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RATINGS: 928   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Orange with a fizzy white head. Orange citrus caramel and hops aroma and taste with an earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uhclem (417) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
This is a fairly nice thirst quencher, but thatís not what I want in an IPA. Pleasant amber pour with a nice head and good lacing. Nose is muted earth, pine and citrus. Taste is pleasant but pedestrian. Needs more hops. Mouthfeel is ok - nothing special. Finish was short-lived and a bit sweet, morphing into a metallic taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2009
bottle. copper with moderate frothy white head. fresh hops, piney, citrus, caramel aroma. fairly average with short bitterness and a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle: Pours a transparent copper amber with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh, grassy piny hops and sweet toasty pale malt. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty pale maltiness well-balanced with a citrusy herbal hop character before a crisp, bittersweet finish. A pretty well-balanced, and enjoyable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2009
22oz bomber from Hagen. Pours a clear copper with a large head. Leaves a dense spider lacing on the glass. Nose is grapefruit and pine. Taste is caramel, toffee, spicy hops with a bit of a tangerine hop finish. Also detected a bit of tea flavor..ie crystal malts. Is a tad bit thin. Needs more hops, but easy to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Nice orangey hue with a sudsy head. Mouthfeel is lightish, yet slightly chewy with a healthy carbonation. Toasty malts. Notes of bread crust, nuts, toffee, and a slight hint of sweet caramel. Hops are tame yet balancing. Flowers, grass and bitter orange. Nice high-alcohol session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle: Pours a crimson bronze color with a nice puffy off-white head. The nose is floral with some citrus and light pine, the caramel is there too, so itís not a solo in the aroma department. The flavor is balanced with a nice resinous hop note and a sweet full-bodied caramel maltiness. The finish is chewy and it has a nice rounded crisp mouthfeel. Nice IPA with all the right qualities without being too overzealous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
I heard a lot about this beer, how great it was. Good, yes. Great, no. Beautiful color. Small Hoppy nose that is there but it doesnít floor you. To me itís not an IPA. Itís a hopped up pale. Smooth and flavorful. Easy drinkiní. If they amped this one up just a little more it would be killer. So close to perfect. Watery. Thin body. No punch. A hop teaser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Draft at the PDX pub. Malty. Reddish amber. Too balanced for an IPA, but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22 oz bottle. Amber red with a long lasting fluffy off white head. Aroma is citrus and piney resinous hops with a bready malt underscore. Sweet malt base with a mild bitterness. Medium body with active carbonation and a clean smooth finish. Like the deScription says all of the hops are in the flavor and aroma and not much in the overall bitterness.

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