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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | 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 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
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of NolateM
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of rodrot
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of bignick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

Photo of GnomeKing
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of unclederby
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.