Red Chair NWPA
Deschutes Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #99
Ranked #3,556
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
Notes: Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 656 | Ratings: 2,730 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with light tan head. Aroma has lychee, orange, grapefruit, peach, light resin, pine, and malt. Flavor is kind of earthy and piney with a little of the fruit. Fairly bitter with medium mouth feel.

Jun 06, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/21/20 so about a week past the 4 month "Freshest" date. But was refrigerated at the store and since I brought home a couple weeks ago.

Slightly cloudy dark copper color. Cream colored head, decent head retention and lacing. Citrus and piney hop aroma with mild caramel malt. Similar flavor, medium bitterness, a little hop oxodation in the finish. Sticky-ish mouthfeel

May 05, 2021
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JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Pale Ale!!! I picked up a bottle at Total Wine in Chesapeake VA. Their stock is not always that fresh and this beer was at the outer edge of "Freshest Within 4 Months" as was stated on the bottle. Pours an almost clear copper color (You can see the outline of your finger on the far side of the pint glass). Medium size foamy white head with good retention and thick rings of foamy lacing. A good-looking beer. Aroma and taste feature sweet malt with hoppiness taking a definite back seat. There are elements of Red/Amber Ale here as well as an APA. The hop component is primarily piney hops and there is some bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and somewhat sweet with an adequate amount of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is more prominent in the finish. Deschutes makes some very good beers and this is one of them.

Mar 17, 2021
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Wiskeytango from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional pale ale coming out of bend here! It’s in my option the best pale ale I’ve ever drank on. It’s velvety smooth and scrumptious. Always get this when I see it at the beer store!

Mar 08, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, a nice 2F head of foam with an interesting buttery yellowish khaki color forms. It has good loose lace that coats the glass. Under the foam is a 60% opaque dark cloudy amber colored beer.

On the nose, I get caramel, a barnyard vegetal yeast, a touch of citrus, malt, pine and some onion sulfur notes.

On the palate I taste fruity toffee, vanilla, caramel malt, dry mellow green pine needle hops and no citrus to speak of. I also get pine and smoke along with sulfur on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slick creamy feel and a nice light dryness on the finish.

Really nice tasting beer that may or may not go into rotation. I did not get the barnyard and sulfur notes on the first single bottle from a different batch but I am with two from the 6'er that is several months old. I like the hop interest in this beer as it comes across like an amber with some more hop notes. Worthy of a try for sure!

Mar 02, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

enjoyed this one on my porch in hill country outskirts ATX while observing the winter wonderland of the snow'pocolypse after being without power for days in 7 degree weather.

pours a dark amber body with a billowing slightly tanned cream foam head that has moderately low retention and leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing as it settles to a foam halo

aroma is a mixture of citrus and pine; cherry and tropical citrus mixed with mountain air and earthy fresh clean pine hop with resinous caramel.

taste follows the nose. interesting and refreshing mix of chewy resinous caramel malt and pine hop with bright citrus notes.

mouthfeel is chewy, fresh and clean. moderately carbonated and medium-light bodied. finishes slightly dry with a mildly earthy bitter aftertaste

fantastic mixture of hop and malt for a winter/early spring sip session carried by a very comfortable mouthfeel.

Feb 19, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear dark orangish-red with a nicely-forming off-white head that billows up and slowly settles to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Grapefruit, candied orange, fir needles, a little pine, and sweet bready malt
Taste: Juicy citrus fruits and conifer notes all come together to jump start the taste adventure and as they fade, the bready malt makes its presence known. More citrus and even a little berry note comes back into play and leads to the close
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, very clean throughout, and a very light hop note – not quite a bite – on the finish
Overall: I dig it. This is probably my favorite hoppy offering from these folks that’s still [currently] made and a good seasonal to mix in among the darker, more malty stuff I lean towards in the colder months. Nice citrus and conifer hop profile, good balance, and well-made. A tasty pale ale indeed and recommended for sure

Jan 30, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the label: "PACKAGED ON: 11/18/20 09320445"

Appearance: The body is a mixture of amber, orange, and burnt umber. It has a short creamy white head with a thick ring around the edge. Not much head retention aside from the fluffy ring, film, and bubble raft on the surface.

Aroma: It smells slightly catty when approaching it, then there is a mixture of lime and pineapple that comes through. A hint of alcohol.

Taste: Pine comes through at first. There is a bit of minty lime and a stronger woody pine in the middle. The hop characters are fresh in this beer.

Mouthfeel: It sits about center-medium with good carbonation and a medium hop bitterness. A bit more body than the standard pale ale.

Overall: It's an enjoyable beer with a nice, fresh hop character. It's worth picking up if you're looking to try a new pale ale. I could see myself picking it up from time to time, especially if it is available fresh.

Jan 29, 2021
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camtgrant from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites from Deschutes, I'd say it's one of their better beers. Pours a slight opaque, dark copper color with a moderate head. Decent retention on the head with a bit of lacing around the glass. Aroma is a subtle blend of sweet caramel, citrus, pine and some notes of cherry.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. It has a nice sweet malt base combined with citrusy hops, pine and caramel. Taste is fairly light, nothing too bold or attention grabbing. Medium to light body with a subtle bitterness. It's a very smooth, clean and easy drinking beer. Overall it's a good beer with an interesting combination of a pale ale, amber and IPA. Red Chair is a Deschutes classic.

