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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Pursuit’s multi-layered hop flavors lead to a crisp, assertive finish. Like the Pacific Northwest, this IPA has hops for days.

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3.7
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 15, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger white head of foam. The head fades very fast, leaving just a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of an herbal hop smell mixed with some aromas of a tropical fruit nature. Along with these smells comes some aromas of grass and hay along with a bit of a grapefruit hop rounding it out. Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready flavor that has a decent sum of a tropical fruitiness as well as some nice herbal hop tastes. As the taste advances more and more grapefruit hop as well as some other sweeter tastes of caramel and orange come to the tongue. With some lighter grassy and hay tastes coming at the end and a rather big increase in an almost orange juice like tastes, one is left with a very pleasant, nicely hopped and rather fruity sweet taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of sweet fruit and hop, the feel is very nice and creates a very pleasant drinking brew. Overall – This is a brew that I really enjoyed. It has a great sweet body that is balanced very nicely by the hop and just enough bready/malty taste. This was a smooth and flavorful drinker.

3.6
Fatehunter (2605) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Pours a finger of head on a hazy darker straw body. Aroma is big ripe lemon and grapefruit. Taste is malty but with a good lemon and grapefruit bitter. Texture is softer.

3.4
gururyan (727) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Poured from bottle into wet snifter, smells like dirty laundry and looks like piss. However, things improve dramatically from there. Quite a bright, brisk IPA with a pleasant mouthfeel. I would be okay with a sixer of this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
kyzr (1593) - Montana, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Clear copper pour with with a nice sized white head. Nose of citrus and hint of pineapple. Flavor is sweet and citrus with a bit of orange zest. Nice balance of malt that has a touch of bitter on the finish.

2.8
teamsale (297) - Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle, pours a nice clear copper with a minimal white head and light lacing. Smells really good, floral and pineapple, like it’s gonna be a sweet one. Surprisingly, the flavor is barely there, as in any flavor. Also, a bit acidic. There is good bitterness in the finish and a so-so aftertaste, but it certainly doesn’t make up for the extremely bland taste.

2.3
Popoff91 (124) - Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2016
12-ounce bottles in a pint glass. Typical great floral aroma, unfortunately is more bitter than most IPAs already are.

2.6
Ernest (7792) - 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.

2.6
slowrunner77 (12594) - 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

3
ganache (6033) - 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.

3.9
GarrettB (1639) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
July 28th, 2011 - I came to the Full Sail Hop Pursuit after it’s intended worship period, falling somewhere in Spring’s bracket of peak fertility. By the time I poured it into a glass, the season’s 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 brewer’s 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. It’s not too sticky or sweet, but there are definitely residual sugars playing nicely with the bitterness. There’s 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.


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