Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.
A- Half a finger of a creamy white head. Large bubbles but dense. Spotty, watery lacing and a minute long retention. Orange-golden color with only a bit of clarity.
S- Hop forward and floral. Light smell but definite hoppiness and bitter qualities to it.
T- Not nearly as bitter as I had expected. Hop oil is there, but the smooth, buttery taste is not lost among the bitterness. Flavorful and aromatic, this is a tasty beer.
M- Extremely smooth and creamy. This feels phenomenal. 5/5
O- The appearance leaves more to be desired, the smell isn't as pronounced as I might have liked, but the flavor and feel are great. Buy this beer.
03-25-2012 04:40:35 | More by Murrhey
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
3.35/5 rDev -18.3%
A: Pours a nice light brown tangerine in the center with shades of straw at the edges
S: All i get is lingering caramel and bread
T: The most distinct component in this beer seems to be pine like hops with a dough/caramel foundation.
M: Chewy but yields a moderately dry finish
O: Its a pretty one dimensional pale ale in my opinion. Enjoyable yes, but far from mind blowing. I do prefer my pale ales though to have a more bread, toast character.
03-18-2012 00:32:53 | More by PatrickSwayze
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.
Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much.
03-17-2012 21:05:16 | More by raynmoon
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
Best by 5/18/12. Reviewed 3/14/12.
Orangish amber body with a yellow-brown, thick head. Settles to a thin, protective cover.
Citrus, brown sugar and pine dominate the nose. Some caramel.
Bright, citrus and floral hops, tart and refreshing. Robust, caramel malts provide a backbone. Leads into a piney, hop finish, with some orange rind.
This is a very nice pale ale, one of the best I've had, right up there with Drake's 1500. Light, easy drinking and completely rewarding.
03-17-2012 03:34:24 | More by litheum94
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Truly an awesome beer and here's why!
From 12 oz bottle dated 'best by 5/25/12'; poured into 4 oz tulip-shaped glass.
It pours clear gold with a white head, thick and lasting about two minutes. I didn't see any threads.
Smell is slightly lightest floral, but I don't have a sensitive nose. I could have just imagined it.
The taste has a range of bitter to finishing hops, not packed nor overpowering, and well-balanced with a sweeter than normal American pale ale. Maybe a slight pear flavor, a little bitter after.
This is among the smoothest, most well-balanced pale ales I've tasted. In your mouth, it re-effervesces lightly, tingling on the tongue and roof but not acidic. Flavorful, it's not heavy. I've had this beer plenty this winter after skiing and with different meals. I recommend it again and again, except after cough drops.
03-13-2012 01:28:27 | More by AorakiMyEyes
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into a snifter. I know this is fresh because Deschutes is awesome and puts dates on all their bottles.
Pours with a nice white cap of compact foam on top of a bright orange body. Slight cloudiness.
Warm sappy evergreen, a touch of basil, and slight grapefruit and pineapple make up the wonderful aroma of this beer. A little swirl only brings up more hoppy juicy goodness.
The flavor is one of the best I have ever had in this style. The hops explode with juicy, resiny, flavor without blowing away my palate with bitterness. My wife, who doesn't like bitterness in beer said she didn't mind this, which is fairly rare for her to say. There is a nice dose of malts, but they don't take center stage.
The mouthfeel is spot on; with balanced carbonation and medium body. Feels textured.
Conclusion: If you want a hoppy flavor-fix but don't want to be blown away by bitterness, this is the beer to turn to. It is almost dreamy. Excellent American pale ale.
03-12-2012 19:01:41 | More by allforbetterbeer
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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