Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by eclipse54:
3.83/5 rDev -6.6%
I love this beer and look forward to it every year. I don't know why I haven't reviewed it until now. Anyway, the first 12 ounce bottle from the freshly procured case goes into the tulip...
A moderate pour yields an inch of frothy, eggshell-white head that lingers for a few minutes before resolving almost completely. Scant patches of bubbles linger to decorate the surface as wispy trails lace the glass. The aroma is of varied, citrusy hops and a malty, caramel background. Some orange up front with balanced toffee in the rear; not aggressive, not underwhelming, but balanced and reasonably complex. Flavor follows suit, with a nice malt component playing second fiddle to fresh, citrusy hops. Some orange, pine, and lemon zest meld with caramel, toffee, and subtle notes of brown sugar in a very drinkable manner. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing with a slightly resinous finish. The carbonation level is appropriate for this style and does well to liven the beer. Overall... while there may be pales out there that fit a specific flavor profile or showcase a different ingredient better, the Red Chair offers a surprisingly refreshing degree of balance and quality in a beer that does not decimate a single population of taste buds. The substantial malt background makes it an excellent choice for the colder months, and the superb drinkability/affordability is why I return to it (by the case) every year.
01-21-2014 23:58:50 | More by eclipse54
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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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