Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
489
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
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47
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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 12/5/2012, poured into a Nonic pint 4/13/2013, review is transcribed from notes from that day.

Aroma: A nice, sickly malty sweet scent, remniscent of caramel and toffee right off the bat with a good bit of hoppy pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the most pungent ale but it's easy to get the nose here. (4)

Colour: Pours a cloudy, sort of opaque dark copper with a fluffy 2cm white head that dissipates into a thick white film with a medium sized collar. The lacing is beautifully thick and sticks all over the place. A very appetizing and tempting red ale. (4)

Flavour: Given that its 3 months old, this beer is still hoppy as hell with pine dominating with a little bit of citrus in the background; all of this hoppiness is backed up by a sweet caramel toffee malty backbone. It's an extremely well balanced beer, especially compared to IPAs which tend to have more hoppiness compared to malts. The not so cloying sweetness reminds me quite a bit of Nugget Nectar even though the hop profiles are very different. I liked this a lot. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and very well carbonated. Aftertaste is an assload of pine and a bit of citrus that definitely showcases the IBUs, and it doesn't go away on its own without washing it down with water. Dang strong hoppy beer, and well-balanced to boot. The finish is a bit drier than I would like, even taking into consideration the hoppy bitterness. (4)

Overall: Nicely done, I think I prefer Nugget Nectar slightly more to this one just because of the difference in hop profiles. Yet this one is hoppy as hell with an awesome malt backbone to back it up. It's seriously well-done and I would definitely recommend. (4)

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 10/23/2012, pours reddish amber with some haze, topped with a short beige head that holds excellent retention. Fresh dank hoppy aroma comes through as grapefruit and pine, coupled with loads of caramel maltiness. Heavy dose of caramel and toasty grain for a backbone that holds up well to the 100ibu of piny, grapefruity, citric hops. Medium bodied and creamy, finishes with a nice linger of hop bitterness. Overall, it's one of those beers that is what it is: excellent!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pursuit of Hoppiness pours a traditional red color with a long lasting lacing head. The aroma contains a nice kick of floral hops. The taste has a nice malty backbone, with a good blend of floral hops. Good full flavor, and easy to drink. Overall a fanatic red ale, not very hoppy beer, as the name suggestions but a very good red ale.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently I need to stop being impressed by finding beers I first heard about in 2007. I'm just getting around to Nugget Nectar--I'm all excited, start writing about it, get a big ol' Double N logo tattooed on my lower back--but then everyone calls me a melvin because the hot new thing is this Nigerian lager they brew using parts of a little kid who got hacked to death because he didn't work fast enough in the diamond mines. It's called "He Didn't Go to Jared" and it's billed as a Carbon Aged Triple IPA. And, fuck, it'll be like five years before I get to try it, and by that point the cool kids'll be drinking Martian beer, probably.

Anyhow, wow! This was just sitting at a Binny's! Like it was no big deal!

I like reds with earthy back ends, and this has that. The hops aren't as wowza as I was expecting but it's real good balance-wise. Also, an immensely pretty pour.

Full Review:
http://mynie.com/?p=381

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, grass, and herbal notes. Fits the style of American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, dry hops, alcohol, hops, hint of chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and body. The blend is a little unsavory, with the malt and hops being too subtle and the grass/herbal flavors being too prominent.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pursuit of hopiness is leaving wanting more....not for more beer....just better beer. With this name you better bring some hops...I just feel overrun with malt. The appearance of the beer is great...poured a nice ruby red with thin slight off white head that is lacing nicely. The scent has waifs of hop but there is a strong sweet malt with tinges of alcohol. The taste is big sweet malt that is not well balanced by hops...almost a syrupy flare. The mouthfeel is a full body brew with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok...glad I tried it...but I would not go looking for it.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy burnt amber color with a nice fluffy two finger khaki head that falls so slow. Plenty of sticky lace down my glass.

Aroma is malty nice caramel notes loaded with resin hops some minty notes riding on tobacco.

Taste is lighter then the nose malt not as strong but still malty with good caramel notes. Hops are present and tasty and even out the malt notes. Hop resin lingers in the finish along with some spicy alcohol hints that add to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is only medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a good enjoyable amber that sits in the middle of malty and hoppy. Considering the name not overly hoppy least for my tastes. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5% ABV confirmed. Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired locally and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Bottled 12/03/12.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and flat out fantastic retention; it looks like it'l keep for a good ten minutes. Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dark amber-copper; semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, with an impressive head.

