Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
12oz bottle. A souvenir of my summer 2011 road trip through the Pacific northwest.
This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange-amber hue, with two fingers of thick foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy coral reef lace around the glass as things eventually succumb to gravity and other physical phenomena.
It smells of sweet biscuity caramel malt, bitter citrus cream, a more than subtle mint edginess, and further floral perfume and leafy hops. The taste is more sweet caramel and toffee, mildly bitter grapefruit pith and forest floor coverings, blended with a nicely rounded leafy, floral, metallic mint, and perfumed flower hoppiness.
The carbonation is adequately moderate, and mostly unobtrusive, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, as the hops aren't really into playing spoiler in this one. It finishes off-dry, the malt still putting up a decent power-to-the-people sort of fight, all against a punchy hop attack that at the same time keeps one gun a little too well holstered.
A rather stellar pale ale - pretty much as balanced as possible, without fear of tipping over and up to the next level of IPA temptation. The purported extra level of booze beyond standard issue in this here particular offering is a minor bit of distraction, but overall this is one hoppy, tasty, and fruity pale ale, worthy of its lofty American stature.
07-24-2011 03:49:58 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.
Appearance is an amber tone with a two finger head. The smell has pine, citrus hops, some malts. Red Chair has a taste of resin coated hops, bread, malts, some orange and other light citrus flavors. MF is medium-fall, with great carbonation. In summary, this is a very nice APA and I wish that I could get this back home in CT.
07-22-2011 01:33:06 | More by mltobin
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
From 07/19/11 notes. Bottle brought back by my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago from Oregon. Best by 07/20/11 date on the bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. One inch of retention throughout drinking it and light lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of citrus hops, fruty malts, light pine hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits. A lot more hops than I was expecting; smells like a nice, fresh IPA.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malts, fruity malts, light pine hops. Not quite as hoppy, with more of the malts taking over, but no bitterness. Good, but not as good as the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body and real easy to drink. Wondeful mouthfeel.
o - Overall I thought this was a really nice, drinkable APA. Definitely felt like I could have and would want to have a few of these. Great hoppy and fruity nose and mouthfeel, would love to have it again sometime.
07-20-2011 15:18:16 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass, didn't find a freshness date.
Pours a clear lite reddish copper with an off white foam head, good head retention and a nice lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Light to medium body with expected carbonation. The taste is a nice balance between the biscuity and caramel malts and a crisp citrus hop finish (not extremely hoppy but very present), its also lighter than I expected, very refreshing. Overall a pretty good session / summer beer, I like this one.
07-15-2011 23:35:46 | More by DavidST
3.73/5 rDev -9%
Beer pours a reddish copper hue with just a slight bit of haze. Very nice one finger, frothy white head. Aromas of fruity malt balanced by a solid hop backbone. This beer goes down very smoothly, hoppy, but not a hop bomb, malty, but not overly so. This beer appeals to me in the same way that Sam Adams Boston Lager does. An easy to come by, easy to drink, delicious beer that would probably appeal to lots of different drinker.
07-12-2011 00:59:56 | More by BeerAmbassador
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass. Numerous times between February and July 2011.
A: Orange copper color with a small head of white foam. Average amount of lacing for a pale ale.
S: A malty aroma counters the typical PNW ctirus notes found in the hops.
T: The citrus flavor of the hops are well balanced with a honey malt as well as some leafy qualities found in the back.
M: A very smooth mouth feel, almost creamy in nature. There is also a pleasant but not overwhelming hoppy presence.
O: This is an incredibly well made beer that has a good balance between hops and malt. Very easy to drink and full of flavor. This would easily be my year round session beer if it weren't a seasonal release.
07-02-2011 06:55:38 | More by distantmantra
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Going on my third solid Deschutes beer in a row! For real, never had any of their beers before a week ago and I feel ashamed for that. Making up for it now, and if you were like me, go grab yourself one of their beers!
A: Golden amber color, nice one and half finger head from a hard pour in a traditional pint glass, topped off with ample amounts of lacing evenly distributed around the glass.
S: Hoppy, surprisingly very hoppy.
T: Smooth, but quickly followed with a rush of hops leaving a surprising light bitter aftertaste. I like bitter!
M: Almost creamy, coats the entire mouth, goes down smooth.
O: As previously stated, solid. I will definitely be drinking this beer again in the future and recommend it to others.
06-30-2011 03:06:40 | More by tjkinate
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
On tap, at the Deschutes brewery Mountain Room.
A:Deep dark red amber color. Poured with about a finger of foamy head. Very nice lacing left on the pint glass.
S: Classic pine and citrus, but what really gets me is the nice warm caramel scent. Very enticing.
T: Was pleased to taste the malty caramel come through in a very smooth way. That's definitely the highlight of the taste for me. Nice, crisp, balanced bitterness.
M - Medium body.
Very enjoyable overall!
