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 merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged large bottle, brought by my house by mntlover for our tasting session on 1-18-06. Many Thanks, Brian, for this one! Pours into a tulip glass a cloudy golden body, with an enormous, snowwhite, pillowy head that quickly becomes pitty and rocky. Extreme carbonation is evident, as thousands of tiny bubbles rush around toward the surface. Lacing is exceptional, in large sheets and island chain patchy lace.

Aroma is fascinating. Herbal, spicy, and floral. reminds me of a Saison, or biere de garde. Peppery, with earthy notes. Very pastoral in its bouquet. Mild earthy yeastiness is accented by a note of coriander, quickly eclipsed by a fresh and leafy minty menthol and catnip. Fresh rosemary leaves add even more intrigue.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with effervescent carbonation.

Taste is herbal and spicy, much like the nose. Lots of fresh leafy hops here, producing a complexity of earthy, floral, and herbal flavors. Coriander and white pepper jump into the finish, lending a wild flower character to the body. Very much like a good Saison, or biere de garde.

Extremely drinkable and highly recommended. The alcohol content is nowhere noticed. Dry, herbal, crisp, and refreshing. The addition of American Northwest hops here, adds even more complexity.Very nice!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden-yellow color with a creamy, tight bubbled head. Leaves nice looking sklug lines. The aroma is grassy, yeasty, floral, with a nice hop presence.

The flavor is yeasty, semi-spicy, a bit of maltiness, and a nice hop flavor. It is medium in body and really easy drinking. Dry in the finish, and way nice. I really enjoyable brew. Would have liked to have this one on tap at Monk's. Nice.

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

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Love the Urthel beers and Monk's always has a nice selection of them in bottle and on tap.

Poured a nice yellow/orange color with a bit of a white head with some good lacing.

The aroma is not of an overly hoppy beer but a nice sweet/honey smell with a definite reminder of the abv at nearly 10%. The taste is again not as hoppy as the name would suggest but very good. Nice earthy, yeasty taste with a nice balance of the alcohol. I very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pilsner.

pale cloudy yellow with a touch of head that leaves nice lacing.

very sweet aromas for an IPA (i see it's classified here as a belgian strong pale ale; the restaurant had it listed under IPA). either way, it's what would best be called a belgian IPA: some hops, but dominated by honey sweet aromas and belgian yeast.

sweet, barny flavors with mild hop flavors that help it finish clean. some fruity flavors as well.

mouthfeel is fairly mild with a light carbonation. nothing to complain about, but nothing spectacular either.

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

Appearance – This one poured a light but opaque orange in color with a moderate head that showed amazing retention. If filmed the inside of my Chimay chalice as it went down, then stopped with about a quarter of an inch left.

Smell – This nose started off tight but opened up into a complex array of hops and Belgian yeast. There’s a strong leafy bitter side to this bouquet that reminds me of something like Brutal Bitter. The fruits and spices are light.

Taste – Ka-pow! This one will knock your socks off. The spicing goes buck wild at the taste, and the hops are huge. This has some PacNW IPA mixed in with the fine Belgian yeast and creamy malts. Man, the flavor just lingers for a mile. This is a tremendous and unique mix of traditional BSPA flavors with a kick of American hops. Damn, it’s downright piney.

Mouthfeel – This is a tad larger than medium-bodied with some heart-stopping bitterness and really, really tight European carbonation.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to try another unique BSPA like this. Urthel is one of my favorite Belgian breweries, and this offering just blew me away. It’s not often that a brewmaster can do something so bold and have it come off so well. Great job, Urthel!

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

Pours hazy light gold, with a full, creamy, dense, white head.
Retention is quite good and leaves some nice curtains.
Nose is filled with earthy, yeasty, belgian character, along with some green leafyness.
Not loaded with hops, more like a triple with extra hops and spice.
Peppercorns, bitter orange zest, and grainyness finish the nose.
Effervescent body, zippy but still creamy, and crisp.
Big bitterness right up front on the pallet, followed by some assertive spicing, and slightly harsh.
Pallet finishes with continuing firm bitterness, lingering pepper,dried grass, and hottish.
Doesn't really come across as an IIPA, more like a triple-imperial-pilsner.
A bit rough around the edges, and age will only mellow any hopes for lupulin satisfaction.

