Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rdilauro
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden light pour with a nice creamy head. The hops come right out in slam you in the face, but in a really nice way. Its hard to imagine this beer is over 9% alcohol.

Finishes perfectly, a nice summer and enjoyable brew.
Yeast is present but nothing overdone

This was my second tasting of this brew. I am remembering my first taste, that it seemed like there was much more hops. I was trying to find the IBU's on this one just to check.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle around fridge temp poured into a tulip glass. not sure what the bottling code translates too.

pours out a very nice golden color with hues of orange in the light. hazy with some sediment. big fluffy, velvet, sopay white head. foamy cap at first, decent retention, good lace at first.

not a huge aroma, but still decent. spicy phenols mostly noticable, clove, some pepper, bubblegum. lemon citrus hops.

spicy phenols, lemon citrus, leafy hop, bubblegum at the forefront. also some pepper, maybe a touch of sweet grains. a nice level of bitterness, finishes with some warming alcohol.

lively carbonation over the whole palate. medium to full bodied. bitterness lingers for a bit.

a solid belgian IPA, but there are better more easily obtainable ones out there IMO.

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Photo of n2185
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear golden orange with 3 fingers of white head that retains well with decent lacing.

S: sweet bubblegum and candy sugar at first followed by a spicy Belgian yeasty spiciness. Bananas and cloves as well. Very little hops.

T: Bitter pine flavors up front with some sweet fruit and Belgian yeasty spiciness underneath as well. Bitter finish as well.

M: light body and mid-high carbonation, this beer is nice and crisp.

O: not a bad beer, but I wish the hops were more pronounced other than in bitterness.

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Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out with a lightly hazed golden color with loads of bubbles rising from the glass. The ½” frothy white head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind. Eventually the head settles into a ring of foam around the glass with a thin layer covering the liquid. For most of the beer sipping leaves a patch of foam and irregular patches and legs of lacing.

Smell: The aromas are fresh, clean and grassy with a touch of citrus zest (lemon) backed up by a bit of floral spicy character.

Taste: As predicted by the nose, the flavors are grassy and spicy with some nice citric zest. The malt provides a light sweet backbone that supports the hops but leaves them the leading role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full to medium bodied and quite smooth with gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is relatively long with a gently bitter finish that ends in dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I think this is a nicely drinkable beer. Each sip follows the other nicely. That said there is just enough sweetness here that it does slow me down a bit. My overall impression is of a well made beer that I’ve really enjoyed. Its nice to have had a Belgian IPA made with noble hops rather than American hops as were the Belgian style IPAs I had sampled in the past.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy left this at my house, and I decided to give it a try. When I poured it, the aroma reminded me of a pilsner, but I also caught the sweet smell of a Belgian ale. It was a nice light honey color and had a good head, which disappeared quickly. The beer wasn't too bad- definitely had the ketones of a Belgian but decent lingering hops to offset it. Would I have it again? I'm not a huge blonde Belgian ale fan, and I wouldn't buy it myself, but if someone were to get it for me, I wouldn't pass it up.

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Photo of slonsk
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head, light golden color
S: Fruity, spicy scent
T: Little hop bite, spicy golden belgian, bit of hops/bite on finish. Was hoping for bit more hoppiness
M: Crisp, but not smooth
O: Ok, not notably special. Wanted a better finish and bit more hop

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Patrick.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a large white head and lots of carbonation.

S: A nice floral and spicy hop aroma to the beer. Definitely a lot of yeast influence as it's decently spicy with some fruit notes. Some mild sweetness of malt and bread.

T: Nicely balanced between bitterness, floral and grassy hop flavor, and malt. The malt character is primarily bread and is not all that sweet, but it does give a nice balance. Somewhat dry on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Sort of like a hopped up tripel, but really nice and easy to drink, no matter what you call it.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat pale, clear gold color with a huge white head. Head falls oh so slow. Clinging, sticky lace.

Spicy aroma filled with Belgian yeast. Hops are mild but there.

Taste is like a Belgian ale, rather typical but with bitter hops added. You can pick up the Belgian yeast and spices then it turns a bit hoppy and ends slightly bitter.

Medium bodied on the tongue and a bit biting. Smooth though.

