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

A 33 cL stub-nose bottle.

A: The ale has a huge, huge, HUGE head. The thick white billowy foam overtakes the glass when only 1/3 of the bottle is poured. The ale itself is a very pale yellow, almost a weizen color, with a slight haze.

S: The aroma is an earthy hop mixed with some honey-like spices. The combination of hops and spices makes for a spritzy sweet aroma.

T: The ale is an excellent example of a tripel-IPA hybrid, showing off the best of both styles. The tripel characteristics are honey, coriander and alcoholic strenght. Each comes through at the start and end of a sip, providing a candi sugar alpha and omega. In between, the IPA profile kicks in, whipping up a frenzy with some earthy and citrusy hops. The bigger American hops seem incredibly out-of-place in a continental ale, but the flavors are very nicely made.

M: The first time I had this beer, it hit me the wrong way. I was not expected the muted continental IPA-tripel approach. Since then, the flavors have really grown on me and the tripel's sweetness mixes well with the IPA's hoppiness.

D: This hybrid is a veritable smorgasbord of flavors, showing big tripel sweetness and IPA spiciness. I prefer the beer out of a 75 cL bottle, but it does remarkably well in the small bottles.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a longstanding Northwest resident I can assure one and all that Hop-It doesn’t stray too near to the NW-style IPAs that apparently influenced it’s design. The Flemish yeast strain, pilsner malts and Czech and German hops won’t allow any serious comparison to an IPA, let alone a Northwestern hop demon. About the only thing Northwestern in this ale is the infusion of high alpha Magnum hops, which contribute bittering but apparently no flavor. If the label on the corked bottle didn’t specify a Northwest IPA influence, no comparison could logically be made.

Hop-It is a fine Belgian ale, pale golden, with roiling carbonation and a supersized volcanic dome of whipped suds that dominates the glass moreso than the beer itself. This makes the pour a delicate affair, but worth the effort for the tart Flemish aroma with Saaz spice and the zesty flavor energized with a light touch of candi-sugar.

As I recall, I paid about $12 for the 750 ml bottle, making this an indulgence, not a house standard. I can’t say it’s worth the money, but I certainly won’t complain about the elegant Belgian styling, the festive crown of foam, or graceful drinkability. The gently contoured, quaffable body spewing starched, cavernous lace was quite pleasing as well. But there’s no need to think of this as something of a Northwest influenced Belgian IPA. It isn’t.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying many bottles and draught pours, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this fine brew. Just in time before the, hoppier version hits the shelves!

Poured clear, light gold with an enormous, white frothy head. I could talk about head retention here, or I could simply mention the fact the head took on a life of its own and continued to grow. Expect frothy chunks of foam on your glass walls.

Fruity esters are bountiful in the nose with hints of apple, pears and grape. Sweet malt and funky yeast balance a nice bouquet of citrusy hops and spicy alcohol. Traces of pepper, coriander and clove add to a nice complexity.

Again, the fruity esters really stand out. Green apple and red grape mingle with citrus rind, candied sugar, caramel, clove, coriander and sweet malt. The funky yeast lends a character similar to bread dough. A welcome hop bitterness takes over in the finish and serves to mask a bit of spicy alcohol flavor. The finish is slightly dry, begging for another sip. I'm really impressed with the range of flavors. From sweet fruit to a blast of hops, this brew delivers.

The carbonation comes on strong in the beginning but seems to spend itself rather quickly. While the mouthfeel is pleasing, it lacks the creamy fizziness implied by the amazing head.

This divine concoction is dangerously drinkable. While this review pertains to the bottled version, I've spent many hours drinking these on draught. At 9.5%, these tend to drink like a session brew.

I've been really impressed with Urthel and this is no exception. I can't wait until Hildegard's latest formula reaches these shores!

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Photo of kernalklink
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Belgian IPA- what a unique style. Great spicy clove aromas with a signature sourness from the yeasts. Paired with a moderate hoppy punch and citrusy sweet charaters, the two brews blended very nicely. The fruitiness played well with the bitter hops all the way to the finish. Not overly sweet or heavy, but the alcohol is easily is noted. Wonder what makes the Belgian drinkers so hop-phobic because this stuff is delicious.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 3/3/07.

