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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

424 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 36
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:04:05 | More by nhindian
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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.