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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, itís an insiderís ride to fresh thrills.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
12oz bottle from The Liquor Collection in Honolulu, HI. Pours a clear, brighter amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is piney, lightly spiced citruses with some resiny grapefruits and pineapples. Lightly sweetened caramel with a touch of chewy toffee biscuit and some tropical fruitiness to the hops as well. Flavor is pretty nice. Lots of juicier and resiny pines up front with a grapefruit and pineapple citrus splash along with a bit of a tropical fruitiness. Nice caramel sweetness behind the hops with another hint of chewy toffee. The hops then completely dry this and grow into the finish slightly with a light PNW earthy spice. Bitter pines, earth, somewhat juicy grapefruits, and a light caramel finish this off with a balanced, medium, somewhat resiny bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste with a hint of toastiness creeping in. Medium body and soft, crisper, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice pale ale. Lots of PNW hops with some juicy, resiny citruses and a pleasant caramel balance that clearly allows the hops to shine. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Looks super nice. Pure thick citrusy hop on the nose with maybe a hint of dense and syrupy caramel beneath. Super zingy in the mouth. That is totally its main point and it is highlighted by the tight yet puffy bubbles. The bitterness is mild though it is there. The flavour is very fresh and clean. The whole beer seems to float on air really. There is nothing too much to think about which is a welcome change and makes it a pleasure to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
(bottle) Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is huge on canned lychee fruit, some light canned peach, and mandarin oranges as well. Pretty unique stuff, as these scents are a departure from the standard pale ale scents. Flavors are somewhat similar but a bit dialed back when compared with the aroma, as there is ample caramel, the lychee flavor, and just a bit of breadiness (wouldíve liked more). Finish is sweet for a pale ale, with the caramel and orange flavors lingering before ending completely as a faint bitterness halts the sweetness. Some powdered Tang too. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and carbonation is spot on. Overall I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer, but the flavor was disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (585) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Fruity, blueberry and hop aroma. Deep amber-red color with a foamy head. Hoppy, caramel, hop, and soggy grass flavors. Nice smooth texture matched with a bubbly hop finish. Nice beer for the cabin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nice everyday beer. Pours a red/amber with small tan head leaving very little lacing. Nice aroma with citrus and some sweet malt notes...something else in there that I canít quite put my finger on...hit of vanilla maybe. More hoppy that a typical Pale Ale, but with plenty of malty balance. First impression is citrus/hops followed by the sweeter malty flavors with a nice dry finish. Good beer...very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1379) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Bottle- Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing. Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness. Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish. Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced. Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Reddish orange with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lace. Citrus hops aromas up front, with ample support from caramel and bread. Sharp lemon and orange bite offset by a chewy breadiness. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sticky texture. Very pleasant - a nice beer to always have on hand.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Red amber pour with a tight white head that fades quickly. Aroma is herbal and spice scent. Taste is earthy malt and a bitter hop finish. Palate is medium feel and leaves a dry tingle on the tongue. Ok nothing special.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobbyAnalog (320) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks, Deschutes, for stabbing my tongue with mediocrity. This thing has the flavor of felt, rust, and asbestos. Ask me how I know what those things taste like? Because I just drank Red Chair, thatís how. This beer is like unabridged regret. I also taste notes of stale caramel and oil pan grease. Pass this one to the next guy over if he has it coming to him.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours a nice amber gold color. Has some citrusy fruit notes, some floral and bitter hops, and some sweet maltiness. Taste is grassy floral hops, some orange zest, and smoothed out with the Carmel maltiness. Very smooth and balanced beer. Could drink it all night long.


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