Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 2,439
Photo of jtaylord
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro draft. Nice copper color. Smooth off-white head that retains for a good amount of time. Pine on the nose. Subtle hop taste and smell. Not overpowering. Smooth finish. Wish it was a year round offering.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a fantastic copper caramel color with a fluffy off white head that left a very nice amount of off white lacing down the glass.

The smell was a smash of flowers and some pine. Something like walking through a beautiful forest clearing surrounded by towering pines.

The taste was floral sweet with just the right amount of pine hop bite.

The feel is where this beer wins for me. The hops, with the floral and pine flavors, hit the front of the tongue while the hop bite washes off mid tongue with a very light and crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall this is a very clean beer with 60 IBU's that just does not bite as that bitter. At a 6.2 ABV and such an easy drinking ale this one seems like one that a person could get into trouble with if not careful.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - Best by 04/09/16:

Pours hazed orange amber with a creamy lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus with caramelized bread and a hint of peppery spice.

The taste of citrus and caramelized dough intermingle. The is a floral/spicy dryness in the clean finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

This is a well-balanced, juicy, easy-drinking APA. Enjoyable!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking creamy white head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves a little something on the surface of the beer. The beer itself is a clear medium amber color with a very nice copper hue to it. The look is pretty good even if it is a bit dark for the style.

The smell is nice, balanced, and clean. The smell has a nice pine resin and floral note that mixes with a slightly toasted and sweet bread note with a little bit of caramel there. The smell is certainly nice and good.

The taste is slightly better than the smell. The pine resin and floral hop notes are a bit stronger and sweeter (as well as the malts). The malt note does not quite have that same slight toast note but certainly has a sweet caramel character.

The feel is a bit heavy for the pale ale but still good. It's a medium bodied with some very nice biting carbonation that gives it a bit more texture to it. Other than the biting carbonation, the beer has a pretty smooth feel to it. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Overall, the beer is pretty nice, but not super memorable. It's a nice balanced pale ale that is definitely very well brewed. I highly recommend getting one even if there are other beers available.

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Photo of JayKay
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Copper in color, great off-white head with solid retention and moderately carbonated.

S- Malty bread on the nose.

T- Great floral hop taste and some bitter hop on the finish.

F- Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest.

O- Enjoyed he balance between the slightly sweet malts and bitter hop finish.

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Photo of Sleeb
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark, amber. almost tea colored
S-Clean malty some fruit
T-Nice malt with hint of fruit
F-A bit creamy and dense
O- A nice beer that finishes well

Well done Deschutes as always

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass: awesome deep amber color. Transparent. Beautiful lacey head of foam. Toast, citrus on the nose. Taste is really well balanced between toasty malts and hops. Excellent lingering hoppy aftertaste. To me this tastes like a pale ale that is just a bit more on the hoppy side. Like just about everything Deschutes does, it is flawless.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange/amber brew with small tight head. Lots of fine carbonation keep the head intact. Light aroma of malt, some hop notes come through. Hops are slightly stronger in the taste, but it’s mostly a malt party here. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014/2015 reviewed on 3/8/15
A: Copper liquid is a bit dark.
S: Good biscuity malt and some fruity hops.
T: Pleasant malt opening with some estery yeast notes that flirt with going too far but are still pleasant. Grapefruit finish - fully with pith and all.
M: Quite bitter finish, dry malt.
O: Very tasty

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Photo of Chris72
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this recently. Alot lighter than I like, so I'm kinda biased.
Look: From the bottle, so look is irrelevant at this juncture
Smell: Has a decent, smooth smell to it
Taste: Has a decent red ale flavor, light for my taste
Feel: Light and crisp

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via Country Fresh Market in a DT snifter. This nice APA pours a brilliant, glowing, reddish amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit, caramel malt, toast, brown sugar, and leafy bittering hops. Flavors pass the nose with sweet caramel and honey notes that have a striking blow of grapefruit and leafy / flowery bittering hop flavor that lingers on the aftertaste. Flavors start sweet with a great backbone and then give way to a leafy flavor that out weighs the grapefruit and lingers long on the palate. Good carbonation makes for a smooth crisp mouth feel with a clean finish. Solid brew from a solid brewery.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a different IPA.

A : A beautiful dark honey/iced tea glow with a popcorn colored head (2 fingers). The lace is sparse but still present. Opacity is about 90%.

S : Sweet fruits, some gardenia (flowers, sap, leaves), a hint of maple syrup, and a faint biting grapefruit note. Malts are roasted in the nose. Solid 4.

T : Delicious beer. Candied, almost. Lots of caramel, with roasted malts and yeast, so that kind of yields itself to a caramel roll-like taste. Some fruity sweetness from berries and figs, and a sharp pungent grapefruit rind note in the hop arena. Still better than the "Sucks" I had earlier.

F : Very creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation but easy drinking too. The carbonation electrifies the experience, and it ends slightly dry and pasty.

