Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 130
Gots: 364 | 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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very foamy giving me a 1+ inch of sticky head and the color looks like a red ale a very deep red copper color, not very pale at all.
S - Smell has some bready malts, touch of caramel, a bit of wheat and a fairly good dose of grainy character. Hope the hops cover this up.
T - Wow this is very aggressively grainy, not as balanced as I hoped. It does have a nice level of hops and malts but it comes off like a Pilsner with harsh dry grains. I don't like it.
M - Not bad it drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall it was far from disgusting and easy enough to put away but after enjoying Mirror Mirror I don't understand why this has a higher rating. Far from a tasty pale ale.

Photo of THECPJ
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, caramel, malts

taste: citrus & pine hops, caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing pale ale. glad I was able to try this one.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, sixer

appearance: served in a Guinness imperial pint, bright orange body, light beige froth. An overall pretty attractive beer.

smell: caramel, bready malts, buttery, minimal hops

taste: this is the last of 6 - a beer that caught me a bit off guard. When i see "NWPA", i assume hoppy as hell, but not this guy. overbalanced to the malt side - buttered rustic bread, caramel, grain, grassy hops underneath. Smells pretty disappointing, but the flavors work

mouthfeel: smooth medium body

overall: Good, but not a repurchase

Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes teku

Lightly hazed auburn pour with a two finger crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, retaining well with plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Mild hop aromas with toasted bread crust, doughy malts and soft caramel sweetness.

Piny hops up front with understated notes of resin and bitterness. Bread crust and toasted grain in the backbone with biscuity malts. Reminds me a bit more of an English PA in the malt bill, finishing with a light snap of hops.

Medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Drinkable but pretty mild overall and frankly quite forgettable. This bottle was before the 'drink by' date but I'd like to give it another go with one that's less than a month old.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a recent trade with bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre! Best before 1st April 2010, consumed 12 Feb

The pour is gorgeous, a mostly clear bronze with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It almost looks like a cask pour.

The nose is rich and perfumey with citrus hop character, a delicate floral, jasmine-like character. The malt character is also quite delicious, toasty, caramel-like, working quite well with the floral and citrus character. Quite like a nice marmalade on toast, this smells great.

The palate opens with plenty of bitterness, some orange and citrus rind, and a great hop flavor. Fruity and hoppy, there's some malt character noticeable, toasty, caramel-like and mildly sweet. Drying on the finish with a light sweetness and a lingering bitterness, a touch of alcohol is perceived as well. This is solid stuff. Bigger in body than I care for in an APA (medium-light) with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is enjoyable, though not quite sessionable due to the ABV.

Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm...World Beer Awards Best Beer 2010 & 2012 - a must try!
12oz bottle pours amber with excellent clarity and is topped with a rocky, off-white head that holds good retention & leaves lots of sticky, chunky lace. Floral hop nose with citric grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt. Tastes are piny hops up-front, grapefruit rind, caramel malt, bready malt, nice toasted grain finish while the piny hop lingers yet finishes clean. The hops come across more juicy and slightly tropical rather than piny as the palate warms up to the moderate bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth with pleasant carbonation allowing the vast complexity to meld. Overall, amazing balance with a nice complex array of flavors. One of the best APA's out there!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 04/19/11. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with an ample tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves some splotchy lace.

Nose is a wonderful blend of tropical and citrus hop aromas. Some toffee malt and bit 'o grains round out the nose nicely. Nearly pulled a 5 for smell.

Just bitter enough without overstepping the pale ale category while keeping the focus more on hop flavor and soft malts. So much juicy tropical fruit comes out on this beer, incredible. Reminds me of the spray that comes out of an orange peel when bent/squeezed. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is through the roof. I still like a fresh Mirror Pond better, but this is still a very fine ale.

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This "Northwest'style" pale ale is a clear reddish-orange color. The head is just off-white and caps at slightly less than one finger. It doesn't keep up a whole lot but does keep it consistently, a strong layer remaining and dropping equally strong lacing.
There are lots of aromatics in this one, and they transfer very thoroughly to the flavor. It begins with a piney note that isn't too harsh and melds with some orange zest and has a bit of a peppery kick as well. It leans dry in the middle, but some tropical fruits start it off then come back in to finish it out. A bit of sweetness from malts, caramel but with a nice nuttiness to it, evens and balances it out well.
The feel is the best aspect in this beer. It's rich with a creamy thickness that doesn't exceed its medium body, and it's completely crisp to boot. Silky creaminess gives way to sweetness that cuts through a dry edge it begins to take, adding depth to the overall feel. The key to keeping it together is really that it stays so crisp all the while.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite a fruity representation for the style. lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a nice underlying honey/caramel -like sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell with a nice fruit forward hop character. Plenty of amber to caramel malts behind that.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Great fruit notes with minimal bitterness or pine needle in the hops area. Quite a sweeter representation as well.

