Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

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 Budlum
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew starts of with large amounts of foamy, white head. Almost ridiculous amounts, really. A skilled pour is definitely required. The head slowly shrinks leaving a fluffy dome in the center of the glass. Amazing head retention. Pale, golden yellow body displaying tons of carbonation and clarity.

Floral hops are the first noticeable smell followed by a spicy Euro-hop presence. Fresh iris and hyacynthe with a very woody aroma. The yeast presence really tells the story as it dominates the hops with a very strong oak presence.

The first tastes are of very spicy hops. There is almost cayenne pepper quality to the spice level. Some traditional hoppy flavors but more of dry and earthy flavor. This beer is dominated by a very strong yeast presence that provides a very long, woody finish. Far too bitter, spicy and wood-flavored as it warms.

Highly carbonated for the entirety of the 750 mL bottle. Very lively on the tongue with a very spicy feeling. The spice and most likely the alcohol presence almost numb the mouth.

Drinkability was not too good. I couldn't tell exactly what the intentions were for this beer. The closest comparison would be a Saison Dupont dry-hopped in oak for year. The yeast strength of this beer just does not work with the hops.

Photo of flannelman808
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 review update

A: This one is hay colored and just slightly hazy. Bone white head with medium retention tops it off and does cling to the glass fairly well.

S: Smells pretty grassy from where I'm sitting about a foot and a half away. Up close there is a very earthy (think hops on dirt) grassy aroma. Pale malt notes come through as well with a sort of cornflake like presence.

T: Herbal grassy bitter meets earthy dusty subtly sweet spice ... suggestions of sweet peach on the back end. Very well done for the style and very balanced. It's very tough to strike a harmony of IPA and belgian strong golden, and while this is certainly a Belgian strong before it is an IPA it does finish rather dry, and the hops have an undeniable presence.

M: Rich and coating.

O: A champion in a style otherwise plagued with problematic brews. This is a must try if you like any other Belgian IPA and I would say a good option for any Belgian Triple drinker as well for a little something different.

2006 post
a very good beer.

pours with a ridiculous amount of white fluffy head, it took forever to pour, its almost whipped cream.

smells like duvel or any good Belgian golden with a good balance.

Tastes fruity hints of peach and banana, balanced with a spicey hop finish. The high abv element is quite undetectable, quite a feat.

medium carbonation, and very drinkable.
This should be rated in the 90's Try it.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden color, hazy and almost hefe-like, gigantic white fluffy/rocky head, the biggest head I've ever seen, took forever to pour, great retention and lacing

s - very spicy, smells very reminiscent of a hefe, some hops in there too

t - good mix of hoppy bitterness and spicyness, some citrus as well, alcohol not evident, sort of like a IPA mixed with a hefe

m - not a whole lot of carbonation evident in the mouth, medium-bodied, moderately dry finish

d - the alcohol is nearly undetectible and the taste is good, that makes for a pretty dangerously drinkable beer

Very good beer that's a little different from anything I've had before. Definitely a brew that bends the borders of a Belgian Strong Pale. I like the balance of spicyness and bitterness.

Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and clear gold color, almost a pilsner straw. The beer is topped by a fluffy white head. Wonderful head retention, this beer isn’t going to show the staying power of the Chouffe beer, but I’m not disappointed by what I see. Straight forward approach to the aroma. Some mild grapefruit hops, just a little earth soil, and a light mix of fresh baked bread and mild orange citrus. The flavor has a lot of citrus up front, kind of a simcoe mandarin orange, but it’s much softer than most simcoe beers. The earthiness extends into the finish of the beer where I also find just a touch of spicy heat, maybe a little white pepper. Slick, and mildly smooth mouth feel. Nice drinkability. Lots of comparisons between this beer and the Houblin Chouffe.. I’ll take the Chouffe. It’s a much more complete beer.

