Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

531 Reviews
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Reviews: 531
Hads: 2,280
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 129
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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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 MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/10/14, so a couple days past. Oh well.

Looks good, amber with a yellow tint, 1 inch head somewhere between creamy and foamy (croamy?) Very good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here.

Not getting anything on the nose. Maybe the old snout is off today.

Taste I'm getting is very subtle across the board. And improves toward the back end of the drink. A malt sweetness, with a faint but obvious hop bite (if that makes any sense) Could be affected by being at the end of its best by date.

Mouth was medium, neither soft or dry

Overall, not my favorite beer from one of the better breweries. But still a decent drink. (678 characters)

Photo of 2GUNSLINGER
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome the first drink, awesome in the middle, and awesome at the end. There NWPA is a great beer. Shouldn't be surprised from Deschutes!! Red chair is epic. (158 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 7/3/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty medium-amber in color with almost a 1-finger thick off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass, which is common for this type of brew. The aroma is of light sweet bread, with some floral hops. The taste has more going on with some citrus zest in the mix as well. Great taste but has a slightly bitter finish that stays around a bit. Does take about half the drink to get used to it. Overall great taste and even better with a less hoppy finish. I did drink the whole glass as wouldn't be the case if it was a I.P.A. (699 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/Red Amber color with golden edges, and the slightest bit of haze. Beautiful lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Bready, like rising dough. Floral hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tingly and crisp mouthfeel, with a floral hop flavor on the tongue. Sweet, bready malts are very present on the tongue, with the gentle, floral hop filling up the nose. Finishes with a full, bready/nutty malt flavor that balances out the more prominent hop flavor. This really feels like Deschutes’ Mirror Pond’s big brother, as the balance and profile is very similar, with the difference being a slightly stronger, more floral hop character through the nose and on the finish. The hop character never overwhelms the malt flavor, but is more present for those that want a slightly more crisp/hop-centric beer.

Final Word: Another highly recommended beer from Deschutes Brewery! This beer is for those of you that tried Mirror Pond but thought it too malty, not challenging/potent enough, or simply that you prefer a stronger hop character over a maltier one. This beer is never too hoppy though, and isn’t for hop-heads, as it is still superbly balanced and rich. (1,158 characters)

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

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- copper color, clear, big bubble carb. Creamy off-white head, 1-plus F. Lots of foamy lacing.

S- Mild citrus hop, orange and lemon zest. Light and sweet breads.

T- Orange, fruity, some pine. Caramel and bread malts. Bitter.

M- Bitter and dry. More hops than advertised. Creamy body, lasting flavor.

O-Nice PA hop finish. Fair drinker at 6.2% abv. (382 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Jims. BB 17/07/14. Hmmm....

A - clear copper / amber. Two finger head, creamy, clingy lace.

S - malts and toffees rather than hops.

T - quite a blend of hops n malt. Makes me think more of a red ale than a pale ale. Caramels, butterscotches, toffee, in with a bucket of malt. Hops come thru, but only as it warms.

M - very light carbonation, creamy.

O - well made APA with little bittering hops, as such easy and smooth to drink. Nice. Could be fresh, could be less so, but than again I am not sure what Deschutes BB policy is. (537 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish-amber color in a goblet glass.

S: mildly hoppy/citrusy.

T: mild yet full of flavor.

M: mild aftertaste.

O: a nice western IPA with very little hoppy aftertaste. Another solid beer from Deschutes, I just wish they were easier to find here in northern IL. My local store doesn't carry many of them, preferring to order more from Wisconsin brewers instead. (368 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code 3/12/14 clearly visible into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a dark amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly and leave more than just a covering of head on the top of the glass to the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread and sweetness up front followed by the citrus smell of hops.

T: Nice and balanced with malt upfront followed by citrus hops. It ends with a dry bitterness.

M: Tastes good and goes down easy.

O: I really like this beer and I really like Deschutes Brewery. This is another great beer that they brew. I recommend it highly. (681 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty amber, with nice 2-finger head of off-white foam. Thick wall of lace.

Nose is toasty malty, with a definite tone of crisp citrus sharing the limelight. Nice balance already!

Taste is sharp citrus hops, but it's well-balanced against a toasty malt backdrop.

