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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3650) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a well-formed light beige head. The aroma has slight citrusy hops, sweet caramel malt, and fruits, red berries in particular. Sweet red berries, currants and cherries, on the flavor, with caramel, and herbal/citrusy hops lending orange and pineapple notes. Hops are not too assertive. Medium-full body with average carbonation. This is a fine beer, but I expected more hops. Maybe their "pursuit of hoppiness" wasn’t successful?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is strong and hoppy with citrusy c-hops. The taste follows the nose with biter hops forward set in a rich caramel malt base. The palate is smooth and full with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: This should be a DIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7543) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
1 liter bottle brought to The Royale on a Tuesday night beer showcase. 2009 vintage, so as expected, some of the "Hoppiness" is gone. In fact, almost all of it is gone. Pours a cloudy red-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is malt forward, with some cardboardy oxidation setting in along with notes of sugar and citrus. Flavor of sweet malts, apples, raisins, brown sugar, and cardboard. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Basically a malt delivery device at this point, and I recommend going for it fresh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours an amber color with a big beige, chunky head. Very hazy. Heavy alcohol on the nose and lots of sugar from the malt. Hops are more subdued than expected, some earthy hops in the background. Mouthfeel is well-rounded with yeast and slick hop resin. The high alcohol really comes out on the taste. Fortified brown sugar and lots of nice bitterness on the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
In short: A basic oily and extra sweet big beer with no personality. Very boring.
How: Bottle 1L swing-top. Consumed fresh a few months ago, relatively fresh, less than six months after bottling date. Bottle sent to my by by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Clear amber body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is mostly malty with fruity notes. Taste is dough, caramel, some citrus fruits, light notes of buttery, light notes of hops resin. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. Overall the beer is very sweet and clearly lacks hops presence. When a beer is called “Pursuit of Hoppiness” I expect something hoppy. I hate misleading name. I was once kicked-out of a casino because I misunderstood what the crap table was for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
1 L bottle. Pours cloudy amber with almost no head. aromas of alcohol, banana, butterscotch and caramel. It is rather sweet, with a thick fruitiness. It lingers on with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Pretty darn good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2010
1L bottle dated Feb 1. 2010 shared with mattyb83 pours amber with huge fluffy off white head. Aroma is subdued funky pine and citrus with slight honey. Taste is a mellow sweet pine and citrus kind of a squash aftertaste. Very decent and drinkable kind of faded.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Pours ruby with a large white, maybe somewhat off-white head. Aroma is grassy hops that may be somewhat faded, bread, and some sweetness. Flavor is some citrus and pine, with sweet malt, too. Pretty good, but the flavor seems a tad faded.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12115) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 1L bottle. Medium beige head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some caramel, resin. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some nectarine, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
1L swingtop courtesy of argo0. Poured a deep, translucent amber with a thin yellow head. Aroma was red oxidized apple slices, acetaldehyde, stale hops, old cheesecake. Taste is sticky, boozy, apple sauce. Watery palate.


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