asedzie (832) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle. A very fine pale ale. Wildly good for its category. Cascade spiciness jumps into the nose, very subdued malt backbone showcases various hop flavors - earth, spice, pine, a bit of refreshing citrus fruit. Finishes with clean light lingering hop bitterness. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2010
22oz bottle, Medium off-white head that mostly dissipates atop lightly hazed light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some bread, light lime, faint astringency. Taste is medium sweet, orange/lime some grapefruit, light bread. Light-medium body, light resin. jgb9348 (6474) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Nice slightly hazy copper coloured orangish bodied with a nice thinnish tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, malt, cardboard, some mild fruits and a light bit of alcohol. Light to Medium-bodied; Nice mild maltiness with some hops, rather subdued, with some light sweetness and a bit of hop dryness, hardly any bitterness though. Aftertaste shows a fairly minimal flavour - with hops the strongest and a bit of malt. Overall, a pretty mild beer - even in this style. Worth trying if you like lighter APAs, but aside from a normal drinking beer, this isn’t too pleasing. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 25-May-2010, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 29-May-2010. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
22 oz. bottleSoonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Appearance: Pours a hazy translucent amber orange with a big white sudsy head.
Aroma: Perfumy orange and grapefruit zest and oil.
Taste: Super bitter resinous hops, sturdy dry pale malt, spicy metallic yeast. Finishes with a slight twang and big abrasive bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Thin, fizzy, and juicy.
Overall: Not much different from Full Sail’s other special IPAs. It’s bitter, uses their usual yeast strain, and they stay away from the caramel malts, which I respect. Definitely hoppy.
From stefanje via trade. Poured clear and copper with average lacing. There was citrus, pine and iced tea in the aroma. The flavor was a straightforward blast of citrus and pine hops that gave way to some staleness on the backside. Thin body and very drinkable.
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Light grapefruit and light pine aroma with light caramel. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with light caramel. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 25, 2010
22 oz bottle - Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with small off white head. Aroma has herbal hops, reminds me of mt. hood or hersbrucker - sort of lager like in the hop profile, with a touch of lemon zest and wheat. Flavor has metallicy, herbal hops and a bit of toasted malts. Finish is mildly bitter. This is just kind of blah. I continue to be very underwhelmed by Full Sail in general. regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
22 oz bottle (via trade) into a Duvel Tulip
Poured a light hazy orange with a huge off-white head (with an aggressive pour) that settled quickly but never completely dissapted. Nice lacing which was present throughout. Nose is breadiness, floral hops with some citrus in the background. Taste is bready and earthy with a nice balance of hops and sweet malts. Feel is on the light side. You certainly notice the carbonation but it works with the lighter mouthfeel. Although the name would suggest something other than an APA, this beer is true to the style and very nicely at that. It’s quite refreshing and, at 6%, quite sessionable. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Aroma is funky, hoppy, slightly sour and citrus.
Taste is oddly cheesy, piny, citrus hops, biscuits, and wateryness.
Finish is slightly bitter, a touch sour, and piny.
Overall, kind of thin, but very drinkable. Flavors are there, but watery, and slightly stale
Eh. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
22 oz bottle. Crystal clear with the slightest dark edge to the amber. Small white head. I’m disappointed with this beer, only because of a misunderstanding and the beer that preceded it. Misunderstanding is that if the name says Hop Pursuit, I assume IPA, if not IIPA. This is not the beer I was expecting. The beer that preceded it was a Port Panzer Imperial Pils. That beer kicks ass on this one. So with it not being the beer I expected, and following a really good beer, it sucks to be Hop Pursuit. Nose is wimpy pale ale. Taste is pale ale. At least it’s got a decent sharpness. Aluminum afters. Twangy grape type thing up front. Eh.