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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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 paterlodie
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of oracle
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of Terp96
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of adamdotson
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Prufrock
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.