Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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532 Reviews
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Reviews: 532
Hads: 2,281
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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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:
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 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 (575 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by 3/24/2012, poured into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color, with a finger or two of white head. Head recedes quite quickly. A bit of carbonation visible in the bubbles. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Wonderful malt aroma, but not particularly strong.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell, but still fairly sweet. Less malty than the smell would indicate. Somewhat of a more bitter aftertaste than I'd like, but still quite tasty.

Average body for the style. Slightly creamy, and carbonation is good.

This is a good beer, but not spectacular. I remember enjoying this a lot more when I was just drinking it, rather than sitting down and actually putting words and numbers to the brew. For that, it gets an extra half-point in the overall rating. (809 characters)

Photo of rawla
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a reasonably fresh bottle off a 6 pack. Best by date of 03/31/2011.

A: Pours a radiant sun-burnt orange, ruby , and almond brown color. Just a damn good looking beer. Very average carbonation, and little to no lacing. Egg-shell head; about 1-2 inches of foam.

S: Notes of biscuits, with subtle pine, grapefruit, citrus, and toasted sesame. The overall profile isn't as pungent as I expected, but the malt profile is insanely enticing. Mmmm

T: A few great things going on. At the front, the complex malt profile takes over. A toasted almond and flaky, buttery biscuit front finishes off with a fresh dose of cascade hops. A really refreshing citrusy finish, with little after taste. You just want to keep drinking this thing down.

M: Deceptively bright and light feel. You don't get weighed down at all by the malts.

O: I am not biggest malt fan, especially with Pale Ales/IPA's. I want hops, and more hops. This thing balances the complex malt profile with a straight-forward hop finish beautifully. Magnificent session/speciality beer.

A MUST try.... A (1,089 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper with just a light haze. Nice 1.5 finger white head with some retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light hop tones of pine, earth, citrus, and fruit along with a strong caramel malt.

T - Very good, with a nice caramel malt and biscuit backbone. The sweetness of the malt is mild and pleasant and blends with the fruity nature of the hops well. The hops provide more fruit character than found in the nose: still piney and earthy but flavors of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. Mild bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth.

O - A very good example of an APA. I would highly recommend this brew. (704 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red copper. Thin white head that doesn't last all that well.
S- Fruity, citrus, some bread, a bit of pine and a bit of caramel.
T- There is a good hoppy flavor with pine, some citrus fruits, and a fair bit of caramel and bread dough.
M- Medium body, medium-high carb. Somewhat dry in the finish.
O- A fairly good easy drinking pale ale that provides a good hop kick. (371 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 1/13/12.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger head that sat there for a few minutes.

Smell: Fruity and most likely citrus hops dominated the nose. Very excited to try this one on draft.

Taste: Carmelly, with a dry hop finish to create a well-balanced APA. Tasted fresh to me and had me wanting another pint.

Mouthfeel: Felt light and creamy with a little bit of bitterness to finish as it goes down.

Overall: This is an excellent APA that would appeal to a lot of different palates. I imagine it would be easy to down several of these over the course of an evening. (619 characters)

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

Pours a clear light orange with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of grapefruit, caramel, bread, lighter fruit, grapes, some small hints of pine.

Taste is up front, sweet, bready malt some fruit flavor that morphs into a grape, grapefruit character and ends on a more pine, note mixed with grapefruit and sweet malt. Quite nice and complex enough to keep things interesting.

Lighter body with medium to lower carbonation works quite well for the style.

A big, malty yet hoppy and fruity pale ale that is complex enough to be interesting and quite drinkable at the same time. I actually would prefer for a bit lower alcohol percent so I could down more of this. Excellent beer. (695 characters)

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

Thanks to a buddy who brought back this good tasting brew from Deschutes and shared this with me. Poured into half glass and gives an amber orange appearance with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. Aroma of citrus, grainy malts with touches of toast and caramel. Dry and spicy aroma overall. 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. Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly full and smooth for an APA. Nice dry finish. A very nice Pale Ale overall that is quite a bit better than Mirror Pond in my opinion. Quite sessionable! (689 characters)

Photo of GNWBC
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive said it once and ill proudly say it again...being a native of seattle....NW brew kicks ass!