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

A beer I really looked forward to and was left wanting a little more,poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head,very herbal and medicinal aromas with some Belgian yeast spicieness more Belgian than Pacific northwest for sure.Flavors are really medicinal and spicey with an English-like herbal/minty finish that lingers for awhile."A supremely hopped Belgian ale" it maybe but a mix of Magnum,Saaz,and Spalt dissapoints a lover of Amarillo,simcoe,and cascades like me.A well made beer but not a real hop dream like I had hoped if u like Belgian yeast and medicinal hop you will like it,remeinded me of De Ranke XX wich Iam not a big fan of.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Pig...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Nice lacing is left around the goblet.
Smell is of earthty apple juice with some tropical fruit cocktail aromas jumping out. Plenty of Belgian yeast packed in this one. Not much of the hop aroma, as the name eludes.
Taste is of the same earthy, apple, peachy aromas with a touch of pepper and spice.
Mouthfeel is of a lightly carbonated brew with gentle yeasty and pepper notes running along the palate.

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

Hazy sunny color. Thin white head leaves copious amounts of lace. Aroma is bready, spicy, yeasty and a little hoppy. Doesn't smell like an IPA, though I don't believe that was the intention. Anyways, nice aroma. This beer is quite spicy on the palate. And bitter too. The bitterness is conveyed in a nice way. Pretty clean. And the spiciness is steeped in pepper. A lot of those biscuity and doughy Belgian-like malt properties are evident and provide a nice enough foundation. Yeast gives off some fruitiness I believe in green grapes, apple skin and pear tones. The more I drink it the more I like it. Mouthfeel/carbonation is delicate. Body is approaching medium. Great experiment here. A hopped up Belgian. More and more of these fuckers are showing up and I like it.

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

Pours a pale blonde color. Smells of your average Belgian pale. As for taste, it IS quite hoppy, but with not much of the fruitiness of an American IPA. It's really an average Belgian pale, with a nice hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is quite full, with nice carbonation. I could drink a lot of this, but for the price.

Overall, a very good beer here. Won't replace, say, Celebration as my IPA of choice, or La Fin Du Monde as my Belgian pale of choice, but it's still a good combination of my two favorite styles of beers.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's...
Pop the cork with ease and first pour, straw yellow in color with a tremendous amount of bright white head...give it time to settle and a generous amount remains on top. Thin, sporadic lacing produced.
Bottle states to enjoy chilled, but it was not until it warmed that the nose shows up in this one...mildly sweet with banana, spice and some grassy aroma.
The taste is just what you'd expect...a bitter, hoppy pale with corriander adding a nice spiced quality and a sour characteristic in the finish. This beer is warming, but the alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit high, but it goes along with the hop bitterness that sucks away any wetness that may remain on your pallet, with each sip.
A very unique offering...

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Photo of stof0048
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellow, fair sized foamy head that shrinks down to about an 1/8 - 1/4", intense lacing coats the sides of the glass and stays.

S: Hoppy, that's just about all I can smell is hops, very pleasant smell.

T: Extremely hoppy, somewhat floral taste... very bitter, a bit of spice, maybe corriander?

M: Bubbles, smooth, that bitterness really hits at the back of the palate.

D: This is pretty good stuff, considering that IPA's aren't necessarily my favorite style I think this one is pretty damn good. It's a good beer to have around from time to time but don't know that I'd make it a regular habit to drink it.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden straw with a white moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly coating the glass.

The aroma was spicy and estery with a nice alcoholic driven phenolic of spices, pepper most dominant. Along for the ride was a fruity presence of mango and pineapple. Also a nice earthy hop presence was notable.

The flavor was crisp with a strong bittering that was never harsh, nor overdone. The flavor was light with a malt flavor coupled with spice from the fermentation and that substantial hop bittering. The beer had quite a bit going on, but ever bit of the flavor was clean without being muddled and out of balance. The hop bittering and malt flavor worked well with the spice to create a well crafted brew.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bitterness and spice long and pleasant and continually drying into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a nice creaminess on the palate. This was a darn nice brew. I gotta get more!