O : I'd have it again, but probably only on tap as it's gotta be better there. I don't like it enough to buy it in bottles again but it is a fair shot at a Red? IPA. Very nicely done, Deschutes.

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Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head with low retention, medium lacing. A honey amber body, with some cloudiness. On the Nose, figs and caramel malts, hint of grapefruit comes in toward the end. On the Palate, toasted malt and a slight sweetness are upfront, followed by a slight bitterness and citrus at the end. finishes semi-dry and a nice subtle creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Amber beer with small head. Aroma of orchard fruits and malts. Taste is dry leaf, malts, some grapefruit and caramel. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TheBeigeKnight
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean and spectacular for me. Everything I could ask for in a hop forward pale ale, of which I am not normally a big fan. Deschutes must have a fine, fine water supply for their beer, it always tastes very clean.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my faves, always look forward to getting this in the spring. A lot like their Fresh Squeezed but lighter and more subtle hop flavors. A really solid pale...definitely recommended.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong, deep amber color with a nice hoppy aroma. The hops flavor is not as overpowering as I find some IPAs to be, and has a nice little grapefruit in it as well. A good beer for a hot sunset.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a mostly opaque copper color with a white one finger head which lasts for a while. There is good carbonation and light to moderate lacing.

The smell is heavy on grapefruit and orange. There is some pine as well as a malty, bready smell but the hops dominate.

The taste follows the nose with the grapefruit tasting hops dominating, a bit overwhelming for a beer that bills itself as a Pale Ale and not an IPA. There is also, orange, lemon and pine with a bready, caramel malt backbone present from beginning to end. The finish leaves some hop oil on the tongue.

Overall this is a good beer, it is well balanced albeit a bit stronger than your average Pale Ale but that is what I have come to expect from Deschutes.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a beautiful deep copper with some haziness, great off-white head with solid retention and lacing. Moderately carbonated.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, resiny floral hops, malty bread notes all come through as well as hints of pine and caramel.

T: Slightly sweet caramel and bread, then grapefruit and great floral hop taste with a slight spiciness and some hop bitterness at the finish.

F: Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest. Very smooth and easy drinking in a good way.

O: One of my personal favorite APA's I truly wish this wasn't just a seasonal brew. The balance between the slightly sweet malts upfront and the bitter almost IPA hop finish are incredible.

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Photo of yetijosie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer on tap (Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in El Paso TX) and it is excellent. Not too dry like the sierra nevada pale, not too bitter. Just the perfect balance of skunkiness and breadiness.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 7-16-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, somewhat lighter than average carbonation.

SMELL: grapefruit, bread and some pine.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, initially very sweet caramel and then grapefruit, finishes with a pleasantly mild, piney hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a nicely balanced beer, the sweet malt up front made the hops even more enjoyable on the back end, Deschutes is one of my top five brewers, I would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, citrus flowery
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing excellent – curtains covering inside of glass
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins slightly flowery then some malt appears; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper toned and mildly hazy from very minute flecks, this ale's fluffy, yellow-tan, head has superb retention, with sticky quick-drying chunky lace down pint glass' interior walls. Aromas are floral, resiny, piney, citrusy on the hop side and just barely caramel on the malt side. Perhaps a little diacetyl, although this I do not find in the taste. Maybe just a little on the aftertaste, but only under the tip of the tongue. Might be something else, but whatever it is not nasty or distracting, certainly not with the hop bitterness that abounds. The flavor profile is strong and balanced, but not too complex. Not really that bitter on front of palate, but it gets you in the back. Has a nice malty touch. To the taste, hops are slightly more brothy/vegetal/herbal/spicy than they are in the aroma, and as already mentioned, less complex, having lost much of the floral/fruity character detectable on the nose. Mouthfeel indicates a medium-bodied brew, mid-range carbonation, very smooth and very crisp. A wonderful drinker for drinkers.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a good light brown head with good retention. Leaves some excellent lacing.

Aroma is piney with citrus notes. Has some nice grassy and floral notes. Some slight, sweet caramel malts come through on.

Good balance of malts and fruitiness. Bready malts. A hint of the caramel is still there. Some light fruitiness on the back end.

Nice and crisp. Refreshing. Not too much carbonation.

Overall, a solid entry from Deschutes, but nothing out of the ordinary. A good APA.

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Photo of Mikus
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better pale ale for the price, clue me in. Finally found some with a date I like (5/29/15) and bought one to sample. Into the Spiegelau. A finger of fluffy, white head on top of a deep tangerine body, hints of red in the light. Light piney aromas, hint of grapefruit, clean and subtle with a hint of lemon grass or saffron. Nearly perfect for a PA. Balance is the word on flavor. Light grapefruit rind, citrus bitterness on the front. Mid palate has a nice lightly toasted malt base. Super clean. Perfect finish like a cool glass of lemonade on a summer's day. This may be my summer lawnmower beer. Hands down beats the pants off SNPA.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.