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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: 2,302
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 382 | 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: 536 | Hads: 2,302
Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Boy just outside of Harrisburg Pa. What a perfect pale ale. This one is so dialed in with hops and malt. Sweet, no bitterness and full in body. Absolute delight.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty at first, then a very nice hoppy taste this vibrant and not overly bitter. Very surprised how well it tastes. Hard to say this, but better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I know. A lucky customer can snag a 12-pack of this at the supermarket for as cheap as $12.99 (but usually a bit more), making it in Seattle *the* best beer that one can buy in terms of quality to price point. Significant head dissipates to a enduring lace around the edges. Strong and sweet slate of light malt, lightly toasted, is prominent. Fruity, but not citrusy or cannabisy, aromas--saffron?-- and taste of hops balance the flavor but don't dominate. One of my ATF beers, which I buy regularly, and this tasting hasn't changed that perception a bit. Easy drinking and a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of IronLover
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and a deep hazw. Poured with an off white foam. Both soapy and tight, frothy bubbles and medium retention. Medium high hop aroma: tangerine, herbal mint, spicy. Medium sweet malt aroma beneath. Medium bodied with creamy, medium high carbonation. Light, pleasant, warming sensation beneath. Medium high hop flavors and bitterness: earthy herbal mint and orange zest. Medium low maltiness. Balance certainly tips toward the hop side but not too drastically. Finished dryly with a light minty, herbal hop aftertaste. A well constructed, well balanced, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear amber with a couple fingers of off-white head. slight sediment in the bottle adds a bit of haze in the final pour

Smell: Fresh sweet citrus, flowers, and pine hops

Taste: A melding of clean sweetness with fresh citrus and floral hops character, with a brief acidic spice somewhere in the middle. Relatively little bitterness for the amount of hops character. No off-notes or unpleasant flavors whatsoever.

Feel: Thin to medium body, moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easy.

Overall: Weird as it might sound, this was basically what I was expecting - A very pleasant, balanced and easy-drinking (india) pale ale. The hops has strong aromatic and flavor characteristics without inducing the amount of bitterness one might expect of an IPA. Just a smidge on the sweet side, but I still love it. Glad I picked up a sixer of this one.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/12/15 - Finley Dunnes (Chicago) Draft - Decent offering - liked the citrus smell and taste. Hops were light, the texture was very light. Nice beer to complement a meal, but less strong in taste and strength than I typically look for in an pale ale. Good beer.

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Photo of JWU
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes pint glass.

A- A clear amber with a slight red hue. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet citrus mixed with a nice toasted biscuity malt base. Some fruity ale esters and a touch of pine.

T- Follows the nose. A pop of orange melds into the malt base which tastes toastier the further into the sip you get. Some fruity notes, slightly tropical, and a touch of pine of a nicely bitter (but not over the top) and dry finish.

M- higher side of medium carbonation, likely from the bottle conditioning, smoooooth for days.

O- This stuff is fantastic. Had a 6er of it last year, and sought out a case this year.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single into an imperial pint glass

A: reddish amber, big 2 finger off white head that sticks around for quite a while
S: bready and caramel malts, balance between pine and citrus hops...not a huge pungent nose, with the malt actually dominant.
T: superbly balanced, with layers of velvety bready malts, each layer balanced with a really nice hoppy bitterness that is a little more in the direction of pine and resin, but has a kiss of juicy tangerine; nothing that is in your face or grabbing your lapels...just really inviting and delicious.
M: medium carbonation, a little chewy and a solid body (for the style), both lively and mellow, a pleasant and moderate amount of bitterness that lingers a bit.

overall: a go-to-beer every late winter/early spring. Absolutely love it. And love the label/name!

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of beerdichampion
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Were God to appear to a human and ask him to show Him his greatest achievement, the man would be in remiss if he didn't give God a mug of 50 degree Red Chair NWPA. The balance in this brew is ridiculous. A sweet citrusy hoppy profile gives way to a smooth caramel/bready maltiness that then, just as quickly, lends itself back into a crisp piney finish that lingers while reminding you of the malty profile it just impressed upon you. This seriously may be the most well balanced beer I've ever tasted. I've had this beer for the past four years before finally reviewing it. It is simply unmatched in balance. Damned near a perfect beer in my humble beer loving opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of rypkr
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal brew. I threw it in a mix and match six pack with zero expectations but was extremely surprised for the better upon trying it.

A - beautiful clear amber, small but thick white head and heavy lacing.

S - fresh earthy hops with fruity Belgian-like characteristics behind the initial hop whiff.

T - very good, very, very drinkable. Just a real pale ale that isn't trying to be an IPA with fashionable hop excessivenes.

M - this is the first thing I noticed even before the taste. Its simply perfect. It has some of the softest carbonation of any beer that comes to mind.

Overall - just a great pale ale. Super glad I tried and would definitely make a good go to low-mid abv beer for light session drinking.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair is a remarkable ale. It's got a perfect mix of complex flavors, hops and maltiness, and a wonderful mouthfeel. It's not an over the top beer, it's not extremely hoppy, it's not got any weird flavors ... it's just got perfect balance.

It's been one of my favorite beers for the past few years. I look forward to it every winter.

