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RATINGS: 942   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, itís an insiderís ride to fresh thrills.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Pours reddish amber with medium sized head. Good lacing, and the head lasts a while, too. Very aromatic fruity smell. Smells of grapefruit, and some nice piney hops. The flavor is mild and well balanced, but what I notice more is the mouthfeel. Silky smooth and buttery! The flavors are delicate and hard to identify. I can taste some grapefruit and something floral. Perhaps honeysuckle? This is a very drinkable IPA. Deschutes never disappoints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2009
(bottle). Pours a clear copper color. Medium size off white, frothy head. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Avg hoppy flavor. Avg duration. Very light bitter finish. Slick texture. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Sample at Neilís HSC initation. Pours a clear pale orange color with a medium and frothy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and bready malts. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops and sweet toasted malt. The finish is hoppy for a floral aspect, although the bitterness does not linger long. Above average overall, but nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2403) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 Bottle 6/29/09

Alright, so I was totally disappointed by this one. Relatively dark pour for an IPA. Nutty malts, restrained hops, a sour off-taste somewhere between Fantome and MGD-gone-bad (I suppose this is what other reviewers are referring to as "tea"). Mouthfeel was good, alcohol subdued (I thought <6% for sure) but nah...just doesnít do it as an IPA. 7/4/6/4/11=3.2

Revisit 4/16/10. Much more positive impression this time around. Really lovely aroma, fruity with plenty of leafy hops. Good beer 8/4/7/4/14=3.7. Iíll split the difference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bomber. Pours dark orange with a fluffy white dissapaiting head. I Deshutesí beers have wonderful color. Nose is very tangy, tart, grapefruits, mild hop profile. Inviting. Taste is a bit malty and thick, fluffy, bitter and sweet hop profile. Very effervescent and dry on the end. Lighter body, easy to drink. Well done and I will search out more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy of mfielden. Pours a clear oranga amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, caramel, some light fresh ripe fruit. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, pine, floral hops, caramel, some light honey and spice. Generally medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bomber. Pours amber with a tall white head. Nice citrusy hop aromas. Good lacing with a fair amount of carbonation. Very tasty and balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this is a very very good IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
22oz bottle from a recent trade.....pours a dark hazy caramel orange brown with a thin to moderate frothy white head.... aroma of caramel malts and very heldback from a hop perspective flavors of dark fruit and caramel malt with subdied citrus hops. crisp and lively but somewhat lacking in assertiveness for a 7% brew. dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours amber with and off-white head. Nose is caramel, pine, and peach. Flavor is caramel, malt backbone with piney resin. Medium bodied and balanced with nice solid malty body. Solid Ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Lovely cascadey aroma of citrus and pine greets you nicely. Clear reddish gold in color with a quickly disappearing head. Some lacing. Light in body. Lots of citrus and grass in flavor is a bit contrasting with the crystal malt. Itís sort of stuck between an IPA and red, and itís a tough place to be stuck. Itís a nice quaffer from a great brewery, but I like the other offerings a bit more.

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