Pursuit Of Hoppiness
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #18
Ranked #7,891
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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TheSarge from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well to form a towering three finger thick, pillowy light khaki colored body. The body is copper to caramel in color, and is pretty hazy.

In the aroma I'm getting celery, caremel, and maybe BBQ sauce.

Taste wise I can seem to get that strange celery quality. There are notes of caramel, and a kind of tomatoe like flavor.

Good carbonation, full in body, warming to the palate in the end.

This beer actually tastes like it'd go well with spicy buffalo wings. Just has something to do with that celery trait.

Jan 26, 2012
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a reddish-brown in color, mostly brown, with a modest head that did though leave some nice lacing.

Smell - This smells like a little bit of everything. The hop profile is very complex and hard to pin down. On the one had you have some stiff PacNW citrus notes but then on the other hand are some mild simcoe aromas. Either way, the brewery name may sound German but this is definitely an American hop profile.

The malts though are just as big. There is a very slight toasty character to the malt profile and I can even pick up some sweetish chocolate. This is very natural-smelling with the promise of big flavors and big body.

Taste - I thought the strong hops and big malts might collide here but this somehow achieves a marvelous balance. The sweet malt comes out big and strong, the hops are grand yet smooth, and everything melds quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer as promised. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but it is pretty darn close. The carbs are thankfully very soft and the beer deftly avoids a harsh bitterness at the finish with the finely-tuned sugars.

Drinkability - This is one of the more drinkable big beers that I've had. It has a very natural feel and taste to it and the brewer did a great job of finding harmony in some big, big flavors.

Dec 06, 2009
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mynie from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently I need to stop being impressed by finding beers I first heard about in 2007. I'm just getting around to Nugget Nectar--I'm all excited, start writing about it, get a big ol' Double N logo tattooed on my lower back--but then everyone calls me a melvin because the hot new thing is this Nigerian lager they brew using parts of a little kid who got hacked to death because he didn't work fast enough in the diamond mines. It's called "He Didn't Go to Jared" and it's billed as a Carbon Aged Triple IPA. And, fuck, it'll be like five years before I get to try it, and by that point the cool kids'll be drinking Martian beer, probably.

Anyhow, wow! This was just sitting at a Binny's! Like it was no big deal!

I like reds with earthy back ends, and this has that. The hops aren't as wowza as I was expecting but it's real good balance-wise. Also, an immensely pretty pour.

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Mar 22, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

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.

Nov 28, 2015
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nataku00 from California

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy copper, with some amber and reds when held up to a light, with two fingers of foamy loose bubbles. Head dissipates after a few minutes to half a finger of foam, leaving ample sticky lacing. A lot of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is grapefruit peel, pine and caramel. A bit of fruity ester, red apple as well.

Taking a sip, toasted and caramel malt greets the tongue first, then a bit of grapefruit peel bitterness. Some apple ester flavor mid tongue, before finishing with a combination of caramel malt and grapefruit. Was hoping for more hop flavor though.

Medium body and heavily carbonated for a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for the abv, but given the name, I was disappointed with an average beer.

May 20, 2012
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KevMo84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Sep 03, 2014
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Oct 08, 2014
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wisegreensoul from Idaho

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 09, 2016
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Mar 30, 2013
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squirrel49 from South Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Apr 27, 2014
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Chizoad from California

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up because I really like the Hop Head Red from Green Flash. This one isn't quite as good, but very nice it its own right.

Beautiful classic red ale coloring and with an amazing head and lacing to boot.

The smell left me conflicted. In a way it's great. Massively hopped, smelling more like an IPA/APA than a red ale. But there's something a little weird in there that reminds me of cardboard. Detracts ever so slightly.

Excellent flavor, but lacking a little balance. Forget a red ale, this is much more like an IPA. Bittering piney hops, some grapefruit, zero balance from the malts or sweetness found in a red ale.

Good carbonation, appropriate for the style, and a reasonbly medium body. I really like this beer.

Jul 22, 2011
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Kraty1 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Dec 13, 2014
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einman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 10, 2016
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KnowYourCraft from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Oct 07, 2014
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Gobzilla from California

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brown with orangish hues and a finger tan head with good sticky lacing.

S: I got malty nutty aromas with good hoopy character in the mixture. After a couple whiffs I got spicey nots to the beer too.

T: nice spice, hop, caramel nutty notes with a clean slight bitter finish.

M: medium body with good carbonation that accents the taste of the beer.

D: drinks good with overall good characteristics in all the categories. Great offering from grand teton.

May 18, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Nov 13, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored a bottle of this at KJ Baaron's. Its 2009 Cellar reserve, bottled 2/1/10. Bought on a whim because I loved the Trout Hop IPA from Teton and this one certainly didnt disappoint!

A - Poured into Duvel tulip a wonderful cloudy dark red/amber with a spectacular two and a half finger head. Super creamy looking and offwhite, this sucker didnt want to fade and left an unbelievable amount of side lacing. One of the best lacings I've had.

S - Some nice carmely sticky sweet malts here. There is some light bitterness from the hops but its not assertive at all. Guess thats what 2 years of aging will do!

T - Wow, this is a nice red ale. Sweet malts, lots of sweetness upfront with some nice almost, just almost dark fruit flavours (raisin?). At the end there is some hop bitterness and a very light fruityness. Aging has definately mellowed this out.

M - Very creamy with low carbonation. At the end though its starts to feel a little thin.

D - Wow, this stuff is killer. The ABV is noticeable slightly in the nose and on the tongue but hey, its 8%! Really amazing appearance on this with some nice smooth taste and mouthfeel. Its a great imperial red but the price ($16ish) is just a bit much.

Mar 14, 2011
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4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 23, 2014
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TS057 from North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Apr 17, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

Aug 12, 2014
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 22, 2014
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styleisking from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Jul 04, 2014
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Jul 23, 2013
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BuzzFee from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Sep 15, 2014
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beerjeep from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Mar 17, 2012
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