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

Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)
136 Ratings
Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)

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

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.

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of BretSikkink
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tall, creamy, tightly-packed head that sticks for days and leaves nice sheets of lace after the first glassful. Clear orange color with hints of copper and also gold.

Nose is...well, clean might be a nice way to put it. As in, soapy water. Somewhat fruity, but dominated by this soapy note. A similar disappointment in the flavor, as there is very little body on which the hops can stand. Mostly hop flavors, but there's not a lot going on even here. Mild citrics with little rind or resin; just no bite. Pale malts provide some sweetness, but not enough size.

Finishes with a slight bitterness and with a floral aftertaste. High carbonation pulls the hops right off the palate, almost before they settle in. However, it's really the lack of a malt profile that dooms this beer - there's just nothing to chew on. Full Sail can - and does - do much better brewing elsewhere in their lineup.

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Photo of loren01
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color, nice sized white head with slight lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malts along with fruity hop scents
T: Fruity taste with a nice bitter hoppiness at the end. ETOH is not well hidden.
M: Medium bodied, maybe slightly overcarbonated.
D: Looks like this beer has been getting some pretty bad reviews but I don't mind it too bad. Not the best beer ever but its not that bad in my opinion.

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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 Overlord
2.11/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a good beer. At all.

Pours a hazy light, bright orange-gold. Big white sudsy foam head.

Smells a bit like floral hops, a bit like medicinal herbal-y hops, and a bit like soap.

Taste is bad. Just, bad. One of the worst examples of this style I can recall, and certainly a beer that doesn't deserve a name like "Hop Pursuit." Soapy herbaliness, some ... mint? Really? Maybe a hint of citrus/grapefruit. Just an unpleasant mixture.

Mouthfeel thin. Unappealing.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head that is quite large and creamy, with a slightly hazy golden body underneath it. This ale has a nose of fresh lighter fruits and a whiff of soapy/clean (no, not my glass). It is much lighter on the palate that I had expected, almost watery, and the flavors are light as well. Modest citrus fruit flavors and a light malt, but altogether not amounting to much.

It's almost like they made an "IPA Lite".

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Photo of Kegatron
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rosey copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a smooth 1/2 finger, which stays VERY rich and foamy when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of spotty lacing back. Very nice look here. The aroma is floral and herbal smelling, with some extra damp dankness to it. Some lighter fruity sweetness is coming out, as does some underlying malt activity that posssesses an light smokey texture to it, leaving sone tang in the back of the nose.

The bulk of the hop activity in the taste is bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, and some tropical fruit character that brings most of the balancing sweetness here, as those pale malts sit kind of flat and grainy across the back of the palate. Big grapefruit finish on this, with lots of green bitter citrus, earthy rind, and a touch of lingering spice all hanging around. The mouthfeel is medimm bodied, with a creamy sharpness to the carbonation and some slickness that runs through the middle of the body, helping keep this flowing in the mouth relatively well. No alcohol detected here at all.

While this is certainly a servicable hoppy fix, there just wasn't a whole lot to get overly excited about here, with the malt profile in particular coming off as fairly boring. This is maybe a decent one to pair up with your lunch or dinner but otherwise, I'd look elsewhere if your looking to get wowed by flavor.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz from neorunner via BIF. Awesome! Into Alpine pint glass.

A- Kind of unappealing- minimal head that fizzes out quicker than I can pour it. Spotty, almost nonexistant lacing.

S- Fruity hops, floral lilac notes. Pleasing, if subdued.

T- Good hop bite, moreso than the nose let on. Still fruity and floral, kind of grapefruity to round it out. Kind of falls apart in the finish though, a bit astringent.

M- Could use more carbonation, favors are not in total unison.

D- Despite its flaws, fairly high. Enjoyable, and a nice hoppy pale. With some tweaking it could be a stellar beer. Despite the low score, I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of hrmhrm
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad.

Looks nice, golden.

Front is wonderful. More carbonation than average but works in a good way. Tasty hops, not superstrong.

Problem is the finish. It's not that the taste is bad. The problem is the flavor just vanishes. Gone, like a vapor.

No brewer should put 'hop' in the name of a beer that lacks a rich ending.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2010 Brewmaster Reserve; I think there are two entries for this beer.

Appearance: rich, slightly tawny orange color. Head poured about a finger, but has quickly dissipated to a thin ivory film. Not too bad.

Smell: biscuity malt aroma with just a touch of floral hops. Not terribly strong in either malt or hop aroma; not exactly what I was expecting from the name. As it warms, some more complex caramel-like aromas come out, which help a bit.

