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Pursuit Of Hoppiness | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of TheSarge
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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 ricchezza
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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 jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of brewski101
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of seanwhite
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:clear, glowing copper colored beer topped by a minimal sized light beige head.

S: The aroma is rather sugary malty at first, soon to be overpowered by piney, citrusy hoppyness. Some lemonpeel.

T: It’s full-bodied, quite effervescent and lightly warming, with flavors of caramel sugary maltyness and a solid dose of citrusy, resiny malts. Lasting finish with bitterness dominating.

O: Some balance brought by the sweetish maltyness. A really pleasant one. A bit sweet maybe, but with hops enough to deal with it

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big gorilla of a hop brew. Nothing subtle, intriguing, or armoatic. Some sweet malt, but a dishwater aftertaste followed by the bitter burn. A litle bit of maltiness squeaks through. Ruby amber color is nice. Foam fairly long lasting and well laced in the pint glass. Supposed to have Summit, Simcoe, Chinook, and Nugget hops.

At Sessions Public in San Diego. Surprised a pint of a beer listed at 9% is only available in pints. Why do they want to call it an "American Red" with 100 IBU? One of the less interesting hoppy beers I've had this year.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with an adequate off white head that recedes to a thin layer on the glass. Nose is distinctly piney hops, not quite as much as I was expecting from the title but a good amount for a red. Taste is definitely pine hops with a strong malt backbone. Flavor is accented with a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a clean grapefruit peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is good for the style. Overall this was an enjoyable brew. I was expecting a bit more hops given the name but it is a mighty fine imperial red none the less.

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Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a huge frothy off white head and massive sticky lacing.

S-Sweet juicy piney hops with good tangerine notes and a very nice malt sweetness.

T-Not up to the nose but still tasty. Grainy malt followed by nice grapefruit hoppiness. Less complex than the aroma but still nice.

M-Medium bodied, nicely bitter, medium carbonation.

O-Quite delicious. A fine hoppy imperial red, just this side of Nugget Nectar.


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Photo of Ryan011235
2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's, Greenville, on 9/18/11

Faded copper color. Poured a thin head and thin it remained. Hardly any lace at all.

Aromas of floral hops, watery caramel and a touch of bread. Way tame and a little soapy. No brightness to the hops. Ugh, it tastes just as bland and boring. Floral hops and caramel smeared all over the place. Lacking in citrus and/or pine. Bitterness is low. Tastes kind of soapy, also. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Something of a slick feel.

This isn't exactly a bad beer; it's just boring as sin. I'm glad I didn't buy a bottle.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a capped 22oz bottle into my Hennepin globe.

This beer pours a murky reddish amber with a big 3 inch creamy head that leaves soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fa. Upfront is a nice mellow piney hoppiness intermingled with chocolate malts and a bit of coffee astringency. Just a bit of citrus lingers underneath it all. Almost tangerine citrus. The flavor is surprisingly malty. And not just malty, the profile itself is odd. I get quite a bit of chocolaty malts with just a bit of coffee astringency. The malt almost reminds me of a black IPA. I was expecting more of a toffee/caramel/biscuit type of malt backbone, this is not it. Good but different. I was expecting this to finish a bit dryer then it does. Fairly full and creamy. Overall, I just don't know about this beer. Not quite what I expected. The bottle on date is printed on the black instead of the white. It makes me wonder if the bottle I bought is old. I thought it was fresh due to the fact that my local just started carrying it. Will give it a whirl again when I can find a fresh bottle

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Photo of nhindian
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Provided by dtx00 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Sam!

750ml bottle poured into a pint, split 3 ways.

A - Pours a ruby red color with highlights of rustic orange and cherrywood. It grows about 1.5-fingers of head with good retention. It leaves behind some lacing, but nothing incredibly special. The body, however, is beautiful, from the color to the almost crystal-clear transparency that paints everything on the other side a deep crimson.

S - Immediately after pouring, aromas of numerous hops waft up and fill the air. This apparently has reached the fabled 100 IBU mark, which definitely is impressive, especially for a style like amber ales, where very hoppy beers are not typically the norm. The hops here give a robust nose full of spice, earth, and of course lots grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel as well, but obviously not much.

T - I have to say, upon my first sip I was impressed. I've heard snippets about this brewery, but nothing substantial, but this is a great tasting beer. It has the bitter hoppiness like something a double IPA would bring, but also has a more complex base behind it with the malts, which are sweet and even nutty at times. From there, the hops springboard to the front, offering bold, rich flavors across the hop spectrum. The spiciness is something that I found myself liking, especially when complemented with the malts, and the strong pine and grapefruit and other citrus notes are always welcome. Just a tinge of heat in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with okay carbonation. A little bit more carbonation would have hit the sweet-spot, but it's not bad in its current state. Even after a single pour, my mouth and palate were starting to feel that numbness that hops sometime impart.

