Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
92
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2,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 131
Gots: 359 | 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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Ratings: 2,276 | Reviews: 563
Photo of TheBeigeKnight
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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

This is a 4.3 for real. Surprisingly good and not terribly malty

Photo of Nickholland
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my faves, always look forward to getting this in the spring.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of THoff94
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very delicious and refreshing. Flavorful. Sweet bread taste with a little bitterness.

Photo of sporklift87
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to snifter. Pours about a finger of dense, off-white foam with good retention, fading into a thin film with a thick collar. Firm lacing rings. Reddish amber color and moderately cloudy. Vibrant nose highlights caramel and honey fronting a syrupy malt backbone. Notes of pears. To me, I feel that pear is the most apparent flavor profile, but matches aroma well. Has some band-aid flavors in background. Moderate bitterness balanced well by light citrus fruits. Feels medium bodied, with moderate carbonation lingering on center/front of tongue. Lightly viscous. Delicious brew, I love the aroma and flavor, minus the band-aid character. For about a dollar per beer, I plan on keeping them on hand.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | 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.

Photo of yetijosie
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer on tap (Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in El Paso TX) and it is excellent. Not too dry like the sierra nevada pale, not too bitter. Just the perfect balance of skunkiness and breadiness.

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.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised at how great this was. I had only an OK feeling when I bought it

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, citrus flowery
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing excellent – curtains covering inside of glass
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins slightly flowery then some malt appears; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper toned and mildly hazy from very minute flecks, this ale's fluffy, yellow-tan, head has superb retention, with sticky quick-drying chunky lace down pint glass' interior walls. Aromas are floral, resiny, piney, citrusy on the hop side and just barely caramel on the malt side. Perhaps a little diacetyl, although this I do not find in the taste. Maybe just a little on the aftertaste, but only under the tip of the tongue. Might be something else, but whatever it is not nasty or distracting, certainly not with the hop bitterness that abounds. The flavor profile is strong and balanced, but not too complex. Not really that bitter on front of palate, but it gets you in the back. Has a nice malty touch. To the taste, hops are slightly more brothy/vegetal/herbal/spicy than they are in the aroma, and as already mentioned, less complex, having lost much of the floral/fruity character detectable on the nose. Mouthfeel indicates a medium-bodied brew, mid-range carbonation, very smooth and very crisp. A wonderful drinker for drinkers.

Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a good light brown head with good retention. Leaves some excellent lacing.

Aroma is piney with citrus notes. Has some nice grassy and floral notes. Some slight, sweet caramel malts come through on.

Good balance of malts and fruitiness. Bready malts. A hint of the caramel is still there. Some light fruitiness on the back end.

Nice and crisp. Refreshing. Not too much carbonation.

Overall, a solid entry from Deschutes, but nothing out of the ordinary. A good APA.

Photo of dbnarley
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious and very enjoyable. A great red brew..

Photo of Mikus
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better pale ale for the price, clue me in. Finally found some with a date I like (5/29/15) and bought one to sample. Into the Spiegelau. A finger of fluffy, white head on top of a deep tangerine body, hints of red in the light. Light piney aromas, hint of grapefruit, clean and subtle with a hint of lemon grass or saffron. Nearly perfect for a PA. Balance is the word on flavor. Light grapefruit rind, citrus bitterness on the front. Mid palate has a nice lightly toasted malt base. Super clean. Perfect finish like a cool glass of lemonade on a summer's day. This may be my summer lawnmower beer. Hands down beats the pants off SNPA.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and Tilia. A: Brilliant Amber, 1” snow white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace. S: Citrus and grapefruit with some floral, fruit, melon. T: A rich, creamy fruit filled palate sweetened with light caramel that dries out with a grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish. M: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. The carbonation is very creamy and soft. O: A very drinkable American Pale Ale with character.

Photo of rorykanderson
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pale ale with a great nose that's very drinkable. Too bad it's a rarity in the northeast.

Photo of Scott_Hohenwarter
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hoppy red, pretty heavy

Photo of lazy8
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro in chilled pint glass at The Diller Room in Seattle. Orange color with thick white head and heavy lacing due to nitro. Mild smell with more malt than hops. Well balanced with pronounced hop flavor. I tend to prefer bigger beers, but opted for this as it was available on nitro. I like it.

Photo of blastoderm55
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro at the brewpub. Excellent mouthfeel and so easy to drink.

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.

Photo of BigBry
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. One of the few nitro-taps I have seen here.
Pours clear orange-brown color with a solid white head. Nitro obviously adds to the foam retention, and full sheets of lace.
Smells has some malt sweetness, and some citrus hops.
Good carbonation level, crisp mouth feel, clean finish.
Overall, a good beer with good level of hops. Could definitely have a couple more.

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of csheridan
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good! Smooth, enough hoppiness to notice, but not overpowering, and a little bit of citrus. Very nice...too bad it's only a seasonal, could definitely drink this one year round!

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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