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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 2,297
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 139
Gots: 378 | 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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Photo of yetijosie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer on tap (Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in El Paso TX) and it is excellent. Not too dry like the sierra nevada pale, not too bitter. Just the perfect balance of skunkiness and breadiness.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another nod goes out to Whitebricke-- thanks for an awesome box of goodies Ted!

poured into pint- reviewed from notes.

This beer is a GLOWING fiery copper color-- quite breathtaking in its own right! 2 fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing.

First sip until the beer is half gone was spent admiring the color and appearance. That tells you how much I like the look of this beer-- but also says something about how easily drinkable this beer is! Just hugely drinkable. I was literally halfway through the pint when I forced myself to stop and focus on the smell...

Smell is huge malts. Sweet, rich, soft, velvety malts. Nice little grapefruit/citrus hop notes at the back end. And that is the same road the taste takes. Just great malts on this-- the malts return towards the finish with a satin-like feel. This beer is very smooth. The finish is so soft and delicate that I feel like I am going to rip it. Good carbonation level on a medium body.

I never would have guessed the ABV was this high-- I am quite shocked by this. I thought for sure this would be under 5% and be amongst the top session beers list. That is how smooth and drinkable this beer is. The flavor/nose don't do it for me as much as the looks and the feel! Overall, though, it is quite worthy of another pint!

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Photo of dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014/2015 reviewed on 3/8/15
A: Copper liquid is a bit dark.
S: Good biscuity malt and some fruity hops.
T: Pleasant malt opening with some estery yeast notes that flirt with going too far but are still pleasant. Grapefruit finish - fully with pith and all.
M: Quite bitter finish, dry malt.
O: Very tasty

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The diabolical brewers at Bend, Oregon's Deschutes are at it again. They get me all strung out on what becomes my go-to session beer--like they did with the long-lamented Cinder Cone Red--and then like Lucy van Pelt, they snatch it away at the last second, leaving me flat on my back and yelling, "Aauugh!"

Red Chair NWPA is a copper-colored pour with a sturdy, vanilla-tinted head that throws a nose of nice fragrant hops; floral and citrus notes add some complexity to the usual pine/grapefruit assault.

At around 55 IBUs, Red Chair was the more balanced sibling of the more flamboyant Bond Street sisters. Deschutes puts the bitterness in check with a malt backbone built from seven different varieties--including a few British crystals, a German pilsner, a domestic cara-pils, and a domestic Munich.

Not feeling that the IPA designation was giving quite the right impression of this eurhythmic offering, they seem to have made up another new one out of whole cloth: Northwest Pale Ale.

Personally, I don't care what they call it, it is a much better seasonal replacement for Cinder Cone than the Buzzsaw Brown was, and if they get it in their heads to make it year around, well, so much the better. I'm not going to get my hopes (or hops) up.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

A- Half a finger of a creamy white head. Large bubbles but dense. Spotty, watery lacing and a minute long retention. Orange-golden color with only a bit of clarity.

S- Hop forward and floral. Light smell but definite hoppiness and bitter qualities to it.

T- Not nearly as bitter as I had expected. Hop oil is there, but the smooth, buttery taste is not lost among the bitterness. Flavorful and aromatic, this is a tasty beer.

M- Extremely smooth and creamy. This feels phenomenal. 5/5

O- The appearance leaves more to be desired, the smell isn't as pronounced as I might have liked, but the flavor and feel are great. Buy this beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of climax
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to find this one. It pours a bright amber with excellent clarity. The head was even and fairly tall. The retention and lace were respectable.

The nose was an herbal explosion for a pale ale. IPA-esque qualities ooze out. The balance between sweet and bitter is excellent. Tropical fruit, spice, and caramel lurk in the shadows of the grassy hop profile.

The flavor was excellent. It was grassy from the start, but the finish is exceptionally earthy, moreso than any beer I remember. Sweetness in the form of bubblegum and pink grapefruit does it's best to match the extreme herbal flavor. As far as the malt goes... er, maybe a whisper of caramel and sourdough bread in the backbone.

The body is just on the light side of medium. The feel is nicely carbonated, sharp but light. It's mostly slick through the finish where it eventually leaves off at dry. Drinkable? Absolutely. Definitely a sessionable pale ale, despite a surprisingl well hidden ABV.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

So looking forward to Red Chair again this winter. Very well balanced and the hoppiness is subdued enough that my non hophead friends say "oh this is pretty good!" One of my go-to favorites for the winter and spring while it's available and a great value to boot so I can buy it often!

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Photo of Beerma
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

good smooth beer. Didn't think I would like it not usually my type of beer but this one was really good. Only got a sample before it sold out! Little disappointed would have liked to get more.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to Rathakem for hitting this long time (yep, you read correctly...long time) want. enjoyed from a deschutes teku.

best by 4/17/2013

a - brew poured a stunning amber orange with a generous 2 fingers of frothy foamy head that hung out for pictures and then some. as it dissipated you could hardly see anything through the milkshake like lacing that gripped the glass.

s - nice hops mixed with great caramel. seems a bit malt forward, but definitely has my mouth watering.

t - hell yeah. this is what a pale ale should taste like. big and bold. lots of hops balanced out by even more malts. great sweet caramel pine cone flavor. has that definable deschutes flavor that i LOVE.

m - medium bodied. really nice.

o - overall great pale ale. with a best by date a month away, i'm sure i'm a few months post bottling on this one, but i love it. would love to try uber fresh, but right now hits the spot. great malt heavy pale ale with a nice hopping to tame the malts. great deschutes flavor profile. tastes like a stream in nature.

