Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 2,281
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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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:
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 army01
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a heavy burnt orange color, forming a thick off white head that reduces to about 1/4" thick and then stays.

The strong scent of Fresh hops immediately hits the noise and does not leave. Citrus hints are intertwined with the hops.

The first taste is a light sweet flavor that is met with the mid-to-high hoppiness.

Lighter than expected, but heavier than some Pale Ales

Overall, would recommend, but definitely a once-a-week type of brew (479 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Deschutes shaped bottle with nice artwork. Pays tribute to the famous red chair ski lift in Oregon. Deschutes always have nice labels. Nothing crazy just Very nice. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden-dark orange body. Slightly hazy with a Snow White head that carries plenty of size leaving a sturdy ring of lace the same color. Nice stick to the glass as well.

S - pine and a blast of citrus hops. Sweet and biscuit like malt lays out a nicely balanced aroma that's just plain lush and hard to stop taking in whiffs. I've been to that part of the country and Id have to say this indeed reminds me of what the northwest is all about hence the appropriate name of NWPA. It just smells like the Northwest.

T - lovely shot of citrus hops up front with shots of intense northwest style pine hops. Balanced very well with sweet biscuity malt. Lots of hop spice in the backend leaving a good bit of bitterness. Northwest pine at its finest!

M - medium bodied and carries a lovely texture. Just the right thickness to make this highly enjoyable. There is some bitterness but enough balance to pull it off for about one. I mean this is the Northwest we are talking about, not west coast.. NW. Get it right.

O - Red Chair is delicious. I haven't had many from Deschutes, but I'm getting the feel for their texture as I feel its the most important part of any great ale. Red Chair has loads of class to it and is a perfect January IPA. I'd drink this one any day! A must try! (1,503 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours just over a fonger of off-white eggshell foam, body is a bright golden orange color, lots of bubbles rising within the body. Great striped lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Sweet citrus, slight tropical, plums, fruitcake.

Taste - Much like the nose, sweet malts, light citrus of orange and ruby red grapefruit, I also get bits of pineapple and plum, there is also a slight flavor of breadcrusts, and finishes with semisweet citrus pith, and maybe a touch of peach pit. No alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium as the flavors are full but not sharp or overpowering. Carb is nearly medium and silky smooth, it foams just a bit as it goes over the tongue, and has a few nice edges at the sides of the tongue, just cleansing the sweeter flavors and allows it to finish slightly bitter and dry.

Overall - Really a nice and flavorful beer. Smooth, extremely drinkable, and plenty of good flavor. Nice transition from semi-sweet to slightly bitter and dry, begging the next sip. Would love to try this one again, nearly sessionable at 6.2%. (1,063 characters)

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

Pours a red in color with a great head and good lacing.
Smells of earthy hops, with a bit of that good ol' sticky smell you get in an imperial red.
Taste is resiny and delicious, with the same earthy spice to it that the hops give. Reminds me very much of Phoenixx from Real Ale.
Mouthfeel is sticky with low to moderate carbonation.

A great beer! (348 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of grapefruit, caramel, bread, lighter fruit, grapes, some small hints of pine.

Taste is up front, sweet, bready malt some fruit flavor that morphs into a grape, grapefruit character and ends on a more pine, note mixed with grapefruit and sweet malt. Quite nice and complex enough to keep things interesting.

Lighter body with medium to lower carbonation works quite well for the style.

A big, malty yet hoppy and fruity pale ale that is complex enough to be interesting and quite drinkable at the same time. I actually would prefer for a bit lower alcohol percent so I could down more of this. Excellent beer. (695 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely orange-amber. A strong 1-2 inch head initially, but dies down to an everlasting 1/4 inch crown. Moderately carbonated. Crystal clear. Looks lovely.

S: Nice aromas for a pale-amber ale. Pleasant fruitiness mixed with citrusy, piney, and even grassy hop aromas. SOme orange and grapefruit come out as it warms up. These aromas are backed up by a pleasant piney bitterness. I do get some malts as well with a munich-like maltiness followed by a deep caramel note. Not much breadiness. The yeast must be a more expressive strain than your typical west coast pale ale as I note some strong fruity esters. Very aromatic and pleasing.

T: Well-balanced hoppiness and malts. At first I get more of the fruitiness that I mentioned above. THe hops add some orange and grapefruit flavors at first. The bitterness is more piney and lemon rind-esque. I do get some lemon character in the aftertaste. The maltiness is well balanced. There are some rich caramel flavors throughout. The yeast does add a little fruitiness in the flavor, but not as much as was present in the aroma.

