Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by almychristopher:
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
this beer pours an amber color with a white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace rather quickly. the bottle that i purchased provided quite a bit of floculation. the sweet malty aroma with slightly fruity esters is balanced by a light, but still nice citrus aroma... they may be pursuing the hops but I don't think they've quite caught it yet. the taste does speak of a light sweet bready malt with a bit of caramel at the back, the hops seem to provide a bit of bitterness at the end but not much else. the medium body and good co2 make this a drinkable beverage.
09-08-2011 00:13:27 | More by almychristopher
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2.3/5 rDev -35.9%
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass a little.
The aroma is sweet corny grainy malts with some melon and some metallic hops.
The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with some metallic bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, a decent amount of bitterness for a pale ale. It's just not very pleasant with lots of off-notes, and not well balanced.
10-08-2010 04:39:05 | More by Beaver13
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
Reasonably priced 22 ounce bomber ($4.79), purchased at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, NY
Pours hazed darker apricot, moderate sized light tan head, leaves minor bits and strands of fine lacing.
Faint nose of musty hops and malts
Decent enough pale ale, very easy drinking, moderately hopped with a balancing malt counter point. Hops are kinda earthy and soft on the palate
Well rounded and equally soft on the tongue. Hops are the star of the dry and long lasting finish. Better then middle of the road craft APA.
11-30-2011 01:09:21 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to Rosebud Butternuts for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is decent, but not as good as I expected. I get some grain and grassy hop notes but not too much else.
The flavor is a little bit better. I get some orange and grass notes from the hops, as well as some wheat, biscuit and grain notes from the malt. Low bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Not a bad beer, but nothing too special. Thanks for sharing Eric.
12-21-2010 08:59:38 | More by Mora2000
3.74/5 rDev +4.2%
Great orange appearance, below average head and cling to the lacing. Aroma didn't reach out to me that much.
A lot of tangerine taste and mouthfeel. Very balanced, no one dimensional hop sledgehammer. A satisfactory degree of grapefruit and cascade hops here. Ample malt to get the orangeness.
$4 a bottle is awesome, amps up an already very drinkable beer. For some reason, Full Sail's normal releases have been lacking the last few years, I mean, I loved their IPA, Amber, Pale back in college, but now, they are so tame in the hop and bitterness department. This one was just right.
08-26-2010 17:05:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Poured into a duvel tulip glass burnt orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing down the glass. The nose has pinney hops and citrus. The taste is bitter with pine hop flavors with grapefruit citrus flavors. But nothing extrodinary about this at all. The body is medium to maybe just below medium. Carbonation is good.
Full Sail: this is one of the first Brewmaster Reserves you've sent to Texas . . . please send something worthy of the title.
04-30-2011 01:53:28 | More by whoneeds8
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
On-tap on the waterfront in downtown Portland.
This beer appears a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of tight creamy white head, which leaves a thin wall of pocked lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of biscuit malt, and orange and pine hops. The taste is bitter pine and leaf hops, and a seemingly overwhelmed bready cracker maltiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the light side, with an edgy smoothness. It finishes quite dry - the earthy, floral, and forest floor hops dominating.
The waitress waxed eloquent about the hoppy goodness of this particular offering. Can't say she was wrong, but this whole deal sure could have used a fair bit more of supporting malt body to level things out a tad.
07-14-2011 06:00:34 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +10%
Poured a clear copper with a smallish head that dissipated quickly, aroma is astringent grassy with slight malt tones.
Taste follows the aroma with a nice bitter upfront balanced by the malt, carbonation is on the creamy side. there is a bitter aftertaste that is dry, overall a nice Pale Ale, don't get the "Extra" part as it's about the same as SNPA with slightly less hop profile, nowhere near as hoppy as Torpedo.
05-12-2010 22:20:39 | More by mudbug
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
Served from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass
A - nice thick head, 1+ fingers; color is a hazy, rich amber - more hazy/amber as you get toward the bottom of the bottle; minimal lacing; lots of yeast in the bottom
S - strong smell of alcohol, which is ironic for a beer that is only 6% ABV. Nothing else stood out for me in the aroma
T - mild hop flavor, but still refreshing. Started to taste a hint of citrus towards the end of the beer.
