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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5647) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(1L fliptop bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear deep orange, citrus fruits, grains, oranges, with a nice oily finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Bevmo. Clear copper red with a fizzy white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and citrus hops. Similar taste but the hops are more muted. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7109) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Tap. Clear red-orange pour. Nose of caramel and bread, with mild citrus. Taste is similar - very nice brew and reminds me of a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Poured dark amber, sweet, citrus hops, caramel malts, maple syrup, little piney.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6094) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
Bouteille de 1 l, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’une mince col mousseux sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel avec une pointe d’houblons résineux. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2939)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
From a bottle at a tasting.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Resinous hops, sweet caramel. Hops are also a bit leafy.
Taste : Malty, some hops. Finish hoppy and a bit bitter.
Overall : Nothing really special there. Not bad but very ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel malt flavors and rising oxidation are strangely important before resinous hop bitterness concludes this rather lax American Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dull brownish amber.
-The flavor profile was balanced throughout.
-Aroma hops were severely lacking for the style. Dextrins almost took over.
-The low carbonation and portly residual sugars made for a more Barley Wine-like sipping experience.
-With a name like Pursuit of Hoppiness, one has the right to expect something much more aromatic and hop-driven in the flavor department. Can you blame everything on swing-top bottles?


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troymccluresf (1) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010 does not count
Hoppy but tastes like it’s been whiskey-barrel aged. Dark red in color, tastes strong but not unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
On tap at Papago. LIVE RATE! Pours a murky shade of amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Loaded with hops in the aroma -- might as well be a DIPA. Tastes of waxy grapefruit rind, caramel, brown sugar, and faint milk cocoa with a note of salt on the finish. A bit too sweet in flavor, but a solid beer, no doubt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Out of flip-top bottle into a 20oz tumbler glass. This beer has potential however it falls flat in certain areas. Aromas of sweet malts, small tan head, hazy dark amber color. Very well carbonated, sweet malty flavors with a slight bitterness to finish however the flavor is a lil flat. Decent beer for Iowa

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