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

Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.59 | pDev: 12.53%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)
Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 137
Photo of LittleDon
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a minimal head and no lace. Faint caramel aroma. Grainy malt front. Leans more toward the dry side. Some grapefruit on the finish and a good amount of bitterness. Soft mouthfeel and medium body. Much about this brew is understated. However, it still makes a good non-quite-IPA style APA. So-so from start to middle, great from middle to finish.

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

The hops pursued, but not enough caught up. Pours a moderate amber. Sweet-ish hops in the aroma. Clean malt profile, with citrus-tinged hops that are there, but not really interested in making things lively. Overall, adequate but lackluster. On the positive side, the flavor profile was quite bright.

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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 HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet glass from a 22 oz. capped bomber. Shows a golden orange in color in the light, and with half an inch of porous white foam. Offers decent retention though the darkness of the pour raises a bit of concern.

Aromas of the Northwest with a good dose of light caramel malt and some citric hops. Bits of earth and caramel intermingle along with some light funk. Touch of buttery sweetness on the tongue accompanied by a somewhat light carbonation along with some citric twang yields a slightly sweet and rather nondescript flavor. Pleasant to a degree, though oddly a bit dry and chalky on the finish.

A decent APA yet one that lacks a bit of panache given the name. But then if one is in pursuit of hops, then perhaps they don't have any for themselves.

Note: Warming expands the aroma a bit and a finishing pour dumps chunks of precipitate into my glass. Hmmm. Perhaps this isn't the freshest bottle....

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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 bruachan
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good froth. purdy copper color

smells of cascade hops and some juicy sweetness

a great balance of hop flavor and sweetness. the hops are taaaa-steey but plenty of malt shines through the greenery: both fruity and buscuity. mint and a drying biiterness from the hops.

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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 whatthehull
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

Tasted on may 27th 2011 (from notes)

A - cloudy copper/amber, one finger whitish head, floating yeast and some lacing

S - citrus, sweet, yeast, slightly toasted malt, flowers, nice bitter hops. Very nice and balanced smell

T - grassy, pine, very malty, citrus, slightly floral, lots of earth notes, a tad sweet and very bitter. Toasted and some yeast

M - medium high acidity, slightly long finish, carbonated and a bit sticky

D - drinks ok. Somewhere between an apa, IPA and pale ale with lots of malt. This beer is at least some what balanced

Final thought - for $3 this beer is at least worth a try. Also, smells better than it tastes

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams PP.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a significant frothy eggshell colored head. Nice color, carbonation, and soapy lacing from the head.

S: There is a good amount of pine balanced by toasted caramel malt sweetness. Smells slightly resinous and bitter. It definitely seems like there is more hops and more malt than a typical APA.

T: Floral, earthy, citrusy and sweet with a good balance of bitterness. As far as the hops, the pine is balanced by a good amount of grapefruit flavors and bitterness. For an APA, there is a ton of hops and resin.

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation, resinous, finishing with hop dryness.

O: The hops really shine the colder this beer is. This beer really grew on me, not my favorite or the best but a quality offering.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lace are left behind.  

Spicy, floral hop aroma with lots of dry, earthy pine and resinous oil as well as some sweet citrus/tropical  notes.  Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel.  Grainy biscuit malt backbone.  

Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy hops.  Resinous with a good amount of bitterness that doesn't overpower.  Floral with hnts of pine countered by sweet fruit notes, especially grapefruit and orange peel.  Decent malt backbone balances things out with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and slight grainy graham cracker.   Dry finish.  Full bodied, well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.  

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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 DavoleBomb
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy off-white head with pretty good retention and a good bit of lacing.

3.0 S: The nose is subtle, but it is pleasant enough. Herbal foremost with a good bit of orange and underneath some pithy grapefruit. Malts and yeast combine for a soft breadiness.

2.0 T: Amazingly boring. I'm shocked that a 6% beer named Hop Pursuit could be so bland. The strongest flavor is yeast (I feel like I'm drinking a yeast starter actually). Miles below that there is a very soft bitterness, unaggressive herbalness, and a "stale beer" taste.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.

1.5 D: I'm pissed that this came in a bomber. The second glass is ever worse that the first. It's like drinking a cuvee of wounded soldiers from the night before. I really wish I drainpoured beer because right now that's all I can think about. Don't buy this unless it's for someone you don't like.

