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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

534 Reviews
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Reviews: 534
Hads: 2,292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected. (971 characters)

Photo of jpbebeau
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed. (676 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of delicious pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of a good dose of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are pine resiny and also have a grapefruit quality to them. Good amount of bitterness. Malts are fairly subdued, but do offer a biscuity and caramel notes. Leans towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation. (430 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 07/08/10, poured into a snifter. The beer appears a clear copper color in the glass with a dense, frothy two finger head that sustains exceptionally well. Each sip leaves another ring of lacing around the glass.

The nose is mildly hoppy, mildly malty. Citrus and pine, a bit herbal, a touch of caramel and orange marmalade. Signature Deschutes aroma.

On the palate it's an even mix of hop and malt flavors; toast, orange peel, a touch of pine and caramel sweetness. Medium in body but rather crisp, this is somewhere between a pale ale and a Pacific NW-style IPA. The finish reveals a faint metallic twang and a light, smooth bitterness. The body seems a touch heavy to me for this to be a session ale, though the overall mildness makes it very easy to drink. Solid and enjoyable stuff with a distinct Deschutes quality. (862 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code 3/12/14 clearly visible into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a dark amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly and leave more than just a covering of head on the top of the glass to the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread and sweetness up front followed by the citrus smell of hops.

T: Nice and balanced with malt upfront followed by citrus hops. It ends with a dry bitterness.

M: Tastes good and goes down easy.

O: I really like this beer and I really like Deschutes Brewery. This is another great beer that they brew. I recommend it highly. (681 characters)

Photo of bobloblaw22
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the Deschutes brewery Mountain Room.

A:Deep dark red amber color. Poured with about a finger of foamy head. Very nice lacing left on the pint glass.

S: Classic pine and citrus, but what really gets me is the nice warm caramel scent. Very enticing.

T: Was pleased to taste the malty caramel come through in a very smooth way. That's definitely the highlight of the taste for me. Nice, crisp, balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body.

Very enjoyable overall! (468 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch, bone-white head on a beautiful looking hazy orange/light red colored body. this head retention throughout with a collar. Splishy splashy lacing all over.

S- Citrus on the nose, oranges.

T Mellow sweet citrus...again more with the the orange specific citrus, maybe some grapefruit. Yeasty notes detected, unfiltered perhaps? Would guess less than the stated ABV of 6.4%

M- Medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation with seems to work well here.

D/O- Damn easy drinking pale ale here. Recommended for pale ale fans looking for something new. Thanks TATURBO. (575 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very aggressively. Great foamy head off-white head. Laces nicely too. Brew is very clear copper color with red hues.

S - Very hoppy; cascade for sure. Caramely and roasty too. Brew smells like sticky flowers.

T - very smooth and rich. Great flavor, mildly acidic, but not bitter at all. Malty, much more malty than your typical PA. Hops are balanced quite well too

M - Very light and airy. Slightly over carbonated, but not to the point of ruining the brew. Dry, but not bitter.

D - Very drinkable, perfect for a rainy spring day!

A very good Pale. Not my favorite Pale, but worth trying if you see it on the shelves. Very well put together. A lot of time and effort go into this kind of thing.

Cheers Deschutes! (728 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Off-white head standing 2+ fingers with about 1 finger above the rim of the glass. It really towers in a dramatic way. Light brown color with great clarity. Nice action from the carbonation, but that's to be expected in the SA perfect pint glass. Beautiful beer, you really can't ask for much else from a beer.

S: Mostly I get caramel and some bready malts. There is some citrus from the hops, but it truly is dominated by the malts.

T: The first thing that strikes me is a moderate citrus from the hops. Then it immediately moves to a caramel flavor that turns to a rich bready malt. It even finishes with that rich malt flavor. That's not to say that it's a sweet finish though because it ends a touch bitter. But that malt finish is comforting.

M: Carbonation is tight and refreshing and the body is a creamy medium/light body. Some of that creaminess has to do with the fabulous staying power of that head.

