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 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. (1,024 characters)

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 (1,732 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 jj139
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish copper with an one finger beige head. Long lasting lacing.

S - Caramel, citrus (orange & grapefruit), vanilla and malt.

T - Wow! Everything is in perfect harmony here with no one element overshadowing another. Toasty malt and caramel followed by a mild (yet satisfying) hop bite.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a dry, refreshing finish.

O - Amazingly refreshing and enjoyable - this could also become a great session beer. I will be picking up more of this very soon. Another winner from what is fast becoming one of my most favorite breweries. (567 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/22/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty glowing amber with a slight haze; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are subtle and faint citrus notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. There's a nice amount of caramel in the mix. Subtle bread notes. Flavors are very zesty. Very sharp and crisp. Great bitterness. Lots of pine needles and some pine resin. More citrus. Maybe some rye or black pepper in the mix? Grass is there giving it an earthy feel. Malts are there, but clearly take a backseat. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation; creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is pretty refreshing.

Very nice pale ale right here. The craftsmanship really sells this beer for me. (798 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is an exceptional one. My second Deschutes tasting this week and it is good (better than the porter).

It opens and pours as a red ale (almost), with not a lot of head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little weak but pleasant. The taste is a slightly over dark (bitter) pale ale - rich and robust, yet balanced enough to be very drinkable. You could session this.

The aftertaste is more like an IPA. All around, this is a major winner. (450 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very clear, beautiful amber in color, and sports about a finger of eggshell-colored foam with good retention. The aroma is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, herbs, cedar, and fresh flowers.

The beer has a medium body, a slick feel, and a nicely balanced dry, hoppy flavor. There is substantial malt to stand up to the hops, which are not over-done at all. Up front there is a cedary, marmalade-like sweetness which gives way to grapefruit, lavender, and lemon as the hops attack. There is a hint of sweetness on the finish and a lingering resiny flavor.

This is an old-school, well-crafted pale ale. Terrific balance, lots of flavor, and it doesn't ruin your palate. A good introductory beer to craft newbies. (779 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Reddish copper. Cream colored head. World map lacing.

Aroma: Caramel maltiness and piny hops.

Taste: Just like the aroma, more of a bitter hop presence in the finish though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Well balanced, easy to drink, tasty. (284 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium amber/red brown with minor lacing and low head. Not any visible carbonation.

S- more sweet than hoppy. Orange, floral, and toast

T- Not as malty as it looks but much more sweet malts than hops. I wouldn't personally see this as an APA but good in its own way. Bread, banana, grapefruit, some pineapple and bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel and nothing of note

O- a lot of pale ales fight between hoppy and malts and this one is clearly leaning toward malt. A unique sweetness with some bitterness for a PA and worth a taster or glass. Not sure if I would ever buy more than that for this one. (614 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer and look forward to it every year. I don't know why I haven't reviewed it until now. Anyway, the first 12 ounce bottle from the freshly procured case goes into the tulip...

A moderate pour yields an inch of frothy, eggshell-white head that lingers for a few minutes before resolving almost completely. Scant patches of bubbles linger to decorate the surface as wispy trails lace the glass. The aroma is of varied, citrusy hops and a malty, caramel background. Some orange up front with balanced toffee in the rear; not aggressive, not underwhelming, but balanced and reasonably complex. Flavor follows suit, with a nice malt component playing second fiddle to fresh, citrusy hops. Some orange, pine, and lemon zest meld with caramel, toffee, and subtle notes of brown sugar in a very drinkable manner. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing with a slightly resinous finish. The carbonation level is appropriate for this style and does well to liven the beer. Overall... while there may be pales out there that fit a specific flavor profile or showcase a different ingredient better, the Red Chair offers a surprisingly refreshing degree of balance and quality in a beer that does not decimate a single population of taste buds. The substantial malt background makes it an excellent choice for the colder months, and the superb drinkability/affordability is why I return to it (by the case) every year. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a lot of nice lacing. Hoppy with a few piney notes. Very smooth and full flavor, the hops is not overpowering, some citrus; a little bitter after taste, but not unpleasant. The mouth feel is clean with some dryness that comes on after you swallow. Overall: One of the smoothest IPAs I have had. If you are looking for an IPA that won't knock you out with the hops and still has outstanding flavor, this is the one. (495 characters)

