Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 130
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
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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 waldoiverson
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz in nonic

A: dark copper, sandy head with very active carbonation. Extreme clarity

S smells of the northwest with heavy floral hops but a good amount of bready base, slight minty tone

T. Citrus flower sweetness, the minty tones in the nose do make an appearance with a clean bitter finish. The malt lets it all ride and balance but it is a supporting cast member

M. Exceptionally smooth, slight carbonated tingle but the overall feeling is pillowy without any dry or overly tannic sense

O. This is going to be a regular in my house. It is hoppy but it doesn't assault the mouth. Yum.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear amber and a nice frothy head on top. Very good lacing as well, intricate lines of foam dashing across the side of the glass.

Smell: There is a fantastic hop presence in this beer, consisting of a citrus based and slightly tropical profile. The malt is very subtle on the nose, just a nice sweetness and a tinge of biscuit to it.

Taste: The hops are again noticeable right off the bat, there is however a very large malt presence in the taste as well, a nice roasty and biscuity full body. The hops are very similar to the smell, citrus with some hints of more tropical fruits, and they work wonderfully with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Just excellent body to this beer, very full, not thin to the slightest. The breadiness and the sweetness really make this thing drinkable.

Overall: What a great beer, so easy to drink and so full of complexities, a truly magnificent pale ale. I will most certainly be getting a case of this every time the season comes round and it is available.

Photo of natemort13
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep orangish ruby. Light LIGHT tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is of bread, citrus zest, caramel malt sweetness

Taste is caramel malt up front that gives way to some grapefruit and lemon. hoppy oilness. Delicious

Medium bodied, super smooth and slick

one of the easiest drinking pale ales i've ever had. delicious balance where both the hops and malt are pronounced. Still yet to be disappointed by deschutes.

Photo of iSip
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale: The Deschutes Brewery cranks out some very fine products, so I was looking forward to trying their Red Chair Pale Ale. Peering into this deep cherry wood color brew, you can’t see through it due to a medium amount of haze. The head is thin, but the aroma is wonderful. Lots of hoppy spice and fruit notes. The flavor is outstanding; the malt is subtle while the hops do the talking, but not too loudly. Lots of flavors come and go: apple, spice, and flowers. There is an undercurrent of bitterness, and in a good way. In the end, this is a winner. Maybe not as smooth as other beers, but it is well balanced, and the rich variety of hop notes are wonderful to experience. It will show up in my fridge again.

Photo of azdback
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A bit on the cloudy side and burnt orange color. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is a bit off of bright white and thin in appearance. Lace isn't sticking to well right now either.

Smell is bright citrus hop smell mixed with some sweet malts that come across as honey and cranberry.

Taste is much like the smell. Red sweet flavors mix very well with the bright bitter hop character.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet. Quite nice.

Overall it must be said that I have enjoyed this offering for the last several years and I think I have enjoyed it more this year than in the past years. Note: I think it is better right out of the bottle.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber body with a good 2-finger white that shows some decent retention. Lace is pretty sticky on this one.

S- Citrus blast of hops up front, some slight acrid aroma, some caramel, some grassiness, and a slight muskiness.

T- Sweet caramel malts up front, some copper flavor, slight grassiness, but the citrusy flavors aren't there as much as they were in the aroma. Almost a sugar-like after taste.

MF- Medium bodied with flavors that do stick to the palate very well.

O- A pretty damn good beer that I'm very happy I got the chance to try

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.

Photo of rawla
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a reasonably fresh bottle off a 6 pack. Best by date of 03/31/2011.

A: Pours a radiant sun-burnt orange, ruby , and almond brown color. Just a damn good looking beer. Very average carbonation, and little to no lacing. Egg-shell head; about 1-2 inches of foam.

S: Notes of biscuits, with subtle pine, grapefruit, citrus, and toasted sesame. The overall profile isn't as pungent as I expected, but the malt profile is insanely enticing. Mmmm

T: A few great things going on. At the front, the complex malt profile takes over. A toasted almond and flaky, buttery biscuit front finishes off with a fresh dose of cascade hops. A really refreshing citrusy finish, with little after taste. You just want to keep drinking this thing down.

M: Deceptively bright and light feel. You don't get weighed down at all by the malts.

O: I am not biggest malt fan, especially with Pale Ales/IPA's. I want hops, and more hops. This thing balances the complex malt profile with a straight-forward hop finish beautifully. Magnificent session/speciality beer.

A MUST try.... A

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper with just a light haze. Nice 1.5 finger white head with some retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light hop tones of pine, earth, citrus, and fruit along with a strong caramel malt.

T - Very good, with a nice caramel malt and biscuit backbone. The sweetness of the malt is mild and pleasant and blends with the fruity nature of the hops well. The hops provide more fruit character than found in the nose: still piney and earthy but flavors of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. Mild bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth.

O - A very good example of an APA. I would highly recommend this brew.

Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red copper. Thin white head that doesn't last all that well.
S- Fruity, citrus, some bread, a bit of pine and a bit of caramel.
T- There is a good hoppy flavor with pine, some citrus fruits, and a fair bit of caramel and bread dough.
M- Medium body, medium-high carb. Somewhat dry in the finish.
O- A fairly good easy drinking pale ale that provides a good hop kick.

Photo of mfavoino
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 1/13/12.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger head that sat there for a few minutes.

Smell: Fruity and most likely citrus hops dominated the nose. Very excited to try this one on draft.

