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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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551 Reviews
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Reviews: 551
Hads: 2,350
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 147
Gots: 427 | FT: 3
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/4/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding pale ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Best By 05/04/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a light tan head. Initial impression is slightly sweet citrus and pine, followed by a slight lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly on the heavy side for an IPA; medium carbonation is refreshing. Alcohol is not evident. Very flavorful and easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark copper with a tan head, nice lacing. Floral citrusy aroma. Nicely balanced, easy drinking APA. Another fantastic offering from Deschutes Brewery.

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Photo of Harn_SOLO
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer goes down pipes smooth and clean with light carbonation and tints of amber. It's hard to believe ABV is 6.5% because the taste profile is very subtle. There's a nice elegance and crisp finish to the beer. I could see myself putting down a number of them quickly, almost like a domestic. Just wanted some more bitterness and hops to shine through.

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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.

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Photo of Cream
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer. In the glass the color is between between ruby and amber. The smell is citrusy and perfectly hoppy, not overwhelming. Taste is fruity in the mouth, moving to a nice peppery bitter finish on the way down. Mouthfeel is perfect; crisp, smooth, somewhere between light and heavy. Overall a really impressive beer. Would be great with a meal, a couple after work, or 6 on a Saturday; a versatile beer. I'm really impressed with the whole Deschutes lineup! Great work!

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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 jtaylord
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro draft. Nice copper color. Smooth off-white head that retains for a good amount of time. Pine on the nose. Subtle hop taste and smell. Not overpowering. Smooth finish. Wish it was a year round offering.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a fantastic copper caramel color with a fluffy off white head that left a very nice amount of off white lacing down the glass.

The smell was a smash of flowers and some pine. Something like walking through a beautiful forest clearing surrounded by towering pines.

The taste was floral sweet with just the right amount of pine hop bite.

The feel is where this beer wins for me. The hops, with the floral and pine flavors, hit the front of the tongue while the hop bite washes off mid tongue with a very light and crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall this is a very clean beer with 60 IBU's that just does not bite as that bitter. At a 6.2 ABU and such an easy drinking ale this one seems like one that a person could get into trouble with if not careful.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - Best by 04/09/16:

Pours hazed orange amber with a creamy lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus with caramelized bread and a hint of peppery spice.

The taste of citrus and caramelized dough intermingle. The is a floral/spicy dryness in the clean finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

This is a well-balanced, juicy, easy-drinking APA. Enjoyable!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking creamy white head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves a little something on the surface of the beer. The beer itself is a clear medium amber color with a very nice copper hue to it. The look is pretty good even if it is a bit dark for the style.

The smell is nice, balanced, and clean. The smell has a nice pine resin and floral note that mixes with a slightly toasted and sweet bread note with a little bit of caramel there. The smell is certainly nice and good.

The taste is slightly better than the smell. The pine resin and floral hop notes are a bit stronger and sweeter (as well as the malts). The malt note does not quite have that same slight toast note but certainly has a sweet caramel character.

The feel is a bit heavy for the pale ale but still good. It's a medium bodied with some very nice biting carbonation that gives it a bit more texture to it. Other than the biting carbonation, the beer has a pretty smooth feel to it. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Overall, the beer is pretty nice, but not super memorable. It's a nice balanced pale ale that is definitely very well brewed. I highly recommend getting one even if there are other beers available.

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Photo of JayKay
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Copper in color, great off-white head with solid retention and moderately carbonated.

S- Malty bread on the nose.

T- Great floral hop taste and some bitter hop on the finish.

F- Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest.

O- Enjoyed he balance between the slightly sweet malts and bitter hop finish.

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Photo of Sleeb
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark, amber. almost tea colored
S-Clean malty some fruit
T-Nice malt with hint of fruit
F-A bit creamy and dense
O- A nice beer that finishes well

Well done Deschutes as always

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass: awesome deep amber color. Transparent. Beautiful lacey head of foam. Toast, citrus on the nose. Taste is really well balanced between toasty malts and hops. Excellent lingering hoppy aftertaste. To me this tastes like a pale ale that is just a bit more on the hoppy side. Like just about everything Deschutes does, it is flawless.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange/amber brew with small tight head. Lots of fine carbonation keep the head intact. Light aroma of malt, some hop notes come through. Hops are slightly stronger in the taste, but it’s mostly a malt party here. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014/2015 reviewed on 3/8/15
A: Copper liquid is a bit dark.
S: Good biscuity malt and some fruity hops.
T: Pleasant malt opening with some estery yeast notes that flirt with going too far but are still pleasant. Grapefruit finish - fully with pith and all.
M: Quite bitter finish, dry malt.
O: Very tasty

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Photo of Chris72
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this recently. Alot lighter than I like, so I'm kinda biased.
Look: From the bottle, so look is irrelevant at this juncture
Smell: Has a decent, smooth smell to it
Taste: Has a decent red ale flavor, light for my taste
Feel: Light and crisp

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via Country Fresh Market in a DT snifter. This nice APA pours a brilliant, glowing, reddish amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit, caramel malt, toast, brown sugar, and leafy bittering hops. Flavors pass the nose with sweet caramel and honey notes that have a striking blow of grapefruit and leafy / flowery bittering hop flavor that lingers on the aftertaste. Flavors start sweet with a great backbone and then give way to a leafy flavor that out weighs the grapefruit and lingers long on the palate. Good carbonation makes for a smooth crisp mouth feel with a clean finish. Solid brew from a solid brewery.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head with low retention, medium lacing. A honey amber body, with some cloudiness. On the Nose, figs and caramel malts, hint of grapefruit comes in toward the end. On the Palate, toasted malt and a slight sweetness are upfront, followed by a slight bitterness and citrus at the end. finishes semi-dry and a nice subtle creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Amber beer with small head. Aroma of orchard fruits and malts. Taste is dry leaf, malts, some grapefruit and caramel. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TheBeigeKnight
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean and spectacular for me. Everything I could ask for in a hop forward pale ale, of which I am not normally a big fan. Deschutes must have a fine, fine water supply for their beer, it always tastes very clean.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong, deep amber color with a nice hoppy aroma. The hops flavor is not as overpowering as I find some IPAs to be, and has a nice little grapefruit in it as well. A good beer for a hot sunset.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a mostly opaque copper color with a white one finger head which lasts for a while. There is good carbonation and light to moderate lacing.

The smell is heavy on grapefruit and orange. There is some pine as well as a malty, bready smell but the hops dominate.

The taste follows the nose with the grapefruit tasting hops dominating, a bit overwhelming for a beer that bills itself as a Pale Ale and not an IPA. There is also, orange, lemon and pine with a bready, caramel malt backbone present from beginning to end. The finish leaves some hop oil on the tongue.

Overall this is a good beer, it is well balanced albeit a bit stronger than your average Pale Ale but that is what I have come to expect from Deschutes.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a beautiful deep copper with some haziness, great off-white head with solid retention and lacing. Moderately carbonated.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, resiny floral hops, malty bread notes all come through as well as hints of pine and caramel.

T: Slightly sweet caramel and bread, then grapefruit and great floral hop taste with a slight spiciness and some hop bitterness at the finish.

F: Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest. Very smooth and easy drinking in a good way.

O: One of my personal favorite APA's I truly wish this wasn't just a seasonal brew. The balance between the slightly sweet malts upfront and the bitter almost IPA hop finish are incredible.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.