Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

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

11.2 oz bottle with a really cool label.
Poured into a goblet revealing a golden blonde with orange hues in the beer with tons of floating yeast. It almost has a lava lamp like effect to it as yeast floats throughout being lifted by the carbonation and slowly falling and swirling as gravity and carbonation work against one another. The head is a white and billowing.
The lacing is more of a solid wall on the side of the glass.

Smells are sweet malt, flowery hops with spices, fruit.

Taste is sweet candish malt, then the hops bite down bringing waves of spice, lemon, cloves, and I believe I have a mint-like aftertaste on my tongue that I've never gotten from a beer. A pretty dry finish. The yeast also adds alot to the flavor.

This is well carbonated, but it matches the luxious body producing a great mouthfeel. The hops are enough to give me a slick feeling to the teeth and the higher abv warms the stomach.

As it warms the yeast flavors push out a bit more.

A really unique beer worth trying. If you enjoy American IPAs you may or may not enjoy the Belgian versions. In my opinion they are pretty different beers. American hops are just a different animal. I enjoyed it more for its belgian qualities. And its unique flavors. If I ever find it for 2.50 as I recently did, I will certainly buy more than one.

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Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smoggy tangerine gold with a proud, tall, durable cap of milky white froth.
Scented of lime rinds, multi-colored peppercorns, hay bales, thyme, sandalwood, aluminum, and pressed apples. It's a great aroma, but it seems dialed down and not as vivid as it could or should be.
Enters the mouth with a snap of Pils malt saltine crackers, then it drowns in a white grape juice bath. Flecks of apples and pears (mostly the peels and rinds) and some yeast-derived corkboard funkiness appear as it begins to dry itself off. There's a tic of lemon-pepper, then it goes arid with autumn prairie grasses, shearing black pepper (which is primarily a hop trait here, but also influenced by the yeast), alum, and rusting tin. It's thoroughly on the dry side, as the hops carry no juiciness that would indicate any NW USA IPA influence as this claims. The bitterness is there, though. It concludes with a vague sense of Evergreen and juniper and driftwood, and a quick sting of alcohol.
The body is medium plus, but seems deceptively small with a quick, darting, lively carbonation. This pushes itself down the throat to quench its own dryness.
This is almost very good. It's a bold beer, but, really, neither the malt nor the hops take charge flavorwise, and it appears a bit mild even though it absolutely is not. It seems to beg for a defining characteristic.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale straw yellow, slight haze, big layer of pure white froth, great head retention, lace

Aroma: luscious perfumey hops with hints of blossom honey, coriander, citrus peel

Flavor: full malt sweetness with a sugary edge that almost becomes too sweet until a late-hitting smooth bitterness tamps it down; followed by peppery alcohol and hints of passion fruit, buckwheat, and clementine; finishes semisweet with a lingering mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, zingy carbonation, a bit slick and lots of alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: This is a great beer but I was surprised at how not-hoppy it is. In other words, I was expecting a bit more of a kick. Having said that, this is a much more balanced brew than what you typically get from an American craft brewery.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold with lots of foamy head.. decent lacing and retention

S: Lots of floral hops.. sweet malts (honey and apples and pears?) with some phenols and yeast rounding out a complex nose..

T: Disappointing... I think they over did it here as the fruity malts come across really funky when matched with the floral hops... some metallic almost coors light like finishing notes

M: Dry, crisp finish. Tickles the tongue.

D: The taste was just too disappointing to try again...

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially pours a clear pale golden color with a huge tight white head that's kept alive by a whirling effervescence. Monster lacing effects, some 3D, that fade like an ice cream float. Many tiny (itsy-bitsy) suspended particles reveal themselves as you venture downward further and further. Really quite a show. The smell has a nice bright crisp lemon fruity character that dominates the earthy yeast notes below. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is refreshing and light. More or less a hoppy tripel or in other words a tripel with attitude! Scores serious points for passion and imagination. Full flavored, the taste is bright with a fruity citrus note. Moderately spicy and full of hops, finishes on the dry side with a unique and complex fruity yeasty after taste that lingers nicely. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden. Best when considered in an 'off centered' alternate to the "best pint glass" and in the comfort of a poofy recliner. A lot going on with this one, quite a hoot! Super glad that the folks at Sam the Beer Man "get it"!

