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 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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Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from my sister as a birthday present and I can say with confidence that it was greatly appreciated. Nice looking bottle that almost seems worth the price of admission to begin with. I was amazed at the amount of head the pour produced.
Using the recommended Urthel glass which I got with the bottle, it was almost impossible to pour the slightest amount with an immense amount of carbonation going up. After a tedious pour, this thing had the most fluffy, creamy white head. Cloudy and golden in color leaving some sticky lacing.
Interesting smell considering this is my first Belgian IPA. Spicy hops with some earthy, fruity undertones. I can't explain it but it's not a bad thing in my nose's opinion.
Definitely a Belgian taste with a smaller American influence. Seems like a tripel with some hops. Sweet, spicy, hoppy, it's all balanced pretty well and is nothing my tastebuds have come across before.
Slightly dry mouthfeel as expected. It's always interesting when you feel like you're pulling a beer through an inch thick layer of frothy cream. More gentle carbonation accompanied by a slight alcohol burn which is actually more noticable after swallowing than in the mouth.
I shared this bottle and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I'm sure I could handle one myself. While a Belgian IPA is not my drink of choice this one seems to be very drinkable. Recommended, for sure.

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Photo of rousee
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful gold color with a thick lush alive looking head--just about perfect looking as the head retains extremely well with an amazing amount of continual carboanation. Thick lush merengue pie like lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is that of wood with some barn like essences too. Nothing akin to horseblanket or anything like that but more of a outdoorsy rustic scent.

Taste is an initial sharp prick of hops followed by a floral middle and finishes dry and crisp. Elements of honey and some vinous quality is noticed also. There is also a good amout of alcohol heat but it is concealed pretty well as it is felt more in your chest than it is on your palate.

The mouthfeel on this is really cool. The head retains so well that when you sip it your lips touch this nice soft foam head and it is quite pleasant. If it wasnt for a slightly chalky mouthfeel on the finish I would score a 5 here for sure.

Drinkability unfortunately cant be scored too highly as this baby is 9.5 % --I would say its better than average for a beer of this magnitude.

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

750 ml bottle shared w/ Cooperrip.

Huge bone-white head. Rocky and foamy with great retention. Once it did fade, it left behind a DNA strand patchwork of lace that was still on the glass the next morning.
Murky yellowy-orange body. A bit cloudy but clean.
Musty hop nose. Earthy slightly sour background like over-ripe apples.
More sweet on the tongue than hoppy. Fruity, musty apple funk. At 9.5%, the alcohol is hidden nicely behind the spicy and slightly hoppy yeasty sweetness.

Rather dry, and EXREMELY drinkable. Nice combonation of styles.

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Photo of mhaws000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellowish orange with huge amounts of head that overtake the glass and dont dissipate. Left a thick almost meringue-like head that repeatedly stuck to the end of my nose. By far the most intense foam I have ever experienced

S-I really start to see the combination of styles come through here. The sweet honey banana notes of the Tripel combined with the spicy florals of the hops.

T-Sweetness of a typical Belgian is obvious but not dominating like most belgians. The hops have come through and are bully themselves into the picture to create a much more interesting taste profile. I dont really notice much alcohol considering the 9.5 ABV

M-Fairly light and crisp except for the fluffy creaminess that the ever-present head creates with each sip.

D-Very good. The combination of the two styles creates a very interesting blend in this beer. As a huge fan of the American IPAs I really enjoyed this one. All of the delicious hoppy bitterness but displayed in an entirely different way than I am used to. Not a beer I would go for very frequently and a casual drinker probably would not enjoy it but it was a very enjoyable and interesting choice for me.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/23/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info noted, but it is an '06 release.

Appearance- Cage comes off and no less than 10 seconds later does the cork fly out knocking off one of my pans from my hanging pot rack. I still have not found the cork yet. The color is a lemony yellow and orange mixture. Wondring if the head is supposed to grow continuously for over ten minutes after the pour. Infected? Wonderful looking pock marked tight small bubbled white head and chunky lace.

Smell- Let to warm the smell comes out much better. 45 degrees doesn't compare to 55 degrees. Fairly yeasty and somewhat bready or biscuity. Classic Belgian pale ale scent with some white pepper and other spices. Hops are there, but not as much as expected. Light lemon scented fruits are also present.

Taste- Ahh, the hops are there. Lots of saaz hops as it kind of tastes like a cross between a imperial pils and a belgian pale ale. Seems more sugary when drank cooler and more bitter and tart when had at room temp. Good amount of peppery flavor with some powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as thought it would be. Left to warm it almost has a lighter carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste that lasts just long enough.

Drinkability- Gave this fairly high marks because it's only the second Belgian IPA I have had and liked it a bit better than the La Chouffe offering. Great flavors..very well done.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with Stopper. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter I get a cloudy gold color with creamy bleached white head that rests as a surface layer that leaves some tight lattice as I drink. Aroma is light and fruity with white grapes and pear but also a little boozy. First sip reveals an average body with slight syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet and candi sugar is prevelant but does allow for some general fruitiness and a fairly bitter finish in the middle. The finish is lingering sweet fruit. A very easy drinker with no hint of abv.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a mildly murky mix of gold, hay, and amber.Very mildbubbling, but a great foamy head and good lacing.Looks like an IPA, with some Belgian flair.

Smell- Very floral hops mix with some spiced breads. Maybe a touch of soap. But still enticing.

Taste- Starts with a litle spiced spruce needles, then to a fresh bouquet of hop flowers. More astringent than bitter.The malts take on a grainy spiced, bread flavor.A little nutty and a few hints of green apples.

Mouthfeel- Astringent, slightly warming, and very cleansing. A nice Belgian interpretation of an IPA.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +6.4%
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 +14.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +2%
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 -6.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +5.1%
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 +23.7%
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 +4.1%
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%
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 +7.1%
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 +17.9%
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 +3.6%
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 +2%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.8%
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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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 862 ratings