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

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

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82
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128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Overlord
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a good beer. At all.

Pours a hazy light, bright orange-gold. Big white sudsy foam head.

Smells a bit like floral hops, a bit like medicinal herbal-y hops, and a bit like soap.

Taste is bad. Just, bad. One of the worst examples of this style I can recall, and certainly a beer that doesn't deserve a name like "Hop Pursuit." Soapy herbaliness, some ... mint? Really? Maybe a hint of citrus/grapefruit. Just an unpleasant mixture.

Mouthfeel thin. Unappealing.

Overlord, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy off-white head with pretty good retention and a good bit of lacing.

3.0 S: The nose is subtle, but it is pleasant enough. Herbal foremost with a good bit of orange and underneath some pithy grapefruit. Malts and yeast combine for a soft breadiness.

2.0 T: Amazingly boring. I'm shocked that a 6% beer named Hop Pursuit could be so bland. The strongest flavor is yeast (I feel like I'm drinking a yeast starter actually). Miles below that there is a very soft bitterness, unaggressive herbalness, and a "stale beer" taste.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.

1.5 D: I'm pissed that this came in a bomber. The second glass is ever worse that the first. It's like drinking a cuvee of wounded soldiers from the night before. I really wish I drainpoured beer because right now that's all I can think about. Don't buy this unless it's for someone you don't like.

DavoleBomb, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Beaver13, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of ebrauser
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop pursuit-branded as an 'extra pale ale' by the gang at full sail. Drank out of a 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Dull orange with a thin head that needed to be coaxed with a vigorous pour

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, and a even some grapes came out in the nose

Flavor: Pungent taste, very much like that of a dry white wine, crisp and cidery. Light hops began immediately and lasted throughout the sip, turning from floral to a cidery finish. Floral hops became more prominent as the drink went on.

Overall: One I might have to try again just to see if this review was an accurate one of the beer. It didn't come across as something that Full Sail would put out, or that really fit in any beer category.

ebrauser, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Dougal
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this was an unbalanced beer... .a sierra nevada pale ale without balance. it was too hoppy on the palate at times and too malty the next

this one has to go back for some re-tooling... not sure what they are going for

if you call the beer " hop pursuit" and it's not an IPA and not a balanced pale ale then it is a confused beer

Dougal, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of bensbeers
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011...vintage?

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.

Drink on.

bensbeers, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of scootpolute
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!!!

scootpolute, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of chumba526
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer is translucent golden color. It pours with a one inch head of white foam. Smells strongly of flavorful grassy and citrus smelling hops but there is also a slight cheap lager smell present.
In the taste the first thing present is strong citrus grassy hop bitterness. The beer is very crisp and light due to a lack of malts: this makes the excellent hop flavor really shine. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a bit nasty: there is a cheap lager like aftertaste. The cheap lager aftertaste sucks because the hop forward beginning is very nice. Because it is light the beer would be easy to drink a lot of. The beer also has a fair amount of carbonation. Overall it's a beer that is ok; it has some good qualities and some bad qualities.

chumba526, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz from neorunner via BIF. Awesome! Into Alpine pint glass.

A- Kind of unappealing- minimal head that fizzes out quicker than I can pour it. Spotty, almost nonexistant lacing.

S- Fruity hops, floral lilac notes. Pleasing, if subdued.

T- Good hop bite, moreso than the nose let on. Still fruity and floral, kind of grapefruity to round it out. Kind of falls apart in the finish though, a bit astringent.

M- Could use more carbonation, favors are not in total unison.

D- Despite its flaws, fairly high. Enjoyable, and a nice hoppy pale. With some tweaking it could be a stellar beer. Despite the low score, I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

ShogoKawada, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of deepchills
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I paid $4 for a bomber of Full Sail Hop Pursuit at Halls in Grapevine.

The ale pours a lovely gold color with a slight cloudiness. Lots of floaties in this beer, which comes from 2 weeks of dry hopping, some of the floaties are very dark, a little disconcerting. There was about a half finger of head in my tulip glass.

The nose is grassy/herbal/floral.

A full grass/hop start with the slightest hints acidic citrus in the middle. The finish brings out some sweet malt.

