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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010)
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Japerrault

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color, a thick white head, nice lacing left behind.

S: Clove and pine aromas dominate.

T: Lightly sweet up front. Hops in the spotlight, bring flavors of cloves and piney resin. Light bready flavors in the finish with light bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately carbonated

D: Well balanced, light sweetness goes well to even out all of the hops. Not too bitter. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 11:43:21 | More by Japerrault
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bcm119

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber/copper in color with a fine, eggshell-colored lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but not sweet or cloying at all. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed-- the definition of finesse. Very well done, one of my favorites from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:11:25 | More by bcm119
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bret27

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see they changed things up a bit to relabel this in a 12oz and appropriately call it a pale ale.

S: Tangerine, spice, pine (very similar to Hop Henge actually.)

A: Amber/brown, good light fluffy head

T: Honey, malt, piney bitter American hops. Definite sweet malt presence, but works since niether are overbearing.

M/D: Just bitter enough to be refreshing. Med. and slick mouth.

Overall: Good, very similar to other Deschutes IPA/PA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 07:42:31 | More by bret27
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Bricelyn

Idaho

4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a beautiful scene , was poured into a pint glass Foamed very little then dissipated quite quickly and is leaving no lace on the glass, the beer itself is a wonderfully rust orange with beautiful canary highlights.

I smell a grape-fruity hop with a little grain behind it.

Taste is Juniper at first mellowing into some malt but snaps back to a more grapefruit bitterness towards the end of your first few sips.

Good crisp mouth feel with just the right amount of carbination. leaves the palate a little sticky but that's nothing a few more brews wont help out!

This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:18:38 | More by Bricelyn
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jimbodude

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber with a very thin layer of head.

S - You can definitely smell the fruitiness hop out of the bottle.

T - The bitterness is so crisp. You taste bitter, fruity, then it just hops away; taste doesn't linger for that long. You wont' be able to taste that its a beer on the stronger side.

M - Not a heavy beer. Just enough carbination.

D - I can enjoy these all night long. This would probably go good for a summer bbq. Just need to remember to drink in moderation since its a stronger beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:03:08 | More by jimbodude
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Orange-tinged copper color; half inch head

Smell
Citrussy and floral hops mingle with bready sweet notes.

Taste & Body
Seven European and American malts comprise this smooth-yet-complex, full-bodied pale ale. It has a delicious malt profile--a good mix of sweet dough and toasted grains and oats. The hops are there a bit in the beginning but really make their presence known in the finish. The finish is slightly sweet, then comes a big bitter and citrussy hop kick. Body is on the full side for the style, but it's not excessively heavy.

Overall
Love this! Definitely recommended as it's a nice change of pace for pale ales. A good malty, full-flavored APA. Kind of like Torpedo, though not as hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:58:17 | More by JEdmund
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Red Chair seems like a cross between an APA, IPA and Amber Ale. The color is somewhere between pumpkin and amber. Tight, dense, off-white cap of bubbles. The aroma has a clean caramel malt note with a fair bit of piney-floral hops. Flavor has a touch of sweetness from the bready, caramel malt, but hops provide a bitter finish and a mildly bitter sense of resin throughout. The feel is round and chewy with some hop oiliness. It's an easy beer to drink with good balance for a West Coast style Pale and a tame but flavorful profile. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:19:39 | More by popery
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Red Chair IPA that was discontinued from the Bond Street Ales. That brew had a ton of hop flavor with subtle hop bitterness and was labeled an IPA I guess it shook up the Pacific Northwest brewing scene a bit too much. This is the newly released Red Chair NWPA. Appears a bright copper with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling slow, leaves fine speckled lacing down the sides of my Otter Creek fluted pils glass. Aroma has bitter citrus peels with a fruity floral component. Complex hops very nice offering from Deschutes the flavor really explodes with a nice rolling hop bitterness and citrus zest. A mild fruity sweentess comes through but mainly citrus zest, floral hops, and earthy herbal hops. Hoppier than most IPAs, I don't get it they made an IPA that tasted like a pale and now a pale ale as hoppy as an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice with slick hop oils medium bodied not heavy, carbonation rolls on without a problem. Extremely drinkable a solid beer that I wouldn't mind more access to another fine session ale from the folks at Deschutes, thanks Geof.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 23:25:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/01/10) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with about a 1/2 finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Left behind is a thick collar and sparse islands on the surface of the beer.

S - Hops waft out of the bottle immediately after opening...pouring into a glass only enhances this experience. Fruity and citrusy hops can be smelled from several feet away. Orange blossoms, honeylike sweetness, a touch of grapefruit.

