Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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3.14/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
8.5% ABV confirmed. Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired locally and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and flat out fantastic retention; it looks like it'l keep for a good ten minutes. Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dark amber-copper; semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, with an impressive head.
Sm: Hoppy, with nectar and floral character dominating. Caramel and sweet malts form the foundation. Little hop bitterness. An average strength aroma, and a pretty simple one.
T: Nectary hops, a bit of floral hop character, caramel, and sweet amber malts. Fairly balanced, but underwhelming. I do like it, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. There's just not much to say about it. Some bready notes. A bit too sweet, with malts defeating hops.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Decent thickness. Pretty good carbonation.
Dr: Drinkable but pretty pedestrian. For an imperial red, it's not bad. Still, I wouldn't trifle with it again - especially not for its price as an import. There are better examples of the style at this price point. Hides its ABV fairly well. Another good but not great offering from Grand Teton.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 04:08:46 | More by kojevergas
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured a gorgeous deep red with a nice creamy head. The lacing was excellent. Smell was off big, resinous hops, but was balanced out with some deep malt aroma of burnt sugar and dark fruit. The flavor was similar, although the malt was a little sharper and the hops were slightly more piney. It had some sweetness but not too much, a nice dryish finish that was reminiscent of a DIPA. The mouthfeel was superb, low carb and very silky and smooth. Helped mellow out some of the more abrasive characters in the beer. Overall, this was a delicious beer, I would have no hesitation in getting it again. I heard that it is year-round now, even better!
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2012 05:03:12 | More by Siriusfisherman
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Fresh growler served in a Sweetwater pint glass. Pours crystal clear and quite reddish, with a large frothy beige head. Head has very good retention and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.
Massive hop aroma, with a bit more pine than citrus. The flavor is more fruity and surprisingly mild; not actually mild but not the harsh/bitter hop hammer the nose led me to expect. Nor does it seem possible this is a 100 IBU beer or one with over 6%, let alone over 8%, ABV. There's a solid toasted caramel malt base that tames the hops and adds to the richness.
M: medium-full body; near medium carbonation.
O: an outstanding imperial red that has the aroma of a DIPA but is highly drinkable. Higher ABV is well hidden in both taste and feel, though it does appear in the nose.
Serving type: growler
10-30-2012 23:06:37 | More by chinchill
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a deep copper to chestnut body beneath the frothy tan head that dissipates to leave a scattered lacing around the entire glass.
There is certainly a generous pine and earthy hop presence, but the hearty sweet malt backbone is a pleasant surprise. It features biscuit and caramel.
The flavor packs a piney hop punch up front with earthy notes followed by the biscuit and sweet caramel malt and a woody finish. This beer is quite earthy and spicy.
Medium carbonation with a lighter body than I would expect, however it does have a robust spicy finish which seems like a contradiction.
This is nice Imperial Red Ale with plenty of hops and malt to go around and an appearance to match its robust character.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2012 01:06:26 | More by CHADMC3
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.