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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of trbergman
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Translucent and a bit hazy, gold tinged with orange. Sports one finger of white rocky head that throws a ton of lace.

S - Light fruit scent - apricot? - and spicy yeast, with a hint of white pepper. Hop aroma is very herbal. Delicate and inviting.

T - Fruit continues on the palate, along with a slight phenolic spice. Yeast character is more medicinal than I'd prefer. Surprisingly dry, which serves to accentuate the beer's assertive hop bitterness. The finish is odd and a tad chalky.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, with nice bottle-conditioned carbonation.

D - Needs to have the yeast kept in check, I think, possibly a lower fermentation temp. The hops are a good complement to what I think the malt/yeast profile is going for. Alcohol is well hidden. I may have to give this another try in the future, but I'm not uber-impressed.

Photo of bigeyedfish
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Picked this up awhile ago at the Foodery and have been waiting to try it.

Pours a tremendous white, foamy, pretty solid head that is very slow to reduce itself. The body is a little darker than straw-ish, but distinctly golden. It looks more like a saison or a belgian strong pale ale that it does an IPA. Should be a real interesting drink.

Yeah, again, you can tell that this is a Belgian beer. The yeast smell is absolutely there and very strong. There is some extremely underlying hops within the aromas- not the American pine hops but a almost-spearmint hops. Some orange peel as well, which I like. A really inviting, really soft, warm aroma.

To be honest, this is a disappointment, and I will have to get another one of these beers to confirm this. With that said, when I drink this beer, I think penicillin. Especially in the finish I get the taste of antibiotics; there is some hop, for sure, and there's some nice orange-type-elements in the mid palate, but overall, I just get a ton of penicillin, and that's extremely disappointing.

Really tight mouthfeel. Nice long finish, grabs the mid palate especially well. Not the entire mouth-grippingness of some other beers, but you know, a really good beer in that regard. Not the smoothest of beers, that is for sure. Some bite when you swallow it, and the medicinal aftertaste overpowers a little.

I plan on having one more of these, that's to make sure this beer was not a dud. It's pretty hard, at this time, although it may just be because I'm down on this beer, to imagine myself drinking more than one of these beers. The medicine is just too pronounced, and too be honest, it's a deceptively boozy beer, and I think that hurts it as well- the finish is so big that it's easy to forget that this is a 9.5% abv beer.

This beer disappoints me, and I hope that this bottle was bad, and that what I got was just bad luck. Really, I hope that's what it is. I can't write anymore about the subject. Words fall short. I'm genuinely bummed.

Photo of TerryW
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big white head that leaves gobs of chunky lace before settling to a heavy film. Brew is hazy golden. Looks good.

Hoppy yeasty nose, very clearly Belgian in style. Some earthiness, slightly sweet. Smells appetizing. Whiff of booziness.

Slightly bitter to start before going sweet in a big way and then finishing dry and bitter. Bready and hoppy. A touch of orange peel. Interesting but overall too sweet in character.

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo, in Toronto.

An American-inspired ale but the beer's appearance reminds one of a brilliantly polished dinner set of European royalty; it shimmers with gleams of gold and brass. The clarity is immaculate and little bubbles tipsily wonder about. The head, in true Belgian fashion, is firm and long-lasting. Its foamy wash curiously lacks the grip to mark the glass.

Sassy hops are necessary - and very dear - for a strong IPA type ale. The same can be said of a phenolic, elegant yeast for a strong Belgian ale. Oddly, this beer, said to be a combination of both, lacks each - at least from the smell of things. I don't sense any nuances of esters or spices nor can I make out anything fruity, spicy, bitter or herbal.

Best I can tell, from both taste and available information, Urthel's Hop-It uses nothing but simple pale malt. It is plain and desperately lacks depth. Cereal grain and... nothing. Hops? No. As previously mentioned, this beer, unlike a fellow golden strong ale like Duvel, doesn't posses the spicy phenols and fruity esters to dress up the bare, blandish malt bill.

With nothing really keeping it in check, the alcohol is fiercely present. The unmistakable taste of ethanol scorches the palate. Its sanitizing effect numbs the inner layer of the lips. Not one thread of the nine and a half percent alcohol goes unnoticed; an observation rare in Belgian ales. With a little warming, this becomes as painful as amateur surgery.

My first sample of this beer was from a 750ml bottle that I assumed must had been past its prime. The beer was unexpectedly listless and by no means even remotely hoppy. There need not be all the fruity American hops but some is necessary if the brewery continues to advertise it as "an hommage to hops in the style of American Craft Brewers."

And maybe through the other end of the telescope it looks that way, but it certainly wasn't the view I had looking into my glass. I was surprised by how little I enjoyed the beer, for a second time at that. The concept of a Belgian DIPA is intriguing to say the least. From my experience, however, its success seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. A two finger white head forms but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is bitter grapefruit hops. Bread and biscuit yeast. Some buttery diacetyl as well.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter grapefruit and a bread/biscuit flavor. THey don't really mesh well for me. Light diacetyl as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This is soapy and oily. A bit of alcohol, and the odd mesh of flavors makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Not bad, but the beer just does not come together all that well for me. Probably not something I will revisit.

