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 jclzony
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Partly cloudy blonde with an enormous long-lasting white head. I would not consider this a hoppy beer when considering American hop monsters. This falls more along the lines of a very good blonde Tripel. There is a spicy honey aroma contributing to it’s sweetness and containing a strong alcohol presence. Hop character disappears as soon as the beer starts to warm up. This has a typical citrus hop and pale malt flavors of good blonde triples. Contains some clever spicy notes, keeping it from being just another generic Tripel. This one is way above average for a European style IPA.

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

This is a surprisingly good Belgian and somewhat unique. It pours a cloudy yellow with lots of head, lacing and retention. The smell is fruity esters and lots of lemon, clove, and honey. This is a thick and full bodied beer that starts out as a very typical syrupy Belgian blonde replete with the bananas, cloves, lemon, citrus, fruity esters, and complex yeasts. By the mid point, things change a bit and the hops really do kick in it becomes more of a tangy vanilla cream and slightly bitter ale. There is a rather prodigious aftertaste that does compromise the drinkability. As for the alcohol content, I would not have known this was a whopping 9.5 ABV unless I looked closely at the bottle. This beer does a remarkable job at masking a high ABV. This is a special beer well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich golden color with tons of tiny bubbles rising quickly to the massive, fluffy, and sticky head. Lots of plateaus on the head and leaves some rings of raised lacing. Slightly chill-hazed. Aroma is big on the hops for sure. Lots of herbal and floral character comes right out at you. This is mixed with some bready pale malts and honey. Alcohol lets itself be known, but it really just helps to round it all out. Slight peach and banana esters come out as well. Lots of honey sweetness kicks off the flavor as it intermingles with light, crackery malts. Some white grape leads into a hop profile that is at once floral and fruity. I don't know what kind of hops they are using, but I'm getting big jasmine notes (the best kind). The sweetness continues on toward the finish, where the spotlight is taken up by some mild warming alcohol and a little dry closer. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, but leans just a touch to the fuller side of things. Carbonation is vibrant, but not violent. Delicious beer, but the overall sweet character and hefty ABV keep the drinkability down just the slightest.

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

This is a review of the bottled form of this brew.

The only major difference between the on-tap form and the bottle is in the flavor. I actually prefer this brew from the bottle. The yeast character is definitely more subdued out of the bottle than it is on-tap, and far more crisp.

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Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head that lasts forever with bits of sediments speckled throughout and super-thick. Light gold color

Beautiful Belgian smell with a very interesting strong hop aroma and a bit of alcohol.. Talk about a hybrid!

Wow. The only reason this isn't a five is because it's not to style. With a taste like this, though, who cares? It's got all the Belgian sweetness at the front of your mouth and then the hops join in. By the end of the sip they lead the show and hide the huge ABV very well.

Coating like a Belgian, but a tiny bit drying because of the hop factor. Makes you want to sip it faster than your normal Belgian fare.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice opaque dark honey golden with a VERY thick and persistent head - it is thicker than B.S. in Washington and stays better than whipping cream on hot coco. Aroma is strong and mainly malty with a touch of sweetness and a strong hop undertone. Flavor balances hop and malt components, with a little malt sweetness and some hop fruitiness, and a touch of bitter. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable ale.

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

Urthel Hop-It
11.2 oz brown bottle
Served in a St. Feuillien goblet glass

An impressive looking beer right of the start. A marvelous head forms on top with excellent sticky lacings that cover the goblet.

Pours a dark golden yellow with a bronze haze.

Whiffs of honey cough drops, fresh peaches and citrus. A tad floral overall as well.

Flavors of rock candy and sweet honey with a grainy backbone. The hop punch is right up front flirting with a twangy citrus finish. Hints of lime & oranges.

This a solid belgian beer without question. The 9.5% is very well hidden and the flavors complex. Reminds me in many ways of another beer I really enjoyed - Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA.

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

Just arrived in Texas. I had a heck of time pulling the cork out. Finally had to grab it with my teeth and pull. But a wonderful bouquet of hops immediately follow.

