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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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1,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 1639
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-22-2010)
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pour on Prince served chilled in a large pils glass.

the color is a hazed red sunny look with thick beige cream with fine bead and decent lace clings. The smell is very good with citrus aroma and some orange rind with light toasted odor and hint of fruity yeast. The feel is very good with toasted and light caramel sweetness with some pithy citrus and yeast dryness with medium carbonation and body throughout with a mild dry bitter finish.

The taste is great with lots of hop flavor up front adding a grapefruit and light herbal aspect with slight pithy bitter and slight grassy elements and gently toasted malt anchoring the flavor with some creamy yeast to support and adding dimension with a hint of dry citrus and leafy hop flavors continuing into the finish. Overall I was pleased to enjoy this fresh and consider it a top quality Imperial red ale with great drinkability.

second sample - bottle 4-16-14
purchased at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a teku

A - brilliant ruby with excellent clarity -4 Smell is fruity with a light citrus nose from the hops with subtle sweet malt elemnt 3.75 The feel is very good, bitter up front but moderately carbonated with slight tanginess of yeast and sweetness in the malt mid palate with balance of bitter and light caramel aspect with semi-dry finish 4

The taste is excellent very fruity with subtle mix of orange notes in the hops with ruby red grapefruit and mild caramel flavors from the malt all blending in a way that nothing is out of balance yet the sum of the parts is really interesting. The taste of the yeast adds a slight hint of tangy sweet apple skin with a mild toasted malt element and light herbal flavor in the finish 4.25 Overall I really enjoyed this about equally in the bottle as the draft version the only exception is the hops seemed more aromatic in the draft, but the overall enjoyment is the same -4

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 16:37:00 | More by Slatetank
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Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 16 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, another product of me watching their beer board like a hawk for stuff you cannot yet find in stores here. Keep 'em coming guys. A light bronze colored brew, just a notch above dark gold, with around an inch of beige head. Aroma a pleasing blend of rich crystal malts, bubblegum and red berry fruit esters, and fresh citrus zest, quite balanced although the citrus is probably the main component that jumps out. On the palate I again get considerable citrus: Grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, and lime zest/juices along with orchard fruit (peach?), white grape, baby aspirin, and a mellow brown sugar malty backbone. Some booze winks through from time to time and the hops morph a bit from citrus to celery stalk. Body and mouthfeel are right on point for the style, more chew than a lager but about the same degree of carbonation. I might ratchet this latter element down a notch or two. Has much of the Cascade hop character of its stablemate and fellow pale ale Mirror Pond but with more west coast citrus flavors layered on and a higher ABV. A nice enough jaunt. The mellow sweet malts let the hops shine through. It would be great to crush a six-pack or two with a few buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 19:51:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral hops, confectionery notes, sweet malt and, interestingly enough, papaya.
Bittersweet flavours with honey and sweet biscuity malt followed by spicy, piny hops and an assertive, sharp bitterness.
Body feels a little watery and undercarbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 12:58:59 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and impecibly balanced, Deschutes Northwest Pale Ale is trying to capture the taste, texture and culture of America's Pacific Northwest beer drinker in a single glass.

As the beer opens, a deeper-than-usual amber hue develops. Lightly hazed, the ale settles with a soft and diffused glow that props up a creamy eggshell-white head. With sturdy retention and concentric lacing, the ale is simply handsome and pure.

Its balanced aroma culminates with the sharp citrus and pine notes from those Willamette Valley hops- lightly grassy yet floral and pleasant. A malty backbone of caramel and pecan wraps around the hops and controls its scent. Toasted grain, grapefruit and baking bread are the final impressions as the first taste insures.

Acting somewhat in reverse, its the malt presence that offers its sweet taste first. Caramel, light toffee and a subtle honey flavor greets the early palate while nutty and crusted bread flavors trail into a citrusy middle. White grapefruit flavors are playfully acidic and at times seem like the taste of freshly zested oranges. That's all before the beer fades into a smooth bitter finish of softly resinous pine and herbs.

Medium bodied throughout, the ale's creaminess is a perfect weave of residual sweetness and dissolved carbonation. But once the carbonation fades away, it carries with it the malt sweetness and allows for a hoppy-dry finish but with a return of bready malt in aftertaste- making it effortless in drinkability.

