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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Photo of kmpitz2


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a solid straw color with a chunky ivory head that falls very slowly to an almost whipped cream consistency over it. Nose is interesting. I get solid notes of banana, lemon, and noble hop. There is a very solid sweetness going on in this one, and not quite as much hop aroma as I expected. Flavor is pretty well on with the aroma. The lemony and orange citrus is much stronger, with a subdued banana ester. Over this is a nice spicey and herbal noble hop, with a moderate to strong bitter on the finish that is relaly clean. Feel is thick with a lighter to moderate carbonation of small bubbles that gives it a good velvety smoothness. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer. I'd like to see even more hop character like there was in the Thierez Xtra. I like the sweet lemony and orange flavors playing behind the hop and the clean bitterness on the finish is really nice. Absolutely no hint of the 9.5%. Clean and tasty. I'll enjoy the second bottle!

02-27-2006 02:30:10 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

My wife had Urthel on tap at Monks cafe. I tried it and liked it. This is my first real tasting.

*Thick huge head. Pours clear and golden and good in my Duvel glass. Lacing every which way.
*Strange smell. I cannot quite put my finger on it, not bad though. It is the pinny smell of hops is what I pick up.
*Strong bitterness, which I supose is the intended hop kick. Not an overly hoppy beer. There is a sweetness, but it lacks the depth I was expecting (I have no idea why I expected more).
*Full bodied, thick and creamy mouth feel. Loving it. This is the most tap like bottled beer I remember ever having.

This is adorable. This is why I enjoy beer so much. The suprises around every corner. I'm saddened at the price :(.

I don't get the web site. They have an english section, but there is no links or anything. Just the main intro graphic.

02-25-2006 02:04:44 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

Appearance: arrived in an Urthel mug glass sporting a clear pale yellow color with a 2" merangue head. The head lasts for most of the drink like a dollop of whipped cream floating on the surface. Thick lacing coats the glass. Tons of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Smell: easily detectable pinecone bitterness and lemon zest.

Taste: follows the nose with sharp piney bitterness, lemon zest, sweet grapefruit, sweet malts, some biscuit, and apples. Alcohol level is not noticeable at all among the bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start and finish. Short aftertaste of sharp bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: simply wonderful. This is a beer I could have several of and I am happy I got to have it on tap. If you ever see this and are a hop head it's a must buy.

02-23-2006 23:53:38 | More by Gavage
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.4/5  rDev +12%

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #59 of 60: Urthel Hop-It

Golden body, sheer foamy white head with a superb presentation, as the head partially collapsed it left a rocky surface. Streamer laden with a fantastic appearance, great head retention and lacing to boot. Crisp nose, sweet toasted malts and bitter hops, mild acidity with a little white grape and some sharp aspects that cut through the sweetness, excellent nose. The tastes are sublime too. Great balance between the malts and hops, it’s fair to say that hops accentuate this brew but they are far from over powering, bitter elements dominate but the fulcrum remains in the middle third of this one. Some lemon acidity and fruitiness from the rind, in the longer term this aspect helps deflect the sweet malts I found. Big Mouthfeel from the 9.5% alcohol, high carbonation with a smooth texture. Feels big but drinks with a sessionable likeness. Drinkability is almost perfect, dangerously quaffable and the alcohol is very well hidden. Grows on you the more you drink it.

I kept thinking back to Duvel, this feels much more like a bitter-Tripel, or a strong Belgian Blonde, more than the more traditional “Belgian Strong Pale Ale”. There are not that many hop laden Belgian brews around these days so it is nice to see another one added to the small but growing list. The “Hop-It” is more akin to a De Ranke XX, though not as bitter I think, rather than the hoppier Poperinge Hommel. In the end though it does tend to lean towards a very bitter super-Duvelian type affair.

After a few average brews and the odd disappointment, this was more like it, the first glass was good, the second was absolutely great, and I really took to this one, one of my LBBBF Festival favorites. Glad that I finally got to try this “Super Bitter” Belgium, there aren’t that many around and whilst it could be “hoppier” in character, this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Well worth trying.

02-20-2006 07:30:32 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Sampled this one at the Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Festival on Feb. 18, 2006, in Pasadena, CA. $3.00 for a "taster" (approx 6-8 ounces).

