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RATINGS: 965   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22 oz bottle from up here in Seattle. Had to try it, ’cause it’s new. It’s good. It’s just that...a good, well balanced IPA. Not much more, not much less. I enjoyed the mixture of the softer malts with a bit of a softer hop tone, this beer blends that aspect of the IPA very well. They’re obviously not trying to over power anything here, which is cool. Not really sure why this is fit for a special release, but hey, do your thang...

riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Somewhat boring IPA. I have some to expect much more from the Bond Street Series I guess after the gems that are Hop Henge and Hop Trip. This one was devoid of much character IMO. Nose of some malty sweetness wit soft notes of floral, pine, and some citrus hops. Pours amber, bright with great lacing and a nice head. The flavor also falls short as it has soft sweetness, perhaps a touch of iced tea, bread, and soft citrus and floral hops. Bitterness is almost none, the hops are fruity but again this did nothing for me. Oh well, it adds to my constant battle to stay towards the mid 20’s on the palestrong list. Douche.

BelgianBeerGal (4317) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 Local bottle. Pours a clear bronze colour with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma is a nice blend between grapefruit and piney hops. The flavour is pretty gentle for an IPA. Very easy to drink and probably more of a gateway IPA to get your palate ready for hoppier brews.

Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
5/1/09 on draft at Malt and Vine, Redmond, Wa. Aroma is quite grassy with a good sweet/sour balance. Appearance is clear copper with a low maintained white head. Flavor is heavily sour, both in malt and hops and again a bit too grassy, out of balance. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a moderate carb texture. Overall, a touch out of balance, but the aroma helps.

greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22 oz bottle. Tasty. Pours a clear orange with a big frothy head, tons of lacing, and big lively carbonation. Aroma and flavor is mainly citrus, some floral notes, which is balanced well with crystal malt. This is way to easy to drink, they need to bottle this year round.

jake65 (4034) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Tap at Deschutes: Hazy gold pour, smaller head. Sweet and hoppy. Nice floral compliment to the citrus presence. Light malts. Tamer than Hop Henge, still quite good.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Tap @ their Portland Public House... Poured clear amber with a thin white head. Floral hops and sweet, leafy herbal aroma. Lots if carbonation and really dry. There was a lot of malt that created sweet, caramel flavors which subdued the hops quite a bit for an IPA. Finished like seltzer with a little barley too. Seemed more like a pale ale. They had another pub exclusive IPA that was lower in alcohol and IBUs, I went with this one thinking it would be more complex, but now I’m second guessing myself.

Travlr (27139) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Clear golden color with scant white head. Very floral aroma. Medium bodied, taste of fresh hops with bitterness throughout, lingering finish. Classic American style IPA, but not overbearing.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2009
PDX Deschutes pub. Deep amber with a small white head. Pretty balanced ipa, not a big hop bomb, more balanced with citrusy and piney floralness, but a milder bitterness. I’m not sure what "unconventional" way they used the hops in it, in the mash?, but overall it turned out nice.

BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2008
On tap at the public house in Portland. Amber with nice white head. Malty aroma and flavor. Well balanced.

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