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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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1,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 1640
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 bmwats


4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, not completely leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Hops, nuts, caramel, a little honey, and lemon citrus.

T: Hops, bitter pecan, grapefruit pith.

M: Biting hops linger on the palate. Dry, bitter finish. Very hoppy for standard pale.

D: Sip and enjoy. The hoppy character will dictate the pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head that never really dissipates, thick persistent lacing. Nose is piney with a fine balance nutty, sweet, and citrus components. Very hoppy and biting, some bitter nutty components, and bittersweet citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:15:08 | More by bmwats
Photo of cody4prez


4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

A - golden with a touch of amber

S - Disappointing smell, given the rest of the beer's profile. Great beer, disappointing aroma.

T - Hoppy on the front end, but smooth on the back with a little bit of sweetness.

M - Not watery, not thick. What I would expect from a Pale.

O - this is the best Pale Ale I've had. Just hoppy enough to match my taste buds, but smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:11:15 | More by cody4prez
Photo of babayaga


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Guinness pint glass. "Best By" date is 3/26/14.

Appearance - Clear, darker gold to amber with medium off-white head. Fine bubbles, good lacing.

Aroma - Light citrus, grapefruit, slight anise/dankness.

Flavor - Very bready, some grain at the finish, bunches of C-hops. Fruitiness. Not as bitter as expected for a pale ale, I guess that explains the bottle statement "plush, satin." The complexity of the malt on the finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, creamy carbonation. Reasonably dry finish.

Overall - Nice "alternate" pale ale that would be a great introduction for some to craft beers. Very drinkable...I wouldn't describe this as flabby; it has a nice balance and does what it says.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:29:29 | More by babayaga
Photo of brewskis


3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a three finger off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of Northwest Pacific hops like the title suggests. Citrus notes like grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Also a good amount of pine. A hefty dose of carmel malts and breadiness sweeten the aroma and stay true to what the beer description suggests: a well balanced american pale ale. Taste starts with some nice hoppy flavors. Get grapefruit and orange, almost like a marmalade. The middle brings a big malt profile to go with the hops. Get some grains, breadiness, and carmel sweetness. Maybe get a belgian-like malt in there too. This balances the beer in a really nice way. The finish brings a lot of pine that gives the beer a resinous quality, as well as more grapefruit, marmalade, floral esters, carmel, spiciness, and breadiness. Light medium body with a pretty creamy, smooth, and slightly watery mouthfeel. This is a solid pale ale that lives up to what it says it will be. In the world of american pale ales nowadays, it is nothing to ride home about; however, it’s great balance stands it out from a lot of the hoppy, one-sided american pale ales that are being produced today.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:41:13 | More by brewskis
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a shaker pint. Best by 3/12/14 bottle date.

NWPA has a bronze-copper body with two-finger's of bubbly, white foam. Creamy and bubbly sheet lace looks classy.

Bouquet of fruity esters: apricot, some banana, doughy malt, honey. Very clean, and light on the nose, great scents though!

Floral and fruity esters are huge on the palate. Also a sweet, bready malt that fits incredibly well. When the bitterness finally hits, it feels resin-y and slightly citrus-y. The finish includes some pepper and earthiness. Sweet, floral, and a good dose of bitterness.

Light-medium body and more watery. Also leans to the dry side.

Wonderfully easy beer to drink with complimentary, sweet flavors. The bouquet could be bigger, but the palate certainly delivers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:20:44 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ho-lee-s@%t... This thang is off the hook like a pit bull that broke it's leash! I mean, wow! Juicy, malty, pure green green grass...oh my! Cleaner than a spritz at the Ritz, I am feeling this one hard, my children.

This is like a world with the Kardashian's - excellence.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:48:04 | More by RaulMondesi
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New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange with a quickly dissipating peanut shell tinted head. Minimal lace, dark colored body, with a slight, slow and lazy rise of effervesce within.

S: Fresh sweet pine and citrus, wet with a fresh caramel sweetness about.

T: Flavor of caramel-pine, flowery citrus, warming spruce-pine and alcohol. Citrusy forest, toasted pine wood and semi-dry apple fruitiness. Warming spicy bite on the finish. Crisp belgian like pale grains with an american speciality sweetness and lingering hoppiness.

