Deschutes Brewery - Red Chair IPA
Beer Type: American IPA
Appearance: 22 oz. brown bottle featuring an illustration of a red chair on the label. Shocking! tan/gold with blue and white lettering. Poured a sort of copper/amber color with a big off-white head that laced the glass quite nicely.
Smell: Wow! A lot of aroma here. Something herbal, something citrus, and something toasty. Smells quite good!
First Drink: Not as much initial flavor as the aroma would have you believe. The first thing I taste is some sour hops and sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Easy on the carbonation, nice medium body with a smooth finish.
Last Drink: Something a bit earthy coming through along with what might be a mild berry flavor?
Drinkability: I really, really like this brewery and this beer is certainly one I will be drinking again in the future... if I have the chance!
Notes: There is a distinct lack of the bitter finish I would usually associate with an IPA present in this beer. It is replaced with a more upfront and lasting bitterness that makes this pretty easy to drink.
Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. A nice change of pace from the more hoppy IPA brews out there.