Photo of nanandtomfitz
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle
color slightly darker than typical PA w medium head
smell is appealing and balanced
taste well balanced and flavor distintive for Deschutes but with richer mouthfeel
would put it a notch above mirror pond and very good overall
sorry for clipped writing/done on phone! (297 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous amber color with red tint. A quarter inch of moderately sized off white foam bubbles. Good clarity. I get a gentle amount of piney hops and doughy pale malt in the nose. The front of the palate is doughy light malt and then a nudge of piney hops takes gently over at the fade and then back to the bready maltiness in the aftertaste. The mouth gives a bit of prickliness from the hops and feels well balanced and is very prolific for a beer with so much subtlety. (471 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a light copper with orange and red hues throughout. Slight haze. Only a delicate off white head comes to pass with some soapy lacing.

S- Dank citrus hops take hold of the nose. The fruits are blended with a sweet pale malt that denotes honey, molasses, and honeysuckle. I like what's going on here. Indicates balance.

T- Oh yeah. The taste followed up well on what the nose started. Hop kick (orange and tangerine) up front with a malt base of honey covered fresh baked biscuits. Complex and balanced.

M- Spot on for the style. Light to mid body, goes down easy, and crisp, dry finish.

O- I love this pale ale. Juicy and smooth. (642 characters)

Photo of Timmah11
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear rust, orange. Off-white head.
Smell: Citrus; more orange than grapefruit; malt is present in a general bready odor but not one particular malt smell is dominant .
Taste: Balanced; orange, citrus and slight caramel malt. Slight bitterness at the end but overall a refreshing version of a pale ale.
Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp. The standout feature of this beer.
Overall: This is a great example of a beer straddling the fence between an American Pale Ale and an American IPA. (495 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 03/12/14

A- Pours a medium amber brown with a medium-high fluffy off-white head that dissipated to about a 1/4 inch of foam.

S- Medium sweet pineapple, banana, toasted malt

T- Medium sweetness, floral, some of the banana, grapefruit,light toasted malts. Medium lingering bitterness.

M- Much fuller body than was expecting for a 6.2% beer. Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

O- Got is as an extra in a trade and this is my first Deschutes beer. Very impressed and has some flavors in it that I haven't had in a Pale Ale. I hear Deschutes is coming to Michigan this year and I am very excited to try their other offerings. (692 characters)

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

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: A red-orange tinged copper with a clear body holding talcum-like sediment in suspension. An off-white head was frothy and thick leaving lots of clingy lace behind as it subsides.

Smell: Orange, lemon and pineapple come through for the citrus notes with some banana notes while floral pine from the hops backed up by bready malt.

Taste: Floral and fruity, sweet and malty. Resin hits after the hop bitterness settles. Finishes with a peppery bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with moderate carb. A bit dry.

Overall: A great sessionable pale ale that I would gladly enjoy again. (617 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A deep orange and very clear in color. A long lasting a frothy off white head.

The nose is subtly sweet and sugary malt. A hint of hop presence.

The taste is a good balance between the american hops and the English malts. The hops are oily and mostly herbal. There is a good pinecone presence. A touch of orange peel and grapefruit. The malt is sugary and breaddy. Plain but but subtly balanced with the mild hops. A well rounded ale.

Easy drinking but a full body.

A nice drinking and approachable brew. (548 characters)

Photo of PBIU
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my most anticipated Spring releases from any brewery.

Deschutes does it right again here. Strong juicy tropical and grassy nose then right into a smooth pale ale with excellent mouthfeel, consistent lacing and a crisp finish. Great price point here in Chicago as well.

