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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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3.59/5
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136 Ratings
Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by froghop on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
95
Ratings:
136
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Bookseeb
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is of golden amber with a thick fluffy head that sticks around a little bit with good lace. Smell has soft malt with light grapefruit citrus and floral hop. Taste is again light in the above aroma, nothing complex or extreme, just an easy drinking EPA. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. More than a APA, but less than a IPA that makes for a good EPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from the brewery and split it with friends. I'd agree with the label of calling this an Extra Pale Ale, especially since Summit's EPA comes to mind while drinking this. It's a bright, clear gold with a white head and smells deeply of spicy citrus hops. That flavor holds over from that aroma and it matched by a bread crust and biscuit malt backbone. This is a crisp and fun to drink pale ale. The hops are a little bit of throwback with Cascade-like character and it also comes off a bit like SNPA. Definitely worth checking out for any pale ale fan.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burnt orange with a dense clarity. A one finger high frothy head sits atop with moderately good retention and intentions that was mostly lasting. The lacing was clean on the go.

S: Toasty sweet with fresh wet pine. Fresh oregano scents come through as well. The strength was dominant on the open, being detected at arms reach, but quickly settles down to humble offering. Get your wiff early on this one to appreciate it or it may be gone.

T: The flavor had a nice base of specialty malts giving this a dry toasty appeal along with a spicy bite of pine and citrus coming in a strong second. Assertive by style and off the tongue comes a wet pine and toasted grain finish along with a dry flowery hop exit that was moderately strong to the liking. Flashes of grapefruit come and go. When it warms up a bit a more pronounced caramel/toffee sweetness comes from the grains.

M: malty, medium base, frothy in the mouth on longer holds. Spicy on the tongue with a dry flowery fade.

O: Overall a assertively hopped extra pale ale that was crisp on the take with a deep malt base to match. Makes for a good casual drink, especially in the summer time.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into an English pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Light murky, orange, amber color with good head and lacing as it's being consumed.

S: Nose of this brew is Pacific Northwest all the way, with citrus, apple, lemon notes with some pine in there as well. Malty sweet smell never allows the hope notes to dominate too much.

T&M: Just a touch of sweet caramel up front quickly followed by a blast of hop flavors that range from lemon grass to a wide array of citrus and apple flavors. Nice trail of bitterness hits the back of the tongue along with a touch of sweetness. This beer has a heck of a lot more hop flavor than bitterness. Excellent zippy, refreshing bite in the end leaving you want to take another sip. Moderately high carbonation level contributes to the refreshing character of this beer.

D&Overall: This is like a super tasty version of Full Sail's IPA. In other words, a very good session APA/IPA that never overwhelms you but provides ample hop character to constantly keep you interested. A very good beer overall. Mega-hop heads will complain it's not strong enough, but to me, this is just a perfect session beer to get my hop fix.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to an imperial pint glass. Had an amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of pure white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of hops and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything, with traces of malt, citrus, and a grassy quality. A decent, robust flavor for an APA.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a relatively dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a somewhat hazy amber colored beer with a very slight head. The nose smells quite a bit like the ordinary FS IPA, slightly citrusy, not anything special. Taste provides a substantial bitterness, with more citrus notes. Malt is moderate, but doesn't really make its presence known. Yeast character is clean and neutral, giving way to a dry finish.

Very drinkable beer, but it isn't particularly special, certainly not for a "brewmaster's reserve" beer named for hops.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blond/amber color from a 22 oz bomber, with no ABV on the label. There is a lot of sediment that settles down well after pouring.
One finger head that dissipates very slowly.
The aroma was very hoppy, right from the moment I cracked the bottle open. Over time as the beer warms up, fruity esters with some sweetness make their presence felt amongst the hops.
Taste is similar to the aroma. Very hoppy for a pale ale, much more hop flavor and bitterness coming through for a 55 IBU ale.
Somehow though, there isn't a lot of balance in the bitterness.
Good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Worth a try.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am often tempted by a strange brew. This one comes from a LQ I rarely visit and from a brewer I have not formed a solid opinion about. I expect a refreshing beer with a pronounced hop flavor. Let us see what really is in the bottle.

I choose a belled glass for this beer as it is my standard drinking vessel for reviews. The beer is a medium hue of gold and not quite clear.

Nose opens with a bit of spice and a nice malt note, sweet and a bit of caramelized malt with a piny hop presence. There is a nice complexity in the nose here, I detect happy yeast.

Flavors in this beer are tart, clean and much less sweet than I expected after the nose. The predominating tastes are the hops: piny and fresh, and the malt: Clean and grainy. I am greatly pleased by the overall here. I find a good balance in this ale, plenty of flavor and not too much of anything.

I put this in the light-medium camp for body, with ample tiny bubbles and a dry finish. The Aftertaste is grainy and pleasing with no residual sweetness.

Drinkability is plenty high, higher than I could've hoped, as over malty ambers and uber-hopped IPAs are what I seem to run into lately.

This beer is a pleasure to drink and to review. I would recommend it to anybody interested in a full-beer experience. It reminds me of the Anchor Liberty Ale and that ilk. A hoppier version of the pales I so enjoy from the Empire.

