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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
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
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.


Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of dfried
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.