D/O - Drinkability is high. A complete dark horse for me, but I can't say I wasn't enjoying every last bit of this beer. It was refreshing to get a beer with the strong hop presence, but also with the fortitude to withstand that and balance it with the malt sweetness. I will definitely be keeping Grand Teton on my radar for the future.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lumpy, slowly dying head (leaves a dome). Leaves plenty of chunky but spotty lace. Dark cherry amber color. Hazy.

Powerful, spicy hoppy aroma. There's enough malt for balance. Some alcohol to the nose as well.

The only flaw I detect is the thin body (watery). The carbonation is low. Wonderfully hoppy, you taste the bitterness throughout the taste. The aftertaste is dry, earthy and longlastingly bitter.

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Photo of Zorro
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red colored beer headed in the direction of brown. Small tannish head with a distinct orange color to it. Fairly unique first orange colored head I have seen.

Smell is sweet and strongly hoppy, quite intense. Oranges and mint with grapefruit and pine. Redman Chewing Tobacco and wine grapes with a distinct sour fruit scent. Say what you want about this beer but is intensely aromatic.

Starts out very dry, muddy and woody with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mushroom and pine with some orange oil. A little bit of caramel and toffee peaks through after a while but this is very dry beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good, but could be better. Too bad this doesn't taste like it smells. If it did I would brush my teeth with the stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours red. more red then expected for sure. quarter inch white lacey head that hangs out for a minute or two. smell is in your face hops, fresh hops even? why are you so red? looks like a Cascazilla, but more subdued in a way. mouthfeel is THICK, like, borderline chewey. tastes like I've had this before, not remarkable from a quality or creativity standpoint, but represents an alternate avenue for the hopeless hophead. wouldnt buy it again, and struggled to drink a whole one, but oddly content...

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

Huge thanks to davidbowers13 for this beer.

A: Pours a ruby red with hints of brown. The beer is a little cloudy with 1 finger of head resting lightly atop it. There is some serious lacing as this beer drinks.

S: Smells mainly of fresh picked pine cones. There is a bit of sweet malt hidden in there, but it’s mostly hop aromas. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus, but no huge grapefruit scents in this beer.

T: It tastes like fresh piney hops with a perfect balance of malt to not make the bitterness overwhelming. From start to finish this beer tastes the same. It’s just a ton of great hop flavor that never really overpowers. There is always just the right amount of sweetness.

M: I’d have to say that this is a full bodied beer. It might not be a stout, but this beer is seriously thick. The hops in this brew dry out the palate after a few sips, but I keep wanting to come back for more.

O: I think this is a fantastic brew. There is a simple play between the elevated hops and the subtle malts that is perfect. However… I think Nugget Nectar is better for the style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep orange and leaves excellent lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus/tropical fruits with some heavy caramel malt backing it up.

Taste follows the nose. Heavy caramel notes throughout. Citrus, tropical fruits and some pineapple really cut through all this malt leaving a resiny lingering finish.

Mouthfeel and carb are average for this style.

One of the better Imperial Ambers I've ever had. It reminded me a lot of Nugget Nectar. It's got a lot of caramel malt, but the hops are definitely high enough to make their presence known. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of shredsofautumn
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle.
Bottled on 5/15/2011.
This particular batch comes in at a striking 8.5%. Just where I like an "imperial amber".

Bottle poured into a 22 oz. Hefeweizen glass with the rest of the bottle chugged down after pour. (blasphemy!)

Beer was chilled down lightly for a 15 minute stint in the freezer after being chilled in open 60 degree New England Autumn air for about 5 hours. Hefeweizen glass spent 10 minutes in the freezer as well just to get some frost haze on her and keep the nectar within cool while I sip it.

Pours a deep orange-like red reminiscent of the Fall leaves which are beginning to fall here in Massachusetts. Due to the slow angled pour and the chilled nature of the beer, a good head was not properly procured.

Smell is mainly of tropical citrus hops, buttery caramel malts, and pounds of tropical fruits (nugget nectar comes to mind. hence the imperial hoppy amber trademark)

Mouthfeel is a medium to medium light feel. Resins coat the mouth, but no creaminess to be found per the style.

Taste is predominately spiky citrus and tropical fruity hops, with a slight astringent flavor coming in afterwards. Middle of the taste has a butterscotch/caramel malt with a fairly hoppy, yet still buttery finish.

Overall, a good example of an Imperial Amber. Nugget nectar is slightly better, but considering the year round brewing of this beer, I'll definitely come back to it at some point.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -11.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +2.8%
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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Pursuit Of Hoppiness from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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