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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

182 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 475
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive amber hew with an exceptionally ample head. The retention is nicely distributed along the glass.

S: The name matches the nose. A robust hop aroma engulfs the nostrils with a citrusy, floral complexion. Very similar to an IPA.

T: Pursuit of hoppiness describes it perfectly. There is an illusive amber ale flavor, but the hops generate a grapefruit like bitterness that masks the malt flavor that is expected in amber ales.

M: Outstanding carbonation dispenses the flavor appropriately throughout the palate. The hop bitterness from the flavor does not fully subside, but there is a relative smoothness due to the absence of the malts.

O: Much more of an IPA than an amber ale. If this was labeled as an IPA the ratings would definitely be different. There is a slight amber style, but the hops are the most significant factor in this brew. (866 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well in a tulip glass at Monk's House of Ale Repute. Dark amber ale with an off white head. Clean and a nice lace. Listed on the menu as 100 IBUs using Summit, Chinook and Nugget hops. Nose is full of hops and lives up to the advertising. Some grapefruit and citrus, but more earthiness with some serious spice. Hops and some alcohol hotness on the tongue that doesn't linger heavily, so a nice ale on this very hot triple digit day. Listed as an 8.5% amber ale, this is a great hoppy beer that has enough malt to give a different feel from drinking an IPA or DIPA. (572 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Hazy brownish red color. About one finger of head when I got it that dissipated quickly. Gray lacing with average retention.

Smelled citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way. Some pine as well. Also some sweet caramel notes. Maybe rye?

Tasted lots of flavors right away. Light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit leading the way. Also rye, iced tea and orange rines.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.

A pretty decent beer overall. Definitely has its place and I would try it again. (611 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
served within a month of bottling. (ABV: 8.5%)

pours a murky very dark amber, almost brown while yielding a 1" creamy/frothy beige head. respectable lacing and head retention. aromatic nose is very nice, offering a big hoppy presence: citrus (primarily grapefuit), pine, and herbal. after the initial wave of hops you pick up a notable malt character.

taste is the citric/herbal/pine hops balanced by toasted and caramel malts. definitely more malty than i was expecting, but it isn't bad. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this was a good red. reasonably tasty and enjoyable, but lacks a 'wow' factor. would definitely be up for a revisit but won't go crazy trying to track it down either.

(originally reviewed: 07-19-2011) (787 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a half finger of thick, off white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly film and thick collar. Sticky webbiings of lace are left down the glass.

S: Nice fruity hops, a touch of grapefruit, with some mild pine up front. Some biscuit-like malts push their way to the front and the finish is mostly caramel and wheat bread malts.

T: The light fruity hop flavors form the nose are there at the beginning of the taste as well. Green grass and some hay with a pithy bitterness. The malts come up mid palate with a nice combination of biscuit and sweet caramel and the finish is a bitter green hoppiness. The booze isn't noti

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. The finish is refreshing with a mild hop bitterness and smoothness.

O: I'm a big fan of hopped up Reds or "Imperial" Reds. This is another solid take on that style. The booze isn't noticeable and there is nice balance between hops and malts. (1,018 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy copper, with some amber and reds when held up to a light, with two fingers of foamy loose bubbles. Head dissipates after a few minutes to half a finger of foam, leaving ample sticky lacing. A lot of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is grapefruit peel, pine and caramel. A bit of fruity ester, red apple as well.

Taking a sip, toasted and caramel malt greets the tongue first, then a bit of grapefruit peel bitterness. Some apple ester flavor mid tongue, before finishing with a combination of caramel malt and grapefruit. Was hoping for more hop flavor though.

Medium body and heavily carbonated for a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for the abv, but given the name, I was disappointed with an average beer. (805 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy rusty-amber colored brew with a two-inch thick clumpy oatmeal colored head and big chunky gobs of lacing left behind. The aroma is pretty powerful spruce and bright citrus tempered by near chocolatey malt with a hint of some alcohol. Very different and enticing. The flavor is really different with a clear mocha and grassy-pine hop merged into a tangy pineapple malt deal. The chocolate idea seems to dissipate as it warms and the malt with orange-citrus comes out. Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a brisk, lush feel. Very fun brew! (551 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper, a hint of haze. A light tan frothy head sticks to the glass and is there 'til the final sip.

Smell is a good balance between piney floral hops and lightly roasted malt, that attains and almost sweet quality.

Taste is very similar to the nose, almost tart hops up front, followed by some sweet, almost caramel malt, finished with a nice bitter flavor.

Texture is stellar, medium bodied and great carbonation. A perfect crisp finish makes this fun to drink.

The beer is well balanced and very tasty. Hops are big enough for a hop head, and malt reels in the punch. Recommended.

DOA (598 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

750ml
Red Foil

Pours a very nice hazy light amber color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, with a bitter hop note, slightly sweet, kinda watery, not much body. Medium body, with a dry finish. I was ready to really enjoy this brew after the pour, but it was a let down, a nice brew, but after having the new Squatters Radio From Hell, there just is no comparison. (571 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass, gusher.

Nice copper in color, with a 2-3 finger, buff-colored head. Head is slow to recede, but finally leaves a thin layer with very sporadic, wispy lacing.

Nose is sweet, predominantly citrus. Do get a lot of toasted bread crust type malts as well.

