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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A taste of... Red Chair NWPA

Deschutes Brewery
901 SW Simpson Ave.,
Bend, OR 97702

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: Here is a brassy copper colored brew with carbonation bubbles as tiny as you can find, developing into a light brown, almost yellow head of closely knit bubbles that fall into a dense foam that leaves a good lace of foam on the sides of the pint glass.

Aroma: The hops aromas (fresh cut green vegetation) are not very aggressive. A second visit reveals a few more nuances to the vegetal aromatics. The third sensation shows a touch of malt or grainy presence.

Mouth feel: Here we have a medium bodied brew, not aggressive but not shy either.

Flavor: The first flavors to come to the front are the flavors that the aromatics promised. Then there is a developing sensation of sugar candy and roasted grain that never forces itself to the front. The second trip to the flavors presents more of the citric and almost metallic tang that speaks to a selection of hops. A third sip and the hops wins the place of honor and the grain flavors are left to the end of the show to cheer on the hops.

Finish: The last of the hops slip away in a relatively short time however there is a touch of grain that keeps the last impression from being all hop tang.

The Brewery: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

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