Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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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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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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 vacax
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red amber with good clarity and a finger of copper tinged tan head. Good retention and lacing also obvious. The aroma is spicy and floral with a hidden malt butterscotch or pear tart to back it up. Fresh and hoppy with an elegant malt backdrop. The flavor is rich and full The flavor up front is hoppy with fresh floral notes that develops into a spicy flavor where the malt background develops, here the hops become more earthy and a light cookielike malt character reveals itself. This one is robust and delicious yet also approachable, balanced, and easily drinkable. The body is medium to a bit thick, the carbonation is high but it lends itself to a creamy fullness that gives a rich feel. Overall this is an exceptional brew, flavorful, well executed. In my book the best Deschutes beer that isn't $13 per bomber. I will buy a six pack of this at least every year. (878 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice copper/Amber color.

S- Malty and maybe a little bread. Citrus as well. Seems to be different each time I drink one, in a good way.

T- Very similar to smell. Initial taste is a little citrus hop, Cascade maybe, malt seems to want to take over but is not overpowering. Finish is clean with a malty, hoppy combination of deliciousness!

M- Nice medium body, mild carbonation. Perfect.

O- Just a spectacular beer from one of the best breweries in the country, IMHO. Seems to taste more hoppy one day and more malty another. Very complex but yet simple and also very drinkable. I have yet to have a Deschutes beer that disappoints and this one is one of their very best. (685 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Hops: Cascade, Centennial.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan.

60 IBU.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: 2 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. See through red. Nice lacing.

S: Pine, caramel.

T: Flower, pine, caramel, sweet breadiness.

M: Crisp.

O: Deschutes seems to strive for balance in their beers rather than going full-on HOOOOPS like other breweries, especially on the West Coast. I do love hops, but it's nice to have APAs like this one, which is very well balanced. The hops are there, but there is a really great malt presence too. The flowery and piney hops come on first, then the sweet bready malts take over. The flavors wash over and over. This is an excellent beer. (743 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:
picture on the mug detailing this http://www.nps.gov/seki/faqtunnel.htm

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 IllNate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fine amber with generous amount of white head. Citrus is immediately obvious in the nose, but more of a bready malt than I was expecting. Taste follows with very up front hop character, citrus, mostly grapefruit and pineapple, but nice malt profile. reminds me of an American version of an ran. Very fine. Smooth mouthful. Overall my favorite beer of the winter. Solid all around, no weakness. (401 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looking clear amber color with a finger of off white head; A decent amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tropical and citrus hops balanced out with bready malts; A hint of pine for good measure

Taste: Tropical fruits hit my palate upfront, followed by citrus. Then comes the bready malt mid palate, but the citrus hops maintains throughout with waves of flavor bouncing back and forth between citrus and bready malt

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium mouthfeel; Substantial bitterness, crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation

Overall: Hands down one of the better pale ales iv had. It has all the fruity hops you want in an APA, but also has a wonderful bready backbone that carries the flavors through the finish. I like my pale ales to be a subdued version of a juicy IPA, and thats exactly what this is. In fact, this is basically the little brother of fresh squeeze. Deschutes has been gradually rising towards the top as one of my favorite breweries since they started distributing in my state about a year ago, and this is another reason why. (1,078 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my New Belgium goblette.

Wow, what a head! huge, thick, creamy, bubbly crown, leaves sticky lacing down the glass...the beer itself is slightly hazy, opaque and the color of really dark honey. Mouthwatering looks, gorgeous deep color and that endless dollop of head. Holy shit, that smell is amazing, too. Such a aromatic bouquet of floral, fruity, citrus and sweet whole cone hops. Incredibly bright and hoppy. The malt is only detectable as adding the low end of the aroma spectrum up, with bready and honey malts just noticeable under the mountain of Pacific NW hops character. The taste is interesting. It starts with a good fruit hops punch and is backed up with the modest malts in the background with a sturdy foundation. The hops swell to a bitter honey crest and fade away with a distinct hops aftertaste, but really without the deal-breaking bitter lingering taste. To the point, the more I drink of this, the more balanced it really becomes, especially in the finish. I'm starting to get some sweet navel orange rinds in the finish now. Maintains a distinct sweet edge to the it almost the whole time, less in the beginning. Body is great, just the perfect amount of body for a sweet and hoppy NW pale ale. Great structure.

Damn impressive. All the characteristics I look for in my APAs; fruity nose, balanced taste, a mildly bitter but balanced finish. Ths beer leans towards the hoppier side obviously, but without losing sight of the balance nessecary to really represent the style well.

Deschutes has one of the best track records with me; not a bad beer yet! (1,589 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear amber and a nice frothy head on top. Very good lacing as well, intricate lines of foam dashing across the side of the glass.

Smell: There is a fantastic hop presence in this beer, consisting of a citrus based and slightly tropical profile. The malt is very subtle on the nose, just a nice sweetness and a tinge of biscuit to it.

