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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 DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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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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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 137 ratings