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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005)
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Photo of baylz
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

baylz, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Carpentiere
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Carpentiere, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of b1515152004
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

b1515152004, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Gyle41386
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Gyle41386, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

JoeMans, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been really enjoying the Belgian IPA style lately. There is usually a unique combination of strong citrus hops mixed with that unique Belgian taste. This is my first authentic Belgian one, however. Here is my review:

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Head is quite bubbly and large. Sticks around nicely. Lacing is minimal. Looks pretty tasty.

S/T: What makes this different from the American interpretations of the style is that the Belgian character comes first. Then the hops. I was pretty disappointed overall. Aroma consists of Belgian yeast, wheat, grass, and maybe some grapes. Very faint aroma. Taste is a little more intense, but still nothing great. I get the Belgian yeast, some wheat, and breadyness. Hops come through in the finish with a slight grassyness quality to them. Nothing like an American style IPA at all. I also get some licorice in there, which doesn't mesh well with the other flavors. Alcohol does come through as well. Probably not something I would buy again.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is a little lower than average. Drinks okay for a 9.5% ABV beer. Alcohol does rear its head, but doesn't detract too much.

Overall, I must say that this beer doesn't do anything for me. It tastes okay, but I personally feel that American style Belgian IPAs have a much fuller and hoppier taste. This just tastes like an average Belgian ale with a touch more hop bite. At $15.00 a 4-pack, I must say I would never buy this one again. I only would recommend it to big Belgian beer fans who want a very reserved hop intensity to their beer. Not the best.

OldSchoolGamer, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a hazy pale yellow color. The head is a billowy four fingers in height, and recedes very slowly. Lacing is thick, lasting until the last sip is gone, and leaving rings and clouds of foam on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very earthy and yeasty. The taste is where is hops are in this beer. The earthy and yeasty notes which are upfront in the aroma are in the background in the taste. They are nearly covered up by a green, resiny, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly ligher than medium bodied, with nice carbonation. Overall, it is as if the normal flavors of a Belgian ale and the hops are at war with one another, and, like in all war, everyone is the loser. Nothing in this beer seems to be in harmony with anything else. A fellow BA once said, "I can tell you if a beer is made well, and I can tell you if I like it." I can tell that this is a well made beer, and I bet a loe of other hop heads out there love it, but I don't.

KarlHungus, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of callmemickey
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold with lots of foamy head.. decent lacing and retention

S: Lots of floral hops.. sweet malts (honey and apples and pears?) with some phenols and yeast rounding out a complex nose..

T: Disappointing... I think they over did it here as the fruity malts come across really funky when matched with the floral hops... some metallic almost coors light like finishing notes

M: Dry, crisp finish. Tickles the tongue.

D: The taste was just too disappointing to try again...

callmemickey, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden body, thick whipped cream head. Very nice!

Nose is an odd blend of Belgian funk with some sweetness, not really any clear hops here...

Flavor is mildly bitter, but not anywhere near 80 IBUs to my taste-buds. Spicy and flavorful, it's not really an IPA or a typical Belgian. Not at all what I expected, but still OK.

Mouthfeel is zesty and very highly carbonated.

Quenching and drinkable.

ghostwalker, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass this beer shows a golden straw in color with a thin and porous head. The nose seems to oscillate between a lager stillness and a sugary sweetness and a slight yet enshrouded Belgian yeasty sourness/hoppieness. Alcohol level is hard to discern.

Anyway the beer becomes rather grating in a sense as it doesn't offer the depth one might expect. A light sweetness/alcohol akin to a strong ale yet without the yeast character. A moderate hop flavor exists in the background but never comes to the forefront. Rather unexciting for the style and a bit of a let down. Perhaps the keg isn't appropriate?

HalfFull, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Jerico
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly foggy golden color. Mine poured with a large fluffy head that settled down to a dense froth. A little bit of lacing.

