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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,890 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 109
Gots: 149 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,890 | Reviews: 480 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -26.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

nmann08, May 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a distinct burnt orange tone; the three fingered head displays great retention and leaves dots of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Pithy/piney with undertones of bread and toffee

Taste: A complex range of malt flavors (from bread to toffee, with a bit of toastiness) leads the flavor parade, followed by stone fruit; by mid-palate, the pith and pine become assertive and build, after the swallow, with a minty tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really solid pale ale that would verge on IPA territory had it been brewed in other parts of the country

brentk56, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and impecibly balanced, Deschutes Northwest Pale Ale is trying to capture the taste, texture and culture of America's Pacific Northwest beer drinker in a single glass.

As the beer opens, a deeper-than-usual amber hue develops. Lightly hazed, the ale settles with a soft and diffused glow that props up a creamy eggshell-white head. With sturdy retention and concentric lacing, the ale is simply handsome and pure.

Its balanced aroma culminates with the sharp citrus and pine notes from those Willamette Valley hops- lightly grassy yet floral and pleasant. A malty backbone of caramel and pecan wraps around the hops and controls its scent. Toasted grain, grapefruit and baking bread are the final impressions as the first taste insures.

Acting somewhat in reverse, its the malt presence that offers its sweet taste first. Caramel, light toffee and a subtle honey flavor greets the early palate while nutty and crusted bread flavors trail into a citrusy middle. White grapefruit flavors are playfully acidic and at times seem like the taste of freshly zested oranges. That's all before the beer fades into a smooth bitter finish of softly resinous pine and herbs.

Medium bodied throughout, the ale's creaminess is a perfect weave of residual sweetness and dissolved carbonation. But once the carbonation fades away, it carries with it the malt sweetness and allows for a hoppy-dry finish but with a return of bready malt in aftertaste- making it effortless in drinkability.

Deschutes does a nice job of representing the region in ale form. But if its didn't boast its origins, I would have suspected any brewery in American could have made such a beer that's caught somewhere between American-style Amber Ale and Pale Ale

BEERchitect, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off crap i am hot, yar work in the summer in sc is just wrong. that aside day two of cleaning up the yard commenced today. this was the beer i cracked to start the afternoon, big thanks for the extra! consumed on 08/29/2010.

the pour was just what the doctor ordered as the dark amber liquid quickly overcame the glass and made a huge head of white foam that quickly came down the sides of the glass. rich lacing covering everything in sight without an issue,

the aroma was classic nw pale with a deep resin filled hop profile that filled the air. deep piney hops and hints of biscuit filled malts are all over the place here, really just leaving a tremdously big profile in its wake. incredible feel as it was nearly full bodied but with huge carbonation. nice bite of hops up front melts into a smooth and even malt profile and a sublimly dry finish that just seals the deal for me,

overall just a wonderful pale that really is more of an ipa but works wonders for me on this hot day. a must try.

mikesgroove, Aug 29, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kylehay2004, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I think of a brewery that produces traditional Pacific northwest ales Deschutes easily comes to mind first for me,this pale is exactly what Iam talkin about.Poured a clear burnt orange with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that never really fades,a creamy mass holds to the finish.A mix of citrusy/piney hop and a healthy caramel malt base in the nose,no frills just goodness.Flavors are slightly piney but much more grapefruit-like and citrusy, a big biscuity caramel sweet malt base holds up to the hops,the hops win out slightly but its pretty balanced.I could drink this all night,it dont need to be complex for me because the flavors are great,this is old school northwest American craft brewing at it's best.

oberon, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 07/08/10, poured into a snifter. The beer appears a clear copper color in the glass with a dense, frothy two finger head that sustains exceptionally well. Each sip leaves another ring of lacing around the glass.

The nose is mildly hoppy, mildly malty. Citrus and pine, a bit herbal, a touch of caramel and orange marmalade. Signature Deschutes aroma.

On the palate it's an even mix of hop and malt flavors; toast, orange peel, a touch of pine and caramel sweetness. Medium in body but rather crisp, this is somewhere between a pale ale and a Pacific NW-style IPA. The finish reveals a faint metallic twang and a light, smooth bitterness. The body seems a touch heavy to me for this to be a session ale, though the overall mildness makes it very easy to drink. Solid and enjoyable stuff with a distinct Deschutes quality.

largadeer, Mar 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I find red chairs in my living room to be a bit gaudy... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needles, grapefruit zest, orange peel, a touch of tangerine, and a hint of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, slightly rindier than before, but still pretty bright and enjoyable. A bit of grass is tossed in for good measure. Thee body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best Deschutes offering I've yet had.

TMoney2591, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus with a biscuity malt nose.

T - It tasted of nice bitter/piney hops with a citric kick. Good caramel and toffee flavors added a nice backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - No surprise another really tasty beer from Deschutes.

zeff80, Feb 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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

StonedTrippin, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.

SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread

TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish

The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.

Jason, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Red Chair IPA that was discontinued from the Bond Street Ales. That brew had a ton of hop flavor with subtle hop bitterness and was labeled an IPA I guess it shook up the Pacific Northwest brewing scene a bit too much. This is the newly released Red Chair NWPA. Appears a bright copper with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling slow, leaves fine speckled lacing down the sides of my Otter Creek fluted pils glass. Aroma has bitter citrus peels with a fruity floral component. Complex hops very nice offering from Deschutes the flavor really explodes with a nice rolling hop bitterness and citrus zest. A mild fruity sweentess comes through but mainly citrus zest, floral hops, and earthy herbal hops. Hoppier than most IPAs, I don't get it they made an IPA that tasted like a pale and now a pale ale as hoppy as an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice with slick hop oils medium bodied not heavy, carbonation rolls on without a problem. Extremely drinkable a solid beer that I wouldn't mind more access to another fine session ale from the folks at Deschutes, thanks Geof.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2010
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.