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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,821 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,821
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 105
Gots: 133 | FT: 1
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dark orange-brown color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a tiny cap. Smells strongly of citrus zest and herbal hops and some sweet malt. Somewhat astringent hop taste up front with the sweet malt coming in at the end. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer that is very hop heavy. I read that this beer replaced the Red Chair IPA that was a Bond Street Series from Deschutes and honestly I have had that beer and it was much, much better than this offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 02:10:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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armock

New York

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

Bottle from World Market in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops with some caramel malt coming out

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops upfront then a touch of caramel malt comes out but still finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I love a good American Pale Ale and this one doesn't disappoint this is one of those beers that I can drink a number of in a night worth getting sometime to try

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:00:41 | More by armock
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Pours a lovely dark gold with a huge head. Hoppy nose and hoppy taste , this is the hoppy cousin to the Mirror Pond. Totally drinkable but very well balanced with the hops showing up as the star in this beer. I hope this shows up in BC as it is a great staple beer for the fridge

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:01:26 | More by canucklehead
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Seanibus

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice ale from a very nice brewery, but it veers more toward a light red ale in character and appearance than a pale ale, particularly in comparison with the brewery's flagship Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

Pours a coppery clear with a vast frothy head that hangs on tight and leaves good lacing. The aroma is hoppy, bright, and firm, with a a clear bite of northwestern style hops. The flavor, though, has a slight sourness and a nutty bite that speaks more of a red ale, though it smooths out to a flowery, smooth hoppiness and an orange-rind bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is robust and prickly and clings nicely with a slight sourness.

Overall, quite tasty, though I like Mirror Pond better.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:15:50 | More by Seanibus
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HugePlume

Washington

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Wonderful pale amber with a strawberry like hue around the edges. Many bubbles rise, even as the beer has been at room temperature for a decent while. Pours with a 1 finger rocky white head, that retains excellent. Good lacing.

S- A huge winner here, wonder fresh hops with a dry malt background. Absolutely outstanding for the nose.

T- Malt is the first note thats detected, followed by a quirky medicine like sweetness, thats thankfully flushed away quickly with the ample carbonation and quick dry bitter finish.

M- At frirst glance the carbonation level looks higher than you would want, given the ever visible bubbles, but the secret is that the carbonation works to the consumer's advantage. The palate is doused, covered again and then washed clean with the carbonation sip after sip. Very well done. One note is that there is a slight resinous feel left on the tongue.

O- Excellent and unique choice, one to go back to time and time again. A real treat to sit back and enjoy and marvel at the craftsmanship and time devoted to entertaining our beer obsession.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:32:47 | More by HugePlume
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish gold color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles after a pretty reserved pour. The head faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds, but you can see that there are numerous bubbles rising, they just aren't sticking once they make it to the top.

Aroma: The aroma initially gives you plenty of fresh American hops and a light blend of toast and caramel to stand up for the malt. As the beer sits some, the hops are getting more pronounced, but that is about it.

Taste: The flavor is very well blended with both malt and hops being clearly noticeable, but neither being so strong that they take over the flavor profile of the beer. The hops are the most prominent aspect of this beer, but the malt is no chump. I would say that the beer finishes slightly toward the bitter, as you would expect with an APA, but it isn't out of balance and the malt is still noticeable even after it gives up to the hops. The carbonation is ample for the style and helps keep things moving along on your palate.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. It has a nice blend of flavor and the hop schedule is complex enough to keep it interesting. I would definitely drink this beer again and recommend it, especially if you enjoy hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 04:43:36 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly clouded mid amber having a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has that strong nice balance of rich malts and floral hops. Taste has a light sweet to the malt with a good amount of citric hops that ends dry after going down. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A nice enjoyable hearty ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:09:27 | More by Bookseeb
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Andreji

Colombia

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.

However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).

The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.

The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.

The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.

All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:04:55 | More by Andreji
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

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

poured into a pint glass, orange-y amber in color, decent head with pretty solid lacing. aroma is pine, freshcut grass, slight orange citrus.

pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, graham cracker/biscuity malt flavor, slightly toasted. finishes dry and clean. really unique.

on the lighter side of medium bodied, really refreshing and clean. still has alot of flavor but isn't cumbersome.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:35:05 | More by wyattshotmaker
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ScotchnIce

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prying the top of my first of a handful of these resulted in an immediate aroma of hops and various fruit. The sweet undertones in the smell were definitely alluring to a delicious ale.

