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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:
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Added by froghop on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

On-tap on the waterfront in downtown Portland.

This beer appears a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of tight creamy white head, which leaves a thin wall of pocked lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of biscuit malt, and orange and pine hops. The taste is bitter pine and leaf hops, and a seemingly overwhelmed bready cracker maltiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the light side, with an edgy smoothness. It finishes quite dry - the earthy, floral, and forest floor hops dominating.

The waitress waxed eloquent about the hoppy goodness of this particular offering. Can't say she was wrong, but this whole deal sure could have used a fair bit more of supporting malt body to level things out a tad.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Hop Pursuit "Brewmaster Reserve 2011"
22 oz. bottle; $4.99 @ Joe Canal's Discount Liquor, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Appearance: Hazy orange-golden body beneath a creamy head of white. Head retention and lacing are very good.

Smell: Hoppy, as might be expected, over a delicately sweet and gently biscuity malt base.

Taste: The hops are bright and fresh, riding a wave of malt as it crosses the palate... citrusy with some lime; grassy; and mildly spicy. A solid bitterness balances it. Nicely polished. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a median carbonation level.

Overall: Cute name: "Hop Pursuit". Well, I think they've caught up. It's got a lot of hop character to it without going overboard, leaving it interesting but still refreshing. Well done. A great summer beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head of 1/2 finger fades at a med pace over hazy golden orange nectar color.

Nose had nice light hops, a bit fruity and light grassy, and just a touch spicy, but more of the light reddish crystal malt.

Taste starts with light toasty reddish malts, light sweet crystal malts, then some hops, bit bitter, light grassy, fruity hops, touch chewy. Finishes with a toasty malt flavor, bit of a sweet like flavor but mostly dry, lingering fruity and light earthy hops and long semi bitter finish.

Mouth is med full bodied with good carb.

Overall pretty decent, decent bitterness, decent hop characteristics too, dry and drinkable finish, but just too much by way of malts to be an APA, but still a drinkable tasty beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma faint but contains caramelized malts, some hops and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hops bitterness which is mild and not over-powering but still the more dominant flavor in the beer. There’s a faint citrus and caramel citrus and a hearty but not too heavy malt character to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

--Guillaume Apollinaire

Bright kumquat with butter rum highlights and a light yeasty haziness. A plush sounding pour produced a thick chunk of eggshell colored froth that is developing soft divots and laying down smeary sheets of lace as it melts.

The nose could be a little hoppier, but then HP is almost six months old at this point. It's still semi-bright and citrusy, with no real negatives. This could be pretty good beer.

Full Sail used a trio of 'old school craft brewing hops' in this Brewmaster Reserve APA. The lineup includes Cascade, Willamette and Mt. Hood. Even though a portion of the starting 55 IBU zestiness has undoubtedly faded, this is still good beer of the (now balanced) sort.

The malt backbone is sufficiently big and tastes majority pale, with a background toasted quality that doesn't impinge too much on hop flavor. Top notes include white grapefruit and orange zest from the Cascade, and an herbal spiciness from the other two that adds another facet. This is still a good drinker if you're sitting on an unopened bottle, but don't leave it unopened much longer.

More hop flavor and bitterness than expected almost allows the next highest score to be granted. The mouthfeel is solid for the style. It's almost as lush and plush as the original pour sounded, and contains sparkly bubbles that strike exactly the right note.

An 'old school' APA is an odd choice for a Brewmaster Reserve release, but Hop Pursuit really is good, drinkable beer. Too bad I didn't crack the crown months ago, because it might have earned straight 4.0s... at the very least.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge, bright golden amber and incredibly hazy and cloudy with tons of carbonation just ripping toward the surface. Immense white foam just leaps over the top of the glass, reaching a height of near three inches before finally settling down into a firm two fingers of head and rich lacing that lasted the entire session. Aroma is sharp citrus, lemon, orange, nice notes of grasses along with a great little hint of light bready malts providing some nice balance. Crisp, clean, near perfect flavor as the sharp and lightly tart notes of citrus work perfectly and are so well balanced I was amazed. Such a light, and easy drinking ale, I cannot believe how quickly this one snuck up on me. I could see myself drinking this for days all summer long, it was just that good.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reasonably priced 22 ounce bomber ($4.79), purchased at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, NY

Pours hazed darker apricot, moderate sized light tan head, leaves minor bits and strands of fine lacing.

Faint nose of musty hops and malts

Decent enough pale ale, very easy drinking, moderately hopped with a balancing malt counter point. Hops are kinda earthy and soft on the palate

Well rounded and equally soft on the tongue. Hops are the star of the dry and long lasting finish. Better then middle of the road craft APA.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full Sail Hop Pursuit, 22 Fluid Ounces of Extra Pale Ale, Brewmaster Reserve 2011. "A crisp blonde ale with a medium malt body. The malts are chased by a ton of hop flavor and a zing of bitterness. IBU 55." 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces, 6% by Vol. Alc.

Clear, coppery appearance, huge, puffy, cloudy-white head. Looks lovely.

Aroma: Grassy hops, citrusy below. Apples and oranges, at play. I'm getting a mix of American and English-style ingredients. Grassy, floral, fruity. Nice, nice.

Taste: it's an EPA, grassy, earthy hops, adequate malt, supreme consumability. Hop bitterness starts strong, fades quick, drinking is easy. Malt, hops, balance, tasty, mmm. That's all there is to say.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in with a solidly orange appearance, 1/4" white head that can't hold itself up too long, hopefully because of lots of hop oils. Aroma was a little muted, pale honey malt.

Hearty citrus notes, not just grapefruit either. Its there, but its also accompanied by some orange/tangerine like notes but counterbalanced with the toasted pale malts to keep it from coming off as overly sweet nor bitter.

Good bomber price. Would bang again in a six pack.

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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 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 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 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 Donkster46
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale, light crystal, and biscuit malt scent along with a mild hop nose and a bit of yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale and biscuit malts. It has a light bready character as well as a moderate hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer, but definitely not a hop lovers brew.

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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 Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rosebud Butternuts for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is decent, but not as good as I expected. I get some grain and grassy hop notes but not too much else.

The flavor is a little bit better. I get some orange and grass notes from the hops, as well as some wheat, biscuit and grain notes from the malt. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but nothing too special. Thanks for sharing Eric.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy orange color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lazily. Laced in intermittent wavy rings.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rinds. Faint caramel and wet grains.

T: Consistent with the nose. Hop flavors transitioned from fruit to floral and were slightly resiny. Bitter built throughout the finish that remained slightly sweet.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny in hop character that did not overpower malts. Very nice balance.

O: Interesting the way the hops transition in the flavor. Nice balance in this one too.

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Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 137 ratings