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Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Reviews: 575 | Ratings: 2,451
Photo of Everydayoff
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

The showcase is clear with an amber copper color. Thick foamy off-white head forms up and stands with great retention. Once slowly dissipating, magnificent lacing is left along with everlasting frothy crown atop. Not much carbonation can be seen through the sight.

Fresh floral, load of citrus, yeasty ester, spice, bready malt, faint buttery, some grassiness, and slight woody, all of these aromas make a good combination providing inviting and succulent characters.

Kick off with sweetness form the use of various kinds of malt, theirs flavor reveal with a bready and dough quality. The rest of the story is an era of hops with a substantial and clean bitterness to counter the sweetness proportion. The presence of hops has not much wide variety but simply steady and straight to the point with a zesty citrus and spice. At the aftertaste, long lasting bitterness and spice blend up delicately along with a vague hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rather full and super smooth with a bold body. Carbonation is not on the high side but crisp enough to well carry its big body as well as taste through the palate sensation. Finish is dry and clean.

To drink this beer is so enjoying. Through its sheer quality of malts and hops, no man can deny this brew. Superb without any question.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark orange / brown / copper color, a bit hazy, with 1 finger head, looks nice.
S: Citrus- orange/lemon
T: Citrus based, maybe light sweet hops but nothing too distinct. Also some woody/bready flavor in the beginning. Quite balanced and pleasant to drink, but lacks finish.
F: Moderate mouthfeel, medium body.

O: Nice pale ale, not too hoppy and balanced, but lacks a finish.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this add a twelve pack on sale from dry tavern beer distributor. I've always thought Deschutes Porter is the best, so I thought I'd give this a try.... on sale nonetheless! Wow! Great offering. Well balanced on everything one wants in a pale ale.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a nice murky red with a one finger head. I immediately identified this beer as great after the first swallow, although hoppy beers usually aren't my favorite. It's a nice grapefruit taste, perfectly hopped. Love it!

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

This APA was drank on draft in a 16oz pint. This had a nice citrus taste with not to much of a hoppy presence in this nice amber pour. Really enjoyable APA and got this draft for free with my meal. I enjoyed it and will check it out again in the future.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured two 12 oz bottles into my trusty glass mug. Colour is amber/copper with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells hoppy and floral with citrus. Tastes smooth hops and a slight bit fruity. Goes down very smooth. Prost!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Lighter amber color almost leaning a little more towards copper gold, a creamy slightly tan head and lots of fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, quite a bit of pine, little bit of tropical fruit followed by a graininess.

T: Floral hops, a nice bit of pine, a somewhat rough graininess and fairly strong bitterness for a pale ale, but overall a very nice drinking beer.

F: Medium carbonation and a fairly creamy body, but still pretty easy drinking.

O: A very nice American Pale Ale that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of schematix
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper. No head formed.

S: Definitely malt forward. Hop character is lower than expected.

T: Sweet malt and fruity hop flavors turn into a strikingly smooth finish.

M: More aggressively carbonated than many similar beers. The mouth feel is full and pillowy soft.

O: Good beer. Not sure i'd buy again among an ever increasing array of options.

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Photo of MACrist
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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 rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in an earthy sullen orange and yellow. Off white 1/2" head. Aroma was mild grains, not as hoppy as hoped for.

Taste, another mild pale ale, bitterness seems lower than ibu advertised, which is actually a good thing. Approaches balance with its soft touches. Lightly toasted pale malts, relatively light hop bill. This is a bit like a less bitter mirror pond with a lighter malt bill. Some mild citrus and pine hop notes.

Noticed the longevity of the hop flavor is pretty short.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color.

Overall: The aroma is a sweet citrus. Hops give this brew a flavor that is citrusy and piney. The malt is slightly nutty and the hops give it a hint of a peach flavor. Even with all the flavors going on in this beer, they combine very smoothly. This is an ale that’s hard to put down. Another notable accomplishment from Deschutes. Everyone of their beers are great!

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Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale malted entry. The definition of pale with these malts. The pale malts fade to the background to provide a slightly sweet malt backbone. There is some bitterness that I pick up about mid palate with some back end bitterness. The hops are slightly piney, evergreen-like, feels fresh. Mild, white pepper spiciness. Touch of grapefruit. Some resin stickiness from the hops. Bitterness loiters a bit. There is not much complexity to the bitters in this brew, pretty straight forward. This beer is a little too malty for me, it takes the drinkability down a notch for me. I liked this brew a lot last year, no as much this year.

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Photo of ebin6
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My personal favorite pale ale, Red Chair is distinct in several ways. This unfiltered brew pours light red with some inevitable sediment to cloud it up. The nose and taste combine a hint of citrusy and piney hops. Drinks easy for the 6+% ABV. A beer I look forward to yearly, just as much as the "big" beer releases.

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Photo of cfitzsimmons
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 7 May 2016. Poured into 16oz pint glass.
Look: Clear amber with 1 finger of head.
Aroma: Floral and hoppy
Taste: Citrus and clean. Not too sweet and not too strong of a hop profile.
Feel: Good body, not too much carbonation.
Overall: One of my favorite seasonal beers!

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Photo of timbocf
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so I've never tried Deschutes before but it was on clearance at Target for $7. The Best Sold By date was a week before I bought it but it didn't matter. This beer is really good. It has a lighter citrus start with a balanced hop finish.

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Photo of gandres
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: dark red, medium head, lacing
Aroma: hoppy
Taste: very good
Mouth feel
Overall: excellent beer, something to look forward to repeating
Drank on : March 9, 2016

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Photo of kitch
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 7th May 2016 and poured into a Moonzen Teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear amber copper colour with a two finger off white head that retains pretty well, leaving nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, apple, brown sugar and hints of pineapple and grassiness.

Taste: Bready and caramel malt sweetness heavy with bitter grapefruit pith and juicy grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was pretty good but perhaps a bit too malt heavy for my liking.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada set the bar for APA and this beer raises it up a notch. Beautiful amber color with a light tan frothy head. Smell is crisp citrusy hops that combine well with a sturdy malt base that is caramel sweet but not overly so. Taste is a showcase of PNW hops and a good layer of crystal malt and honey malt lightly roasted but semi sweet with a touch of spicy and herbal hop notes at the finish. Lovely light yo medium body with crisp, prickly carbonation. Such a smooth easy drinking beer I could drink year round!!

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

Deschutes Brewery 'Red Chair NWPA' @ 6.2% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottles purchased for $15.50
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a big off-white head leaving a fine streaky lace film along the pint after every sip
S-citrus punch bold hop aroma , more citrus than pine
T-nice tasting pale ale with a clean finish
MF-ok carbonation , nice big body
Ov-good beer , even better pale ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of ajm5108
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber color. Aroma is somewhat flat but mostly sweet malt and some piney hops. Definitely more of a malt forward beer which is fine by me, has a spicey / black pepper quality to accent the biscuit malt flavor and the hops. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straight translucent copper with a bubbly, slowly dissipating head and lacing that surrounds the glass. No date given. First smell is faint, but opens up a bit more to some pale malt and a little citrus? Smell is a tad misleading as the taste is mostly malt, just a little hop resin and bitterness, and an aftertaste of grain. It does tend to a wet finish. Pretty decent drink, it is not unique at all though to me, kinda disappointed in that aspect. Certainly drinkable, and not that bad. Might try a different one next time.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Small but full bodied head. Deep Amber color. Nice lacing throughout. Nose of grapefruit and hops. Taste of bold orange, citrus, and hop notes. Surprisingly light clean finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.9%
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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