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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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very good

765 Ratings
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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My next beer in a series of 4 had at Monk's Cafe earlier this evening.

A - poured a lovely pale honey, slightly hazy, with a (wow) massive 3.5" fluffy white head that laced magnificently and retained a half inch cap until the very end.

S - hard to discern at first but I made out some lemon zest, bananas, citrus, and a slight Duvel-esque aroma. Although not as hoppy as I expected, the light profile complemented the bouquet nicely.

T - mild hoppiness with slight herbal residues. Pale malts, a splash of something acidic with biscuits. A prominent alcoholic warmth.

M - light bodied with bubbly carbonation. Very smooth.

D - highly drinkable! Give me more!

Overall - This is a very good beer indeed. The intense head was just exceptional. Poured into a flat bottomed tulip, it blossomed into a volcano of retaining white bubbly goodness. I had to sit and marvel at it before taking a sip. Very interesting, almost like a Belgian strong pale ale with a dose of hops. Although I've only had one or two other Belgian IPA's, this is certainly a keeper. I must also note that the characteristics of this beer intensifies with warmth and maximizes when it sits for about 15 minutes. An excellent beer overall.

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml fattie into an Orval glass (chose the glassware out of ingnorance and taste). The appearance is slightly hazy pale orange with clumpy islands of foam on top. The smell is not as overly hoppy as I expected, it's more muted with a sweet Belgian yeastie aroma in the background. The taste is sweet and malty, slight bite of hops, with Belgian yeast in the mix and a slightly sour taste on the back-end. Really nice thick mouthfeel and delicious flavor keep the drinkability high, although the high alcohol content (not detected in the flavor) could be dangerous.

TurdFurgison, Jan 14, 2007
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 zoso493
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been meaning to try this one for a long time and now I finally have it. Let's see how it goes. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a really nice honey-amber color with a enormous, fluffy, four-finger head that stays around for awhile. Also leaves some pretty sticky looking lacing on the glass.

Smell: Really interesting smell that I would characterize overall as fruity. Some juicy hops come out at first, with citrus and pine being the dominant hop scents. Towards the back of the smell, you can get some nice Belgian yeast. This one smells pretty enticing.

Taste: Interesting taste to this brew. Starts out very bitter and then finishes with some characteristic Belgian yeast. It does, however, have a long but pleasant and hoppy bitter finish. This is actually a lot better than I had expected, and also much more hop-forward. I would think of this more as an American IPA than anything, although the Belgian yeast does give it away. Really well balanced, as well, and the yeast compliments the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation that bounces of your tongue and leaves it dry. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Well, you'll never guess this is a 9.5% ABV brew. This was actually one of the few beers that I've drank without looking at the ABV before hand, and I guess that it was maybe 7% percent. Really nice and refreshing brew that goes down easy.

Overall, this is a really nice, easy-drinking IPA that is definitely worth trying. Most brewers that aren't used to brewing hopcentric brews just don't seem to get it right in some way, but Urthel nailed it with this one. This is a hella nice brew and I'll probably end up picking up a couple more. I can't wait to try the Houblon I have sitting in the "cellar" to see how it stacks up.

zoso493, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a modified tulip it forms a chunky, loose, white head. Retention is outstanding. Golden body with medium sized carbonation. Tasty looking.

Smell is of spices and light fruits. Kind of a mix between a belgian pale and a tripel....in the nose at least.

Tasted very spicey, dry and full of hops. Soft and fairly light up front but then theres a humongous zap with the combination I just mentioned. First the spices, then the fruits and huge cleansing snap of hop bite. The taste lingers into the aftertaste and is a task to clean this baby up but eventually you'll be ready for another pull. Patience. As it warmed there was a more hefty load of cloves and it became a bit sweeter but to be honest it needed some of it.

Notes: Excellent. A great new style and this is a shining example of it. Bring on more fresh versions and it will be purchased in this household.

DogFood11, Jun 02, 2007
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 slammo
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a big bottle with a cork in it. I like the cork versus cap but not enough for extra points. Still it's nice.

Pours beautifully and looks inviting...best enjoyed in a Belgian tulip style glass. High pointes here for the great things to come.

Smell is on the money with spice and fruity ethers. Gotta take a swig and then the taste is exceptional with hoppy wonder ness. Hop It!!

Mouth feel is silky and smooth just can't drink 10 of these in one sitting but I'd like to try.

slammo, Jul 16, 2008
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 GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden straw with a white moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly coating the glass.

