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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Urthel's Hop-It Superior Hoppy Blond Ale

Urthel's Hop-It Superior Hoppy Blond Ale is a Belgian IPA brewed by De Leyerth Brewery of Belgium. Urthel is a very young Belgian Brewery, it was founded in 2000 (Compared to the other famous Belgian beers that have been brewed by monks for centuries). Urthel likes to think outside the box in terms of their Belgian beer recipes.
I bought this at the Curtis Park Market in Sacramento for $10.99 for a 750ml bottle. It has an ABV of 9.5%.

The color is a golden with slight haze. The head is white and, fizzy with good retention. The aroma is sweet, and reminds me of a white wine. The flavor has a strong alcohol taste, strong earthy hops, with a bitter earthy hops finish. The body is medium with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. The alcohol coats and warms the mouth.

Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. While, it's labeled an IPA, don't expect anything resembling the American IPA you are used to, nor even a British IPA if you like that. I can recognize the skill in crafting this beer, but its just not my style. I felt like at times I was drinking a hopped champagne. Some folks might like it, but not I. It is a very drinkable beer - its crisp, light, refreshing, and the flavor is something to explore. I'd recommend you Try It, if you like this style.

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