Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel Hop-ItUrthel Hop-It

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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 CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that had sediment in it and faded extremely slowly; the second bottle had a ton chuncks and sediment floating in it, looking like a lake after a motor boat zipped by and yet it had good lacing.

Smells of malt, hops, spice, orange peel, coriander, yeast, cinnamon, caramel or toffee and something on the sweet side. Smelled like a good Belgian beer with hop cones added.

Tastes of sweet malt, hops, spices, citrus, honey and bread. Starts out with the citrus, faint grapefruit, lemon zest, coriander, then followed by yeast/bread and then malty sweetness. The hops appear in the middle and it's very crisp and well balanced with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Very enjoyable with a robust malty flavor that comes out as the beer warms. Some medicine phenols, herbs, tea leaf or dry hops, and hints of alcohol peek through, but it's tasty and leans more towards the Belgian Blonde Ale than IPA style.

Overall a very good beer that goes down smooth with plenty of flavor and a nice subtle alcohol kick that doesn't interfere with the taste. I recommend this beer and suggest stopping by Resto in NYC to enjoy one.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange and gold pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Decent white head with good retention and lacing.
Smell is typically Belgian, with that kind of Duvel like yeast on the nose.
This beer has been in my closet for a good while so I expected the hops to be faded, but there was a bracing shot of bitter hops up front, followed by something that tasted more like a typical Belgian strong pale or tripel. A bit of coriander, something reminiscent of oranges, and again some good hop bitterness. On the hop scale this beer has more IBUs than Duvel but a bit less than Le Freak. The only folks who won't like this beer are the over the top hopheads among us.
Mouthfeel is refreshing with a healthy bit of carbonation.
There is no hint of alcohol at all in this beer, which makes it extremely easy to drink given its strength.
I've had this beer twice and for some reason, I liked it much better the second time I tried it, enough to recommend it to those of you who are looking for examples of this style.

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

Urthel Hop-It purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
Poured into a Speigelau Tulip.
appearance - hazy gold with a huge head.
smell - as it warmed I smelled more and more, but not easy for my limited nose to pick up. I suspect I'll return to this beer with more experience and appreciate it more.
taste - ditto with the taste. Very nice but there's more going on than I'm ready for.Can't believe this is 9.5....well...yeah I can. Starting to feel it.
I'm putting some back for later.

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Photo of erz316
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle into la fin tulip

A - looks really good. the body is a very warm golden honey orange colour. the head is big and very bright. lacing is good, and the head retention is above average. there are some pretty big yeast chunkies in the mix, thus preserving the hybrid tripel look, or so I think.

S - a real floral, hoppy, almost lemon grassy nose. quite good. there is also a notable malt body and yeastiness, and somewhere in the mix is this intriguing sweetness. maybe its a bit of vanilla and orange, I don't really know, either way it smells quite good.

T - really good, very balanced, and not too bitter. the initial taste is a good bitterness from the hops, it is a bitter herbal and dry kind of taste, almost feels like it is drying up the tongue. the alcohol come out at the back of the palate. there is a definite vanilla and honey aspect, this is what I think I am classifying as a sweet flavour. the finish is a bit more blunt with the alcohol, giving a bit of a dry scorching down the throat, but the beer is still quite smooth. the aftertaste is at first qiute boozy and dry, but it comes down eventually to the hops, and there is a bit of malt to even it out.

MF&D - the body feels a bit thin for some reason, but the carbonation, which is quite small and plentiful, pumps up the body to a mouth coating medium.

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Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/5/09

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an over sized water glass. Slight pour yields a scant head. Very nice lace. Color is a very cloudy orange with tons of suspended sediment.

Nose- Heavy overripe orange, some lemon zest. Characteristically "Belgian" yeastiness.

Pallate- Interesting. A very Belgian interpretation of a "Hoppy" golden. Some lemon citrus, a hint of pepper, and some banana. Booziness enters the taste equation near the end. Some subtle sweetness and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Very active. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability- Fairly drinkable, although a bit strong.

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

On tap at The Monk's Table- A very bright and clear orangey/amber. Intense nose of candi sugar and fresh hops, citric, with anise and other floral spices. Sweet malts and fruit dominate the flavours, but are met with lots of bittering hops, anise, rose petal, mango towards the end. Warming and bitter finish. Certainly a sipper. Thanks for the heads up on this one Doug!

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big pop of the corked & caged 750 and a solid pour into a Duvel tulip.

Excellent eggshell-unsalted butter-colored chunky head with a nice seam and some good lacing. It's a little congealed, like proofing dough. Body color is pure, clear, blond honey. There is moderate carbonation that moves up through the slightly viscous body.

I enjoy the daylights out of that slightly sour Belgian yeast strain and the electricity that comes along with it, backed by some extremely light grains. It sweetens up a little bit with warmth but leaves some nice hop pine, as moderate as it may be.

