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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,856 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.

SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread

TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish

The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.

03-20-2012 03:13:54 | More by Jason
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2013 00:32:25 | More by Kegatron
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before... BBD of 06/05/13

Pours copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Orange peel, pine & breadyness, fades as this warms, some pear, honey & lemons surface

T: Nice citrussy hops, a kiss of grassyness, a bit of biscuitty malt, plus some slight crackery notes up front. Some grapefruit, tangerine, & breadyness as this warms. Finishes slightly grainy, with lemons, a touch of mango, dryness, & flinty dryness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

So drinkable, I think we got some old crap last summer when this was introduced tp Missouri last Summer. This will be in the hot weather rotation if I can get this fresh

04-10-2013 04:55:58 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

05-22-2012 04:10:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

06-21-2011 22:19:14 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

03-28-2014 16:37:00 | More by Slatetank
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

great great seasonal. a nice change of pace from the malt bomb spice happy winter beers of 2011/12. this one smells a little sweet, malty and complex, but lighter and drankable. balanced flavor, notes of caramel malts but also some paler stuff and a touch of hops to finish it. fantastic flavor, really really silky in the mouth, like the dead song feel like a stranger... gonna be a silky silky crazy crazy night. thats this beer, smooth as hell and drinkable for days. love love love it

01-10-2012 06:10:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

01-05-2012 10:04:35 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-17-2014 13:07:32 | More by oline73
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-05-2010 23:38:49 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

From 07/19/11 notes. Bottle brought back by my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago from Oregon. Best by 07/20/11 date on the bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. One inch of retention throughout drinking it and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruty malts, light pine hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits. A lot more hops than I was expecting; smells like a nice, fresh IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malts, fruity malts, light pine hops. Not quite as hoppy, with more of the malts taking over, but no bitterness. Good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body and real easy to drink. Wondeful mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice, drinkable APA. Definitely felt like I could have and would want to have a few of these. Great hoppy and fruity nose and mouthfeel, would love to have it again sometime.

07-20-2011 15:18:16 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-26-2013 20:52:24 | More by mendvicdog
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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".

05-07-2011 17:33:41 | More by smcolw
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

11-24-2013 23:56:00 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head. Lacing is mild, head retention is solid.

S: Very herbal, with pine oil, cedar and cilantro in the nose. Light biscuity malt.

T: Grapefruit and lemon oil, with a definite spicy hop play. Gets more classic with sweet pine mid-palate and ends with some NW crystal malt flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and creamy with a good long aftertaste.

D: Well made, but not exactly delicious, there is an astringency at times in the flavour. Solid, but I liked the old recipe better.

03-06-2011 03:49:08 | More by Halcyondays
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-05-2012 21:23:22 | More by MarkyMOD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Best by date 07/13/12. 6.2% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof on account of both the brewery - from which I've yet to have a beer below a C - and the recommendation of a close friend (blakelive784), whose opinion I trust.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops seem to be balanced, with hardly any bitterness in the aroma. Clean bright malts seem to be layered. Piney hops. Some cream. All around a very appealing hoppy aroma. Strong - not impactful, but I can detect it from a good foot away (even with me broken nose).

T: Very pleasantly hoppy - with pine and citrus dominant, but also some floral notes. No real bitterness at all. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit, but in a balanced manner. Some cream. Even a bit of spice, actually. Very fresh and refreshing. Pleasant. Wonderfully layered malt diversity comes through. Hints of cherry and even butterscotch (to a small extent). Apple pie filling. Complex for the style and nicely balanced. Subtle. A touch bitter in the back end, but it's not very noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, supporting the body well. Perfectly carbonated. Perfect thickness. Some coarseness comes from the hops, which is a bit bothersome here. A slight oily hoppiness is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Disguises its ABV well. Hides the hop bitterness behind the malt varietals quite nicely. I could drink this all night. A lovely Pale Ale - amongst the best I've had. Another success from Deschutes. Give her a spin, lads.

Pairs well with pretzels.

Drank fine out of me Guinness glass, but I don't know if pint glasses are ideal.

Well-priced.

Low B

04-02-2012 06:14:33 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-09-2014 05:03:32 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected.

02-04-2010 05:54:52 | More by corby112
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%

Best by 3/29/13. Poured a slightly-hazy orange with a short white head. The aroma seems like it should stand up more— I just gets a creamy, mild floral and tangerine hop character. The flavor, however, has big, biting grapefruit over a subtle caramel malt backbone. There's also a nice juicy hop undertone that sets this apart from your average all-citrus pale ale. I'm a fan, it's a touch thick for the style, but damn tasty and a good break from the often-boring APA. Have a couple pints, you won't regret it.

01-12-2013 23:43:56 | More by tempest
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%

Exciting times to finally have Deschutes available at my local. 12oz bottle with a best by July poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with 3 fingers white froth that fades back leaving soapy lace.

The smell is floral and herbal almost to the point where it is minty and with orange zest and lemon rind notes. Simply, inviting and enjoyable.

The taste has a pleasant herbal hop flavor and caramel grain presence. A touch of orange rind fruitiness, to pulp and pith that gets mildly lemony without much bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. A bounty of hop flavoring that finishes a touch dusty and vegetative but otherwise solid. A pale I could throw back in quantity quite effortlessly.

05-02-2014 13:04:43 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable.

04-20-2014 19:43:35 | More by dbrauneis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8%

(Served in a tulip)
Best by 4/11/13

A- This beer has a deep copper clear body with an oatmeal tan head that is thin and sticks to the glass in rings. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glides to the surface.

S- The woody hops aroma is full with notes of mint and unripe tropical fruit in the finish.

T- The full dry dark woody herbal hops has some pale biscuit malt underneath before the full mellow pungent hop finish. The pungency lingers with just a hint of bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a full hop profile with nice depth and it has a pale hop quality so it is very sessionable with out make my tongue go hop numb. This must be a classic NW hops brew.

01-29-2013 15:32:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

A clear red ale with a small tan colored head. Had no idea why it was called red chair before, probably because it is red.

Smell is light caramel and NW hops mainly pine and cedar scents. There is a fainter spicy scent here I can only describe as cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Starts out sweet and woody with a little bitterness detected. Carmel and woodiness are the strongest flavors here. Hops remind me of the taste of a cedar plank you cook salmon on.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice pale ale here though not all that outstanding. Tastes like a watered down Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

02-14-2010 04:00:07 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-08-2014 04:09:11 | More by DoubleJ
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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