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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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaired tulip glass a froathy white head exploded over the sides of the glass,cloudy,nice golden color, tight streams of very tiny bubbles cascading all up the sides of the glass. Very good retention leaviing a lasting pillowy layer atop the beer with thick chunks of lace down the glass.

Clean spicy aromas grassy and citrusy,hefe-like spice notes with sweet breaddy aromas as the warms.

Spicy tastes upfront followed by a rush of earthy booziness,yet the booziness is well-played.sweet sugary maltiness with a lingering dry grassy fade.

Light and zesty mouthfeel,very drinkable espesially for the 9.5% had booziness,yet not overbearing and letting all the oter flavors come through,just the way i like it. Could even enjoy this beer and a hot summer day,which I did.
A lot going in here wish i had another bottle for this review,will definatly pick more of this one up someday. Thanks to Kwakwhore for the send avalible in my area just never picked and up,but i will be now.

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Photo of corey0212
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, glowing golden/honey color with a monstrous fluffy white head, thick, clingy sheets of lacing, and lots of suspended floaties in the beer. Smell slightly dominated by the Belgian yeasty aromas, with some grassy hops and citrus in the background. Taste is very "green", herbal hop taste, slightly medicinal bitterness, leafy/grassy tastes...again, "green". Very actively carbonated, somewhat drying, with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness along the back and sides of the tongue. It's tasty. I'd try this one again, could be a great compliment to a lot of different foods.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the maproom in chicago and a sizeable chalice - reviewed from cellphone notes.

I feel like i might enjoy this one more out of a bottle - too bad they are so danged expensive.

appearance: syrupy light golden colour in my chalice, fluffy white head with decent retention

smell: hops are a bit tame but maybe the massive crowd of people in the maproom had hindered my sense of smell...nice layers of yeast and white pepper spice

taste: with the word "hop" in the name, i guess i was just looking for more hops. This seems more like a jazzed up belgian pale to me with the focus being on providing a strong yeast base with mild pepper spice, a syrupy character, and then a dash of hops

mouthfeel: syrupy and yeasty

drinkability: just dandy

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Photo of Quej
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange colour, lots of fluffy white head and very visible carbonation.
S - Smells nicely hoppy, but also very fruity. promises to be an interest mix at the least
T - The taste is as it smells, but less hoppy. The sweetness is fruity, quite malty, tastes of peaches and plums mix with a nice bitterness from the hops.
M - Quite tingly and cleansing.
D - Very good, does not drink like a 9.5er. The sweetness makes it so much more manageable than aan american version. I was pleased.

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Photo of changeup45
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange or peach color with a relatively thick off-white head that does settle down to a thin foamy layer. Still some nice lacing on my Chimay glass. The aroma is quite subtle with some yeast, citrus fruits and a grassy or straw scent. This is tangy tasting with a citrus zing, some yeast and spicy hops. Very smooth and enjoyable with a full enough mouthfeel. There's a touch of alcohol in the finish but it is nicely balanced and considering it's 9.5% I'd call it very mild. I recommend giving this one a try!

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Photo of Jerico
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly foggy golden color. Mine poured with a large fluffy head that settled down to a dense froth. A little bit of lacing.

S - the reviewer prior to mine nailed this one - it is a cross between a triple and an IPA.

T/M/D - again, a nice cross of a triple and an IPA. Hoppy for sure, but lacking in the sweetness found in either style at times. Alcohol is very apparent. It doesn't taste bad at all, but I find it quite dense and difficult to sip - even for Urthel (I love their Samaranth quad).

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Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking brew. Pours a glowing golden with a thick, lacy white head. The nose is a perfect blend between a Belgian Triple and an American Double IPA. Rich malts, tropical fruits, carmelized candy, spicy yeasts with a big bouquet of hops. The taste is more on the IPA side, but still quite good. Fresh floral hops over delicate malts and ripe fruit with subtle alcohol and herbal yeasts. Really opens up at room temp. Nice full body yet crisp and refreshing. A delicious ale from Urthel.

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Photo of Overlord
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely not my favorite of the Stone 12th anniversary celebration.

Poured pale yellow. No head. Tastes chalky. Smells like it would have some citrus, but almost none in the flavor. Just all-around unplesant. I have no idea what they were going for here. For what it is, more carbonation is definitely required.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy straw-yellow with a thin-but bubbly white head.

Aroma of spices, bubblegum, floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Tastes of fruit, spices, yeast, and roasted caramel. Not as hoppy as expected. The alcohol is in there but makes it's presence known in a more subtle fashion.

Medium bodied, chewy, with a sharp carbonation.

I'm glad I finally tried this one. Quite easy to drink for a bigger beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with almost no head, seemingly very little carbonation, kinda strange, not sure if it was too cold or what. Barely a pop when corked, and none of the normal CO2 fog.

