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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color, the head was thick, big, and white. The nose had some earthy hops along with some grains and spice. The taste of the beer is hoppy, but not like an American hoppy brew. The hops are much more mellow, still bitter but not citrusy. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and had a bite to it. Overall this brew was pretty good, I enjoyed it for the most part but wouldn't have to order it again if I was out.

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Photo of bnes09
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy browninsh-orange, rust-colored ale with lots of floating yeast flakes. Pours a weak head which does not last long. Not much lacing either.

Sweet, subtle spicy aroma. Caramel and fig sweetness with a touch of lemon.

Ultra-rich malt backbone with caramelized bread-like character. Underlying brown sugar sweetness. Figs. Hops play a supporting role in the flavor with a lemon, orange and pine-like bitterness. Finishes with an odd sour flavor from the yeast; but does not destroy the experience.

Full-bodied almost on the syrupy end. Low-moderate level of carbonation as expected. Semi-coarse texture with a dry and flaky finish.

Descent. A little heavy and not enough hop character. Still a tasty brew.

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Photo of wcintula
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this even more so than the de Ranke XX sampled on the same night at BXL, 330 mL bottle.

Poured into an awesome Urthel-branded glass, the beer is nice and hazy, unfiltered, honey colored with white head. Noble hop aroma is strong as it is in the flavor, finishes with very light sweetness in a very well balanced Belgian IPA. High ABV is masked very well in this brew.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: belgian yeast, hops, bready malts

taste: sweet, belgian yeast, some hop flavor

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, medium body,

overall: decent brew. glad I got to try it.

the CPJ

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Photo of Brent
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unbalanced and harsh. Big hops up front, as one would expect, but there was a raw, hops oil note that grated. Fusel alchohol character followed close behind, and even at 9.5%, it seemed higher. Some sweetness and a surprisingly muted Belgian yeast flavor trailed weekly in the wake. Quite the let-down.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.31/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Urthel Hop-It

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear pale gold with big, meringue-like head that shows great retention and leaves wonderful Brussels lacing. Effervescence competes with champaign. 

S: Initially, somewhat skunky or extremely sulfury. But it opens up a bit, and these off notes ease their grip. Herbal hops and flower blossoms are revealed. 

T: A little malty sweetness and then Belgian spiciness follows up. Some herbal notes before medium-high bitterness presents itself. Finish starts weedy and ends skunky. 

M: Medium-high body and carbonation, but the beer manages to possess a relatively soft mouthfeel. 

O: This particular bottle of Hop-It is not very hoppy and, worse, suffers from skunky and sulfur characteristics. I will revisit in the future to confirm that it is subpar. 

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a light colden brown with plenty of head that lasts.

S: not a very distinct odor almost a budweiser smell

T: not as tart or bitter as an american IPA but still very tasty.

M: a light almost flat beer mouthfeel despite the excellent carbonation.

I would drink this beer again. I prefer the American IPA but can taste the belgian influence in this beer.

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

33cl bottle poured into a wine glass (from notes):

A: Pours pale yellow/straw, with just over a finger of foamy white head. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Floral and spicy hop character with lemon peel, toasted pale malts, Belgian yeast.

T: Akin to the nose, fairly big floral notes and lemon peel with a spicy quality followed by a good depth of pale malts and Belgian yeast. I get a little spice (not really banana/clove, but similar) out of the yeast with a hint of funk. A solid Belgian with a strong noble hop character. No alcohol present.

M: Medium body, moderate to slightly high carbonation. Clean and crisp mouthfeel with just a touch of sticky resins. Refreshing.

O: I never fell over when I saw this listed as 9.5% ABV. I though it was 5-7%, I would never have guessed it much higher than that. It's easily one of the best examples of hiding alcohol taste. As a Belgian IPA, it's fantastic. I've been let down by many, but this was well executed. A big, pleasant hop character backed up by a solid malt base and near-perfect yeast. Often Belgian yeast strains don't work well with lots of hops, but this has the right strain! Works in harmony.

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Photo of pkeigs
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells strongly of Noble hops, I enjoy the difference between a hopped up belgian that has the subtle spice characteristics compared to the over the top citrus bombs brewed in the U.S.

On the nose I get a nice nuttiness, maybe a little mint, and some earthy hops. Quite a bit of malt to back it up.