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Photo of bret27
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see they changed things up a bit to relabel this in a 12oz and appropriately call it a pale ale.

S: Tangerine, spice, pine (very similar to Hop Henge actually.)

A: Amber/brown, good light fluffy head

T: Honey, malt, piney bitter American hops. Definite sweet malt presence, but works since niether are overbearing.

M/D: Just bitter enough to be refreshing. Med. and slick mouth.

Overall: Good, very similar to other Deschutes IPA/PA's.

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Photo of patobandito
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer from Deschutes, sign me up!

Pours a nice copper color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Looks a bit darker than other APAs I have had.

Smells mostly of nice northwestern hops, contrary to the bottle advertising that it is not a full-on hop assault. The taste however, is like the bottle. It has that wonderful hoppiness that I would expect from a northwestern APA, but the malt manages to dull the sharpness of the hops, making it extremely drinkable. The only complaint I really have is that it is a bit thin on the feel, but not too bad.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Amber beer with small head. Aroma of orchard fruits and malts. Taste is dry leaf, malts, some grapefruit and caramel. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of northaustin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear dark amber/red with a skinny finger of even white head. no lacing.

smell: bigtime citrus hops. fairly average for the style but is still a hopheads delight.

taste: excellent mix of crystal malt flavor and citrus hoppiness. classic.

mouthfeel: the beer is pretty silky and has a nice body. in the beginning it slides in the throat like water then leaves behind an excellent coating of dry hop oilyness. me likey.

my new favorite go to for a sessionable hop bomb.

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Photo of NODAK
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was at first quite hoppy with an explosion of pine resin and citrus just jumping out. As it settled though, the sweet, fruity malt really came out. Pretty nice.

Taste was quite a surprise for a pale ale, as it was quite sweet right off the bat. The label does boast of seven malts though so perhaps I shouldn't be too surprised. It's pretty fruity although the exact fast is hard to pin down. However, maybe a currant taste?? Also a bit bready. The hop balance does come in at th finish with a fairly good resiny punch that allows for a drier finish. It also tends to linger a bit.

Unique pale ale. Quite sweet and fruity and delicious. Really happy for the balance on the finish though. Overall quite a tasty choice.

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Photo of Anasazi
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this NWPA in a German style pilsner glass. The head was good, cheated some by the tall and narrow pilsner glass but none the less some good foaming action. It left rings of suds on the glass.

The copper color was nice with decent carbonation.

The nose or bouquet was piney as some others have reviewed here. I prefer a little more balance in the hops with at least citrus.

Taste was good, hops bit at first and then it mellows out with a smooth malt. Worth the $7-8 a six pack. Only reason I've been buying it because it's been on sale at my local liquor store.

It has a 6.2 ABV and I did catch a slight buzz after downing the first two after completing a 6 mile mountain hike. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly clouded mid amber having a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has that strong nice balance of rich malts and floral hops. Taste has a light sweet to the malt with a good amount of citric hops that ends dry after going down. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A nice enjoyable hearty ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness that is strong but not over-powering. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely a nice poundable beer with a lot of flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of iSip
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright amber orange with a thin cover of off-white head.

Smells great - grapefruit, floral, a little oily. Enticing to the nose.

Sweet - like candied grapefruit and flower petals. Mild hoppy bitterness to close. Rather subdued, really.

Light, hoppy, dry to the tongue.

Grades out really high because there's no doubt that it's very good. Oddly though, I'm not that drawn to it. Not warranting a "I'd really like another," response.

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from BevMo in late April for $6.99. Best by 06/29/10.

Beer poured a copper color with a one finger head that is leaving lacing. Nose is bready malts and floral hops. Taste is a nice blend of citrus and piney hops well balanced by a nice bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and the carbonation is quite refreshing. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very easy drinking session like beer but beware of the abv as it is well hidden!

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Photo of fedt
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours light orange/amber, with creamy head that retains.

S: Very light smell. Warm malt, little floral hops.

T: Caramel, toffee, floral, light citrus, grass. Well-balanced. Piney-aftertaste.

M: Creamy, OK carbonation.

O: A terrific ale that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off crap i am hot, yar work in the summer in sc is just wrong. that aside day two of cleaning up the yard commenced today. this was the beer i cracked to start the afternoon, big thanks for the extra! consumed on 08/29/2010.

the pour was just what the doctor ordered as the dark amber liquid quickly overcame the glass and made a huge head of white foam that quickly came down the sides of the glass. rich lacing covering everything in sight without an issue,

the aroma was classic nw pale with a deep resin filled hop profile that filled the air. deep piney hops and hints of biscuit filled malts are all over the place here, really just leaving a tremdously big profile in its wake. incredible feel as it was nearly full bodied but with huge carbonation. nice bite of hops up front melts into a smooth and even malt profile and a sublimly dry finish that just seals the deal for me,

overall just a wonderful pale that really is more of an ipa but works wonders for me on this hot day. a must try.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-orange
Smell- bread, sweet/fruity
Taste- zesty up front, some citrus hop bite. Delicious fruity bouquet, apricot, apple, orange. Sweet malty breadiness, finishes nicely malty with some herbal (green tea) and fruity hopiness. A fantastic pale ale, shows some great malt layers yet still very APA in its lush hop profile. Very drinkable, the beer I wanna drink all spring/ summer

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.