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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

534 Reviews
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Reviews: 534
Hads: 2,292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 136
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 534 | Hads: 2,292
Photo of pants678
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, it's orange with a frothy white head that maintains well.

Moderate hops on the nose, some fruit but still very earthy.

A little bit of an IPA bite to it, malty with a touch of caramel juxtaposed by citrus. It's got the bread-feel and grapefruit that really cuts things off. More definition than Mirror Pond, up there with some of the better APAs.

Strong carbonation, not a knock as I could have well done 2 or 3 of these. (439 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice and thick sticky head. Foamy and off-white.

Nose: Yeast, honey, pine, and a little malt.

Taste: Pine and citrus, mango, some banana and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but carbonation is well balanced. A tiny bit of malty thickness at the end. (279 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, citrus flowery
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing excellent – curtains covering inside of glass
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins slightly flowery then some malt appears; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (434 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a cloudy umber color that has a slightly off white head and a more than decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is decently spicy and floral but not strong. you have to stick your nose all hte way in the glass to smell it.

The taste is OK and has a nice malty body with a slightly off balanced hop finish. Could be better.

The mouthfeel is also OK and not remarkable.

Overall they could do better. This beer is drinkable but not exceptional. (462 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by date 07/13/12. 6.2% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof on account of both the brewery - from which I've yet to have a beer below a C - and the recommendation of a close friend (blakelive784), whose opinion I trust.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops seem to be balanced, with hardly any bitterness in the aroma. Clean bright malts seem to be layered. Piney hops. Some cream. All around a very appealing hoppy aroma. Strong - not impactful, but I can detect it from a good foot away (even with me broken nose).

T: Very pleasantly hoppy - with pine and citrus dominant, but also some floral notes. No real bitterness at all. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit, but in a balanced manner. Some cream. Even a bit of spice, actually. Very fresh and refreshing. Pleasant. Wonderfully layered malt diversity comes through. Hints of cherry and even butterscotch (to a small extent). Apple pie filling. Complex for the style and nicely balanced. Subtle. A touch bitter in the back end, but it's not very noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, supporting the body well. Perfectly carbonated. Perfect thickness. Some coarseness comes from the hops, which is a bit bothersome here. A slight oily hoppiness is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Disguises its ABV well. Hides the hop bitterness behind the malt varietals quite nicely. I could drink this all night. A lovely Pale Ale - amongst the best I've had. Another success from Deschutes. Give her a spin, lads.

Pairs well with pretzels.

Drank fine out of me Guinness glass, but I don't know if pint glasses are ideal.

Well-priced.

Low B (2,074 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip with a finger head with some good sticky lacing.

S: has more of malt character with subtle hop notes with very small bready boozy citrus notes on the back end.

T: sweet malt back bone that has a slight dry bitterness to it towards the end. I also get a little citrus fruit as I keep on sipping it.

M: meduim body with just enough carbonation to accomodate the flavor.

D: Overall a decent beer but I'd rather have the red chair IPA. To bad they retired it. (499 characters)

Photo of TheLostGringo
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a small snifter. Best by 03/28/13 printed on the bottle.

A: Golden orange color, with a couple inches of off-white head, leaves nice lacing as I consume.

S: Exactly like grapefruit.

T: Not sure what to make of this. Malty sweetness with some hoppiness. There is something a little funky about this beer, one sip I really like it and the next I am not quite sure.

M: The sweetness gives it a sticky slightly cloying feel.

O: Not bad, wouldn't go out of my way to have it again but not bad.

Cheers! (528 characters)

Photo of GoldenJet
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session, session session! Did I mention this would be a good session brew?

While I rarely dislike anything from Deschutes, outside of the limited release stuff (Abyss, Dissident, etc.) I'm rarely blown away by their beers. This one's no exception.

Red Chair NWPA seems loaded with citrus, a little ripe fruit on the nose, a ton of grapefruit on the palate, and more citrus on the finish. This reminds me a lot of Widmer Drifter, but not so overbearing, and much more well-crafted.

I think this is a great session beer, but the overwhelming citrus tones might get a little tiresome after five or six of these. (611 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dark orange-brown color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a tiny cap. Smells strongly of citrus zest and herbal hops and some sweet malt. Somewhat astringent hop taste up front with the sweet malt coming in at the end. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer that is very hop heavy. I read that this beer replaced the Red Chair IPA that was a Bond Street Series from Deschutes and honestly I have had that beer and it was much, much better than this offering. (537 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An amber ale, white head and good clarity. The aroma is grainy, with a slight fruit and hop undertone. The taste is notably better.mmgreat balance...sweetness, malt, fruit, and a mild hop bitterness. Solidly good, but not unlike many others of the style. (258 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head. Lacing is mild, head retention is solid.

S: Very herbal, with pine oil, cedar and cilantro in the nose. Light biscuity malt.

