Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness
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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, $2.49. I had this once before in a 750ml bottle so I thought I better review it hence the repeat purchase,. The bottling date was fuzzy but it appears to have been bottled in March of this year so its about two months old. Red color, head was fine. Aroma was a muted bit of hops and really smelled like a double amber ale. Flavor was heavy malts like an amber ale with just a bit of fruitiness from the hops. I bet this is great when its a couple weeks old but at two months its really a disappointment. Its not bad but the hops were just not there for teh advertised IBU and the name of the beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber, lots of particles in suspension, big head.

Smell: Citrus, fruitiness underneath.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, toffee, raisins. Mild citrus bitterness, lasting bitter finish.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, if not quite what I was expecting. At 100 IBU I thought it would be much more bitter, however, the hops took a back seat to the malt flavors. The hops did give it a dry finish though. Bottled in March 2013, consumed in May 2013, it shouldn't have lost too much in the way of hop flavor. Still quite good.

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