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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

449 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 31 | 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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2/5  rDev -49.9%

cletusdog, May 16, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

squirrel49, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's, Greenville, on 9/18/11

Faded copper color. Poured a thin head and thin it remained. Hardly any lace at all.

Aromas of floral hops, watery caramel and a touch of bread. Way tame and a little soapy. No brightness to the hops. Ugh, it tastes just as bland and boring. Floral hops and caramel smeared all over the place. Lacking in citrus and/or pine. Bitterness is low. Tastes kind of soapy, also. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Something of a slick feel.

This isn't exactly a bad beer; it's just boring as sin. I'm glad I didn't buy a bottle.

Ryan011235, Oct 24, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Elicoleman, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Hellpop65, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big gorilla of a hop brew. Nothing subtle, intriguing, or armoatic. Some sweet malt, but a dishwater aftertaste followed by the bitter burn. A litle bit of maltiness squeaks through. Ruby amber color is nice. Foam fairly long lasting and well laced in the pint glass. Supposed to have Summit, Simcoe, Chinook, and Nugget hops.

At Sessions Public in San Diego. Surprised a pint of a beer listed at 9% is only available in pints. Why do they want to call it an "American Red" with 100 IBU? One of the less interesting hoppy beers I've had this year.

mactrail, Nov 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

steamboatbrewer, May 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Papago, during a Grand Teton tasting. The company rep said this was an imperial red...we'll see.

Deep copper, puffy white head, hazy, some bubbles.

Smell reminds of citrusy orange juice and some caramel malt. Not terribly complex.

Bracingly bitter in the back, but the finish is very sweet grapefruit juice. As a red, this guy is a little hop-heavy. I'd like some more malt.

Medium-light carbonation, slightly watery, with a light body.

Pursuit of Hoppiness drinks more like an unbalanced IPA than a red. I wasn't super-impressed with any of the Grand Teton beers I tasted that night...this one, like the others, is completely average -- par for the course.

Phelps, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber or whatever size this bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

2009 vintage.

A- Pours a deep amber red that has a good amount of haze to it and let's no light through when holding it up to the light. A big head, 2.5 finger's worth, sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S- Big amounts of hops and sweet malt. Very reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine. Some nice caramel and maybe just a hint of spice.

T- Like the nose, big hops but the aging has subdued them quite a bit. The malt is pretty present and the alcohol pokes its head out just a bit.

M- Medium to full bodied but feels flat regardless of lingering head. Pretty smooth on the back of the tongue. Just a little heat in the back from the alcohol.

D- Comes in a big bottle but this is a one glass and done. I can tell there is some age n this bottle and its seems to make it a little oxidized. Overall really lacks something to make it stand out form the crowd.

Wisconsinality, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
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+

kojevergas, Jan 13, 2013
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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.

ArrogantB, May 12, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed January 18th, 2011.

Beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper with plenty of off-white head. Some lacing, though not sheeting. Well-carbonated appearance.

Aromas of citric malt and a touch of caramel malt. Not as aromatic as anticipated.

Toasted caramel malt flavor is fairly weak, beaten down by herbal, citric hop character that grows stronger and more bitter with passing time. Tartness (bordering on sourness) a subtle but persistent note. Grapefruit juice? Lingering, substantial bitter finish with touches of pine. Slight alcohol warmth and flavor.

Beer is very wet, bordering on juicy. Good carbonation on tongue leaves a slight tingle but does nothing to cut bitter finish.

Not particularly enjoyable.

charlzm, Jan 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Hanzo, Oct 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

poopsyeah, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

casapy, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Stinger80OH, Nov 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

yoitsarch, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

TonyTalon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure about this one. Red ale? I'm not thinking on the same page. The malt on this one is hidden and buried by the hops and alcohol. Sure, it pours an amber/reddish/brown and it does look good, that's about where the red ale ends.

Hops up front, in the middle and all around the nose. Add some alcohol on the end. Boozy citrus aromas.

Hops in the taste and tons of them. Syrupy a bit; resinous. Citrus and slight pine. Ok, here are some of the malts, but not much. Some light hints of caramel. I'd actually wish the malt would just go away as it takes away from nice hops. I'm conflicted. A hop bomb, but not to style (at least on here). And booozy

Mebuzzard, May 23, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:clear, glowing copper colored beer topped by a minimal sized light beige head.

S: The aroma is rather sugary malty at first, soon to be overpowered by piney, citrusy hoppyness. Some lemonpeel.

T: It’s full-bodied, quite effervescent and lightly warming, with flavors of caramel sugary maltyness and a solid dose of citrusy, resiny malts. Lasting finish with bitterness dominating.

O: Some balance brought by the sweetish maltyness. A really pleasant one. A bit sweet maybe, but with hops enough to deal with it

seanwhite, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours red. more red then expected for sure. quarter inch white lacey head that hangs out for a minute or two. smell is in your face hops, fresh hops even? why are you so red? looks like a Cascazilla, but more subdued in a way. mouthfeel is THICK, like, borderline chewey. tastes like I've had this before, not remarkable from a quality or creativity standpoint, but represents an alternate avenue for the hopeless hophead. wouldnt buy it again, and struggled to drink a whole one, but oddly content...

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2011
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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.