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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Pursuit of Hoppiness was brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Summit, Simcoe, Chinook and Nuggets at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). It was brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8% alcohol by volume, this is a perfect autumn beer, thick and warming, to be shared and savored on a crisp fall evening.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (639) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Citrus/apple fruit, caramel malt, herbal aroma. Citrus, spicy hop flavor, with sweet, caramel, and little apple/cheery. I like the caramel malt flavor better than the aroma. Seems kind of low in carbonation? (Bottled 3/20/13; drank 12/1/13)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrixandBrews (24) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Delightfully bitter, rich and crisp. This beer is my new favorite red, and could be fast becoming my second favorite ID brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 20, ’12 Poured from a bomber into a tulip. A: Citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way. Some pine as well. Also some sweet caramel notes. Maybe rye? A: Hazy brownish red color. About one finger of head that dissipated quickly. Gray lacing with average retention. T: Strong flavor. Light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit leading the way. Also rye, iced tea and orange rines. P: Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish. O: Decent beer, slightly above average, I would love to try again.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours hazy dark rust with quickly dissipating off-white head. Some yeast friendlies hanging about. Sweet doughy bread on the nose with hints of caramel. Pronounced fruit hop sweetness up front with some caramel undertone. Not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. Bready. Wooden. Thick, smooth, somewhat sticky. Pleasant brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottled on March 20, 2013, about 6 months. Pours a dark orange with a hint of reddish brown and a thin veneer of off white fizz. The aroma is more caramel toasted bread malt with a little fruitiness and light wooden stalk herbal hop thing. The flavor is nice and full with a little caramel and strawberry coming through the bready toasted auburn malts. The hops are much more mild than when I had this fresh but it is still fitting, a light earthy wooden dried pine with some pleasant herbal qualities and a light grassy element. Lower carbonation helps it go down smooth but doesn’t quite have the sparkling punch to match the grain body. It’s bottle conditioned so I’m sure some other bottles are more appropriately carbonated. Still very enjoyable and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Classic big american red. Red color, dense body, sweet nose, big resinous piney hop flavor balanced with malt sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 8/13/13; about 2 months old. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel, earthy. Pours hazy copper with lots of floaties. Has a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is bittersweet with an emphasis on bitter. Flavors of bread, citrus. Body is medium, carbonation average. Not bad, but those floaties are really unappetizing.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1999) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, spicy hops, & some citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pine hops, caramel, and fruit/citrus; Nicely balanced; Not too bad.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a deep deep orange and leaves excellent lacing down the glass. Smells of citrus/tropical fruits with some heavy caramel malt backing it up. Taste follows the nose. Heavy caramel notes throughout. Citrus, tropical fruits and some pineapple really cut through all this malt leaving a resiny lingering finish. Mouthfeel and carb are average for this style. One of the better Imperial Ambers I’ve ever had. It reminded me a lot of Nugget Nectar. It’s got a lot of caramel malt, but the hops are definitely high enough to make their presence known. Fantastic beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3872) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Aroma is caramel malts, pine and fruit. The flavor is grapefruit, caramel/toffee, mild sweetness and a tangy/dry finish.


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