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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,831
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 108
Gots: 134 | 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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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
Photo of JMad


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
Photo of UMNbeerhunter


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
Photo of Snow81


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

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

Nothing beats a good solid APA. I'm hoping this fits in that category.
"Bravely Done" cap.
Definitely Northwest hops with citrus and flowery aroma in the "classic" style of pale ales from the area. Mild malt backing.
Darker than typical, but still clear with tannish head, active bubbles (in a sierra nevada glass). and lacing marking the spot.
A beefier malt character, I guess also reflected in the darker body, leaving me thinking this is closer to an amber ale. Nonetheless, there is ample hop flavors and bitterness. Drying from the grains and hops finishes the drink long and flavor fully. All blends pretty darn well.
Body solidly moderate with additional heft from the sufficient carbonation.
Good solid drinking beer. It had that sometimes noticeable quality of higher hopped beer in which the hops are good when the beer is colder and warmer, but not necessarily in between when they come across a little harsh. Regardless, a recommended beer for solid hop flavor with ample malt and good drink abilty.
Thanks Dave.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 19:02:01 | More by garymuchow
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head. Lacing is mild, head retention is solid.

S: Very herbal, with pine oil, cedar and cilantro in the nose. Light biscuity malt.

T: Grapefruit and lemon oil, with a definite spicy hop play. Gets more classic with sweet pine mid-palate and ends with some NW crystal malt flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and creamy with a good long aftertaste.

D: Well made, but not exactly delicious, there is an astringency at times in the flavour. Solid, but I liked the old recipe better.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:49:08 | More by Halcyondays
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness that is strong but not over-powering. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely a nice poundable beer with a lot of flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:23:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dark orange; mellow glow around the edges. Off-white, almost pearlescent foam that fizzles off quickly. No real, apparent carbonation; laces well enough, not that it's particularly important.

Smells woodsy, piney, hoppy, a touch of sweetness to the scent.

Tastes great - the best I've had in months. It was good to begin with, great toward the end. Spicy hops create a small bite that's tempered immediately with a moderate malt profile thereafter. Citrusy finish, maybe lemon toward the back, and so rewarding. Just so well-balanced, it's hard to say enough.

Felt great on the palate. Smooth, well-balanced, not too much of a bite, not syrupy either. Finishes crisp and clear after every swig. Extremely refreshing, better than all other pale ales I've had. The only disappointment here is that I only had one and that I finished it so fast.

Would certainly consider this a session beer if I lived in Oregon. Extremely rewarding, I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:39:55 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light orange amber with a half-finger whitish head that leaves a bit of lacing and a thin layer on the surface. Smell is pine and earthy hops, rather gentle on the nose. Taste leads with hops, fairly strong but not overpowering, backed up by a decent bit of caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is pleasant and soothing. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with below-average carbonation. Everything about this beer says "Drink me." Nothing about is says "I'm amazing," or "I'm delicious." It's a nice, balanced pale ale. Not overly flavorful, but very drinkable. I guess the ABV is a bit high to call this a session ale, but it definitely drinks like a session ale. I could kick back with a few of these on a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:19:02 | More by zeledonia
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3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nickd717 for this one
12oz brown bottle with best by date of 04-28-11
Served in a tulip pint

Clear copper beer with lots of bubbles present. Big 4 fingers of off-white, creamy head with good retention. Nice amount of lacing as well.

Hop aromas are clearly dominant, with citrusy grapefruit as well as pine tree smells. The bready malts are there too, but hard to pick up.

Taste is primarily of the citrusy hop bitterness with a flavor of grapefruits. The bitter subsides a bit as the beer warms up.

Feel is a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall an OK beer, but I would have liked to see some more balance from the malts to offset the bitter notes. Their website indicates this falls somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. I think its closer to being an IPA than a traditional pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:53:18 | More by sommersb
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 05/05/11. My bottle says 6.2% ABV

Very nice looking pour into my pint glass

Nose is really nicely balanced. I get the pine and citrus hops, but I get the semi dark malts as well. Flavor brings on more of the malt, but citrusy hops stay present. Bitter finish lingers, but is nice. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:04:12 | More by brotherloco
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch threw this one in as an extra in our recent trade. Thanks John.

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA has a light golden body with about a finger of off-white head. Retention is OK, and there is a decent amount of lacing left behind.

Some zesty citrus hops mix with toasted sweet malts in the aroma in a fairly balanced manner.

