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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: 26 | 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 TheBungyo
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TheBungyo, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

cbl2, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

dogfooddog, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of dhchatfield
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

dhchatfield, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

lackenhauser, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

HappyHourHero, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

kdmorse, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull gold with a broken haze brought on by the huge influx of crusty things floating around in it. Tall, thick, creamy white head dawns the top quickly after a slow pour. Lots of quickness to its growth, which is bothersome. I'd like to be able to drink this some time soon. It nearly escapes both the bottle then the glass. The capping hardly moves once established on the crown though. Leaving an unbreakable shelf of lacing attached to the glass edge the whole session through.

Aroma is a little on the weird side. Not sure what to make of it. Soapy broad hops, waxy, dry, yeasty with a pale malt bread tone flecked with a certain spicy citrus and cinnamon. Grabbed more citrusy sweetness of orange as it warmed, but still kept that soapy fop that kept me disinterestingly perturbed.

Taste is creamy and full, quite an easy going flow to it. Semi sweet, lightly fruity and pilsner-like in dryness and malt backing. Middle grows with orange tang and lemon/lime tinges. Hops indeed make the finish one spicy mix. Dry, peppy, leafy, dully citric, and lengthy with a sweet little center always bringing an acceptable balance.

Feel is quite nice, with a full range of smooth, semi-sweetness to it thats kinda candyish with a citrusy twist. Full and round; semi-sweet, semi-pale, and fairly extended. Finish is balanced in equaling spicy and hoppy things with a return to sweetness for a bit before yeasty dryness settles in for the duration.

A decent enough Belgain with a unique twist on the tradition Pales I've had. Hard to believe this is actually 9.5%, as its hard to find it anywhere. Not even after drinking a bunch of it. So its drinkability is solid. A good brew, no doubt, but there are far better, more complexing Belgians for less the price.

tavernjef, May 30, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, almost dusty, golden yellow body, topped by globs of vanilla ice cream. Very good lacing.

Nose is peppery spicey, with a hint of fruit and candy sweetness.

Light malt imediately gives way to pepper and other spices. Spices recede into a rather surprisingly clean finish. Its very well balanced, which may translate to hoppy for a belgian strong pale ale. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Good smooth light mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinkability.

If you came looking for a Belgian IPA... I don't think so. It is a nice highly enjoyable belgian ale however.

RonfromJersey, May 18, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corled and caged.

Appearance: Wow, suspension in the beer, weird globules that I have not seen in a very long time are everywhere in this beer's golden body. Head is massive, 3 inches at the pour. So much for the appearance.

Smell: Belgian yeastiness, grassy malt, also fruity with hops and a candy quality. Not bad.

Taste: Initially sweet and very malty, then tranitions into a big citric hop presence, which combines very oddly with the malt. This beer has a nice hop bite, but not very satisfying when compared with the new belgian hop bomb from chouffe.

Mouthfeel-Drinkability: Not good. The clumps of gelatenous material really make me think negative of it. I hope I just got a bad bottle, and maybe I will try it again and re-review.


TastyTaste, May 17, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew caught my attention at Tyler's in the old tobacco district in Durham. It was poured into a wild glass the likes of which I've never seen; not a goblet, but not a snifter. It poured a hazy yellow with a huge white, foamy head, made up of very small bubbles. It seemed extremely soft. It left excellent lacing throughout the tasting. The aroma was very unique. It had sweet fruits and yeasts, some citrus and hops, but something else in there. Maybe some sour fruits, cady sugar? Hard to tell, but excellent nonetheless.
The taste was also unique. Spices and piney hops, but sweet malts and fruits balance it out. Also some obvious (but not too obvious) alcohol. Also, a buttery taste seemed to linger on the tongue; that might not be the best word for it, but its the only one that came to mind. But more of this in the mouthfeel:
Overall well-balanced with sweet/sour tones at first fading into a lovely smooth creaminess (or buttery-ness) that I've never really experienced.Quite drinkable except for a high ABV. You definitely sip this beer, and its complex enough that after two you'll be missing some stuff.
A great new Belgian for me; I definitely recommend it.

sinistrsam, May 11, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious if the Belgians would ever make a hop-bomb to stand up to the many killer American Double IPAs, I quickly picked this up. (And, hell, it's Urthel...no arm-twisting needed.) Though decidedly hoppy, it's pretty clear the Belgians do their hops differently. I think this incorporates the strong hops flavor extremely well, but it's not the only flavor impression you come away with either.

