Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed six pack at Binny's Naperville, bottle dated best by 4/13/13. Damn, I didn't see this beers impending death before I bought it.
Pours a lightly hazy apricot with some long lasting big puddles of white that leaves some small sticky spatter.
Smells of faint white nectarine and white toast.
Mild buttery maltiness, strawberries, and dry white nectarine flesh. Understated caramel malts weave with a touch of grassiness at the finish.
Light, fluffy, and smooth on the tongue.
For being on bottle date life support, there's still a hell of lot to like about this. Flavors are soft but everything melds nicely, a drinkable and flavorful Pale.
03-06-2013 01:10:22 | More by BarrytheBear
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
Smell- bread, sweet/fruity
Taste- zesty up front, some citrus hop bite. Delicious fruity bouquet, apricot, apple, orange. Sweet malty breadiness, finishes nicely malty with some herbal (green tea) and fruity hopiness. A fantastic pale ale, shows some great malt layers yet still very APA in its lush hop profile. Very drinkable, the beer I wanna drink all spring/ summer
03-05-2013 00:18:50 | More by evanforbeer
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
Purchased a single at Binny's...poured into a standard pint glass and let sit for a few minutes.
A=Rich, dark gold color with steady eggshell head that lasted for about 2 minutes...very nice.
S=Almost none--perhaps a very faint floral smell at first, and then some apricot later on.
T=First sip--hops dominated, with a smokiness to it. Apricot and milkiness developed later on, with a spicy, nutmeg like, bite.
M=Noticeable carbonation at first, but sourness made it a bit difficult to drink more than one of.
O=Reminded me of Magic Hat #9, with a tastier hop backbone. I may try a tap with the right meal,e.g. barbecued chicken.
03-04-2013 04:10:28 | More by dhannes
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
Best by 06/14/13. Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.
A: Golden, amber, and clear. Creamy 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.
S: Not too much nose. A little pine, a little grassy floral notes, not too aromatic. Bottle describes it and "subtle aromatic seduction," so I guess I can't hold it against them.
T: Great hop flavor, crisp taste with a readily-apparent but very nice barley malt background that balances well. Not extremely bitter. Really dances over the palate with flavors. A little thin, but overall quite wonderful.
M: Clean, crisp, refreshing. A little watery, but aside from that, very well done.
O: Nice overall beer. Really easy to drink, very sessionable, would be perfect for a nice summer day, but I'm still enjoying it in bitter cold of February.
03-03-2013 21:37:01 | More by MCain04
4.48/5 rDev +9.3%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - translucent rust color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer leaving a good amount of lacing.
S - sourdough bread with a hint of citrus rind.
T - lots of bready malt flavor with a hint of bitterness which really stands out more so after the finish with a tartness on the lips.
F - medium bodied, it drinks smooth and easy.
O - very good beer.
03-03-2013 21:35:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
Best by: 3/28/13
A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown. Two fingers frappe head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Subdued carbonation.
S: Excellent caramel malts. Honeyed, cereal sweetness. Noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence. Fresh leaves, grassiness, bit of pine.
T: Big malt presence. Subtle hop presence noted. Malt is definitely the star of the show here, with the hops providing the backbone, per se. Finishes sticky, with hop oil and resin rounding out the end. Dry, piney finish with hints of raisined fruit. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.
M: Full bodied yet balanced. Exceptionally smooth. Exquisite mouthfeel.
O: Very good. Exceptional, even. Personally, I find it runs a bit malt heavy, but I expect this from Deschutes. I'd be very interested in trying this fresh.
03-02-2013 08:02:20 | More by McStagger
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Mild copper tones. Creamier head. Opaque in the glass.
Smell: Sweet and citric fruits. Mango, papaya, orange, lemon.
Taste: Similar to aroma. Fruity with a biscuity malt character backing things up.
Mouthfeel: Sweeter than I expected or have ever experienced for an APA. They had to beef up the malt to offset the high hoppiness. It's not offensive, but can seem a touch cloying after it warms.
Overall: Highly enjoyable even considering the sweetness. I would be happy if more APAs were similar to this level of hopping.
03-01-2013 20:57:47 | More by Hornet2003
4.64/5 rDev +13.2%
Served in a cold glass. The orange/brown color and the perfect amount of froth just screams "drink me". The smell hints at the hopiness to come. The taste is a delightfull mix of citrus and fruits. There is a slight malty hint in the back. This is a much more complex beer than I expected. I got my hop head satisfied while not blowing away the taste buds with over the top hop bomb. This is a very drinkable beer. Several beers into my case and I am still not "all hopped out". The mouthfeel is a little on the light side given all the flavors dancing around in my mouth.
I suppose a "fuller" mouthfeel would make it less of a sessionable beer.
This is a beer that is worth keeping in stock and serving to friends.
03-01-2013 20:42:53 | More by NoHipTee
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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