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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +11%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of ihscout426
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first try at this style and so I was not sure what to expect.

It poured a clear deep yellow with a billowing 3/4" head of foam.

The nose was fruity, more from the yeast than the hops.

the taste started with a bitter hop and then finished with a fruit and pilsner malt mix.

I would define this beer as a bitter pilsner with a belgian yeast underpinning. I would not place this in the realm of IPA's. a fun beer to try but one is plenty for one sitting. I would try again if have the chance, but not something that would go into my regular rotation.

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Photo of kleffman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this at the Liar's Club, and poured into a Blanche De Chambly flute glass.

The appearance is very light in color from their use of exclusively Pilsner malt, and it's very bubbly and champagne like.

Smell - Very nice hop aroma with the standard belgian yeast tones that I've come to expect in a Belgian IPA. The aroma comes from Saaz and Spalt, plus a Magnum dry hop. Although they were going for the "west coast IPA" aroma it's not quite what I expected, but still very fresh and nice.

Taste - Nice rounded bitterness and hop flavor that really shines through because of the light malt used. Very citrusy and has a little of the belgian fruitiness from their house yeast. The alcohol is there but hidden well considering it's 9.5%.

mouthfeel - very dry. Did I mention dry? It's bubbly, and fun to drink though. Not what I was expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. I would order again, although I have no idea how much it ended up costing since it was on a tab.

Although I was told it's bottom fermented the bottle actually says top fermented.

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Photo of supercolter
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to go a bit against the grain here. This was decent but not great
The best quality this beer had was its head. Quite fluffy and billowing.
Smell is ok. Although i had just had a Surly Cynic Ale and so my nostrils and taste buds were a bit weary.
Mouthfeel is average, a bit on the light side.
Drinkablity for 9.5% was pretty good.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium IPA and to be honest I had no idea what to expect.
Poured a lemon yellow clear liquid topped with a finger of small, tight white bubbles that melted to a sticky ring in the glass.
Aroma is the first surprise. Distinctively Belgium in yeast but an added soft earthiness and some sweet citrus. Really unusual and nice.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy as well as tingly from lots of tiny carbonation.
Taste is another surprise. Soft Belgium blonde notes with soft and sweet pale malts greet you initially then give way to nicely bitter citrus hops...not west coast kind of bitterness, but fresh and clean bitterness. I'm also catching a hint of some spices here...corriander and cloves mostly.
Everything about this bottle is bright and fresh tasting.
If this is indicative of the style, I like a Belgium IPA very much and will have to seek out more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light golden yellow with a thick foamy head that descends to a thin foamy cover.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt, spices, fresh-cut hay and tropical fruits.

The taste is lemony-orange citrus. Clove spiciness. Sweet with a balancing bitter hop kick. Alcohol present, but soft. Dry finish.

Creamy and velvety smooth.

A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast/malt and American hops. Spicy, bittersweet. Unique and delicious.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a modified tulip it forms a chunky, loose, white head. Retention is outstanding. Golden body with medium sized carbonation. Tasty looking.

Smell is of spices and light fruits. Kind of a mix between a belgian pale and a tripel....in the nose at least.

Tasted very spicey, dry and full of hops. Soft and fairly light up front but then theres a humongous zap with the combination I just mentioned. First the spices, then the fruits and huge cleansing snap of hop bite. The taste lingers into the aftertaste and is a task to clean this baby up but eventually you'll be ready for another pull. Patience. As it warmed there was a more hefty load of cloves and it became a bit sweeter but to be honest it needed some of it.

Notes: Excellent. A great new style and this is a shining example of it. Bring on more fresh versions and it will be purchased in this household.

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Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

strong noble hops of pepper and grass
yeast ester spice -
slight clove and fruit patch
good bitter finish
with slightly sweet malt
all comes together
to form a nice call

pours a straw rich yellow
with a nice foaming head

smells of the yeast spice
phenol hop bread

mouthfeel is balanced
with a nice carbonation

drinks exceptionally easy
for the ABV situation

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Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Caged and corked. The cork slides off very easily -- pfffft -- from this 750 ml bottle. Into a Duvel tulip it pours. The body is light golden with a BIG 3-finger fluffy white head. Excellent head retention as lots of bubbles rise to refortify things. In fact, a 1-finger head stays throughout most of the experience, with a meringue-like pillowy clump in the middle of the glass. Lots of foamy lacing sticks to the glass on the way down. Nice to look at in a lot of ways.

S: Floral, spicy and a bit funky. Something fruity in the nose that I can't quite place; I finally settle on apricot. Some yeasty cloves too.