S - the reviewer prior to mine nailed this one - it is a cross between a triple and an IPA.

T/M/D - again, a nice cross of a triple and an IPA. Hoppy for sure, but lacking in the sweetness found in either style at times. Alcohol is very apparent. It doesn't taste bad at all, but I find it quite dense and difficult to sip - even for Urthel (I love their Samaranth quad).

Jerico, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden, clear with no head. Curious.

Aroma of hops, spicey and fruity.

Taste was hops. Was also flowery, oily, malts, spicey and fruity. Also curious.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat cleansing.

Overall, it is decent but nothing to get excited about. Since this beer has been highly rated by others, I would probably seek it out again to try a bottle and see the difference. At least this glass just didn't do it for me.

atigerlife, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of beerad666
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Cooper's Bar in Chicago. It was poured from a 11.2oz bottle. Poured a light hazy orange with a big white fluffy head. The aroma was very fruity, typical of a Belgian. When I took my first drink I thought the hops were going to stand out more, but they only mildly appeared as an after taste. For a beer called "Hop It" I was a little disappointed, but it was hard to believe that this guy was 9.5%... well masked.

I'm glad I tried it but I won't be reaching for it again.

beerad666, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Map Room. Pours golden and surprisingly clear, with a finger and a half of white, slightly lacing head.

The aroma is light continental hops and some mixed malts-- shockingly little Belgian character. I didn't pick up much candi sugar or ester character here, and the herbal hop aroma was noticeably lighter than some of the other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Tastes like it smells, light malts and noble hops with almost no bananas, spices, or candi sugar. This is really neither Belgian nor an IPA, and as much as I trust the Map Room, I have to wonder if the keg is old or if the beer is really just this timid.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and brightly carbonated.

Drinkable, I guess, but (at least from this sample) not worth drinking. I love Belgian IPAs, but De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe both much better, much more interesting examples of the style. Everyone's raved so much about this beer that I feel obligated to try it again (maybe in a bottle), but so far I'm not impressed.

kajerm, May 20, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Huge 3-finger, rocky head. Great retention and lacing. Hazy deep gold body.

S: Yeast, spice, lemon, and a little malt. A bit light.

T: Sweet up front, spicy throughout, bitter & slightly alcoholic towards the back. Too much spice for me.

M: Medium bodied & light carbonation. Sticky finish with sweetness and alcohol present in the aftertaste.

D: With all the spice I don't enjoy, I'm finding it difficult to finish the bottle.

OKCNittany, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Removing the cork almost kicked my ass. The bottle did not want to let the cork go. A little bit of a gusher probably resulting from the cork fight.

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a large white head that had good retention. Very heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Has a very Belgian aroma. Somewhat fruity with a heavy dose of alcohol. Has a bit of a perfume aroma with the hops.

The malt base lets this beer down. It just is not good enough. And the hops are not predominant enough to carry the show either. What you end up with is a very boozy, dry, pale ale. The hops do give a minty and earthy flavor which would be great in a normal Belgian pale ale. Even has a minty aftertaste. Sorry to say but alcohol is the main flavor component of this ale.

Has a medium body with a well matched carbonation that keeps the ale light without being fizzy.

Very let down by this offering. If this just had a better malt body it could of been something. Just too much alcohol with too weak malt and hop flavors. I would also like to see these Belgian brewers experiment with the addition of some darker malt in their IPAs.

morimech, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

goodbyeohio, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of sleazo
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle

A_A mildly aggressive pour yields a slightly cloudy golden amber liquid with a decent two finger head that fills up the snifter. There is decent retention as it settles in nicely as a fluffy covering with strips of non symetric lace.

S_The initial whiff gives a strong dose of grassy and slightly spicy noble hops. Behind this is some freshly risen dough. A bit of skunk there as well. The bottle could be a bit old as I am unsure of the dating system.

