Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

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Reviews: 595 | Ratings: 2,543
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome the first drink, awesome in the middle, and awesome at the end. There NWPA is a great beer. Shouldn't be surprised from Deschutes!! Red chair is epic.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type on tap @ ed's <no name> bar
appearance amber nice lacing
smell pine earthy orange
taste malty bitter and smooth almost like an EIPA but not as harsh the beer is maltier than hoppy bready still nicely hopped
mouthfeel creamy it stays on the tongue well and feels good a few minutes after a sip so smooth
drinkability I have to say this beer is highly drinkable and curious tasty beer to savor over at the bar

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Photo of Foyle
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A 2”+ off white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malts, a berry-candy sweetness, and bread dough. Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied with ale fluffiness and evident carbonation. Finish is dry.
Flavor: taste a near perfect combination of sweet caramel malts, bread dough (similar to a fresh yeast roll), the middle and finish are dominated by the pine and citrus hops with a slight alcohol warming in the throat.
Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. I am amazed that this beer has a 60 IBU rating as the hops are so well balanced with the malt. Outstanding and bordering on world class!

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Leinie's "crappie" pint glass. Enjoying up North in Wisconsin. Pours a golden amber color with a decent amount of small particulates and a one finger almost white creamy head.

Nose: pine resin, mango, caramel, honey, bread, slight molasses hint.

Taste: Light citrus/orange, pine, malt, honey.

Overall this is super well balanced. Nice and hoppy but with a decent and enjoyable malt backbone. Very smooth on the uptake and a slightly fruity/tropical but dry finish. Very enjoyable. Would drink again and would like to try on tap!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Boy just outside of Harrisburg Pa. What a perfect pale ale. This one is so dialed in with hops and malt. Sweet, no bitterness and full in body. Absolute delight.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow....Excellent beer.

Served in a cold glass. The orange/brown color and the perfect amount of froth just screams "drink me". The smell hints at the hopiness to come. The taste is a delightfull mix of citrus and fruits. There is a slight malty hint in the back. This is a much more complex beer than I expected. I got my hop head satisfied while not blowing away the taste buds with over the top hop bomb. This is a very drinkable beer. Several beers into my case and I am still not "all hopped out". The mouthfeel is a little on the light side given all the flavors dancing around in my mouth.

I suppose a "fuller" mouthfeel would make it less of a sessionable beer.

This is a beer that is worth keeping in stock and serving to friends.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a bottle.

A-Deep amber with some light brown qualities. Frothy 2 inch head that left sticky lace on the glass, and an appetizing off-white film on the surface of the beer.

S-floral, earthy, high hops, spring leaves, and malty. There are trace amounts of grapefruit as well.

T-Sweet flowers, American hops in the aftertaste that left a bitter feel. The bitterness was balanced by the sweet caramel malt in the front end. Tastes like Spring: fresh earth, newly grown grass, and florally sweet.

M-Crisp and smooth. A moderate body with some light carbonation.

Overall-this brew is a great beer to drink in the cool spring evenings in the high desert. The flavors are perfectly balanced to give one's taste buds a pleasurable experience. Enjoy this brew!

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Photo of Star80
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best before 4/11/13. Date coding is GOOD.

A - Pours our a rich copper with creamy head. Really great lacing.

S - Smells floral, brightly citrusy, with some lemon zest, grapefruit twang, some faintly tropical fruits and candy-like malts. Really a nice smelling beer.

T - Tastes very zesty, faintly earthy and little bit of sourdough bread. it actually comes together quite well and is highly refreshing. Some puckering lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Quite hoppy for a pale ale.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Overall a wildly hoppy pale ale with a lemony hop bite and smooth creamy body. Can't believe this is a seasonal and will enjoy it while I can. Deschutes is impressing the hell out of me so far. Welcome to Illinois!

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4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Good representation of the style. Certainly the best American Pale Ale i've had in awhile. The color is a nice amber with a good solid hop smell. Yep, the mouthfeel is just about right, maybe a little more carbonation. Oooo baby, this one tastes perfect. Totally pale ale. Slight hops greet me with a full flavored ale which i WISH wasn't only a seasonal. This one needs to be a full-time offering for sure. Overall, great beer indeed.

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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers. If I won the lottery I would buy the company and make the seasonal Red Chair the flagship pale ale over the year-round Mirror Pond.

Pours a shiny copper color and is crystal clear. Incredibly resilient foamy off-white head.

The smell is mild and sweet. Some pine and citrus notes.

Taste is quite good. Some sweet bread flavors, followed by the citrus, and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clean and crisp. It is going down well, unexpectedly on a hot day.

