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

Slightly disappointing from Urthel. Looking for the right blend of spicy, ether-y Belgian and floral, citrusy hops and this one underwhelms. On tap at HopCat, lightish golden with almost non-existent head.

Strong Belgian esters mix with a slight floral and citrus hops creating a sensory delight. The spiciness and esters of the Belgian style overwhelm the hops - and it is no different in the taste.

This is a Belgian style with a few added hops to make a slightly more dry and bitter finish. I don't think it integrates particularly well. The biscuity, spicy, fruity esters of the Belgian are all there but the hops play a slight, floral role with not enough citrus and bittering playing through. There is definitely potential here but I don't think it comes through. A vague Belgian spiciness mixed with lemon, banana and cherry esters awkwardly integrate with a peppery, dry hops presence. Not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my fifth Belgian IPA in the last two weeks after a trip to Brussels. This proved not to be my favourite, but the most massively hopped of them all so far.

Poured into a wine glass; A thick mousse-like two finger head and some slight lacing on the glass

Aroma: Fantastic blend of spices coming off the yeast being used here; cinnamon, corriander, pepper, put together with a very bready and raw yeast aroma. All this blent tightly with an incredible nose of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste: The spicey character took a back seat to the hops in the taste. This is a complete hop showcase and it is notably different than the varieties of cascade or centennial, and other hops being used in a lot of American IPAs. The hops are less aromatic and floral and much more bitter and to the point. They are still very much citrusy, and there is a bitter grapefruit and lemon rind throughout. All this is backed by a very weak malt which does not contribute almost any sweetness for balance. This is the most unbalanced of all the Belgian IPAs I've had lately. The alcohol was quite warming too, and not well hidden.

Mouthfeel: In line with most Belgian IPAs and most higher ABV Belgians in general the body is quite thin. The carbonation is sharp and high.

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

Poured into a snifter with a massive foamy head. Major sediment throughout the glass and in the bottle.

Nice hoppy, sweet aroma with white grapes and pear smells. Defnite Belgie presence.

The taste is spicy at first with a creamy kick on the swallow. There is a lingering aftertaste that stays on the buds. Not bad...not good.

The 9.5 is definitely present and the buzz kicks in pretty quickly.

I wasn't overly impressed with this particular Urthel though I do love some of their others. Still a forever fan!

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy gold 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is sweet fruit and belgian yeast

taste is great - i will call it a Duvel with hops
- all belgian pale upfront then bitter citrus earthy hops come nicely through on the end

mouthfeel - medium body beer with lots of carbonation

drinkability - yep its good (glad i bought the four pack instead of the bomber)

i think this style will expand fast with all the hopheads and belgain fans out there

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This brew left a huge pillow of head, more than twice the actual liquid asset. The color is clear, light honey color.

Smell: Smell of the belgium yeast and citrusy hops jump out of the glass. Some mild banana, and clove aromas too.

Taste: Great hoppiness for a Belgian, mild yeast and belgian flavors. This one will sneak up on you, it has somewhat of a syrup flavor with that high ABV.

Mouthfeel: You can feel the ABV, high carbonation and belgian influences.

Drinkability: This one you can drink and drink, but you better have a DD, this beer has a kick that sneaks up on you, great flavor, great hoppiness. This is an homage to the West Coast Belgian IPA's.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a bright, golden color with tons of floaties and some visible bubbles finding their way to the top. The head is fluffy and large and leaves some soapy lacing all over the glass.

Very astringent hop aroma. Oranges, lemons and flowers with a distinct sour belgian yeast strain. It seems as though there's some mild grassy notes too. Lots of hop varieties used in this beer.

Hops assault the palate with flavors of orange rind and lemon peel, mint, bubble gum and a mild pale malt sweetness that counteracts the bitterness pretty well. A good amount of heat in the finish. A well-balanced beer. I usually like my IPA's to be heavy on the bitterness, but this one works pretty damn well. Maybe its the slightly tart quality of the belgian yeast that fills that void, but either way, a pleasant overall flavor.

Medium bodied and oily. Astringent quality that took a little while to get used to. But as beer warmed, became rather smooth and creamy.