Pours a soapy, frothy head atop an orange-yellow body. Carbonation was slow but very steady. Lots and lots of lace as the glass emptied.

Smells super-clean, with yeast, pears, apple, sugary malt and piney hops coming to the nose. I sniffed it throughout the entire drink, it's beautiful.

Flavor is an extremely well-balanced lineup of musty hops, slightly stinky yeast, pear/peach juice, prickly spices and soft floral elements. A superb and refreshing ale with a certain buoyancy and well-hidden alcohol. Offers a creamy mouthfeel on top of all that.

Would've given a perfect score for Taste if it weren't for the slightly odd aftertaste. Other than that (which is probably just a weird hops residue), this is insanely delicious.

Metalmonk, May 07, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leaf dry bitterness blended with a creamy Belgium. Very much foraminess in pour. Hoppy spicey aroma. Not that complex, though saaz malts give it a salty eno epsom salt character and I finished a 750 ml.Full mouthfeel.
The very next day, I tried a pint on tap and the bitterness was more watered down as was the creaminess-a big head and still full mouthfeel. Three years later and on-tap and it was good complexity and a great tap beer.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is not what you would expect from your typical Belgian Ale. It has a great appearance, golden color, thick head that bubbles away leaving a nice lace. The smell is definitely pale, maybe even a little wheaty, but not syrupy like a typical Belgian. What stood out about this beer most for me was the distinct spicy flavor. There is a lot of hops, but they are more fruity and citrusy, but the spice lets you know its there too, its and interesting flavor. I really couldn't tell if I liked it much or not, it was just interesting.

dfried, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd describe this as a Belgian imperial pilsner. Pours beautifully with a fluffy white head and golden yellow body. Great lacing. Strong european pils hop aroma. I have trouble picking out any specific scents with this one. Maybe the mixture is just too strong. Taste has a bit of typical belgian spice with a faint pilsner malt backbone. A little bit of grapefruit, pine and fruit, again hard to discern flavors in this one. Very nice mouthfeel and drinkability, but not that tasty overall. Reminds me a little of a very hoppy Duvel.

tempest, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Golden color, average head, slowly diminishing.
Lots of hop flavor with spicy, fruity and malt elements.
Very bitter taste, full of hops and a bit spicy. Medium/heavy mouthfeel, very dry, normal carbonation and a long hopbitter aftertaste.
Nice hopbeer, good balanced.

Redteketed, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the the 750 ml bottle

Pours golden and efferevescent, with a great clarity. Thick 3 fingers+ white head with crazy fluffiness. Fantastic lacing and head retention

Smell: Slight malt tones and stale hops smell. Slight peppery notes as it warms.

Taste: Big hops bitterness up front that tones down quickly. Wheat maltiness, pepper notes, more citric hops on the tounge, lips & back of the throat. Finishes dry & slighlty grapefruitty

MF: Good balance, syruppy but not ponderous at the same time. Very good carbonation

Despite the heft, this goes down easy on nice Colorado spring evening. Would love to try more from this brewery. Great representation of the style...

russpowell, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, well hazed lemon drop yellow with a billowing white head that is almost permanant. Scores of thickly crusted lace are left behind.

Aroma is drier than I expected, not that it's a bad thing. Wheat malt crispness overlayed with layers of green apple, white pepper, grape must, and plenty of fresh grass, and peppery hops.

Flavor is crisp wheat malts upfront with apple, pinapple, green pear, and unripe white grape. There's plenty of musty yeast and white pepper and corieander spice. It has a trailing hop finish filled with notes of cut grass, herbals, and light citrus. It's well hopped, but not quite as much as Houblon Chouffe.

Body is big, sticky, creamy, and slick. Despite the strength, it is very smooth and easy to drink. Nice.