O: Nice American Pale that turns the dial a little closer to the malts. I accidentally left this beer out for well over an hour and it really warmed up... and it's delicious! I'd recommend anyone who buys a six pack to let one settle to a warmer temperature... it's still comforting and really quaffable! (1,224 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber/orange in color with a good looking medium, white colored head. looks like a straight up craft beer. if i saw myself holding and sipping it while watering my lawn, i would be jealous

-hops is definitely noticeable first, leaning towards the marijuana smelling variety, but it is not overboard. there is a nice subtle sweet malt balance behind it

-there is a very good melting hop flavor that really develops from front to back. it is mostly on the piney end, but there is a type of dirty bitterness that i kind of enjoy

-this is very creamy and thick for a PA, but i always enjoy that type of mouthfeel. the carb is very nice and is a touch oily

-this is a very solid beer. almost like a PA version of torpedo. it's not a big go-to, but i sure do respect it (768 characters)

Photo of FattyJLE
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Citrus. Rich caramel malts. Candy-like sweetness.

A - Quarter-inch off-white head. Clear, reddish, copper hue.

T - Biscuit and caramel malts. Malt dominated but a mild earthy, grassy hop bitterness with hints of lemon and citrus peel balance the beer. Finishes semi-sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - A solid pale ale. Very drinkable. (405 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable. (1,126 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a different IPA.

A : A beautiful dark honey/iced tea glow with a popcorn colored head (2 fingers). The lace is sparse but still present. Opacity is about 90%.

S : Sweet fruits, some gardenia (flowers, sap, leaves), a hint of maple syrup, and a faint biting grapefruit note. Malts are roasted in the nose. Solid 4.

T : Delicious beer. Candied, almost. Lots of caramel, with roasted malts and yeast, so that kind of yields itself to a caramel roll-like taste. Some fruity sweetness from berries and figs, and a sharp pungent grapefruit rind note in the hop arena. Still better than the "Sucks" I had earlier.

F : Very creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation but easy drinking too. The carbonation electrifies the experience, and it ends slightly dry and pasty.

O : I'd have it again, but probably only on tap as it's gotta be better there. I don't like it enough to buy it in bottles again but it is a fair shot at a Red? IPA. Very nicely done, Deschutes. (965 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is an exceptional one. My second Deschutes tasting this week and it is good (better than the porter).

It opens and pours as a red ale (almost), with not a lot of head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little weak but pleasant. The taste is a slightly over dark (bitter) pale ale - rich and robust, yet balanced enough to be very drinkable. You could session this.

The aftertaste is more like an IPA. All around, this is a major winner. (450 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out orange/amber with a thick little white head with good retention and lacing.

Smells fairly sweet. Caramel, orange, and floral.

This bottle is on the downward swing of its life but still packs a nice hop bitterness and flavor. Full of fruity and floral character. Caramel and bready malt.

Drinks nice and smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

I don’t know why I was surprised by this being Deschutes and all. Great Pale Ale with an inviting sweet aroma and taste to it. (509 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Jims. BB 17/07/14. Hmmm....

A - clear copper / amber. Two finger head, creamy, clingy lace.

S - malts and toffees rather than hops.

T - quite a blend of hops n malt. Makes me think more of a red ale than a pale ale. Caramels, butterscotches, toffee, in with a bucket of malt. Hops come thru, but only as it warms.

M - very light carbonation, creamy.

O - well made APA with little bittering hops, as such easy and smooth to drink. Nice. Could be fresh, could be less so, but than again I am not sure what Deschutes BB policy is. (537 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale! (430 characters)

Photo of Snooprobirob
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Becker glass. Copper colored with a slight cloudiness that fades quickly. About a finger of head that only sticks around for a few minutes. No noticeable carbonation. Wonderful Citric aroma hits my nose with a slap of malty hops, I'm getting excited now!

The smell does not disappoint, grapefruit entry with a bitter finish that lingers on your lips and tongue. No lacing left behind, and the head has turned into a tiny ring around the top of beer.

This is the third style brew I have had from Dechutes. Each one has become an automatic favorite, and I look forward to trying more. (620 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are two versions of the Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale). I chose to try the nitro version.