Tastes like it smells, nice spicy dry earthy noble hop goodness with a solid malt backbone to balance everything out. I get a little bit of the belgian yeast character but not much. Finishes dry leaving me wanting more.

I love the mouthfeel, nice and oliy, coats every part of my tongue.

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Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with some slight haze and noticeable particles. Amazing pillowy off-white head with tiny bubbles and impressive retention.

Aroma-Primary aromas are of sweet rock candy and alcohol with just a touch of raisins and caramel. Hops are rather light and exhibit a soft spicy/woody/herbal character. Ester and phenol profiles are rather subdued.

Flavor-Austere flavor is dominated by the hops and the alcohol. Faintest hint of malt sweetness is quickly swept away, first by drying alcohol, which is followed by moderate hop bitterness and grassy, woody, and spicy hop flavors. The finish is overtaken by pronounced alcohol notes-not necessarily unpleasant but quite powerful.

Mouthfeel-Moderate carbonation, medium full body. Substantial alcohol warmth coats tongue but never becomes hot.

Not as hoppy as I would have expected, and lacking much Belgian yeast character as well. Quite boozy, though it manages to be relatively inoffensive. I don't think I like it too much, but it intrigues me and keeps me tasting it.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

** edit 2-2-12. Much much better on tap. Not so boozy, better malt and hop flavor. An easy 4.5.

A- this is a beautiful beer. hazy golden amber with some suspended particulates. the big off-white head stands firm for a bit before sluggishly falling away leaving thick trails of slime behind.

S- very interesting aroma in that it smells like a strong german lager or a kellerbier! noble hops and pilsner malts are of course responsible for this but it's still a surprise. lightly toasted bread, biscuit, and cracker, apple skin, dried grass and lilies. not as hoppy as i would have expected.

T- hoppy, but not over the top. somewhat watery up front with an astringent bitterness in the middle that blends in with pineapple alcohol esters. two sips and i feel lit in my chest, 3 sips and i feel the jingle of a buzz. somewhat metallic. belgian yeast character is understated and it's unclear at this point whether or not it was meant to be pronounced. i'm going with not. some apple skin and white grape fruitiness is in there but it lacks the rounded complexities of a typical strong ale. taste and aroma are more akin to a hoppy boozed up american imperial pilsner than to any belgian IPA that i've ever had, with the malt standing meagerly behind the hops, and the hops standing semi-confident behind the alcohol. especially as it warms, there's nothing to mask the floral alcohol sweetness, which isn't as unpleasant as it has been in past experiences, but i still expected more from this quirky brewery. finishes sweet with a quickly fading bitterness that seats itself near the tonsils.

MF- voluptuous. alcoholic body and tamed fizz feel like a silk covered pillow. drying everywhere.

D- this is a tough call for me. i really want to find a belgian IPA that i like, but perhaps my expectations are too high. alcohol is way too up front and that throws off the whole balance. where is my malt, hildegard? you're still a fox but damn.

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Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter, unknown bottled date.

This pours a hazy unfiltered yeast filed green tea like color (a murky light tan), with a decent white head which dissipates down to a thin layer. The initial nose is of alcohol, then I get some grassy notes, a hint of belgian yeast esters, and a little grainy malts, definitely not an in your face amount of hops. As much as the alcohol is in the nose, I'm nervous about how well its going to be hidden. The feel is medium with plenty of tingly carbonation. The taste is okay, the alcohol is pretty present as I feared. The taste is of grainy malts, a little hops, a long dry finish with a lingering alcohol after taste. To be honest I from the few Belgian IPAs I've tried, I prefer the ones made in America over the ones made in Belgium, I don't think they're used to the West Cost style of an insane amount of hops, this is much closer to an English IPA and is far less hoppy than even an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in a brandy snifter

Pours a perfect amber with moderate head. Nose is unexpected. Was looking for more hops and obvious Belgian yeast, but instead mild hops and malts. Taste is good though for an IPA very mild hop character; malts come through nice and the alcohol is masked well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Not a bad IPA, but it won't have me switching from American to Belgian any time soon.

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy golden body with a massive initial head that condenses slowly to a skim. Speckly lacing all around.

