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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Feb 2010: This beer is recently 'retired' - replaced by Red Chair NWPA', which is a slight variation on the original recipe.
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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, light copper color with many streams of carbonation traveling at different paces. The head is puffy and off-white with distinctive characteristics from the loads of hops used: big bubbles with a spectrum reflection and an off-white color to the head that looks greenish orange to me.

S- Really all I can smell is hops. Sweet citrus orange hops and piney herbal hops. A hint of a sweet candy.

T- Finally, an IPA that doesn't rely solely on the bitter tastes of hops. The bitterness that is present does not burn like soap or alcohol but more like an orange or a tart peach. The hops also provide a fruity sweetness and a tart, sour apple flavor.

M&D- Simple and effective. The body is medium and bubbly.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Chair exudes a bright floral bouquet courtesy of Cascade and/or Centennial hops. The aroma is immediate and appealing and arrives above a clear, deep copper body sporting a spry head with wayward lace. Bittering is strong - almost too strong - delivering a citric bite that somehow fails to grab me.

This is a fine beer, but I'm not sure where Deschutes is going with it. It's not an imperial and doesn't compete well with the lesser-priced Inversion that I much prefer.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Left Hand tulip. best by dated 8-19-09.

A: Pours dark golden with a small 1/2 off white head. Nice lacing that faded quickly.

S: Good piney hop smell mixed with sweet caramel malts.

T: Citrus undertones with a decent hop flavor to it. Very low bitterness but I guess that was to be expected with only 55 IBU's.

M: Feels thin, medium/light carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink being only 6.5% ABV. I prefer my IPA's to have some good bitterness to them and this one did not. Seemed more like a extra pale ale than a IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into my New Belgium balloon tulip glass. Thanks go to my buddy Bubba83 for the hook up with this in a trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 rigid fingers of foamy off-white head. Rich retention that leaves some great looking thickish rings of sticky lacing back. The aroma is deeply floral and herbal smelling with some lush tropical notes to it but I'm only picking up a moderate amount of malt presence. This also has a surprising amount of warmth that comes out as this warms. Not enough to really distract but it's definitely noticable.

The hops in the taste are herbal and resinous, with a lightly spicy bitterness that stretches the whole way through. The malty backbone of this is coming off as a bit more toasty to me, with the sweetness of the citrus that is present providing the bulk of the balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation and overall easygoing feel in the mouth. There is maybe a touch of beef to this but it seems to actually help the overall profile by accentuating the bitterness in the finish.

I'm always up for trying new hoppy treats from Deshcutes and this one was pretty satisfying. This was maybe a bit unbalanced towards the hops but the smooth body on this made for a pretty refreshing quaff. This actually seemed to drink more like an APA. Good stuff that I'll seek out more of in the future.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35 for beating his ass in ESPN's The Streak...thanks whore.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Best by 8/19/09 on the label.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head. A good amount of lace holds on to the glass after the head slowly falls. Aroma consists of light gritty citrus, some toasted grains, and sweet malt. Some pine and earth find their way in the nose as well. Taste begins with a fair amount of spicy malts followed by slightly rotten grapefruit and spruce. Midway grainy biscuits with some earthy hops linger on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost tea like with a touch of zesty lemon and caramel malt. Light to medium body with a strong tingle left on the tongue. Medium to high carbonation with this one as well. This IPA has a pretty solid malt backbone, almost English style. Not a huge fan of this one, but like many others, I like my IPA's with sweet citrus and/or floral hop flavors. Even though Dan-O is active in LARPing, at least he sends me beer. Thanks man!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Notes:

22oz Single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price, around $5 if not mistaken.

A: Copper, nice clarity, about half an inch worth of cream colored head, nice retention, big sticky gobs of lacing, nice looking beer.

S: Hops, and a fair amount of them, pine and citrus both, really gets after the nose, slight amount of caramel in the back, but this one is definitely a hops forward sort of beer.

T: Lots of hop resins and flavors, not a lot of malt at all, surprisingly low in bitterness, as noted on the bottle. Underneath it all is a slight roastiness from the malt and a bit of caramel. Citrus and pine really dominate this one though.

M: Very thin, little carbonation, feels very watery, not impressed here.

