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 ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of RyanAU
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Bellonc
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of unclekeith
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of timoteo833
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/13/2009. 33 cL poured into Urthel Glass at Brugse Beertje in Brugge.

Ar: Floral with mellow tropical fruit, mellow herbal hop and light pine

Ap: Clear brass, pillowy white head, fine with great retention, lumpy lace

F: Rough alcohol, crisp malt, ends with strong herbal hop, resinous bitter, light grassy hop, very solventy alcohol, hints of lemongrass, herbal and fine citrus hop, after alcohol character (which dominates early taste) dies, hop character is nice

M: Burning alc, medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation

O: ridiculously rough alc, the other characters of the beer are good

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Photo of paterlodie
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at ZBF 4-3-06. Nice and lasting white head and a foggy pale golden beercollor. Nose is bit malty, slightly flowery hops and quiet alcoholic. Taste is also very alcoholic and very bitter, hanging well. Not a bad brew but IMO bit unbalanced and nose not giving any hops and that with all this bitterness. Drinkable but 9.5% and could have fuller taste with this alcoholcontent.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Passed this one up many times and finally gave it a shot.

Color is golden, with a significant amount of floaties suspended in the beer. About two fingers of light tan head sit on top, with decent retention and leave some nice lacing.

The nose is distinctly Belgian, and significantly more malty than hoppy, which disappoints me. This bottle probably has been sitting on the shelf for a while which is a bummer.

The taste is borderline awful. This would pass off better as a Belgian Tripel than a Belgian IPA. Fruity and malty and extremely boozy, what a malt bomb. I don't get any fresh hops what-so-ever, but possibly some stale old dry spicey hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a light carbonation, definitely not enough to make this taste better. Drinkability suffers because of the bad taste.

Overall, I just wasn't feeling this. Definitely not the freshest bottle, but this one didn't hold up well at all. For what it's worth, I can't see a fresh bottle being much better. This just isn't what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is fairly light. Picking up Belgian yeast, pepper, spices and very floral.

T- Follows the nose really well. Pretty complex overall. Just a bit too spicy for my liking. Almost perfume like as well.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Intersting brew for sure just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $11.99 for a 500ml bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

I can see looking at the bottle that this is like one of those glass balls you shake up and the snow falls everywhere inside. The sediment floats freely in this brew and is of a rather large size. I'll pour slowly... Still leaves a massive inch and a quarter very white head. Quite frothy towards the top, larger-sized, fizzy bubbles towards the bottom. Excellent retention and lacing. Very well carbonated. Those large sediment particles still quite visible. Cloudy, straw/gold color.

Smells much more like a Belgian Blonde than an IPA. Spice, yeast, breadiness. Slight banana and citrus backing. I was expecting much more hop character. Clean and pale.

Where are the hops in this one? Taste is similar in characteristic to the nose.

This one certainly gets better as it warms. The mouth is the beer's best attribute. Quite drinkable and smooth going down. Medium bodied. Quite carbonated, but certainly not overboard.

I'm not a huge Belgian Blonde fan; I got this hoping it was more hoppy. The low ranks for smell and taste are more due to this being advertised as 'hoppy' and this not really being the case. The Green Flash Le Freak is more up my alley for this style as you can actually taste the hops.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had on draft at Zeno's in State College. this was the first beer I had there. light golden color ok head - great lacing however. strong malty smell - not much of a hop nose. taste was good but not near as hoppy as i would have expected for a belgium 'hoppy' beer.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I have looks different than the pic, and it touts itself as a "Superior Hoppy Blond Ale" on the bottle. There is no mention of a Belgian style or that it's an IPA.

Pours a crisp, clear golden-blonde into my Duvel tulip glass. White foamy head rises to about 3 fingers before quickly settling back down, leaving moderate lacing on all sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pears, figs, malt. Sugars are evident in the nose, very sweet, fruity nose.

Taste is distinctly Belgian Blonde (golden) ale. Very sweet, fruity flavor with a weirdly nutty finish. There are sour apples, underripe plums. Alcohol becomes very evident as the ale warms. Hops .. I guess.. but it's not an IPA by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and oily. Not a very drinkable beer due to it's high and poorly-masked alcohol content. It tastes like a Unibroue beer. Nice try, Urthel ... not horrible, but time for a revamp.

