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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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1,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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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Photo of troobie
4/5  rDev -2.4%

troobie, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Hellmeh, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Slatetank, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

AMarkle6524, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

KeyWestGator, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

JoshNLFTW, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

EZEKIEL_F, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jeffh84, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Ken_P, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

wakeuptothesun, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

nearengine, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, orange zest tea, dark bread, caramel, hop floral. Mild but nice.

T - Much like the smell. Orange flesh and zest, dark bread and some caramel, pine, pepper, hop floral, light touch of tea, aspirin. Finishes dry with signficant lingering tart citrus bitterness with some moderating sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. More substantial than I expected for the ABV.

O - At first, it reminded me of a lighter bodied, more citrus oriented Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which is high praise for me. As I continued to taste, this pale ale leans more toward an amber like a Troegs Nugget Nectar; again, pretty high praise. Bottom line is that for 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a lot of flavor and feel and I'm glad it made it to south-central PA starting this week.

Tucquan, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

get_bentley, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

seangibbs60, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

gueuzegossage, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Rob315, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Tafyob41, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured dark amber color. Slightly hazy. Very thick foamy head with large amount of lacing along the glass. Strong citrus smell. Can also pick out pine, maybe grapefruit. Hop forward tastes that mellows to a more malty smooth presence. Still retains the bitter aftertaste I love about pale ales and IPAs. Strong citrus and pine taste with a hint of grapefruit. For some reason, I keep on thinking cherries as well after taking a drink. Excellent, smooth beer that you can enjoy in multiples on a nice spring day.

jngrizzaffi, Mar 24, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with significant amounts of haze. I was definitely aggressive with the pour which resulted in a gargantuan 3" head, off-white in color. The head took ages to finally defale to a 1/4" creamy cap. An awe-inspiring amount of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Lots of citrus upfront. Orange peel and some grapefruit definitely. A little bit of flower and pine, riding on a nice sweet malt backbone. The aroma doesn't exactly jump out at you, so don't be afraid to get close with the sniffer!

T: Seeing as though I'm drinking this two weeks before its freshness date, the hops seem to have mellowed out some. It's definitely still a hoppy brew, but it's definitely sporting way more balance than I had expected. Nice wave of orange peel and grapefruit making up its citrus profile, with some underlying pine and herbal notes. Finish is semi-bitter, but sports a lot of malt presence. Pine resin lingers in the aftertaste.

M: A nice medium body with a pronounced, crisp carbonation. Slick along the palate with just a touch of creaminess that adds great texture. Drinks really easy and actually feels more along the like of %5 - 5.5% ABV as opposed to just above 6.

O: I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't find this a little fresher because I'm certain that I'm missing out on some important fresh hop flavor that would have surely kicked up my taste score a notch. With that being said, every bit of me enjoyed this brew regardless. It's super easy drinking with a ton of great flavor. Deschutes scores again.

ThePaintedGrey, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Piske41, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

sunofneurot, Mar 23, 2014
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.