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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 38
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored a bottle of this at KJ Baaron's. Its 2009 Cellar reserve, bottled 2/1/10. Bought on a whim because I loved the Trout Hop IPA from Teton and this one certainly didnt disappoint!

A - Poured into Duvel tulip a wonderful cloudy dark red/amber with a spectacular two and a half finger head. Super creamy looking and offwhite, this sucker didnt want to fade and left an unbelievable amount of side lacing. One of the best lacings I've had.

S - Some nice carmely sticky sweet malts here. There is some light bitterness from the hops but its not assertive at all. Guess thats what 2 years of aging will do!

T - Wow, this is a nice red ale. Sweet malts, lots of sweetness upfront with some nice almost, just almost dark fruit flavours (raisin?). At the end there is some hop bitterness and a very light fruityness. Aging has definately mellowed this out.

M - Very creamy with low carbonation. At the end though its starts to feel a little thin.

D - Wow, this stuff is killer. The ABV is noticeable slightly in the nose and on the tongue but hey, its 8%! Really amazing appearance on this with some nice smooth taste and mouthfeel. Its a great imperial red but the price ($16ish) is just a bit much.

rudzud, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of yusef
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
bottled on 5/17/11

A: pours a beautiful dark amber mahogany color with a 3 finger white head. lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. great head retention and lacing.

S: big piney hops, caramel malt and slight booze smell.

T: taste is similar to the aroma. i get a lot of citrus hops, rich caramel malt, and spices. also a nice alcohol warmth.

M: medium bodied with some bitterness from the hops. well carbonated.

O: i really enjoyed this beer and hope to have it many more times, hopefully from an even fresher batch.

yusef, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Ajmorriso1
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

Ajmorriso1, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of shredsofautumn
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle.
Bottled on 5/15/2011.
This particular batch comes in at a striking 8.5%. Just where I like an "imperial amber".

Bottle poured into a 22 oz. Hefeweizen glass with the rest of the bottle chugged down after pour. (blasphemy!)

Beer was chilled down lightly for a 15 minute stint in the freezer after being chilled in open 60 degree New England Autumn air for about 5 hours. Hefeweizen glass spent 10 minutes in the freezer as well just to get some frost haze on her and keep the nectar within cool while I sip it.

Pours a deep orange-like red reminiscent of the Fall leaves which are beginning to fall here in Massachusetts. Due to the slow angled pour and the chilled nature of the beer, a good head was not properly procured.

Smell is mainly of tropical citrus hops, buttery caramel malts, and pounds of tropical fruits (nugget nectar comes to mind. hence the imperial hoppy amber trademark)

Mouthfeel is a medium to medium light feel. Resins coat the mouth, but no creaminess to be found per the style.

Taste is predominately spiky citrus and tropical fruity hops, with a slight astringent flavor coming in afterwards. Middle of the taste has a butterscotch/caramel malt with a fairly hoppy, yet still buttery finish.

Overall, a good example of an Imperial Amber. Nugget nectar is slightly better, but considering the year round brewing of this beer, I'll definitely come back to it at some point.

shredsofautumn, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11
*From notes

A: Cloudy and exceedingly hazy brownish amber. A generous pour yields an everlasting 1.75 finger head and chunky lacing.

S: Malty, yet juicy notes of fresh West Coast style hop oil are at play. A mild run of damp earth is detectable as I inhale deeper.

T: The balance here is on point. It's so well put together, it's easy to miss a lot of the nuances. Medium toasted malt and tropical hops find a happy medium on the fore to mid of my palate, as a subdued wave creamy minerality surfs onto the finish. Such an awesome and laid back brew that doesn't ask anything of the drinker but to sit back and enjoy.

M: Slightly sharp, though the medium to full body weight is more then enough to carry it through.

O: Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness is a damn fine Amber Ale. It absolutely deserves to be mentioned as one of the best in-style. Everything here comes together in a wonderfully rich and easy drinking package. Great stuff - I heartily recommend you check this one out.

Rhettroactive, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber, almost orange, color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with an excellent citrus hop nose. The alcohol seems well integrated. The taste is great! It has a very bitter, hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a nice malty sweetness. The hops taste fresh and lend a great deal of character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Is it the best DIPA or hoppy red around? No, but it's pretty tasty and it satisfies my hop craving.

WesWes, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 1L swing top bottle back in January at Total Wine for $11.99. Bottled on 9-16-09.

Beer pours a deep copper color with a nice thick tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is nice, malts are present but citrus hops dominate. Taste starts with a strong malt backbone with a delectable combination of floral and piney hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very satisfying. Drinkability is good, the abv (8.0 on the attached notes and 8.5 on the label) is well hidden in the taste. This is a very good beer, glad i had the opportunity to try it!

arizcards, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep read--nearly cranberry juice level of red--with a thin, steady head; lacing is great

S: Wonderful citrus hop aromas: grapefruit juice, apples, and lemon; a subtle grainy undertone but mostly sweet citrus fruits

T: Nicely balanced between the hops and malts: the citrus (grapefruit mostly_ hits you up front and then comes the grainy--slightly bready and toasty--malts; alcohol is well masked and it isn't too sweet

F: A bit thin actually--especially in the back end; there is a bit of that sticky oily residue that I like in my hoppy beers sticking to the roof of the mouth but in all it's just a tad too thin for what it should be

O: This is a very nice, hop forward beer from Grand Teton--one that I will seek out again

dbossman, May 26, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with rye726- Thanks!!