Pours a gorgeous yellow-gold with a mountain of fluffy white merangue head into a Duvel goblet (someone else in my party) and into a smaller fluted glass (mine). Very nice looking beer.

The head throws off a very nice aroma that is a combination of sweet malts/sugar and flowery, slightly oily hops. The flavor follows through, with a very nice balance between the two that makes this very flavorful and very drinkable. Some in the group wished that the sweetness was toned down to allow the hops to shine through more, but I thought they balanced each other nicely. A very solid beer- I'd drink it again!

02-19-2006 23:48:34 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked this up at Binny's in Buffalo Grove, IL for $10.50. I have been trying to find this for a while at home in MD and finally found it.

The beer pours a heady, slightly hazy golden color. Very typical of a stong Belgian pale ale. Nice lacing from the ample head.

Aroma is nice. Belgian yeast but much hoppier than any other Belgian I have ever had (duh). More piney than citrusy from the hops. It balances the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste is typically Belgian. Duval with a hop blast was the first thing to come to mind. The brewer accomplished what they wanted with this one. Nice, strong hop finish.

Mouthfeel is solid. The hops are drying but the true Belgian ale sweetness is there. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability is good but I am a hophead. Alcohol is well hidden but I am not sure if Belgian strong pales and imperial IPAs blend well together. Interesting and worth a try though.

02-19-2006 16:37:42 | More by Terp96
Photo of rajendra82


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Urthel Hop-It bombers had been sitting on the shelves of my local package store for a few weeks, until I could no longer resist the urge to pick one up. The silk screen printed information on the bottle did a very good job of describing the origins of this beer as well having the ingredients. The uncorking went without any mishaps, and the beer came out very pale and hazy. A bit paler than Duvel, and without that gigantic head. The head on this one was small, but the lacing it left behind was quite nice. The smell was not overly hoppy, but the hops were more clearly evident than almost any other Belgian Pale Ale. The hops present were spicy, and low in aromatics, which allowed the malt to also come through.

The hops were more in charge in the taste, with a distinct bitterness typical of Continental European hops. There was also a citric tinge to the bitterness. While hops were the first thing I detected, the signature lemon-pepper zest of Belgian yeast was just as much a flavor driver. The pale Pilsner malts stayed mostly dormant in the taste, and the 9.5% ABV was hidden masterfully. Body was very light and airy, and it was easy to imbibe this refreshing brew. What would have been on the ships rounding the Cape of Good Hope on the way to Bombay, had there been a Belgian colony there.

02-12-2006 04:45:15 | More by rajendra82
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.08/5  rDev -21.6%

dope fly 750ml silkscreen bottle, lots of information and graphical content. best thing about the packaging is a little square on the back called "brewerssecrets", which presents the ingredient/chemistry info in an easy to read, ergonomic fashion. the story of the beer is there as well.. west u.s. coast vacation prompted belgian brewers to hop-blast a golden ale. here it is.. certainly golden, bubbly with a massively carbonated head. settles like a cotton candy pillow with volcanic lace.

smells yeasty and bready like a belgian pale.. instead of fruits, i get a big blast of the malty/saaz combination found in a larger-sized pilsner. first sip reveals an abundance of earthy hops dancing clumsily with an understated glazed donut aura. finish is somewhat flat with a boring alcohol tone that manages to aggravate more than it distracts. the hops act as a real flavor distraction, dulling the palate like a dissolved naked aspirin.

what we have here is a really good golden ale that i wish didn't have the hop plague. people say that west coast DIPAs and similar beers taste good but hide fundamental imbalances in malt/yeast flavors. this beer is the opposite.

a noble effort... misguided and bizarre. has its bright spots but falls really flat for me.

02-08-2006 05:45:31 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

I absolutely love the Urthel Hop-It! bottle. Belgian beers often come in relatively boring bottles - or at least, they come in bottles that have a Belgian style, which is often merely functional. They don't try to capture you with their bottle styling, but with their reputation. This, on the other hand, has a very creative, modern, silly bit of artwork, and is labelled in English - the back of the bottle has perhaps the most information I've ever seen about the beer.