P: a clear amber reddish copper with a half finger of pure white head thats leaves a super scandalous lacing.

S: smell is exactly what i love in PA's sweet malty carmel notes with lots of citrus and a nice strong pine resin from the hops.

T: follows the smell, lots of sweet malt and carmel, plenty of floral citrus and an awesome piney hop shot that fits perfectly with the rest of the beer. not overpowering at all. even for being a 60 IBU brew.

O: over all this is everything i love in a pale ale, sweet spicy citrus hits and nice piney hops...the NW rules! (661 characters)

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

great great seasonal. a nice change of pace from the malt bomb spice happy winter beers of 2011/12. this one smells a little sweet, malty and complex, but lighter and drankable. balanced flavor, notes of caramel malts but also some paler stuff and a touch of hops to finish it. fantastic flavor, really really silky in the mouth, like the dead song feel like a stranger... gonna be a silky silky crazy crazy night. thats this beer, smooth as hell and drinkable for days. love love love it (488 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/5/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piney, citrusy, floral. Nice hoppy goodness.

Taste is a great balance between a bready pale/caramel malt blend and nice bitter hops.

Overall, just a tasty understated brew. Would be great w/ a burger. This should be available year round. (368 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly. (402 characters)

Photo of mjryan
2.36/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember really liking this beer. A lot. What happened? Looks great in the glass. Aroma disappoints. Butter and citrus zest. I dig the citrus, not the butter. Flavour is again buttery. Very full, viscous mouthfeel. Diacetyl run amok. Bummer. I really liked this beer in the past, but the flabby butter character is a big let down. Oh well. (341 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear orange-amber with a white head that was small but still retained well and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops mostly. Good balance of bready malts and citrus/pine hops in the taste, citrus pith and splashes of mango. Medium-bodied and very solid overall. (335 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, yes, yes, yes omg, omg, omg!!!

Appearance: Clear amber. White head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Beautiful hop aroma with a very balanced malt backbone. Hops are floral and the malt is nice and bready.

Taste: follows the nose nicely.

Mouthfeel: probably the most drinkable american beer I've ever had. Perfect carbonation. Very very smooth.

Overall: Its a crime against humanity that this isn't a year around beer. The price is supremely cheap for the quality. (495 characters)

Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a reddish/orange (almost amber) color with a small white head that retained well and left spotty lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of fruity/floral and resinous hops. Definite taste of caramel, mango? and citrus. Very nice hop profile that is balanced well with sweet malts.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable...a very enjoyable beer. (411 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. A souvenir of my summer 2011 road trip through the Pacific northwest.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange-amber hue, with two fingers of thick foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy coral reef lace around the glass as things eventually succumb to gravity and other physical phenomena.

It smells of sweet biscuity caramel malt, bitter citrus cream, a more than subtle mint edginess, and further floral perfume and leafy hops. The taste is more sweet caramel and toffee, mildly bitter grapefruit pith and forest floor coverings, blended with a nicely rounded leafy, floral, metallic mint, and perfumed flower hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequately moderate, and mostly unobtrusive, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, as the hops aren't really into playing spoiler in this one. It finishes off-dry, the malt still putting up a decent power-to-the-people sort of fight, all against a punchy hop attack that at the same time keeps one gun a little too well holstered.

