Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery
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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
3.45/5 rDev -15.9%
Nothing special about this beer.
Look Copper color with very little head but does have a bit of lacing as you drink
Smell Light hops with the typical piney floral citrus notes
Taste Pretty much tasted like it smelled light hop flavors up front that faded away pretty quickly
Mouthfeel Medium body lightly carbonated and a bit dry kinda like a brut
Overall a decent pale ale at best it had nice hop and citrus flavors and scents. I would drink this beer again only if someone gave it to me
05-25-2011 04:17:40 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
The color when poured was hazy amber with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but, a load of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of piney hops was very evident. I could'nt pick up anyother aromas but hops. On the first sip, piney hops (mild IPA) was sort of overpowering. Upon the second sip, I got a creamy hoppy flavor, with a hint of yeast, citrus and spice, but just a hint. There was also a sweet/bitterness that made it interesting. Loads of components that would have been more evident if not for the overpowering piney flavor. Might as well advertise this as an IPA, not Pale Ale!
05-22-2011 23:22:58 | More by BeerManDan
2.7/5 rDev -34.1%
I picked some of this up on the advice of a friend, and things started off ok. It looks great, nice coppery color, fluffy white head. It smells pretty good, too. Floral, herbaceous hops, notes of pine, fresh rolls, and caramel.
The taste is where it started to go wrong for me. It's too sweet, and the strong herbal character of the hops don't really balance it, but make it taste like someone dropped a crazy sweet herbal cough drop in my beer. It gets cloy8ing very fast. I one Miller Lite cold, and it helped, reducing my perception of it's sweetness, but it's not really enjoying the beer to drink it that cold.
I normally find Deschutes beers to be well made, but this one really was hard to appreciate, and was really only drinkable straight from the bottle. I won't be buying it again, and I'll keep the last few in the fridge for guests who really aren't into what I usually have on hand.
05-21-2011 04:54:20 | More by Anaz
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
-amber/orange in color with a good looking medium, white colored head. looks like a straight up craft beer. if i saw myself holding and sipping it while watering my lawn, i would be jealous
-hops is definitely noticeable first, leaning towards the marijuana smelling variety, but it is not overboard. there is a nice subtle sweet malt balance behind it
-there is a very good melting hop flavor that really develops from front to back. it is mostly on the piney end, but there is a type of dirty bitterness that i kind of enjoy
-this is very creamy and thick for a PA, but i always enjoy that type of mouthfeel. the carb is very nice and is a touch oily
-this is a very solid beer. almost like a PA version of torpedo. it's not a big go-to, but i sure do respect it
05-21-2011 00:55:36 | More by juhl31
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle from a six pack.Poured into a pint glass.
A - The beer is a copper/amber color with creamy white head that that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.
S - Noted some fruity & piney tones to compliment a mild aroma of grapefuit hopiness
T - The taste has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty. I get some sweeter, malty, slight caramel notes coming through. From the hops I get the grapefruit flavors, along with more of that juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Pine is there, but a little less present than in the aroma. It finishes on the bitter side with some resiny, grapefruit flavors coming in. Very nice hoppy flavor to it overall.
M - Medium body with average carbonation.
D - Super drinkable beer. I can knock up a few in one session. This is the staple of my fridge. Too bad it is not a year round offer so I try to drink as much I can now
Overall, this is a really good APA from Deschutes. Tip my hat for them. However, I think SNPA is still a tad better.
05-20-2011 04:45:19 | More by futura123
4.47/5 rDev +9%
A - Burnt sienna in color with a thick, fluffy, white head.
S - Floral hops dominate the nose with piney, fruity tones.
T - So fresh, so clean, so crisp, but oh so smooth. Fresh hops are what this beer is all about. Tastes like the hops were picked yesterday. Great balance of bitterness. More malt comes out as it warms. Bready, smooth as anything, and again, so damn fresh.
M - Cleanses the palate with each sip. Nothing stays behind except fresh hops. Mouthfeel is absurd.
This is what a Pale Ale should taste like. The essence of the hops and Pale Ale that come from the Pacific Northwest. I could drink this all day. Deschutes never disappoints. I highly recommend seeking this beer out on-tap as opposed to bottle. I've had both and the freshness from a keg is outstanding.
05-17-2011 20:27:48 | More by Gatch
4/5 rDev -2.4%
A - Burnt orange and amber. Great head with plenty of lacing all around the glass as it goes down.
S - Floral hops, citrus, and a strong but not overpowering sweet malt smell.
T - More citrus, a little pine, bitter, with a beautiful harmony of malts. Really like how this isn't hop heavy or malt heavy, right in between.
M - Chewy with moderate carbonation. This one stuck with me minutes after I was finished, and I enjoyed it.
O - Really enjoyed this pale ale. Would def like more on a hot summer day. This pale ale brings the caramel/sweet malts into the profile better than any APA I've had thus far.