T - Fruity, citrusy - sweet grapefruit and some oranges. Bitterness is crisp, a hint of alcohol lingers behind. Solid malt backbone - a bit caramelly. Overall balance is to the hops. Good pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied...carbonation medium too. Prickly and lively. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very enjoyable pale ale. Hoppy, fruity, quite flavorful. A 6 pack of these would be a nice companion on a weekend afternoon. Another fine beer from the people at Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:55:47 | More by portia99
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just received a bottle of this from the very generous trader, RedBrewer83. Huge thanks! I got the box this morning, and since it had such a cold trip, this was perfectly chilled for my consumption at lunch. :)

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold at first, but it has a light reddish tint to it. A nice 2-finger beige head rests on top. Excellent retention on this one. Tons of sticky lace and sip rings all over the glass. Big piney scents burst out of this beer. I can smell this across the room. Lots of floral tones in there as well. Very nice.

The body on this is a bit of a disappointment. This is pretty thin and weak. Carbonation level is low-moderate. I like a bit more chew in my beer. This is like a tamed-down IPA in flavor. Nice crisp hops at the forefront that bitter this one up. Semi-sweet candy-like finish. Not as balanced as I'd like, as it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side, but this is a NWPA, so that's expected. Great beer. Glad I had the opportunity. Thanks again, Evan!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 18:04:37 | More by Onenote81
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

extra from Nice Cans BIF. 12oz into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Bronze/amber, pretty colorful, nice creamy eggshell-white pancake head. Thick, sticky lacing.

S- Hops, bready malt. Hops are citrus, grapefruit, a bit piny. Some pretty bready malt, way more pronounced than I would expect. I like it, though.

T- Incredibly fruity. Pine hops are bitter, but it's like a fruit punch tidal wave at first. Honeydew, pineapple, mango, papaya. Pretty good malt base does a really solid job of tying this one together. Really, for the amount of hops, it's pretty balanced.

M- Full/rich for the style, good carbonation, Great lingering notes.

D- Pretty high... really a unique and flavorful beer. I'd be happy to drink this again. Really surprised me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:01:56 | More by ShogoKawada
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red ale with a small tan colored head. Had no idea why it was called red chair before, probably because it is red.

Smell is light caramel and NW hops mainly pine and cedar scents. There is a fainter spicy scent here I can only describe as cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Starts out sweet and woody with a little bitterness detected. Carmel and woodiness are the strongest flavors here. Hops remind me of the taste of a cedar plank you cook salmon on.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice pale ale here though not all that outstanding. Tastes like a watered down Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:00:07 | More by Zorro
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LittleDon

Texas

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a slight haze. A small amount of carbonation. Healthy off white head producing some lace. Caramel, berries, and a bit of banana in the aroma. Slight sweetness with a bit of spice (nutmeg?) in the middle. Nice balance between the hops and malt up front, a bit on the hoppy side in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:06:47 | More by LittleDon
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a recent trade with bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre! Best before 1st April 2010, consumed 12 Feb

The pour is gorgeous, a mostly clear bronze with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It almost looks like a cask pour.

The nose is rich and perfumey with citrus hop character, a delicate floral, jasmine-like character. The malt character is also quite delicious, toasty, caramel-like, working quite well with the floral and citrus character. Quite like a nice marmalade on toast, this smells great.

The palate opens with plenty of bitterness, some orange and citrus rind, and a great hop flavor. Fruity and hoppy, there's some malt character noticeable, toasty, caramel-like and mildly sweet. Drying on the finish with a light sweetness and a lingering bitterness, a touch of alcohol is perceived as well. This is solid stuff. Bigger in body than I care for in an APA (medium-light) with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is enjoyable, though not quite sessionable due to the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:25:36 | More by DefenCorps
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djbreezy

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber glow with 1/2 finger header, good lacing

Smell - Hop nose with some caramel tones

Taste - Echoes the nose, especially the hops up front, solid balanced malt background

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium

Drinkability - Very tasty, close to a session beer but the alcohol is getting up there

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 05:31:06 | More by djbreezy
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patobandito

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer from Deschutes, sign me up!

Pours a nice copper color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Looks a bit darker than other APAs I have had.

Smells mostly of nice northwestern hops, contrary to the bottle advertising that it is not a full-on hop assault. The taste however, is like the bottle. It has that wonderful hoppiness that I would expect from a northwestern APA, but the malt manages to dull the sharpness of the hops, making it extremely drinkable. The only complaint I really have is that it is a bit thin on the feel, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:31:49 | More by patobandito
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Deschutes beer on the shelf is always exciting for me to pick up. This one advertises itself as a different, Northwest pale ale. Mirror Pond is one of the best examples of the APA style in my opinion, so I was kind of surprised with another wide release bottled APA.

Fairly dark copper with amber highlights in my pint glass. Moderate head leaves quite a bit of lace.

Wow, lots of hops on the nose. I could smell this when I opened the bottle. Big grapefruit, lemon rind and pine resin. Honestly, it reminds me more of a quality IPA, but I'm not going to complain. Just a trace of biscuit and caramel malts that grow with warmth.

