Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
497 Ratings
Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
497
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full litre had to be shared by two others. Pours above average slightly dark body with lasting quarter-inch head. Malty aromas mostly. Above average mouthfeel, red style is not normally my favourite but I appreciate the toasted malt and the balanced presence of so much hops: summit, simcoe, chinook, and nuggets. Better with food, it was drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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 GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark orange amber with a yellow tint off white head that quickly fades.

Nose is assertive fresh pineapple that goes to a cooked pineapple, apricot character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced, crisp and inviting with nice carbonation.

Flavors are layered and complex and bold. Sweetish stone fruit malt that goes to light toast to a bitter carmel and coffee with an almost lemon/lime back palate.

The finish is a bright and bold bitter grapefruit/lemon.

I'm not sure I get a lot of "red ale" in this one; more like a very good double IPA. A nice drink.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours red. more red then expected for sure. quarter inch white lacey head that hangs out for a minute or two. smell is in your face hops, fresh hops even? why are you so red? looks like a Cascazilla, but more subdued in a way. mouthfeel is THICK, like, borderline chewey. tastes like I've had this before, not remarkable from a quality or creativity standpoint, but represents an alternate avenue for the hopeless hophead. wouldnt buy it again, and struggled to drink a whole one, but oddly content...

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5% ABV confirmed. Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired locally and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Bottled 12/03/12.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and flat out fantastic retention; it looks like it'l keep for a good ten minutes. Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dark amber-copper; semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, with an impressive head.

Sm: Hoppy, with nectar and floral character dominating. Caramel and sweet malts form the foundation. Little hop bitterness. An average strength aroma, and a pretty simple one.

T: Nectary hops, a bit of floral hop character, caramel, and sweet amber malts. Fairly balanced, but underwhelming. I do like it, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. There's just not much to say about it. Some bready notes. A bit too sweet, with malts defeating hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Decent thickness. Pretty good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty pedestrian. For an imperial red, it's not bad. Still, I wouldn't trifle with it again - especially not for its price as an import. There are better examples of the style at this price point. Hides its ABV fairly well. Another good but not great offering from Grand Teton.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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 chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler served in a Sweetwater pint glass. Pours crystal clear and quite reddish, with a large frothy beige head. Head has very good retention and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

Massive hop aroma, with a bit more pine than citrus. The flavor is more fruity and surprisingly mild; not actually mild but not the harsh/bitter hop hammer the nose led me to expect. Nor does it seem possible this is a 100 IBU beer or one with over 6%, let alone over 8%, ABV. There's a solid toasted caramel malt base that tames the hops and adds to the richness.

M: medium-full body; near medium carbonation.

O: an outstanding imperial red that has the aroma of a DIPA but is highly drinkable. Higher ABV is well hidden in both taste and feel, though it does appear in the nose.

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Photo of jlindros
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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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 mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big gorilla of a hop brew. Nothing subtle, intriguing, or armoatic. Some sweet malt, but a dishwater aftertaste followed by the bitter burn. A litle bit of maltiness squeaks through. Ruby amber color is nice. Foam fairly long lasting and well laced in the pint glass. Supposed to have Summit, Simcoe, Chinook, and Nugget hops.

At Sessions Public in San Diego. Surprised a pint of a beer listed at 9% is only available in pints. Why do they want to call it an "American Red" with 100 IBU? One of the less interesting hoppy beers I've had this year.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one up in Wichita & just saw this today in Mizzou, woohooo!

Opened with a vague psst..pours copper colored with 2 fingers of rocky tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Huge cakeyness & a bit of toffee

T: Cakeyness, brown sugar, piney & orangey hops up front. Toffee, herbal hops& leafy, dryness & grapefruit are all there as this warms, plus some figgyness. Finishes dry with brown sugar & leafy hops & a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, some wetness sneaks through as this warms, plus a nice warming feeling

Drinks fairly easy, but doesn't pull all the way together. Grand Teton can do better than this, hopefully age helps smooth this one out...

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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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 liter flip top brow bottle with a vintage date.

Right away you can tell this beer is bottle condition, as I poured it into my .5 Liter mug a whole lot of tiny bubbles started to form slowly and gain momentum enough to provide a think three fingers of lace. Reddish amber color is pretty damn clear, no hop haze or floaties at all. Orange rind and tobacco, perhaps a little bit of leather from the hop nose ... small kernel of toasted grain and nutty yeast when sniffing a little deeper. Extremely smooth with a solid medium body. Hops and malt battle it out from start to finish. Hop bitterness grows a little more with each sip and the alcohol sneaks in warmth as well. Maltiness tries hard to fend off with toasted bread and caramel flavors. Hops drive hard with citric and mint. Peach fruitiness in the bitter sweet finish.

A love big reds, especially reds that have a ton of hops and the malt to back it up. Very nice ...

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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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