1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Not Rated.
Urthel Hop-ItUrthel Hop-It

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

776 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 776
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 776 | Reviews: 534 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -6.4%
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 -2%
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 +14.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +23.4%
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 +3.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +7.4%
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
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml fattie into an Orval glass (chose the glassware out of ingnorance and taste). The appearance is slightly hazy pale orange with clumpy islands of foam on top. The smell is not as overly hoppy as I expected, it's more muted with a sweet Belgian yeastie aroma in the background. The taste is sweet and malty, slight bite of hops, with Belgian yeast in the mix and a slightly sour taste on the back-end. Really nice thick mouthfeel and delicious flavor keep the drinkability high, although the high alcohol content (not detected in the flavor) could be dangerous.

TurdFurgison, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle. Production code 23CF

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a massive foamy head that takes up half the pint glass. Columns of active carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass. Yep, it's a Belgian. Great sustain with thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Not getting much hops in the smell; Belgian yeast, banana, and strong phenols. Smells like a typical Belgian pale ale.

T: Still reminds me of a typical Belgian ale. Spicy with a strong but pleasant phenolic character. No hops flavor at all, but there is a bit of hops bitterness in the finish. Still, I fail to perceive the 80 IBU's advertised on the label.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation (for a Belgian).

D: This is quite a good beer, although a bit more hop presence would be nice. At $4 for a 11.2 oz. bottle, however, this is one that is passable unless you really are itching to try it.

klewis, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This is a beer I have been wanting to try for a while a Belgian Super IPA.

The cork almost exploded out of the bottle, a quick sniff of the cork gives me a strong odor of pineapple.

In the glass this beer foams furiously leaving a cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with an exceptionally tall white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong pineapple aroma. This is full on with the fruit smells mostly pineapple and lemon with a little black pepper. Doesn't really smell like an IPA, just a new Belgian break all the rules beer.

Taste is sweet woody and bitter at the beginning. Strong and lemony with a solid bitterness and a cooked pineapple flavor about sums up the taste of this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this IS a weird beer. Not quite an IPA but not a Belgian Pale Ale either. I CAN say that this is the most pineapple tasting beer I have ever tasted. Would I buy a bottle of this to give it a retest? Maybe but I REALLY would jump on a Three Floyd Dreadnaught first.

Zorro, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick, four-finger head that fades to an irregular film leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Fruity with peppery spice, alcohol and light hops.

Taste: Sweet fruits upfront, there are some cherry notes. The finish is peppery before moving into a significant hop bitterness that has a nice interplay with some lemony tartness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Good hoppiness to provide balance.

EPICAC, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks the bruskiator for letting me sample this at the Carolina Brewmasters Christmas Party over the weekend. Though late in the evening, here's what I liked about it:

Lots of carbonation and nice lacing. Smell is a typical belgian fruity triple, from this you wouldn't know this was a very hoppy belgian.

However, definitely a hoppy beer, which would make it a little hard to finish a big bottle. Share this with your friends . . . and enjoy.

Backer2004, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was quite a surprise to find. The color is golden with a voracious bubble pattern that continues for the duration of the beer. A large head that leaves an interesting lacing pattern on the glass. Its curious...for a beer called "Hop-it" I am not able to make out any hoppyness in the taste at all. The initial taste is a bit like citrus. The end is much more bitter, but its not a hoppy bitterness but more of a yeasty bitterness. The finish is terrific, with more of a lingering lemon-like taste. Quite a beer!

Toddv29424, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at a beer bar in Brussels (see BeerSpy), the stubby brown 33cl bottle sports a brown and orange label featuring a happy cartoon character holding a mug above the name. "Superior hoppy Belgian blond" is printed along the side. I'd agree.

Pours a slightly cloudy vaguely orange gold under a huge three finger white head with great contour and lace as it slowing fades along the sides, leaving a tower in the middle reminiscent of the bad lands. Truly spectacular appearance from first pour to final sip. The nose does not keep pace, as it is disappointingly mild, with just a hint of fruit and spice, but nothing identifiable as hops. The mouth is very prickly and slightly syrupy, leaving a bit of residue on the tongue. The opening taste is mildly sweet and fruity, followed by a slow crescendo of spicey, then espresso, then acrid hops, culminating in a very dry, very crisp aftertaste of bitter. Never overwhelming, the hops are nonetheless the dominant taste. What a nice change of pace in Belgium.

Globetrotter, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored clear bodied beer. A huge frothy white head took a few minutes to settle down. Extremely high amount of carbonation bubbling to the surface. Lcacing is huge clumps.

A very fragrent blend of fruit. Mainly a banana aroma, that has noticable notes of apples and pears. A light bitter hops scent is subdued next to the banana.

Strong yeasty malt first taste. The first mouthful does develope into a lighter fruitier taste. White grape jelly quality on toast. Alcohol strength is definitly noticable.

Body is average viscocity against the surfaces. A nice carbonated beer that moves flavors around.

