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Pursuit Of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of csiewert
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dbossman
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of farrago
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Seanibus
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed for a 2nd time at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO! Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 ounce bottle, into a pint glass. Wondering how different or similiar this is to the first try.
Bottled On: 10 11 10. Grand Teton Brewing Co. is stickered on glass.

Appearance- Pour a dark reddish, caramel color. Two fingers of dark brown head made great amounts of lace on the side. The head almost left a sheet of this dark, bubbly lace all across the glass.

Smell- Hops, Hops, and More HOPS! Definitely some type of citrus hop involved. Not sure if I can grasp much more. Possibly a slight bit of malt comes to the nose.

Taste- Taste starts with a mild hop, and it a bit sweet, and then a warmness hits the tongue... Almost tastes like a stout at times of the drink. Great and an interesting Red Ale once again!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied Ale for sure and had small amount of carbonation. Very creamy, and left a easy feel on the tongue. GREAT! Don't find this much. I think they call this a "Perfect Ale"!

Drinkability- This ale can't get any better for myself but I can't recommend to newbies... At our Pub, people can't handle themselves with ales over 6% so I have to say its a tough to drink beer. True to style though and I'll have again! (Hopefully in another form= cask, nitro-tap, etc...)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared it at a tasting with some buddies. Poured from a capped bottle (1 pint 9.4oz) into a small snifter.

Poured a beautiful reddish brown, initial head faded into a dusting of foam that lasted until the end. The smell was great, exactly like a big red should be malty with a touch of hops.

This shines in the taste. Perfectly balanced malts that are highlighted with pops of citrus. This fades into a floral after taste that just keeps on giving.

One of the best amber/red ales I've ever had. Can't wait to get my hands on a couple of my own bottles.

Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Cellar Reserve. Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this bottle with me the other night. Kept in his refrigerator almost since its release, this one tasted as fresh and hoppy as I would have expected the newest batch to taste. Juicy hops, caramel malts, and just a touch of finishing alcohol.

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

Bottled: 1/14/11 (dunno why the lapse in distro)

A: Pours a red, red beer. Single finger peanut head slowly falls to a medium sheet of the same. Clarity is brilliant even from the get go. Sheets of lace as the beer warms, initially nada.

S: Plenty of hops on this. But not as PNW as I had anticipate. The profile trades in the resin, weed, pine and earth for the cotton candy, sweet citrus and lightly floral hop characters. There's also a prominent vienna, caramel malt profile amidst this one. Good nose even at two months (I think distro lapse was likely related to their commitment to bottle conditioning).

T: This is red. This is imperial. Plenty of hops up front, again, a bit sweet, but this time I think it's from the ABV rather than the hop profile. The resin comes into play now. Sharp on the palate without burning, almost a pine cone/sap flavor (don't ask how I know). Again, plenty of malt to help back this one up - typical of the style and true as such. Nice. As it warms, becomes more balanced and almost reminds me of a beefed up Marzen.

M: Creamy, medium to heavy body with low carb for the style. I wonder if this batch needed a little more priming addition for appropriate carbing. Leaves a slight slick on the palate and tongue.

O: this beer was originally released as part of the brewer's reserve and during their 20th anniversary. At the time, the beer was made with a little more hop character and the yeast was more prominent. The original was intended to highlight one ingredient to reinheitsgebot: hops. It fit the profile, and is exceptionally memorable. Is this as good? No. Is it a good beer? Yes. I would like to try a little closer to bottle date, but given the conditions it was stored, I can't see too much of the hops having died by now. I also think this would age into a hybrid English/American BW with a year on it.

Photo of Rizalini
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange brown in color with a somewhat sticky head of off white. Nothing exciting in the look, but not bad at all. The nose is faintly hoppy, with Vienna-like notes of crystal malt sweetness with a medicinal note of hoppiness. The citrics help it along but as it warms, the herbal quality sticks while the fruit doesn't.

The flavor here does include a good bitterness but I wouldn't say it is overwhelming. The sweet component of the malt is right there with it. Amber-red malts come in up front, while the citric hops finish. Body is medium sized for this ever-expanding style, while the mouthfeel is thinned by carbonation. Medicinal, herbal nature is pervasive.

Style-wise, I have a hard time differentiating some "Imperial Red" ales from a double IPA. This one definitely alludes to both styles but falls in the Red camp with its profusion of malt sweetness and the herbal finish. Not bad at all if you're good with this style.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to trappistlover for the crazy extra!

a - poured into founders snifter (thanks Marty30)...a really beautiful amber with a frothy white head. The center was deep and dark and towards the outside the color lightened up. Leaves some nice spotted lacing when I swirl the glass.

s - the bottle is stamped as being bottled on 101210 so it's got a bit of age on it and I imagine that the hops have faded a bit, but judging from other reviews, what I smell might not be that faded. Soft, sweet, a bit funky and earthy. Mostly malts with a touch of fruitpunch. Pleasant, but subtle.

t - starts a bit with syrupy hops...caramel sweetness in the middle that carries through to the bitter end (pun intended). Best way to describe it is a nice amber ale with some soft hop flavoring and a soft hoppy bitter finish.

m - nice carbonation, medium/medium well body. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that is actually quite nice. Alc seems present in the mouth.

o - I constantly see grand teton beers on the shelf and always consider having a taste...took an extra in a trade to make it happen and I'm glad and now even more curious about the others. This is a really nice amber ale with subtle hops (or perhaps faded?). Not being a huge hophead, this was perfect for me. I tend to find ambers a bit boring and too much hop bitterness is a turn off...but the soft hopping really brought this amber to life and it is a wonderful compliment. Pretty cool to have a a double amber.

Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color--showing crimson in strong light--with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head that leaves partial residual coverage across the surface. Trails of carbonation rise eagerly in the column and heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Resinous and slightly piney hops are initially subordinate to focused tropical fruit, consisting mostly of passion fruit and pineapple. A thread of mild caramel unifies the other components, but as time passes the tropical fruit quality fades, revealing more of an estery presence.

T: Begins off-dry, with citrus and pine hop aromatics balanced by caramel malt and moderate acidity. A whiff of alcohol and some substantial bitterness work here to elevate overall flavor intensity. Estery fruit emerges into the middle until becoming co-dominant alongside refined caramel. Relatively restrained bitterness returns in the finish, and a faint manifestation of woodiness lingers on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky with hop resins and also lively with acidity, and with moderate carbonation. Ultimately it is remembered as being quite interesting yet smooth on the palate.

D: While the flavors encountered here are an ensemble component of a greater whole, their understated nature does not disappoint. In comparison to the other highly noteworthy qualities, they simply struggle to be recognized as this beer's stand-out feature. It has at times been suggested that any beer with a hop reference in the name is sure to go off the rails at some point, but Pursuit of Hoppiness stays the course with laser-focus, with the benefit to the drinker being an elegant balance that is frequently found to be lacking in other American beers.

Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, murky red that is more like a barleywine or quad than an amber ale. One finger of off-white head, which quickly recedes but leaves decent lacing.

S: A little caramel malt up front followed by lots of citrus. Orange, pineapple, and grapefruit all fill the nose. Very nice.

T: A good mix of grapefruit and orange on the tongue. Not too sweet, but very little bitterness either--only a tad on the finish. There is also a bit of pine on the finish as well, which is overall very clean and crisp.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too oily or sweet. There isn't much bitterness, either. Nice and crisp.

D: Very drinkable with the crisp body. Overall, a very good red ale, probably the best I've had. Wonderful citrus aroma and flavor with a nice, orangey aftertaste that is very crisp.

Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored a bottle of this at KJ Baaron's. Its 2009 Cellar reserve, bottled 2/1/10. Bought on a whim because I loved the Trout Hop IPA from Teton and this one certainly didnt disappoint!

A - Poured into Duvel tulip a wonderful cloudy dark red/amber with a spectacular two and a half finger head. Super creamy looking and offwhite, this sucker didnt want to fade and left an unbelievable amount of side lacing. One of the best lacings I've had.

S - Some nice carmely sticky sweet malts here. There is some light bitterness from the hops but its not assertive at all. Guess thats what 2 years of aging will do!

T - Wow, this is a nice red ale. Sweet malts, lots of sweetness upfront with some nice almost, just almost dark fruit flavours (raisin?). At the end there is some hop bitterness and a very light fruityness. Aging has definately mellowed this out.

M - Very creamy with low carbonation. At the end though its starts to feel a little thin.

D - Wow, this stuff is killer. The ABV is noticeable slightly in the nose and on the tongue but hey, its 8%! Really amazing appearance on this with some nice smooth taste and mouthfeel. Its a great imperial red but the price ($16ish) is just a bit much.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the Bittercreek Ale House.

A: Looks amber, traditional off-white red. Definitely more red than golden. A little haze.

S: I don't know if it was a temperature thing or what but I really only got malt until the end of the glass. Initially I could only smell a little hop presence, with lots of caramel and bready malts and some sweetness. Towards the end the hops showed up a little.

T: Balanced taste, definitely a beer with elevated hop and malt presence, with a little too much malt to be considered a Pale Ale. I taste bready malts, grassy bitter hops, a little honey nuttiness. Again, great balance here.

MF: Light-medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated.

D: Good. I prefer more hop bitterness and citrus/tropical fruit sweetness but this is a good Imperial Red. I wonder how close this is to Nugget Nectar?

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottled on 12/07/10. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical fruits and some resiny hops and a little caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel and crystal malt with tropical fruits and a bit of grassy bitterness that does stick out a little in the aftertaste. As it warms, the hops start to overpower the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a nice imperial red. It's a bit much on the sweet side for me and rather watery - but still nice.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A solid smell of hops, malt, and a bit of citrus thrown in.

T: Tasted of a little citrus (orange, maybe?), along with a lot of malt and some hops as well. A generally well-balanced flavor. The alcohol content is never particularly noticeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well done, drinkable beer.

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased at Grapevine. Bottled 1/17/2010

A- Pours a nice red/amber with a finger head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Strong hop aroma, alcohol and slight hint of caramel.

T- The taste is a very nice grapefruit flavor from the hops and it has a nice malt flavor on the back end. It is very well balanced. I prefer this one over Nugget Nectar any day of the week.

M- Very smooth, good carbonation

D- Hides the alcohol well. This one would kick my ass if I had more bottles.

A great beer. Glad to see Grand Teton finally being distributed close to home. I have been looking forward to trying this beer and it definitely impressed.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber pour and thin, sudsy white head. Citrus and fresh pine in the aroma along with pineapple juice and a fruit cup aroma. Lots of hops up front. Some roasted malts and grapefruit peel in the taste. A great big, hoppy red ale, despite not being overwhelmingly bitter.

Photo of welldigger888
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler in to an imp. pint glass,nice orangish garnet hue with an off white head that laces well.
Sweet malty citrusy tropical fruit.
Sweet bready malt with a large hop bitternedd that comes on strong with an aray of tropical citrusy goodness. Piney reson in the front with the citrus and a bitter hop finish, well played.
A little peppery with some nice chew.
This one is real good, hope it sticks around as I look foward to drinking this again.

Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.