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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Day 5 Drink: Red Chair NWPA

Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore., is one of America's finest craft brewers. If you doubt this fact, just match up a few of their beers against a few of your favorites. There is a consistent level of performance from the Deschutes brewhouse that deserves respect.

Early this week a six pack arrived from the brewery. Three bottles of Cider Cone Red and three bottles of Red Chair NWPA. (The photo here is from the original release of the Red Chair brand before they started to accurately tag it a "Northwest Pale Ale.")

The announcement was that Cinder Cone Red was being retired and it was being replaced by Red Chair, which is named after an old chairlift operating at Mount Bachelor. Red Chair NWPA will be a seasonal January to May release from the brewery. It has a rich amber gold color, with plenty of aromatic hops as you pour the brew. The 6.4 alcohol by volume beer is a crisp 55 International Bittering Units that are fresh and carry a bit of newly cut pine and citrus flavor notes. Enough flavor to satisfy fans of Cinder Cone Red and make a few new friends along the way.

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