Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 2,281
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 129
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (155 characters)

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. (212 characters)

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. (195 characters)

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. (736 characters)

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. (716 characters)

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. (722 characters)

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. (196 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 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 (434 characters)

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. (1,041 characters)

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. (499 characters)

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. (649 characters)

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. (493 characters)

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. (304 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 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. (405 characters)

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. (193 characters)

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! (184 characters)

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

good smooth beer. Didn't think I would like it not usually my type of beer but this one was really good. Only got a sample before it sold out! Little disappointed would have liked to get more. (192 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Boy just outside of Harrisburg Pa. What a perfect pale ale. This one is so dialed in with hops and malt. Sweet, no bitterness and full in body. Absolute delight. (185 characters)

Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty at first, then a very nice hoppy taste this vibrant and not overly bitter. Very surprised how well it tastes. Hard to say this, but better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Excellent, excellent beer. (203 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I know. A lucky customer can snag a 12-pack of this at the supermarket for as cheap as $12.99 (but usually a bit more), making it in Seattle *the* best beer that one can buy in terms of quality to price point. Significant head dissipates to a enduring lace around the edges. Strong and sweet slate of light malt, lightly toasted, is prominent. Fruity, but not citrusy or cannabisy, aromas--saffron?-- and taste of hops balance the flavor but don't dominate. One of my ATF beers, which I buy regularly, and this tasting hasn't changed that perception a bit. Easy drinking and a crowd pleaser. (640 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and a deep hazw. Poured with an off white foam. Both soapy and tight, frothy bubbles and medium retention. Medium high hop aroma: tangerine, herbal mint, spicy. Medium sweet malt aroma beneath. Medium bodied with creamy, medium high carbonation. Light, pleasant, warming sensation beneath. Medium high hop flavors and bitterness: earthy herbal mint and orange zest. Medium low maltiness. Balance certainly tips toward the hop side but not too drastically. Finished dryly with a light minty, herbal hop aftertaste. A well constructed, well balanced, easy drinking pale ale. (613 characters)

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