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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

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 Redteketed
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB3-8

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
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very slightly hazy, vibrant golden yellow, densely carbonated. Several fingers of dense white, creamy head goes ice-cream-cone over an inch above the rim of the glass, settling at a glacier's pace. Pillows of thick lacing pad the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a honey malt sweetness that melds with the sassy tartness of ripe, juicy apples. A mellow but present yeasty tang tickles a general but poignant hop spiciness.

Upon sipping, a flash of toasted grain sweetness joins with green apples and berry fruit. A mild yeasty dough note rounds the middle along with the merest trace of alcohol. A light, grassy hops spiciness cedes to a twitch of vanilla, which morphs into a fuller creamy caramel character. The finish dries promptly, leaving a savory bitterness behind. It's unique, if ever so slightly busy, and quite tasty in its own right.

Full bodied, it has a soft but heavy presence on the palate, flowing, but almost viscuously.

It certainly is different, and, really, it survives trying to be many things to many people. The intriguing blend of American and noble hops along with Belgian presence bring a lot to the table, but it works nicely. The ABV is felt well more than tasted, so it's a caution, but it still drinks warmly, and with exercised wisdom, free of any regrets.

Foxman, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Large bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness dating....according to the label this is Belgium's/Urthel's/ Hildegard's "homage" to the hoppy brews of the USA. I had the pleasure of meeting Hildegard and her friendly hubby at ASN's Ultimate Belgian fest last night. Since this is the melding of 2 of my favorite styles this beer is one of my favorites. Cloudy, dull light orangey amber, near white head, pillowy and leaving a thick tiny bubble film, as well as world class lacing and gooey sheeting. Nose is of spice, yeast, and light gin. This is exquisitely tasty and complex stuff. Notes of white pepper, yeasty phenolics, fruity and crisply hoppy late. Magnum, spalt and saaz hops seal the deal. Ah , cultural diffusion! Belgium/USA…I want more of this classy brew…I’ll buy a case of bombers the first chance I get!

Billolick, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this one described as a Belgian take on an American IPA. The hops didn't come through as stongly as I expected, leaving this beer tasting more like a Belgian blond than IPA. The lacing was pure IPA, though, thick rings clinging to the side of the glass. The alcohol, all 9.5% of it, is well hidden, so don't let the drinkability fool you. I would have liked more complexity or more bite.

GnomeKing, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of unclederby
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, so a belgian pilsner huh? And at 9.5% abv to boot.

Poured into my La Fin Du Monde glass a hazy straw color with a frothy two-finger head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing as i drink. Bouquet is yeasty and floral with that familiar saaz pungency. Taste again is yeasty, floral and grassy; a bit of sweetness up front and a spicy, hoppy finish with just a touch of bitterness. Some subdued estery qualities. Yep, this taste like a pilsner, but the 9.5 is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium and grainy with adequate carbonation. Easy enough to put a 750 of this down and still can't believe it's 9.5...

A different kind of Belgian; tasty and if you like pilsners you'll really like this one.

unclederby, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after removing the wire basket and cork greeted me with a nice “POP”, something I like to hear from these beers. Then the pour revealed a sparkling golden yellow body with a mastodonic semi-creamy light tan head that lasted for quite a spell, upon its depletion, the lace formed a tight screen to obscure the glass. Nose is a perfect blend of hop floral spiciness from the Saaz hops with a sweet over ripe orange and pineapple tone, crisp and refreshing, a real treat for the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet and tart, grain profile splendiferous and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pertinent acidic bite, the sweetness lingers long and the hops take their place at the rear giving a satisfying twang to the old taste buds, a real nice beer I’d say.

Gusler, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Sharp Edge offering where else can you get Urthel Hop-It, and hop it they did. I like the American inspiration behind this Belgian beauty pours into an official Urthel Pache' stemmed glass, appeas a bright golden body forms a bright vibrant whtie hed even strips of fine Belgian lacing. Aroma contains grassy, piney, Saaz, earthy, and citrus notes from the loads of hops they added to this one great mis of styles into one that is truly unique a cross between a hoppy Belgian ale, DIPA, and Imperial Pils. The Saaz are evident very nice biscuit malt profile mineral character in the miix floral hops wow a little bit of everything. Flavor flows so nicely extreme hoppy Belgian grapefruit grassy tart tones touch of fruitiness layers of hoppiness great taste, hoppy pilsner belgianesque. Mouthfeel is medium to light in body fine carbonated goes down so smooth. Drinkability possibly my favorite Belgian I have tasted in a long time incredible beer very excited to drink this one on draft.

