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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: 2,291
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 135
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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Photo of bobloblaw22
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the Deschutes brewery Mountain Room.

A:Deep dark red amber color. Poured with about a finger of foamy head. Very nice lacing left on the pint glass.

S: Classic pine and citrus, but what really gets me is the nice warm caramel scent. Very enticing.

T: Was pleased to taste the malty caramel come through in a very smooth way. That's definitely the highlight of the taste for me. Nice, crisp, balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body.

Very enjoyable overall! (468 characters)

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

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange tinged copper color and comes with a one finger thick head that is cloud white. It retains quite well, settling to a thin, but densely populated fine bubbly film. Lacing is above average but doesn't cling lquite ike I thought it would but that's ok. This looks to be fairly heavily carbonated as well. Decent looking overall....

S- There is much more malt noticeable compared to an IPA, which gives this a good counter balance to the citrusy smelling hops. Reasonably modest in aroma generally, but it's nice as it's not an overpowering hop bomb!

T- Very well rounded flavors! The soft citrus hop character is balanced by a slightly honeyed malt profile and some biscuit like qualities. The finish has some earthy, leafy flavors that keep this bitter yet dry and thirst quenching.

M- A smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable brew to drink. There is a hopped oiliness that contributes to this in my opinion. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is deceiving....it's not palate scrubbing at all.

O- A very well made beer. It's well balanced, full of flavor, easy to drink and is quenching on the palate. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this style and who wants something that's reserved yet does the job well! (1,282 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into NB snifter/goblet thing. No bottle date, but it's seasonal so it isn't that old. thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Pours a hazy amber (red/orange), good carbonation from the bottom of the glass, one finger off white head, bug bubbles that dissipate quickly, some mild lacing is present

S: This brew is very malt forward, there are some sweet hop aromas but definitely not the BIG smell of this beer

T: A very smooth red, clean flavor profile, suttle hops, nice malt forward brew, strangely sweet probably from the European malts (?), mild hop bite at the close but no where near an IPA

M: This is a light to medium bodied brew, again it's very smooth, doesn't totally coat or kill you

O: A nice summer sippin' beer, I could drink a lot of it and not care! Over 6% but doesn't knock you down. Solid alternative to stronger pales or IPAs (867 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #19 top American Pale Ale on beeradvocate best of lists.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is reddish to amber with a thin head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass, moderate to low carbonation, OK retention.

Beer smells kind of malty but has an almost citrus hop after aroma to it, smells fine.

Beer is medium to light in body with a moderately hoppy bitter finish. The lead off is some malt but it is not a big malt flavor just an average lead off flavor. It is a decent beer but nothing too special, a little maltier than I expected but I would have it again. (631 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish yellow. A bit of smooth head with great lacing. Overall not the prettiest beer ever. Smells pretty great. Lots of light hops and a touch of sweetness... Tasty but not overwhelming. There is a bit of bitterness on the back of each sip but overall pretty solid (280 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber with a nice orange glow with a white head which leaves lots of frothy lacing on the glass. Sweet candy and caramel, citrus hops. Taste is bitter, pine and citrus hops and balanced with a biscuity, toasty caramel body. An excellent and aggressively hopped pale. Let's face it, this is an IPA. (311 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit 3/11/2013: changed appearance from 4 to 4.25 and smell from 3.5 to 4.25 based upon having on tap yesterday and from the bottle tonight. My esteem for this beer has risen. The aroma on tap was wonderfully fragrant - more NW IPA than NWPA, but the taste (probably should increase this rating too) is outstanding. This is my favorite APA. I have only one regret about this beer - it is only available seasonally.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 7/28/2011.

A-Pours a deep golden, almost orange color with a two finger, off-white head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S-A citrus hop bouquet from a judicious use of Cascade and Centennial hops. I would favor more aroma, but it is appropriate for style.

T-Very well balanced. Bitter hops are supported by a pleasantly smooth, bready malt backbone followed with a slight hop twang in the finish. Very nice. Delicious.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Light and refreshing. 7 different malts provide an amazingly luscious feel.

O-This "debut Northwest Pale Ale" is very good. My only regret is that it is a seasonal. Very easy drinking. I could readily enjoy a whole six pack on a hot summer day into evening. One of my favorite APAs. (1,232 characters)

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

A slightly hazy dark amber with a moderate cream head. There is a prominent clean pine scent followed by slightly floral and spice notes. The taste is complex where pine and mild citrus mix with boozy floral notes. This is a hoopy pale ale that because of the higher ABV has some Imperial characteristics. Very tasty indeed. The mouthfeel is creamy and there is some bite to this beer in the form of some mild bitterness. There is a lingering fresh aftertaste and some nice lacing on the glass. I like it. This is another great beer by the wonderfull people at Deschutes. (571 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this beer.

