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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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428 Ratings

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Ratings: 428
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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Photo of perrymarcus


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled: 06/06/11 (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.

07-19-2011 02:28:31 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of gatorbreath


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this in a glass, appearance is amber/red/brown with a white head leaving some lacing...the smell is of piney hops, citrus, and the taste is reminiscent of the smell..the mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated fairly...this is a good offering that surprised me with its hopiness..

A lot of goodness coming out of this red..


07-17-2011 13:27:45 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of mikul93


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

A Pours a dark amber with a nice healthy head. Nice lacing

S Big big citrus. Pine and hops. What a wonderful smelling beer!

T Grapefruit, caramel, spice and hops. Very tasty beer.

M Nicely carbonated. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O Really enjoyed this beer. The smells is just tremendous. Very easy drinking beer. Would pick up again in a second.

07-15-2011 00:05:08 | More by mikul93
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a goblet a dark amber/ruby color with a thin but creamy thick head. Sugary and a nutty, lightly toasted, malt in the nose and large amount of hops over it. Floral and earthy with some orange as well. The flavor is balanced very well. However, the malty body is grabbing my attention more than the hops. Sweet and warm, plum, subtle tangy metallic. Hops are present in the front with some citrus and other subtle fruity characteristics. It finishes earthy and dry but with a lingering strong citrus bitterness. I like how well the hop flavors transition over such a deep and complex body.

07-09-2011 18:27:30 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of snaotheus


4/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours nice dark reddish amber with a big fluffy beige head. Clear, no sediment that I can see, very little active carbonation. Fading head leaves some pretty lacing. Smell is very rich malt with a medium amount of hops.

Taste is sweet and rich with a solid hops backbone, kind of a strange metallic aftertaste that I don't enjoy a great deal (but it's not overpowering, so it doesn't ruin the beer). Lots of caramel, a little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and airy. Overall, solid beer.

07-08-2011 22:39:09 | More by snaotheus
Photo of glid02


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bottle purchased from Wine and Cheese place via mail order.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more restrained. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by pine hops. Midway through the hops turn more herbal, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer for one of my favorite sub-styles, the hoppy amber. Well worth a shot.

07-07-2011 02:06:29 | More by glid02
Photo of JackieTH


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a lighter shade of mahogany with a big thick appearing cap of khaki foam that was very persistent. Smell was citrus and resin hops backed up by caramelly toasty malt. Caramel and toasted toffee malts hit the palate first followed by a washing of grapefruit and resin hop, earthy notes and spicy-bitter warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a tasty red that's not a hop-bomb as the name may imply? Good.

07-04-2011 00:15:38 | More by JackieTH
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Served in a cervoise at Duke's Alehouse.

The Sox are leading the Cubs, so I can't help but be on the lighter side right now. This brew in front of me pours a clear sunset amber-russet topped by over a finger of dark cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, pine, toffee, very light chocolate, lemon peel, and orange peel. The taste holds notes of toffee, pine, grapefruit peel, orange zest, lemon peel, and lightly toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that borders on dry. Overall, a very nice red, one of the better examples I've had in a while. Oh, and Sox win! Nice!

07-02-2011 00:49:28 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jwinship83


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

750ml bottle drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. bottled in march of this year.

A- this one pours out a translucent red colored body with rusty highlights. on top sits a full two fingers of khaki colored head. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- after my initial whiff, it becomes apparent that this is going to be all about the hops as the name indicates. lots of herbal, pine, grapefruit, and earthy notes. after that some malt moves in. toasted bread, caramel, and a touch of toffee. i think i can make out a little of the alcohol.

T- the taste starts out with toasted bread and toffee malts. some caramel sneaks in and adds a sweet backbone. after that its on to the hops. grapefruit are the most prevalent. theres definitely some pine in here too, along with a little bit of spiciness, orange zest, and earthy notes.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is as well. very little warming from the alcohol.

O- when im in the mood for a hoppy red that isnt hope head red, this would be a solid choice. ill check this out again next year. solid example of nearly a red IPA.

06-30-2011 04:08:18 | More by jwinship83
Photo of yusef

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
bottled on 5/17/11

A: pours a beautiful dark amber mahogany color with a 3 finger white head. lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. great head retention and lacing.

S: big piney hops, caramel malt and slight booze smell.

T: taste is similar to the aroma. i get a lot of citrus hops, rich caramel malt, and spices. also a nice alcohol warmth.

M: medium bodied with some bitterness from the hops. well carbonated.

O: i really enjoyed this beer and hope to have it many more times, hopefully from an even fresher batch.

