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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 813 | Reviews: 539
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.52/5  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.

Photo of bfields4
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of slammo
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.