And I don't know why Deschutes doesn't put this in their year round lineup.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Somehow all the reviews I read on this have not hit the note, except one. The taste is so unique, you will only know it when you drink it. But, let me describe it for you the best I can, OK? First, pear, apricot and cherry hits the note with the right amount of carbonation. Cherry note finish, but dry and soothing with creamy finish. Spot on in my book, this is a A+ beer, got to get it every season. Great job, Deschutes!!!!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a two-finger foamy off-white head. The head leaves a heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aromas of sweet citrus, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Flavor starts with a big burst of citrus - orange & tangerine. The citrus is backed by some sweet malts. There is a big smack of piney hops that appear mid palate through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp finish.

O - Very solid pale ale with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of mschipper
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular. Poured into pint glass. A: Amber I'm color with a two finger ivory colored head that slowly dissipates to half a finger thick for duration of drink. Heavy lacing that does not disappear. S: citrus, wheat, notes of raspberry, and bitter hops. Not bready at all. T: initially, bitter citrus hops, followed by strong wheat aftertaste. F: moderate carbonation, still smooth enough to drink steadily. O: deliciously brewed. I give a 4.5 to another superb beer from Deschutes Brewery. Definitely added to my top 5.

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Photo of pnelting
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Darkish amber with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Piney and floral.

T: Pine up front followed by a nice citrus flavor. Just enough malt to balance it out.

M: Medium body. Just right.

O: This is a new favorite pale ale. I will be picking this beer up every year.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber reddish with off white head with some sticky lace.

S - Piney, floral, cake batter, bread dough.

T - Malt forward that is met by a nice rush of hops. Resinous, oily, hemp seeds. Nice balance and very drinkable.

O - Very solid offering from Deschutes. Highly drinkable even sessionable. I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of Southside830
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Deschutes. Starts off very similar to hop trip IMO. As it warms the sweet malts kick in toning down the hops a bit. Very drinkable pale ale that has a nice hop presence balanced with a sweet juicy malt backbone.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden amber leans to the dark side, ever so slightly hazy, 1 finger off-white head retains very well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citrusy hops are very smooth and juicy sweet; orange marmalade comes to mind immediately, also a touch of pine. Fruity esters prevalent, as well as a doughy biscuit malt.

Taste - Take the smell and amplifies it 100x. Big citrus punch up front: straight up sweet orange marmalade hopping mixed with a bit of piney dankness. The hops meld beautifully with fruity, yeasty notes as prominent toasty, biscuity malts begin to steal the show and the beer dries out in a hurry. Finishes juuuust off-dry with moderately low pine resiny bitterness.

Feel - Super smooth medium body, moderately high carbonation moves this around the palate perfectly. Crisp and refreshing. This beer goes down ridiculously easy: "drinkable" would be an understatement.

Overall - "Big flavor, perfectly balanced", are the 4 words that best describe this for me. A beer with a delicious hop punch that doesn't shy away from letting a tasty malt backbone get some air-time too. Bitterness is low, and dries the palate just enough to make you yearn for the next sip. The body and feel are ethereal... Just so damn easy to knock these back. When I think of "beer", this is the one I think about. This beer is in near-perfect harmony.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours to an extremely murky and unfiltered golden orange. Did not form much of a head. Can literally see little particles floating around. Looks good in the glass.
S - Light citrus, hops and a little malt.
T - A light hoppiness upfront, but it's more like orange than grapefruit followed by a nice light malty backbone at the end to round it out. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable. O - A really good brew!
V - Good value.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber red color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. Some other lighter aromas of a floral and light fruity smell of apple and pear are there as well rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bread flavor with hints of caramel and a lighter showing of a pine hope. As the flavor moves forward, the pine is joined by a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor as well as some fruit flavors of pear, apricot and a bit of cherry. The grapefruit hop eventually surpasses the pine, with the two both being joined by a little bit of an herbal and floral hop taste to leave a rather pleasant and smoothly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style and flavor profile, the moderateness is rather nice as it creates an easy drinking but hop supported medium for all the flavors to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall – A rather nice red IPA. Very easy drinking and tasty brew that is certainly one to try when you get the opportunity.

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Photo of colingaiser
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slowly poured from 12 oz bottle -- left out of fridge for 30 min -- into nonic pint glass.

L: Beautiful, creamy two-finger head with noticeable lacing. Color is bright and inviting, an amber verging on orange.

S: The pine from the hops is immediately prevalent, followed by pleasant citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, and a subtle note of sweet caramel.

T: There's an immediate burst of piney hops, though there's a surprising lack of bitterness. It goes down smoothly, with more delicate floral and light citrus (again, grapefruit) flavors. The finish is sweet and unexpectedly decadent, with the malts showing off notes of caramel and toffee.

F: A crisp, medium body with medium-high carbonation, though ends up with a surprisingly creamy finish. Really nice!

O: I'm glad a bought a six-pack of this -- this is a delicious, refreshing, and crowd-pleasing winter beer. It might be the best I've had from Deschutes.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Pine, some floral and herbal notes, light citrus, and a little malt sweetness.

T: Pine and floral hops up front, a little citrus, maybe even a touch of fruitiness, with some caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not my favorite, but another solid brew from Deschutes.

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