A: Deep red/ burnt amber color with thing white head, some lacing, good clarity

S: deep malty tones with notes of maple, and molasses, earthy hops hit big in the middle with some pine and caramel on the end

T: things start on the sweeter end of things with the same rich malty notes from the nose. The earthy hops come in dashes and balance the malt profile very well. Some grapefruit and other citrusy notes come through in the finish. End is crisp and clean. Very well balanced.

MF: medium to thick body, medium carbonation

O: This is a great hoppy brew with a significant malt profile. Almost like a light American Barleywine. Very nice.

homebrew311, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a huge frothy off white head and massive sticky lacing.

S-Sweet juicy piney hops with good tangerine notes and a very nice malt sweetness.

T-Not up to the nose but still tasty. Grainy malt followed by nice grapefruit hoppiness. Less complex than the aroma but still nice.

M-Medium bodied, nicely bitter, medium carbonation.

O-Quite delicious. A fine hoppy imperial red, just this side of Nugget Nectar.


sholland119, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of syrupjoe
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy brown-amber with medium sized dark floaties.

Nose is clean, green, and fresh with a great honey malt biscuit flavor.

Taste is balanced. I get sweet, full-bodied malt at the same time I get a great hop presence that is grassy, slightly citrusy, and gives a great pine resin flavor.

Moderate carbonation - finish is clean and crisp with light lingering hop notes and malt sweetness.

Overall a very well-rounded brew that does an excellent job showcasing aromatic hops while maintaining balance. Will drink again!

syrupjoe, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottleshare and tasting with Alucard4, BHOBS and DarthKostrizer.

Look: Brownish red in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention and some lacing

Smell: Beautiful floral and citrus notes from the hops are right up fromt. The backend carries traces of caramel orange zest definately tell its a west coast beer by the smell

Taste: While there is not alot of different flavors in the beer caramel and fresh citrus comes to mind what makes this beer a really good red is the balance of hop to malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly high carbonation and is a tad bit dry

Overall: This is just another really good beer from Grand Teton's. It has tremendous balance a good flavor and smell profile and is incredibly easy to drink

DarthKostrizer, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red with a big, fluffy off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and some piney/lemony hop.

Taste is up front pineapple/peach/grape that fades into a fruity middle and ends on a bitter/fruity/stone fruit note that lingers. I was completely surprised by the taste gives the look and smell. This has a fantastic hop flavor that is fruity/grapefruit/stone fruit/etc...really interesting and balanced in terms of flavors.

Medium body with medium carbonation work well.

This is a nice, hoppy beer that smells sweeter than it tastes. The fruity hop taste is really pleasing...I'd get it again.

TenHornsProud, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large swing top bottle: Muted dark tangerine orange color with a moderately tall capping of yellowed foam and has lots of cob webbed lacing drawn across the glass and more so as its consumed.

Heavy aroma of spruce wood soaked in old pineapple and mango juices. Quite deep and darkly set with a muted tropical sense with a bready malt backing, but mainly hopped in a woody wetness slathered in dull dark citrusy goo.

Taste has a rounded sweet tone of deep dark red apple, pineapple, dark orange, banana, mango, and a bit of pithy citrus pinches to it. But all very muted and smoothed over in a bread doughy fruityness noted with woodish hints passing here and there adding some slivers to its overall orangey bitterness. Which too, is quite muted, controlled, smooth, soft, and fluffy in texture to the palate. Quite the fun array of twisted in complexity to its hop tones. Drys off slowly adding and building to itself as you go.

Body is a solid medium, smooth, sweet, orangified hoppyness with a side dashing bitterness thats woddy and pithy with a herbal earthy tea twist to its finish that I find fascinating.

Ooh so smooth and drinkable. The large bottle empties in no time flat, as its easy going bitterness of orange fruit and balancing sweetness makes for a palate quenching yummy ride of goodness. Another of the big brew series from Grand Teton that is a keeper, albiet a bit pricey, but you do get about three 12 oz servings out of the large bottle for $14 which is still less then $2.50 a glass.

tavernjef, May 05, 2010
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/14/10. Pours a medium reddish orange to me. Head settles nicely into a constant lacing. The aroma is delicious of malts and a hint of citrus. There is some green apple in the aroma that really kicks this one up a bit.

I like how the hops are really forward when you take a sip but the malt quickly evens it out. The bitterness at the end is perfect doesn't linger. It isn't heavy so you don't feel crazy full after a glass. This was damn good and so glad I picked up some Grand Teton offerings on this last road trip. Very good.

lonestar4lunch, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well in a tulip glass at Monk's House of Ale Repute. Dark amber ale with an off white head. Clean and a nice lace. Listed on the menu as 100 IBUs using Summit, Chinook and Nugget hops. Nose is full of hops and lives up to the advertising. Some grapefruit and citrus, but more earthiness with some serious spice. Hops and some alcohol hotness on the tongue that doesn't linger heavily, so a nice ale on this very hot triple digit day. Listed as an 8.5% amber ale, this is a great hoppy beer that has enough malt to give a different feel from drinking an IPA or DIPA.

FightingEntropy, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.