Served into a wide Val-Dieu chalice, it made a great pour: a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with a half of soft but thick foam, which coats the glass with a nice lacing. Long-lasting and very aromatic nose, with soft floral hops mixing with a fruity, vanilla yeast character and a slightly spicy, herby background.

The taste is indeed loaded with hops, highly bitter and loaded with noble hop flavor, floral, nearly minty. Malt is subdued, with the balance of the flavor coming from the fruity yeastiness. There's a small bit of oxidation, but it doesn't distract much. The alcohol adds a slight pepperiness to the otherwise dry finish.

Excellent mouthfeel, with a load of carbonation and a soft, creamy texture.

Not as complex as the Chouffe Belgian IPA... it reminds me a bit of a very hoppy Duvel. Very nice.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Cloudy straw color with a beautiful 1 inch eggshell colored head that developed excellent lacing and rockiness.

S - Grapefruity hops with the requisite Belgian yeast spice/funkiness. Good touch of sweet grainy scent as well. Lemony citrus stands out. Very enticing.

T - Kicks things off with a tart, well carbonated sensation. Granny smith apple contributes to the tartness. Belgian spice is well represented. Aftertaste remains slightly tart with good amount of dryness.

M - High carbonation with a light to medium body. Drying aftertaste and slight mouth coating feel.

D - An excellent combination of styles, and a trendsetter among belgians. Intensely drinkable despite its high alcohol content (9.5%). I've been laying this one down for probably 8 months at least, and its quite tasty, so don't be afraid to do the same. Pick some up as soon as you can!

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like I forgot how to pour a Belgian, 1/4" of beer, 6" of head. Try again, gold with streams of carbonation, big fluffy head.

Smell: Definitely funk. Earthy, vegetable, wet hay.

Taste: A little sweetness comes through then gets overpowered by spicy hops. Some peppery notes, almost seems sour at times.

Drinkability: Not quite my cup of tea (or glass of beer, I suppose) but ok.

I had this right after it came out a few years back and really liked it then. However, this time there wasn't as much sweetness and Belgian yeast flavors as I remembered. The hops seemed to take over on this go-around.

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

Part Two of my "I don't have work until 2:00 tomorrow" Belgian IPA session.

Appearance: The pour is a fiery light orange with a large white head.

Smell: There's quite a bit of grassy and floral hops in the aroma to go along with Belgian yeast and a hint of spice and fruit.

Taste: Holy crap, the spices and hops hit you in the face. These hops taste American with grass and pine. Belgian yeast plays a lesser role and pale malts bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly lighter than medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation.

Drinkability: This might be the most aggressive Belgian IPA. It certainly took more of a page from the West Cost than the other ones I've tried.

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Photo of Vancer
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I knew this would pour a monster head, so I grabbed my handy New Belgium snifter – it corralled all of the volcanic white head. Nice chalky rivers of lace.

Whoo, what an old style farm house funk for an aroma, then is morphs into the standard Belgium yeast and candy cane – along with a spicy pop of hops to finish and round it out. This is a smorgasbord of styles, all noticeable and distinct. Even a bit of sour apple for kicks.

Sharp, crisp and dry, and a fizzy carbonation body – I’d go for more, but the $3.50 a stubby 11.2oz bottle is a tad pricey.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at cellar temp from 12 oz amber stubby.

Pours with a huge whipped cream head, rocky and persistent. Looks very cloudy and golden like a weizenbock.

Aroma is very funky, spicy and sweet. No detectable hop aroma.

Flavor is peppery and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is effervescent from the carbonation, leaves an aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue. Hard to believe it's any more than 50 IBU.

Drinkability is poor, hard to finish this one. There are higher alcohol beers that go down a lot more smoothly in comparison.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden body, thick whipped cream head. Very nice!

Nose is an odd blend of Belgian funk with some sweetness, not really any clear hops here...

Flavor is mildly bitter, but not anywhere near 80 IBUs to my taste-buds. Spicy and flavorful, it's not really an IPA or a typical Belgian. Not at all what I expected, but still OK.