Whoa! Take it easy. Be careful on the pour. I poured this into an extremely 'beer-clean' glass, and was well rewarded. The pour looked like everything was going as plannned until the last second of the upright pour, when suddenly the golden depths of the beer turned completely foamy and a ridiculous head erupted into my tulip glass. More out of control than Duvel! Very Duvel- like, golden with a slight haze, and an enormous gob of head that very, very slowly falls, in soapy, mountainous, whipped-cream blobs, and leaves behind intricate, webby curls of lacing.

The smell is fruity, with very slight tinges of sugar, but I don't note much hops - perhaps, and most likely, their character is different from what I expect, considering this is a Belgian brewery, and they're goiing to use Belgian hops. The hop character must be part of the vague fruity scent.

The taste begins with a smooth, swishing curl of peaches, a few tiny drops of banana, some little dabs of brown sugar - then continues, as if shifting into second gear, into a more bitter character. Well now... This definitely isn't a Belgian IPA. Nothing like it. It's much like other golden ales, with extra hops for a little more bitterness. Tasty, but a bit dissappointing - i was expecting a total revolution.

This has a slightly fizzy, slightly frothy mouthfeel, and the hops impart a slightly tacky finish.

I ended up being dissappointed in this. For Belgium, this is hoppy, but I expected their Americanized label to refer to an American hoppiness. I know, I know. Go in expecting nothing, and you'll like it more.

02-08-2006 05:41:10 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of mntlover


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a light hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head fed by sparce rising bubbles, leaves good amount of lace.

Aroma is light fruity grape, melon nice hoppy with light spice. Hops are good very fragrent grassy, nice earthy flavors yeast or hops with nice peppery coriander. Noted some light vinegar aromas also.

Taste nice zesty feel some biscuit malt crisp leads to nice spice, minty peppery with some good grassy hop flavors mingled with earthy yeasts. Finishes with the spice. Over all very tasty great hop flavors in a Belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is a good medium even though it feels light also. Malt that is noticed is covered by hops and spice. Perfect carbonation zesty but not over done.

Drinkability is good big full flavored but light and crisp also. The 9.5% not noticed at all. Highly recommended pricey but well worth it

02-04-2006 19:26:51 | More by mntlover
Photo of adamdotson


3.93/5  rDev 0%

It's awesome to see Belgian brewing influenced by the developing American style. This beer features a snappy and bright hop flavor. I drank it out of a trappist glass because that was all I had at the time, and it actually worked out nicely.

In terms of it's color, I would say that it looks more like a Belgian golden with a slight dirty haze similar to a hefe-weizen or anything brewed by Brasserie des Roques. White head with a dry grassy aroma perhaps would have lingered longer in a golden ale glass.

It's flavor was grassy and soapy, with a strong hint of honey in it's malt flavor. An earthy smell and flavor prevalent from start to finish strongly reminiscient of a saison, except without any sourness.

I would try this beer again, maybe next time with some marscapone cheese and strawberries. 9.5 % alcohol fairly well masked. I probably would have guessed blindfolded around 7. A hoppy belgian ale which pays homage to both saison and strong belgian golden ales.

01-26-2006 16:33:57 | More by adamdotson
Photo of badbeer


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Golden in color with a half inch of white creamy head. The head dissipates leaving a spotty lacing.

Smell: There are yeasty aromas as this beer warms, with hints of fruit and a floral smell from the hops. There are also smells of grain and caramel.

Taste: I found banana, yeast, clove, alcohol warmth, as well as a slight pineyness of hops in the finish. Not as hoppy as the name would suggest, but still present.

Mouthfeel: I found it to be medium bodied, a little thinner than I might have liked, but not far off.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, enjoyed all that I had and will probably be coming back to this one in the future.

01-24-2006 01:17:11 | More by badbeer
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

She took an IPA into a Belgian ale and didn't keep many of the Belgian characteristics. Pours a thick lacing. A fairly thick lacing with a golden brown color. This bier is fairly clear with a slightly cloudy tint. A very malty and slightly sweet smell to it. I can smell fresh hops in this bier. It also smells slightly of banana. Along with a hoppy taste there's a malty mouthfeel with a slight fruit scent. It has a very nice mouthfeel that is fairly rich, smooth and more carbonated. It's definetly an original taste that's good and different in a few respects.