(O)- Definitely a good beer. It might just be be, but this almost seems more like an American Amber than a pale, but either way, this is a solid beer.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy whitish head.

S: Subtle aromas of grass, herbs, lemon, lime, caramel, cream, and biscuits are present on the nose.

T: Cream, caramel, and toffee sweetness are present up front and are joined by cracker and biscuit flavors shortly thereafter. The hops kick in around mid-palate, delivering gentle, nuanced notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, herbs, and grass. The finish is balanced and mellow with notes of lemon, lime, herbs, caramel, cream, and biscuits most apparent.

M: What an outstanding texture in the mouth! This ale is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. Carbonation manages to straddle a fine line between firm and spritzy. This pale ale is one of the most drinkable examples of the style I have run across in quite awhile.

O: I really feel like Deschutes has done an excellent job presenting well integrated malt and hop flavors in this beer. Perfectly balanced, quite flavorful, and immediately approachable this, in my book, is exactly what an APA should be.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber red color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. Some other lighter aromas of a floral and light fruity smell of apple and pear are there as well rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bread flavor with hints of caramel and a lighter showing of a pine hope. As the flavor moves forward, the pine is joined by a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor as well as some fruit flavors of pear, apricot and a bit of cherry. The grapefruit hop eventually surpasses the pine, with the two both being joined by a little bit of an herbal and floral hop taste to leave a rather pleasant and smoothly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style and flavor profile, the moderateness is rather nice as it creates an easy drinking but hop supported medium for all the flavors to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall – A rather nice red IPA. Very easy drinking and tasty brew that is certainly one to try when you get the opportunity.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral hops, confectionery notes, sweet malt and, interestingly enough, papaya.
Bittersweet flavours with honey and sweet biscuity malt followed by spicy, piny hops and an assertive, sharp bitterness.
Body feels a little watery and undercarbonated.

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

Pours a brilliant copper with a billowing cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, fresh cut grass, pine, and muted citrus begin the aroma profile. Dank cannabis and floral notes add depth.

Citrus is more prevalent in the flavor, with grapefruit underlying a lightly toasted malt backbone. Grassy and resiny hops take over mid palate, and the finish is slightly bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I don't recall having a beer that smells so much of fresh hops. The bitterness is just a touch more than I prefer, but a great brew. The more of it I drink, the more hollow it tastes.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to Rathakem for hitting this long time (yep, you read correctly...long time) want. enjoyed from a deschutes teku.

best by 4/17/2013

a - brew poured a stunning amber orange with a generous 2 fingers of frothy foamy head that hung out for pictures and then some. as it dissipated you could hardly see anything through the milkshake like lacing that gripped the glass.

s - nice hops mixed with great caramel. seems a bit malt forward, but definitely has my mouth watering.

t - hell yeah. this is what a pale ale should taste like. big and bold. lots of hops balanced out by even more malts. great sweet caramel pine cone flavor. has that definable deschutes flavor that i LOVE.

m - medium bodied. really nice.

o - overall great pale ale. with a best by date a month away, i'm sure i'm a few months post bottling on this one, but i love it. would love to try uber fresh, but right now hits the spot. great malt heavy pale ale with a nice hopping to tame the malts. great deschutes flavor profile. tastes like a stream in nature.

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is an amber tone with a two finger head. The smell has pine, citrus hops, some malts. Red Chair has a taste of resin coated hops, bread, malts, some orange and other light citrus flavors. MF is medium-fall, with great carbonation. In summary, this is a very nice APA and I wish that I could get this back home in CT.

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

Bottle, home. Red Chair seems like a cross between an APA, IPA and Amber Ale. The color is somewhere between pumpkin and amber. Tight, dense, off-white cap of bubbles. The aroma has a clean caramel malt note with a fair bit of piney-floral hops. Flavor has a touch of sweetness from the bready, caramel malt, but hops provide a bitter finish and a mildly bitter sense of resin throughout. The feel is round and chewy with some hop oiliness. It's an easy beer to drink with good balance for a West Coast style Pale and a tame but flavorful profile. Enjoyable.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, pine, and pale malt. The taste has a firm bitterness that runs through everything. There is a lot of citrus, and pine that coats the mouth long after the beer is gone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really, really, good APA/IPA hybrid that I will surely become a regular of mine.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for the bottle. Thanks Chris.