Deschutes does a nice job of representing the region in ale form. But if its didn't boast its origins, I would have suspected any brewery in American could have made such a beer that's caught somewhere between American-style Amber Ale and Pale Ale

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 18:03:38 | More by BEERchitect
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3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came on tap in a pint glass. It appeared amber red in colour and had clarity, It smelled rich, hoppy, malty; smelled like a red ale. Tasted malty sweet with citrus hops cloyingly bitter at the finish. Clean; no lingering flavors or aftertastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 03:56:50 | More by NilocRellim
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the base lodge at big mtn(not whitefish mtn)
A: pours a dark blood orange with maybe an angel's touch of amber. Very pale white lacing settling around the rim. Transparent orange
S: aromas of sweet citrus fruit-pineapple and grapefruit mixed in as well. Herbal hops very noticeable with faint scents of toasted malt.
T: Citrus bomb of hops on the initial taste. Big hoppiness, i'd be interested to know the IPU's on this one. Nice backbone of toasted malt and caramel flavors. This is my definition of a large beer in attitude. Pleasant bitterness
M: oily texture left behind with a nice aftertaste to complement it. Finish is hop dry
O: in my eyes this is a red ale and for a red ale its exceptional. It has the strong hop profile to complement the lingering caramel malt. Its between this and lakefront fixed gear for my fav reds. Thx

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 17:46:53 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served from the tap into a pint.

A: Dark amber in color with a light sticky foam.

S: Light citrus smell over a heavier citrus and floral punch. A small hint of woodiness like an amber.

T: first taste is of a sweet and floral . Then the hops flavor washes over the tongue. The hops flavor mixes with a rich woody oaky flavor. The beer finishes with a zesty fruity grapefruit.

M: Great texture. Not too chewy, but just enough texture from the roasted malts. Finishes very clean and, in a mouth watering sort of way, leaves you still thirsty wanting more.

O: I really like this beer, but I think I remember this more fondly than it really is. Maybe it's because I've had more pints of this than most of the non-seasonals from Deschutes so I'm numbed to it's greatness. Maybe they changed the recipe over the last couple years. I don't know. This beer still is very solid. It's no longer my favorite, but its toward the top of the list though. A word of warning, the bottle serving is a tad too bitter and woody for my taste. Though still good, the bottle just doesn't seem to finish quite as clean, diminishing the best quality of this beer. During spring, this is my go to beef unless there's something new on another tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 02:26:46 | More by constantine_272
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3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent amber color with a soft 3 fingers of white head. Walls of lacing cling with stickiness.

The nose has some sweet buttery malt notes, followed by a hoppy pine resin aroma. Maybe some juicy fruit offered from the hops.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Subtle bitter hoppiness up front with an ample amount of sweet buttery goodness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very appropriate carbonation. Slightly chewy yet very drinkable.

Overall, with just a bit more hops this beer would be quite balanced. Otherwise, very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 05:26:31 | More by ChugginOil
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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Theres a reason this beer won beer of the world 2 years now. 2010 and 2012. Red chair has a very nice malty-hoppy flavor with a crisp taste and a nice mellow finish. one of my favorite deschuttes beers. Cheers to becoming beer of the world. worth every bit of respect from me. this brewery knows what theyre doing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 17:59:09 | More by PdxBeerGeek
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Floral, grass, and citrus hops.

T: Tropical fruits: mango, tangerine along with floral and grassy hops over sweet pale malt. Very tasty.

M: Creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty. Citra hopped pale ales are really revitalizing the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:40:22 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this three of these while visiting Bar Genrika in Boise. The bartender recommended it and he was spot on.

Served a classic Imperial Pint glass for only $4.50 (!), the beer was red/amber with a sticky beige head.

It had an inviting aroma of lightly roasted malts and some pine.

The taste tracks the smell. Good interplay between the sweet caramel malts and the hops. There is also an earthy element that I really liked,

The beer went well with the great Basque food that they serve at this great little spot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 21:52:28 | More by Redrover
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 05:02:37 | More by drgarage
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 1/13/12.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger head that sat there for a few minutes.