When turned adjacent against my bar glass, a burnt, glowing, amber confection pours, leaving a modest head. This was a beautiful creation.

When brought to my lips, my senses were overwhelmed by not only the scents filling my nose, but the many layers of sweet grapes and tinges of orange zest amalgamated with bitter, pungent hops. This became a flavor combination quickly familiar with my palate, and was constantly and consistently swilled. The medium bodied, lightly carbonated brew worked exceedingly well with my tummy.

All in all, an undeniable grade-A beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 06:36:25 | More by ScotchnIce
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kwc017

Arizona

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

A- Pours a nice copper/Amber color.

S- Malty and maybe a little bread. Citrus as well. Seems to be different each time I drink one, in a good way.

T- Very similar to smell. Initial taste is a little citrus hop, Cascade maybe, malt seems to want to take over but is not overpowering. Finish is clean with a malty, hoppy combination of deliciousness!

M- Nice medium body, mild carbonation. Perfect.

O- Just a spectacular beer from one of the best breweries in the country, IMHO. Seems to taste more hoppy one day and more malty another. Very complex but yet simple and also very drinkable. I have yet to have a Deschutes beer that disappoints and this one is one of their very best.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 06:18:32 | More by kwc017
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aval89

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice dark orange/amber color. Nice fingers worth of head.. not a very transparent body..

S: citrus flavors pull through with small traces of tropical fruits.. but its balanced by the sweet caramel/toffee.. bready as well

T: sweet malts right up front.. but the mild grapefruit & citrus tones quickly come into play.. then more of the caramel & toffee flavors pull through .. finish is semi bready with a lingering hop bitterness, but not over the top.. surprisingly well balanced with good flavor..

Mf: medium bodied with light medium carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O: overall this is a great brew. Expected this to drink more like an IPA considering the abv.. but it really drinks like an APA but with a nice twist.. highly drinkable & go down easy in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 10:38:29 | More by aval89
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark amber body with an extremely slight amount of suspended particulates, uniform throughout the brew. Minimal to no visible carbonation. Thick, barely off-white head with high retention.

Smell - Tall grass, pollen, slight wood and more grass.

Taste - Bitter lime peel front end, and a stronger bitter lime peel finish and aftertaste. It just grows in your mouth. No maltiness whatsoever, all hop. Somewhat clean and very dry.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Nice and frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Overall good beer, but nothing really stands out here. It has balance though, so it's a decent session pale ale. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:47:13 | More by ZenAgnostic
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nataku00

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a clear plastic cup. Dark amber, copper color, clear with a finger of off white foamy head. Head retention was very nice, with a half a finger maintained by the ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the cup. Plenty of nice lacing as you drink from the cup.

Nose is fresh pine, earthy hops, with a touch of caramel malt. Gets a little more pungent with bitter hops as it warms a little, though somewhat one note

Clean fresh pine bitterness, some dank hops as well on the front of the tongue, some more earthiness and the caramel malt after the initial hit of bitterness, finishing dryly on the tongue. Lingering earthy bitterness, light but noticeable, though the tongue is scrubbed clean by the ample carbonation.

Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 02:17:42 | More by nataku00
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pants678

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, it's orange with a frothy white head that maintains well.

Moderate hops on the nose, some fruit but still very earthy.

A little bit of an IPA bite to it, malty with a touch of caramel juxtaposed by citrus. It's got the bread-feel and grapefruit that really cuts things off. More definition than Mirror Pond, up there with some of the better APAs.

Strong carbonation, not a knock as I could have well done 2 or 3 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 16:20:59 | More by pants678
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billab914

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyds glass. It poured a clear, amber color with a bubbly, half inch, white head filling the top of the glass. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a nice, bright hoppiness to it. I get grapefruit and pine to it, with just a little of a tropical fruit, pineapple, mango coming through. Some sweeter, malt notes are there as well and compliments the hops nicely.

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.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average. Overall, I thought it was a very nice beer of the style. It had a very nice and bright hoppiness to it, and just enough malt to give it some nice sweet, balancing flavors. Very nice beer overall, definitely one I could drink several of very easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:57:04 | More by billab914
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JMad

Texas

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a small glass mug...

The beer was a clear copper color with a thick cream colored head that stuck around. It smells of sweet caramel malt, fresh peaches and citrus. The taste consists of grassy hops, a lot of sweet malt and a spicy/ lemony aftertaste. The beer is light and coats the tongue until the soft, prickly carbonation washes over leaving the mouth dry. This beer has some great flavor and it's not your typical pale ale, I could see myself getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 17:50:36 | More by JMad
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a Russian River Globe on 3/21/11.