Great offering. A nice beer to go with a Greek salad. Definitly a must try if looking for an emerging style. Name is a little much, as the hops are slightly downplayed against other flavors and scents.

RedChrome, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of calinative68
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle on Thanksgiving Day.

I have had Stone's Ruination IPA several times before, so I thought this would be along the same lines: good hop characteristics.

A - Nice golden tone to it with an explosive head, I think it wasn't cool enough when we decanted it.
S- Floral, which is expected.
T- Hops dominate this brew so much I don't get anything else.
M-OK
D - Not a chance, too heavy on the hops that I couldn't really enjoy it. So much so, we opened up a Arrogant Bastard after this and it didn't have the same bite that it normally does. If you want to experiment and try something at will kick your tongue in the ass, then go for it. Bottom line, this was too hoppy for me.

calinative68, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a hazy pale yellow color. The head is a billowy four fingers in height, and recedes very slowly. Lacing is thick, lasting until the last sip is gone, and leaving rings and clouds of foam on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very earthy and yeasty. The taste is where is hops are in this beer. The earthy and yeasty notes which are upfront in the aroma are in the background in the taste. They are nearly covered up by a green, resiny, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly ligher than medium bodied, with nice carbonation. Overall, it is as if the normal flavors of a Belgian ale and the hops are at war with one another, and, like in all war, everyone is the loser. Nothing in this beer seems to be in harmony with anything else. A fellow BA once said, "I can tell you if a beer is made well, and I can tell you if I like it." I can tell that this is a well made beer, and I bet a loe of other hop heads out there love it, but I don't.

KarlHungus, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy with a deep orange-golden hue. A huge head tops the beer with lots of lacing covering the sides. The nose is fruity and sweet with spicy hints of citrus fruit and pepper. the taste
has a subtle sweetness that turns a citrus hoppy middle full of flavor. Finishes with apricot, fruity and hoppy and finally lingering bitterness that lasts long. Mouthfeel was fairly creamy, but enough bite through to the finish.

dherling, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of velo343
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been intrigued by hoppy belgians lately, so I wanted to give this one a try.

Poured from a 750ml, it had a huge, creamy white head that was extremely stiff--like whipped cream. Color is a nice golden hue.

Smell is citrusy and fruity, a bit of banana, not unlike that of a hefeweizen. Phenols are definitely present. A faint hop smell is also noticed. Oh, and alcohol.

At first, there is a yeast-like taste that is followed up by malt. Finally, the bitterness of the hops comes through, but it is not overwhelming at all, quite well balanced with the other flavors. While it is initially quite thick tasting, the beer finishes off dry.

I really enjoyed this beer, but I don't know that I could have more than one glass. It's not overly hoppy, but along with the high abv, it adds up over time. Definitely something I'm going to get again.

velo343, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a peachish orange color. Frothy and fizzy one and a half finger white head. Really good retention with rising bubbles. Fine lacing.
S: Big citrus notes with a good chunk of belgian phenols. Melon, lemon, grapefruit, orange, and slight banana can be detected.
T/M: Crisp and slick through the mouth with a nice splash of hops. Belgian yeast-like flavors coupled with some fruit. Wheaty malt notes. Finish is dry with an aftertaste of dried wheat on the tongue. Bitterness of the hops can be detected after the crisp carbonation blast and in the aftertaste. Sugary like residue left on the lips. Abv can be highly detected on the last sip--actually made me say, "woooh".
D: All in all a fine tasty hopped up belgian. Had this in a small bottle--not sure I could drink a big guy by myself. A fine brew.

bjohnson, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop-It’s white head is so foamy it’s hard to control on the pour. Lots of bubbles passing up through the pale blond beer, which is littered with floating translucent globs. Lots of sticky lacing. Light banana smell with subtle floral hops.

Less banana in the taste, but more hops. Hop-It tastes like a ballsy pilsner, dosed heavily with spicy Saaz hops. Resinous and bitter in the end. Smooth and weighty mouthfeel, with a dry finish. Where is all that alcohol? Don’t stand up too fast.

Really tasty, but there was so much junk floating around in it.

maundythirsty, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color of clear golden honey – head thick , and white – nose of yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps – taste is yeast , sourdough bread , mind bitter / sweet hopps – airy bright heavily carbonated body – aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones

stephendr, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a monstrous, super-thick head that looks like the top of a root beer float. The lacing on the glass is so thick and frothy that I suspect I could lather up and shave with it.

Aroma is yeasty and bready with slightly more hop aroma than a typical Belgian. Some slight citrus tones as well as a light spiciness is present.

Bready and yeasty upfront leading into a nice bitter hop bite with some mild citrus hop flavors and a slight spiciness at the end. Bitterness is higher than usual for a Belgian, but it's still fairly well balanced.

Full body, super charged carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, although the name had me thinking it would have more hop character than it actually does. The IBUs are certainly higher than normal, but the hop flavor is really rather mild. Either way, it's still very drinkable - but the ABV will hold you in check a bit...

MaltyGoodness, Nov 02, 2006
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.