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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 105
Gots: 133 | 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 Onenote81

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just received a bottle of this from the very generous trader, RedBrewer83. Huge thanks! I got the box this morning, and since it had such a cold trip, this was perfectly chilled for my consumption at lunch. :)

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold at first, but it has a light reddish tint to it. A nice 2-finger beige head rests on top. Excellent retention on this one. Tons of sticky lace and sip rings all over the glass. Big piney scents burst out of this beer. I can smell this across the room. Lots of floral tones in there as well. Very nice.

The body on this is a bit of a disappointment. This is pretty thin and weak. Carbonation level is low-moderate. I like a bit more chew in my beer. This is like a tamed-down IPA in flavor. Nice crisp hops at the forefront that bitter this one up. Semi-sweet candy-like finish. Not as balanced as I'd like, as it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side, but this is a NWPA, so that's expected. Great beer. Glad I had the opportunity. Thanks again, Evan!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 18:04:37 | More by Onenote81
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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

extra from Nice Cans BIF. 12oz into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Bronze/amber, pretty colorful, nice creamy eggshell-white pancake head. Thick, sticky lacing.

S- Hops, bready malt. Hops are citrus, grapefruit, a bit piny. Some pretty bready malt, way more pronounced than I would expect. I like it, though.

T- Incredibly fruity. Pine hops are bitter, but it's like a fruit punch tidal wave at first. Honeydew, pineapple, mango, papaya. Pretty good malt base does a really solid job of tying this one together. Really, for the amount of hops, it's pretty balanced.

M- Full/rich for the style, good carbonation, Great lingering notes.

D- Pretty high... really a unique and flavorful beer. I'd be happy to drink this again. Really surprised me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:01:56 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Zorro


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red ale with a small tan colored head. Had no idea why it was called red chair before, probably because it is red.

Smell is light caramel and NW hops mainly pine and cedar scents. There is a fainter spicy scent here I can only describe as cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Starts out sweet and woody with a little bitterness detected. Carmel and woodiness are the strongest flavors here. Hops remind me of the taste of a cedar plank you cook salmon on.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice pale ale here though not all that outstanding. Tastes like a watered down Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:00:07 | More by Zorro
Photo of LittleDon


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

Clear amber with a slight haze. A small amount of carbonation. Healthy off white head producing some lace. Caramel, berries, and a bit of banana in the aroma. Slight sweetness with a bit of spice (nutmeg?) in the middle. Nice balance between the hops and malt up front, a bit on the hoppy side in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:06:47 | More by LittleDon
Photo of DefenCorps


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

I got this as an extra in a recent trade with bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre! Best before 1st April 2010, consumed 12 Feb

The pour is gorgeous, a mostly clear bronze with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It almost looks like a cask pour.

The nose is rich and perfumey with citrus hop character, a delicate floral, jasmine-like character. The malt character is also quite delicious, toasty, caramel-like, working quite well with the floral and citrus character. Quite like a nice marmalade on toast, this smells great.

The palate opens with plenty of bitterness, some orange and citrus rind, and a great hop flavor. Fruity and hoppy, there's some malt character noticeable, toasty, caramel-like and mildly sweet. Drying on the finish with a light sweetness and a lingering bitterness, a touch of alcohol is perceived as well. This is solid stuff. Bigger in body than I care for in an APA (medium-light) with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is enjoyable, though not quite sessionable due to the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:25:36 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of djbreezy


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

Appearance - Amber glow with 1/2 finger header, good lacing

Smell - Hop nose with some caramel tones

Taste - Echoes the nose, especially the hops up front, solid balanced malt background

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium

Drinkability - Very tasty, close to a session beer but the alcohol is getting up there

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 05:31:06 | More by djbreezy
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer from Deschutes, sign me up!

Pours a nice copper color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Looks a bit darker than other APAs I have had.

Smells mostly of nice northwestern hops, contrary to the bottle advertising that it is not a full-on hop assault. The taste however, is like the bottle. It has that wonderful hoppiness that I would expect from a northwestern APA, but the malt manages to dull the sharpness of the hops, making it extremely drinkable. The only complaint I really have is that it is a bit thin on the feel, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:31:49 | More by patobandito
Photo of josiahschlender


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

A new Deschutes beer on the shelf is always exciting for me to pick up. This one advertises itself as a different, Northwest pale ale. Mirror Pond is one of the best examples of the APA style in my opinion, so I was kind of surprised with another wide release bottled APA.