A superb pale ale, with wonderful drinkability and an ideal session ale! (347 characters)

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

A pale ale taken just short of an IPA with a wonderful piney, resinous aroma and taste with a full-bodied malt backbone. One of my favorite all-time beers.

From the brewer: About Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, it's an insider's ride to fresh thrills. (449 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pale ale pours a deep copper color and is topped with ¾” of white head that turns into a thin layer rather slowly.
Smell: The smell of Red Chair is a tasty blend of malt and hops that has me liking this beer already.
Taste: The taste of this beer is exactly what I expect out of a pale ale a few hops blended with a good amount of malt and well blended together to compliment each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is easy to drink like a pale ale should be. (497 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop dense crisp creamy whipped off white colored frothy goodness... Really good retention... Once receded there is a full veil of rich creamy lacing... The color is a light and warm inviting caramel... There are some pale straw color undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation throughout... A slight film and a good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A stellar aroma from the get go... Equal parts citrusy hop goodess and fresh whole flower hops... This sits atop a rock solid malty base of bread, toffee and caramel... Simple, straight forward and uber effective...

T - Exactly as the nose would lead one to believe... The hops are the first to arrive on the palate... They take on a mix of citrus and pine which were in perfect harmony... The malt base is rock solid... There are notes of graham cracker pie crust, toffee and caramel... A very subtle and refreshing ginger presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth and sturdy... Moderate carbonation... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - This is an absolutely stellar American Pale Ale... Equal parts hops and malt... I don't have a single bad thing to say about this brew... This one ends up being much more than the sum of its glorious parts... If this were a year round offering, it would be in my fridge with regularity... (1,354 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exciting times to finally have Deschutes available at my local. 12oz bottle with a best by July poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with 3 fingers white froth that fades back leaving soapy lace.

The smell is floral and herbal almost to the point where it is minty and with orange zest and lemon rind notes. Simply, inviting and enjoyable.

The taste has a pleasant herbal hop flavor and caramel grain presence. A touch of orange rind fruitiness, to pulp and pith that gets mildly lemony without much bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. A bounty of hop flavoring that finishes a touch dusty and vegetative but otherwise solid. A pale I could throw back in quantity quite effortlessly. (748 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A 2”+ off white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malts, a berry-candy sweetness, and bread dough. Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied with ale fluffiness and evident carbonation. Finish is dry.
Flavor: taste a near perfect combination of sweet caramel malts, bread dough (similar to a fresh yeast roll), the middle and finish are dominated by the pine and citrus hops with a slight alcohol warming in the throat.
Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. I am amazed that this beer has a 60 IBU rating as the hops are so well balanced with the malt. Outstanding and bordering on world class! (748 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber and copper blend with a small sturdy head.
S - Carmel nose with a bit of sweetness
T - Orange and nice addition of pine. A bit of grapefruit and sweet bitterness with the malts
M - Medium body and a crisp finish
O - I bought one, I think I'm going to buy a six pack its enjoyable. (300 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful red/amber with a thick off white head.
Smell: Floral hops balanced by the sweet, bready malt backbone. A great nose.
Taste: Tons of sweet fruity flavor to this one balanced by floral and slightly citrusy hops. I get flavors of apples, pears, and kiwis. One of my favorite tasting pale ales because it wasn't quite what I normally expect the flavor profile to be.
Feel: Creamy smooth, slightly dry finish. Perfect level of carbonation.
Overall: My favorite pale ale and a great, balanced example of the style. (539 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable. (1,126 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A--Gorgeous beer. Light amber/copper in color. Medium foamy head, slight lacing left in the glass.

S--Absolutely wonderful. Citrus hops are up first, followed by a hint of pine and then the malt.

T--Very bright and crisp. As with the nose, the citrus hops stand out well, with a nice malt taste to follow. A great aftertaste that leaves just a hint of dry bitterness.

M--Just what I was expecting from the style. Medium body and very easy to drink. Perfect amount of carbonation for me and extremely refreshing.

O--Definitely one of the best Pale Ales that I've had, right up there with Sierra Nevada, which as far as I'm concerned is the holy grail of Pale Ales. This has slightly less hops to me and slightly more malts. Great beer all around and there will be plenty of it in my future.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6.2 ABV. Best by June 11, 2014. (865 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this from the clearance rack - marked only $1 a bottle!
poured from the 16 oz bottle into my starbucks california mug:
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A: nice IPA amber plenty o clarity
nice sticky head

S:
a few points off here - a bit weak to the nosw

T
all but perfect - loving the hoppiness - right up there with the best IPA in MHO.

