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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 2,300
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 382 | 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 Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 4/19/15.

A - Copper.amber with a 1 finger white head. Thick collar and some lacing.

S - Fruity and piney hops along with a nice sweet malt.

T - Starts off with sweet malts and moves into the hops which are fruity and piney. Finish has some bitterness.

M - Medium to light feel with nice carbonation.

O - Decent, but not a go to pale ale for me. I have some others from WI that I prefer.

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Photo of The_Brewqueno
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3/14/15
Look: hazy red/orange
Smell:citrus,lemon, grass
Taste: sweet citrus fruits grassy mild bitter
Feel: medium, creamy
Overall: a pale ale on the hoppy side that is a must try for Deschutes fans.

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Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

So looking forward to Red Chair again this winter. Very well balanced and the hoppiness is subdued enough that my non hophead friends say "oh this is pretty good!" One of my go-to favorites for the winter and spring while it's available and a great value to boot so I can buy it often!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Hops: Cascade, Centennial.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan.

60 IBU.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: 2 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. See through red. Nice lacing.

S: Pine, caramel.

T: Flower, pine, caramel, sweet breadiness.

M: Crisp.

O: Deschutes seems to strive for balance in their beers rather than going full-on HOOOOPS like other breweries, especially on the West Coast. I do love hops, but it's nice to have APAs like this one, which is very well balanced. The hops are there, but there is a really great malt presence too. The flowery and piney hops come on first, then the sweet bready malts take over. The flavors wash over and over. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of fedt
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours light orange/amber, with creamy head that retains.

S: Very light smell. Warm malt, little floral hops.

T: Caramel, toffee, floral, light citrus, grass. Well-balanced. Piney-aftertaste.

M: Creamy, OK carbonation.

O: A terrific ale that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/10/14, so a couple days past. Oh well.

Looks good, amber with a yellow tint, 1 inch head somewhere between creamy and foamy (croamy?) Very good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here.

Not getting anything on the nose. Maybe the old snout is off today.

Taste I'm getting is very subtle across the board. And improves toward the back end of the drink. A malt sweetness, with a faint but obvious hop bite (if that makes any sense) Could be affected by being at the end of its best by date.

Mouth was medium, neither soft or dry

Overall, not my favorite beer from one of the better breweries. But still a decent drink.

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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome the first drink, awesome in the middle, and awesome at the end. There NWPA is a great beer. Shouldn't be surprised from Deschutes!! Red chair is epic.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 7/3/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty medium-amber in color with almost a 1-finger thick off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass, which is common for this type of brew. The aroma is of light sweet bread, with some floral hops. The taste has more going on with some citrus zest in the mix as well. Great taste but has a slightly bitter finish that stays around a bit. Does take about half the drink to get used to it. Overall great taste and even better with a less hoppy finish. I did drink the whole glass as wouldn't be the case if it was a I.P.A.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/Red Amber color with golden edges, and the slightest bit of haze. Beautiful lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Bready, like rising dough. Floral hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tingly and crisp mouthfeel, with a floral hop flavor on the tongue. Sweet, bready malts are very present on the tongue, with the gentle, floral hop filling up the nose. Finishes with a full, bready/nutty malt flavor that balances out the more prominent hop flavor. This really feels like Deschutes’ Mirror Pond’s big brother, as the balance and profile is very similar, with the difference being a slightly stronger, more floral hop character through the nose and on the finish. The hop character never overwhelms the malt flavor, but is more present for those that want a slightly more crisp/hop-centric beer.

Final Word: Another highly recommended beer from Deschutes Brewery! This beer is for those of you that tried Mirror Pond but thought it too malty, not challenging/potent enough, or simply that you prefer a stronger hop character over a maltier one. This beer is never too hoppy though, and isn’t for hop-heads, as it is still superbly balanced and rich.

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

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- copper color, clear, big bubble carb. Creamy off-white head, 1-plus F. Lots of foamy lacing.

S- Mild citrus hop, orange and lemon zest. Light and sweet breads.

T- Orange, fruity, some pine. Caramel and bread malts. Bitter.

M- Bitter and dry. More hops than advertised. Creamy body, lasting flavor.

O-Nice PA hop finish. Fair drinker at 6.2% abv.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Jims. BB 17/07/14. Hmmm....

A - clear copper / amber. Two finger head, creamy, clingy lace.

S - malts and toffees rather than hops.

T - quite a blend of hops n malt. Makes me think more of a red ale than a pale ale. Caramels, butterscotches, toffee, in with a bucket of malt. Hops come thru, but only as it warms.

M - very light carbonation, creamy.

O - well made APA with little bittering hops, as such easy and smooth to drink. Nice. Could be fresh, could be less so, but than again I am not sure what Deschutes BB policy is.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish-amber color in a goblet glass.

S: mildly hoppy/citrusy.

T: mild yet full of flavor.

M: mild aftertaste.

