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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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424 Ratings

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 36
Gots: 28 | 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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 17:20:50 | More by TheRealBigC
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-05-2013 22:21:37 | More by BrewmanCapote
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3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Two months old which is much older than I'd like but the youngest bottle I could find.

This once was a deeper red with some powerful brown hues. I got a nice hop whiff when I first opened the bottle. Sadly as I poured it and smelled it, it came off with a little all-purpose cleaner chemical touch to the bitterness. The taste was a mix of wood, citrus, caramel malts and tons of plain hop bitterness, and sadly the chemical bite to the bitterness was still there-- it was small, but quite unpleasant. Overall I found it to be good, and I'll write off the weird chemical taste as part of having a two month old bottle, but I'd definitely take, for example, a loakal red over this in a heartbeat. A solid, basic example of a very hoppy red, but it really lacked interesting character or complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:15:49 | More by Klym
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-01-2013 20:57:14 | More by optimator705
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-13-2014 00:33:30 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter on tap

A: Nearly Crayola/Kool-Aid red with amber tones. No real head poured (probably a bartender issue). Spotty lacing.

S: Deep floral hop aroma. Roses. Dried fruit.

T: Super fruit over the top of this hop bomb. Deep bitter hop has more character than most. Tobacco, cider, and plums.

M: A little oilyness compliments the carbonation level and hop bitter.

D: Don't know how many I could drink in a row, but I loved the one I had!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 17:50:00 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Lots of pine. A little grapefruit acidity. Brown sugar. Pretty standard.

Taste: Not as bitter as I expected based on the nose. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness which is helped out by a lack of oiliness. This beer is surprisingly light. Citrus acidity along with a generous helping of brown sugar predominate and is quite refreshing and well done but fairly standard for the style. Piney bitterness cuts through to add interest. Finish is a little oily with grapefruit and citrus acidity and some brown sugar. Doesn't linger.

Notes: Intensely flavored beer that would still be great on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 03:29:21 | More by 4000qtrap
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-25-2013 06:23:01 | More by jtransel
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2013 13:26:30 | More by jreindl
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-07-2011 02:21:10 | More by fergster75
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-10-2014 01:33:37 | More by chefbigjon
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-06-2013 16:54:42 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-17-2013 05:06:02 | More by bpasquini
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-12-2013 04:12:42 | More by Newbiebeer
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-29-2013 05:17:41 | More by NorthSideSean
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased at Grapevine. Bottled 1/17/2010

A- Pours a nice red/amber with a finger head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Strong hop aroma, alcohol and slight hint of caramel.

T- The taste is a very nice grapefruit flavor from the hops and it has a nice malt flavor on the back end. It is very well balanced. I prefer this one over Nugget Nectar any day of the week.

M- Very smooth, good carbonation

D- Hides the alcohol well. This one would kick my ass if I had more bottles.

A great beer. Glad to see Grand Teton finally being distributed close to home. I have been looking forward to trying this beer and it definitely impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:10:46 | More by GehenHerzog
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler in to an imp. pint glass,nice orangish garnet hue with an off white head that laces well.
Sweet malty citrusy tropical fruit.
Sweet bready malt with a large hop bitternedd that comes on strong with an aray of tropical citrusy goodness. Piney reson in the front with the citrus and a bitter hop finish, well played.
A little peppery with some nice chew.
This one is real good, hope it sticks around as I look foward to drinking this again.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2011 03:16:38 | More by welldigger888
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New York

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-17-2011 00:07:47 | More by sobeleg
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2014 01:49:25 | More by dozier77
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-19-2011 01:16:37 | More by Finatic
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-09-2014 13:01:56 | More by MikeDAdams
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-07-2013 19:03:12 | More by MeisterMayhem
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-25-2014 02:46:24 | More by swimfire
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-20-2014 18:44:50 | More by ChrisAlbertine
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton pursuit of hoppiness imperial red 8.1 abv

A: This beer is amber with reddish blood orange hues in the center, medium lacing, and a solid amount of middle carbonation.

S: The smell gives off sour notes from the hops almost akin to a bitter cherry, it doesn’t seem herbal it’s like a tart raspberry/citrus note to it.

T There is a mild tart front with a big hoppy herbal backend like biting into a black cherry with a herbal center, and WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH THAT. The fruit notes lead you back to their dorm room but then you see the blacklight posters and hear the Cypress Hill mp3s playing and you know, the herbal is the underlying aspect.

M the mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but still good overall. It gives it solid versatility in hot weather, very drinkable and it comes off like a solid into beer for people who have an aversion to all out double ipa’s but would tolerate something a bit sweeter. Poseidon pulls some tricks and a trojan horse maneuver leverages your tongue to take big glups of what turns out to be a bitter beer.

D: This is tough to just because this is where the balance is a bit subjective; because if the hops and mild tartness is cloying you likely won't be on board for many of these. However if you enjoy the borderline lambic meets ipa feel is something you are into, you'll be reaching for more. This doesn’t come off like most imperial reds, it has an interesting character to it and it should be allowed to reach into the prize chest. Oh, spider ring, yeah the prize chest is pretty much all spider rings.

Narrative: The first day of 9th grade was especially trying for Thomas Caraway. Tommy Hilfiger overalls were not only dated, but also a wildy unacceptable fashion decision in a world of waiting derision. “HEY FARMER TOMMY WHY DON’T YOU SU-” He learned to tune them out and calmly stride to Geometry with the cool poise of a 14 year old who just wasted $120.00 of his parents money. It wasn’t that he was a bad kid, he was sweet enough, it was just a question of leadership. He wasn’t a follower, but he set himself out as more of a chairman without a board. Thomas was a bold innovator in a market that abhorred change and friction. He pulled out his iphone and began to ironically play Puddle of Mudd around other kids in the cafeteria, much to their chagrin. When he was sweet, it was irascible, when he was bitter, it went too far. He was a strange kid but, you never could really dislike him for it. However, his bucket hat justifiably got struck in the genitals on not an isolated occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 06:13:24 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.