Photo of calinative68
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle on Thanksgiving Day.

I have had Stone's Ruination IPA several times before, so I thought this would be along the same lines: good hop characteristics.

A - Nice golden tone to it with an explosive head, I think it wasn't cool enough when we decanted it.
S- Floral, which is expected.
T- Hops dominate this brew so much I don't get anything else.
M-OK
D - Not a chance, too heavy on the hops that I couldn't really enjoy it. So much so, we opened up a Arrogant Bastard after this and it didn't have the same bite that it normally does. If you want to experiment and try something at will kick your tongue in the ass, then go for it. Bottom line, this was too hoppy for me.

Photo of Patrick999
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First Belgian IPA. Wow, upon the pour, there's no head. My Duvel tulip can't even coax much out of it. Little head, no retention. I think this is a little flat, considering the hops in here.

Smell is a resiny, sweaty-sock hop smell - I don't know what American variety this is, but I've smelled this before. Interesting and not at all as bad as the description would imply.

Taste, Feel - Oh yeah, we're definitely talking about some American hops here... nice citrus, floral aspect very reminscent of a West Coast IPA. Triple-like alcohol is definitely present as well. Feel is pretty limp watery...I think I got a bad bottle. I feel bad about reviewing this in a clearly compromised state, because this definitely shows promise. I'll pick up another bottle and revise my review.

Drinkability is great...hey, it's nearly flat, it has the feel of a vodka and cranberry, not a beer....hehe - this bottle was not cheap enough to be a drain pour, so I'm going to soldier through. Sorry Urthel - I'll make it up to ya.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corled and caged.

Appearance: Wow, suspension in the beer, weird globules that I have not seen in a very long time are everywhere in this beer's golden body. Head is massive, 3 inches at the pour. So much for the appearance.

Smell: Belgian yeastiness, grassy malt, also fruity with hops and a candy quality. Not bad.

Taste: Initially sweet and very malty, then tranitions into a big citric hop presence, which combines very oddly with the malt. This beer has a nice hop bite, but not very satisfying when compared with the new belgian hop bomb from chouffe.

Mouthfeel-Drinkability: Not good. The clumps of gelatenous material really make me think negative of it. I hope I just got a bad bottle, and maybe I will try it again and re-review.


Drinkability:

Photo of GreenCard
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale straw yellow, slight haze, big layer of pure white froth, great head retention, lace

Aroma: luscious perfumey hops with hints of blossom honey, coriander, citrus peel

Flavor: full malt sweetness with a sugary edge that almost becomes too sweet until a late-hitting smooth bitterness tamps it down; followed by peppery alcohol and hints of passion fruit, buckwheat, and clementine; finishes semisweet with a lingering mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, zingy carbonation, a bit slick and lots of alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: This is a great beer but I was surprised at how not-hoppy it is. In other words, I was expecting a bit more of a kick. Having said that, this is a much more balanced brew than what you typically get from an American craft brewery.

Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter, unknown bottled date.

This pours a hazy unfiltered yeast filed green tea like color (a murky light tan), with a decent white head which dissipates down to a thin layer. The initial nose is of alcohol, then I get some grassy notes, a hint of belgian yeast esters, and a little grainy malts, definitely not an in your face amount of hops. As much as the alcohol is in the nose, I'm nervous about how well its going to be hidden. The feel is medium with plenty of tingly carbonation. The taste is okay, the alcohol is pretty present as I feared. The taste is of grainy malts, a little hops, a long dry finish with a lingering alcohol after taste. To be honest I from the few Belgian IPAs I've tried, I prefer the ones made in America over the ones made in Belgium, I don't think they're used to the West Cost style of an insane amount of hops, this is much closer to an English IPA and is far less hoppy than even an American Pale Ale.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a mushroom shaped tulip glass at the Winking Lizard for the Glass of the Month

A- Poured a bright golden color, pretty hazy with a three finger fluffy head that left some chunky lace

S- Big pungent Belgium yeast aroma, lots of clove, medicinal notes, and some metallic notes

T- Big medicinal notes and Belgium yeast, some clove and spice, lots of alcohol in the taste

M- Pretty syrupy, decent carbonation, big warming, and some alcohol burn

O- I did not detect any hop presence for a Belgian IPA named Hop It. Pretty big medicinal notes and alcohol presence. Pretty average beer.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden-orange with a two finger thick and rich white head with excellent retention. Lacing was sparse, just slid down the glass.

Aroma: Citrus fruits, esters, slightly malty, barely detectable grassy hopiness.

Taste: Expected the hops to stand out a bit on this, but the taste was mostly orange/lemon zest and alcohol. Where's the hops?

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, but slightly watery. Mild alcohol burn.

Overall: Expected more. Anything with "Hop" in the name should deliver just that. This one didn't. The bottle reads "Superior Hoppy Blond Ale" and "Brewers excellent selection of hops". I don't get it. Perhaps the bomber is a better choice.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with almost no head, seemingly very little carbonation, kinda strange, not sure if it was too cold or what. Barely a pop when corked, and none of the normal CO2 fog.