06-25-2011 01:57:26 | More by yusef
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap, monks house of ale, sioux falls, sd,


Appearance: served in a nice tulip, deep amber body, light beige film, color similar to a garnet rock

Smell: tropical fruits, pine caramel

taste: sticky pine, caramel, toffee, red grapefruit peel, bitter orange peel, light booze. I like imperial reds where the hops add some flair to the caramel malts-nice brew from teton

Mouthfeel: sticky hop resin, moderate alcohol

Overall: nice-glad to see on tap as bottle prices are quite high

06-24-2011 14:24:25 | More by dirtylou
Photo of claytong


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

appearance - good strong head from the orange red beer

smell - its hard to get past the hops here, i suppose if i really really tried, i could get some floral and pine.

taste - same as smell, not getting much from the style

mouthfeel - medium body with nice carbonation, felt really nice going down, one thing i do love about hoppy beers is the feeling on the throat. hops is actually good for sore throats. got drink a ipa man with a sore throat

06-24-2011 02:11:59 | More by claytong
Photo of rawfish


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a rusty hue into the glass, hazy with a burning parchment colored finger high head. Decent retention with spiderweb lacing highlighting the shadow of the froth.

Malty aroma, sweet with molasses, toffee and caramelized apples and some raisins. Hops are strong enough to counter balance the malts, resinous pine with dark orange and grapefruit.

Malt follows the nose with lots of caramel and toffee with notes of nuts and caramelized pecans. Fruitness comes in with apricots, a touch of pineapple and raisin. Hops seem to have faded on this one a bit, dark oranges and resinous pine, not very bright or bold as I'd expect from a red. Finishes with strong bitterness and fading aftertaste.

Really sticky and syrupy body, a tad undercarbonated which enhances that feel. Manageable when colder. Smooth and slick over the palate. Hides the alcohol really well.

Didn't get enough of the bold hoppiness and none of the tobacco or raw leather I was hoping to find in a red ale but still a good brew. Malt profile is unique and runs very deep with complexities of nuts and sugars, alcohol well hidden. Worth trying fresh.

06-21-2011 10:31:52 | More by rawfish
Photo of FanofHefe


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Served on tap in a tulip. Dark amber, mostly clear, with some red tint. About one finger of white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Excellent hoppy aroma. Piney and grassy with a hint of floral notes in the background. A touch of sweet malt in the background. Smells like an IPA.

Very tasty. Very IPA-like but on the sweeter side. The caramel malt flavor is more prominent in the flavor than the aroma would suggest, but there is still plenty of hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

Medium to light in the mouthfeel and nearly no notice of the alcohol. Excellent brew, and I highly recommend it.

06-18-2011 01:47:47 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of silentjay


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottled about a month ago, but I can't quite read the blurry numbers on the side of the bottle so I'm not exactly sure.

a nice, light glowing amber with a sizable tan colored head that lasts and laces well.

lots of pine and grass with some grapefruit and bitter orange and with a strong underlying caramel sweetness and some hints at lightly toasted bread. about what I expected for an aroma for a hoppy imperial red ale. nice.

the hops are juicy and refreshing at first, then go grassy and a bit bitter. caramel sweetness waits until after the swallow to show up and a nice balanced bitter and sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit. a touch

almost medium bodied with slight, yet prickly carbonation and a bit oily on the finish.

overall, a very nice beer. not quite as hoppy as Nugget Nectar, not quite as balanced as Maine Beer's Zoe, but a nice option that actually goes pretty well on a hot, stormy evening.

06-10-2011 04:38:40 | More by silentjay
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4/5  rDev +0.3%

on tap @ Hopyard, Dublin CA
A: Color dark-amber/light-brown. Clear. Thin head. Yellowish small head. Effervescent, bubbles floating up.
S: Flowery fresh hops. Sweet fruit - apple, pear.
T: Caramel sweetness. Slight tartness is very refreshing, and helps fruity sensation. Fruit - plums, pineapple. Alcohol in the finish warms the throat.
O: A fruity, unique, flavorful beer. Plenty of caramel sweetness and strong, but balanced by hops. Good beer, though a little too malty for regular drinking.

06-09-2011 20:30:47 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of lonestar4lunch


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Bottled on 11/14/10. Pours a medium reddish orange to me. Head settles nicely into a constant lacing. The aroma is delicious of malts and a hint of citrus. There is some green apple in the aroma that really kicks this one up a bit.

I like how the hops are really forward when you take a sip but the malt quickly evens it out. The bitterness at the end is perfect doesn't linger. It isn't heavy so you don't feel crazy full after a glass. This was damn good and so glad I picked up some Grand Teton offerings on this last road trip. Very good.

06-03-2011 00:35:28 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of csiewert


4.03/5  rDev +1%

This beer pours a nice amber color with a finger of off white fomay head that retains and laces well. The aroma has some earthy and citrusy hops, as well as some maltiness. The taste is very similar, with a finish of lots of malt. The mouthfeel is nice and clean and well balanced. Overall the beer of the night at our tasting.

05-28-2011 03:33:19 | More by csiewert
Photo of dbossman


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Deep read--nearly cranberry juice level of red--with a thin, steady head; lacing is great

S: Wonderful citrus hop aromas: grapefruit juice, apples, and lemon; a subtle grainy undertone but mostly sweet citrus fruits

T: Nicely balanced between the hops and malts: the citrus (grapefruit mostly_ hits you up front and then comes the grainy--slightly bready and toasty--malts; alcohol is well masked and it isn't too sweet

F: A bit thin actually--especially in the back end; there is a bit of that sticky oily residue that I like in my hoppy beers sticking to the roof of the mouth but in all it's just a tad too thin for what it should be

O: This is a very nice, hop forward beer from Grand Teton--one that I will seek out again

05-26-2011 15:03:25 | More by dbossman
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.33/5  rDev -16.5%

Not sure about this one. Red ale? I'm not thinking on the same page. The malt on this one is hidden and buried by the hops and alcohol. Sure, it pours an amber/reddish/brown and it does look good, that's about where the red ale ends.

