Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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#7,436
Reviews:
551
Ratings:
862
pDev:
11.22%
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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, awesome creamy white head, tons of lacing through out the drink. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, and yeast. The taste is awesome of hops, fruits, and malts. A nice tangy flavor with a nice bite/hop finish. Medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable. I've been wanting to drink this ever since I got it (5-6 months ago), very tasty, and highly recommended. Very true to the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light golden yellow with a thick foamy head that descends to a thin foamy cover.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt, spices, fresh-cut hay and tropical fruits.

The taste is lemony-orange citrus. Clove spiciness. Sweet with a balancing bitter hop kick. Alcohol present, but soft. Dry finish.

Creamy and velvety smooth.

A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast/malt and American hops. Spicy, bittersweet. Unique and delicious.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the front of the silk-screened 750 ml bottle, the phrase "Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale" sits above the logo, complete with the Erthel gnome, wearing a wreath of hops around his bald head, smiling with beer mug in hand. Below the "Hop-iT" logo, the words, "Brewers Excellent Selection of Hops", amid graphics of hops. Hops used: 50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz. 80 IBU. Pilsner malts.

From the back of the bottle: "Following a visit to American Northwest in January 2005, Hildegard returned to Belgium enthusiastic about all of the different IPAs she had tasted. She knew that she wanted to brew an IPA of her own, but it had to be with a real Flemish touch. Her touch!"

Cork comes off almost on it's own. The pours into an Urthel Pache' glass a hazed, pale gold, with a prodigious head, captured well by the glass, a huge, puffy white cloud, leaving loads of lace, slowly settling.

Aroma is brilliant, spice and citrus zest leaping from the glass, finding happy haven in the nose...lemon, apricot, pineapple, ...the Saaz really comes through, emitting a distinctive floral beauty, along with the spicy spark.

That zest continues it's attack once it climbs on the tongue. Moreover, the mouthfeel is almost ingenious, as the flavor sticks to the palate tenaciously, clinging and delivering bitterness and deliciousness.
Full bodied, with a long, fruity, bitter finish.
Each new sip grants more of this intractable potency, until you slowly realize the strength of this one (9.5%)...but it does take awhile, and meanwhile, it's damnably drinkable. Puts many a Belgian golden ale or tripel to shame.

I think Hildegard struck a homer on this one, her intentions were successfully made reality. It reminds one of an American DIPA, until you taste and feel all the parts that are uniquely Flemish. A stunning accomplishment. I like it more and more as the glass drains and my stomach fills...I will be enjoying more and more of this in the future, that is a guarantee!

Although I review this from a bottle at home, I was granted the rare treat of having my first taste of this fine beer in the company of Hildegard herself, as well as Bas Vas Ostern, the man behind the Urthels, and several other fine folks, as well. Many thanks, Hildegard, keep on brewin'...or, should I say, "Pache'!"

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Photo of Gavage
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: arrived in an Urthel mug glass sporting a clear pale yellow color with a 2" merangue head. The head lasts for most of the drink like a dollop of whipped cream floating on the surface. Thick lacing coats the glass. Tons of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Smell: easily detectable pinecone bitterness and lemon zest.

Taste: follows the nose with sharp piney bitterness, lemon zest, sweet grapefruit, sweet malts, some biscuit, and apples. Alcohol level is not noticeable at all among the bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start and finish. Short aftertaste of sharp bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: simply wonderful. This is a beer I could have several of and I am happy I got to have it on tap. If you ever see this and are a hop head it's a must buy.

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Photo of bigred89
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I liked the color, a mixture of red and orange, looks hearty and alive. Drops substantial yeasty phenols from Belgium and alcohol on the nose. Hops conspicuously absent from something with Hop in the name. . .

Taste was like a tripel with citrus, lots of that stuff, compared with orange liquers before, not entirely off point. Ultimately the hopping fell short of what I was looking for in this one. Gave some citrus for sure, but maybe the carbonation could have been higher to help it out where it needed it.

