Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
547 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Urthel Hop-ItUrthel Hop-It
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
547
Ratings:
851
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 547 | Ratings: 851
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger white head with decent retention on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body.

S: dark fruit, mosty sour cherry, some strawberry.

T: nicely fruity with Belgian yeast and fruity eaters almost saison like coming through. Mild hop notes which likey contribute to the fruitiness.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: Very interesting beer. Aroma and flavor clash a bit but overall drinkable and good to try.

 434 characters

Photo of colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having just reviewed Urthel's saison last night which purports to be a belgian blonde as well... this answers the call and HOPS IT!

the pour is excellent with a very nice white two finger head. the ale is golden bronze, very effervescent. nice rich liquid.

the smell is crisp but only slightly hoppy, the taste is excellent. spikey bitterness, a rich maltiness, orange peel, bit oily from the hops. the finish is VERY BITTER, and a little hot.

it has all the belgian characteristics you look for, the yeast, sugary sweet malt, and well-rounded brewing, but then just bonks you on the head with the hops.

definitely worth a try!

 635 characters

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

Good one! I have had this beer for a while. Hope I didn't miss out on any additional hoppiness while it sat.. poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay goblet. Drank it with blue crabs seasoned with Old Bay. The beer flavor held up very well.

Poured a hazy orange color with a lot of sediment. Delicately bubbling white head...about average retention for a high octane Belgian. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like a Belgian beer, yeasty and fruity...pears and apples.

Tastes kind of like a Tripel with hops!! Some candi sugar and belgian yeast with plenty of light fruit (mostly pears) and a little black pepper.. This is a Belgian IPA though and there is a balancing bitterness to go along with what would ordinarily be a spicy and sweet Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and spicy with a little hops bite.

Overall this is a good Belgian IPA. I drank the whole bottle, a little quicker than I usually drink a beer of this strength. Very nice.

 962 characters

Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served into a tripel karmeliet tulip.
Production code 11:44
K11D7

A - Pours a glowing burnt orange with sediment floating about. A dainty creamy head shows off for a minute or two. Not an impressive head for the style at first but retains very well.

S - Over ripened pear and melon, some white wine aroma, mild Gorgonzola cheese, floral notes, brie cheese.

T - Floral and spice swims in a sugary malt. Yeast adds a roundness of brie-like funk. In fact it reminds me very much of brie. Funky tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and some earthy peach are very present. A candy-like alcohol flavor comes through as it warms.

M - Light to medium body, carbonation is very smooth.

Not sure how old this is but this is the first time I've had the joy of drinking this fine nectar, so I have nothing to compare it to. Not alot of bitterness but very complex mix of musty tropical fruit and an extraordinary yeast profile.
This was like pairing tropical fruit with brie. Very nice.

 983 characters

Photo of DARIVA
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty blond yellow but cloudy beer with a good head.

S: The smells of citrus, coriander and pine apple.

T: Light beer, notthing else recognizable.

M: Decent carbonation, nice mouthfeel and a light foam feel.

O: Good drinkable with a long finish.

 253 characters

Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of the higher ABV this is more a Tripel style beer combined with the IPA hops. At times I almost felt it tasted like A Duvel with more hops ( The golden ale influence). All in all a very nice beer that combines some complexity with a nicely hopped drinking experience. Drink out of a snifter or goblet to get the full nuances.

 334 characters

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.Tulip glass.Enjoyed on may´11. Golden color, foggy appearance.White quickly dissipated crown.Herbal notes, spiced & peppery aromas.Fruity & slightly tartar flavor then smooth hoppy bitterness.Spicy touches.Warming ABV is felt but balanced by a refreshing hoppy mouthfeel that lingers to the finish.Medium body,correct carbonation.Drinkable.

 354 characters

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.

 483 characters

Photo of jmugg
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: blonde, almost slightly cloudy. Small light frothy head ( I had a second beer at the same place that had a nice big head with medium bubbles up top).

Nose: Rather sweet, fruit (mostly) and yeast.

Taste: Hops with a tiny sweetness. The aftertaste is bitter and hoppy.

There was not a lot of lacing, which is something I would like out of a BIPA, and the aroma died down half way through the beer. I had to swirl to get it going again.

It does not taste like 9.5%, but I could feel it after a couple of these.

I really liked this beer (which was why I ordered a second), and would get it again.

 609 characters

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

On tap @ Urge in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

Pours a clear honey color w/ minimal head, no lacing. Swirling the glass brings up no carbonation or head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, some citrusy hops. Overall aroma is a little muted.