A: Very pale straw-gold in color. Rocky two finger that recedes to nothing but leaves sheets of sticky lace.

S: Hoppy nose. Mildly soapy. Vaguely yeasty aroma.

T: Spicy belgian yeast, mildly bitter hops, tart apples, and spices (clove?)

M: Tart, dry, and refreshing. Should prove to be an excellent warm weather beer.

D: Drinkability is good. The alcohol is present, but, also very well hidden for 9.5%.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urthel Hop-It was on tap at Lucky Baldwin's for the Belgian Beer Festival.

The beer came as a clear pale gold with a very nice fluffy white head with good retention. The taste was of hops and alcohol kind of melded together, with a strong berry undertone. Similar to Duvel in the sense that it was almost champagne-y, although the hops stood out a little more. Quite drinkable for a 9.5%.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to face it, I don't like Belgian beers. Much hyped, and not too bad really. But it's just too sour for me. Yes, I do appreciate the uniqueness and craftsmanship, but I simply don't dig it.

Nice presentation, well rimmed, nice lacing. Big time fruits on the nose, honeydew, green grapes and Granny Smith apple. Sickly sweet bosy, finshed off by a spicy kick with Ron Jeremyesque hop finish.

If you dig hoppy Belgians, this is for you.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Appears a beautiful, cloudy amber with two full fingers of fluffy, dense off white head. Has a very spicy, hoppy aroma that carries on into the flavor. Tastes of fruity, peppery hops, rich malt, and a hint of apricot. Finish is dry and bitter. Quite refreshing considering the high alcohol. Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Really drinkable for it's strength.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color: hazy golden apple
appearance: HUGE four finger head if you poured slowly. The head was like a creature from hell. Just when you think it would disapate the head turned into a creamy bliss. ( rootbeer float) ahh!
Nose: fresh lemons, orangepeel, wet leather.
Taste: Lemon merange pie, into a spicy midpalate of white pepper,and fresh baked bread quality. Not much malt backbone but the creamy head that never goes away balances the bitter hops. If this brew had more of a malt-backbone this would of scored a perfect 5 for me.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pilsner-y golden color with a bubbly body. Atop is a light cream head that nearly overflows the glass and leaves some of the thickest lacing I've ever seen. Aroma is very belgium; floral boquets are complemented by organic lavender and fruity pear.

The taste is (like most belgiums) difficult to nail down. Alcoholic notes strong, with a slight fruit note. A different hoppiness than the hoppy American microbrews, to be sure. Huge bubbly feel, courtesy of the bottling under pressure, dry and crisp. I will have this again...it's fun to drink and discuss.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. The head is gigantic and leaves great lacing. The smell is filled with corriander, Belgian candy sugar, lemon,pepper, and alcohol. A nice and different smell,thu not too strong. The taste is a typical Belgian, lemon,corriander,alcohol,bread yeast, and abit of hops. The taste is good,but it's not as hoppy as I expected. The m/f is medium and the taste does a good job of hiding the alcohol,but I really expected more out of this beer. It's good,but not great.

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

On tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel
Served into a tulip glass

Smell is off the beaten path for a Belgian, fairly hoppy with a sweet yeasty smell

Taste is great, take a normal Belgian Pale Ale and Americanize it. While this won't make you pucker up like the guy on the bottle, it really does have a good hop bite. But then again, these are Belgian hops, which are weaker than our fatter, pungent, smack you sister for calling you a dildo hops which we all know and love.

Overall, I love this beer, and always keep a bottle of it on hand, so it was a special treat to find it on tap. Find it, Get it, Be glad you did.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml fattie into an Orval glass (chose the glassware out of ingnorance and taste). The appearance is slightly hazy pale orange with clumpy islands of foam on top. The smell is not as overly hoppy as I expected, it's more muted with a sweet Belgian yeastie aroma in the background. The taste is sweet and malty, slight bite of hops, with Belgian yeast in the mix and a slightly sour taste on the back-end. Really nice thick mouthfeel and delicious flavor keep the drinkability high, although the high alcohol content (not detected in the flavor) could be dangerous.

