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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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1,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 1639
Reviews: 461
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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Photo of Bfarr


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

NWPA pours with light amber color with just a hint of orange and a light tan foam. It has a fine citrus hop aroma. The initial taste is of the citrus hops but it is not overbearing and quickly gives way to a slightly sweet malty backbone. There is a nice smooth transition between the two with the hop bitterness clinging in the end.

This beer is claimed on the bottle to be the bear for when you don't won't a "full on hop-assault". In the beginning, it doesn't disappoint. However, by the end the hops overpower the malt and it drinks more like an IPA. Still a fine drinking beer, it just doesn't quite deliver on its claims.

2/2/12 Edit:
I beg to differ. The preceding review was written by an ignorant philistine. It does not drink like an IPA it is a great pale ale with great malt notes of biscuit and caramel sweetness and a citrus hop balance with a light bite and linger yet a long malty finish. The former review should be stricken from the archives and the author reprimanded severely. Luckily, he scored it incongruously high Iand mostly agreed with the score.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 15:01:14 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Rayek


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Bright amber with mild carbonation. A fluffy eggshell head has nice retention and leaves good lacing.

S: Mostly grapefruit with a bit of red grapes thrown into the mix. A little caramel sweetness rounds things out.

T: Despite the hop dominated nose, the bitterness is actually rather mild. It's made up of grapefruit, plus a little lemon. Malts are there with a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bite.

M: The medium body has very soft carbonation.

D: This beer was too one dimensional for my tastes. It's an easy drinker, but the grapefruit flavors and aromas make up too much of the picture for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 04:17:26 | More by Rayek
Photo of northaustin


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

pours a clear dark amber/red with a skinny finger of even white head. no lacing.

smell: bigtime citrus hops. fairly average for the style but is still a hopheads delight.

taste: excellent mix of crystal malt flavor and citrus hoppiness. classic.

mouthfeel: the beer is pretty silky and has a nice body. in the beginning it slides in the throat like water then leaves behind an excellent coating of dry hop oilyness. me likey.

my new favorite go to for a sessionable hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 21:55:24 | More by northaustin
Photo of flexabull


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

Red Chair IPA is now Red Chair "Northwest Pale Ale"? Ok...

Pours a bright orange/reddish color with a decent head.

Light citrus aromas, kind of bready, sweet, and with some spices as well.

Taste is crisp and clean. Some caramel malt flavors, semi sweet, with a light brewed tea note. Finish has a hard candy like taste and a mild citrusy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is on the light side. But it is very smooth.

Drinkability is quite good. This one grew on me the more I sipped it. Nice sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:04:18 | More by flexabull
Photo of mudbug


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange with just a thin cap of white, some lacing sticks to the edge.
Has a delicate floral hop aroma, not overpowering at all, just clean crisp hops.
Taste is all about the balance on this one, mild bready backbone with a very pleasant hop bitterness, creamy mouthfeel. Dry with little aftertaste.
A very well done brew, tasty and refreshing
I'll have another please!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 22:52:33 | More by mudbug
Photo of gthornton


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet/malty mouthfeel with a subtle rush of hops that attacks the nose more than it does the tongue.

Pours an amber red with a hue of orange. Mild head, good lacing.

The nose and the taste are well balanced between the malts and the hops.

There goal was to make a well balanced hop adventure, and it seems they did that pretty well, being that the malt bill shines through pretty powerfully here.

A good medium to heavy creamy mouthfeel. A little more malty than I would prefer, but I am glad to see brewers take on more complex malt bills with their hoppier beers.

I highly recommend... a good accompaniment to any chicken/beef dish... even some spicy ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:42:01 | More by gthornton
Photo of mjaseattle


4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Rich amber color. Fluffy foam that fades away nicely.

S - Sweet, hoppy, with a dash of malt. Inviting.

T - Also sweet, with a piney bitterness that sinks into your tongue, then disappears. Subtle aftertaste. Some citrus in there somewhere, I'm sure.