Taste: much richer malt flavor; sweeter, more caramelly, more biscuity. Hops are floral and citrusy here, but seem to be most used in bittering. This isn't half bad but, to me, it lacks balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency. Well-integrated carbonation facilitates a nice creaminess; I think this is my favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: it's not bad, but there are better pale ales out there. I might have this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from South Bay Drugs, on to the beer:

A shimmer of lighter colored orange shines in the glass. Bubbles race to the top. Head retention is there to stay, clinging to the glass with a creamy lace. The nose is fine. Malts have a very bready smell. There's a snap of hop flowers as well. Not quite the "extra" I was expecting.

Kicked up in taste, that's for sure...well, at least compared to their year-round pale ale. A burst of orange hits at first. Green hop leaves all around, kisses of grapefruit, touch of ethanol-like alcohol, very light in the malt department, but shows hints of toffee. Could stand to be better balanced, but that's just me. Biscuity malts a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Um...it's a typical Full Sail offering. Nothing great, nothing bad. A solid beer.

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Photo of tchenery
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle to pint glass.

Very orange in color. Looks almost copper-colored. Little to no head on pour, just a slight lacing.

Smells very citrusy and floral. The taste is hard to pin down. It's kind of tart at one point, then kind of citrus flavored, then peppered almost. It's a very dry beer and leaves the mouth that way as well. Very heavy 'pale ale' flavor in terms of malt character, and probably a variety of different hops used in the brewing process at different boil times. Very bitter beer. Zing is a good word for this brew.

I wouldn't say it's exactly drinkable in terms of being close to a session beer. It's great for the 22 oz. size but that's probably as much as I would have in one sitting. The Brewmaster's Reserve designation makes this A OK in my book.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smells of faint hops, grain and some malt

T: Had some grass, floral notes, barely citrus and dash of hops

M: A little more than light bodied, crsip but boring

D: Not one to seek out.

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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 industrialswill
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer looks more like slightly carbonated motor oil than anything else. One look and you can see the calories in there.
Wonderful, rich smell....
Medium bitterness balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.
It's a little bit syrupy, a better way to put it would be to say it is full bodied.
Highly enjoyable, this would make a great brew for the "hop curious" drinker out there.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a little hop note, with some citrus thrown in. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, worth checking out.

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Photo of Inflames
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Safeway in Klamath Falls, OR. "Hop Pursuit that sounds like a beer for me." Maybe this is better on tap but out of the bottle I was disappointed. A fairly average pale ale is about the sum of it's character. Poured a faint orange/yellow, descent head, left an ok lace on glass. Aroma was the biggest disappointment for me, when you pick a name like this it leads me to believe I'm going to enter the garden of humulus heaven. Wrong. It is balanced so the taste is good and the ability to drink this is fair, but the lack of depth is what makes this an easy pass for me in the future. The hop pursuit continues. Sorry FS

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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 Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like orange and lemon and pine hops, with caramel malt. It tasted like grapefruit and pine hops with some caramel malt. It was somewhat thick with decent carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly clean but simple scent and taste. It had a decent body and was easy enough to drink. I'm pretty sure the bottle's label called it an IPA, although Beer Advocate has it listed as an APA. Either way, it was fairly average, with nothing distinguished about it.

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Photo of chumba526
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer is translucent golden color. It pours with a one inch head of white foam. Smells strongly of flavorful grassy and citrus smelling hops but there is also a slight cheap lager smell present.
In the taste the first thing present is strong citrus grassy hop bitterness. The beer is very crisp and light due to a lack of malts: this makes the excellent hop flavor really shine. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a bit nasty: there is a cheap lager like aftertaste. The cheap lager aftertaste sucks because the hop forward beginning is very nice. Because it is light the beer would be easy to drink a lot of. The beer also has a fair amount of carbonation. Overall it's a beer that is ok; it has some good qualities and some bad qualities.

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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 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 vkv822
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

The appearance is a fairly clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, slightly off-white head. The smell is very hoppy and enjoyable, with mixed notes of floral, grassy and pine. The flavor is along the same lines, with some nice floral and grassy hop notes with a good malty backing. The mouthfeel is fine, but does seem a bit thin and slightly over carbonated at times in my opinion.
Overall this is a nice beer to enjoy on a sunny spring day, and though I am happy I tried it, it probably won't be something I will feel a necessity to purchase again.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sort of honey orange color fairly clear with a good inch of white head that leaves some nice thick lacing behind.

S: Mostly pale malt with faint hops

T: First taste is a very earthy, kind of grassy pale ale. There is some good hop flavor but not neccessarily the bitterness you might expect with the name. It is pretty hoppy for a pale ale but is still very true to the pale ale characteristics.

M: feels very refreshing and light. decent carbonation.

D: could drink a few of these, although one bomber might be enough.

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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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