M: Mouthful was nice and sticky, honey consistency, sharp tingle of carbonation.

O: Overall despite the labels claim this does deliver a good dose of hops while still maintaining sessionability. Woodsy everygreen-spruce like feel is perfect for sipping on that red chair at the cabin in the great northwest woods.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:50:33 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of bark


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth and quite dry. Mellow hoppy growing bitterness, red fruits and berries. Citric marmalade. Juicy sweet flavours.

The taste is a fine blend of smooth red grapefruits, bitter marmalade, fruit candy and a touch of rye bread. Elegant medium strong bitter flavours and clean sweetness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some caramel, fruits and berries (oranges, apricots, mango, lemon curd. Smooth bitter-sweet flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, lots of small long lived bubbles. The liquid is light and mid-smooth.

A solid and extremely smooth APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 18:59:17 | More by bark
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3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came on tap in a pint glass. It appeared amber red in colour and had clarity, It smelled rich, hoppy, malty; smelled like a red ale. Tasted malty sweet with citrus hops cloyingly bitter at the finish. Clean; no lingering flavors or aftertastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 03:56:50 | More by NilocRellim
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours just over a fonger of off-white eggshell foam, body is a bright golden orange color, lots of bubbles rising within the body. Great striped lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Sweet citrus, slight tropical, plums, fruitcake.

Taste - Much like the nose, sweet malts, light citrus of orange and ruby red grapefruit, I also get bits of pineapple and plum, there is also a slight flavor of breadcrusts, and finishes with semisweet citrus pith, and maybe a touch of peach pit. No alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium as the flavors are full but not sharp or overpowering. Carb is nearly medium and silky smooth, it foams just a bit as it goes over the tongue, and has a few nice edges at the sides of the tongue, just cleansing the sweeter flavors and allows it to finish slightly bitter and dry.

Overall - Really a nice and flavorful beer. Smooth, extremely drinkable, and plenty of good flavor. Nice transition from semi-sweet to slightly bitter and dry, begging the next sip. Would love to try this one again, nearly sessionable at 6.2%.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:51:49 | More by blackcompg
Photo of wetnmst79


4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber orange with small bubbles and a dissipating white-cream head. Small bubbles. Moderate lacing on the glass, bunched rather than laced.

S: Not overwhelming hops, and not quite floral. The smell is actually a little more mellow than most pale ales, maybe even sweet. I'm into it...

T: Again, it's a tad hoppy but certainly not overwhelming. The hops hit around 5 seconds after you swallow rather than head-on. Personally, I prefer subtler brews that nod toward drinkability, like this one, and it seems that Deschutes does too. This fits the bill. There's a sweetness in there that comes before the hops, with a little roast in there too. This would be what they call a "balanced" beer.

M: The mouthfeel would be perfect for an brew with more hops. For a mellower beer like this one, it could have stuck around longer. Still, I'm pleased.

O: A very drinkable beer with a lot going on. I'll take another, please.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 07:17:41 | More by wetnmst79
Photo of thinkinflicka


3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazey amber with think head.

Citrus and foral hops,sweet malts are very strong, smells like my kitchen when i homebrew.

Taste is again strong sweet malts with a good dose of hops which balence it out fairly well, slight carmel notes with a bit of grapefruit.

Creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel.

Very malty pale ale but that not necessarily bad its just tastes a little more like a hoppy red then it does a pale, all in all still pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:40:23 | More by thinkinflicka
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

My pour is very slightly hazy, with a full amber color in the middle of the glass and a lighter caramel color around the edges.

The aroma has a fairly mild and subtle character to it. Bready malt sets the base, with some light caramel notes. With a swirl of the glass, a dash of honey and floral hops come into my nose as well.

Each sip starts off with a bit of honey sweetness and a touch of lavender. The pale malt is the dominant flavor, providing a smooth, bready character. A slight citrus hoppiness that tastes mostly of grapefruit brings a bitterness that feels quite natural toward the finish.