The flavors in this extra pale ale are slight, a beer made for Spring, not Winter. I’m tasting this for the first time on a cool, rainy December day. (oops)

(10 minutes later…)

I must admit I’m a bit hesitant to finish my 2nd glass. There were considerably more dark floaties in the 2nd pour. One of my favorite beers, the Green Flash West Coast IPA, is heavy on floaties too, however they don’t interfere with me drinking the beer.
This looks like someone may have dropped they’re Skoal dip into the glass.
In any event, I eased through the rest of this beer. The dark floaties added a little more grass to the taste. For the most part I didn’t notice them in my mouth/throat.

I like this brewery, however this offering is a little light for my taste. That, combined with the floaties, will keep me from buying it one again.

deepchills, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Inflames
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Safeway in Klamath Falls, OR. "Hop Pursuit that sounds like a beer for me." Maybe this is better on tap but out of the bottle I was disappointed. A fairly average pale ale is about the sum of it's character. Poured a faint orange/yellow, descent head, left an ok lace on glass. Aroma was the biggest disappointment for me, when you pick a name like this it leads me to believe I'm going to enter the garden of humulus heaven. Wrong. It is balanced so the taste is good and the ability to drink this is fair, but the lack of depth is what makes this an easy pass for me in the future. The hop pursuit continues. Sorry FS

Inflames, May 01, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -16.4%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ms11781, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tall, creamy, tightly-packed head that sticks for days and leaves nice sheets of lace after the first glassful. Clear orange color with hints of copper and also gold.

Nose is...well, clean might be a nice way to put it. As in, soapy water. Somewhat fruity, but dominated by this soapy note. A similar disappointment in the flavor, as there is very little body on which the hops can stand. Mostly hop flavors, but there's not a lot going on even here. Mild citrics with little rind or resin; just no bite. Pale malts provide some sweetness, but not enough size.

Finishes with a slight bitterness and with a floral aftertaste. High carbonation pulls the hops right off the palate, almost before they settle in. However, it's really the lack of a malt profile that dooms this beer - there's just nothing to chew on. Full Sail can - and does - do much better brewing elsewhere in their lineup.

BretSikkink, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of PacNWDad
3/5  rDev -16.4%

PacNWDad, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -16.4%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of hrmhrm
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad.

Looks nice, golden.

Front is wonderful. More carbonation than average but works in a good way. Tasty hops, not superstrong.

Problem is the finish. It's not that the taste is bad. The problem is the flavor just vanishes. Gone, like a vapor.

No brewer should put 'hop' in the name of a beer that lacks a rich ending.

hrmhrm, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that might be several months old....it was orange-yellow and smelled of lemons and a bit of grains. It tasted like a hopped up full sail pale ale, I was unimpressed. I almost think full sail beers are just showing up too late in Colorado....

ArrogantB, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head that is quite large and creamy, with a slightly hazy golden body underneath it. This ale has a nose of fresh lighter fruits and a whiff of soapy/clean (no, not my glass). It is much lighter on the palate that I had expected, almost watery, and the flavors are light as well. Modest citrus fruit flavors and a light malt, but altogether not amounting to much.

It's almost like they made an "IPA Lite".

yemenmocha, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

whoneeds8, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- golden, dirty blonde with a small off white head that fades quickly

S- a bit bready and biscuity, with some citrusy floral notes

T- biscuity malt up front, followed with a bit of zesty bitterness

M- rather flat, which took away from the overall enjoyment of this beer

D- could've been better, seemed like a good beer that had been sitting out for awhile

BDJake, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Archemedies
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Archemedies, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a rather clear orange/copper with a foamy beige cap that rose a full two fingers. Subsided in due time, and left large chunks of clingy lace in its wake.

The aroma is subtle. Caramel, fresh cut grass, flowers, lemons, a touch of pine and some sweet toasted grains. A lot going on here.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Citrus, grass and pine up front before sweet grains and caramel take over. The finish is mildly bitter with a bit of a metallic taste that put me off a bit. They had me up until there.

Light to medium body with a dry, crisp feel. Mildly bitter with that metallic flavor dominating more and more as I move through the bottle.

Excluding the metallic flavor, which may have just been my tastebuds perceiving something incorrectly, this was definitely above average take on the style. I'd like to try it again.

ColForbinBC, Jun 02, 2011
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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.