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
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Zorro
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red colored beer headed in the direction of brown. Small tannish head with a distinct orange color to it. Fairly unique first orange colored head I have seen.

Smell is sweet and strongly hoppy, quite intense. Oranges and mint with grapefruit and pine. Redman Chewing Tobacco and wine grapes with a distinct sour fruit scent. Say what you want about this beer but is intensely aromatic.

Starts out very dry, muddy and woody with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mushroom and pine with some orange oil. A little bit of caramel and toffee peaks through after a while but this is very dry beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good, but could be better. Too bad this doesn't taste like it smells. If it did I would brush my teeth with the stuff.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color with a finger of off white fomay head that retains and laces well. The aroma has some earthy and citrusy hops, as well as some maltiness. The taste is very similar, with a finish of lots of malt. The mouthfeel is nice and clean and well balanced. Overall the beer of the night at our tasting.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls relatively quick, but leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: caramel and a strong hop presence is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, black plums, grapefruit, pine, alcohol, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting bitterness here.

Overall: I found this to be an enjoyable hopped up red ale and nicely drinkable. One is enough in a session and it will last a while as it is slow sipping.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber red color with a bit of haze, one finger off-white head that doesn't hang around long - leaves some webbed lacing here and there. Smells of sweet fruity hops and a bit of earthiness (yes the hops are still there) - all mellowed by a caramel-like malt backbone - very sweet all together. The flavors are balanced nicely here but I'm getting less hops than malt - still getting a nice bitter kick at the end of each sip - sweet, hoppy, and malty goodness. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, and a slight burn on the back of my tongue from the alcohol which was surprising. This was a delicious refreshing beer to begin the winding down of a hot and humid day working outside - it reminded me of Odell's red ale which is a damn fine beer.


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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One of the most unique appearances I've ever seen. The first pour resulted in a hazy, amber colored beer with a three-finger, tan head of foam. I recapped it and place it back in the fridge. The second pour had a much smaller head and it looked like a creamy head on a cask ale.

S - This brew has a big piney smell like a West Coast IPA with notes of citrus and caramel malt.

T - It tasted piney and spicy with a burnt toast maltiness. It had an alcohol heat present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp at first but that second pour had a creamy feel. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good ale. I was always worried that it wouldn't be worth the price, but it is a good beer and alot of beer.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby orange color with a finger and a half of creamy white head and a good amount of retention.

Scent of sugars, sharp hops, light caramel, perfume, and candied apple. A generously hoppy, but well rounded scent.

Taste of sugars, red apple, resin, and fruity, leafy hops. Similarly with the scent, there is a good amount of hop character, but it does have a nice balance of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean, with a fairly lively carbonation.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a half finger of thick, off white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly film and thick collar. Sticky webbiings of lace are left down the glass.

S: Nice fruity hops, a touch of grapefruit, with some mild pine up front. Some biscuit-like malts push their way to the front and the finish is mostly caramel and wheat bread malts.

T: The light fruity hop flavors form the nose are there at the beginning of the taste as well. Green grass and some hay with a pithy bitterness. The malts come up mid palate with a nice combination of biscuit and sweet caramel and the finish is a bitter green hoppiness. The booze isn't noti

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. The finish is refreshing with a mild hop bitterness and smoothness.

O: I'm a big fan of hopped up Reds or "Imperial" Reds. This is another solid take on that style. The booze isn't noticeable and there is nice balance between hops and malts.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, thoughtful and restrained. Highly drinkable given the relatively high strength.

Pours a deep cooper with a big, fluffy tan head that lasts for strong lacing. The aroma is strong and hoppy, with a deep orange bitterness and some toasty caramel and nutty malt behind it. The flavor, however, is grassy and herbal with orange hop bitterness, a bit of nutty caramel in the middle, and a tea-like tannic finish. The mouthfeel is slick and relatively watery, leaving a thin, dry orangy bitterness on the tongue.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's, had a couple pints of this. Pours a dark burgondy with a tiny bit of off white foam. Smell has a nice hop aroma to it. Really green, pungent. The taste is quite similar to some imperial reds like that from Lagunitas and Alesmith winter Yulesmith. A very smooth (red-ale-like) malt body behind some aggressive hopping and nice bitterness. Per Grand Teton's website this actually is an "American Red Ale" so I think they hit that quite nicely.

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Photo of JLeege
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- on draft, poured into a 12 oz fluted glass. A fairly clear amber color with a one finger creamy head. Good lacing left behind.

Smell- Earthy / floral hops, a bit grassy actually. Some sweet caramel malts.

Taste- Well balanced hoped up amber. Sweeter up front than the nose would suggest, notes of caramel and brown sugar. Then the hops really come on at the finish. Mostly earthy notes, a bit of citric orange, finishes pretty bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

Overall- Very solid beer, at 8% this goes down very easily.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured, this brew settles an amber red with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Spotty lacing.

The nose offers some sweet malt mixed with some fruits brought on by a pine hop overload. Light booze heat at the end.

Some mellow hops are pleasantly mixed with bready malts, creating an awesome blend. The bitterness is low probably due to it's bottling date of 12/02/10.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light crisp bitterness. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall, im not too familiar with red ales but this is tasty and holds some familiar qualities that I am fond if including drinkability.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a glass, appearance is amber/red/brown with a white head leaving some lacing...the smell is of piney hops, citrus, and the taste is reminiscent of the smell..the mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated fairly...this is a good offering that surprised me with its hopiness..

A lot of goodness coming out of this red..


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4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy rich 1 finger head fades slowly over hazy yeasty reddish orange copper color.

Nose is full of malts and hops with some bright hops, some citrus and pine and little earthy and fruit. Malts add some sweet aromas with red malts and slightly creamy.

Taste is similar but malts come first with sweet and creamy red malts. Light toasty malt. Hops come through with some bitterness, light grassy hops and some pine, citrus, and little earthy bitterness. A slight chewy hop and malt flavor too. Finishes clean with some light bitterness and light sweet malt flavors but mostly dry.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Decent drinkability with crisp dry finish, no sticky flavors and tolerable bitterness.

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