Mouthfeel is zesty and very highly carbonated.

Quenching and drinkable.

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Photo of bort11
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. White foamy head that leaves a descent amount of lacing. Color is a slightly hazy apricot, Visible carbonation activity.

Smell is very intense, but not overwhelming. The hops really stand out, in fact I got a strong whiff of hops as soon as I cracked the top off. From the bottle it is piney, but from the glass it is more grassy. What a difference pouring makes. Taste is also very hoppy, but balanced. It's not trying to stab you through the tongue. It also has a pleasant white grape blended in.

Mouthfeel has a lighter body and a clean finish. It seems very refreshing at first, and then the ABV sneaks in. Very tasty and I will be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One pint 9.4 oz brown bottle with the caged cork. Great informative label.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a dense white head. Tons of lacing.

The nose is fruity, spicy, yeasty and a bit flowery in the best possible way.

Given that this is 80 IBUs,, it is a lot less bitter than I thought it would be. The brewer has done a great job of balancing all those hops with a thick matly backbone. I get white pepper, green apples, flowers and some of that different Flemish slightly sour funk. While the Saz hops may only be 18% of the total, they add that distinct peppery taste. After I’ve had a few sips, a bit of citrus taste emerges. More spice (clove) late. Always bordering on sour.

The mouth is slightly thick with a touch of slickness. This is an easy drinker that is a great one to savor. Not an everyday beer for me, but this is one to revisit on a regular basis. Well done!

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

Well... there's not a "Belgian IPA" category in the bjcp guidelines, so I'll just tell you what I think of it, not how well it stacks up to what it's "supposed" to be like. (dan) :-)

A- Cloudy light orange with an initial two fingers of head that settles to a single layer and leaves strange... spots, I suppose, of areas with bigger bubbles. Looks like an appaloosa's hindquarters.

S- Wow. Tons of citrus and yeast. Lemon, spice, yeast, pale malt, malt vinegar, pine, and an overall initial impression of sourness, but a good one. Reminds me of when I reviewed a five-year-old allagash tripel. I hope it doesn't taste like that though. As it warms, it changes a bit... remember the smell of fresh cookie dough? Not as it cooks, but the dough. Floury, slightly sour, but then really sweet... That's what it smells like.

T- Once again, the most fitting word is wow. I don't really know if I like it or not. Some sweet malt, some honeycomb, but an overwhelming sourness and bitterness, along with some musk and alcohol. The grains seem to be lost in the shuffle... it tastes like a good witbier, but concentrated and with a hint of vinegar added. Malt comes out a bit more the more you drink it, as it becomes less overwhelming as your taste gets accustomed to it. I decided I do like it, but it's still crazy. There's some lingering bitterness with the sour, and just a hint of honey in the finish as well.

M- Bubbly, light, harshly carbonated, like a perrier. Finish is a bit dry.

D- I highly reccomend that you try this. You may not like it, but it's certainly an experience that every beer lover should have. I'll have it again, even at $5 per 12 oz bottle. That should tell you something...

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Photo of masikon
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle, came in the proper branded glassware. A very light tea-like yellow with a mondo bright white head that just sat atop the beer forever causing me to have to wipe my nose off after the first few sips. Smell is soft and very herbal/floral and fresh. An interesting style that I had not tried before, still retains those typical belgian notes but this is even more abundant than expected with herbal/medicinal qualities. Overall, interesting and fun but finishing the whole glass became a slight chore.

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

from the Blue Light a couple months ago

a: A meringue like eggshell head fills my big ass snifter, receding very slowly to leave a nice layer. Light lacing clings to the glass. The beer is a bright golden in color, with sparse floaters.

s: Smells damn good...almost like a farmhouse saison that's been hopped up a bit. Gently sweet, candylike pale Belgian malts carry subtle yet intoxicating waves of ethanol and a sharp, spicy hop aroma. Fabulous barnyard funk...I mean really really good and perfectly matched to the hop and malt profiles.

m: Mouth-filling, smooth carbonation and a lighter medium body. Quite nice.

t: Pale Belgian malts under a healthy does of American style hops, delicately floral and slightly piney into the finish. A bit mineral in the early part of the sip, adding to the depth and drinkability. Nice touch of funk flirts around after swallowing, with a high bitterness for a beer from the area coming in.

d: easy as pie...the smell and taste scores certainly approach being worthy of a bump upwards could do it. This one got me thinking of a BIPA modeled after a Two Hearted or Mash House Hoppy Hour...mmm

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Photo of Duster72
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bomber from Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, NC.

