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Beer – #937 – Deschutes – Red Chair

Deschutes Red Chair is the beer of the week for the beer club, on a night when I dropped a bottle of beer, which caused me untold sadness and grief, but I’ll get over it by buying another .

the one-dimensional

I have the 355ml bottle that has a 60IBU thing, 186 calories a serve size,  beer that is of 6.2 ABV and 1.74 standard drinks worth in NZ

Brewed by Deschutes Brewery in the style that is of an American Pale Ale   and they’re from the lovely named Bend, Oregon USA

Not to be confused

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

So, What could possibly go wrong?

An odd aroma on opening, like lots of malt, fruity as well.

Dark hazelnut brown pour, darker than I expected, and it’s nice to see a beer with a decent head form, one that looks thick and with substance.

In the glass you get sense of the hops but they are underneath that malt note.

And there you go, the taste is lovely malty sweet with a lovely bitterness edge to it, syrupy fruity smoothness with a gentle but urgent finish. Goodness me.

There is though a bit of an underlying battle going on between that malt and the hops and the dull thud of hops catches you occasionally, a green dankness, it’s fleeting but I noticed it a couple of times. Then you go again and it’s all lovely and sweetness.

What’s not to like about that kind of risk/reward, and the reward is much better then the rich, this is a nice beer to drink and ponder over.

Also, as an aside, this leaves a lovely and wonderful lacing in the glass, which for some reason I enjoy seeing, like the rings of enjoyment defending the glass..

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. The aroma really doesn’t give anything away with this, it’s a lovely drink that has sweetness, and a bitterness to it that work well together in a lovely way.   Nice.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Beer Jerk Beer Club, it’s good
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s less aggressive than I thought it might be.
  • Would I have another? Yes.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, it’s nice beer, drinks well, offers up some lovely tastes and sensations without being full of itself or noisy enough that you want it out of there in a hurry, settle in have a couple it’s worth it.

Music for this:  ” The Junction ” and ” City Nights ” is what I have on Spotify 

The Junction is an indie rock band formed in 2000 from Brampton, Ontario, Canada.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads




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