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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,635 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1635
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010)
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allengarvin

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pint of night at the Deschutes pub down the street from Powell's (from notes--was there two nights ago). It's a bright amber color with a thin topping of foam. A lovely aroma wafts off it--piney, with a little floral spiciness. The taste provides a mix of pine-resin, distantly citrusy hops, backed by sufficient caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate, but hop flavor is very prominent. Finishes both dry and toasty. Excellent mouthfeel--carbonation is of course restrained, it being casked, but it has an excellent soft creamy texture. Very good.

Serving type: cask

07-31-2010 05:31:04 | More by allengarvin
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this from the clearance rack - marked only $1 a bottle!
poured from the 16 oz bottle into my starbucks california mug:
picture on the mug detailing this http://www.nps.gov/seki/faqtunnel.htm

A: nice IPA amber plenty o clarity
nice sticky head

S:
a few points off here - a bit weak to the nosw

T
all but perfect - loving the hoppiness - right up there with the best IPA in MHO.

M
good body - all you need
D
too good to guzzle mindlessly - this one is to be savored.
a+

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:29:47 | More by burnerfinger
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ssteakley

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hands Down the best Pale Ale of all I have tasted. This starts out with a wonderful aroma. The Copper color is darker than most PA's I have experienced. May not be a fair comparison since the named it NWPA, it certainly favors the taste of those living from Oregon North!Starts great and finishes even better. It was by a complete fluke I even bought it, a person at working stocking the beer at Safeway in Ballard suggested it. I was smart enough to listen.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:30:41 | More by ssteakley
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mabermud

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ambrosial

Appearance - Amber, rich, and sultry.

Scent - Smells sexy.

Taste - Flavorful/Complete/Rich.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Excellent, smooth finish. The taste sinks in and almost disappears

Overall - I regularly drink IPAs, but have decided to branch out. Red Chair has a good amount of depth and I would recommend it to anyone, even my IPA brothers. This is a well-rounded, quality tasting beer, made with love, and given a cool, fitting name.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2014 02:51:28 | More by mabermud
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: Ruby tinted golden; poured with a large creamy head.

S: Caramel malt reminiscent of an amber ale. Earthy, pungent citrus; a bit floral. Very nice.

t: Sweet candy like caramel, beautiful. Flowery, tingly citrus provides great balance. Awesome.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Wow, what a great beer! Perfectly drinkable with incredibly complimentary balance between the malt and hop profiles.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 19:52:48 | More by DIM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pour on Prince served chilled in a large pils glass.

the color is a hazed red sunny look with thick beige cream with fine bead and decent lace clings. The smell is very good with citrus aroma and some orange rind with light toasted odor and hint of fruity yeast. The feel is very good with toasted and light caramel sweetness with some pithy citrus and yeast dryness with medium carbonation and body throughout with a mild dry bitter finish.

The taste is great with lots of hop flavor up front adding a grapefruit and light herbal aspect with slight pithy bitter and slight grassy elements and gently toasted malt anchoring the flavor with some creamy yeast to support and adding dimension with a hint of dry citrus and leafy hop flavors continuing into the finish. Overall I was pleased to enjoy this fresh and consider it a top quality Imperial red ale with great drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 16:37:00 | More by Slatetank
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, orange zest tea, dark bread, caramel, hop floral. Mild but nice.

T - Much like the smell. Orange flesh and zest, dark bread and some caramel, pine, pepper, hop floral, light touch of tea, aspirin. Finishes dry with signficant lingering tart citrus bitterness with some moderating sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. More substantial than I expected for the ABV.

O - At first, it reminded me of a lighter bodied, more citrus oriented Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which is high praise for me. As I continued to taste, this pale ale leans more toward an amber like a Troegs Nugget Nectar; again, pretty high praise. Bottom line is that for 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a lot of flavor and feel and I'm glad it made it to south-central PA starting this week.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:19:38 | More by Tucquan
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark amber color, bordering on rust almost, with a decent cap of foam which was just sticky enough to leave some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma signals that this is indeed a hoppy ale from the northwest. The citrus, orange mostly, and floral character are sewn together beautifully. A very subtle malt note lingers in the background. This theme continues on the palate. Orange, grapefruit, and floral hoppiness scrub the palate and leave a faint oily residue of hops. Malt sweetness isn't a major player here, but there is enough to prevent this from being a one trick pony. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:10:12 | More by BeardedBoffin
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark amber color. Slightly hazy. Very thick foamy head with large amount of lacing along the glass. Strong citrus smell. Can also pick out pine, maybe grapefruit. Hop forward tastes that mellows to a more malty smooth presence. Still retains the bitter aftertaste I love about pale ales and IPAs. Strong citrus and pine taste with a hint of grapefruit. For some reason, I keep on thinking cherries as well after taking a drink. Excellent, smooth beer that you can enjoy in multiples on a nice spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:00:54 | More by jngrizzaffi
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with significant amounts of haze. I was definitely aggressive with the pour which resulted in a gargantuan 3" head, off-white in color. The head took ages to finally defale to a 1/4" creamy cap. An awe-inspiring amount of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Lots of citrus upfront. Orange peel and some grapefruit definitely. A little bit of flower and pine, riding on a nice sweet malt backbone. The aroma doesn't exactly jump out at you, so don't be afraid to get close with the sniffer!