750 ml corked and bailed silk screened bottle. Writing on the back gives the stats. $10.99 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.
Pilsner Malt
80 IBU
50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz

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Photo of Ego
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge white head on a carefull pour, I was reading another review and should have been more carefull with the damn cork! damn thing near took my head off ! pale straw color, like a crappy american micro actually ;p, lots of carbonation, clear and consistent throughout, great head and standard looking, decent lacing

sweet dry barn mold, not an affront in any way, actually rather mild for a "strong" pale ale imo, it has a refreshing lemon-ish scent as well, it smells like it should have a nice dry finish, solid. almost smells like ginger ale with some premium vodka snuck in...

taste etc...
starts off immediately thin but the carbonation takes over creating a nice overall sensation body wise considering it is a pale, flat ginger ale that has been sitting out but mysteriously has some lingering fizz, dry taste of hay left behind under a blanket of hops mildly treated with honey, nothing screaming, just a smooth consistent ride, warming sensation becomes apparent in the gullet but pretty subtle, the alcohol can be detected somewhat in the far aftertaste, after more sips the hops seem to assert themselves a bit more, leaving a little more each time over the dry hay flavor foundation, not biting hops, more like a nice bitterness with mild prickilation on the sides of the tongue.. the more I drink this the more it agrees with me. I am enjoying the beerizzle out of this one...

like it a damn lot... maybe when I am not in the mood for something ultra complex from belgian land I will pull for this.. it reminds me of the top belgians but I am enjoying this one so much more than some more complex beers... this could hold up to a strong dessert or be good to have around the BBQ... versatile. very tasty. You can linger on it or sip away, really good stuff.

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

Ap- Pours a brilliant golden hue loaded up with plenty of champagne bubbles, and topped off with a mountainous spumescent gargantuan ivory head cap that just won’t quit. Brilliant lace is left behind.

Ar- Spicy Belgian yeast fronts the nose with a musty hay and pepper, a bit reminiscent of Duvel.

First Swigs: Zesty dry hay hops and soft ginger ale. Lingering aftertaste of vanilla ice cream & caramel. Spicy peppery with a dry grassy linger. Interplay of some ginger and dry feel from the hop characteristics. There is a twinge of muscat grape in here.

What a feel! The softest restrained feel imaginable. Just a drinkable cloud. Becomes a bit warm in the room temp finish.

Last swigs: Not really the knock off of DeRanke that I expected but close. Less peppery than Duvel. A cheap $11 at Brawleys while in Charlotte, NC. By the way, this was one of those bottles that the cork exploded out of when I uncaged it. Had to try this just for the name. You could write Hop-It on a monkey turd and I’d buy it. Glad I did.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

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

Hazy golden yellow color with a very thick and dense white head. Thick coating of lacing too. The nose is predominantly yeast, with some hops as well. The word "Hop-It" on the label caught my eye but there is surprisingly little hops flavor here. Yeast and spices dominate, as well as a good amount of fruit. The finish is somewhat spicy with bitter hops and a bit of alcohol at the end. Fairly enjoyable overall.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer had a light golden yellow crystal clear body with a pure white marshmallow head that lasted and lasted. The carbonation was very tiny bubbles and it had great lacing through the whole bottle.

S- Light perfume and a hint or roses with some sweetness and a soft hop aroma balanced with a yeasty hint in the finish.

T- Sweet soft pale malt flavor with a slight floral note. The hops had a nice bitterness to the finish. There were notes of grapefruit, hints of grass and some good strong peppery and piney flavors to the hops. The bottle said 50% magnum, 32 % Spalt and 18% Saaz.

M- medium-light mouthfeel with a slight fizz that makes it feel more full. A faint alcohol warmth in the finish blends with the hops.

D- This is a whole new "non-style" of beers. It has all the great qualities of a Belgian Pale Ale with a great juicy hop backbone and some nice subtle alcohol to compliment it. This beer has all the flavors very well blended but it has lots of good character.

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

A Belgian version of a NW US IPA? Had to try this one. Glad I did.

Pours a dusty looking yellow-gold with a generous head that laced nicely. Smells like hops, but not like any American IPA I've ever had. That's probably because the hops they list on the bottle are not all that common in the beers I drink. It had a more dark herbal character to it that a massive piney aroma. It reminded me of a beer I have had before, but I can't quite place it. Something from De Dolle Brouwers maybe?

Taste balances the herbaceous hops with the substantially clean malt flavor. Both are big and both compliment each other. The hops are much more "herby" than an American IPA and that is a welcome change. The Belgian influence is really noticeable.

Mouthfeel was creamy with small and active carbonation that squished a bit as I drank it.

