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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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Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my samuel adams pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger creamy tan head that has some retention to it. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There are many carbonation bubbles in this beer and lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich alcohol solvent aroma. Other aromas are caramel, phenols, molasses, pine, fruity esters, floral, and a slight cherry note.

Taste: A rich, malty, toasty, caramel flavor. Other flavors are grapefruit, pine, floral, phenols, solvents, alochol, and a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is full. This is a very strong beer with lots of flavor, easy to drink, and is very well made.

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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 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 Wisconsinality
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber or whatever size this bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

2009 vintage.

A- Pours a deep amber red that has a good amount of haze to it and let's no light through when holding it up to the light. A big head, 2.5 finger's worth, sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S- Big amounts of hops and sweet malt. Very reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine. Some nice caramel and maybe just a hint of spice.

T- Like the nose, big hops but the aging has subdued them quite a bit. The malt is pretty present and the alcohol pokes its head out just a bit.

M- Medium to full bodied but feels flat regardless of lingering head. Pretty smooth on the back of the tongue. Just a little heat in the back from the alcohol.

D- Comes in a big bottle but this is a one glass and done. I can tell there is some age n this bottle and its seems to make it a little oxidized. Overall really lacks something to make it stand out form the crowd.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is nice, reddish brown with a nice head and a bit of lacing throughout the glass.

smell is great - a totally different kind of double ipa/double red smell...could immediately tell this has little to no cascades, not the typical pine and grapefruity so prevailant in these beers - instead, its a rich deep strawberry hop smell with some delicious sweet caramel malts coming off the top.

taste is a bit dissapointing after the nose, good, but not great - certainly bitter, but not enough defined hop character as the nose would suggest - still good though and a great balance of fruitiness and dark malty, off-sweet stuff.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Lots of pine. A little grapefruit acidity. Brown sugar. Pretty standard.

Taste: Not as bitter as I expected based on the nose. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness which is helped out by a lack of oiliness. This beer is surprisingly light. Citrus acidity along with a generous helping of brown sugar predominate and is quite refreshing and well done but fairly standard for the style. Piney bitterness cuts through to add interest. Finish is a little oily with grapefruit and citrus acidity and some brown sugar. Doesn't linger.

Notes: Intensely flavored beer that would still be great on a hot day.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Pours a very nice light caramel color with some reddish hues. With a head of .75 heads that is off white and has some nice dense bubbles and some nice medium ones as well. Very nice stickiness and it recedes to a nice thin film.

S - Very nice aromas of hops. Nice caramel sweetness from the malt and also some nice dark fruit aromas. Some plum and even some pineapple. Some mild boozy aromas are present as well. Some citrus aromas as it warms build up.

T - Flavor starts off kind off light but there is a nice caramel and fruit sweetness that pops up along with some mild bready flavor. The hop flavor is nice and grassy with some slight pine character but that isn't too overwhelming. Good bitterness.

M & D - Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Its well carbonated and for the 8% ABV and flavors its very refreshing.

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Photo of gatorhophead
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a nice looking big ass bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A.) Definitely bottle conditioned, as an aggressive pour produced 1" of tiny bubbles. Appearance it deep reddish orange with no sediment. Leaves a nice lacing of same tiny bubblel after the first sip

S.) Smells of orange peels, candied citrus, maybe pineapple mixed with some mangoes and a very subtle earthy pine. Definitely more sweet than bitter.

T.) Starts out with sweet malty sugars and orange peels quickly followed by a mild bitterness that balances this beer very well. Finishes with a semi-dry mix of sweet malt sugars and hop bitterness that lingers nicely

D.) I was hesitant to crack this beer for a single sitting, but I'm halfway through it and it just keeps getting better. The bottle says 09, so I'm sure the jops

I was hesitant to buy this beer at $14.00, considering I had another one of their offerings I did not like, but this beer kicks ass. I'll be looking for more to share with some friends.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh for supplying this brew...
Appears a hazy amber with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle floating head. Beautiful bits of Belgian lacing are left in the form of beads all over the glass.
Smell is of caramel, bitter orange, crystal malts, cracked grain, toffee, and pine needles.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, toffee, orange citrus, pines, herbs, and raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, and warming with light booziness found in the swallow.

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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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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brown with orangish hues and a finger tan head with good sticky lacing.

S: I got malty nutty aromas with good hoopy character in the mixture. After a couple whiffs I got spicey nots to the beer too.

T: nice spice, hop, caramel nutty notes with a clean slight bitter finish.

M: medium body with good carbonation that accents the taste of the beer.

D: drinks good with overall good characteristics in all the categories. Great offering from grand teton.

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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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large swing top bottle: Muted dark tangerine orange color with a moderately tall capping of yellowed foam and has lots of cob webbed lacing drawn across the glass and more so as its consumed.

Heavy aroma of spruce wood soaked in old pineapple and mango juices. Quite deep and darkly set with a muted tropical sense with a bready malt backing, but mainly hopped in a woody wetness slathered in dull dark citrusy goo.

Taste has a rounded sweet tone of deep dark red apple, pineapple, dark orange, banana, mango, and a bit of pithy citrus pinches to it. But all very muted and smoothed over in a bread doughy fruityness noted with woodish hints passing here and there adding some slivers to its overall orangey bitterness. Which too, is quite muted, controlled, smooth, soft, and fluffy in texture to the palate. Quite the fun array of twisted in complexity to its hop tones. Drys off slowly adding and building to itself as you go.

Body is a solid medium, smooth, sweet, orangified hoppyness with a side dashing bitterness thats woddy and pithy with a herbal earthy tea twist to its finish that I find fascinating.