Nose is full of noble hop goodness: grassy, spicy, floral and citric notes abount. Cloves and booze in the background. No date on the bottle, but the sharp bitterness and fresh hop flavors suggest freshness. There's a smooth, almost thickish feel, but not enough to blunt all those hops. Very little sweetness from the malt profile, but there's a nice crispness to it. A hint of funk. Good stuff. There's a rather strong booziness, though, that somewhat limits drinkability and enjoyment, though. Dial this back to 7% or so and oh, baby.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear bright gold with an inch of sticky head.
S - nothing too strong. I expected more hops. A little malty underneath some mild hops with a trace of yeast.
T - light sweet malts with a solid hoppy background and just a touch of yeast. The alcohol is a little biting in the finish, but sometimes I like my IPA's that way.
M - crisply carbonated, light bodied and smooth unlike some harsher IPA's.
D - an easily drinkable IPA.
I was expecting more of a Hop bomb, but that is just my east coast hop head coming through.
Overall it's a good smooth nicely hopped ale that will quickly be gone from my glass.

addendum: the last few ounces brings up a little sediment that wakes the Belgian yeast portion of the beer.

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

A-pours a golden orange with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of white head that sticks to the edge of the glass

S-pale malts, piney hops, light fruits

T-taste starts out with pale toasted malts and caramel sweetness but quickly gives in to the dominant hops. Still able to pick up on the sweet malts though which I like. Alcohol starts to pick up by the end.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall its a very tasty beer, not too hop heavy which was good for me, but had enough bitterness going on to make it interesting

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

pours an unfiltered orange with almost a bit of pink and little head.

smell is a bit of honey with earthy hops. light.

taste is lots of honey. almost mead-like with a hint of earthy hops.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

drinkability is ok for what it is but not great.

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Photo of rustrose
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Urthel Hop-It

12 oz bottle served in Jever pils glass. Pours gold with a thick, soapy white head of two inches that holds forever and leaves lots of lace. Very sticky foam.

Sweet grainy cheap malt smell hits on the nose first, like a malt liquor. However, this is soon enhanced with a candy-like presence that’s a dead ringer for “smarties.” Floral, almost soapy dimension. Weird. Seems to just keep evolving. Some pear in there, and that weird harsh powdery chalk/drying smell

Kind of a weird beer. Tastes of sweet grainy malts, like PBR supersized, followed by a dose of harsh herbal hops, with a little bit of candy thrown in along the way. Finish is long, confused, and cloying, with herbal hops, Necco wafers, unidentifiable fruit, and some kind of sweet multigrain bread. Just doesn’t clean up very well.

Mouthfeel is medium and highly spritzy with tons of champagne-like prickle.

Low drinkability because of the sweet and cloying aspect, with too much sweet grainy malt. This tastes like a Belgian malt liquor. Blech.

Very disappointing beer. Not sure if this is an old bottle that just isn’t doing this one justice, or if this beer just sucks. But this really lacked balance, cleanness, and digestibility, and was such a chore to drink that I’m dumping the remaining half bottle. I’ve given this one several chances in this 4-pack, and it’s just not doing it for me at all, especially after all the other great, balanced BIPAs that I’ve been trying.

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

750ml bottle

A- Clear and bright golden. Medium to big fluffy and solid white head that leaves a lot a lacing on the glass

S- Not as hoppy as expected maybe; sweet malt notes (caramel?), with a hint of spiciness to them, maybe from the alcohol. Then of course hops are there, bringing a grassy feel with some lemon and orange notes

T- Very much like the aroma; malts are solid and on the sweet side, though i can't get any particular flavour, and there is some yeast in the mix. Hops bring a decent amount of background flavours, mainly lemon and a fresh grass feel, maybe some orange. A pleasant hint of bitterness in the aftertaste

M- A very delicate feel. Soft on the palate, expecially for the style, with a medium body that i actually expected to be bigger given the 9.5%ABV, which is nowhere to be detected

O- Refreshing and an easy drink, with that classic belgian feel to it. An interesting take if you are looking for an hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter beer. Nothing mindblowing yet

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

on tap at bier market in Toronto

Solid white head in tulip glass, golden yellow color and relatively clear. A little bit sweet in the smell, not picking up as much hops as expected from description. Taste is nice balance of hop, malt with ttraditional belgian characteristicsm which is a good thing. Surprised at high abv, would have never guessed.

