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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,868 Ratings

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off crap i am hot, yar work in the summer in sc is just wrong. that aside day two of cleaning up the yard commenced today. this was the beer i cracked to start the afternoon, big thanks for the extra! consumed on 08/29/2010.

the pour was just what the doctor ordered as the dark amber liquid quickly overcame the glass and made a huge head of white foam that quickly came down the sides of the glass. rich lacing covering everything in sight without an issue,

the aroma was classic nw pale with a deep resin filled hop profile that filled the air. deep piney hops and hints of biscuit filled malts are all over the place here, really just leaving a tremdously big profile in its wake. incredible feel as it was nearly full bodied but with huge carbonation. nice bite of hops up front melts into a smooth and even malt profile and a sublimly dry finish that just seals the deal for me,

overall just a wonderful pale that really is more of an ipa but works wonders for me on this hot day. a must try.

mikesgroove, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from notes dated June 2009.

Bomber from BevMo.

Clear golden-amber appearance with a one-finger white head that lasts.

Very nice aroma of pale malt and piney C-hops.

Flavor is piney/citrusy C-hops balanced by semi-sweet pale malt with slight caramel.

Crisp and somewhat dry on the palate with medium body.

A very solid Northwest style pale ale overall, bordering on IPA territory. Highly drinkable.

nickd717, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another nod goes out to Whitebricke-- thanks for an awesome box of goodies Ted!

poured into pint- reviewed from notes.

This beer is a GLOWING fiery copper color-- quite breathtaking in its own right! 2 fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing.

First sip until the beer is half gone was spent admiring the color and appearance. That tells you how much I like the look of this beer-- but also says something about how easily drinkable this beer is! Just hugely drinkable. I was literally halfway through the pint when I forced myself to stop and focus on the smell...

Smell is huge malts. Sweet, rich, soft, velvety malts. Nice little grapefruit/citrus hop notes at the back end. And that is the same road the taste takes. Just great malts on this-- the malts return towards the finish with a satin-like feel. This beer is very smooth. The finish is so soft and delicate that I feel like I am going to rip it. Good carbonation level on a medium body.

I never would have guessed the ABV was this high-- I am quite shocked by this. I thought for sure this would be under 5% and be amongst the top session beers list. That is how smooth and drinkable this beer is. The flavor/nose don't do it for me as much as the looks and the feel! Overall, though, it is quite worthy of another pint!

AleWatcher, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too many trades and too many extras. I have no clue who sent me this beer. If you read this let me know and I will give you the credit you deserve.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is fairly clear orange amber. Solid two fingers of off white head. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with a nice pine and citrus burst. None of the components are very strong but pleasant none the less.

The flavor is malty up front but a strong metallic and acrid bitterness takes over. Possibly from age. As it warms the pine comes through making it much more flavorful.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall it was a little touch and go at first but a little warming smoothed the rough edges.

beerwolf77, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I think of a brewery that produces traditional Pacific northwest ales Deschutes easily comes to mind first for me,this pale is exactly what Iam talkin about.Poured a clear burnt orange with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that never really fades,a creamy mass holds to the finish.A mix of citrusy/piney hop and a healthy caramel malt base in the nose,no frills just goodness.Flavors are slightly piney but much more grapefruit-like and citrusy, a big biscuity caramel sweet malt base holds up to the hops,the hops win out slightly but its pretty balanced.I could drink this all night,it dont need to be complex for me because the flavors are great,this is old school northwest American craft brewing at it's best.

oberon, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pint of night at the Deschutes pub down the street from Powell's (from notes--was there two nights ago). It's a bright amber color with a thin topping of foam. A lovely aroma wafts off it--piney, with a little floral spiciness. The taste provides a mix of pine-resin, distantly citrusy hops, backed by sufficient caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate, but hop flavor is very prominent. Finishes both dry and toasty. Excellent mouthfeel--carbonation is of course restrained, it being casked, but it has an excellent soft creamy texture. Very good.

allengarvin, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upfront let me say that I like this beer better than the numbers show. I don't think it's a Pale Ale, it's more like an IPA Light. So compared to regular Pales, it doesn't show well.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orange-amber color with just under an inch of light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, more than most pales, with the hint of malt in the nose way in the background. The taste was a bit more balanced, the malt was more forward, but still hop dominant.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice hop bite at the back. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see myself drinking several of these in a day.