D: Easy to drink and quite tasty, more like an XPA than an IPA to me though. A little more body would be nice on this one, I may try it again, this would be a good beer in six pack form.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and slight pines. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, slightly bitter, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA.

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Photo of bbothen
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours out a clear amber reddish color with a smallish off white head. Head is foamy & frothy though.

Smells of pungent piney & citric hops. Grapefruit, tropics, pine. Smells yummy I say. Cant wait to taste.

Nice and hoppy with a good amount of toasted and sweet malts. Hops seem to fade a bit near the finish, but this is a very tasty brew.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, sticky, low to moderate carbonation.

Nice sessionable IPA that drinks like an APA, just a bit hoppier. Wish this was in 6 packs. Will buy again.

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Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey for about five dollars, poured into a Stone pint glass, also drank last night with my dad and buddy, color is deeper copper color, ¾ inch foamy slightly off white head, some lacing, aroma has pineapple, a few different hop scents, toasted malts, grass, grapefruit, and mild sweetness, starts off with a slick hop flavor, toasted malts and mild citrus in the middle, more hops in the finish with grapefruit and mellow pine, very balanced IPA and quite drinkable at seven percent, smooth most of the way through without being overly bitter or malty, seven percent is hidden well, balanced, toasted, and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter/ Best by 8-19-09

P: Clear Copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that shows pretty good retention, clinging to the glass on the way down.

A: Loads of vibrant citrus & pine from the hops with a nice caramelly malt underneath. Smells promising!

T: Unfortunately, while the flavor pretty much follows the nose, it just doesn't excite me quite as much as the aroma did. It features those same bright, citrusy hops with fresh orange peels leading the charge, while the spicy pineyness tries its best not to be outdone. Hop flavors are solid, but their character doesn't quite "shine" like other top-notch IPA's. The nicely toasted caramel malt is rather thick and bready, and accomplishes it's goal of providing balance to the brew without a doubt. As mentioned on the bottle, the hoppy bitterness is absent, which would probably be great for someone who isn't a huge fan of hops, but it turns out to be a negative in this hophead's book. It isn't dry upon finish, but does leave a nice aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a very smooth, almost silky texture to it, while some creaminess is noted underneath on the back half of the mouthful. Not much in the way of stick-to-it-iveness in this IPA.

Notes: This is a middle-of-the-road IPA for me. I really missed that mouth-puckering, alpha acidic bitterness that I love so dearly. The malts were definitely added with a heavy hand, as this is a well-balanced IPA. But in the end, it's a bit too sweet and didn't quite scratch my itch for a hoppin' good time. Solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Barclay's in Oakland. Poured a reddish amber with a fairly big head that fades quickly but leaves behind some lovely lacing. Smells of spicy hops and a touch of soapy graininess. Tastes super piney and spicy with hops, beefy- almost too spicy! I love me some hops, but this is one huge chewy hop monster on tap. I could use a bit more malt here. Wow, just huge.

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Photo of ampzilla
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to wagenvolks for sending this out to me as winner of his Mystery Label LIF (pt. II).

I was pretty excited to try this beer and it showed in my aggressive pour with a dense cream head multiple inches tall. This was pillowy and clingy. Lace does not even begin to describe my glass. The beer itself is a nice clean looking copper.
The smell is what I imagine a walk in the redwood forests of the Pacific NW would be like. Lots of BIG pine. Really nice.
The taste is a slight letdown though with not as much hop bitterness or flavor coming through as I'd like. Though there is a decent bready malt that keeps it interesting.
The mouthfeel is pretty good. About as thick as I'd need in an IPA with just a little slickness.
This is pretty drinkable. Quite well balanced actually.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Nose is full of Pacific NW hops. Citrusy and a little toast. Clear amber with a half inch tan head. Clean bitterness up front with a bitter orange peel flavor from the hops. Malt is clean and not heavy or sweet with a bit of that toasty character coming through. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, although mouthfeel is fairly crisp and dry for the strength. A very nice IPA

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Chair IPA pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a small, persistent white head. Nice aroma of spicy pine-resin hops, backed by a substantial maltiness, sweet and sticky, but second to the hoppiness. The taste reinforces that this is on the malty end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of hops, and loads of excellent hop flavor, but it's rounded out nicely by a good toasty, sweet, thick malt, which also lends more body than many beers of a similar strength.