From the brewer:
What makes this copper coloered beauty so wildly popular? As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. it has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth puckering bitterness. (IBU's: 60)

My review:
Nothing looks better than a nitro-tapped beer. Thick foamy head that lasts forever leaving a solid blanket of lace throughout the tasting. Dark copper color and clear.

This beer is more more malty than hop with lots of chewiness and biscuit elements. The hop is light. The finish has a brown sugar presence. The beer is flat (low carbonation) and very rich. The aroma matches the flavor to a "T". (884 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber red color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. Some other lighter aromas of a floral and light fruity smell of apple and pear are there as well rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bread flavor with hints of caramel and a lighter showing of a pine hope. As the flavor moves forward, the pine is joined by a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor as well as some fruit flavors of pear, apricot and a bit of cherry. The grapefruit hop eventually surpasses the pine, with the two both being joined by a little bit of an herbal and floral hop taste to leave a rather pleasant and smoothly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style and flavor profile, the moderateness is rather nice as it creates an easy drinking but hop supported medium for all the flavors to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall – A rather nice red IPA. Very easy drinking and tasty brew that is certainly one to try when you get the opportunity. (1,391 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden light brown--tea colored--with a thin but consistent cream-colored head; lacing is okay

S: Very balanced malt and hop aromas; the malt bring a sweet bready aroma and the hops--although somewhat subtle--add a pleasant citrus presence

T: There is a very pleasant citrus bitterness on top of a sweet bready malt backbone--some toffee and biscuit

F: Creamy with a pleasant oily residual effect that is left on the side of the mouth

D: A really easy-to-drink, simple, nice and balanced APA (498 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/28/11 on label. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with lots of floaties. It had an average size head that settled into a good collar and thin film covering. Good quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was a mix of bready and caramel malts with piney and slight grapefruit hops. Good but wish it had a little more hops in it. The taste was also good with, again, a mix of malt and hops. Starts out with the caramel malt flavor and then mid-drink the hops ramp up a little but never dominate. Very slight bitter. Very good for an APA. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a solid APA and another great outing from Deschutes. I'm in more of an IPA or 2XIPA mode these days but this one hits the spot. High recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - winter seasonal so probably a 6pk per season. [O;Y] (902 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic pint glass from the bottle. Thanks to colts9016 for the trade!

Pours gold out of the bottle with a nice simple off white three finger head . Real solid retention sitting on a great orange amber body with some slight cloudyness. Minimal lacing is noticeable, and small rising carbonation from the bottom.

Great grass and sweet malts, small hint of stemmed fruit possibly cherry. Feels a little arid. Real pleasant nose actually, just good.

Taste is a straight forward malt, but then a spicey bittering hop in the mid palate. Good bread finish on the swallow. Much to enjoy here.

A good simple Pale ale good good good. Drinkability is mighty fine with me. Don't know what else I can say. (709 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/19/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, burnt orange color - starts off with a moderately sized off-white head, keeps a little cap, fades to spotty lacing

Smell: Floral citrus malts and an interesting malt profile - before looking this up, I thought it could be an amber of sorts, as there are caramel malts, with toasted biscuits, bread dough, and toffee - hops are very floral, flowery - citrus and some pine

Taste: Nicely balanced, of course - flowery citrus - orange and tangerine - a little herbal and what I imagine flowers taste like - mildly bitter - malts are interesting, bread dough, barely cooked biscuits, and some caramel - a touch of pine, and some mint in the aftertaste - on the sweeter side, but not excessive

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very clean and drinkable

Overall: Should I be surprised that Deschutes can make another good APA? Nope.

This is nicely balanced and actually pretty unique. I personally did not enjoy it as much as Mirror Pond, but that is tough competition. If I could get this more often, I would. (1,105 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high mount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also bit of cereal flavour mixed with some various fruits like cherries, apricots, and grapefruits. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This reminded me a bit of a beer that is available to me locally called Smashbomb. The taste is delicious and I would definitely drink it again any time. One of the better beers I've had from Deschutes. (798 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.