Overall, a very nice beer that would be better served being named differently, style-wise.

beertunes, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from BevMo in late April for $6.99. Best by 06/29/10.

Beer poured a copper color with a one finger head that is leaving lacing. Nose is bready malts and floral hops. Taste is a nice blend of citrus and piney hops well balanced by a nice bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and the carbonation is quite refreshing. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very easy drinking session like beer but beware of the abv as it is well hidden!

arizcards, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Rich copper color with 2 fingers of slightly off white head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops up front with a nice caramel undertone and a little bit of alcoholic fumes.

Taste: Sweet caramel malty backbone supports the moderately intense bitter piney and acidic citrus hop in the back. A little bit of alcohol warmth. Pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, with what seems to be a fairly low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and you can have a few without any problem. Goes down well.

Final Notes: A good beer to pair with a light lunch/dinner or for a night out at the bar. I'll be buying this beer again.

bagpiper2005, May 26, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours dark copper, almost amber. Very bright and vibrant, exceptional creamy stubborn head, leaving an impressive lace in its slow retreat. Can barely wait...

suggestion of sweetness amid a bunch of citrus. Only a little caramelized character. Full, inviting, just frankly lost amid all the fantastic IPA/pale ale aromas out there to get a higher score.

First of all I love hop flavor. Second of all it is hilarious to me that this beer seems - if anything - slightly MORE bitter than the Red Chair IPA from last summer. I think some people think of the style too narrowly, and the bitterness just wasn't high enough for them to call it an IPA. So be it. it is obvious that copious hops were added late in the boil or after, and the success they've achieved makes me jealous as a homebrewer.
To my palate this beer is the perfect combination of bitter and sweet, dry and tart, to make a drinkable IPA that can be enjoyed with any food unlike many of the palate wreckers (don't misunderstand, I love those too!). the alcohol makes itself known barely in the flavor, and all-too-soon at the bar as I realize how many of these babies I've had. Pale ale? Whatever. it's a killer beer with killer drinkability. Soft carbonation amid medium body. Enough pale malt sweetness to not-quite-balance the hops, but even the flavor of the malt is towards lightly toasted and untoasted sweet, not really caramelly. It's like sucking down a beautifully buzz-providing orange juice. I love this beer.

udubdawg, May 23, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours more like a red ale, but I guess that is anticipated from the name, anyway, big three finger head that falls very slowly leaving heavy sticky lacing behind. Body is an amber red with orange hues.

S: Caramel malt, citrus hop and hints of pine...faint bready yeast profile lingering in the back.

T: Follows nose but with a little added citrus hop profile and some lingering bitterness in the finish that leaves a nice dry clean finish keeping you thirsty for more. What makes this beer so good is the incredible balance that the brewers achieved, not quite as big as a red, and definitely not an ipa, but a big malty and hoppy balanced pale ale.

M: Light medium body, crisp and dry on the finish with lingering hop bitterness but well balanced by malt.

D: This is incredibly drinkable and it is the balance of this beer that makes it so good. Cheers!

RedBrewer83, May 14, 2010
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer wasn't exactly what I expected when I had it.

A- The color has a nice cooper with hints of red and gold.

S- The smell was typical of a north coast hopped beer. The smell of pine and citrus cut through.

T- This is where the beer kind of lost meet. The hops shoot out at you and it is a little overwhelming. The malt starts to show up the more you drink it, but the balance doesn't seem to be there for me.

M- The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. Refreshing and not too filling.