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Photo of klewis
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle. Production code 23CF

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a massive foamy head that takes up half the pint glass. Columns of active carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass. Yep, it's a Belgian. Great sustain with thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Not getting much hops in the smell; Belgian yeast, banana, and strong phenols. Smells like a typical Belgian pale ale.

T: Still reminds me of a typical Belgian ale. Spicy with a strong but pleasant phenolic character. No hops flavor at all, but there is a bit of hops bitterness in the finish. Still, I fail to perceive the 80 IBU's advertised on the label.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation (for a Belgian).

D: This is quite a good beer, although a bit more hop presence would be nice. At $4 for a 11.2 oz. bottle, however, this is one that is passable unless you really are itching to try it.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This is a beer I have been wanting to try for a while a Belgian Super IPA.

The cork almost exploded out of the bottle, a quick sniff of the cork gives me a strong odor of pineapple.

In the glass this beer foams furiously leaving a cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with an exceptionally tall white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong pineapple aroma. This is full on with the fruit smells mostly pineapple and lemon with a little black pepper. Doesn't really smell like an IPA, just a new Belgian break all the rules beer.

Taste is sweet woody and bitter at the beginning. Strong and lemony with a solid bitterness and a cooked pineapple flavor about sums up the taste of this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this IS a weird beer. Not quite an IPA but not a Belgian Pale Ale either. I CAN say that this is the most pineapple tasting beer I have ever tasted. Would I buy a bottle of this to give it a retest? Maybe but I REALLY would jump on a Three Floyd Dreadnaught first.

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

I had a bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick, four-finger head that fades to an irregular film leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Fruity with peppery spice, alcohol and light hops.

Taste: Sweet fruits upfront, there are some cherry notes. The finish is peppery before moving into a significant hop bitterness that has a nice interplay with some lemony tartness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Good hoppiness to provide balance.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks the bruskiator for letting me sample this at the Carolina Brewmasters Christmas Party over the weekend. Though late in the evening, here's what I liked about it:

Lots of carbonation and nice lacing. Smell is a typical belgian fruity triple, from this you wouldn't know this was a very hoppy belgian.

However, definitely a hoppy beer, which would make it a little hard to finish a big bottle. Share this with your friends . . . and enjoy.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was quite a surprise to find. The color is golden with a voracious bubble pattern that continues for the duration of the beer. A large head that leaves an interesting lacing pattern on the glass. Its curious...for a beer called "Hop-it" I am not able to make out any hoppyness in the taste at all. The initial taste is a bit like citrus. The end is much more bitter, but its not a hoppy bitterness but more of a yeasty bitterness. The finish is terrific, with more of a lingering lemon-like taste. Quite a beer!

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at a beer bar in Brussels (see BeerSpy), the stubby brown 33cl bottle sports a brown and orange label featuring a happy cartoon character holding a mug above the name. "Superior hoppy Belgian blond" is printed along the side. I'd agree.

Pours a slightly cloudy vaguely orange gold under a huge three finger white head with great contour and lace as it slowing fades along the sides, leaving a tower in the middle reminiscent of the bad lands. Truly spectacular appearance from first pour to final sip. The nose does not keep pace, as it is disappointingly mild, with just a hint of fruit and spice, but nothing identifiable as hops. The mouth is very prickly and slightly syrupy, leaving a bit of residue on the tongue. The opening taste is mildly sweet and fruity, followed by a slow crescendo of spicey, then espresso, then acrid hops, culminating in a very dry, very crisp aftertaste of bitter. Never overwhelming, the hops are nonetheless the dominant taste. What a nice change of pace in Belgium.

