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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Deschutes Brewing Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

Today's Beer?  An offering from Deschutes Brewing, and one of the most popular and prolific Spring seasonals floating around Oregon: Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale.

Deschutes Red Chair Pale Ale was a copper hue, cloudy with suspended particles and topped by a sudsy white head.  The nose was surprisingly fruity, somewhere between a watermelon flavored candy and fruit punch.

Deschutes Red Chair Pale Ale had a sweet, floral start before heading to a tropical body of mango and papaya.  As the beer faded is seemed to lose a little body, and it dried up in the finish with flavors of mineral water and a light lemon aftertaste.  

The "Northwest" in Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale is clearly a nod to the hoppy nature of the beer, and it is surprisingly sweet and fruity compared to their Mirror Pond Pale Ale   and Inversion IPA, which lean more towards the pine-side of the taste spectrum.  Fantastically drinkable and representative of Oregon Spring, Everyone with the means to do so owes it to themselves to pick up a six-pack of the Spring seasonal before the weather starts heating up.

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