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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 mentor


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a thin layer of light tan head over a clear copper-amber liquid. Smells oranges, pineapple, apricot, lemony pith, tropical punch, grassy, light green onion, very gentle alcohol. Very nice, but not what I expect from an American Amber (the current classification here on BA).

Tastes delicious. Fruitiness is countered by a clean lemony pith and an appearance by grassy edge. Fairly wet and dries just a touch in the end, likely due to hop bitter and alcohol contributions. Piney and a little bit of green onion mix well with a bit of pineapple-like zip. Extremely drinkable. Light in the mouth.

01-24-2011 04:06:03 | More by mentor
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

.5 liter on tap

A: Nearly Crayola/Kool-Aid red with amber tones. No real head poured (probably a bartender issue). Spotty lacing.

S: Deep floral hop aroma. Roses. Dried fruit.

T: Super fruit over the top of this hop bomb. Deep bitter hop has more character than most. Tobacco, cider, and plums.

M: A little oilyness compliments the carbonation level and hop bitter.

D: Don't know how many I could drink in a row, but I loved the one I had!

01-21-2011 17:50:00 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from 750ml into Goose Island pint glass. Bottled on 12/02/10.

A - Fantastic light hazy amber color. Leaves a thin head and lacing that stretches vertically around the glass.

S - All kinds of hops at first gently turning into a malty finish with hints of cherry and even cinnamon. Really nicely balanced, the high amount of hops does not fight the malt at all.

T - Again both hops and malt extremely well balanced. Hard to believe this beer is at 100 ibu. Tastes of cardamom and some citrus, barely bitter and finishes sweet but oh so smooth.

**Had this a 2nd time on 12/21/11 (bottled 11/01/11) and the hops did not seem as prevalent. Much more like a standard red ale. **
F - Light bodied and a tiny burn from the alcohol near the end. Enjoyed with barbecue brisket that was ideally paired.

D - Exceptionally drinkable. The bottle says 8.5% and it went down easily. I wish I had another. This is the 2nd brew I have had from Grand Teton (Trout Hop being the other) and am very impressed with their beers. I will look for this again and others from the brewery.

01-21-2011 02:40:11 | More by Rjhami
Photo of charlzm


3.18/5  rDev -20.3%

Consumed January 18th, 2011.

Beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper with plenty of off-white head. Some lacing, though not sheeting. Well-carbonated appearance.

Aromas of citric malt and a touch of caramel malt. Not as aromatic as anticipated.

Toasted caramel malt flavor is fairly weak, beaten down by herbal, citric hop character that grows stronger and more bitter with passing time. Tartness (bordering on sourness) a subtle but persistent note. Grapefruit juice? Lingering, substantial bitter finish with touches of pine. Slight alcohol warmth and flavor.

Beer is very wet, bordering on juicy. Good carbonation on tongue leaves a slight tingle but does nothing to cut bitter finish.

Not particularly enjoyable.

01-19-2011 17:02:54 | More by charlzm
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

Pours a ruby orange color with a finger and a half of creamy white head and a good amount of retention.

Scent of sugars, sharp hops, light caramel, perfume, and candied apple. A generously hoppy, but well rounded scent.

Taste of sugars, red apple, resin, and fruity, leafy hops. Similarly with the scent, there is a good amount of hop character, but it does have a nice balance of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean, with a fairly lively carbonation.

01-09-2011 23:10:42 | More by paco1029384756
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

On tap at The Factory

A- pours a light golden amber with a minimal head and very light spot lacing

S- very earthy hops with thick caramel

T- great floral hop kick that is quick and strong. A decent amount of alcohol comes thru, but far from overpowering

M- med body with nice carbonation

D- a little bit too boozy to have a ton, but wasn't hard to down a pint. If the Factory didn't always have such a great selection of taps, I'd order another

01-07-2011 01:30:44 | More by imagese
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Brownish red and almost but not quite clear, slightly hazy. A thin, slow, steady stream of rising bubbles accents a pretty good head and lots of sticky lacing.

