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Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of ratty918
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of felipesegundo
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local liquor store after they rearranged the bomber room. Reminded me of Trout Hop Black IPA so I bought it. Very happy I did. Bottled 12/7/10.

A - The beer pours a nice red/amber/copper color with a huge 2.5 finger white head with unreal retention and lacing. Gobs of lacing.

S - A nice nose with a nice citrus, earthy, fruity aroma hop character. A bit sweetness from the malt.

T/M - The beer starts just where the nose left off. The beer starts with the fruity sweet hop character: apples, and citrus, and earthy tones. The sweet malt character comes into play in the middle with orange and tart flavors. Very smooth. Hides the alcohol so well. The beer finishes with a mild bitterness together with a mild fruity malty tone. Very good. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Yes!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer! Very happy with the purchase and plan on picking up another tomorrow if there are any left. 8.5% ABV not 8%.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-01-2011 02:52:00

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Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheSarge
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well to form a towering three finger thick, pillowy light khaki colored body. The body is copper to caramel in color, and is pretty hazy.

In the aroma I'm getting celery, caremel, and maybe BBQ sauce.

Taste wise I can seem to get that strange celery quality. There are notes of caramel, and a kind of tomatoe like flavor.

Good carbonation, full in body, warming to the palate in the end.

This beer actually tastes like it'd go well with spicy buffalo wings. Just has something to do with that celery trait.

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Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ricchezza
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Belgian style glass. Rich, deep copper (penny) tint.

Orange/tangerine fruity aroma with a hint of pepper and celery. Tastes is also fruity/citrus-like, with much less hop aroma than expected; pretty mild for an IPA. Lightly carbonated.

Smokey after tastes that sneaks up on the palate with a warming alcohol presence.

Perfect for a cold night and with a good steak.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigbeers84
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pursuit of Hoppiness opens with an aroma that nicely befits the name, being bright and full of citrusy, lemony, piney, grapefruit notes from the hops, which slightly tickle the nose in their citrusy bitterness. A healthy malt base, full of brown sugar, vanilla, biscuit, orange, and berry aromas, complements the hops. The aromas as a whole are well balanced and enticing, none overwhelming the beer, and the slight stickiness around the bottle's mouth promises excellent viscosity and quality of brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens in good IPA-like style, with a huge and immediate hit of hops, which bring pine, grapefruit zest, lemon, dandelion stem, mint, and eucalyptus notes, as well as a good dose of bitterness from the 100 IBUs. The hops are so well-balanced and crafted that, despite their intense flavors and bitterness, they still allow a good amount of malt sugar to break through, providing a base of orange liqueur, berry, toast crust, brown sugar, and fresh whole wheat bread. The beer is tilted very much in favors of the hops, however, and this continues into the aftertaste, which consists mainly of the dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and lemon rind hop notes, with some brown sugars and oranges left over, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a great Imperial Red Ale, showcasing an excellent range of hop and malt flavors, and being largely well balanced--at least, as well balanced as a 100 IBU hop monster can be. The hops do overly dominate the aftertaste, of course, and tend to slightly detract from the sugars in the main mouthful, but I doubt many hopheads will protest too much. Very much worth trying.

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Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls relatively quick, but leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: caramel and a strong hop presence is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, black plums, grapefruit, pine, alcohol, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting bitterness here.

Overall: I found this to be an enjoyable hopped up red ale and nicely drinkable. One is enough in a session and it will last a while as it is slow sipping.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy brown-amber with medium sized dark floaties.

Nose is clean, green, and fresh with a great honey malt biscuit flavor.

Taste is balanced. I get sweet, full-bodied malt at the same time I get a great hop presence that is grassy, slightly citrusy, and gives a great pine resin flavor.

Moderate carbonation - finish is clean and crisp with light lingering hop notes and malt sweetness.

Overall a very well-rounded brew that does an excellent job showcasing aromatic hops while maintaining balance. Will drink again!

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of brewski101
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at a local pub's pint nite

Poured relatively dark for an amber ale.

Not much head or carbonation.

Aroma was subdued - deceptively so in light of the degree of hopping.

Definite presence of pine and a grassy bite that was well balanced by the malt.

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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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