D- If it werent for such a hoppy taste this could be more drinkable. The tastes are all there, the hops just seem to be doing too much over powering. For something that is 60 IBU's it taste like a heck of a lot more.

3HovsepiansBrews, May 12, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: amber-copper in color, full eggshell head with high retention and good lace, looks great

s: grainy caramel malts - the heavy (7 varieties to include crystal, pilsner, cara-pils, and munich - woah) grain bill really shows and provides more than just a base structure, pulpy pine sap hops - tealike, juicy citrus rind, powerful aroma for a pale ale

m: carbonation lighter, creamy and big bodied for the style

t: great flavor - full malt body with a range of grainy and caramel flavor, somewhat sweet, with a big, pulpy northwest hop flavor providing weighty pine and citrus notes, full bitterness, the heavy malt and strong hops have a nice push-pull going on while the cones win out in the end

d: a very tasty pale that's arguably pushing IPA territory - or firmly inside NWPA territory, would be glad to have a few, off style or not - I can't believe this doesn't get more love

single from College Liquors, Grand Junction, CO

blackie, May 12, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip with a finger head with some good sticky lacing.

S: has more of malt character with subtle hop notes with very small bready boozy citrus notes on the back end.

T: sweet malt back bone that has a slight dry bitterness to it towards the end. I also get a little citrus fruit as I keep on sipping it.

M: meduim body with just enough carbonation to accomodate the flavor.

D: Overall a decent beer but I'd rather have the red chair IPA. To bad they retired it.

Gobzilla, May 09, 2010
Photo of Krevee
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 5/2/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured from a 12ox bottle into a Bruery Tulip

A - Pours a dark red orange color with an average amount of head. The beer left some lacing as you drank it.

S - Aroma was hops at first, with some citrus smell. And caramel malts later.

T - Pretty hoppy for a pale ale in the beginning but as you drink it you notice the malt. There is some pine/citrus taste with the hops. Probably from the hops uses.

M - Mouthfeel is nice with a pretty normal amount of carbonation. Feels good going down so it makes it easy to drink.

D - Overall very good beer. A little heavy to be sessionable but still a nice beer with good flavor and drinkability.

Krevee, May 07, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head with its long lasting lacing lasts throughout the drinking of a glass/bottle of this NWPA.

The aroma is a well blended mix of light caramel malts and a little heavier on the hops and this transfers well into its taste, heavier on the hops with a lesser but still there caramel malt sweetness.

This is exactly my kind of drink, lots of hops (or at least hops dominate), light malts hints, and no alcohol aroma or taste like most imperials come with. I could drink a lot of these, well since I found this at Celebrate (a local off sale outlet) I've been doing just that.

Before I forget, I should mention the aftertaste, it's a dry but not overly dry with a light caramel malt tint.

LXIXME, May 05, 2010
Photo of BDJake
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice golden amber hue, with eggshell head

S- pleasantly, well-balanced yet pronounced malt mixed with citrusy, piney hops

T- very bold and hoppy for a pale, with enough of a malt presence to balance

M- medium body, bringing out the best in the flavor

D- you won't want to put this one down

BDJake, May 04, 2010
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 7/8/10, clearly marked.

This is one of those beers where I am not exactly sure how to classify it, as it's nearly strong enough ABV wise to be an IPA, but yet it's called a pale ale. That said, the biggest thing that comes to mind when I drink this brew is BALANCE. Regardless of its classification, this is perhaps the most balanced >6% ABV pale ale I have ever had. While it is complex, it's not overdone.

Caramel malt sweetness accompanied by a strawberry, bubblegum like flavors are met by other fruity esters and a perfect balance from NW citrus, piney hops. Even clocking in at 60 IBUs, this brew has very little bitterness, but plenty of hop flavor. Overall, this is a very drinkable, big APA, and at 6.4%, has a nice warming kick.

AustinBeerLvr, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Duvel chalice. Beer was a clear amber color, with a one-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was bitter citrus hops, caramel and malt.

