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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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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%
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 +0.3%
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 -13.3%
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 -17.1%
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 -10.2%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.7%
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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Photo of maundythirsty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop-It’s white head is so foamy it’s hard to control on the pour. Lots of bubbles passing up through the pale blond beer, which is littered with floating translucent globs. Lots of sticky lacing. Light banana smell with subtle floral hops.

Less banana in the taste, but more hops. Hop-It tastes like a ballsy pilsner, dosed heavily with spicy Saaz hops. Resinous and bitter in the end. Smooth and weighty mouthfeel, with a dry finish. Where is all that alcohol? Don’t stand up too fast.

Really tasty, but there was so much junk floating around in it.

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Photo of stephendr
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color of clear golden honey – head thick , and white – nose of yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps – taste is yeast , sourdough bread , mind bitter / sweet hopps – airy bright heavily carbonated body – aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones

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

750ml bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a monstrous, super-thick head that looks like the top of a root beer float. The lacing on the glass is so thick and frothy that I suspect I could lather up and shave with it.

Aroma is yeasty and bready with slightly more hop aroma than a typical Belgian. Some slight citrus tones as well as a light spiciness is present.

Bready and yeasty upfront leading into a nice bitter hop bite with some mild citrus hop flavors and a slight spiciness at the end. Bitterness is higher than usual for a Belgian, but it's still fairly well balanced.

Full body, super charged carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, although the name had me thinking it would have more hop character than it actually does. The IBUs are certainly higher than normal, but the hop flavor is really rather mild. Either way, it's still very drinkable - but the ABV will hold you in check a bit...

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

Poured into an Urthel glass at the Publick House, in Brookline, MA. I believe from a bottle.

Nice golden colour, with very creamy, foamy head. Like in a root beer float. I really thought for a second that it was whipped cream on my beer. Haha. The head settled after a bit.

I could smell very floral/citrus hops, another sort of sweetness (malt?) and some musty yeast.

The taste is a hop whallop, but the sweet malt levels the playing field here. Makes for a smooth sipping brew.

The hops and carbonation make for a spiciness in the back of your throat as you drink.

Very drinkable as I said. Solid brew to finish out a weekend of great Beglian ales.

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Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA.

Poured a pale straw yellow with an enormous, foamy head. The head slowly subsided to a thick film with a large, bulbous dollup in the center. Incredible amounts of lacing blanketed the entire glass and left ridges between each sip. The spider web of lacing managed to even last well after the beer itself was gone.

Smell was pleasantly hoppy in a grassy, flowery, Saaz hop kind of way. Clean and fresh.

Taste was quite flavorful. Noticeably hoppy from start to finish yet so smooth. Some fruitiness detectable mid-palate with a bit of candied sugar in the back of the mouth. As with many of the hoppier Belgian ales, this one was well balanced by the malts.

Medium bodied with a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability was outstanding. So smooth, easy on the palate and perfect with a variety of foods. I was absolutely amazed to discover that it was 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Not dated but coded: 23CF.

Rich golden, slightly cloudy body held up a huge puffy head. As the head faded it looked like a creamy latte and left splotchy lace down the glass.

Smell was multilayered. Yeasty and spicy. Mild hints of banana. Sweet malts appeared as it warmed. The aroma became more complex and appealing. Lemons. Leafiness. The smell made my nostrils tingle. The smell of this beer is probably it's strongest characteristic.

Taste was creamy and spicy. Bitterness up front. Navel oranges. It mellowed as it warmed becoming almost APA/IPA-like. Belgian yeast juxtaposed with citric hops. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was tongue tingling. Full-bodied. This is a filling sipper. I will find this one again.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, cages and corked. Pours a pale straw color, the four-finger white head forms a stiff cap in the center, amid ample sticky lacing. The nose is filled with grass and herbs, sligh hop and corriander.

The taste is very lemony, with some yeast, corriander, clove, pepper, and a lot less hops than I was expecting. The aftertaste is bitter--though without delivering an enjoyable hop hit before it sucks the life out of the tongue.

The mouth seemed rather light and lacked complexity. It's drinkable, but not all that interesting. I was quite disappointed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep hazy light beige color ale with a big white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of Saaz hops is easily identifiable with some noticeable spices and a very interesting Belgian yeast. Taste is a mix between some spices, which may includes some white pepper, slightly funky yeast and a dry hoppy finish. Body is a bit light and alcohol is very well masked. This beer is an interesting experiment for sure which I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous hazy gold with a huge, sticky bright white head. There are lacing rings on my glass like the rings of a tree trunk. Beautiful. The aroma has some nice spice notes of clove and white pepper. Citric hops redolent of lemon dominate the nose, with just a touch of Belgian malt character poking through. Not a terribly hoppy nose. On the palate, the hops are quite present for a Belgian brew but middling to my American palate. Initially, the palate is rather sweet. It doesn't dry out until the finish. That's not necessarily a bad thing, either, but in this case the sweetness of the beer detracts a bit from the hop notes. Drinks well, especially for a high ABV beer. This one is a very good beer, but not as good as some other hoppy Belgians in my opinion.

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

750ml Bottle

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, awesome creamy white head, tons of lacing through out the drink. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, and yeast. The taste is awesome of hops, fruits, and malts. A nice tangy flavor with a nice bite/hop finish. Medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable. I've been wanting to drink this ever since I got it (5-6 months ago), very tasty, and highly recommended. Very true to the style.

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Photo of Budlum
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew starts of with large amounts of foamy, white head. Almost ridiculous amounts, really. A skilled pour is definitely required. The head slowly shrinks leaving a fluffy dome in the center of the glass. Amazing head retention. Pale, golden yellow body displaying tons of carbonation and clarity.