Pours a straw color with a MASSIVE white head that takes 3-5 minutes to subside. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is farmy with corriander and cloves. Taste is funky, with definite belgian qualities. Typical wheats, cloves, corriander, banana with earthy hops adds up to a definite funk. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side with over carbonation. Fine enough to drink.

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

Poured froma 11.2 oz bottle with a 9.5% abv. This is a Belgium IPA here man. Good clear straw color with lots of creamy white suds that are already leaving lacing behind.
Smell is like a great belgium wheat beer with corriander and clove and banana. Weird is the operative word here. Still a great smelling IPA.
Taste is very sweet like some banana Ice cream. The Hops are in there for sure but this is a very strong beer here so they are in the backgound. The clove is here as well as the alcohol burn. Fantastic drink. Mabey just a bit too much alcohol though.
Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with just a tad of oilyness to the finish.
Not a session beer but still a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a huge, white, foamy head three fingers in depth with excellent retention. It leaves webs and webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is a hazy gold. Looks great.

Smell - horseblanket, with hints of figs and apricots. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - as promised by the smell - horseblanket, with tiny hints of figs and apricots. Small hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with a great deal of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - high abv holds down sessionability, but even if it didn't, this doesn't offer much aroma and flavor beyond horseblanket, so to me it's merely a decent beer, and not one I'd seek out often.

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

Thanks to Julia and Jason at Bruisin Ales for trying this out with me tonight. Poured was a delicously looking golden yellow with a huge white foamy head that never faded and lots of sticky white lace. Lots of hop in the aroma, but not your citrus hop bomb, this was..how do you say a bit more refined it seemed. Lots of subtle back flavors, banana, fig, pears were evident in the flavor along with the extremely pleasant hop flavor. Absolutly no presence of the alcohol could be detected which was a shock at over 9%. Such a delicous and complex offering here, light and frothy feel on the palate, lots of carbonation and just a smooth silky feel.This is truly a belgian made for me. A great kinda crossover for the hophead to try and branch out into something new. Would definatly recommend this for anyone to try, and need to pick up a bottle.

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

Clean mostly clear golden brew, huge head even from a cap fixed bottle. Head is rocky foam, billows very white up over the rim of the glass. Incredibly full retention and lacing. Very impressive.

Strong aroma of Continental hops, especially grassy, citric, and floral notes. Slightly funky, but focused on the noble oils.

While the hop presence is huge in this one, Saaz and co. are less intrusive on the overall flavor than the American hops that inspired the Belgian IPA. Very earthy flavors, grass and spicey pepper along with a flowery depth and citric spark that leaves this one smooth and easy to drink, but still giving the taste buds something to think about. Malt is a near no-show, very pale flavor that grows sweeter with a little warmth.

Speaking of warmth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Scary for 9% plus, just a smooth and drinkable ale. The body is soft without being pushed over, just enough backbone to not be one-sided and bitter. Outstanding Belgian beer, and outstanding IPA. Next time I'm going for the 750 mL.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This holiday special was poured into a wine glass as a last resort and shared with a friend on Christmas day.

I get 2 inches of body and 4 inches of light tan head that jumps out of the glass literaly. Nose is up front wheat in the raw and very yeasty, includes a light hoppy feel with metalic mineral notes. Leaves nice lace after the head finally fades a bit. Smooth mellow mouth feeling is softly balanced with bitter hops and yeasty wheat feel. This is very well balanced and overall silky even with the sharp bitter bites here and there. Not what I expected by the name but yummy none the less. Super easy drinking mellow mouthfeel.

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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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