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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,112 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 123
Gots: 255 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, with Best Buy of 6/5/12, into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours nice coppery, golden color, with about two fingers of frothy slightly off-white head, that sticks around for a while, and leaves ok lacing.

Smell; Some nice citrus notes upfront; grapefruit, orange, ect. Then comes a nice piney resinous smell. A nice, though very faint bready malt tone in the back.

Taste: A good little bitterness kick upfront, with some very nice citrus, pine, and floral tones, that are perfectly balanced with a great English style breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A great medium bodied crisp mouthfeel, that paired with the balance of hops, and malt, makes this very, very drinkable.

Overall: Fantastic APA! Probably my favorite that's available to me. I wish this was year round, as it's just a fantastic beer, that has tons and tons of flavor, but that's super refreshing and easy to drink at the same time.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high mount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also bit of cereal flavour mixed with some various fruits like cherries, apricots, and grapefruits. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This reminded me a bit of a beer that is available to me locally called Smashbomb. The taste is delicious and I would definitely drink it again any time. One of the better beers I've had from Deschutes.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of diamondc
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 07/13/12

A: Bright orange, a bit hazy, lots of cream-colored head and lacing.

S: Tangerines, mango, pineapple syrup, flower bouquet coming through full force here.

T: The grapefruit, tangerine, herbal-y hops slightly overshadow the grainy, honey-like malts here. But it doesn't go into IPA territory. Excellent

M: A real quaffer, perfect carbonation, no hotness to be found.

O: Brilliant APA ... on my third six pack this year so far. Please make this year round Deschutes.

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to slight amber color. Nice off white tight full head.

Light sweet citrus fruit aroma apricot, orange, and resiny pine.

Tropical fruit flavor. Mango, tangerine, and a nice spicy character. Maybe a bit peppery. Some the caramel toasty sweet malt to give it nice rounded flavor profile.

Good creamy smooth mouthfeel. Little bitter bite nice mellow malt flavor. Nothing to complain about here. Well rounded delicious brew. Comes off as your standard pale ale with a fruity hop kick, but not bitter enough to be an IPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Floral, grass, and citrus hops.

T: Tropical fruits: mango, tangerine along with floral and grassy hops over sweet pale malt. Very tasty.

M: Creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty. Citra hopped pale ales are really revitalizing the style.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of thebornotaku
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of Black Butte, and after a bunch of my coworkers suggested that I get the Red Chair (since it's on sale!), I decided to hell with it and grabbed one of those too.

Since I've had the Black Butte before, I decided to hell with it and hit the Red Chair first.

Boy, was I in for a treat.

Firstly, the packaging proclaims: "Another slap at brewing convention. Another kick in the pants. Enjoy."

Poured this in to my favorite Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Pours a nice rich amber color, a little reddish. Minimal head.

The nose is pretty hoppy, just a little less aggressive than most IPAs. It is followed, however, by citrusy aromas. Grapefruit and orange are what I can pick out.

The taste is amazing. It has the hop bite you would expect out of any self-respecting pale ale, but it's incredibly well balanced. The citrus aromas from the nose follow through in to the flavor. This, combined with the slightly less aggressive hop profile compared to most IPAs makes it incredibly well rounded and very drinkable. I know they say it's 60 IBUs but trust me, it's not that bitter. Mouth feel is good, nice and smooth. Not too thick, not too thin.

Overall this is a very good beer, very complex and rewarding. And even more rewarding considering that I got the six pack for just over $7! One of my best purchases without a doubt, and if you're ever in the position to try this beer, do yourself a favor and go for it!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of phishsihq
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA (North West Pale Ale) pours a beautiful orange-amber, with three fingers of cream colored head, and a decent amount of lace. A citrusy and floral, hop heavy (grapefruit, mango, orange, pine) nose fades into some sweet malt hints (caramel and bread). Juicy flavors of grapefruit and mango mix with hints of piney resin and some floral tones before becoming exceptionally well balanced with complex malt flavors including breadiness, toastiness, and caramel. Medium-light in body, Red Chair ale features a moderate amount of carbonation, and an exceptionally balanced and smooth flavor profile. Amazing!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of cole2
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark gold with a copper hue. An aggressive pour yields a white one-finger head. Hop-heavy for the style both in flavor and on the nose, with piney notes standing out. Citrus and fruit flavors add complexity. Lighter feel than one might expect to given its taste and appearance. Just an excellent pale ale. One of the best I've had.

Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of APA's, and I am a firm believer that Deschutes Brewery is a gem of an operation. With those two things being said, when I happened upon a six pack of this at the store, I bought it without hesitation. Poured from a bottle into my Camp Shelby Army National Guard mug.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark copper, almost rust color with a two finger head that exits stage left fairly quickly. Leaves great lacing.

Smell - Everything you would expect out of an APA, or even an IPA. Orange peel, grapefruit, resin and pine dominate the nose. I actually smelled this beer as I was pouring it and not looking at it because my wife was saying something to me. When I smell a beer from four feet away, it's gonna be good.

Taste - Hop forward, in your face. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit are the order of the day, backed by nice creamy malts that make their presence felt more as the beer warms up. Excellent taste, so close to a well-balanced IPA it's ridiculous. This brew could likely double as either an American or India, because I've taste "IPA's" that aren't this hoppy. It's a good hoppy though, very well done. 6.4% ABV totally masked.

Mouthfeel - Finishes nice and smooth, with a thickness that complements the taste very nicely. Nothing in the finish distracts from the overall excellence of the taste.

Overall - Deschutes does not disappoint, once again. I will likely have to put them in the same category as Founders, in that I have never had a "bad" beer from them to speak of. This is a very impressive APA. I would highly recommend this beer to the novice and the experienced beer drinker alike. Absolutely drink this one.

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,112 ratings.