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RATINGS: 827   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.


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   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 (2300) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HaydukeMT (5) - Montana, USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
resin, alcohol, citrus, orange, minimal head, very bitter, medium body, bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2011
12oz bottle. Deep copper color, decent head and lacing. Piney, resinous hop aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice malt backbone - good citrus hop flavor without very much bitterness. I quite enjoyed this american pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2011
12 oz bottle - Pours an ever so slightly hazy light amber color with tiny off white head. Aroma is really interesting, and somewhat unusual. Aroma has a sweet, perfumy, very floral hops. There are notes of honey, lavender, and wildflowers, with a touch of grapefruit, lemon zest, and grains of paradise. Flavor is malty, with rustic grain notes, light caramel, hint of vanilla. Finish is mildly sweet. This is an interesting beer. The aroma is unusual, but I canít quite place my finger on it. It seems that they are using some hops that I am not familiar with. I like this, but I donít know if it is something that I would seek out often.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours a rich red-amber with a thin white head. Nose is notable mostly for a bitter, resiny hop. Nice medium feel starting with a sweet almond malt moving into a somewhat harsh bitter hop. A nice blend and a possible session contender.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Amber/copper in color with a medium white head. Great aroma of centennial and cascade hops. Deep fruit flavors. Long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (438) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Dark copper color with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly floral hops with some sweet caramel malt in the background. Flavor has initial hop bite but is otherwise fairly well balanced. For a pale ale I think this has good hop flavor as opposed to just the hop bitterness. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnbuck100 (239) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Cask at Deschutes Brewery, Portland. Wow, a delicious hoppy, yet mellow red pale ale. Very nice malty sweetness to balance the hops. Highly recommended.


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