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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%


Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froghop on 03-13-2010)
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like hoppy beer but want a summer or spring refreshment? Get this. This is one of the best tasting yet laid back bres I have had in a long time. It has all the right elements needed for thirst quentch but the 6% adds a good kick. get it before its gone.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 05:51:26 | More by Vancoubeer
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industrialswill

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer looks more like slightly carbonated motor oil than anything else. One look and you can see the calories in there.
Wonderful, rich smell....
Medium bitterness balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.
It's a little bit syrupy, a better way to put it would be to say it is full bodied.
Highly enjoyable, this would make a great brew for the "hop curious" drinker out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 22:05:06 | More by industrialswill
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 19:17:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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Docer

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 18:06:36 | More by Docer
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katelovesbeer

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a 22oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Classic burnt orange IPA coloring which is interesting for this "extra pale ale", a tiny bit cloudy, nice 1/2" white head, lots of small and medium bubbles - looks great and inviting

Smell: Mellow, hoppy floral, perfumey. Quite enjoyable!

Taste: Nice balance of hops and bitterness. Up front, the hops tend to be perfumey, slightly sweet, slightly floral, slightly citrus. Well done. The body of the beer is classic pale ale dry and pleasantly bitter. It ends with an almost tangy and crisp bite that does not linger - quite refreshing! This would make a great accompaniment to a warmer spring day while sitting outside.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, which I would expect for an "extra pale ale"; the ending tangy bite gives the mouthfeel a slight pucker; feels more carbonated than others I've encountered - it's a tad different and I am enjoying it! Makes me want warmer weather...

Drinkability: Provided the weather is right (warmer, sunny, etc), it is extremely drinkable. Could be good for those who don't like bitter beers because of the sweet and light floral hops at the front.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:03:52 | More by katelovesbeer
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JMad

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an imperial pint glass...

Pours an amber honey color with a bubbly tan colored head. Smells of pine and tangerine all on top of a caramel base. The taste is an explosion of hops with bitter pine resin and lemon peel, it's sweet and bready with a long bitter finish. This beer is light and very dry with lots of prickly carbonation. I thought this was an excellent beer and I would drink this again, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:19:55 | More by JMad
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Duvel tulip, Hop Pursuit is pale orange with a big off-white head that leaves nice, scattered lace.

Smell is hoppy, some classic cascade citrus, limes, with a strong earthiness as well. Kicking it old school!

Taste is very hoppy, and quite similar to the nose regarding the cascades supporting a robust backbone of earthy nobles. There's a strong breadiness to the malt, and it's also rather phenolic as well.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a pale ale with big hop flavor without extreme bitterness, and balanced by a nice malty flavor. Clean up the phenols and you'd have one of the best pale ales I've had (although on the east coast this could easily be an IPA). I give Full Sail bonus points not only for their usual value price ($4.20 a bomber in this case, from New Seasons), but also their use of locally derived, old school hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 03:41:20 | More by ccrida
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought at S.Salem Freddy's. Pretty pedestrian in appearance lighter amber with a small dirty white head. Good lace. Aroma is pleasant and pretty balanced considering the name! Hops balanced out by buiscuity malt. The taste is also balanced well buiscuity malts and lemon zesty hopping then near the end the hops spring into action with a massive fruity spicy aspect that makes one want another gulp. very nice palate..so very very drinkable. This is overall a very nice summery pale ale. Gulpable rather than sippable!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 07:40:29 | More by Reidrover
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good froth. purdy copper color

smells of cascade hops and some juicy sweetness

a great balance of hop flavor and sweetness. the hops are taaaa-steey but plenty of malt shines through the greenery: both fruity and buscuity. mint and a drying biiterness from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:25:25 | More by bruachan
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head that justs sits atop the liquid without fading and drapes plenty of lace around the pint glass

Smell: White grapefruit pith

Taste: Just a little bit of bread to create the backbone and then the flavors turn to the pithy white grapefruit; after the swallow, there is a bit of sweetness that appears but, overall, the malt elements are very dry and fade to the background to allow the citrus to take over

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the age on this bottle, the hops still retain their potency and, overall, provide for a refreshingly drinkable concoction; perhaps it could be called an IPA lite but I still like it

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:31:33 | More by brentk56
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chickencoop

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods/ Los Altos, sweet beer selection. I am biased, I like Full Sail, they were one of the first micro's back in the day and I respect them for the staying power. This is quite a drinkable beer, hoppy, but very smooth and malty mellow on the finish. At 6%, this is a poundable all day beer with some strong flavors, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:31:49 | More by chickencoop
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lace are left behind.  

Spicy, floral hop aroma with lots of dry, earthy pine and resinous oil as well as some sweet citrus/tropical  notes.  Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel.  Grainy biscuit malt backbone.  

Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy hops.  Resinous with a good amount of bitterness that doesn't overpower.  Floral with hnts of pine countered by sweet fruit notes, especially grapefruit and orange peel.  Decent malt backbone balances things out with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and slight grainy graham cracker.   Dry finish.  Full bodied, well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.  

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:38:16 | More by corby112
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a subtle grapefruit hop, grainy malt and powerful residual pepperiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffable pale ale. Dangerous at 6%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 02:06:58 | More by plaid75
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into pint glass.

Pours bubbly with a finger of foamy head. Very attractive burnt orange color.

Appealing full nose of mild hops.

Biscuit up front, floral through the tongue, finishes with a citrus tang. Intense flavor in a little time- not much lingering here..a bit of the biscuit hangs around with the hops. The malt paves the way for a better balanced brew.

