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 Misanthropy_Sipping
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Having had a few things from Urthel in the past, and always finding them unusual in their own way... in a weird way... it has taken me awhile to try this one as I was not sure what to expect or what I may think of it. It was yet another unusual experience.

The appearance is great. Fantastic light gold to straw tone with a lot of lacing bubbles and a very slight off white head. Beautiful blonde ale, just looks drinkable and approachable. Whenever a belgian ale has that sort of continuous, champagne sort of bubbling that lightly rises and rises... that gives me hope.

The smell. Whoa! Talk about wet hay. Yeah, wet hay... and Belgian candy sugars. There is a strange hoppiness that accompanies the wet hay pungency. Smells slightly yeasty as well. Citrusy too with a pinch of pineapple... All of this is not entirely bad... but... pungent. Quite pungent.

The taste follows suit quite a bit. You get the wet hay sort of deal going on but the sweetness from the malt and the possible candy sugars definitely blend it down into the hops that dry and bitter it a fair amount. It is a fairly sweet beer. There is a dessert-like lemony taste to it... a creamy taste as well. A tad grassy. This unusual... aggressive earthiness that is a powerhouse in the background of this beer. The same earthiness that I have found in all of the Urthel brews that makes them unusual... intriguing... and hard for me to understand. I get a bit of booze as it warms.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. For 9.5%, this brew goes down quite smooth. Almost dangerously smooth. I would have took it as a more 8%. It is crunchy and crisp with carbonation. Slightly bitter and relatively dry. But my small issue is the stickiness. The stickiness just seems a bit too tacky to the back of the mouth.

Overall, I am a bit disappointed in MYSELF. I actually really appreciate this beer and like it above the other Urthel beers I have had in the past. It makes me want to revisit the others sometime. I would drink this beer again. Springtime would be a perfect time for this one.

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

Urthel Hop-it has a thick, off-white head, and hazy, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, sour-dough breadiness, with an underlying bright fruit smell. Taste is of all those elements, with a noticeable grain husk and a fairly strong alcohol presence. The straight-forward bitterness shows up in the after-taste. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Urthel Hop-it finishes semi-dry, mostly easy going, and surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv ale. Excellent!


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a hope forward belgian blond with some character. not sure why this beer, and their others for that matter, sits on shelves the way it does. mostly clear bright golden color with a fading inch of white lace head and quite a bit of yeast chunks settling out. a nose of strong alcohol, belgian yeast, and bittering hops with a nice floral component and a grassy malt lightness. its a crisp drinker, a little sweet like a good tripel, but cleaned up well by the yeast and hop balance towards the finish. more carbonation would help this, although its far from flat. a well built brew with a nice yeast complexion and a little more going on than the standard belgian strong pale ale. solid brew overall, but maybe a new marketing or branding strategy is needed.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a pretty awesome craft label - better than the usual Belgian package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden copper in colour with a thick and creamy head that sits around one-finger. Pretty decen,t with patches of lacing per the style.

Aroma: different to most IPAs I have had - still some herbal hops present, but plenty of citrus and Belgian yeasts.

Taste: more of the herbal and citrus hops come through here, with plenty of biscuit malts backing up. Those earthen characters come through also.

Aftertaste: the typical hop bitterness comes through with more of the earth and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with enough carbonation to carry plenty of flavour through. Nice.

Overall: a good quality Belgian IPA - a good combination of hops, yeast, earth and malts. It still isn't worth AU$150 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014), but I'll take one every now and then.

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Photo of TerryW
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big white head that leaves gobs of chunky lace before settling to a heavy film. Brew is hazy golden. Looks good.

Hoppy yeasty nose, very clearly Belgian in style. Some earthiness, slightly sweet. Smells appetizing. Whiff of booziness.

Slightly bitter to start before going sweet in a big way and then finishing dry and bitter. Bready and hoppy. A touch of orange peel. Interesting but overall too sweet in character.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a fair golden colour, with some floating sediment even with a fairly careful pour (an even more careful pour may avoid this, but I feel I was conservative enough). Head is initially quite bubbly and broad, but settles down to quite a fine if thin white crest that leaves very solidly, firm lacing. Carbonation is fine like the very best Belgian brews.

Nose is certainly missing some hop presence, even the subtle character you often get in a BIPA: only a fine earthiness above the sweet, grainy malt. Ah yes, BB date is 08-2013, so this probably explains it. The base beer is solid though, with solid malt and some fairly neutral but noticeably Belgian yeast notes giving a little bit of spice. With a bit of a brighter hop aroma, it would be very good.

Taste is initially sweet, and slightly nutty, with the malt giving a biscuity tone and the yeast leading to some odd esters of vanilla and coconut. Bitterness definitely comes through on the back, providing a solidly crisp finish accentuated by a faint hint of booze. It's remarkably drinkable for its size at least, leaving a cleanness on the back which makes the beer rather moreish. Feel has some weight, but the fine carbonation helps keep it light.