M: LIght-medium bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Smooth feel across the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very nice pale-amber ale. I'm not sure if I'd call it an amber as it is missing a little bit of the maltiness present in the style. It definitely has some caramel malts as well. The hops and malt flavors are well balanced. I feel the yeast character is what makes this beer enjoyable. The strain must be more expressive than your standard west coast strain. I find some of the esters present enjoyable. I will buy this again. (1,625 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes pint glass.

A- A clear amber with a slight red hue. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet citrus mixed with a nice toasted biscuity malt base. Some fruity ale esters and a touch of pine.

T- Follows the nose. A pop of orange melds into the malt base which tastes toastier the further into the sip you get. Some fruity notes, slightly tropical, and a touch of pine of a nicely bitter (but not over the top) and dry finish.

M- higher side of medium carbonation, likely from the bottle conditioning, smoooooth for days.

O- This stuff is fantastic. Had a 6er of it last year, and sought out a case this year. (659 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 07/13/12

A: Bright orange, a bit hazy, lots of cream-colored head and lacing.

S: Tangerines, mango, pineapple syrup, flower bouquet coming through full force here.

T: The grapefruit, tangerine, herbal-y hops slightly overshadow the grainy, honey-like malts here. But it doesn't go into IPA territory. Excellent

M: A real quaffer, perfect carbonation, no hotness to be found.

O: Brilliant APA ... on my third six pack this year so far. Please make this year round Deschutes. (489 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass. Numerous times between February and July 2011.

A: Orange copper color with a small head of white foam. Average amount of lacing for a pale ale.

S: A malty aroma counters the typical PNW ctirus notes found in the hops.

T: The citrus flavor of the hops are well balanced with a honey malt as well as some leafy qualities found in the back.

M: A very smooth mouth feel, almost creamy in nature. There is also a pleasant but not overwhelming hoppy presence.

O: This is an incredibly well made beer that has a good balance between hops and malt. Very easy to drink and full of flavor. This would easily be my year round session beer if it weren't a seasonal release. (715 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going on my third solid Deschutes beer in a row! For real, never had any of their beers before a week ago and I feel ashamed for that. Making up for it now, and if you were like me, go grab yourself one of their beers!

A: Golden amber color, nice one and half finger head from a hard pour in a traditional pint glass, topped off with ample amounts of lacing evenly distributed around the glass.

S: Hoppy, surprisingly very hoppy.

T: Smooth, but quickly followed with a rush of hops leaving a surprising light bitter aftertaste. I like bitter!

M: Almost creamy, coats the entire mouth, goes down smooth.

O: As previously stated, solid. I will definitely be drinking this beer again in the future and recommend it to others. (727 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautifully clear amber/copper color with a one finger fluffy ivory colored head with good retention. Lacing is very spotty.

S - Huge bouquet of citrus and orange with a strong malt backbone. Pine is very subtle in the background.

T - Very tasty. I have loved this beer since i first tried it. This bottle is a bit old, brewed in April, and i feel the hops have lost their potency, but i still really enjoy this beer. It was better fresh, but aged fairly well. Orange and citrus with a nice pine bite. I find the malts more prevalent now than i did when i drank the first five bottles of my six pack.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - This review comes a bit late, as its almost 5 months old, but i cant help but love this beer. I hope its brewed again. A winner in my book. Very drinkable. So drinkable that i didnt want to drink the last one. (866 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.

Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much. (304 characters)

Photo of jpbebeau
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed. (676 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, it's orange with a frothy white head that maintains well.

Moderate hops on the nose, some fruit but still very earthy.

A little bit of an IPA bite to it, malty with a touch of caramel juxtaposed by citrus. It's got the bread-feel and grapefruit that really cuts things off. More definition than Mirror Pond, up there with some of the better APAs.

Strong carbonation, not a knock as I could have well done 2 or 3 of these. (439 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint beer glass.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber colored with a one finger tan foamy head that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a sweet caramel malt aroma beneath.

Taste: Like it smells, citrus and pine hops up front followed by sweet and bready malts. A very well balanced beer with a lot of flavor, but not too much of anything. No bitterness at all.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really well balanced beer with a lot of flavor. My wife is not a fan of overly malty or hoppy beers and she loves this one. A very easy drinking American Pale Ale that doesn't scrimp on flavor. (735 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale! (430 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single into an imperial pint glass

A: reddish amber, big 2 finger off white head that sticks around for quite a while
S: bready and caramel malts, balance between pine and citrus hops...not a huge pungent nose, with the malt actually dominant.
T: superbly balanced, with layers of velvety bready malts, each layer balanced with a really nice hoppy bitterness that is a little more in the direction of pine and resin, but has a kiss of juicy tangerine; nothing that is in your face or grabbing your lapels...just really inviting and delicious.
M: medium carbonation, a little chewy and a solid body (for the style), both lively and mellow, a pleasant and moderate amount of bitterness that lingers a bit.

