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Urthel Hop-It | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Ranking:
#6,376
Reviews:
551
Ratings:
861
pDev:
11.48%
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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

dope fly 750ml silkscreen bottle, lots of information and graphical content. best thing about the packaging is a little square on the back called "brewerssecrets", which presents the ingredient/chemistry info in an easy to read, ergonomic fashion. the story of the beer is there as well.. west u.s. coast vacation prompted belgian brewers to hop-blast a golden ale. here it is.. certainly golden, bubbly with a massively carbonated head. settles like a cotton candy pillow with volcanic lace.

smells yeasty and bready like a belgian pale.. instead of fruits, i get a big blast of the malty/saaz combination found in a larger-sized pilsner. first sip reveals an abundance of earthy hops dancing clumsily with an understated glazed donut aura. finish is somewhat flat with a boring alcohol tone that manages to aggravate more than it distracts. the hops act as a real flavor distraction, dulling the palate like a dissolved naked aspirin.

what we have here is a really good golden ale that i wish didn't have the hop plague. people say that west coast DIPAs and similar beers taste good but hide fundamental imbalances in malt/yeast flavors. this beer is the opposite.

a noble effort... misguided and bizarre. has its bright spots but falls really flat for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass this beer shows a golden straw in color with a thin and porous head. The nose seems to oscillate between a lager stillness and a sugary sweetness and a slight yet enshrouded Belgian yeasty sourness/hoppieness. Alcohol level is hard to discern.

Anyway the beer becomes rather grating in a sense as it doesn't offer the depth one might expect. A light sweetness/alcohol akin to a strong ale yet without the yeast character. A moderate hop flavor exists in the background but never comes to the forefront. Rather unexciting for the style and a bit of a let down. Perhaps the keg isn't appropriate?

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Photo of Jerico
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly foggy golden color. Mine poured with a large fluffy head that settled down to a dense froth. A little bit of lacing.

S - the reviewer prior to mine nailed this one - it is a cross between a triple and an IPA.

T/M/D - again, a nice cross of a triple and an IPA. Hoppy for sure, but lacking in the sweetness found in either style at times. Alcohol is very apparent. It doesn't taste bad at all, but I find it quite dense and difficult to sip - even for Urthel (I love their Samaranth quad).

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden body, thick whipped cream head. Very nice!

Nose is an odd blend of Belgian funk with some sweetness, not really any clear hops here...

Flavor is mildly bitter, but not anywhere near 80 IBUs to my taste-buds. Spicy and flavorful, it's not really an IPA or a typical Belgian. Not at all what I expected, but still OK.

Mouthfeel is zesty and very highly carbonated.

Quenching and drinkable.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been really enjoying the Belgian IPA style lately. There is usually a unique combination of strong citrus hops mixed with that unique Belgian taste. This is my first authentic Belgian one, however. Here is my review:

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Head is quite bubbly and large. Sticks around nicely. Lacing is minimal. Looks pretty tasty.

S/T: What makes this different from the American interpretations of the style is that the Belgian character comes first. Then the hops. I was pretty disappointed overall. Aroma consists of Belgian yeast, wheat, grass, and maybe some grapes. Very faint aroma. Taste is a little more intense, but still nothing great. I get the Belgian yeast, some wheat, and breadyness. Hops come through in the finish with a slight grassyness quality to them. Nothing like an American style IPA at all. I also get some licorice in there, which doesn't mesh well with the other flavors. Alcohol does come through as well. Probably not something I would buy again.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is a little lower than average. Drinks okay for a 9.5% ABV beer. Alcohol does rear its head, but doesn't detract too much.

Overall, I must say that this beer doesn't do anything for me. It tastes okay, but I personally feel that American style Belgian IPAs have a much fuller and hoppier taste. This just tastes like an average Belgian ale with a touch more hop bite. At $15.00 a 4-pack, I must say I would never buy this one again. I only would recommend it to big Belgian beer fans who want a very reserved hop intensity to their beer. Not the best.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold with lots of foamy head.. decent lacing and retention

S: Lots of floral hops.. sweet malts (honey and apples and pears?) with some phenols and yeast rounding out a complex nose..

T: Disappointing... I think they over did it here as the fruity malts come across really funky when matched with the floral hops... some metallic almost coors light like finishing notes

M: Dry, crisp finish. Tickles the tongue.

D: The taste was just too disappointing to try again...

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Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour, with a medium head that fades soon, leaving a good lacing. Aroma is weak, oranges, flowers, spices, meaybe coriander. Medium body, creamy palate. Carbonation is OK. Taste of oranges, fruits, spices. Strange beer, but I like it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of adjunctlager
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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 Arrowhuntr
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of baylz
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of b1515152004
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dhilltop2000
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been waiting awhile to take this $11.49 1pt 9oz bottle out of the fridge. I finally decided to try it. What could be better, a hoppy IPA with a Belgian touch!? Two of my favorite styles on the table! I took it out from a 42deg fridge, let it set in room temp for 30 min and popped the cork! That's where my excitement started to dwindle. Poured a hazy butterscotch color with a ridicules amount of tiny white bubble into a Duvel tulip glass. Don't get me wrong, I love a good head, but this was quite the over load. I literally had 6 inches of tight ice cream like head for every 1oz of beer I poured. I had to wait 5 minutes for the ball of foam to "produce" a mouthful of liquid. Smells much more of a banana cream, triple Belgian ale concoxion than an IPA. I don't like the way the beer is balanced between the creamy sweetness and the hoppy bitterness. Don't expect much from the IPA aspect. Definitely a let down in my book.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bhalter8 for the bottle.

Golden pour. Massive white head retains very well. Great lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy and citric. It's a pretty solid blend of Belgian Pale and IPA, which oddly enough, makes it smell kind of like a tripel.

This tastes like a tripel, as well. Fruity, grassy, spicy...and boozy. The hops I smelled are practically nowhere to be found. Unpleasant finish.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol makes this a little more difficult to put back. Not really a fan of this one.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pilsner.

pale cloudy yellow with a touch of head that leaves nice lacing.

very sweet aromas for an IPA (i see it's classified here as a belgian strong pale ale; the restaurant had it listed under IPA). either way, it's what would best be called a belgian IPA: some hops, but dominated by honey sweet aromas and belgian yeast.

sweet, barny flavors with mild hop flavors that help it finish clean. some fruity flavors as well.

mouthfeel is fairly mild with a light carbonation. nothing to complain about, but nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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 ultralarry2006
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a huge, white, foamy head three fingers in depth with excellent retention. It leaves webs and webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is a hazy gold. Looks great.

Smell - horseblanket, with hints of figs and apricots. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - as promised by the smell - horseblanket, with tiny hints of figs and apricots. Small hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with a great deal of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - high abv holds down sessionability, but even if it didn't, this doesn't offer much aroma and flavor beyond horseblanket, so to me it's merely a decent beer, and not one I'd seek out often.

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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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Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 861 ratings
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