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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Slightly murky orange-amber pour with a short white head. Aroma is pine, wet hops, dew covered grass, and spicy notes. Taste is soft lemon and grapefruit, pine needles, wet grass, spicy hops, toasted malt, and light toffee. Body is medium-full with a soft, resinous feel and a prickly carbonation. Finishes with more toasted malt, light toffee, big pine, spicy and earthy hops, more wet grassy notes, and citrus flavors. Very tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2010
I’m not sure I am ready for this Extra Pale Ale style, to big for pale, but not quite IPA??? Oks. Bottle... Poured a vibrant orange with a nice, white head. Pretty refreshing with the initial pour and chill straight from the fridge. Lots of cracker-like malts with a peppery, spiced, earthy hop flavor creeping in there for some dimension. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2010
22 oz bottle tasted blind on 3/11/10. Pours orange with little head and only a little lace. Aroma of grass and funky sweat. Weird off-bitter flavor. Okay mouthfeel and carb. Strange noble hops bitter finish. One of the more disappointing offerings from Full Sail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
22 oz bottle. Wow, a very good beer here. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is hops, touches of malts. Flavor is a nice, clean citrus hop one, with slight notes of malts, but for the most part, a good, decent, extremely well hopped pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6941) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
22. thanks clint! pours a crystal clear coppery light amber with a loose tan head that doesnt stick around. nice pleasant pine and grapefruit nose, not pushy at all but inviting. creamy medium body with lively carb. caramel mid palate with pine and grapefruit overtones. mild finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
pours a clear pale yellow-orange with a small white head, and some lacing. smell is of grain, citrus, a little caramel, and a touch of floral. taste is refreshing, hops, lemon, a little pine, some toffee, and malt, ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Mukilteo/Harbour Pointe. Pour a beautiful clear copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Flavor: Plenty of hops, but just the right balance. However, I wish it had a fuller body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Pours a yellowy copper with a thick head. Aroma isn’t much - some mild citrus hops, with a weak malt backbone. The flavor brings me right around, though. It’s incredibly clean, hop-forward, and has a depth that makes me want to keep drinking it all night - a caramel-like note that almost reminds me of toasted marshmallows, but not nearly so sweet. It’s crisp, it’s tasty, and in no way overbearing - a great change of pace from the sticky PB Mongo I had last night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Pours a light copper with medium head. Moderate citrus hop aroma. Taste starts with a bit of citrus and floral hops, but bready/biscuity malts come on strong quickly after. A moderate bitterness finishes things off and really keeps going, but it never gets too intense. Lightly sweet and drinks very light. It’s a nice pale ale that gets more bitterness than flavor from the hops, but it has more than enough malts going on to keep it drinkable. This would actually make for a really nice six-pack beer, but it doesn’t stick out much as far as a special release.

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