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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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1,641 Ratings
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Ratings: 1641
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally taking the time to review a beer that made a huge impact on the Colorado market last year. Thanks to Red Chair, Deschutes Seasonal sales grew over 150% in Colorado last year. This one's a game changer!

Red Chair pours a beautiful reddish amber body with a creamy off white head that displays excellent retention and persistent lacing.

Citrus and floral hop notes with an underlying malty sweetness.

Biscuity caramel malt on the entry with a strong citrus hop mid palate before piney, floral hop bitterness build on a dry, lasting finish. Balance is near perfect, with enough hop bitterness to keep you interested, but not too much to counter drinkability.

Creamy and smooth beyond belief. This may be the best part of this beer.

Super drinkable. Doesn't drink like 6.4% at all. Food friendly, sessionable, but still provides that hop fix we all need now and again. Red Chair enters the market at a time when APAs almost seem like old news, as though with the growth of IPAs this style is antiquated or redundant. Red Chair shows that APA still has something to say, it is still relevent, and when done right, you can tell why so many APAs have become brewery flagships over the years. This is a great beer. Nothing new for Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:05:30 | More by BradLikesBrew
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chumba526

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears orange with a reddish hue to it. There is a small off white head attached to the beer.

It smells strongly of grapefruit. I also get a bit of an orange zest smell. There is a pine like and slightly grassy and pine apple smell to the beer as well.

It tastes much like it tastes. There is initially a nice pineapple flavor and a nice bit of grapefruit flavor. I get a bit of a subdued caramel like flavor to the beer. There is also a slightly pine like taste. For a pale ale this is quite hoppy though it is hoppy in a non-bitter way. This is quite delicious.

The carbonation is around medium and it has a smooth mouthfeel.
The drinkability is good. It is light enough and smooth enough so I could drink a few of these.

Overall a great hop-forward Pale ale. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:17:55 | More by chumba526
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Beernf

California

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

Love this beer. Tried it on a whim at the Palms because i hadn't seen something listed as a Northwest Pale before. I am sure there are differences, but it very much resembled an IPA to me. My drinking buddies couldn't tell the difference either. Smells like pine, grapefruit and slight cannibis. Loved how smooth this went down though. I drank it with a buffalo chicken sandwich and the spiciness of the chicken was tempered by the hops in the beer, very refreshing and crisp. I went home and immediately bought a 6 pack which was gone in like 2 days. Also tried it with a burger (excellent) and pasta (not bad). I like it because it doesn't dominate the conversation like a strong IPA or 2xIPA, the food has a chance to be complimented by the beer as opposed to being overwhelmed. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 03:24:31 | More by Beernf
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snaotheus

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly coppery color, clear, decent head that fades fast and leaves decent lacing. Medium amount of visible active carbonation. Smell is surprisingly hoppy...very nice. Spicy and citrus hops, some sweetness from maltiness in the background.

Strong bitterness, primarily grapefruit rind hops bitterness, some kind of bitter tree bark bitterness (I don't know why that comes to mind, but that's how I want to describe it). You can tell this used to be an IPA recipe.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little thick, but pleasant. Bitterness is just on the verge of being too much for what I look for in a pale ale, which probably means that it's way too much for most people. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:20:02 | More by snaotheus
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TexIndy

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/28/11 on label. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with lots of floaties. It had an average size head that settled into a good collar and thin film covering. Good quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was a mix of bready and caramel malts with piney and slight grapefruit hops. Good but wish it had a little more hops in it. The taste was also good with, again, a mix of malt and hops. Starts out with the caramel malt flavor and then mid-drink the hops ramp up a little but never dominate. Very slight bitter. Very good for an APA. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a solid APA and another great outing from Deschutes. I'm in more of an IPA or 2XIPA mode these days but this one hits the spot. High recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - winter seasonal so probably a 6pk per season. [O;Y]

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:27:09 | More by TexIndy
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 4/19/11.

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The NWPA is a copper-red color with good clarity. The head is thick and sticky with good retention.

Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit citrus and resiny pine.

The flavor is that of a nice hoppy red ale. Lots of citrus and pine here too with a nice bitter kick. The malts impart a caramel sweetness that is just enough to provide a stage for the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated.

Overall a very solid pale ale that really leans towards the IPA category. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:12:04 | More by GilGarp
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Andrew644

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very nice light amber color with an offwhite head that lingers for a very long time.

S- citrusy hop aroma with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

T- slightly hop dominated. There is a lot of citrusy hop flavor but even though there is a lot it is mellow and not overpowering. There is a little malt flavor but it seems to be in the background. It seems more balanced than their regular pale ale but that might just be because of how the hops work together.

M- mildly carbonated. It has a good mouthfeel and is less carbonated than most pale ales but it doesn't take away from the beer at all.

D- a very drinkable beer and would be even better during the warmer summer months.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:33:05 | More by Andrew644
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 04/19/11. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with an ample tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves some splotchy lace.