Nice belgian yeast aroma, fairly estery with some bubblegum notes. Some apricot, grapefruit, a little sweetness and a slight tickle of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is again strange, nearly flat, very very little effervescence. Taste of sweet fruit followed by hop bitterness and some alcohol, slightly fusely. Bitterness is fairly strong and forward. Picking up mostly pine from the hops.

I really don't know what to think about this, because I can't tell if we got a bad bottle, and I'm not sure we'll find another. So, I'll give it a little more than I normally would because I feel like somethings not right with this bottle.

Edit: Based on other's reviews, I really think our bottle was not properly carbonated for some reason.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gleeful baldman with huge beard and huge-er nose on the label. Caged and corked 750ml bottle opens with a small pop. Pours a very pale yellow color with lots of quick-rising fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma is similar to a tripel that has been slightly dry hopped. It has a spicy fruity smell typically associated with Belgian beer.

Taste is also reminiscent of a tripel but more bitterness from the hops. I would really like to try this back-to-back with the Urthel Hibernus Quentum to see how it varies. It makes me wonder if they started with their tripel as a base and just hopped it up. Interesting...

Mouthfeel is fine and seems inline with other Belgians - high in alcohol (but well consealed) and higher than average in carbonation.

Drinkability is really high considering the ABV. It's a great warm weather sipper.

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Photo of dadonabike
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour clear until you get to the lees, which when swirled give it a nice wit like cloudiness. There were tons of tight bubbles which stirred the hops and yeast around- it was a cool effect I've never seen before. It poured a nice light head with lasting lacing.

S: The first whiff gave off fruity yeast and citrus, followed by sourdough, lemony hops & a touch of bubble gum. It smelled very rich and strong but without the alcohol being overpowering.

T: Whoa! Yes there are some hops in there but really balanced nicely with some Big malt. I also found a pretty big front of alcohol. The hops give off some piney resin, almost too much towards medicinal but then it turns into a nice balance with the full body maltiness. The malt has plenty of raisin and caramel. As it warmed the hops and alcohol came forward as expected.

M: The mouthfeel is very full and rich, like a meal, with a great viscosity.

D: Yes! Very. @ $5 for 12 oz I won't be drinking lots but it was a great drink and the alcohol is just upfront enough that you know you are drinking a pretty strong beer. It seemed fitting that as I reviewed this beer my kids D&D figures were strewn about the table after yet another massive battle; made me think that this is a great drink for Dwarves, maybe your older Halflings too but certainly not for the elves.

Serving = 12 oz bottle

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for bringing this one, post brewday after brewing up a hoppy Belgian.

Pours a hazed yellow, thin white head forms and settles to a thin ring, drops some lace spots, looks okay. Smell is sweet and honeylike, grassy, some sherry, citrus and floral hops, wheat, yeast and spices, not as hoppy as I had hoped. Taste is honey, spicy floral, hoppy middle with some decent citrus, sherry, alcohol, bit of tart fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Maybe an older bottle? Not bad but I was hoping for something more out of it. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, pale straw. Has a great 2+ finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: spices hit the nose first. coriander, fruity, grass. I'm picking up some granny smith apples

T: a little bready, yeast/earthy some tart fruit, green apple and lemon

M: medium body with tight and prevalent carbonation. slight alcohol on warming

D: great beer.I'll have again

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Photo of slammo
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a big bottle with a cork in it. I like the cork versus cap but not enough for extra points. Still it's nice.

Pours beautifully and looks inviting...best enjoyed in a Belgian tulip style glass. High pointes here for the great things to come.

Smell is on the money with spice and fruity ethers. Gotta take a swig and then the taste is exceptional with hoppy wonder ness. Hop It!!

Mouth feel is silky and smooth just can't drink 10 of these in one sitting but I'd like to try.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful, hazed blond pale with an average head that quickly falls to splotchy islands of film across the top. Smell is very nice. Ripe pear, tart green apple, green grapes, hints of fresh baked bread and a floral citrus aroma that slides through softly. Taste very nice. Green apple and pear play nicely with the belgian yeast's funky, earthy flavor, and all are visited by a peppery, pine apple and citrus note. Nothing is overbearing and the champagne like mouthfeel helps dry the finish and keeps me going back for more. The scary part is the 9.5% abv. That number alone would tell someone that this is a sipper, however this beer can be drank by the mouthful without a second thought. Just the slightest hint of alcohol evaporating from the back of my tonsils after a sip reminds me to take it easy. Quite the tasty quaffer for sure.

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Photo of Onslow
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought after the beer meeting - $96 later ... Golden, big fluffy head, lacing : grade A+ ... bitter, sweet, flavourful, beehive, delicious ...like a hoppppy tripppel .. ABV is well hidden ... does the dutch proud ... 'i wouldn't leave the bar if i could find this on tap' .. just an enjoyable brew, but the hophead in me says 'more hops!'