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Photo of daledeee
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hoppy Belgian?

This comes in a fat bottle with a fun cartoon character on the label. The head brew master is a lady and the brewery has been open since 2000 which seems new for a Belgian brewery. So far, everything I have had from them is superior.

The poured glass is very nice. Good frothy big head with lots of bubbles; rather champagne like. The head stays around longer than most beer. The bubbles continue through out the beer.

The nose is rather mild. Some tart fruit.

I drank this at 45-50 degrees. The taste is fruity like lemon rind with a hint of grapefruit and apple. There is a little malt as well. The finish is hoppy and some grapefruit. This mellowed as I drank it. This isn't as hoppy as the label would lead you to believe, but make no mistake this is a fine drink.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and smooth. This reminds me somewhat of Duvel but more strong flavors. Very good drink. Way too easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of kkipple
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This may well be one of the first Belgian IPAs I can recall having... cool.

Hop-It is a bubbly clear gold with a goodly number of small black floaties (yeast, I hope) and capped off with a fat, dense head. It's fun to watch the very active bubbles move the black flecks around. I hope they don't kill me. Otherwise, the beer Looks grand.

Getting metallic, earthy hops in the nose, along with a hefty dose of pepper and tart apples. A sweet honey-like undercurrent runs under all the esters and phenols. Pretty good, nothing earth-shattering. Rather Tripel like.

Tastes pretty darn good, with a cidery, sweet funky apple flavor upfront and forward, followed by some flowery, herbal esters, peppery spice, and a curious Belgian yeast funkiness. Finishes semi-dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. Nice.

Hop-It was a tad too sweet for my liking, but this is really quite a solid beer. Was expecting more hops from the name, but it's nice to be surprised. If you like Belgian golden ales or Tripels you will probably find this worth the $10.

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Photo of ziggy13
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, almost pilsner in quality.

S - Grassy hop smell, a slight rubbing alcohol flavor.

T - Very mildy hopped for a hoppy beer. Kind of Saison in character. Because it's belgian it gets away with it. Very herbal.

M - Medium bodied. A softer mouthfeel than i expected. Doesn't really linger at all.

D - Very, very high. It's easy going down and I could see myself having a few big bottles.

An interesting offering from a Belgian brewery. Definitely worth a try. cheers!

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Photo of iasanlee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden cider color with 1 finger of tight white head.

S- Scent is not hoppy, but rather similar to Orval. Citrus and belgian yeast is most noticeable.

T- Taste like a good belgian pale ale. sour lemon is first with some subtle sweetness. Almost like a mixture of a classic Belgian strong pale ale and a tripel.

M- Medium in body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I am glad to say I tried it, but after reading the back of the bottle about how the brewer visited the pacific northwest and was inspired by the IPA's to make this beer, I was expecting something else.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 1pint, 9 fl oz bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa, this superior Belgian IPA is right up there with Chouffe Dobbelen IPA as one of the best renditions of this remarkable style... Although a bit pricey, this Belgian was worth every penny... impressive frothy and foamy head lays atop a cloudy, hazy, straw-colored appearance with plenty of visible carbonation... smell is complete with light, fresh, hops, citrus, and lemons... Bubble-gum flavor with fresh pines, hops, fruit, and perhaps a bitter of coriander and spices with a honey and cream taste... exquisite, top-notch taste... I could drink this all night...mouthfeel was like butter... light, full-of-flavor, rich, with a nice sprucy, bubbly feel... overall easy drinkability and the 9.5% ABV is only slightly noticeable behind a wonderful cornucopia of rich, satisfying flavors... hands down, one of the better brews I've ever sampled... great stuff... looking forward to sampling other beers from this terrific brewery... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of BKIII
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've just had my first glass of Hop-it, and I must say, it's fantastic.