This is a pretty solid assault on the palate as well as a hefty dose of alcohol. I definitely took my time with this bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a pillowy head that leaves a curtain of lacing behind

Smell: Germanic noble hop aroma, with a lemony citrus base and a Belgian spicy yeast aspect

Taste: Toasted malt up front, with a building candi sugar sweetness, by mid-palatem the influence of the grassy noble hops intrudesinto the territory; after the swallow, the noble hop flavors continue to dominate but they are joined, once again, by the toasted malt and sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: I think of Belgian IPAs as more interesting than drinkable, and this one certainly fits that bill; quite a good example of the style, nevertheless

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Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky light honey. Tons of particles that puts me off a bit. Meringue topping. Tons of clingy lace.

S - Light banana, funk, solid malt.

T - Light and clean, some funk and sour to the finish, but pretty, in general.

M - Creamy, coating, nice balance for the most part.

D - Very easy to drink, especially at the ABV.

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Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel Hop-It is one kick ass looking beer. It pours a vibrant gold color and is filled with yeasty particles swimming around. A very sticky, fluffy white head sits on top. It's easily three fingers plus deep. Waves of sticky lace clung to the glass as it descended. Very impressive looking beer.

The nose is slightly underpowered, but is still very good. Hops announce their presence early on. It's a mix of citrus and floral varieties. There's some light orange and lemon colliding with strong grassy scent. It works. I'm unsure of the hop bill here, but it smells pretty diverse. Belgian yeast is prominent and complements the hops extremely well. Light malt sweetness creeps in toward the end. This is delicious smelling Belgian IPA. If it were just a little stronger here, it'd be flat out special.

Hop-It's flavor is a tremendous success. Hops attack the palate right out of the gate. They're very grassy and earthy with just a touch of orange and lemon citrus flavors. There's a slight bitterness to them, but not much. There's enough sweet malt to balance it out quite a bit. But, the hop flavor is nothing short of excellent. The Belgian yeast flavor approaches divine. Urthel did a wonderful job with that here. It plays extremely well with the hop flavor and results in a fantastic beer. Surprisingly, there's barely any alcohol noted. For a nearly 10% abv beer, I'm impressed. It finishes yeasty and a little dry. Hop-It's flavor rocks. This is great tasting stuff.

It has a medium body that's very smooth. Carbonation's dialed down pretty low and just right for this beer. Drinkability is very high despite its 9.5% abv. It doesn't taste or feel nearly that big. I would've guessed it's somewhere closer to 7%. If I had a few bottles, I'd surely attempt to take down a few. It's that good.

Urthel's Hop-It is easily one of the more surprising beers I've had of late. I wasn't expecting anything remotely as delicious as it is. The nose could use a tad more strength, but it's spot-on otherwise. I didn't think there's anyway it could rival Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but it does. It might even be a little better. Believe it. This stuff delivers. What are you waiting for? Go find a bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear medium gold color with a mega pillowy, fine-bubbled off-white head.
Leaves a mountainous, rocky mesa of foam while it recedes at a snail's pace and leaves sheets of snowflake patterned lace on the glass.
Tons of little floaties hangin out too.

Nose is a soapy, grassy hop presence with the classic Belgian golden ale smell akin to Duvel. Light fruits like green apples pears and maybe a hint of pineapple.

Very Belgian yeasty flavor with a kicked up Hallertau (maybe?) and saaz hop profile. Extremely satisfying and tasty. This one is a beer geek crowd pleaser. I am surprised at how balanced and drinkable this beer is. Taste hides the ABV well, but it can be sneaky as the last few drops leave the 750.

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Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo, in Toronto.

An American-inspired ale but the beer's appearance reminds one of a brilliantly polished dinner set of European royalty; it shimmers with gleams of gold and brass. The clarity is immaculate and little bubbles tipsily wonder about. The head, in true Belgian fashion, is firm and long-lasting. Its foamy wash curiously lacks the grip to mark the glass.

Sassy hops are necessary - and very dear - for a strong IPA type ale. The same can be said of a phenolic, elegant yeast for a strong Belgian ale. Oddly, this beer, said to be a combination of both, lacks each - at least from the smell of things. I don't sense any nuances of esters or spices nor can I make out anything fruity, spicy, bitter or herbal.

Best I can tell, from both taste and available information, Urthel's Hop-It uses nothing but simple pale malt. It is plain and desperately lacks depth. Cereal grain and... nothing. Hops? No. As previously mentioned, this beer, unlike a fellow golden strong ale like Duvel, doesn't posses the spicy phenols and fruity esters to dress up the bare, blandish malt bill.

With nothing really keeping it in check, the alcohol is fiercely present. The unmistakable taste of ethanol scorches the palate. Its sanitizing effect numbs the inner layer of the lips. Not one thread of the nine and a half percent alcohol goes unnoticed; an observation rare in Belgian ales. With a little warming, this becomes as painful as amateur surgery.

