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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%


Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale is brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Chinook, Centennial and Columbus at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Compared to their more traditionally subdued, elegant European counterparts, American hops are bold, bright, piney and zesty. This ale is brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8.5% alcohol by volume, this thick and warming beer is to be shared and savored.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/26/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with very earth forward aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 23:17:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sudsy2drunk

Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

four pack brought to me from my sweetie pour into 3f teku

A- a dark ruby color with a big creamy tannish head

S-strong hops aroma very piney

T- as strong as i thought it would be 100 ibu..wooo

M- id say medium mouth fill nothing to thick

O- definitely beyond drinkable, something id like to find on tap and hopefully share with a friend but this four pack is all for me

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:38:30 | More by sudsy2drunk
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice to see imperial red ales, they're a rarer style, and this is a stronger one at that.
Poured into becker pint glass; deep garnet/ruby with a thin off-white head that fades fast but leaves nice delicate lacing. Smell is floral hops, with some yeasty bourbon-like booziness, probably from the bottle-conditioning. Taste is awesome; smooth and sweet up front with lots of clean malt, moving suddenly into huge bitter and floral hops, with a hint of alcohol (not much though, for 8.5%). Bottle-conditioning definitely mellows the booze out, and this one has a nice clean mouthfeel and wet finish, leaving a slight lingering bitter aftertaste. I'd love to try this stuff fresh. Next time I'm near Idaho I guess...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:40:37 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 1.5 finger, off white head with excellent lacing on a deep copper with amber hues body.

S: candied fruit, molasses, brown sugar, bready malts and caramel.

T: pine, earthy and floral hops throughout with a pretty strikingly tart flavor which is especially found in the finish which is more of a citrus tartness. Caramel and toasted malt base beer with very nice degree of sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. This one coats the palate a bit.

Overall: complex, nice base beer with strong hop presence. The booze is a little bit strong but reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:12:39 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick, off white head on top of a lightly hazy, amber body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace. A pungently hoppy aroma with notes of pine and sweaty hops. Brown, malty notes in the flavor profile with a hop profile similar to the aroma. Medium thick body, moderator carbonation, and a sweet finish. Nicely done, probably even better when super fresh as the hop flavor seems a little faded.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:10:51 | More by nickfl
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/red color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor is balance of pine hop and caramel - almost an imperial IPA. 750ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:28:40 | More by jdhilt
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. The first digits in the bottling date are hard to read, but it looks like either a 03 or 05--since I bought this beer in April, I'm going with 03/06/13 as the likely correct answer.

Appearance - Thick, burnt sienna-brown apple cider body. Cloudy with a half-finger of brown-sugar colored foam. The head dissipates after about 60 seconds, leaving little more than some stray medium-sized bubbles and a film of carbonation.

Smell - Malty sweetness and caramel notes. Not much hoppiness (I expected more, given the name), but I can certainly tell it's there more than a "normal" amber ale. I get some bready (rye?) elements as well.

Taste - The hops finally make their presence known, and with authority. Herbal bitterness, some grapefruit and other citrus rind elements. Some alcoholic esters as well atop a nice faintly sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a chewy finish that carries through the bitters from the taste. Honestly, quite refreshing for a so-called "autumn" beer.

Overall, a tasty brew that hides it's alcohol quite well. First time I've tried anything from Grand Teton and it definitely has me curious to try more. I'd also like to try it closer to its bottling date sometime, to see if the aromatic part of the hops tapers off quickly or not.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:06:08 | More by LambicPentameter
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, $2.49. I had this once before in a 750ml bottle so I thought I better review it hence the repeat purchase,. The bottling date was fuzzy but it appears to have been bottled in March of this year so its about two months old. Red color, head was fine. Aroma was a muted bit of hops and really smelled like a double amber ale. Flavor was heavy malts like an amber ale with just a bit of fruitiness from the hops. I bet this is great when its a couple weeks old but at two months its really a disappointment. Its not bad but the hops were just not there for teh advertised IBU and the name of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:29:28 | More by ArrogantB
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber, lots of particles in suspension, big head.

Smell: Citrus, fruitiness underneath.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, toffee, raisins. Mild citrus bitterness, lasting bitter finish.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, if not quite what I was expecting. At 100 IBU I thought it would be much more bitter, however, the hops took a back seat to the malt flavors. The hops did give it a dry finish though. Bottled in March 2013, consumed in May 2013, it shouldn't have lost too much in the way of hop flavor. Still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 15:34:41 | More by Mdog
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 12/5/2012, poured into a Nonic pint 4/13/2013, review is transcribed from notes from that day.