WVbeergeek, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very spicy aroma. Spicy hop types, and a bunch of fruity esters. Big malt aroma that's a little bit sugary.

Great looking beer. Very clear, golden with a big pillowy head. Tons of rising bubbles.

Flavor starts off pretty bitter from the carbonation bite. Mid palate is fairly assertive hop bitterness. It finishes nice and malty. The malt and the estery character is like a solid tripel but the addition of big amounts of hops makes it stand apart. There's a good amount of hop flavor too but the aftertaste is honey-like.

Full bodied with a really good carbonation level.

Really tasty beer. It's nice an hoppy but still characteristically Belgian in character. Fantastic idea of what an IPA, brewed by a Belgian, would be like.

czechsaaz, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of drunkmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Pour's clear golden, with a healthy fluffy head that draws down to a nice half inch lace. This beer resembles a Duvel..even more since I am enjoying this in a Duvel glass.

a: I love the aroma of this beer. So much going on here, fresh cut grass, clove, bannana, lettuce, corriander and belgian yeast, thinking Westmalle. I can't wait to to taste this.

t: mmm, exceptional...but what type of beer is this? It's not your traditional IPA. It actually starts of as somewhat of a belgian golden, but not? First flavors are spice mmm..coriander, very crisp, then some light to moderate hops start moving, followed by a faint hop bitterness. This is very different in a very good way. It's not an IPA and It's not anything traditionally belgian that I have yet to try..sort of a melding of golden/triple/Ipa. I am confused..but I am thoroughly enjoying this confusion.

m: This is dangeriously drinkable, "Velvet Hammer Alert" There is no alcohol detected to me here. Nice moderate mouthfeel not watery, but just right, or maybe...spectacular?

I: This beer is highly enjoyable..a true gem. I am so glad Hildegard took the trip to the Pacific Northwest, she has outdone herself with this one.

Go find this beer and consume. It will put a smile on your face.

drunkmonk, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Max's, purs a clear light glowing yellow with a thin bright white spotty head, but pretty nice thick lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is all hops, grassy, earthy, ad herbal smelling. Taste is very hoppy, grassy and herbal, slight apple, over a nice chewy doughy malt, a nice earthy slightly bitter finish. Medium/full bodied with a strong almost bubbly carbonation. This is a very hopped up Belgian style pale ale, but it's very well done.

cubedbee, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at ZBF 4-3-06. Nice and lasting white head and a foggy pale golden beercollor. Nose is bit malty, slightly flowery hops and quiet alcoholic. Taste is also very alcoholic and very bitter, hanging well. Not a bad brew but IMO bit unbalanced and nose not giving any hops and that with all this bitterness. Drinkable but 9.5% and could have fuller taste with this alcoholcontent.

paterlodie, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silly Belgians...puttin' hops in their beer--lots of hops! A growing experiment among Belgians, loading their pale ales with hop flavor and bitterness (taking some hints from the West Coast brewing theories). Solidly a malty, sugar-sweet, spicy, funky pale ale...and then there's hops. A sharp and sudden hop bittering hits in the back of the throat, contributing an earthy, grassy flavor the presents itself primarily in the finish. The beer basically changes from and up-front Belgian Pale Ale to a thinning IPA in the finish. A challenge for the senses and a joy to drink. I just believe the sharp hop presence is a little dominating.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lightly hop hazy straw gold color. It is well carbonated with tons of streaming tight bubbles rising from all parts of my tulip glass. The carbonation holds up a head that is frothy and meringue like. The head slowly forms a rocky surface as it rests back down into the beer, all the while creating layers of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and herbal with a nice grainy note that adds to both the grassy quality and contributes a sweet grain note. There is lots of yeast character in the aroma as well; a bit of spiciness and something that adds to the herbal character, both of these are definitely evident under the hop notes.

