RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Hop Pursuit is the ultimate celebration of Oregon agriculture and Pacific Northwest Hops. Our brewers shoot a wonderfully hoppy surplus of Cascade, Mosaic, Equinox, and Simcoe into the fermenter using our Hop Shooter, dry hopping the beer and enhancing the aroma of pineapple and late hop flavors. Piney and mango notes follow with a mid-palate hint of honey. Two-Row Northwest Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts provide the right amount of malt character. Balanced by a clean, caramel malt body, Hop Pursuits multi-layered hop flavors lead to a crisp, assertive finish. Like the Pacific Northwest, this IPA has hops for days.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Bottle (2016 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, grass), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of sulfur and egg. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Rather acidic and the nose has some off notes that bring down the one-dimensional hops. Not as terrible as that sounds, but not that good either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11677) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"citrus and a touch of odd spice and breadiness. alittle thin and underwhelming, even compared to a couple other underwhelming brews

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bomber. Pours orange-amber with a surplus of carbonation, a dense beige head. Floral with citrus, mild fruit, some caramel. Taste is minerally and boozy, caramel with warmth, mineral, medium bitterness and only light sweet. Orange peel with a touch of paper. Thinking I should retry a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
July 28th, 2011 - I came to the Full Sail Hop Pursuit after its intended worship period, falling somewhere in Springs bracket of peak fertility. By the time I poured it into a glass, the seasons crops were already tucked into the soil, and the sun was already casting its horrible, hot gaze on Colorado. Even so, it fits nicely with the weather, but more critically, it fits with my hop preferences. Full Sail has used the Hop Pursuit to accommodate beer drinkers who have nice things to say about hops, but who eschew the race to peak bitterness. With its thin white head and a deep and husky orange-brown color, this pale ale looks like any other. The brewers decision to take an "old school" hop profile to this beer appears in the nose, where the hop dimensions are deep and subtle, creaking satisfyingly like an old wooden schooner, or a well-loved chair. The citrus has been sacrificed for the deep piney and woody notes; these are the scents that bring me to imaginary hop fields. The Hop Pursuit is a heavily carbonated beer, which is a disservice to the hops in the taste. It feels bland at first, until the carbonation can make way for the flavors slowly stretching across the palate. After that it is a quick acceleration into a noble, Continental hops buffet, delicious and nearly edible. Its not too sticky or sweet, but there are definitely residual sugars playing nicely with the bitterness. Theres also a vernal fresh and floral taste, that extends long after the sip into a relaxing aftertaste cool down. Refreshing and drinkable, the relatively light palate of the Hop Pursuit makes it easy to down this quickly. Tempting as that is, this beer is best enjoyed with restraint, letting each sip unfurl until its smooth. With patience, and time, and a little warmth, a bit of lemon peel appears in the flavor, giving this beer that final detail that it needs to be one of the top beers of my summer of 2011.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Really nice fruity hop aroma and flavor -- which changes from start to aftertaste. Light malt in background; a little bit of bready flavor, and probably a little caramelized malt. Not super bitter. A really tasty easy-drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bomber. Solid American Pale Ale. Well balanced citrus and caramel flavors. Crisp and hoppy. Light bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle at Siegel's in Addison, TX. Floral hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with a good amount of hops on the back of the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22oz bottle that might be several months old....it was orange-yellow and smelled of lemons and a bit of grains. It tasted like a hopped up full sail pale ale, I was unimpressed. I almost think full sail beers are just showing up too late in Colorado.... Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-17-2010 04:44:02

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, lighter caramel, and some toast. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and toasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark amber color with a good-sized creamy, off-white head with average retention, good cling and average lacing. The aroma featured hops notes of citrus and grain, with a bit of pine, and a modest toffee malt scent too. It tasted somewhat grainy and bitter with the hops, but also had a slight sour effect. It was a very dry beer with good fizz and carbonation, and had a light, thinner mouthfeel.

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