Pours a clear medium to dark golden amber with about 2 fingers of off white head that leaves low to moderate thin white lacing.

Smells of a little malt on the back but mostly a strong citrus and grass.

Taste is lots of grass on top of a malt that comes out in the end. Also a little citrus and flower in the background.

Mouthfeel is hard to pin down almost like a watery milk, kind of like having creamer running through your mouth. Its a medium mouthfeel that is quite enjoyable and subdues the bite on the front of the tongue and goes smooth all the way down.

Drinkability on this is high. I hope it stays around for the summer because I could drop these back on a hot day and at 6.4 ABV I wouldn't worry about getting toasted, at least not right away.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:21:47 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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Snow81

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Dark orange haze with a very clean look

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Light citric with a bit of a maltyness to
it

Taste: Deep light citric with sweet malty grass

Weight: Medium to light body and low on the carbonation

Finish: Clean floral hops with a little stickiness on the lips

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:23:38 | More by Snow81
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vande

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Coppery red with the slightest hint of lace hugging the glass

T - an interesting balance of malt/hop... bit of citrus fruit at the back..little bitter bite.

S - some citral/floral hints with a bit of pine mixed in

M - smooth...Not too big, not too small...just the right body ~ like GoldiLocks was looking for

Very drinkable! I could see sittin' down with a 6er or a case...on the patio or in a fishing boat and relaxing the day away...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:56:37 | More by vande
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Nice mid-yellow with 1 finger white head, dissipating quickly. Small carbonation and good lacing

S - Grassy nose with undertones of citrus (orange, lemon)

T - Quite a bit maltier than expected out of the usual lighter APAs. Lots of caramel and toffee. A touch unbalanced against the fruity hops.

M - Light and decently creamy, a touch too sticky due to the malt sweetness.

D - Easy drinking APA. I would think this is more appropriate for a spring/summer release but tastes just the same in the winter!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 18:40:30 | More by OakedCanuck
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FosterJM

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

315th review on BA
bottle to pint
best by: 4/18/11

App- A nice honey colored orange/brown/amber. A pleasant looking one finger quick receding head. Spider-web like lacing.

Smell- Sugary sweet malts with a bit of oj and red licorice scents as well.

Taste- Sweet malts are dominant but retains a small IPA like quality vs a pale ale. Nice hop backend and a small grapefruit like finish.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. A nice caramel chewiness.

Drink- Nice layered profile and clean flavors. I could put back a few of these. Tastes great and I mean deschutes, how could it not?

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:49:49 | More by FosterJM
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured into a Nonic pint glass from the bottle. Thanks to colts9016 for the trade!

Pours gold out of the bottle with a nice simple off white three finger head . Real solid retention sitting on a great orange amber body with some slight cloudyness. Minimal lacing is noticeable, and small rising carbonation from the bottom.

Great grass and sweet malts, small hint of stemmed fruit possibly cherry. Feels a little arid. Real pleasant nose actually, just good.

Taste is a straight forward malt, but then a spicey bittering hop in the mid palate. Good bread finish on the swallow. Much to enjoy here.

A good simple Pale ale good good good. Drinkability is mighty fine with me. Don't know what else I can say.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 19:17:39 | More by smakawhat
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benclimbs

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red golden with a nice thick head - looks like a tasty brew.

smell is a nice balance of buiscuits and strong, intense floral, piney and citric northwest hops - very solid, and intensely hop-driven nose for a pale ale.

Taste was just good - what you'd expect from a solid west coast pale - a lot more malt driven than the nose would imply - finishes slightly warm and pleasant.

feel was a little dull for me, just didn't have that nice punch that i wanted.

Overall this is a really great beer, a solid pale ale with a delicious, classically west coast hop character - this will join the ranks of other solid Deschutes beer...mmm

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:59:39 | More by benclimbs
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brewdub17

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque amber/gold, caramel-like body lies below a thick beige colored head that leaves an adequate amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, fruitty and citrus notes from first and are complimented with a piny mint-like aroma at the end.

Taste: Sweet and malty flavors are cut in the back by the hop characteristics. The bitterness is subtle enough to not coat over the bready, maltyness.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick feel from an APA. Creamy yet tart-like with a good amount of bitterness. Mostly though, its full body character is noted.

Drinkability: Very pleasant and balanced brew with a good amount of desired flavors for the style. The ABV, however, may be a little high for an extreme amount to be consumed in a short session.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:01:40 | More by brewdub17
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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