Not only is it the hoppiest smelling APA I can remember drinking, it is also the hoppiest tasting. Some grapefruit, lots of lemon rind and bitterness on the finish, and more of that pine/spruce resin going on. Definitely more malts break through on the flavors, adding nice balance and depth. Sweet caramel and toasty biscuit make this one of the best tasting pales I can remember having.

Much of the time I only notice the feel of the beer when it's off. That's the case in this brew. The carbonation, body and finish are all just right to where I have to stop and make an analysis.

Great job, Deschutes! Out of curiosity I visited their website, and was surprised that their first line of introduction for Red Chair was "Not up for a full-on hop assault?" While it's not an assault, Red Chair tastefully piles on the hops for a great northwest APA. My only fear is that it might be pushing out the also truly excellent Cinder Cone as a seasonal. Can't we have both!?

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:53:53 | More by josiahschlender
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Longhorn22

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, let me just say that so far I have not had a pale ale and wanted a second bottle of it. I have tried Mirror Pond from Deshutes, and Sierra Nevada, and i still don't really like them.

That being said, I liked this.

A - It had a pretty big head, that lasted for a long time.

S - It has a sweet aroma, sort of smells like some kind of fruit.

T - It is sweet, you can really taste the malts. It has a slight bite at the end of a sip, but this is really the best tasting pale ale I have had.

M/D - It was very smooth, but still had some weight. I don't usually drink many beers at a time, but I drank two of these in a row pretty easily.

Bottom Line: Sweet, and easy to drink, probably the easiest to drink and tastiest pale ale I have had. So, if you don't usually like pale ales, you should give this one a shot. It isn't radically different, but it gets it just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 07:00:50 | More by Longhorn22
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:54:52 | More by corby112
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: polished copper, good clarity, thick layer of white fine-beaded foam, good head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: biscuity malt, piney hops, hint of cooked strawberries

Flavor: medium malt sweetness; resiny hop flavor that tends toward a citrus-peel, leafy-green note; caramel; finishes semisweet with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, a bit chewy

Other comments: A pretty smooth, not-too-hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:42:46 | More by GreenCard
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town today.

Best by April 29, 2010.

It pours a clear amber gold with a 1" head of foam and, typical of Deschutes brews, some darned good lacing.

The smell is...IPAish. Lots of grapefruit notes with some floral tones, maybe some tropical fruitiness. I'm trying hard to smell some sort of malt presence but I'm not getting any.

First sip and...there you are, Mr Malt. Nice malty sweetness here to go along with the robust grapefruit flavour and although the overall flavour still lies in bitter territory, the malt makes it a much closer race than I could have imagined going by the smell. Nice!

A nice medium body with carbonation that doesn't get too fizzy, it has a rather niced mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Again, typical of Deschutes brews whether they are high octane or not, the drinkability is to be greatly admired and I'm admiring this one's greatly. What a brewery!

Edit: I originally reviewed this as the IPA. My bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:11:51 | More by Bitterbill
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champ103

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:36:18 | More by champ103
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vkv822

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a clear, medium amber color with slight golden hues, and a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The scent is of juicy citric hops hops, with some faint pine and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is malty bread, which then blends nicely into a citric and pine hop bitterness.
The balance between the malt and hop flavors is really very enjoyable.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Probably my favorite seasonal offering from Deschutes, it is a very well done, enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:10:45 | More by vkv822
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the darker amber color. Good lacing here - this is a pretty white head. The nose is peppery with hops, and the malt is biscuity or crackerlike. Slightly sweet malt.

The flavor is well balanced, with some fruitiness, diacetyl, herbs, and malt. I get quite a little pepper from the hops, with caramel and pale malts that hint toward an English IPA. Good carbonation leaves it smooth and firm. Finishes minty and somewhat bitter, but it's really pleasant. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 04:36:28 | More by BretSikkink
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HOPFENKOPF

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured a crisp, clear, copper with shades of amber in my pint glass. A finger of dark off white head topped this treasure and slowly dissipated to about a half. Good lacing for this style of beer. I got thirsty just looking at this one.

The nose was not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice with citrus and sweet caramel notes. A very subtle mineral/pine ended the nose.

This beer is built very well, fighting shape even. Definite malt front, showcasing caramel and sweet bread quickly rolling into a grapefruit citrus and what I felt was not quite pine or green grass but something in-between. Don't let me freak you out with the green grass thing because it has a refreshing finish.

The red chair goes down crisp and clean with a satin feel. The carbonation is close to perfect. It comes in at 6.4abv but in my book every bit a session beer. I could seriously drink this year round and hope it will not be a limited or seasonal release.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 09:53:51 | More by HOPFENKOPF
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.