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RATINGS: 263   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (250) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Pours a deep hazy burgundy/red color with a foamy off white head. Definitely a malt forward beer on the aroma, somewhat darkish fruits,some caramel and lots of hoppy pine. Very smooth at first sip, slightly fruity notes up front, some bready malt, dark cherries, some caramel, and then the finish is like a creeping wave of bitter citrus and piney hops. Thought I was going to get something similar to a british style barleywine when I smelled it, but boy was I wrong. The malt and sweetness is cut nicely by tons of hops.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonshawn (264) - - APR 5, 2014
Tap at new bohemia. Copper with nice white lacing. Hop and alcohol aroma. Dry bitterness with sweet as alcohol. Get lots of different hop elements. Solid beer but not good enough for this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DW78715816 (37) - Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours a deep amber with a thick creamy head. Hops and malt, delicious. I'm impressed with this brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ikigai (33) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Dark amber, nice head and lacing. Malty strong flavor. More malt than hops to me. Good but too strong malt for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (449) - Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2014
A hazy reddish-brown beer with a small beige head. The aroma is slightly spruce with a sweet fruit or candy and rich malt. The flavor is initially caramel with pine and lemon following.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMstr (65) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Hoppy and malty aroma, brilliant ruby color and great balanced flavor. Tried from a bottle, would love to try on tap or at brewery!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled: 1/14/11 (dunno why the lapse in distro) A: Pours a red, red beer. Single finger peanut head slowly falls to a medium sheet of the same. Clarity is brilliant even from the get go. Sheets of lace as the beer warms, initially nada. S: Plenty of hops on this. But not as PNW as I had anticipate. The profile trades in the resin, weed, pine and earth for the cotton candy, sweet citrus and lightly floral hop characters. There’s also a prominent vienna, caramel malt profile amidst this one. Good nose even at two months (I think distro lapse was likely related to their commitment to bottle conditioning). T: This is red. This is imperial. Plenty of hops up front, again, a bit sweet, but this time I think it’s from the ABV rather than the hop profile. The resin comes into play now. Sharp on the palate without burning, almost a pine cone/sap flavor (don’t ask how I know). Again, plenty of malt to help back this one up - typical of the style and true as such. Nice. As it warms, becomes more balanced and almost reminds me of a beefed up Marzen. M: Creamy, medium to heavy body with low carb for the style. I wonder if this batch needed a little more priming addition for appropriate carbing. Leaves a slight slick on the palate and tongue. O: this beer was originally released as part of the brewer’s reserve and during their 20th anniversary. At the time, the beer was made with a little more hop character and the yeast was more prominent. The original was intended to highlight one ingredient to reinheitsgebot: hops. It fit the profile, and is exceptionally memorable. Is this as good? No. Is it a good beer? Yes. I would like to try a little closer to bottle date, but given the conditions it was stored, I can’t see too much of the hops having died by now. I also think this would age into a hybrid English/American BW with a year on it. Serving type: bottle 03-21-2011

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2157) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, thanks to Ed. Pours a cloudy amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is chewy caramel malts, hint of toffee, pine and fruit hops. The flavor is caramel, malty, slight toast notes, a hint of chocolate in the finish. The hop profile is American, resinous, some citrus, pine. I am not sure how to feel about these red IPAs. Not bad, just a little sweet in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (518) - 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.


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