Deschutes Red Chair NWPA 2011


Deschutes Red Chair NWPA 2011 cover

One can't help but wonder if Deschutes can do no wrong, and if this year's Red Chair is anything to go by, the answer is pretty clear. I am fully OK with coming off as a slobbering Deschutes fanboy as long as they make beer like this.

It pours a lovely golden amber color, with a seductive come hither look. The nose, with its suggestive sweet malts, leaves little doubt that this is a pale ale, and a good one at that.

The flavor is really what sets Red Chair apart from its more average little brother, the Mirror Pond. What makes this a Northwestern pale are the hops. It's not insanely crazy, but the hops do balance out the malts nicely, and there are citric undertones that add a level of complexity to the beer. 

Yet, with the medium mouthfeel and 6.4% ABV this is instantly drinkable, one that the hardest Corona Man could enjoy. It might feel a bit too early for a spring-like ale, but if our Masters at Deschutes say it is time, who are we to argue?