Ah the taste is quite nice; raw, hoppy, yet distinctly Belgian in character. Raw grassy notes abound in this brew, yet still there is a solid alt character here. The brewers have left out all of that American propensity to use crystal malt and instead have relied upon a straightforward simple grain bill which has left us still with a complex malty grain character. Notes of sweet grain and a nice toasted malt note help to buoy up the dominant hop character. The finish starts with a bit of alcohol and a solid hop bitterness; in combination these definitely accentuate the raw hoppiness that lingers on into a long astringent finish.

This is quite nice, I really like the added complexity that the Belgian yeast brings. What really helps this work is that the dominant hop character is a mix of herbal and grassy notes as well as the simple grain bill that was used. This is really quite enjoyable and I hope to see more of these Belgian styled super hop beers.

Gueuzedude, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear hay like yellow, a massive head leaves that fluffy lace you get with Belgian beers. But there are two distinct rings of this fluff, like the two rings that come with Dreadnaught poured into a tulip. Aroma is spicy and citrusy, some pepper.

The hops are dry and citrusy, spicy and cleanly bitter. The malt lends some balance, I wish it were hoppier, though. Not to say this isn't hoppy. On the contrary, it is nicely hoppy. Mouthfeel is awesome, champagnesque. Drinkability is great. This is the type of hoppy beer I like with spicy food, not the American citrusy IIPAs.

Sephiroth, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly yeast-flecked, sparkling goldenrod beneath a massive head of polished ivory. The abundant carbonation and all the hop resins will, no doubt, ensure that the cap hangs around forever. That's a very good thing since it looks stupendous. Creamy, bubbly and super-sticky. Simply put, one of the best heads in recent memory. Sheets of tacky lace don't achieve total glass coverage, but they come close.

If I loved noble hops as much as I love American hops, this would be my be-all-and-end-all of aromas, regardless of style. It's still pretty wonderful. There's a controlled olfactory explosion of floral, sweet grassy and zesty lemon citric elements that is pure noble bliss. A none too subtle funkiness puts it over the top with room to spare. It's abundantly clear that this ain't your daddy's BSPA.

Hop-It is everything that I'd hoped it would be and is likely everything that its brewer(s) set out to create. I'm fairly sure that this bottle is several months old at least and it's still capable of smacking me hop silly and making my poor, tortured tongue beg for mercy. I doubt that I'll ever change my mind about noble hops, but this beer does everything in its power to pull Saaz, Spalt and Magnum to a near equal position with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo.

Pils malt was a good choice since it imparts very little flavor and allows the hops to have their way in this incredibly hop-centric ale. There's more than enough on board, however, to keep the beer from becoming an undrinkable bitter bomb. Just enough sweetness works behind the scenes to counter the raging bitterness of the hops.

Hops dominate from beginning to lingering, desiccating end. Bitter lemon pith and peel is king, with an impressive undertow of cardamom and clove. A honey-like sweetness tries to raise its head, but keeps getting swamped by a deluge of hop resins. I'm finding it hard to believe the 9.5% ABV. There's very little evidence of that much alcohol on the palate and I'd suggest going easy lest this beer sneak up on you like it's beginning to do to me.

The mouthfeel seemed breezily light initially, at least in comparison to its American DIPA counterparts. Further reflection reveals a firm silkiness that is easily the equal of those stickysweet, full-bodied beers that I love so well. I wouldn't change a thing about this one, especially since it improves the drinkability of an already amazingly drinkable beer.

Some will bemoan the fact that a respected Belgian brewer has jumped on the 'more hops' bandwagon that was started by a number of American brewers and that is (thankfully) still going strong. On the contrary. This beer adds to rather than detracts from the legacy of brewing excellence that is Belgian beer. Urthel Hop-It is a stunning achievement that hop heads the world over owe it to themselves to try.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of oracle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour at Gravity Head 2006 at Rich O's

The story behind this beer is interesting. According the Gravity Head flyer, a belgian brewer tried a hoppy double IPA while visiting Alaska, went back to belgian and brewed a hopped up version of a traditional belgian ale. Urthel Hop-It is the result.

Beer arrive a golden yellow with thick bubble head that left a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell was hoppy, smelling of either cascade or centenial hops, but not overpowering.

Taste was very good, with the hops playing a nice couterpoint to a more typical belgain sweetness that came into play after the initial hop flavor.

Very drinkable and very good.

oracle, Mar 01, 2006
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.