Look Copper color with very little head but does have a bit of lacing as you drink

Smell Light hops with the typical piney floral citrus notes

Taste Pretty much tasted like it smelled light hop flavors up front that faded away pretty quickly

Mouthfeel Medium body lightly carbonated and a bit dry kinda like a brut

Overall a decent pale ale at best it had nice hop and citrus flavors and scents. I would drink this beer again only if someone gave it to me (494 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was hazy amber with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but, a load of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of piney hops was very evident. I could'nt pick up anyother aromas but hops. On the first sip, piney hops (mild IPA) was sort of overpowering. Upon the second sip, I got a creamy hoppy flavor, with a hint of yeast, citrus and spice, but just a hint. There was also a sweet/bitterness that made it interesting. Loads of components that would have been more evident if not for the overpowering piney flavor. Might as well advertise this as an IPA, not Pale Ale! (590 characters)

Photo of Anaz
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked some of this up on the advice of a friend, and things started off ok. It looks great, nice coppery color, fluffy white head. It smells pretty good, too. Floral, herbaceous hops, notes of pine, fresh rolls, and caramel.

The taste is where it started to go wrong for me. It's too sweet, and the strong herbal character of the hops don't really balance it, but make it taste like someone dropped a crazy sweet herbal cough drop in my beer. It gets cloy8ing very fast. I one Miller Lite cold, and it helped, reducing my perception of it's sweetness, but it's not really enjoying the beer to drink it that cold.

I normally find Deschutes beers to be well made, but this one really was hard to appreciate, and was really only drinkable straight from the bottle. I won't be buying it again, and I'll keep the last few in the fridge for guests who really aren't into what I usually have on hand. (902 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber/orange in color with a good looking medium, white colored head. looks like a straight up craft beer. if i saw myself holding and sipping it while watering my lawn, i would be jealous

-hops is definitely noticeable first, leaning towards the marijuana smelling variety, but it is not overboard. there is a nice subtle sweet malt balance behind it

-there is a very good melting hop flavor that really develops from front to back. it is mostly on the piney end, but there is a type of dirty bitterness that i kind of enjoy

-this is very creamy and thick for a PA, but i always enjoy that type of mouthfeel. the carb is very nice and is a touch oily

-this is a very solid beer. almost like a PA version of torpedo. it's not a big go-to, but i sure do respect it (768 characters)

Photo of futura123
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six pack.Poured into a pint glass.

A - The beer is a copper/amber color with creamy white head that that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.

S - Noted some fruity & piney tones to compliment a mild aroma of grapefuit hopiness

T - The taste has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty. I get some sweeter, malty, slight caramel notes coming through. From the hops I get the grapefruit flavors, along with more of that juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Pine is there, but a little less present than in the aroma. It finishes on the bitter side with some resiny, grapefruit flavors coming in. Very nice hoppy flavor to it overall.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Super drinkable beer. I can knock up a few in one session. This is the staple of my fridge. Too bad it is not a year round offer so I try to drink as much I can now

Overall, this is a really good APA from Deschutes. Tip my hat for them. However, I think SNPA is still a tad better. (978 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 Bennettrox
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange and amber. Great head with plenty of lacing all around the glass as it goes down.

S - Floral hops, citrus, and a strong but not overpowering sweet malt smell.

T - More citrus, a little pine, bitter, with a beautiful harmony of malts. Really like how this isn't hop heavy or malt heavy, right in between.

M - Chewy with moderate carbonation. This one stuck with me minutes after I was finished, and I enjoyed it.

O - Really enjoyed this pale ale. Would def like more on a hot summer day. This pale ale brings the caramel/sweet malts into the profile better than any APA I've had thus far. (609 characters)

Photo of spree92
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an aggressive pour, there was a large, full-bodied head. Plenty of retention and heavy lacing. Slight malt smell but mainly hops, and lots of them. Taste is subtle, yet hoppy. Smooth front and hops finish. Leaves the mouth quickly as a little chewy. I really enjoyed this new NWPA.

LazyL, thanks for the beer packaged. This must be one of your favs, a hopped pale ale. (376 characters)

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

One of the best pale ales in the Pacific Northwest, deserving of its self-identification as the original NWPA.

Pours an orange/copper with moderate head. Aroma is thick and florally fragrant, heavy with hoppy goodness. This beer's flavor is bold but smooth, more than the sum of its parts in the way that only perfectly balanced beers can be. The malt presence is strong without tasting "grainy", and the hops are citrus and pine without being astringent. A little on the fizzy side, making for good mouthfeel and bringing the flavors together pleasingly.

