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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 112
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
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.

Photo of zeledonia
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.

Photo of sommersb
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.

Photo of brotherloco
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

Photo of soju6
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.

Photo of Janderson91
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
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.

Photo of andrenaline
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
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.

Photo of monkeylovebeer
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.

Photo of cbros
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a rather weak straw amber color. It has a rather tiny and noncommittal one finger head. Very little activity is present after the pour as well. I was expecting more from the pour.

S- This beer has a very nice hoppy/piney bouquet to it. Which somewhat surprising given the lackluster look to the beer.

T- This is a good tasting APA. There is a strong presence of hops and pine to this beer that balances itself nicely. A rather easy drinking beer that has a strong ABV.The beer stays even until the end but never overpowering.

I got this beer as part of an order from bottletrek and I am glad I included this in the shipment. This is a good APA offering and one that would be in my regular rotation if it were available.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull orangeish and dark yellow color, egg shell colored head. Aroma was fair for a pale ale.

Taste, a delicate pale, can't tell its anywhere near 60ibu, aspects of grapefruit to it. A good pale, but really nothing identifiable to it I would figure in a blind test. Balanced, easy to drink. I like the mirror pond pale ale they make moreso. In the bottles I've had, the hops fade pretty quick on this one, a good amount of variation, not too sturdy.

Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 05/11/11 poured into a pint glass sometime early 02/11.

Dark amber, slightly hazy with a good off white head. Good head retention and good lacing. Looks hoppy enough to me :) Mostly fruity smelling, with the sharp and clean citrus-pine notes emerging eventually, and perhaps some caramel. Not too impressive on aroma.

A good malt backbone carries the beer well but the malt character doesn't dominate. In fact, it's quite bitter and sticky with a clean and lasting bitter finish. I usually have a problem with higher carbonation but it seems that Red Chair could use more as it seems to struggle against a body that's bigger than needed, in my opinion. One of the maltier but even more hoppier American Pales.

Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Very fresh. Keg was tapped minutes prior.

The beer is copper. It is the most pure copper color possible in beer.

Aroma is very fresh hops. Dry hopping is apparent.

Taste is hop centric. I need more malt for balance. Flavor disappeared as I drank.

Mouthfeel was too light. Once again, more malt required.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few if I wanted, but I don't.

Photo of kagent777
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best before date of 05/05/11 (I guess this is better than having no date at all). Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish light gold with a lasting rocky head that left good lacing.

Smell: Piney and herbal hops. The malt background is present in the smell as well.

Taste: Pleasant mild sweetness up front, with a balancing bitterness from the hops on the back end. This will not be mistaken for an IPA, but the hop presence is ideal. The malt has a good toasty character.

Mouthfeel: The finish is longish. The beer has a smooth nature to it. Really solid.

Drinkability: This is really good, I will choose this one again easily. I hope Utah keeps importing this one.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red in color with a great head and good lacing.
Smells of earthy hops, with a bit of that good ol' sticky smell you get in an imperial red.
Taste is resiny and delicious, with the same earthy spice to it that the hops give. Reminds me very much of Phoenixx from Real Ale.
Mouthfeel is sticky with low to moderate carbonation.

A great beer!

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

A: Nice orange color with red hue. Pours with very modest amount of head but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and hoppy smell with some fruity hints.

T: Crisp and fresh taste with a good amount of hoppiness giving way to a floral, malty flavor. Quite refreshing.

M: A bit soapy, but it may just be the hoppiness- rather similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; overall well balanced.

D: It's got good drinkability for the aBV% but I wouldn't exactly say it's a session beer.

Overall, I really like this beer, it's got good flavor and kick and I will continue to look for it during the spring months.

Photo of aaron12
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

deschutes makes the best pale ales. mirror pond is my favorite, however red chair is a nice change up. the subtle balance that deschutes uses is impressive. the 6.4 is a nice kick too, which will sneak up on you, being this beer is so drinkable. the fact that they only use whole hops is the most impressive, and all their PAs' have a similar mid-pallet buttery malt. so good! the nose is sweet and not too hoppy, but the hops come in at the end when you taste, dry and well balanced with the malts. i drink this up all spring long, and always look forward to next year's when it's gone.

Photo of exonthebottle
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type on tap @ ed's <no name> bar
appearance amber nice lacing
smell pine earthy orange
taste malty bitter and smooth almost like an EIPA but not as harsh the beer is maltier than hoppy bready still nicely hopped
mouthfeel creamy it stays on the tongue well and feels good a few minutes after a sip so smooth
drinkability I have to say this beer is highly drinkable and curious tasty beer to savor over at the bar

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Best by 4/14/2011 (says 1920 M underneath, batch number perhaps?)

Pours out a nice deep copper color with a light beige head. Head is initially a finger high but settles to a thin ring around the glass. Body is hazy. In light it is a nice golden copper color. Very nice looking liquid. Some very nice looking loose lacing clings to the glass as the liquid recedes in the glass.

Nice and hoppy upfront. A good malt backbone balances this out nicely. Getting some toasty notes from the malt. The hops give off a more resin and earthy tone.

Resin hops great the taste buds upon first sip. A bit grassy notes also detected. The malt doesn't come through as much as it does in the smell for me. The hops really dominate this one. Each swallow gives a bit of sweetness that I'm guessing comes from the malt. It really helps to balance the beer but the hops are still much the dominating presence. A nice bitterness lingers in the mouth after each sip.

Nice feeling on this one. It's a bit thicker than medium bodied but not in a bad way. Carbonation isn't apparent on the mouth. As stated in the taste, bitterness lingers but isn't distracting at all.

This is another solid beer from Deschutes. For a pale this is pretty hopped up (sort of like Sierra Nevada Pale). I would have liked a bit more balance but at the same time the hophead in me loves this. Will be getting more of this for sure.

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

Appearance: Clear copper, big head.

Smell: Pine and citrus.

Taste: Crisp sweetness before the citrus hops give some bitterness and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Feels light and crisp, very easy to drink.

Wow, I am really impressed with this pale ale. Delivers nice flavor without getting too heavy. It's hard to describe, there's a crisp bite of hops in this that I haven't experienced in other beers. Take a drink, bang! it's there, then it's out. Yummy!

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold to amber in color and relatively clear. Moderately large off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Pleasant bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, and piney pacific northwest hops. Some bready and caramel malt apparent as well.

Flavor-Some bready and caramel malt. The hop flavors on this are excellent-perfumy, grapefruit, piney, citrus, and a bit floral. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation. Relatively smooth, no astringency. Feels like it could use a bit more carbonation though.

This is a great pale ale, with some very nice west coast hop flavors. Personally I'd like a little more malt in the backbone, but it's quite good. Awesome flavor, but not so huge as to overwhelm the palate-I could easily drink several of these.

Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red Chair NWPA pours an orangish color with copper highlights, and 2 fingers of off-white head. Both retention and lacing are extremely good. This seems to be a ridiculously well-crafted APA.

Smell: A very nice caramel malt backbone is very prevalent in this beer. Also, a lot of piney hops and citrus. This beer seems to have great balance.

Taste: This beer has a bunch of caramel malts, followed by citrus and piney hops. Really, really enjoyable. This is the single most enjoyable APA I've had to date. It probably leans toward the malts side overall, but not by much. There is plenty of citrus/hops to make this beer a treat to drink all the way around.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is just under medium bodied, and smooth/creamy as hell. Overall, this is a ridiculously drinkable APA. I don't recall a beer of this style that I've had to date that can touch this beer. Another impressive outing from Deschutes.

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,943 ratings.