Taste: Carmelly, with a dry hop finish to create a well-balanced APA. Tasted fresh to me and had me wanting another pint.

Mouthfeel: Felt light and creamy with a little bit of bitterness to finish as it goes down.

Overall: This is an excellent APA that would appeal to a lot of different palates. I imagine it would be easy to down several of these over the course of an evening.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of grapefruit, caramel, bread, lighter fruit, grapes, some small hints of pine.

Taste is up front, sweet, bready malt some fruit flavor that morphs into a grape, grapefruit character and ends on a more pine, note mixed with grapefruit and sweet malt. Quite nice and complex enough to keep things interesting.

Lighter body with medium to lower carbonation works quite well for the style.

A big, malty yet hoppy and fruity pale ale that is complex enough to be interesting and quite drinkable at the same time. I actually would prefer for a bit lower alcohol percent so I could down more of this. Excellent beer.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy who brought back this good tasting brew from Deschutes and shared this with me. Poured into half glass and gives an amber orange appearance with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. Aroma of citrus, grainy malts with touches of toast and caramel. Dry and spicy aroma overall. Citrus hops upfront with layers of spiciness. The semi-grainy malt backbone is fairly complex with biscuit, toast, caramel and some grassy characteristics. Ends with a spicy bitterness. Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly full and smooth for an APA. Nice dry finish. A very nice Pale Ale overall that is quite a bit better than Mirror Pond in my opinion. Quite sessionable!

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

Ive said it once and ill proudly say it again...being a native of seattle....NW brew kicks ass!

P: a clear amber reddish copper with a half finger of pure white head thats leaves a super scandalous lacing.

S: smell is exactly what i love in PA's sweet malty carmel notes with lots of citrus and a nice strong pine resin from the hops.

T: follows the smell, lots of sweet malt and carmel, plenty of floral citrus and an awesome piney hop shot that fits perfectly with the rest of the beer. not overpowering at all. even for being a 60 IBU brew.

O: over all this is everything i love in a pale ale, sweet spicy citrus hits and nice piney hops...the NW rules!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great seasonal. a nice change of pace from the malt bomb spice happy winter beers of 2011/12. this one smells a little sweet, malty and complex, but lighter and drankable. balanced flavor, notes of caramel malts but also some paler stuff and a touch of hops to finish it. fantastic flavor, really really silky in the mouth, like the dead song feel like a stranger... gonna be a silky silky crazy crazy night. thats this beer, smooth as hell and drinkable for days. love love love it

Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/5/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piney, citrusy, floral. Nice hoppy goodness.

Taste is a great balance between a bready pale/caramel malt blend and nice bitter hops.

Overall, just a tasty understated brew. Would be great w/ a burger. This should be available year round.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly.

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear orange-amber with a white head that was small but still retained well and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops mostly. Good balance of bready malts and citrus/pine hops in the taste, citrus pith and splashes of mango. Medium-bodied and very solid overall.

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

Yes, yes, yes, yes omg, omg, omg!!!

Appearance: Clear amber. White head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Beautiful hop aroma with a very balanced malt backbone. Hops are floral and the malt is nice and bready.

Taste: follows the nose nicely.

Mouthfeel: probably the most drinkable american beer I've ever had. Perfect carbonation. Very very smooth.

Overall: Its a crime against humanity that this isn't a year around beer. The price is supremely cheap for the quality.

Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a reddish/orange (almost amber) color with a small white head that retained well and left spotty lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of fruity/floral and resinous hops. Definite taste of caramel, mango? and citrus. Very nice hop profile that is balanced well with sweet malts.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable...a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. A souvenir of my summer 2011 road trip through the Pacific northwest.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange-amber hue, with two fingers of thick foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy coral reef lace around the glass as things eventually succumb to gravity and other physical phenomena.

It smells of sweet biscuity caramel malt, bitter citrus cream, a more than subtle mint edginess, and further floral perfume and leafy hops. The taste is more sweet caramel and toffee, mildly bitter grapefruit pith and forest floor coverings, blended with a nicely rounded leafy, floral, metallic mint, and perfumed flower hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequately moderate, and mostly unobtrusive, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, as the hops aren't really into playing spoiler in this one. It finishes off-dry, the malt still putting up a decent power-to-the-people sort of fight, all against a punchy hop attack that at the same time keeps one gun a little too well holstered.

A rather stellar pale ale - pretty much as balanced as possible, without fear of tipping over and up to the next level of IPA temptation. The purported extra level of booze beyond standard issue in this here particular offering is a minor bit of distraction, but overall this is one hoppy, tasty, and fruity pale ale, worthy of its lofty American stature.

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is an amber tone with a two finger head. The smell has pine, citrus hops, some malts. Red Chair has a taste of resin coated hops, bread, malts, some orange and other light citrus flavors. MF is medium-fall, with great carbonation. In summary, this is a very nice APA and I wish that I could get this back home in CT.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/19/11 notes. Bottle brought back by my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago from Oregon. Best by 07/20/11 date on the bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. One inch of retention throughout drinking it and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruty malts, light pine hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits. A lot more hops than I was expecting; smells like a nice, fresh IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malts, fruity malts, light pine hops. Not quite as hoppy, with more of the malts taking over, but no bitterness. Good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body and real easy to drink. Wondeful mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice, drinkable APA. Definitely felt like I could have and would want to have a few of these. Great hoppy and fruity nose and mouthfeel, would love to have it again sometime.

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.