GarrettB (1456) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
July 28th, 2011 - I came to the Full Sail Hop Pursuit after it’s intended worship period, falling somewhere in Spring’s bracket of peak fertility. By the time I poured it into a glass, the season’s 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 brewer’s 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. It’s not too sticky or sweet, but there are definitely residual sugars playing nicely with the bitterness. There’s 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.
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 micro’s 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.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 4 oz. Taster @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 2nd, 2010. 6.0% ABV. 55 IBU’s. 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 IBU’s. (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 IBU’s. (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.
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a nice white head and some sediment. Aroma is hops and citrus and grains. Has a smooth pale ale flavour with some extra hops. Refreshing and light.
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. This playful aroma seems to be hiding behind the couch and refuses to come out. I get light notes of citrus orange peel and lime like hoppiness as well as some spicy hops and a sense of sweet fruity hard candy. The taste has a moderate level of bitter grapefruit and lime like citrus hops and then rolling into spicy and citrus hop flavor. Into the finish the largely citrus hop bitterness and flavor are joined by a thin river of sweet malts.
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - AUG 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out gold. 6ºSRM.
Nose has sweet malt. There is some brief sweet corn aroma on the nose.
Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate has toasted malt flavor with malted milkshakes, malted powder like Horlicks or candies like Maltesers, some toasted graham cracker and pie crust. Hops are pine, light resin, sap, hint of spice with light scallion, earthy, with a prolonged bitter finish which is herbaceous but with a pronounced bitterness that borders on resinous. Lingers on back of tongue.
Finish is medium-long and with the character as above. The resinous flavor profile becomes more and more prominent the more you sip. A very satisfyingly full hop ride.
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