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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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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: froghop on 03-13-2010

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 127
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.97/5  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. (483 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (589 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

--Guillaume Apollinaire

Bright kumquat with butter rum highlights and a light yeasty haziness. A plush sounding pour produced a thick chunk of eggshell colored froth that is developing soft divots and laying down smeary sheets of lace as it melts.

The nose could be a little hoppier, but then HP is almost six months old at this point. It's still semi-bright and citrusy, with no real negatives. This could be pretty good beer.

Full Sail used a trio of 'old school craft brewing hops' in this Brewmaster Reserve APA. The lineup includes Cascade, Willamette and Mt. Hood. Even though a portion of the starting 55 IBU zestiness has undoubtedly faded, this is still good beer of the (now balanced) sort.

The malt backbone is sufficiently big and tastes majority pale, with a background toasted quality that doesn't impinge too much on hop flavor. Top notes include white grapefruit and orange zest from the Cascade, and an herbal spiciness from the other two that adds another facet. This is still a good drinker if you're sitting on an unopened bottle, but don't leave it unopened much longer.

More hop flavor and bitterness than expected almost allows the next highest score to be granted. The mouthfeel is solid for the style. It's almost as lush and plush as the original pour sounded, and contains sparkly bubbles that strike exactly the right note.

An 'old school' APA is an odd choice for a Brewmaster Reserve release, but Hop Pursuit really is good, drinkable beer. Too bad I didn't crack the crown months ago, because it might have earned straight 4.0s... at the very least. (1,670 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
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.... (253 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color, nice sized white head with slight lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malts along with fruity hop scents
T: Fruity taste with a nice bitter hoppiness at the end. ETOH is not well hidden.
M: Medium bodied, maybe slightly overcarbonated.
D: Looks like this beer has been getting some pretty bad reviews but I don't mind it too bad. Not the best beer ever but its not that bad in my opinion. (415 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is of golden amber with a thick fluffy head that sticks around a little bit with good lace. Smell has soft malt with light grapefruit citrus and floral hop. Taste is again light in the above aroma, nothing complex or extreme, just an easy drinking EPA. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. More than a APA, but less than a IPA that makes for a good EPA. (370 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.11/5  rDev -41.1%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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". (417 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of hrmhrm
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2010 Brewmaster Reserve; I think there are two entries for this beer.

Appearance: rich, slightly tawny orange color. Head poured about a finger, but has quickly dissipated to a thin ivory film. Not too bad.

Smell: biscuity malt aroma with just a touch of floral hops. Not terribly strong in either malt or hop aroma; not exactly what I was expecting from the name. As it warms, some more complex caramel-like aromas come out, which help a bit.

Taste: much richer malt flavor; sweeter, more caramelly, more biscuity. Hops are floral and citrusy here, but seem to be most used in bittering. This isn't half bad but, to me, it lacks balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency. Well-integrated carbonation facilitates a nice creaminess; I think this is my favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: it's not bad, but there are better pale ales out there. I might have this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from South Bay Drugs, on to the beer:

A shimmer of lighter colored orange shines in the glass. Bubbles race to the top. Head retention is there to stay, clinging to the glass with a creamy lace. The nose is fine. Malts have a very bready smell. There's a snap of hop flowers as well. Not quite the "extra" I was expecting.

Kicked up in taste, that's for sure...well, at least compared to their year-round pale ale. A burst of orange hits at first. Green hop leaves all around, kisses of grapefruit, touch of ethanol-like alcohol, very light in the malt department, but shows hints of toffee. Could stand to be better balanced, but that's just me. Biscuity malts a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Um...it's a typical Full Sail offering. Nothing great, nothing bad. A solid beer. (807 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle to pint glass.

Very orange in color. Looks almost copper-colored. Little to no head on pour, just a slight lacing.

Smells very citrusy and floral. The taste is hard to pin down. It's kind of tart at one point, then kind of citrus flavored, then peppered almost. It's a very dry beer and leaves the mouth that way as well. Very heavy 'pale ale' flavor in terms of malt character, and probably a variety of different hops used in the brewing process at different boil times. Very bitter beer. Zing is a good word for this brew.

I wouldn't say it's exactly drinkable in terms of being close to a session beer. It's great for the 22 oz. size but that's probably as much as I would have in one sitting. The Brewmaster's Reserve designation makes this A OK in my book. (780 characters)

Photo of mudbug
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smells of faint hops, grain and some malt

T: Had some grass, floral notes, barely citrus and dash of hops

M: A little more than light bodied, crsip but boring

D: Not one to seek out. (264 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of industrialswill
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a little hop note, with some citrus thrown in. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, worth checking out. (396 characters)

Photo of Inflames
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
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 (633 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (564 characters)

Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.