Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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532 Reviews
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Reviews: 532
Hads: 2,281
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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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 Bones10
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good brew. It looks good and laces enough to let you know it's there. The smell doesn't jump out as much as some, but the taste and feel of this fine little APA are great. This will be how I get newcomers onto the IPA bandwagon. Very balanced while allowing for the separate flavors to be tasted. Both malts and hops have a role to play and they do it well. I would drink again. (378 characters)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite a fruity representation for the style. lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a nice underlying honey/caramel -like sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell with a nice fruit forward hop character. Plenty of amber to caramel malts behind that.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Great fruit notes with minimal bitterness or pine needle in the hops area. Quite a sweeter representation as well.

(O)- Definitely a good beer. It might just be be, but this almost seems more like an American Amber than a pale, but either way, this is a solid beer. (682 characters)

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

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass, didn't find a freshness date.

Pours a clear lite reddish copper with an off white foam head, good head retention and a nice lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Light to medium body with expected carbonation. The taste is a nice balance between the biscuity and caramel malts and a crisp citrus hop finish (not extremely hoppy but very present), its also lighter than I expected, very refreshing. Overall a pretty good session / summer beer, I like this one. (534 characters)

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

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- copper color, clear, big bubble carb. Creamy off-white head, 1-plus F. Lots of foamy lacing.

S- Mild citrus hop, orange and lemon zest. Light and sweet breads.

T- Orange, fruity, some pine. Caramel and bread malts. Bitter.

M- Bitter and dry. More hops than advertised. Creamy body, lasting flavor.

O-Nice PA hop finish. Fair drinker at 6.2% abv. (382 characters)

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

I had this three of these while visiting Bar Genrika in Boise. The bartender recommended it and he was spot on.

Served a classic Imperial Pint glass for only $4.50 (!), the beer was red/amber with a sticky beige head.

It had an inviting aroma of lightly roasted malts and some pine.

The taste tracks the smell. Good interplay between the sweet caramel malts and the hops. There is also an earthy element that I really liked,

The beer went well with the great Basque food that they serve at this great little spot. (519 characters)

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

A - Burnt orange and amber. Great head with plenty of lacing all around the glass as it goes down.

S - Floral hops, citrus, and a strong but not overpowering sweet malt smell.

T - More citrus, a little pine, bitter, with a beautiful harmony of malts. Really like how this isn't hop heavy or malt heavy, right in between.

M - Chewy with moderate carbonation. This one stuck with me minutes after I was finished, and I enjoyed it.

O - Really enjoyed this pale ale. Would def like more on a hot summer day. This pale ale brings the caramel/sweet malts into the profile better than any APA I've had thus far. (609 characters)

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

Traded for this with miikezombie(Thanks)

Best by 4/28/11

A-Nice frothy head! Dark amber color and after drinking half the beer, decent lacing.

S-I first get a VERY floral scent(actually reminds me of Flower Power, crazy considering this is a Pale Ale), a malty smell and some pine and hops.

T-malty at first, with the hops, piney taste coming in at the end.

M-nice medium mouthfeel, very smooth brew.

D-This taste more like a 5% beer, than a 6.4%. If I could get this in Ohio, I'd buy a lot of it. (503 characters)

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

Enjoyed a few pints of this while visiting Montana.

A - Pours a nice red amber colour, thin layer of head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel notes, a bit bready, with a nice dose of citrus hops.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, with a nice crisp lemon citrus and cedar flavour, followed by some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied ale that finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - The hops on this one were delicious and were perfectly balanced with the caramel malts. Very enjoyable and easily sessionable. (548 characters)

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

Ive said it once and ill proudly say it again...being a native of seattle....NW brew kicks ass!

P: a clear amber reddish copper with a half finger of pure white head thats leaves a super scandalous lacing.

S: smell is exactly what i love in PA's sweet malty carmel notes with lots of citrus and a nice strong pine resin from the hops.

T: follows the smell, lots of sweet malt and carmel, plenty of floral citrus and an awesome piney hop shot that fits perfectly with the rest of the beer. not overpowering at all. even for being a 60 IBU brew.