05-17-2011 16:40:17 | More by Bennettrox
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
After an aggressive pour, there was a large, full-bodied head. Plenty of retention and heavy lacing. Slight malt smell but mainly hops, and lots of them. Taste is subtle, yet hoppy. Smooth front and hops finish. Leaves the mouth quickly as a little chewy. I really enjoyed this new NWPA.
LazyL, thanks for the beer packaged. This must be one of your favs, a hopped pale ale.
05-16-2011 03:52:48 | More by spree92
4.43/5 rDev +8%
One of the best pale ales in the Pacific Northwest, deserving of its self-identification as the original NWPA.
Pours an orange/copper with moderate head. Aroma is thick and florally fragrant, heavy with hoppy goodness. This beer's flavor is bold but smooth, more than the sum of its parts in the way that only perfectly balanced beers can be. The malt presence is strong without tasting "grainy", and the hops are citrus and pine without being astringent. A little on the fizzy side, making for good mouthfeel and bringing the flavors together pleasingly.
Two thumbs up--definitely a buy.
05-15-2011 06:38:39 | More by Schmit
3.53/5 rDev -13.9%
pours out a hazed, orange hued,copper colour with a thinnish, tannish head. a little lace for good measure. it has a sweet brown sugar and candy maltiness in the nose, with a fruity character that seems to be also from the malt and yeast. subdued hop aroma...a touch citric but definitely restrained. layered maltiness on the tongue...chewy...the fruitiness again comes through at times with a dash of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in the hop profile. only slightly bitter in the finish...and for such a seemingly sweet beer it's sort of dry, too. above average body with a relatively smooth mouthfeel..it is kind of coarse at times but certainly doesn't detract in any way. pretty drinkable...tasty enough without a full frontal assault of NW hop bombs.
overall...i'm a bit perplexed at the fence riding aspect that this beer presents. it purposely blurs the line between pale ale and IPA, which presents problems of perception. it's malt-centric for sure, but in my opinion could use more hop character. but then it would be an IPA. oh well. it's enjoyable and worth recommendation to try.
05-14-2011 23:03:44 | More by budgood1
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours very aggressively. Great foamy head off-white head. Laces nicely too. Brew is very clear copper color with red hues.
S - Very hoppy; cascade for sure. Caramely and roasty too. Brew smells like sticky flowers.
T - very smooth and rich. Great flavor, mildly acidic, but not bitter at all. Malty, much more malty than your typical PA. Hops are balanced quite well too
M - Very light and airy. Slightly over carbonated, but not to the point of ruining the brew. Dry, but not bitter.
D - Very drinkable, perfect for a rainy spring day!
A very good Pale. Not my favorite Pale, but worth trying if you see it on the shelves. Very well put together. A lot of time and effort go into this kind of thing.
05-12-2011 01:31:04 | More by chugalug06
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Pours dark copper with a slight chill haze. Forms a small one finger white head with rather poor retention but nice webbed lacing on the glass.
Aroma has a good sticky caramel malt backbone, slightly sweet and a hop profile of pine, sweet citrus and apricot, more fruity than bright.
Well balanced, brown sugar and whole grain bread and caramel malt hold the beer down well as a nice solid tone of pine, tangerine, apricot and mild grapefruit hop character becomes apparent. Bitterness also seems a bit toned coming in late after the drink drying and pleasant.
Medium bodied but carbonation is bright and exciting, reminiscent of Deschutes' Black Butte porter, very refreshing. Appropriate drying, smooth and well put together pale.
Can't say enough about how great the mouthfeel Deschutes puts out on some of their beers, Red Chair fits that bill. A bold northwest American style beer lots of hop variety yet balanced and whole.
05-11-2011 00:32:49 | More by rawfish
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours an amber color with a two finger off-white head and a bit of lacing to boot. Smell is piney with some citrus and some sweet bread malts. Taste is well balanced in a bittersweet sorta way. Sweet bready caramel notes with a bitter citrus grapefruit kick. Finish is mainly bitter with some earth tones. Mouth feel is medium bodied smooth and well carbonated. Has a wet hoppy finish. Overall this is a damn good beer. First time having it. At 1.99 for the bottle it was money well spent. If I see it again I just might pick up a couple more bottles.
05-10-2011 23:16:20 | More by depechemode1983
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: copper orange brown with 1 finger off white head
smell: citrus, pine, caramel, malts
taste: citrus & pine hops, caramel malts
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: refreshing pale ale. glad I was able to try this one.
05-10-2011 20:42:22 | More by THECPJ
3.73/5 rDev -9%
Enjoyed on 3/30/11. Reviewed from notes:
A: Copper orange color with finger thick head that dissipates quickly.
S: Lots of caramel on the nose, hop aromas in the background.
T: Nice astringent/bitterness up front and at the tail end. Caramel malts dominate the middle. Lemony/grassy finish.
M: Very enjoyable carbonation level with all the caramel malt taste, nice thinner feel.
O: A good APA. It didn't blow me away but very enjoyable and easy to drink. Could easily down three of these.
