Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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4.09
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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Photo of army01
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a heavy burnt orange color, forming a thick off white head that reduces to about 1/4" thick and then stays.

The strong scent of Fresh hops immediately hits the noise and does not leave. Citrus hints are intertwined with the hops.

The first taste is a light sweet flavor that is met with the mid-to-high hoppiness.

Lighter than expected, but heavier than some Pale Ales

Overall, would recommend, but definitely a once-a-week type of brew

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed.

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Photo of drgarage
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Grape and Grain in San Mateo

A: Lovely glowing red/brown. Nice one-finger head that sticks around that refreshes with each sip.

S: Sweet hops and caramel malt. Does this taste like I wish every other red ale I have tasted would?

T/M: Yes. Nice, warm, and complex pale ale with beautifully integrated hops. This is pretty much fantastic. Slick mouthfeel.

O: I would seriously drink this every day and never get tired of it. Pretty much ideal for a session beer. I recommend Deschutes discontinue Mirror Pond in favor of this.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a two finger head. Body is almost completely clear and a nice light orange-ish brown. Head is light tan with an orange hint and falls but sticks around. Some very strong lacing.

S - Yeah, that's good. The right balance between citrus, hops, and a little sweet. I would say a slightly sweet grapefruit and a smooth piney scent.

T - It is better than average, but I'm not all that impressed. Very drinkable. Hops are smooth and the grapefruit compliments it well.

M - Nothing wrong here but doesn't stand out either. Above average carbonation and a little dry.

O - With how much I have heard about it, the hype was too much. Beer is good, but nothing I would need to seek out again.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy, orange/ruby color with a semi-thick, off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is average, but it's pretty appealing.

S - Piney, earthy, and grapefruit notes all come to mind, though they're restrained (which is welcome). Caramel, candied sugar, and spice come through. Subtly complex.

T - Resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops counter the pale and caramel malt foundation. Spice and candied sugar on the climax. It actually doesn't taste as complex as the nose had predicted, but it's incredibly well balanced, and never really invokes a bitter taste. Very good.

M - Medium bodied, probably thicker than it should be, crisp throughout to a smooth finish.

D - Another great offering from Deschutes. I don't think can make a bad beer, though. The balance on this one alone is remarkable.

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Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THIS IS WHY there should be separate reviews here on BA for draft vs. bottle. The old review is below this new one:

Consumed February 20th, 2013. Pours a burnished copper / honey-orange into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. Minimal white head leaves nice, long-lasting streaks down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, almost like candy. Caramel and a dash of citrus and pine. Smells... interesting for an APA.

Flavor is equally interesting and not at all what I'm used to down here in the land of hop madness (aka Southern California) : some mild caramel malts up front that feature a juicy, melanoidin character. Somewhat bitter up front, but this transitions smoothly (thanks to a creamy-textured trip across the palate) into a wonderfully orchestrated and balanced hop finish: pine and sweet citrus. Finishes ever-so-slightly dry.

This is a good one, but, considering the source, not surprising.

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RATING - 3.55

DRAFT - Consumed at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA on January 27, 2012.

APP - 4.5 - Clear medium golden with a fine white head that provides excellent sheeting on the sides of the glass.

SMELL - 4 - Hoppy aroma - herbal, grassy with pine and grapefruit.

TASTE - 3.5 - A small amount of caramel malt, but otherwise flavor follows nose. Slightly mineral finish. Herbal, piney, ruby red grapefruit up front with less bitterness at the end than at the beginning.

MOUTH - 3.5 - Slightly dry but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

OVERALL - 3 - A little too unbalanced towards hops that aren't as delicious as they ought to be to carry this beer.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours medium copper with a two finger white head that sticks around well. On the nose there is a really creamy and rich caramel backbone supporting a tropical fruitiness on top. There is also some doughy malt flavors here. In the mouth there is dough and caramel at the beginning, quickly fading to a controlled but big bitterness in the middle and in a long finish. The malt base is quite a bit bigger than I generally like in a pale ale, but the hop component is big enough to match and the particular melding of flavors sits really well with me. The body is perfectly medium with some carbonation coming out and complimenting the bitterness well.

Overall, this is a fine brew that I will look forward to seeing every January. As a side note, I think this would be a perfect candidate for serving on cask. Hopefully someday I'll get a chance for that.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear red amber. Light thin head with slight lacing. Slight bubbles. Very transparent. Nice glow. Looks like a nice bubbly inviting beverage.

Smell: Peach, citrus, perfumey floral hops. Some tea-like aroma. Almost reminds me of rooiboos tea. Cinnamon bread. Mandarin oranges.

Taste: Nice and sweet. Leans towards the malt side with a nice snappy grapefruit bitterness. Slightly buttery with a hint of apple peel.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is nice. It's like smooth velvet with a crisp finish. Nice blend of different malts with good northwest hops.

Overall: One of the best Pale ale's out in the late winter. Another high quality Deschute's product.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of natemort13
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of iSip
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of azdback
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of Blargimus
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of rawla
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of GNWBC
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.