T_Grassy notes up front give way to Greek Easter bread. The hops dominate though. The finish is pure bitterness with no other distinct quality. This manages to overwhelm everything else and detracts from an otherswise pleasant experience. There is a bit of fusel alcohol as well.

M_Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation typical in a tripel.

D_There are some positives here but the underlying bitterness just proves to be too much. I am big fan of IPAs and 2xIPAs but it really doesnt work here. I am not sure if they over used bittering hops or the hops they chose just don't make sense in such large quantities.

sleazo, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of masikon
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle, came in the proper branded glassware. A very light tea-like yellow with a mondo bright white head that just sat atop the beer forever causing me to have to wipe my nose off after the first few sips. Smell is soft and very herbal/floral and fresh. An interesting style that I had not tried before, still retains those typical belgian notes but this is even more abundant than expected with herbal/medicinal qualities. Overall, interesting and fun but finishing the whole glass became a slight chore.

masikon, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of kosmoraios
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I have looks different than the pic, and it touts itself as a "Superior Hoppy Blond Ale" on the bottle. There is no mention of a Belgian style or that it's an IPA.

Pours a crisp, clear golden-blonde into my Duvel tulip glass. White foamy head rises to about 3 fingers before quickly settling back down, leaving moderate lacing on all sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pears, figs, malt. Sugars are evident in the nose, very sweet, fruity nose.

Taste is distinctly Belgian Blonde (golden) ale. Very sweet, fruity flavor with a weirdly nutty finish. There are sour apples, underripe plums. Alcohol becomes very evident as the ale warms. Hops .. I guess.. but it's not an IPA by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and oily. Not a very drinkable beer due to it's high and poorly-masked alcohol content. It tastes like a Unibroue beer. Nice try, Urthel ... not horrible, but time for a revamp.

kosmoraios, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of mj71
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- After first reading some reviews, I gently poured it into an Ommegang goblet. About a fingers-worth of crackling white head that fairly-quickly dissipated into small clumps of medium sized bubbles. Color is a hazy medium gold.

S- Sweet, apricots and pears come to mind. For being called Hop-It, not too many hop aromas I recognize.

T- Hops appear late in the game and stay around long after the swallow. Initial, fleeting sweetness is crushed by hops.

M- Crisp, lots of carbonation, I'm having trouble reconciling this one. Not a whole lot of balance.

D- Not my favorite. I'm not left longing for the next sip.

Like kosmoraios below, my bottle has a new label, although it still says "The Original Hop-It" With so many stellar reviews, I wonder if the recipe has changed a bit.

mj71, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had on draft at Zeno's in State College. this was the first beer I had there. light golden color ok head - great lacing however. strong malty smell - not much of a hop nose. taste was good but not near as hoppy as i would have expected for a belgium 'hoppy' beer.

Hophead101, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $11.99 for a 500ml bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

I can see looking at the bottle that this is like one of those glass balls you shake up and the snow falls everywhere inside. The sediment floats freely in this brew and is of a rather large size. I'll pour slowly... Still leaves a massive inch and a quarter very white head. Quite frothy towards the top, larger-sized, fizzy bubbles towards the bottom. Excellent retention and lacing. Very well carbonated. Those large sediment particles still quite visible. Cloudy, straw/gold color.

Smells much more like a Belgian Blonde than an IPA. Spice, yeast, breadiness. Slight banana and citrus backing. I was expecting much more hop character. Clean and pale.

Where are the hops in this one? Taste is similar in characteristic to the nose.

This one certainly gets better as it warms. The mouth is the beer's best attribute. Quite drinkable and smooth going down. Medium bodied. Quite carbonated, but certainly not overboard.

I'm not a huge Belgian Blonde fan; I got this hoping it was more hoppy. The low ranks for smell and taste are more due to this being advertised as 'hoppy' and this not really being the case. The Green Flash Le Freak is more up my alley for this style as you can actually taste the hops.

ibbjamin, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of paterlodie
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

paterlodie, Mar 04, 2006
Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
89 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.