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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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89
very good

462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark orange amber with a yellow tint off white head that quickly fades.

Nose is assertive fresh pineapple that goes to a cooked pineapple, apricot character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced, crisp and inviting with nice carbonation.

Flavors are layered and complex and bold. Sweetish stone fruit malt that goes to light toast to a bitter carmel and coffee with an almost lemon/lime back palate.

The finish is a bright and bold bitter grapefruit/lemon.

I'm not sure I get a lot of "red ale" in this one; more like a very good double IPA. A nice drink.

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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this one open before dinner last night, I really wanted help getting some of these bigger brews done for sure! Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 11/27/2009.

The pour was very nicely done, rich looking light brown in color with a small head of off white that capped it off very nicely indeed, Aroma hits quickly and right up front with tons of citrus hops and loads of booziness. Warming brings out a hint of malts, light notes of caramel and a touch of pineapple. This carries over very well into the flavor. Very sharp hops are right up in front, in your face and definitly to be reconnend with. Lots of alcohol here as it comes across quite hot still. Need to mellow it for about 6 months I would think to really get the full effect from this one. Nice and smooth, medium bodied feel with a great mix of flavors and a nice dry, hoppy, and quite boozy finish.

Overall a very solid ale, but a little hot still. I think it may age well, will have to wait and see.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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...

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One of the most unique appearances I've ever seen. The first pour resulted in a hazy, amber colored beer with a three-finger, tan head of foam. I recapped it and place it back in the fridge. The second pour had a much smaller head and it looked like a creamy head on a cask ale.

S - This brew has a big piney smell like a West Coast IPA with notes of citrus and caramel malt.

T - It tasted piney and spicy with a burnt toast maltiness. It had an alcohol heat present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp at first but that second pour had a creamy feel. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good ale. I was always worried that it wouldn't be worth the price, but it is a good beer and alot of beer.

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!

Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 liter flip top brow bottle with a vintage date.

Right away you can tell this beer is bottle condition, as I poured it into my .5 Liter mug a whole lot of tiny bubbles started to form slowly and gain momentum enough to provide a think three fingers of lace. Reddish amber color is pretty damn clear, no hop haze or floaties at all. Orange rind and tobacco, perhaps a little bit of leather from the hop nose ... small kernel of toasted grain and nutty yeast when sniffing a little deeper. Extremely smooth with a solid medium body. Hops and malt battle it out from start to finish. Hop bitterness grows a little more with each sip and the alcohol sneaks in warmth as well. Maltiness tries hard to fend off with toasted bread and caramel flavors. Hops drive hard with citric and mint. Peach fruitiness in the bitter sweet finish.

A love big reds, especially reds that have a ton of hops and the malt to back it up. Very nice ...

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why I thought this was going to be an IPA. Reading beer labels is beneath me.

This is a pretty decent amber ale. I think it might depend on what your expectations are for the style as this one is mildly spicy with the hops and carries a lot of malt influences on it. Might not be "imperial" enough for some. But for me, it works. Though a 12 ounce bottle would have worked just as well as a 750ml one.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy rich 1 finger head fades slowly over hazy yeasty reddish orange copper color.

Nose is full of malts and hops with some bright hops, some citrus and pine and little earthy and fruit. Malts add some sweet aromas with red malts and slightly creamy.

Taste is similar but malts come first with sweet and creamy red malts. Light toasty malt. Hops come through with some bitterness, light grassy hops and some pine, citrus, and little earthy bitterness. A slight chewy hop and malt flavor too. Finishes clean with some light bitterness and light sweet malt flavors but mostly dry.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Decent drinkability with crisp dry finish, no sticky flavors and tolerable bitterness.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one up in Wichita & just saw this today in Mizzou, woohooo!

Opened with a vague psst..pours copper colored with 2 fingers of rocky tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Huge cakeyness & a bit of toffee

T: Cakeyness, brown sugar, piney & orangey hops up front. Toffee, herbal hops& leafy, dryness & grapefruit are all there as this warms, plus some figgyness. Finishes dry with brown sugar & leafy hops & a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, some wetness sneaks through as this warms, plus a nice warming feeling

Drinks fairly easy, but doesn't pull all the way together. Grand Teton can do better than this, hopefully age helps smooth this one out...

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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Qt. 1.8 oz. flip-top bottle - Brewed on Sept. 17, 2009 - wish I had gotten to it sooner, but reviewed shortly after receiving it from Half Time...

Pours slightly clouded orangeish copper with a bubbly one-finger-plus head that stays. Lacing nearly covers the glass.

The smell is of a lovely hop aroma - citrus/grapefruit with herbal and piney notes. (Hop bill is Summit, Simcoe, Chanook and Nugget). Hops come together to showcase citrus, pine and peppery spicing with a caramel malt backing.

This is a "must try" for hoppy amber/red lovers. Beautifully hoppped with caramel (in a "red" way) backing. Alcohol well-integrated. I didn't have pizza on hand, but I can see the hoppy, doughy, carmelized maltiness complementing it very well. I wish I had more of this (had no problem getting through the large bottle) to go with a pizza with carmelized onions. Very nice - hoppy, with firm caramel malty backbone and some doughy notes.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.