Overall, I like it fine. I'll try another bottle fresher to check it out with more hop character: more aroma and a tad more bite on the palate and this would probably be a really outstanding beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden copper color. Thick creamy head of about one finger on the pour. Thick lacing left behind after each drink. Highly active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: rustic, grassy front to the brew. Doughy buttery yeast presence is very potent. Mild fruit and spice are also picked up. A golden ale with a lot of earthy hop character.

Taste: leafy greens and spices immediately jump the palate. Those rustic earthy hop tones return in the body and linger on the palate for a long time. The finish is a creamy medium heavy yeast finish with a grassy hop character left behind.

Mouthfeel: a very interesting and bold combination of traditional golden ale characteristics and earthy hops.

Overall: a really interesting brew. Love the seamless transition of flavors and stages. Massively complex while being very drinkable at the same time. Cheers!

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code K27F11. Hated large format bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a slightly hazy straw gold color with 1/2 inch of bright white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, but in a musty, mellow way that I attributed to the yeast. On the tongue, those aspects were there, in addition to a funk that is clearly due to Belgian yeasts. There was a sharp hop bitterness, and some alcohol burn as well.

The body was medium, typical for an IPA, but heavy for a Blond, which is what the label calls the beer. Drinkability, was OK, but the alcohol burn was a negative in my view. Overall, a decent and enjoyable brew. In general, I'm not a fan of "Belgian IPAs", I don't think the fruity yeasts and bitter hops generally used play well together. This is a solid and relatively enjoyable brew, but I would have been satisfied with a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with lots of thick head with great retention and leaving an incredible wall of laces. Some floating particles.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, oranges, pineapples, molasses, a distant sourness, herbs and Cointreau.
Flavor of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, oranges, pears, medicine and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is perceived, but brings the whole beer together.
Good beer and faithful to the style. Belgian complexity tuned up with hops. Though I believe, they still haven’t figured out the right type of hop combination to perfectly match Belgian Ales.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO into a pint glass

Appearance - Golden yellow in color, some sediment is visible to the naked eye. About two fingers of creamy head slowly recedes leaving a nice white cap and significant lacing. Quite impressive looking.

Smell - Yeast (from being a crossed - Tripel), some citrus,, grapefruit maybe? and minimal piney scents. Very nice but a little less than expected.

Taste - Definitely tastes like a cross between an IPA and a Tripel. Some sweetness is available, but the surprising thing was how subdued the IPA flavors were, the big hop filled flavors were present but simply strong.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, moderate body with nice level of carbonation. Good moderately dry finish as well.

Overall - a very good beer but not a great beer. Would repurchase is availability was better, however only saw this in the LCBO superstore in Toronto.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dull gold color with little to no head. I must have gotten a bad bottle because this has little to no hop flavor or bitterness and was all flat malt. The drain enjoyed it more than I did. Carbonation is lacking for a belgian. I'll have to try it again and revise my review then. sorry guys!

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Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, some nice lace work as well. Smell is of lemony noble hops, citrusy and fruity, dry hops, touch of spice and toasty malt with a slight skunky note as well here. Taste is spicy with lots of hops, earthy and citrusy with bit of sweetness before a drying finish, quite bitter throughout, lemony and orange with just a biot of sweet toasted malts. This is pretty good but not as good as other belgian IPA's like Hoblun Chouffe or Charlevoix Lupulus, would drink again however.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a tall white head sitting on top. Lots of sediment in the pour, not sure if this is bottle conditioned or what.
Aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy. Aroma is vaque but smells dry and fruity.
Drinks softly and smooth and well hidden alcohol. Malts are in abundance but hopos are light and sport a fruity taste.
Finishes dry.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a style I really love. In many of them you can hardly tell that there is a lot of alcohol, but this one is a bit boozier. Still, the style and this ale hides the booze extremely well, and delivers a great drinking experience.

It pours a typical piss yellow with a reasonable head that continues to develop slowly as you go. Not bad for the style.

The aroma is maybe a bit faint, but correct for the style. The taste is right were it should be - that Belgian mix of hops, yeast, malt and infection! Their beers are supposed to have a little extra infection going on, and this tastes of it very slightly. As I said before, it is a bit boozier than some, but it is still a fine drink.

The aftertaste is nice, but boozy too. You can't go wrong with this. Recommended!

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
1.81/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Cloudy amber, some head rings and overall not the prettiest beer.

Smell: apricots with some undertones of hops and I detected a hint of wet cardboard that led me to believe the beer might have been off.

Taste: Strong carbonation, decent hop and malt balance that began bitterly and finished sweet. The aftertaste was a powerful lingering astringency.

Overall: I really believe that my beer was off, or at least I hope it was.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows lots of spicy and herbal hops along with typical Belgian phenols, light malt and doughy yeasty notes.
In the way of flavours there's more of the same hops and phenolic notes along with some confectionery-like sweetness and a fair whack of booze.
Much too highly carbonated.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced to a puffy head and left some nice lacing. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Faint citrus and grapefruit notes, spicy aromas, and sweet malts.

