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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 110
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to standard pint glass
Notes taken 01/13/13 - BB 04/11/13

A: Pours a caramel amber body with some orange colored hues to it. Bright clarity. Topped with a thick cloud of khaki tan foam. Soapy looking and stubborn as all get out. Leaves a thick lattice of sticky coat down the glass.

S: Smells real piney with an overall honey like sweetness. Soft caramels with a bit of orange peel and some herbals mixed in. Not bad at all and hoppier than I was expecting.

T: Taste brings forth more orange and citrus fruit than the nose and a modest amount of sappy pines. I get a distinct earthy mineral note with a bit of minty herbs in the background. There is an overall caramel sweetness to the beer with some soft bread and a relatively lower bitterness factor that is quite delicate on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden and seldom known. A rather quaffable pale ale I must say.

M: Creamy and frothy feel. Very smooth with a nice even carbonation and moderate in weight. There is just a slight warming sensation with a nice light drying crisp finish. Touch of residual sugary hop oils linger about.

D: Much better than I remember the Red Chair IPA being. Hops were vibrant while still complimenting the sweeter malt additions as the PNW style is known for. Clean yeast character. Very drinkable balance.

Would have again.

Nugganooch, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my 4th Deschuttes beer since they started distributing in the Chicago area earlier this month, and all of them have been delicious. 12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 04/11/13 stamped above the bar code.

The beer poured a clear amber color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted over 3 minutes. Lacing was also plentiful.

The beer had a nice shortbread cookie smell to it along with citrus and floral hops.

Big grapefruit/tangerine flavor with lots of hops and lots of bitterness. Sweet caramel malt and other malts for balance along with a kiss of honey. Delicious.

Thick and creamy despite the fairly high carbonation. Got to put this one at full bodied with a bitter citrus aftertaste.

If you like big, bold, and bitter IPA's, then this one's for you. Let it warm a bit for best flavor.

matjack85, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of TopicalDecoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

TopicalDecoy, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of NSK79
3/5  rDev -26.8%

NSK79, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

BeerNDoggerel, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jdhasse
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

jdhasse, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of CanisMajor
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of beersvh23
4/5  rDev -2.4%

beersvh23, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Star80
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best before 4/11/13. Date coding is GOOD.

A - Pours our a rich copper with creamy head. Really great lacing.

S - Smells floral, brightly citrusy, with some lemon zest, grapefruit twang, some faintly tropical fruits and candy-like malts. Really a nice smelling beer.

T - Tastes very zesty, faintly earthy and little bit of sourdough bread. it actually comes together quite well and is highly refreshing. Some puckering lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Quite hoppy for a pale ale.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Overall a wildly hoppy pale ale with a lemony hop bite and smooth creamy body. Can't believe this is a seasonal and will enjoy it while I can. Deschutes is impressing the hell out of me so far. Welcome to Illinois!

Star80, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

hilgart1, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of arniepnminne
4/5  rDev -2.4%

arniepnminne, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bryseitz
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

bryseitz, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Weischej
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Weischej, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BrianCramer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

BrianCramer, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev -2.4%

DerwinWentworth, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

xdtfx, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/29/13. Poured a slightly-hazy orange with a short white head. The aroma seems like it should stand up more— I just gets a creamy, mild floral and tangerine hop character. The flavor, however, has big, biting grapefruit over a subtle caramel malt backbone. There's also a nice juicy hop undertone that sets this apart from your average all-citrus pale ale. I'm a fan, it's a touch thick for the style, but damn tasty and a good break from the often-boring APA. Have a couple pints, you won't regret it.

tempest, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Shabadoo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Shabadoo, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so happy to find some Deschutes beers at my local Jewel grocery stores!

Clear copper and bronze color and some nice tiny bubbling making its way to the top. Two finger head and a strong film of foam and nice lacey stickage from the light tan colored foam.

Resiny hops and toasty, bready, biscuity malt aromas. Smells like a pretty good APA.

Piney and citrus hop flavors mixed with syrupy biscuits upfront. Well toasted malt and hop bittereness that lingers, but does not overpower. The baance is a little more hops than malt overall, but that being said, I'd this is a very well balanced APA. The malts and hops each have there influence on your tasted buds and palate. Pretty easy to drink this 6.4% abv. beer.

scruffwhor, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Gagnonsux, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of miadw3
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

miadw3, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: It has a deep yellow almost orange color with a one finger lingering ivory white head.

S: Initially, after opening there were plenty of hop aroma with citrus and pine but as the beer sat there for a little bit (10-15 minutes) the smell dissipated and I was left with only a bready caramely aroma.

T: Hops are the first thing tasted but they are not overpowering. I would put the hops at a weak IPA. The have a very sharp bitterness with a musty (in a good way) grapefruit flavor. The malt is very prevelent in the back of this beer. Tons of breadyness, way more then expected with subtle hints of caramel.

M: Way heavier then expected for a pale ale but very good. The carbonation is a little weak but very good.

O: This is a very good secessionable beer that would be good on a hot day. Why it is an early winter release, I don't know but I will still drink it while I can.

jvillefan, Jan 09, 2013
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.