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RATINGS: 955   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, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

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Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Smell is grass, pine, toasted bread. Rather light body and low carbonation, but together with the the mild flavor this brew is somehow surprisingly pleasant.

mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 thin lasting head. Crisp citrusy. Light but flavorful. Almost cidery. Pleasant but dank aroma. Almost slimey mouthfeel. Love the boldness.

Crit (4024) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
Hazy amber,small lasting beige head.Light citrus/carmel nose.Malt start,citrus malt mid,light citrusy bitter finish

heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Smooth pale ale with unusual but pleasantly sweet aftertaste. Deep orange color, surprisingly light mouthfeel. -- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone.

cards04 (2822) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 Very hard to fault this great beer. Pours amber with creamy off white head. Smells like oranges, intense honey, bitterness. More honey, citrus and bitterness in the mouth. Nice medium bodies mouth feel. Awesome stuff.

kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Pours to immense, yellowish head with copper orange underneath. Some faint toasty malts and bananas in the smell. Flavor is banana chips, toasty malt, crisp and refreshing. Very nice pale ale. Deschutes’s ales are always a bit lighter-bodied and mild for the style, but have enough flavor going on to keep things interesting. MARCH 2013 UPDATE: Every bit as good as my previous bottle, and not changing my rating - just adding some finer details. I neglected to mention the moderately soapy (cilantro-like, and I love cilantro) bitter finish - though still sort of mild for a pale ale, there is no mistaking this for a pale ale. Also, someone else smelled this and thought it smelled like mold and butter. I agree there is a slight diacetyl, even sweet, quality to the aroma, but not mold, and I stand by that there is still a banana-like and toasty malt quality to it the most.

skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours a nice reddish copper color with a one finger off white tan head that lingers with some nice lacing. Aroma is aromatic for a pale with a lot of pine, citrus, sweet malts graass, and some caramel. Taste is of pine, citrus, sweet malts, freshy baked bread, grass, caramel, and some toffee. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel a slighty dry, sweet finish. Overall, a very complex and tasty APA.

wlajwl (6885) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Citrus, medium pine and fruit in aroma. The flavor is mildly sweet caramel malts, balanced by pine/citrus hops and a bitter finish. A great APA.

beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2012
bottled. pours clear copper with a thick off white head. aromas of grass, citrus and caramel. light tongue feel a moderate amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. light bodied fizzy texture, finish is smooth with a little bitterness. lasting with surprising sweetness.

Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/16/10. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold at first, but it has a light reddish tint to it. A nice 2-finger beige head rests on top. Excellent retention on this one. Tons of sticky lace and sip rings all over the glass. Big piney scents burst out of this beer. I can smell this across the room. Lots of floral tones in there as well. Very nice. The body on this is a bit of a disappointment. This is pretty thin and weak. Carbonation level is low-moderate. I like a bit more chew in my beer. This is like a tamed-down IPA in flavor. Nice crisp hops at the forefront that bitter this one up. Semi-sweet candy-like finish. Not as balanced as I’d like, as it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side, but this is a NWPA, so that’s expected. Great beer. Glad I had the opportunity.

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