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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 110
Gots: 154 | 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 JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-orange with a finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Citrus and grassy hop presence, caramel, sweet malty.

Taste: Hop of a citrus, pine, grassy nature is present, but not as hoppy as the nose suggested, in whole is comes off earthy with a moderately bready, slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: Overall it's a decent brew. I'd drink it again, although there are a lot of better moderate hop/malt brews out there, including quite a few by Deschutes. I had it on tap at Old Chicago, as part of their WBT.

JackieTH, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange amber with an off white head. Good lacing.

S: Carmel malt is the dominating aroma. There is some damp earthiness and a bit of citrus, pine hops.

T: Muted citrus hops, a bit of pine hops up front with a good dose of carmel malt. Bready and grainy. Ends with a slightly dry, bitterness.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Pretty easy to drink no thrills APA.

herman77, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a one finger head that is off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells generously hopped with a sweet malt presence. Nice citrusy hop presence.

Not digging the taste a whole lot. Pretty big hop bitterness with a large earthy, ashy and musty taste as well. A little malt sweetness, but still can't get past the tobacco ash taste that lingers.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry hop finish.

The taste just doesn't work in the overall beer for me. This one is not for me and I don't think I'll have it again. Does have some nice qualities. Different strokes for different folks though.

jera1350, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy rust, thin head fizzles to nothing, not really any lacing.

S: HOPS! Earthy, grassy, fresh doughy yeast, almost exactly like fermented pizza dough; a little bathroom cleaner.

T: it tastes like a homebrew. It's super bitter, super hoppy, but has some sour off flavor that I can't quite place other than that I'm reminded of my more unsuccessful homebrews. The finish leaves a strong taste of brie (not something I typically like to attribute to beer).

M: carbonation can't hold and it quickly goes flat, body is light to medium body,

D: really kind of bad. The dough and the cheese were straight up gross. Come on Deschutes, I expect better of you.

nickhiller, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nice crystal clear orange with a 1/2" cream colored head. Leaves some persistent stringy lacing. Head recedes to a thin frothy layer.
Nice rich juicy nose, pineapple and tangerine, pine sap, a little caramel.
Big, bright flavors of orange juice, grapefruit zest and pine, with a little pineapple. Nice malt presence but well balanced with a pleasant bitterness. Clean aftertaste with a little lingering bitterness, and a dry lemon zest on the end.
Medium bodied and creamy texture, very nice.
A flavorful and well made beer, balanced, complex, interesting, and refreshing. This may be my favorite pale ale, one of the few spring seasonals I look forward to and buy multiple six packs of.

busternuggz, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer for appx $8 today.
Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Production of head is a billowing soft fluffy off white head at about 2 inches. Sitting there for many minutes before receding to a thick frothy cap and generous amounts of lace. Lining the glass in thick coatings.
Color is a pale transparent copper amber.
Malty caramel aroma, With dried hay hoppy aroma and a little citrus mixing with pine.
Taste is medium hops, drier flavors and a bit of malt sweetness off the back end. Dry flavors return to the finish with a touch of mint leaf and citrussy whole cone hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with a full feel and layed back carbonation.
Great sessionable brew that does not destroy the pallet, but does bring flavors throughout the drinking experience.

Buebie, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of meeekyh
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this one at the newly renovated local LQ that is expanding its selection. I decided on a Fin Du Monde glass. Last night my initial impressions were of a round beer with a significant hop bite.

The color of the beer is rather a deep amber and the head is light tan. Turbid describes the visible body. I do like the lacing though the head does not last much itself.

I suppose I will think not to plan a beer review when the rest of the family is making popcorn again. The ambient smells are strong and pervasive inhibiting my ability to accurately note the smells that are not contrasting; I notice a good hop brightness and a bit of alcohol.

Initially this beer is bright and without strong malt presence, though this should not imply a lack of balance just that no one trait I commonly associate with malt comes through strongly. I get a hint of that black-tea taste I have noticed in Stone Pale Ale and Boont's Imperial IPA. There are notes of peach that linger.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

I dig this beer quite a lot. It is full and smooth with a good hop bite and a balanced malt profile. There is much here to like so I plan to get some while the gettin's good.


meeekyh, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass from the first annual SLC beer festival.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper color with thick, three finger head that quickly dissipates. The head left big lacing on the walls.

Aroma: Piney hop resins and a small bready sweetness. Very grassy.

Flavor: Plentiful hops in this one. NW hop character is dominant from the beginning, all but overpowering the faint malt backbone. Bitterness builds to an exciting crescendo at the crisp finish. They do their duty when they say they're making a NWPA, but I think a little more malt would do wonders for the beer.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated but still highly drinkable, though it may be too bitter to handle for some people.

ebrauser, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a one finger white head. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus and some caramel malt. Not complex, but good.

The flavor is both hoppy and sweet. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel flavors are all present. This is a nice, well balanced APA.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. You can tell this is well made.I could drink this on a regular basis if it was available year round.

hardy008, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of deadliest
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body, 2 fingers of eggshell head that dies down quickly.
S: Dry, somewhat astringent. Lots of bready malt and citrus.
T: True to their advertising, this is a deliberately balanced PA. Spice and breadiness are equal partners to the hops, while still letting the citrusy hops stand out in the aftertaste. Very good.
M: Med feel, a little light on the carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable, not the hop assault of many new APA's and IPA's.

deadliest, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, grainy malts with touches of toast and caramel. Dry and spicy aroma overall.

