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Urthel Hop-It (262 of 1001)

Rating: 4.1

This is a beer I’ve had sitting my cellar for almost a year now, it’s not often that a lighter coloured beer lasts that long here but one of the reasons I was put off drinking it sooner was my initial confusion as to what country to label the beer from. It’s a beer that features in the 1001 beers list with the country of origin listed as Belgium there but elsewhere in the same book Netherlands is mentioned, as it turns out it is a Belgian beer that was launched in 2005 taking influence from some of the Belgian inspired American craft beers brewed over the pond. Since 2005 the brewery has since relocated though and now calls Netherlands its home, despite this I will stick with what the book originally stated and file this one under Belgium to make it my 54th beer from the country to date. At 9.5% I’m expecting this one to be strong and equally as complex, hopefully it will go down as one of the beer Belgian IPA’s that I’ve tried and although  this one will be only my sixth such Belgian IPA I’ve tried it will be second this month as it follows quickly on from the Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 that I reviewed here not that long ago.
Urthel Hop-It

Appearance (5/5): Bright, golden amber in colour with a slight haze and a centimetre and a half tall, foamy white head that has excellent retention with no movement or reduction in size over the opening couple of minutes. The head manages to hold steady even after I’ve taken a few sips of the beer; excellent stuff thus far.
Aroma (7/10): Some light spice and yeast to begin, quickly followed by some medium strength citrus hops with hints of pine and grapefruit too. There is some sweetness, mainly from some sugar and background fruits, mainly oranges and some pineapple with a subtle hint of alcohol making itself known as well and some earthy hops and grassy notes round things off.
Taste (8/10): Hops, citrus and pine hops to begin alongside the spice and yeast from the nose coming through as well. Orange and some grapefruit from the nose are present here too, the beer is pretty well-balanced with some addition sugar from the fruits making an appearance as well. Some herbal and floral flavours come through as well with hints of alcohol towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium to full-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and although some touches of alcohol come through the beer isn’t totally boozy or hard to drink. There is some sweetness throughout and the beer is almost syrupy too with low carbonation.

Overall (16/20): Nice stuff this one, a fairly good example of a Belgian IPA with more hops coming through than I’d anticipated with a good balance and one that went down surprisingly easy as well. The fact that the beer was dry hopped definitely made a difference with this one, the hops although not exceedingly strong were fairly easy to detect from the start and were a nice addition. A solid Belgian IPA and one that I wouldn’t mind trying again at some point in the future.

Brewed In: Ruiselede, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
First Brewed: 2005
Type: Belgian IPA
Abv: 9.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £4.00

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