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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 108
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of twiggamortis420


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 04/19/11. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with an ample tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves some splotchy lace.

Nose is a wonderful blend of tropical and citrus hop aromas. Some toffee malt and bit 'o grains round out the nose nicely. Nearly pulled a 5 for smell.

Just bitter enough without overstepping the pale ale category while keeping the focus more on hop flavor and soft malts. So much juicy tropical fruit comes out on this beer, incredible. Reminds me of the spray that comes out of an orange peel when bent/squeezed. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is through the roof. I still like a fresh Mirror Pond better, but this is still a very fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:20:29 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of madvermin


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

Poured a deeper reddish amber than I was expecting. Head loomed large and fluffy, with lots of caking on the glass, looks great.

Aroma is very subtle and restrained, with tropical fruit citrus of pineapple most apparent, to go with a malty sweetness.

The taste is also restrained, but in a good way. Smooth as silk taste, with calm transitions from crisp, clean hops to bready malt. Hops taste of pineapple, orange rind, and a leafy bitterness to finish. Malt is a nice tempered sweet, keeping this one balanced the whole way.

Mouthfeel is really, really well done, with the tingle post-swallow being the highlight. Drinkability follows the smoothness - very, very good for the 6.2%. Fantastic pale ale, and not too expensive either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 07:30:13 | More by madvermin
Photo of KarlHungus


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, pine, and pale malt. The taste has a firm bitterness that runs through everything. There is a lot of citrus, and pine that coats the mouth long after the beer is gone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really, really, good APA/IPA hybrid that I will surely become a regular of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:55:08 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of beagle75


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light coppery-amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt-forward, sweet and toasty, also showing some juicy pine and citrus hops. The contrasting smells join to give the impression of well-worn leather.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced grainy pale malt and citrus/floral aromatic hops. Acidity peaks in the middle, alongside the durable flavors from the beginning, but remains within ideal limits. Faint caramel also asserts itself in the middle, and goes on to influence the moderately bitter but smooth finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate with perfect acidity, and with low carbonation.

D: Apparently this is the "debut" Northwest pale ale--while I don't recall that claim on the label in its previous vintages, otherwise this beer is as strong as ever. Red chair is very full-flavored, not to mention fairly strong for an American-style pale ale. While acidity gets in the way or becomes distracting in many beers, here it elevates the other qualities. A stylistic moniker of 'extra' or 'strong' before the pale ale would not be out of place here, if Deschutes ever decides to shelve the NWPA movement.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 21:53:33 | More by beagle75
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


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

A - Pours gold to amber in color into my pint glass with a solid two fingers of tight head, good retention and a touch of lacing.

S - Grainy malts, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel sweetness, maybe it's just the grassy hops, but there is a little funk to it.

T - Grainy malts, grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit bite, a bit of toast and biscuit, and almost a clove like spice on the finish. Very different/interesting.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice medium body and well balanced.

D - This certainly isn't my new favorite APA, but it's kind of different and easy to drink. Might be an interesting one to try with some different food or cheese pairings.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:59:47 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of brewdoc75


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

A: Pours a lovely orange-amber. A strong 1-2 inch head initially, but dies down to an everlasting 1/4 inch crown. Moderately carbonated. Crystal clear. Looks lovely.

S: Nice aromas for a pale-amber ale. Pleasant fruitiness mixed with citrusy, piney, and even grassy hop aromas. SOme orange and grapefruit come out as it warms up. These aromas are backed up by a pleasant piney bitterness. I do get some malts as well with a munich-like maltiness followed by a deep caramel note. Not much breadiness. The yeast must be a more expressive strain than your typical west coast pale ale as I note some strong fruity esters. Very aromatic and pleasing.

T: Well-balanced hoppiness and malts. At first I get more of the fruitiness that I mentioned above. THe hops add some orange and grapefruit flavors at first. The bitterness is more piney and lemon rind-esque. I do get some lemon character in the aftertaste. The maltiness is well balanced. There are some rich caramel flavors throughout. The yeast does add a little fruitiness in the flavor, but not as much as was present in the aroma.

M: LIght-medium bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Smooth feel across the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very nice pale-amber ale. I'm not sure if I'd call it an amber as it is missing a little bit of the maltiness present in the style. It definitely has some caramel malts as well. The hops and malt flavors are well balanced. I feel the yeast character is what makes this beer enjoyable. The strain must be more expressive than your standard west coast strain. I find some of the esters present enjoyable. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:41:04 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of ocelot2500


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of delicious pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of a good dose of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are pine resiny and also have a grapefruit quality to them. Good amount of bitterness. Malts are fairly subdued, but do offer a biscuity and caramel notes. Leans towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:08:55 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of kbutler1


3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a Dogfish head tulip glass a copper color with a fluffy slightly off white head that slowly recedes. The aroma is fairly pungent with notes of citrus, apricot, mixed with a fairly rich malt backbone. Nice lace left from me swirling this around. Medium/light mouthfeel. Hmm, the taste is really not as good as the nose with a hoppy citrus start that then transitions to a a slightly soapy taste and then a burnt toast type flavor. The beginning I like but it then falls apart a little for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:45:27 | More by kbutler1
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another xpa from Deschutes.

