|Deschutes Red Chair
Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it sure is wound tight. As the darkness of winter fades into light so does our palate for brew. In this time of transition there is one beer that embodies the change of season in a seamless way—Deschutes Red Chair. Dubbed a Northwest Pale Ale, this American style pale is both sweet and bitter. Just from the copper color pour and half inch, off-white head you can see this beer has something to offer. The aroma entices with hints of grapefruit citrus and floral hops, yet balances with a sweet, caramel graininess that pulls the drinker in. The first sip will reveal a slight hop forward bitterness that bites the tip of your tongue and quickly transitions to a sweet, citrusy breadiness for a balance that is nigh unmatched in pale ales. With a slick mouthfeel this beer goes down easy, and when it is gone it leaves a slightly bitter finish behind. If you lick your lips (which you will!) you can still taste the balance of the caramel and hops, leaving a lasting impression on your palate. So whether you soon find yourself behind a lawnmower or a budding relationship (‘tis the season), find your way to the bottom of an exceptionally well made bottle of Deschutes Red Chair—it won’t be around forever.
Keelan Mulligan, March 14, 2013
|Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine
Unlike the original, there is no conspiracy about this Bigfoot, nor do you have to scour the wilderness to find it. Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine comes out every year in early Spring, and the excitement of
Keelan Mulligan, March 7, 2013
|Telluride’s Face Down Brown Ale
As the 2012 gold medal winner for American-Style Brown at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, this week’s beer hardly needs any introduction—Telluride’s Face Down Brown Ale. A mix of an English Style Brown and its American counterpart, this beer exemplifies both styles perfectly while also combining to create something transcendent. The aroma soothes up front with roasted toffee and nuts, giving way to sweet chocolate hints balanced by aromatic hops.
Keelan Mulligan, February 28, 2013