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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
855
Reviews:
548
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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27
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber with white floaties. White head with half finger head and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light fruit and spice. As advertised, starts like a Belgian dubbel; sweet malt and fruit and quickly transitions into a nondescript hop spiciness. The hops are not as aromatic as a top tier IPA, but the combination of Belgian ale and strong hop finish is interesting and pleasant to drink. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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 beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
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 tempest
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -5.6%
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 tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 AngusOg
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel: Hop It . Slender euro style bottle. Served chilled in a artfully made Urthel snifter, depicting a gnome and proclaiming "Belgiums Newest Cult Beer". Produced in the Netherlands.

Appearance: Lovely hazed golden orange. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a solid lasting soapy head. Cathedral like lacing looking very prestigious.

Smell: A nice tripel like yeast scent, also with grassy noble hops. Like running through a field full of barreled hay in Europe somewhere. Sweet maltyness comes out a bit later in as it approached room temperature.

Taste: Very hop focused, layering itself in its waves of bitterness and earthy nearly citric notes. A tad spicy using some Saaz or Tettneng variety hops and a peppery kick from the yeast. As it warms, the light malty notes emerge. Deceptive in hiding the 9.5%, alcohol is muted by the bitter hops. Sharp and dry, overall a damn fine belgian/IPA.

Mouthfeel: Zesty carbonation accompanied by a crisp biting hop. Semi dry finish and some faint chalky yeast on the back end.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. Le' Drinkabli'! An excellent hoppy Belgian beer. Served in its proper glassware really brought out all the best this beer has to offer. Prices be damned, I want a case of this.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lightly hop hazy straw gold color. It is well carbonated with tons of streaming tight bubbles rising from all parts of my tulip glass. The carbonation holds up a head that is frothy and meringue like. The head slowly forms a rocky surface as it rests back down into the beer, all the while creating layers of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and herbal with a nice grainy note that adds to both the grassy quality and contributes a sweet grain note. There is lots of yeast character in the aroma as well; a bit of spiciness and something that adds to the herbal character, both of these are definitely evident under the hop notes.

Ah the taste is quite nice; raw, hoppy, yet distinctly Belgian in character. Raw grassy notes abound in this brew, yet still there is a solid alt character here. The brewers have left out all of that American propensity to use crystal malt and instead have relied upon a straightforward simple grain bill which has left us still with a complex malty grain character. Notes of sweet grain and a nice toasted malt note help to buoy up the dominant hop character. The finish starts with a bit of alcohol and a solid hop bitterness; in combination these definitely accentuate the raw hoppiness that lingers on into a long astringent finish.

This is quite nice, I really like the added complexity that the Belgian yeast brings. What really helps this work is that the dominant hop character is a mix of herbal and grassy notes as well as the simple grain bill that was used. This is really quite enjoyable and I hope to see more of these Belgian styled super hop beers.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, most recently on tap at Max's.

The beer pours an impressive brilliant gold color, just a bit on the light side. Absolutely fabulous head retention and lacing, very creamy looking . On the nose one gets a bit of leafiness, spice, citrus and sweet Belgium candy. Very complex on the nose. On the palate, the beer starts off as your rather typical delicious Belgim blond. It's light and sweet on the palate, but with a gripping mouthfeel. Then the hops kick in.... big time. One suddenly notices this huge avalanche of hops on the back palate, and all of the sudden the beer tastes very dry. It finishes very crisply, and is very clean on the finish.

This is just an excellent beer, one I am always happy to see whenever I see it on tap.... whether on the left coast or the right. Just a very solid beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This is a beer I have been wanting to try for a while a Belgian Super IPA.

The cork almost exploded out of the bottle, a quick sniff of the cork gives me a strong odor of pineapple.

In the glass this beer foams furiously leaving a cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with an exceptionally tall white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong pineapple aroma. This is full on with the fruit smells mostly pineapple and lemon with a little black pepper. Doesn't really smell like an IPA, just a new Belgian break all the rules beer.

Taste is sweet woody and bitter at the beginning. Strong and lemony with a solid bitterness and a cooked pineapple flavor about sums up the taste of this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this IS a weird beer. Not quite an IPA but not a Belgian Pale Ale either. I CAN say that this is the most pineapple tasting beer I have ever tasted. Would I buy a bottle of this to give it a retest? Maybe but I REALLY would jump on a Three Floyd Dreadnaught first.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 855 ratings.
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