Nose is a wonderful blend of tropical and citrus hop aromas. Some toffee malt and bit 'o grains round out the nose nicely. Nearly pulled a 5 for smell.

Just bitter enough without overstepping the pale ale category while keeping the focus more on hop flavor and soft malts. So much juicy tropical fruit comes out on this beer, incredible. Reminds me of the spray that comes out of an orange peel when bent/squeezed. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is through the roof. I still like a fresh Mirror Pond better, but this is still a very fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:20:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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madvermin

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper reddish amber than I was expecting. Head loomed large and fluffy, with lots of caking on the glass, looks great.

Aroma is very subtle and restrained, with tropical fruit citrus of pineapple most apparent, to go with a malty sweetness.

The taste is also restrained, but in a good way. Smooth as silk taste, with calm transitions from crisp, clean hops to bready malt. Hops taste of pineapple, orange rind, and a leafy bitterness to finish. Malt is a nice tempered sweet, keeping this one balanced the whole way.

Mouthfeel is really, really well done, with the tingle post-swallow being the highlight. Drinkability follows the smoothness - very, very good for the 6.2%. Fantastic pale ale, and not too expensive either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 07:30:13 | More by madvermin
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, pine, and pale malt. The taste has a firm bitterness that runs through everything. There is a lot of citrus, and pine that coats the mouth long after the beer is gone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really, really, good APA/IPA hybrid that I will surely become a regular of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:55:08 | More by KarlHungus
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beagle75

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light coppery-amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt-forward, sweet and toasty, also showing some juicy pine and citrus hops. The contrasting smells join to give the impression of well-worn leather.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced grainy pale malt and citrus/floral aromatic hops. Acidity peaks in the middle, alongside the durable flavors from the beginning, but remains within ideal limits. Faint caramel also asserts itself in the middle, and goes on to influence the moderately bitter but smooth finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate with perfect acidity, and with low carbonation.

D: Apparently this is the "debut" Northwest pale ale--while I don't recall that claim on the label in its previous vintages, otherwise this beer is as strong as ever. Red chair is very full-flavored, not to mention fairly strong for an American-style pale ale. While acidity gets in the way or becomes distracting in many beers, here it elevates the other qualities. A stylistic moniker of 'extra' or 'strong' before the pale ale would not be out of place here, if Deschutes ever decides to shelve the NWPA movement.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 21:53:33 | More by beagle75
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold to amber in color into my pint glass with a solid two fingers of tight head, good retention and a touch of lacing.

S - Grainy malts, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel sweetness, maybe it's just the grassy hops, but there is a little funk to it.

T - Grainy malts, grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit bite, a bit of toast and biscuit, and almost a clove like spice on the finish. Very different/interesting.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice medium body and well balanced.

D - This certainly isn't my new favorite APA, but it's kind of different and easy to drink. Might be an interesting one to try with some different food or cheese pairings.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:59:47 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely orange-amber. A strong 1-2 inch head initially, but dies down to an everlasting 1/4 inch crown. Moderately carbonated. Crystal clear. Looks lovely.

S: Nice aromas for a pale-amber ale. Pleasant fruitiness mixed with citrusy, piney, and even grassy hop aromas. SOme orange and grapefruit come out as it warms up. These aromas are backed up by a pleasant piney bitterness. I do get some malts as well with a munich-like maltiness followed by a deep caramel note. Not much breadiness. The yeast must be a more expressive strain than your typical west coast pale ale as I note some strong fruity esters. Very aromatic and pleasing.

T: Well-balanced hoppiness and malts. At first I get more of the fruitiness that I mentioned above. THe hops add some orange and grapefruit flavors at first. The bitterness is more piney and lemon rind-esque. I do get some lemon character in the aftertaste. The maltiness is well balanced. There are some rich caramel flavors throughout. The yeast does add a little fruitiness in the flavor, but not as much as was present in the aroma.

M: LIght-medium bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Smooth feel across the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very nice pale-amber ale. I'm not sure if I'd call it an amber as it is missing a little bit of the maltiness present in the style. It definitely has some caramel malts as well. The hops and malt flavors are well balanced. I feel the yeast character is what makes this beer enjoyable. The strain must be more expressive than your standard west coast strain. I find some of the esters present enjoyable. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:41:04 | More by brewdoc75
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of delicious pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of a good dose of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are pine resiny and also have a grapefruit quality to them. Good amount of bitterness. Malts are fairly subdued, but do offer a biscuity and caramel notes. Leans towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:08:55 | More by ocelot2500
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a Dogfish head tulip glass a copper color with a fluffy slightly off white head that slowly recedes. The aroma is fairly pungent with notes of citrus, apricot, mixed with a fairly rich malt backbone. Nice lace left from me swirling this around. Medium/light mouthfeel. Hmm, the taste is really not as good as the nose with a hoppy citrus start that then transitions to a a slightly soapy taste and then a burnt toast type flavor. The beginning I like but it then falls apart a little for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:45:27 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another xpa from Deschutes.

