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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/red color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor is balance of pine hop and caramel - almost an imperial IPA. 750ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. The first digits in the bottling date are hard to read, but it looks like either a 03 or 05--since I bought this beer in April, I'm going with 03/06/13 as the likely correct answer.

Appearance - Thick, burnt sienna-brown apple cider body. Cloudy with a half-finger of brown-sugar colored foam. The head dissipates after about 60 seconds, leaving little more than some stray medium-sized bubbles and a film of carbonation.

Smell - Malty sweetness and caramel notes. Not much hoppiness (I expected more, given the name), but I can certainly tell it's there more than a "normal" amber ale. I get some bready (rye?) elements as well.

Taste - The hops finally make their presence known, and with authority. Herbal bitterness, some grapefruit and other citrus rind elements. Some alcoholic esters as well atop a nice faintly sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a chewy finish that carries through the bitters from the taste. Honestly, quite refreshing for a so-called "autumn" beer.

Overall, a tasty brew that hides it's alcohol quite well. First time I've tried anything from Grand Teton and it definitely has me curious to try more. I'd also like to try it closer to its bottling date sometime, to see if the aromatic part of the hops tapers off quickly or not.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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