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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2011
THOUGHTS: At first I didn’t think this was my cup of tea, but it actually grew on me quite quickly. Tons and tons of flavor for a relatively low ABV beer. They weren’t my favorite beer flavors, but they definitely weren’t my least favorite. I guess the best way I can describe this beer is that the flavors run a little wild and are rough around the edges. A little more focus would help this one. A little bit British. It could use a little more balance. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a cloudy, medium to dark, brownish orange that kind of reminded me of rusty water with a large, off-white head that mostly, but slowly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel and toasted malts; moderate to heavy herbal and lemon hops; orange creamsicle; tea; and slight lemon meringue pie. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, moderate to heavily acidic and moderate to heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, lemon and pine hops, some grapefruit hops, tea, metallic hos, orange hops, toasted malt and herbal hops. The medium to full body was sort of creamy and then a little dry with fairly fizzy carbonation and a metallic and lightly dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle, thanks emacgee. Super cloudy with a tiny sudsy off-white head. Weak hop stale hop aroma, very grainy, paper, some lemon air freshener. Flavor is similar, lots of grain and paper, a little bit of hops and bitterness. Pretty piss poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1585) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2011
A VERY cloudy light copper colored brew. Lots and lots of stuff floating around in the glass. Quite ugly. Aroma is nice and lightly hoppy. Flavor is actually quite nice. Slightly bitter. Not too sticky. Citrus notes. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4486) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy amber gold with one finger of offwhite head. Nose shows some diacetyl and peach with wet hay and a light citrusy sweetness. Soft palate. Bready with some hay and grass, light peanut hull and pine. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
22oz bottle 9/17/11 (Davidson’s Liquor)-50° in Lager Glass-Pours a medium golden with a small white head. Aroma of hops, pine, and malt. Taste of hops, malt, and citrus. This medium bodied brew is not bad but well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (7194) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bomber. Pours a cloudy gold copper with a small frothy off white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is floral hops grapefruit and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and a bit watery with citrus in the finish. A decent Pale Ale from Full Sail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 10/6/10). Clear copper color. Medium off white head. Moderate spicy hop aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Moderate bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Pours clear orange with white head, nice and fluffy lasts well. Nice grass, orange, biscuit, some pine with a touch of lemon. Taste is grass and orange rind, some slight biscuit and caramel, finishing slightly bitter but nice and refreshing. Pretty good APA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2011
overall ok, 22 oz pour light head and golden orange color. hoppy aroma and first taste is very hoppy with taste of herbs. overall ok, full sail has done better

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1956) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
bomber bottle compliments of a friend. orangish color with white head not alot of lacing. the taste was basically bitter hops...ok i said to myself where’s the flavoring or accent..nothing but bitter. kind of a waste of time.

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