Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 137
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 DrWhy
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing cask IPA. Creamy head that poured well. The Simcoe hops are very apparent on the nose. Taste is creamy, not too bitter for 65 IBUs. The hops linger nicely. A very enjoyable brew

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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 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 bensbeers
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Served from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

A - nice thick head, 1+ fingers; color is a hazy, rich amber - more hazy/amber as you get toward the bottom of the bottle; minimal lacing; lots of yeast in the bottom

S - strong smell of alcohol, which is ironic for a beer that is only 6% ABV. Nothing else stood out for me in the aroma

T - mild hop flavor, but still refreshing. Started to taste a hint of citrus towards the end of the beer.

M - little carbonation; smooth; leaves a nice 'beery' taste in the mouth that lasts.

O - A good brew. Nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad either. I'm enjoying the bottom of the bottle more than the top...maybe the yeast that settled?

It's 100 degrees in Baltimore today, so I was looking for something that would quench my thirst. While this was not the best beer ever, it certainly got the job done.

Drink on.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 14 Dec 2011. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized light beige head. Minimal carbonation. Mostly clear with a few floaties, dull copper in color. Aroma is orangey and perfumey. Starts sweet, fresh, floral. Orange blossom. Light but sticky body, ethanol is moderate. Light orange bitterness throughout. Nice sweet tart finish with a lingering bitter orange aftertaste.

Not terribly complex but well done and easy to drink.

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 version.

A solid golden amber hue with little head. There is some lacing down the glass, though.

Some malt notes and a hint of earthy hoppiness in the nose.

The taste finally lets you know you have an EPA/APA! Good malt flavors with a fruity/foral hop character. The finish provides a nice hop bitterness and settles out clean and dry.

A somewhat underwhelming EPA/APA. The appearance and aroma are especially low-key, but the flavor offers redemption at the end.

Late note: after pouring the rest of the bottle, the head was more noticeable and lasted longer. The clarity gave way to extreme cloudiness with a lot of floating debris. I can't tell whether it's yeast sediment or what. Not very appealing. Had to knock down the appearance score from a 3 to a 1.5. The taste, though, remains the same. Based on the 'new' appearance, I also downgrade the overall to from a 3.5 to 2.5.

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

Out of a bomber I scored for only $3 this beer was an orange/gold color with a slight haze to it. The aroma was fairly standard: citrus and grassy hops with a sweet malt background. The flavors were similar: hoppy goodness and a nice malty base. I know I’m not really giving this one its due, but as much as it was good and appropriate and all that there was really nothing special about it. You could walk into almost any decent brewpub in the US and get an equally good APA. It’s official: I’m spoiled. The mouthfeel was good and a bit full, the body medium and the carbonation par for the course. That’s the total of my review: par for the course.

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Photo of deepchills
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I paid $4 for a bomber of Full Sail Hop Pursuit at Halls in Grapevine.

The ale pours a lovely gold color with a slight cloudiness. Lots of floaties in this beer, which comes from 2 weeks of dry hopping, some of the floaties are very dark, a little disconcerting. There was about a half finger of head in my tulip glass.

The nose is grassy/herbal/floral.

A full grass/hop start with the slightest hints acidic citrus in the middle. The finish brings out some sweet malt.

The flavors in this extra pale ale are slight, a beer made for Spring, not Winter. I’m tasting this for the first time on a cool, rainy December day. (oops)

(10 minutes later…)

I must admit I’m a bit hesitant to finish my 2nd glass. There were considerably more dark floaties in the 2nd pour. One of my favorite beers, the Green Flash West Coast IPA, is heavy on floaties too, however they don’t interfere with me drinking the beer.
This looks like someone may have dropped they’re Skoal dip into the glass.
In any event, I eased through the rest of this beer. The dark floaties added a little more grass to the taste. For the most part I didn’t notice them in my mouth/throat.

I like this brewery, however this offering is a little light for my taste. That, combined with the floaties, will keep me from buying it one again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 JMad
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an imperial pint glass...

Pours an amber honey color with a bubbly tan colored head. Smells of pine and tangerine all on top of a caramel base. The taste is an explosion of hops with bitter pine resin and lemon peel, it's sweet and bready with a long bitter finish. This beer is light and very dry with lots of prickly carbonation. I thought this was an excellent beer and I would drink this again, anytime.

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

A bomber bottle from Raceway Citgo in OCMD.

A: The extra pale ale is coppery, still amber and possibly even darker than many pale ales. A finger of off-white head doesn't lace.

S: The ale has a grassy nose, pine and citrus, with a biscuit aroma to balance the ale out. Seems like a nice, approachable ale.

T: Extra smooth. The biscuity malts, pale and light, are immediately evident. Their chewiness supports a strong hoppiness that never gets too powerful. The hops, for having a citrusy countenance, aren't very fruity or lively, and the hops tend to shy away late in each sip. At $5 bucks a bomber, though, it is nearly impossible to beat.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy, heavier on those grains as it warms, with a subtle hop finish. Approachable, drinkable even. A decent pale ale, extra or otherwise.

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

Clear copper colour with a creamy light tan head. Decent head retention.

Caramel malt aroma with some citrus. Nicely balanced.

Sweet caramel malts with a good moderate bitterness. A touch of earthy and citrus character adds depth. That said, I feel that it lacks hop flavour.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid if unexceptional APA/IPA. Decent bitterness but it lacks a fruity hop punch.

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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 Dougal
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this was an unbalanced beer... .a sierra nevada pale ale without balance. it was too hoppy on the palate at times and too malty the next

this one has to go back for some re-tooling... not sure what they are going for

if you call the beer " hop pursuit" and it's not an IPA and not a balanced pale ale then it is a confused beer

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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 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 Buebie
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Head starts out 3 inches tall and settles to a modest cap of white foam, leaving spotted clingy lace clumps.
pale copper appearance, very much unfiltered, super hazey.
juicy hop aroma with sweet caramel and pine hops, as well as some biscuity aroma.
Flavor is very dry as compared to aroma. Hops bite with pine and earthy bitters and just a touch of aspirin.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Overall a solid apa, bordering ipa. Mouthfeel seems to drop off a bit, but a solid entry for the style. I cant see myself seeking this out again, but glad I tried it.

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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 DrewShal9
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark orange-light red with a minimal head
S: as it warmed up, I could smell a hint of caramel with light pine.
T: weird that I taste caramel or toffee in the finish as my mouth bitters from the citrusy hop characteristics.
M: light to medium body with light carbonation.
O: not bad. I think this beer grows on you as you continue to drink it. Definitely would get this again since it was only $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber

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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 137 ratings