M - little carbonation; smooth; leaves a nice 'beery' taste in the mouth that lasts.
O - A good brew. Nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad either. I'm enjoying the bottom of the bottle more than the top...maybe the yeast that settled?
It's 100 degrees in Baltimore today, so I was looking for something that would quench my thirst. While this was not the best beer ever, it certainly got the job done.
06-29-2012 21:24:46 | More by bensbeers
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
A: dark orange-light red with a minimal head
S: as it warmed up, I could smell a hint of caramel with light pine.
T: weird that I taste caramel or toffee in the finish as my mouth bitters from the citrusy hop characteristics.
M: light to medium body with light carbonation.
O: not bad. I think this beer grows on you as you continue to drink it. Definitely would get this again since it was only $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber
07-19-2011 05:33:09 | More by DrewShal9
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
Full Sail Hop Pursuit "Brewmaster Reserve 2011"
22 oz. bottle; $4.99 @ Joe Canal's Discount Liquor, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Appearance: Hazy orange-golden body beneath a creamy head of white. Head retention and lacing are very good.
Smell: Hoppy, as might be expected, over a delicately sweet and gently biscuity malt base.
Taste: The hops are bright and fresh, riding a wave of malt as it crosses the palate... citrusy with some lime; grassy; and mildly spicy. A solid bitterness balances it. Nicely polished. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a median carbonation level.
Overall: Cute name: "Hop Pursuit". Well, I think they've caught up. It's got a lot of hop character to it without going overboard, leaving it interesting but still refreshing. Well done. A great summer beer. Well worth trying.
07-06-2011 19:17:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Had a bottle from the brewery and split it with friends. I'd agree with the label of calling this an Extra Pale Ale, especially since Summit's EPA comes to mind while drinking this. It's a bright, clear gold with a white head and smells deeply of spicy citrus hops. That flavor holds over from that aroma and it matched by a bread crust and biscuit malt backbone. This is a crisp and fun to drink pale ale. The hops are a little bit of throwback with Cascade-like character and it also comes off a bit like SNPA. Definitely worth checking out for any pale ale fan.
04-26-2010 20:29:02 | More by tempest
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottles into tulip glass.
A - Pours cloudy amber, with a nice white head...with some good lacing.
S - Strong Hops and almost strong soap smell?!
T - OK...a bit over Carmel flavor, which takes over the hop flavor I was hoping for.
M - Weak carbonation, a bit flat. In parts bits ‘too’ sweet from the over-Carmel flavor.
D - This one was kind of a let down. I'd been to Hood River a few times and have expected more from Full Sail, I guess?! I wish they'd bring back the Equinox Spring IPA from several years ago that had the yellow label...Now, "That" was a beer!!!
07-15-2011 21:21:15 | More by scootpolute
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear rosey copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a smooth 1/2 finger, which stays VERY rich and foamy when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of spotty lacing back. Very nice look here. The aroma is floral and herbal smelling, with some extra damp dankness to it. Some lighter fruity sweetness is coming out, as does some underlying malt activity that posssesses an light smokey texture to it, leaving sone tang in the back of the nose.
The bulk of the hop activity in the taste is bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, and some tropical fruit character that brings most of the balancing sweetness here, as those pale malts sit kind of flat and grainy across the back of the palate. Big grapefruit finish on this, with lots of green bitter citrus, earthy rind, and a touch of lingering spice all hanging around. The mouthfeel is medimm bodied, with a creamy sharpness to the carbonation and some slickness that runs through the middle of the body, helping keep this flowing in the mouth relatively well. No alcohol detected here at all.
While this is certainly a servicable hoppy fix, there just wasn't a whole lot to get overly excited about here, with the malt profile in particular coming off as fairly boring. This is maybe a decent one to pair up with your lunch or dinner but otherwise, I'd look elsewhere if your looking to get wowed by flavor.
06-18-2010 12:42:31 | More by Kegatron
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a goblet glass from a 22 oz. capped bomber. Shows a golden orange in color in the light, and with half an inch of porous white foam. Offers decent retention though the darkness of the pour raises a bit of concern.
