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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 20, í12 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (688) - 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 doesnít quite have the sparkling punch to match the grain body. Itís bottle conditioned so Iím sure some other bottles are more appropriately carbonated. Still very enjoyable and tasty.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (2204) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2554) - Chicago, 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.

   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 Iíve ever had. It reminded me a lot of Nugget Nectar. Itís got a lot of caramel malt, but the hops are definitely high enough to make their presence known. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5431) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Growler from Charleston Beer Exchange on 03/12/2011 courtesy of BrewEngineer. Clear copper body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and resiny hop aroma. Big caramel, resiny hop and light citrus aroma with some dry grainy bitter in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/7/3/15 - 3.6 On tap at Coleman Public House on 02/25/2011. Clear deep amber body with ruby highlights. Medium frothy off-white head. Sweet floral and light resiny hop aroma. Sweet floral and resiny hop flavor with a smooth caramel background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TattooJack (440) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Poured from a bottle (without the fancy tin foil showed in the picture) into a 1970ís 6oz. Old Style glass. If I was in the pursuit of hoppiness that search ended on my floor where I just about ended up on after the first drink, it was a head shaker. Very thick and tasty, Iím learning to appreciate the flavor of the brewing process but I still donít taste any of the detailed stuff I read in previous reviews. Maybe I need to start chewing on tree bark or eating dirt so I have something to draw from, I dunno. All I can say is good is good and this is great, and after 4 bottles Iím in pursuit of pizza.

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