It's got a nice, complex smell to it, featuring plenty of hops, a smattering of light malt notes, and an earthy, leathery overtone accented with floral and grapefruit.

Taste wise this one is pretty good. Reminds me of the hop rod rye, but better. It tastes more like a stereotypical "red" with a hefty, yet balanced addition of extra hops to the brew. Grapefruit and orange flavors dominate the fruity aspects. There's a bit of indistinct earthiness to the flavor as well. Very nice.

Feels medium bodied, slick, well carbonated and leaves a fruity, lightly bitter, citrusey aftertaste.

General drinkability is pretty good, with the caveat of expecting it to be hoppier than a typical red.

Overall I liked this beer. Would be better in six packs than 750s.

01-03-2011 15:02:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of JLeege


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance- on draft, poured into a 12 oz fluted glass. A fairly clear amber color with a one finger creamy head. Good lacing left behind.

Smell- Earthy / floral hops, a bit grassy actually. Some sweet caramel malts.

Taste- Well balanced hoped up amber. Sweeter up front than the nose would suggest, notes of caramel and brown sugar. Then the hops really come on at the finish. Mostly earthy notes, a bit of citric orange, finishes pretty bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

Overall- Very solid beer, at 8% this goes down very easily.

12-29-2010 23:26:12 | More by JLeege
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

A full litre had to be shared by two others. Pours above average slightly dark body with lasting quarter-inch head. Malty aromas mostly. Above average mouthfeel, red style is not normally my favourite but I appreciate the toasted malt and the balanced presence of so much hops: summit, simcoe, chinook, and nuggets. Better with food, it was drinkable and satisfying.

12-25-2010 23:27:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of yemenmocha


3.83/5  rDev -4%

What a drinkable Strong Ale! Pours cloudy dark amber with light tan head. Nose has mixed citrus and some slightly musty aromas, in a good way. Nice balance of citrusy hops with the maltiness. Overall though it has a very creamy body and mouthfeel, and is silky smooth as it goes down. Alcohol strength is muted. Very easy & pleasurable drinking experience here.

12-06-2010 02:26:08 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of srandycarter


4/5  rDev +0.3%

bottle labeled 10.11.10

A - Murky red, lots of lace, thick spongy head, concentrated on the edges.

S - Musky, cellar smells, malt comes up clear in the center. Promise of hops there, too.

T - Malty goodness, big beer with lots of hop help at the end.

M - Medium to heavy, good balance and carb. Nice clean hoppy finish.

D- In spite of the ABV, a nice beer to session, I think.

11-29-2010 06:07:37 | More by srandycarter
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3.51/5  rDev -12%

Came across red, carbonation was definitely not a problem, wasn't a gusher, but it definitely was excited to get out the bottle. Head didn't amount to much or stick around long. Aroma was less red, more dipa on the caramel and sweetness tip.

Taste, less hoppy than expectations were, being that it was called pursuit of hoppiness. Not a fail by any means. This is really one of those line blurs when it comes to style. A little bit red, dipa, strong ale, whathaveyou. Sticky.

Price was just too much for what you get, there's a lot better investments, this was like $11 for a liter.

11-06-2010 01:19:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into my samuel adams pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger creamy tan head that has some retention to it. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There are many carbonation bubbles in this beer and lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich alcohol solvent aroma. Other aromas are caramel, phenols, molasses, pine, fruity esters, floral, and a slight cherry note.

Taste: A rich, malty, toasty, caramel flavor. Other flavors are grapefruit, pine, floral, phenols, solvents, alochol, and a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is full. This is a very strong beer with lots of flavor, easy to drink, and is very well made.

10-26-2010 05:06:28 | More by colts9016
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a creamy rich 1 finger head fades slowly over hazy yeasty reddish orange copper color.

Nose is full of malts and hops with some bright hops, some citrus and pine and little earthy and fruit. Malts add some sweet aromas with red malts and slightly creamy.