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange bodied beer with an almost copper like hue. One solid finger of off white head. Sticky lacing thats better than spotty. Thin cap remains on the beer during the entire time I am drinking the beer.

Smell: lightly sweet yet bready malts. Very orangy citrus hops. Maybe a hint of grassy and pine.

Taste: mild hops bitterness. Its orange and lemon hops upfront. You get some fruity notes and a touch of bready sweetness in the middle. Finishes with more oranges; also a hint of mild grapefruit and pine notes. Really balanced flavors in this beer!

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Deschutes always nails the mouthfeel on thier beers! This one has a nice creamy and the carbonation has that really nice soft / delicate feel to it. Really drinkable APA here!

Overall: This is a really great APA. Love the orange notes the hops impart on this beer. The mouthfeel feel is perfect for this beer.

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

a: amber-copper in color, full eggshell head with high retention and good lace, looks great

s: grainy caramel malts - the heavy (7 varieties to include crystal, pilsner, cara-pils, and munich - woah) grain bill really shows and provides more than just a base structure, pulpy pine sap hops - tealike, juicy citrus rind, powerful aroma for a pale ale

m: carbonation lighter, creamy and big bodied for the style

t: great flavor - full malt body with a range of grainy and caramel flavor, somewhat sweet, with a big, pulpy northwest hop flavor providing weighty pine and citrus notes, full bitterness, the heavy malt and strong hops have a nice push-pull going on while the cones win out in the end

d: a very tasty pale that's arguably pushing IPA territory - or firmly inside NWPA territory, would be glad to have a few, off style or not - I can't believe this doesn't get more love

single from College Liquors, Grand Junction, CO

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

315th review on BA
bottle to pint
best by: 4/18/11

App- A nice honey colored orange/brown/amber. A pleasant looking one finger quick receding head. Spider-web like lacing.

Smell- Sugary sweet malts with a bit of oj and red licorice scents as well.

Taste- Sweet malts are dominant but retains a small IPA like quality vs a pale ale. Nice hop backend and a small grapefruit like finish.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. A nice caramel chewiness.

Drink- Nice layered profile and clean flavors. I could put back a few of these. Tastes great and I mean deschutes, how could it not?

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An amber ale, white head and good clarity. The aroma is grainy, with a slight fruit and hop undertone. The taste is notably better.mmgreat balance...sweetness, malt, fruit, and a mild hop bitterness. Solidly good, but not unlike many others of the style.

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

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with three fingers of slightly off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving thick sticky streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge citrus hop notes. This is juicy smelling with hint of orange. I get just a splash of biscuit dough and caramel as well. Citrus all the way.
T: Follows the nose with clean flavors of citrus, caramel, pale malt, and orange hops. I get hints of mint in the finish, and the aftertaste has a clean hoppy earthy quality to it.
M: Medium body, even carbonation with an easy to drink mouthfeel that isn’t too dry but has a bit of chew to it.
O: An excellent pale ale. Not my absolute favorite but there is really nothing wrong with this beer. Drinks great.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, here is what it says on the Deschutes web site.

"As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness."

This is NOT the Red Chair IPA.

Well, well, this beer is not in the BA database yet. This is available in Arizona now and the website says it's available from Jan-April. They use the word debut in the description, but I am not sure if this is referring to the style (Northwest Pale Ale) or that this is the debut version of this beer.

Since it's not listed, I am assuming this is a new listing.

Pours with a very tight and creamy white head that appears bright sitting atop the deep red/amber colored beer. Lots of burgundy/mahogany tomes to the color. The head slowly settled but puts up a good battle and lacing a thick in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of some fresh hops, some cracker, bread crust tones and some sweet malt.

Flavor is excellent. A nice mix of some fruity esters, sweet bread flavors and some decent layered malt. The hop character seemed to be a mix of light pine and some citrus notes with more focus on the citrus side of the spectrum. Balance is very nice here and clearly a goal of this beer. Mission accomplished.

Medium bodied, smooth with very subtle and tight carbonation. Not creamy, but the velvety mouth feel makes you consider the adjective.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Deschutes line-up (again, assuming this is it's first year)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.