Y'know, the taste falls down a little bit, at least at first. Slightly metallic - there is a hop bite but it's way in the back and gives it a little clammy feel - the malts, while light and austere, bring more of a sweeter, thicker feel and taste to match. Not bad...but maybe a little too mild and maybe a little disjointed. Actually, after a while it even gets a little creamy, which is kind of interesting.

Palate feel isn't too bad. Again, a little clammy...the malts have that creamy deal going on, the hops are a little more grassy than piney, with a pinch o' clamminess. The finish is more slightly sweet than anything. The mild booze burn isn't too bad, either.

I do enjoy the character of many Belgian yeast strains...this is no exception. It could use a little more Beautiful Chemistry but it is indeed an interesting concoction...and one for its few minor flaws I am still extremely eager to power through. Light on the hop bite for a BIPA but still enjoyable. Good, solid product.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice, persistent white head. The dregs that made it in are suspended throughout.

The smell is akin to a funkier strong pale. Funky Duvel, actually. Not bad.

This bottle must have some age on it because the flavor is pretty tame. It's not bad, but for a Belgian IPA clocking in at 9.5%, I was expecting some punch. Again, it's like a slightly funky Duvel, just with less flavor and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability is average. However, given the price and its similarities to a lesser Duvel, I would rather just grab a Duvel (or a Houblon Chouffe if I'm craving the definitive BIPA).

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been really enjoying the Belgian IPA style lately. There is usually a unique combination of strong citrus hops mixed with that unique Belgian taste. This is my first authentic Belgian one, however. Here is my review:

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Head is quite bubbly and large. Sticks around nicely. Lacing is minimal. Looks pretty tasty.

S/T: What makes this different from the American interpretations of the style is that the Belgian character comes first. Then the hops. I was pretty disappointed overall. Aroma consists of Belgian yeast, wheat, grass, and maybe some grapes. Very faint aroma. Taste is a little more intense, but still nothing great. I get the Belgian yeast, some wheat, and breadyness. Hops come through in the finish with a slight grassyness quality to them. Nothing like an American style IPA at all. I also get some licorice in there, which doesn't mesh well with the other flavors. Alcohol does come through as well. Probably not something I would buy again.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is a little lower than average. Drinks okay for a 9.5% ABV beer. Alcohol does rear its head, but doesn't detract too much.

Overall, I must say that this beer doesn't do anything for me. It tastes okay, but I personally feel that American style Belgian IPAs have a much fuller and hoppier taste. This just tastes like an average Belgian ale with a touch more hop bite. At $15.00 a 4-pack, I must say I would never buy this one again. I only would recommend it to big Belgian beer fans who want a very reserved hop intensity to their beer. Not the best.

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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 ricke
2.67/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale orange color with a thick white head that stays along for quite a while and leaves plenty of lacings as it slowly settles.

S: Rather mild with a malty note of wheat crackers, Belgian style yeast, dry earth and pleasant hop notes of grass, orange and lemon. Some phenols.

T: The taste is sweet at first with light flavors of malts and bread crumbs. Some yeast and earthy hop aromas. Upon swallowing, the beer basically becomes a mess: unbalanced herbal bitterness, citric hop notes and medicinal phenols. The finish is basically just some bitterness and spices coupled with lots of sweet and almost burning alcohol. The taste of alcohol lingers on forever in the mouth, and in this case this is not a good ting.

M: Moderate body, quite a lot of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

D: This one didn't fare well with me at all. It wasn't very hoppy, at least not in terms of aromas and flavors. It's just unbalanced with a horrible finish of bitterness and poorly integrated alcohol. Can't really figure out what they were thinking when they brewed this one. Not recommended.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a tulip/ Cork has a date of 49/07

P: Orange-tinted gold with a tall, healthy head of thick, billowy, pearly white foam that sits atop the beer like a puffy cloud in the sky. It shows pretty good retention and demonstrates some nice little dimples as it sinks to form a thin cap with a thick halo on top. By the end of the first glass, the sides of my drinking vessel were smeared with some fingers of lace, too.

A: Well, this is not a hop-bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think it was meant to be. However, they are definitely shouting the loudest with tons of zesty citrus, freshly-cut floral goodness, and some grassy notes as well. Next in line is a hearty toasted grain aroma followed up closely by honey, some orchard fruitiness, and a spicy yeast that smells mostly of cloves. This smells very interesting, in a very good way!

T: Just like the nose, the hops are definitely the captain of this ship. But, they never dominate the rest of the profile and drown out the other flavors because the brewers have accomplished a masterful balancing act here.