Sm: Hoppy, with nectar and floral character dominating. Caramel and sweet malts form the foundation. Little hop bitterness. An average strength aroma, and a pretty simple one.

T: Nectary hops, a bit of floral hop character, caramel, and sweet amber malts. Fairly balanced, but underwhelming. I do like it, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. There's just not much to say about it. Some bready notes. A bit too sweet, with malts defeating hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Decent thickness. Pretty good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty pedestrian. For an imperial red, it's not bad. Still, I wouldn't trifle with it again - especially not for its price as an import. There are better examples of the style at this price point. Hides its ABV fairly well. Another good but not great offering from Grand Teton.

C+

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

Poured a gorgeous deep red with a nice creamy head. The lacing was excellent. Smell was off big, resinous hops, but was balanced out with some deep malt aroma of burnt sugar and dark fruit. The flavor was similar, although the malt was a little sharper and the hops were slightly more piney. It had some sweetness but not too much, a nice dryish finish that was reminiscent of a DIPA. The mouthfeel was superb, low carb and very silky and smooth. Helped mellow out some of the more abrasive characters in the beer. Overall, this was a delicious beer, I would have no hesitation in getting it again. I heard that it is year-round now, even better!

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

Fresh growler served in a Sweetwater pint glass. Pours crystal clear and quite reddish, with a large frothy beige head. Head has very good retention and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

Massive hop aroma, with a bit more pine than citrus. The flavor is more fruity and surprisingly mild; not actually mild but not the harsh/bitter hop hammer the nose led me to expect. Nor does it seem possible this is a 100 IBU beer or one with over 6%, let alone over 8%, ABV. There's a solid toasted caramel malt base that tames the hops and adds to the richness.

M: medium-full body; near medium carbonation.

O: an outstanding imperial red that has the aroma of a DIPA but is highly drinkable. Higher ABV is well hidden in both taste and feel, though it does appear in the nose.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to chestnut body beneath the frothy tan head that dissipates to leave a scattered lacing around the entire glass.

There is certainly a generous pine and earthy hop presence, but the hearty sweet malt backbone is a pleasant surprise. It features biscuit and caramel.

The flavor packs a piney hop punch up front with earthy notes followed by the biscuit and sweet caramel malt and a woody finish. This beer is quite earthy and spicy.

Medium carbonation with a lighter body than I would expect, however it does have a robust spicy finish which seems like a contradiction.

This is nice Imperial Red Ale with plenty of hops and malt to go around and an appearance to match its robust character.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allgash cervoise glass. Bottled on date is very blurry... ?/14/12.

A: Hefty tan head churns, but has decent retention. The beer is a murky ruby-amber.

S: Vaguely metallic, noticeably hoppy, with some bready malt thrown in.

T/M: Good, but not great. Maybe it's a touch old? Strongly, bitterly hoppy, with loads of pine. However, it's light-bodied and the malt base can't balance or support the American hops. Some bright lemon peel on the foretaste and a bitter-dry finish. The maintaste is brief, but pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is too thin to suit the beer, perhaps due to the hefty IBU (100+?).

O: A good beer. I have a fondness for imperial reds and this is no exception. Recommended, but not exceptional. Would be curious to try again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1/11/12 into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid hoppy red ale but there are better ones out there.

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

I don't know why I thought this was going to be an IPA. Reading beer labels is beneath me.

This is a pretty decent amber ale. I think it might depend on what your expectations are for the style as this one is mildly spicy with the hops and carries a lot of malt influences on it. Might not be "imperial" enough for some. But for me, it works. Though a 12 ounce bottle would have worked just as well as a 750ml one.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness delivers on the name - plenty of hop delights for all, with a strong malt backbone to make it a remarkably smooth, easy drinker (even with the 8.5% ABV). The hops are definitely the focal point here, but the overall flavor profile leaves just a little more to be desired. Nothing inherently wrong with a strong, balanced, hoppy beer, but at the same time, the taste doesn't linger after you're done.

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Photo of turnerk3
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive amber hew with an exceptionally ample head. The retention is nicely distributed along the glass.

S: The name matches the nose. A robust hop aroma engulfs the nostrils with a citrusy, floral complexion. Very similar to an IPA.