The flavor is big on the malt profile, despite have a substantial amount of hops. A ton of toasted malts and caramel greet me upon first sip. The hops are citrus flavored, but also resinous, and almost woody.

Medium bodied and fairly low on the carbonation front.

An easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:47:47 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced.

D: Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 22:04:36 | More by soju6
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from Azurescens, so big thanks to him for the opportunity. Best by 05/18/11 printed on side of bottle, enjoyed on 02/23/11.

A - Clear light amber color with a large two finger white head. Leaves incredible lacing down the sides. Very good looking.

S - Some good citrusy, piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Subtle malt in the background. Smell generally seems somewhat muted even after a relatively aggressive pour.

T - Begins quite balanced and gets more bitter towards the end. Grapefruity, juicy, citrusy and piney hops, it's all there. Some light malt sweetness throughout. Also a little spiciness. Finish is very dry as I would expect from a NW pale ale. A very good pale ale.

M/D - Very good mouthfeel. Medium with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. Dry finish makes it quite drinkable.

My first beer from Deschutes and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 21:32:24 | More by Janderson91
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, reddish-amber with light beige head, about 1" in thickness. It collapses into a thick collar that lingers for a while, leaving big clumps of bubbles atop the beer.

S: Very resiny and bark-like; this beer captures the "NW" part of the name quite handily. It evokes impressions of standing in a pine-tree forest in the autumn. This quality dominates the aroma, leaving little room for the caramel malt and grapefruit hops to make a stand.

T: Pine forward, again, but in that bitter, tea-like way that I generally don't care for. Bitterness starts right from the beginning and pulls well into the finish for a lingering resiny aftertaste. Throughout, there is the impression of a strong base malt, but it doesn't impart much sweetness, just body. I occasionally get hints of grapefruit rind and some stone fruit, which are interesting, but generally obliterated by the bitterness, which is slightly distracting.

M: Medium-plus bodied for the style. It's flavorful for the ABV, but substantially more bitter than I care for. But as it warms to its optimal temperature, the bitterness is well-disguised.

D: I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer at first, but over the course of the six-pack (not in one sitting), I've been considerably more impressed. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 09:38:31 | More by Arbitrator
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Enjoyed a few pints of this while visiting Montana.

A - Pours a nice red amber colour, thin layer of head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel notes, a bit bready, with a nice dose of citrus hops.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, with a nice crisp lemon citrus and cedar flavour, followed by some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied ale that finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - The hops on this one were delicious and were perfectly balanced with the caramel malts. Very enjoyable and easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 00:39:09 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this beer.
Poured in to pint glass.

A - medium orange/amber colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front with a sweet caramel malt nose balancing it out.

T - Good balane of bitter and sweet. Piney hops and sweet caramel. A nice bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:43:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Pours a medium amber with an inch and a half of head. The head fades and leaves not much lace.
The smell is light but interesting, bread and caramel with floral, grassy and citrus hop notes.
Red Chair is very well balanced in the taste. Though it follows the smell, there is a meta/mineral background that throws it off just a bit. Other than that it goes down smooth, is very affordable, and in my opinion, is a welcome sort-of new-comer to Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 08:13:37 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The diabolical brewers at Bend, Oregon's Deschutes are at it again. They get me all strung out on what becomes my go-to session beer--like they did with the long-lamented Cinder Cone Red--and then like Lucy van Pelt, they snatch it away at the last second, leaving me flat on my back and yelling, "Aauugh!"

Red Chair NWPA is a copper-colored pour with a sturdy, vanilla-tinted head that throws a nose of nice fragrant hops; floral and citrus notes add some complexity to the usual pine/grapefruit assault.

At around 55 IBUs, Red Chair was the more balanced sibling of the more flamboyant Bond Street sisters. Deschutes puts the bitterness in check with a malt backbone built from seven different varieties--including a few British crystals, a German pilsner, a domestic cara-pils, and a domestic Munich.

Not feeling that the IPA designation was giving quite the right impression of this eurhythmic offering, they seem to have made up another new one out of whole cloth: Northwest Pale Ale.

Personally, I don't care what they call it, it is a much better seasonal replacement for Cinder Cone than the Buzzsaw Brown was, and if they get it in their heads to make it year around, well, so much the better. I'm not going to get my hopes (or hops) up.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 06:26:36 | More by monkeylovebeer
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.