Pours an amber copper color with a finger of beige head. Decent retention with some lacing.

Aroma: Fairly hoppy for an apa. Pine and grassy flavors. It does have some biscuit malts and a bit of caramel malts as well. Not bad.

Taste: A little more sweet than the nose would suggest. The malts show here more, but it is still fairly hoppy. Floral and pine with some fruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, another xpa that I thought was a bit too malty. This one wasn't as bad because it was an apa and I expected a little more malt and not as much hops, but it brought a decent amount of hops to the table.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:10:16 | More by mothman
Photo of loren01


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with nice sized white head great lacing down the glass
S: Grassy, piney hops.
T: Slightly malty followed by a nice grassy/pine hop flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer, nice crisp aftertaste
D: This is a great beer, nice balance. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:19:08 | More by loren01
Photo of morimech


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

Best by: 04/19/11

Clear copper color with two fingers of dense head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Really big hoppy aroma. This is an APA? Loads of pine with hints of citrus and dank weed. Some bready malt somehow makes it through the hops.

Hoppy flavor but not as hoppy as I expected from the aroma. Citrus and pine hop flavor. All 60 IBUs can be detected. The malt does add some flavor and sweetness, but the hops take center stage. Finishes bitter with a little bit of cloying hoppiness.

Wonderful texture to this beer. Silky smooth and gentle on the palate. Body heft is on par for an APA.

I think I was expecting a hoppy red ale and got a borderline West Coast IPA. Just another wonderful beer from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 22:58:02 | More by morimech
Photo of climax


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

Glad to find this one. It pours a bright amber with excellent clarity. The head was even and fairly tall. The retention and lace were respectable.

The nose was an herbal explosion for a pale ale. IPA-esque qualities ooze out. The balance between sweet and bitter is excellent. Tropical fruit, spice, and caramel lurk in the shadows of the grassy hop profile.

The flavor was excellent. It was grassy from the start, but the finish is exceptionally earthy, moreso than any beer I remember. Sweetness in the form of bubblegum and pink grapefruit does it's best to match the extreme herbal flavor. As far as the malt goes... er, maybe a whisper of caramel and sourdough bread in the backbone.

The body is just on the light side of medium. The feel is nicely carbonated, sharp but light. It's mostly slick through the finish where it eventually leaves off at dry. Drinkable? Absolutely. Definitely a sessionable pale ale, despite a surprisingl well hidden ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:45:44 | More by climax
Photo of grittybrews


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

Poured a deep orange-amber into a Duvel tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Intensely floral aroma with subtle notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Citrus hops up front followed by biscuity malt with further hop flavors that progress from gentle floral notes to more intense pine.

This beer didn't blow my mind the first time around, but after revisiting it I'm really impressed! Really tasty, balanced, and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:15:17 | More by grittybrews
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours a bright copper with enormous meringue-like head that jiggles. Nose has fresh bready components, citrus, and tingly herbal notes. Nice balance of biscuity toasty flavors with citrusy hops. Light bodied and incredibly drinkable. Hides alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:13:33 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice one finger head, doesn't last long. Gives nice lacing throughout the glass. Smell is hoppy, not overpowering, and gives a slight hint of sweet malt. Taste is hoppy but very drinkable, not an IPA, but hoppy and SUPER crisp. Slight floral and citrus notes, but very very vague. A little sweet, but nothing too sweet, very very good balance. Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability, like I said is unbelievable, I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:41:50 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of UTCengOwl


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone left a bottle at my house after they came over to watch a playoff football game. I figured why not and cracked this open into a (512) shaker pint.

The beer is a clear orange-hued brown with an excellent off-white head. The head is composed of tiny bubbles that seem to float on top of the beer and leave great lacing down the glass. I'm a sucker for a good head.

This beer smells like hops. Piney, pithy hops. I wish it was a bit brighter on either the pine or fruit notes, but it's not bad. There's a caramelly, bready backbone behind the hops, but the hops are what stand out.

The taste is also dominated by the same hops. The malt backbone is there, but not impressive. A strong bread taste, but also a lingering mineral bite that I wish it didn't have. The hops suffer from the same somewhat bland hit that it had in the nose. The mouthfeel is not all that impressive, but it's not bad either. The overall decentness combined with the somewhat muted flavor profile of a pale ale as opposed to an IPA makes this fairly drinkable. I jut wish it did the little things a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:26:00 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of GoldenJet


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

Session, session session! Did I mention this would be a good session brew?

While I rarely dislike anything from Deschutes, outside of the limited release stuff (Abyss, Dissident, etc.) I'm rarely blown away by their beers. This one's no exception.

Red Chair NWPA seems loaded with citrus, a little ripe fruit on the nose, a ton of grapefruit on the palate, and more citrus on the finish. This reminds me a lot of Widmer Drifter, but not so overbearing, and much more well-crafted.

