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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (1139) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. Smallish pint glass sporting a very attractive deep orange colored beer. Nice lacing. Good marks on appearance here. Aroma is hoppy but has sweet notes. Smell is very reminiscent of other imperial IPAs. Taste is plenty of hops with an alcohol presence. Some malty characteristics offset the hops to a certain extent. Nothing all that unique but Im more likely to sample this again than watch that Will Smith movie for a second time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11047) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"overpriced, yes, but this was one tasty brew. pretty dark amber color. bright hoppy aroma with a strong but balanced caramel and sweet malt profile. piney hops, grapefruit, and more sweetness in the flavor. very well done, but with a pricetag well into the dbl digits, this may have to be a one timer."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3316) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2014
This is from a couple-year-old bottle and I am not sure how much that affected the quality of it. Beautiful beer to behold with a thick cream-colored long-lasting head lots of lace and a clear reddish dark amber color. Aroma is heavy resin hop and malt. Flavor is pretty good lots of malt to counter the heavy hop, carbonic tang is on the low side and there's a slight medicinal aftertaste. Body isn't bad except for it's just a little too soft for my preferences. Not a bad Imperial red but want not one of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6606) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home on Easter Sunday. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Flavors of toasted nuts. Bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonshawn (1138) - Minnesota, USA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DW78715816 (119) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ikigai (75) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMstr (194) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1551) - 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. Theres 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 its 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 (dont 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 brewers 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 cant 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

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