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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 beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a one and a half finger head that dissipated to a creamy skim of retention with decent lacing. The nose is not huge, but it's herbal and hoppy up front with some nice, albeit subdued, perfumey floral aromas as well a bit of citrus. Initially, the taste was nothing special. But as this thing warmed up a bit, not only the taste, but the aroma as well came to life. Fresh, resiny hops perfectly balanced with just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep it honest. Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood hops are used, but I would swear it was Magnum like Torpedo. Really smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a nice biting hop bitterness. A very sessionable beer. I don't understand why this is getting the bad reviews. Are people forgetting this is an APA, not an IPA. I would definitely pick this up again, especially for the price.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a rather clear orange/copper with a foamy beige cap that rose a full two fingers. Subsided in due time, and left large chunks of clingy lace in its wake.

The aroma is subtle. Caramel, fresh cut grass, flowers, lemons, a touch of pine and some sweet toasted grains. A lot going on here.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Citrus, grass and pine up front before sweet grains and caramel take over. The finish is mildly bitter with a bit of a metallic taste that put me off a bit. They had me up until there.

Light to medium body with a dry, crisp feel. Mildly bitter with that metallic flavor dominating more and more as I move through the bottle.

Excluding the metallic flavor, which may have just been my tastebuds perceiving something incorrectly, this was definitely above average take on the style. I'd like to try it again.

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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 allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a somewhat hazy amber colored beer with a very slight head. The nose smells quite a bit like the ordinary FS IPA, slightly citrusy, not anything special. Taste provides a substantial bitterness, with more citrus notes. Malt is moderate, but doesn't really make its presence known. Yeast character is clean and neutral, giving way to a dry finish.

Very drinkable beer, but it isn't particularly special, certainly not for a "brewmaster's reserve" beer named for hops.

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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 portia99
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed pale orange amber color. Barely any attempt at forming a head is made with only a quickly fading 1/4 finger of fizziness.

S - Hmm, far more malty than I had expected, given the name. Sweet, bready, yeasty/doughy scented aromas. Grassy and floral hops barely creep past the malt to leave s mild impression.

T - Definitely malty - biscuity, toasted malts, marginally sweet up front but ending rather dry. A mid-level hop bitterness makes a far larger impression in the flavor than the aroma and is actually rather nice. Some grassy and citrusy flavors round out the hop profile.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp. Carbonation is lowish medium and creamy in feel. This does go down very easily - good sessionable pale ale.

O - A good, but not great APA. Tasty and smooth drinking enough to have a few in a session, but at the same time, might not be interesting enough to hold back the temptation to move to something else. Not sure what I paid for this, but this is one of those that the cost/value will determine if I buy again - $5-6 bomber - yes, $9-10 bomber - no.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz and split with a friend. A copper orange with a small amount of head that dissipated quickly.A little bit of foam clinging around the sides of the glass. A lot of amber malt in the nose with a good amount of floral/grapefruit hops with a lot of malt sweetness. A slight amount of alcohol that seems extremely balanced with the hop kick. The taste has a lot of caramel upfront. There is a zesty tingle which leads to a floral hoppy finish that is dry but also juicy at the same time. As it warms up there is a solid malt body, which has a metallic hint, that starts to shine through. Smooth body, thicker than was expected.

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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 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 philbertk
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4 oz. Taster @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 2nd, 2010. 6.0% ABV. 55 IBU’s. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild hop front. Sweet floral grapefruit citrus thin dry sweet crisp mild caramel biscuit malt body. Clean refreshing mild hop citrus end. WOW! --Crisp & Hoppy. (4.5 / 5.0).

Full Sail Brewing Company--HOP PURSUIT--22 Fluid Ounces Of Extra Pale Ale--Brewmaster Reserve 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 55 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy tight white head. Clear inviting bright rich gold color. Zesty floral citrus very aromatic Cascade hop front. Crisp tangy CO2 zest+ hoppy dry sweet mild caramel citrus malt body. Rich spicy fresh herbal hop citrus end. Clean crisp tasty rich hop Pale that only Full Sail would not call an IPA. Sampled 5/19/2010. 2 @ $4.75 Each.

Full Sail Brewing Company--HOP PURSUIT Extra Pale Ale--Brewmaster Reserve--"A Crisp Blonde Extra Pale Ale With A Medium Malt Body. The Malts Are Chased By A Ton Of Hop Flavor And A Zing Of Bitterness."--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin thin lace white head. Fizz hazed clear bright orange gold color. Sweet floral hop fruit front. Thin dry sweet crisp tangy rich fruit mildly hop resin infused minimal dough bisquit body. Subtle sweet fruit hop citrus notes. Dry clean refreshing mild hop spice citrus dry clean end. Nice rich crisp very Extra Pale smooth hoppy Ale. Sampled 4/15/2011. Purchased for $4.75 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 4/15/2011.

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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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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 137 ratings