Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by SamN:
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured in my New Belgium goblette.
Wow, what a head! huge, thick, creamy, bubbly crown, leaves sticky lacing down the glass...the beer itself is slightly hazy, opaque and the color of really dark honey. Mouthwatering looks, gorgeous deep color and that endless dollop of head. Holy shit, that smell is amazing, too. Such a aromatic bouquet of floral, fruity, citrus and sweet whole cone hops. Incredibly bright and hoppy. The malt is only detectable as adding the low end of the aroma spectrum up, with bready and honey malts just noticeable under the mountain of Pacific NW hops character. The taste is interesting. It starts with a good fruit hops punch and is backed up with the modest malts in the background with a sturdy foundation. The hops swell to a bitter honey crest and fade away with a distinct hops aftertaste, but really without the deal-breaking bitter lingering taste. To the point, the more I drink of this, the more balanced it really becomes, especially in the finish. I'm starting to get some sweet navel orange rinds in the finish now. Maintains a distinct sweet edge to the it almost the whole time, less in the beginning. Body is great, just the perfect amount of body for a sweet and hoppy NW pale ale. Great structure.
Damn impressive. All the characteristics I look for in my APAs; fruity nose, balanced taste, a mildly bitter but balanced finish. Ths beer leans towards the hoppier side obviously, but without losing sight of the balance nessecary to really represent the style well.
Deschutes has one of the best track records with me; not a bad beer yet!
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2011 01:46:44 | More by SamN
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4.01/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.
O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 19:43:35 | More by dbrauneis
4.51/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A--Gorgeous beer. Light amber/copper in color. Medium foamy head, slight lacing left in the glass.
S--Absolutely wonderful. Citrus hops are up first, followed by a hint of pine and then the malt.
T--Very bright and crisp. As with the nose, the citrus hops stand out well, with a nice malt taste to follow. A great aftertaste that leaves just a hint of dry bitterness.
M--Just what I was expecting from the style. Medium body and very easy to drink. Perfect amount of carbonation for me and extremely refreshing.
O--Definitely one of the best Pale Ales that I've had, right up there with Sierra Nevada, which as far as I'm concerned is the holy grail of Pale Ales. This has slightly less hops to me and slightly more malts. Great beer all around and there will be plenty of it in my future.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6.2 ABV. Best by June 11, 2014.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 06:11:23 | More by BrandonLBC
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.