Pours an amber copper color with a finger of beige head. Decent retention with some lacing.

Aroma: Fairly hoppy for an apa. Pine and grassy flavors. It does have some biscuit malts and a bit of caramel malts as well. Not bad.

Taste: A little more sweet than the nose would suggest. The malts show here more, but it is still fairly hoppy. Floral and pine with some fruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, another xpa that I thought was a bit too malty. This one wasn't as bad because it was an apa and I expected a little more malt and not as much hops, but it brought a decent amount of hops to the table.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:10:16 | More by mothman
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loren01

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with nice sized white head great lacing down the glass
S: Grassy, piney hops.
T: Slightly malty followed by a nice grassy/pine hop flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer, nice crisp aftertaste
D: This is a great beer, nice balance. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:19:08 | More by loren01
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 04/19/11

Clear copper color with two fingers of dense head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Really big hoppy aroma. This is an APA? Loads of pine with hints of citrus and dank weed. Some bready malt somehow makes it through the hops.

Hoppy flavor but not as hoppy as I expected from the aroma. Citrus and pine hop flavor. All 60 IBUs can be detected. The malt does add some flavor and sweetness, but the hops take center stage. Finishes bitter with a little bit of cloying hoppiness.

Wonderful texture to this beer. Silky smooth and gentle on the palate. Body heft is on par for an APA.

I think I was expecting a hoppy red ale and got a borderline West Coast IPA. Just another wonderful beer from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 22:58:02 | More by morimech
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climax

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to find this one. It pours a bright amber with excellent clarity. The head was even and fairly tall. The retention and lace were respectable.

The nose was an herbal explosion for a pale ale. IPA-esque qualities ooze out. The balance between sweet and bitter is excellent. Tropical fruit, spice, and caramel lurk in the shadows of the grassy hop profile.

The flavor was excellent. It was grassy from the start, but the finish is exceptionally earthy, moreso than any beer I remember. Sweetness in the form of bubblegum and pink grapefruit does it's best to match the extreme herbal flavor. As far as the malt goes... er, maybe a whisper of caramel and sourdough bread in the backbone.

The body is just on the light side of medium. The feel is nicely carbonated, sharp but light. It's mostly slick through the finish where it eventually leaves off at dry. Drinkable? Absolutely. Definitely a sessionable pale ale, despite a surprisingl well hidden ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:45:44 | More by climax
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grittybrews

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-amber into a Duvel tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Intensely floral aroma with subtle notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Citrus hops up front followed by biscuity malt with further hop flavors that progress from gentle floral notes to more intense pine.

This beer didn't blow my mind the first time around, but after revisiting it I'm really impressed! Really tasty, balanced, and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:15:17 | More by grittybrews
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright copper with enormous meringue-like head that jiggles. Nose has fresh bready components, citrus, and tingly herbal notes. Nice balance of biscuity toasty flavors with citrusy hops. Light bodied and incredibly drinkable. Hides alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:13:33 | More by yemenmocha
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice one finger head, doesn't last long. Gives nice lacing throughout the glass. Smell is hoppy, not overpowering, and gives a slight hint of sweet malt. Taste is hoppy but very drinkable, not an IPA, but hoppy and SUPER crisp. Slight floral and citrus notes, but very very vague. A little sweet, but nothing too sweet, very very good balance. Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability, like I said is unbelievable, I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:41:50 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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UTCengOwl

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone left a bottle at my house after they came over to watch a playoff football game. I figured why not and cracked this open into a (512) shaker pint.

The beer is a clear orange-hued brown with an excellent off-white head. The head is composed of tiny bubbles that seem to float on top of the beer and leave great lacing down the glass. I'm a sucker for a good head.

This beer smells like hops. Piney, pithy hops. I wish it was a bit brighter on either the pine or fruit notes, but it's not bad. There's a caramelly, bready backbone behind the hops, but the hops are what stand out.

The taste is also dominated by the same hops. The malt backbone is there, but not impressive. A strong bread taste, but also a lingering mineral bite that I wish it didn't have. The hops suffer from the same somewhat bland hit that it had in the nose. The mouthfeel is not all that impressive, but it's not bad either. The overall decentness combined with the somewhat muted flavor profile of a pale ale as opposed to an IPA makes this fairly drinkable. I jut wish it did the little things a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:26:00 | More by UTCengOwl
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GoldenJet

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session, session session! Did I mention this would be a good session brew?

While I rarely dislike anything from Deschutes, outside of the limited release stuff (Abyss, Dissident, etc.) I'm rarely blown away by their beers. This one's no exception.

Red Chair NWPA seems loaded with citrus, a little ripe fruit on the nose, a ton of grapefruit on the palate, and more citrus on the finish. This reminds me a lot of Widmer Drifter, but not so overbearing, and much more well-crafted.

I think this is a great session beer, but the overwhelming citrus tones might get a little tiresome after five or six of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:26:37 | More by GoldenJet
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 01:55:15 | More by JackieTH
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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