O: over all this is everything i love in a pale ale, sweet spicy citrus hits and nice piney hops...the NW rules! (661 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a distinct burnt orange tone; the three fingered head displays great retention and leaves dots of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Pithy/piney with undertones of bread and toffee

Taste: A complex range of malt flavors (from bread to toffee, with a bit of toastiness) leads the flavor parade, followed by stone fruit; by mid-palate, the pith and pine become assertive and build, after the swallow, with a minty tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really solid pale ale that would verge on IPA territory had it been brewed in other parts of the country (654 characters)

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

3/14/10:
NWPA pours with light amber color with just a hint of orange and a light tan foam. It has a fine citrus hop aroma. The initial taste is of the citrus hops but it is not overbearing and quickly gives way to a slightly sweet malty backbone. There is a nice smooth transition between the two with the hop bitterness clinging in the end.

This beer is claimed on the bottle to be the bear for when you don't won't a "full on hop-assault". In the beginning, it doesn't disappoint. However, by the end the hops overpower the malt and it drinks more like an IPA. Still a fine drinking beer, it just doesn't quite deliver on its claims.

2/2/12 Edit:
I beg to differ. The preceding review was written by an ignorant philistine. It does not drink like an IPA it is a great pale ale with great malt notes of biscuit and caramel sweetness and a citrus hop balance with a light bite and linger yet a long malty finish. The former review should be stricken from the archives and the author reprimanded severely. Luckily, he scored it incongruously high Iand mostly agreed with the score. (1,083 characters)

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

A - Pours gold to amber in color into my pint glass with a solid two fingers of tight head, good retention and a touch of lacing.

S - Grainy malts, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel sweetness, maybe it's just the grassy hops, but there is a little funk to it.

T - Grainy malts, grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit bite, a bit of toast and biscuit, and almost a clove like spice on the finish. Very different/interesting.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice medium body and well balanced.

D - This certainly isn't my new favorite APA, but it's kind of different and easy to drink. Might be an interesting one to try with some different food or cheese pairings. (672 characters)

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

Bottle from World Market in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops with some caramel malt coming out

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops upfront then a touch of caramel malt comes out but still finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I love a good American Pale Ale and this one doesn't disappoint this is one of those beers that I can drink a number of in a night worth getting sometime to try (536 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears orange with a reddish hue to it. There is a small off white head attached to the beer.

It smells strongly of grapefruit. I also get a bit of an orange zest smell. There is a pine like and slightly grassy and pine apple smell to the beer as well.

It tastes much like it tastes. There is initially a nice pineapple flavor and a nice bit of grapefruit flavor. I get a bit of a subdued caramel like flavor to the beer. There is also a slightly pine like taste. For a pale ale this is quite hoppy though it is hoppy in a non-bitter way. This is quite delicious.

The carbonation is around medium and it has a smooth mouthfeel.
The drinkability is good. It is light enough and smooth enough so I could drink a few of these.

Overall a great hop-forward Pale ale. Worth trying if you see it. (796 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice big foamy 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 - Nice pale ale really glad I got to try this one. I would get it again if I saw it. (417 characters)

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

Going on my third solid Deschutes beer in a row! For real, never had any of their beers before a week ago and I feel ashamed for that. Making up for it now, and if you were like me, go grab yourself one of their beers!

A: Golden amber color, nice one and half finger head from a hard pour in a traditional pint glass, topped off with ample amounts of lacing evenly distributed around the glass.

S: Hoppy, surprisingly very hoppy.

T: Smooth, but quickly followed with a rush of hops leaving a surprising light bitter aftertaste. I like bitter!

M: Almost creamy, coats the entire mouth, goes down smooth.

O: As previously stated, solid. I will definitely be drinking this beer again in the future and recommend it to others. (727 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into NB snifter/goblet thing. No bottle date, but it's seasonal so it isn't that old. thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Pours a hazy amber (red/orange), good carbonation from the bottom of the glass, one finger off white head, bug bubbles that dissipate quickly, some mild lacing is present

S: This brew is very malt forward, there are some sweet hop aromas but definitely not the BIG smell of this beer

T: A very smooth red, clean flavor profile, suttle hops, nice malt forward brew, strangely sweet probably from the European malts (?), mild hop bite at the close but no where near an IPA

M: This is a light to medium bodied brew, again it's very smooth, doesn't totally coat or kill you

O: A nice summer sippin' beer, I could drink a lot of it and not care! Over 6% but doesn't knock you down. Solid alternative to stronger pales or IPAs (867 characters)

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

Pours a clear red golden. Nice head/lacing.

