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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Keytonic (10) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle pours a dark copper, with thick white head, Smells intense with hoppy floral and pine. Tastes just as intense with a heavy hoppy taste, delicious

3.7
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2012
12oz. bottle, best by 6/5/12. Aroma of toasty, nutty, lightly sweet caramel malts, some honeyed biscuit and pine with an undercurrent of floral and citrus tones. Very lightly hazy light-medium amber color with a lasting, fine head and very fine lacing. Flavor profile is very similar to what the aroma suggested, with lightly sweet, nutty, toasty, caramel malts, some faint breadiness, piney and fruity hop flavors, and a moderate degree of resinous bitterness that appears late to provide some balance and helps dry out the feel a bit. Soft, creamy mouthfeel, ample effervescence noted, with a medium body. Extremely well-integrated and smooth, this is certainly much better than the average Pale and seems to suit the "NWPA" tag well.

4.5
drewbrews (3) - - APR 11, 2012 does not count
Appearance - Deep Copper, light pale 1 finger head Aroma - Citrus hops, grapefruit and caramel with spices Taste - Forward hop bitterness, balanced middle toasted wheat notes with caramel sweet citrus back end, finishes balanced and refreshing. One of the best west-coast pale ales I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. Beautiful and delicious!

3.3
pushkinwow (2781) - Ottawa, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
12oz bottle - bonus from a trade but can’t for the life of me remember who - but thanks! Somewhat translucent amber with an off white head that settles to a nice film. Floral and slightly citrus hope, grains, semi sweet malt, a rich but mellow bitterness. Moderate carbonation and slightly thin body, smooth, bittersweet, becomes dry, get some caramel on the end and the malts become prominent and then lose ground to hops. A decent beer.

3.6
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Poured from the bottle. Nice amber color with a taste of honey, citrus and some hops. this is a good every day drinking beer.

3.1
maley1 (1258) - Calgary, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
Nicce golden amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops and wheat. Taste of malts, slight honey, touch of citrus and a medium hop finish. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

3.7
vyvvy (6396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
Pours clear copper/amber with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has bready caramel, tropical fruity malt and a smooth and well integrated feel to everything. Medium smooth body with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth caramel, toast, mild sweetness, tropical fruits, soft orange and a good amount of complexity. The finish adds some pine and grapefruit. Everything is soft, gentle and flavorful. Great pale ale.

3.4
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
It has a nice amber color with a small head. Aroma of honey and some citrus. Taste has some bitterness but not overpowering. There is roasted fruits and a chewy sweetness. Good finish.

3.8
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours copper, almost no head. Aroma of caramel, spicy hops. Medium body, carbonation. Unusually malt-forward, especially for a beer that bills itself as a Northwest Pale Ale. The hops are there, and take the finish over, but it is in the complexity of the malt tones that the true heart of this beer resides. Sweet caramel, smooth and full body. Delicious.

3.7
Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2012
This is a very good Pale Ale. There are pleasant vanilla hops. Nice mellow finish. The color is yellow. Nice mouthfeel. Well balanced pale ale with minimal bitterness


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