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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 475
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 475
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's, had a couple pints of this. Pours a dark burgondy with a tiny bit of off white foam. Smell has a nice hop aroma to it. Really green, pungent. The taste is quite similar to some imperial reds like that from Lagunitas and Alesmith winter Yulesmith. A very smooth (red-ale-like) malt body behind some aggressive hopping and nice bitterness. Per Grand Teton's website this actually is an "American Red Ale" so I think they hit that quite nicely.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was yet another christmas present from my fiance.

Appearance- reddish amber color, nice thick head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- hops mostly but well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I enjoyed it. I would love to drink it again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear amber with thin and wet beige head.

Has the aroma of sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, and hoppy grapefruit.

A big bite of grapefruit hops and caramel maltiness comes forth with the first sip. The 8.5% alcohol feels bigger than 8.5% and mingles with the rock candy sweetness.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

A nice sample of an American Strong Ale, but I find the sweetness a bit much.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this sampler bottle from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits. Usually, when that happens, the retail stuff doesn't make it to town..

It pours a cloudy colour of rust with about a half inch of foam. Before the pour, I held up the bottle to the light and I could see lots of floaties. Here's hoping.

The smell has a piney hoppy aroma followed by...not much else. Ok, maybe some citrus as well.

The taste is also hoppy but sort of in mute mode. Up front is nearly a barren wasteland; all of the flavours seem to arrive mid palate on and that's mainly light pine and citrus with some malty notes tucked in between. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of bitterness here it is just that the actual pine and citrus are not super obvious to my palate. I think it has a home brew type of flavour to it, if that makes any sense.

My mouth says this is light bodied with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

Drinkability? Not a bad taster and the alcohol is very well hidden but the overall quaffability is still pretty low for me. It isn't exactly what I expected and to be honest, on the disappointing side. scores: 3/3/3.5/3/2.5

Edit Dec 9, 2010:

The 750ml bottles showed up in town. Bottled 10/01/2010

It looks the same as my previous bottle without the floaties. The foam looks to be more abundant than last time. Good looking brew now. It has a similar smell maybe a bit more robust. I reckon it's due to the freshness factor.

Mmm..the taste also is sooo much fresher and vibrant. Lots of pine notes and citrus with a fairly solid backbone of caramel and bready malt. It's a bitter sob at first but once things get going, it tastes *very* good with an appreciative effort from the malt. I just h*have* to change my review scores accordingly...

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Photo of madtappers
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well I will agree with the other reviewers, this is a darn good hoppy amber beer.

Served in a standard pint glass from a bottle (impressive bottle). Pours a amberish red with a nice white head, awesome citrus hop scent both to the nose and tongue. No agressive after taste.

Would have this beer again if I could find it on tap, but the bottle is pretty big for 1 person.

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Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good hoppy amber. While there is some specialty malt flavor, this beer is really a showcase for hops. There are big, bold American hop flavors, mostly citric and a bit floral. It's not a particularly complex beer, but it's an enjoyable exercise in hoppy imperial amber land. What's appreciable from the malt comes across as a fairly simple spicy caramel note. It's a rather chewy beer with a good, thick mouthfeel. I wish that the Simcoe hops were allowed to shine more, but maybe some folks feel differently. My main criticism is that the beer gets a bit astringent, but whether that is a failing of hops, malt or some combination is beyond me. Overall, it's a nice hoppy beer but not the best imperial red by a good distance.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/20/2009. Bottle thanks to smokepot23. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, caramel malt, grapefruit, and garlicky hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, garlicky hops. A little sticky and heavy but pretty decent otherwise.

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Photo of ReDave
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of of an amazing selection available at our Bevmo for a Family get-together
[surprised to see such good things there!]

Pours a reddish-brown amber.
Nice little head, some lacing.
Low aroma, some spices and hops.

Pretty good taste over all. Pretty full bodied.
Had this after the Anchor Holiday ale, so it was a pretty good progression, and nice follow up. Taste even improves when it warms.

I'd get this again, but the price is a tad off putting.

Nice drink.

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Photo of WWWade
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

With a name like, 'pursuit of hoppiness', one might be expecting a super hoppy experience. Well, one might be wrong in that case. This beer has a strong flavor, but it is balanced and flavorful. The 8% brew really does not taste that strong. It feels more like a 6%.

A- amber

S- fresh and clean

T- Hoppy, but not so overpowering.

F- light

D- fairly drinkable, but be careful, it packs a punch.

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Photo of ig88b
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1L of beer from a bottle.. wow.

A: pours a nice orange with a reasonable head that sticks around.
S: amazing hop smell with a bit of citrus.. amazing for a red ale. A little bit of maltiness creeping in with the hops.
T: hops up front, slight malt and spiciness in the middle, mild finish, but sticks around for a while.
M: fills the mouth right up front.. doesn't disappoint with carbonation in the back.
D: this is a sipper, but if I had to slam this. I wouldn't notice the 8%.

notes: this is my first of the grand teton cellar reserve beers and I'll certainly be back.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a reddish-brown in color, mostly brown, with a modest head that did though leave some nice lacing.