Hops hit right upfront with intense flavors of bitter lemon zest, along with hints of tangy tangerine and grapefruit underneath. As the mouthful progresses, they lend an herbal, grassy-like undercurrent that works perfectly with the toasted malt that's got a grainy, honey bread-like sweetness. They do a great job of staying out of the way of the hop attack, while managing to hold up the big flavor profile quite nicely. Wrapping all of this up in a beautiful, zesty bow is the pool of spices that this beer seems to swim in. There's definitely a black peppery spiciness accompanied by just the right amount of clove to compliment. It's quite subtle, but I'm also getting a bit of sweet apples in the background that only help to further quell the hoppy bitterness. It finishes with a dry, alpha acidic bitterness accompanied with that spicy, slightly chalky yeast that leaves a never-ending aftertaste. Oh yeah, I haven't even mentioned the hefty 9.5% ABV yet. I guess it's really easy to forget when it never even makes a cameo appearance behind the wall of flavor! Quite enjoyable!

M: Initially, Urthel Hop-It felt like a medium-full bodied beer as it swirled across my palate. But as it warms, it is definitely more on the 'full-bodied' side of the spectrum. It's got a fair amount of silky smoothness to it with a plush feel on the tongue that just expands and blossoms in the mouth to caress the taste buds. Not as good as some of the better BSPA's, but pretty darn good in its own right.

Notes: Well, after scouring the website to no avail trying to decode the date found on the cork, I have come to the assumption that this is not the freshest bottle. Regardless of whenever the hell this beer was bottled, I still liked it a lot! It's hoppy, bitter, acidic, dry, spicy, well-balanced, and delicious! As for right now, I didn't like it quite as much as the Houblon Chouffe that I had recently, but I will definitely be on the lookout for a fresher bottle to see if that changes my mind. Make no mistake, though, this is a sure-fire winner in the often hit-or-miss category that is the Belgian IPA. Recommended

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Photo of jbone78
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this Belgian Blonde at the store and I thought it looked fun. It was marketed perfectly for Americans.

A- I poured it into my St. Bernardus goblet. I held it to the light as I poured to watch. Crisp, golden, clear and then BAM! The yeast hit, cloudy and floating sediment with bubbles.
I like bubbles.
S- The 9.5% is hidden well. I get a honey aroma if any thing.
T- I'm sticking with the honey. For this beer to be huge hoppy, it is less hoppy than a Pale. But it tastes great. The alcohol is hidden because of the hops! I bevlieve instead of balancing the hops and malts they focused on the alcohol and hop balance. I think this is the same with DFH. MY opinion!
M- Smooth, slight malty flavor, but mostly smooth.
D- Great beer! I am going to make this one my happy beer!

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

Nice big frothy head, pure white of dense foam with pools of more medium sized bubbles, thick streaks of lacing with credible stickiness. Luminescent cloudiness to the full orange color, only moderate fade to yellow further out from the core. Earthy nose, thickly constructed out of spices particularly solid cloves, raw baker's dough, day old orange peels, the hops like a wet forest floor, pungent yet more verdant than sharp, some banana among the apricot and pear scents, the nose is sugary but it still comes off as more sweet than dry. Full-bodied, the carbonation shouldn't be any more aggressive than it is, the beer was made to soak into the tongue. More floral here with more oomph in the orange, lemon citrus as well. However, that earthy, herbal component sets the overall tone, even pushing back the hard toffee, banana, golden raisin, apricot, fig flavors. Neither quite bitter nor sour, just keeps the sweetness in check through to the end. It's a "big" beer and it comes real close to pulling all its disparate elements together into a close woven whole.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/3/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus, Belgian yeast, hops, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweetness up front from flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness burst comes in followed by a hearty Belgian yeast breadiness and malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice, strong and hoppy Belgian beer that is a good one to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of botham
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. pours a golden color with a single finger of tight white head. good retention and solid lacings.

aroma is of light citrus malts and a touch of yeasty fruit, along with a touch of pale malts. almost like a hefe without the wheat malt.

taste is of light citrus hops with a yeasty base, and a finish of overwhelming bitter hops. much more bitter than the aroma would suggest. the character is reminiscent of a belgian pale with a blast of hops on the back end.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry in texture. leaves only a bit of residual citrus malts after the fact.

drinkability is good. 'Belgian IPA' is the perfect style to describe this brew: belgian yeast with a ton of hop bitterness on the finish. it ends up a bit too bitter overall, which hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of Maction
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Just slightly opaque, glowing Indiana-Jones-treasure gold, showing lots of bubbly motion. There's a paper-white frothy head that decrease in volume but stays around. A very pretty beer.

S: I get scents of sweet lemon, spicy coriander, pepper, and butter.

T: Flavors of resinous pine, water crackers and lemon are at the fore, with bitter green herbs and honey in the back.

M: This is a medium weight ale, with some slick oily qualities, boozy as well.

D: In the bottle: This is better drunk colder, somehow the hops seem more in balance with the malts at lower temperatures. The high alcohol makes it hard to get though a bomber. On Tap: This seemed more balanced and therefore much more drinkable.

