Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Provided by dtx00 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Sam!
750ml bottle poured into a pint, split 3 ways.
A - Pours a ruby red color with highlights of rustic orange and cherrywood. It grows about 1.5-fingers of head with good retention. It leaves behind some lacing, but nothing incredibly special. The body, however, is beautiful, from the color to the almost crystal-clear transparency that paints everything on the other side a deep crimson.
S - Immediately after pouring, aromas of numerous hops waft up and fill the air. This apparently has reached the fabled 100 IBU mark, which definitely is impressive, especially for a style like amber ales, where very hoppy beers are not typically the norm. The hops here give a robust nose full of spice, earth, and of course lots grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel as well, but obviously not much.
T - I have to say, upon my first sip I was impressed. I've heard snippets about this brewery, but nothing substantial, but this is a great tasting beer. It has the bitter hoppiness like something a double IPA would bring, but also has a more complex base behind it with the malts, which are sweet and even nutty at times. From there, the hops springboard to the front, offering bold, rich flavors across the hop spectrum. The spiciness is something that I found myself liking, especially when complemented with the malts, and the strong pine and grapefruit and other citrus notes are always welcome. Just a tinge of heat in the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with okay carbonation. A little bit more carbonation would have hit the sweet-spot, but it's not bad in its current state. Even after a single pour, my mouth and palate were starting to feel that numbness that hops sometime impart.
D/O - Drinkability is high. A complete dark horse for me, but I can't say I wasn't enjoying every last bit of this beer. It was refreshing to get a beer with the strong hop presence, but also with the fortitude to withstand that and balance it with the malt sweetness. I will definitely be keeping Grand Teton on my radar for the future.
10-12-2011 02:04:05 | More by nhindian
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - This is a reddish-brown in color, mostly brown, with a modest head that did though leave some nice lacing.
Smell - This smells like a little bit of everything. The hop profile is very complex and hard to pin down. On the one had you have some stiff PacNW citrus notes but then on the other hand are some mild simcoe aromas. Either way, the brewery name may sound German but this is definitely an American hop profile.
The malts though are just as big. There is a very slight toasty character to the malt profile and I can even pick up some sweetish chocolate. This is very natural-smelling with the promise of big flavors and big body.
Taste - I thought the strong hops and big malts might collide here but this somehow achieves a marvelous balance. The sweet malt comes out big and strong, the hops are grand yet smooth, and everything melds quite nicely.
Mouthfeel - This is a big beer as promised. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but it is pretty darn close. The carbs are thankfully very soft and the beer deftly avoids a harsh bitterness at the finish with the finely-tuned sugars.
Drinkability - This is one of the more drinkable big beers that I've had. It has a very natural feel and taste to it and the brewer did a great job of finding harmony in some big, big flavors.
12-06-2009 01:21:40 | More by RoyalT
3.83/5 rDev -4%
A- Amber pour with a creamy tan head.
S- Smell's hoppy. Somewhat piney, more floral and grapefruity. Fresh.
T,M,&D- Here's the let down- body is thin, a little watery. Which increases the gulpability but doesn't lend to the overall experience. Cherry, grapefruit, a little pine, but needs more malt and more bitterness and finish. It's gone before you know it's there. Granted, it hides the 8.5% very well, it just doesn't do much for me. The pursuit continues.
11-14-2009 02:54:23 | More by brownbeer
3.48/5 rDev -12.8%
750ml bottle, bottled on 12/07/10. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet tropical fruits and some resiny hops and a little caramel malt.
The flavor is sweet nutty caramel and crystal malt with tropical fruits and a bit of grassy bitterness that does stick out a little in the aftertaste. As it warms, the hops start to overpower the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.
Overall, a nice imperial red. It's a bit much on the sweet side for me and rather watery - but still nice.
03-07-2011 05:29:00 | More by Beaver13
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
1 liter flip top brow bottle with a vintage date.