T: Seeing as though I'm drinking this two weeks before its freshness date, the hops seem to have mellowed out some. It's definitely still a hoppy brew, but it's definitely sporting way more balance than I had expected. Nice wave of orange peel and grapefruit making up its citrus profile, with some underlying pine and herbal notes. Finish is semi-bitter, but sports a lot of malt presence. Pine resin lingers in the aftertaste.

M: A nice medium body with a pronounced, crisp carbonation. Slick along the palate with just a touch of creaminess that adds great texture. Drinks really easy and actually feels more along the like of %5 - 5.5% ABV as opposed to just above 6.

O: I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't find this a little fresher because I'm certain that I'm missing out on some important fresh hop flavor that would have surely kicked up my taste score a notch. With that being said, every bit of me enjoyed this brew regardless. It's super easy drinking with a ton of great flavor. Deschutes scores again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:00:10 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Anasazi

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this NWPA in a German style pilsner glass. The head was good, cheated some by the tall and narrow pilsner glass but none the less some good foaming action. It left rings of suds on the glass.

The copper color was nice with decent carbonation.

The nose or bouquet was piney as some others have reviewed here. I prefer a little more balance in the hops with at least citrus.

Taste was good, hops bit at first and then it mellows out with a smooth malt. Worth the $7-8 a six pack. Only reason I've been buying it because it's been on sale at my local liquor store.

It has a 6.2 ABV and I did catch a slight buzz after downing the first two after completing a 6 mile mountain hike. It's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:49:21 | More by Anasazi
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travolta

California

3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice and thick sticky head. Foamy and off-white.

Nose: Yeast, honey, pine, and a little malt.

Taste: Pine and citrus, mango, some banana and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but carbonation is well balanced. A tiny bit of malty thickness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:58:44 | More by travolta
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark bronze color. About 1/2 inch of creamy white head. Good looking beer.
S- piney hops dominate the nose. Some fruitiness and light malt
T- this beer is well balanced. Starts off with some tropical fruits, then the hops and malt come in and take over. Piney, resiny, and some citrus hops. Finishes with pleasant bitterness on the tongue making you want more.
O- delicious and great drinkability. I drank this too fast! Got this in a create your own 6 pack to try it out. Definitely getting a 6 of it next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:31:05 | More by Cory_Brown
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TheMarkE

California

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice copper color with heavy foam, plenty of lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Subtle citrus, pine, and malts.

Taste: Strong malts up front, with a nice subtle hop finish. Hints of honey, pine, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied but very rich and creamy. Only a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Delicious. Complex, well balanced, and tasty, and the mouthfeel is nearly perfect. More, please.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 21:25:24 | More by TheMarkE
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark copper tan/brown, nice 1 inch white foamy head with nice lacing a minor unfiltered floaters.

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, pale malts, orange, grapefruit, mango, sweet yeasts, a little malt. Smells light and pleasant.

Taste - Starts off with a tropical fruit hop note mixed with pale malts. Very smooth and natural tasting, not too sweet, or bitter at all. Plenty of mango, tangerine and orange in each sip that works well with the pale ale malts. A little yeasty sugar flavor adds a little complex sweet kick near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice sweet and smooth tropical hops coat the tongue. Palate picks up some pale malts, yeasts and remaining hops. Aftertaste is tropical fruity, pale ale malty and smooth.

Overall - This is a killer beer. Light, smooth, flavorful and soooo easy to drink. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. You can get your hop fix with this, and not get palate wrecked at all. World class, and unique, nothing else ive had quite tastes like this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:43:34 | More by wvsabbath
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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red golden. Nice head/lacing.

Smell has citric hops, a little nuttiness, some yeast. Bit toasty.

Taste is a nice melding of citric hops and a decent malty amber body.

Decent hop presence in the backend, and potent finishing bitterness. Hops are more potent in the feel and taste than in aromatics.

This is subtler than those big aggressive amber ales- it's got a decent malt body and has more subtle citric hops (although don't get me wrong, it's quite hoppy). But it's big bodied. I'd place it close to Arrogant Bastard and the American Strong Ale genre.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 09:59:08 | More by danieelol
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro, really tasty and easy drinking. Felt more like a amber/red to me than a PA but that was probably the nitro smoothing it out.

