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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,829 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 02:10:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 17:56:17 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:32:09 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-02-2013 00:46:21 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 18:00:58 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.8%

01-15-2012 02:19:52 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 18:03:38 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

04-15-2014 19:38:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-11-2012 19:51:01 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-22-2012 01:17:15 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-13-2013 03:12:54 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-04-2014 02:08:46 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-12-2013 02:54:56 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 22:09:11 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-21-2014 00:15:33 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 07:10:21 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:28:57 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:49:58 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:14:44 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-10-2013 00:54:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness that is strong but not over-powering. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely a nice poundable beer with a lot of flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:23:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice robust pale ale with good hearty tones. Lots of hop action, in a pale ale fashion, but not obliterating the palate. This is a nice drinker. I bet it'd be nice on cask. And, I bet if I had a very fresh sample, I would enjoy it even more.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:59:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:13:54 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:10:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before... BBD of 06/05/13

Pours copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Orange peel, pine & breadyness, fades as this warms, some pear, honey & lemons surface

T: Nice citrussy hops, a kiss of grassyness, a bit of biscuitty malt, plus some slight crackery notes up front. Some grapefruit, tangerine, & breadyness as this warms. Finishes slightly grainy, with lemons, a touch of mango, dryness, & flinty dryness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

So drinkable, I think we got some old crap last summer when this was introduced tp Missouri last Summer. This will be in the hot weather rotation if I can get this fresh

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:55:58 | More by russpowell
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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