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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

182 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 475
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 42
Gots: 35 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2009

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
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Photo of Libeertarian
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This ale is a half-opaque, bright copper with tiny flecks throughout, and a bit of — shall we say? — "organism" silently stirring on the bottom. Head is somewhere between peaches and cream. Its retention is great. Instead of a thick, even layer, it forms an island in the middle of the nonic pint, before flattening into a film, leaving a chunky but sparse lace behind. While a film, it leaves a broad ring that slowly sinks back into the body. Aroma is predominantly citrusy and floral from the hops. And caramel and sweetness from the malt. Taste is bitter throughout, but more so on the aftertaste. Otherwise, it has a seductive sweetness owing to the grain as much as hops or alcohol. There is also a broth-like character, but less so than in certain other imperial reds I've had. If you would have told me it was 100 IBUs after my first sip, I might have believed you, but after that it seemed more balanced. Beer is full-bodied, as to be expected. Relatively low carbonation. For a bottle-conditioned beer, that is. Warming and numbing from the alcohol, but not inordinately drying on the finish, kept me salivating for more. I don't know if I have the strength of will to age the other three I purchased. (1,215 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz into tulip. Poured a deep orange, with a touch of haze. This was an interesting one. The nose promised some caramel malt which was nicely backed with floral and tropical hops. However, the hops dominated this one. Don't get me wrong, I am an avowed hop head. It's just that an Imperial Red should have some depth of malt as well, according to what I have had so far (Hop Head Red, Denogginizer, McCarthy's Bane, etc.). Finish was a nice pop of bittering hops... which I of course enjoyed. 2nd tier compared to above mentioned. (533 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, wood and caramel.
The taste has a big bitter bite at first, that is quickly tamed by the caramel sweetness, finishes with a mild bitter note. Great profile.
The texture is thicker.
Nice. (267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of sudsy2drunk
4.99/5  rDev +25.4%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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... (713 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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) (1,699 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (920 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -8%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (735 characters)

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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