Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

very good
497 Ratings
Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2009

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to trappistlover for the crazy extra!

a - poured into founders snifter (thanks Marty30)...a really beautiful amber with a frothy white head. The center was deep and dark and towards the outside the color lightened up. Leaves some nice spotted lacing when I swirl the glass.

s - the bottle is stamped as being bottled on 101210 so it's got a bit of age on it and I imagine that the hops have faded a bit, but judging from other reviews, what I smell might not be that faded. Soft, sweet, a bit funky and earthy. Mostly malts with a touch of fruitpunch. Pleasant, but subtle.

t - starts a bit with syrupy hops...caramel sweetness in the middle that carries through to the bitter end (pun intended). Best way to describe it is a nice amber ale with some soft hop flavoring and a soft hoppy bitter finish.

m - nice carbonation, medium/medium well body. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that is actually quite nice. Alc seems present in the mouth.

o - I constantly see grand teton beers on the shelf and always consider having a taste...took an extra in a trade to make it happen and I'm glad and now even more curious about the others. This is a really nice amber ale with subtle hops (or perhaps faded?). Not being a huge hophead, this was perfect for me. I tend to find ambers a bit boring and too much hop bitterness is a turn off...but the soft hopping really brought this amber to life and it is a wonderful compliment. Pretty cool to have a a double amber.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a hearty 8% strong ale. It's a bit heady like a barleywine, but lacks the malt backing of the style. The hops still dominate here, but I feel like they could be dialed back a bit so they're less overwhelming and more complex. Still, there's a great syrupy pine and guava aroma. The flavor has more of the pine syrup with grapefruit and orange peel notes. The pine and grapefruit stick to the back of your tongue and just hang there. Don't try to drink something else after this beer, your palate will be locked on it for a while. Both the aroma and flavor offer a hint of dried bread malt, but this is a hop bomb and a fine one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1/11/12 into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid hoppy red ale but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Musition12
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Chow in Danville, CA in a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a red-amber color with a very slim head (about a quarter of an inch). Transparent body. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Muted maltiness and a ton of piney hop character.

T: Big upfront bitter hoppiness that gently glides into a sweet bready, caramel malt character in the finish. A mellow finish for how hoppy it is at the outset. Very well-balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Little to no hotness from the alcohol. Medium carbonation. Nothing offensive, yet not very noteworthy.

D: Very drinkable. I had a couple pints without even feeling it. A definite winner in this category.

A unique beer. Not a favorite, but a very balanced, flavorful experience that went great with my fish tacos. Recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lumpy, slowly dying head (leaves a dome). Leaves plenty of chunky but spotty lace. Dark cherry amber color. Hazy.

Powerful, spicy hoppy aroma. There's enough malt for balance. Some alcohol to the nose as well.

The only flaw I detect is the thin body (watery). The carbonation is low. Wonderfully hoppy, you taste the bitterness throughout the taste. The aftertaste is dry, earthy and longlastingly bitter.

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Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large swing top bottle, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Fluffy off white head stands up a good inch and a half. Interesting layered lacing effect cascades down the inside wall of the glass. Body color is a dark reddish brown, good clarity through the center.

Smell is a spicy hops mix of strong leaf tea and mild root spices. A little bit of ginger root comes in. Taste has a dry leaf character, very autumnal. There is a little bit of dried orange peel. Malt character is a light caramel sweetness cut by a dry toasted breadiness.

Mouthfeel has a medium bodied character. Very dry finish with a bitter toasted grain aftertaste. The 8% wears thin towards the end of the bottle. I think the presentation is bigger than what it needs to be. Even a 22 oz bottle would be more approachable than this monster of a bottle. I still finished the job, though I may regret it tomorrow.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice offering from the Grand Teton brewery. Huge flip top bottle poured into a pint glass. Got a little lazy with the pour a couple of times and the head shot up to make me pay for my mistake. The head is a huge almost dark-off-white and the body is a glorious dark, burnt orange.

Smells quite floral, but there is definit back bone of malt, and bread in there. You might think that it's an IPA...especially with the name.

Taste is initially of the floral hops, but the malt, biscuit backbone comes through after, and at the end you get a lingering of the hops.

I liked the mouthfeel. Good, full bodied..what a strong ale, IMHO, should feel like.

I'd had a couple of different beers before this, but finished this off by myself. Then headed to bed quite sharpish!

Slightly confusing offering as it's a hoppy amaerican strong..almost like an IIPA

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Photo of Tuckersmth
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mjyoung
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 1/29/11, thanks to S. Andrews.

A: Very pleasant dark amber, with a medium (1/2 finger) head. It poured nicely, and looked goood.

S: Strong pine-hop notes w/ a hint of caramel, roasted malt, and citrus. I could also discern a faint boozy smell, but nothing more than a hint.

T: The taste of piney hops overwhelmed immediately, but it was followed quickly by a hint of woody fruit (apple?) and malt. It made for an interesting mix. The booziness noted in the smell didn't come through on the taste until the slightest bit of alcohol heat at the end.

M: Wonderfully smooth and on the heavier side of a medium body. A little on the flat side, but other than that it was quite pleasant.

D: A pretty good brew, but slightly on the harsh side for what I was expecting. I would drink it again, but wouldn't have a second in a row.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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 AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red and almost but not quite clear, slightly hazy. A thin, slow, steady stream of rising bubbles accents a pretty good head and lots of sticky lacing.

