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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 2,297
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 139
Gots: 378 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are two versions of the Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale). I chose to try the nitro version.

From the brewer:
What makes this copper coloered beauty so wildly popular? As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. it has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth puckering bitterness. (IBU's: 60)

My review:
Nothing looks better than a nitro-tapped beer. Thick foamy head that lasts forever leaving a solid blanket of lace throughout the tasting. Dark copper color and clear.

This beer is more more malty than hop with lots of chewiness and biscuit elements. The hop is light. The finish has a brown sugar presence. The beer is flat (low carbonation) and very rich. The aroma matches the flavor to a "T".

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Photo of codfeast
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass, 5/17 freshness date.

A: Amber, small head, with sticky lacing.

S: Pine, citrus fruit, mild malty smell.

T: slighty sweet start. piney, light licking the forest floor. nice hoppy finish.

M: Medium carbination wonderful balance.

O: This beer brings me back to how I felt about SNPA when I first started drinking it in the early 90's. Like I was drinking something real special. Could easily pass as an high quality IPA in a blind tasting. But I'll go with label and call it the best pale ale around.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a shaker. Dense, off-white head over a light amber body with some suspended particulate matter.

S: Classic NW hops. A little piney, some grapefruit. As the head settles down there's a little sweetness in the aroma, some light bready notes, and just the faintest bit of butter.

T: Very neutral on the front of the tongue. Bready malts dominate in the mid-palate, and a clean bitterness as you swallow. Finish brings back a bit of the maltiness.

M: Carbonation is spot on for the style. Just a little oily. Finishes quite clean.

O: This is currently one of my go-to beers. It's tasty, highly drinkable. The hops are nicely displayed, but it's not palate-destroying, and you can have a couple of them in a night without overdoing things. My only real complaint is that it isn't a year-round beer.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish amber with a big puffy head that leaves solid walls of lace. BEAUTIFUL

S- Sweet candy orange hops lead with floral and piney hop aromas coming up around the edges

T- The flavor is smooth and refreshing, but definitely a sipper more than a chugger. Malt is sweet and hops are bitter, that is how it should be

M- Moderate body and silky smooth carbonation

O- Solid brew that deserves a spot in everyone's fridge

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date on the bottle of 5/20/11 - coming up in a few weeks!

A - clear amber brew with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - grassy hops but also a hint of sweet malt and floral character; quite pleasant!

T - this beer provides an impressive balancing act with a fairly aggressive initial attack of floral hops followed by a nice bready malt and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Delightfully complex.

M - lightly carbonated but the light mouthfeel is undermined by a slight oiliness; again a bit of a surprise.

D - very drinkable; reasonably intense and complex, but also not overpowered by any particular element.

This is a really well balanced beer that hits a number of very nice notes; definitely one to stock regularly (provided it's available!)

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Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance (3): The clear, dark orange or copper body pours with less than a finger of off-white head. It reduces to a thin layer on top. No lacing.

Aroma (3.5): The toasty and caramel malts shine here where you'd expect the hops to stand out. There is a faint floral, dark pine scent that mixes well with the caramel backbone however.

Taste (4.5): The flavors are much more impressive than the nose. A slightly sweet caramel comes through first with some pine. The middle is a big pine and mango flavor. The finish is even more pine, resinous and coating. There is no ethanol whatsoever for a very big Pale Ale at 6.4%.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body and medium to low carbonation. It is smooth and almost a bit creamy, with an oily and coating finish.

Overall (5): This jumps into my list of top Pale Ales along with Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, and DC Brau Public. Although the nose doesn't stand out, the flavors are incredible and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. A very well done beer which I will seek out again.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep brown color, with some amber highlights. Head formation is strong, mocha in color, breaking down to a film.

S - Starts off with a strong hoppy note, west coast in nature, lightly citrus, somewhat piney. Background of some caramel malts.

T - Starts off with an immediate hop note, mostly citrus. Hides the malt character. Mid-stream brings on a hefty grassy note, piney and resinous, almost fresh hop in nature. Finishes with a bit of a caramel malt note to smooth out the bitterness.

M - Strong body and an equally strong carbonation. A bit sticky on the palette, seeming to carry a sugary backbone. Finishes with a little hop oils cilnging to the tongue.

O/D - Solid APA, although the hopping is very potent for the style. ABV is well hidden, easy drinking. The malting plus hops and its hefty body does make this feel more of a winter beer.