Taste: Ahh, there's the flavors traditional of a BIPA. Part IPA and triple mixed together. Citrus and major bitterness from the hoppy IPA side and then you got part of a Belgian tripsel to balance it out. Belgian candy, bready and sweet malts, powdery yeast, spiciness, and the alcohol is well hidden too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, some lingering bitterness, and quite enjoyable where the bitterness doesn't bother me too much.

Overall: A very nice BIPA. A style I am becoming more in love with every week. How can you ho wrong with an IPA and triprl mixed together? I know I can't.

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Photo of Marc_V
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop. Head: thick, white, stable - Colour: very beautiful clear golden - Aroma: floral, yeasty - Taste: bitter, full of hops, yeast, clear alcohol presence Aftertaste: bitter, dry - Overall: a strong hoppy ale that will be appreciated by amateurs of IPA's.

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Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness date provided, 330 mL. Pours a nice white head, shows excellent lacing and a lasting film, great retention. Colour is a nice bright gold, steady carbonation.

The smell is quite reminisent of a Tripel. Some slightly astringent hop character, warming maltiness. Some straw notes, but also something vaguely similar to paint thinner in the background.

Taste has an upfront hoppy character, crisp and dry, with a good support of malt. Some of the piney character from the hops, a nice mustardy freshness. The astringent character is present on the finish. Aftertaste is dry and quite long, preserving a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but alcohol is quite present. Carbonation is at an appropriate refreshing level. Drinkability is quite good, malts are relatively light on the palate, so comes across quite bitter.

Good, but probably could have been better. All said I quite enjoyed this. It has a really dry, crisp edge, and a lot of interesting flavour. I think the high ABV came across a little bit negatively but the hops held nicely, and a good example for someone keen to seek out this style.

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Photo of safaricook
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at de Bierparadijs, Meer, Belgium and poured into a Leute Bokbier glass.

A crystal clear golden color with quite some carbonation and a big fine bubbled head just as I like it. The head reduces after some time but a 1/3 finger remains until the end. Lacing like a painting, have to give this my first 5 ever for the looks.

Smell of Belgium yeast, sugar, fruity esters, some citrus and slightly hops.

Taste-wise I get hops, malt and some sweetness. It gets moderately bitter towards the end and there is some sourness as well. Rather complex for the style.

Had fun biting through the massive head. Nice tingling from the carbonation but burpiness factor is not so high. Very refreshing for its abv.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Maybe too drinkable for its high alcohol content. Its almost perfect if you have only one beer but want to get everything out of it: booze, refreshment, hops. In my opinion this is the best of the three Urthels.

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Photo of bellebouche
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hard to explain how frustrating it is to see continental european brewers lagging so far behind what's happening in the USA, UK, Scandinavia.

For a beer that should showcase hops my sample was surprisingly devoid of any.

Poured well, good head, alcohol was too apparent, malts muted no aroma, dry finish and a little fusel/alcohol hotness.

Unrefined if I'm generous but... such a let down.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a tulip, slightly hazy bright golden, tower of fluffy head retained extremely well leaving lots of sticky lacing
S - spicy yeasty esters, mild leafy hops, honeydew melon, mild bozziness
T - lighter esters than the nose with the added presence of some medicine phenols, mild leafy hops, its tasty but is dominated by the 'Belgian' side leaving little room for the hops to shine
M - creamy start, dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat
O - there's no doubt that this is a tasty bevy, but it just doesn't have enough hop presence for my money so I have to dock it style points, none the less well worth a try

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Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazed golden hue which leaves a mister whippy soft serve three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is earthy herbal hops,sherbet,candy and citrus rind,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of toffee,herbal earthy hops,buttered popcorn,peaches and finished with a lemon sherbet bitterness and overall its very nice,unique and could drink alot of cheers.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden to orange body, packed with dense bubbles of carbonation which float up to meet the foamy, feather white head.

Aromas of Belgian yeasts and herbal and floral hops float to the nose. There is also a sweet fruitiness to this as well, maybe tangerine like.

Great flavors of sweet citrus fruitiness and yeast similar to the aroma highlight the palate.m as it warms it becomes sweeter but also spicier at the same time. There is an herbal hop bite to this as well.

Generous carbonation and a lighter body highlight the mouthfeel with a warming boozy and herbal finish.

A very tasty Belgian IPA. Great focus on the yeast and herbal notes that separate it from its American counterparts.

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Photo of danieelol
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from Camperdown

Pours a nice yellow orange with some sediment. Good head/lacing.

Smell is herbal, Belgian malt (Pilsener)/candy sugar a la Duvel, bit of booze. Quite a lot of fruit. Are the hops partially German perhaps?

Taste is bitter dishwasher detergent and a bit of metallic hoppiness. Still get those Pilsener malt flavours.

Mouthfeel is good too. Pretty boozy though, and lots of Belgian esters.

Overall a good beer. Would drink again.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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