Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
578
Ratings:
2,479
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, BB 5/3/16. Threshold Beer Glass.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with 1 finger tan head. Excellent retention. Some visible carbonation rising up, not much. Outstanding lacing.

S: Smells of a floral hoppiness and ale yeast esters that remind me of some of the pale ales that I have really loved recently. Strong malt backbone. I think I am going to like this.

T: Fairly sweet and tangy arrival, turns to a rich, malty middle with lots of layered malt, ester and subtle hop complexity. Quite malty, mixed-fruity, and a touch sweet, actually. Think canned fruit cocktail - in a good way. Hop bitterness is fair, and lingers pleasantly.

M: heavier side of medium, bordering on full-bodied. Ample carbonation keeps it from feeling overweight. Somewhat slick, and has the mouth-filling character of ales - which I love - but does not quite clean up as much on the end as I might like.

O: A really solid and malty pale ale. Too light to be an amber, to heavy to be a pale ale. I love beers of this style, and I wish there were more of them (Boston Ale, Censored, Bell's Amber). If you are coming into this expecting a classic American pale ale, expect to be a little disappointed. But if you are looking for a slightly sweet and fuller-bodied hoppy pale, this is perfect for winter. Definitely six-pack worthy. This is comfort beer. Strikes me as similar to but sweeter and less citrusy than Dale's pale ale.

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Photo of obrike
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't had this one before...seen it and passed it on numerous occassions...not again.

Really dig the look. A pretty caramel/red hue...decent 2 inch head that doesn't last too long, but leaves plenty of spiderweb lace.

Getting a similar scent to Inversion from these guys, fresh hops...buttered toast/malt...followed by a light blast of citrus.

Taste follows, but much mellower than Inversion. A bit of sourness in the aftertaste, but the malt takes over more in this one than Inversion, making it a bit more pleasurable.

I thought this one was super smooth...i could see downing several in a sitting. Very creamy.

I think this one tops Inversion for me...a toned down version with a better balance. Here's an APA that beats out it's own IPA in my book.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 03/12/14

A- Pours a medium amber brown with a medium-high fluffy off-white head that dissipated to about a 1/4 inch of foam.

S- Medium sweet pineapple, banana, toasted malt

T- Medium sweetness, floral, some of the banana, grapefruit,light toasted malts. Medium lingering bitterness.

M- Much fuller body than was expecting for a 6.2% beer. Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

O- Got is as an extra in a trade and this is my first Deschutes beer. Very impressed and has some flavors in it that I haven't had in a Pale Ale. I hear Deschutes is coming to Michigan this year and I am very excited to try their other offerings.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of delicious pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of a good dose of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are pine resiny and also have a grapefruit quality to them. Good amount of bitterness. Malts are fairly subdued, but do offer a biscuity and caramel notes. Leans towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 07/08/10, poured into a snifter. The beer appears a clear copper color in the glass with a dense, frothy two finger head that sustains exceptionally well. Each sip leaves another ring of lacing around the glass.

The nose is mildly hoppy, mildly malty. Citrus and pine, a bit herbal, a touch of caramel and orange marmalade. Signature Deschutes aroma.

On the palate it's an even mix of hop and malt flavors; toast, orange peel, a touch of pine and caramel sweetness. Medium in body but rather crisp, this is somewhere between a pale ale and a Pacific NW-style IPA. The finish reveals a faint metallic twang and a light, smooth bitterness. The body seems a touch heavy to me for this to be a session ale, though the overall mildness makes it very easy to drink. Solid and enjoyable stuff with a distinct Deschutes quality.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a dark amber appearance with good carbonation as well. Aromas of oranges, floral notes, pine and a pronounced malt sweetness as well. Tastes of pine, citrus, caramel malt sweetness, and floralet hops. Nice medium mouthfeel with a lingering maltiness. Overall a really good malt forward pale ale that is a classic for a good reason.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code 3/12/14 clearly visible into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a dark amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates slowly and leave more than just a covering of head on the top of the glass to the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Some bread and sweetness up front followed by the citrus smell of hops.

T: Nice and balanced with malt upfront followed by citrus hops. It ends with a dry bitterness.

M: Tastes good and goes down easy.

O: I really like this beer and I really like Deschutes Brewery. This is another great beer that they brew. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of bobloblaw22
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the Deschutes brewery Mountain Room.

A:Deep dark red amber color. Poured with about a finger of foamy head. Very nice lacing left on the pint glass.

S: Classic pine and citrus, but what really gets me is the nice warm caramel scent. Very enticing.

T: Was pleased to taste the malty caramel come through in a very smooth way. That's definitely the highlight of the taste for me. Nice, crisp, balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body.

Very enjoyable overall!

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch, bone-white head on a beautiful looking hazy orange/light red colored body. this head retention throughout with a collar. Splishy splashy lacing all over.

S- Citrus on the nose, oranges.

T Mellow sweet citrus...again more with the the orange specific citrus, maybe some grapefruit. Yeasty notes detected, unfiltered perhaps? Would guess less than the stated ABV of 6.4%

M- Medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation with seems to work well here.

D/O- Damn easy drinking pale ale here. Recommended for pale ale fans looking for something new. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very aggressively. Great foamy head off-white head. Laces nicely too. Brew is very clear copper color with red hues.