Taste is similar but malts come first with sweet and creamy red malts. Light toasty malt. Hops come through with some bitterness, light grassy hops and some pine, citrus, and little earthy bitterness. A slight chewy hop and malt flavor too. Finishes clean with some light bitterness and light sweet malt flavors but mostly dry.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Decent drinkability with crisp dry finish, no sticky flavors and tolerable bitterness.

10-18-2010 03:03:26 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

The color is a resiny rust and copper color with a voluminous, tan, head at the start. This recedes to a film and then ring of foam after a few sips. Very good looking brew if I do say so.

Very floral, earthy, and citrusy bouquet of hop flowers. Only a little caramelized toasted malt in the sniff. Lots of mandarin orange peels along with some general sharp flowery hop aromas as well.

The taste starts a litte toasted rye bread, but very quickly turns semi-sweet orange meat, but a lot of the peel. The middle is just hop, citric and floral bitterenss. Maybe some green peppercorns for spice. The finish is a little smoother and close to a more balanced flavor profile. You get the caramel and toasted barley. But its still mostly hops.

As this beer warms, it goes from a frizzy bittereness. To a resiny, almost oily thick bitterness to the palate. The hops seem to add a little too much almost for the taste but definetly for the palate.

09-16-2010 02:38:21 | More by scruffwhor
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3.05/5  rDev -23.6%

Bomber or whatever size this bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

2009 vintage.

A- Pours a deep amber red that has a good amount of haze to it and let's no light through when holding it up to the light. A big head, 2.5 finger's worth, sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S- Big amounts of hops and sweet malt. Very reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine. Some nice caramel and maybe just a hint of spice.

T- Like the nose, big hops but the aging has subdued them quite a bit. The malt is pretty present and the alcohol pokes its head out just a bit.

M- Medium to full bodied but feels flat regardless of lingering head. Pretty smooth on the back of the tongue. Just a little heat in the back from the alcohol.

D- Comes in a big bottle but this is a one glass and done. I can tell there is some age n this bottle and its seems to make it a little oxidized. Overall really lacks something to make it stand out form the crowd.

09-09-2010 00:57:34 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

appearance is nice, reddish brown with a nice head and a bit of lacing throughout the glass.

smell is great - a totally different kind of double ipa/double red smell...could immediately tell this has little to no cascades, not the typical pine and grapefruity so prevailant in these beers - instead, its a rich deep strawberry hop smell with some delicious sweet caramel malts coming off the top.

taste is a bit dissapointing after the nose, good, but not great - certainly bitter, but not enough defined hop character as the nose would suggest - still good though and a great balance of fruitiness and dark malty, off-sweet stuff.

08-18-2010 01:26:37 | More by benclimbs
Photo of 4000qtrap


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Lots of pine. A little grapefruit acidity. Brown sugar. Pretty standard.

Taste: Not as bitter as I expected based on the nose. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness which is helped out by a lack of oiliness. This beer is surprisingly light. Citrus acidity along with a generous helping of brown sugar predominate and is quite refreshing and well done but fairly standard for the style. Piney bitterness cuts through to add interest. Finish is a little oily with grapefruit and citrus acidity and some brown sugar. Doesn't linger.

Notes: Intensely flavored beer that would still be great on a hot day.

08-13-2010 03:29:21 | More by 4000qtrap
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

A - One of the most unique appearances I've ever seen. The first pour resulted in a hazy, amber colored beer with a three-finger, tan head of foam. I recapped it and place it back in the fridge. The second pour had a much smaller head and it looked like a creamy head on a cask ale.

S - This brew has a big piney smell like a West Coast IPA with notes of citrus and caramel malt.

T - It tasted piney and spicy with a burnt toast maltiness. It had an alcohol heat present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp at first but that second pour had a creamy feel. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good ale. I was always worried that it wouldn't be worth the price, but it is a good beer and alot of beer.

06-24-2010 11:57:23 | More by zeff80
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Pours a very nice light caramel color with some reddish hues. With a head of .75 heads that is off white and has some nice dense bubbles and some nice medium ones as well. Very nice stickiness and it recedes to a nice thin film.

