Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Pursuit Of HoppinessPursuit Of Hoppiness
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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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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice reddish orange color with a large head. The smell is hoppy and malty. I can pick out some piney and earthy hops. The flavor follows suit with the typical red ale flavor followed by a wall of hop flavor that you would not expect from a red. The mouthfeel is a little fuller Han expected with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of stxSS07
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange color with 3 fingers worth of pillowy, almost khaki colored head. Leaves awesome lacing.

S- Big mix of sweet juicy citrus hops and a really sweet malt backbone shines through with some caramel qualities.

T- Hugely sweet malty presence here. It almost overwhelms the hop characters of the beer. The juicy citric notes try to break through a coating of malt, but are barely perceptable. A lingering bitterness is all that really tells me that hops are here.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Helps to move the flavor along.

O- This is a decent brew, but not deserving of an A- in my humble opinion. A little too sweet for my tastes...especially with a name like "Pursuit of Hoppiness".

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: Pours a hazed, copper red, with one finger of light beige head; leaves some thin strands of lace and manages a good bit of retention throughout.

S: Rich caramel malt; nutty? (hazelnut??); fruity / citrus hops; quite malty with some woody notes, too.

T: Pineapple hops; toasty grains and sweet caramel malt; its a hoppy brew, but the sweet malt almost overpowers things; smooth and sweet; there’s a touch of roast near the end, too.

M: Near full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a touch of puckering bitter hop bite late on the finish.

D/O: I like this style and this particular beer; this one’s just a bit too sweet - guess that’s what differentiates an imperial red from an imperial IPA, though; mid-range drinkability for me.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber red color with a bit of haze, one finger off-white head that doesn't hang around long - leaves some webbed lacing here and there. Smells of sweet fruity hops and a bit of earthiness (yes the hops are still there) - all mellowed by a caramel-like malt backbone - very sweet all together. The flavors are balanced nicely here but I'm getting less hops than malt - still getting a nice bitter kick at the end of each sip - sweet, hoppy, and malty goodness. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, and a slight burn on the back of my tongue from the alcohol which was surprising. This was a delicious refreshing beer to begin the winding down of a hot and humid day working outside - it reminded me of Odell's red ale which is a damn fine beer.


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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11
*From notes

A: Cloudy and exceedingly hazy brownish amber. A generous pour yields an everlasting 1.75 finger head and chunky lacing.

S: Malty, yet juicy notes of fresh West Coast style hop oil are at play. A mild run of damp earth is detectable as I inhale deeper.

T: The balance here is on point. It's so well put together, it's easy to miss a lot of the nuances. Medium toasted malt and tropical hops find a happy medium on the fore to mid of my palate, as a subdued wave creamy minerality surfs onto the finish. Such an awesome and laid back brew that doesn't ask anything of the drinker but to sit back and enjoy.

M: Slightly sharp, though the medium to full body weight is more then enough to carry it through.

O: Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness is a damn fine Amber Ale. It absolutely deserves to be mentioned as one of the best in-style. Everything here comes together in a wonderfully rich and easy drinking package. Great stuff - I heartily recommend you check this one out.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A chilled 750ml bottle is poured into a pint glass.

Reddish copper liquid fills my glass, with a large off-white foamy head on top. Plenty of great lacework is left behind as the head settles.

Crisp, grassy hops can be smelled. Also present are some warm, sweet malts.

The beer begins somewhat sweet, with pale malts and candi sugar. Grassy hops appear as I swallow and linger on. It isn't as hoppy as I expected it to be; and although it has been chilled, this beer doesn't feel so cold as to dampen the hop characteristics. It is a subtle bitterness, but a good one.

Although strong, this beer is hardly sticky and has a body on the lighter side of medium. It doesn't feel like an Imperial level beer, which is impressive.

I like this beer, but I was hoping for something a little hoppier. Despite that, I am enjoying it and would drink it again.

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Photo of Klym
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Two months old which is much older than I'd like but the youngest bottle I could find.

This once was a deeper red with some powerful brown hues. I got a nice hop whiff when I first opened the bottle. Sadly as I poured it and smelled it, it came off with a little all-purpose cleaner chemical touch to the bitterness. The taste was a mix of wood, citrus, caramel malts and tons of plain hop bitterness, and sadly the chemical bite to the bitterness was still there-- it was small, but quite unpleasant. Overall I found it to be good, and I'll write off the weird chemical taste as part of having a two month old bottle, but I'd definitely take, for example, a loakal red over this in a heartbeat. A solid, basic example of a very hoppy red, but it really lacked interesting character or complexity.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Charleston Beer Exchange!

A - Pours a brownish amber with a great inch+ head with excellent retention and lacing! Great!

S - Appearance and smell and getting my really excited to dive into this bomber! Smells strongly of floral and citrus (orange) hops. Nice sweet caramel malty backbone!