Fairly dark copper with amber highlights in my pint glass. Moderate head leaves quite a bit of lace.

Wow, lots of hops on the nose. I could smell this when I opened the bottle. Big grapefruit, lemon rind and pine resin. Honestly, it reminds me more of a quality IPA, but I'm not going to complain. Just a trace of biscuit and caramel malts that grow with warmth.

Not only is it the hoppiest smelling APA I can remember drinking, it is also the hoppiest tasting. Some grapefruit, lots of lemon rind and bitterness on the finish, and more of that pine/spruce resin going on. Definitely more malts break through on the flavors, adding nice balance and depth. Sweet caramel and toasty biscuit make this one of the best tasting pales I can remember having.

Much of the time I only notice the feel of the beer when it's off. That's the case in this brew. The carbonation, body and finish are all just right to where I have to stop and make an analysis.

Great job, Deschutes! Out of curiosity I visited their website, and was surprised that their first line of introduction for Red Chair was "Not up for a full-on hop assault?" While it's not an assault, Red Chair tastefully piles on the hops for a great northwest APA. My only fear is that it might be pushing out the also truly excellent Cinder Cone as a seasonal. Can't we have both!?

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:53:53 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Longhorn22


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, let me just say that so far I have not had a pale ale and wanted a second bottle of it. I have tried Mirror Pond from Deshutes, and Sierra Nevada, and i still don't really like them.

That being said, I liked this.

A - It had a pretty big head, that lasted for a long time.

S - It has a sweet aroma, sort of smells like some kind of fruit.

T - It is sweet, you can really taste the malts. It has a slight bite at the end of a sip, but this is really the best tasting pale ale I have had.

M/D - It was very smooth, but still had some weight. I don't usually drink many beers at a time, but I drank two of these in a row pretty easily.

Bottom Line: Sweet, and easy to drink, probably the easiest to drink and tastiest pale ale I have had. So, if you don't usually like pale ales, you should give this one a shot. It isn't radically different, but it gets it just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 07:00:50 | More by Longhorn22
Photo of corby112


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:54:52 | More by corby112
Photo of GreenCard


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: polished copper, good clarity, thick layer of white fine-beaded foam, good head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: biscuity malt, piney hops, hint of cooked strawberries

Flavor: medium malt sweetness; resiny hop flavor that tends toward a citrus-peel, leafy-green note; caramel; finishes semisweet with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, a bit chewy

Other comments: A pretty smooth, not-too-hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:42:46 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Bitterbill


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town today.

Best by April 29, 2010.

It pours a clear amber gold with a 1" head of foam and, typical of Deschutes brews, some darned good lacing.

The smell is...IPAish. Lots of grapefruit notes with some floral tones, maybe some tropical fruitiness. I'm trying hard to smell some sort of malt presence but I'm not getting any.

First sip and...there you are, Mr Malt. Nice malty sweetness here to go along with the robust grapefruit flavour and although the overall flavour still lies in bitter territory, the malt makes it a much closer race than I could have imagined going by the smell. Nice!

A nice medium body with carbonation that doesn't get too fizzy, it has a rather niced mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Again, typical of Deschutes brews whether they are high octane or not, the drinkability is to be greatly admired and I'm admiring this one's greatly. What a brewery!

Edit: I originally reviewed this as the IPA. My bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:11:51 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of champ103


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

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:36:18 | More by champ103
Photo of vkv822


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

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a clear, medium amber color with slight golden hues, and a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The scent is of juicy citric hops hops, with some faint pine and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is malty bread, which then blends nicely into a citric and pine hop bitterness.
The balance between the malt and hop flavors is really very enjoyable.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Probably my favorite seasonal offering from Deschutes, it is a very well done, enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:10:45 | More by vkv822
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Surprised by the darker amber color. Good lacing here - this is a pretty white head. The nose is peppery with hops, and the malt is biscuity or crackerlike. Slightly sweet malt.