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

Urthel Hop-iT! is best served at cool cellar temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped glass. This spritzy little number pours up ever so slowy with a big, pillowy white head that royaly resides over a hazy, straw-pale golden body. The aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (grass/freshly mown hay) , spicy (peppery) & fruity (banana, lemony (lemon grass), pear) estery notes. There's also a hint of light graininess and yeasty bread under all those Poperings hops. The flavor starts off with a nice bready, graininess and carries into a nice earthy, hop spiciness which takes over to deliver a dry, bitter clean finish with a hint of alcoholic warmth. This spritzy Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a firm medium body with a touch of oily-ness and some astringency in the background. This is real nice treat for Belgian beer fans who appreciate hoppier beers. Enjoy as a digestive or try this one paired with some spicy shrimp scampi, bread crumb & herb crusted red snapper or the French classic Choucroute garnie.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big hazy yellow, with a thick yellow head, good lacing.

Smell had a light yeast and spice odor with a touch of hops.

Taste was very typic of a strong belgian pale only with more hops. A bit of yeast some light spices a bit of citrusy fruit and some hop punch.

mouthfeel is full and dry.

Not bad, but not something I would drink regularly.

Photo of mcallister
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

So I went to the OSU, Texas game Saturday and after much drinking I of course broke the seal and what I released was Urthel Hop-it. Seriously a pissy, cloudy pale straw color. The head is a brilliant white and very frothy and carbonated. Some of the most beautiful looking lace I've witnessed is left behind. Circular rings very sticky make their way down the glass until it reaches the potion of love.

Bright floral hops, belgian yeast and spice, more flower, with a hint of flower. Big lemony, with hints of lime aromas. Other citrusy fruits also want to make there prescence felt.

Solid, complex, and balanced. What more can you ask for in a beer. The belgian spices are integrated very well. Many times I will get a beer similar to this where the belgian spice dominates and it really hurts drinkability. At 9.5%; you can't even recognize it. One of those beers that tastes nearly identical to the smell. However, some malt has shown itself. Seems that given the name this could be "hoppier". Albeit a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Very refreshing. But almost to thin or would have scored higher.

Photo of scluffman
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, slightly hazy gold with a frothy snow white head. Aromas of banana and citrus fruit with a spicy, yeasty character. Flavors match the nose with a slightly drying finish. Not as hoppy as I expected, but undeniably pleasing all the same. Clearly one of the better Belgian Pale Ales I've tried.

Photo of kencarman
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never have had any beer that I have rated this well. To me, and to my wife Millie, if you were to imagine an excellent Golden Ale from Belgium merged with the perfect amount of hops to balance it out, this would be it. I was amazed at the brewer's ability to prove his talents when it comes to his craft. The color, the somewhat hazy, deeper than straw that one would expect. Mouthfeel... not overly carbonated, but well carbonated as per style. Aroma? Hops and expected banana-clove... slight. I would be so damn proud of this one, if I brewed it, I'd piss off my relatives by bragging too bloody much, so I'm glad they brewed it instead.

I did not have any of the gusher, carbonation problems that other reviewers did, but of course this was just one bottle bought in Concord, Mass at Colonial... a very well stocked outlet that competes quite well with Yankee Spirits, especially considering their superior knowledge and care they seem to take with product. So either the other merchants are storing it and treating it poorly... no surprise, or their only fault is in consistency, please say it ain't so!

Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL cork-n-cap bottle, conditioned, with loads of info about the beer on the silk-screened label. The cork was extremely anxious to come out, essentially coming out on its own, and then proceeding to foam over. The first pour delivers a RIDICULOUSLY huge head - my full tulip has only a half an inch of beer in the bottom. It takes a good 30 minutes to get the head to reduce enough to leave me with a half-full glass, and because of the dense head, I could tease it to 3 fingers above the rim of the glass. The beer is an unfiltered golden/amber with low carbonation, but becomes highly carbonated after some swirling and the white head is big, creamy, sticky, and incredibly dense - I can tilt the tulip to almost horizontal and the head doesn't budge. As I drink, an amazing amount of foam sticks to the glass - as much as 3/4" of an inch thick, making a gaze into the glass seem like a glimpse into a foam cavern. It smells of hops, juicy apples, medicinal/perfumy phenols, some fruits and a spiciness. Hop-It has a big bitterness with sharp esters and perfumy phenols, grapefruit/grassy/spicy/raw hops and hops oils, lemon rind, coriander?, apple cider, watermelon, pear, light mustiness and spiciness, and sweet malts that appear near the end. It has a big body and an extremely long finish, and is overall a nice and complex brew, but it can be a bit trying at times and the head was definitely annoying.

