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RATINGS: 913   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Another classic from Deschutes. Tried this a couple of nights ago while cooking dinner. Hoppy nose displaying citrus, grapefruit and pine characteristics, but the maltiness balances out while still leaving a linger bitterness. Crusty bready malts with a hint of caramel and just a bit of bitter soapiness in the finish. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, light grapefruit, slight toasted malt, and a hint of caramel. Pours amber/orange in color with a large, creamy, foamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, light grapefruit, light hop juice, slight toasted malts, light sugar, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Lightly thin, oily, smooth texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, piney, resin, and slightly toasted malt finish is slightly dry. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stchloe (911) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pretty good IPA all in all. Had it on tap at the Green Dragon, so was a little warm in the heat. Moderately bitter, and a solid hop taste in the body. Nothing to write home about but worth a pint certaintly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2009
22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC. Pours a beautiful amber color with an off-white foamy head. Aroma: Bold hops, pine, and citrus. Flavor: Grapefruit, sweet malt, and the right amount of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2009
22 oz bottle courtesy of a trade with riversideAK. Thanks, Alex. Pours an almost transparent orangish amber, a bit fiery, decent offwhite head that settles to a small layer, lacing is decent overall. Aromas are crisp cereal and caramel malt sweetness underneath a moderate grapefruit and floral hop profile. Hops are a bit more subdued, the malt not too strong, mixing in some pale malt mellow sweetness. Lemony citrus, with some grapefruit taking backseat show up more clearly. Initial is lighter side of medium bodied, a deep taste shows a lighter sweetness than anticipated, the pale and caramel malt combination lightens the body, mellows out the sweetness, making a more grainy and caramel sweetness mix well with lemony and floral hop bitterness of a decent level of bitter. Towards the end more actual citrus flavor comes out, but the bitterness remains at a touch lighter. This IPA is lighter fare, preaching flavors over any sort of addictive bitterness. Lemony and gumball work in further into the body, as this beer becomes quite the sessioner over a one-and-done extreme beer. Malt hybrid profile works for me. I like this beer as a citrusy and lightly sweet finish leave a pleasant aftertaste with decent to light bitterness. Could have used a touch of more hops, but overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1914) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 22 oz bottle. Color is a deep gold with good carbonation and a very nice off white head. Aroma of fresh hops. Taste is crisp, clean and hoppy. Starting with a lighter medium body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish is light on the malt with just a hint of caramel then a fresh floral hop flavor that seems to bump up the sweetness a bit and lets just a whisp of citrus come out. After taste is clean with a mellow bitterness. This is a very good IPA, so well balanced and refreshing you could drink it all day.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2081) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2009
22 oz bottle. Deschutes may have brewed this unconventionally, but it just tastes like an IPA to me. I don’t taste the originality they speak of. A very good, even excellent, IPA, but not much different than other great IPAs I’ve tried. Not much aroma to speak of, excellent palate and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwilley (24) - Fullerton, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottled. A citrus and slightly floral nose. Reddish gold color. Nice bitterness with a touch of sweetness, a taste of caramel. Light for an IPA, very clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4639) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman in Ft. Worth. Clear look, golden orange color with a lacy white head. The smell is pine, earth, hops, caramel, and malts. The taste is a low bitterness, sweet, some earthy hops, and some fruits. Sort of boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On draft at the brewery 6/26/09. Pours clear gold with touch of orange. Citrus hops with touch of lavendar and honey aroma. Great sweetness up front followed by a balanced bitterness. Light bodied, but too carbonated for me.

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