T: Pursuit of hoppiness describes it perfectly. There is an illusive amber ale flavor, but the hops generate a grapefruit like bitterness that masks the malt flavor that is expected in amber ales.

M: Outstanding carbonation dispenses the flavor appropriately throughout the palate. The hop bitterness from the flavor does not fully subside, but there is a relative smoothness due to the absence of the malts.

O: Much more of an IPA than an amber ale. If this was labeled as an IPA the ratings would definitely be different. There is a slight amber style, but the hops are the most significant factor in this brew.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well in a tulip glass at Monk's House of Ale Repute. Dark amber ale with an off white head. Clean and a nice lace. Listed on the menu as 100 IBUs using Summit, Chinook and Nugget hops. Nose is full of hops and lives up to the advertising. Some grapefruit and citrus, but more earthiness with some serious spice. Hops and some alcohol hotness on the tongue that doesn't linger heavily, so a nice ale on this very hot triple digit day. Listed as an 8.5% amber ale, this is a great hoppy beer that has enough malt to give a different feel from drinking an IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Hazy brownish red color. About one finger of head when I got it that dissipated quickly. Gray lacing with average retention.

Smelled citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way. Some pine as well. Also some sweet caramel notes. Maybe rye?

Tasted lots of flavors right away. Light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit leading the way. Also rye, iced tea and orange rines.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.

A pretty decent beer overall. Definitely has its place and I would try it again.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
served within a month of bottling. (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.

(originally reviewed: 07-19-2011)

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a half finger of thick, off white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly film and thick collar. Sticky webbiings of lace are left down the glass.

S: Nice fruity hops, a touch of grapefruit, with some mild pine up front. Some biscuit-like malts push their way to the front and the finish is mostly caramel and wheat bread malts.

T: The light fruity hop flavors form the nose are there at the beginning of the taste as well. Green grass and some hay with a pithy bitterness. The malts come up mid palate with a nice combination of biscuit and sweet caramel and the finish is a bitter green hoppiness. The booze isn't noti

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. The finish is refreshing with a mild hop bitterness and smoothness.

O: I'm a big fan of hopped up Reds or "Imperial" Reds. This is another solid take on that style. The booze isn't noticeable and there is nice balance between hops and malts.

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Photo of nataku00
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy copper, with some amber and reds when held up to a light, with two fingers of foamy loose bubbles. Head dissipates after a few minutes to half a finger of foam, leaving ample sticky lacing. A lot of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is grapefruit peel, pine and caramel. A bit of fruity ester, red apple as well.

Taking a sip, toasted and caramel malt greets the tongue first, then a bit of grapefruit peel bitterness. Some apple ester flavor mid tongue, before finishing with a combination of caramel malt and grapefruit. Was hoping for more hop flavor though.

Medium body and heavily carbonated for a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for the abv, but given the name, I was disappointed with an average beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy rusty-amber colored brew with a two-inch thick clumpy oatmeal colored head and big chunky gobs of lacing left behind. The aroma is pretty powerful spruce and bright citrus tempered by near chocolatey malt with a hint of some alcohol. Very different and enticing. The flavor is really different with a clear mocha and grassy-pine hop merged into a tangy pineapple malt deal. The chocolate idea seems to dissipate as it warms and the malt with orange-citrus comes out. Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a brisk, lush feel. Very fun brew!

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red amber with a long-lasting, foamy, brown-tan head. Obtrusive aromas of sweet toffee pull candy and notes of milk chocolate. Slight alcohol burn in the nostrils. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a wet, slick beginning and a stinging mild carbonation burn at the finish. Sweet jam on a biscuit yields to raw potato with a vodka finish. High alpha acid hop remains in the palate after everything else has faded. Very interesting beer. I don't love it, but it is big and interesting.

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

Pours copper, a hint of haze. A light tan frothy head sticks to the glass and is there 'til the final sip.

Smell is a good balance between piney floral hops and lightly roasted malt, that attains and almost sweet quality.

Taste is very similar to the nose, almost tart hops up front, followed by some sweet, almost caramel malt, finished with a nice bitter flavor.

Texture is stellar, medium bodied and great carbonation. A perfect crisp finish makes this fun to drink.

The beer is well balanced and very tasty. Hops are big enough for a hop head, and malt reels in the punch. Recommended.

DOA

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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