Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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 DocJitsu
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red amber with a long-lasting, foamy, brown-tan head. Obtrusive aromas of sweet toffee pull candy and notes of milk chocolate. Slight alcohol burn in the nostrils. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a wet, slick beginning and a stinging mild carbonation burn at the finish. Sweet jam on a biscuit yields to raw potato with a vodka finish. High alpha acid hop remains in the palate after everything else has faded. Very interesting beer. I don't love it, but it is big and interesting.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper, a hint of haze. A light tan frothy head sticks to the glass and is there 'til the final sip.

Smell is a good balance between piney floral hops and lightly roasted malt, that attains and almost sweet quality.

Taste is very similar to the nose, almost tart hops up front, followed by some sweet, almost caramel malt, finished with a nice bitter flavor.

Texture is stellar, medium bodied and great carbonation. A perfect crisp finish makes this fun to drink.

The beer is well balanced and very tasty. Hops are big enough for a hop head, and malt reels in the punch. Recommended.


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Photo of Wasatch
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Red Foil

Pours a very nice hazy light amber color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, with a bitter hop note, slightly sweet, kinda watery, not much body. Medium body, with a dry finish. I was ready to really enjoy this brew after the pour, but it was a let down, a nice brew, but after having the new Squatters Radio From Hell, there just is no comparison.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass, gusher.

Nice copper in color, with a 2-3 finger, buff-colored head. Head is slow to recede, but finally leaves a thin layer with very sporadic, wispy lacing.

Nose is sweet, predominantly citrus. Do get a lot of toasted bread crust type malts as well.

The taste follows the nose for the most part, with the citrus stepping up, most notably pineapple. Fairly strong sweet malt backbone keeps a pretty good balance. Hop resins linger on the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, with the hops creating a dry, bitter finish, fairly astringent. Alcohol begins to creep up on you in this one.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. Nothing really blows me away, but one that I would gladly drink again. My first beer from Grand Teton, would like to try more.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red with a big, fluffy off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and some piney/lemony hop.

Taste is up front pineapple/peach/grape that fades into a fruity middle and ends on a bitter/fruity/stone fruit note that lingers. I was completely surprised by the taste gives the look and smell. This has a fantastic hop flavor that is fruity/grapefruit/stone fruit/etc...really interesting and balanced in terms of flavors.

Medium body with medium carbonation work well.

This is a nice, hoppy beer that smells sweeter than it tastes. The fruity hop taste is really pleasing...I'd get it again.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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