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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

1,823 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 105
Gots: 133 | 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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12packpoet

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-29-2012 00:14:52 | More by 12packpoet
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waldoiverson

Texas

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz in nonic

A: dark copper, sandy head with very active carbonation. Extreme clarity

S smells of the northwest with heavy floral hops but a good amount of bready base, slight minty tone

T. Citrus flower sweetness, the minty tones in the nose do make an appearance with a clean bitter finish. The malt lets it all ride and balance but it is a supporting cast member

M. Exceptionally smooth, slight carbonated tingle but the overall feeling is pillowy without any dry or overly tannic sense

O. This is going to be a regular in my house. It is hoppy but it doesn't assault the mouth. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:58:42 | More by waldoiverson
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jordanmckell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-28-2012 19:14:32 | More by jordanmckell
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olmane

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-28-2012 07:21:42 | More by olmane
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear amber and a nice frothy head on top. Very good lacing as well, intricate lines of foam dashing across the side of the glass.

Smell: There is a fantastic hop presence in this beer, consisting of a citrus based and slightly tropical profile. The malt is very subtle on the nose, just a nice sweetness and a tinge of biscuit to it.

Taste: The hops are again noticeable right off the bat, there is however a very large malt presence in the taste as well, a nice roasty and biscuity full body. The hops are very similar to the smell, citrus with some hints of more tropical fruits, and they work wonderfully with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Just excellent body to this beer, very full, not thin to the slightest. The breadiness and the sweetness really make this thing drinkable.

Overall: What a great beer, so easy to drink and so full of complexities, a truly magnificent pale ale. I will most certainly be getting a case of this every time the season comes round and it is available.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:47:46 | More by Siriusfisherman
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rrock44

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

01-28-2012 01:54:35 | More by rrock44
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natemort13

California

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

Beer pours a deep orangish ruby. Light LIGHT tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is of bread, citrus zest, caramel malt sweetness

Taste is caramel malt up front that gives way to some grapefruit and lemon. hoppy oilness. Delicious

Medium bodied, super smooth and slick

one of the easiest drinking pale ales i've ever had. delicious balance where both the hops and malt are pronounced. Still yet to be disappointed by deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:41:18 | More by natemort13
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Sinewave

Texas

5/5  rDev +22%

01-27-2012 21:53:41 | More by Sinewave
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-27-2012 06:07:39 | More by ithinkimasofa
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woodenbones

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-26-2012 10:23:59 | More by woodenbones
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bpackertx

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-26-2012 05:19:14 | More by bpackertx
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-26-2012 03:08:23 | More by johnnyboy76
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iSip

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale: The Deschutes Brewery cranks out some very fine products, so I was looking forward to trying their Red Chair Pale Ale. Peering into this deep cherry wood color brew, you can’t see through it due to a medium amount of haze. The head is thin, but the aroma is wonderful. Lots of hoppy spice and fruit notes. The flavor is outstanding; the malt is subtle while the hops do the talking, but not too loudly. Lots of flavors come and go: apple, spice, and flowers. There is an undercurrent of bitterness, and in a good way. In the end, this is a winner. Maybe not as smooth as other beers, but it is well balanced, and the rich variety of hop notes are wonderful to experience. It will show up in my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 15:45:03 | More by iSip
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azdback

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A bit on the cloudy side and burnt orange color. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is a bit off of bright white and thin in appearance. Lace isn't sticking to well right now either.

Smell is bright citrus hop smell mixed with some sweet malts that come across as honey and cranberry.

Taste is much like the smell. Red sweet flavors mix very well with the bright bitter hop character.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet. Quite nice.

Overall it must be said that I have enjoyed this offering for the last several years and I think I have enjoyed it more this year than in the past years. Note: I think it is better right out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:14:32 | More by azdback
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drh1382

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-25-2012 02:26:42 | More by drh1382
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +22%

01-24-2012 14:02:35 | More by Unchi
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abeldiaz

Washington

3/5  rDev -26.8%

01-23-2012 03:50:20 | More by abeldiaz
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-23-2012 02:20:50 | More by TasteTester
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:13:01 | More by CasanovaCummins
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-21-2012 21:29:39 | More by poppyjohn
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optimaul

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-21-2012 06:17:44 | More by optimaul
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kk73

Hawaii

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-21-2012 05:06:47 | More by kk73
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber body with a good 2-finger white that shows some decent retention. Lace is pretty sticky on this one.

S- Citrus blast of hops up front, some slight acrid aroma, some caramel, some grassiness, and a slight muskiness.

T- Sweet caramel malts up front, some copper flavor, slight grassiness, but the citrusy flavors aren't there as much as they were in the aroma. Almost a sugar-like after taste.

MF- Medium bodied with flavors that do stick to the palate very well.

O- A pretty damn good beer that I'm very happy I got the chance to try

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:54:25 | More by LtCracker20
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Blargimus

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by 3/24/2012, poured into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color, with a finger or two of white head. Head recedes quite quickly. A bit of carbonation visible in the bubbles. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Wonderful malt aroma, but not particularly strong.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell, but still fairly sweet. Less malty than the smell would indicate. Somewhat of a more bitter aftertaste than I'd like, but still quite tasty.

Average body for the style. Slightly creamy, and carbonation is good.

This is a good beer, but not spectacular. I remember enjoying this a lot more when I was just drinking it, rather than sitting down and actually putting words and numbers to the brew. For that, it gets an extra half-point in the overall rating.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:47:05 | More by Blargimus
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rawla

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a reasonably fresh bottle off a 6 pack. Best by date of 03/31/2011.

A: Pours a radiant sun-burnt orange, ruby , and almond brown color. Just a damn good looking beer. Very average carbonation, and little to no lacing. Egg-shell head; about 1-2 inches of foam.

S: Notes of biscuits, with subtle pine, grapefruit, citrus, and toasted sesame. The overall profile isn't as pungent as I expected, but the malt profile is insanely enticing. Mmmm

T: A few great things going on. At the front, the complex malt profile takes over. A toasted almond and flaky, buttery biscuit front finishes off with a fresh dose of cascade hops. A really refreshing citrusy finish, with little after taste. You just want to keep drinking this thing down.

M: Deceptively bright and light feel. You don't get weighed down at all by the malts.

O: I am not biggest malt fan, especially with Pale Ales/IPA's. I want hops, and more hops. This thing balances the complex malt profile with a straight-forward hop finish beautifully. Magnificent session/speciality beer.

A MUST try.... A

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 07:13:39 | More by rawla
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,823 ratings.