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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,800 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 102
Gots: 127 | 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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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, golden amber orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Lacing hangs nicely around the glass.

Smell - Citrus hop. Clean. Mild grapefruit. Lesser note of dark caramel.

Taste - Hop forward, but not to say the hops are aggressively bitter. Lots of citrus, orange zest and a tame grapefruit, with strong, deep caramel backbone. Slightly toasted malt. Hint of peppery spice. Finishes with a nice, equal balance between the malt and hop.

Mouthfeel - Incredible mouthfeel. Impossibly smooth. Creamy. I could drink this all day.

Overall - Deschutes does it again. I went to this beer many times during the spring and winter last year, and this year it's been no different. Such a phenomenal beer from every aspect. My favorite Pale Ale. By far. Deschutes, PLEASE make this a year-round offering! It's too good not be there for 4th of July and Halloween!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:24:26 | More by TheSixthRing
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-01-2013 05:54:56 | More by pmcadamis
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bashiba

Iowa

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfectly clean amber with a thick and sticky white head.

The smell had a light crackery malt quality with a fresh pine hoppiness.

The flavor reminded me of a nice hybrid between real English IPA and West Coast. Not as hoppy as most West Coast and more English malt coming through. A nice English Dry Crackery and buscuity caramel keeps the malt bill flavorful without compromising the hops at all, mixing nicely with the piney and grapefruit classic West Coast Hop Bill. Very balanced and supremely drinkable.

The mouthfeel had a nice touch of hop oil and resin along with a long dry finish.

Very solid American Pale Ale, no real shortcomings at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:43:10 | More by bashiba
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darthhamby

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22%

02-01-2013 02:33:03 | More by darthhamby
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arfenhouse

California

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper amber with off-white head. Retention is above average.

S: Pine and orange. Brown sugary sweetness. Cherry licorice and dragonfruit.

T: Caramel and biscuit sweetness. Oranges and cherry. Grassy pine aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O:Well balanced and easy to drink. A decent dose of hops but more on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 21:00:31 | More by arfenhouse
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-31-2013 13:25:36 | More by DonFrap
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pkalix

California

4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

nice coppery translucent look with an oatmeal-y, creamy topping. thick, creamy lace on the sides when tilted.... a beautiful looking brew....
smell is pine-y, grapefruit-y; hop-dominant.
taste is.... hop dominant. the bottle says it's a smoother hop taste (and i agree), but even with all the extra added malt types it is still a hop-dominant taste. i guess the bitterness of the hops trumps to a particular level? a slight 'earthiness' is present at the end which is almost a gritty kind of malt, i think...
smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. overall, this is not a typical, boorish pale ale with lots of hops caked in. it is rather refined, and i believe the intention of smoothing out the bitterness is evident. there are no jagged edges to the taste, but rather a soft feel to the bitterness as it slides past the tongue. i'm still not very familiar with the deschutes brewery but i recollect that i am very impressed with everything i have tried from them. even the styles i am not particularly excited about. and not many hoppy beers can claim to be creamy...
while i am not impressed with the style, i try to rate it according to my experience and i feel this is a great sample of american beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:09:30 | More by pkalix
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-31-2013 01:40:24 | More by ssimpson89
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beerme411

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-31-2013 00:49:42 | More by beerme411
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-30-2013 19:57:47 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Best by 4/11/13

A- This beer has a deep copper clear body with an oatmeal tan head that is thin and sticks to the glass in rings. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glides to the surface.

S- The woody hops aroma is full with notes of mint and unripe tropical fruit in the finish.

T- The full dry dark woody herbal hops has some pale biscuit malt underneath before the full mellow pungent hop finish. The pungency lingers with just a hint of bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a full hop profile with nice depth and it has a pale hop quality so it is very sessionable with out make my tongue go hop numb. This must be a classic NW hops brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 15:32:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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Kastler

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle into a frosty beer mug

Appearance - It has a Dark amber color and a minimal head

Smell - Sweet, sweet honey

Taste - A great hoppy taste. Not too strong, not to weak. A perfect combination

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel; A little on the thinner side for a Pale Ale.

Overall - Exactly what I want in a Pale Ale. That classic hoppy honey taste that goes down smooth and smells like a drink of champions. I highly recommend this brew

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:00:18 | More by Kastler
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JRBecks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-28-2013 19:20:12 | More by JRBecks
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-28-2013 18:20:12 | More by scootercrabb
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-28-2013 18:00:57 | More by unclekeith
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TVolt1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-28-2013 03:04:29 | More by TVolt1
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nova009

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a clear copper color with a steady stream of bubbles, a solid one finger fluffy off-white head appears and very slowly dissipates, spotty lacing

S- bready malt, citrus hops, slightly sweet too with vanilla and caramel

T- just like the nose, bready malt, a pretty substantial hop punch, creamy vanilla, real clean finish

M- light to medium body, nice balance of carbonation, finishes slick and clean

O- this is a great pale ale, nothing overwhelming or unbalanced, very clean and easy to drink, alcohol is barely noticable, highly reccommend

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:51:31 | More by nova009
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Mosman445

Utah

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

01-27-2013 19:53:01 | More by Mosman445
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Brunite

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-27-2013 15:56:47 | More by Brunite
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Danishboy59

Nevada

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The other reviews here said it all, this one needs no further technical explanation. As a Mirror Pond fan, I must say that this one is at even higher level than the former great brew. It is a home run for Deschutes, much like the SF Giants 2012 season. It makes me glad that it's January, and I will use this amazing Red Chair brew to celebrate the upcoming SF 49ers Super Bowl win!

This is quite possibly the most balanced pale ale ever, no wonder it has such top level awards. The taste and hops are very similar to Mirror Pond, but there is the Grapefruity, orange, and even mango-ish explosion added to it, with a more amazing balance between the big hops, and toasty malt. It is a "perfectly complex" beer, a pinnacle of fine brewing ingredients and skill. A must have!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 12:34:47 | More by Danishboy59
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tekpneu

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-27-2013 04:19:31 | More by tekpneu
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drewrobb

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-27-2013 04:18:21 | More by drewrobb
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-27-2013 03:10:08 | More by n00blar
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-26-2013 23:44:43 | More by MN_Beerticker
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jplopez21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-26-2013 01:13:31 | More by jplopez21
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.