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

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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:
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Added by froghop on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Medium amber with 1-2 finger off-white, moderately stick head with decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aroms is strong with grassy and herbal hops with a light citrus note and mild pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is also full of grassy, herbal hops with an earthy edge, kind of with an English flair to it. There are lesser citrus and pine notes. The pale malt sweetness is a bit short in supply to prop up all the hops which leads to too little body. Aftertaste is piney, astringent hops.

M: Body is a tad thin and a little watery with moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but has its flaws, mainly a weak body. Not a top tier APA and barely makes the middle tier.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle purchased at a Plaid Pantry in Troutdale of all places. Love how this stuff just shows up in the middle of nowhere for me to buy.

- Light golden pale.... not big on head... leaves a nice thin slurry of micro bubbles floating around... almost like it poured from a cask. Clear as a bell... with only a slight haze.

- Smell is bliss.... Full Sail has a one-of-a-kind grain aroma that is certainly present... but balanced with a zingy bitter, and citrus lemon hop.... while only slightly sweetened.

- Taste is fantastic.... zingy fresh hops... bit of pine, and bitter lemon bite... nice smooth light and refreshing bready and biscuity malt while not being overly sweet.

- Light bodied, crisp... and perfectly carbonated. Leaves the palate watering for more. Perfect time of the year for this.

- Overall I am impressed with this pale. Something I wish I could brew myself all year around. This is perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable... and has Full Sail written all over it.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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 katelovesbeer
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a 22oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Classic burnt orange IPA coloring which is interesting for this "extra pale ale", a tiny bit cloudy, nice 1/2" white head, lots of small and medium bubbles - looks great and inviting

Smell: Mellow, hoppy floral, perfumey. Quite enjoyable!

Taste: Nice balance of hops and bitterness. Up front, the hops tend to be perfumey, slightly sweet, slightly floral, slightly citrus. Well done. The body of the beer is classic pale ale dry and pleasantly bitter. It ends with an almost tangy and crisp bite that does not linger - quite refreshing! This would make a great accompaniment to a warmer spring day while sitting outside.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, which I would expect for an "extra pale ale"; the ending tangy bite gives the mouthfeel a slight pucker; feels more carbonated than others I've encountered - it's a tad different and I am enjoying it! Makes me want warmer weather...

Drinkability: Provided the weather is right (warmer, sunny, etc), it is extremely drinkable. Could be good for those who don't like bitter beers because of the sweet and light floral hops at the front.

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Photo of BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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 madtappers
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Vancoubeer
4.84/5  rDev +35.2%
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 dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a light orange/ gold/ yellow color. It seems to have an inner light to it.

Smells like standard Pacific North West pine and citrus hop profile, but mild.

Tastes like the flavor is dominated by those same hop qualities, yet without really being a hoppy beer.

Medium body and a quick hop bitter finish.

Overall thoughts: Seems to fall somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. If it was hops they were in pursuit of, I'd say they didn't bag all the birds they set out shooting for. Not bad, but not special, so I'm puzzled by it's 22oz. bomber release with "Brewmaster Reserve 2010" on the label. If this is what the brewmaster reserves, then their regular offerings must be pretty tame.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Duvel tulip, Hop Pursuit is pale orange with a big off-white head that leaves nice, scattered lace.

Smell is hoppy, some classic cascade citrus, limes, with a strong earthiness as well. Kicking it old school!

Taste is very hoppy, and quite similar to the nose regarding the cascades supporting a robust backbone of earthy nobles. There's a strong breadiness to the malt, and it's also rather phenolic as well.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a pale ale with big hop flavor without extreme bitterness, and balanced by a nice malty flavor. Clean up the phenols and you'd have one of the best pale ales I've had (although on the east coast this could easily be an IPA). I give Full Sail bonus points not only for their usual value price ($4.20 a bomber in this case, from New Seasons), but also their use of locally derived, old school hops.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale yellow-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of grain, citrus, a little bit caramel, and a touch of floral.

taste is refreshing, hops, lemon, a little pine, some toffee, and malt, ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

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