Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 130
Gots: 364 | 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 coldriver
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet candy corn malt. Taste is moderate citrus and piney hops with sweet malt backing. Medium body with dry finish. If I were to do a blind taste test I'd probably think this one was an amber with the sweet malt. Good solid sessionable beer from Deschutes.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Citrus. Rich caramel malts. Candy-like sweetness.

A - Quarter-inch off-white head. Clear, reddish, copper hue.

T - Biscuit and caramel malts. Malt dominated but a mild earthy, grassy hop bitterness with hints of lemon and citrus peel balance the beer. Finishes semi-sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - A solid pale ale. Very drinkable.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange/Amber that's very cloudy in transparency. Head pours in a 2 finger width that leaves behind some very spotty lacing.

Smell - Pungent and Strong Piney Hops along with some very strong citrus and grapefruit scents to go along with it, and it has a very malty smell in the background

Taste - Piney Hops and Citrus flavors, while aren't as strong as they are in the smell, stand out pretty well and there's some yeasty notes in here that weren't as obvious as they were in the smell. Malty backbone here is pretty solid and holds the flavor quite well. Aftertaste is fairly dry with only a slight resin-pine taste

Mouthfeel - Little on the heavier side in terms of thickness and overall palette feel, but the carbonation is fairly light so it's fairly easy to pick up.

Overall - It's a pretty easy Pale Ale to drink and it's fairly simple flavor is very enjoyable to say the least. It's nothing outstanding, but at the very least it's a very good Pale Ale.

Photo of Nachojon
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice red amber color. Pours 1 finger head quickly shrinking down to a thinner layer. Some lacing.

S- Kind of malt forward. Sweet kind of molasses with some tree sappy hops in the background.

T- Very nice flavor here. I usually prefer hop-forward beers but this one is really nice. Some cider malt in the front then just that touch of hops in the back. Really easy drinking.

M- Smooth, the taste the carbonation the balance. Very smooth beer. Very easy drinking, would be a great session beer if available to me.

O- Another gem from Deschutes.

Photo of denver10
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark amber with a thumbs width white head that started to dwindle just as soon as I put the glass down. Great lacing. A delicious aroma; sweet citric heaven. One of the best grapefruit aromas I have come across from any beer, like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and put it right up to my nose. Sharp, pointy, crisp. Flavor is just as good with the marriage between malt and hops. A light caramel malt base alongside a wonderful hit of ruby red grapefruit. There is a very balanced layer of piney bitterness throughout. A very crisp, silky mouthfeel aided by the carbonation. Wow, this is a great beer. Extremely balanced, extremely drinkable, extremely good. I can't get enough of this one and can't believe its only seasonal. I could drink this 365 without any problems. So damn good.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It has a rich copper color. Not much head, but what there is clings well to the side of the glass.

S: Excellent aroma. Really a great treatment of the hops - floral and orange-lemon. Some piney notes. A hint of sweet malt and honey.

T: Great balance of the bitterness of hops and the sweetness of the malt and tartness of the citrus character. Less over-powering than the typical IPA or double IPA offering.

M: Well-carbonated. A refreshing, drinkable beer.

O: Deschutes has managed to thread the needle by retaining the hoppy soul of a NW IPA, but in a genuinely refreshing, tasty package. Nice beer to enjoy after hitting the slopes.

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with three fingers of slightly off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving thick sticky streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge citrus hop notes. This is juicy smelling with hint of orange. I get just a splash of biscuit dough and caramel as well. Citrus all the way.
T: Follows the nose with clean flavors of citrus, caramel, pale malt, and orange hops. I get hints of mint in the finish, and the aftertaste has a clean hoppy earthy quality to it.
M: Medium body, even carbonation with an easy to drink mouthfeel that isn’t too dry but has a bit of chew to it.
O: An excellent pale ale. Not my absolute favorite but there is really nothing wrong with this beer. Drinks great.

Photo of army01
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a heavy burnt orange color, forming a thick off white head that reduces to about 1/4" thick and then stays.

The strong scent of Fresh hops immediately hits the noise and does not leave. Citrus hints are intertwined with the hops.

The first taste is a light sweet flavor that is met with the mid-to-high hoppiness.

Lighter than expected, but heavier than some Pale Ales

Overall, would recommend, but definitely a once-a-week type of brew

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

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed.

Photo of drgarage
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Grape and Grain in San Mateo

A: Lovely glowing red/brown. Nice one-finger head that sticks around that refreshes with each sip.