Smell has citric hops, a little nuttiness, some yeast. Bit toasty.

Taste is a nice melding of citric hops and a decent malty amber body.

Decent hop presence in the backend, and potent finishing bitterness. Hops are more potent in the feel and taste than in aromatics.

This is subtler than those big aggressive amber ales- it's got a decent malt body and has more subtle citric hops (although don't get me wrong, it's quite hoppy). But it's big bodied. I'd place it close to Arrogant Bastard and the American Strong Ale genre. (573 characters)

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

Pours a clean amber with a nice orange glow with a white head which leaves lots of frothy lacing on the glass. Sweet candy and caramel, citrus hops. Taste is bitter, pine and citrus hops and balanced with a biscuity, toasty caramel body. An excellent and aggressively hopped pale. Let's face it, this is an IPA. (311 characters)

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

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

My pour is very slightly hazy, with a full amber color in the middle of the glass and a lighter caramel color around the edges.

The aroma has a fairly mild and subtle character to it. Bready malt sets the base, with some light caramel notes. With a swirl of the glass, a dash of honey and floral hops come into my nose as well.

Each sip starts off with a bit of honey sweetness and a touch of lavender. The pale malt is the dominant flavor, providing a smooth, bready character. A slight citrus hoppiness that tastes mostly of grapefruit brings a bitterness that feels quite natural toward the finish.

Red Chair has a smooth body, with the flavors combining nicely into a mellow flavor overall. There is a slightly grainy, unfiltered feel to the beer, which I like. The carbonation is smooth and creamy, which adds to the mouthfeel as well. A little bit of hop residue lingers after each sip.

Overall I found this to be a smooth, enjoyable drinking brew; one that I could enjoy without worrying about any noticeable defects. On the other hand, the lack of a big hop presence or intense flavors leaves it behind some of my favorite pale ales. (1,202 characters)

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

12 oz bottle. best by: 07/18/13.

A: very clear, a very copper hue. head is bright white, retention is moderate. spotted, sticky lacing.

S: very fruity. fruity pebbles cereal. a cotton candy-like sweetness. certainly a pretty even balance between malt and hops here.

T: malty sweet to start, hop bitterness works its way in there but is fleeting. a little bit of biscuit. finish is sweet and candy like.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: balance is the name of the game here. refreshing and highly quaffable. a solid brew and glad I could secure one here in PA. (574 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from Azurescens, so big thanks to him for the opportunity. Best by 05/18/11 printed on side of bottle, enjoyed on 02/23/11.

A - Clear light amber color with a large two finger white head. Leaves incredible lacing down the sides. Very good looking.

S - Some good citrusy, piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Subtle malt in the background. Smell generally seems somewhat muted even after a relatively aggressive pour.

T - Begins quite balanced and gets more bitter towards the end. Grapefruity, juicy, citrusy and piney hops, it's all there. Some light malt sweetness throughout. Also a little spiciness. Finish is very dry as I would expect from a NW pale ale. A very good pale ale.

M/D - Very good mouthfeel. Medium with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. Dry finish makes it quite drinkable.

My first beer from Deschutes and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (885 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro, really tasty and easy drinking. Felt more like a amber/red to me than a PA but that was probably the nitro smoothing it out.

Good, tasty beer all around.Was through a tasting event and this was probably my favorite beer someone could have everyday. (266 characters)

Photo of aval89
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice dark orange/amber color. Nice fingers worth of head.. not a very transparent body..

S: citrus flavors pull through with small traces of tropical fruits.. but its balanced by the sweet caramel/toffee.. bready as well

T: sweet malts right up front.. but the mild grapefruit & citrus tones quickly come into play.. then more of the caramel & toffee flavors pull through .. finish is semi bready with a lingering hop bitterness, but not over the top.. surprisingly well balanced with good flavor..

Mf: medium bodied with light medium carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O: overall this is a great brew. Expected this to drink more like an IPA considering the abv.. but it really drinks like an APA but with a nice twist.. highly drinkable & go down easy in the heat. (777 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.