T - Tastes good, but doesn't quite meet the lofty expectations that the look and smell had set. A bit tart and quite bitter. Citrus heavy hops and caramel malt balance nicely - not quite as sophisticated a flavor as I had hoped but still very good and the finish is very bitter, which I really like.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation

O - Pretty good hop bomb a decent better imperial red

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottleshare and tasting with Alucard4, BHOBS and DarthKostrizer.

Look: Brownish red in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention and some lacing

Smell: Beautiful floral and citrus notes from the hops are right up fromt. The backend carries traces of caramel orange zest definately tell its a west coast beer by the smell

Taste: While there is not alot of different flavors in the beer caramel and fresh citrus comes to mind what makes this beer a really good red is the balance of hop to malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly high carbonation and is a tad bit dry

Overall: This is just another really good beer from Grand Teton's. It has tremendous balance a good flavor and smell profile and is incredibly easy to drink

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark copper/amber color with a 1 finger off-white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of citrus, toffee, lightly roasted malts.

T- Roasted malts, caramel. Citrus flavors come through in the middle followed by a nice balance of hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. On the lighter side of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

O- Nice imperial amber. The citrus notes and hop balance really make this a good beer.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottleshare and tasting with Alucard4, BHOBS and DarthKostrizer.
Pours tawny caramel color with a Nice thick 2 cm eggshell bubbly head with good retention and fair lacing. 

Very nice nose. Nice caramel maltiness. Sweet floral tones and light pine. 

Great flavor and balance. Nice floral and light pine hop character perfectly balanced with a mild creamy caramel maltiness.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is definitely one of my favorite all time reds if not the best. Excellent flavor and nose. So perfectly balanced. I am impressed every time I try a Grand Teton Cellar Reserve. Well done boys.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a creamy khaki head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lace in its wake. Smells of old school IPA. Sweet caramel malts mixed with juicy citrus and grapefruit. Hints of pine and resin and a bite of toffee especially as she warms. Taste is caramel sweet malts with more pine than citrus, exactly opposite what the aroma lead me to believe. Finish is moderately dry with a long lingering pine and resin bite. Medium body and carbonation level, slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice Ipa, I mean red ale. Taste is good, but its hard to justify the price tag when there are so many other great red/ipa's out there. Put this in a 6 pack and charge me 10 bucks for it, not 14+ for the 750, this beer is just not that special.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a candy apple colouring and bright auburn highlights, it's a very approachable and aesthetic beer for sure, especially given its clarity (provided you can see through the deep tone). An average amount of head produces an average of lace.

The aroma has such a raw hoppiness that it smells almost grossly herbal, a stinky and pungent scent that has such bitter resins that it smells genuinely plant-like, like some sort of strangling, carnivorous vine. There's little elegance about it, hardly any floral accents or fruity overtones, and any toasted malt is buried deep beneath all the pungent herbals.

Hops are no doubt important to any full-flavoured American beer, especially those reaching for 'double' or 'imperial' territory. But some brewers have the self-control with them of a teenage boy about to lose his virginity. This beer is so inundated by raw hop taste that, despite floral notes and a caramel flavour, it has the spiciness of ginger and the bitterness of steamed greens, tasting distinctly plant-like and possessing an obnoxious, choking vine-like quality.

The beer suffers a great imbalance: it has little redeeming zest for all its bitterness and yet simultaneously far too much sugary sweetness. Some bruised fruit flavours appear in the form of alcohol esters but they are chased away by the pungent bitterness. The taste again is that of stale ginger, with none of the usual candied citrus or sweet toffee tones lingering.

I've thought very highly of every other Grand Teton offering I've had to date, but Pursuit of Hoppiness is a rough-around-the-edges beer that, like I said, showcases as much command of its hoppiness as a teenage boy about to get lucky for the first time - this brewer clearly blew his hop load early with the kettle hops, leaving a lot of bitterness and not much aromatics. There's little gratification in something this big and bitter if it doesn't please the palate.

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Photo of xdopiex
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance of an orange brown color, with a two finger tan head on the pour. Great retention without too much lacing. Medium carbonation.

The nose is medium pine, with a subtle front end on the palate and a very mild hop bitters on the back end. Very drinkable red ale.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton pursuit of hoppiness imperial red 8.1 abv

A: This beer is amber with reddish blood orange hues in the center, medium lacing, and a solid amount of middle carbonation.

S: The smell gives off sour notes from the hops almost akin to a bitter cherry, it doesn’t seem herbal it’s like a tart raspberry/citrus note to it.

T There is a mild tart front with a big hoppy herbal backend like biting into a black cherry with a herbal center, and WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH THAT. The fruit notes lead you back to their dorm room but then you see the blacklight posters and hear the Cypress Hill mp3s playing and you know, the herbal is the underlying aspect.

M the mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but still good overall. It gives it solid versatility in hot weather, very drinkable and it comes off like a solid into beer for people who have an aversion to all out double ipa’s but would tolerate something a bit sweeter. Poseidon pulls some tricks and a trojan horse maneuver leverages your tongue to take big glups of what turns out to be a bitter beer.

