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

Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)
BA SCORE
35.3%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 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:
-
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
136
Liked:
48
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange into my pint glass with two fingers of solid head, great retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, fruity hops- grapefruit and apple, earthy hops- pine, slightly toasted grains.

T - Bitter from start to finish, very subtle flavors, citrus rind bite, resinous flavor, malts take a back seat in this one.

M - Feels really thing and slightly watery to me.

O - This one pours out of the bottle looking awesome and pretty much goes down hill from there. It's just kind of bland in my opinion.

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Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer is a dark amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Head is somewhat foamy with good retention. Carbonation is evident on the sides of the glass and there looks to be a small amount of lacing.

S - Strong citric hops, soft floral hops. Seems a bit pungent. There are also fruits to go along with everything. Grapefruits and oranges along with sour peach. This beer has a very strong nose.

T - Bitter and a tad medicinal upfront. Fruit flavors are pretty weak in the taste but still present. Finish is just a tad bitter and cleaner than expected.

M - Mouth feel is a bit watery and could stand for a little more body. Carbonation is surprisingly low considering is was very apparent before. Not bad just not where it should be.

O - Clearly the better aspect of this beer is the nose. Flavors just didn't match up and the body seemed a bit off. Not a horrible beer but the look and smell of it are misleading. At 5 dollars a bomber I would probably go for something else. Worth a try for sure if you haven't had it. Still a decent brew to be had.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a duvel tulip glass burnt orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing down the glass. The nose has pinney hops and citrus. The taste is bitter with pine hop flavors with grapefruit citrus flavors. But nothing extrodinary about this at all. The body is medium to maybe just below medium. Carbonation is good.

Full Sail: this is one of the first Brewmaster Reserves you've sent to Texas . . . please send something worthy of the title.

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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 almychristopher
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours an amber color with a white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace rather quickly. the bottle that i purchased provided quite a bit of floculation. the sweet malty aroma with slightly fruity esters is balanced by a light, but still nice citrus aroma... they may be pursuing the hops but I don't think they've quite caught it yet. the taste does speak of a light sweet bready malt with a bit of caramel at the back, the hops seem to provide a bit of bitterness at the end but not much else. the medium body and good co2 make this a drinkable beverage.

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Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 burnerfinger
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A: dark honey hue, no clarity at all - barely decent head settles with almost no lacing.

S a bit of hops to the nose but this one is really deficient in the aroma dept...

T - makes up for the lack of nose in the taste. this is all hops - maybe a bit too much. my beloved wife says - EEwww!

M - solid body

D - a bit tuff to drink this one, truly a bit too much BITE to the hopiness.
this was a cheap bottla and I see why.

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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 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 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 BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- golden, dirty blonde with a small off white head that fades quickly

S- a bit bready and biscuity, with some citrusy floral notes

T- biscuity malt up front, followed with a bit of zesty bitterness

M- rather flat, which took away from the overall enjoyment of this beer

D- could've been better, seemed like a good beer that had been sitting out for awhile

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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 KZE80
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me of why I love beer. Hear me out, please.

It's lackluster and average on all fronts. And yet I thoroughly enjoy drinking it opposed water, soft drinks, coconut water, saliva, or merlot.

Beer is amazing. Even mediocre beer.

Buy this beer. Drink it. Thank the universe for beer. Sleep well.

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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 Vancoubeer
4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like hoppy beer but want a summer or spring refreshment? Get this. This is one of the best tasting yet laid back bres I have had in a long time. It has all the right elements needed for thirst quentch but the 6% adds a good kick. get it before its gone.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Nice 1.5 finger head, golden amber orange in color, nice amount of carbonation rising up from all around the glass.

S -- very light smell not much other than a malty sweetness.

T/M -- Taste is pleasantly sweet and hoppy, very pungent in a good way, finished with a malt/hop mixed ending.

O -- Overall not too shabby, for a 6% EPA it holds its ground, would say its slightly above average.

PP (Price Point) - $5.50 for a 22oz bomber at BevMo in Fairfield, Ca. I would say its worth it and that you get the proper bang for the buck (though being in the mid 7% range would be more appealing).

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Photo of ebrauser
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop pursuit-branded as an 'extra pale ale' by the gang at full sail. Drank out of a 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Dull orange with a thin head that needed to be coaxed with a vigorous pour

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, and a even some grapes came out in the nose

Flavor: Pungent taste, very much like that of a dry white wine, crisp and cidery. Light hops began immediately and lasted throughout the sip, turning from floral to a cidery finish. Floral hops became more prominent as the drink went on.

Overall: One I might have to try again just to see if this review was an accurate one of the beer. It didn't come across as something that Full Sail would put out, or that really fit in any beer category.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottles into tulip glass.

A - Pours cloudy amber, with a nice white head...with some good lacing.

S - Strong Hops and almost strong soap smell?!

T - OK...a bit over Carmel flavor, which takes over the hop flavor I was hoping for.

M - Weak carbonation, a bit flat. In parts bits ‘too’ sweet from the over-Carmel flavor.

D - This one was kind of a let down. I'd been to Hood River a few times and have expected more from Full Sail, I guess?! I wish they'd bring back the Equinox Spring IPA from several years ago that had the yellow label...Now, "That" was a beer!!!

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Photo of madtappers
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bootle into a tulip glass.

Cloudy golden color with tight white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops but not too much. First taste was not what I expected a very blah taste, with a malt after taste. For the aroma this beer gives off it sure doesn't have the same taste.

I think Full Sail went the wrong direction with this beer, cause there is no "hop" pursuit in this beer.

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Photo of Fluke828
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a cervoise-style glass.
No freshness info.

A-> Pours a pretty translucent copper color with a 1.5 finger head with white lace that is kind of sparse. Pretty good retention however...

S-> Smells of lighter, grassy hops, with a very prevalent sweet malt aroma as well.

T-> Hoppy EPA. Malty up front to begin, with a nice sweet flavor with the bitter hops taking over in the middle and through to a dry albeit malt returning sweetness on the end. Defintely get the gasses from the nose with a sweet lemon zest and mild hop flavor that is crisp, clean and mildly fruity.

M-> Clean and crisp as mentioned with the mildly dry finish slightly under-carbonated and pretty light in body but medium for the style.

O-> EPAs aren't really my bag but I did enjoy this. Not sure about the "Crisp, blonde extra pale ale" description from the label but fwiw it was nice and crisp and a tasty, hopped up EPA that was pretty well balanced and very quaffable. Would like to try this again on the front porch at the beach or at least when the weather warms up a bit...

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 oz bottle as part of a mix-a-six, poured into pint glass, not realizing it's their "Spring seasonal" brew. I guess it's always Spring somewhere.

L - Pours a clear, orange/copper color with a good finger of foam that dissipates quick, leaves a thin lacing with some big bubbles.

S - Citrus, honey, malt, some piney northwest hops but more sweet smelling than bitter.

T - Similar to the relative IPA, a blend of orange, honey, caramel, grass, and just enough bitter hops at the end but lingers sweet. Wouldn't call it much of a "pursuit" of hops, maybe a browsing of hops.

F - Light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, the sweetness would suggest it drinks thick and syrupy, but it's surprisingly balanced and very drinkable.

O - The drink-by date is 9/12/16 so maybe I'm 4 days late in getting the best taste out of this, but it's not bad. It's not much different from the IPA, more citrus and malt than bitter hops, but I'd drink it again, if offered.

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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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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 35.3% out of 100 with 136 ratings
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