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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. Poured clear red, off-white head, lots of lace. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, toasted malt, bread, and light spice. Taste is sweet and a little more malty than the aroma. A well balanced IPA, with a lot of sweet malt and resinous hops. Nice hop bite in the finish. Mouth is medium-bodied and a little sticky. Overall, a very solid, though not over-the-top IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Toncatchers 2. Nose is sweet hoppy and sharp. Bright yellow/amber with off white head leaving a solid lace. Taste is sweet. Light hops and yeast. Clean finish in the front of the mouth, with a stickiness in the throat. Not bad...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8637) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle. Copper red colored body, filtered. Nose:faint crystal malt, cherry and cedar scented hops, dried/stale bread crust and doughy yeast. Light grass hop note. Texture medium to full, chewy and resinous crystal malt. Oily cedar/bread/crust focused malt. Doughy, unkempt yeast, dirties the beer. Not a fan of crystal malt in IPA at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, resin), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with light notes of fusel alcohol, rust/metal/dirt. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic. As with many of the more recent samples of various Deschutes products Iíve had, this one is rather rough...luckily no bile smell this time, but higher alcohols are evident, along with a metallic/sandy note, plus the somewhat strong raw yeast odor detracts from whatever brightness/freshness might have been the goal here. Ok flavor balance but marred by a slightly dirty aftertaste that the nose portended. Another miss from this once-decent brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Poured clear amber, citrus hops, caramel, little spice, little piney, little nutty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2009
pours a clear amber with a small off-white head, and good lacing. smell of light grapefruit, spice, floral, some caramel, and pine in the back. taste is crisp, caramel, citrus, pine, and roasted nuts, ends nicely bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Another tasty brew by Deschutes...vibrant dark amber hue with a significant amount of lacing. Aroma is bright citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, and just enough sweetness to not burn the nostrils. Flavor is balanced with a nice bitterness that sticks around a bit. Medium mouthfeel...yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bomber provided by Lagunitasfan, thanks Tim. Pours orangey with a tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet, hoppy and pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued sweet and piney hops - whatís there is nice.

The flavor is sweet fruits and caramel malts with a lightly spiced hop finish with medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and pretty watery which washes out the flavors.

Overall, an OK IPA. Itís pretty subdued though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle shared by bgburdman9. Pours clear amber with a thin beige head. Bready malt aroma with some citrusy hops. Earthy hop flavor with a sweet malt balance.

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