Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
“You will find no cloying, mouth-puckering bitterness here. In its place is a straight-up, succulent, citrus punch to the nose.” Brewer John Abraham
Traditionally, a Northwest Style Pale Ale is very hoppy: big floral aroma, huge citrus taste, and a giant bitter backbone. Deschutes Brewery has bucked that tradition with their version of the Northwest Pale ale, Red Chair. Now this beer is still hoppy, but retains none of the bitterness usually associated with this style. What you are left with is a sweet, caramel malt body that dances perfectly with the citrus flavors of the hops.
The brewers at Deschutes have pulled off a masterful experiment here as it's really hard to delineate the origin of some of these flavors. Cascade and Centennial hops are known for their huge citrus and big floral profiles, while the Crystal and Carastan malts create caramel and light toffee notes, all hitting the palate at the same time.
Red Chair will be available on tap and in bottles tomorrow at the Portland Pub. It will appear on store shelves in bottles in January, sticking around through May.
Beer Stats: ABV: 6.2% | IBUs: 60 | Malt: Pale, Crystal 75, Crystal 135/165, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan | Hops: Cascade & Centennial
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