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)

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by froghop on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Scotchboy
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +11.7%
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 -0.8%
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 -35.8%
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 -5.9%
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 +10.9%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +8.4%
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 +2.5%
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 -6.4%
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 -2.8%
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 -10.3%
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 -2.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rosebud Butternuts for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is decent, but not as good as I expected. I get some grain and grassy hop notes but not too much else.

The flavor is a little bit better. I get some orange and grass notes from the hops, as well as some wheat, biscuit and grain notes from the malt. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but nothing too special. Thanks for sharing Eric.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head that justs sits atop the liquid without fading and drapes plenty of lace around the pint glass

Smell: White grapefruit pith

Taste: Just a little bit of bread to create the backbone and then the flavors turn to the pithy white grapefruit; after the swallow, there is a bit of sweetness that appears but, overall, the malt elements are very dry and fade to the background to allow the citrus to take over

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the age on this bottle, the hops still retain their potency and, overall, provide for a refreshingly drinkable concoction; perhaps it could be called an IPA lite but I still like it

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Photo of Beaver13
2.34/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet corny grainy malts with some melon and some metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with some metallic bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent amount of bitterness for a pale ale. It's just not very pleasant with lots of off-notes, and not well balanced.

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3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper. Small offwhite head. Gives way to swirling oils patterns. Some light lace.

Pine, herbal, floral, citrus, spicy resins. Toasty maltiness.

A rush of crisp hops, pine, lemon, herbal. hops are met halfway by a toasty caramel and candied nutty malt presence. crisp lingering spicy resinous bitterness.

Sticky, slightly chewy, crisp with a lingering dryness. med toasty body.

Very drinkable. A hoppy yet balanced EPA, crisp and bitter.

Consumed in Late Feb 2010.

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Photo of ebrauser
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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 meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great orange appearance, below average head and cling to the lacing. Aroma didn't reach out to me that much.

A lot of tangerine taste and mouthfeel. Very balanced, no one dimensional hop sledgehammer. A satisfactory degree of grapefruit and cascade hops here. Ample malt to get the orangeness.

$4 a bottle is awesome, amps up an already very drinkable beer. For some reason, Full Sail's normal releases have been lacking the last few years, I mean, I loved their IPA, Amber, Pale back in college, but now, they are so tame in the hop and bitterness department. This one was just right.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

--Guillaume Apollinaire

Bright kumquat with butter rum highlights and a light yeasty haziness. A plush sounding pour produced a thick chunk of eggshell colored froth that is developing soft divots and laying down smeary sheets of lace as it melts.

The nose could be a little hoppier, but then HP is almost six months old at this point. It's still semi-bright and citrusy, with no real negatives. This could be pretty good beer.

Full Sail used a trio of 'old school craft brewing hops' in this Brewmaster Reserve APA. The lineup includes Cascade, Willamette and Mt. Hood. Even though a portion of the starting 55 IBU zestiness has undoubtedly faded, this is still good beer of the (now balanced) sort.

The malt backbone is sufficiently big and tastes majority pale, with a background toasted quality that doesn't impinge too much on hop flavor. Top notes include white grapefruit and orange zest from the Cascade, and an herbal spiciness from the other two that adds another facet. This is still a good drinker if you're sitting on an unopened bottle, but don't leave it unopened much longer.

More hop flavor and bitterness than expected almost allows the next highest score to be granted. The mouthfeel is solid for the style. It's almost as lush and plush as the original pour sounded, and contains sparkly bubbles that strike exactly the right note.

An 'old school' APA is an odd choice for a Brewmaster Reserve release, but Hop Pursuit really is good, drinkable beer. Too bad I didn't crack the crown months ago, because it might have earned straight 4.0s... at the very least.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that might be several months old....it was orange-yellow and smelled of lemons and a bit of grains. It tasted like a hopped up full sail pale ale, I was unimpressed. I almost think full sail beers are just showing up too late in Colorado....

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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.58 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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