Taste was pine hops balanced by malt, caramel and nuts.

Thick, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish. Balanced and easy drinking. Would buy this one again.

drumrboy22, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this sixer at the local grocery store. Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger ivory head that is frothy and creamy and has good retention. The color of the beer is a medium amber with copper highlights. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy. There is some carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A fragrant floral bouquet, citrus, and pine. There is a nice subtle malt with some toastiness, biscuit, yeasty, and a light phenol note.

Taste: A very vibrant floral bouquet, citrus, and pine. There is a solid malt backbone, with biscuit, toasty, and yeast. In the background there a light phenol note.

Mouth feel is a carbonated, astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is a medium light and the finish is medium. This is a very tasty brew from Deschutes. I like the flavor, the body, the contrast, and the profile. Really good APA.

colts9016, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber in color with an off white head and its got good lacing and a finger and 1/2 head

S: clean hops smell is pungent and has a grapefruit citrus smell
I also get some nice malts too

T: the hops kick in first and followed up with the malts its not balanced but its super drinkable and very enjoyable taste

M: light body

D: a great session beer

overall: real good beer wonderful session beer for a light IPA I would buy this again for sure.

JamisonM, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome extra from rmjavanut. Also my first beer from Deschutes. Pours very dark for a pale ale, dark orange, almost red. A small but sturdy white head sticks around nicely. Leaves some pretty nice lacing here and there. Smell is faint, much more malts than hops with a slight, pleasant whiff of citrus. Hops are more present in the taste but malts still have the upper hand here. Has a sweet butterscotch and caramel smoothness, carbonation is low which makes it stand out above anything else. Ripe citrus and hops pop in now and again to say hello. I really question the style categorization for Red Chair, it drinks infinitely more like a red ale than a pale (hence the name?), especially with the biscuity aftertaste coming into play. Hops seem to show their face a bit more in the finish. I loved the mouthfeel here, perfect thickness, very smooth. Some may want some more carbonation but I enjoyed the lack of it here. Very drinkable as well, if this were available in my area I'd pick it up as a session beer.

Chico1985, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant orange color, with a cap of pure white foam. A very nice floral hop aroma is immediately present, and remains throughout. Good spicy hop flavor, and a bit of sweet malt. A nice, hoppy, easy drinking pale ale. Perfect for a Colorado spring afternoon.

emmasdad, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of ghostee
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with 1 finger worth of off-white head.

Smells of citrusy fruit and hops, not too strong of a smell.

Taste has a citrusy grapefuit taste to it. The hops are present but not overpowering. The overall taste is balanced and caramelly smooth, with only a slight bite to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a slight bite to the tongue. Feels slick on the tongue.

Drinkability is high. The taste and relatively lower ABV on this one make it an easy drinker. Very easy to have a few of these in a row.

Overall, this is a tasty and refreshing brew, and one I'm enjoying. Luckily my gf was able to bring a 6-pack of this home from Arizona so I'll get to enjoy it again soon. Not something I'd buy often, as it's a little plain, but it's still very enjoyable and easy to drink.

ghostee, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red amber with good clarity and a finger of copper tinged tan head. Good retention and lacing also obvious. The aroma is spicy and floral with a hidden malt butterscotch or pear tart to back it up. Fresh and hoppy with an elegant malt backdrop. The flavor is rich and full The flavor up front is hoppy with fresh floral notes that develops into a spicy flavor where the malt background develops, here the hops become more earthy and a light cookielike malt character reveals itself. This one is robust and delicious yet also approachable, balanced, and easily drinkable. The body is medium to a bit thick, the carbonation is high but it lends itself to a creamy fullness that gives a rich feel. Overall this is an exceptional brew, flavorful, well executed. In my book the best Deschutes beer that isn't $13 per bomber. I will buy a six pack of this at least every year.

vacax, Apr 11, 2010
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.