Nice belgian yeast aroma, fairly estery with some bubblegum notes. Some apricot, grapefruit, a little sweetness and a slight tickle of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is again strange, nearly flat, very very little effervescence. Taste of sweet fruit followed by hop bitterness and some alcohol, slightly fusely. Bitterness is fairly strong and forward. Picking up mostly pine from the hops.

I really don't know what to think about this, because I can't tell if we got a bad bottle, and I'm not sure we'll find another. So, I'll give it a little more than I normally would because I feel like somethings not right with this bottle.

Edit: Based on other's reviews, I really think our bottle was not properly carbonated for some reason.

Photo of supercolter
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to go a bit against the grain here. This was decent but not great
The best quality this beer had was its head. Quite fluffy and billowing.
Smell is ok. Although i had just had a Surly Cynic Ale and so my nostrils and taste buds were a bit weary.
Mouthfeel is average, a bit on the light side.
Drinkablity for 9.5% was pretty good.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this the other night after work. Poured a light orange golden color with decent white head, plenty of lacing and sediment throughout. Smell was nothing special, similar to a lager but hoppier. Tasted mildly sweet, fruity and yeasty, with a slight hop kick. Pretty smooth and clean, just slightly oily. Didn't go down terribly easily, but could have two or three.

Photo of leitmotif
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Osiris9588
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, cages and corked. Pours a pale straw color, the four-finger white head forms a stiff cap in the center, amid ample sticky lacing. The nose is filled with grass and herbs, sligh hop and corriander.

The taste is very lemony, with some yeast, corriander, clove, pepper, and a lot less hops than I was expecting. The aftertaste is bitter--though without delivering an enjoyable hop hit before it sucks the life out of the tongue.

The mouth seemed rather light and lacked complexity. It's drinkable, but not all that interesting. I was quite disappointed.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body, white head.

Aromas of peach and pear with floral notes.

Flavors toasted malt, some tartness mid palate. Medicinal, floral, herbal hops are understated but present. Light bitterness, but American IPA fans will need to adjust their expectations dramatically.

Medium to light bodied.

A nice Belgian IPA, though I prefer De Ranke XX or the Houblon Chouffe, but not bad.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a huge, white, foamy head three fingers in depth with excellent retention. It leaves webs and webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is a hazy gold. Looks great.

Smell - horseblanket, with hints of figs and apricots. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - as promised by the smell - horseblanket, with tiny hints of figs and apricots. Small hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with a great deal of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - high abv holds down sessionability, but even if it didn't, this doesn't offer much aroma and flavor beyond horseblanket, so to me it's merely a decent beer, and not one I'd seek out often.

Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with some slight haze and noticeable particles. Amazing pillowy off-white head with tiny bubbles and impressive retention.

Aroma-Primary aromas are of sweet rock candy and alcohol with just a touch of raisins and caramel. Hops are rather light and exhibit a soft spicy/woody/herbal character. Ester and phenol profiles are rather subdued.

Flavor-Austere flavor is dominated by the hops and the alcohol. Faintest hint of malt sweetness is quickly swept away, first by drying alcohol, which is followed by moderate hop bitterness and grassy, woody, and spicy hop flavors. The finish is overtaken by pronounced alcohol notes-not necessarily unpleasant but quite powerful.

Mouthfeel-Moderate carbonation, medium full body. Substantial alcohol warmth coats tongue but never becomes hot.

Not as hoppy as I would have expected, and lacking much Belgian yeast character as well. Quite boozy, though it manages to be relatively inoffensive. I don't think I like it too much, but it intrigues me and keeps me tasting it.

Photo of Prufrock
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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 dhilltop2000
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been waiting awhile to take this $11.49 1pt 9oz bottle out of the fridge. I finally decided to try it. What could be better, a hoppy IPA with a Belgian touch!? Two of my favorite styles on the table! I took it out from a 42deg fridge, let it set in room temp for 30 min and popped the cork! That's where my excitement started to dwindle. Poured a hazy butterscotch color with a ridicules amount of tiny white bubble into a Duvel tulip glass. Don't get me wrong, I love a good head, but this was quite the over load. I literally had 6 inches of tight ice cream like head for every 1oz of beer I poured. I had to wait 5 minutes for the ball of foam to "produce" a mouthful of liquid. Smells much more of a banana cream, triple Belgian ale concoxion than an IPA. I don't like the way the beer is balanced between the creamy sweetness and the hoppy bitterness. Don't expect much from the IPA aspect. Definitely a let down in my book.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bhalter8 for the bottle.

Golden pour. Massive white head retains very well. Great lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy and citric. It's a pretty solid blend of Belgian Pale and IPA, which oddly enough, makes it smell kind of like a tripel.

This tastes like a tripel, as well. Fruity, grassy, spicy...and boozy. The hops I smelled are practically nowhere to be found. Unpleasant finish.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol makes this a little more difficult to put back. Not really a fan of this one.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.