The aroma was spicy and estery with a nice alcoholic driven phenolic of spices, pepper most dominant. Along for the ride was a fruity presence of mango and pineapple. Also a nice earthy hop presence was notable.

The flavor was crisp with a strong bittering that was never harsh, nor overdone. The flavor was light with a malt flavor coupled with spice from the fermentation and that substantial hop bittering. The beer had quite a bit going on, but ever bit of the flavor was clean without being muddled and out of balance. The hop bittering and malt flavor worked well with the spice to create a well crafted brew.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bitterness and spice long and pleasant and continually drying into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a nice creaminess on the palate. This was a darn nice brew. I gotta get more!

750 ml corked and bailed silk screened bottle. Writing on the back gives the stats. $10.99 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.
20.5ºP
Pilsner Malt
80 IBU
50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz

GCBrewingCo, Dec 02, 2005
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 feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the front of the silk-screened 750 ml bottle, the phrase "Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale" sits above the logo, complete with the Erthel gnome, wearing a wreath of hops around his bald head, smiling with beer mug in hand. Below the "Hop-iT" logo, the words, "Brewers Excellent Selection of Hops", amid graphics of hops. Hops used: 50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz. 80 IBU. Pilsner malts.

From the back of the bottle: "Following a visit to American Northwest in January 2005, Hildegard returned to Belgium enthusiastic about all of the different IPAs she had tasted. She knew that she wanted to brew an IPA of her own, but it had to be with a real Flemish touch. Her touch!"

Cork comes off almost on it's own. The pours into an Urthel Pache' glass a hazed, pale gold, with a prodigious head, captured well by the glass, a huge, puffy white cloud, leaving loads of lace, slowly settling.

Aroma is brilliant, spice and citrus zest leaping from the glass, finding happy haven in the nose...lemon, apricot, pineapple, ...the Saaz really comes through, emitting a distinctive floral beauty, along with the spicy spark.

That zest continues it's attack once it climbs on the tongue. Moreover, the mouthfeel is almost ingenious, as the flavor sticks to the palate tenaciously, clinging and delivering bitterness and deliciousness.
Full bodied, with a long, fruity, bitter finish.
Each new sip grants more of this intractable potency, until you slowly realize the strength of this one (9.5%)...but it does take awhile, and meanwhile, it's damnably drinkable. Puts many a Belgian golden ale or tripel to shame.

I think Hildegard struck a homer on this one, her intentions were successfully made reality. It reminds one of an American DIPA, until you taste and feel all the parts that are uniquely Flemish. A stunning accomplishment. I like it more and more as the glass drains and my stomach fills...I will be enjoying more and more of this in the future, that is a guarantee!

Although I review this from a bottle at home, I was granted the rare treat of having my first taste of this fine beer in the company of Hildegard herself, as well as Bas Vas Ostern, the man behind the Urthels, and several other fine folks, as well. Many thanks, Hildegard, keep on brewin'...or, should I say, "Pache'!"

feloniousmonk, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mildly hazy but very bright golden color with a thick, well-sustained white head. The aroma is dominated by a grassy hop spice but also contains some fruity malt sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. The palate features fruity flavors (banana), a fairly rich candy-like sweetness, some definite leafiness, and a very aggressive but not totally overwhelming hop bite. Very balanced. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this beer, though, is how well the nearly 10% abv is hidden; this brew is dangerously drinkable. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy.

This crisp, rich brew is a refreshing change of pace as far as Belgians are concerned considering how hoppy it is. Don’t get me wrong, Belgians certainly know how to hop a beer when they want to (Duval, anyone?), but most of their beers tend to be malty and alcoholic. This one was all that, but was nicely balanced by a great hop spice. I’m told this is a Belgian interpretation of the American IPA style. If it is, I would say it is more balanced and hides its alcohol level better than many American IPAs. But whatever style it is, it’s a real treat. Highly recommended.

arguemaniac, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Honey-gold body with a thick collar & thin coating of eggy head. Lots of champagne-like bubbles & a heavy dose of suspended yeast.

Smells of apple juice & white grape juice, that great balance of sweet & tart fruit notes. A little on the organic, earthy side with the yeast, & some floral aromas.

Dried apricot at the forefront of the taste, then evoking a very specific sense memory for me: pineapple icebox cake, which includes tastes of pineapple, coconut, whipped cream-type icing, & angelfood cake, with a cherry on the top. They're all there, & at the same time there's a dryness to it from alcohol, as well as a piney bitterness. The taste evolves, moving in & out of these notes. Wonderful.