Photo of hermesch
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting milky gold, capped off with a thick, respectable head that retains throughout the drinking.

Smell is light citrus, faint malt and piney hops. Belgian yeast lingers there as well.

Initial taste is delicate floral notes that quickly gives way to a more prounounced bitterness. The hops flavor is close to almost grass. Finishes dry on the back of the palate...quite satisfying and refreshing!

This is a very drinkable beer....good for early fall weather. Enjoy!

Photo of SwillBilly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is starting off on a bad foot. I popped the cork on the caged bottle and Urthel Hop-It made like Ol Faithful. A geyser of luscious beer comes pouring out of the bottle all over my kitchen. Must have been too cold. Oh well on with the review:

Appearance: Poured into my tulip glass, Hop-It pours hazy with a deep golden hue with an ever so slight hint of orange in the color profile. A huge, rocky head tops the beer with sheets of lacing covering the sides of my tulip.

Smell: Fruity and spicy with hints of citrus fruit and pepper. Has an underlying sweetness that permeates through to the nose.

Taste: Starts with a subtle fruity sweetness that transitions to a pleasantly hoppy middle full of citrus rind. Finishes with a fruity sweetness reminicent of apricots, then the hops make their appearance again as a lingering bitterness lasts long on the tongue leaving the mouth dry and wanting for more. 9.5% abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy but crisp at the same time. Dry to the finish with ample carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes: Despite the inauspicious start to this review Urthel Hop-It is a nice interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Fruity and spicy with an ample amount of hops to balance out the sweetness. Dry to the finish with the hop bitterness lingering long after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. Definitely worth seeking out in my opinion and one I will buy again. Maybe next time I'll get more the one pour out of it. Seek out and enjoy.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Maduro here in Madison, served in a uniquely shaped and adorned Urthel goblet. Gotta love Maduro for their proper glassware.

Pour: crystal-clear golden yellow under an inch of stiff eggwhite foam and frosting-like lacing.

Nose: rather unassuming with light, fruity hops, spicy yeast and candied citrus peel.

Taste: sour/funky fruit, lactic malt, crisp hops bitterness, creamy, sugary fruit with a lingering hops bitterness.

Feel: light and thin-bodied, slick on the tongue, with micro carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: not quite as hoppy as A'Chouffe's Amer-Belgian IPA Tripel, but distinct in its funky fruit. An interesting new style to ponder.

Photo of numenor1
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost clear golden hue with mountainous rocky white head. Smells a wee bit phenolic, with pepper and spicy, earthy hops. Not as generous here as I would have expected. Hops are the story here. A dry, belgian style IPA. Initially a stab of fruity hoppiness, immediately gives way to earthy, spicy hops riding atop lightly toasted malts with some fruity esters thrown in(tropical). The yeast characteristics and hop flavors meld together seamlessy, very difficult to tell where one ends and the next begins. Tremendously well balanced. Finishes dry with spicy pepper. Mouthfeel is medium with substantial carbonation. Very creamy. Very drinkable. Extremely well put together, I'm a fan.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mildly hazy but very bright golden color with a thick, well-sustained white head. The aroma is dominated by a grassy hop spice but also contains some fruity malt sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. The palate features fruity flavors (banana), a fairly rich candy-like sweetness, some definite leafiness, and a very aggressive but not totally overwhelming hop bite. Very balanced. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this beer, though, is how well the nearly 10% abv is hidden; this brew is dangerously drinkable. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy.

