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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Transparent gold color in the glass, large bubbles, thin head. Aggressive hoppy aroma with notes of orange rind and green apple. The flavor is a full-on hops assault. It hits your tongue tingling and provides an explosion of bitterness, followed by a brief moment of malt sweetness, and then a long aftertaste of hops. Grapefruit and lemon are there, but overall the hops seem more grassy. It really tastes "green." Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with carbonation that could be softer. Overall a very crisp and refreshing brew for warm weather that will completely satisfy most hopheads, but not recommended for those who seek balance in their brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Not terribly impressive. Some bitter on the taste, not particularly complex malt profile. finish is a let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2010
Very nice floral and citrus aroma. Clear, light amber color with a very thin head. The taste is a standard pale ale and is quickly by an intensely bitter, hoppy finish. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 Nice yeasty, bready, hoppy aroma. Pours fairly cloudy, reminding me a lot of a hefeweizen. Taste is good, medium amount of hop. Head is pretty uniform. Creamy texture with medium carbonation. Finishes fqirly quickly. Overall, a nice offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 This is a great session beer. Well balanced APA clocking in at only 6%. Not lacking flavor or hops, however. Maybe a touch too citrus-y.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Shared a bomber at Max’s. Poured a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is of citrus (oranges), pine, Lots of hoppiness on the palate along with the grain and bread. Medium bodied beer with a dry finish. Tried this beer because I loved the LTD lager series so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Golden color, sweet malty smell with a slight hop aroma too. Great bitter pale ale with a good malt and hop flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Besides for the bad appearance, aroma and body.....it’s not half bad. Pours with virtually no head, leading to its cloudy, deep dirty gold color. Aroma, or lack there of, is a slight fresh hop smell. The body, well there is none. Feels like it was bottled and no carbonation took place. The one good thing, is the taste. A sweet citrus or mango tastes quickly reveals itself and just as quickly leaves. The taste then changes to pine or hop. After you swallow, the slight bitterness makes itself known and the citrus makes another quick showing. My suggestion: Drink this instead of a Bud Light if you want something that you can down and you’re a beer lover.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SurlyWench (8) - USA - JUN 28, 2010 does not count
A bit of floral hops, but otherwise not a very strong aroma. Nice amber color, but definitely darker than "extra pale". Very clear - no cloudiness at all; minimal head. Very bitter taste initially, but balanced out with a more malty aftertaste. Light body, very lively beer - lots of nice carbonation. Good, long finish at the end. If I didn’t know better, I’d describe this as an IPA instead of a Pale, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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