Two thumbs up--definitely a buy. (590 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazed, orange hued,copper colour with a thinnish, tannish head. a little lace for good measure. it has a sweet brown sugar and candy maltiness in the nose, with a fruity character that seems to be also from the malt and yeast. subdued hop aroma...a touch citric but definitely restrained. layered maltiness on the tongue...chewy...the fruitiness again comes through at times with a dash of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in the hop profile. only slightly bitter in the finish...and for such a seemingly sweet beer it's sort of dry, too. above average body with a relatively smooth mouthfeel..it is kind of coarse at times but certainly doesn't detract in any way. pretty drinkable...tasty enough without a full frontal assault of NW hop bombs.

overall...i'm a bit perplexed at the fence riding aspect that this beer presents. it purposely blurs the line between pale ale and IPA, which presents problems of perception. it's malt-centric for sure, but in my opinion could use more hop character. but then it would be an IPA. oh well. it's enjoyable and worth recommendation to try. (1,097 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very aggressively. Great foamy head off-white head. Laces nicely too. Brew is very clear copper color with red hues.

S - Very hoppy; cascade for sure. Caramely and roasty too. Brew smells like sticky flowers.

T - very smooth and rich. Great flavor, mildly acidic, but not bitter at all. Malty, much more malty than your typical PA. Hops are balanced quite well too

M - Very light and airy. Slightly over carbonated, but not to the point of ruining the brew. Dry, but not bitter.

D - Very drinkable, perfect for a rainy spring day!

A very good Pale. Not my favorite Pale, but worth trying if you see it on the shelves. Very well put together. A lot of time and effort go into this kind of thing.

Cheers Deschutes! (728 characters)

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

Pours dark copper with a slight chill haze. Forms a small one finger white head with rather poor retention but nice webbed lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a good sticky caramel malt backbone, slightly sweet and a hop profile of pine, sweet citrus and apricot, more fruity than bright.

Well balanced, brown sugar and whole grain bread and caramel malt hold the beer down well as a nice solid tone of pine, tangerine, apricot and mild grapefruit hop character becomes apparent. Bitterness also seems a bit toned coming in late after the drink drying and pleasant.

Medium bodied but carbonation is bright and exciting, reminiscent of Deschutes' Black Butte porter, very refreshing. Appropriate drying, smooth and well put together pale.

Can't say enough about how great the mouthfeel Deschutes puts out on some of their beers, Red Chair fits that bill. A bold northwest American style beer lots of hop variety yet balanced and whole. (935 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a two finger off-white head and a bit of lacing to boot. Smell is piney with some citrus and some sweet bread malts. Taste is well balanced in a bittersweet sorta way. Sweet bready caramel notes with a bitter citrus grapefruit kick. Finish is mainly bitter with some earth tones. Mouth feel is medium bodied smooth and well carbonated. Has a wet hoppy finish. Overall this is a damn good beer. First time having it. At 1.99 for the bottle it was money well spent. If I see it again I just might pick up a couple more bottles. (551 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, caramel, malts

taste: citrus & pine hops, caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing pale ale. glad I was able to try this one.

Cheers,
The CPJ (285 characters)

Photo of gregshead
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/30/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Copper orange color with finger thick head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of caramel on the nose, hop aromas in the background.

T: Nice astringent/bitterness up front and at the tail end. Caramel malts dominate the middle. Lemony/grassy finish.

M: Very enjoyable carbonation level with all the caramel malt taste, nice thinner feel.

O: A good APA. It didn't blow me away but very enjoyable and easy to drink. Could easily down three of these. (493 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are two versions of the Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale). I chose to try the nitro version.

From the brewer:
What makes this copper coloered beauty so wildly popular? As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. it has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth puckering bitterness. (IBU's: 60)

My review:
Nothing looks better than a nitro-tapped beer. Thick foamy head that lasts forever leaving a solid blanket of lace throughout the tasting. Dark copper color and clear.

This beer is more more malty than hop with lots of chewiness and biscuit elements. The hop is light. The finish has a brown sugar presence. The beer is flat (low carbonation) and very rich. The aroma matches the flavor to a "T". (884 characters)

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

poured into pint glass, 5/17 freshness date.

A: Amber, small head, with sticky lacing.

S: Pine, citrus fruit, mild malty smell.

T: slighty sweet start. piney, light licking the forest floor. nice hoppy finish.

M: Medium carbination wonderful balance.

O: This beer brings me back to how I felt about SNPA when I first started drinking it in the early 90's. Like I was drinking something real special. Could easily pass as an high quality IPA in a blind tasting. But I'll go with label and call it the best pale ale around. (526 characters)

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