Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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

192 calories per 12 oz serving

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Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 2,695
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a bright slightly short of clear orange/ copper with a finger of creamy off white head.
Aroma of sticky caramel malt, mango, grapefruit, piney hops.
Taste strongly citrus - grapefruit, orange - caramel and distinct piney bitterness - nice, hoppy, bittersweet.
Medium full body, smooth, finishing with a touch of hop bite balanced by citrus malty sweetness.

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Photo of hman43
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber and orange with a quite of bit of clouding. The head is off white. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: There is a mixtures of pine and caramel in the initial aroma. There is a hint of cherry very low in the background.

Taste: The caramel and pine flavors come out if the flavor as well with the caramel being a little more forward than the pine. There is also a bit of biscuit in the background.

Feel: It has a moderately full body which is quite creamy. The biscuit flavors are more towards the aftertaste than in the initial flavoring.

Overall, a flavorful pale ale with a creamy texture and a bit malt forward.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden amber pour with 2 fingers of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Caramel malts and citrusy hops. Northwest evergreen in the background.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel and toffee malts... a bit on the sweet side for an APA. Nice citrus burst on the hops... pine and resin come next with some herbal character. Medium to light bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid APA. A little too sweet for my taste but super drinkable and good flavor. Deschutes always delivers quality and this is no exception.

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Photo of Riff
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange-red color leaning more towards red, with a thick, white head that clings nicely to the glass. Smell is pine and citrus. Taste is grapefruit, pine, biscuit malt, creamsicle, and a mild amount of bitterness. Soft feel, medium body, fairly clean finish. Quite nice beer, I'd happily purchase it again.

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Photo of gamepete
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's hard for me to find faults in this beer other than it's not available year round and I can't afford to buy it unless it's on sale for $8.99. The taste outstands the rest of what's available in my home area.

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Photo of MickH99
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, flavorful, clean, hoppy , malty, fruity, exceptionally done. Frozen Pint glass, looks brilliant, tasty on a cold day. ABV is hidden very well.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, amber color. Small head that faded to a cap quickly. Left ok lacing.

S---Hoppy. Pine & citrus (grapefruit).

T---More complex than the nose. Pine & grapefruit follow through. Some orange peel. Malty as well as hoppy. Bread/biscuit notes provide nice balance.

F---Medium mouthfeel. Not juicy, but not dry, either. Call it balanced. Not a lot of carbonation.

O---A solid pale ale. Nothing fancy, just a good beer.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant amber, decent head retention. Lots of lace. Crisp pine bitterness balanced with a strong caramel, fruity malt flavoring. Crisps and smooth, exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of Myros
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle less than a month old into a nonic pint, pours caramel brown and clear with a finger-width off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is of spicy hops, citrus, florals, faint pine and light malt. From the smell I expect a hop dominant taste.

Taste is spicy citrus - orange, orange creamsicle but not super sweet, toffee, caramel, and well muscled biscuit malt. No detectable alcohol to my palate.

Feel is soft and silky and full - unexpectedly full for a pale. I really like the mouthfeel. Goes down super easy.

Overall, extremely well balanced, bitter and malty in all the right ways. It show cases the hops but reminds that the malt is just as important. An outstanding example of NW US beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: cloudy/hazy/muddy brown/copper color. Only a 1 finger head with a hearty pour from a 12oz. bottle.
Smell: did not get much aroma from this one - some pine and tropical fruit. Slight sweet caramel malt.
Taste: slight bite from hops, but a rush of sweet malt and loads of tropical hop flavor. Dries out and gets more of a pine flavor.
Feel: Medium bodied - where it should be but could use more carbonation.
Overall: Decent PA - loads of hop flavor and a bit herbal / earthy - not my favorite PA, but a flavorful one.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2013-02-01] Pours clear copper with a coarse tan head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, candy grass. Taste is nice smooth malt balanced with citrusy hops. Nice bitter / sweet balance in the finish. A hint of alcohol in the finish but otherwise that 6.2% is well hidden. I haven’t been drinking APAs much in the past few years because I always reach for the IPA but now I need to rethink that.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, a nice hoppy brew. A pungent, amber take on an APA. This one left a lasting bitter aftertaste that was a little unpleasant to me, but good overall.