S - Very nice aromas of hops. Nice caramel sweetness from the malt and also some nice dark fruit aromas. Some plum and even some pineapple. Some mild boozy aromas are present as well. Some citrus aromas as it warms build up.

T - Flavor starts off kind off light but there is a nice caramel and fruit sweetness that pops up along with some mild bready flavor. The hop flavor is nice and grassy with some slight pine character but that isn't too overwhelming. Good bitterness.

M & D - Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Its well carbonated and for the 8% ABV and flavors its very refreshing.

06-19-2010 00:50:06 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

poured from a nice looking big ass bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A.) Definitely bottle conditioned, as an aggressive pour produced 1" of tiny bubbles. Appearance it deep reddish orange with no sediment. Leaves a nice lacing of same tiny bubblel after the first sip

S.) Smells of orange peels, candied citrus, maybe pineapple mixed with some mangoes and a very subtle earthy pine. Definitely more sweet than bitter.

T.) Starts out with sweet malty sugars and orange peels quickly followed by a mild bitterness that balances this beer very well. Finishes with a semi-dry mix of sweet malt sugars and hop bitterness that lingers nicely

D.) I was hesitant to crack this beer for a single sitting, but I'm halfway through it and it just keeps getting better. The bottle says 09, so I'm sure the jops

I was hesitant to buy this beer at $14.00, considering I had another one of their offerings I did not like, but this beer kicks ass. I'll be looking for more to share with some friends.

06-13-2010 00:26:36 | More by gatorhophead
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3.63/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to josh for supplying this brew...
Appears a hazy amber with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle floating head. Beautiful bits of Belgian lacing are left in the form of beads all over the glass.
Smell is of caramel, bitter orange, crystal malts, cracked grain, toffee, and pine needles.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, toffee, orange citrus, pines, herbs, and raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, and warming with light booziness found in the swallow.

05-25-2010 00:42:32 | More by weeare138
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

1 liter flip top brow bottle with a vintage date.

Right away you can tell this beer is bottle condition, as I poured it into my .5 Liter mug a whole lot of tiny bubbles started to form slowly and gain momentum enough to provide a think three fingers of lace. Reddish amber color is pretty damn clear, no hop haze or floaties at all. Orange rind and tobacco, perhaps a little bit of leather from the hop nose ... small kernel of toasted grain and nutty yeast when sniffing a little deeper. Extremely smooth with a solid medium body. Hops and malt battle it out from start to finish. Hop bitterness grows a little more with each sip and the alcohol sneaks in warmth as well. Maltiness tries hard to fend off with toasted bread and caramel flavors. Hops drive hard with citric and mint. Peach fruitiness in the bitter sweet finish.

A love big reds, especially reds that have a ton of hops and the malt to back it up. Very nice ...

05-20-2010 00:50:58 | More by Jason
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A: poured a brown with orangish hues and a finger tan head with good sticky lacing.

S: I got malty nutty aromas with good hoopy character in the mixture. After a couple whiffs I got spicey nots to the beer too.

T: nice spice, hop, caramel nutty notes with a clean slight bitter finish.

M: medium body with good carbonation that accents the taste of the beer.

D: drinks good with overall good characteristics in all the categories. Great offering from grand teton.

05-18-2010 03:26:27 | More by Gobzilla
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Large swing top bottle, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Fluffy off white head stands up a good inch and a half. Interesting layered lacing effect cascades down the inside wall of the glass. Body color is a dark reddish brown, good clarity through the center.

Smell is a spicy hops mix of strong leaf tea and mild root spices. A little bit of ginger root comes in. Taste has a dry leaf character, very autumnal. There is a little bit of dried orange peel. Malt character is a light caramel sweetness cut by a dry toasted breadiness.

Mouthfeel has a medium bodied character. Very dry finish with a bitter toasted grain aftertaste. The 8% wears thin towards the end of the bottle. I think the presentation is bigger than what it needs to be. Even a 22 oz bottle would be more approachable than this monster of a bottle. I still finished the job, though I may regret it tomorrow.

05-13-2010 03:43:37 | More by bort11
Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.