A taste of Red Chair NWPA 2011…
Preface: This is another sample sent by the folks at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew. It arrived via delivery service and has been stored in a cool, dry, dark place (a Brooklyn apartment). I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: This is a bright copper-penny brew with obvious good carbonation that knits a very rocky head of large and medium sized bubbles. The flimsily constructed head and the speed with which it descends might tell me this class is not as “beer clean” as it could be. No points detracted.
Aroma: The first aromatic impression is a green herbal aroma. The second visit introduced a Seville Orange accent with sweet undertones. The third nosedive found no new surprises. The blending of the initial aromatic sensations simply became more complex.
Mouth feel: This is not a full-bodied beer or too hoppy.
Flavor: After the first refreshing sensation a roasted malt graininess slowly develops. The second sip reveals just the beginning of a tart hop tang. By the third swig that hop tang gets fully established. What keeps it from being overpowering is a very subtle combination of malt flavors.
Finish: The finish of this beer leaves you refreshed. Neither the emphatic hops nor the subtle malt leave anything more than a pleasant sensation.
Comments: This is the second year in a row the folks at Deschutes Brewery have sent me samples of this particular beer. The above tasting notes should make interesting comparison to my observations of last year’s product.
This is a beer that would go incredibly well with good conversation. After two or three of these the additional lucidity of the conversation would undoubtably be enhanced.
This particular brew could use the company of a large bowl of buttered popcorn spiced with Old Bay spice mix, and of course, as I said before…good conversation.
The Brewery: Deschutes Brewery