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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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550 Reviews
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Reviews: 550
Hads: 2,347
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 146
Gots: 425 | FT: 3
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 seetrider
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice orange color with red hue. Pours with very modest amount of head but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and hoppy smell with some fruity hints.

T: Crisp and fresh taste with a good amount of hoppiness giving way to a floral, malty flavor. Quite refreshing.

M: A bit soapy, but it may just be the hoppiness- rather similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; overall well balanced.

D: It's got good drinkability for the aBV% but I wouldn't exactly say it's a session beer.

Overall, I really like this beer, it's got good flavor and kick and I will continue to look for it during the spring months.

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Photo of aaron12
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

deschutes makes the best pale ales. mirror pond is my favorite, however red chair is a nice change up. the subtle balance that deschutes uses is impressive. the 6.4 is a nice kick too, which will sneak up on you, being this beer is so drinkable. the fact that they only use whole hops is the most impressive, and all their PAs' have a similar mid-pallet buttery malt. so good! the nose is sweet and not too hoppy, but the hops come in at the end when you taste, dry and well balanced with the malts. i drink this up all spring long, and always look forward to next year's when it's gone.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type on tap @ ed's <no name> bar
appearance amber nice lacing
smell pine earthy orange
taste malty bitter and smooth almost like an EIPA but not as harsh the beer is maltier than hoppy bready still nicely hopped
mouthfeel creamy it stays on the tongue well and feels good a few minutes after a sip so smooth
drinkability I have to say this beer is highly drinkable and curious tasty beer to savor over at the bar

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Photo of Swimsum
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Best by 4/14/2011 (says 1920 M underneath, batch number perhaps?)

Pours out a nice deep copper color with a light beige head. Head is initially a finger high but settles to a thin ring around the glass. Body is hazy. In light it is a nice golden copper color. Very nice looking liquid. Some very nice looking loose lacing clings to the glass as the liquid recedes in the glass.

Nice and hoppy upfront. A good malt backbone balances this out nicely. Getting some toasty notes from the malt. The hops give off a more resin and earthy tone.

Resin hops great the taste buds upon first sip. A bit grassy notes also detected. The malt doesn't come through as much as it does in the smell for me. The hops really dominate this one. Each swallow gives a bit of sweetness that I'm guessing comes from the malt. It really helps to balance the beer but the hops are still much the dominating presence. A nice bitterness lingers in the mouth after each sip.

Nice feeling on this one. It's a bit thicker than medium bodied but not in a bad way. Carbonation isn't apparent on the mouth. As stated in the taste, bitterness lingers but isn't distracting at all.

This is another solid beer from Deschutes. For a pale this is pretty hopped up (sort of like Sierra Nevada Pale). I would have liked a bit more balance but at the same time the hophead in me loves this. Will be getting more of this for sure.

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Photo of Mdog
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper, big head.

Smell: Pine and citrus.

Taste: Crisp sweetness before the citrus hops give some bitterness and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Feels light and crisp, very easy to drink.

Wow, I am really impressed with this pale ale. Delivers nice flavor without getting too heavy. It's hard to describe, there's a crisp bite of hops in this that I haven't experienced in other beers. Take a drink, bang! it's there, then it's out. Yummy!

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Photo of plfahey
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold to amber in color and relatively clear. Moderately large off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Pleasant bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, and piney pacific northwest hops. Some bready and caramel malt apparent as well.

Flavor-Some bready and caramel malt. The hop flavors on this are excellent-perfumy, grapefruit, piney, citrus, and a bit floral. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation. Relatively smooth, no astringency. Feels like it could use a bit more carbonation though.

This is a great pale ale, with some very nice west coast hop flavors. Personally I'd like a little more malt in the backbone, but it's quite good. Awesome flavor, but not so huge as to overwhelm the palate-I could easily drink several of these.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red Chair NWPA pours an orangish color with copper highlights, and 2 fingers of off-white head. Both retention and lacing are extremely good. This seems to be a ridiculously well-crafted APA.

