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 Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -14.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +2.5%
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 +15.3%
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%
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 -8.7%
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 +4.8%
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 -20.6%
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 +1.8%
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 -6.9%
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 -22.4%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour off the bottle is quite clear, but going back to the bottle I can see all kinds of shit floating around. Color is a gorgeous light gold color with plumes of silky white head. Really a beautiful beer before all that hop/yeast crap gets in there. Aromas are full of tripel like esters, light clove and citrus, a little funk and a blanket of noble hop notes, floral and spicy. It basically smells like a hopped up Duvel. On the palate, the Belgian blonde flavors really dominate and it finishes with a dose of Hallertau-like hop flavor and a firm bitterness (but nothing in the realm of AIPAs). Carbonation is medium high and with a moderate body. This is the first BIPA I've had, and I have to say it's really a creative style, fusing two other styles I really like and doing it well. I'll have to seek out some other versions.

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

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A: Light-orange with a huge white head.

S: Belgian yeast, Citric Notes, Spices, Hops, Banana.

T: Caramel, Cloves, Hops, Yeast, Fruits, Yeast.

M: Initial taste is sweet and soft but it ends with a kicking bitterness worthy of an good ipa. Lots of carbonation.

This tastes exactly what it is, an tripel mixed with an ipa. A very unusual combo that works fairly well. Looking forward to drink this again!

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a real medium golden with white head. The hops were apparent from the pour. The taste was great: super hoppy yet medium to light feel all the way down. This one was especially carbonated, which added to its distinct feel. This one was definitely enjoyable and I hope to find it again!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color. 1 Finger of flufy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Very earth bitter hop nose. No hints of citrus or anything else along those lines.

T: Sweet for a second before going into the bitterness.

M: Tons of carbonation. Nice medium body.

D: Fairly easy drinking. Works well on a hot evening. Not the best example of the style I have had but I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Avryle
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another sample of my new favorite style

A- Hazy yellow. Big airy white head that actually dissipated pretty quickly. Good solid lacing that moves with the level of the glass.

S- Malty sweetness along with banana & clove spiciness. Aromas are more like a tripel- lacking the characteristics of the IPA side of things.

T- Strong bittering hops. Sweet malts seeping through into the finish. Banana & clove esters.

M- Medium bodied. Light active carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

D- The bitterness really takes this one down a notch for me. I'll stick with the La chouffe.

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

A - Reminds me of a nice, crisp, Tripel. Golden in color and pours a good 2"+ of pure white head. Head drops to 1/2" with minimal side lacing.

S - Citrus, biscuit malt, corrinder?

T - Alcohol, very light banana, pugnant citrus, earthy tones, reminds me more of a Tripel than an IPA.

M - Light, alcohol, malty after taste. The crispness of the beer makes it a nice session, especailly when pared with a pizza!

D - Mine came from a 12oz bottle, not the bomber shown in the description. I would get this again for some possible aging and tastings.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on 4 June 08 at local Whole Foods grocery store; had never seen it before. I've noted in other write-ups folks say it's from Belgium, but on the front of the label it states "Produced in The Netherlands."

A - nice gold color with modest head and lace tracings.

S - banana, herbs, hops, a touch of candy

T - very nice hop flavor with a touch of alcohol and a terrific mouthfeel. This is an ideal ale for the deck on a warm evening; would be very good with steamed mussels.

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

Nose ___
Full of herbal and earthy hops with spicy citric/pine edge. Alcohol presence adds to the spiciness. Some kind of light nutty malt somewhere under the hops.

Look: ___
Medium straw color, translucent, large, fluffy head with moderate retention.

Flavor/Feel: ___
First sip brings a world of highly tart, mildly acidic, and mildly alcohol flavors to the playing field. On swallow I note a large hoppy bitterness with lingering dryness. Second sip adds mellow malt with nutty and light biscuit/bread flavors and a light fruity sweetness.

Hop character is deep with herbal/earthy major tones, spicy/zesty midtones, and citric/resinous-pine undertones. The spiciness may be more from the alcohol and carbonation, for the combination of the two are reminiscent of a Tripel. Just a perceived hoppiness? I couldn't say for sure.

A deeper sweetness blooms; together with the tartness it takes on a sour candy feel. Very tasty right now, beyond the initial numbing hop/alcohol.

Final Thoughts: ___
My first Belgian IPA. Not as hoppy as many American IPAs (especially of such alcoholic strength), but it was hoppier than I expected from reading about the style. Pretty tasty!

The Verdict: ___
An incredibly tart, well-balanced IPA that has enough malt to bring to the party and only enough hops to make a point.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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