Like the taste, the mouthfeel is at times smooth, foamy, sharp, & hot. It changes frequently, constantly keeping me engaged.

I think, after multiple tries, I've finally found a close contender with Houblon Chouffe for my favorite Belgian IPA. Really complex, both inviting & challenging, & hitting some associative triggers on the head. I can pick up different tastes in each sip, & I really enjoy that. Definitely a winner. Again, with the alcohol & the energy present in the beer, one is sufficient.

OneDropSoup, Mar 01, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice Belgiany head Pale gold haze gets my mouth watering.

Strong citrus smells are followed by a sweet crisp hops very nice.

Heavy carbonation and up front very fruity lemon and orange tastes of traditional belgians that I love. Than it hits you with the hoppy bitterness I'm very impressed.

This is def a beast of its own I am very interested to see more of the belgain IPAs show up. I love it.

bfields4, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Tons of sediment in the bottle. Some sediment into the glass. Pours a bright straw hazy color nice 1 finger head that recedes to a film with some lace.

S - Phenol hints hit you right away. Banana and some cloves are present some citrusy fruits are also available. Floral and piney hops are present in the nose as well but just mildly.

T - Wow very interesting and exciting mixture of tastes! Hop bitterness immediately present as well as the dryness the floral character of the hops is also present in the beginning and then the banana tries to shine through but is kicked back once again by the hop dryness. It's definitely more hopped than some other Belgian IPA's but I fell that there is a pretty good relationship with the sweetness the malts produce and then the hop feeling as well as with the hop floral taste. Alcohol tones as it warms.

M - A little to similar to sparkling wine for my taste but still good. Very crisp and well balanced sweetness with hop character flavor and more noticeable bitterns and dryness.

D - Refreshing and very crisp. Very drinkable. ABV might be high for some but its not too noticable.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of RickSawyer
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful, hazed blond pale with an average head that quickly falls to splotchy islands of film across the top. Smell is very nice. Ripe pear, tart green apple, green grapes, hints of fresh baked bread and a floral citrus aroma that slides through softly. Taste very nice. Green apple and pear play nicely with the belgian yeast's funky, earthy flavor, and all are visited by a peppery, pine apple and citrus note. Nothing is overbearing and the champagne like mouthfeel helps dry the finish and keeps me going back for more. The scary part is the 9.5% abv. That number alone would tell someone that this is a sipper, however this beer can be drank by the mouthful without a second thought. Just the slightest hint of alcohol evaporating from the back of my tonsils after a sip reminds me to take it easy. Quite the tasty quaffer for sure.

RickSawyer, Jul 12, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/23/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info noted, but it is an '06 release.

Appearance- Cage comes off and no less than 10 seconds later does the cork fly out knocking off one of my pans from my hanging pot rack. I still have not found the cork yet. The color is a lemony yellow and orange mixture. Wondring if the head is supposed to grow continuously for over ten minutes after the pour. Infected? Wonderful looking pock marked tight small bubbled white head and chunky lace.

Smell- Let to warm the smell comes out much better. 45 degrees doesn't compare to 55 degrees. Fairly yeasty and somewhat bready or biscuity. Classic Belgian pale ale scent with some white pepper and other spices. Hops are there, but not as much as expected. Light lemon scented fruits are also present.

Taste- Ahh, the hops are there. Lots of saaz hops as it kind of tastes like a cross between a imperial pils and a belgian pale ale. Seems more sugary when drank cooler and more bitter and tart when had at room temp. Good amount of peppery flavor with some powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as thought it would be. Left to warm it almost has a lighter carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste that lasts just long enough.

Drinkability- Gave this fairly high marks because it's only the second Belgian IPA I have had and liked it a bit better than the La Chouffe offering. Great flavors..very well done.

GClarkage, Mar 24, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Cloudy straw color with a beautiful 1 inch eggshell colored head that developed excellent lacing and rockiness.

S - Grapefruity hops with the requisite Belgian yeast spice/funkiness. Good touch of sweet grainy scent as well. Lemony citrus stands out. Very enticing.

T - Kicks things off with a tart, well carbonated sensation. Granny smith apple contributes to the tartness. Belgian spice is well represented. Aftertaste remains slightly tart with good amount of dryness.

M - High carbonation with a light to medium body. Drying aftertaste and slight mouth coating feel.

