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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 124
Gots: 263 | 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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Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours medium copper with a two finger white head that sticks around well. On the nose there is a really creamy and rich caramel backbone supporting a tropical fruitiness on top. There is also some doughy malt flavors here. In the mouth there is dough and caramel at the beginning, quickly fading to a controlled but big bitterness in the middle and in a long finish. The malt base is quite a bit bigger than I generally like in a pale ale, but the hop component is big enough to match and the particular melding of flavors sits really well with me. The body is perfectly medium with some carbonation coming out and complimenting the bitterness well.

Overall, this is a fine brew that I will look forward to seeing every January. As a side note, I think this would be a perfect candidate for serving on cask. Hopefully someday I'll get a chance for that.

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

Appearance: Clear red amber. Light thin head with slight lacing. Slight bubbles. Very transparent. Nice glow. Looks like a nice bubbly inviting beverage.

Smell: Peach, citrus, perfumey floral hops. Some tea-like aroma. Almost reminds me of rooiboos tea. Cinnamon bread. Mandarin oranges.

Taste: Nice and sweet. Leans towards the malt side with a nice snappy grapefruit bitterness. Slightly buttery with a hint of apple peel.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is nice. It's like smooth velvet with a crisp finish. Nice blend of different malts with good northwest hops.

Overall: One of the best Pale ale's out in the late winter. Another high quality Deschute's product.

Photo of 12packpoet
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of waldoiverson
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz in nonic

A: dark copper, sandy head with very active carbonation. Extreme clarity

S smells of the northwest with heavy floral hops but a good amount of bready base, slight minty tone

T. Citrus flower sweetness, the minty tones in the nose do make an appearance with a clean bitter finish. The malt lets it all ride and balance but it is a supporting cast member

M. Exceptionally smooth, slight carbonated tingle but the overall feeling is pillowy without any dry or overly tannic sense

O. This is going to be a regular in my house. It is hoppy but it doesn't assault the mouth. Yum.

Photo of jordanmckell
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of olmane
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear amber and a nice frothy head on top. Very good lacing as well, intricate lines of foam dashing across the side of the glass.

Smell: There is a fantastic hop presence in this beer, consisting of a citrus based and slightly tropical profile. The malt is very subtle on the nose, just a nice sweetness and a tinge of biscuit to it.

Taste: The hops are again noticeable right off the bat, there is however a very large malt presence in the taste as well, a nice roasty and biscuity full body. The hops are very similar to the smell, citrus with some hints of more tropical fruits, and they work wonderfully with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Just excellent body to this beer, very full, not thin to the slightest. The breadiness and the sweetness really make this thing drinkable.

Overall: What a great beer, so easy to drink and so full of complexities, a truly magnificent pale ale. I will most certainly be getting a case of this every time the season comes round and it is available.

Photo of rrock44
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of natemort13
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep orangish ruby. Light LIGHT tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is of bread, citrus zest, caramel malt sweetness

Taste is caramel malt up front that gives way to some grapefruit and lemon. hoppy oilness. Delicious

Medium bodied, super smooth and slick

one of the easiest drinking pale ales i've ever had. delicious balance where both the hops and malt are pronounced. Still yet to be disappointed by deschutes.

Photo of Sinewave
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of woodenbones
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of iSip
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale: The Deschutes Brewery cranks out some very fine products, so I was looking forward to trying their Red Chair Pale Ale. Peering into this deep cherry wood color brew, you can’t see through it due to a medium amount of haze. The head is thin, but the aroma is wonderful. Lots of hoppy spice and fruit notes. The flavor is outstanding; the malt is subtle while the hops do the talking, but not too loudly. Lots of flavors come and go: apple, spice, and flowers. There is an undercurrent of bitterness, and in a good way. In the end, this is a winner. Maybe not as smooth as other beers, but it is well balanced, and the rich variety of hop notes are wonderful to experience. It will show up in my fridge again.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. A bit on the cloudy side and burnt orange color. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is a bit off of bright white and thin in appearance. Lace isn't sticking to well right now either.

Smell is bright citrus hop smell mixed with some sweet malts that come across as honey and cranberry.

Taste is much like the smell. Red sweet flavors mix very well with the bright bitter hop character.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet. Quite nice.

Overall it must be said that I have enjoyed this offering for the last several years and I think I have enjoyed it more this year than in the past years. Note: I think it is better right out of the bottle.

Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of abeldiaz
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of optimaul
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kk73
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber body with a good 2-finger white that shows some decent retention. Lace is pretty sticky on this one.

S- Citrus blast of hops up front, some slight acrid aroma, some caramel, some grassiness, and a slight muskiness.

T- Sweet caramel malts up front, some copper flavor, slight grassiness, but the citrusy flavors aren't there as much as they were in the aroma. Almost a sugar-like after taste.

MF- Medium bodied with flavors that do stick to the palate very well.

O- A pretty damn good beer that I'm very happy I got the chance to try

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.