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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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by froghop on 03-13-2010

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like orange and lemon and pine hops, with caramel malt. It tasted like grapefruit and pine hops with some caramel malt. It was somewhat thick with decent carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly clean but simple scent and taste. It had a decent body and was easy enough to drink. I'm pretty sure the bottle's label called it an IPA, although Beer Advocate has it listed as an APA. Either way, it was fairly average, with nothing distinguished about it.

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Photo of chumba526
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

The appearance is a fairly clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, slightly off-white head. The smell is very hoppy and enjoyable, with mixed notes of floral, grassy and pine. The flavor is along the same lines, with some nice floral and grassy hop notes with a good malty backing. The mouthfeel is fine, but does seem a bit thin and slightly over carbonated at times in my opinion.
Overall this is a nice beer to enjoy on a sunny spring day, and though I am happy I tried it, it probably won't be something I will feel a necessity to purchase again.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sort of honey orange color fairly clear with a good inch of white head that leaves some nice thick lacing behind.

S: Mostly pale malt with faint hops

T: First taste is a very earthy, kind of grassy pale ale. There is some good hop flavor but not neccessarily the bitterness you might expect with the name. It is pretty hoppy for a pale ale but is still very true to the pale ale characteristics.

M: feels very refreshing and light. decent carbonation.

D: could drink a few of these, although one bomber might be enough.

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Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Medium amber with 1-2 finger off-white, moderately stick head with decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aroms is strong with grassy and herbal hops with a light citrus note and mild pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is also full of grassy, herbal hops with an earthy edge, kind of with an English flair to it. There are lesser citrus and pine notes. The pale malt sweetness is a bit short in supply to prop up all the hops which leads to too little body. Aftertaste is piney, astringent hops.

M: Body is a tad thin and a little watery with moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but has its flaws, mainly a weak body. Not a top tier APA and barely makes the middle tier.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.14/5  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!

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Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of katelovesbeer
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of madtappers
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bootle into a tulip glass.

Cloudy golden color with tight white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops but not too much. First taste was not what I expected a very blah taste, with a malt after taste. For the aroma this beer gives off it sure doesn't have the same taste.

I think Full Sail went the wrong direction with this beer, cause there is no "hop" pursuit in this beer.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.84/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

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

Kind of a light orange/ gold/ yellow color. It seems to have an inner light to it.

Smells like standard Pacific North West pine and citrus hop profile, but mild.

Tastes like the flavor is dominated by those same hop qualities, yet without really being a hoppy beer.

Medium body and a quick hop bitter finish.

Overall thoughts: Seems to fall somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. If it was hops they were in pursuit of, I'd say they didn't bag all the birds they set out shooting for. Not bad, but not special, so I'm puzzled by it's 22oz. bomber release with "Brewmaster Reserve 2010" on the label. If this is what the brewmaster reserves, then their regular offerings must be pretty tame.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale yellow-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of grain, citrus, a little bit caramel, and a touch of floral.

taste is refreshing, hops, lemon, a little pine, some toffee, and malt, ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

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