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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
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 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
Photo of clvand0
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a huge head that has plenty of retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of citrus, spice, floral notes. Definately plenty of Saaz in this one. The flavor resembles the aroma well. There's a lot of citrus zest along with some other spicy stuff. The body is moderate and the drinkability is quite good for the high alcohol level.

clvand0, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

kmpitz2, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NiceGuyMike, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Dukeofearl, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Terp96
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Terp96, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rajendra82, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

goodbyeohio, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Tupperwolf, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

mntlover, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of adamdotson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

adamdotson, Jan 26, 2006
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.