Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
From Grand Teton Brewing – Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red was brewed to showcase the role of hops in the flavor of beer, and especially 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.
Grand Teton Brewing – Pursuit of Hoppiness – 12 oz sample poured into a pint glass. 8% abv.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark red with a minute frothy gathering at the top.
Aroma: Awesome grapefruit and orange aromas, and danky whiffs of Simcoe. Gummy strawberries and a small bit of spice is found after the large nose of hops.
Taste: Sugar sweetness, strawberry twang, spicy bitter hops as well as grassy hops. Finishes very hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky.
Overall: A very hoppy yet balanced red ale. I enjoyed the aroma as much as the taste. Grand Teton is really kicking ass with their reserve series.