M
good body - all you need
D
too good to guzzle mindlessly - this one is to be savored.
a+ (478 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hands Down the best Pale Ale of all I have tasted. This starts out with a wonderful aroma. The Copper color is darker than most PA's I have experienced. May not be a fair comparison since the named it NWPA, it certainly favors the taste of those living from Oregon North!Starts great and finishes even better. It was by a complete fluke I even bought it, a person at working stocking the beer at Safeway in Ballard suggested it. I was smart enough to listen. (458 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ambrosial

Appearance - Amber, rich, and sultry.

Scent - Smells sexy.

Taste - Flavorful/Complete/Rich/Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Excellent, smooth finish. The taste sinks in and almost disappears

Overall - I regularly drink IPAs, but have decided to branch out. Red Chair has a good amount of depth and I would recommend it to anyone, even my IPA brothers. This is a well-rounded, quality tasting beer, made with love, and given a cool, fitting name. (493 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: Ruby tinted golden; poured with a large creamy head.

S: Caramel malt reminiscent of an amber ale. Earthy, pungent citrus; a bit floral. Very nice.

t: Sweet candy like caramel, beautiful. Flowery, tingly citrus provides great balance. Awesome.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Wow, what a great beer! Perfectly drinkable with incredibly complimentary balance between the malt and hop profiles. (386 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pour on Prince served chilled in a large pils glass.

the color is a hazed red sunny look with thick beige cream with fine bead and decent lace clings. The smell is very good with citrus aroma and some orange rind with light toasted odor and hint of fruity yeast. The feel is very good with toasted and light caramel sweetness with some pithy citrus and yeast dryness with medium carbonation and body throughout with a mild dry bitter finish.

The taste is great with lots of hop flavor up front adding a grapefruit and light herbal aspect with slight pithy bitter and slight grassy elements and gently toasted malt anchoring the flavor with some creamy yeast to support and adding dimension with a hint of dry citrus and leafy hop flavors continuing into the finish. Overall I was pleased to enjoy this fresh and consider it a top quality Imperial red ale with great drinkability.

second sample - bottle 4-16-14
purchased at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a teku

A - brilliant ruby with excellent clarity -4 Smell is fruity with a light citrus nose from the hops with subtle sweet malt elemnt 3.75 The feel is very good, bitter up front but moderately carbonated with slight tanginess of yeast and sweetness in the malt mid palate with balance of bitter and light caramel aspect with semi-dry finish 4

The taste is excellent very fruity with subtle mix of orange notes in the hops with ruby red grapefruit and mild caramel flavors from the malt all blending in a way that nothing is out of balance yet the sum of the parts is really interesting. The taste of the yeast adds a slight hint of tangy sweet apple skin with a mild toasted malt element and light herbal flavor in the finish 4.25 Overall I really enjoyed this about equally in the bottle as the draft version the only exception is the hops seemed more aromatic in the draft, but the overall enjoyment is the same -4 (1,903 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, orange zest tea, dark bread, caramel, hop floral. Mild but nice.

T - Much like the smell. Orange flesh and zest, dark bread and some caramel, pine, pepper, hop floral, light touch of tea, aspirin. Finishes dry with signficant lingering tart citrus bitterness with some moderating sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. More substantial than I expected for the ABV.

O - At first, it reminded me of a lighter bodied, more citrus oriented Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which is high praise for me. As I continued to taste, this pale ale leans more toward an amber like a Troegs Nugget Nectar; again, pretty high praise. Bottom line is that for 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a lot of flavor and feel and I'm glad it made it to south-central PA starting this week. (897 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark amber color, bordering on rust almost, with a decent cap of foam which was just sticky enough to leave some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma signals that this is indeed a hoppy ale from the northwest. The citrus, orange mostly, and floral character are sewn together beautifully. A very subtle malt note lingers in the background. This theme continues on the palate. Orange, grapefruit, and floral hoppiness scrub the palate and leave a faint oily residue of hops. Malt sweetness isn't a major player here, but there is enough to prevent this from being a one trick pony. Nicely done. (609 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.