Red Chair NWPA
Deschutes Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #96
Ranked #3,073
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: 647 | Ratings: 2,714 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
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.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
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.

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Photo of 1961
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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)

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of 57md
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of Hankhelmet
1.3/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

I am biased as today I went to store and purchased a sealed cardboard 12'er "variety-pack" with ALL 12 bottles being the bitter- bile-tasting Red Chair....thats right!!!! No variety here!!!!! Yuck! I did not look at price, etc...had 2 goals in mind....enjoy & sample. I'm done with this organization! This no doubt happened at the base of the bridge! 1 variety amoungst the 12 bottlles...I started my 2nd bottle and cannot finish it.

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of cdaniel28
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of Riff
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.

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Photo of gamepete
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.

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Photo of MickH99
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -1.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -5.6%
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 -4.4%
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 -6.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -10.9%
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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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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