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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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very good

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of arguemaniac
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of NahpunGnome
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Reminds me of a nice golden, hazy Tripel. Small head with very fine bubbles.

S - Yeast, bananas, apricots, and alcohol.

T - Nice balance of sweet and bitterness. No real alcohol taste. I get hints of citrus and the hops definitely comes about in the aftertaste.

M - Quite smooth. Not much carbonation feel.

D - Easy to drink! Sipped or with big gulps, I'm enjoying this one.

Summary - This is my second Belgian IPA style beer (the first being Piraat). There's a very nice balance of sweetness and hops in Hop-It. I was actually expecting it to have more of a hop profile, but it doesn't. This one kind of reminded me more of a Tripel than IPA and I can see myself getting this again. Hop-It is a very nice beer!

Photo of artwithaB
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Skankins
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DPFRD
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml in Chimay Chalice

A- Creamy head that is plentiful slowly dissipating lacing glass nicely. Golden hued, turbid with debris and carbonation... looks absolutely outstanding.

S- Grassy with an immediate floral hop kick. Some earthy yeast funk lies beneath taunting you to drink.

T- Hops soar over a grassy field of yeast and an incredible malt complexity that I just love. The beer expands more and more as it warms letting you peer deeper in to it's grain character as the hops polarize the experience. Aftertaste is lingering with hop spice and some astringent warmth.

M- Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Biting and warming.

O- If you love IPAs and also love belgian pales and tripels, then you will fall for this. You'll be bugging liquor store owners about it once you deplete their stash. It has balls, it has complexity, it's unique. The beer is flat out spectacular. It throws down like a champ with some extra sharp aged cheddar.

Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my ommegang glass a golden yellow with a huge 3 fingers of rocky whipped white head with tons of lacing. Nice retention as well.
Lemony zest catches my attention first in the nose with a backdrop of sweet bready yeasty malt and a bit of spicy grapefruit. Very pleasant aromas.
Sweet bready malts up front followed by a tinge of spice, corriander and a hint of sweet clove. Lemon rind is present througout each sip. Then comes a nice hoppy citrus character filled with lemony grapefruitiness that compliments the yeasty belgian characteristic. The finish is dry. I think that the lemony characteristic blended with the hop bitterness creates the grapefruit like flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly level of nice carbonation.
This is a very drinkable and a great representation of what is possible with a little experimentation. A great beer drinking experience.

Photo of Mattias
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pale golden in color with cloudiness and a one-finger head.

Aroma: A mixture of flavors: Hops, sweetness, breadiness and even some spiciness.

Taste: Rich and malty upfront. Smooth. Spicy and bready. Decent hop bitterness in the middle. A second sip confirms the hoppiness with spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and hoppy. Smooth. Spiciness lingers.

Drinkability: Depends on your threshold for Belgian ales. This beer at 9.5% is a slow sipper though. Still, I think it's an interesting style that I've never experienced much. Would I buy it again? Maybe and just for the purpose of aging it.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of moconn10
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Estarrio
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying many bottles and draught pours, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this fine brew. Just in time before the, hoppier version hits the shelves!

Poured clear, light gold with an enormous, white frothy head. I could talk about head retention here, or I could simply mention the fact the head took on a life of its own and continued to grow. Expect frothy chunks of foam on your glass walls.

Fruity esters are bountiful in the nose with hints of apple, pears and grape. Sweet malt and funky yeast balance a nice bouquet of citrusy hops and spicy alcohol. Traces of pepper, coriander and clove add to a nice complexity.

Again, the fruity esters really stand out. Green apple and red grape mingle with citrus rind, candied sugar, caramel, clove, coriander and sweet malt. The funky yeast lends a character similar to bread dough. A welcome hop bitterness takes over in the finish and serves to mask a bit of spicy alcohol flavor. The finish is slightly dry, begging for another sip. I'm really impressed with the range of flavors. From sweet fruit to a blast of hops, this brew delivers.

The carbonation comes on strong in the beginning but seems to spend itself rather quickly. While the mouthfeel is pleasing, it lacks the creamy fizziness implied by the amazing head.

This divine concoction is dangerously drinkable. While this review pertains to the bottled version, I've spent many hours drinking these on draught. At 9.5%, these tend to drink like a session brew.

I've been really impressed with Urthel and this is no exception. I can't wait until Hildegard's latest formula reaches these shores!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cork broke, but we took this low point in stride, and did not panic. Everything got better once we found an ah-so corkscrew. Poured a golden amber into chalice w/nice white head. Thick lacing.
S-Rich bouquets of banana, clove, spice, and sweet malt. Also notes of hops...citrus and floral characters linger in the background.
T-Sweet toasted malt in attack gives way to banana and other tropical citrus notes, spice and clove, and layers of hops throughout the midpalate and finish.
M-Nice consistency in body, and robust carbonation. Alcohol is present, but unapparent for the abv.
D-Very enjoyable. A complex, nuanced brew that continues to deliver as the temperature rises.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a straw/yellow color with a huge head and great lacing. The head did fall quickly.

S: This beer is hoppy. Citrus, sweet and alcohol aromas are picked up as well.

T: Bitter initially. Definitely like an overly hopped Belgian Blonde ale. It is quite complex but manages to pull off a great balance.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. It is light and airy - almost fluffy. There is a hint of alcohol.

D: Great balance and complexity make this an easy drinking brew. It also made it one of the hardest to describe....but I'd definitely recommend it.

Photo of TStandley13
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Nice head, left a pretty good lace along the glass.

S- Fruity, Citrus, Cloves, Spices, and Hops!

T- Sweet at first, then hops take over.

M- Alcohol present. Pretty good feel, thin for a more hoppy beer but good.

D- Great beer, though one is enough. Very strong flavores

Serving type: bottle

Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head that lasts forever with bits of sediments speckled throughout and super-thick. Light gold color

Beautiful Belgian smell with a very interesting strong hop aroma and a bit of alcohol.. Talk about a hybrid!

Wow. The only reason this isn't a five is because it's not to style. With a taste like this, though, who cares? It's got all the Belgian sweetness at the front of your mouth and then the hops join in. By the end of the sip they lead the show and hide the huge ABV very well.

Coating like a Belgian, but a tiny bit drying because of the hop factor. Makes you want to sip it faster than your normal Belgian fare.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited once I tasted this beer for the first time.

The beer was a golden honey color that was rather hazy. There was a foamy white head that some a bit of retention and demonstrated great lacing.
Aroma was Spicy and very fruity. Banana tones along with other fruits.

Wonderful complex and spicy flavor. Banana/creamy very fruity. Near the end you can taste the alcohol. A lot going on here and one to enjoy slowly.

Bright mouth feel with medium body. A warming sense from the alcohol.

Really nice drinkability.

Excellent beer.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.