Good, tasty beer all around.Was through a tasting event and this was probably my favorite beer someone could have everyday.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2014 22:20:53 | More by Sound_Explorer
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Iain_Riule

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable semi strong pale ale. Very nice color. Perhaps a little deficient on the carbonation. Taste reminiscent of English Bass Ale. In all regards a pleasingly bitter and well constructed ale, at a reasonable price. Lovely to come "home" to at the end of a hard days skiing in Tahoe.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 07:56:11 | More by Iain_Riule
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ADZA

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange hue with a creamy three finger head right up to the brim and lacing everywhere quite a nice looker,the smell is light citrus,a touch of subtle pine and light malts,the mouthfeel is light yet creamy and moderately carbonated with tastes of nice citrus,tangerine,pale malts and finished a subtle floral bitterness and overall it's nice and sessionable and something u want when you don't want a smack load of hops and I'd Love to have a pint of this off tap cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 11:17:39 | More by ADZA
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lochef81

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a very slight white head and nice lacing. The aroma is quite complex with lots of malt and hops. The flavor is just as rich and complex. Very impressive for a seemingly simple apa. I wish I'd have bought more than just a single of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:32:48 | More by lochef81
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Boca-X

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz shaker. beautiful thick off-white head. Thick lacing throughout tasting. Deep golden, copper honey color...almost a hint of red? (duh...copper).

Cutus, floral, hops on the nose with a hint of lemon zest.

Wonderful, full mouthfeel...not heavy but full. Perfect carbonation. Hints of honey and peaches upfront, sweet and balanced. Tasty malts and a nice hoppy finish. The hops are used sparingly and fade fast and clean.

This is such a great beer...so smooth, so tasty. Nothing overpowering...the citrus, sweet honey taste, malts and hops blend effortlessly...many flavors but blended so well that it almost seems to simple, to good to be real? Perfect everyday beer but alas...not an all yearer. Buy if you can find, drink if you have found and buy extra in May because that's when they stop production of this perfect little gem.

One of my all time favorites!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:21:18 | More by Boca-X
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Auraan

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber orange without any head to speak of and some slight bubbles coming up. Not the best looking pale ale I've seen, but its pretty nice. Scent begins with a big hit of orange zest from Centennial hops, mingling with some pine resin and slight grapefruit along with a nice, pleasant malty sweetness and some nice grassy aromas. Quite appetizing, very well done. Taste begins with orange sweetness, a bit of pine resin and some nice caramel malt. Pine resin comes out more in the middle, overpowering the orange and caramel sweetness. The finish returns to the caramel and orange but also adds a good hit of bitter citrus pith and pine resin. The aftertaste is bitter with hints of toasted malt. A good, robust, but not overpowering flavor profile. Complex but accessible, very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation upfront and a smooth feel in the middle and finish. Very easy to drink as a result, expertly done. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. It highlights citrus and pine forward hops, without the high bitterness of an IPA, balances them with some nice sweet malt and combines that flavor with an excellent aroma and mouthfeel. Another winner from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 06:49:33 | More by Auraan
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Snooprobirob

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Becker glass. Copper colored with a slight cloudiness that fades quickly. About a finger of head that only sticks around for a few minutes. No noticeable carbonation. Wonderful Citric aroma hits my nose with a slap of malty hops, I'm getting excited now!

The smell does not disappoint, grapefruit entry with a bitter finish that lingers on your lips and tongue. No lacing left behind, and the head has turned into a tiny ring around the top of beer.

This is the third style brew I have had from Dechutes. Each one has become an automatic favorite, and I look forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:02:43 | More by Snooprobirob
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Brenden

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This "Northwest'style" pale ale is a clear reddish-orange color. The head is just off-white and caps at slightly less than one finger. It doesn't keep up a whole lot but does keep it consistently, a strong layer remaining and dropping equally strong lacing.
There are lots of aromatics in this one, and they transfer very thoroughly to the flavor. It begins with a piney note that isn't too harsh and melds with some orange zest and has a bit of a peppery kick as well. It leans dry in the middle, but some tropical fruits start it off then come back in to finish it out. A bit of sweetness from malts, caramel but with a nice nuttiness to it, evens and balances it out well.
The feel is the best aspect in this beer. It's rich with a creamy thickness that doesn't exceed its medium body, and it's completely crisp to boot. Silky creaminess gives way to sweetness that cuts through a dry edge it begins to take, adding depth to the overall feel. The key to keeping it together is really that it stays so crisp all the while.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:21:12 | More by Brenden
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 16 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, another product of me watching their beer board like a hawk for stuff you cannot yet find in stores here. Keep 'em coming guys. A light bronze colored brew, just a notch above dark gold, with around an inch of beige head. Aroma a pleasing blend of rich crystal malts, bubblegum and red berry fruit esters, and fresh citrus zest, quite balanced although the citrus is probably the main component that jumps out. On the palate I again get considerable citrus: Grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, and lime zest/juices along with orchard fruit (peach?) and a mellow brown sugar malty backbone. Some booze winks through from time to time and the hops morph a bit from citrus to celery stalk. Body and mouthfeel are right on point for the style, more chew than a lager but about the same degree of carbonation. I might ratchet this latter element down a notch or two. Has much of the Cascade hop character of its stablemate and fellow pale ale Mirror Pond but with more west coast citrus flavors layered on and a higher ABV. A nice enough jaunt. The mellow sweet malts let the hops shine through. It would be great to crush a six-pack or two with a few buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 19:51:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.