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RATINGS: 824   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours a clear golden copper with moderate cream colored head. Aroma of sweet orange, resiny pine, flowers, caramel, and berries. Rich, lightly toasty caramel malt base with notes of grapefruit, juniper, and floral pungency in the finish; moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Lighter body with supple texture and light carbonation. Pretty tasty in small doses but floral aspect begins to overpower the rest, diminishing drinkability.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange/amber. Thin yet creamy head that leaves some traces of legs. Hoppy, somewhat floral. Tastes more like an IPA with less pine taste.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Someister (17) - USA - FEB 6, 2011
I remember having this beer last summer and thinking it was delicious. Donít know if they changed something or if my palate has changed, but I was very dissapointed. Great color, nose smelled like pelletized hops, dirt, and wet dog. Tasted ok, good carbonation and balance, but not as citrusy as I remember. Again, very dissapointed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1036) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Amber pour from bottle with a thin creamy head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is citrus, honey and some caramel. Hoppy finish. Clean, balanced and excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Reddish brown pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma and flavor a both a nice balance between a big malt presence and a citrusy hops bite. Finishes with a dry bitter bite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
As the name would imply very red in color, red-blonde really, with predominant flavor of anise. Bittersweet texture, some citrus, but that anise really carries the torch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appears brownish-red and filtered well. Has a light aroma, both sweet (like caramel) and bitter (cascade hops). The taste is wonderfully smooth; balanced with flavors of caramel, different malts, and citric hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Poured a deeper reddish amber than I was expecting. Head loomed large and fluffy, with lots of caking on the glass, looks great. Aroma is very subtle and restrained, with tropical fruit citrus of pineapple most apparent, to go with a malty sweetness. The taste is also restrained, but in a good way. Smooth as silk taste, with calm transitions from crisp, clean hops to bready malt. Hops taste of pineapple, orange rind, and a leafy bitterness to finish. Malt is a nice tempered sweet, keeping this one balanced the whole way. Mouthfeel is really, really well done, with the tingle post-swallow being the highlight. Drinkability follows the smoothness - very, very good for the 6.2%. Fantastic pale ale, and not too expensive either.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Caramel and pine nose with spice and citrus notes. Clear dark amber with a thin white head. Exceptionally balanced malt and hop character. Very low bitterness with caramel and toasted biscuit malt notes against a slightly resinous piney hop flavor. Dry and spicy on the palate. Utterly drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2011
On tap in Abilene. Really? Pours a deep red color with a large foamy off white head. Dry and resiny with lots of citrus hop flavor, caramel, and biscuits. Pretty solid but somewhat astringent.


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