This is a very solid beer in it's own right, just not overwhelming, could be unfair after having Leffe before.

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

This is one of the few Urthel beers that I haven't reviewed yet, and in fact, I don't think that I have tried this one yet. I am not a big hop-head, but I am hopeful that some of the other Urthel characteristics will come through. Let's see:

Appearance: Pours mostly clear and a yellow golden color with a huge 3+" head of bone white foam on top that grew at least 1/2" after the pour. There is a solid amound of creamy foam that stands the whole way through the beer and this leaves thick sheets of lace on the glass after drinking. The lace is solid and uniform, looking like real lace. This is a pretty well presented beer.

Aroma: There is a good deal of hops here, but they aren't dry or powdery or anything. The alcohol is already noticeable too, but not as a heat, but a defined peppery spice. Above that, there is some dry malty notes like they are wheat derived and some sweet caramel. Other than that...there is more hops. As the beer warms, there is evident spice from the alcohol. The wheat and dry malty notes are also getting more prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor, though hoppy, isn't nearly as bitter as the aroma would have suggested. There is solid hops as floral and a bit of citrus up front, but there is a solid malty backbone of toasty notes and sweet caramel that the beer is sitting on. Overall, surprisingly, the beer is medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation, but the beer is coming across as a lot bigger than your typical Belgian IPA and is bordering on Quadruple. Overall the finish is balanced very well. There is sweetness and hops both to hang out on the palate, but if I had to choose, the malt is the winner by a hair in the finish.

Opinion: This is a good beer. The blend of hops and malt go well together. I like the balance in the finish. There is toasty sweetness and hop bitterness playing all over your palate, and the alcohol comes in late and pretty much cleans up the whole mess. All this said, I like the Samaranth better as it is more blatant alcohol mixed with malt and other characteristics. As it is, this beer does well for what it is supposed to be, so if you like Pale Ales in general, run to the store to give this a try as it is a quality brew. Myself?...I will enjoy the rest of my glass, and wouldn't turn down the beer if it gets offered to me, but since I am not much of a hop-head, I will try this beer again as the opportunity presents itself again as a new review.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold. Solid inch of thick foam.

S - Orange, tangerines. Stone fruit - peaches mostly, and some grass.

T - Lots of fruit and yeastiness up front. Some bitter orange as well. Fairly dry.

M - Hard carbonation and medium body.

D - A bit unbalanced. Not really a favorite. Flavour profile is too heavy for quaffing but worth trying.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Stuffed Sandwich

Pours a very murky glowing gold. A nice 1 1/2" fluffy white head sits atop and leaves nice thick lacing throughout.

Smells of spicy grains, slight citrus, and some yeast.

Taste is of citrus and Belgian yeast. Slight spice and finished with a nice wet, hoppy feel. Very nice spin on a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy and a ton of carbonation. The carbonation makes it almost puckering at the end.

Very enjoyable! I'm really liking Belgian month at The Stuffed Sandwich. Cheers!

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Photo of Jules11788
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a big white head, dissipates quickly; medium lacing; cloudy, golden-copper color

S: Tart, slightly fruity/herby and hoppy, little bit of malt

T: Starts out tart and herby, then develops into a more hoppy/bitter finish with some peppery/boozy notes at the end; very smooth for 9.5% abv

M: Light/Medium body, very smooth; slightly carbonated

O: Very delicious! As a fan of IPAs and Imperial IPAs I really enjoyed the slight tartness of this belgian style. I'm not usually a fan of tart Belgians, but this one was just so well balanced with the hops. I would very much recommend this.

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

A – Clear light gold. Tall white head with a moderately loose bubble structure. Ok lace.

S – The aromas are clean and crisp. Spicy notes of coriander, pink peppercorns, and clove are wrapped around bitter and herbal notes of tarragon, sage and Curacao.

T – The taste is fruitier than the nose, but still carries similar spice / herb themes. Orange zest and pink peppercorns take the fore front, while the hop bitterness plays out as sage. Their yeast also managed to pull out light honey and banana notes. Overall the profile is very well integrated.

M – Well carbonated, with a soft, medium body. Sweet and herbal bitter backend.

O – Great flavor with a smooth and refreshing body. Surprisingly good with a variety of fresh fruit, particularly green grapes.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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