Red Chair has a smooth body, with the flavors combining nicely into a mellow flavor overall. There is a slightly grainy, unfiltered feel to the beer, which I like. The carbonation is smooth and creamy, which adds to the mouthfeel as well. A little bit of hop residue lingers after each sip.

Overall I found this to be a smooth, enjoyable drinking brew; one that I could enjoy without worrying about any noticeable defects. On the other hand, the lack of a big hop presence or intense flavors leaves it behind some of my favorite pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:35:51 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of AltBock


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle of a red ski lift chair in a cabin with a growler and 2 pint glasses sitting on a stump. To the far right of the label is a brief description of the beer. To the far left is the Government warning and a best before date. My bottle was best before 7/13/13.

When poured into a Southern Cigar City pint glass, this North Western Pale Ale was a bright golden tangerine color. It was one of those beers that wanted you believe that it was a solid copper color. A lightbulb showed me this beer's true color. On top was a mediocre less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. This mediocre head of foam had decent retention that left behind an island of foam and a tiny sting of white rings.

This beer had a nice dry hopped aroma. The hops were of the citrus variety. The aroma absolutely loved the citrus hops. Behind the citrus hops was a little orange, a drop of grapefruit, and a gentle touch of pine. After all that, the beer then finishes up with a faint whiff of toasted caramel malts.

The taste was pretty much had the same story as the aroma. Instead of citrus hops kicking things off, it was the toasted caramel malts that were in the beginning. You know the citrus hops can't be too far behind the malts. After the malts subsided, in comes the dry and slightly bitter citrus hops. Intermingled with the citrus hops was some floral hops as well. This tag team of a hop bite lasted about 3 seconds before it let the orange, pine, and grapefruit finish up the taste.

This was a light to medium bodied Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a light aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and that tag team citrus/floral hop bite that was in the initial taste. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. It was gone in a flash.

A very good North Western Pale Ale that I would gladly drink on a red chair, on the ski slopes in Oregon, or in a swamp located in the Florida Everglades. It doesn't matter. A session beer a the way!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:05:12 | More by AltBock
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3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes teku

Lightly hazed auburn pour with a two finger crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, retaining well with plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Mild hop aromas with toasted bread crust, doughy malts and soft caramel sweetness.

Piny hops up front with understated notes of resin and bitterness. Bread crust and toasted grain in the backbone with biscuity malts. Reminds me a bit more of an English PA in the malt bill, finishing with a light snap of hops.

Medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Drinkable but pretty mild overall and frankly quite forgettable. This bottle was before the 'drink by' date but I'd like to give it another go with one that's less than a month old.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 11:34:23 | More by xnicknj
Photo of WyNG


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, Very malty for being labeled a Pale Ale. Almost sweet, but just enough of a hop balance to pull it back from the edge. The body almost crosses thew line into red/amber ale territory. The aroma strikes a nice balance of maltiness and the floral/citrus notes of the hops. A very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:38:15 | More by WyNG
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish amber color with a thick and creamy head. Good head retention and a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: Mild hop aroma with some malts.

T: Great tasting pale ale. Mild hopped - earthy. Some malts to sweeten the finish.

M: Heavier American Pale Ale, but still light enough to have a couple.

O: Really good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:39:13 | More by Oakenator
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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very foamy giving me a 1+ inch of sticky head and the color looks like a red ale a very deep red copper color, not very pale at all.
S - Smell has some bready malts, touch of caramel, a bit of wheat and a fairly good dose of grainy character. Hope the hops cover this up.
T - Wow this is very aggressively grainy, not as balanced as I hoped. It does have a nice level of hops and malts but it comes off like a Pilsner with harsh dry grains. I don't like it.
M - Not bad it drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall it was far from disgusting and easy enough to put away but after enjoying Mirror Mirror I don't understand why this has a higher rating. Far from a tasty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:01:38 | More by DrDemento456
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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light rust color, 2 finger head, moderate lacing
S - Big sweet bready malt, grass, orange juice, citrus peel, herbal hops.
T - The bread malt taste is huge here, and it lend itself to a sweet candy kinda fruit flavor and fades out grassy.
M - Chewy, but its rather fresh feeling.
O - Decent APA, a little more bitterness and a little less sweet malt would be better, but its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:19:18 | More by Omnium
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber almost brown body with a one finger white foamy head that leaves some strong foamy clingy lacing