Format and price are expensive, would not bang again. Would bang a dry hopped version though.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. BeerH is yellow and mildly hazy with a soft white head of small bubble that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Heavily carbonated. A few yeast clumps made into the glass but not many.

Aroma is breast with mild esters only minimal hops. Very weak.

Beer is medium bodied and bright on the palate with odd late bitterness and a dry finish. It's a little apple-y in the midpalate. Nit my favorite Belgian IPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd describe this as a Belgian imperial pilsner. Pours beautifully with a fluffy white head and golden yellow body. Great lacing. Strong european pils hop aroma. I have trouble picking out any specific scents with this one. Maybe the mixture is just too strong. Taste has a bit of typical belgian spice with a faint pilsner malt backbone. A little bit of grapefruit, pine and fruit, again hard to discern flavors in this one. Very nice mouthfeel and drinkability, but not that tasty overall. Reminds me a little of a very hoppy Duvel.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bottle.

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger wispy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an initial fusel alcohol with an herbal hop and spicy earthy ester.

The taste consisted of a peppery earthy hop spice that slowly faded into a medley of fruity esters and sweet grainy malts.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish - no doubt thanks to the remainder of the presumably once powerful hops.

Overall a tasty and well preserved IPA. Suprisingly smooth and user friendly.

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Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy seethru orangish hue with yeast floaters and good carbonation that leads to an ever present one-finger head and lace patches. A yeasty, slight nutti/grainiess in the aroma as well as minor hops but they are subdued. Love the taste as the hops are strong and there is a good citric bite. Hard on the first sip but then balances with a light-to-medium body comprised of some sour fruits that give off a mild vinous taste (white grape, orange) and there is some spicy clove. Some sweet caramel malt balances beer with sticky sweetness in backend and the hops are mild but everpresent and lead to a smooth, slightly dry finish. The ABV complements the beer with the crispness in the finish and overall the beer is smooth and sweetens as it warms - not real hoppy at all but a perfect amount of hoppiness in this beer to still let the "Belgian" characteristics shine thru.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw with a white head, some retention & nice lace.

S: Phenolic spiciness, citrus & pine from the hops, hints of tropical fruit, definitely alcohol in the aroma.

T: Basically a tripel with a good dose of American hops. Plenty of phenolic spicing, hints of fusel/tertiary alcohol, citrus & pine, hints of fruit, crisp bitterness, warming/somewhat-assertive alcohol.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A pleasant, very strong, sipper.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with subtle yeast notes and a mild hop character. It's more Belgian tripel than IPA in the nose. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop bite that's not necessary big with hop flavor, but definitely big in bittering. There is an incredible malt profile and damn fine yeast character. It goes down easy with a dry, bitter, earthy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer, but in my opinion, there are plenty better Belgian IPA's out there.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how old this bottle is, but I see many floating colonies of yeast in the bottle. Fortunately for me, the bottle is corked and caged, so the beer itself should taste fine. On to the beer:

Lovely golden blonde color, but no head was formed on this brew, nor does it seem very carbonated (must be the age of the bottle). I left the yeast colonies in the bottle. Pleasant bittersweet smell of a tripel with a bunch of hops thrown in. At first sip, the beer has very little carbonation and a syrupy feel to it. With more carbonation, this could be really good. It tastes just like a tripel miced with an IPA. The bitterness tends to dominate, providing some aspirin notes, barnyard funk, and candy sugar.

Not bad, but I don't recommend consumning an older biottle for optimal performance; try it fresh. I promise to do that in the future with this beer.

(Updated 5 minutes later: I'm getting over the carbonation, the taste seemes to be improving as it warms. Taste and Drinkability get +0.5.)

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a huge white head. Smell is yeast along with some citrus aromas and a little bit of hops. It smells about like a Belgian tripel. The flavor starts off like a tripel and then you are hit with citrus hops which match up nicely with the fruit flavors. A very enjoyable beer. I wish you could find more beers of this style.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 862 ratings