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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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88
very good

764 Ratings
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

TWStandley, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of oracle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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 mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured this 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Not dated but coded: 23CF.

Rich golden, slightly cloudy body held up a huge puffy head. As the head faded it looked like a creamy latte and left splotchy lace down the glass.

Smell was multilayered. Yeasty and spicy. Mild hints of banana. Sweet malts appeared as it warmed. The aroma became more complex and appealing. Lemons. Leafiness. The smell made my nostrils tingle. The smell of this beer is probably it's strongest characteristic.

Taste was creamy and spicy. Bitterness up front. Navel oranges. It mellowed as it warmed becoming almost APA/IPA-like. Belgian yeast juxtaposed with citric hops. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was tongue tingling. Full-bodied. This is a filling sipper. I will find this one again.

Cresant, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of NahpunGnome
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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!

NahpunGnome, May 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

artwithaB, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Skankins, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of DPFRD
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

DPFRD, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Matthew, Feb 10, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Brad007, May 21, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

RyanKappler, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Toddv29424
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

This beer was quite a surprise to find. The color is golden with a voracious bubble pattern that continues for the duration of the beer. A large head that leaves an interesting lacing pattern on the glass. Its curious...for a beer called "Hop-it" I am not able to make out any hoppyness in the taste at all. The initial taste is a bit like citrus. The end is much more bitter, but its not a hoppy bitterness but more of a yeasty bitterness. The finish is terrific, with more of a lingering lemon-like taste. Quite a beer!

Toddv29424, Dec 08, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

moconn10, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

PEIhop, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

pkalix, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

captainbearcat, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Lukass, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

blmar311, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 16, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

barefootbrewer, Sep 16, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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

TStandley13, Apr 19, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

Estarrio, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA.

Poured a pale straw yellow with an enormous, foamy head. The head slowly subsided to a thick film with a large, bulbous dollup in the center. Incredible amounts of lacing blanketed the entire glass and left ridges between each sip. The spider web of lacing managed to even last well after the beer itself was gone.

Smell was pleasantly hoppy in a grassy, flowery, Saaz hop kind of way. Clean and fresh.

Taste was quite flavorful. Noticeably hoppy from start to finish yet so smooth. Some fruitiness detectable mid-palate with a bit of candied sugar in the back of the mouth. As with many of the hoppier Belgian ales, this one was well balanced by the malts.

Medium bodied with a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability was outstanding. So smooth, easy on the palate and perfect with a variety of foods. I was absolutely amazed to discover that it was 9.5% ABV.

Damian, Oct 30, 2006
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

I've just had my first glass of Hop-it, and I must say, it's fantastic.

A - Poured a beautiful light golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down into a semi-present ring. Very light bits of lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop scents with hints of lemongrass, bright flowers and to me, green olives.

T - A strong rush of sweet hops, mixing well with the nose. Envelopes the whole mouth with a sweet, then bitter hop flavor before ending into a suprisingly clean finish.

M - Lightly carbonated, with a smooth flowing texture the rolls across the tongue. Flavors hit all 4 receptors.

D - An excellent beer, but I feel that I couldn't have too many of them in a row. The finished glass leaves me satisfied, so too much more would start to weigh down on me.

(also, The glass that I had was a little expensive. The bar manager said that it's almost 6 times the usual cost for a keg... I stopped complaining)

BKIII, Jan 18, 2008
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.