T: I expected a more juicy jop profile having read about Hildegard's Pacific Northwest inspiration. It's far more crisp and dry than American hop-bombs. Early on I can taste that Belgian yeast and a grain-like malt sweetness. I don't really think I sense the alcohol in the taste (though it is felt in the belly pretty quickly), but then I did note a "bite" of black pepper. There is a definite hop presence, but that presence is a woody, grassy, lemony raw bitterness that lingers as a somewhat tart taste, bringing to mind green apple skins. Burps are spicy.

M: Light-to-medium in feel. A general spritziness -- along with the hop bitterness -- makes it feel dry, clean and crisp.

D: Good, especially for a beer of 9.5% ABV. The second glass went down more slowly than the first, however.

Notes: I wrote down "Like a Duvel on 'roids" and in some ways I think that's a decent description.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a Westvleteren chalice from an 11.2 ounce bottle. Poured a murky/hazy golden straw color. A good inch and a half of bright white, dense, bubbly head formed. Somewhat quickly dissipated into a thick pillowy lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles streamed up from the bottom of the glass. Smell was almost fruity. Candy sugar, tons of malt, and a mild hoppiness with rich yeasty notes. Taste was comparable. Sugary sweetness, smooth mild hops balanced nicely with a smooth maltyness. High carbonation that left a little burn on the tongue. Seemed a little thin and light in the mouth. Very well hidden alcohol for being 9.5 percent abv. Decent drinkability but almost too carbonated for me. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 bucks a bottle at Rock Island Brewing Company.

Pours darkish red with a very, very nice head. I actually held it up for everyone at the table to see. This is what a head should be, I said. It was really nice.

The hops were there, but not really in the IPA sense. Not even in the Belgian IPA sense. These were pretty much straight up spice, with only a hint of bitterness cutting through the candy sweet belgian yeast and malt. Pretty good, but uneven.

Tastes like it smells: pretty good, but uneven. The yeast and malt are very brownsugary sweet, and if they were cut into more sufficiently by the hops it'd be great but instead the hops serve only to compliment them.

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Photo of mnstorm99
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz Bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Nice light orange, white head that hangs on to the glass with some good lacing throughout
S - Sweet, Spicy I didn't notice moch in terms of the hops very subtle. kind of a week aroma.
T - Good sweetness, with a hint of hops, expecting more in terms of the name, but a good spicy sweet belgian flavor, nothing overpowering
M - Good malty feel in the mouth, touch of spice left on the tounge. A little over carbonated though
D - More drinkable to me, compared to many other Belgians I have tried, as it isn't as sweet as many of the others.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in a tasting tulip. 750ml bottle, corked and caged from 2006 with the lasered I.D. tag 07LE. Incredible amounts of sediment at the bottom of this specimen.

Appearance- Upon releasing the cork, the head rises up the neck of the bottle and begins to creep out... the massive chunks of yeast that were just moments ago resting are now somersaulting inside. In the glass, we have four fingers of monstrous head that implodes over time into a marshmallowy grave, leaving behind a masterful weave of spiderweb lacing. Pale gold, the beer is absolutely *littered* with large yeast particles. An enigma, I'm not sure whether to kill the appearance completely based on this fact alone.

Smell- The weighted use of Magnum hops dominates the nose, showcasing a full and almost stale hoppy aroma. Unfortunately, there are no complexities to enjoy here... definitely an unimpressive showing.

Taste- First, I must say that the chunks of yeast stumbling across my tongue is a big hindrance to this tasting. I have taken good care in not disturbing the bottle and pouring carefully... but still it's a real factor here. Spicy, with a subdued but forceful hop profile. There is a nice Belgian introduction in the first few seconds of entering the mouth, distinctive and enjoyable... but then the hammer falls and America's Northwest sinks all chances of balance and elegance. It simply doesn't work here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- At first, this beer was drinking almost to perfection... creamy, slick, and responsive. I'm now halfway through the bottle one hour later and it's lost most of its carbonation and, consequently, its interest. You must be gentler than usual with pouring this one, as not only the yeast plays a role but so does the aggressive head. A challenge to review, and maybe more of a nemesis to just relax and enjoy.

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Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Map Room. Pours golden and surprisingly clear, with a finger and a half of white, slightly lacing head.

The aroma is light continental hops and some mixed malts-- shockingly little Belgian character. I didn't pick up much candi sugar or ester character here, and the herbal hop aroma was noticeably lighter than some of the other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Tastes like it smells, light malts and noble hops with almost no bananas, spices, or candi sugar. This is really neither Belgian nor an IPA, and as much as I trust the Map Room, I have to wonder if the keg is old or if the beer is really just this timid.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and brightly carbonated.