The flavor is well balanced, with some fruitiness, diacetyl, herbs, and malt. I get quite a little pepper from the hops, with caramel and pale malts that hint toward an English IPA. Good carbonation leaves it smooth and firm. Finishes minty and somewhat bitter, but it's really pleasant. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 04:36:28 | More by BretSikkink


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured a crisp, clear, copper with shades of amber in my pint glass. A finger of dark off white head topped this treasure and slowly dissipated to about a half. Good lacing for this style of beer. I got thirsty just looking at this one.

The nose was not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice with citrus and sweet caramel notes. A very subtle mineral/pine ended the nose.

This beer is built very well, fighting shape even. Definite malt front, showcasing caramel and sweet bread quickly rolling into a grapefruit citrus and what I felt was not quite pine or green grass but something in-between. Don't let me freak you out with the green grass thing because it has a refreshing finish.

The red chair goes down crisp and clean with a satin feel. The carbonation is close to perfect. It comes in at 6.4abv but in my book every bit a session beer. I could seriously drink this year round and hope it will not be a limited or seasonal release.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 09:53:51 | More by HOPFENKOPF
Photo of yuriruley


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

Appearance - nice golden/red color with a small white head. No lacing really.

Smell - Sweet and malty, with faint hop aroma.

Taste - like the smell, but the hops come through a lot more. Has a great sweet background taste.

Mouthfeel - crisp with good carbonation.

Drink - I'd say this is pretty session worthy for me anyway. Goes down easy and I enjoy drinking it.

Overall I am really enjoying this, beers like this are helping me get into this style more and more. Which is good, because I generally stick to stouts and the like.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 09:11:41 | More by yuriruley
Photo of sanjosey19


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Off the label: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride." As a hop head I was a bit nervous when I read this, but was pleasantly surprised. The appearance isn't that impressive, not much lacing at all, and not too much of a head. Nice copper color though. The smell is very mild, with a very subtle citrus aroma. The taste was what made me want to write a review about this beer. I was very impressed with how well balanced the hop and malt characters were. The hops are there, but mostly in the background, most of the flavor up front comes from the malt. Usually for me, the hoppier the better. Even as subdued as the hops were in this beer, they were present enough to make me happy. The two positives that really stood out for me about this beer were it's pleasant citrus flavors and its drinkability. I could drink this beer for days. So refreshing! Will definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 07:17:31 | More by sanjosey19
Photo of JBogan


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

Pours a darkish gold with a creamy off white one finger cap which leaves excellent lacing in it's wake. A very good looking brew.

The nose is is piney hops, along with a citrus bite. a light malt presence balances things out nicely.

Taste is similar to the aroma. There's the hops as the main player with caramel malt as the supporting cast. Once again, well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. I would have like a little more bite at the finish to make it perfect, but it still has a pleasing presence in the mouth.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I like the fact that the hops were noticeable but not in your face. A very well rounded offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:48:40 | More by JBogan
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Well, here is what it says on the Deschutes web site.

"As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness."

This is NOT the Red Chair IPA.

Well, well, this beer is not in the BA database yet. This is available in Arizona now and the website says it's available from Jan-April. They use the word debut in the description, but I am not sure if this is referring to the style (Northwest Pale Ale) or that this is the debut version of this beer.

Since it's not listed, I am assuming this is a new listing.

Pours with a very tight and creamy white head that appears bright sitting atop the deep red/amber colored beer. Lots of burgundy/mahogany tomes to the color. The head slowly settled but puts up a good battle and lacing a thick in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of some fresh hops, some cracker, bread crust tones and some sweet malt.

Flavor is excellent. A nice mix of some fruity esters, sweet bread flavors and some decent layered malt. The hop character seemed to be a mix of light pine and some citrus notes with more focus on the citrus side of the spectrum. Balance is very nice here and clearly a goal of this beer. Mission accomplished.

Medium bodied, smooth with very subtle and tight carbonation. Not creamy, but the velvety mouth feel makes you consider the adjective.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Deschutes line-up (again, assuming this is it's first year)

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 11:38:44 | More by Reagan1984
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.