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RATINGS: 896   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 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 (2083) - 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 (2960) - 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 (1443) - 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 (5454) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4717) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Good aroma. Caramel in the taste. Hoppy. Malty. Sweet. Bit of citrus in the taste. Solid IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle. Sorry cannot get into this beer. It is not bad but I do not see the point of removing the bitterness. It i indeed the case that the beer has the aroma of a nice IPA with mainly resin and pin notes, less fruit. However the flavors are a letdown. One could call it smooth and clean I call it thin and watery. Something is definitely lacking and that is a solid hop profile. mainly malts and some hops in the finish that clash with a too thin body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle; poured a reddish amber color with a very small off white head. Aroma was very much a good representation of a Pacific NW beer, reminding me of my recent trip there. Aroma of flowers, fruit and citrus. A very well balanced and quite tasty beer for the style. Not overly hoppy in terms of bitterness, but a good amount of nice floral and citrus hop flavor. Caramel malt provides a nice backbone. Could drink alot of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Pours clear copper orange with a slightly off-white head. Nice retention and lacings. Looks good. Nice floral hop aroma, the pilsner malt comes through on the nose as well. Flavor is grainy, not much complexity, very VERY little bitterness. Light body wtih low carbonation. They call this an "experimental IPA." More like an experimental american/english hybrid pale ale with no hop bitterness. Strange. Wonít go for this one again, but only because I love hops and the bitterness that never goes away. I can see how those who donít like hops would go for this one and feel good about themselves for branching out to an "IPA."

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