My first sample of this beer was from a 750ml bottle that I assumed must had been past its prime. The beer was unexpectedly listless and by no means even remotely hoppy. There need not be all the fruity American hops but some is necessary if the brewery continues to advertise it as "an hommage to hops in the style of American Craft Brewers."

And maybe through the other end of the telescope it looks that way, but it certainly wasn't the view I had looking into my glass. I was surprised by how little I enjoyed the beer, for a second time at that. The concept of a Belgian DIPA is intriguing to say the least. From my experience, however, its success seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

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Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a massive off-white head. Smell, however was not very good. When I opened the bottle I was afraid the beer had gone bad. Smells of stale malt, really. I wouldn't have continued reviewing the beer had the beer been actually stale, ad the taste was fantastic in contrast. After the beer is in the glass, the smell is fine as well, so I guess it had something to do with the pour.

Anyways, on to the taste. Honey sweetness, a Belgian yeast strain, and earthy, woody hops comprise this beer's flavor profile. Smooth and refreshing. Not nearly as hoppy as an American IPA/DIPA, but still hoppier than any Belgian beer I've had. The finish is somewhat bitter and citrusy, but very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy carbonation, I think the bottle conditioning really helped here.

Drinkability is excellent, especially for a beer with such a high ABV. This is the first Belgian IPA I have had, and I would definitely get it again. Recommended. The only downside is the price, really. I believe it was almost $4.50 for a single 12oz bottle at the liquor store, ouch, the same price as Rochefort 12!

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

Ralph had this on tap at Volo... quite an exclusive, so big props to him.

I've only had one other Belgian IPA, as of drinking this, so I don't have much in the way of points of reference. Sparkling dark straw with a smooth, but sticky white head. Good lace and retention. High carbonation evident. Lots of hoppy goodness in the aroma...but noble hops instead of your regular grapefruit C-hops. Its floral, grassy and fruity at the same time. Big bitter flavour - spicy and grassy - but with big fruit underneath. Floral and full of saaz, candied pineapple, tropical fruit and orange peel. Its like a Belgian Strong with a bucketful of hops and the yeast on turbo. Medium-light body with fairly intense carbonation, heightening the bitterness, but softening the feel.

Highly drinkable, and confirmation that this is a style worth checking into further. I would recommend Hop-It to any lover of the cone, or for that fact, beer in general.

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

A- A slightly hazy golden colored beer with a massive creamy white head that leaves astonishing lacing.

S- Piney hops and white bread with a slight vegetable accent. Very aromatic. I keep expecting a skunky aspect, but it just isn't there. Nice.

T- Piney and sweet hops with a bready aspect. A nice Belgian yeast aspect is prevalent. Sweet and slightly vegetably. The 9.5% ABV barely makes itself apparent for how light this beer is.

M- Pretty smooth and dry. Works nicely for the style.

D- The ABV is hidden nicely and this is a very nice, drinkable example of the style.

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

750ml bottle


cork is marked with "49/07"

poured into tulip.

golden honey straw color with orange tint. gemstone clear (with yeast on later pours). huge sudsy head which barely fades. lots of bubbly lacing all the way down the glass.

white grape and light apple aroma quickly goes into grassy, leafy hops with hint of citrus zest and whiff of sulfur underneath it all. trace of pepper, coriander and gentle phenols and alcohol. bready malts peek through sporadically.

taste: lots of grassy, spicy, european hops with resinous quality, but gives way to citrus zest, then fruit and malt foundation before coming back to bold, bitter hops and more herbal grassiness. more trace phenols and spice.

smooth, medium to light body, with mildly prickly carbonation that also helps with the body. resins and astringency at the very end of the finish.

nice, but doesn't exactly stand out from the pack these days. the phenols cut down drinkability slightly.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Caramel light golden, nice creamy 2-3 fingers of light white head. Slowly diminishing head (holds a good float of cream), none to very slight lacing. Nice bubbles rising through glass, floating yeast sediment.

S- Fresh, sweet, yeast, honey and citrus, slight ripe banana ester, not picking up much hops.

T- Fresh, slight bitterness, honey and malt character. Very light hop character, nice balanced taste though, with just enough varietal hops to balance the strong Belgian malt. Nice complexity and depth on the palate, bitter and sweet.

M- Smooth, carbonated (maybe a bit much), balanced buttery, slight creaminess on the tongue. The high ABV is really masked in this, impressive.