Taste: The hops are again noticeable right off the bat, there is however a very large malt presence in the taste as well, a nice roasty and biscuity full body. The hops are very similar to the smell, citrus with some hints of more tropical fruits, and they work wonderfully with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Just excellent body to this beer, very full, not thin to the slightest. The breadiness and the sweetness really make this thing drinkable.

Overall: What a great beer, so easy to drink and so full of complexities, a truly magnificent pale ale. I will most certainly be getting a case of this every time the season comes round and it is available. (1,008 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm...World Beer Awards Best Beer 2010 & 2012 - a must try!
12oz bottle pours amber with excellent clarity and is topped with a rocky, off-white head that holds good retention & leaves lots of sticky, chunky lace. Floral hop nose with citric grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt. Tastes are piny hops up-front, grapefruit rind, caramel malt, bready malt, nice toasted grain finish while the piny hop lingers yet finishes clean. The hops come across more juicy and slightly tropical rather than piny as the palate warms up to the moderate bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth with pleasant carbonation allowing the vast complexity to meld. Overall, amazing balance with a nice complex array of flavors. One of the best APA's out there! (728 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pours dark copper, almost amber. Very bright and vibrant, exceptional creamy stubborn head, leaving an impressive lace in its slow retreat. Can barely wait...

suggestion of sweetness amid a bunch of citrus. Only a little caramelized character. Full, inviting, just frankly lost amid all the fantastic IPA/pale ale aromas out there to get a higher score.

First of all I love hop flavor. Second of all it is hilarious to me that this beer seems - if anything - slightly MORE bitter than the Red Chair IPA from last summer. I think some people think of the style too narrowly, and the bitterness just wasn't high enough for them to call it an IPA. So be it. it is obvious that copious hops were added late in the boil or after, and the success they've achieved makes me jealous as a homebrewer.
To my palate this beer is the perfect combination of bitter and sweet, dry and tart, to make a drinkable IPA that can be enjoyed with any food unlike many of the palate wreckers (don't misunderstand, I love those too!). the alcohol makes itself known barely in the flavor, and all-too-soon at the bar as I realize how many of these babies I've had. Pale ale? Whatever. it's a killer beer with killer drinkability. Soft carbonation amid medium body. Enough pale malt sweetness to not-quite-balance the hops, but even the flavor of the malt is towards lightly toasted and untoasted sweet, not really caramelly. It's like sucking down a beautifully buzz-providing orange juice. I love this beer. (1,486 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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!? (1,609 characters)

Photo of JesseMurdock
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to beers when it's in season. This is the perfect beer for someone relatively new to craft beer and still uneasy with hop forward IPAs. This beer is somewhat of a hybrid between an easy drinking american pale ale (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) and a more complex IPA. It has a nice malty backbone and a decent amount of sweetness allow for easy drinking while the burst of aromatic hops (pine, grapefruit) give it a great deal of depth. It has a decent head and is a nice cloudy burnt orange. Not a ton of a carbonation and a long-lasting almost sticky aftertaste. (585 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this APA from a bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear reddish amber color, produced a thick, white foamy head, excellent retention and it left outstanding lacing on the glass. The aroma of this APA consists of orange peel, grapefruit and floral hops. The foundation of this ale contained toasted malted grain, spicy white pepper, sweet caramel and citric orange peel. This is an outstanding APA, well balanced, excellent "hop factor". If your looking for a unique APA that is "hoppy" try this excellent brew. (521 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into globe

The head is yellow-tinged cream and the beer is red-orange sienna. Northwest-style hop scent is the foremost feature of the fresh-smelling aroma. The malts are smooth and subtle in the nose, underlying sharper citrus and grassiness. The complex malt flavor makes for a viscous mid-mouth bready sensation. Striking citrus at the tip of the tongue mellows to sweet caramel, pale malt, and earthy grains in pleasant carbonation. The aftertaste is neither strong nor unsatisfying.

This beer is less bitter-refreshment forceful than your typical west coaster like SNPA. The malt body is robust and comforting, but does not tower over the flavorful hops and esters. I recommend this beer to anyone, especially if you appreciate northwest pales. (759 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - translucent rust color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - sourdough bread with a hint of citrus rind.

T - lots of bready malt flavor with a hint of bitterness which really stands out more so after the finish with a tartness on the lips.

F - medium bodied, it drinks smooth and easy.

O - very good beer. (404 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt sienna in color with a thick, fluffy, white head.

S - Floral hops dominate the nose with piney, fruity tones.

T - So fresh, so clean, so crisp, but oh so smooth. Fresh hops are what this beer is all about. Tastes like the hops were picked yesterday. Great balance of bitterness. More malt comes out as it warms. Bready, smooth as anything, and again, so damn fresh.

M - Cleanses the palate with each sip. Nothing stays behind except fresh hops. Mouthfeel is absurd.

This is what a Pale Ale should taste like. The essence of the hops and Pale Ale that come from the Pacific Northwest. I could drink this all day. Deschutes never disappoints. I highly recommend seeking this beer out on-tap as opposed to bottle. I've had both and the freshness from a keg is outstanding. (783 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, with Best Buy of 6/5/12, into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours nice coppery, golden color, with about two fingers of frothy slightly off-white head, that sticks around for a while, and leaves ok lacing.

