Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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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 mjryan
2.36/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember really liking this beer. A lot. What happened? Looks great in the glass. Aroma disappoints. Butter and citrus zest. I dig the citrus, not the butter. Flavour is again buttery. Very full, viscous mouthfeel. Diacetyl run amok. Bummer. I really liked this beer in the past, but the flabby butter character is a big let down. Oh well. (341 characters)

Photo of Anaz
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked some of this up on the advice of a friend, and things started off ok. It looks great, nice coppery color, fluffy white head. It smells pretty good, too. Floral, herbaceous hops, notes of pine, fresh rolls, and caramel.

The taste is where it started to go wrong for me. It's too sweet, and the strong herbal character of the hops don't really balance it, but make it taste like someone dropped a crazy sweet herbal cough drop in my beer. It gets cloy8ing very fast. I one Miller Lite cold, and it helped, reducing my perception of it's sweetness, but it's not really enjoying the beer to drink it that cold.

I normally find Deschutes beers to be well made, but this one really was hard to appreciate, and was really only drinkable straight from the bottle. I won't be buying it again, and I'll keep the last few in the fridge for guests who really aren't into what I usually have on hand. (902 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a best by date of 04/18/2013. Uncapped and poured to a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange color with virtually no head to speak of, just a soft white foam on the surface. Lots of bubbles rushing to the surface. Nice ring of lacing left on the glass.

S - Very fruity type of hop aroma is what initially comes to mind. Almost reminds me of an artificial strawberry / peach soda type smell. Slightly piney and grassy, but faint. Bready malts really only become apparent to me as the beer begins to warm.

T - Interesting blend of malts up front, with underlying fruity hoppiness. Nicely bodied, but poorly balanced in my opinion. Far too bready and fruity. Apricot and peach flavors present. I commend it on it's tame taste as opposed to those APA's that are basically just hop bombs, but I would have enjoyed some more bitterness here for sure. Sweet in the finish.

M - Feel is dry and slightly resinous and viscous, invoking another sip.

Overall, this is nothing to write home about. It is by no means a bad beer, I would just prefer something with more of a punchline to it in the end. This beer is definitely falling short somewhere, and in desperate need of a kick. Nice light body, nice carbonation, and nice 6.20% abv, but that's about all this beer has going for it. Not something I would try again, but this was my first beer by Deschutes Brewing, so I'd be interested in trying one of their other beers.

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA ---3/5. (1,502 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upfront let me say that I like this beer better than the numbers show. I don't think it's a Pale Ale, it's more like an IPA Light. So compared to regular Pales, it doesn't show well.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orange-amber color with just under an inch of light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, more than most pales, with the hint of malt in the nose way in the background. The taste was a bit more balanced, the malt was more forward, but still hop dominant.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice hop bite at the back. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see myself drinking several of these in a day.

Overall, a very nice beer that would be better served being named differently, style-wise. (771 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2-3 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity with very low carbonation. Good head retention.

Nose
Grapefruit, lemon, honey and candy sugar.

Taste
Honey and caramel covered grains. Bready malts. Notes of grapefruit juice and lemon. Hints of pineapple and honeydew melon.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and subtly crisp.

Overall
Very malt forward Pale Ale. Even with the use of American hops this tastes like an English Pale Ale. Meh...why does this have such good ratings? (548 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy rust, thin head fizzles to nothing, not really any lacing.

S: HOPS! Earthy, grassy, fresh doughy yeast, almost exactly like fermented pizza dough; a little bathroom cleaner.

T: it tastes like a homebrew. It's super bitter, super hoppy, but has some sour off flavor that I can't quite place other than that I'm reminded of my more unsuccessful homebrews. The finish leaves a strong taste of brie (not something I typically like to attribute to beer).

M: carbonation can't hold and it quickly goes flat, body is light to medium body,

D: really kind of bad. The dough and the cheese were straight up gross. Come on Deschutes, I expect better of you. (660 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours to an extremely murky and unfiltered golden orange. Did not form much of a head. Can literally see little particles floating around. Looks good in the glass.
S - Light citrus, hops and a little malt.
T - A light hoppiness upfront, but it's more like orange than grapefruit followed by a nice light malty backbone at the end to round it out. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable. O - A really good brew!
V - Good value. (435 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By – 05/08/13
Tasted – 03/06/13

A – Pours a dark copper and orange with a moderate off white head that thins and leaves nice lacing.

