Pursuit Of Hoppiness
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #17
Ranked #7,315
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale is brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Chinook, Centennial and Columbus at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Compared to their more traditionally subdued, elegant European counterparts, American hops are bold, bright, piney and zesty. This ale is brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8.5% alcohol by volume, this thick and warming beer is to be shared and savored.

100 IBU
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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A most impressive bubble show creates two fingers of ecru foam; the clear copper colored liquid glistens beneath the splattering of lace

Smell: Piney hops interplay with caramel malts, producing an earthy tone

Taste: Caramel forward with the piney hops emerging; some dried citrus character, as well, through the middle; despite the big malt bill, the beer stays relatively dry, with the earthy tone of the hops blending nicely but ruling the show

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am always wary of red ales as so many of them are dominated by Munich malts; this beer has plenty of malt and some may be of the Munich persuasion, but the hops are so powerful that the result is quite worthy

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had many “imperial” beers before and enjoyed many of them, but this is the first time I will try an imperial red. This beer pours a dark amber color with a fairly minimal tan head. The smell is quite unique, very crisp and hoppy, with notes of citrus. The taste is fairly unique also. It starts with a fairly muted, but crisp flavor, but then the aftertaste hits you which is much bolder and fairly complex for a red. It is certainly hoppy at 100 ibu with notes of bitter grapefruit and a little pine common to IPAs, though it is less hoppy than some west coast IPAs. It also has flavors not common to IPAs though, like a fairly pronounced biscuit maltiness, and definitely some caramel. This is certainly more interesting than most reds and I kind of like it in general. It has a nice balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Slightly hazy deep red with a thick foamy two finger khaki head, thick lacing
S - Lots of caramel malt, some roasted nuttiness, pine and grassy hops, light citrus.
T - Lots of caramel and biscuit malt, slight diacetyl, orange, raisin, the bitterrness of the hops doesnt come through well enough.
M - Chewy and on the thicker side.
O - Kinda standard IRA, too much malt and not enough hop flavor comes through

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red appearance, but came off a little overcarbonated. Head jumped up and down quickly. Off white. Aroma was giving off more crystal malt caramel smells than hops. All bittering hop bill here.

Taste could have just as well been called pursuit of maltiness. I mean, the red malt body is really here. Its a sticky resin. Some C hops give it high bitterness. Price is expensive in this format. Would not repeat.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from the growler into an imperial pint glass a deep rich amber with a frothy full one finger light beige head atop that leaves one full thick ring of "scum" behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Pine resin and nutty malts in the nose with some underlying caramel but not to sweet.I really like the almost creamy feel,it goes down very easily but has substance.Flavors of pine resin and grassy hops over top of nutty and caramel malts,kind of like an old school left coast hoppy red.I like this beer,it doesn't seem as big as it is and is the style that really turned me on to hops back in the day.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 09/17/15

Appearance - Pours Pours murky and dark, rusted orange in color with a finger finger's worth of sandstone head. Fair retention, leaving behind a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is mostly spotty with a few broken web patterns lining the glass.

Smell - The aroma hits on caramel, earthy and floral hops and a touch of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel malt and floral hop character hits first. Touches on woody earthiness and vague leafy/minty notes. Mild notes of bright citrus hits mid-taste and rides into the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the plus side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, drinkable quality.

Overall - A commendable brew that takes on the more earthen qualities of the hop as opposed to the more fruity, citrusy flavors we've seen bombard the market in recent years. It's a quality brew, and those who love more earthy hops will love it.

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a superb brew right here. I love the brews that come about during the winter months. Oktoberfests are just the start. Winter is when the truly complex flavors appear. I look forward to this season and this beer just confirmed why. It's name implies that it might be hoppy. And it is -but I notice the Malty flavor right away. The Hops and the Malts are perfectly proportioned. The aroma is at once both malty and hoppy. You can smell the sweetness and taste the alcohol upon first sip but it is most agreeable. The head reminded me of the stoutiest of stouts - cream colored and full, a good finger width at least. A deep brick red, hazy - yet not cloudy - color. Lacing and slight head remain to the end. Celebration, Brrr, and Nutcracker Ale are standards for winter brews for me, and this lovely quaff has officially made the grade. I don't review beers often so if I do, it's deserved. I highly recommend Pursuit of Hoppiness.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Concur with Buckeyeboy, sweet, hoppy, malty. Smooth, everything blends well, murky amber body with small but lasting beige head. Slight lingeting alcohol warmth at the end