Drinkable, I guess, but (at least from this sample) not worth drinking. I love Belgian IPAs, but De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe both much better, much more interesting examples of the style. Everyone's raved so much about this beer that I feel obligated to try it again (maybe in a bottle), but so far I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel Hop-It pours a golden yellow with a huge white head from a brown 750 ml bottle. The aroma is hoppy and so is the taste. There is a huge hop flavor, but it's definitely different than the typical American IPA. The noble hops definitely are a different twist than I'm used to in an IPA, but it's quite a pleasant twist. Recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma is beautiful with spices flying around everywhere and a nice display of hops as well. Upon the first sip, the flavors just explode in your mouth. Much like the aroma, spices dance all over the tongue and the hops are there to give it an extra punch. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted brew that is extraordinarily drinkable despite it's high ABV. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, most recently on tap at Max's.

The beer pours an impressive brilliant gold color, just a bit on the light side. Absolutely fabulous head retention and lacing, very creamy looking . On the nose one gets a bit of leafiness, spice, citrus and sweet Belgium candy. Very complex on the nose. On the palate, the beer starts off as your rather typical delicious Belgim blond. It's light and sweet on the palate, but with a gripping mouthfeel. Then the hops kick in.... big time. One suddenly notices this huge avalanche of hops on the back palate, and all of the sudden the beer tastes very dry. It finishes very crisply, and is very clean on the finish.

This is just an excellent beer, one I am always happy to see whenever I see it on tap.... whether on the left coast or the right. Just a very solid beer.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with huge fluffy head that dissipates slowly.

Great hoppy aroma with malt for a pleasant balanced appeal.

Taste is well balanced for an IPA. Hops, of course, most notable; with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation.

Great drinkability, my first experience with a Belgian IPA.

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

Poured from a tall, corked 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Home.

Tons of head immediately into the pour, nearly half the glass. Color is a golden straw. Head begins to settle after a little with nice tight bubbles and thick Belgian lace. I noticed a huge amount of yeast sediment - didn’t think I disturbed it that much during the pour.
Aroma is both sweet and spicy. Familiar Belgian ethers combined with fruity/resin hop scent.
Sweet honey/fruity flavor typical of a Belgian tripel, but has a good mix of spicy, peppery hops. Not overwhelming in either direction, very good mixture of the styles on the beer spectrum. Finishes pretty dry.
Mouthfeel is thick and fully coating. Not overly carbonated.
Fairly drinkable.

All in all, good Belgian IPA. Not as exciting as I had anticipated or hoped, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard this beer is only for export to the US, but I still bought a bottle in Holland.

A golden yellow beer with a lot of carbonation and a thick and stable head.

Smell of resinous, grassy raw hops which pretty much dominates the smell. The yeast adds a nice fruitiness and malts are way in the back. There is something slightly oxidized in the smell.

Taste is pretty bitter, but not as bitter as expected. The hops are mostly present in the aroma, resinous, grassy hops. Malt comes through more than in the smell. This cannot be called balance, because the hops still dominate the taste. The yeast gives the beer it's Belgian character, a fruity and spicy hint, remiscent of Belgian yeast. Body is quite thin and there is this oxidized taste again.
A nice Belgian tripel on steroids, I was not blown away.

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

Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this beer. I have sampled it several times but this bottle all to my self gave me enough perspective to properly review it. Thanks again Adam

Allowed to warm and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden color. Translucent. Huge head in my tulip glass. Massive heavy lacing. The carbonation is intense and aggressive in it goal rapidly reach the top and fuel the head.

Smell: Grassy hops, lemon and a light pale malt aroma with a biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty with a grainy malt base, pineapple, and a Belgian malt, sugar, fruity taste and a big grassy hop flavor and an orange rind bitterness. There is a warmth from the alcohol but little flavor coming through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is extremely big fluffy. The aftertaste is long and sweet, and eventually, after the sweetness fades a lingering dryness is left on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable beer for 9.5% ABV. I enjoyed one 12once bottle and I easily enjoy a full 750 ml bottle.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Draft at the Green Leafe Williamsburg: Bright golden with a gluey white head. Spicy on the edges with an undertow of hoppiness. Doesn’t come off quite right, but a fun experiment. Re-rated from a corked/caged bottle on 4/15/2007: Poured 100% white foam head and still erupted from the bottle for a while. Aroma is oddly like smoked sausage. Drinking thru the whipped cream head, I get the same basic impression as before; like a Belgian golden ale with an addition of American style hops. I’m upping my rating a bit ... this is good stuff.

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

insane pour. this beer pours foamy goodness with very good lacing. smells of coriander and citrus with a hint of pine. tastes the same as the smell. it is like a cross between titan ipa and duvel. very different. could only drink one bottle but would never turn one down. never pass it up if you have the chance.

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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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