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RATINGS: 957   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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3.2
RedSox2004 (1970) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Reddish orange with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lace. Citrus hops aromas up front, with ample support from caramel and bread. Sharp lemon and orange bite offset by a chewy breadiness. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sticky texture. Very pleasant - a nice beer to always have on hand.

3.3
portableparty (2384) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Red amber pour with a tight white head that fades quickly. Aroma is herbal and spice scent. Taste is earthy malt and a bitter hop finish. Palate is medium feel and leaves a dry tingle on the tongue. Ok nothing special.

2.4
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks, Deschutes, for stabbing my tongue with mediocrity. This thing has the flavor of felt, rust, and asbestos. Ask me how I know what those things taste like? Because I just drank Red Chair, that’s how. This beer is like unabridged regret. I also taste notes of stale caramel and oil pan grease. Pass this one to the next guy over if he has it coming to him.

3.9
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours a nice amber gold color. Has some citrusy fruit notes, some floral and bitter hops, and some sweet maltiness. Taste is grassy floral hops, some orange zest, and smoothed out with the Carmel maltiness. Very smooth and balanced beer. Could drink it all night long.

4
onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
A hazy bright copper pour with a thin beige head. The aroma is pretty sweet with primary notes of peaches and a whole lotta flowery and grassy hops. The flavor hits with notes of caramel, peaches, and the aforementioned gassy/flowery hops, leading to a mildly bitter finish that lingers with some cereal grain taste. The alcohol is very hidden. I would have guessed this to be less than 5%. Superb Pale, but it cannot replace my dear sweet Cinder Cone.

3.4
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle. great coppery tint. small mellow head. great unobnoxious flavor and slightly more mild then the typical pale ale. enjoyable. good for a winter’s meal.

2.9
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap. Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Caramel malt aroma with grapefruit hops. Just a touch of sweatsock - must be a hop variety that I don’t really like. Taste is similar to aroma. Okay.

4.4
GrandRiverZip (9) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2011 does not count
Somewhere between a Pale ale and an IPA. really nice aroma, i drank from the bottle, so can’t comment on porr/appearance much. Tasted great. Went well after dinner, but could definately be a session beer as well..

3.7
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Tap. Clear amber orange colored pour, good carbonation and a subtle hoppy aroma. Flavor is light marmalade, cedar hops and very dry on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

3.3
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours a clear golden copper with moderate cream colored head. Aroma of sweet orange, resiny pine, flowers, caramel, and berries. Rich, lightly toasty caramel malt base with notes of grapefruit, juniper, and floral pungency in the finish; moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Lighter body with supple texture and light carbonation. Pretty tasty in small doses but floral aspect begins to overpower the rest, diminishing drinkability.


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