Very good beer.

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Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white head (almost yellowish) on a light amber body. Head pours a solid 3 fingers and is a bit much, but it subsides.

S: Piney, resiny hops with just a hint of malt to it. Some sharper hops come through eventually giving it some complexity.

T: Slightly maltier than the aroma, the beer takes on the aura of a much stronger beer, tho not boozy. Smooth but too intense for the beer and the style.

M: Bold, well rounded, but too heavy.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden light brown--tea colored--with a thin but consistent cream-colored head; lacing is okay

S: Very balanced malt and hop aromas; the malt bring a sweet bready aroma and the hops--although somewhat subtle--add a pleasant citrus presence

T: There is a very pleasant citrus bitterness on top of a sweet bready malt backbone--some toffee and biscuit

F: Creamy with a pleasant oily residual effect that is left on the side of the mouth

D: A really easy-to-drink, simple, nice and balanced APA

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mages64 for sending this bottle along with quite a few other gems my way in Light Whale 2.0. Been waiting awhile to try this. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a copper-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a ring or two of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward some light floral hops and a touch of bready malt. Some citrus there as well. The flavor is an improvement with the bitterness working well along with the floral flavor. Bit of citrus rind there as well. Mild malt in the background. Really drinkable and refreshing. Solid brew, for sure. Thanks again.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint beer glass.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber colored with a one finger tan foamy head that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a sweet caramel malt aroma beneath.

Taste: Like it smells, citrus and pine hops up front followed by sweet and bready malts. A very well balanced beer with a lot of flavor, but not too much of anything. No bitterness at all.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really well balanced beer with a lot of flavor. My wife is not a fan of overly malty or hoppy beers and she loves this one. A very easy drinking American Pale Ale that doesn't scrimp on flavor.

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Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this with miikezombie(Thanks)

Best by 4/28/11

A-Nice frothy head! Dark amber color and after drinking half the beer, decent lacing.

S-I first get a VERY floral scent(actually reminds me of Flower Power, crazy considering this is a Pale Ale), a malty smell and some pine and hops.

T-malty at first, with the hops, piney taste coming in at the end.

M-nice medium mouthfeel, very smooth brew.

D-This taste more like a 5% beer, than a 6.4%. If I could get this in Ohio, I'd buy a lot of it.

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Photo of engisch
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my fiance for packing this in her suitcase on her way back from out west! She knows I love to try a new beer that I can't get over on the east coast.

Wonderful looking beer. Pours a nice pale amber with a giant lacey head. Has a bit haze, but still a very clear ale.

Smells really good too. Floral and citrus.

Tastes great! Balanced yet really hoppy. Nice bitter after taste. Citrus hops! Yum! Nice sweetness pairs nicely with the hop flavor/aroma/bitterness!

As always, I'd always be up for a Deschutes brew, and if out west, I'd recommend this. A very exceptional example of northwest pale ale!

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Photo of SamN
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my New Belgium goblette.

Wow, what a head! huge, thick, creamy, bubbly crown, leaves sticky lacing down the glass...the beer itself is slightly hazy, opaque and the color of really dark honey. Mouthwatering looks, gorgeous deep color and that endless dollop of head. Holy shit, that smell is amazing, too. Such a aromatic bouquet of floral, fruity, citrus and sweet whole cone hops. Incredibly bright and hoppy. The malt is only detectable as adding the low end of the aroma spectrum up, with bready and honey malts just noticeable under the mountain of Pacific NW hops character. The taste is interesting. It starts with a good fruit hops punch and is backed up with the modest malts in the background with a sturdy foundation. The hops swell to a bitter honey crest and fade away with a distinct hops aftertaste, but really without the deal-breaking bitter lingering taste. To the point, the more I drink of this, the more balanced it really becomes, especially in the finish. I'm starting to get some sweet navel orange rinds in the finish now. Maintains a distinct sweet edge to the it almost the whole time, less in the beginning. Body is great, just the perfect amount of body for a sweet and hoppy NW pale ale. Great structure.

Damn impressive. All the characteristics I look for in my APAs; fruity nose, balanced taste, a mildly bitter but balanced finish. Ths beer leans towards the hoppier side obviously, but without losing sight of the balance nessecary to really represent the style well.