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a massive 25.4 oz bottle with a quirky festive label and a caged and corked top. Is it me or do you feel more sophisticated drinking something corked rather then capped?

Creamy, cloudy orange brew with a fierce amount of bubbles and a thick fluffy head that rises the same hight as the beer in the glass. The fluffy white stuff sticks around for a while giving you something other to look at then the melted creamsicle looking beer.

Smell is distinct of Belgian brews. It has a bready yeast smell backed up by floral spicy wonderful hops. Creamy citrus and lightly malted nose. The most interesting thing is my first sniff of the beer led me to believe it was skunked. However the longer it sits in the brandy snifter I'm using as a beer glass the more the delicate aromas develop and the less skunkiness there is. Now less then 5 minutes later I can't even trace a hint of the offending scent.

Taste is also distinctly Belgian. There are light tones of multiple flavors assaulting different parts of my tongue. A citrus strike to the rear sides and it lingers through the aftertaste. A yeasty, malty, sweetness resides under my licker as a floral hoppy bitterness twangs the top. Somewhere in the distance there is a light bubblegum hint. Deliciously complex.

Not a fan of the mouthfeel. I get a little chalky dryness to the palate from this brew. Nothing that will stop me from drinking it but not my favorite feeling. On a side note there is no evidence of the almost 10% ABV. A great first beer for a night of moderate drinking. This one deserves a fresh palate to really enjoy it.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden, clear with no head. Curious.

Aroma of hops, spicey and fruity.

Taste was hops. Was also flowery, oily, malts, spicey and fruity. Also curious.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat cleansing.

Overall, it is decent but nothing to get excited about. Since this beer has been highly rated by others, I would probably seek it out again to try a bottle and see the difference. At least this glass just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgium does double IPA in this interesting take that we had on draft. Appearance was surprisingly clear compared to most intense beers one comes across; modest frothy head which leaves a slight lacing on the glass over time. There is a cross between the piney citrus of the IPA with the phenolic fruitiness of the typical Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden, with bubbles coming from the bottom. Huge 4 finger or more head rises and hangs around for a very long time before falling to a thick cap. The lacing is very thick.

S - Hops are there, with a very floral/leafy character that works hard to compete with the yeasty and phenolic aromas.

T - This tastes like a hopped up tripel, but the hops aren't as dominant as I'd expected. Quick blast of piney hops hits and then goes into typical tripel flavors quick. Powdery yeast, a little sour, and a finish full of plastic-like phenols with some finishing citrus hop flavor. Alcohol is somewhat noticable. Bitterness lingers but thankfully isn't too intense.

M - Highly carbonated, light to medium bodied.

D - No thanks. I don't like tripels to begin with very much, and this isn't much more than a somewhat hoppy tripel. I understand if that's what the idea is behind a Belgian IPA, but it isn't something I'd have another of, maybe not even something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had on draft at Zeno's in State College. this was the first beer I had there. light golden color ok head - great lacing however. strong malty smell - not much of a hop nose. taste was good but not near as hoppy as i would have expected for a belgium 'hoppy' beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an insane head with a nice cloudy orange color. Retention sticks around forever.

Smell is of typical belgian spiciness with some corinader and orange peel with some citrusy zest. I detect only a slight amount of banana phenol, and I wonder if my mind is playing tricks on me.

Nice sweetness upfront. Seems like a little candy sugar was added. A slight amount of spicyness and a little orange peel. Finishes with a little bit of a hop bang and some astringency from the alcohol, but it's not too bad.

Smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is just enough to make the flavor cling to the palate well.

This is a nicely done Belgian IPA. It suffers a tiny bit from the astringency from the alcohol, but it's not too bad. Give it a try.

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Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/19/08 during Lucky Baldwin's IPA fest.

Light golden beer with almost no head; just a wisp or two of white lacing.

Estery aroma with spicy and lightly floral hop notes: mmm.

Flavor starts off with a little butterscotch. Malt is present but not especially noticeable. Peppers and other "Belgian" spices flirt with identification. A bit juicy towards the end: nice.

Sort of a less-complex Duvel with extra hops.

There's a bitter aftertaste I am not used to associating with Belgian-brewed beers. There was an oxidized off-note when the beer was first served, but it gradually disappeared after some warming.

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Photo of elniko
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours light amber, gigantic fluffy head that stuck around. Nice lacing as well.

S: Mild fruity scent, very mild hop on the nose as well.

T & M: Very tasty brew, this is the first Belgian IPA that I've had. It does have the IPA hop kick but it is not overwhelming. I would put this between the English and American IPA.

D: Definitely drinkable, I really enjoyed drinking the entire bottle and look forward to having again.

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