EDIT: I had this on tap, from a disposable key-keg, and from the bottle. The keg was vastly superior to the bottle. While I couldn't directly A/B them, I rated the bottle a B and the tap an A-, so this review is the average of the two.

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

Snagged a pull of this as well at the Portland International Beer Festival...

- Crisp clear straw yellow ale with a bubbly white head that vanished quickly....

- Smell is of old hops, not in a bad way... but skunky, and right... just what I was expecting. Bit of sweet maolt and Belgian yeast.. bready and banana-clove-like.. pilsnery... lol

- Smooth crisp Belgian flavor of banana and clove, with a mad splash of herb-like skunky hop... very basic... but exactly what I expected... kind of like a Saison DuPont meets more hops and less carb.

- Dry, bitter, but good... watering the whole glass through...

- Super drinkable but a bit over carbonated for my likings... and it's a pale, not an IPA... and overall good.. just don't know if I'd buy a bottle of it anytime soon because of the price... but worth the go!

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

A: Light yellowish-amber with a decent amount of head.

S: A clean smell with notes of hoppiness and citrus fruits, with more mellow fruits in the background (i.e. bananas, pears).

T: Front-loaded with lots of delightful Belgian hoppy bitterness. Yeast, apricots, and bananas round out the body, complemented by some sweet malts.

M: Slightly watery, but with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Great sipper offered by De Leyerth Breweries.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy golden color with lots of sediment and a thick white head that lasts for a short while before subsiding to a light ring and leaving a few light traces of lacing.

Smells of yeast with some banana and cloves and a slight breadiness.

Initial taste reveals a burst of hops followed closely by some cloves and other spices. A little bready, obviously with a good bit of yeast present and a touch of alcohol all compliment the bitter hop finish.

The alcohol can be detected from the first sip but isn't really too noticeable until about halfway through. As time goes on, you may taste it a bit more but it never felt too overpowering so drinkability is still surprisingly high. Overall quite an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Light orange with tons of sediment. Surprisingly anemic head.

S: Noble hops, fruity esters (mainly banana), some alcohol.

T: The front is dominated by clean hoppy bitterness. In the middle, the hops recede and allow the banana esters to take center stage. It's like a roller coaster ride from a pilsner to a tripel and back again. Bready aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation.

D: If I were to picture the perfect Belgian IPA in my head, it'd be pretty close to this. Hoppy without being overwhelming, estery without being cloying, it's the total package.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

exp 01/2011

Gives off a sweeter hop aroma, reminscent of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Malt background is a bit thin but hops are definetly not overpowering. Finish is tangy and theres a slight metallic aftertaste. Aroma is mild and smooth. It really reminds me of a light tripel mixed with a session pale ale. Not really interesting enough to order regularly when faced with other Belgian offerings.

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

Poured from bottle to Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Beautiful golden-orangish with lots of suspended yeast. Frothy big white 2 finger head. Head retention is ok, lacing left on glass.

Smell - Belgian yeast apparent, smells of alcohol and bread, small sweet smells detected, cloves maybe.

Taste - Alcohol is what I taste first, then the hops, then chased by the usual belgian tastes of sweet yeast, bready and malty yet pretty balanced, very end is another blast of hops.

Mouthfeel - Good, not bad for its abv, though you can taste and feel the alcohol, it doesn't take away from the beer. Stings the tongue a bit with the carbonation and hops but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Just 1 or 2 with this abv and sweetness yet bitterness. But good thats for certain.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this the other night after work. Poured a light orange golden color with decent white head, plenty of lacing and sediment throughout. Smell was nothing special, similar to a lager but hoppier. Tasted mildly sweet, fruity and yeasty, with a slight hop kick. Pretty smooth and clean, just slightly oily. Didn't go down terribly easily, but could have two or three.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Tons of sediment in the bottle. Some sediment into the glass. Pours a bright straw hazy color nice 1 finger head that recedes to a film with some lace.

S - Phenol hints hit you right away. Banana and some cloves are present some citrusy fruits are also available. Floral and piney hops are present in the nose as well but just mildly.

T - Wow very interesting and exciting mixture of tastes! Hop bitterness immediately present as well as the dryness the floral character of the hops is also present in the beginning and then the banana tries to shine through but is kicked back once again by the hop dryness. It's definitely more hopped than some other Belgian IPA's but I fell that there is a pretty good relationship with the sweetness the malts produce and then the hop feeling as well as with the hop floral taste. Alcohol tones as it warms.

M - A little to similar to sparkling wine for my taste but still good. Very crisp and well balanced sweetness with hop character flavor and more noticeable bitterns and dryness.

D - Refreshing and very crisp. Very drinkable. ABV might be high for some but its not too noticable.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 854 ratings.
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