A - Poured a beautiful light golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down into a semi-present ring. Very light bits of lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop scents with hints of lemongrass, bright flowers and to me, green olives.

T - A strong rush of sweet hops, mixing well with the nose. Envelopes the whole mouth with a sweet, then bitter hop flavor before ending into a suprisingly clean finish.

M - Lightly carbonated, with a smooth flowing texture the rolls across the tongue. Flavors hit all 4 receptors.

D - An excellent beer, but I feel that I couldn't have too many of them in a row. The finished glass leaves me satisfied, so too much more would start to weigh down on me.

(also, The glass that I had was a little expensive. The bar manager said that it's almost 6 times the usual cost for a keg... I stopped complaining)

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA on 1/17/08. Bottle into tulip glass.

A - Cloudy golden body with two-fingers of creamy, bubbly head that retained very well for the whole ride. Plenty of carbonation and lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Very attractive looking beer all-around.

S - Wow! Lots going on with this one. I'm picking up a very distinct sweet, crisp apple frutiness paired with citrus and grassy hop notes. Nice aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters and sweet grapes/white wine as well. A bit of alcohol also pushes its way through.

T - Begins with a spicy yeast aspect with lots of apple flavor and a very pleasant citrus and grassy hop flavor, much like a pils. Finishes bitter but also sweet, much like a white wine. Overall, very fruity and spicy flavors combine with juicy hops to create a very unique and delicious taste.

M - Medium to full body with smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Combines the spicy aspects of a Belgian, the hoppiness of an IPA and crispness of a pils, all with a white wine aspect. Bittnerness lingers on the palate for quite a while, but is paired with a bit of fruit tartness.

D - Extremely complex brew for sure. Very impressed! Lots of flavors and textures coming out in this brew. All of the flavors blend quite well together. Could perhaps use a bit more of a malt backbone, but otherwise a truly unique concoction. Fantastic!

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Photo of twbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a yellowish/gold color with a slight haze and a 2" white clumpy head.Good lacing.

S-The smell was of spicy/earthy hops.I also got a fruity smell of banana and cloves(just like a hefe)The background was sweet malts and Belgian candi-sugar.

T-First taste was spicy hops,light fruit and a peppery/earthy bitter finish.The taste of alcohol was present as it warmed.Had a very unique taste,all Belgian,malts,sugars and yeast.

M-Crisp,very dry mouthfeel.Good carbonation,medium bodied.

D-Very unique beer,very drinkable even at 9.5%.Harder too find but was worth it.

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Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange highlights. The head is a decent tight white head that left some real nice lacing on my Chimay glass. The taste is typical Belgian. Some nice barn yard funk, like a saison; some nice Belgian candi sugar, like a BSPA. It also has a tart apple aroma. The taste starts off with palt malt and candi sugar which is quickly followed by a wave of corriander. There is a light, light bitter hop. Also, there is a noticable fusel alcohol flavor. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy, the finish is on the sweeter side. Definitely a very nice golden Belgian brew. The hops really aren't there. Not sure if this brew needs a 9.5% ABV, which definitely limits the drinkability. Would like to try a side by side with Piraat. Definitely worth a try for the curious beer drinker.

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Photo of mj71
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- After first reading some reviews, I gently poured it into an Ommegang goblet. About a fingers-worth of crackling white head that fairly-quickly dissipated into small clumps of medium sized bubbles. Color is a hazy medium gold.

S- Sweet, apricots and pears come to mind. For being called Hop-It, not too many hop aromas I recognize.

T- Hops appear late in the game and stay around long after the swallow. Initial, fleeting sweetness is crushed by hops.

M- Crisp, lots of carbonation, I'm having trouble reconciling this one. Not a whole lot of balance.

D- Not my favorite. I'm not left longing for the next sip.

Like kosmoraios below, my bottle has a new label, although it still says "The Original Hop-It" With so many stellar reviews, I wonder if the recipe has changed a bit.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1-9-08: Watching "Talk to Me" while reviewing this gem.