This crisp, rich brew is a refreshing change of pace as far as Belgians are concerned considering how hoppy it is. Don’t get me wrong, Belgians certainly know how to hop a beer when they want to (Duval, anyone?), but most of their beers tend to be malty and alcoholic. This one was all that, but was nicely balanced by a great hop spice. I’m told this is a Belgian interpretation of the American IPA style. If it is, I would say it is more balanced and hides its alcohol level better than many American IPAs. But whatever style it is, it’s a real treat. Highly recommended.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Served up at Maduro in a charming Urthel Tulip, which features a little dwarf, his front lawn, and the various ABVs of their beers.

Appearance: Luscious golden body with a perfect head. ¼ inch skim lasts the entire lifespan of the beer and lacing is simply marvelous all around the glass. I think the shape of the tulip has as much to do with this as the beer itself. It just looks great.

Aroma: Sweet, light, and fruity. Strawberries, peaches, pineapple, banana, and yogurt. Some lemon acidity and the hint of a backstage hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strawberry-banana smoothie. Sweet front and middle with tons of fruit and a creamy texture. Finish on the other hand is blisteringly hoppy and extremely bitter. It’s an odd bitterness too. It leaves the lips and most of the tongue be, hitting the back of the throat and palate instead and boy does it pack a wallop. It bites, burns, and causes that little dangly thing in the back of one’s throat to ache. Atacama dry finish.

Drinkability: Starts out very nice but after a while the hops in the finish really start to get at me and the feel of the beer becomes rather unpleasant and quite mixed up. The creamy fruity front just starts clashing with the dry, hoppy, super bitter finish, especially as the beer warms to room temp. By the end of a glass I am not reaching for another. On the other hand, this would be a gem for the end of a long session as I would find the varying sensations appealing at that point.

Photo of gonzo138
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a coppery bronze, with great merangue mega foamy head that retains for quite a while, I convinced my friend to style his hair with some of the head and it worked quite well by the way
S- hoppy citric aroma goodness
T- A hoppy bitter/sweet spiced flavor, with almost butery like tones at the end
M- good carbonation, smooth, clean, dry, and light
D- Good for all occasions, a little beguiling, easy to drink despite its high ABV content, definitely not a gulping beer

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

750ml bottle. Dark gold, almost amber in color with a huge off white head which hung around until the end. The aroma was bubblegum sweet, clove spicy and some flower scent (roses?). Taste was, to me, somewhat unbalanced at first. Typical Belgian trippel at start (extra sweet grapefruit, caramel, vinous, diacetyl), then a huge hop finish that was very bitter (less sweet grapefruit). As the beer warmed, the flavors came together and blended into a much more pleasing taste. Mouthfeel was medium in body, and somewhat drying. Drinkability again seemed to depend on temperature and improved as beer warmed. ABV was well hidden. For what it is worth, I think the La Chouffe trippel DIPA is the better combination.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in the coolest glass ever. Head was around an inch tall and body was transparent gold. Nose reminded me of a circus for some reason ... cotton candy, grapefruit and a weird pleasant barnyard smell. Taste was candi sugar, white grapes, a bit of grapefruit. Mouth was nice and smooth. I'd order it on tap again but I'm not in a huge rush to re-experience it.

Photo of cbl2
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date. 750 ml $9.99 bottle.

Pours a pale yellow with an immense head of tight white foam that just won't quit.

Mildly sweet with the presence of Belgian yeast, a touch of ripe pear, and some muted hops.

Noted to be 80 IBU, I tend to agree, with a nicely balanced malt backbone (touched by pear and apple). Not an overtly hoppy beer as one would expect from an American IPA. Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth.

Urthel has brewed another excellent beer. Alcohol is masked completely, which is scary, since this is 9.5%. A little overpriced, but worth it.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, pours with overkill foam, 90% of glass volume is foam. Typical of this brewery in my experience. Nose is a typical belgian fruity yeasty triple, from this you wouldn't know this was a hop-bomb belgian.