S: sweet malty/biscuitiness and a grassy sort of hops, some slight floral notes come through as it warms

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and has a grainy yet somewhat malty aftertaste and a sweet sticky finish

M: medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation, smooth

O: is this an American Red Ale? though labeled as an APA (seems just too malty/sweet for an APA) and it shows more characteristics towards a red ale. I still liked it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:36:34 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Bucktron18


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pours a hazy orangish light amber. Chill haze clears as the beer warms to a clearer light copper. Thick head that slowly sinks into some great lacing. Smells a little bready with caramel malt and floral hops that are not to aggressive. Taste is a sweat caramel malt up front with great hop balance through the middle and a clear bitter finish that lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is slightly slippery with medium-low carbonation.

Overall a great american pale ale with good hop presence and a great balance of malts. My first beer from Deschutes and definitely not my last.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:08:09 | More by Bucktron18
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Clear amber with a creamy, dense white head.

S - Sweet biscuit malt, citrus zest, grassy hops, subtle floral notes.

T - Caramel malt, bready and nutty throughout, with a nice kick of citrus, fruity hops. Finishes somewhat bitter. A bit grainy and grassy on the back end.

M - Ultra creamy and smooth, medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing with lots of carbonation.

O - An excellent, easy drinking pale ale. Superb balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 21:50:21 | More by mooseo
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

realized i'd never reviewed this favorite of mine. appearance - i absolutely love the lacing this brew produces. thick semi-dry head dies down to leave a delicate, sticky pattern all the way down. crystal clear deep amber.
smell is solid citrusy hoppy goodness
taste - a rush of hoppy orange peel zest, finishes a tiny bit dry for my tastes, but i'm really nit picking here. not a torpedo of hop bitterness, but the hops are definitely there and let you know it!
mouthfeel is pleasantly oily, thick just the right amount.
overall, of of my first drinks that got me into appreciating beer, and over the past few years it's always nice to see it show up again. i think this year's batch is a tad better than last year's.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 06:59:50 | More by lighthabit
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. best by: 07/18/13.

A: very clear, a very copper hue. head is bright white, retention is moderate. spotted, sticky lacing.

S: very fruity. fruity pebbles cereal. a cotton candy-like sweetness. certainly a pretty even balance between malt and hops here.

T: malty sweet to start, hop bitterness works its way in there but is fleeting. a little bit of biscuit. finish is sweet and candy like.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: balance is the name of the game here. refreshing and highly quaffable. a solid brew and glad I could secure one here in PA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:19:51 | More by Jimmys
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time with a review in a long time. Too much work and studying and not beer. Sucks. Anyways, decided to break the ice with this great beer that is insanely cheap. Ooh, I see they've added 0.25 increments. Fancy! Plus, until recently, I couldn't get Deschutes in Chicago. Let's do this.

A - from the bottle into a...what else?...Deschutes tulip. Because I'm a douche like that! Beautiful chestnut/sunset orange. The head is 1 1/2 fingers and settles rapidly to a thin white rim lining the outside of the glass. Would like a little more head but beautiful color nonetheless. The lacing is real nice. Certainly right up my alley.

S - nose is never my strong suit as far as description. I know that I do like this, which means it's...citrus! Citrus hops dominating with a little malty backbone that is subtle and stays where it should - behind the hops. It's nice. Not excellent (5/5), but still nice.

T - there's some sour and bitter battling throughout this beer. Lemon/orange zest up front. I want to say grassy in the middle but maybe that's wrong. The citrus keeps on going as some sweet malt brings up the rear.

M - I do like the carbonation here. Fresh and bubbly without being too girly. Nice clean, dry aftertaste that is dangerous - you want more. I bet this gets better as it warms a little.

O - Deschutes shines again. Seriously, these guys know what's up. This is probably one of the most drinkable pale ales I've had. No offense FFF, you're still #1 in my heart. But seriously, get this if you see it. For the price, it's like you're stealing.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:27:12 | More by hoody711
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.