O: a nice western IPA with very little hoppy aftertaste. Another solid beer from Deschutes, I just wish they were easier to find here in northern IL. My local store doesn't carry many of them, preferring to order more from Wisconsin brewers instead.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code 3/12/14 clearly visible into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a dark amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly and leave more than just a covering of head on the top of the glass to the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread and sweetness up front followed by the citrus smell of hops.

T: Nice and balanced with malt upfront followed by citrus hops. It ends with a dry bitterness.

M: Tastes good and goes down easy.

O: I really like this beer and I really like Deschutes Brewery. This is another great beer that they brew. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty amber, with nice 2-finger head of off-white foam. Thick wall of lace.

Nose is toasty malty, with a definite tone of crisp citrus sharing the limelight. Nice balance already!

Taste is sharp citrus hops, but it's well-balanced against a toasty malt backdrop.

A superb pale ale, with wonderful drinkability and an ideal session ale!

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Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale ale taken just short of an IPA with a wonderful piney, resinous aroma and taste with a full-bodied malt backbone. One of my favorite all-time beers.

From the brewer: About Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, it's an insider's ride to fresh thrills.

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Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pale ale pours a deep copper color and is topped with ¾” of white head that turns into a thin layer rather slowly.
Smell: The smell of Red Chair is a tasty blend of malt and hops that has me liking this beer already.
Taste: The taste of this beer is exactly what I expect out of a pale ale a few hops blended with a good amount of malt and well blended together to compliment each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is easy to drink like a pale ale should be.

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Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop dense crisp creamy whipped off white colored frothy goodness... Really good retention... Once receded there is a full veil of rich creamy lacing... The color is a light and warm inviting caramel... There are some pale straw color undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation throughout... A slight film and a good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A stellar aroma from the get go... Equal parts citrusy hop goodess and fresh whole flower hops... This sits atop a rock solid malty base of bread, toffee and caramel... Simple, straight forward and uber effective...

T - Exactly as the nose would lead one to believe... The hops are the first to arrive on the palate... They take on a mix of citrus and pine which were in perfect harmony... The malt base is rock solid... There are notes of graham cracker pie crust, toffee and caramel... A very subtle and refreshing ginger presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth and sturdy... Moderate carbonation... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - This is an absolutely stellar American Pale Ale... Equal parts hops and malt... I don't have a single bad thing to say about this brew... This one ends up being much more than the sum of its glorious parts... If this were a year round offering, it would be in my fridge with regularity...

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exciting times to finally have Deschutes available at my local. 12oz bottle with a best by July poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with 3 fingers white froth that fades back leaving soapy lace.

The smell is floral and herbal almost to the point where it is minty and with orange zest and lemon rind notes. Simply, inviting and enjoyable.

The taste has a pleasant herbal hop flavor and caramel grain presence. A touch of orange rind fruitiness, to pulp and pith that gets mildly lemony without much bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. A bounty of hop flavoring that finishes a touch dusty and vegetative but otherwise solid. A pale I could throw back in quantity quite effortlessly.

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Photo of Foyle
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A 2”+ off white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malts, a berry-candy sweetness, and bread dough. Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied with ale fluffiness and evident carbonation. Finish is dry.
Flavor: taste a near perfect combination of sweet caramel malts, bread dough (similar to a fresh yeast roll), the middle and finish are dominated by the pine and citrus hops with a slight alcohol warming in the throat.
Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. I am amazed that this beer has a 60 IBU rating as the hops are so well balanced with the malt. Outstanding and bordering on world class!

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Photo of patpbr
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber and copper blend with a small sturdy head.
S - Carmel nose with a bit of sweetness
T - Orange and nice addition of pine. A bit of grapefruit and sweet bitterness with the malts
M - Medium body and a crisp finish
O - I bought one, I think I'm going to buy a six pack its enjoyable.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful red/amber with a thick off white head.
Smell: Floral hops balanced by the sweet, bready malt backbone. A great nose.
Taste: Tons of sweet fruity flavor to this one balanced by floral and slightly citrusy hops. I get flavors of apples, pears, and kiwis. One of my favorite tasting pale ales because it wasn't quite what I normally expect the flavor profile to be.
Feel: Creamy smooth, slightly dry finish. Perfect level of carbonation.
Overall: My favorite pale ale and a great, balanced example of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A--Gorgeous beer. Light amber/copper in color. Medium foamy head, slight lacing left in the glass.

S--Absolutely wonderful. Citrus hops are up first, followed by a hint of pine and then the malt.

T--Very bright and crisp. As with the nose, the citrus hops stand out well, with a nice malt taste to follow. A great aftertaste that leaves just a hint of dry bitterness.

M--Just what I was expecting from the style. Medium body and very easy to drink. Perfect amount of carbonation for me and extremely refreshing.

O--Definitely one of the best Pale Ales that I've had, right up there with Sierra Nevada, which as far as I'm concerned is the holy grail of Pale Ales. This has slightly less hops to me and slightly more malts. Great beer all around and there will be plenty of it in my future.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6.2 ABV. Best by June 11, 2014.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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

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

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

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

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Photo of ssteakley
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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