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3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: A very light tan head forms atop a beautiful clear orange amber liquid.

S: Earthy overtones backed up by some citrus and piney hops in the background. (Im curious if I would have detected them if I had not known this was an IPA)

T: Sweet caramel malt hits me up front with not a whole lot following it. Upon inspecting the label, I discover that this IPA "delivers an intense hop bitterness without the bitterness". Isn't that akin to buying a Corvette with a Honda motor? How is it possible to have "intense hops" without bitterness?

M: A tad on the thin side with fairly intense carbonation.

D: If it doesn't taste greaT, i'M NOT DRINKING IT.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.01/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my pint glass. Best by 8-19-09

Pours a very light copper color with a huge 3+inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention and very frothy looking leaving soapy lacing clinging to my glass.

Very grassy and earthy like smells come to my nose. Herbal and pine like notes are also to be smelled.

Either the best by date is way off or something, but this is one watery IPA. No hop bitterness or citrus like flavors, and to beat not even a caramel like malt taste either, this is just a simply watery IPA. WTF is going on man?

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and damn it I'am very dissapointed.

I cant believe I wasted my money and time to drink this sorry crap. They definitely need to change the "Best by date".

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at liquid solutions

Appearance: Fairly transparent body that is just a touch too orange to call full blown red. Lush 2 finger crown comprised of fine bubbles. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice subtle yet complex nose. Lots of herbal, minty, floral, and citrus hops creating a nice bouquet.

Taste: A bit less complex than the nose. Orange tangerine note that gives way to wet hopped goodness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking and for the style.

Drinkability: Its thin, has a 6.40% abv, and doesn't taste bitter so it gets high marks.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 08/19/09 on label. Poured into a Moonlight nonic pint glass. Pretty quick rising cream colored head. Nice prism of color- red/orange/yellow. Fragrant aromas of grapefruit rind with a subtle whiff of pine. There is some honey bread sweetness too.
Taste seems little thin at first. Good hop flavor...chalky grapefruit pine needle melange. Not much malt flavor to be found yet very hopped restrained. Good and easy to drink.

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Photo of bosco7
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear ruby orange color with a chunky off white head.

Smell is so clean and hoppy. Cascades all cascades here. Grapefruit and pine and plenty of it. You can definitely smell the toffee like malts underneath the hit of hops.

A little let down by the taste after smelling the liquid for the last 10 minutes. Really malt forward at first then hops take over. Im getting a lot of esters out of this beer some cherry and banana come to mind. The hops are really soft and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium almost full bodied which is kind of odd at first but it works. Overall this is a fine libation and reminds me a lot of the Sierra Nevada Harvest ales in that it has a soft malty yet definitely hoppy flavor profile.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like many Deschutes beers, the hop profile is rich, complex, and varying- giving a new experience with each sip. But also like Deschutes, the beer's balance may keep it from greatness. A lot of residual sweetness from the barley keeps the beer from favoring the dry, crisp, hop profile. Maltiness run the gammot of bready, graham cracker, caramel, and light toffee. Hops are spicy and range from grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemongrass, pineapple, herbal teas, and fresh cut grasses. These powerful hops could take much more of the stage if not for the competing malt sweetness and heavier body. Still, the beer isn't completely unattenuated; some hotter alcohols still make their way in and make the hops even spicier and bite-ier than I prefer. Lighter in color than a lot of Double IPA's, the beer has a reserved head stance and retention but did sow legging and some lacing with the sugars and alcohols present. A lot of negatives in this review, but the beer acually fares better than my Debbie-Downer demeaner. Very pleasant and enjoyable- I didn't have a problem with the session. Better attenuation and less alcohol bite could put this beer on the pedistal with Yulesmith and 90 Minute.

Thanks again awinte1!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/14/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, spring 2009 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber in color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour. Looks lightly creamy and frothy. Nice streaks and sticky patchwork of lace left behind.

Smell- Good aroma of pine and grapefruit hops. Pretty pungent, as well as a nice toasted malt base.

