Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
497 Ratings
Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
497
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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