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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours burnt orange with a slight red tint and a creamy off-white head. Aroma is quite fresh with orange citrus, pine, lemon and grass with french toast sort of malt background. Tastes malty and hoppy at once, neither character winning out; flavors include caramel, toffee, sweet toast, and flavorful hops of citrus, grass and earth. Finishes with caramel, lemon zest, and buttered toast with an aftertaste of toast and grapefruit. Medium bodied and absolutely effortless to drink, this is very smooth and moderately creamy. Everything I liked about Cinder Cone seems magnified and fully realized here, with a bit more hops (flavor and aroma only! little bitterness). I want another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pours a clear golden color with a white head... big citrus / pine hop presence on the nose... medium body with a well balanced malt / hop character... more subtle bitter finish... very drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour, fluffy off-white head, good lacing. Strong, solid spruce-like aroma - very resiny. Bold flavor with strong grapefruit citrusy bitterness, some sweet caramel accents and a bit of back end nuttines. Thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Good accompaniment to our roadside shrimp scampi lunch - an Hawaiian staple. Deschutes delivers again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours golden amber with an off white head. ARom of wet grains and hops. Flavor of toffee in British sort of way, countered by a moderate leafy bitterness. I might have been tired because this is all I wrote.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
I was wondering if this had been left around for too long and the hops had faded but it looks like that is a common experience with this beer, too weak hops. Clear copper pour. Aroma is nice and hoppy with some pine and citrus. The flavor is mostly sweet caramel malt though with just a pinch of hops on the finish to add some bitterness. Not a lot happening in between there to keep you interested or have you going back for more. Iím left a little wanting for this west coast brewed ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bomber pours beautifully, but I agree with notalush, itís mostly downhill from there. Bright clear amber liquid with an off-white foamy head and lots of clinging lace. Smells sweet, almost sickly sweet from grapefruit and the quadruple malt. Unbalanced sweet/tart flavors and an oily texture. This one just didnít work for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
Another treat brought back from Montana by my inlaws. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thick orange-tinted head that leaves crazy lace. Very fragrant tropical fruit aroma (passionfruit, lychee, grapefruit) with resinous undertones. Aromatic fruity hop character dominates the palate, again supported by a resinous bitterness in the finish. The malts are sweet and understated compared to the hops. Finish is bitter, but not over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Hoppy and sweet aroma, slightly fruity taste with a lot of hops, dry aftertaste. Makes my breathe smell like bonbons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2009
The appearance and aroma start this sucker off right, but it sure goes downhill after that - lightly hazy copper with an impressive, sticky lace - the hops are put to great use in the aroma - a lot of grapefruit, pine, floral notes, with crystal malt sweetness underneath - the hop flavor is there, but the bitterness one expects is practically not there at all - according to the label, that is the intent, and all I have to say is, "why?" - all it does is leave room for the sweetness of the malt to take over the beer, so Iím left longing for bitterness to balance it - overall, it still tastes okay - moderately sessionable, despite its strength - if youíre going to make an ipa without the bitterness, you might as well go ahead and make a non-alcoholic beer, too - is that next, deschutes?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle at PapsÝ. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles and grape fruits. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grape fruits. Hoppy finish.

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