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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,868 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +22%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

biboergosum, Jul 24, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mltobin, Jul 22, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdfb79, Jul 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DavidST, Jul 16, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 12, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

distantmantra, Jul 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tjkinate, Jun 30, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

bobloblaw22, Jun 26, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

ChrisCage, Jun 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

inlimbo77, Jun 22, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Jun 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Urbancaver, Jun 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

olmatty, Jun 16, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

velosuds, Jun 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LazyL, Jun 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

DarthKostrizer, May 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

BeerManDan, May 23, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Anaz, May 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-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

juhl31, May 21, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

futura123, May 20, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gatch, May 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Bennettrox, May 17, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

spree92, May 16, 2011
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.