Right away you can tell this beer is bottle condition, as I poured it into my .5 Liter mug a whole lot of tiny bubbles started to form slowly and gain momentum enough to provide a think three fingers of lace. Reddish amber color is pretty damn clear, no hop haze or floaties at all. Orange rind and tobacco, perhaps a little bit of leather from the hop nose ... small kernel of toasted grain and nutty yeast when sniffing a little deeper. Extremely smooth with a solid medium body. Hops and malt battle it out from start to finish. Hop bitterness grows a little more with each sip and the alcohol sneaks in warmth as well. Maltiness tries hard to fend off with toasted bread and caramel flavors. Hops drive hard with citric and mint. Peach fruitiness in the bitter sweet finish.
A love big reds, especially reds that have a ton of hops and the malt to back it up. Very nice ...
05-20-2010 00:50:58 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is lots of caramel malt with some nice hop character. The flavor is a great mix of caramel malt and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is only my second beer from these guys, but I have been very impressed with the two I have tried.
04-27-2010 00:53:11 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Pursuit of Hoppiness opens with an aroma that nicely befits the name, being bright and full of citrusy, lemony, piney, grapefruit notes from the hops, which slightly tickle the nose in their citrusy bitterness. A healthy malt base, full of brown sugar, vanilla, biscuit, orange, and berry aromas, complements the hops. The aromas as a whole are well balanced and enticing, none overwhelming the beer, and the slight stickiness around the bottle's mouth promises excellent viscosity and quality of brew.
On the tongue, the beer opens in good IPA-like style, with a huge and immediate hit of hops, which bring pine, grapefruit zest, lemon, dandelion stem, mint, and eucalyptus notes, as well as a good dose of bitterness from the 100 IBUs. The hops are so well-balanced and crafted that, despite their intense flavors and bitterness, they still allow a good amount of malt sugar to break through, providing a base of orange liqueur, berry, toast crust, brown sugar, and fresh whole wheat bread. The beer is tilted very much in favors of the hops, however, and this continues into the aftertaste, which consists mainly of the dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and lemon rind hop notes, with some brown sugars and oranges left over, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.
Overall, this is a great Imperial Red Ale, showcasing an excellent range of hop and malt flavors, and being largely well balanced--at least, as well balanced as a 100 IBU hop monster can be. The hops do overly dominate the aftertaste, of course, and tend to slightly detract from the sugars in the main mouthful, but I doubt many hopheads will protest too much. Very much worth trying.
01-15-2012 00:33:22 | More by jondeelee
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
750ml capped and foiled bottled poured into a boulevard tulip, bottled 5.5.11
pours out a murkey reddish color with a nice off white, almost tan colored head that had some very nice retention and some decent lacing as well.
somewhat muted piney hops balanced by a nice sugary caramel, biscuity malt.
a good balance, but some of the hop flavors seem a little lost. again, biscuity, caramel malts balanced by a bit of pine. still a solid hop bitterness in the finish.
medium bodied with some nice carbonation for the style. slightly stickey feel.
this surprisingly stood the test of time very well and leaves me even more intrigued to find a fresher bottle.
02-12-2012 17:54:12 | More by dogfishandi
4.41/5 rDev +10.5%
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...
08-04-2013 01:40:37 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5 rDev -12%
Came across red, carbonation was definitely not a problem, wasn't a gusher, but it definitely was excited to get out the bottle. Head didn't amount to much or stick around long. Aroma was less red, more dipa on the caramel and sweetness tip.
Taste, less hoppy than expectations were, being that it was called pursuit of hoppiness. Not a fail by any means. This is really one of those line blurs when it comes to style. A little bit red, dipa, strong ale, whathaveyou. Sticky.
Price was just too much for what you get, there's a lot better investments, this was like $11 for a liter.
11-06-2010 01:19:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
10-30-2012 23:06:37 | More by chinchill
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Bottle purchased from Wine and Cheese place via mail order.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more restrained. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by pine hops. Midway through the hops turn more herbal, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.
Overall this is a solid beer for one of my favorite sub-styles, the hoppy amber. Well worth a shot.
07-07-2011 02:06:29 | More by glid02
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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