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Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

Deschutes Brewery’s Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) is nearly off the shelves, that’s how late this review of this year’s release is, but it’s still a fine and tasty beer that I have some notes for. You may recall it was originally sent to me back in late December in a PR package; since then I’ve enjoyed a fair amount more (bought a case at Costco a little while back).

It’s a good beer. 6.2% alcohol by volume, 60 IBUs.

Appearance: Copper colored and clear, with cream-colored fine head.

Smell: Fresh citrus and tropical fruit aromas; nice green hops pair with juicy sweet notes and lightly caramelly malts.

Taste: Toasty, biscuit malts that are soft and sweet, and nicely mellow-bitter hop presence that’s rich and flavorful instead of harshly bitter. Reminds me of arugula or other similar greens, a touch of lemon pepper, juicy fruity floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly soft on the tongue, makes me think “cask.”

Overall: Very good, great hop flavors and aromas, built on a solid, toasty pale ale base.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of A-. On RateBeer, it scores 3.57 out of 5 and is in their 95th percentile.