I poured this gorgeous beer into my De Garre snifter. It had a huge egg shell head that left lacing over the entire snifter. It had a nice bright yellowish-orange body that was semi-transparent.

A nice herbal hop aroma with bits of dried apricot. Very pleasant indeed.

All the flavor of a typical Belgian with a nice rounded hop body. A big hop presence, but it doesnt interfere with the other flavors. Light fruit, biscuit and glorious hops; herbal again with a bit of earth. One of the best beers I have ever had.

The moutfeel is fairly light a bit grainy.

I will get more of this beer as soon as I can. This is like no other Belgian IPA i have ever had. It is amazing.

8-26-09 - edit:

Enjoying this beer on a beautiful Nashville evening on my veranda; I cant believe I waited this long to try this beer for a second time. It is still amazing, if not better. I also havent seen "Talk to me" since I last had Hop-it, and I should because it also was a great movie.

R.I.P. De Garre snifter. The best beer glass I have ever had passed (fell on the floor) not long after the initial 1/08 review.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I have looks different than the pic, and it touts itself as a "Superior Hoppy Blond Ale" on the bottle. There is no mention of a Belgian style or that it's an IPA.

Pours a crisp, clear golden-blonde into my Duvel tulip glass. White foamy head rises to about 3 fingers before quickly settling back down, leaving moderate lacing on all sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pears, figs, malt. Sugars are evident in the nose, very sweet, fruity nose.

Taste is distinctly Belgian Blonde (golden) ale. Very sweet, fruity flavor with a weirdly nutty finish. There are sour apples, underripe plums. Alcohol becomes very evident as the ale warms. Hops .. I guess.. but it's not an IPA by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and oily. Not a very drinkable beer due to it's high and poorly-masked alcohol content. It tastes like a Unibroue beer. Nice try, Urthel ... not horrible, but time for a revamp.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been waiting awhile to take this $11.49 1pt 9oz bottle out of the fridge. I finally decided to try it. What could be better, a hoppy IPA with a Belgian touch!? Two of my favorite styles on the table! I took it out from a 42deg fridge, let it set in room temp for 30 min and popped the cork! That's where my excitement started to dwindle. Poured a hazy butterscotch color with a ridicules amount of tiny white bubble into a Duvel tulip glass. Don't get me wrong, I love a good head, but this was quite the over load. I literally had 6 inches of tight ice cream like head for every 1oz of beer I poured. I had to wait 5 minutes for the ball of foam to "produce" a mouthful of liquid. Smells much more of a banana cream, triple Belgian ale concoxion than an IPA. I don't like the way the beer is balanced between the creamy sweetness and the hoppy bitterness. Don't expect much from the IPA aspect. Definitely a let down in my book.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed gold with very little head that falls quickly to nothing. Massive amount of lacing at first. Nose is an evident alcohol and aged cheese skins. Yeah. That is what I said. Flavor is thick on hops, but the sugars seem to cut into it quite a bit and provide a really odd marriage. Seems to be an interesting mix of spices in there as well that provide an interesting accent. Feel is thicker on the liquid with a fairly high amount of carbonation over the tongue. Very drinkable. An interesting brew with a mix of things going on. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden with a rocky white head that holds well and leaves decent lace. nose is georgeous. nice soft lemony, citrusy and slightly fruity/bubblegummy hop character. really hoppy. yeasty as well and also a hint of a pale malt and begian sweet backbone. taste is the same. a really satisfying belgian style hop bomb with a nice, soft, medium-full body. a good belgian always seems lighter to me than it actually is because the way they are carbonated, but this one is light and heavy at the same time, if that makes sense. creamy and silky, yet light and lively. a real pleasure and very food friendly.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a sort of cloudy clear pale amber and copper with a thin white head, its so hard to get a nice head to form in a gobblet, lots of carbonation supporting it though.

