Red Chair NWPA

Image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

Image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

I’ve been dying to try something from Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR, for a long time, and finally am able to report that I have.  Exciting, I know.  I put together a mixed 6-er of their beers, and the first one up was Red Chair NWPA.  What an excellent introduction to Deschutes!  Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) pours a nice peachy color with a minor haze and little visible carbonation.  It floats a great, creamy beige head and leaves thick, sticky lace.  The sweet hop aroma is enticing, with mild pine notes, not catty or overly strong.  Seven select malts are used in brewing Red Chair NWPA, and the smooth, velvety texture is proof of that.  There is plenty of grain and sweet breads in the mouth, accentuated in the exhale.  There’s just enough floral hops for hop heads, but not so much that it would scare away a malt fan.  Red Chair has a touch of dryness in the finish that reminds you that this is a pale ale made with high quality hops, but it’s not in-your-face like some pales.  I’m in love with this excellent beer.  It will be a great summer brew for sure, but at 6.2% ABV, I’ll need to keep that in mind.

93/100 Pale Ale

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