Smell: A very nice caramel malt backbone is very prevalent in this beer. Also, a lot of piney hops and citrus. This beer seems to have great balance.

Taste: This beer has a bunch of caramel malts, followed by citrus and piney hops. Really, really enjoyable. This is the single most enjoyable APA I've had to date. It probably leans toward the malts side overall, but not by much. There is plenty of citrus/hops to make this beer a treat to drink all the way around.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is just under medium bodied, and smooth/creamy as hell. Overall, this is a ridiculously drinkable APA. I don't recall a beer of this style that I've had to date that can touch this beer. Another impressive outing from Deschutes.

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Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Bright amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Slight creamy head. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Aroma:
Fresh hops, fruity, slight malty.

Taste/Body:
Fresh juicy hops up front, citrus, floral, slight spicy. Ripe fruitiness in the middle, black cherries. Clean malts at the end, touch of caramel. Crisp and juicy body, well carbonated.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Crisp finish, sligth sweet and citrusy aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Very good for an American Pale Ale, very Northwestern.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into 8oz taster.
A: A nice malty orange body, with a light clarity and a fluffy white head. Good head retention and lacing is present.

S: The aroma is a nice presence of Northwest hops, very layered and approachable. Light malt undertones. medium intensity on the aroma.

T/M: Light body and a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Hops play a major role in this PA, but there is a nice back drop of malts. Good overall character and a really smooth easy drinking brew. A hint of creaminess is found in the body as it warms. Hops shown are high in aroma content, less on the bitter side, a good overall representation of how a classic Pacific Northwest hops should play out.

D: I find this to be very drinkable and the ABV is hidden well. A nice lighter malt balanced PA that still holds a high hop presence.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a 2 finger white head. Head has dang good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Smell contains both hops and malts. Taste is smooth for an APA, starts with the hops in the front of the tongue then moves to the malts in the middle. Deschutes tried to emphasize the malts in this one, it's a really good argument for a great APA that doesn't have a jr IPA. The balance leans a little more to the malty side, but it still seems "right" the finish contains some bitterness from the malt and hops but the after taste seems clean. Mouthfeel is perfect for an APA with this flavor profile, just a hair heavier than a hoppy APA, but it still has good carbonation. Drinkability is great, this is something I would share with my friends who have just recently gotten their foot in the door of craft beer. Bravely done Deschutes!

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Photo of AbyssJunkie13
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark golden honey color. Off-white bubbly head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing.

S: Decent but not strong hop smell. Not much else. Maybe a little biscuit?

T: The hops are right there up front. Definite bitterness comes through very strongly, and it lingers for a good while. The flavor hops go quite quickly, but while they're there, they make quite an impression. Lots of grapefruit, some pineapple underneath. Perhaps some malt, but the hops are dominating.

F: It's definitely on the lighter side, but the extremely flavorful characteristic makes it feel much better on the tough than another beer of comparable thinness. Also, it didn't seem that carbonated, but what was there, I definitely felt on the tongue.

D: I could drink these all night long! Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey copper/red, thick white head recedes to a nice crusty film.

Smells of citrus, caramel, and some slight grapefruit. Maybe even a hint of honey.

Citrus, pine, and caramel on the palate. Also some pineapple and orange flavors. Crisp bitter finish.

Not much in the way of carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours with good body. Substantial head with low carbonation. Very tight pack head that dissipates slowly. Leaves residue but not too much. Clear. Rich amber with gold-orange. Caramel- like tones.

Smells of floral hops, nobles. Citrus balance with a full nose of malt. Very well done aroma. Caramels.

Clean tasting. Hops that are well-balanced with alcohol content that makes it smother than similar abv beers. Caramel, slight biscuit. Low yeast. Bitterness from both spec malts and hops leave an aftertaste that is pleasant; not acrid.

Very drinkable. Well done from Deschutes, again. Tis one took. Bit of getting used to because it doesn't use the typical citrine hops of the NW. A bit dark for a pale ale. Still, well crafted.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Beernf
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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]

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Andrew644
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of veinless
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of beagle75
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.