D- Very drinkable, nice as it warms up to room temperature, clean and fresh...very nice beer.

I have had this beer quite a few times, and was even lucky enough to have some when in Belgium in 2006. It is a very drinkable beer, but the cost is quite high (although well worth the 9.5% ABV you get with it) for something is consistently consume. I buy it for special occasions, or when I'm really in the mood for it.

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Photo of wl0307
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml short brown bottle, BB 08/2010, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, coming with semi-lively carbonation and lots of cotton-knot like yeasty bits swimming in the nectar, topped with a very tight & creamy off-white froth that lasts very well indeed.
S: just as the name suggests, the aroma goes heavy on hop aroma, featuring a little raw-flowery notes as well as assertive orangey-citric fruity hop aroma like Goldings; behind the hop fa├žade hides a weighty layer of melon-estery+malty aroma that is more like an ordinary Belgian strong pale ale, with herbal/coriander-like sweetness, sugary malts, and sour-sweet hints of Japanese lactose-drink. Alas, in less than 3 minutes the initially lively hop aroma has dissipated, replaced by rather flat-bodied sour-sweetness (like a dense, orange compote) and also a whiff of alcohol.
T: the soothingly effervescent foretaste of mildly sweet pale malts and tangy-citric fruity hops is supported by an abundant feed of sweetened but tannic green-tea leaves, "warming" high-octave hop tannins, and really, really, really... chewy bitterness as of a bucketful of fresh spicy hops chucked in during the late-hopping process(?); the flavour stays pretty much the same for the next 30 seconds on the palate, only showing a bit more sour-sweet yeasty hints of lactose drink, lightly leather-ish, stinky, and spicy hints as of a heavy English IPA (like the ones brewed with heavy Challenger hops), dried melon skins, and a tremendously dry undertone of more hops to linger...
M&D: the mouthfeel is commendable, refreshing yet soft/attenuated for such a high-octave hop-yeasty feast, while the body remains the same - medium-bodied, and the alc. feel creeps up only after several good swallows to remind me of its hidden depth. This is indeed a very pleasantly hoppy and delicious offering for a Belgian pale ale - absolutely quaffable!

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

A: Poured into a large tulip goblet this beer had a thick two finger head and maintained excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. It had a hazy, sediment filled golden amber color.
S: The aromas of citrus and spice dominated the faint hint of hops and alcohol.
T: An immediate grapefruit-like citrus balanced with a hoppy bitterness that grew throughout the tasting.
M: A mild level of carbonation balanced with a dry citrus bitterness.
D: Very clean and drinkable. A nice balance of spice, citrus fruit, and hops.

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

Served in the tall Urthel tulip (or maybe just newer then mine), Hop -It! is yellow with a white head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Freshly tapped keg, I'm geeked!

Smell is strong noble hops, grassy herbs and wildflowers, with some nice phenols as well.

Taste is pretty smooth, a hoppy blonde for sure, but they were able to keep the hop flavor heavy but with light bitterness. Some waxy phenols and spicy esters, dryer finish, on the cleaner side

Mouthfeel is light and dry, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly more hop flavor the bottles I've had in the past, but I'm not really a fan of such aggressive flavors of the German noble varieties, and prefer either EKGs or American style hops in my BIPAs.

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

A: dull, murky yellow, with a fluffy white head

S: citrus and floral hops up front, with a strong honey, sweet malt background

T: initial bite of citrus hops, bready malts with a little bit of some apple flavors

M: enjoyable initial bite followed by a smooth dry finish

D: very drinkable, it seems a lot of people think it should be hoppier...but Belgian IPAs never seem to be that hoppy...I think this is a nice balance between typical belgian malt and yeast flavors and american hops

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Photo of dukew456
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip

Pours a bright, hazy golden color, reminiscent of most Belgian blondes. Huge, three finger head forms, and sticks around for a while before reducing to a thin cap that leaves plenty of lacing.

This beer has the familiar yeasty/fruity smells of a Belgian golden or tripel, but with a slight piney/spicy hop profile in the nose...very slight, actually.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a yeasty presence. Pretty standard Belgian golden ale fare, except that on the finish a bitter, piney hop presence makes itself known. The hops on this beer aren't as apparent as I expected, but the piney, resiny taste that they provide is more than enough, and the ample carbonation helps to usher them onto the palate.

Pretty good beer, I wonder if one were to drink it fresh in the Netherlands if the hops would be any more apparent, but then it is a Belgian-style ale, so I can't ask for too much in the hops department.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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