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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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450 Ratings

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Ratings: 450
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jtransel, Dec 25, 2013
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
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

brn9000, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is nice, reddish brown with a nice head and a bit of lacing throughout the glass.

smell is great - a totally different kind of double ipa/double red smell...could immediately tell this has little to no cascades, not the typical pine and grapefruity so prevailant in these beers - instead, its a rich deep strawberry hop smell with some delicious sweet caramel malts coming off the top.

taste is a bit dissapointing after the nose, good, but not great - certainly bitter, but not enough defined hop character as the nose would suggest - still good though and a great balance of fruitiness and dark malty, off-sweet stuff.

benclimbs, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red amber with a long-lasting, foamy, brown-tan head. Obtrusive aromas of sweet toffee pull candy and notes of milk chocolate. Slight alcohol burn in the nostrils. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a wet, slick beginning and a stinging mild carbonation burn at the finish. Sweet jam on a biscuit yields to raw potato with a vodka finish. High alpha acid hop remains in the palate after everything else has faded. Very interesting beer. I don't love it, but it is big and interesting.

DocJitsu, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ak555667, Apr 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

raulazzer, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

SalMineo, Jul 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mikerieder, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

6demonbag, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pacioli1445, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

flayedandskinned, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Flashyspoons, Mar 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

ovaltine, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

pinnser, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a ruby, crimson red with a two finger off white head and good lacing

S: Hops and more hops. Get a very strong smell of ruby red grapefruit and oranges. Reminds me of an orange julius

T: Very balanced considering that the hops dominate the smell. Malts balance very well with the grapefruity hops

M: full body, good carbonation.

D: At 8% very drinkable. Label says 100 IBU's but it sure doesn't feel like that when drinking it.

Overall, would have liked it a little more bitter tasting and feeling but a very nice beer. Would recommend.

CosmoHopHead, Dec 06, 2009
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
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange color with 3 fingers worth of pillowy, almost khaki colored head. Leaves awesome lacing.

S- Big mix of sweet juicy citrus hops and a really sweet malt backbone shines through with some caramel qualities.

T- Hugely sweet malty presence here. It almost overwhelms the hop characters of the beer. The juicy citric notes try to break through a coating of malt, but are barely perceptable. A lingering bitterness is all that really tells me that hops are here.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Helps to move the flavor along.

O- This is a decent brew, but not deserving of an A- in my humble opinion. A little too sweet for my tastes...especially with a name like "Pursuit of Hoppiness".

stxSS07, Aug 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BrewmanCapote, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

optimator705, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

lanciloti, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

sevenshubby, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Clear amber red color, with a 2 finger light tan head leaving beautiful lacing as if slowly fades.

S - Big hop aroma! Crisp and piney.

T - Not as bitter as the smell let off, but still a nice hoppy flavor, citrus and floral. Taste slightly lingers. The alcohol is not even detectable!

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, and pretty smooth going down.

O - This is definately one of the finer imperial red's I've tried. And for a beer that's 8.5%, it's goes down very smooth, and very drinkable. Well done.

Rizalini, Mar 20, 2011
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.