Slainte.

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Photo of mudbug
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a smallish head that dissipated quickly, aroma is astringent grassy with slight malt tones.
Taste follows the aroma with a nice bitter upfront balanced by the malt, carbonation is on the creamy side. there is a bitter aftertaste that is dry, overall a nice Pale Ale, don't get the "Extra" part as it's about the same as SNPA with slightly less hop profile, nowhere near as hoppy as Torpedo.

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Photo of regspeir
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (via trade) into a Duvel Tulip
Poured a light hazy orange with a huge off-white head (with an aggressive pour) that settled quickly but never completely dissapted. Nice lacing which was present throughout. Nose is breadiness, floral hops with some citrus in the background. Taste is bready and earthy with a nice balance of hops and sweet malts. Feel is on the light side. You certainly notice the carbonation but it works with the lighter mouthfeel. Although the name would suggest something other than an APA, this beer is true to the style and very nicely at that. It's quite refreshing and, at 6%, quite sessionable.

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Photo of Briken
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop pursuit is s clear golden color with great lacing. A bright hop aroma leads into a citrusy hop taste balanced nicely with pale malts. A very crisp and dry finish.
This is a pretty refreshing pale ale that is just shy of an IPA in hoppy flavor. A good refreshingly hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper. Small offwhite head. Gives way to swirling oils patterns. Some light lace.

Pine, herbal, floral, citrus, spicy resins. Toasty maltiness.

A rush of crisp hops, pine, lemon, herbal. hops are met halfway by a toasty caramel and candied nutty malt presence. crisp lingering spicy resinous bitterness.

Sticky, slightly chewy, crisp with a lingering dryness. med toasty body.

Very drinkable. A hoppy yet balanced EPA, crisp and bitter.

Consumed in Late Feb 2010.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a one and a half finger head that dissipated to a creamy skim of retention with decent lacing. The nose is not huge, but it's herbal and hoppy up front with some nice, albeit subdued, perfumey floral aromas as well a bit of citrus. Initially, the taste was nothing special. But as this thing warmed up a bit, not only the taste, but the aroma as well came to life. Fresh, resiny hops perfectly balanced with just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep it honest. Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood hops are used, but I would swear it was Magnum like Torpedo. Really smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a nice biting hop bitterness. A very sessionable beer. I don't understand why this is getting the bad reviews. Are people forgetting this is an APA, not an IPA. I would definitely pick this up again, especially for the price.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a subtle grapefruit hop, grainy malt and powerful residual pepperiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffable pale ale. Dangerous at 6%.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into pint glass.

Pours bubbly with a finger of foamy head. Very attractive burnt orange color.

Appealing full nose of mild hops.

Biscuit up front, floral through the tongue, finishes with a citrus tang. Intense flavor in a little time- not much lingering here..a bit of the biscuit hangs around with the hops. The malt paves the way for a better balanced brew.

A smooth mouthfeel is pleasantly disrupted by the aforementioned bubbles, making it a fairly light experience.

Definitely drinkable, I appreciate that another IPA wasn't tossed into the market (brewmasters reserve from Full Sail), but rather a tame hopped pale that has a bit of complexity without being overdone.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lace are left behind.  

Spicy, floral hop aroma with lots of dry, earthy pine and resinous oil as well as some sweet citrus/tropical  notes.  Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel.  Grainy biscuit malt backbone.  

Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy hops.  Resinous with a good amount of bitterness that doesn't overpower.  Floral with hnts of pine countered by sweet fruit notes, especially grapefruit and orange peel.  Decent malt backbone balances things out with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and slight grainy graham cracker.   Dry finish.  Full bodied, well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.  

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods/ Los Altos, sweet beer selection. I am biased, I like Full Sail, they were one of the first micro's back in the day and I respect them for the staying power. This is quite a drinkable beer, hoppy, but very smooth and malty mellow on the finish. At 6%, this is a poundable all day beer with some strong flavors, good stuff.

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Photo of bruachan
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good froth. purdy copper color

smells of cascade hops and some juicy sweetness

a great balance of hop flavor and sweetness. the hops are taaaa-steey but plenty of malt shines through the greenery: both fruity and buscuity. mint and a drying biiterness from the hops.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head that justs sits atop the liquid without fading and drapes plenty of lace around the pint glass

Smell: White grapefruit pith

Taste: Just a little bit of bread to create the backbone and then the flavors turn to the pithy white grapefruit; after the swallow, there is a bit of sweetness that appears but, overall, the malt elements are very dry and fade to the background to allow the citrus to take over

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the age on this bottle, the hops still retain their potency and, overall, provide for a refreshingly drinkable concoction; perhaps it could be called an IPA lite but I still like it

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Photo of Reidrover
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought at S.Salem Freddy's. Pretty pedestrian in appearance lighter amber with a small dirty white head. Good lace. Aroma is pleasant and pretty balanced considering the name! Hops balanced out by buiscuity malt. The taste is also balanced well buiscuity malts and lemon zesty hopping then near the end the hops spring into action with a massive fruity spicy aspect that makes one want another gulp. very nice palate..so very very drinkable. This is overall a very nice summery pale ale. Gulpable rather than sippable!

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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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