M - Ever so crisp and refreshing. It almost feels out of place in winter, as I could easily imagine putting a few of these back on a hot summer day.

D - I repeat, I could easily imagine putting a few of these back on a hot summer day.

Overall - Yum. One of the best new(ish) beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 06:01:27 | More by mjaseattle
Photo of Japerrault


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

A: Clear copper color, a thick white head, nice lacing left behind.

S: Clove and pine aromas dominate.

T: Lightly sweet up front. Hops in the spotlight, bring flavors of cloves and piney resin. Light bready flavors in the finish with light bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately carbonated

D: Well balanced, light sweetness goes well to even out all of the hops. Not too bitter. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 11:43:21 | More by Japerrault
Photo of bcm119


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

Amber/copper in color with a fine, eggshell-colored lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but not sweet or cloying at all. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed-- the definition of finesse. Very well done, one of my favorites from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:11:25 | More by bcm119
Photo of bret27


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

I see they changed things up a bit to relabel this in a 12oz and appropriately call it a pale ale.

S: Tangerine, spice, pine (very similar to Hop Henge actually.)

A: Amber/brown, good light fluffy head

T: Honey, malt, piney bitter American hops. Definite sweet malt presence, but works since niether are overbearing.

M/D: Just bitter enough to be refreshing. Med. and slick mouth.

Overall: Good, very similar to other Deschutes IPA/PA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 07:42:31 | More by bret27
Photo of Bricelyn


4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a beautiful scene , was poured into a pint glass Foamed very little then dissipated quite quickly and is leaving no lace on the glass, the beer itself is a wonderfully rust orange with beautiful canary highlights.

I smell a grape-fruity hop with a little grain behind it.

Taste is Juniper at first mellowing into some malt but snaps back to a more grapefruit bitterness towards the end of your first few sips.

Good crisp mouth feel with just the right amount of carbination. leaves the palate a little sticky but that's nothing a few more brews wont help out!

This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:18:38 | More by Bricelyn
Photo of jimbodude


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber with a very thin layer of head.

S - You can definitely smell the fruitiness hop out of the bottle.

T - The bitterness is so crisp. You taste bitter, fruity, then it just hops away; taste doesn't linger for that long. You wont' be able to taste that its a beer on the stronger side.

M - Not a heavy beer. Just enough carbination.

D - I can enjoy these all night long. This would probably go good for a summer bbq. Just need to remember to drink in moderation since its a stronger beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:03:08 | More by jimbodude
Photo of JEdmund


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-tinged copper color; half inch head

Citrussy and floral hops mingle with bready sweet notes.

Taste & Body
Seven European and American malts comprise this smooth-yet-complex, full-bodied pale ale. It has a delicious malt profile--a good mix of sweet dough and toasted grains and oats. The hops are there a bit in the beginning but really make their presence known in the finish. The finish is slightly sweet, then comes a big bitter and citrussy hop kick. Body is on the full side for the style, but it's not excessively heavy.

Love this! Definitely recommended as it's a nice change of pace for pale ales. A good malty, full-flavored APA. Kind of like Torpedo, though not as hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:58:17 | More by JEdmund
Photo of popery


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

Bottle, home. Red Chair seems like a cross between an APA, IPA and Amber Ale. The color is somewhere between pumpkin and amber. Tight, dense, off-white cap of bubbles. The aroma has a clean caramel malt note with a fair bit of piney-floral hops. Flavor has a touch of sweetness from the bready, caramel malt, but hops provide a bitter finish and a mildly bitter sense of resin throughout. The feel is round and chewy with some hop oiliness. It's an easy beer to drink with good balance for a West Coast style Pale and a tame but flavorful profile. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:19:39 | More by popery
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Red Chair IPA that was discontinued from the Bond Street Ales. That brew had a ton of hop flavor with subtle hop bitterness and was labeled an IPA I guess it shook up the Pacific Northwest brewing scene a bit too much. This is the newly released Red Chair NWPA. Appears a bright copper with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling slow, leaves fine speckled lacing down the sides of my Otter Creek fluted pils glass. Aroma has bitter citrus peels with a fruity floral component. Complex hops very nice offering from Deschutes the flavor really explodes with a nice rolling hop bitterness and citrus zest. A mild fruity sweentess comes through but mainly citrus zest, floral hops, and earthy herbal hops. Hoppier than most IPAs, I don't get it they made an IPA that tasted like a pale and now a pale ale as hoppy as an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice with slick hop oils medium bodied not heavy, carbonation rolls on without a problem. Extremely drinkable a solid beer that I wouldn't mind more access to another fine session ale from the folks at Deschutes, thanks Geof.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 23:25:27 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of portia99


