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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
As the sun rises earlier and stays out longer, we celebrate the coming of spring and the sprouting of this year’s hop crop with a new beer in our Brewmaster Reserve line-up. Hop Pursuit is a crisp, orange blonde extra pale ale with a medium malt body that’s chased by a ton of hop flavor and zing of bitterness. We brewed it with the less aggressive, old school craft brewing hops– Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood– to celebrate more of the hop flavor and less of the hop bitterness. These give the beer a nice and fresh citrus herbal character without a lot of intensity; instead it has a softly flavorful character with touches of orange and lemon. We dry hopped for two weeks to amplify these delicate hop flavors. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 6% IBU 55

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Such a bright, springy label. not a strong aroma but a good balance of resiny hops, caramel and water. nice clear amber but minimal head. definite citrus edge to this, with some grapefruit rind damping out what malt might want to express itself

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Part of a blind IPA tasting with brainlair and ryan. By far the worst of the bunch. My notes: Ap. 3/5 Clear orange pour. Thin white head. Ar. 6/10 Weak bitter hop. Some pine Fl. 6/10 Definitely the weakest so far. Some bitterness. A bit of skunk and maybe even a bit of sourness (Not really strong, but noticeable). Maltiest so far. Eh. Pal. 3/5 Ov. 13/20

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4 oz sample at tasting at Enoteca- Pours clear clean golden with little head, aroma is hops. There is a mild bitterness, it is kind of boring but is easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 26, 2010
22 oz bottle. Hazy deep yellow with a small white head. Light aroma of citrus and floral hops, and light cracker malt. Flavor is light pale malt with some medium citrus hop bitterness. Medium to light in body with active carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Overall a nice drinkable pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
an amber brown color with faint white head. An almost fruity flavor when tasted with the buffalo wings. A mild dry hop body with faint malts and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a medium frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral, leafy hops with some toasted malts. The taste is floral, leafy, citrus and tropical fruit hop notes with pale malts and a faint bit of caramel. Medium bodied. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
poisoneddwarf (2085) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Full Sail tasting at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho. 4 oz sample from bomber poured into shaker. Grainy aroma with just a faint hop character in the nose. Pours a lighter gold than Wreck the Halls and Slipknot. Small head and mediocre lacing. Very balanced. Not a hop bomb like the name implies. Medium-low carbonation. Tasty, yet nothing spectacular. Would make a nice session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22 oz bottle from New Seasons - Not a lot in the way of aroma. Good looking beer. A bit more on the golden side than most pale ales with white foam. I liked it better as I finished the bottle. Not as much hoppiness as I’d expect from a beer called Hop Pursuit. Maybe they are still chasing the rest of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Floral and spicy hop aroma reminds me of some british-style hops. Brilliant light amber in color, nice head. Small amount of carbonation leaves the beer a bit flaccid in the mouth. Very smooth and medium bodied, this is a mild caramel pale ale with a tight citric twang. Very nice hop flavor, rather juicy and refreshing. Finishes with a lasting bitterness. For a pale ale, this is mighty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Amber body topped by a thick off-white foam. Aroma is light evergreen hops a touch of cereal and caramel. Flavor is medium bitter, sits light and refreshing on the palate. Quaffable and yummy.

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