Smell - This smells like a little bit of everything. The hop profile is very complex and hard to pin down. On the one had you have some stiff PacNW citrus notes but then on the other hand are some mild simcoe aromas. Either way, the brewery name may sound German but this is definitely an American hop profile.

The malts though are just as big. There is a very slight toasty character to the malt profile and I can even pick up some sweetish chocolate. This is very natural-smelling with the promise of big flavors and big body.

Taste - I thought the strong hops and big malts might collide here but this somehow achieves a marvelous balance. The sweet malt comes out big and strong, the hops are grand yet smooth, and everything melds quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer as promised. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but it is pretty darn close. The carbs are thankfully very soft and the beer deftly avoids a harsh bitterness at the finish with the finely-tuned sugars.

Drinkability - This is one of the more drinkable big beers that I've had. It has a very natural feel and taste to it and the brewer did a great job of finding harmony in some big, big flavors.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Brandt
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours out a copper ruby color with an off white head of one to two fingers

the smell hits you long before you get your nose in the glass but when you do you get strong citrusy hop aromas and some caramel notes and a more pungent spicy hop character too

the taste is very bitter on the back of the tongue while being pleasently sweet in the rest of the mouth at the same time.a great floral hop flavor and wonderfuly firm bitterness.

this beer finishes out with a lingering floral hop character that overwhealms your nasal cavity and a subdued bitterness that stays with the tongue. this is a really wonderful beer and any hop head would be glad to have a pint of this (or a 1L bottle as the case more often is with the grand reserve beers)

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Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber pour with a creamy tan head.

S- Smell's hoppy. Somewhat piney, more floral and grapefruity. Fresh.

T,M,&D- Here's the let down- body is thin, a little watery. Which increases the gulpability but doesn't lend to the overall experience. Cherry, grapefruit, a little pine, but needs more malt and more bitterness and finish. It's gone before you know it's there. Granted, it hides the 8.5% very well, it just doesn't do much for me. The pursuit continues.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bruce for this pour!

A-a swath of different reds and orange hues, with a nice little two finger head...great clarity and retention.

S-Imagine having an orange, and ripping the skin off. whilst doing so, some of the spray from the rind hits your nose, thats what this brew is all about. Total citrus and a figment of pine in the nose!!!! EXCELLENT!

T-Incredibly balanced for its 8.5% accompaniment and shares its malt backbone with plenty of dry piney and grapefruity hops in the finish.

M-bold, rugged, chewey and full!

D-VERY drinkable, and the nose keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a hearty 8% strong ale. It's a bit heady like a barleywine, but lacks the malt backing of the style. The hops still dominate here, but I feel like they could be dialed back a bit so they're less overwhelming and more complex. Still, there's a great syrupy pine and guava aroma. The flavor has more of the pine syrup with grapefruit and orange peel notes. The pine and grapefruit stick to the back of your tongue and just hang there. Don't try to drink something else after this beer, your palate will be locked on it for a while. Both the aroma and flavor offer a hint of dried bread malt, but this is a hop bomb and a fine one.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice offering from the Grand Teton brewery. Huge flip top bottle poured into a pint glass. Got a little lazy with the pour a couple of times and the head shot up to make me pay for my mistake. The head is a huge almost dark-off-white and the body is a glorious dark, burnt orange.

Smells quite floral, but there is definit back bone of malt, and bread in there. You might think that it's an IPA...especially with the name.

Taste is initially of the floral hops, but the malt, biscuit backbone comes through after, and at the end you get a lingering of the hops.

I liked the mouthfeel. Good, full bodied..what a strong ale, IMHO, should feel like.

I'd had a couple of different beers before this, but finished this off by myself. Then headed to bed quite sharpish!

Slightly confusing offering as it's a hoppy amaerican strong..almost like an IIPA

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharing this one with the bro... Big 1 Ltr flip-top with an orange label and an orange stringer stretching over the hinge and cap. Poured into my Delerium goblet... Paid the customary $13.

I am putting this in the American Strong Ale category just because I doubt it belongs in with the regular American Ambers.

1" off white head looks like whipped cream.. tons of lace.. and great retention... The brew is slightly hazy deep orange.

Nose seems a little muted for the name of the beer .. Don't get me wrong, there is alot of stuff going on here, but none really jump out of the glass. Lite citrusy hops and a more than a bit of caramel.. more hoppy fruitiness show as it really warms up.. and the malts help drive the hoppy nose.

Flavor has a much more fruity hops than the nose.. minerally and sorta tropical with lesser citrus.. caramel malts and toasty elements really help the hops push forward... bigger body than expected with a light carbonation... really pretty smooth.. could use a bit more carbonation to make things prance around a bit.

I am really surprised ... the hoppy bitterness was really pretty mellow.. instead it allowed the flavor additions to do the talking... Very tasty.. I think this is going to be waaay more enjoyable fresh... I am gonna pick up some more bottles for sure and store them on the bottom (the coldest) shelf in my fridge.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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