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Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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91
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570 Reviews
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570
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4.09
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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

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Photo of AltBock
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle of a red ski lift chair in a cabin with a growler and 2 pint glasses sitting on a stump. To the far right of the label is a brief description of the beer. To the far left is the Government warning and a best before date. My bottle was best before 7/13/13.

When poured into a Southern Cigar City pint glass, this North Western Pale Ale was a bright golden tangerine color. It was one of those beers that wanted you believe that it was a solid copper color. A lightbulb showed me this beer's true color. On top was a mediocre less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. This mediocre head of foam had decent retention that left behind an island of foam and a tiny sting of white rings.

This beer had a nice dry hopped aroma. The hops were of the citrus variety. The aroma absolutely loved the citrus hops. Behind the citrus hops was a little orange, a drop of grapefruit, and a gentle touch of pine. After all that, the beer then finishes up with a faint whiff of toasted caramel malts.

The taste was pretty much had the same story as the aroma. Instead of citrus hops kicking things off, it was the toasted caramel malts that were in the beginning. You know the citrus hops can't be too far behind the malts. After the malts subsided, in comes the dry and slightly bitter citrus hops. Intermingled with the citrus hops was some floral hops as well. This tag team of a hop bite lasted about 3 seconds before it let the orange, pine, and grapefruit finish up the taste.

This was a light to medium bodied Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a light aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and that tag team citrus/floral hop bite that was in the initial taste. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. It was gone in a flash.

A very good North Western Pale Ale that I would gladly drink on a red chair, on the ski slopes in Oregon, or in a swamp located in the Florida Everglades. It doesn't matter. A session beer a the way!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Schmit
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pale ales in the Pacific Northwest, deserving of its self-identification as the original NWPA.

Pours an orange/copper with moderate head. Aroma is thick and florally fragrant, heavy with hoppy goodness. This beer's flavor is bold but smooth, more than the sum of its parts in the way that only perfectly balanced beers can be. The malt presence is strong without tasting "grainy", and the hops are citrus and pine without being astringent. A little on the fizzy side, making for good mouthfeel and bringing the flavors together pleasingly.

Two thumbs up--definitely a buy.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great, great, really great beer. Do yourself a favor and get this if you haven't already. The hops make their presence known, then the malt says "hey hops, you can't take the whole stage, let us have a chance." The result is a product so tasty and pleasant that people from all walks of beer preference can enjoy its flavor.
Amberish/copperish in color. The citrus/floral/hoppy smell is good, but kind of light. Taste is damn good (technical term). Tastes like smooth beer - beer-flavored beer. There is a hint of bitterness, but very drinkable with a light and pleasant aftertaste of beer. Currently a seasonal offering here in the Northwest - I hope they make this a year-round offering. Could easily be a go-to beer, all year. Very pleasant. Highly recommend.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, BB 5/3/16. Threshold Beer Glass.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with 1 finger tan head. Excellent retention. Some visible carbonation rising up, not much. Outstanding lacing.

S: Smells of a floral hoppiness and ale yeast esters that remind me of some of the pale ales that I have really loved recently. Strong malt backbone. I think I am going to like this.

T: Fairly sweet and tangy arrival, turns to a rich, malty middle with lots of layered malt, ester and subtle hop complexity. Quite malty, mixed-fruity, and a touch sweet, actually. Think canned fruit cocktail - in a good way. Hop bitterness is fair, and lingers pleasantly.

M: heavier side of medium, bordering on full-bodied. Ample carbonation keeps it from feeling overweight. Somewhat slick, and has the mouth-filling character of ales - which I love - but does not quite clean up as much on the end as I might like.

O: A really solid and malty pale ale. Too light to be an amber, to heavy to be a pale ale. I love beers of this style, and I wish there were more of them (Boston Ale, Censored, Bell's Amber). If you are coming into this expecting a classic American pale ale, expect to be a little disappointed. But if you are looking for a slightly sweet and fuller-bodied hoppy pale, this is perfect for winter. Definitely six-pack worthy. This is comfort beer. Strikes me as similar to but sweeter and less citrusy than Dale's pale ale.

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Photo of MACrist
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A slightly hazy, red/amber in color. Finger plus of thick, creamy khaki head that lingers and finally settles to a still thick collar. Great lacing down the glass. Hard to see what the carbonation is doing.
AROMA: Overall mild but smells very good. Mostly citrus, a little pine, and I swear there's a peach in there somewhere, too. Some nice caramel malt.
TASTE: Bready, caramel, citrus. Has a very pleasant sweetness to it and just a slight bitter note for balance.
FEEL: Medium body, nice solid amount of carbonation, slightly stick feel but then things dry up nicely on the finish.
OVERALL: Really nice tasting and balanced PA. Nice bready, caramel sweetness combined with some subtle hop notes.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 7-16-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, somewhat lighter than average carbonation.

SMELL: grapefruit, bread and some pine.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, initially very sweet caramel and then grapefruit, finishes with a pleasantly mild, piney hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a nicely balanced beer, the sweet malt up front made the hops even more enjoyable on the back end, Deschutes is one of my top five brewers, I would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I think of a brewery that produces traditional Pacific northwest ales Deschutes easily comes to mind first for me,this pale is exactly what Iam talkin about.Poured a clear burnt orange with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that never really fades,a creamy mass holds to the finish.A mix of citrusy/piney hop and a healthy caramel malt base in the nose,no frills just goodness.Flavors are slightly piney but much more grapefruit-like and citrusy, a big biscuity caramel sweet malt base holds up to the hops,the hops win out slightly but its pretty balanced.I could drink this all night,it dont need to be complex for me because the flavors are great,this is old school northwest American craft brewing at it's best.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of iRaven99664
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer wasn't exactly what I expected when I had it.

A- The color has a nice cooper with hints of red and gold.

S- The smell was typical of a north coast hopped beer. The smell of pine and citrus cut through.

T- This is where the beer kind of lost meet. The hops shoot out at you and it is a little overwhelming. The malt starts to show up the more you drink it, but the balance doesn't seem to be there for me.

M- The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. Refreshing and not too filling.

D- If it werent for such a hoppy taste this could be more drinkable. The tastes are all there, the hops just seem to be doing too much over powering. For something that is 60 IBU's it taste like a heck of a lot more.

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Photo of warnerry
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.

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Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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