Smell: Fruity and most likely citrus hops dominated the nose. Very excited to try this one on draft.

Taste: Carmelly, with a dry hop finish to create a well-balanced APA. Tasted fresh to me and had me wanting another pint.

Mouthfeel: Felt light and creamy with a little bit of bitterness to finish as it goes down.

Overall: This is an excellent APA that would appeal to a lot of different palates. I imagine it would be easy to down several of these over the course of an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 03:18:14 | More by mfavoino
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 02:48:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear orange-amber with a white head that was small but still retained well and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops mostly. Good balance of bready malts and citrus/pine hops in the taste, citrus pith and splashes of mango. Medium-bodied and very solid overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 10:04:35 | More by Rifugium
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a reddish/orange (almost amber) color with a small white head that retained well and left spotty lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of fruity/floral and resinous hops. Definite taste of caramel, mango? and citrus. Very nice hop profile that is balanced well with sweet malts.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable...a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 19:29:04 | More by MsRif
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 19:21:52 | More by bobloblaw22
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 20:27:48 | More by Gatch
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a clear plastic cup. Dark amber, copper color, clear with a finger of off white foamy head. Head retention was very nice, with a half a finger maintained by the ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the cup. Plenty of nice lacing as you drink from the cup.

Nose is fresh pine, earthy hops, with a touch of caramel malt. Gets a little more pungent with bitter hops as it warms a little, though somewhat one note

Clean fresh pine bitterness, some dank hops as well on the front of the tongue, some more earthiness and the caramel malt after the initial hit of bitterness, finishing dryly on the tongue. Lingering earthy bitterness, light but noticeable, though the tongue is scrubbed clean by the ample carbonation.

Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 02:17:42 | More by nataku00
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 16:20:59 | More by pants678
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a few pints of this while visiting Montana.

A - Pours a nice red amber colour, thin layer of head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel notes, a bit bready, with a nice dose of citrus hops.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, with a nice crisp lemon citrus and cedar flavour, followed by some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied ale that finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - The hops on this one were delicious and were perfectly balanced with the caramel malts. Very enjoyable and easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 00:39:09 | More by andrenaline
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Very fresh. Keg was tapped minutes prior.

The beer is copper. It is the most pure copper color possible in beer.

Aroma is very fresh hops. Dry hopping is apparent.

Taste is hop centric. I need more malt for balance. Flavor disappeared as I drank.

Mouthfeel was too light. Once again, more malt required.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few if I wanted, but I don't.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 04:10:23 | More by
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type on tap @ ed's <no name> bar
appearance amber nice lacing
smell pine earthy orange
taste malty bitter and smooth almost like an EIPA but not as harsh the beer is maltier than hoppy bready still nicely hopped
mouthfeel creamy it stays on the tongue well and feels good a few minutes after a sip so smooth
drinkability I have to say this beer is highly drinkable and curious tasty beer to savor over at the bar

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 01:08:58 | More by exonthebottle
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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

Love this beer. Tried it on a whim at the Palms because i hadn't seen something listed as a Northwest Pale before. I am sure there are differences, but it very much resembled an IPA to me. My drinking buddies couldn't tell the difference either. Smells like pine, grapefruit and slight cannibis. Loved how smooth this went down though. I drank it with a buffalo chicken sandwich and the spiciness of the chicken was tempered by the hops in the beer, very refreshing and crisp. I went home and immediately bought a 6 pack which was gone in like 2 days. Also tried it with a burger (excellent) and pasta (not bad). I like it because it doesn't dominate the conversation like a strong IPA or 2xIPA, the food has a chance to be complimented by the beer as opposed to being overwhelmed. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 03:24:31 | More by Beernf
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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-orange with a finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Citrus and grassy hop presence, caramel, sweet malty.

Taste: Hop of a citrus, pine, grassy nature is present, but not as hoppy as the nose suggested, in whole is comes off earthy with a moderately bready, slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: Overall it's a decent brew. I'd drink it again, although there are a lot of better moderate hop/malt brews out there, including quite a few by Deschutes. I had it on tap at Old Chicago, as part of their WBT.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 01:55:15 | More by JackieTH
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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.