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RATINGS: 886   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Appearance: This beer poured a real nice looking hazy orange color with an absolute huge white fluffy head. The head was a good four finger size and left a ton and I mean a TON of lacing behind. The head settles down to a light fluff floating on top of my beer. I love the color of this beer. Itís very enticing to say the least. Smell: Right off the bat orange peel smacks me in the face. Itís like a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. This is followed by a piney and floral hop presence but I must mention that the hop nots are light on the nose. Very nice nose Taste: Wow what a well balanced beer here. There is the slight hop bite mixed with orange and mango fruitiness. There is a breadiness and toasted character found in it also. I am also finding a caramel taste in it that seems to add a background sweetness that is super enjoyable! Mouthfeel: I find this beer to be super creamy in the mouth. It almost feels as though I squirted whipped cream in my mouth and have that creamy feeling left behind. The carbonation is moderate at best and I believe this adds to the creamy feeling of this beer. Overall: I true pleasure to drink this one. I mean I could sit back and put away quite a few of these. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet or fruity either. Just an absolute perfect balance to be able to enjoy any time. I know this one was past itís prime according to the best by date but itís excellent IMO even three months past said date.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bartzluke (184) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2015
12 oz pour from chilled bottle into shaker pint. Pours amber, clear as day, and well carbonated with an ephemeral fizzy head. Nose is weak. A little woody and kind an oil scent. Medium body leaning towards dry. Kind of a sticky finish. Taste is herby, bitter, and woody in the middle with a strange finish. Aftertaste recalls beets or turnips. Not a big fan. Might be a bad bottle. Tastes a little skunky.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (986) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit, crystal malts and caramel. Taste is sweet hops with a pleasant full bodied profile balanced fabulously. The hoppy aromas clone the taste. Finishes surprisingly smooth. Appearance is a clear amber with a medium frothy nitrogen head that looks fabulous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1668) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Tap at CRAFT Edmonton. Nitro pours clear Amber with tons of frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is quiet some cereal. Flavours of plums, light cereal, maybe grapes. Taste light bitter light sweet. Light/medium creamy body with low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (485) - California, USA - APR 27, 2015
Bottle. Reddish copper, lots of creamy foam. Grass, light grain and hop notes, wish the aroma came through more strongly. Flavor calls to the same, bit of toasted bread, lightly bitter. Well balanced, sessionable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMCtime (67) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
Rich, creamy, malty and smooth. Sweet-tart citrus with some bitter to balance and a hint of nuttiness. Adds a variety of notes to a pale ale while still keeping the traditional flavors. Overall very flavorful and very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at revo. Nitro pour. Cool combo of good beer and the mystery addition of a nitro feed. Easy 5 on feel. The taste is exactly what it should be but itís just fascinating behind the nitro infusion. Mellow overall. Caramel, toasted malts, pine, lemon, rrfg, hint of something tropical. I guess this is how you spruce up an average beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smallfry (160) - - APR 14, 2015
(Bottle) Wow! I wasnít expecting much and this took me by surprise. I nice clean sweetness, some interesting character, and a slight bitterness. Fairly bold- this beer is pretty confident about itself and rightly so. Would definitely get again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (956) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2015
Subdued aroma of malt and hops with a hint of citrus. Pours a great looking caramel color with a well laced white head. Balanced taste of hops and malts, full bodied with a mildly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (731) - - APR 9, 2015
deep amber color; floral hops and caramel malt aroma; bitter, floral, piney hops on a medium bodied caramel malt base; bitter finish

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baybrew (4) - California, USA - APR 8, 2015 does not count
Deschutes gets the balance right in this pale ale: it has some of the heft of an IPA but isnít trying to win the hops arms race. Iíd drink this all year round if they sold it all year round. Unfortunately, itís a winter seasonal release.


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