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RATINGS: 937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, 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 (would’ve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (637) - 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.

   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 can’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1958) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1590) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2273) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - 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, that’s 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (6747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
A hazy bright copper pour with a thin beige head. The aroma is pretty sweet with primary notes of peaches and a whole lotta flowery and grassy hops. The flavor hits with notes of caramel, peaches, and the aforementioned gassy/flowery hops, leading to a mildly bitter finish that lingers with some cereal grain taste. The alcohol is very hidden. I would have guessed this to be less than 5%. Superb Pale, but it cannot replace my dear sweet Cinder Cone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle. great coppery tint. small mellow head. great unobnoxious flavor and slightly more mild then the typical pale ale. enjoyable. good for a winter’s meal.

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