Saturday, February 16, 2013

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA - Gus #44

Today's review comes from Deschutes in Bend, Oregon.  This one is there late Winter/Spring seasonal.  My buddy Winton was kind enough to split a 6-pack with me.  Their Northwest Pale Ale, called Red Chair, is named for a ski lift out that way and has a ton of good reviews.  People have gone so far as to say it's one of the best Pale Ales on the market.  I'm really excited to try this one.  I have some more things I got from Winton that I plan on reviewing as well, including another from Deschutes.  Check out his YouTube channel.  I'll put a link top his channel below.  Let's check out Deschutes Red Chair NWPA.

Winton's YouTube Channel

How it rates with others:

YouTube reviews:
These are older reviews.  No one has anything on this years batch.
Ryan aka StumpyJoeJr
Jamison's Beer Reviews
Daniel from Beyond the Pour
Peter the Master of Hoppets
Chris from Beer Geek Nation

ratebeer review:

Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  6.2%
IBUs:  60
Malts:  Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan
Hops:  Cascade, Centennial

"The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer.  Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex copper-colored brew.  Like it's namesake ski lift, it's an insider's ride to fresh thrills."

I poured this brew into my Jester King glass.

Appearance:  Pours a copper/dark orange color.  Darker than I expected.  The head was a solid two fingers of white to off white-ish before it settled.  It kept a film over the top all the way through drinking it.  Really almost caramel in color.  Maybe that's a hint to the aroma.  Super clear.  You are able to see the logo on the opposite of the glass by looking through it..  Lacing sticking all around the glass, but not really heavy, thick lacing.  No sign of alcohol legs.  Nice carbonation streaming up the edge of the glass too.  I like the look of this one a lot.

Nice head lacing.

Super clear.  You can see all the way through this one.

Aroma:  Hop forward for sure.  Having hints of grapefruit and citrus.  A sweet citrus like a tangerine more so than bitterness really.  Malt sweetness in the form of caramel, much like the color.  Some candy confection sweetness in there as well.  Almost has a hint of wet, fresh cut grass to me.  This is perfect for spring.  Earthy notes and almost floral.  Definitely a Centennial hop aroma with the floral notes.  Cascade most definitely responsible for the citrus notes.  Not a lot of spiciness.  Really smells like a smooth balanced brew.  Maybe a little bit of toffee.  But that is slight.  Sweet fruit notes are really what's there after the hop aroma. 

Taste:  Hop forward as expected, like the nose.  The orange/tangerine sweetness hits you right on the front of the tongue. Slight grapefruit but more sweet grapefruit than bitter.  There isn't much bitterness at all actually.  A sweet caramel washes over the mid palate and the brew finishes so clean in the back of the mouth.  What residual is there in the aftertaste is just a little bit of sweetness.  Like others have said before me this is SUPER drinkable.  No alcohol taste, mouthfeel is medium-light.  I feel like I could drink this all day.  Perfect to watch some baseball games in spring with.  

Held the head "cap" all the way down to the bottom.

Verdict:  Well this is one of the best Pale Ales I've ever had.  It's not a hop bomb like something like Zombie Dust or Daisy Cutter. But, it's super drinkable, super fresh and really easy to drink.  I'd love to have a ton of this for the Spring time.  The hop presence is there with out being to resiny or bitter.  I love some hop bombs but you honestly can't have too many of those without wrecking your palate.  This is a definite A for me.  Super impressive and something I wish some breweries close to me would try to do.  Something like this would be liked by a ton of different people.  Hop heads will love it.  People who like malts will love it.  And, people who aren't into craft beer would too.  It's not too overpowering that it would run them off.  I'm glad I got to try this one.  I'm also glad I have a few more in the fridge!

I paired this with some pizza.  But, I think this is extremely versatile.  I think a hamburger, sandwich or almost any daily foods will be great with this.

Thanks for reading my brew review for today!  And, thanks to Winton for sending it out to me!