A smooth mouthfeel is pleasantly disrupted by the aforementioned bubbles, making it a fairly light experience.

Definitely drinkable, I appreciate that another IPA wasn't tossed into the market (brewmasters reserve from Full Sail), but rather a tame hopped pale that has a bit of complexity without being overdone.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:20:44 | More by coastiefish
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Bfarr

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop pursuit is s clear golden color with great lacing. A bright hop aroma leads into a citrusy hop taste balanced nicely with pale malts. A very crisp and dry finish.
This is a pretty refreshing pale ale that is just shy of an IPA in hoppy flavor. A good refreshingly hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 23:11:48 | More by Bfarr
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 21:04:14 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a one and a half finger head that dissipated to a creamy skim of retention with decent lacing. The nose is not huge, but it's herbal and hoppy up front with some nice, albeit subdued, perfumey floral aromas as well a bit of citrus. Initially, the taste was nothing special. But as this thing warmed up a bit, not only the taste, but the aroma as well came to life. Fresh, resiny hops perfectly balanced with just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep it honest. Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood hops are used, but I would swear it was Magnum like Torpedo. Really smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a nice biting hop bitterness. A very sessionable beer. I don't understand why this is getting the bad reviews. Are people forgetting this is an APA, not an IPA. I would definitely pick this up again, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:09:22 | More by beerdrifter
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mudbug

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 22:20:39 | More by mudbug
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (via trade) into a Duvel Tulip
Poured a light hazy orange with a huge off-white head (with an aggressive pour) that settled quickly but never completely dissapted. Nice lacing which was present throughout. Nose is breadiness, floral hops with some citrus in the background. Taste is bready and earthy with a nice balance of hops and sweet malts. Feel is on the light side. You certainly notice the carbonation but it works with the lighter mouthfeel. Although the name would suggest something other than an APA, this beer is true to the style and very nicely at that. It's quite refreshing and, at 6%, quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 21:00:17 | More by regspeir
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meeekyh

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am often tempted by a strange brew. This one comes from a LQ I rarely visit and from a brewer I have not formed a solid opinion about. I expect a refreshing beer with a pronounced hop flavor. Let us see what really is in the bottle.

I choose a belled glass for this beer as it is my standard drinking vessel for reviews. The beer is a medium hue of gold and not quite clear.

Nose opens with a bit of spice and a nice malt note, sweet and a bit of caramelized malt with a piny hop presence. There is a nice complexity in the nose here, I detect happy yeast.

Flavors in this beer are tart, clean and much less sweet than I expected after the nose. The predominating tastes are the hops: piny and fresh, and the malt: Clean and grainy. I am greatly pleased by the overall here. I find a good balance in this ale, plenty of flavor and not too much of anything.

I put this in the light-medium camp for body, with ample tiny bubbles and a dry finish. The Aftertaste is grainy and pleasing with no residual sweetness.

Drinkability is plenty high, higher than I could've hoped, as over malty ambers and uber-hopped IPAs are what I seem to run into lately.

This beer is a pleasure to drink and to review. I would recommend it to anybody interested in a full-beer experience. It reminds me of the Anchor Liberty Ale and that ilk. A hoppier version of the pales I so enjoy from the Empire.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:31:50 | More by meeekyh
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to an imperial pint glass. Had an amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of pure white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of hops and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything, with traces of malt, citrus, and a grassy quality. A decent, robust flavor for an APA.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a relatively dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 14:39:10 | More by avalon07
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 20:29:02 | More by tempest
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allengarvin

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a somewhat hazy amber colored beer with a very slight head. The nose smells quite a bit like the ordinary FS IPA, slightly citrusy, not anything special. Taste provides a substantial bitterness, with more citrus notes. Malt is moderate, but doesn't really make its presence known. Yeast character is clean and neutral, giving way to a dry finish.

Very drinkable beer, but it isn't particularly special, certainly not for a "brewmaster's reserve" beer named for hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:22:10 | More by allengarvin
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into an English pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Light murky, orange, amber color with good head and lacing as it's being consumed.

S: Nose of this brew is Pacific Northwest all the way, with citrus, apple, lemon notes with some pine in there as well. Malty sweet smell never allows the hope notes to dominate too much.

T&M: Just a touch of sweet caramel up front quickly followed by a blast of hop flavors that range from lemon grass to a wide array of citrus and apple flavors. Nice trail of bitterness hits the back of the tongue along with a touch of sweetness. This beer has a heck of a lot more hop flavor than bitterness. Excellent zippy, refreshing bite in the end leaving you want to take another sip. Moderately high carbonation level contributes to the refreshing character of this beer.

D&Overall: This is like a super tasty version of Full Sail's IPA. In other words, a very good session APA/IPA that never overwhelms you but provides ample hop character to constantly keep you interested. A very good beer overall. Mega-hop heads will complain it's not strong enough, but to me, this is just a perfect session beer to get my hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:52:20 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blond/amber color from a 22 oz bomber, with no ABV on the label. There is a lot of sediment that settles down well after pouring.
One finger head that dissipates very slowly.
The aroma was very hoppy, right from the moment I cracked the bottle open. Over time as the beer warms up, fruity esters with some sweetness make their presence felt amongst the hops.
Taste is similar to the aroma. Very hoppy for a pale ale, much more hop flavor and bitterness coming through for a 55 IBU ale.
Somehow though, there isn't a lot of balance in the bitterness.
Good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 07:06:35 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.