AlexJ, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a full finger of rocky white head pillows above a pale yellow ale, more transparent than i thought it would be, from the bottom of my glass streams moderate carbonation

S - again, this Belgian smells like Duvel, perhaps is hould stop comparing Belgian ales to Duvel and start comparign Duvel to Belgian ale, i digress, but slightly hoppier, like the brewer mention in the backstory, it does smell like a Belgian mixed with a American IPA, it has the typical honey/ginger aroma of Belgians

T - the taste reflects the bouquet, sweetness like honey, spicy like ginger or cloves, with a bitter hop finish, nicely balanced

M - like I said, nicely balanced and smooth on the palate, nice brew

D - meidum, nice Belgian, the hoppy kick may turn off some, but i like it

sinstaineddemon, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of NolateM
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at my favorite bar/restaurant. Poured into a small goblet with the beer's name on the side, and a little hobbit-looking guy on the side (hop-it = word play on hobbit I assumed). It had a really nice golden-orange-pale color, and a thick white head. This beer smelled kind of yeasty, which I'm usually not so into. But I ended up liking it a lot. It had that signature Belgian fruit/spice/yeast flavor, but more hopped up, and some crisp citrus notes. The high ABV was definitely apparent in the taste, but what else would you expect from freakin 9.5%? Pretty awesome lacing action too - the head was clinging to the inside of the glass for dear life, I've never seen a beer lace like that before - hence the 5.0 for appearance. I'd drink it again... once or twice.

NolateM, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an authentic Urthel glass. Poured up a slightly hazy medium golden orange color with a generous foamy off-white head. Head stuck around a good ten minutes before subsiding leaving behind tattered lacing. Aromas of grassy hops, grain husk, light must and moderate fusels. Slightly phenolic. Certainly hoppy for a Belgian, with a lingering bitterness akin to APA. Very strong, yet the higher hopping level seems to mask it well. A fair bit of biscuity malt sweetness to keep it well-rounded. A little too strong to be good sessioner, but a couple will do you right. A nicely constructed ale that's right up there with some of my other favorite Belgian pales.

crookedhalo, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of rodrot
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This beer was a deep golden color with a huge frothy head. Held up to the light, I could thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aroma was very perfumy, hoppy and citrusy. Taste was excellent. A combination of malt, spice, Belgian candi sugar, yeast and citrus. This beer had a very rich, creamy mouthfeel and was quite easy to drink. The 9.5% abv stated on the bottle was barely noticeable. This is an unusual beer, sort of a Belgian IPA, but it is very tasty. Highly recommended.

rodrot, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy deep gold and amber color with all kinds of yeasties suspended in the carbonation. Huge, bollowy head of whaite foam leaves patches of lace on the glass.
Aroma is basic caramel malt and some sweet floral and citric hop notes.
Flavor is dominated by malt and bread tones with some typical kind of Belgain candi malt coming through. Yeastiness rally shines through as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium and hihgly carbonated. Hop bittering is strong but more so on the subtle side and really leans on a citrus quality.
Drinkability is pretty solid. Well-made beer just not sure of the real style at work here. Definitely a Belgian influenced IPA but the combination of Belgian/English styles just doesn't seem to mesh all that well here. Sort of almost boring in a way.

CRJMellor, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Slightly cloudy golden orange with some floaties and a big frothy white head. Huge clumps of lace and sticky rings of lacing were left all over the glass. Nice hoppy citric bitterness with some slightly sweet fruit notes in the aroma. Some spiciness and doughy malts as well. Flavor is nicely bitter up front with citric hops and a yeasty malt doughiness. Nice notes of sweet fruits in the middle with some spicy hops finish up the taste. Pretty damn thick and full body with perfect carbonation. Extremely drinkable beer to me. I had no clue it was almost 10% till I was done with the beer and was looking over the bottle. It pretty much nails the idea of a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

meathookjones, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline on 3/29/06. Served in an Urthel glass.

This beer poured a golden-color with a well-formed head. I found it to be pretty unique. There is a hop bitterness that excedes any other Belgian I have tried, but not in an overpowering/puckering type of way that the most bitter American beers are characterized by. The bitterness is consistent from the moment it hits the toungue to when it goes down. It is countered by spiciness and a slight sweetness that. On the whole, it is a delicious and beautifully crafted beer.

bignick, Mar 30, 2006
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.