S: Sweet hops and caramel malt. Does this taste like I wish every other red ale I have tasted would?

T/M: Yes. Nice, warm, and complex pale ale with beautifully integrated hops. This is pretty much fantastic. Slick mouthfeel.

O: I would seriously drink this every day and never get tired of it. Pretty much ideal for a session beer. I recommend Deschutes discontinue Mirror Pond in favor of this.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a two finger head. Body is almost completely clear and a nice light orange-ish brown. Head is light tan with an orange hint and falls but sticks around. Some very strong lacing.

S - Yeah, that's good. The right balance between citrus, hops, and a little sweet. I would say a slightly sweet grapefruit and a smooth piney scent.

T - It is better than average, but I'm not all that impressed. Very drinkable. Hops are smooth and the grapefruit compliments it well.

M - Nothing wrong here but doesn't stand out either. Above average carbonation and a little dry.

O - With how much I have heard about it, the hype was too much. Beer is good, but nothing I would need to seek out again.

Photo of blakelive784
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy, orange/ruby color with a semi-thick, off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is average, but it's pretty appealing.

S - Piney, earthy, and grapefruit notes all come to mind, though they're restrained (which is welcome). Caramel, candied sugar, and spice come through. Subtly complex.

T - Resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops counter the pale and caramel malt foundation. Spice and candied sugar on the climax. It actually doesn't taste as complex as the nose had predicted, but it's incredibly well balanced, and never really invokes a bitter taste. Very good.

M - Medium bodied, probably thicker than it should be, crisp throughout to a smooth finish.

D - Another great offering from Deschutes. I don't think can make a bad beer, though. The balance on this one alone is remarkable.

Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THIS IS WHY there should be separate reviews here on BA for draft vs. bottle. The old review is below this new one:

Consumed February 20th, 2013. Pours a burnished copper / honey-orange into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. Minimal white head leaves nice, long-lasting streaks down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, almost like candy. Caramel and a dash of citrus and pine. Smells... interesting for an APA.

Flavor is equally interesting and not at all what I'm used to down here in the land of hop madness (aka Southern California) : some mild caramel malts up front that feature a juicy, melanoidin character. Somewhat bitter up front, but this transitions smoothly (thanks to a creamy-textured trip across the palate) into a wonderfully orchestrated and balanced hop finish: pine and sweet citrus. Finishes ever-so-slightly dry.

This is a good one, but, considering the source, not surprising.

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RATING - 3.55

DRAFT - Consumed at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA on January 27, 2012.

APP - 4.5 - Clear medium golden with a fine white head that provides excellent sheeting on the sides of the glass.

SMELL - 4 - Hoppy aroma - herbal, grassy with pine and grapefruit.

TASTE - 3.5 - A small amount of caramel malt, but otherwise flavor follows nose. Slightly mineral finish. Herbal, piney, ruby red grapefruit up front with less bitterness at the end than at the beginning.

MOUTH - 3.5 - Slightly dry but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

OVERALL - 3 - A little too unbalanced towards hops that aren't as delicious as they ought to be to carry this beer.

Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours medium copper with a two finger white head that sticks around well. On the nose there is a really creamy and rich caramel backbone supporting a tropical fruitiness on top. There is also some doughy malt flavors here. In the mouth there is dough and caramel at the beginning, quickly fading to a controlled but big bitterness in the middle and in a long finish. The malt base is quite a bit bigger than I generally like in a pale ale, but the hop component is big enough to match and the particular melding of flavors sits really well with me. The body is perfectly medium with some carbonation coming out and complimenting the bitterness well.

Overall, this is a fine brew that I will look forward to seeing every January. As a side note, I think this would be a perfect candidate for serving on cask. Hopefully someday I'll get a chance for that.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear red amber. Light thin head with slight lacing. Slight bubbles. Very transparent. Nice glow. Looks like a nice bubbly inviting beverage.

Smell: Peach, citrus, perfumey floral hops. Some tea-like aroma. Almost reminds me of rooiboos tea. Cinnamon bread. Mandarin oranges.

Taste: Nice and sweet. Leans towards the malt side with a nice snappy grapefruit bitterness. Slightly buttery with a hint of apple peel.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is nice. It's like smooth velvet with a crisp finish. Nice blend of different malts with good northwest hops.

Overall: One of the best Pale ale's out in the late winter. Another high quality Deschute's product.