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

Golden colored clear bodied beer. A huge frothy white head took a few minutes to settle down. Extremely high amount of carbonation bubbling to the surface. Lcacing is huge clumps.

A very fragrent blend of fruit. Mainly a banana aroma, that has noticable notes of apples and pears. A light bitter hops scent is subdued next to the banana.

Strong yeasty malt first taste. The first mouthful does develope into a lighter fruitier taste. White grape jelly quality on toast. Alcohol strength is definitly noticable.

Body is average viscocity against the surfaces. A nice carbonated beer that moves flavors around.

Great offering. A nice beer to go with a Greek salad. Definitly a must try if looking for an emerging style. Name is a little much, as the hops are slightly downplayed against other flavors and scents.

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Photo of calinative68
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle on Thanksgiving Day.

I have had Stone's Ruination IPA several times before, so I thought this would be along the same lines: good hop characteristics.

A - Nice golden tone to it with an explosive head, I think it wasn't cool enough when we decanted it.
S- Floral, which is expected.
T- Hops dominate this brew so much I don't get anything else.
D - Not a chance, too heavy on the hops that I couldn't really enjoy it. So much so, we opened up a Arrogant Bastard after this and it didn't have the same bite that it normally does. If you want to experiment and try something at will kick your tongue in the ass, then go for it. Bottom line, this was too hoppy for me.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a hazy pale yellow color. The head is a billowy four fingers in height, and recedes very slowly. Lacing is thick, lasting until the last sip is gone, and leaving rings and clouds of foam on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very earthy and yeasty. The taste is where is hops are in this beer. The earthy and yeasty notes which are upfront in the aroma are in the background in the taste. They are nearly covered up by a green, resiny, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly ligher than medium bodied, with nice carbonation. Overall, it is as if the normal flavors of a Belgian ale and the hops are at war with one another, and, like in all war, everyone is the loser. Nothing in this beer seems to be in harmony with anything else. A fellow BA once said, "I can tell you if a beer is made well, and I can tell you if I like it." I can tell that this is a well made beer, and I bet a loe of other hop heads out there love it, but I don't.

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Photo of dherling
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy with a deep orange-golden hue. A huge head tops the beer with lots of lacing covering the sides. The nose is fruity and sweet with spicy hints of citrus fruit and pepper. the taste
has a subtle sweetness that turns a citrus hoppy middle full of flavor. Finishes with apricot, fruity and hoppy and finally lingering bitterness that lasts long. Mouthfeel was fairly creamy, but enough bite through to the finish.

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Photo of velo343
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been intrigued by hoppy belgians lately, so I wanted to give this one a try.

Poured from a 750ml, it had a huge, creamy white head that was extremely stiff--like whipped cream. Color is a nice golden hue.

Smell is citrusy and fruity, a bit of banana, not unlike that of a hefeweizen. Phenols are definitely present. A faint hop smell is also noticed. Oh, and alcohol.

At first, there is a yeast-like taste that is followed up by malt. Finally, the bitterness of the hops comes through, but it is not overwhelming at all, quite well balanced with the other flavors. While it is initially quite thick tasting, the beer finishes off dry.

I really enjoyed this beer, but I don't know that I could have more than one glass. It's not overly hoppy, but along with the high abv, it adds up over time. Definitely something I'm going to get again.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a peachish orange color. Frothy and fizzy one and a half finger white head. Really good retention with rising bubbles. Fine lacing.
S: Big citrus notes with a good chunk of belgian phenols. Melon, lemon, grapefruit, orange, and slight banana can be detected.
T/M: Crisp and slick through the mouth with a nice splash of hops. Belgian yeast-like flavors coupled with some fruit. Wheaty malt notes. Finish is dry with an aftertaste of dried wheat on the tongue. Bitterness of the hops can be detected after the crisp carbonation blast and in the aftertaste. Sugary like residue left on the lips. Abv can be highly detected on the last sip--actually made me say, "woooh".
D: All in all a fine tasty hopped up belgian. Had this in a small bottle--not sure I could drink a big guy by myself. A fine brew.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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