06-26-2011 19:21:52 | More by bobloblaw22
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
A- Pours a slightly hazed orange tinged copper color and comes with a one finger thick head that is cloud white. It retains quite well, settling to a thin, but densely populated fine bubbly film. Lacing is above average but doesn't cling lquite ike I thought it would but that's ok. This looks to be fairly heavily carbonated as well. Decent looking overall....
S- There is much more malt noticeable compared to an IPA, which gives this a good counter balance to the citrusy smelling hops. Reasonably modest in aroma generally, but it's nice as it's not an overpowering hop bomb!
T- Very well rounded flavors! The soft citrus hop character is balanced by a slightly honeyed malt profile and some biscuit like qualities. The finish has some earthy, leafy flavors that keep this bitter yet dry and thirst quenching.
M- A smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable brew to drink. There is a hopped oiliness that contributes to this in my opinion. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is deceiving....it's not palate scrubbing at all.
O- A very well made beer. It's well balanced, full of flavor, easy to drink and is quenching on the palate. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this style and who wants something that's reserved yet does the job well!
06-23-2011 02:43:08 | More by ChrisCage
4/5 rDev -2.4%
12oz bottle poured into NB snifter/goblet thing. No bottle date, but it's seasonal so it isn't that old. thanks to eclipse54 for this one.
A: Pours a hazy amber (red/orange), good carbonation from the bottom of the glass, one finger off white head, bug bubbles that dissipate quickly, some mild lacing is present
S: This brew is very malt forward, there are some sweet hop aromas but definitely not the BIG smell of this beer
T: A very smooth red, clean flavor profile, suttle hops, nice malt forward brew, strangely sweet probably from the European malts (?), mild hop bite at the close but no where near an IPA
M: This is a light to medium bodied brew, again it's very smooth, doesn't totally coat or kill you
O: A nice summer sippin' beer, I could drink a lot of it and not care! Over 6% but doesn't knock you down. Solid alternative to stronger pales or IPAs
06-22-2011 17:16:54 | More by inlimbo77
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
At the time of this review this is the #19 top American Pale Ale on beeradvocate best of lists.
Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is reddish to amber with a thin head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass, moderate to low carbonation, OK retention.
Beer smells kind of malty but has an almost citrus hop after aroma to it, smells fine.
Beer is medium to light in body with a moderately hoppy bitter finish. The lead off is some malt but it is not a big malt flavor just an average lead off flavor. It is a decent beer but nothing too special, a little maltier than I expected but I would have it again.
06-21-2011 22:19:14 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a hazy brownish yellow. A bit of smooth head with great lacing. Overall not the prettiest beer ever. Smells pretty great. Lots of light hops and a touch of sweetness... Tasty but not overwhelming. There is a bit of bitterness on the back of each sip but overall pretty solid
06-18-2011 18:29:25 | More by Urbancaver
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a clean amber with a nice orange glow with a white head which leaves lots of frothy lacing on the glass. Sweet candy and caramel, citrus hops. Taste is bitter, pine and citrus hops and balanced with a biscuity, toasty caramel body. An excellent and aggressively hopped pale. Let's face it, this is an IPA.
06-16-2011 04:37:29 | More by olmatty
4.44/5 rDev +8.3%
Edit 3/11/2013: changed appearance from 4 to 4.25 and smell from 3.5 to 4.25 based upon having on tap yesterday and from the bottle tonight. My esteem for this beer has risen. The aroma on tap was wonderfully fragrant - more NW IPA than NWPA, but the taste (probably should increase this rating too) is outstanding. This is my favorite APA. I have only one regret about this beer - it is only available seasonally.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 7/28/2011.
A-Pours a deep golden, almost orange color with a two finger, off-white head with decent retention and ample lacing.
S-A citrus hop bouquet from a judicious use of Cascade and Centennial hops. I would favor more aroma, but it is appropriate for style.
T-Very well balanced. Bitter hops are supported by a pleasantly smooth, bready malt backbone followed with a slight hop twang in the finish. Very nice. Delicious.
M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Light and refreshing. 7 different malts provide an amazingly luscious feel.
O-This "debut Northwest Pale Ale" is very good. My only regret is that it is a seasonal. Very easy drinking. I could readily enjoy a whole six pack on a hot summer day into evening. One of my favorite APAs.
06-10-2011 01:43:37 | More by velosuds
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev 0%
A slightly hazy dark amber with a moderate cream head. There is a prominent clean pine scent followed by slightly floral and spice notes. The taste is complex where pine and mild citrus mix with boozy floral notes. This is a hoopy pale ale that because of the higher ABV has some Imperial characteristics. Very tasty indeed. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is some bite to this beer in the form of some mild bitterness. There is a lingering fresh aftertaste and some nice lacing on the glass. I like it. This is another great beer by the wonderfull people at Deschutes.
06-09-2011 02:35:38 | More by LazyL
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.