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RATINGS: 968   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (839) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Thank God I have a good connection for DeSchutes in Pa. This beer makes me feel that there is something unique to Oregon IPAs or Maybe it is just Deschutes? One mans IPA is another mans Pale Ale. I think that is the case for this beer. It pours a beautiful orange brown, not much in the nose but it the first sip is a great balance of malt and hops, the finish is a nice creamy hoppy flavor like you are drinking a hoppy beer on Nitrogen. Really great cross over IPA - Pale ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Very mild for an ipa, tastes like an american pale, malt is more dominant on palate than hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured gold with a white head. aroma was sweet, caramel, hops, and butterscotch(maybe from previous beer). flavor was pine and grass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours blood-orange red, with a medium white head, nice lacing. Nose is citrus/grapefruit hops, malt, floral. Palate is creamy, almost minerally, with very nice bubble structure/carbonation. Surprising candy and white pepper finish. A bit of vegetal character in the mid-palate, though it doesnt show until the beer has warmed up a bit. Good, solid, middle-of-the-road IPA. Really coming to like this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear amber-ruby with an average, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (cereal, bread), heavy hop (pine, citrus, flowers), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple, tangerine, and alcohol. Medium bodied, chalky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - 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 (8493) - 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 (14012) - 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.


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