Not a beer I would go for very frequently and a casual drinker probably would not enjoy it but it was a very enjoyable and interesting choice for me.

mhaws000, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/23/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info noted, but it is an '06 release.

Appearance- Cage comes off and no less than 10 seconds later does the cork fly out knocking off one of my pans from my hanging pot rack. I still have not found the cork yet. The color is a lemony yellow and orange mixture. Wondring if the head is supposed to grow continuously for over ten minutes after the pour. Infected? Wonderful looking pock marked tight small bubbled white head and chunky lace.

Smell- Let to warm the smell comes out much better. 45 degrees doesn't compare to 55 degrees. Fairly yeasty and somewhat bready or biscuity. Classic Belgian pale ale scent with some white pepper and other spices. Hops are there, but not as much as expected. Light lemon scented fruits are also present.

Taste- Ahh, the hops are there. Lots of saaz hops as it kind of tastes like a cross between a imperial pils and a belgian pale ale. Seems more sugary when drank cooler and more bitter and tart when had at room temp. Good amount of peppery flavor with some powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as thought it would be. Left to warm it almost has a lighter carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste that lasts just long enough.

Drinkability- Gave this fairly high marks because it's only the second Belgian IPA I have had and liked it a bit better than the La Chouffe offering. Great flavors..very well done.

GClarkage, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with Stopper. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter I get a cloudy gold color with creamy bleached white head that rests as a surface layer that leaves some tight lattice as I drink. Aroma is light and fruity with white grapes and pear but also a little boozy. First sip reveals an average body with slight syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet and candi sugar is prevelant but does allow for some general fruitiness and a fairly bitter finish in the middle. The finish is lingering sweet fruit. A very easy drinker with no hint of abv.

sulldaddy, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a mildly murky mix of gold, hay, and amber.Very mildbubbling, but a great foamy head and good lacing.Looks like an IPA, with some Belgian flair.

Smell- Very floral hops mix with some spiced breads. Maybe a touch of soap. But still enticing.

Taste- Starts with a litle spiced spruce needles, then to a fresh bouquet of hop flowers. More astringent than bitter.The malts take on a grainy spiced, bread flavor.A little nutty and a few hints of green apples.

Mouthfeel- Astringent, slightly warming, and very cleansing. A nice Belgian interpretation of an IPA.

scruffwhor, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33 cL stub-nose bottle.

A: The ale has a huge, huge, HUGE head. The thick white billowy foam overtakes the glass when only 1/3 of the bottle is poured. The ale itself is a very pale yellow, almost a weizen color, with a slight haze.

S: The aroma is an earthy hop mixed with some honey-like spices. The combination of hops and spices makes for a spritzy sweet aroma.

T: The ale is an excellent example of a tripel-IPA hybrid, showing off the best of both styles. The tripel characteristics are honey, coriander and alcoholic strenght. Each comes through at the start and end of a sip, providing a candi sugar alpha and omega. In between, the IPA profile kicks in, whipping up a frenzy with some earthy and citrusy hops. The bigger American hops seem incredibly out-of-place in a continental ale, but the flavors are very nicely made.

M: The first time I had this beer, it hit me the wrong way. I was not expected the muted continental IPA-tripel approach. Since then, the flavors have really grown on me and the tripel's sweetness mixes well with the IPA's hoppiness.

D: This hybrid is a veritable smorgasbord of flavors, showing big tripel sweetness and IPA spiciness. I prefer the beer out of a 75 cL bottle, but it does remarkably well in the small bottles.

akorsak, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a longstanding Northwest resident I can assure one and all that Hop-It doesn’t stray too near to the NW-style IPAs that apparently influenced it’s design. The Flemish yeast strain, pilsner malts and Czech and German hops won’t allow any serious comparison to an IPA, let alone a Northwestern hop demon. About the only thing Northwestern in this ale is the infusion of high alpha Magnum hops, which contribute bittering but apparently no flavor. If the label on the corked bottle didn’t specify a Northwest IPA influence, no comparison could logically be made.

Hop-It is a fine Belgian ale, pale golden, with roiling carbonation and a supersized volcanic dome of whipped suds that dominates the glass moreso than the beer itself. This makes the pour a delicate affair, but worth the effort for the tart Flemish aroma with Saaz spice and the zesty flavor energized with a light touch of candi-sugar.

As I recall, I paid about $12 for the 750 ml bottle, making this an indulgence, not a house standard. I can’t say it’s worth the money, but I certainly won’t complain about the elegant Belgian styling, the festive crown of foam, or graceful drinkability. The gently contoured, quaffable body spewing starched, cavernous lace was quite pleasing as well. But there’s no need to think of this as something of a Northwest influenced Belgian IPA. It isn’t.

RedDiamond, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Estarrio
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying many bottles and draught pours, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this fine brew. Just in time before the, hoppier version hits the shelves!

Poured clear, light gold with an enormous, white frothy head. I could talk about head retention here, or I could simply mention the fact the head took on a life of its own and continued to grow. Expect frothy chunks of foam on your glass walls.

Fruity esters are bountiful in the nose with hints of apple, pears and grape. Sweet malt and funky yeast balance a nice bouquet of citrusy hops and spicy alcohol. Traces of pepper, coriander and clove add to a nice complexity.

Again, the fruity esters really stand out. Green apple and red grape mingle with citrus rind, candied sugar, caramel, clove, coriander and sweet malt. The funky yeast lends a character similar to bread dough. A welcome hop bitterness takes over in the finish and serves to mask a bit of spicy alcohol flavor. The finish is slightly dry, begging for another sip. I'm really impressed with the range of flavors. From sweet fruit to a blast of hops, this brew delivers.