Dec 18, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 month old bottle poured into a pint glass. Good 1 finger orangish creamy white head, nice lacing and soap factor, average carbonation. The color is a gorgeous burnt orange with a red tinge to it, and there appears to be some floating stuff in there. I get strong hops, tangerine, and some nuttiness on the nose, with a peculiar metallic note up front. The mouthfeel is excellent, nice and dry and crisp but full bodied. The taste is nice and tart citrus orange, transitioning into hop floral and finishing on a very clean hop bitter herbal profile.

This is a exceptional NWPA or APA from Deschutes, good flavorful hop character with tamed bitterness. I absolutley love this one, and I am excited they brought it back for a limited release.

Jun 01, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper with red hues and a creamy light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a creamy cap
S - Floral and bitter hop notes along with caramel and malt - smell is faint
T - Follows the nose with floral and bitter hop notes up front and throughout along with notes of caramel and malt as well as some citrus and pine
F - Medium bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and soft
O - A pretty nice, interesting brew that melds IPA, winter warmer, and amber lager all into one.

May 23, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 12/11/19. Opened 3/14/19.
1" dense off-white head. Great retention and the early beginnings of sticky thick lacing. Orange-amber pale ale with a not opaque nor clear body. Full lace.
Citrus, floral, pine, caramel malts - very traditional classic PA aroma.
Big malt backbone, bready, light caramel, and tasty bit of sweetness. Floral, orange, grapefruit rind, light pine. Very tasty.
Full body, low to medium perceived carbonation. Medium length off-dry and lightly hoppy finish. The big mouthfeel is nice here, most likely due to bottle conditioning.(?)
Very good.

Mar 15, 2020
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1961 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

American Pale Ales are my favorite beer style to drink. I also like to purchase from great breweries and Deschutes is on my list. I decided to have one while during my taxes last night. One of the best Pale Ales I ever had. Very different levels of taste starts out smooth with caramel notes with a great balance of malt and finish with a clean hop taste.

Mar 07, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, pale orange color with a moderate bubbly, white head. SRM of 13-15. (3.75)

Aroma: Faint aromas of red cherry and red grapefruit citrus. Only hints of pine. (3.25)

Flavor: Light flavors of cherry and red grapefruit. A little bit of cherry sweetness lingers, but overall finishes with a honey malt sweetness that is smooth. MInimal bitterness. (3.25)

Feel: Medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Minimal bitterness. Honey malt sweetness with a touch of cherry. (3.50)

Overall: Sort of mislead by other reviews on this one. A lot weaker than I expected. I read that there was a lot of caramel, cherry, and pine. Not so. Faint aromas. Light flavors. Generic flavors and vague sweetness. Drinks like a tamed pale ale. Light and cherry flavored. Might have passed in the early 2000s. Not a beer to please the people in 2020. Needs more oomph. (Final Rating: 3.29)

Feb 20, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, deep coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, mixed citrus and pine needles. Flavor is mildly caramel and biscuit malt, piney and citrus hops, grapefruit, orange family citrus, pine needles. Lingering piney finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Here's a pale ale I've had occasionally for years at restaurants and friend's houses, but never reviewed. This reminds me about how I've always appreciated Deschutes, who are solid in almost every style with some some real classics over the year. This really is what they claim, a Northwest style pale ale. Well hopped with the regional mixture of citrus and pine, Red Chair leans to the piney side to the point that its name seems very appropriate; the piney nature of the Pacific Northwest outdoors. This would a perfect ale for the end of a day skiing. Caramel is subdued with the biscuit and pale malts more forward as appropriate for a pale ale. Well hopped and well supported by the malt, great finish. Nicely done and classic.

Feb 14, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper color with more than a finger of head. The nose has caramel and citrus notes. The citrus carried over to the flavor as did the caramel malt, but less so. This offering finish a bit tart. The body was not nearly as hearty as I expected even for this style.

Jan 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber with limited off-white head but excellent lacing.

An interesting blend of caramel malts and citrus and pine hops deliver a balanced aroma.

The brew has a strong malt backbone, mostly caramel and toasted malts, followed quickly by ruby red grapefruit and orange citrus notes. It finishes with hints of pine/resin and herb.

The brew is medium-full with a nicely carbonated moderately-drying finish.

An interesting brew that melds IPA, APA, and amber ale.

Jan 04, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a two finger tan head with medium lacing. Funky cherry malt and caramel aroma. Taste is caramel, malt, light cherry forward with a piney hop finish that is well balanced and lingers nicely. Nice smooth medium body and light medium carbonation. This feels really nice. Shame this is not available year round.

Jul 27, 2019
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cdaniel28 from Tennessee

4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Piney malty deliciocousness!! Poured out of a bottle it was light red with 2 fingers of head. Balanced beer with a taste of malt and piney hop goodness. The aroma ranks up there with some of the best!

Jul 23, 2019
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elNopalero from California

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty smooth beer, sort of a throwback to that sort. It’s approachable.
Slightly piney with some citrus notes that come across. A showcase for caramel malt.

Jun 21, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Apr 22, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Mar 30, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Feb 28, 2019
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Riff from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Feb 28, 2019
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gamepete from California

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Feb 22, 2019
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