Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 112
Gots: 166 | 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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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Best by 04/18/13.

Mostly clear red-orange body with golden edges. Slim, yet persistent, creamy, meringue-like, light beige head. Great lacing. Vibrant, hoppy nose. Lots of C-hop-ish pine and citrus just explode above some very fruity, spicy, and candyish malt. Very nice.

Toasted malt up front. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness follows and builds. Fruity, jammy, sweetish, caramelly malt fills in. Butterscotch notes as well. Apricot and orange hop flavors gradually become more bitter and grapefruity. Pine, spice, and lingering caramelly malt in the drying finish. Medium body with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Very nicely done!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: personal system goes in whole numbers)

12oz bottle, best by 5/8/2013, poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed 2/21/2013

Aroma: I get a nice bready pale malt- sweet biscuits, caramel, toffee mixed in with hints of grapefruits. It's nothing super strong, nor is it anything special for pale ales. (3)

Colour: A very nice cloudy copper body that pours with a dense 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is consistent and somewhat sticky. Nothing special for a pale ale, but neither is it a bad looking beer. (3)

Flavour: Starts off with a really nicely balanced mix of the pale malts just like in the nose along with a citrus/grapefruity bitterness that really takes over near the end. I give this brew credit for staying balanced initially and then staying true to the west coast brewing tradition by giving a hop kick at the end. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nice, crisp, dry yet refreshing with great carbonation. Medium bodied on the light side, not terribly sticky at all. Fairly easy to quaff and the aftertaste is a bit bitter for a pale ale and is a bit closer to an IPA but not being quite bitter enough. Really nice to drink. (4)

Overall: Not bad at all, a well-put together APA that straddles the line with the IPA. It's got the balance I like in my pale ales but shows its Pacific Northwest roots by giving my palate a punch on the arm, so to speak. While its nice that they are distributing to Chicago (easy to drive down to get it for me being in Wisconsin), I think I would rather have Alpha King if I want a nice hoppy pale ale- it does what this beer does but quite a bit better, and I can still get it in Wisconsin. Otherwise, for the style, it's a nicely done effort by Deschutes. (4)

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Smells of citrus and a good malt aroma as well.

I'm not exactly sure what a NWPA is supposed to taste like, but I'm pretty sure this one is close to perfect. Perfectly balanced forward citrus hop, I'd guess 40 or so IBU's. The malt stays in the background where it should be. It's crisp and refreshing. Not much else to say, it's just a damn fine pale ale. I could drink these all day and I love to keep a sixer in the fridge. Shame it's not year round.

Mouthfeel is a good carbonation, not sticky, not heavy. Overall, it's probably my second favorite pale ale, and it's nearly my favorite. Don't miss it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There is definitely a very strong malt presence for an APA. There is a slightly bitter, bready taste, but I think this beer could be more well balanced. Overall, I'm slightly disappointed because there was a decent amount of hype when Deschutes started distributing to Illinois, but I think Black Butte it their only beer that has lived up to the hype. Red Chair is a decent APA has some unique characteristics, but I would not choose it over other APAs at a similar price point such as Dale's Pale Ale.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.