S – Sweet and malty. Hops are hidden underneath it all. There are sweet caramel malts on the front and some light hoppiness to it.

T – Sweet here again. Some old dried fruits, raisins. A nuttiness develops and the hops again are quite subdued.

M – Crisp and light.

O – Something off-putting with this beer. Malt profile is odd and dominates whatever hops are there. (523 characters)

Photo of Giesch
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is big, fresh pale malt with touches of pine and hemp. This is a nice and clean pale ale. An above average beer although there are others I prefer in the style. Definitely worth a try. (190 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another xpa from Deschutes.

Pours an amber copper color with a finger of beige head. Decent retention with some lacing.

Aroma: Fairly hoppy for an apa. Pine and grassy flavors. It does have some biscuit malts and a bit of caramel malts as well. Not bad.

Taste: A little more sweet than the nose would suggest. The malts show here more, but it is still fairly hoppy. Floral and pine with some fruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, another xpa that I thought was a bit too malty. This one wasn't as bad because it was an apa and I expected a little more malt and not as much hops, but it brought a decent amount of hops to the table. (716 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nickd717 for this one
12oz brown bottle with best by date of 04-28-11
Served in a tulip pint

Clear copper beer with lots of bubbles present. Big 4 fingers of off-white, creamy head with good retention. Nice amount of lacing as well.

Hop aromas are clearly dominant, with citrusy grapefruit as well as pine tree smells. The bready malts are there too, but hard to pick up.

Taste is primarily of the citrusy hop bitterness with a flavor of grapefruits. The bitter subsides a bit as the beer warms up.

Feel is a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall an OK beer, but I would have liked to see some more balance from the malts to offset the bitter notes. Their website indicates this falls somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. I think its closer to being an IPA than a traditional pale ale. (850 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes teku

Lightly hazed auburn pour with a two finger crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, retaining well with plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Mild hop aromas with toasted bread crust, doughy malts and soft caramel sweetness.

Piny hops up front with understated notes of resin and bitterness. Bread crust and toasted grain in the backbone with biscuity malts. Reminds me a bit more of an English PA in the malt bill, finishing with a light snap of hops.

Medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Drinkable but pretty mild overall and frankly quite forgettable. This bottle was before the 'drink by' date but I'd like to give it another go with one that's less than a month old. (764 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Stone imperial pint glass. Best by 3/27/12. Big thanks to mfavoino for the extra.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger pure white head that recedes to a nice thick collar and thin film. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Very balanced nose. Solid caramel and bready malts with solid citrus hops and some minimal pine.

T: The taste loses some of the hoppiness that I found in the nose. The taste comprised bready and pale malts with a honey like sweetness. Sticky resiny hops are that backend, but it's not nearly as balanced as the nose.

M: This is sticky and medium bodied with a lower than expected carb. It drinks like a malts DIPA. Not the refreshing crispness I want from a APA.

O: The nose gave me a lot of hope, but the mouthfeel and taste really didn't do it for me. Just a touch too malty and thick for me. I guess I'm spoiled with the likes of Zombie Dust. (913 characters)

Photo of bperry65
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There is definitely a very strong malt presence for an APA. There is a slightly bitter, bready taste, but I think this beer could be more well balanced. Overall, I'm slightly disappointed because there was a decent amount of hype when Deschutes started distributing to Illinois, but I think Black Butte it their only beer that has lived up to the hype. Red Chair is a decent APA has some unique characteristics, but I would not choose it over other APAs at a similar price point such as Dale's Pale Ale. (503 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a Dogfish head tulip glass a copper color with a fluffy slightly off white head that slowly recedes. The aroma is fairly pungent with notes of citrus, apricot, mixed with a fairly rich malt backbone. Nice lace left from me swirling this around. Medium/light mouthfeel. Hmm, the taste is really not as good as the nose with a hoppy citrus start that then transitions to a a slightly soapy taste and then a burnt toast type flavor. The beginning I like but it then falls apart a little for me. (511 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice light brown tangerine in the center with shades of straw at the edges

S: All i get is lingering caramel and bread

T: The most distinct component in this beer seems to be pine like hops with a dough/caramel foundation.