T: Grapefruit and lemon oil, with a definite spicy hop play. Gets more classic with sweet pine mid-palate and ends with some NW crystal malt flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and creamy with a good long aftertaste.

D: Well made, but not exactly delicious, there is an astringency at times in the flavour. Solid, but I liked the old recipe better. (544 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/22/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty glowing amber with a slight haze; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are subtle and faint citrus notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. There's a nice amount of caramel in the mix. Subtle bread notes. Flavors are very zesty. Very sharp and crisp. Great bitterness. Lots of pine needles and some pine resin. More citrus. Maybe some rye or black pepper in the mix? Grass is there giving it an earthy feel. Malts are there, but clearly take a backseat. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation; creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is pretty refreshing.

Very nice pale ale right here. The craftsmanship really sells this beer for me. (798 characters)

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. (876 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark amber body with an extremely slight amount of suspended particulates, uniform throughout the brew. Minimal to no visible carbonation. Thick, barely off-white head with high retention.

Smell - Tall grass, pollen, slight wood and more grass.

Taste - Bitter lime peel front end, and a stronger bitter lime peel finish and aftertaste. It just grows in your mouth. No maltiness whatsoever, all hop. Somewhat clean and very dry.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Nice and frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Overall good beer, but nothing really stands out here. It has balance though, so it's a decent session pale ale. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it again though. (694 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch threw this one in as an extra in our recent trade. Thanks John.

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA has a light golden body with about a finger of off-white head. Retention is OK, and there is a decent amount of lacing left behind.

Some zesty citrus hops mix with toasted sweet malts in the aroma in a fairly balanced manner.

The flavor is big on the malt profile, despite have a substantial amount of hops. A ton of toasted malts and caramel greet me upon first sip. The hops are citrus flavored, but also resinous, and almost woody.

Medium bodied and fairly low on the carbonation front.

An easy drinking pale ale. (618 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper amber with off-white head. Retention is above average.

S: Pine and orange. Brown sugary sweetness. Cherry licorice and dragonfruit.

T: Caramel and biscuit sweetness. Oranges and cherry. Grassy pine aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O:Well balanced and easy to drink. A decent dose of hops but more on the sweet side. (371 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice ale from a very nice brewery, but it veers more toward a light red ale in character and appearance than a pale ale, particularly in comparison with the brewery's flagship Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

Pours a coppery clear with a vast frothy head that hangs on tight and leaves good lacing. The aroma is hoppy, bright, and firm, with a a clear bite of northwestern style hops. The flavor, though, has a slight sourness and a nutty bite that speaks more of a red ale, though it smooths out to a flowery, smooth hoppiness and an orange-rind bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is robust and prickly and clings nicely with a slight sourness.

Overall, quite tasty, though I like Mirror Pond better. (704 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 4/19/15.

A - Copper.amber with a 1 finger white head. Thick collar and some lacing.

S - Fruity and piney hops along with a nice sweet malt.

T - Starts off with sweet malts and moves into the hops which are fruity and piney. Finish has some bitterness.

M - Medium to light feel with nice carbonation.

O - Decent, but not a go to pale ale for me. I have some others from WI that I prefer. (433 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a clear clean complexion of copper with a bright white film of bubbly foam.

The nose holds a prominent hop character of citrus, bubblegum, banana, caramel malt and bitter floral hops.

The flavor more or less follows the nose with lots of hoppy sweetness in the form of bubblegum, banana and caramel. The hops are sweet and floral and bitter on the tongue.

The feel is very light, a tad thin, bitter but easily drinkable.

This is a good PA, but the hops used by Deschutes (Bravo I think) are not my favorite. (520 characters)

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

12oz poured into pint glass

Pours a very clear red copper. One inch head dwindles down after a minute. Light bubbles floating to the head.

Smell is very mild--a bit of citrus, rounded out with a very appealing sweet caramel.

Pretty simple taste, I'm finding a citrusy caramel pine with a bit of solvent throughout. All the flavors are represented evenly, making for a pretty balanced brew. The malt does come forward a bit more prominently, which is good here for those who like to taste the malt but not in a big way.

I find creaminess in this brew, with light carbonation. Overall it has a pretty desirable mouth feel.

This beer is a friendly one, like many of Deschutes. It does have a bit more weight on the malt, but it is not overdone. Its light enough to be an warm weather beer, but robust enough to make its way into the cooler months. I do enjoy this option from Deschutes, can be considered a solid go to beer. (928 characters)

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

So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.

However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).

The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.

The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.

The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.

All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful. (1,642 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange amber with an off white head. Good lacing.

S: Carmel malt is the dominating aroma. There is some damp earthiness and a bit of citrus, pine hops.

T: Muted citrus hops, a bit of pine hops up front with a good dose of carmel malt. Bready and grainy. Ends with a slightly dry, bitterness.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Pretty easy to drink no thrills APA. (453 characters)

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 (479 characters)

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.