Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Andreji:
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.
However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).
The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.
The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.
The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.
All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful.
04-09-2011 01:04:55 | More by Andreji
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
When I think of a brewery that produces traditional Pacific northwest ales Deschutes easily comes to mind first for me,this pale is exactly what Iam talkin about.Poured a clear burnt orange with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that never really fades,a creamy mass holds to the finish.A mix of citrusy/piney hop and a healthy caramel malt base in the nose,no frills just goodness.Flavors are slightly piney but much more grapefruit-like and citrusy, a big biscuity caramel sweet malt base holds up to the hops,the hops win out slightly but its pretty balanced.I could drink this all night,it dont need to be complex for me because the flavors are great,this is old school northwest American craft brewing at it's best.
08-07-2010 22:09:11 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
This beer wasn't exactly what I expected when I had it.
A- The color has a nice cooper with hints of red and gold.
S- The smell was typical of a north coast hopped beer. The smell of pine and citrus cut through.
T- This is where the beer kind of lost meet. The hops shoot out at you and it is a little overwhelming. The malt starts to show up the more you drink it, but the balance doesn't seem to be there for me.
M- The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. Refreshing and not too filling.
D- If it werent for such a hoppy taste this could be more drinkable. The tastes are all there, the hops just seem to be doing too much over powering. For something that is 60 IBU's it taste like a heck of a lot more.
05-12-2010 09:46:46 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.
04-30-2011 03:06:20 | More by mikechance
4.43/5 rDev +8%
One of the best pale ales in the Pacific Northwest, deserving of its self-identification as the original NWPA.
Pours an orange/copper with moderate head. Aroma is thick and florally fragrant, heavy with hoppy goodness. This beer's flavor is bold but smooth, more than the sum of its parts in the way that only perfectly balanced beers can be. The malt presence is strong without tasting "grainy", and the hops are citrus and pine without being astringent. A little on the fizzy side, making for good mouthfeel and bringing the flavors together pleasingly.
Two thumbs up--definitely a buy.
05-15-2011 06:38:39 | More by Schmit
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.
SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread
TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish
The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.
03-20-2012 03:13:54 | More by Jason
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-05-2010 23:38:49 | More by Mora2000
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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