01-23-2006 22:02:12 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of merlin48


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Corked and caged large bottle, brought by my house by mntlover for our tasting session on 1-18-06. Many Thanks, Brian, for this one! Pours into a tulip glass a cloudy golden body, with an enormous, snowwhite, pillowy head that quickly becomes pitty and rocky. Extreme carbonation is evident, as thousands of tiny bubbles rush around toward the surface. Lacing is exceptional, in large sheets and island chain patchy lace.

Aroma is fascinating. Herbal, spicy, and floral. reminds me of a Saison, or biere de garde. Peppery, with earthy notes. Very pastoral in its bouquet. Mild earthy yeastiness is accented by a note of coriander, quickly eclipsed by a fresh and leafy minty menthol and catnip. Fresh rosemary leaves add even more intrigue.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with effervescent carbonation.

Taste is herbal and spicy, much like the nose. Lots of fresh leafy hops here, producing a complexity of earthy, floral, and herbal flavors. Coriander and white pepper jump into the finish, lending a wild flower character to the body. Very much like a good Saison, or biere de garde.

Extremely drinkable and highly recommended. The alcohol content is nowhere noticed. Dry, herbal, crisp, and refreshing. The addition of American Northwest hops here, adds even more complexity.Very nice!

01-21-2006 22:40:15 | More by merlin48
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours to a hazy golden-yellow color with a creamy, tight bubbled head. Leaves nice looking sklug lines. The aroma is grassy, yeasty, floral, with a nice hop presence.

The flavor is yeasty, semi-spicy, a bit of maltiness, and a nice hop flavor. It is medium in body and really easy drinking. Dry in the finish, and way nice. I really enjoyable brew. Would have liked to have this one on tap at Monk's. Nice.

01-15-2006 23:24:32 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of ggaughan


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Love the Urthel beers and Monk's always has a nice selection of them in bottle and on tap.

Poured a nice yellow/orange color with a bit of a white head with some good lacing.

The aroma is not of an overly hoppy beer but a nice sweet/honey smell with a definite reminder of the abv at nearly 10%. The taste is again not as hoppy as the name would suggest but very good. Nice earthy, yeasty taste with a nice balance of the alcohol. I very drinkable beer.

01-15-2006 00:52:18 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Prufrock


3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

on tap into a pilsner.

pale cloudy yellow with a touch of head that leaves nice lacing.

very sweet aromas for an IPA (i see it's classified here as a belgian strong pale ale; the restaurant had it listed under IPA). either way, it's what would best be called a belgian IPA: some hops, but dominated by honey sweet aromas and belgian yeast.

sweet, barny flavors with mild hop flavors that help it finish clean. some fruity flavors as well.

mouthfeel is fairly mild with a light carbonation. nothing to complain about, but nothing spectacular either.

01-08-2006 22:14:09 | More by Prufrock
Photo of RoyalT


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance – This one poured a light but opaque orange in color with a moderate head that showed amazing retention. If filmed the inside of my Chimay chalice as it went down, then stopped with about a quarter of an inch left.

Smell – This nose started off tight but opened up into a complex array of hops and Belgian yeast. There’s a strong leafy bitter side to this bouquet that reminds me of something like Brutal Bitter. The fruits and spices are light.

Taste – Ka-pow! This one will knock your socks off. The spicing goes buck wild at the taste, and the hops are huge. This has some PacNW IPA mixed in with the fine Belgian yeast and creamy malts. Man, the flavor just lingers for a mile. This is a tremendous and unique mix of traditional BSPA flavors with a kick of American hops. Damn, it’s downright piney.

Mouthfeel – This is a tad larger than medium-bodied with some heart-stopping bitterness and really, really tight European carbonation.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to try another unique BSPA like this. Urthel is one of my favorite Belgian breweries, and this offering just blew me away. It’s not often that a brewmaster can do something so bold and have it come off so well. Great job, Urthel!