Smell; Some nice citrus notes upfront; grapefruit, orange, ect. Then comes a nice piney resinous smell. A nice, though very faint bready malt tone in the back.

Taste: A good little bitterness kick upfront, with some very nice citrus, pine, and floral tones, that are perfectly balanced with a great English style breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A great medium bodied crisp mouthfeel, that paired with the balance of hops, and malt, makes this very, very drinkable.

Overall: Fantastic APA! Probably my favorite that's available to me. I wish this was year round, as it's just a fantastic beer, that has tons and tons of flavor, but that's super refreshing and easy to drink at the same time. (915 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, orange-y amber in color, decent head with pretty solid lacing. aroma is pine, freshcut grass, slight orange citrus.

pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, graham cracker/biscuity malt flavor, slightly toasted. finishes dry and clean. really unique.

on the lighter side of medium bodied, really refreshing and clean. still has alot of flavor but isn't cumbersome. (387 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date on the bottle of 5/20/11 - coming up in a few weeks!

A - clear amber brew with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - grassy hops but also a hint of sweet malt and floral character; quite pleasant!

T - this beer provides an impressive balancing act with a fairly aggressive initial attack of floral hops followed by a nice bready malt and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Delightfully complex.

M - lightly carbonated but the light mouthfeel is undermined by a slight oiliness; again a bit of a surprise.

D - very drinkable; reasonably intense and complex, but also not overpowered by any particular element.

This is a really well balanced beer that hits a number of very nice notes; definitely one to stock regularly (provided it's available!) (834 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark copper tan/brown, nice 1 inch white foamy head with nice lacing a minor unfiltered floaters.

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, pale malts, orange, grapefruit, mango, sweet yeasts, a little malt. Smells light and pleasant.

Taste - Starts off with a tropical fruit hop note mixed with pale malts. Very smooth and natural tasting, not too sweet, or bitter at all. Plenty of mango, tangerine and orange in each sip that works well with the pale ale malts. A little yeasty sugar flavor adds a little complex sweet kick near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice sweet and smooth tropical hops coat the tongue. Palate picks up some pale malts, yeasts and remaining hops. Aftertaste is tropical fruity, pale ale malty and smooth.

Overall - This is a killer beer. Light, smooth, flavorful and soooo easy to drink. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. You can get your hop fix with this, and not get palate wrecked at all. World class, and unique, nothing else ive had quite tastes like this one. (1,021 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label says best by 05/25/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with a good mix of citrus and herbal piney hops. Hints of grapefruit, mango, and orange peel along with some spicy pine resin. A good scent of yeast and bready caramel malts with some toffee in the background. Smells pretty full and enticing.

Taste: A very nice juicy tasting ale. Big taste of citrus grapefruit with some mango and orange. Also some herbal pine resin. Hop taste is big but not overly bitter like an IPA. Good backing of biscuity caramel malts with some toffee and yeast. A very solid taste with a nice vibrant citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, juicy, and smooth with only a slight bite to it.

Overall: A great pale ale. One of the better ones around. Great juicy taste. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber orange without any head to speak of and some slight bubbles coming up. Not the best looking pale ale I've seen, but its pretty nice. Scent begins with a big hit of orange zest from Centennial hops, mingling with some pine resin and slight grapefruit along with a nice, pleasant malty sweetness and some nice grassy aromas. Quite appetizing, very well done. Taste begins with orange sweetness, a bit of pine resin and some nice caramel malt. Pine resin comes out more in the middle, overpowering the orange and caramel sweetness. The finish returns to the caramel and orange but also adds a good hit of bitter citrus pith and pine resin. The aftertaste is bitter with hints of toasted malt. A good, robust, but not overpowering flavor profile. Complex but accessible, very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation upfront and a smooth feel in the middle and finish. Very easy to drink as a result, expertly done. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. It highlights citrus and pine forward hops, without the high bitterness of an IPA, balances them with some nice sweet malt and combines that flavor with an excellent aroma and mouthfeel. Another winner from Deschutes. (1,221 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a clear, medium amber color with slight golden hues, and a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The scent is of juicy citric hops hops, with some faint pine and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is malty bread, which then blends nicely into a citric and pine hop bitterness.
The balance between the malt and hop flavors is really very enjoyable.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Probably my favorite seasonal offering from Deschutes, it is a very well done, enjoyable and easy to drink beer. (575 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Orange-tinged copper color; half inch head

Smell
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.

Overall
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. (716 characters)

Photo of kchannel9
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing the last sip or two of a six pack I bought a few days ago. I absolutely love this beer. It's the only pale ale I care for. It's utterly delicious, with fruity, juicy textures and beautiful white head. The lacing is minimal, but nice. Smells great, very fruity, but not sweet. Light and enjoyably carbonated, but not low ABV like a lame "session ale". I'm grateful to have access to such an exquisite beverage, thank you Deschutes #We'reNotWorthy (455 characters)

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