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/01/10) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with about a 1/2 finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Left behind is a thick collar and sparse islands on the surface of the beer.

S - Hops waft out of the bottle immediately after opening...pouring into a glass only enhances this experience. Fruity and citrusy hops can be smelled from several feet away. Orange blossoms, honeylike sweetness, a touch of grapefruit.

T - Fruity, citrusy - sweet grapefruit and some oranges. Bitterness is crisp, a hint of alcohol lingers behind. Solid malt backbone - a bit caramelly. Overall balance is to the hops. Good pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied...carbonation medium too. Prickly and lively. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very enjoyable pale ale. Hoppy, fruity, quite flavorful. A 6 pack of these would be a nice companion on a weekend afternoon. Another fine beer from the people at Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:55:47 | More by portia99
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just received a bottle of this from the very generous trader, RedBrewer83. Huge thanks! I got the box this morning, and since it had such a cold trip, this was perfectly chilled for my consumption at lunch. :)

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold at first, but it has a light reddish tint to it. A nice 2-finger beige head rests on top. Excellent retention on this one. Tons of sticky lace and sip rings all over the glass. Big piney scents burst out of this beer. I can smell this across the room. Lots of floral tones in there as well. Very nice.

The body on this is a bit of a disappointment. This is pretty thin and weak. Carbonation level is low-moderate. I like a bit more chew in my beer. This is like a tamed-down IPA in flavor. Nice crisp hops at the forefront that bitter this one up. Semi-sweet candy-like finish. Not as balanced as I'd like, as it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side, but this is a NWPA, so that's expected. Great beer. Glad I had the opportunity. Thanks again, Evan!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 18:04:37 | More by Onenote81
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

extra from Nice Cans BIF. 12oz into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Bronze/amber, pretty colorful, nice creamy eggshell-white pancake head. Thick, sticky lacing.

S- Hops, bready malt. Hops are citrus, grapefruit, a bit piny. Some pretty bready malt, way more pronounced than I would expect. I like it, though.

T- Incredibly fruity. Pine hops are bitter, but it's like a fruit punch tidal wave at first. Honeydew, pineapple, mango, papaya. Pretty good malt base does a really solid job of tying this one together. Really, for the amount of hops, it's pretty balanced.

M- Full/rich for the style, good carbonation, Great lingering notes.

D- Pretty high... really a unique and flavorful beer. I'd be happy to drink this again. Really surprised me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:01:56 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Zorro


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red ale with a small tan colored head. Had no idea why it was called red chair before, probably because it is red.

Smell is light caramel and NW hops mainly pine and cedar scents. There is a fainter spicy scent here I can only describe as cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Starts out sweet and woody with a little bitterness detected. Carmel and woodiness are the strongest flavors here. Hops remind me of the taste of a cedar plank you cook salmon on.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice pale ale here though not all that outstanding. Tastes like a watered down Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:00:07 | More by Zorro
Photo of LittleDon


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

Clear amber with a slight haze. A small amount of carbonation. Healthy off white head producing some lace. Caramel, berries, and a bit of banana in the aroma. Slight sweetness with a bit of spice (nutmeg?) in the middle. Nice balance between the hops and malt up front, a bit on the hoppy side in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:06:47 | More by LittleDon
Photo of DefenCorps


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a recent trade with bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre! Best before 1st April 2010, consumed 12 Feb

The pour is gorgeous, a mostly clear bronze with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It almost looks like a cask pour.

