332. Grand Teton – Pursuit of Hoppiness

Grand Teton Pursuit of HoppinessAfter hitting Urban Chestnut Brewing and Six Row Brewing in St. Louis, I asked my friend if we could stop at The Stable, a craft beer bar and nano brewery.  My sister bought me a gift certificate to this bar for Christmas, and this was one of the few chances I had to use it.  After having Grand Teton’s Sweet Grass APA a couple weeks ago, and having a craving for another hoppy beer (after finishing off a double IPA at both Six Row and Urban Chestnut) I thought I’d give this beer a chance.

Location: On tap at The Stable in St. Louis, MO.

Numbers: 8% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22 Plato OG, ~ 304 Calories

Ingredients: Hops: Summit, Simcoe, Chinook and Nuggets; Malts: Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts.

Appearance & Aroma: Dark dark red in color and slightly hazy, it had a thin head on it.  There was a very light citrus hop aroma with a slight bit of caramel maltiness.

Taste & Feel: The beer had a smooth mouthfeel and was medium bodied.  There was a big dose of sweet caramel maltiness before a mostly caramel malty dry finish with a bit of citrus hop flavor. The flavors were primarily malty with just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Food Pairing: With the mostly malty flavors, and the primarily caramel flavors in this beer, I would likely pair it with a BBQ dish. I think the caramel flavors in both the beer and the sauce would blend well together, and the dry, slightly hoppy finish would complete the taste nicely.

Overall Impression: I was looking for a big hoppy beer, and figured with a name like this – along with the promise of 100 IBUs – I’d get my wish. However, I found myself trying to actually “pursue” the hop flavor and bitterness in this beer with every sip. I kept wondering when the hop bitterness was actually going to hit, and with sip after sip, I found only a good sized caramelly malt flavor with only a bit of hop flavor. If I wasn’t expecting this to have a huge dose of hops, I might have enjoyed this beer. As a regular red ale, it was a good beer, but there’s no way I could taste 100 IBU’s worth of hop bitterness or flavor in this beer.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: Kevin

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