Taste is another issue - very hoppy, unusual to taste these hops in overkill quantity, unlike the normal american double-ipa's. This beer is certainly drinkable, far more than 9.5% should be, I cannot taste the alcohol.

The finish is pretty dry, hoppy. This is a very nice beer, well worth seeking out and trying.

Photo of dhchatfield
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My name is Dan and I am a hops addict.

Sent by BitterBrian as part of the "Megaton Hop Bomb" trade. Thanks.

A- Beautiful yellow/golden hue with tons of fluffy head. Small particles floating in base of my Duvel tulip. Active carbonation. Over an inch of head left after the liquid was gone.

S- Fresh, lemony, hoppy mmm

T- The best surprise! I am not a huge Belgian fan. Duvel, (which I honestly buy in the packages with the tulip glass, just to get the glass), without fail upsets my stomach after the first sip. This beer however, danced across my tongue and landed softly, begging to be sipped again. This beer was so tasty I actually ran my finger against the inside of the glass to get at the remaining head.

M- Light and crisp, lots of carbonation cleansed the palate and then spread the alcohol warmth.

D- I have a new style to enjoy! If I had had another to open, I would not have hesitated. This beer will now always be "in stock" and ready for use.

Thanks again Brian for the enlightenment.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous appearance-striking golden color with a huge white fluffy head-this thing is a poster child for a Belgian beer. Somewhat lower aroma then expected-rubber like and sulfury all in one. Reminds me on a new sneaker actually. Not as much hop presence in the aroma as I would have expected. Big malt and bitter hop flavor. Somewhat of a mellow funky grass flavor. Definate hop presence-more so then any other Belgian going for sure. Nice balance between the Belgian yeast characteristics and the malts and hops. (I had to go back and change the flavor rating its really growing on me). Good mouthfeel-quite bright on the palate-lingering bitterness. Very, very drinkable beer indeed. Well worth enjoying by hop heads, Belgian fans and just plain beer fans. Very impressive.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 10 seconds after I took the cage off the 750mL the cork exploded out of the bottle without my touching it. After my heart stoped racing and I cleaned my pants I got into this beer. Amazing head. Light cream colored with a creamy texture it held itself aloft about half an inch above the top of the glass. Almost transparent golden beer shows little of the carbonation that expelled the cork and produced a four finger head. Did I mention the lace? It's all over the place. The aroma is hard to describe. Faintly sweet with spicy floral notes. That's kind of a simple description, but you'll have to try it for more details. A little bit of sweet caramel malt on top of some candied grapefruit and a kind of grass spiciness from the hops. A little bitter in the finish, but nothing you can't handle. Fluffy mouthfeel makes for a smooth experience. My only complaint is that the carbonation just won't stay in the beer. Second pour (beer was cool to room temp.) produced about half an inch of beer and four inches of head, which is more like a foam barrier to the beer. I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I bought this beer, but it is plenty interesting. I dig the flavor and as it warms there is a yeasty flavor that appears. At $9a 750mL I probably won't be drinking it all that often, but maybe that's a good thing.

Photo of kdmorse
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Everything you ever wanted to know about Hop-It. Bitterness, hops, malt, OG, taste, aroma, etc. Most complete description I have found on a bottle to date.

A: Beautiful, huge Belgian head in a Duvel tulip glass. Rocky and white topping the goldenrod beer. Carbonation rises to the top, but head hangs around.

S: Spicy and hoppy. Mmm. Nanners come out as it warms up.

T/M: My first ever BSIPA (Belgian Strong India Pale Ale). With hops like this, can't omit the word "India" from the style. Strong, spciy malt base. Hops a-go-go. Exactly what you would imagine from this hybrid beer.

D: Delicious and easy-going for 9.5% abv. Wouldn't drink more than one 750mL, but can drink this one easily. New taste makes me want to take one sip after another.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.