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Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

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2,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 117
Gots: 200 | FT: 2
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 jwat
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light rust color, 2 finger head, moderate lacing
S - Big sweet bready malt, grass, orange juice, citrus peel, herbal hops.
T - The bread malt taste is huge here, and it lend itself to a sweet candy kinda fruit flavor and fades out grassy.
M - Chewy, but its rather fresh feeling.
O - Decent APA, a little more bitterness and a little less sweet malt would be better, but its not bad.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Bine & Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $1.99
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 1, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of perfect khaki foam head. Sporadic foamy lacing on the sides, good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant whiff of floral hops up front. Nice and refreshing. Some citrus notes in there as well, maybe orange and lemon. No surprises in the nose.

Tasted candied sugary floral hops up front. Also that orange citrus hops, almost sherbet like. Tropical fruit and faint caramel as well.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.
A very nice pale ale. Tasty and refreshing all the way down.

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.

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 4/17/2013
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1.2cm head of slightly off-white foam, retention is of average length, lasting a minute or so before the head has fallen, eventually settling to a thin ring around the glass and a small, wispy island of foam atop the body. Lacing is excellent, the head leaving fairly heavy washes along the entirety of the glass. The body is a fairly bright copper-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues and giving a slight copperish-red tint. Carbonation is visible, but fairly sparse and sluggish, only about four streams of slow-moving bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of citrus rind, slightly wood-like, definitely cascade. Malts are more in the background, with modest caramel and brown bread undertones.

Overall flavor is quite hoppy, with citrus rind and substantial bitterness, with some modest fruity esters accompanying the caramel and slightly bready malt backbone. Front of palate is fairly straightforward: caramel and bready malts with the beginning traces of American hop bitterness and citrus rind. Mid-palate finds strong bitterness with grapefruit rind atop a backbone of caramel and somewhat bready malts, with slight fruity esters from the ale yeast. Back of palate is of hop bitterness, slight grapefruit rind and a background of caramel and slightly bready malt flavors. Aftertaste is of toasted and caramel malts, slightly nutty with dried leaves, and a strong lingering bitterness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with fairly low carbonation levels for its weight. The result is a beer that's slightly more heavy-feeling than it should be, also slightly stagnant on the palate, though it still flows well enough due to the bitterness level. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering across the palate.

Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-amber into a Duvel tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Intensely floral aroma with subtle notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Citrus hops up front followed by biscuity malt with further hop flavors that progress from gentle floral notes to more intense pine.

This beer didn't blow my mind the first time around, but after revisiting it I'm really impressed! Really tasty, balanced, and easy-drinking.

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed six pack at Binny's Naperville, bottle dated best by 4/13/13. Damn, I didn't see this beers impending death before I bought it.

Pours a lightly hazy apricot with some long lasting big puddles of white that leaves some small sticky spatter.

Smells of faint white nectarine and white toast.

Mild buttery maltiness, strawberries, and dry white nectarine flesh. Understated caramel malts weave with a touch of grassiness at the finish.

Light, fluffy, and smooth on the tongue.

For being on bottle date life support, there's still a hell of lot to like about this. Flavors are soft but everything melds nicely, a drinkable and flavorful Pale.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kowloon's Restaurant, Roseburg, OR, poured into a slightly chilled Mirror Pond shaker glass, 3.23.2010.

Reddish copper clear body, one finger white head, medium dissipation with nice trail of lacing rings down the glass. Nose is sweet malts with a fairly decent floral hop hit on back end. Taste is a bit more bready than bottled version, and the hops are more noticeable. Mouthfeel is more creamy than the bottled version. Very drinkable, quite sessionable at this ABV. I prefer this to the bottled version. A slight, but noticeable difference.

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly coppery color, clear, decent head that fades fast and leaves decent lacing. Medium amount of visible active carbonation. Smell is surprisingly hoppy...very nice. Spicy and citrus hops, some sweetness from maltiness in the background.

Strong bitterness, primarily grapefruit rind hops bitterness, some kind of bitter tree bark bitterness (I don't know why that comes to mind, but that's how I want to describe it). You can tell this used to be an IPA recipe.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little thick, but pleasant. Bitterness is just on the verge of being too much for what I look for in a pale ale, which probably means that it's way too much for most people. I like it.

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle of a red ski lift chair in a cabin with a growler and 2 pint glasses sitting on a stump. To the far right of the label is a brief description of the beer. To the far left is the Government warning and a best before date. My bottle was best before 7/13/13.

When poured into a Southern Cigar City pint glass, this North Western Pale Ale was a bright golden tangerine color. It was one of those beers that wanted you believe that it was a solid copper color. A lightbulb showed me this beer's true color. On top was a mediocre less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. This mediocre head of foam had decent retention that left behind an island of foam and a tiny sting of white rings.

This beer had a nice dry hopped aroma. The hops were of the citrus variety. The aroma absolutely loved the citrus hops. Behind the citrus hops was a little orange, a drop of grapefruit, and a gentle touch of pine. After all that, the beer then finishes up with a faint whiff of toasted caramel malts.

The taste was pretty much had the same story as the aroma. Instead of citrus hops kicking things off, it was the toasted caramel malts that were in the beginning. You know the citrus hops can't be too far behind the malts. After the malts subsided, in comes the dry and slightly bitter citrus hops. Intermingled with the citrus hops was some floral hops as well. This tag team of a hop bite lasted about 3 seconds before it let the orange, pine, and grapefruit finish up the taste.

This was a light to medium bodied Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a light aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and that tag team citrus/floral hop bite that was in the initial taste. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. It was gone in a flash.

A very good North Western Pale Ale that I would gladly drink on a red chair, on the ski slopes in Oregon, or in a swamp located in the Florida Everglades. It doesn't matter. A session beer a the way!

Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.