Good stuff. Interesting to have a rather typical Belgian ale but with a hop kick. Easy to drink.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Bert's Bierhuis.

Nice dark golden, slightly hazy with a little bit of head.

Hoppy smell with typical Belgian yeast notes and a little alchohol.

A typical Belgian mouthfull of malt and yeast but with some hop hidden in there. Not in your face like American IPA's.

As described above. Typical Belgian. Pleasant amount of carbonation.

I drank this in a to compare with the Flying Dog Raging Bitch and great Divide Titan. This one didn't win but was a pleasant drink.

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

Quite a big fan of this blonde. I think too many hear of its IPA inspiration and expect something more akin to an American craft beer. It's very different but definitely an interesting marriage of hop and blond.

Starts with a lovely nose and pours a pretty nice thick head into a Westmalle goblet. Ever so slightly off yellow glow there are some small bubbles coming from the base of the glass but no real beading to speak of. The head deflates over time but there is enough to leave some modest wispy lacing.
Partially carbonic to start but once this quickly disappears it begins with a restrained but very long burly bitterness which somewhat diappears in the middle before coming back for a long flourish well after each sip.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt Orange hue with large fluffy head that dissipates to a few inches. Laces throughout.

S: Slight hops, spiciness,sweetness and fruity yeast.

T: Hops dominates, followed by a slight malt sweetness and yeasty goodness. Brilliant use of hops, but the malt character is what is slightly lacking here.

M: Medium with slightly above average carbonation.

D: You certainly cannot taste that this brew is 9.5%, however I would not pour more than one of these per session as they flavor of the malts starts to get to me after a while. They are not bad, just not the profile I prefer from a tripel/pale.

Notes: As far as hops, this Belgian brew rocks the competition. My only beef is listed already; I get sick of the malt profile pretty quickly with this brew. This is a personal preference thing, many people love the malts of this brew.

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Photo of maleman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle...can't find what the serving size is, however. poured a clean golden clear with a one-finger head that receded into a tight cap. smooth, clingy lacing was apparent.

S - deep hops and bread were right up front. a bit of pepper was also noted.

T - first, a dry biscuit taste comes out, then warm alcohol in the finish that was detectable, but not overbearing. I don't sense a ton of hops although that's what I expected.

M - dead on medium-bodied. tasted in the back of my mouth. average carbonation.

D - My first test of anything Urthel, but it's a definite winner! For what you pay for this you'd expect something that stands out, but it really doesn't. It's a simple, fine-tasting beer and I think it's fine with that. When I have the opportunity, I'll have more of this.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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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 Cheesemoose
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


Foamy pillowy head flows up the glass. Clumpy head slowly slides down, leaving a rather decent trail behind.

Hops are potent at first, but as it warms, you get a much stronger Belgian character from the beer. Floral, grassy hops at first, though you can tell the Belgian yeast gives the beer a nice bit of spice in the background. It grows sweeter, and near the end, you start to get a bit of alcohol. Balanced, thought a bit sweet smelling.

Bitter at first, then moves into a nice near buttery mid-taste. Finish is smooth, with no real hop presence, but with a mis mellow toasty aftertaste that lingers quite long. Hops come off as orange zest, with a nice peppery finish from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel was a tad sticky.

For 9.5%, this was a dam drinkable beer. Would have a few of these in a night and wouldn't think of it, or remember anything the next morning.

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Photo of ausonius
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750 into a big Riedel.

Golden straw color.
Big, fairly fluffy head that settles in ~ 5 minutes to a thin, rocky head with light patchy lacing.

Aroma: Forthcoming medium sized Pilsner malt nose. Even a bit Lager-like. Some lightish Straw-like hops. Fairly simple, but balanced. Definitely light on the hops, as I've found most Belgian "IPA's" to be. No Belgian yeast on the nose.

Palate: Lightly sweet malt palate of no great size, yet carries it's 9.5% ABV with some grace. Sweetness balanced well by light, but earthy, herbal hops, but certainly not hop-dominant.
Tastes like a high gravity Lager. No Trace of Belgien yeast on the palate either.

Overall fairly lightish nose & palate, but with excellent balance.

Don't see a relation to an IPA, or a Belgian by any stretch here, although the brew is pleasant enough. A high gravity Heineken seems closer to the model to me.