S - Very hoppy; cascade for sure. Caramely and roasty too. Brew smells like sticky flowers.

T - very smooth and rich. Great flavor, mildly acidic, but not bitter at all. Malty, much more malty than your typical PA. Hops are balanced quite well too

M - Very light and airy. Slightly over carbonated, but not to the point of ruining the brew. Dry, but not bitter.

D - Very drinkable, perfect for a rainy spring day!

A very good Pale. Not my favorite Pale, but worth trying if you see it on the shelves. Very well put together. A lot of time and effort go into this kind of thing.

Cheers Deschutes!

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Off-white head standing 2+ fingers with about 1 finger above the rim of the glass. It really towers in a dramatic way. Light brown color with great clarity. Nice action from the carbonation, but that's to be expected in the SA perfect pint glass. Beautiful beer, you really can't ask for much else from a beer.

S: Mostly I get caramel and some bready malts. There is some citrus from the hops, but it truly is dominated by the malts.

T: The first thing that strikes me is a moderate citrus from the hops. Then it immediately moves to a caramel flavor that turns to a rich bready malt. It even finishes with that rich malt flavor. That's not to say that it's a sweet finish though because it ends a touch bitter. But that malt finish is comforting.

M: Carbonation is tight and refreshing and the body is a creamy medium/light body. Some of that creaminess has to do with the fabulous staying power of that head.

O: Nice American Pale that turns the dial a little closer to the malts. I accidentally left this beer out for well over an hour and it really warmed up... and it's delicious! I'd recommend anyone who buys a six pack to let one settle to a warmer temperature... it's still comforting and really quaffable!

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Photo of juhl31
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber/orange in color with a good looking medium, white colored head. looks like a straight up craft beer. if i saw myself holding and sipping it while watering my lawn, i would be jealous

-hops is definitely noticeable first, leaning towards the marijuana smelling variety, but it is not overboard. there is a nice subtle sweet malt balance behind it

-there is a very good melting hop flavor that really develops from front to back. it is mostly on the piney end, but there is a type of dirty bitterness that i kind of enjoy

-this is very creamy and thick for a PA, but i always enjoy that type of mouthfeel. the carb is very nice and is a touch oily

-this is a very solid beer. almost like a PA version of torpedo. it's not a big go-to, but i sure do respect it

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Photo of FattyJLE
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Citrus. Rich caramel malts. Candy-like sweetness.

A - Quarter-inch off-white head. Clear, reddish, copper hue.

T - Biscuit and caramel malts. Malt dominated but a mild earthy, grassy hop bitterness with hints of lemon and citrus peel balance the beer. Finishes semi-sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - A solid pale ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This APA was drank on draft in a 16oz pint. This had a nice citrus taste with not to much of a hoppy presence in this nice amber pour. Really enjoyable APA and got this draft for free with my meal. I enjoyed it and will check it out again in the future.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with significant amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden apricot + brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger slightly are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and even though the ABV is a little higher than I would normally recommend, this feels like a sessionable brew in my opinion. Nice flavors that have some aspects of an amber but more of a pale ale. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a different IPA.

A : A beautiful dark honey/iced tea glow with a popcorn colored head (2 fingers). The lace is sparse but still present. Opacity is about 90%.

S : Sweet fruits, some gardenia (flowers, sap, leaves), a hint of maple syrup, and a faint biting grapefruit note. Malts are roasted in the nose. Solid 4.

T : Delicious beer. Candied, almost. Lots of caramel, with roasted malts and yeast, so that kind of yields itself to a caramel roll-like taste. Some fruity sweetness from berries and figs, and a sharp pungent grapefruit rind note in the hop arena. Still better than the "Sucks" I had earlier.

F : Very creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation but easy drinking too. The carbonation electrifies the experience, and it ends slightly dry and pasty.

O : I'd have it again, but probably only on tap as it's gotta be better there. I don't like it enough to buy it in bottles again but it is a fair shot at a Red? IPA. Very nicely done, Deschutes.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is an exceptional one. My second Deschutes tasting this week and it is good (better than the porter).

It opens and pours as a red ale (almost), with not a lot of head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little weak but pleasant. The taste is a slightly over dark (bitter) pale ale - rich and robust, yet balanced enough to be very drinkable. You could session this.

The aftertaste is more like an IPA. All around, this is a major winner.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out orange/amber with a thick little white head with good retention and lacing.

Smells fairly sweet. Caramel, orange, and floral.

This bottle is on the downward swing of its life but still packs a nice hop bitterness and flavor. Full of fruity and floral character. Caramel and bready malt.

Drinks nice and smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

I don’t know why I was surprised by this being Deschutes and all. Great Pale Ale with an inviting sweet aroma and taste to it.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Jims. BB 17/07/14. Hmmm....

A - clear copper / amber. Two finger head, creamy, clingy lace.

S - malts and toffees rather than hops.

T - quite a blend of hops n malt. Makes me think more of a red ale than a pale ale. Caramels, butterscotches, toffee, in with a bucket of malt. Hops come thru, but only as it warms.

M - very light carbonation, creamy.

O - well made APA with little bittering hops, as such easy and smooth to drink. Nice. Could be fresh, could be less so, but than again I am not sure what Deschutes BB policy is.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale!

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