Taste follows nose: Belgian yeast, pale malt, hops. Belgian yeast lends a slightly musty quality, a little spiciness. Mouthfeel is smooth as would be expected.

Overall Belgian IPAs are hit-or-miss and this one lacks the seamless marriage between Belgian and American styles that can be found in the best representations of the style.

 558 characters

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is fairly light. Picking up Belgian yeast, pepper, spices and very floral.

T- Follows the nose really well. Pretty complex overall. Just a bit too spicy for my liking. Almost perfume like as well.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Intersting brew for sure just not my cup of tea.

 451 characters

Photo of Biffster
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying a cork topped bottle. The cork took some work and looked a little dark.

This beer pours a beautiful deep golden straw with a substantial white fluffy head.

The aroma is inviting - malty and bready and a bit toasty with a touch of brown sugar at first, with a low musty tartness that emerges in this sample. There is plenty of fruity sweetness - lots of banana and strawberry. The spicy clove and pepper notes are low to moderate and there is some alcohol in the nose. Any hop character is spicy in nature and subdued.

Wow! what an intense hoppy spicy beer. The slightly sweet malty flavor at the sip gives way pretty quickly to a fairly intense spicy dryness from the hops, which is magnified by the alcohol drying at the swallow. The bitterness is substantial and lingering and once again is magnified by the spicy alcohol in the finish. There is a touch of hotness that bites in the back of the throat at the swallow. This sample has a touch of corky mustiness but it adds to the complexity.

This has a slightly full to medium body, almost creamy, but with a strong carbonation. There is no astringency, but there is an oiliness on the tongue that is a little distracting.

This is a potentially great example of a hybrid of two great brewing traditions. I love it and will drink it again. The slickness on the tongue, the bite on the back of my throat, and the lack of the hop nose are all a bit distracting, but overall it is a well made and tasty complex Belgian beer.

 1,492 characters

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a mushroom shaped tulip glass at the Winking Lizard for the Glass of the Month

A- Poured a bright golden color, pretty hazy with a three finger fluffy head that left some chunky lace

S- Big pungent Belgium yeast aroma, lots of clove, medicinal notes, and some metallic notes

T- Big medicinal notes and Belgium yeast, some clove and spice, lots of alcohol in the taste

M- Pretty syrupy, decent carbonation, big warming, and some alcohol burn

O- I did not detect any hop presence for a Belgian IPA named Hop It. Pretty big medicinal notes and alcohol presence. Pretty average beer.

 603 characters

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La cave à Bière (Le Havre), and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : golden color, with whire foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : yeasty and malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and hoppy flavours with a nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian IPA.

About : La Cave à Bières
http://www.gillespudlowski.com/28524/produits/le-havre-pour-l'amour-de-la-biere-et-de-la-photo

 431 characters

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber color in my Urthel stemmed tulip. Two and a half fingered white head with good retention and tons of thick lacing.

Smells is of clove, pine and other fruit.

Taste is mildly sweet with some grapefruit and banana. Dry mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with drynes and some good thick carbonation.

Overall this is nicely balanced between the sweetness and the dry bitter finish. Will buy again

 427 characters

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

My 200th review
From a. 33 cl bottel into a tulip glass

A - Pours a yellowish orange, almost like honey. Clear bear with a two finger white head that left some very nice lacing.

S - Smells fruity and yeasty more like a sweet triple than anything else. Server told me it was very hoppy but I'm not getting that. Candied apples and pears.

T - Also tastes a like a triple, but with the mildest taste of hops. A bit of spice, just a little bit of citrus. Not bad, very sweet.

M - Smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied.

D - for me this is not an IPA but a good triple ! And it drinks like a good triple , well done !

 618 characters

Photo of supermantoine
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this one in an original Urthel tulip glass bought together with the 33cL bottle in Bruges last week.

Poured a nice honey/golden with a very large stable creamy head. A little bit of haze and lots and lots of carbonation.

The smell is Belgian yeast, earthy with a little banana and maybe a slight metallic undertone.

It tastes more like a Belgian triple since the hops are very well balanced instead of overhopped American IPA's. It has light fruit, a peppery spicyness and some orange peel and woods, and after some sips some floral hints.

The beer has a bitter aftertaste with light sweetness and is overcarbonated.

Overall a very nice bitter triple, but no IPA. A very well balanced hoppiness and the alcohol is exceptionally well covered. I like this beer a lot although it didn't meet expectations of an IPA.

 821 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Urthel tulip glass.