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Photo of dafla67
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice hazy red/amber color; the smell is refreshing citrus; taste is balance of malts, citrus and hops (just enough bitterness); and feel is crisp and clean. I like Red Chair as much as Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of SB2017
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Oh boy oh boy it's beauuuutiful! Slightly cloudy, deep red ginger, solid finger of foam that just keeps on going. This beer smells odd, I've gotta be honest. Like grapefruit pith and menthol. Thumps up for being unique. There's an almost fruity-taffy flavor going on right at first, the sweetness mellowing out quickly as hops are ushered in alongside an underwhelming though distinct malt finish. Supremely balanced, though lacking in flavors I particularly enjoy. Hit or miss for me, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack Times $7.99
Hazy amber color
Medium mouthfeel
High carbonation
Malt, cherry flavors, some bitterness
Overall a good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Clear deep amber body with a three finger head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma – Citrus and toasted malts with a light fruitiness afterwards.

Taste – Toasted malt, bitter citrus pith and crisp hop resins.

Mouthfeel – Good body, not too heavy but enough heft to support the malt notes.

Overall – A pretty good beer and one that would be welcome on a warm spring day.

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Photo of argock
3.19/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Harshly bitter with a high amount of floral hop character and some higher alcohol presence poking through. The malt component is not distinctive and carries a heavy flavor and feel to the beer. I will not be seeking this one out again in the future -- no good qualities.

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Photo of ATXBrew
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I am always amazed by the quality breweries like Deschutes and Sierra Nevada are able to maintain in the face of enormous volume. Red Chair NWPA is no different. Prominent notes of pine and cherry with a strong bittering aftertaste that will lead you to check the label twice to ensure it is not branded as an IPA. A solid beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous amber-gold color, quite dark for a PA. A light head quickly fades to a skim coat. A floral aroma, mixed with biscuit dough background. The taste starts out with a rounded hop flavor, not overpowering. Which then tapers out to a nicely full-bodied malt finish. It's a different take on a mainline ale, and a good one.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On sale at Whole Foods; $9 for a 6. Love Deschutes. Interesting that they make a seasonal Pale Ale in the winter. Never seen this before. Says it's good till 4/6/18, so according to their website, it was bottled 120 days prior, on December 6th last year...or maybe 7th. Who cares.

L: My favorite bottle I've seen from them so far. Poured into a wide chalice, it has a semi-transparent glowing red-orange body with a thick layer of pale head. I kid you not, the foam has a spring green tint. It also leaves sticky lacing on the glass in fine, but dense rings. Pale jelly-like globs can be seen floating buoyantly throughout the liquid, tracing its movement.

S: A sharp herbal and floral blast with sage, bergamot, juniper, pine, basil and lemongrass, followed by medicinal cherry, canned peach, honey, molasses and a barley malt finish with a bit of rye and yellow grapefruit.

T: If this is a North West Pale Ale, I think I prefer the South West version. That cherry is really prominent, but balanced with apricot, peach and yellow grapefruit against a competent malt base. Maybe this batch didn't turn out so good? I will allow it the benefit of the doubt and give it another try some other time.

F: Not bad, but the herbal qualities are quite clingy to the palate and cumulatively overwhelming.

O: I wanted to really love this, but alas, it tastes to me like a watered down version of Hop Ottin' IPA.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Nice appearance: pours with a nice head, and a off red color. Nice aroma. Taste: nicely hopped, with a sold malt backbone that delivers a somewhat sweet aftertaste. It's somewhat like an IPA crossed with a red ale. Very impressive given it's 6.2% ABV. My wife likes it as well (she really liked the first sip--that was when the beer was really cold).

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Photo of haines710
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at the supermarket. Curios how this compares to other IPAs from this brewer. Pours a beautiful Amber from bottle with very small head. Not creamy but a little malty and hop and fruity smell. Taste is very nice slightly bitter but nice mouth feel. This is a good one.

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Photo of Simone8888
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color is glorious !!
It's so clear I would of given look a 5 but .the tiny bubbles only come when you take a sip..ans the head only lasted for half the glass
The foam clings but doest "lace"
This is an excellent beer .. the sweetness of the malt and hops are well balanced..and the color is perfect!
Very enjoyable beer..I think I'll have another...
Its beer .. so I like it

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 4/18/18, consumed 1/20/18.

Poured clear amber with a very minimal head.

Aroma is bread, grains, floral - light and sweet.

Taste is bready, malt-forward, some spices and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, bitterness is not heavy but lingers slightly.

Totally different than a lot of the fruity-focused pale ales and IPAs out there these days. Definitely more of an old school pick.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel Mug. Best by April 18th 2018.

L: Light amber, half finger head has minimal retention.

S: Bready, floral, citrus, pine. Nice.

T: Very complex, lots of leafy hops mixed in with some spiciness and bread. As well as citrus and flowers.

F: Light, crisp, dry.

O: Nice Pale Ale. Balanced, yet hop forward, with nice complexity.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,695 ratings