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Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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 Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of nhindian
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Provided by dtx00 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Sam!

750ml bottle poured into a pint, split 3 ways.

A - Pours a ruby red color with highlights of rustic orange and cherrywood. It grows about 1.5-fingers of head with good retention. It leaves behind some lacing, but nothing incredibly special. The body, however, is beautiful, from the color to the almost crystal-clear transparency that paints everything on the other side a deep crimson.

S - Immediately after pouring, aromas of numerous hops waft up and fill the air. This apparently has reached the fabled 100 IBU mark, which definitely is impressive, especially for a style like amber ales, where very hoppy beers are not typically the norm. The hops here give a robust nose full of spice, earth, and of course lots grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel as well, but obviously not much.

T - I have to say, upon my first sip I was impressed. I've heard snippets about this brewery, but nothing substantial, but this is a great tasting beer. It has the bitter hoppiness like something a double IPA would bring, but also has a more complex base behind it with the malts, which are sweet and even nutty at times. From there, the hops springboard to the front, offering bold, rich flavors across the hop spectrum. The spiciness is something that I found myself liking, especially when complemented with the malts, and the strong pine and grapefruit and other citrus notes are always welcome. Just a tinge of heat in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with okay carbonation. A little bit more carbonation would have hit the sweet-spot, but it's not bad in its current state. Even after a single pour, my mouth and palate were starting to feel that numbness that hops sometime impart.

D/O - Drinkability is high. A complete dark horse for me, but I can't say I wasn't enjoying every last bit of this beer. It was refreshing to get a beer with the strong hop presence, but also with the fortitude to withstand that and balance it with the malt sweetness. I will definitely be keeping Grand Teton on my radar for the future.

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Photo of moundbz
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carmel sweet and super hoppy bitter taste, but not overpowering

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4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased growler on Hilton Head Island at a place called Growlers.
Poured a burnt orange with a creamy tan head and nice lacing.
This was one of the special beers....nose was amazing...hoppy goodness. Citris...malts melding together.
Taste as well amazing. Great smooth hoppiness...orange...grapefruit...nicely balanced with malts.
Not much bitterness.
This one was smoooth!

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a dark amber/ruby color with a thin but creamy thick head. Sugary and a nutty, lightly toasted, malt in the nose and large amount of hops over it. Floral and earthy with some orange as well. The flavor is balanced very well. However, the malty body is grabbing my attention more than the hops. Sweet and warm, plum, subtle tangy metallic. Hops are present in the front with some citrus and other subtle fruity characteristics. It finishes earthy and dry but with a lingering strong citrus bitterness. I like how well the hop flavors transition over such a deep and complex body.

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Photo of wlynch
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sammo
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Oh my. This stuff looks delicious. The color is a striking, deep and solidly opaque reddish brown with a brilliantly clean white head resting on top. The head was very slow to dissipate and after a few minutes it is still retaining a small mound of fluffiness in the middle of the glass. The one drawback was a lack of lacing, some thin and wispy foam clung to the very top of the glass, but otherwise there were just a few random blotches. That lack of lacing, however, was made up for by the gorgeous packaging. A beer deserves to be recognized for this, as I believe it helps make it more appetizing. The bright orange foil along with the vibrant and exciting label makes this a beer I want to try.

SMELL: The nose on the Pursuit of Hoppiness is getting me excited. Malt and hop aromas come through strong, but there is an underlying smell of pineapple as well - an exceptionally appetizing smell.

TASTE: A delicious and intense hoppy pine flavor greets the palate immediately, and it is good. After the initial burst of hops a wave of sweet malt and apple rush in before giving way to a second dose of hops. On the back end, however, the hops are bitterer and a rye flavor is detectable. I really love beers with this type of flavor pattern - easier hops up front, sweet in the middle and nice and bitter at the end. It is such a pleasant experience with every sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Very sparkly and well carbonated. Tiny bubbles bring the palate to life at the beginning of each sip. As it washes down it leaves the tongue very dry, but not so much that it destroys the palate, just enough to make the drinker thirsty for that next sip.

DRINKABILITY: This is very drinkable. My only complaint is that I don't have some good, spicy Mexican food to go with it right now, it would be perfect. The dryness from the aftertaste was intense enough on the first sip that I was a little scared it might rip my taste buds out by the end, but it never got to that point. It just flirted with disaster enough to stay exciting throughout the entire bomber.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of perrymarcus
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled: 06/06/11 (ABV: 8.5%)

pours a murky very dark amber, almost brown while yielding a 1" creamy/frothy beige head. respectable lacing and head retention.

aromatic nose is very nice, offering a big hoppy presence: citrus (primarily grapefuit), pine, and herbal. after the initial wave of hops you pick up a notable malt character.

taste is the citric/herbal/pine hops balanced by toasted and caramel malts. definitely more malty than i was expecting, but it isn't bad. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this was a good red. reasonably tasty and enjoyable, but lacks a 'wow' factor. would definitely be up for a revisit but won't go crazy trying to track it down either.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Ilafan
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber pour and thin, sudsy white head. Citrus and fresh pine in the aroma along with pineapple juice and a fruit cup aroma. Lots of hops up front. Some roasted malts and grapefruit peel in the taste. A great big, hoppy red ale, despite not being overwhelmingly bitter.

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Photo of csiewert
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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