Tonight I’m in Vermont with family. Lucky for you, I have Greg to cover the blogging duties for tonight. He’s drinking a beer I’ve heard a lot about, but haven’t tried myself. Greg….
Tonight I broke out Grand Teton’s Pursuit of Hoppiness. It is an imperial red and comes in a 750 ml bottle. The Pursuit of Hoppiness is part of Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserve series. Their “regular” beers aren’t available here in Massachusetts. I poured into a pint glass and got a great 3 finger head. The foam was a hazelnut color and hung around for a long time. When the foam (finally) subsided, the Pursuit left some excellent lacing on the glass. The beer was a deep red color with a surprising cloudiness to it. This beer smells great. I get malt and lemony hops on the nose. The Pursuit of Hoppiness smells more like a red ale than an IPA.
The first sip is very well balanced; malt up front followed by hops and some distinct bitterness at the end. The bitterness covers the alcohol and there is none of the sweetness that might be present in a beer that is 8.5% abv. I would rate this beer as very drinkable. I am very happy that it comes in a 750 ml bottle because I get to drink some more after I finish this glass. I am also afraid because this beer comes in a 750 ml bottle because I just might finish the whole thing tonight.