The nose is rich and perfumey with citrus hop character, a delicate floral, jasmine-like character. The malt character is also quite delicious, toasty, caramel-like, working quite well with the floral and citrus character. Quite like a nice marmalade on toast, this smells great.

The palate opens with plenty of bitterness, some orange and citrus rind, and a great hop flavor. Fruity and hoppy, there's some malt character noticeable, toasty, caramel-like and mildly sweet. Drying on the finish with a light sweetness and a lingering bitterness, a touch of alcohol is perceived as well. This is solid stuff. Bigger in body than I care for in an APA (medium-light) with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is enjoyable, though not quite sessionable due to the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:25:36 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of djbreezy


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

Appearance - Amber glow with 1/2 finger header, good lacing

Smell - Hop nose with some caramel tones

Taste - Echoes the nose, especially the hops up front, solid balanced malt background

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium

Drinkability - Very tasty, close to a session beer but the alcohol is getting up there

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 05:31:06 | More by djbreezy
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer from Deschutes, sign me up!

Pours a nice copper color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Looks a bit darker than other APAs I have had.

Smells mostly of nice northwestern hops, contrary to the bottle advertising that it is not a full-on hop assault. The taste however, is like the bottle. It has that wonderful hoppiness that I would expect from a northwestern APA, but the malt manages to dull the sharpness of the hops, making it extremely drinkable. The only complaint I really have is that it is a bit thin on the feel, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:31:49 | More by patobandito
Photo of josiahschlender


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Deschutes beer on the shelf is always exciting for me to pick up. This one advertises itself as a different, Northwest pale ale. Mirror Pond is one of the best examples of the APA style in my opinion, so I was kind of surprised with another wide release bottled APA.

Fairly dark copper with amber highlights in my pint glass. Moderate head leaves quite a bit of lace.

Wow, lots of hops on the nose. I could smell this when I opened the bottle. Big grapefruit, lemon rind and pine resin. Honestly, it reminds me more of a quality IPA, but I'm not going to complain. Just a trace of biscuit and caramel malts that grow with warmth.

Not only is it the hoppiest smelling APA I can remember drinking, it is also the hoppiest tasting. Some grapefruit, lots of lemon rind and bitterness on the finish, and more of that pine/spruce resin going on. Definitely more malts break through on the flavors, adding nice balance and depth. Sweet caramel and toasty biscuit make this one of the best tasting pales I can remember having.

Much of the time I only notice the feel of the beer when it's off. That's the case in this brew. The carbonation, body and finish are all just right to where I have to stop and make an analysis.

Great job, Deschutes! Out of curiosity I visited their website, and was surprised that their first line of introduction for Red Chair was "Not up for a full-on hop assault?" While it's not an assault, Red Chair tastefully piles on the hops for a great northwest APA. My only fear is that it might be pushing out the also truly excellent Cinder Cone as a seasonal. Can't we have both!?

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:53:53 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Longhorn22


3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, let me just say that so far I have not had a pale ale and wanted a second bottle of it. I have tried Mirror Pond from Deshutes, and Sierra Nevada, and i still don't really like them.

That being said, I liked this.

A - It had a pretty big head, that lasted for a long time.

S - It has a sweet aroma, sort of smells like some kind of fruit.

T - It is sweet, you can really taste the malts. It has a slight bite at the end of a sip, but this is really the best tasting pale ale I have had.

M/D - It was very smooth, but still had some weight. I don't usually drink many beers at a time, but I drank two of these in a row pretty easily.

Bottom Line: Sweet, and easy to drink, probably the easiest to drink and tastiest pale ale I have had. So, if you don't usually like pale ales, you should give this one a shot. It isn't radically different, but it gets it just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 07:00:50 | More by Longhorn22
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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