The carbonation comes on strong in the beginning but seems to spend itself rather quickly. While the mouthfeel is pleasing, it lacks the creamy fizziness implied by the amazing head.

This divine concoction is dangerously drinkable. While this review pertains to the bottled version, I've spent many hours drinking these on draught. At 9.5%, these tend to drink like a session brew.

I've been really impressed with Urthel and this is no exception. I can't wait until Hildegard's latest formula reaches these shores!

Estarrio, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Belgian IPA- what a unique style. Great spicy clove aromas with a signature sourness from the yeasts. Paired with a moderate hoppy punch and citrusy sweet charaters, the two brews blended very nicely. The fruitiness played well with the bitter hops all the way to the finish. Not overly sweet or heavy, but the alcohol is easily is noted. Wonder what makes the Belgian drinkers so hop-phobic because this stuff is delicious.

kernalklink, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 3/3/07.

A: Very pale straw-gold in color. Rocky two finger that recedes to nothing but leaves sheets of sticky lace.

S: Hoppy nose. Mildly soapy. Vaguely yeasty aroma.

T: Spicy belgian yeast, mildly bitter hops, tart apples, and spices (clove?)

M: Tart, dry, and refreshing. Should prove to be an excellent warm weather beer.

D: Drinkability is good. The alcohol is present, but, also very well hidden for 9.5%.

GbVDave, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel Hop-It was on tap at Lucky Baldwin's for the Belgian Beer Festival.

The beer came as a clear pale gold with a very nice fluffy white head with good retention. The taste was of hops and alcohol kind of melded together, with a strong berry undertone. Similar to Duvel in the sense that it was almost champagne-y, although the hops stood out a little more. Quite drinkable for a 9.5%.

MiScusi, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to face it, I don't like Belgian beers. Much hyped, and not too bad really. But it's just too sour for me. Yes, I do appreciate the uniqueness and craftsmanship, but I simply don't dig it.

Nice presentation, well rimmed, nice lacing. Big time fruits on the nose, honeydew, green grapes and Granny Smith apple. Sickly sweet bosy, finshed off by a spicy kick with Ron Jeremyesque hop finish.

If you dig hoppy Belgians, this is for you.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my ommegang glass a golden yellow with a huge 3 fingers of rocky whipped white head with tons of lacing. Nice retention as well.
Lemony zest catches my attention first in the nose with a backdrop of sweet bready yeasty malt and a bit of spicy grapefruit. Very pleasant aromas.
Sweet bready malts up front followed by a tinge of spice, corriander and a hint of sweet clove. Lemon rind is present througout each sip. Then comes a nice hoppy citrus character filled with lemony grapefruitiness that compliments the yeasty belgian characteristic. The finish is dry. I think that the lemony characteristic blended with the hop bitterness creates the grapefruit like flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly level of nice carbonation.
This is a very drinkable and a great representation of what is possible with a little experimentation. A great beer drinking experience.

Matthew, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Appears a beautiful, cloudy amber with two full fingers of fluffy, dense off white head. Has a very spicy, hoppy aroma that carries on into the flavor. Tastes of fruity, peppery hops, rich malt, and a hint of apricot. Finish is dry and bitter. Quite refreshing considering the high alcohol. Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Really drinkable for it's strength.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color: hazy golden apple
appearance: HUGE four finger head if you poured slowly. The head was like a creature from hell. Just when you think it would disapate the head turned into a creamy bliss. ( rootbeer float) ahh!
Nose: fresh lemons, orangepeel, wet leather.
Taste: Lemon merange pie, into a spicy midpalate of white pepper,and fresh baked bread quality. Not much malt backbone but the creamy head that never goes away balances the bitter hops. If this brew had more of a malt-backbone this would of scored a perfect 5 for me.

athensbeermaster, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pilsner-y golden color with a bubbly body. Atop is a light cream head that nearly overflows the glass and leaves some of the thickest lacing I've ever seen. Aroma is very belgium; floral boquets are complemented by organic lavender and fruity pear.

The taste is (like most belgiums) difficult to nail down. Alcoholic notes strong, with a slight fruit note. A different hoppiness than the hoppy American microbrews, to be sure. Huge bubbly feel, courtesy of the bottling under pressure, dry and crisp. I will have this again...it's fun to drink and discuss.

wagenvolks, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. The head is gigantic and leaves great lacing. The smell is filled with corriander, Belgian candy sugar, lemon,pepper, and alcohol. A nice and different smell,thu not too strong. The taste is a typical Belgian, lemon,corriander,alcohol,bread yeast, and abit of hops. The taste is good,but it's not as hoppy as I expected. The m/f is medium and the taste does a good job of hiding the alcohol,but I really expected more out of this beer. It's good,but not great.

jmz62565, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel
Served into a tulip glass

Smell is off the beaten path for a Belgian, fairly hoppy with a sweet yeasty smell

Taste is great, take a normal Belgian Pale Ale and Americanize it. While this won't make you pucker up like the guy on the bottle, it really does have a good hop bite. But then again, these are Belgian hops, which are weaker than our fatter, pungent, smack you sister for calling you a dildo hops which we all know and love.

Overall, I love this beer, and always keep a bottle of it on hand, so it was a special treat to find it on tap. Find it, Get it, Be glad you did.

leftmindedrighty, Jan 30, 2007
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.