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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
I’ve had several tasting of this brew prior to reviewing. I’ve poured it in several different glasses and really enjoyed it most from my nonic pint. My overall impressions are that this is a beautiful pale ale in the English pub bitter/ale tradition with a unique and tasty American hop profile. In the aroma the sweet caramel and cereal like malt notes are in the fore, followed quickly by the citrus, tangerine and stone fruit like hops. Pours perfectly in the nonic pint with a light tan three finger head with small tight bubbles and just a bit of fluffiness. The taste is pitch perfect. The hops give you both a crisp and lingering bitterness with nice citrus, gentle pine and lemongrass. Very forward but never overpowering. The malts are sweet caramel and toffee, balanced and with a nice grain backbone. The palate is simply spot on and delightful for the style. Red Chair is both sessionable and well worth savoring. Red Chair isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it is just so damn good. An easy drinker that defines the style and is always a welcome quaff at a very nice price. About $14.00 a 12 pack. Bound to be a crowd pleaser and very fridge worthy. Cheers


3.9
Thisis12ptfont (1234) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 8, 2018
Aromas of crisp hops, grass, melon, leafy hops, pines, resin, amber malts, caramel, ale yeast, toffee and grain malts. Pours a very nice crimson with a copper hue and a thin white foam. Taste brings a clean and straight bitterness with notes of pines, herbs, resin, dankness, tree sap, honey and hints of citrus upfront. Finishes smooth with a nice malt backbone of caramel, sturdy grains, amber malts, copper oils, toasted bread malt sugars and crisp ale yeast. Overall, this is straight and to the point. Nothing too outside the box but it takes the style and nails it. Very pleasantly clean bitterness and refreshing with every sip.

3.4
trapped (3801) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 7, 2018
Bottle. Pours clear copper red with large foamy light beige head, caramel malt aroma, low carbonation, bitter caramel malt taste with floral hops, smooth body, long bitter finish. Very smooth and flavorful.

3
mrdrock (29) - - DEC 24, 2017
Light white head Grass and hoppy aroma Nut brown color with clarity Medium mouth feel Average hoppy taste that lingers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
balloonbuffoon (752) - - AUG 12, 2017
Paid $8 for a six-pack. 12floz bottle, BBD: 04.06.2017 (I’ve had fresher, I’m not gonna let a BBD get in the way), nonic glass. Appears amber n color, and head is stable leaving residue behind. In short, it smells like a candy medium bodied ale, and tastes somewhat like a caramel pine cone. A pretty generic description for a beer that the profile of a hoppy amber welll.

3.8
M_Sack (794) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2017
Bottle. Deep copper, red hue, medium off white head, good lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pepper, rye, a touch of pine, bread and caramel malts. Quite spicy on the palate, with initial bitterness and warming, integrated alcohol. Leads into pine and a sweetish caramel middle and moderately bitter finish.

3.5
JohananaV2 (278) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2017
I had this towards the tail end of the night and had quite a few beers before hand but this was really shockingly delicious. Try it, you will like it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
zoucrew102 (2250) - - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle. Citrus hop aroma with notes of bready malt and light pine resiny hops. Pours clear copper colored with one finger of off white head that has excellent retention and some lacing. Starts with bright citrus hop flavors with some pine bitterness in the background. Finishes dry, but smooth with bready malt countering the hop bitterness well. Pretty good.

3.3
Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2017
12oz bottle reddish pour with off white head aroma and taste is citrus and light hops

4.4
Hopper8 (268) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2017 This is a very smooth beer. I love the hop forward nature of this beer that lends the initial bitterness and refreshing nature of an IPA, but comes in with nice smooth and bready malts to just make this an easy beer to sip with pals or on a night in. Very nice.

4
AssKicker (721) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JUN 5, 2017
Couleur ambrée visuellement propre, mousse onctueuse à la tenue modérée. Nez sur les agrumes que l’on retrouve intensément en bouche, mais de manière vraiment surprenante pour une Pale Ale, d’autant plus que ces notes perdurent longtemps avec un complément de caramel. Bonne rondeur en bouche, amertume modérée. Goût métallique en fin de bouche peu de temps après l’ouverture de la bouteille, mais qui fini par disparaître au bout d’un moment. Ouf. Au final, il s’agit probablement là de l’une des meilleures Pale Ale que j’ai bu à ce jour. Une grosse réussite.


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