Got in some fresh stock, so figured I'd give it a go to see what it's all about. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises melon rind, grass, grapefruit peel, light honey, lemon zest, and a small tinge of light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass is the real star of the show now. This adds a bunch of chlorophyll, as well as a stronger-than-usual sting of bitterness, mostly rind-based. It's a bit much for me, but luckily not too much altogether. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall a pretty nice BIPA, just a bit far into bitter territory for my tastes.

 722 characters

Photo of Brabander
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quit a good beer actually! I bought it in Belgium a month ago at the Bierparadijs in Meer. Best before june 2014. Strange for a beer which is called Hop-it.

Poured in my Struise beerglass the beers looks OK. Nice lacing and a nice carbonation too. Goldenyellow fluid, three fingers head.

Spicey brew which is very drinkable.

 334 characters

Photo of jbonapar
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in Albany, NY...Hated it in the Bottle...Tried on tap.

Poured as expected, nice golden with a thick head. Smelll was sweet with a strong bitter yet medicinal overtone.

Taste. Ok... Ouch. Tastes 100% like Nyquil, green death flavor. I mean, wow. I;ve yet had a beer as pungently medicinal as this. I wouldn't call it hops. To me it tastes like an odd mix of hop and nasty black licorice. To me, VERY unpleasing.

Wow, i'm somewhat shocked how much I hated this beer. I rarely pour beer out, but this one made the cut!

 530 characters

Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked July 2010

Pours a beautiful hue of light gold, w/ great carbonation. The head is two fingers of white pillow-like perfection, and the beer leaves ample lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is hops, lemon, pear, and maybe a little grass thrown in. None of the 9.5% alcohol is evident at all. The taste is the same profile, with some malt in there as a backbone, maybe a little honey in the background as well. The feel is thin, w/ a nice hops bite overthrowing the malt backbone. It's very smooth, yet crisp and the hops linger on into the aftertaste. Overall, a very nice beer that I would buy again. Cheers.

 616 characters

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light, pale golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Moderate retention and thin lacing.

S- Not as hoppy as I had expected. Smells like Belgian yeast. Sweet with a little biscuit and a little hop character; just a hint of spice and a little earthy.

T- Really tastes a lot more like a triple than an IPA. If anything, I would label this a Belgian Pale Ale or a Triple rather than an IPA. The hops are not present at a high level. I don't just mean "it's not super over-hopped like an American IPA", I mean "the hops are just barely balancing the malt". All discussions of the style aside; it is not a bad beer. There is a mild sweetness upfront which is quickly replaced with a strong Belgian yeast flavor. There is some good spice flavor and a moderate hoppy aftertaste and a little kick of alcohol. Not powerful, but it seems to work with the yeast pretty well, so I'm not complaining.

M- Aggressively carbonated, which is not surprising for a Belgian.

O- Not bad. A little different from what I expected, and there is a clear, definite "Belgian" taste to the beer, but that is not a bad thing. I guess I may have had different expectations and am upset with the lack of hops, so I marked it down a bit, but it is still a solid beer and I would love to have it again.

 1,282 characters

Photo of jrenihan
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is golden. Decently-sized white head, moderate to little retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell is very light. I get bready malt the most, surprisingly. The belgian yeast is noticeable as well.

As for taste, it seems more tripel than IPA to me. The hops are noticeable, however. Light fruit, Belgian yeast, and some bitterness throughout. Also some peppery spice and bready malt. Fairly dry for a Belgian.

Beer is overly carbonated, kind of irritating. Medium to full bodied- a good weight for the beer.

Good but not a great beer. Nothing particularly remarkable but still an enjoyable beer.

 595 characters

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a big hop head I grabbed this one at the beer store since it boasted big hops in a big beer. Has a straw color with tons of carbonation; the head is really holding strong both on top and to the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, more Belgian yeast/Saison than hops, which really don't come through at all. Some bready notes and a good deal of spice. When you taste this brew you understand the aggressive hopping, it is nicely bitter which balances out the high alcohol. This beer is also quite dry and reminds me of an Imperial style Pilsner, but with more Belgian character.
Overall a good brew although the hops are not as aromatic as one might expect. The bottle I have may have been sitting for a while when I purchased it so the fresh hop aroma has probably gone on vacation. Otherwise a solid tasty brew!

PS - As I drink this beer and it has some time to breath I start to notice more of the hop aroma. I comes through as piney and just a bit floral.

 961 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color, the head was thick, big, and white. The nose had some earthy hops along with some grains and spice. The taste of the beer is hoppy, but not like an American hoppy brew. The hops are much more mellow, still bitter but not citrusy. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and had a bite to it. Overall this brew was pretty good, I enjoyed it for the most part but wouldn't have to order it again if I was out.

 476 characters

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe