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 cubedbee
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Max's, purs a clear light glowing yellow with a thin bright white spotty head, but pretty nice thick lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is all hops, grassy, earthy, ad herbal smelling. Taste is very hoppy, grassy and herbal, slight apple, over a nice chewy doughy malt, a nice earthy slightly bitter finish. Medium/full bodied with a strong almost bubbly carbonation. This is a very hopped up Belgian style pale ale, but it's very well done.

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Photo of bminor7
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Hoosick in Troy.

I have been looking forward to this after reading comparisons between this and La Chouffe Houblon. I can say that, although I really like the Houblon, this beer is better in some respects.

A - light amber. good foam and excellent lacing with a generous pour. some floatings already at the top of the bottle...looking down, there is a significant pile of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. maybe only second to Blue Moon Grand Cru.
S -fruity, spice...alcohol burn. citrusy. belgian yeast is very dominant.
T - sweet and bitter. i get the blonde presence. there is an obvious alcohol sting in the back. nice array of malts in the finish...which is probably the key. strong finisher. rich presence of malt flavors in the ending.
M - good, if given a generous pour...otherwise a bit overcarbonated for my taste.
D - no problem finishing the bottle. the ABV is the only downside to the drinkability.

Great offering from Urthel, and I would gladly have it again. Would be interesting in a face-off against the mighty Houblon!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean mostly clear golden brew, huge head even from a cap fixed bottle. Head is rocky foam, billows very white up over the rim of the glass. Incredibly full retention and lacing. Very impressive.

Strong aroma of Continental hops, especially grassy, citric, and floral notes. Slightly funky, but focused on the noble oils.

While the hop presence is huge in this one, Saaz and co. are less intrusive on the overall flavor than the American hops that inspired the Belgian IPA. Very earthy flavors, grass and spicey pepper along with a flowery depth and citric spark that leaves this one smooth and easy to drink, but still giving the taste buds something to think about. Malt is a near no-show, very pale flavor that grows sweeter with a little warmth.

Speaking of warmth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Scary for 9% plus, just a smooth and drinkable ale. The body is soft without being pushed over, just enough backbone to not be one-sided and bitter. Outstanding Belgian beer, and outstanding IPA. Next time I'm going for the 750 mL.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught in correct Urthel glassware, which is in itself a treat. Color is medium golden with a slight haze that makes it translucent. A good two fingers of fluffy white head make it picture perfect.

Aromas are appropriate for a beer labelled "hoppy blond ale," as the Belgian-esque character of this beer is as prevelant as the hop profile.

The palate is a great balance of fruity yeast and hops (probably aged). Finish is fairly dry, but balanced.

Overall I'm as impressed with this beer on draught as I was in bottle, draught is just much harder to find. Great beer.

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Photo of afksports
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one on tap earlier tonight at Amity Hall. One more stamp on the passport!

It's got a hazy golden hue to it - exceptional head that sticks around forever. Lots of carbonation to it, which boosts the feel while drinking it. The smell has floral notes, some fruit - citrus, and hops. Taste is mostly hops but that's tempered by the sweetness of the Belgian style. Probably the yeast. This is one I could down a bunch of.

I won't. Other things to do. Like write famous blog posts.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA on 1/17/08. Bottle into tulip glass.

A - Cloudy golden body with two-fingers of creamy, bubbly head that retained very well for the whole ride. Plenty of carbonation and lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Very attractive looking beer all-around.

S - Wow! Lots going on with this one. I'm picking up a very distinct sweet, crisp apple frutiness paired with citrus and grassy hop notes. Nice aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters and sweet grapes/white wine as well. A bit of alcohol also pushes its way through.

T - Begins with a spicy yeast aspect with lots of apple flavor and a very pleasant citrus and grassy hop flavor, much like a pils. Finishes bitter but also sweet, much like a white wine. Overall, very fruity and spicy flavors combine with juicy hops to create a very unique and delicious taste.

M - Medium to full body with smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Combines the spicy aspects of a Belgian, the hoppiness of an IPA and crispness of a pils, all with a white wine aspect. Bittnerness lingers on the palate for quite a while, but is paired with a bit of fruit tartness.

D - Extremely complex brew for sure. Very impressed! Lots of flavors and textures coming out in this brew. All of the flavors blend quite well together. Could perhaps use a bit more of a malt backbone, but otherwise a truly unique concoction. Fantastic!

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Photo of Walken
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel: Hop-It, Belgian IPA (Tasted 04/07/08)
330 ml. Bottle: poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours out a deep hazed golden color with a giant bubbly head that takes up half of the glass. It fades slowly, leaving a large plateu of foam akin to meringue in the center of the glass. Retention is beyond insane, swirling is futile.
Odor: Soft fruity and floral hops reminiscent of strawberry and honeysuckle, with spicy, clovelike notes from the yeast & toasty malt aromas.
Consistency: The carbonation makes the body a little deceiving on this beer, it feels somewhere between medium and full, leaning towards the former.
Taste: Sweet, slightly fruity, candied malt flavors with a sour edge, balanced by clean hop bitterness & peppery alcohol. Flavors from the hops are very laid back, but come out in the finish, spicy and earthy.

Dangerously drinkable, seems to be quite different from the majority of other Belgian IPA's due to the emphasis on sweet malt character.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet:

A - Hazy golden color with a little amber. Foamy head that dissipates leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus scents and yeasty.

T - Belgian hints of fruitiness and floral smells comingles with a burst of hoppiness that balances quite well. The alcohol creeps up on you and packs a punch as well.

M - Medium bodied with plently of carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed this as it was a bit different. Very drinkable and smooth despite the high alcohol content.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork comes off with a nice crisp pop. Pours a lively pale yellow, highly carbonated brew with a 2 finger, fluffy head that seems to take its time dissipating as it leaves a ton of lace in its' wake. I will let it sit a moment. No need to rush it.

A zesty, spicy brilliance that can has pineapple and apricot blended softly with a hint of lemon and/or lime in the midst of this floral masterpiece.

Nice light zingy spiciness with a nice lively dance of carbonation on the is a long lasting flavor that is both floral and slightly bitter at the same time. Nicely balanced with really good flavor definitions. You can taste

The fruity/bitter aftertaste help convince me of the full body of this beer. Fills every inch with a really nice feeling of drinking a good full beer.

This beer is drinkable in the sense that it is delicious. With every sip you are reminded that this one is not for the faint of heart at 9.5%ABV.

This beer puts many Triples and Goldens to shame.

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Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel Hop-It is one kick ass looking beer. It pours a vibrant gold color and is filled with yeasty particles swimming around. A very sticky, fluffy white head sits on top. It's easily three fingers plus deep. Waves of sticky lace clung to the glass as it descended. Very impressive looking beer.

The nose is slightly underpowered, but is still very good. Hops announce their presence early on. It's a mix of citrus and floral varieties. There's some light orange and lemon colliding with strong grassy scent. It works. I'm unsure of the hop bill here, but it smells pretty diverse. Belgian yeast is prominent and complements the hops extremely well. Light malt sweetness creeps in toward the end. This is delicious smelling Belgian IPA. If it were just a little stronger here, it'd be flat out special.

Hop-It's flavor is a tremendous success. Hops attack the palate right out of the gate. They're very grassy and earthy with just a touch of orange and lemon citrus flavors. There's a slight bitterness to them, but not much. There's enough sweet malt to balance it out quite a bit. But, the hop flavor is nothing short of excellent. The Belgian yeast flavor approaches divine. Urthel did a wonderful job with that here. It plays extremely well with the hop flavor and results in a fantastic beer. Surprisingly, there's barely any alcohol noted. For a nearly 10% abv beer, I'm impressed. It finishes yeasty and a little dry. Hop-It's flavor rocks. This is great tasting stuff.

It has a medium body that's very smooth. Carbonation's dialed down pretty low and just right for this beer. Drinkability is very high despite its 9.5% abv. It doesn't taste or feel nearly that big. I would've guessed it's somewhere closer to 7%. If I had a few bottles, I'd surely attempt to take down a few. It's that good.

Urthel's Hop-It is easily one of the more surprising beers I've had of late. I wasn't expecting anything remotely as delicious as it is. The nose could use a tad more strength, but it's spot-on otherwise. I didn't think there's anyway it could rival Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but it does. It might even be a little better. Believe it. This stuff delivers. What are you waiting for? Go find a bottle.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #59 of 60: Urthel Hop-It

Golden body, sheer foamy white head with a superb presentation, as the head partially collapsed it left a rocky surface. Streamer laden with a fantastic appearance, great head retention and lacing to boot. Crisp nose, sweet toasted malts and bitter hops, mild acidity with a little white grape and some sharp aspects that cut through the sweetness, excellent nose. The tastes are sublime too. Great balance between the malts and hops, it’s fair to say that hops accentuate this brew but they are far from over powering, bitter elements dominate but the fulcrum remains in the middle third of this one. Some lemon acidity and fruitiness from the rind, in the longer term this aspect helps deflect the sweet malts I found. Big Mouthfeel from the 9.5% alcohol, high carbonation with a smooth texture. Feels big but drinks with a sessionable likeness. Drinkability is almost perfect, dangerously quaffable and the alcohol is very well hidden. Grows on you the more you drink it.

I kept thinking back to Duvel, this feels much more like a bitter-Tripel, or a strong Belgian Blonde, more than the more traditional “Belgian Strong Pale Ale”. There are not that many hop laden Belgian brews around these days so it is nice to see another one added to the small but growing list. The “Hop-It” is more akin to a De Ranke XX, though not as bitter I think, rather than the hoppier Poperinge Hommel. In the end though it does tend to lean towards a very bitter super-Duvelian type affair.

After a few average brews and the odd disappointment, this was more like it, the first glass was good, the second was absolutely great, and I really took to this one, one of my LBBBF Festival favorites. Glad that I finally got to try this “Super Bitter” Belgium, there aren’t that many around and whilst it could be “hoppier” in character, this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Well worth trying.

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Photo of jettjon
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle with a cryptic "production code" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Appears the color of hazed lemonade with a ton of precipitating carbonation not only from the nucleation cells, but from the sides of the glass as well, fueling a huge three finger eggshell head that sits immobile with lots of clingy lace. Nose of bready yeast and hints of sweet malt with citrus hops. Spices and a hint of alcohol. Taste is so complicated that it takes a few tries to sort things out. Initially it's a pleasant blend of warm spicy bread dough, with the citrus hops quickly breaking through. Bits of dark fruit and a definite alcohol burn on the back. Semi-sour, grapefruit finish. In the mouth, it's gentle and slick but crisp with plenty of gentle carbonation giving it a creamy yet crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability--well, I'll just say that after my first taste I immediately wished I had a magnum instead of an 11.2 oz bottle.

Overall: What is this? A Belgian Strong Pale with an insane amount of hops? I don't know and I don't care. (Or as the wife said, "Coriander... and like an IPA." Precisely.) Easily one of the top 10 brews I've tasted. I'm surprised I hadn't encountered this one earlier. A must try if you can find it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of bone white head that settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake. The body is golden and clear.

S - Earthy, slightly fruity noble hop aroma with some biscuity malt and a hint of caramel in the background.

T - Spicy, fruity yeast character up front with notes of banana, pepper, and mango. Toasty, biscuit malt in the middle backed by herbal hop flavors and a swelling bitterness. The finish is full of flavorful hop bitterness and peppery phenolics, backed by warm, smoky malt flavors.

M - Smooth, medium body with high carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - Quite drinkable and very full of flavor. The hop character is profound and refined, much like Sam Adams imperial pilsner, with a fruity, peppery yeast essence that is reminiscent of a great triple. Overall, a distinctly excellent example of a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with a massive, craggy head of white foam that lays down ridiculous lace and takes forever to settle. Reminds me of Duvel in that regard, which is to say it's very impressive.

S: Very peppery, spicy, lemony, and herbal hop presence with a lovely dry bread-like presence, as well as some distinct funky grain smells. Quite enjoyable and very robust.

T&M: Impressive. Layer upon layer of complexity with a very dry and hoppy bite on the tail end. Sweet, almost vanilla-like flavors up front with some dry fruity flavor. Light grainy malts come in just a touch mid-palate before a wave of lemony citrus, dry grassy flavors, and pepper rush in. The finish has a lingering citrus and pepper flavor that's quite nice. A wonderfully layered beer. Body is medium with an incredibly silky feel thanks to the delicate carbonation.

D: 9.5% ABV? Hogwash. This beer's incredibly drinkable and quite tasty. Another great Belgian IPA in the books.

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged large bottle, brought by my house by mntlover for our tasting session on 1-18-06. Many Thanks, Brian, for this one! Pours into a tulip glass a cloudy golden body, with an enormous, snowwhite, pillowy head that quickly becomes pitty and rocky. Extreme carbonation is evident, as thousands of tiny bubbles rush around toward the surface. Lacing is exceptional, in large sheets and island chain patchy lace.

Aroma is fascinating. Herbal, spicy, and floral. reminds me of a Saison, or biere de garde. Peppery, with earthy notes. Very pastoral in its bouquet. Mild earthy yeastiness is accented by a note of coriander, quickly eclipsed by a fresh and leafy minty menthol and catnip. Fresh rosemary leaves add even more intrigue.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with effervescent carbonation.

Taste is herbal and spicy, much like the nose. Lots of fresh leafy hops here, producing a complexity of earthy, floral, and herbal flavors. Coriander and white pepper jump into the finish, lending a wild flower character to the body. Very much like a good Saison, or biere de garde.

Extremely drinkable and highly recommended. The alcohol content is nowhere noticed. Dry, herbal, crisp, and refreshing. The addition of American Northwest hops here, adds even more complexity.Very nice!

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Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On a second tasting on tap, I noted no skunk and a pronounced alcohol bite. The taste was extremely smooth--nothing about this was extreme. Deceptively easy to drink.

On tap this may be a new Belgian IPA favorite, displacing the Houblon Chouffe king.


Gold color with a green tinge and a mild level of haze. Impressive rocky, egg-white head that leaves a generous amount of chunky lace.

Light earthiness to the aroma. The hop is present but muted. There may be a touch of skunk, too.

Pine-like flavor from the hop. Smooth texture without being too syrupy. Excellent balance--the malt provides a solid dry base. The alcohol is present but without making the body oily. The aftertaste is pure spicy hop with the alcohol kicker.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked, caged and silkscreened 750 poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with two fingers of white that shows good retention and leaves heavy lace.

The nose is citric and spicy with sugars and an earthy funk that is balanced out nicely by the hops. Complex and mouth watering.

Lemon zest upfront with a quick shot of confectioner's sugar, an equally brief note of the pilsener malts and a growing hop bitterness that is almost oily. The alcohol barely registers as a dash of pepper in the dry finish.

The mouth is full, and has a drop of oil, but it finishes clean. About as drinkable as an abv this high could be.

Its like a Triple and a DIPA got it on and gave birth to this fine brew. I really like the packaging too. Cool graphics and lots of info regarding the story behind the beer and a list of ingredients is always a nice touch.

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Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour reveals a creamy golden brew which is topped by a huge off-white head. Retention and lacing are excellent, and are almost too much for the tulip to handle. Smells fuity, estery and creamy up front with a little hoppy covering overlaying some sweet bready malts. Not as hoppy tasting as expected, but a slight bitterness does offset the malty goodness. Sour fruits make for a slightly tangy and a bit of a winy experience. Carbonation is active, and really opens things up on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Not what I was expecting, and more characteristic of a tripel, but damn good. This is what I would call a hybrid IPA/Tripel. If you can get beyond the categories, this is one sweet tasting brew.

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Photo of goschool
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part Two of my "I don't have work until 2:00 tomorrow" Belgian IPA session.

Appearance: The pour is a fiery light orange with a large white head.

Smell: There's quite a bit of grassy and floral hops in the aroma to go along with Belgian yeast and a hint of spice and fruit.

Taste: Holy crap, the spices and hops hit you in the face. These hops taste American with grass and pine. Belgian yeast plays a lesser role and pale malts bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly lighter than medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation.

Drinkability: This might be the most aggressive Belgian IPA. It certainly took more of a page from the West Cost than the other ones I've tried.

