Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Golden color, sweet malty smell with a slight hop aroma too. Great bitter pale ale with a good malt and hop flavor. GarrettB (1691) - 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. Alusmamuts (2170) - LATVIA - DEC 4, 2017
Pale amber with minimal white head. Nice hoppy aroma with remarkable citrus notes. Strong bitterness - hoppy taste rich of citrus notes. Lasting bitter aftertaste. bhensonb (15967) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours hazy amber with an ok off-white head. Aromas of fruit, floral and a touch of something citrus/spicey. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Very nice feel. Flavor is not harsh bitter, but more floral over a decent amount of caramel. Smooth enough to be English - almost. Some bitter does come forth, but the hop is more lush than bitter. Very nice beer. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 14, 2010
Picked this up at the Whole Foods/ Los Altos, sweet beer selection. I am biased, I like Full Sail, they were one of the first micro’s back in the day and I respect them for the staying power. This is quite a drinkable beer, hoppy, but very smooth and malty mellow on the finish. At 6%, this is a poundable all day beer with some strong flavors, good stuff.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Light orange, fairly clear, nice compact white head. Aroma slightly gummy malts and some orange citrus accented hops, bit of a floral component. Flavor is floral, slightly perfumed hops, and the bitterness on the finish is balanced by gummy malts. Nice beer. LilBeerDoctor (4231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head and lots of chunks. Aroma of bready malt, floral hops, bitter hops and hop oils. Flavor of crisp, caramel malt, bready malt, spicy hops, and sweet citrus and floral hops. Great hoppy pale ale, would drink this all the time if I could.
7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5] theyshookhands (249) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours amber with a nice white head and some sediment. Aroma is hops and citrus and grains. Has a smooth pale ale flavour with some extra hops. Refreshing and light. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. This playful aroma seems to be hiding behind the couch and refuses to come out. I get light notes of citrus orange peel and lime like hoppiness as well as some spicy hops and a sense of sweet fruity hard candy. The taste has a moderate level of bitter grapefruit and lime like citrus hops and then rolling into spicy and citrus hop flavor. Into the finish the largely citrus hop bitterness and flavor are joined by a thin river of sweet malts. drjoeng (1461) - SINGAPORE - AUG 21, 2016
Poured out gold. 6ºSRM.
Nose has sweet malt. There is some brief sweet corn aroma on the nose.
Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate has toasted malt flavor with malted milkshakes, malted powder like Horlicks or candies like Maltesers, some toasted graham cracker and pie crust. Hops are pine, light resin, sap, hint of spice with light scallion, earthy, with a prolonged bitter finish which is herbaceous but with a pronounced bitterness that borders on resinous. Lingers on back of tongue.
Finish is medium-long and with the character as above. The resinous flavor profile becomes more and more prominent the more you sip. A very satisfyingly full hop ride.
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