D - An excellent combination of styles, and a trendsetter among belgians. Intensely drinkable despite its high alcohol content (9.5%). I've been laying this one down for probably 8 months at least, and its quite tasty, so don't be afraid to do the same. Pick some up as soon as you can!

gmcfarre, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking brew. Pours a glowing golden with a thick, lacy white head. The nose is a perfect blend between a Belgian Triple and an American Double IPA. Rich malts, tropical fruits, carmelized candy, spicy yeasts with a big bouquet of hops. The taste is more on the IPA side, but still quite good. Fresh floral hops over delicate malts and ripe fruit with subtle alcohol and herbal yeasts. Really opens up at room temp. Nice full body yet crisp and refreshing. A delicious ale from Urthel.

rye726, Aug 19, 2008
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium IPA and to be honest I had no idea what to expect.
Poured a lemon yellow clear liquid topped with a finger of small, tight white bubbles that melted to a sticky ring in the glass.
Aroma is the first surprise. Distinctively Belgium in yeast but an added soft earthiness and some sweet citrus. Really unusual and nice.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy as well as tingly from lots of tiny carbonation.
Taste is another surprise. Soft Belgium blonde notes with soft and sweet pale malts greet you initially then give way to nicely bitter citrus hops...not west coast kind of bitterness, but fresh and clean bitterness. I'm also catching a hint of some spices here...corriander and cloves mostly.
Everything about this bottle is bright and fresh tasting.
If this is indicative of the style, I like a Belgium IPA very much and will have to seek out more.

IntriqKen, Jun 09, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

MaevaS, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 December 2008. 25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Opened with a welcome POP! The cork reads 26/07.

Poured into a large tulip glass it's a mainly clear (I can see some of my fingerprints through the glass but not all of them) deep golden body beneath a massive head of frothy bright white foam.

The aroma is spicy, citrusy (it's mainly orange peel, but then also lemonish, and even a hint grapefruit-like), grassy, vanilla-ish, clovey, and bready. It reminds me of some kind of cake I had as a child.

The fine bubbled carbonation rises in streams, continually supporting the head, and it's a little hard to get a proper sip at first. It tingles the lips and tongue. The flavor is overwhelming. I let the first sip pass and concentrate on the after-taste. Bitter. Dry. Herbal. Grassy. Spicy. Quite lingering. I need to bring up some saliva and run my tongue over my teeth to clean them. Quite the beer here!

OK, second sip. As I raise it to my nose it's spicy and chalky with a suggestion of clove in the back. The initial flavor is vanilla-ish and bitter at the same time. Grainy malt comes into play. There's a thin but sharp edge of fruitiness... apple, not quite green and tart, but not quite sweet and red either. Black pepper and spiciness swirl as it warms and becomes pillowy soft, seemingly expanding in the mouth to the point that it might burst out. There's more vanilla; and then grassy hops and some mild citrus into the swallow. There's a drizzle fo honey, and some herbs appear, followed by a rising bitterness and a sprinkling of more black pepper. It lingers. The flavor fades, but it remains. It's dry, earthy, and spicy. This is a massive beer, not in terms of strength and body, but in flavor.

As I progress through the glass the head dies down to a two or three millimeter layer, and I see that it's left a very thick initial ring of lace, followed by an empty spot of about 4 mm, and then a fairly solid wall of lace that's brighter in rings where each sip was taken. On the side of the glass where I'm sipping from it's a different case. There's a clear outline of where the beer has been crossing and leaving the glass, and in that channel the lace has formed a covering of tiny spots and streaks that resemble leopard skin. Quite nice!

As it warms it becomes sweeter and more candyish, and the pepper and spice are softened a little bit. I seem to detect some anise and cola flavor. The hops have become seemingly more leafy, or is that the spices, mainly the cardamom, coming out more. It's reached the right balance between malt and bitter and yeast and hops and it's just superb. Each sip goes on forever, and yet I somehow want more!

The alcohol is fairly well-cloaked, and amidst the pepperiness it would be impossible to pinpoint anyway, but you can feel it though! The carbonation seems to somehow help it get into your blood-stream, and after only three quarters of a large goblet I can feel it.

As to drinkability, in terms of consumption, you're not going to go too far with this one. If it doesn't take your taste buds hostage - and it probably will - it WILL shut you down with alcohol! So what we're talking about here is enjoyment. How much did you enjoy it, and how much would you like to take the roller-coaster ride that it is again, if you could!!!??? Well, I personally enjoy an all-out assault on the senses, and this one delivers! It's certainly not for everyday occasions, but for those times when something really special is in order I'd quite readily turn to this as an option.

Two thumbs up! Full throttle! Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Dec 09, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

zonker17, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.