overall: a go-to-beer every late winter/early spring. Absolutely love it. And love the label/name! (809 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looking clear amber color with a finger of off white head; A decent amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tropical and citrus hops balanced out with bready malts; A hint of pine for good measure

Taste: Tropical fruits hit my palate upfront, followed by citrus. Then comes the bready malt mid palate, but the citrus hops maintains throughout with waves of flavor bouncing back and forth between citrus and bready malt

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium mouthfeel; Substantial bitterness, crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation

Overall: Hands down one of the better pale ales iv had. It has all the fruity hops you want in an APA, but also has a wonderful bready backbone that carries the flavors through the finish. I like my pale ales to be a subdued version of a juicy IPA, and thats exactly what this is. In fact, this is basically the little brother of fresh squeeze. Deschutes has been gradually rising towards the top as one of my favorite breweries since they started distributing in my state about a year ago, and this is another reason why. (1,078 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single at Binny's...poured into a standard pint glass and let sit for a few minutes.

A=Rich, dark gold color with steady eggshell head that lasted for about 2 minutes...very nice.

S=Almost none--perhaps a very faint floral smell at first, and then some apricot later on.

T=First sip--hops dominated, with a smokiness to it. Apricot and milkiness developed later on, with a spicy, nutmeg like, bite.

M=Noticeable carbonation at first, but sourness made it a bit difficult to drink more than one of.

O=Reminded me of Magic Hat #9, with a tastier hop backbone. I may try a tap with the right meal,e.g. barbecued chicken. (634 characters)

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

Poured a deeper reddish amber than I was expecting. Head loomed large and fluffy, with lots of caking on the glass, looks great.

Aroma is very subtle and restrained, with tropical fruit citrus of pineapple most apparent, to go with a malty sweetness.

The taste is also restrained, but in a good way. Smooth as silk taste, with calm transitions from crisp, clean hops to bready malt. Hops taste of pineapple, orange rind, and a leafy bitterness to finish. Malt is a nice tempered sweet, keeping this one balanced the whole way.

Mouthfeel is really, really well done, with the tingle post-swallow being the highlight. Drinkability follows the smoothness - very, very good for the 6.2%. Fantastic pale ale, and not too expensive either. (739 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/4/13

A: Clear amber body. Generous soapy head and excellent retention.

S: Nice notes of malt and hops.

T: Awesome balance. Fantastic fresh hop flavors with a malt backbone.

M: Drinks great. Good levels of carbonation, medium-bodied. I'd knock these back with fervor.

O: I love their Mirror Pond and this is just as good, if not better. (351 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the bottle a nice copper color with a slightly off white head that sticks around somewhat before dissipating to a white cap and crown on the beer. Laces minimally. Smell is very much along the lines of pine with some faint citrus notes. Taste is bitter pine notes with a nice crisp feel and a slight aftertaste of the pine. Overall extremely drinkable with great aromas and flavors. (409 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair is a remarkable ale. It's got a perfect mix of complex flavors, hops and maltiness, and a wonderful mouthfeel. It's not an over the top beer, it's not extremely hoppy, it's not got any weird flavors ... it's just got perfect balance.

It's been one of my favorite beers for the past few years. I look forward to it every winter.

And I don't know why Deschutes doesn't put this in their year round lineup. (420 characters)

Photo of Giesch
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is big, fresh pale malt with touches of pine and hemp. This is a nice and clean pale ale. An above average beer although there are others I prefer in the style. Definitely worth a try. (190 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange/Amber that's very cloudy in transparency. Head pours in a 2 finger width that leaves behind some very spotty lacing.

Smell - Pungent and Strong Piney Hops along with some very strong citrus and grapefruit scents to go along with it, and it has a very malty smell in the background

Taste - Piney Hops and Citrus flavors, while aren't as strong as they are in the smell, stand out pretty well and there's some yeasty notes in here that weren't as obvious as they were in the smell. Malty backbone here is pretty solid and holds the flavor quite well. Aftertaste is fairly dry with only a slight resin-pine taste

Mouthfeel - Little on the heavier side in terms of thickness and overall palette feel, but the carbonation is fairly light so it's fairly easy to pick up.

Overall - It's a pretty easy Pale Ale to drink and it's fairly simple flavor is very enjoyable to say the least. It's nothing outstanding, but at the very least it's a very good Pale Ale. (1,013 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.