A very drinkable beer.

This winter I am brewing a clone recipe. I hope it comes in so I can have Red Chair, or a near equivalent, all the time.

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4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA (North West Pale Ale) pours a beautiful orange-amber, with three fingers of cream colored head, and a decent amount of lace. A citrusy and floral, hop heavy (grapefruit, mango, orange, pine) nose fades into some sweet malt hints (caramel and bread). Juicy flavors of grapefruit and mango mix with hints of piney resin and some floral tones before becoming exceptionally well balanced with complex malt flavors including breadiness, toastiness, and caramel. Medium-light in body, Red Chair ale features a moderate amount of carbonation, and an exceptionally balanced and smooth flavor profile. Amazing!

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Photo of ebin6
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My personal favorite pale ale, Red Chair is distinct in several ways. This unfiltered brew pours light red with some inevitable sediment to cloud it up. The nose and taste combine a hint of citrusy and piney hops. Drinks easy for the 6+% ABV. A beer I look forward to yearly, just as much as the "big" beer releases.

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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I know. A lucky customer can snag a 12-pack of this at the supermarket for as cheap as $12.99 (but usually a bit more), making it in Seattle *the* best beer that one can buy in terms of quality to price point. Significant head dissipates to a enduring lace around the edges. Strong and sweet slate of light malt, lightly toasted, is prominent. Fruity, but not citrusy or cannabisy, aromas--saffron?-- and taste of hops balance the flavor but don't dominate. One of my ATF beers, which I buy regularly, and this tasting hasn't changed that perception a bit. Easy drinking and a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of jj139
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish copper with an one finger beige head. Long lasting lacing.

S - Caramel, citrus (orange & grapefruit), vanilla and malt.

T - Wow! Everything is in perfect harmony here with no one element overshadowing another. Toasty malt and caramel followed by a mild (yet satisfying) hop bite.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a dry, refreshing finish.

O - Amazingly refreshing and enjoyable - this could also become a great session beer. I will be picking up more of this very soon. Another winner from what is fast becoming one of my most favorite breweries.

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Photo of JWU
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes pint glass.

A- A clear amber with a slight red hue. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet citrus mixed with a nice toasted biscuity malt base. Some fruity ale esters and a touch of pine.

T- Follows the nose. A pop of orange melds into the malt base which tastes toastier the further into the sip you get. Some fruity notes, slightly tropical, and a touch of pine of a nicely bitter (but not over the top) and dry finish.

M- higher side of medium carbonation, likely from the bottle conditioning, smoooooth for days.

O- This stuff is fantastic. Had a 6er of it last year, and sought out a case this year.

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Photo of Efay
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoying the new distribution of Deschutes in Chicago. Had this baby before but needed to give it another try.

Served into a teku glass

A- Transparent, light maroon colored body. Not much head retention, but lots of lacing in this baby.

S- Sweet tangerine with biscuity malt, and you can definitely smell some honey.

T- Extremely complex but everything complements each other. Initial bitter pine taste that is smoothed out by honey, which then turns into a light malt backbone, which then ends with some bittersweet tangerine. This is heavenly.

M- Light, sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O- Deschutes is slowly becoming my go to brewery for pale ales. They really know how to make the ingredients work together, and nothing is overwhelming. i feel like this 6 pack may go by fast.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

Love this beer. Tried it on a whim at the Palms because i hadn't seen something listed as a Northwest Pale before. I am sure there are differences, but it very much resembled an IPA to me. My drinking buddies couldn't tell the difference either. Smells like pine, grapefruit and slight cannibis. Loved how smooth this went down though. I drank it with a buffalo chicken sandwich and the spiciness of the chicken was tempered by the hops in the beer, very refreshing and crisp. I went home and immediately bought a 6 pack which was gone in like 2 days. Also tried it with a burger (excellent) and pasta (not bad). I like it because it doesn't dominate the conversation like a strong IPA or 2xIPA, the food has a chance to be complimented by the beer as opposed to being overwhelmed. Delicious.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a rounded beer glass.

A-Pours a clear copper with two fingers of tight white head. The head settles down pretty quickly, but maintains a good skiff at the top of the glass. Lacing is present initially as a full wall, which recedes to lines and dots on the side of the glass.

S-A good dose of citrus and pine hops. A bit of sweet melon.

T-A complex hop character that gives some citrus, pine, and bubble gum/melon sweetness. Malt is present giving it just enough of a backbone for the hops to stand up and shine through.

M-Moderately full mouthfeel with moderate/high carbonation. It finishes with a touch of hop astringency, but the sweetness pushes off any harshness from the pallet.