I think this is a great session beer, but the overwhelming citrus tones might get a little tiresome after five or six of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:26:37 | More by GoldenJet
Photo of JackieTH


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-orange with a finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Citrus and grassy hop presence, caramel, sweet malty.

Taste: Hop of a citrus, pine, grassy nature is present, but not as hoppy as the nose suggested, in whole is comes off earthy with a moderately bready, slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: Overall it's a decent brew. I'd drink it again, although there are a lot of better moderate hop/malt brews out there, including quite a few by Deschutes. I had it on tap at Old Chicago, as part of their WBT.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 01:55:15 | More by JackieTH
Photo of herman77


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

A: Light orange amber with an off white head. Good lacing.

S: Carmel malt is the dominating aroma. There is some damp earthiness and a bit of citrus, pine hops.

T: Muted citrus hops, a bit of pine hops up front with a good dose of carmel malt. Bready and grainy. Ends with a slightly dry, bitterness.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Pretty easy to drink no thrills APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:06:01 | More by herman77
Photo of jera1350


3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a one finger head that is off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells generously hopped with a sweet malt presence. Nice citrusy hop presence.

Not digging the taste a whole lot. Pretty big hop bitterness with a large earthy, ashy and musty taste as well. A little malt sweetness, but still can't get past the tobacco ash taste that lingers.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry hop finish.

The taste just doesn't work in the overall beer for me. This one is not for me and I don't think I'll have it again. Does have some nice qualities. Different strokes for different folks though.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:07:35 | More by jera1350
Photo of nickhiller


3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy rust, thin head fizzles to nothing, not really any lacing.

S: HOPS! Earthy, grassy, fresh doughy yeast, almost exactly like fermented pizza dough; a little bathroom cleaner.

T: it tastes like a homebrew. It's super bitter, super hoppy, but has some sour off flavor that I can't quite place other than that I'm reminded of my more unsuccessful homebrews. The finish leaves a strong taste of brie (not something I typically like to attribute to beer).

M: carbonation can't hold and it quickly goes flat, body is light to medium body,

D: really kind of bad. The dough and the cheese were straight up gross. Come on Deschutes, I expect better of you.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:22:10 | More by nickhiller
Photo of busternuggz


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nice crystal clear orange with a 1/2" cream colored head. Leaves some persistent stringy lacing. Head recedes to a thin frothy layer.
Nice rich juicy nose, pineapple and tangerine, pine sap, a little caramel.
Big, bright flavors of orange juice, grapefruit zest and pine, with a little pineapple. Nice malt presence but well balanced with a pleasant bitterness. Clean aftertaste with a little lingering bitterness, and a dry lemon zest on the end.
Medium bodied and creamy texture, very nice.
A flavorful and well made beer, balanced, complex, interesting, and refreshing. This may be my favorite pale ale, one of the few spring seasonals I look forward to and buy multiple six packs of.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:41:52 | More by busternuggz
Photo of Buebie


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer for appx $8 today.
Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Production of head is a billowing soft fluffy off white head at about 2 inches. Sitting there for many minutes before receding to a thick frothy cap and generous amounts of lace. Lining the glass in thick coatings.
Color is a pale transparent copper amber.
Malty caramel aroma, With dried hay hoppy aroma and a little citrus mixing with pine.
Taste is medium hops, drier flavors and a bit of malt sweetness off the back end. Dry flavors return to the finish with a touch of mint leaf and citrussy whole cone hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with a full feel and layed back carbonation.
Great sessionable brew that does not destroy the pallet, but does bring flavors throughout the drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:02:18 | More by Buebie
Photo of meeekyh


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this one at the newly renovated local LQ that is expanding its selection. I decided on a Fin Du Monde glass. Last night my initial impressions were of a round beer with a significant hop bite.

The color of the beer is rather a deep amber and the head is light tan. Turbid describes the visible body. I do like the lacing though the head does not last much itself.

I suppose I will think not to plan a beer review when the rest of the family is making popcorn again. The ambient smells are strong and pervasive inhibiting my ability to accurately note the smells that are not contrasting; I notice a good hop brightness and a bit of alcohol.

Initially this beer is bright and without strong malt presence, though this should not imply a lack of balance just that no one trait I commonly associate with malt comes through strongly. I get a hint of that black-tea taste I have noticed in Stone Pale Ale and Boont's Imperial IPA. There are notes of peach that linger.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

I dig this beer quite a lot. It is full and smooth with a good hop bite and a balanced malt profile. There is much here to like so I plan to get some while the gettin's good.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:45:47 | More by meeekyh
Photo of ebrauser


3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass from the first annual SLC beer festival.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper color with thick, three finger head that quickly dissipates. The head left big lacing on the walls.

Aroma: Piney hop resins and a small bready sweetness. Very grassy.

Flavor: Plentiful hops in this one. NW hop character is dominant from the beginning, all but overpowering the faint malt backbone. Bitterness builds to an exciting crescendo at the crisp finish. They do their duty when they say they're making a NWPA, but I think a little more malt would do wonders for the beer.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated but still highly drinkable, though it may be too bitter to handle for some people.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:34:12 | More by ebrauser
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.