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Photo of masikon
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle, came in the proper branded glassware. A very light tea-like yellow with a mondo bright white head that just sat atop the beer forever causing me to have to wipe my nose off after the first few sips. Smell is soft and very herbal/floral and fresh. An interesting style that I had not tried before, still retains those typical belgian notes but this is even more abundant than expected with herbal/medicinal qualities. Overall, interesting and fun but finishing the whole glass became a slight chore.

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Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and brightly carbonated.

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

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Photo of mj71
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- After first reading some reviews, I gently poured it into an Ommegang goblet. About a fingers-worth of crackling white head that fairly-quickly dissipated into small clumps of medium sized bubbles. Color is a hazy medium gold.

S- Sweet, apricots and pears come to mind. For being called Hop-It, not too many hop aromas I recognize.

T- Hops appear late in the game and stay around long after the swallow. Initial, fleeting sweetness is crushed by hops.

M- Crisp, lots of carbonation, I'm having trouble reconciling this one. Not a whole lot of balance.

D- Not my favorite. I'm not left longing for the next sip.

Like kosmoraios below, my bottle has a new label, although it still says "The Original Hop-It" With so many stellar reviews, I wonder if the recipe has changed a bit.

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Photo of sleazo
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle

A_A mildly aggressive pour yields a slightly cloudy golden amber liquid with a decent two finger head that fills up the snifter. There is decent retention as it settles in nicely as a fluffy covering with strips of non symetric lace.

S_The initial whiff gives a strong dose of grassy and slightly spicy noble hops. Behind this is some freshly risen dough. A bit of skunk there as well. The bottle could be a bit old as I am unsure of the dating system.

T_Grassy notes up front give way to Greek Easter bread. The hops dominate though. The finish is pure bitterness with no other distinct quality. This manages to overwhelm everything else and detracts from an otherswise pleasant experience. There is a bit of fusel alcohol as well.

M_Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation typical in a tripel.

D_There are some positives here but the underlying bitterness just proves to be too much. I am big fan of IPAs and 2xIPAs but it really doesnt work here. I am not sure if they over used bittering hops or the hops they chose just don't make sense in such large quantities.

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Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Removing the cork almost kicked my ass. The bottle did not want to let the cork go. A little bit of a gusher probably resulting from the cork fight.

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a large white head that had good retention. Very heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Has a very Belgian aroma. Somewhat fruity with a heavy dose of alcohol. Has a bit of a perfume aroma with the hops.

The malt base lets this beer down. It just is not good enough. And the hops are not predominant enough to carry the show either. What you end up with is a very boozy, dry, pale ale. The hops do give a minty and earthy flavor which would be great in a normal Belgian pale ale. Even has a minty aftertaste. Sorry to say but alcohol is the main flavor component of this ale.

Has a medium body with a well matched carbonation that keeps the ale light without being fizzy.

Very let down by this offering. If this just had a better malt body it could of been something. Just too much alcohol with too weak malt and hop flavors. I would also like to see these Belgian brewers experiment with the addition of some darker malt in their IPAs.

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Photo of beerad666
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Cooper's Bar in Chicago. It was poured from a 11.2oz bottle. Poured a light hazy orange with a big white fluffy head. The aroma was very fruity, typical of a Belgian. When I took my first drink I thought the hops were going to stand out more, but they only mildly appeared as an after taste. For a beer called "Hop It" I was a little disappointed, but it was hard to believe that this guy was 9.5%... well masked.

I'm glad I tried it but I won't be reaching for it again.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Huge 3-finger, rocky head. Great retention and lacing. Hazy deep gold body.

S: Yeast, spice, lemon, and a little malt. A bit light.

T: Sweet up front, spicy throughout, bitter & slightly alcoholic towards the back. Too much spice for me.

M: Medium bodied & light carbonation. Sticky finish with sweetness and alcohol present in the aftertaste.

D: With all the spice I don't enjoy, I'm finding it difficult to finish the bottle.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden, clear with no head. Curious.

Aroma of hops, spicey and fruity.

Taste was hops. Was also flowery, oily, malts, spicey and fruity. Also curious.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat cleansing.

Overall, it is decent but nothing to get excited about. Since this beer has been highly rated by others, I would probably seek it out again to try a bottle and see the difference. At least this glass just didn't do it for me.

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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.93 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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