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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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, itís an insiderís ride to fresh thrills.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle pours amber with some off white head into a tulip. Crisp, hoppy aroma with floral/honey sweetness, bready malts, seems thin. Nearly identical taste profile: crisp hops, very little astringency, quite floral and herby with some lemon peel. Underlying tone of bready malts. Kind of a muted finish and aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low-medium body, medium level of carbonation. Just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle at toncatcherís 2. Light orange color. Nice hoppy aroma. Long boil bitterness. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
12 oz bottle with a best by of 04/01/10 thanks to LtDan. This is indeed a different beer than the Red Chair IPA. Medium sized off white head over a clear, effervescent orange body. Aroma is real fresh hops, citrus, grass, sticky, sawdust, caramel, pine cones. Taste is malt, caramel, spicy and somewhat herbal hops followed by a pine like finish. Dry, doesnít feel the 6.4% ABV, but is a decent pale. A bit thin, doesnít taste big (again, a pale, right?). Lively bubbles.
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle. Pours with a large, slightly off-white head. Hazed orange body. Aroma of orange, orange peel, pine needles/twigs, and caramel. Sticky aroma. Taste is pine needles and some kumquat, with hay and caramel backing. This isnít an extremely fresh bottle, but the hops are still all there. That said I am sure this is actually a ton better on tap; I feel the hops wanting to kick me in the face. Some herbal, caramel notes left behind. Light fruit. Easy drinking beer here. Creamy carbonation. Very solid IPA, need a fresh, dry hopped version!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
With a large prevalence of extremely hoppy IPAs, it is quite easy to forget that IPAs can also have a high ratio of toasty malts to compliment their exuberant hops. Itís also easy to forget that hops can offer esters beyond the west coast pine, fir, and grapefruit that are most commonly associated with the American IPA style. Hops are capable of herbal, floral, earthen, and tropical delights, to name a few. Deschutes Brewing is based in Bend, Oregon and they offer a wonderful alternative to the largely prevalent American IPA style. Simply called the Red Chair IPA, she sports a bounty of malts to compliment her bounty of hops.

As her name implies, her appearance is all shimmering reds, ambers, garnets, and polished coppers. Her head reflects the jewel beneath with faint copper and blood-orange hues that linger as a thin blanket. No haze, she shines bright before my eyes. Glass in hand; I partake of her equally bright nose. Malts and hops meld together in a medley of toasted breads, caramelized sugars, and fresh pine needles weighing heavy under glistening morning dew. There is a faint wisp of white grapefruit and lemon, but only as freshly spritzed esters. Sweet and dry, her nose hits clean and leaves clean. Obviously not a big IPA, I am nonetheless intrigued by her promise of vibrant sessionability. The first quaff is sweet and clean, crunching with caramelized sugars and thinly sliced toast teetering on the edge of burnt while the middle is where her heart and soul lay. Grapefruit, prickly pine needles, and lemon spritzer hold her crunchy sweetness together for a very clean quaffing experience. Her mouthfeel and body is a bit thin but not detrimentally so. My glass empties quite quickly; a wholly sessionable malty IPA, Red Chair was exactly what the doctor ordered.

The more malty IPAs I taste, the more I am able to appreciate this style of IPA more. It just further proves to me that styles are to be taken with a good dose of critical disregard. Grab yourself a chair, it doesnít have be red, crack open a bottle, sit back, and enjoy lifeís most beautiful treasure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2010
From bottle. Pours hazy orange/amber with medium frothy white head. More fruit than expected, grapefruit, delicious citrus of NW hops that is their signature with pale ales, but more malt backbone than expected. Not their strongest IPA, but a decent drinker. Bitter finish, but easily a session brew if in a different size. Nice, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Fireweed honey in color, cinnamon hues, large foamy off-white head, nice lacing, little or no carbonation.   Stale hop nose, slightly candyish, powdered sugar maybe.   Soft hoppiness on the tongue, also has a slight medicinal aspect.   Hmmm, not all that fresh.   Seems a little stale with a minor astringency.   Some citrus aspects, decent bite, fairly nice malt background.   Decent IPA, but has this slight artificial/medicinal aspect that detracts.   Usually most Deschutes offerings are rather tasty, but this one just seems a bit off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair IPA--India Pale Ale--Bond Street Series--2009 Release. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV--55 IBUís. 4.5 / 5.0. IPA Big foamy thin white mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright thin pretty amber red color. Intense floral earthy hop malt front. Tangy mild sweet dry toasted hint caramel hop infused fully fermented mild fruit body. Dry rich hop spice clean mild bitter end. Resinous. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.69 Each. NEW BREW!! Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair NWPA--Northwest Pale Ale--New Spring Seasonal--2010 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--60 IBUís. (4.4 / 5.0) Pale Ale--IPA? Dense rocky lacy 1/2" off white head. Beautiful clear bright rich amber red hint color. Floral earthy hop mild malt toast front. Cloying mellow sweet earthy crusty doughy toasted rich caramel resinous pine malty body. Cloying smooth creamy rich hop spice end. WOW BEER! Sampled 2/4/2010. 6-Pack--$5.99. 3 oz. Taster @ Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 2nd, 2010. 6.4% ABV. 60 IBUís. Clear bright pretty rich thin amber color. Mild earthy hop front. Cloying malty caramel doughy pine mellow sweet body. Cloying NWPA hop end. (4.0 / 5.0) Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair NWPA--Northwest Pale Ale--Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another slap at brewing conventions--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 60 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--IPA? Thick pour. Thin thin lace white head. Clear bright deep amber red hint color. Malty lightly toasted sweet floral hop front. Smooth rich sweetbread doughy juicy hop infused soft caramel fruit body. Smooth refreshing rich balanced hop spice end. Delicious doughy Hoppy Pale Ale. Sampled 1/9/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 1/6/2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear amber with no head. The slight gathering of bubbles at the tops leaves a webby lacing behind. Aroma: Pine, light citrus rind, and sweet malt. Taste: Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, burnt caramel malts. Starts fairly sweet and fruity and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation level. Overall: This beer didnít knock my socks off, and from reading the marketing speak on the bottle, the beer wasnít intended to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours a nice light amber with a dissipating head. There is tiny yeast clumps suspended throughout the beer! Aroma is red apple, floral hops, spruce, malts. Flavor is sweet malts and slight dustiness, along with red apple and fruity hops. Fairly full, creamy, rich body, almost like apple juice with much less sugar. Mild bitter finish; hops are there but not actually bitter. Fantastic IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3540) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
22 oz bottle, best by 8/09. Rusty amber with a pocked off-white head. Nose is orange, dough, spicy pine and toffee. Crisp medium light with a lingering tingle. Taste is caramel, juniper and grapefruit; a bit faded with a soft, hoppy finish and a peppery bite. Good session brew.

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