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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,938 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 112
Gots: 161 | 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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4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.