S: This may be the hoppiest of the bunch Ive tried latly, very estery and flowry

T/MF: A nice flowery apple and for sure a bit different than the others, a bit more grainy and the mouthfeel is a bit more prickly, certainly more piney than any of the other three, there is also a good deal of peppery spice but for the most part a very stong and fresh cut juicy apple dominates this beer with hints of pear near the finish, its a nice touch and the mouthfeel is nice and complex and tingles the tounge but not quite as stong as I would have hoped.

D: This beer though does not get lost in the wash as it has its own very nice and unique qualities, a very solid offering and a top five belgian ipa to be sure.

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Photo of marcpal
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Urthel goblet @ BrickStore Decatur

A: It had the appearance of a Belgian and light carbonation. The head was huge and kept half glass with permanent stuck lacing. Typical gold color.

S: Citrus hops that had a sourly strong detergent scent that was a slight turnoff at first. Considered that it would be lower in hops than advertised and too citrusy.

T: The taste of this one blew away any concerns from the aroma. The honey and floral accents were there but the hops were more than noticeable. This was one well made and delicious IPA- best of the Belgian takes on the style.

M: Milder carbonation, very good.

D: Very drinkable, as are most Belgian beers and the ABV is barely noticeable. Id always like more hops but this is something that can be enjoyed for a few.

I have been trying to make my way through the Belgian IPAs and have always been a bigger fan of the American style, lower carbonation. This is a damn good beer and was really impressed by the take on the style. Top notch .

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian IPA huh? Interesting. Very excited to give it a shot. Poured into oversized wine glass, it left a tremendously fluffy off white 3 fingered head that stuck around over the half hour that I drank it. Poured cloudy straw color not as golden as I expected. Upon first sniff, I didn't get much. A little hops and a little spicy notes, but after it warmed up the citrus hops really came though. First sip was belgian yeasty and some bitterness on the finish, Left a medicinal taste in my mouth-very earthy. I decided to let this warm for a whole and was very happy after about 10 minutes. The hops really came though to balance the sweet malt. Good citrus and spice flavors all the way through and the yeasty/earthy flavor faded into the background, but did not disappear altogether. Mouthfeel was very smooth but the yeasty flavors lingered on the swallowing. Very interseting beer, I would try again and give other Belgian IPAs a chance.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, very hoppy, of course it is called hop-it. Had a wee bit of a bitter taste to it, not my favorite, but really have been wanting to try the other belgian beers that are made by Urthel. Wish I could have tried a white, or a tripel from these guys.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Picked this up awhile ago at the Foodery and have been waiting to try it.

Pours a tremendous white, foamy, pretty solid head that is very slow to reduce itself. The body is a little darker than straw-ish, but distinctly golden. It looks more like a saison or a belgian strong pale ale that it does an IPA. Should be a real interesting drink.

Yeah, again, you can tell that this is a Belgian beer. The yeast smell is absolutely there and very strong. There is some extremely underlying hops within the aromas- not the American pine hops but a almost-spearmint hops. Some orange peel as well, which I like. A really inviting, really soft, warm aroma.

To be honest, this is a disappointment, and I will have to get another one of these beers to confirm this. With that said, when I drink this beer, I think penicillin. Especially in the finish I get the taste of antibiotics; there is some hop, for sure, and there's some nice orange-type-elements in the mid palate, but overall, I just get a ton of penicillin, and that's extremely disappointing.

Really tight mouthfeel. Nice long finish, grabs the mid palate especially well. Not the entire mouth-grippingness of some other beers, but you know, a really good beer in that regard. Not the smoothest of beers, that is for sure. Some bite when you swallow it, and the medicinal aftertaste overpowers a little.

I plan on having one more of these, that's to make sure this beer was not a dud. It's pretty hard, at this time, although it may just be because I'm down on this beer, to imagine myself drinking more than one of these beers. The medicine is just too pronounced, and too be honest, it's a deceptively boozy beer, and I think that hurts it as well- the finish is so big that it's easy to forget that this is a 9.5% abv beer.

This beer disappoints me, and I hope that this bottle was bad, and that what I got was just bad luck. Really, I hope that's what it is. I can't write anymore about the subject. Words fall short. I'm genuinely bummed.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 861 ratings
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