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Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, grass, and caramel. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and melon. Strong malt presence with a scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty good hopped up red aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and somewhat sweet hop forward taste with notes of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops with some notes of damp grass and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, melon, tangerine, and lemon. Big backing malt presence with some sweet notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a hopped up Imperial Red Ale. Good balance of juicy and grassy hops with caramel malt. Reminds me of Great Lakes Nosferatu.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This ale is a half-opaque, bright copper with tiny flecks throughout, and a bit of — shall we say? — "organism" silently stirring on the bottom. Head is somewhere between peaches and cream. Its retention is great. Instead of a thick, even layer, it forms an island in the middle of the nonic pint, before flattening into a film, leaving a chunky but sparse lace behind. While a film, it leaves a broad ring that slowly sinks back into the body. Aroma is predominantly citrusy and floral from the hops. And caramel and sweetness from the malt. Taste is bitter throughout, but more so on the aftertaste. Otherwise, it has a seductive sweetness owing to the grain as much as hops or alcohol. There is also a broth-like character, but less so than in certain other imperial reds I've had. If you would have told me it was 100 IBUs after my first sip, I might have believed you, but after that it seemed more balanced. Beer is full-bodied, as to be expected. Relatively low carbonation. For a bottle-conditioned beer, that is. Warming and numbing from the alcohol, but not inordinately drying on the finish, kept me salivating for more. I don't know if I have the strength of will to age the other three I purchased.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz into tulip. Poured a deep orange, with a touch of haze. This was an interesting one. The nose promised some caramel malt which was nicely backed with floral and tropical hops. However, the hops dominated this one. Don't get me wrong, I am an avowed hop head. It's just that an Imperial Red should have some depth of malt as well, according to what I have had so far (Hop Head Red, Denogginizer, McCarthy's Bane, etc.). Finish was a nice pop of bittering hops... which I of course enjoyed. 2nd tier compared to above mentioned.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, wood and caramel.
The taste has a big bitter bite at first, that is quickly tamed by the caramel sweetness, finishes with a mild bitter note. Great profile.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/26/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with very earth forward aromas and flavors.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange.

Citrus, earthy and piney hop resins.

Citrus and very bitter earthy hop resins.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation, crisp, bitter.

Overall, a rather bitter IPA but decent.

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Photo of sudsy2drunk
4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

four pack brought to me from my sweetie pour into 3f teku

A- a dark ruby color with a big creamy tannish head

S-strong hops aroma very piney

T- as strong as i thought it would be 100 ibu..wooo

M- id say medium mouth fill nothing to thick

O- definitely beyond drinkable, something id like to find on tap and hopefully share with a friend but this four pack is all for me

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice to see imperial red ales, they're a rarer style, and this is a stronger one at that.
Poured into becker pint glass; deep garnet/ruby with a thin off-white head that fades fast but leaves nice delicate lacing. Smell is floral hops, with some yeasty bourbon-like booziness, probably from the bottle-conditioning. Taste is awesome; smooth and sweet up front with lots of clean malt, moving suddenly into huge bitter and floral hops, with a hint of alcohol (not much though, for 8.5%). Bottle-conditioning definitely mellows the booze out, and this one has a nice clean mouthfeel and wet finish, leaving a slight lingering bitter aftertaste. I'd love to try this stuff fresh. Next time I'm near Idaho I guess...

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 1.5 finger, off white head with excellent lacing on a deep copper with amber hues body.

S: candied fruit, molasses, brown sugar, bready malts and caramel.

T: pine, earthy and floral hops throughout with a pretty strikingly tart flavor which is especially found in the finish which is more of a citrus tartness. Caramel and toasted malt base beer with very nice degree of sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. This one coats the palate a bit.

Overall: complex, nice base beer with strong hop presence. The booze is a little bit strong but reasonable.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick, off white head on top of a lightly hazy, amber body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace. A pungently hoppy aroma with notes of pine and sweaty hops. Brown, malty notes in the flavor profile with a hop profile similar to the aroma. Medium thick body, moderator carbonation, and a sweet finish. Nicely done, probably even better when super fresh as the hop flavor seems a little faded.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/red color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor is balance of pine hop and caramel - almost an imperial IPA. 750ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. The first digits in the bottling date are hard to read, but it looks like either a 03 or 05--since I bought this beer in April, I'm going with 03/06/13 as the likely correct answer.