A rather stellar pale ale - pretty much as balanced as possible, without fear of tipping over and up to the next level of IPA temptation. The purported extra level of booze beyond standard issue in this here particular offering is a minor bit of distraction, but overall this is one hoppy, tasty, and fruity pale ale, worthy of its lofty American stature. (1,385 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is an amber tone with a two finger head. The smell has pine, citrus hops, some malts. Red Chair has a taste of resin coated hops, bread, malts, some orange and other light citrus flavors. MF is medium-fall, with great carbonation. In summary, this is a very nice APA and I wish that I could get this back home in CT. (371 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/19/11 notes. Bottle brought back by my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago from Oregon. Best by 07/20/11 date on the bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. One inch of retention throughout drinking it and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruty malts, light pine hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits. A lot more hops than I was expecting; smells like a nice, fresh IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malts, fruity malts, light pine hops. Not quite as hoppy, with more of the malts taking over, but no bitterness. Good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body and real easy to drink. Wondeful mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice, drinkable APA. Definitely felt like I could have and would want to have a few of these. Great hoppy and fruity nose and mouthfeel, would love to have it again sometime. (1,057 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass, didn't find a freshness date.

Pours a clear lite reddish copper with an off white foam head, good head retention and a nice lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Light to medium body with expected carbonation. The taste is a nice balance between the biscuity and caramel malts and a crisp citrus hop finish (not extremely hoppy but very present), its also lighter than I expected, very refreshing. Overall a pretty good session / summer beer, I like this one. (534 characters)

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a reddish copper hue with just a slight bit of haze. Very nice one finger, frothy white head. Aromas of fruity malt balanced by a solid hop backbone. This beer goes down very smoothly, hoppy, but not a hop bomb, malty, but not overly so. This beer appeals to me in the same way that Sam Adams Boston Lager does. An easy to come by, easy to drink, delicious beer that would probably appeal to lots of different drinker. (429 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass. Numerous times between February and July 2011.

A: Orange copper color with a small head of white foam. Average amount of lacing for a pale ale.

S: A malty aroma counters the typical PNW ctirus notes found in the hops.

T: The citrus flavor of the hops are well balanced with a honey malt as well as some leafy qualities found in the back.

M: A very smooth mouth feel, almost creamy in nature. There is also a pleasant but not overwhelming hoppy presence.

O: This is an incredibly well made beer that has a good balance between hops and malt. Very easy to drink and full of flavor. This would easily be my year round session beer if it weren't a seasonal release. (715 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going on my third solid Deschutes beer in a row! For real, never had any of their beers before a week ago and I feel ashamed for that. Making up for it now, and if you were like me, go grab yourself one of their beers!

A: Golden amber color, nice one and half finger head from a hard pour in a traditional pint glass, topped off with ample amounts of lacing evenly distributed around the glass.

S: Hoppy, surprisingly very hoppy.

T: Smooth, but quickly followed with a rush of hops leaving a surprising light bitter aftertaste. I like bitter!

M: Almost creamy, coats the entire mouth, goes down smooth.

O: As previously stated, solid. I will definitely be drinking this beer again in the future and recommend it to others. (727 characters)

Photo of bobloblaw22
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the Deschutes brewery Mountain Room.

A:Deep dark red amber color. Poured with about a finger of foamy head. Very nice lacing left on the pint glass.

S: Classic pine and citrus, but what really gets me is the nice warm caramel scent. Very enticing.

T: Was pleased to taste the malty caramel come through in a very smooth way. That's definitely the highlight of the taste for me. Nice, crisp, balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body.

Very enjoyable overall! (468 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange tinged copper color and comes with a one finger thick head that is cloud white. It retains quite well, settling to a thin, but densely populated fine bubbly film. Lacing is above average but doesn't cling lquite ike I thought it would but that's ok. This looks to be fairly heavily carbonated as well. Decent looking overall....

S- There is much more malt noticeable compared to an IPA, which gives this a good counter balance to the citrusy smelling hops. Reasonably modest in aroma generally, but it's nice as it's not an overpowering hop bomb!

T- Very well rounded flavors! The soft citrus hop character is balanced by a slightly honeyed malt profile and some biscuit like qualities. The finish has some earthy, leafy flavors that keep this bitter yet dry and thirst quenching.

M- A smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable brew to drink. There is a hopped oiliness that contributes to this in my opinion. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is deceiving....it's not palate scrubbing at all.

O- A very well made beer. It's well balanced, full of flavor, easy to drink and is quenching on the palate. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this style and who wants something that's reserved yet does the job well! (1,282 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.