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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 128
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing the last sip or two of a six pack I bought a few days ago. I absolutely love this beer. It's the only pale ale I care for. It's utterly delicious, with fruity, juicy textures and beautiful white head. The lacing is minimal, but nice. Smells great, very fruity, but not sweet. Light and enjoyably carbonated, but not low ABV like a lame "session ale". I'm grateful to have access to such an exquisite beverage, thank you Deschutes #We'reNotWorthy

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label says best by 05/25/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with a good mix of citrus and herbal piney hops. Hints of grapefruit, mango, and orange peel along with some spicy pine resin. A good scent of yeast and bready caramel malts with some toffee in the background. Smells pretty full and enticing.

Taste: A very nice juicy tasting ale. Big taste of citrus grapefruit with some mango and orange. Also some herbal pine resin. Hop taste is big but not overly bitter like an IPA. Good backing of biscuity caramel malts with some toffee and yeast. A very solid taste with a nice vibrant citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, juicy, and smooth with only a slight bite to it.

Overall: A great pale ale. One of the better ones around. Great juicy taste.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head. A good amount of lacing left behind.

Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits along with light malts.

The taste was hoppy grapefruit and tropical fruits balanced by a sweet maltiness.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

So good. This is one of my favorite easy-drinking beers for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DM1293
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes is making me regret not taking them up on their beer tasting event.

This is a really good, citrusy, slightly piney hoppy beer with a hint of malt in the background. The flavors are all on the front, with a slight bitter bite at the end balanced out by the semi-sweet lingering malt. The last bit of it went down a little more bitter, but it wasn't unpleasant at all, and was actually a nice way to cap it off because it brought forth the malt.

But the key word here for me is "smooth". This thing is extremely drinkable, has a good mouthfeel and is quite refreshing to boot.

The beer is pretty simple and clean though, but better a balanced, well-executed beer than a complex one with shortcomings. Overall, well worth a try, and definitely a beer that I'll drink again.

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

Best by date 07/13/12. 6.2% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof on account of both the brewery - from which I've yet to have a beer below a C - and the recommendation of a close friend (blakelive784), whose opinion I trust.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops seem to be balanced, with hardly any bitterness in the aroma. Clean bright malts seem to be layered. Piney hops. Some cream. All around a very appealing hoppy aroma. Strong - not impactful, but I can detect it from a good foot away (even with me broken nose).

T: Very pleasantly hoppy - with pine and citrus dominant, but also some floral notes. No real bitterness at all. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit, but in a balanced manner. Some cream. Even a bit of spice, actually. Very fresh and refreshing. Pleasant. Wonderfully layered malt diversity comes through. Hints of cherry and even butterscotch (to a small extent). Apple pie filling. Complex for the style and nicely balanced. Subtle. A touch bitter in the back end, but it's not very noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, supporting the body well. Perfectly carbonated. Perfect thickness. Some coarseness comes from the hops, which is a bit bothersome here. A slight oily hoppiness is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Disguises its ABV well. Hides the hop bitterness behind the malt varietals quite nicely. I could drink this all night. A lovely Pale Ale - amongst the best I've had. Another success from Deschutes. Give her a spin, lads.

Pairs well with pretzels.

Drank fine out of me Guinness glass, but I don't know if pint glasses are ideal.


Low B

Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to hoparoundnw2337 for including this as an extra!

a: clear copper body with a generous two finger head that slowly settles into a frothy cap leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.

s: floral and bready with a touch of fruit.

t: bready malt body with some citrus hops to pack a bite. a little oily pine on the finish.

m: oily touch to a medium-light body. good carbonation is lively on the tongue and the hops provide the near perfect short dry finish.

o: excellent pale ale. everyone should seek this out.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright amber orange with a thin cover of off-white head.

Smells great - grapefruit, floral, a little oily. Enticing to the nose.

Sweet - like candied grapefruit and flower petals. Mild hoppy bitterness to close. Rather subdued, really.

Light, hoppy, dry to the tongue.

Grades out really high because there's no doubt that it's very good. Oddly though, I'm not that drawn to it. Not warranting a "I'd really like another," response.

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been slamming this for years, surprised, like with Mirror Pond, I hadn't taken the time to voice my opinion.
Best by 03MAY12
Lovely amber with a couple fingers of tannish foam leaving webbed lace. Smells of pine, sweet grapefruit and more pine. A sincerely PNW aroma here. Flavor has a good bite up front with cameos from the hops in the substance of weed and, imagine, pine. The malts are nice and solid sans sweetness. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer and particularly a fun treat to look forward to annually - we'd be spoiled to have this beer all the time.

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Into a diconic...

A reddish medium amber color with a small but finely bubbled

There's a spiciness in the nose that goes great with the fresh

Somehow, they've taken the hoppiness and spiced it up then
mellowed it out with caramel-like malts. Interesting and
exceptional tasting.

The mouthfeel may be the best thing about this; the fine bubbles and citrus aftertaste are great.

A must-try for every IPA/ West Coast IPA lover. And will probably
be a staple for many of us.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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