Ooh so smooth and drinkable. The large bottle empties in no time flat, as its easy going bitterness of orange fruit and balancing sweetness makes for a palate quenching yummy ride of goodness. Another of the big brew series from Grand Teton that is a keeper, albiet a bit pricey, but you do get about three 12 oz servings out of the large bottle for $14 which is still less then $2.50 a glass.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is lots of caramel malt with some nice hop character. The flavor is a great mix of caramel malt and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is only my second beer from these guys, but I have been very impressed with the two I have tried.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L bottle into .5L glass boot. Swingtop bottle, really nice presentation, foil over swingtop and pretty label.

A- A rusty red beer pours with an intense, immense snow-white head. Lacing is thick and chunky.

S- Hops! Floral, citrus, tropical hops. Mild caramel/molasses malt.

T- Full-bodied hop assault with a mild caramel malt backbone. Hops are mildly piny, very citric and a bit spicy. Malt is sweet but compliments the hops and never becomes too much.

M- Nice hop bite an malt backbone make for a pretty tasty beer. The hops are still the main event- the malt is simply a platform... but I'm not complaining.

D- Oh, very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one. I'll be buying this again... very nice hop profile and a departure from most hop-centric beers I drink.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 1L swing top bottle back in January at Total Wine for $11.99. Bottled on 9-16-09.

Beer pours a deep copper color with a nice thick tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is nice, malts are present but citrus hops dominate. Taste starts with a strong malt backbone with a delectable combination of floral and piney hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very satisfying. Drinkability is good, the abv (8.0 on the attached notes and 8.5 on the label) is well hidden in the taste. This is a very good beer, glad i had the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of Phelps
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Papago, during a Grand Teton tasting. The company rep said this was an imperial red...we'll see.

Deep copper, puffy white head, hazy, some bubbles.

Smell reminds of citrusy orange juice and some caramel malt. Not terribly complex.

Bracingly bitter in the back, but the finish is very sweet grapefruit juice. As a red, this guy is a little hop-heavy. I'd like some more malt.

Medium-light carbonation, slightly watery, with a light body.

Pursuit of Hoppiness drinks more like an unbalanced IPA than a red. I wasn't super-impressed with any of the Grand Teton beers I tasted that night...this one, like the others, is completely average -- par for the course.

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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 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 jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was yet another christmas present from my fiance.

Appearance- reddish amber color, nice thick head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- hops mostly but well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I enjoyed it. I would love to drink it again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Qt. 1.8 oz. flip-top bottle - Brewed on Sept. 17, 2009 - wish I had gotten to it sooner, but reviewed shortly after receiving it from Half Time...

Pours slightly clouded orangeish copper with a bubbly one-finger-plus head that stays. Lacing nearly covers the glass.

The smell is of a lovely hop aroma - citrus/grapefruit with herbal and piney notes. (Hop bill is Summit, Simcoe, Chanook and Nugget). Hops come together to showcase citrus, pine and peppery spicing with a caramel malt backing.

This is a "must try" for hoppy amber/red lovers. Beautifully hoppped with caramel (in a "red" way) backing. Alcohol well-integrated. I didn't have pizza on hand, but I can see the hoppy, doughy, carmelized maltiness complementing it very well. I wish I had more of this (had no problem getting through the large bottle) to go with a pizza with carmelized onions. Very nice - hoppy, with firm caramel malty backbone and some doughy notes.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear amber with thin and wet beige head.

Has the aroma of sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, and hoppy grapefruit.

A big bite of grapefruit hops and caramel maltiness comes forth with the first sip. The 8.5% alcohol feels bigger than 8.5% and mingles with the rock candy sweetness.

Medium bodied and slick with a moderate carbonation.

A nice sample of an American Strong Ale, but I find the sweetness a bit much.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this sampler bottle from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits. Usually, when that happens, the retail stuff doesn't make it to town..

It pours a cloudy colour of rust with about a half inch of foam. Before the pour, I held up the bottle to the light and I could see lots of floaties. Here's hoping.

The smell has a piney hoppy aroma followed by...not much else. Ok, maybe some citrus as well.

The taste is also hoppy but sort of in mute mode. Up front is nearly a barren wasteland; all of the flavours seem to arrive mid palate on and that's mainly light pine and citrus with some malty notes tucked in between. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of bitterness here it is just that the actual pine and citrus are not super obvious to my palate. I think it has a home brew type of flavour to it, if that makes any sense.

My mouth says this is light bodied with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

Drinkability? Not a bad taster and the alcohol is very well hidden but the overall quaffability is still pretty low for me. It isn't exactly what I expected and to be honest, on the disappointing side. scores: 3/3/3.5/3/2.5

Edit Dec 9, 2010:

The 750ml bottles showed up in town. Bottled 10/01/2010

It looks the same as my previous bottle without the floaties. The foam looks to be more abundant than last time. Good looking brew now. It has a similar smell maybe a bit more robust. I reckon it's due to the freshness factor.

Mmm..the taste also is sooo much fresher and vibrant. Lots of pine notes and citrus with a fairly solid backbone of caramel and bready malt. It's a bitter sob at first but once things get going, it tastes *very* good with an appreciative effort from the malt. I just h*have* to change my review scores accordingly...

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Photo of madtappers
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well I will agree with the other reviewers, this is a darn good hoppy amber beer.

Served in a standard pint glass from a bottle (impressive bottle). Pours a amberish red with a nice white head, awesome citrus hop scent both to the nose and tongue. No agressive after taste.

Would have this beer again if I could find it on tap, but the bottle is pretty big for 1 person.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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