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RATINGS: 953   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, its an insiders ride to fresh thrills.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12298) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
@Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks kiefdog-22oz bottlepours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is pine hops, medium malt-caramel. Taste is pine/citrus hops, medium malt-caramel. OK effervescence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Courtesy of keifdog. Pours a very striking clear copper with thin white head. The aroma has notes of crystal malts, spice, floral hops and a bit of fruity esters. The taste has a nice rich malt to crystal malt goodness moving then into a modest level of pine and grapefruit hop flavor. Quickly the hop flavors pick up a mild level of bitterness. But the late addition to the boil hop flavor remains the dominant feature all the while supported by a tasty level of maltiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle at ACBF. Aroma of green hops, toffee and cracker malt. Flavor has an odd earthy bitterness with more toffee and cracker. Medium bodied. A bit weak-feeling overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13614) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 220z bottle, thanks yobdoog) Clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, light bread. Medium body, some resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bomber thanks to sparky27. Pours oranage with white head. Aroma is hops, citrus and caramel malt. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, caramel malt and pine. Nicely balanced average IPA. Could have used more of a citrus punch to balance out the bitter hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: APR 8, 2010 On tap at seattle beer fest. lightly orange in color with a muted hop nose. Clear bitter taste but not overpowering.

re-rate now in bottles. This is a much more powerful nose of hops and malts with the same crisp taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, pine, toasted bread, caramel, and light pineapple. Flavor of hops (citrus, grass), toasted grain, and caramel malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7736) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2009
draft at freds rivertown. pours a hazy dark burnished copper with a pocked foamy mousse on top. mild freshish sweet pine nose. creamy medium body with decent carb. super dry piney biscuity mid palate that quickly succumbs to an intense resiny finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. amber with a cream head. nose is pure citrusy hops. very nice on the palate with a smooth hop flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10767) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle OsS&BS-I-T-YVBThrowdown Clear amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Citrusy, piney hop goodness christens the nose. Medium to full-bodied with gentle carbonation. Nice balance - almost tilts toward the sweet side, but not quite. Fruity sweetness; grapefruit, piney bitterness. Lengthy, sweet, and then dry finish. Thanks to smith4498 for providing the bottle!


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