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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 128
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,179 | Reviews: 544
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.