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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 112
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish yellow. A bit of smooth head with great lacing. Overall not the prettiest beer ever. Smells pretty great. Lots of light hops and a touch of sweetness... Tasty but not overwhelming. There is a bit of bitterness on the back of each sip but overall pretty solid

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kowloon's Restaurant, Roseburg, OR, poured into a slightly chilled Mirror Pond shaker glass, 3.23.2010.

Reddish copper clear body, one finger white head, medium dissipation with nice trail of lacing rings down the glass. Nose is sweet malts with a fairly decent floral hop hit on back end. Taste is a bit more bready than bottled version, and the hops are more noticeable. Mouthfeel is more creamy than the bottled version. Very drinkable, quite sessionable at this ABV. I prefer this to the bottled version. A slight, but noticeable difference.

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-amber into a Duvel tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Intensely floral aroma with subtle notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Citrus hops up front followed by biscuity malt with further hop flavors that progress from gentle floral notes to more intense pine.

This beer didn't blow my mind the first time around, but after revisiting it I'm really impressed! Really tasty, balanced, and easy-drinking.

Photo of rawfish
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a slight chill haze. Forms a small one finger white head with rather poor retention but nice webbed lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a good sticky caramel malt backbone, slightly sweet and a hop profile of pine, sweet citrus and apricot, more fruity than bright.

Well balanced, brown sugar and whole grain bread and caramel malt hold the beer down well as a nice solid tone of pine, tangerine, apricot and mild grapefruit hop character becomes apparent. Bitterness also seems a bit toned coming in late after the drink drying and pleasant.

Medium bodied but carbonation is bright and exciting, reminiscent of Deschutes' Black Butte porter, very refreshing. Appropriate drying, smooth and well put together pale.

Can't say enough about how great the mouthfeel Deschutes puts out on some of their beers, Red Chair fits that bill. A bold northwest American style beer lots of hop variety yet balanced and whole.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle of a red ski lift chair in a cabin with a growler and 2 pint glasses sitting on a stump. To the far right of the label is a brief description of the beer. To the far left is the Government warning and a best before date. My bottle was best before 7/13/13.

When poured into a Southern Cigar City pint glass, this North Western Pale Ale was a bright golden tangerine color. It was one of those beers that wanted you believe that it was a solid copper color. A lightbulb showed me this beer's true color. On top was a mediocre less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. This mediocre head of foam had decent retention that left behind an island of foam and a tiny sting of white rings.

This beer had a nice dry hopped aroma. The hops were of the citrus variety. The aroma absolutely loved the citrus hops. Behind the citrus hops was a little orange, a drop of grapefruit, and a gentle touch of pine. After all that, the beer then finishes up with a faint whiff of toasted caramel malts.

The taste was pretty much had the same story as the aroma. Instead of citrus hops kicking things off, it was the toasted caramel malts that were in the beginning. You know the citrus hops can't be too far behind the malts. After the malts subsided, in comes the dry and slightly bitter citrus hops. Intermingled with the citrus hops was some floral hops as well. This tag team of a hop bite lasted about 3 seconds before it let the orange, pine, and grapefruit finish up the taste.

This was a light to medium bodied Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a light aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and that tag team citrus/floral hop bite that was in the initial taste. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. It was gone in a flash.

A very good North Western Pale Ale that I would gladly drink on a red chair, on the ski slopes in Oregon, or in a swamp located in the Florida Everglades. It doesn't matter. A session beer a the way!

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  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.

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

12oz bottle (best by 4/5/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piney, citrusy, floral. Nice hoppy goodness.

Taste is a great balance between a bready pale/caramel malt blend and nice bitter hops.

Overall, just a tasty understated brew. Would be great w/ a burger. This should be available year round.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2011. Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Large foamy tan head. Light carbonation. Clear dark amber in color. Aroma is a little fruity tart with some resin. Starts sticky hoppy sweet. Lots of resin. Almost a juicyfruit gum quality. Medium to light body, slightly noticeable ethanol. Finishes a bit sweet but the hop bitterness lingers.

Nicely balanced, easy to drink.

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly coppery color, clear, decent head that fades fast and leaves decent lacing. Medium amount of visible active carbonation. Smell is surprisingly hoppy...very nice. Spicy and citrus hops, some sweetness from maltiness in the background.

Strong bitterness, primarily grapefruit rind hops bitterness, some kind of bitter tree bark bitterness (I don't know why that comes to mind, but that's how I want to describe it). You can tell this used to be an IPA recipe.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little thick, but pleasant. Bitterness is just on the verge of being too much for what I look for in a pale ale, which probably means that it's way too much for most people. I like it.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of katan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of memphischas
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mdog
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper, big head.

Smell: Pine and citrus.

Taste: Crisp sweetness before the citrus hops give some bitterness and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Feels light and crisp, very easy to drink.

Wow, I am really impressed with this pale ale. Delivers nice flavor without getting too heavy. It's hard to describe, there's a crisp bite of hops in this that I haven't experienced in other beers. Take a drink, bang! it's there, then it's out. Yummy!

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light coppery-amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt-forward, sweet and toasty, also showing some juicy pine and citrus hops. The contrasting smells join to give the impression of well-worn leather.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced grainy pale malt and citrus/floral aromatic hops. Acidity peaks in the middle, alongside the durable flavors from the beginning, but remains within ideal limits. Faint caramel also asserts itself in the middle, and goes on to influence the moderately bitter but smooth finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate with perfect acidity, and with low carbonation.

D: Apparently this is the "debut" Northwest pale ale--while I don't recall that claim on the label in its previous vintages, otherwise this beer is as strong as ever. Red chair is very full-flavored, not to mention fairly strong for an American-style pale ale. While acidity gets in the way or becomes distracting in many beers, here it elevates the other qualities. A stylistic moniker of 'extra' or 'strong' before the pale ale would not be out of place here, if Deschutes ever decides to shelve the NWPA movement.

Photo of vkv822
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a clear, medium amber color with slight golden hues, and a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The scent is of juicy citric hops hops, with some faint pine and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is malty bread, which then blends nicely into a citric and pine hop bitterness.
The balance between the malt and hop flavors is really very enjoyable.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Probably my favorite seasonal offering from Deschutes, it is a very well done, enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.