Deschutes has one of the best track records with me; not a bad beer yet!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dark orange-brown color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a tiny cap. Smells strongly of citrus zest and herbal hops and some sweet malt. Somewhat astringent hop taste up front with the sweet malt coming in at the end. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer that is very hop heavy. I read that this beer replaced the Red Chair IPA that was a Bond Street Series from Deschutes and honestly I have had that beer and it was much, much better than this offering.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from World Market in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops with some caramel malt coming out

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops upfront then a touch of caramel malt comes out but still finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I love a good American Pale Ale and this one doesn't disappoint this is one of those beers that I can drink a number of in a night worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark gold with a huge head. Hoppy nose and hoppy taste , this is the hoppy cousin to the Mirror Pond. Totally drinkable but very well balanced with the hops showing up as the star in this beer. I hope this shows up in BC as it is a great staple beer for the fridge

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice ale from a very nice brewery, but it veers more toward a light red ale in character and appearance than a pale ale, particularly in comparison with the brewery's flagship Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

Pours a coppery clear with a vast frothy head that hangs on tight and leaves good lacing. The aroma is hoppy, bright, and firm, with a a clear bite of northwestern style hops. The flavor, though, has a slight sourness and a nutty bite that speaks more of a red ale, though it smooths out to a flowery, smooth hoppiness and an orange-rind bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is robust and prickly and clings nicely with a slight sourness.

Overall, quite tasty, though I like Mirror Pond better.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Wonderful pale amber with a strawberry like hue around the edges. Many bubbles rise, even as the beer has been at room temperature for a decent while. Pours with a 1 finger rocky white head, that retains excellent. Good lacing.

S- A huge winner here, wonder fresh hops with a dry malt background. Absolutely outstanding for the nose.

T- Malt is the first note thats detected, followed by a quirky medicine like sweetness, thats thankfully flushed away quickly with the ample carbonation and quick dry bitter finish.

M- At frirst glance the carbonation level looks higher than you would want, given the ever visible bubbles, but the secret is that the carbonation works to the consumer's advantage. The palate is doused, covered again and then washed clean with the carbonation sip after sip. Very well done. One note is that there is a slight resinous feel left on the tongue.

O- Excellent and unique choice, one to go back to time and time again. A real treat to sit back and enjoy and marvel at the craftsmanship and time devoted to entertaining our beer obsession.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish gold color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles after a pretty reserved pour. The head faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds, but you can see that there are numerous bubbles rising, they just aren't sticking once they make it to the top.

Aroma: The aroma initially gives you plenty of fresh American hops and a light blend of toast and caramel to stand up for the malt. As the beer sits some, the hops are getting more pronounced, but that is about it.

Taste: The flavor is very well blended with both malt and hops being clearly noticeable, but neither being so strong that they take over the flavor profile of the beer. The hops are the most prominent aspect of this beer, but the malt is no chump. I would say that the beer finishes slightly toward the bitter, as you would expect with an APA, but it isn't out of balance and the malt is still noticeable even after it gives up to the hops. The carbonation is ample for the style and helps keep things moving along on your palate.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. It has a nice blend of flavor and the hop schedule is complex enough to keep it interesting. I would definitely drink this beer again and recommend it, especially if you enjoy hoppy beers.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly clouded mid amber having a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has that strong nice balance of rich malts and floral hops. Taste has a light sweet to the malt with a good amount of citric hops that ends dry after going down. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A nice enjoyable hearty ale.

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

So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.

However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).

The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.

The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.

The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.

All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, orange-y amber in color, decent head with pretty solid lacing. aroma is pine, freshcut grass, slight orange citrus.

pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, graham cracker/biscuity malt flavor, slightly toasted. finishes dry and clean. really unique.

on the lighter side of medium bodied, really refreshing and clean. still has alot of flavor but isn't cumbersome.

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Photo of ScotchnIce
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prying the top of my first of a handful of these resulted in an immediate aroma of hops and various fruit. The sweet undertones in the smell were definitely alluring to a delicious ale.

When turned adjacent against my bar glass, a burnt, glowing, amber confection pours, leaving a modest head. This was a beautiful creation.

When brought to my lips, my senses were overwhelmed by not only the scents filling my nose, but the many layers of sweet grapes and tinges of orange zest amalgamated with bitter, pungent hops. This became a flavor combination quickly familiar with my palate, and was constantly and consistently swilled. The medium bodied, lightly carbonated brew worked exceedingly well with my tummy.

All in all, an undeniable grade-A beer.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.