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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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2,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 128
Gots: 292 | 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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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick, two-finger, off-white head that holds up for quite some time

S- Strong hop aroma, primarily pine but with a little floral aspect as well

T- Malt flavor reminiscent of an amber with a touch of dark fruit flavor, like cherry almost, floral and pine hop flavors then come in followed by building bitterness, lightly dry and bitter on the aftertaste with a hint of the malt as well

M- Moderate carbonation and a moderate body that lingers on the tongue

O- This is one of my favorites from Deschutes, I really like the hoppy character with the good balance of malt, smell and look are also nice

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/19/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, burnt orange color - starts off with a moderately sized off-white head, keeps a little cap, fades to spotty lacing

Smell: Floral citrus malts and an interesting malt profile - before looking this up, I thought it could be an amber of sorts, as there are caramel malts, with toasted biscuits, bread dough, and toffee - hops are very floral, flowery - citrus and some pine

Taste: Nicely balanced, of course - flowery citrus - orange and tangerine - a little herbal and what I imagine flowers taste like - mildly bitter - malts are interesting, bread dough, barely cooked biscuits, and some caramel - a touch of pine, and some mint in the aftertaste - on the sweeter side, but not excessive

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very clean and drinkable

Overall: Should I be surprised that Deschutes can make another good APA? Nope.

This is nicely balanced and actually pretty unique. I personally did not enjoy it as much as Mirror Pond, but that is tough competition. If I could get this more often, I would.

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

A - Nice big foamy khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - Pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - Citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - Smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Nice pale ale really glad I got to try this one. I would get it again if I saw it.

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

Appearance: Nice clear copper with bright-orange leanings. Head is bright-white and remains at a thin cap from pour to finish. Creamy and thin. Some tiny vestiges of lacing. Pours with a nice carbonation.

Smell: Hyper floral biscuit bread. Seriously, flowers and biscuit dough with a rough crust. Huge citrus notes as well, but it's all delicate somehow. Flowers that smell of bakeries. Some hints of caramel and pine. Some sweetness in the back.

Taste: Orange creamsicle with a dusting of flower petals. Nicely juicy with a solid biscuit undertone to cut things back. Super fresh and clean. So very floral, but delicate. Oh hello, what would you like on your fresh baked biscuit? The answer must be flower jam. Light sweetness in the back hints at caramel. Touches of pith and pine. Maybe some honey?

Mouthfeel: A little creamier than expected. Smooth with a lingering dryness. A touch too dry in the long run. Carbonation is moderate on a medium body.

Overall: It's well-balanced. Pick a dozen of these and things won't be so bad.

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

A-amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing and retention

S-orange zest, yeasty bread, floral aromas

T-orange, caramel, malt, pine, and nice bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a delicious APA with good flavor and balance, could drink this all day

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a beautiful semi dark amber color, slightly hazy and has some mild carbonation. It’s topped off with an off white head, very bubbly and sticks around for a while and is accompanied by some decent lacing. The hops are very present and you can pick up some mild roasted malts too hops. Grapefruit zest and fresh grain aromas come through as well and you can pick up a mild hint of figs. Its sweet when it first hits your tongue, slightly bitter on the side of your mouth and in its aftertaste; some citrus fruits do come through and its bitter overall. It does a medium to heavy mouth feel.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Poured an orangey color with some golden yet amber hues. Produced a 2 finger head that stuck around for a bit then dissipated.

Smelled piney at first, with some good citrus notes. Definitely a bit sweet smelling in the tail end.

Taste is delicious. Very well balanced, the hops are prevalent but aren't overbearing. Tastes great!

Mouthfeel is good!

Overall this is a great beer. I find it to be quite similar to Nugget Nectar - almost like its little brother. A bit less hoppy but similar balance between the malts and hops.


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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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