Appearance - Thick, burnt sienna-brown apple cider body. Cloudy with a half-finger of brown-sugar colored foam. The head dissipates after about 60 seconds, leaving little more than some stray medium-sized bubbles and a film of carbonation.

Smell - Malty sweetness and caramel notes. Not much hoppiness (I expected more, given the name), but I can certainly tell it's there more than a "normal" amber ale. I get some bready (rye?) elements as well.

Taste - The hops finally make their presence known, and with authority. Herbal bitterness, some grapefruit and other citrus rind elements. Some alcoholic esters as well atop a nice faintly sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a chewy finish that carries through the bitters from the taste. Honestly, quite refreshing for a so-called "autumn" beer.

Overall, a tasty brew that hides it's alcohol quite well. First time I've tried anything from Grand Teton and it definitely has me curious to try more. I'd also like to try it closer to its bottling date sometime, to see if the aromatic part of the hops tapers off quickly or not.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, $2.49. I had this once before in a 750ml bottle so I thought I better review it hence the repeat purchase,. The bottling date was fuzzy but it appears to have been bottled in March of this year so its about two months old. Red color, head was fine. Aroma was a muted bit of hops and really smelled like a double amber ale. Flavor was heavy malts like an amber ale with just a bit of fruitiness from the hops. I bet this is great when its a couple weeks old but at two months its really a disappointment. Its not bad but the hops were just not there for teh advertised IBU and the name of the beer.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber, lots of particles in suspension, big head.

Smell: Citrus, fruitiness underneath.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, toffee, raisins. Mild citrus bitterness, lasting bitter finish.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, if not quite what I was expecting. At 100 IBU I thought it would be much more bitter, however, the hops took a back seat to the malt flavors. The hops did give it a dry finish though. Bottled in March 2013, consumed in May 2013, it shouldn't have lost too much in the way of hop flavor. Still quite good.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 12/5/2012, poured into a Nonic pint 4/13/2013, review is transcribed from notes from that day.

Aroma: A nice, sickly malty sweet scent, remniscent of caramel and toffee right off the bat with a good bit of hoppy pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the most pungent ale but it's easy to get the nose here. (4)

Colour: Pours a cloudy, sort of opaque dark copper with a fluffy 2cm white head that dissipates into a thick white film with a medium sized collar. The lacing is beautifully thick and sticks all over the place. A very appetizing and tempting red ale. (4)

Flavour: Given that its 3 months old, this beer is still hoppy as hell with pine dominating with a little bit of citrus in the background; all of this hoppiness is backed up by a sweet caramel toffee malty backbone. It's an extremely well balanced beer, especially compared to IPAs which tend to have more hoppiness compared to malts. The not so cloying sweetness reminds me quite a bit of Nugget Nectar even though the hop profiles are very different. I liked this a lot. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and very well carbonated. Aftertaste is an assload of pine and a bit of citrus that definitely showcases the IBUs, and it doesn't go away on its own without washing it down with water. Dang strong hoppy beer, and well-balanced to boot. The finish is a bit drier than I would like, even taking into consideration the hoppy bitterness. (4)

Overall: Nicely done, I think I prefer Nugget Nectar slightly more to this one just because of the difference in hop profiles. Yet this one is hoppy as hell with an awesome malt backbone to back it up. It's seriously well-done and I would definitely recommend. (4)

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 10/23/2012, pours reddish amber with some haze, topped with a short beige head that holds excellent retention. Fresh dank hoppy aroma comes through as grapefruit and pine, coupled with loads of caramel maltiness. Heavy dose of caramel and toasty grain for a backbone that holds up well to the 100ibu of piny, grapefruity, citric hops. Medium bodied and creamy, finishes with a nice linger of hop bitterness. Overall, it's one of those beers that is what it is: excellent!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pursuit of Hoppiness pours a traditional red color with a long lasting lacing head. The aroma contains a nice kick of floral hops. The taste has a nice malty backbone, with a good blend of floral hops. Good full flavor, and easy to drink. Overall a fanatic red ale, not very hoppy beer, as the name suggestions but a very good red ale.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 497 ratings