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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 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

   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 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.....itís 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 youíre a beer lover.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet corny grainy malts with some melon and some metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with some metallic bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent amount of bitterness for a pale ale. Itís just not very pleasant with lots of off-notes, and not well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Hazy amber with a small off-white head that fades, but leaves a decent ring of lace. Aroma of caramel, toffee, biscuits and oranges. It tastes like bitter water. Medium-thin, watery, finishing bitter and a little dry. The aroma is mild but ok, but the taste is extremely lacking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2988) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2011
What a mess this is. The deScription makes this sound amazing but dont be fooled, its bad. Aroma is alcohol, bubblegum, sweet malt, and metal. Taste is much of the same with a predominant flavor that can only be described as bitter spoiled dough. Both alcohol and bitterness shine through in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Wow - Full Sail really dropped the ball on this one - quite a surprise - to call the malt body on this "lean" is being kind - the malt profile is practically non-existent - goes from crackery to watery within a few seconds - hops are strong, but the bitterness is astringent and soapy long through the finish - the nose is a bit better, with citrus and mint making things interesting - but man...disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (8800) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2010
bottle, filtered. clear medium copper color. first impression of the nose is gelatin, lime, cream, mint, saccharin and floral soap. WTH? pale/weak body, flabby up front, bitter but transparent and dull on the back. the hops are resinous and pine-like but are dull and peaked. the nose grows from strange to strongly offensive in only a few minutes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy off-white head with pretty good retention and a good bit of lacing. 3.0 S: The nose is subtle, but it is pleasant enough. Herbal foremost with a good bit of orange and underneath some pithy grapefruit. Malts and yeast combine for a soft breadiness. 2.0 T: Amazingly boring. Iím shocked that a 6% beer named Hop Pursuit could be so bland. The strongest flavor is yeast (I feel like Iím drinking a yeast starter actually). Miles below that there is a very soft bitterness, unaggressive herbalness, and a "stale beer" taste. 3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. 1.5 D: Iím pissed that this came in a bomber. The second glass is ever worse that the first. Itís like drinking a cuvee of wounded soldiers from the night before. I really wish I drainpoured beer because right now thatís all I can think about. Donít buy this unless itís for someone you donít like. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-13-2011 20:59:55

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