Taste: Citrus hops upfront with layers of spiciness. The semi-grainy malt backbone is fairly complex with biscuit, toast, caramel and some grassy characteristics. Ends with a spicy bitterness that is a little different (some have mentioned ash, maybe that's part of it).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly full and smooth for an APA. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A very nice Pale Ale overall that is quite a bit better than Mirror Pond. Very drinkable indeed.

bsp77, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange/amber hue with a foamy off-white head that gradually settles to a thin surface froth. Lacing is sticky, and clings to the glass walls.

S: Slight floral hop character on the nose, combined with sweet notes of caramel and fresh out of the oven bread.

T: more mild than the smell. The malt lends flavors of cereal, bread, and caramel, balanced out with a floral, fruity hop character. Finish is dry and crisp, and long lasting.

Notes: This is a light to medium-bodied ale with a very silky mouthfeel. Quite tasty, and makes one Hell of a session brew. Not my favorite seasonal release from Deschutes, but very solid. I'll be enjoying it while it's available.

WYVYRN527, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of philbertk
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair IPA--India Pale Ale--Bond Street Series--2009 Release. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV--55 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0. IPA Big foamy thin white mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright thin pretty amber red color. Intense floral earthy hop malt front. Tangy mild sweet dry toasted hint caramel hop infused fully fermented mild fruit body. Dry rich hop spice clean mild bitter end. Resinous. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.69 Each. NEW BREW!!

Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair NWPA--Northwest Pale Ale--New Spring Seasonal--2010 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.4 / 5.0) Pale Ale--IPA? Dense rocky lacy 1/2" off white head. Beautiful clear bright rich amber red hint color. Floral earthy hop mild malt toast front. Cloying mellow sweet earthy crusty doughy toasted rich caramel resinous pine malty body. Cloying smooth creamy rich hop spice end. WOW BEER! Sampled 2/4/2010. 6-Pack--$5.99.

3 oz. Taster @ Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 2nd, 2010. 6.4% ABV. 60 IBU's. Clear bright pretty rich thin amber color. Mild earthy hop front. Cloying malty caramel doughy pine mellow sweet body. Cloying NWPA hop end. (4.0 / 5.0)

Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair NWPA--Northwest Pale Ale--Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another slap at brewing conventions--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--IPA? Thick pour. Thin thin lace white head. Clear bright deep amber red hint color. Malty lightly toasted sweet floral hop front. Smooth rich sweetbread doughy juicy hop infused soft caramel fruit body. Smooth refreshing rich balanced hop spice end. Delicious doughy Hoppy Pale Ale. Sampled 1/9/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 1/6/2011

philbertk, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle best buy 04/11

A-a beautiful golden copper color with afresh 1 finger head that reveals nice clinging lacing as it slowly recedes

S-smell is floral hops and malts with citrus and pine needle smells and baked bread

T-follows the nose with a nice balance of hops and floral notes up front then balanced out with sweet caramel malts and toffee

M-is crisp and pure its fresh and well carbonated with bursts of hops and malts in a nicely balanced brew

D- is very high this really reminds me of an ipa..it tastes and drinks like one its very smooth and creamy well made delicious

gatornation, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a distinct burnt orange tone; the three fingered head displays great retention and leaves dots of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Pithy/piney with undertones of bread and toffee

Taste: A complex range of malt flavors (from bread to toffee, with a bit of toastiness) leads the flavor parade, followed by stone fruit; by mid-palate, the pith and pine become assertive and build, after the swallow, with a minty tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really solid pale ale that would verge on IPA territory had it been brewed in other parts of the country

brentk56, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Chair NWPA, best before April 11th. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Color: light copper/straw. Thick, foamy, rocky off-white head, awesome lacing. Bubbles rising slowly from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has serious presence. There are lovely citrus notes but they don't overpower the bready smells. Very floral, flowers and sweetgrass. Lemon and orange zest.

Taste is pleasant and unique for a PA. The citrus hops are present but they don't overwhelm the pallet, instead the mix with the bready malts and cling to the sides of your mouth. Aftertaste is a short grapefruit flurry, then hop bitterness on your way out. Maybe a piney/resiny aftertaste as well.

There is a toasted feel to this beer, both the taste and smell.

Creamy, Biscuity mouthfeel. Dry. Finishes like an IPA, bitter hop bite.

Couldn't drink a lot of this in one sitting. Good beer though.

Scotchboy, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Buy: 3/31/11

Pours a very nice clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with a touch of hops, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, slightly hoppy, with a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice APA.

Wasatch, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautifully clear amber/copper color with a one finger fluffy ivory colored head with good retention. Lacing is very spotty.

S - Huge bouquet of citrus and orange with a strong malt backbone. Pine is very subtle in the background.

T - Very tasty. I have loved this beer since i first tried it. This bottle is a bit old, brewed in April, and i feel the hops have lost their potency, but i still really enjoy this beer. It was better fresh, but aged fairly well. Orange and citrus with a nice pine bite. I find the malts more prevalent now than i did when i drank the first five bottles of my six pack.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - This review comes a bit late, as its almost 5 months old, but i cant help but love this beer. I hope its brewed again. A winner in my book. Very drinkable. So drinkable that i didnt want to drink the last one.

dubinsky, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red amber with a strong two finger head. Aroma is piney floral hops. Taste is similar to the smell with a big touch of pine. Very bold and tasty Pale Ale. There is some confusion between the IPA version and the Pale Ale version of Red Chair. The IPA version was in the middle of the IPA style and the Pale Ale version is toward the top of the PA style. Both are very fine beers. The Pale Ale version is very good, maybe one of the best. Too bad it is a limited edition ale. Probably my favorite Pale Ale so far.

Spikester, Aug 30, 2010
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
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.