05-07-2011 23:33:08 | More by gregshead
4/5 rDev -2.4%
There are two versions of the Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale). I chose to try the nitro version.
From the brewer:
What makes this copper coloered beauty so wildly popular? As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. it has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth puckering bitterness. (IBU's: 60)
Nothing looks better than a nitro-tapped beer. Thick foamy head that lasts forever leaving a solid blanket of lace throughout the tasting. Dark copper color and clear.
This beer is more more malty than hop with lots of chewiness and biscuit elements. The hop is light. The finish has a brown sugar presence. The beer is flat (low carbonation) and very rich. The aroma matches the flavor to a "T".
05-07-2011 17:33:41 | More by smcolw
4.43/5 rDev +8%
poured into pint glass, 5/17 freshness date.
A: Amber, small head, with sticky lacing.
S: Pine, citrus fruit, mild malty smell.
T: slighty sweet start. piney, light licking the forest floor. nice hoppy finish.
M: Medium carbination wonderful balance.
O: This beer brings me back to how I felt about SNPA when I first started drinking it in the early 90's. Like I was drinking something real special. Could easily pass as an high quality IPA in a blind tasting. But I'll go with label and call it the best pale ale around.
05-06-2011 06:08:29 | More by codfeast
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Poured into a shaker. Dense, off-white head over a light amber body with some suspended particulate matter.
S: Classic NW hops. A little piney, some grapefruit. As the head settles down there's a little sweetness in the aroma, some light bready notes, and just the faintest bit of butter.
T: Very neutral on the front of the tongue. Bready malts dominate in the mid-palate, and a clean bitterness as you swallow. Finish brings back a bit of the maltiness.
M: Carbonation is spot on for the style. Just a little oily. Finishes quite clean.
O: This is currently one of my go-to beers. It's tasty, highly drinkable. The hops are nicely displayed, but it's not palate-destroying, and you can have a couple of them in a night without overdoing things. My only real complaint is that it isn't a year-round beer.
05-06-2011 02:00:10 | More by kscaldef
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
A- Reddish amber with a big puffy head that leaves solid walls of lace. BEAUTIFUL
S- Sweet candy orange hops lead with floral and piney hop aromas coming up around the edges
T- The flavor is smooth and refreshing, but definitely a sipper more than a chugger. Malt is sweet and hops are bitter, that is how it should be
M- Moderate body and silky smooth carbonation
O- Solid brew that deserves a spot in everyone's fridge
05-04-2011 00:36:58 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
4.47/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date on the bottle of 5/20/11 - coming up in a few weeks!
A - clear amber brew with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.
S - grassy hops but also a hint of sweet malt and floral character; quite pleasant!
T - this beer provides an impressive balancing act with a fairly aggressive initial attack of floral hops followed by a nice bready malt and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Delightfully complex.
M - lightly carbonated but the light mouthfeel is undermined by a slight oiliness; again a bit of a surprise.
D - very drinkable; reasonably intense and complex, but also not overpowered by any particular element.
This is a really well balanced beer that hits a number of very nice notes; definitely one to stock regularly (provided it's available!)
05-03-2011 02:23:15 | More by DoktorZee
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance (3): The clear, dark orange or copper body pours with less than a finger of off-white head. It reduces to a thin layer on top. No lacing.
Aroma (3.5): The toasty and caramel malts shine here where you'd expect the hops to stand out. There is a faint floral, dark pine scent that mixes well with the caramel backbone however.
Taste (4.5): The flavors are much more impressive than the nose. A slightly sweet caramel comes through first with some pine. The middle is a big pine and mango flavor. The finish is even more pine, resinous and coating. There is no ethanol whatsoever for a very big Pale Ale at 6.4%.
Mouthfeel (4): Medium body and medium to low carbonation. It is smooth and almost a bit creamy, with an oily and coating finish.
Overall (5): This jumps into my list of top Pale Ales along with Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, and DC Brau Public. Although the nose doesn't stand out, the flavors are incredible and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. A very well done beer which I will seek out again.
05-02-2011 03:17:16 | More by grover37
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz into a pint
A - Pours a deep brown color, with some amber highlights. Head formation is strong, mocha in color, breaking down to a film.
S - Starts off with a strong hoppy note, west coast in nature, lightly citrus, somewhat piney. Background of some caramel malts.
T - Starts off with an immediate hop note, mostly citrus. Hides the malt character. Mid-stream brings on a hefty grassy note, piney and resinous, almost fresh hop in nature. Finishes with a bit of a caramel malt note to smooth out the bitterness.
M - Strong body and an equally strong carbonation. A bit sticky on the palette, seeming to carry a sugary backbone. Finishes with a little hop oils cilnging to the tongue.
O/D - Solid APA, although the hopping is very potent for the style. ABV is well hidden, easy drinking. The malting plus hops and its hefty body does make this feel more of a winter beer.
Very good beer.
05-01-2011 00:06:50 | More by katan
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.
04-30-2011 03:06:20 | More by mikechance
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.