It's got a nice, complex smell to it, featuring plenty of hops, a smattering of light malt notes, and an earthy, leathery overtone accented with floral and grapefruit.

Taste wise this one is pretty good. Reminds me of the hop rod rye, but better. It tastes more like a stereotypical "red" with a hefty, yet balanced addition of extra hops to the brew. Grapefruit and orange flavors dominate the fruity aspects. There's a bit of indistinct earthiness to the flavor as well. Very nice.

Feels medium bodied, slick, well carbonated and leaves a fruity, lightly bitter, citrusey aftertaste.

General drinkability is pretty good, with the caveat of expecting it to be hoppier than a typical red.

Overall I liked this beer. Would be better in six packs than 750s.

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Photo of ReDave
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of of an amazing selection available at our Bevmo for a Family get-together
[surprised to see such good things there!]

Pours a reddish-brown amber.
Nice little head, some lacing.
Low aroma, some spices and hops.

Pretty good taste over all. Pretty full bodied.
Had this after the Anchor Holiday ale, so it was a pretty good progression, and nice follow up. Taste even improves when it warms.

I'd get this again, but the price is a tad off putting.

Nice drink.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: Pours a hazed, copper red, with one finger of light beige head; leaves some thin strands of lace and manages a good bit of retention throughout.

S: Rich caramel malt; nutty? (hazelnut??); fruity / citrus hops; quite malty with some woody notes, too.

T: Pineapple hops; toasty grains and sweet caramel malt; its a hoppy brew, but the sweet malt almost overpowers things; smooth and sweet; there’s a touch of roast near the end, too.

M: Near full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a touch of puckering bitter hop bite late on the finish.

D/O: I like this style and this particular beer; this one’s just a bit too sweet - guess that’s what differentiates an imperial red from an imperial IPA, though; mid-range drinkability for me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a resiny rust and copper color with a voluminous, tan, head at the start. This recedes to a film and then ring of foam after a few sips. Very good looking brew if I do say so.

Very floral, earthy, and citrusy bouquet of hop flowers. Only a little caramelized toasted malt in the sniff. Lots of mandarin orange peels along with some general sharp flowery hop aromas as well.

The taste starts a litte toasted rye bread, but very quickly turns semi-sweet orange meat, but a lot of the peel. The middle is just hop, citric and floral bitterenss. Maybe some green peppercorns for spice. The finish is a little smoother and close to a more balanced flavor profile. You get the caramel and toasted barley. But its still mostly hops.

As this beer warms, it goes from a frizzy bittereness. To a resiny, almost oily thick bitterness to the palate. The hops seem to add a little too much almost for the taste but definetly for the palate.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Hazy brownish red color. About one finger of head when I got it that dissipated quickly. Gray lacing with average retention.

Smelled citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way. Some pine as well. Also some sweet caramel notes. Maybe rye?

Tasted lots of flavors right away. Light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit leading the way. Also rye, iced tea and orange rines.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.

A pretty decent beer overall. Definitely has its place and I would try it again.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and foiled bottled poured into a boulevard tulip, bottled 5.5.11

pours out a murkey reddish color with a nice off white, almost tan colored head that had some very nice retention and some decent lacing as well.

somewhat muted piney hops balanced by a nice sugary caramel, biscuity malt.

a good balance, but some of the hop flavors seem a little lost. again, biscuity, caramel malts balanced by a bit of pine. still a solid hop bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied with some nice carbonation for the style. slightly stickey feel.

this surprisingly stood the test of time very well and leaves me even more intrigued to find a fresher bottle.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy burnt amber color with a nice fluffy two finger khaki head that falls so slow. Plenty of sticky lace down my glass.

Aroma is malty nice caramel notes loaded with resin hops some minty notes riding on tobacco.

Taste is lighter then the nose malt not as strong but still malty with good caramel notes. Hops are present and tasty and even out the malt notes. Hop resin lingers in the finish along with some spicy alcohol hints that add to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is only medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a good enjoyable amber that sits in the middle of malty and hoppy. Considering the name not overly hoppy least for my tastes. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of mahogany with a big thick appearing cap of khaki foam that was very persistent. Smell was citrus and resin hops backed up by caramelly toasty malt. Caramel and toasted toffee malts hit the palate first followed by a washing of grapefruit and resin hop, earthy notes and spicy-bitter warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a tasty red that's not a hop-bomb as the name may imply? Good.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the Bittercreek Ale House.

A: Looks amber, traditional off-white red. Definitely more red than golden. A little haze.

S: I don't know if it was a temperature thing or what but I really only got malt until the end of the glass. Initially I could only smell a little hop presence, with lots of caramel and bready malts and some sweetness. Towards the end the hops showed up a little.

T: Balanced taste, definitely a beer with elevated hop and malt presence, with a little too much malt to be considered a Pale Ale. I taste bready malts, grassy bitter hops, a little honey nuttiness. Again, great balance here.

MF: Light-medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated.

D: Good. I prefer more hop bitterness and citrus/tropical fruit sweetness but this is a good Imperial Red. I wonder how close this is to Nugget Nectar?

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Photo of MisterGone
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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 WDJersey
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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