D: This is tough to just because this is where the balance is a bit subjective; because if the hops and mild tartness is cloying you likely won't be on board for many of these. However if you enjoy the borderline lambic meets ipa feel is something you are into, you'll be reaching for more. This doesn’t come off like most imperial reds, it has an interesting character to it and it should be allowed to reach into the prize chest. Oh, spider ring, yeah the prize chest is pretty much all spider rings.

Narrative: The first day of 9th grade was especially trying for Thomas Caraway. Tommy Hilfiger overalls were not only dated, but also a wildy unacceptable fashion decision in a world of waiting derision. “HEY FARMER TOMMY WHY DON’T YOU SU-” He learned to tune them out and calmly stride to Geometry with the cool poise of a 14 year old who just wasted $120.00 of his parents money. It wasn’t that he was a bad kid, he was sweet enough, it was just a question of leadership. He wasn’t a follower, but he set himself out as more of a chairman without a board. Thomas was a bold innovator in a market that abhorred change and friction. He pulled out his iphone and began to ironically play Puddle of Mudd around other kids in the cafeteria, much to their chagrin. When he was sweet, it was irascible, when he was bitter, it went too far. He was a strange kid but, you never could really dislike him for it. However, his bucket hat justifiably got struck in the genitals on not an isolated occasion.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up because I really like the Hop Head Red from Green Flash. This one isn't quite as good, but very nice it its own right.

Beautiful classic red ale coloring and with an amazing head and lacing to boot.

The smell left me conflicted. In a way it's great. Massively hopped, smelling more like an IPA/APA than a red ale. But there's something a little weird in there that reminds me of cardboard. Detracts ever so slightly.

Excellent flavor, but lacking a little balance. Forget a red ale, this is much more like an IPA. Bittering piney hops, some grapefruit, zero balance from the malts or sweetness found in a red ale.

Good carbonation, appropriate for the style, and a reasonbly medium body. I really like this beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Red orange in color. Finger of white head with good retention and occasional streaks of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Slight floral hop note underlying the aroma.

Taste: Incredibly rich and delicious. Citrus hops are the star of this beer, but the rich caramel malt base more than makes its presence known. Hints of toffee and brown sugar up front, biscuity middle and piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Low carbonation and super smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: The 8% is well-hidden and it sneaks up on you! Dangerously drinkable, good taste, and surprisingly refreshing.

Final Notes: Really good beer. Lovely balance between malt and hops, bold flavor, and easy to drink. Definitely a beer to check out.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber with a generous cap of thick, creamy foam on top. Lots of soapy lacing.

Huge caramel malt nose with a pungent underlying earthiness, some booze, and stray citrus notes. The Pursuit has successfully led to a healthy dose of biting earthy hops and a level of bitterness that just manages to cut through the thick, smooth body (perhaps a little too smooth). Seems like there might be a dash of smoked malt in there? A splash of citric juiciness in the finish. Rather boozy in the finish. Perhaps a cellar candidate, but even a 32-ounce growler was a lot to handle.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased growler on Hilton Head Island at a place called Growlers.
Poured a burnt orange with a creamy tan head and nice lacing.
This was one of the special beers....nose was amazing...hoppy goodness. Citris...malts melding together.
Taste as well amazing. Great smooth hoppiness...orange...grapefruit...nicely balanced with malts.
Not much bitterness.
This one was smoooth!

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled: 06/06/11 (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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a glass, appearance is amber/red/brown with a white head leaving some lacing...the smell is of piney hops, citrus, and the taste is reminiscent of the smell..the mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated fairly...this is a good offering that surprised me with its hopiness..

A lot of goodness coming out of this red..


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Photo of mikul93
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a dark amber with a nice healthy head. Nice lacing

S Big big citrus. Pine and hops. What a wonderful smelling beer!

T Grapefruit, caramel, spice and hops. Very tasty beer.

M Nicely carbonated. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O Really enjoyed this beer. The smells is just tremendous. Very easy drinking beer. Would pick up again in a second.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a dark amber/ruby color with a thin but creamy thick head. Sugary and a nutty, lightly toasted, malt in the nose and large amount of hops over it. Floral and earthy with some orange as well. The flavor is balanced very well. However, the malty body is grabbing my attention more than the hops. Sweet and warm, plum, subtle tangy metallic. Hops are present in the front with some citrus and other subtle fruity characteristics. It finishes earthy and dry but with a lingering strong citrus bitterness. I like how well the hop flavors transition over such a deep and complex body.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours nice dark reddish amber with a big fluffy beige head. Clear, no sediment that I can see, very little active carbonation. Fading head leaves some pretty lacing. Smell is very rich malt with a medium amount of hops.

Taste is sweet and rich with a solid hops backbone, kind of a strange metallic aftertaste that I don't enjoy a great deal (but it's not overpowering, so it doesn't ruin the beer). Lots of caramel, a little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and airy. Overall, solid beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Wine and Cheese place via mail order.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more restrained. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by pine hops. Midway through the hops turn more herbal, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer for one of my favorite sub-styles, the hoppy amber. Well worth a shot.

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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81.3% out of 100 with 497 ratings
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