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

12 oz in nonic

A: dark copper, sandy head with very active carbonation. Extreme clarity

S smells of the northwest with heavy floral hops but a good amount of bready base, slight minty tone

T. Citrus flower sweetness, the minty tones in the nose do make an appearance with a clean bitter finish. The malt lets it all ride and balance but it is a supporting cast member

M. Exceptionally smooth, slight carbonated tingle but the overall feeling is pillowy without any dry or overly tannic sense

O. This is going to be a regular in my house. It is hoppy but it doesn't assault the mouth. Yum.

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.

Photo of natemort13
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep orangish ruby. Light LIGHT tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is of bread, citrus zest, caramel malt sweetness

Taste is caramel malt up front that gives way to some grapefruit and lemon. hoppy oilness. Delicious

Medium bodied, super smooth and slick

one of the easiest drinking pale ales i've ever had. delicious balance where both the hops and malt are pronounced. Still yet to be disappointed by deschutes.

Photo of iSip
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale: The Deschutes Brewery cranks out some very fine products, so I was looking forward to trying their Red Chair Pale Ale. Peering into this deep cherry wood color brew, you can’t see through it due to a medium amount of haze. The head is thin, but the aroma is wonderful. Lots of hoppy spice and fruit notes. The flavor is outstanding; the malt is subtle while the hops do the talking, but not too loudly. Lots of flavors come and go: apple, spice, and flowers. There is an undercurrent of bitterness, and in a good way. In the end, this is a winner. Maybe not as smooth as other beers, but it is well balanced, and the rich variety of hop notes are wonderful to experience. It will show up in my fridge again.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. A bit on the cloudy side and burnt orange color. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is a bit off of bright white and thin in appearance. Lace isn't sticking to well right now either.

Smell is bright citrus hop smell mixed with some sweet malts that come across as honey and cranberry.

Taste is much like the smell. Red sweet flavors mix very well with the bright bitter hop character.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet. Quite nice.

Overall it must be said that I have enjoyed this offering for the last several years and I think I have enjoyed it more this year than in the past years. Note: I think it is better right out of the bottle.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber body with a good 2-finger white that shows some decent retention. Lace is pretty sticky on this one.

S- Citrus blast of hops up front, some slight acrid aroma, some caramel, some grassiness, and a slight muskiness.

T- Sweet caramel malts up front, some copper flavor, slight grassiness, but the citrusy flavors aren't there as much as they were in the aroma. Almost a sugar-like after taste.

MF- Medium bodied with flavors that do stick to the palate very well.

O- A pretty damn good beer that I'm very happy I got the chance to try

Photo of Blargimus
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by 3/24/2012, poured into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color, with a finger or two of white head. Head recedes quite quickly. A bit of carbonation visible in the bubbles. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Smells sweet and hoppy. Wonderful malt aroma, but not particularly strong.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell, but still fairly sweet. Less malty than the smell would indicate. Somewhat of a more bitter aftertaste than I'd like, but still quite tasty.

Average body for the style. Slightly creamy, and carbonation is good.

This is a good beer, but not spectacular. I remember enjoying this a lot more when I was just drinking it, rather than sitting down and actually putting words and numbers to the brew. For that, it gets an extra half-point in the overall rating.

Photo of rawla
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a reasonably fresh bottle off a 6 pack. Best by date of 03/31/2011.

A: Pours a radiant sun-burnt orange, ruby , and almond brown color. Just a damn good looking beer. Very average carbonation, and little to no lacing. Egg-shell head; about 1-2 inches of foam.

S: Notes of biscuits, with subtle pine, grapefruit, citrus, and toasted sesame. The overall profile isn't as pungent as I expected, but the malt profile is insanely enticing. Mmmm

T: A few great things going on. At the front, the complex malt profile takes over. A toasted almond and flaky, buttery biscuit front finishes off with a fresh dose of cascade hops. A really refreshing citrusy finish, with little after taste. You just want to keep drinking this thing down.

M: Deceptively bright and light feel. You don't get weighed down at all by the malts.

O: I am not biggest malt fan, especially with Pale Ales/IPA's. I want hops, and more hops. This thing balances the complex malt profile with a straight-forward hop finish beautifully. Magnificent session/speciality beer.

A MUST try.... A

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper with just a light haze. Nice 1.5 finger white head with some retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light hop tones of pine, earth, citrus, and fruit along with a strong caramel malt.

T - Very good, with a nice caramel malt and biscuit backbone. The sweetness of the malt is mild and pleasant and blends with the fruity nature of the hops well. The hops provide more fruit character than found in the nose: still piney and earthy but flavors of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. Mild bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth.

O - A very good example of an APA. I would highly recommend this brew.

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.