Taste- First few sips were fine. Good amount of hops and a good handfull of very lightly toasted malts...it tended to loose it complexity quickly though. Really just became a hoppy carbonated water as the beer was consumed.

Mouthfeel- Watery in flavor as well as in the mouthfeel. A sharp but lighter carbonation level. Hoppy and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not really impressed with this output from Deschutes.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big-ass bomber purchased at a local grocery store for $3.99(?) about a week ago. Best by August 19, according to the label.

Poured a burnt orange color, with lots of good clarity and a big, creamy slightly off-white head. Foam hung around for a while and left a thick webbing of lace on the sides of the glass. Probably the best looking IPA I've seen for a long time.

Super fruity in the nose. I get grapefruit, which I sort of expected, but there's also a lime-like flavor, which I, at least, find rather unusual. Beyond the citrus flavors, there's a herbal hoppiness, but it's very subordinate to the fruit.

The taste starts out with citrusy hops that are quickly paired up with an unobtrusive bready malt flavor. The more herbal, "green" hops are present as a faint background flavor. Slightly dry at the swallow. Odd tasting beer. What's here tastes good, but it seems like a DIPA that somehow lost half it's flavor.

Oily, coating yet somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Odd tasting beer, but not in a bad way. I don't like this as much as Hop Henge, but I might drink more of this in a sitting, as it's much more sessionable. Still, it's a little too fruity for me to want to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber-reddish copper color with a white head. Very pleasant sweet creamy lemon nose with hints of yeasty white bread and biscuits. The nose finishes with assertive pine; complex.

Bright flavors of fresh bread, yeast with a hint of malt, goes to grapefruit hops in the mid palate and finishes in the back palate with "elegant hops;" no other word for it. The bitter hops are assertive and desireable and very nice and full. Yet, they don't "hit you over the head."

Clean, fresh and extremely drinkable. There is an all around and incredible "refined bitterness" here. This is a beer that is likely to have very wide appeal; while a true IPA and hoppy, the refined hops and elegance will still appeal to the Belgian malt fans. Hop heads will also still get plenty of big and flavorful hops, only with some refined elegance on them. Nice all around.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single bomber of this from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with sticky, soapy, off-white head. A bubbly cap sits on top for the entire session. Head is very sticky; coats the glass with web-like lacing. Almost no carbonation. Swirl the beer for a second or two and you'll return the head to it's initial state. Gorgeous.

Smell: Caramel malt and piney hops. Grassy and floral accents are also apparent, along with a couple handfuls of grain. Some light mellow citrus and possibly melon. Mild and enjoyable.

Taste: Crisp citrus, bitter hops, and doughy malts. Floral accents throughout. Very balanced. Bitterness starts out mild, but definitely builds throughout the session.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, spicy, balanced, perfectly carbonated (on the light side), medium bodied, and smooth. Very, very nice.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Simple and balanced. Will be buying again.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tolann has generously sent me a bomber of this as a trade extra - straight from my wants list!
Pint Glass poured 6/12. Plenty of entrained air creates large bubbles in an otherwise micro dense head. 1/2" high, full high as hell as Dre Dog would say. Body is clean and clear, deep in copper color. Smell is unique. I am picking up some strong metallic notes, chlorine like almost. Very clean, cucumber like, warms a bit... almost herbal, aloe comes to mind. A warm and earthy hop presence is there.

On the tongue this starts out full bodied, an abundance of the micro carbonation expanding in my mouth. This lends well to a rather bready and biscuity start, the whole experience continues to 'grow' on the tongue, opening into a sweeter malt experience. Solid notes of honey as well. For a minute it seems that I am lost in a soupy, sweet mess, but soon the carbonation has grabbed the hops by the hand, producing a noble hop style dry, biting presence which takes over quickly. The beer comes alive with some spicy, herbally notes, a hint of cocoa. This works its way to a close with stark mentholyptic sting, marking the presence of alcohol. This warms and eases, and the beer goes out with a prominent, biting piney hopiness.
A wide array on the tongue here. I give it points for being adventurous with the mouthfeel and profile, yet overall it is easy to drink. This has grown on me big time as I work my way to the end of the bomber.

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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.