01-06-2006 02:56:11 | More by RoyalT
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours hazy light gold, with a full, creamy, dense, white head.
Retention is quite good and leaves some nice curtains.
Nose is filled with earthy, yeasty, belgian character, along with some green leafyness.
Not loaded with hops, more like a triple with extra hops and spice.
Peppercorns, bitter orange zest, and grainyness finish the nose.
Effervescent body, zippy but still creamy, and crisp.
Big bitterness right up front on the pallet, followed by some assertive spicing, and slightly harsh.
Pallet finishes with continuing firm bitterness, lingering pepper,dried grass, and hottish.
Doesn't really come across as an IIPA, more like a triple-imperial-pilsner.
A bit rough around the edges, and age will only mellow any hopes for lupulin satisfaction.

01-01-2006 22:07:22 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

A beer I really looked forward to and was left wanting a little more,poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head,very herbal and medicinal aromas with some Belgian yeast spicieness more Belgian than Pacific northwest for sure.Flavors are really medicinal and spicey with an English-like herbal/minty finish that lingers for awhile."A supremely hopped Belgian ale" it maybe but a mix of Magnum,Saaz,and Spalt dissapoints a lover of Amarillo,simcoe,and cascades like me.A well made beer but not a real hop dream like I had hoped if u like Belgian yeast and medicinal hop you will like it,remeinded me of De Ranke XX wich Iam not a big fan of.

12-30-2005 03:56:41 | More by oberon
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

On tap at the Flying Pig...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Nice lacing is left around the goblet.
Smell is of earthty apple juice with some tropical fruit cocktail aromas jumping out. Plenty of Belgian yeast packed in this one. Not much of the hop aroma, as the name eludes.
Taste is of the same earthy, apple, peachy aromas with a touch of pepper and spice.
Mouthfeel is of a lightly carbonated brew with gentle yeasty and pepper notes running along the palate.

12-27-2005 17:41:38 | More by weeare138
Photo of Bighuge


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Hazy sunny color. Thin white head leaves copious amounts of lace. Aroma is bready, spicy, yeasty and a little hoppy. Doesn't smell like an IPA, though I don't believe that was the intention. Anyways, nice aroma. This beer is quite spicy on the palate. And bitter too. The bitterness is conveyed in a nice way. Pretty clean. And the spiciness is steeped in pepper. A lot of those biscuity and doughy Belgian-like malt properties are evident and provide a nice enough foundation. Yeast gives off some fruitiness I believe in green grapes, apple skin and pear tones. The more I drink it the more I like it. Mouthfeel/carbonation is delicate. Body is approaching medium. Great experiment here. A hopped up Belgian. More and more of these fuckers are showing up and I like it.

12-24-2005 05:41:49 | More by Bighuge
Photo of skybluewater


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a pale blonde color. Smells of your average Belgian pale. As for taste, it IS quite hoppy, but with not much of the fruitiness of an American IPA. It's really an average Belgian pale, with a nice hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is quite full, with nice carbonation. I could drink a lot of this, but for the price.

Overall, a very good beer here. Won't replace, say, Celebration as my IPA of choice, or La Fin Du Monde as my Belgian pale of choice, but it's still a good combination of my two favorite styles of beers.

12-18-2005 07:16:05 | More by skybluewater
Photo of warriorsoul


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's...
Pop the cork with ease and first pour, straw yellow in color with a tremendous amount of bright white head...give it time to settle and a generous amount remains on top. Thin, sporadic lacing produced.
Bottle states to enjoy chilled, but it was not until it warmed that the nose shows up in this one...mildly sweet with banana, spice and some grassy aroma.
The taste is just what you'd expect...a bitter, hoppy pale with corriander adding a nice spiced quality and a sour characteristic in the finish. This beer is warming, but the alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit high, but it goes along with the hop bitterness that sucks away any wetness that may remain on your pallet, with each sip.
A very unique offering...

12-04-2005 20:04:44 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of stof0048


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Hazy golden yellow, fair sized foamy head that shrinks down to about an 1/8 - 1/4", intense lacing coats the sides of the glass and stays.

S: Hoppy, that's just about all I can smell is hops, very pleasant smell.

T: Extremely hoppy, somewhat floral taste... very bitter, a bit of spice, maybe corriander?

M: Bubbles, smooth, that bitterness really hits at the back of the palate.

D: This is pretty good stuff, considering that IPA's aren't necessarily my favorite style I think this one is pretty damn good. It's a good beer to have around from time to time but don't know that I'd make it a regular habit to drink it.

12-03-2005 02:15:42 | More by stof0048
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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