Floral hops are the first noticeable smell followed by a spicy Euro-hop presence. Fresh iris and hyacynthe with a very woody aroma. The yeast presence really tells the story as it dominates the hops with a very strong oak presence.

The first tastes are of very spicy hops. There is almost cayenne pepper quality to the spice level. Some traditional hoppy flavors but more of dry and earthy flavor. This beer is dominated by a very strong yeast presence that provides a very long, woody finish. Far too bitter, spicy and wood-flavored as it warms.

Highly carbonated for the entirety of the 750 mL bottle. Very lively on the tongue with a very spicy feeling. The spice and most likely the alcohol presence almost numb the mouth.

Drinkability was not too good. I couldn't tell exactly what the intentions were for this beer. The closest comparison would be a Saison Dupont dry-hopped in oak for year. The yeast strength of this beer just does not work with the hops.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 review update

A: This one is hay colored and just slightly hazy. Bone white head with medium retention tops it off and does cling to the glass fairly well.

S: Smells pretty grassy from where I'm sitting about a foot and a half away. Up close there is a very earthy (think hops on dirt) grassy aroma. Pale malt notes come through as well with a sort of cornflake like presence.

T: Herbal grassy bitter meets earthy dusty subtly sweet spice ... suggestions of sweet peach on the back end. Very well done for the style and very balanced. It's very tough to strike a harmony of IPA and belgian strong golden, and while this is certainly a Belgian strong before it is an IPA it does finish rather dry, and the hops have an undeniable presence.

M: Rich and coating.

O: A champion in a style otherwise plagued with problematic brews. This is a must try if you like any other Belgian IPA and I would say a good option for any Belgian Triple drinker as well for a little something different.

2006 post
a very good beer.

pours with a ridiculous amount of white fluffy head, it took forever to pour, its almost whipped cream.

smells like duvel or any good Belgian golden with a good balance.

Tastes fruity hints of peach and banana, balanced with a spicey hop finish. The high abv element is quite undetectable, quite a feat.

medium carbonation, and very drinkable.
This should be rated in the 90's Try it.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden color, hazy and almost hefe-like, gigantic white fluffy/rocky head, the biggest head I've ever seen, took forever to pour, great retention and lacing

s - very spicy, smells very reminiscent of a hefe, some hops in there too

t - good mix of hoppy bitterness and spicyness, some citrus as well, alcohol not evident, sort of like a IPA mixed with a hefe

m - not a whole lot of carbonation evident in the mouth, medium-bodied, moderately dry finish

d - the alcohol is nearly undetectible and the taste is good, that makes for a pretty dangerously drinkable beer

Very good beer that's a little different from anything I've had before. Definitely a brew that bends the borders of a Belgian Strong Pale. I like the balance of spicyness and bitterness.

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Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and clear gold color, almost a pilsner straw. The beer is topped by a fluffy white head. Wonderful head retention, this beer isn’t going to show the staying power of the Chouffe beer, but I’m not disappointed by what I see. Straight forward approach to the aroma. Some mild grapefruit hops, just a little earth soil, and a light mix of fresh baked bread and mild orange citrus. The flavor has a lot of citrus up front, kind of a simcoe mandarin orange, but it’s much softer than most simcoe beers. The earthiness extends into the finish of the beer where I also find just a touch of spicy heat, maybe a little white pepper. Slick, and mildly smooth mouth feel. Nice drinkability. Lots of comparisons between this beer and the Houblin Chouffe.. I’ll take the Chouffe. It’s a much more complete beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Urthel Hop-iT! is best served at cool cellar temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped glass. This spritzy little number pours up ever so slowy with a big, pillowy white head that royaly resides over a hazy, straw-pale golden body. The aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (grass/freshly mown hay) , spicy (peppery) & fruity (banana, lemony (lemon grass), pear) estery notes. There's also a hint of light graininess and yeasty bread under all those Poperings hops. The flavor starts off with a nice bready, graininess and carries into a nice earthy, hop spiciness which takes over to deliver a dry, bitter clean finish with a hint of alcoholic warmth. This spritzy Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a firm medium body with a touch of oily-ness and some astringency in the background. This is real nice treat for Belgian beer fans who appreciate hoppier beers. Enjoy as a digestive or try this one paired with some spicy shrimp scampi, bread crumb & herb crusted red snapper or the French classic Choucroute garnie.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big hazy yellow, with a thick yellow head, good lacing.

Smell had a light yeast and spice odor with a touch of hops.

Taste was very typic of a strong belgian pale only with more hops. A bit of yeast some light spices a bit of citrusy fruit and some hop punch.

mouthfeel is full and dry.

Not bad, but not something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of mcallister
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

So I went to the OSU, Texas game Saturday and after much drinking I of course broke the seal and what I released was Urthel Hop-it. Seriously a pissy, cloudy pale straw color. The head is a brilliant white and very frothy and carbonated. Some of the most beautiful looking lace I've witnessed is left behind. Circular rings very sticky make their way down the glass until it reaches the potion of love.

Bright floral hops, belgian yeast and spice, more flower, with a hint of flower. Big lemony, with hints of lime aromas. Other citrusy fruits also want to make there prescence felt.

Solid, complex, and balanced. What more can you ask for in a beer. The belgian spices are integrated very well. Many times I will get a beer similar to this where the belgian spice dominates and it really hurts drinkability. At 9.5%; you can't even recognize it. One of those beers that tastes nearly identical to the smell. However, some malt has shown itself. Seems that given the name this could be "hoppier". Albeit a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Very refreshing. But almost to thin or would have scored higher.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 862 ratings