Hops up front, in the middle and all around the nose. Add some alcohol on the end. Boozy citrus aromas.

Hops in the taste and tons of them. Syrupy a bit; resinous. Citrus and slight pine. Ok, here are some of the malts, but not much. Some light hints of caramel. I'd actually wish the malt would just go away as it takes away from nice hops. I'm conflicted. A hop bomb, but not to style (at least on here). And booozy

05-23-2011 07:19:14 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Finger plus of orange tinged tan foam, even with a good amount of larger bubbles achieves a thickness and solid retention, slow dissolve without much dimpling, likewise excellent stick to the lacing residue, glass needs to be washed to get it out. Fully opaque without seeming filmy, rich glow in the redwood to mahogany, amber doesn’t really do it justice, virtually no fade at the rims or glass bottom. The nose is packed with scents without getting heavy or inert, super-ripe tangerine to grapefruit citrus and molten milk chocolate leads the bunch, fresh honey, butterscotch, cooling multigrain bread, cashews and Brazil nuts, flowers, has lemongrass, forest floor earth and lichen like growth to bring things into balance, very light pepperiness, remains highly accessible without sacrificing complexity for those seeking it. Full-bodied, the creamy mouth entry shifts into a drier, more tingly feel as the hops assert themselves and the carbonation uses its tight weave to drum out a steady beat against your tongue. Orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus mainly sweet but definitely has a sour edge as well. The milk chocolate remains the primary malt flavor, butterscotch and coconut flakes next, doesn’t push things too far. Ample peach, apricot, pear, yellow apple fruit with a nod towards pineapple and guava. Some pine and flowers, less earthy here but perhaps more minerally. Ridiculously easy to drink.

05-21-2011 04:57:41 | More by farrago
Photo of Seanibus


4.03/5  rDev +1%

Tasty, thoughtful and restrained. Highly drinkable given the relatively high strength.

Pours a deep cooper with a big, fluffy tan head that lasts for strong lacing. The aroma is strong and hoppy, with a deep orange bitterness and some toasty caramel and nutty malt behind it. The flavor, however, is grassy and herbal with orange hop bitterness, a bit of nutty caramel in the middle, and a tea-like tannic finish. The mouthfeel is slick and relatively watery, leaving a thin, dry orangy bitterness on the tongue.

04-23-2011 00:43:48 | More by Seanibus
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottled 11-11-10.
Aromas initially of pine and orange citrus hops, good start. As your re-examine/dig deeper you can detect thick caramel malts and almost a toffee characteristic. Also in the end you can detect the lemon citrus, herbal and floral hops as well.
The taste begins with the husky sweet caramel and toffee malt backbone. Then comes the hops with lemon, orange marmalade and pine hop flavors. The finish is quite full and once again brings some more malt flavors; mainly honey wheat breadiness and a subtle roasted nuttiness.
The mouthfeel is quite full which makes this extremely balanced overall which I LOVE and greatly appreciate with my 100 IBU brews. Carbonation is adequate but could be a little higher in my opinion but I am nit-picking at this point. The pine and citrus hop bitterness lingers more and more as you consume the 750 magnum.
Overall this is a great beer. Well thought out and balanced. I wouldn't say it's a "Pursuit of Hoppiness," in hop flavor and bitterness. Doesn't taste like an 100 IBU level beer but I guess that is a testament to great well-crafted and balanced brew.

04-21-2011 22:10:57 | More by claspada
Photo of ChugginOil


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

When poured, this brew settles an amber red with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Spotty lacing.

The nose offers some sweet malt mixed with some fruits brought on by a pine hop overload. Light booze heat at the end.

Some mellow hops are pleasantly mixed with bready malts, creating an awesome blend. The bitterness is low probably due to it's bottling date of 12/02/10.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light crisp bitterness. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall, im not too familiar with red ales but this is tasty and holds some familiar qualities that I am fond if including drinkability.

04-04-2011 00:04:40 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of homebrew311


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Received as an extra in trade with rye726- Thanks!!

A: Deep red/ burnt amber color with thing white head, some lacing, good clarity

S: deep malty tones with notes of maple, and molasses, earthy hops hit big in the middle with some pine and caramel on the end

T: things start on the sweeter end of things with the same rich malty notes from the nose. The earthy hops come in dashes and balance the malt profile very well. Some grapefruit and other citrusy notes come through in the finish. End is crisp and clean. Very well balanced.

MF: medium to thick body, medium carbonation

O: This is a great hoppy brew with a significant malt profile. Almost like a light American Barleywine. Very nice.

04-01-2011 03:17:39 | More by homebrew311
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.