Aroma: A nice, sickly malty sweet scent, remniscent of caramel and toffee right off the bat with a good bit of hoppy pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the most pungent ale but it's easy to get the nose here. (4)

Colour: Pours a cloudy, sort of opaque dark copper with a fluffy 2cm white head that dissipates into a thick white film with a medium sized collar. The lacing is beautifully thick and sticks all over the place. A very appetizing and tempting red ale. (4)

Flavour: Given that its 3 months old, this beer is still hoppy as hell with pine dominating with a little bit of citrus in the background; all of this hoppiness is backed up by a sweet caramel toffee malty backbone. It's an extremely well balanced beer, especially compared to IPAs which tend to have more hoppiness compared to malts. The not so cloying sweetness reminds me quite a bit of Nugget Nectar even though the hop profiles are very different. I liked this a lot. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and very well carbonated. Aftertaste is an assload of pine and a bit of citrus that definitely showcases the IBUs, and it doesn't go away on its own without washing it down with water. Dang strong hoppy beer, and well-balanced to boot. The finish is a bit drier than I would like, even taking into consideration the hoppy bitterness. (4)

Overall: Nicely done, I think I prefer Nugget Nectar slightly more to this one just because of the difference in hop profiles. Yet this one is hoppy as hell with an awesome malt backbone to back it up. It's seriously well-done and I would definitely recommend. (4)

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:41:43 | More by Stevedore
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 10/23/2012, pours reddish amber with some haze, topped with a short beige head that holds excellent retention. Fresh dank hoppy aroma comes through as grapefruit and pine, coupled with loads of caramel maltiness. Heavy dose of caramel and toasty grain for a backbone that holds up well to the 100ibu of piny, grapefruity, citric hops. Medium bodied and creamy, finishes with a nice linger of hop bitterness. Overall, it's one of those beers that is what it is: excellent!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 11:39:35 | More by barnzy78
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pursuit of Hoppiness pours a traditional red color with a long lasting lacing head. The aroma contains a nice kick of floral hops. The taste has a nice malty backbone, with a good blend of floral hops. Good full flavor, and easy to drink. Overall a fanatic red ale, not very hoppy beer, as the name suggestions but a very good red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 04:20:41 | More by vette2006c5r
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mynie

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently I need to stop being impressed by finding beers I first heard about in 2007. I'm just getting around to Nugget Nectar--I'm all excited, start writing about it, get a big ol' Double N logo tattooed on my lower back--but then everyone calls me a melvin because the hot new thing is this Nigerian lager they brew using parts of a little kid who got hacked to death because he didn't work fast enough in the diamond mines. It's called "He Didn't Go to Jared" and it's billed as a Carbon Aged Triple IPA. And, fuck, it'll be like five years before I get to try it, and by that point the cool kids'll be drinking Martian beer, probably.

Anyhow, wow! This was just sitting at a Binny's! Like it was no big deal!

I like reds with earthy back ends, and this has that. The hops aren't as wowza as I was expecting but it's real good balance-wise. Also, an immensely pretty pour.

Full Review:
http://mynie.com/?p=381

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:13:36 | More by mynie
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Tone

Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, grass, and herbal notes. Fits the style of American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, dry hops, alcohol, hops, hint of chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and body. The blend is a little unsavory, with the malt and hops being too subtle and the grass/herbal flavors being too prominent.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 16:47:25 | More by Tone
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pursuit of hopiness is leaving wanting more....not for more beer....just better beer. With this name you better bring some hops...I just feel overrun with malt. The appearance of the beer is great...poured a nice ruby red with thin slight off white head that is lacing nicely. The scent has waifs of hop but there is a strong sweet malt with tinges of alcohol. The taste is big sweet malt that is not well balanced by hops...almost a syrupy flare. The mouthfeel is a full body brew with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok...glad I tried it...but I would not go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:05:57 | More by WoodBrew
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy burnt amber color with a nice fluffy two finger khaki head that falls so slow. Plenty of sticky lace down my glass.

Aroma is malty nice caramel notes loaded with resin hops some minty notes riding on tobacco.

Taste is lighter then the nose malt not as strong but still malty with good caramel notes. Hops are present and tasty and even out the malt notes. Hop resin lingers in the finish along with some spicy alcohol hints that add to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is only medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a good enjoyable amber that sits in the middle of malty and hoppy. Considering the name not overly hoppy least for my tastes. An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:26:52 | More by mntlover
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5% ABV confirmed. Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired locally and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Bottled 12/03/12.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and flat out fantastic retention; it looks like it'l keep for a good ten minutes. Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dark amber-copper; semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, with an impressive head.

Sm: Hoppy, with nectar and floral character dominating. Caramel and sweet malts form the foundation. Little hop bitterness. An average strength aroma, and a pretty simple one.