The taste follows the nose for the most part, with the citrus stepping up, most notably pineapple. Fairly strong sweet malt backbone keeps a pretty good balance. Hop resins linger on the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, with the hops creating a dry, bitter finish, fairly astringent. Alcohol begins to creep up on you in this one.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. Nothing really blows me away, but one that I would gladly drink again. My first beer from Grand Teton, would like to try more. (781 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and foiled bottled poured into a boulevard tulip, bottled 5.5.11

pours out a murkey reddish color with a nice off white, almost tan colored head that had some very nice retention and some decent lacing as well.

somewhat muted piney hops balanced by a nice sugary caramel, biscuity malt.

a good balance, but some of the hop flavors seem a little lost. again, biscuity, caramel malts balanced by a bit of pine. still a solid hop bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied with some nice carbonation for the style. slightly stickey feel.

this surprisingly stood the test of time very well and leaves me even more intrigued to find a fresher bottle. (660 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local liquor store after they rearranged the bomber room. Reminded me of Trout Hop Black IPA so I bought it. Very happy I did. Bottled 12/7/10.

A - The beer pours a nice red/amber/copper color with a huge 2.5 finger white head with unreal retention and lacing. Gobs of lacing.

S - A nice nose with a nice citrus, earthy, fruity aroma hop character. A bit sweetness from the malt.

T/M - The beer starts just where the nose left off. The beer starts with the fruity sweet hop character: apples, and citrus, and earthy tones. The sweet malt character comes into play in the middle with orange and tart flavors. Very smooth. Hides the alcohol so well. The beer finishes with a mild bitterness together with a mild fruity malty tone. Very good. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Yes!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer! Very happy with the purchase and plan on picking up another tomorrow if there are any left. 8.5% ABV not 8%.
Great.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-01-2011 02:52:00 (1,139 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well to form a towering three finger thick, pillowy light khaki colored body. The body is copper to caramel in color, and is pretty hazy.

In the aroma I'm getting celery, caremel, and maybe BBQ sauce.

Taste wise I can seem to get that strange celery quality. There are notes of caramel, and a kind of tomatoe like flavor.

Good carbonation, full in body, warming to the palate in the end.

This beer actually tastes like it'd go well with spicy buffalo wings. Just has something to do with that celery trait. (520 characters)

Photo of ricchezza
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Belgian style glass. Rich, deep copper (penny) tint.

Orange/tangerine fruity aroma with a hint of pepper and celery. Tastes is also fruity/citrus-like, with much less hop aroma than expected; pretty mild for an IPA. Lightly carbonated.

Smokey after tastes that sneaks up on the palate with a warming alcohol presence.

Perfect for a cold night and with a good steak. (390 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pursuit of Hoppiness opens with an aroma that nicely befits the name, being bright and full of citrusy, lemony, piney, grapefruit notes from the hops, which slightly tickle the nose in their citrusy bitterness. A healthy malt base, full of brown sugar, vanilla, biscuit, orange, and berry aromas, complements the hops. The aromas as a whole are well balanced and enticing, none overwhelming the beer, and the slight stickiness around the bottle's mouth promises excellent viscosity and quality of brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens in good IPA-like style, with a huge and immediate hit of hops, which bring pine, grapefruit zest, lemon, dandelion stem, mint, and eucalyptus notes, as well as a good dose of bitterness from the 100 IBUs. The hops are so well-balanced and crafted that, despite their intense flavors and bitterness, they still allow a good amount of malt sugar to break through, providing a base of orange liqueur, berry, toast crust, brown sugar, and fresh whole wheat bread. The beer is tilted very much in favors of the hops, however, and this continues into the aftertaste, which consists mainly of the dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and lemon rind hop notes, with some brown sugars and oranges left over, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a great Imperial Red Ale, showcasing an excellent range of hop and malt flavors, and being largely well balanced--at least, as well balanced as a 100 IBU hop monster can be. The hops do overly dominate the aftertaste, of course, and tend to slightly detract from the sugars in the main mouthful, but I doubt many hopheads will protest too much. Very much worth trying. (1,705 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls relatively quick, but leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: caramel and a strong hop presence is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, black plums, grapefruit, pine, alcohol, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting bitterness here.

Overall: I found this to be an enjoyable hopped up red ale and nicely drinkable. One is enough in a session and it will last a while as it is slow sipping. (572 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy brown-amber with medium sized dark floaties.

Nose is clean, green, and fresh with a great honey malt biscuit flavor.

Taste is balanced. I get sweet, full-bodied malt at the same time I get a great hop presence that is grassy, slightly citrusy, and gives a great pine resin flavor.

Moderate carbonation - finish is clean and crisp with light lingering hop notes and malt sweetness.

Overall a very well-rounded brew that does an excellent job showcasing aromatic hops while maintaining balance. Will drink again! (561 characters)

Photo of brewski101
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at a local pub's pint nite

Poured relatively dark for an amber ale.

Not much head or carbonation.

Aroma was subdued - deceptively so in light of the degree of hopping.

Definite presence of pine and a grassy bite that was well balanced by the malt. (264 characters)

Photo of seanwhite
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with an adequate off white head that recedes to a thin layer on the glass. Nose is distinctly piney hops, not quite as much as I was expecting from the title but a good amount for a red. Taste is definitely pine hops with a strong malt backbone. Flavor is accented with a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a clean grapefruit peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is good for the style. Overall this was an enjoyable brew. I was expecting a bit more hops given the name but it is a mighty fine imperial red none the less. (541 characters)

Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.