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Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

very good
191 Reviews
Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

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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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 489
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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Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good hoppy amber. While there is some specialty malt flavor, this beer is really a showcase for hops. There are big, bold American hop flavors, mostly citric and a bit floral. It's not a particularly complex beer, but it's an enjoyable exercise in hoppy imperial amber land. What's appreciable from the malt comes across as a fairly simple spicy caramel note. It's a rather chewy beer with a good, thick mouthfeel. I wish that the Simcoe hops were allowed to shine more, but maybe some folks feel differently. My main criticism is that the beer gets a bit astringent, but whether that is a failing of hops, malt or some combination is beyond me. Overall, it's a nice hoppy beer but not the best imperial red by a good distance.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber, almost orange, color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with an excellent citrus hop nose. The alcohol seems well integrated. The taste is great! It has a very bitter, hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a nice malty sweetness. The hops taste fresh and lend a great deal of character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Is it the best DIPA or hoppy red around? No, but it's pretty tasty and it satisfies my hop craving.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/20/2009. Bottle thanks to smokepot23. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, caramel malt, grapefruit, and garlicky hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, garlicky hops. A little sticky and heavy but pretty decent otherwise.

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Photo of ReDave
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of of an amazing selection available at our Bevmo for a Family get-together
[surprised to see such good things there!]

Pours a reddish-brown amber.
Nice little head, some lacing.
Low aroma, some spices and hops.

Pretty good taste over all. Pretty full bodied.
Had this after the Anchor Holiday ale, so it was a pretty good progression, and nice follow up. Taste even improves when it warms.

I'd get this again, but the price is a tad off putting.

Nice drink.

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Photo of WWWade
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

With a name like, 'pursuit of hoppiness', one might be expecting a super hoppy experience. Well, one might be wrong in that case. This beer has a strong flavor, but it is balanced and flavorful. The 8% brew really does not taste that strong. It feels more like a 6%.

A- amber

S- fresh and clean

T- Hoppy, but not so overpowering.

F- light

D- fairly drinkable, but be careful, it packs a punch.

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Photo of ig88b
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1L of beer from a bottle.. wow.

A: pours a nice orange with a reasonable head that sticks around.
S: amazing hop smell with a bit of citrus.. amazing for a red ale. A little bit of maltiness creeping in with the hops.
T: hops up front, slight malt and spiciness in the middle, mild finish, but sticks around for a while.
M: fills the mouth right up front.. doesn't disappoint with carbonation in the back.
D: this is a sipper, but if I had to slam this. I wouldn't notice the 8%.

notes: this is my first of the grand teton cellar reserve beers and I'll certainly be back.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a reddish-brown in color, mostly brown, with a modest head that did though leave some nice lacing.

Smell - This smells like a little bit of everything. The hop profile is very complex and hard to pin down. On the one had you have some stiff PacNW citrus notes but then on the other hand are some mild simcoe aromas. Either way, the brewery name may sound German but this is definitely an American hop profile.

The malts though are just as big. There is a very slight toasty character to the malt profile and I can even pick up some sweetish chocolate. This is very natural-smelling with the promise of big flavors and big body.

Taste - I thought the strong hops and big malts might collide here but this somehow achieves a marvelous balance. The sweet malt comes out big and strong, the hops are grand yet smooth, and everything melds quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer as promised. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but it is pretty darn close. The carbs are thankfully very soft and the beer deftly avoids a harsh bitterness at the finish with the finely-tuned sugars.

Drinkability - This is one of the more drinkable big beers that I've had. It has a very natural feel and taste to it and the brewer did a great job of finding harmony in some big, big flavors.

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

A: pours a ruby, crimson red with a two finger off white head and good lacing

S: Hops and more hops. Get a very strong smell of ruby red grapefruit and oranges. Reminds me of an orange julius

T: Very balanced considering that the hops dominate the smell. Malts balance very well with the grapefruity hops

M: full body, good carbonation.

D: At 8% very drinkable. Label says 100 IBU's but it sure doesn't feel like that when drinking it.

Overall, would have liked it a little more bitter tasting and feeling but a very nice beer. Would recommend.

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

Cracked this one open before dinner last night, I really wanted help getting some of these bigger brews done for sure! Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 11/27/2009.

The pour was very nicely done, rich looking light brown in color with a small head of off white that capped it off very nicely indeed, Aroma hits quickly and right up front with tons of citrus hops and loads of booziness. Warming brings out a hint of malts, light notes of caramel and a touch of pineapple. This carries over very well into the flavor. Very sharp hops are right up in front, in your face and definitly to be reconnend with. Lots of alcohol here as it comes across quite hot still. Need to mellow it for about 6 months I would think to really get the full effect from this one. Nice and smooth, medium bodied feel with a great mix of flavors and a nice dry, hoppy, and quite boozy finish.

Overall a very solid ale, but a little hot still. I think it may age well, will have to wait and see.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.
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