O-Refreshing, smooth, and complex. A fantastic quaff.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

nice coppery translucent look with an oatmeal-y, creamy topping. thick, creamy lace on the sides when tilted.... a beautiful looking brew....
smell is pine-y, grapefruit-y; hop-dominant.
taste is.... hop dominant. the bottle says it's a smoother hop taste (and i agree), but even with all the extra added malt types it is still a hop-dominant taste. i guess the bitterness of the hops trumps to a particular level? a slight 'earthiness' is present at the end which is almost a gritty kind of malt, i think...
smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. overall, this is not a typical, boorish pale ale with lots of hops caked in. it is rather refined, and i believe the intention of smoothing out the bitterness is evident. there are no jagged edges to the taste, but rather a soft feel to the bitterness as it slides past the tongue. i'm still not very familiar with the deschutes brewery but i recollect that i am very impressed with everything i have tried from them. even the styles i am not particularly excited about. and not many hoppy beers can claim to be creamy...
while i am not impressed with the style, i try to rate it according to my experience and i feel this is a great sample of american beer.

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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a 2 finger white head. Head has dang good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Smell contains both hops and malts. Taste is smooth for an APA, starts with the hops in the front of the tongue then moves to the malts in the middle. Deschutes tried to emphasize the malts in this one, it's a really good argument for a great APA that doesn't have a jr IPA. The balance leans a little more to the malty side, but it still seems "right" the finish contains some bitterness from the malt and hops but the after taste seems clean. Mouthfeel is perfect for an APA with this flavor profile, just a hair heavier than a hoppy APA, but it still has good carbonation. Drinkability is great, this is something I would share with my friends who have just recently gotten their foot in the door of craft beer. Bravely done Deschutes!

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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular. Poured into pint glass. A: Amber I'm color with a two finger ivory colored head that slowly dissipates to half a finger thick for duration of drink. Heavy lacing that does not disappear. S: citrus, wheat, notes of raspberry, and bitter hops. Not bready at all. T: initially, bitter citrus hops, followed by strong wheat aftertaste. F: moderate carbonation, still smooth enough to drink steadily. O: deliciously brewed. I give a 4.5 to another superb beer from Deschutes Brewery. Definitely added to my top 5.

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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Best before 4/6/17

Pours a clear copper body with an off white head. Lots of thin lacing but not much retention

Overall scent is prominent. Orange Citrus and floral up front with a whiff of malt

Taste follows...Very enjoyable orange peel bitterness with just enough malt to give it a little balance

Crisp even feel

Recently discovered this beer and I really like it ! It's like a retooled version of Deshute's
Inversion IPA with less malt and more citrus hops. It has become my new favorite wintertime IPA/PA. If you like Sierra Nevada's Celebration IPA you will like this beer...

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass. Best by May 30.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with frothy off-white head with big bubbles that left tons of splashy lace.

S- Huge juicy and pungent tropical, peach, mango, and grapefruit hops. Piney hops and big sweet caramel and bready malt backbone

T- Really big tropical hop presence of mango, peach, and grapefruit. Pungent and juicy hops balanced very nicely with a big sweet caramel and bready malt profile

M- Very creamy and soft mouthfeel, nice undercurrent of carbonation, very dry. Super easy to drink and the perfect mouthfeel for the style.

O- This is a world class pale ale bursting with tropical hop flavor nicely balanced with a very flavorful malt profile.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 07/13/12

A: Bright orange, a bit hazy, lots of cream-colored head and lacing.

S: Tangerines, mango, pineapple syrup, flower bouquet coming through full force here.

T: The grapefruit, tangerine, herbal-y hops slightly overshadow the grainy, honey-like malts here. But it doesn't go into IPA territory. Excellent

M: A real quaffer, perfect carbonation, no hotness to be found.

O: Brilliant APA ... on my third six pack this year so far. Please make this year round Deschutes.

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Photo of Mikus
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better pale ale for the price, clue me in. Finally found some with a date I like (5/29/15) and bought one to sample. Into the Spiegelau. A finger of fluffy, white head on top of a deep tangerine body, hints of red in the light. Light piney aromas, hint of grapefruit, clean and subtle with a hint of lemon grass or saffron. Nearly perfect for a PA. Balance is the word on flavor. Light grapefruit rind, citrus bitterness on the front. Mid palate has a nice lightly toasted malt base. Super clean. Perfect finish like a cool glass of lemonade on a summer's day. This may be my summer lawnmower beer. Hands down beats the pants off SNPA.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,543 ratings.
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