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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

1,894 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 110
Gots: 150 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of dac0152
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

dac0152, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of DM1293
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes is making me regret not taking them up on their beer tasting event.

This is a really good, citrusy, slightly piney hoppy beer with a hint of malt in the background. The flavors are all on the front, with a slight bitter bite at the end balanced out by the semi-sweet lingering malt. The last bit of it went down a little more bitter, but it wasn't unpleasant at all, and was actually a nice way to cap it off because it brought forth the malt.

But the key word here for me is "smooth". This thing is extremely drinkable, has a good mouthfeel and is quite refreshing to boot.

The beer is pretty simple and clean though, but better a balanced, well-executed beer than a complex one with shortcomings. Overall, well worth a try, and definitely a beer that I'll drink again.

DM1293, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by date 07/13/12. 6.2% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof on account of both the brewery - from which I've yet to have a beer below a C - and the recommendation of a close friend (blakelive784), whose opinion I trust.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops seem to be balanced, with hardly any bitterness in the aroma. Clean bright malts seem to be layered. Piney hops. Some cream. All around a very appealing hoppy aroma. Strong - not impactful, but I can detect it from a good foot away (even with me broken nose).

T: Very pleasantly hoppy - with pine and citrus dominant, but also some floral notes. No real bitterness at all. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit, but in a balanced manner. Some cream. Even a bit of spice, actually. Very fresh and refreshing. Pleasant. Wonderfully layered malt diversity comes through. Hints of cherry and even butterscotch (to a small extent). Apple pie filling. Complex for the style and nicely balanced. Subtle. A touch bitter in the back end, but it's not very noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, supporting the body well. Perfectly carbonated. Perfect thickness. Some coarseness comes from the hops, which is a bit bothersome here. A slight oily hoppiness is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Disguises its ABV well. Hides the hop bitterness behind the malt varietals quite nicely. I could drink this all night. A lovely Pale Ale - amongst the best I've had. Another success from Deschutes. Give her a spin, lads.

Pairs well with pretzels.

Drank fine out of me Guinness glass, but I don't know if pint glasses are ideal.

Well-priced.

Low B

kojevergas, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of match1112
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to hoparoundnw2337 for including this as an extra!

a: clear copper body with a generous two finger head that slowly settles into a frothy cap leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.

s: floral and bready with a touch of fruit.

t: bready malt body with some citrus hops to pack a bite. a little oily pine on the finish.

m: oily touch to a medium-light body. good carbonation is lively on the tongue and the hops provide the near perfect short dry finish.

o: excellent pale ale. everyone should seek this out.

match1112, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mdcrouser
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright amber orange with a thin cover of off-white head.

Smells great - grapefruit, floral, a little oily. Enticing to the nose.

Sweet - like candied grapefruit and flower petals. Mild hoppy bitterness to close. Rather subdued, really.

Light, hoppy, dry to the tongue.

Grades out really high because there's no doubt that it's very good. Oddly though, I'm not that drawn to it. Not warranting a "I'd really like another," response.

mdcrouser, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been slamming this for years, surprised, like with Mirror Pond, I hadn't taken the time to voice my opinion.
Best by 03MAY12
Lovely amber with a couple fingers of tannish foam leaving webbed lace. Smells of pine, sweet grapefruit and more pine. A sincerely PNW aroma here. Flavor has a good bite up front with cameos from the hops in the substance of weed and, imagine, pine. The malts are nice and solid sans sweetness. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer and particularly a fun treat to look forward to annually - we'd be spoiled to have this beer all the time.

harrymel, Mar 31, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

Topher78, Mar 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

Davekim_md, Mar 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

FoamRanger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

schm1471, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of mastodonj
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a diconic...

A reddish medium amber color with a small but finely bubbled
head.

There's a spiciness in the nose that goes great with the fresh
hops.

Somehow, they've taken the hoppiness and spiced it up then
mellowed it out with caramel-like malts. Interesting and
exceptional tasting.

The mouthfeel may be the best thing about this; the fine bubbles and citrus aftertaste are great.

A must-try for every IPA/ West Coast IPA lover. And will probably
be a staple for many of us.

mastodonj, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Yesdog, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

LaPlaya, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger of a creamy white head. Large bubbles but dense. Spotty, watery lacing and a minute long retention. Orange-golden color with only a bit of clarity.

S- Hop forward and floral. Light smell but definite hoppiness and bitter qualities to it.

T- Not nearly as bitter as I had expected. Hop oil is there, but the smooth, buttery taste is not lost among the bitterness. Flavorful and aromatic, this is a tasty beer.

M- Extremely smooth and creamy. This feels phenomenal. 5/5

O- The appearance leaves more to be desired, the smell isn't as pronounced as I might have liked, but the flavor and feel are great. Buy this beer.

Murrhey, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

daysinthewake, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

danjohn1234, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

substanceD, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

Didgeridoo, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.

SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread

TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish

The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.

Jason, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

dlepeau, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of taylorplaysmusic
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

taylorplaysmusic, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Shilt, Mar 18, 2012
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.