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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,878 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,878
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 108
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

192 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,878 | Reviews: 480 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The diabolical brewers at Bend, Oregon's Deschutes are at it again. They get me all strung out on what becomes my go-to session beer--like they did with the long-lamented Cinder Cone Red--and then like Lucy van Pelt, they snatch it away at the last second, leaving me flat on my back and yelling, "Aauugh!"

Red Chair NWPA is a copper-colored pour with a sturdy, vanilla-tinted head that throws a nose of nice fragrant hops; floral and citrus notes add some complexity to the usual pine/grapefruit assault.

At around 55 IBUs, Red Chair was the more balanced sibling of the more flamboyant Bond Street sisters. Deschutes puts the bitterness in check with a malt backbone built from seven different varieties--including a few British crystals, a German pilsner, a domestic cara-pils, and a domestic Munich.

Not feeling that the IPA designation was giving quite the right impression of this eurhythmic offering, they seem to have made up another new one out of whole cloth: Northwest Pale Ale.

Personally, I don't care what they call it, it is a much better seasonal replacement for Cinder Cone than the Buzzsaw Brown was, and if they get it in their heads to make it year around, well, so much the better. I'm not going to get my hopes (or hops) up.

monkeylovebeer, Feb 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

oberon, Aug 07, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

mojohawk21, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Tiernan, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

SanFranJake, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sabitu, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

freshflesh, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

SD-Alefan, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

3HovsepiansBrews, May 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mikechance
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

mikechance, Apr 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Beerswag, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Schmit
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Schmit, May 15, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.

SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread

TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish

The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.

Jason, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 13, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 05, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JupiterJesus, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.