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RATINGS: 197   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 yearís 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 thatís chased by a ton of hop flavor and zing of bitterness. We brewed it with the less aggressive, old school craft brewing hopsĖ Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. HoodĖ 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
July 28th, 2011 - I came to the Full Sail Hop Pursuit after itís intended worship period, falling somewhere in Springís bracket of peak fertility. By the time I poured it into a glass, the seasonís crops were already tucked into the soil, and the sun was already casting its horrible, hot gaze on Colorado. Even so, it fits nicely with the weather, but more critically, it fits with my hop preferences. Full Sail has used the Hop Pursuit to accommodate beer drinkers who have nice things to say about hops, but who eschew the race to peak bitterness. With its thin white head and a deep and husky orange-brown color, this pale ale looks like any other. The brewerís decision to take an "old school" hop profile to this beer appears in the nose, where the hop dimensions are deep and subtle, creaking satisfyingly like an old wooden schooner, or a well-loved chair. The citrus has been sacrificed for the deep piney and woody notes; these are the scents that bring me to imaginary hop fields. The Hop Pursuit is a heavily carbonated beer, which is a disservice to the hops in the taste. It feels bland at first, until the carbonation can make way for the flavors slowly stretching across the palate. After that it is a quick acceleration into a noble, Continental hops buffet, delicious and nearly edible. Itís not too sticky or sweet, but there are definitely residual sugars playing nicely with the bitterness. Thereís also a vernal fresh and floral taste, that extends long after the sip into a relaxing aftertaste cool down. Refreshing and drinkable, the relatively light palate of the Hop Pursuit makes it easy to down this quickly. Tempting as that is, this beer is best enjoyed with restraint, letting each sip unfurl until its smooth. With patience, and time, and a little warmth, a bit of lemon peel appears in the flavor, giving this beer that final detail that it needs to be one of the top beers of my summer of 2011.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours hazy amber with an ok off-white head. Aromas of fruit, floral and a touch of something citrus/spicey. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Very nice feel. Flavor is not harsh bitter, but more floral over a decent amount of caramel. Smooth enough to be English - almost. Some bitter does come forth, but the hop is more lush than bitter. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 14, 2010
Picked this up at the Whole Foods/ Los Altos, sweet beer selection. I am biased, I like Full Sail, they were one of the first microís back in the day and I respect them for the staying power. This is quite a drinkable beer, hoppy, but very smooth and malty mellow on the finish. At 6%, this is a poundable all day beer with some strong flavors, good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2010
wow, really excellent apa. Iím happy to have found this one, though I wish I could find it in a six pack or on draft.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2010
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 4 oz. Taster @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 2nd, 2010. 6.0% ABV. 55 IBUís. 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 IBUís. (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 IBUís. (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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
Thanks to Solan for the pour. Nice clear dark gold pour. Big citrus hop aroma, very pungent and fresh. Taste is crisp malt with a good hop bitterness balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent orange amber with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty pale malts with some fresh floral grapefruity hops. Starts with good fullness for the style with pleasant light malty sweetness well balanced with assertive citrusy bittering and flavor hops before a crisp bittersweet finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.8
   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 didnít know better, Iíd describe this as an IPA instead of a Pale, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Light orange, fairly clear, nice compact white head. Aroma slightly gummy malts and some orange citrus accented hops, bit of a floral component. Flavor is floral, slightly perfumed hops, and the bitterness on the finish is balanced by gummy malts. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head and lots of chunks. Aroma of bready malt, floral hops, bitter hops and hop oils. Flavor of crisp, caramel malt, bready malt, spicy hops, and sweet citrus and floral hops. Great hoppy pale ale, would drink this all the time if I could. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]


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