Quite a stretch calling this Hop-It, if ya ask me.

85 Points

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a huge, frothy white head that leaves impressive lacing. The aroma is a bit muted, with citrusy hops, white pepper, candy sugar, belgian yeast, biscuit, and alcohol. The flavor also has citrusy and floral hops upfront, along with white pepper and coriander, as well as some belgian yeast, candy sugar, fruity esters, chalk and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good. This is a solid, but unspectacular Belgian IPA, a bit more on the hops front and this would be great.

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

This is a pretty damn nice Belgian IPA - really classic for the style, but a very big beer - kind of like a belgian double IPA.

Pours opaque golden, unfiltered with a one finger head and a lot of lacing...

smell is all there - ripe fruit, pear and banana, some sulfery, earthy minerally stuff but not overwhelming.

taste is nice, but a bit sweet, not enough of the dominant hop character...and its pretty boozy too - really warm on the finish with alcohol...

its a very good beer, but a bit too tripel-like for me, but lacking the heavy spice character present in tripels - that being said, its an incredibly tasty brew @ 10%ish...but compared to its more characteristic and drinkable neighbours Houblon Chouffe and Gouden Carolus' IPA, this is sub-par.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool orange and red color, reminds me of tropical fish for some reason. Good lacing. Deifnitely has that Belgian yeast and alcohol smell.

Strong citrus bite and alcohol, like gran marinier almost in this one, the hopping, is what happens when Belguim tries to do American hopping, its just not enough still.

Good mouthfeel and all, just it was missing some extra over the top hopping to make it awesome or worth the price.

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

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pale cloudy yellow color with a huge aired white head. Good retention. The head never disappears completely leaving a small layer and many lacings around

S: Delicious perfume of hops: Citrus and earthy. Honey, caramel malts and strong bready Belgian style yeasts in the end

T: Follows the nose. Malts, honey and hoppy bitterness. Quite dry and bready. Hops are again, citrus and a bit earthy. Belgian style yeasts "completing the party". Extremely balanced and well done

M: Medium body and carbonation. A bit molasses and a considerable bitterness. Not much alcohol could be noticed despite the 9.5% ABV

O: High drinkability. Delicious bitterness. Reminded me a Duvel overloaded with hops. Same impression that I've had with the "La Chouffe Dobbelen IPA".

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of afksports
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one on tap earlier tonight at Amity Hall. One more stamp on the passport!

It's got a hazy golden hue to it - exceptional head that sticks around forever. Lots of carbonation to it, which boosts the feel while drinking it. The smell has floral notes, some fruit - citrus, and hops. Taste is mostly hops but that's tempered by the sweetness of the Belgian style. Probably the yeast. This is one I could down a bunch of.

I won't. Other things to do. Like write famous blog posts.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember having numerous Urthel beers in Belgium and enjoying them all thoroughly. Luckily I picked this one up in a trade and am very excited to drink it before I head to the Sens game.

A - Really nice hazy, golden colour with a frothy, two finger white head leaving outstanding lacing that will not let go of the glass. Tons of visible carbonation.

S - Really zesty. Lemony aromas. Really noticable hops. Typical Belgian character from the yeast as well. I've always been blown away by the combination of heavy hopping and Belgian yeast strains. They mingle so well. Lovely.

T - Automatically fills your mouth with flavour. One sip is all it takes to realize that this certainly will pack a punch. Alcohol is unfortunately very present along with really nice lemon zest and grassiness from the hops. Some banana is there too and the taste lingers with a slight burn from the alcohol. If the booze was better masked this would be much better.

M - Carbonation is right where it should be, not too weak and certainly not overpowering. Nice and bubbly as soon as it hits your tongue.

D - Torn on this. While I certainly could have a fair number of these, the ABV is obvious. The alcohol mixes in an interesting way with the zestiness from the hops but it is more noticable than I would like it to be. Otherwise this beer is very well crafted.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a branded tulip at the Hoppy Bar in Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: A bright orange color with a big 3 finger off white head that has great retention.

S: Nice hop profile. Slightly floral, but hard to make out other notes.

T: Balanced with noble and floral hops in contrast with a slightly caramel and bready malt profile.

This is a nice change up from the typical Belgian scene. Good contrast at a tasting.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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