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RATINGS: 983   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, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

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SFtaster (66) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12 oz bottle poured into chilled tall glass. My new favorite ’everyday’ beer! Available at Safeway for $12.99/12 pack this NWPA punches well above it’s weight. The rich malty flavor is perfectly balanced by an assertive citrus/pine hop profile. Red Chair would’ve been classified as an IPA ten years ago because there’s enough bitterness to please the casual hop head in all beer drinkers. Once again, Deschutes Brewery produced a superb beer.

3.8
Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12oz bottle from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of pine, grapefruit, cracker, light red berry. Slightly hazy red with a fairly lasting white head. Very nicely balanced, lightly fruity, light cracker. Light-medium bodied.

3.8
Darwenus (1136) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2017
I think this is the best thing I’ve had from Deschutes. It’s really pretty tasty. It pours orange/red with average head, lace, and carbonation. The aroma is incredibly well balanced. Rich, hoppy, just a little bit sweet, with a hint of apple and spice notes. The flavor is is balanced, too... the malt is warm and rich and the hops kick in on the finish without stealing the show. This is somewhere between an American strong ale and a pale ale, and flirts with both styles in a tasty and unique way.

2.9
theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Aroma is a mellow citrus and light caramel. Appearance is hazy copper with small off white head. Taste is balanced citrus hop, caramel and hop bitterness. Palate is medium crisp. Overall ok, hop are a little one dimensional and the malt lacks complexity.... but a decent drinker.

3.2
ozzy70 (1148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 10, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Poured dark amber with a long lasting off white head. Aroma was fresh citrus, orange, grapefruit. Taste was moderate bitter, grapefruit rind, floral, pine.

3.7
Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Draft at Capital Ale House in Short Pump, VA The APA poured a red-amber color with an off white head and lacing. This was listed an IPA. Having both Mirror Pond and this together, I like Red Chair better. This is very smooth pale ale . The aroma was light citrus with mango. The flavor was easy to enjoy with balanced bitterness with a malt backbone. The ale has a medium body with average carbonation. Despite the hop character, bitterness is quite tame as the swallow slides off the tongue.

3.6
GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer, thanks Alex! Clear golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, stone fruit, malt, light floral. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, malt, citrus peel. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.4
hershiser2 (3265) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle from Kroger. Pours clear golden with only a dusting of a head. Aroma of orange, tomato sauce with onions - almost reminds me of the good ol’ Cleveland style pizza bagels - kinda strange for a beer. Flavor is minor citrus, minor pine, heavy bread, cardboard, light oregano (perhaps it’s that tomato sauce thing), grapefruit peel, and a tropical fruit finish. Strange... interesting too.

3.9
toddryan (2) - - NOV 17, 2016 does not count
Not normally a big IPA guy but this was smooth and flavorful. Not overly hoppy like most IPAs.

4.3
Andrew196 (1903) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle to glass - pours a rich amber with a thin white head. Extra points for lace and perfectly suspended particulate....I mean, evenly distributed and not really settling. Aroma of ripe red grape, plum, pine and sweet malts, inviting. Nice crisp taste, well balanced, floral hops, more fruity malts, berries. Very well made guys.


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