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Photo of GSS
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of numenor1
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost clear golden hue with mountainous rocky white head. Smells a wee bit phenolic, with pepper and spicy, earthy hops. Not as generous here as I would have expected. Hops are the story here. A dry, belgian style IPA. Initially a stab of fruity hoppiness, immediately gives way to earthy, spicy hops riding atop lightly toasted malts with some fruity esters thrown in(tropical). The yeast characteristics and hop flavors meld together seamlessy, very difficult to tell where one ends and the next begins. Tremendously well balanced. Finishes dry with spicy pepper. Mouthfeel is medium with substantial carbonation. Very creamy. Very drinkable. Extremely well put together, I'm a fan.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after removing the wire basket and cork greeted me with a nice “POP”, something I like to hear from these beers. Then the pour revealed a sparkling golden yellow body with a mastodonic semi-creamy light tan head that lasted for quite a spell, upon its depletion, the lace formed a tight screen to obscure the glass. Nose is a perfect blend of hop floral spiciness from the Saaz hops with a sweet over ripe orange and pineapple tone, crisp and refreshing, a real treat for the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet and tart, grain profile splendiferous and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pertinent acidic bite, the sweetness lingers long and the hops take their place at the rear giving a satisfying twang to the old taste buds, a real nice beer I’d say.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden with an orange tint color. Large white foamy head with average retention. Decent lacing left over.

S - Good amount of citrus and topical fruit hop smells come out. A little bit of pine and grass as well as some pale malt.

T - A faint subtle taste of pale malt starts the sip. This doesn't last long though and gives way to a plethora of hop flavors. They intermingle and change with every sip. Plenty of orange and some grapefruit and lemon, along with a bit of pine and grassy flavors. Also a good amount of tropical and golden fruit fades in and out. These fruit flavors consist of pineapple, mango, a bit of apricot, and peach and these fruits have a slight candied taste to them as well. Finish with a bit of spicy and a slight alcohol warming as well as Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with higher than average carbonation. Fairly creamy and drying finish.

D - Good drinkability. Hop flavors dominant but they don't kill the palate, also not incredibly bitter. Pretty creamy and goes down easy. Refreshing, but ABV is a little high to drink too many.

Notes: Really nice beer that taste somewhat like a mix between an American IPA with West Coast hop flavors and a Belgian IPA/Tripel. Lots of good hoppy flavors with lots of fruity hops and some pine.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head fed by sparce rising bubbles, leaves good amount of lace.

Aroma is light fruity grape, melon nice hoppy with light spice. Hops are good very fragrent grassy, nice earthy flavors yeast or hops with nice peppery coriander. Noted some light vinegar aromas also.

Taste nice zesty feel some biscuit malt crisp leads to nice spice, minty peppery with some good grassy hop flavors mingled with earthy yeasts. Finishes with the spice. Over all very tasty great hop flavors in a Belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is a good medium even though it feels light also. Malt that is noticed is covered by hops and spice. Perfect carbonation zesty but not over done.

Drinkability is good big full flavored but light and crisp also. The 9.5% not noticed at all. Highly recommended pricey but well worth it

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Photo of erz316
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle into la fin tulip

A - looks really good. the body is a very warm golden honey orange colour. the head is big and very bright. lacing is good, and the head retention is above average. there are some pretty big yeast chunkies in the mix, thus preserving the hybrid tripel look, or so I think.

S - a real floral, hoppy, almost lemon grassy nose. quite good. there is also a notable malt body and yeastiness, and somewhere in the mix is this intriguing sweetness. maybe its a bit of vanilla and orange, I don't really know, either way it smells quite good.

T - really good, very balanced, and not too bitter. the initial taste is a good bitterness from the hops, it is a bitter herbal and dry kind of taste, almost feels like it is drying up the tongue. the alcohol come out at the back of the palate. there is a definite vanilla and honey aspect, this is what I think I am classifying as a sweet flavour. the finish is a bit more blunt with the alcohol, giving a bit of a dry scorching down the throat, but the beer is still quite smooth. the aftertaste is at first qiute boozy and dry, but it comes down eventually to the hops, and there is a bit of malt to even it out.

MF&D - the body feels a bit thin for some reason, but the carbonation, which is quite small and plentiful, pumps up the body to a mouth coating medium.

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