A nicely drinkable, highly enjoyable hoppy beer that many American brewers should sample to help them expand their hop portfolios.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Blue Nile in Minneapolis, Urthel Hop It is listed at a Falling Rock Tap brewer's talk during GABF as a double IPA. Elsewhere it's listed as a Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Whichever is most accurate, it is a great beer, and probably a bit of both. Poured in an Urthel tulip glass, it has a very majestic head with tight bubbles. The initial smell is flowery and sweet. As a double IPA, it does have a strong hop presence. However, my wife generally won't drink a pale ale or india pale ale, much less a double. So, while the beer may be 80 IBUs, the balance of the beer is good enough to get a "not bad" from my wife. Balancing the hops is a well rounded Belgium golden ale character, fruity with lots of body in spite of the light color. It didn't mix well with the spicy food I ordered--and, it lost the balance as it warmed while I had dinner. Maybe should have saved it for dessert (after baklava for dessert, which was excellent).

Worth the drive to Minneapolis to have a well served glass.

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

Slightly hazed darkish gold appearance, good styrofoam-like rocky head of almost an inch and of decent duration. Lots of puffy laces grip the glass. Caramel malt and sweet orange hops dominate the aroma. Mouthfeel comes out as sub-medium, carbonation is high and quite bubbly. For its hops claims, this one leans on the malt -- candy corn and some candi sugar aspects. Attenuates with some bitterness in a dryly leafy manner. A little gaseous at the close. Not a bad brew, not particularly hoppy or dry, in a lot of ways its seems to be another rendition of a Duvel clone in the slightly too sweet manner that's more typical of some North American brewers. Good drinkability.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked, caged and silkscreened 750 poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with two fingers of white that shows good retention and leaves heavy lace.

The nose is citric and spicy with sugars and an earthy funk that is balanced out nicely by the hops. Complex and mouth watering.

Lemon zest upfront with a quick shot of confectioner's sugar, an equally brief note of the pilsener malts and a growing hop bitterness that is almost oily. The alcohol barely registers as a dash of pepper in the dry finish.

The mouth is full, and has a drop of oil, but it finishes clean. About as drinkable as an abv this high could be.

Its like a Triple and a DIPA got it on and gave birth to this fine brew. I really like the packaging too. Cool graphics and lots of info regarding the story behind the beer and a list of ingredients is always a nice touch.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the front of the silk-screened 750 ml bottle, the phrase "Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale" sits above the logo, complete with the Erthel gnome, wearing a wreath of hops around his bald head, smiling with beer mug in hand. Below the "Hop-iT" logo, the words, "Brewers Excellent Selection of Hops", amid graphics of hops. Hops used: 50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz. 80 IBU. Pilsner malts.

From the back of the bottle: "Following a visit to American Northwest in January 2005, Hildegard returned to Belgium enthusiastic about all of the different IPAs she had tasted. She knew that she wanted to brew an IPA of her own, but it had to be with a real Flemish touch. Her touch!"

Cork comes off almost on it's own. The pours into an Urthel Pache' glass a hazed, pale gold, with a prodigious head, captured well by the glass, a huge, puffy white cloud, leaving loads of lace, slowly settling.

Aroma is brilliant, spice and citrus zest leaping from the glass, finding happy haven in the nose...lemon, apricot, pineapple, ...the Saaz really comes through, emitting a distinctive floral beauty, along with the spicy spark.

That zest continues it's attack once it climbs on the tongue. Moreover, the mouthfeel is almost ingenious, as the flavor sticks to the palate tenaciously, clinging and delivering bitterness and deliciousness.
Full bodied, with a long, fruity, bitter finish.
Each new sip grants more of this intractable potency, until you slowly realize the strength of this one (9.5%)...but it does take awhile, and meanwhile, it's damnably drinkable. Puts many a Belgian golden ale or tripel to shame.

I think Hildegard struck a homer on this one, her intentions were successfully made reality. It reminds one of an American DIPA, until you taste and feel all the parts that are uniquely Flemish. A stunning accomplishment. I like it more and more as the glass drains and my stomach fills...I will be enjoying more and more of this in the future, that is a guarantee!

Although I review this from a bottle at home, I was granted the rare treat of having my first taste of this fine beer in the company of Hildegard herself, as well as Bas Vas Ostern, the man behind the Urthels, and several other fine folks, as well. Many thanks, Hildegard, keep on brewin'...or, should I say, "Pache'!"

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