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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

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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

3.7
Benzai (16569) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2012
33cl bottle @ tasting with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Courtesy of Joes. Slight white lacing on top of a clear copper colored beer. Smell malts, hops, lightly fruity. Taste hops, malts, lightly bitter. Low carbo, low to medium body.

4
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

4
DutchDrebus (6136) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2012
Clear orange to copper with a quickly gone head. Smells hoppy, fruity, bitter, fresh. Tastes hoppy, fruity, grapefruits, bitter and fresh. Great carbo, medium body.

3.9
sickassmick (229) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
smell is fresh malts and hops. no burnt or off aromas. pours nice brown orange. clear. some visible carbonation. head is a fine film with a ring around the glass and little bit o lacing. there is some sediment in the glass, but not tow where its foggy. big cascade citrus front and follows all the way thru to the finish. slightly bitter. slightly sweet. like a nice fruit drink. I’d have to say that for an "APA" this is pretty big. a good offering if it had an IPA label. I gets down with this. Probably better than a sierra pale but i would need one here to prove it.

3.8
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Pours burnt darker orange with smooth off white head. Smells light and similar to their regular pale ale with a sweet peach citrus twist. The taste is however much more full than their pale with the soft fruity hops and yeast governed by a filling moderately sweet grain bill that hit a bit larger than it seemed at first. Small smooth carbonation helped it to finish as a very well rounded brew if a little bitter and dry on the back end, good as a solo or a session. This is my kind of pale ale.

4.5
SixthGear (3) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2012 does not count
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Nose of hops, pine, malts and a slight earthy undertone. Pours with a thick off-white head, requiring multiple pours out of the bottle. Decent lacing left behind after the head subsides. Taste of fruits, citrus, malts and a light hop bitterness at the tail end of the drink. Very smooth carbonation on the palate, and very, very easy to drink. Very little hints of any alcohol at all with this one. Definitely at the top of my list of easy to drink and favorite beers!

3.6
seymour (2107) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Poured a beautiful, clear, deep reddish amber color with tall, creamy, off-white foam, excellent head-retention and Belgian lace. It took several staggered pours to fit the whole bottle in the glass. Mild aromas of flowery, earthy, piney, citrusy hops, malt, bread, caramel, perhaps some faint roasted barley and fruity ale yeast esters. Balanced bittersweet flavor, tangy, biscuity and ever-so-slightly nutty, hint of apricot. Light body, spritzy carbonation, lasting fruity aftertaste. My description so far might sound like this is a robust, complex beer. It was tasty and drinkable, with all the aforementioned subtleties, but the overall impression was actually very mild, almost neutral. I can see how this beer would appear to casual lager drinkers as well as beer snobs. Another cool offering from Deschutes.


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