Craft Beer Review – Deschutes Red Chair Pale Ale

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA v2

Deschutes Red Chair Pale Ale (NWPA):  Dubbed a North West Pale Ale, this beer is brewed in Oregon at a strength of 6.2% abv and 60 IBUs featuring Cascade and Centennial hops. I found such a good deal 12 pack of this beer that I couldn’t resist buying it as my go-to fridge beer. Interesting enough this is one of the first beers I have tasted in my IPA glass and my regular beer glass, separately of course so not a perfect comparison, yet I think I will side-by-side this one soon.

Aroma and Appearance: Pours a clear copper colour with two fingers of lacy foam and some quality rising bubbles in the middle of the glass. Aroma is predominately citrus, passion fruit and mango with some toffee and doughy malt.

Flavour: Kicks off with a creamy mouth feel and stone fruit flavours up front with some bread malt, toffee, a touch of goose berry and tangerine in the middle.The finish is distinctively dry, very piney with a solid bitter resinous lemon leaf finish that leaves you craving more.

Overall Impression: this is my favourite, obtainable pale ale and really sets the standard for how I rank them. It is so flavourful, yet well balanced and still captures the pale ale essentials.

Rating: I give it a 8.5/10 as in excellent due to perfect blending of flavour, style, hops price and accessibility. Great stuff, you will never go wrong with this beer, nor with this brewery for that matter as they make quality beer.

Food Pairing: Go with some Tillamook aged cheddar to give it some true Oregon flair.

Check this video out that the brewery made about this beer, including the Red Chair Lift that it is named after and the whole flower hops they use to brew the beer.


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