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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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437 Ratings

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 38
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

brownbeer, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ricchezza
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Belgian style glass. Rich, deep copper (penny) tint.

Orange/tangerine fruity aroma with a hint of pepper and celery. Tastes is also fruity/citrus-like, with much less hop aroma than expected; pretty mild for an IPA. Lightly carbonated.

Smokey after tastes that sneaks up on the palate with a warming alcohol presence.

Perfect for a cold night and with a good steak.

ricchezza, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Charleston Beer Exchange!

A - Pours a brownish amber with a great inch+ head with excellent retention and lacing! Great!

S - Appearance and smell and getting my really excited to dive into this bomber! Smells strongly of floral and citrus (orange) hops. Nice sweet caramel malty backbone!

T - Tastes good, but doesn't quite meet the lofty expectations that the look and smell had set. A bit tart and quite bitter. Citrus heavy hops and caramel malt balance nicely - not quite as sophisticated a flavor as I had hoped but still very good and the finish is very bitter, which I really like.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation

O - Pretty good hop bomb a decent better imperial red

MacQ32, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a drinkable Strong Ale! Pours cloudy dark amber with light tan head. Nose has mixed citrus and some slightly musty aromas, in a good way. Nice balance of citrusy hops with the maltiness. Overall though it has a very creamy body and mouthfeel, and is silky smooth as it goes down. Alcohol strength is muted. Very easy & pleasurable drinking experience here.

yemenmocha, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full litre had to be shared by two others. Pours above average slightly dark body with lasting quarter-inch head. Malty aromas mostly. Above average mouthfeel, red style is not normally my favourite but I appreciate the toasted malt and the balanced presence of so much hops: summit, simcoe, chinook, and nuggets. Better with food, it was drinkable and satisfying.

Sammy, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of turnerk3
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.

turnerk3, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise at Duke's Alehouse.

The Sox are leading the Cubs, so I can't help but be on the lighter side right now. This brew in front of me pours a clear sunset amber-russet topped by over a finger of dark cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, pine, toffee, very light chocolate, lemon peel, and orange peel. The taste holds notes of toffee, pine, grapefruit peel, orange zest, lemon peel, and lightly toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that borders on dry. Overall, a very nice red, one of the better examples I've had in a while. Oh, and Sox win! Nice!

TMoney2591, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark copper/amber color with a 1 finger off-white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of citrus, toffee, lightly roasted malts.

T- Roasted malts, caramel. Citrus flavors come through in the middle followed by a nice balance of hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. On the lighter side of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

O- Nice imperial amber. The citrus notes and hop balance really make this a good beer.

kawilliams81, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber pour and thin, sudsy white head. Citrus and fresh pine in the aroma along with pineapple juice and a fruit cup aroma. Lots of hops up front. Some roasted malts and grapefruit peel in the taste. A great big, hoppy red ale, despite not being overwhelmingly bitter.

saintwarrick, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
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.

TheRealBigC, Jul 30, 2012
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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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