T: Nectary hops, a bit of floral hop character, caramel, and sweet amber malts. Fairly balanced, but underwhelming. I do like it, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. There's just not much to say about it. Some bready notes. A bit too sweet, with malts defeating hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Decent thickness. Pretty good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty pedestrian. For an imperial red, it's not bad. Still, I wouldn't trifle with it again - especially not for its price as an import. There are better examples of the style at this price point. Hides its ABV fairly well. Another good but not great offering from Grand Teton.

C+

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:08:46 | More by kojevergas
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous deep red with a nice creamy head. The lacing was excellent. Smell was off big, resinous hops, but was balanced out with some deep malt aroma of burnt sugar and dark fruit. The flavor was similar, although the malt was a little sharper and the hops were slightly more piney. It had some sweetness but not too much, a nice dryish finish that was reminiscent of a DIPA. The mouthfeel was superb, low carb and very silky and smooth. Helped mellow out some of the more abrasive characters in the beer. Overall, this was a delicious beer, I would have no hesitation in getting it again. I heard that it is year-round now, even better!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 05:03:12 | More by Siriusfisherman
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler served in a Sweetwater pint glass. Pours crystal clear and quite reddish, with a large frothy beige head. Head has very good retention and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

Massive hop aroma, with a bit more pine than citrus. The flavor is more fruity and surprisingly mild; not actually mild but not the harsh/bitter hop hammer the nose led me to expect. Nor does it seem possible this is a 100 IBU beer or one with over 6%, let alone over 8%, ABV. There's a solid toasted caramel malt base that tames the hops and adds to the richness.

M: medium-full body; near medium carbonation.

O: an outstanding imperial red that has the aroma of a DIPA but is highly drinkable. Higher ABV is well hidden in both taste and feel, though it does appear in the nose.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2012 23:06:37 | More by chinchill
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to chestnut body beneath the frothy tan head that dissipates to leave a scattered lacing around the entire glass.

There is certainly a generous pine and earthy hop presence, but the hearty sweet malt backbone is a pleasant surprise. It features biscuit and caramel.

The flavor packs a piney hop punch up front with earthy notes followed by the biscuit and sweet caramel malt and a woody finish. This beer is quite earthy and spicy.

Medium carbonation with a lighter body than I would expect, however it does have a robust spicy finish which seems like a contradiction.

This is nice Imperial Red Ale with plenty of hops and malt to go around and an appearance to match its robust character.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:06:26 | More by CHADMC3
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AgentMunky

California

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allgash cervoise glass. Bottled on date is very blurry... ?/14/12.

A: Hefty tan head churns, but has decent retention. The beer is a murky ruby-amber.

S: Vaguely metallic, noticeably hoppy, with some bready malt thrown in.

T/M: Good, but not great. Maybe it's a touch old? Strongly, bitterly hoppy, with loads of pine. However, it's light-bodied and the malt base can't balance or support the American hops. Some bright lemon peel on the foretaste and a bitter-dry finish. The maintaste is brief, but pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is too thin to suit the beer, perhaps due to the hefty IBU (100+?).

O: A good beer. I have a fondness for imperial reds and this is no exception. Recommended, but not exceptional. Would be curious to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:19:18 | More by AgentMunky
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1/11/12 into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid hoppy red ale but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:00:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why I thought this was going to be an IPA. Reading beer labels is beneath me.

This is a pretty decent amber ale. I think it might depend on what your expectations are for the style as this one is mildly spicy with the hops and carries a lot of malt influences on it. Might not be "imperial" enough for some. But for me, it works. Though a 12 ounce bottle would have worked just as well as a 750ml one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:27:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness delivers on the name - plenty of hop delights for all, with a strong malt backbone to make it a remarkably smooth, easy drinker (even with the 8.5% ABV). The hops are definitely the focal point here, but the overall flavor profile leaves just a little more to be desired. Nothing inherently wrong with a strong, balanced, hoppy beer, but at the same time, the taste doesn't linger after you're done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 17:20:50 | More by TheRealBigC
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turnerk3

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive amber hew with an exceptionally ample head. The retention is nicely distributed along the glass.

S: The name matches the nose. A robust hop aroma engulfs the nostrils with a citrusy, floral complexion. Very similar to an IPA.

T: Pursuit of hoppiness describes it perfectly. There is an illusive amber ale flavor, but the hops generate a grapefruit like bitterness that masks the malt flavor that is expected in amber ales.

M: Outstanding carbonation dispenses the flavor appropriately throughout the palate. The hop bitterness from the flavor does not fully subside, but there is a relative smoothness due to the absence of the malts.

O: Much more of an IPA than an amber ale. If this was labeled as an IPA the ratings would definitely be different. There is a slight amber style, but the hops are the most significant factor in this brew.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2012 00:51:59 | More by turnerk3
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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.