Aromas of the Northwest with a good dose of light caramel malt and some citric hops. Bits of earth and caramel intermingle along with some light funk. Touch of buttery sweetness on the tongue accompanied by a somewhat light carbonation along with some citric twang yields a slightly sweet and rather nondescript flavor. Pleasant to a degree, though oddly a bit dry and chalky on the finish.
A decent APA yet one that lacks a bit of panache given the name. But then if one is in pursuit of hops, then perhaps they don't have any for themselves.
Note: Warming expands the aroma a bit and a finishing pour dumps chunks of precipitate into my glass. Hmmm. Perhaps this isn't the freshest bottle....
07-13-2011 04:44:57 | More by HalfFull
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Deep burnt orange with a dense clarity. A one finger high frothy head sits atop with moderately good retention and intentions that was mostly lasting. The lacing was clean on the go.
S: Toasty sweet with fresh wet pine. Fresh oregano scents come through as well. The strength was dominant on the open, being detected at arms reach, but quickly settles down to humble offering. Get your wiff early on this one to appreciate it or it may be gone.
T: The flavor had a nice base of specialty malts giving this a dry toasty appeal along with a spicy bite of pine and citrus coming in a strong second. Assertive by style and off the tongue comes a wet pine and toasted grain finish along with a dry flowery hop exit that was moderately strong to the liking. Flashes of grapefruit come and go. When it warms up a bit a more pronounced caramel/toffee sweetness comes from the grains.
M: malty, medium base, frothy in the mouth on longer holds. Spicy on the tongue with a dry flowery fade.
O: Overall a assertively hopped extra pale ale that was crisp on the take with a deep malt base to match. Makes for a good casual drink, especially in the summer time.
09-15-2011 01:13:39 | More by beerthulhu
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
A bomber bottle from Raceway Citgo in OCMD.
A: The extra pale ale is coppery, still amber and possibly even darker than many pale ales. A finger of off-white head doesn't lace.
S: The ale has a grassy nose, pine and citrus, with a biscuit aroma to balance the ale out. Seems like a nice, approachable ale.
T: Extra smooth. The biscuity malts, pale and light, are immediately evident. Their chewiness supports a strong hoppiness that never gets too powerful. The hops, for having a citrusy countenance, aren't very fruity or lively, and the hops tend to shy away late in each sip. At $5 bucks a bomber, though, it is nearly impossible to beat.
M: The mouthfeel is grainy, heavier on those grains as it warms, with a subtle hop finish. Approachable, drinkable even. A decent pale ale, extra or otherwise.
08-31-2011 22:37:18 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Clear golden copper. Small offwhite head. Gives way to swirling oils patterns. Some light lace.
Pine, herbal, floral, citrus, spicy resins. Toasty maltiness.
A rush of crisp hops, pine, lemon, herbal. hops are met halfway by a toasty caramel and candied nutty malt presence. crisp lingering spicy resinous bitterness.
Sticky, slightly chewy, crisp with a lingering dryness. med toasty body.
Very drinkable. A hoppy yet balanced EPA, crisp and bitter.
Consumed in Late Feb 2010.
10-07-2010 21:04:14 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
4.45/5 rDev +24%
22oz. bottle purchased at a Plaid Pantry in Troutdale of all places. Love how this stuff just shows up in the middle of nowhere for me to buy.
- Light golden pale.... not big on head... leaves a nice thin slurry of micro bubbles floating around... almost like it poured from a cask. Clear as a bell... with only a slight haze.
- Smell is bliss.... Full Sail has a one-of-a-kind grain aroma that is certainly present... but balanced with a zingy bitter, and citrus lemon hop.... while only slightly sweetened.
- Taste is fantastic.... zingy fresh hops... bit of pine, and bitter lemon bite... nice smooth light and refreshing bready and biscuity malt while not being overly sweet.
- Light bodied, crisp... and perfectly carbonated. Leaves the palate watering for more. Perfect time of the year for this.
- Overall I am impressed with this pale. Something I wish I could brew myself all year around. This is perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable... and has Full Sail written all over it.
03-30-2010 18:06:36 | More by Docer
Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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