Not as perfect as Hop Trip from their Bond Series but worthy of the ratings bestowed by the Bros and the BA community. (397 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with red tint, and loads of head and lacing. Nice. Lots of fine sediment resides within suspension within.

Smell is pretty dank for a pale ale. Big sweet floral hop aroma with a backbone of malt and some bitterness as well. Orange, Grapefruit, pine, nectarine, pineapple.

Taste is a well balanced fusion of malts and hops creating a sweet and savory front. Backend is mildly bitter and theres some caramel in there too. Bright flavors give way to a clean and dry finish.

Feel is well carbonated and light despite being 6.2%

Very tasty beer here, this is perhaps one of the most pleasing pale ales I've had. It's not the most bitter, and yet it has a very appetizing hop characteristic which leaves you wanting more. (738 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, not completely leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Hops, nuts, caramel, a little honey, and lemon citrus.

T: Hops, bitter pecan, grapefruit pith.

M: Biting hops linger on the palate. Dry, bitter finish. Very hoppy for standard pale.

D: Sip and enjoy. The hoppy character will dictate the pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head that never really dissipates, thick persistent lacing. Nose is piney with a fine balance nutty, sweet, and citrus components. Very hoppy and biting, some bitter nutty components, and bittersweet citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (771 characters)

Photo of cody4prez
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

A - golden with a touch of amber

S - Disappointing smell, given the rest of the beer's profile. Great beer, disappointing aroma.

T - Hoppy on the front end, but smooth on the back with a little bit of sweetness.

M - Not watery, not thick. What I would expect from a Pale.

O - this is the best Pale Ale I've had. Just hoppy enough to match my taste buds, but smooth. (406 characters)

Photo of babayaga
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Guinness pint glass. "Best By" date is 3/26/14.

Appearance - Clear, darker gold to amber with medium off-white head. Fine bubbles, good lacing.

Aroma - Light citrus, grapefruit, slight anise/dankness.

Flavor - Very bready, some grain at the finish, bunches of C-hops. Fruitiness. Not as bitter as expected for a pale ale, I guess that explains the bottle statement "plush, satin." The complexity of the malt on the finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, creamy carbonation. Reasonably dry finish.

Overall - Nice "alternate" pale ale that would be a great introduction for some to craft beers. Very drinkable...I wouldn't describe this as flabby; it has a nice balance and does what it says. (725 characters)

Photo of brewskis
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a three finger off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of Northwest Pacific hops like the title suggests. Citrus notes like grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Also a good amount of pine. A hefty dose of carmel malts and breadiness sweeten the aroma and stay true to what the beer description suggests: a well balanced american pale ale. Taste starts with some nice hoppy flavors. Get grapefruit and orange, almost like a marmalade. The middle brings a big malt profile to go with the hops. Get some grains, breadiness, and carmel sweetness. Maybe get a belgian-like malt in there too. This balances the beer in a really nice way. The finish brings a lot of pine that gives the beer a resinous quality, as well as more grapefruit, marmalade, floral esters, carmel, spiciness, and breadiness. Light medium body with a pretty creamy, smooth, and slightly watery mouthfeel. This is a solid pale ale that lives up to what it says it will be. In the world of american pale ales nowadays, it is nothing to ride home about; however, it’s great balance stands it out from a lot of the hoppy, one-sided american pale ales that are being produced today. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a shaker pint. Best by 3/12/14 bottle date.

NWPA has a bronze-copper body with two-finger's of bubbly, white foam. Creamy and bubbly sheet lace looks classy.

Bouquet of fruity esters: apricot, some banana, doughy malt, honey. Very clean, and light on the nose, great scents though!

Floral and fruity esters are huge on the palate. Also a sweet, bready malt that fits incredibly well. When the bitterness finally hits, it feels resin-y and slightly citrus-y. The finish includes some pepper and earthiness. Sweet, floral, and a good dose of bitterness.

Light-medium body and more watery. Also leans to the dry side.

Wonderfully easy beer to drink with complimentary, sweet flavors. The bouquet could be bigger, but the palate certainly delivers. (760 characters)

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