M: Chewy but yields a moderately dry finish

O: Its a pretty one dimensional pale ale in my opinion. Enjoyable yes, but far from mind blowing. I do prefer my pale ales though to have a more bread, toast character. (450 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange amber body with a white foam cap head.

A- Sweet hop aroma. Caramel and light biscuit.

T- Sweet caramel malt flavor with a consistent bitter flavor slightly amplified in the finish. Leaves a light bitter phenolic aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium light carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable beer and quite sessionable. (333 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this beer.

Look Copper color with very little head but does have a bit of lacing as you drink

Smell Light hops with the typical piney floral citrus notes

Taste Pretty much tasted like it smelled light hop flavors up front that faded away pretty quickly

Mouthfeel Medium body lightly carbonated and a bit dry kinda like a brut

Overall a decent pale ale at best it had nice hop and citrus flavors and scents. I would drink this beer again only if someone gave it to me (494 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - pours orange with a short head. Bubbly.

S - mild citrus and floral hops. Yeast and seven kinds of soft malt.

T - prominent citrus, malty for a PA, tangy with a malty sweetness. Borderline too sweet.

M - medium body and lively carbonation. Low-Medium bitterness.

O - malty PA with a citrus flavor and a weak, but nice aroma. More hops, please. (350 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass from the first annual SLC beer festival.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper color with thick, three finger head that quickly dissipates. The head left big lacing on the walls.

Aroma: Piney hop resins and a small bready sweetness. Very grassy.

Flavor: Plentiful hops in this one. NW hop character is dominant from the beginning, all but overpowering the faint malt backbone. Bitterness builds to an exciting crescendo at the crisp finish. They do their duty when they say they're making a NWPA, but I think a little more malt would do wonders for the beer.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated but still highly drinkable, though it may be too bitter to handle for some people. (716 characters)

Photo of The_Brewqueno
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3/14/15
Look: hazy red/orange
Smell:citrus,lemon, grass
Taste: sweet citrus fruits grassy mild bitter
Feel: medium, creamy
Overall: a pale ale on the hoppy side that is a must try for Deschutes fans. (214 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a one finger head that is off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells generously hopped with a sweet malt presence. Nice citrusy hop presence.

Not digging the taste a whole lot. Pretty big hop bitterness with a large earthy, ashy and musty taste as well. A little malt sweetness, but still can't get past the tobacco ash taste that lingers.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry hop finish.

The taste just doesn't work in the overall beer for me. This one is not for me and I don't think I'll have it again. Does have some nice qualities. Different strokes for different folks though. (608 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by 3/24/2012, poured into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color, with a finger or two of white head. Head recedes quite quickly. A bit of carbonation visible in the bubbles. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Wonderful malt aroma, but not particularly strong.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell, but still fairly sweet. Less malty than the smell would indicate. Somewhat of a more bitter aftertaste than I'd like, but still quite tasty.

Average body for the style. Slightly creamy, and carbonation is good.

This is a good beer, but not spectacular. I remember enjoying this a lot more when I was just drinking it, rather than sitting down and actually putting words and numbers to the brew. For that, it gets an extra half-point in the overall rating. (809 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazed, orange hued,copper colour with a thinnish, tannish head. a little lace for good measure. it has a sweet brown sugar and candy maltiness in the nose, with a fruity character that seems to be also from the malt and yeast. subdued hop aroma...a touch citric but definitely restrained. layered maltiness on the tongue...chewy...the fruitiness again comes through at times with a dash of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in the hop profile. only slightly bitter in the finish...and for such a seemingly sweet beer it's sort of dry, too. above average body with a relatively smooth mouthfeel..it is kind of coarse at times but certainly doesn't detract in any way. pretty drinkable...tasty enough without a full frontal assault of NW hop bombs.

overall...i'm a bit perplexed at the fence riding aspect that this beer presents. it purposely blurs the line between pale ale and IPA, which presents problems of perception. it's malt-centric for sure, but in my opinion could use more hop character. but then it would be an IPA. oh well. it's enjoyable and worth recommendation to try. (1,097 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came on tap in a pint glass. It appeared amber red in colour and had clarity, It smelled rich, hoppy, malty; smelled like a red ale. Tasted malty sweet with citrus hops cloyingly bitter at the finish. Clean; no lingering flavors or aftertastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably. (295 characters)

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