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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
2,479
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
154
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520
For Trade:
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 2,479
Photo of lochef81
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a very slight white head and nice lacing. The aroma is quite complex with lots of malt and hops. The flavor is just as rich and complex. Very impressive for a seemingly simple apa. I wish I'd have bought more than just a single of this one.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours medium copper with a two finger white head that sticks around well. On the nose there is a really creamy and rich caramel backbone supporting a tropical fruitiness on top. There is also some doughy malt flavors here. In the mouth there is dough and caramel at the beginning, quickly fading to a controlled but big bitterness in the middle and in a long finish. The malt base is quite a bit bigger than I generally like in a pale ale, but the hop component is big enough to match and the particular melding of flavors sits really well with me. The body is perfectly medium with some carbonation coming out and complimenting the bitterness well.

Overall, this is a fine brew that I will look forward to seeing every January. As a side note, I think this would be a perfect candidate for serving on cask. Hopefully someday I'll get a chance for that.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It has a rich copper color. Not much head, but what there is clings well to the side of the glass.

S: Excellent aroma. Really a great treatment of the hops - floral and orange-lemon. Some piney notes. A hint of sweet malt and honey.

T: Great balance of the bitterness of hops and the sweetness of the malt and tartness of the citrus character. Less over-powering than the typical IPA or double IPA offering.

M: Well-carbonated. A refreshing, drinkable beer.

O: Deschutes has managed to thread the needle by retaining the hoppy soul of a NW IPA, but in a genuinely refreshing, tasty package. Nice beer to enjoy after hitting the slopes.

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Photo of McStagger
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 3/28/13

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown. Two fingers frappe head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Subdued carbonation.

S: Excellent caramel malts. Honeyed, cereal sweetness. Noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence. Fresh leaves, grassiness, bit of pine.

T: Big malt presence. Subtle hop presence noted. Malt is definitely the star of the show here, with the hops providing the backbone, per se. Finishes sticky, with hop oil and resin rounding out the end. Dry, piney finish with hints of raisined fruit. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.

M: Full bodied yet balanced. Exceptionally smooth. Exquisite mouthfeel.

O: Very good. Exceptional, even. Personally, I find it runs a bit malt heavy, but I expect this from Deschutes. I'd be very interested in trying this fresh.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A half finger of head on a clear, red/amber colored body.
The aroma is wonderful: honey, lemon and pine.
The taste is superb. moderate honey sweetness balanced by a bold pine and grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is amazing. It's soft with moderate carbonation.
A top pale ale.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - clear deep copper, thumb of off white head retained very well, lots of consistent lacing
S - hints of mild citrus, bubble gum, mint, mild perfume, pale grains
T - light leaves and herbs mixed with pale grainy malts, gentle citrus seeps through along with a bubble gum flavour, all very gentle yet effective flavours
S - mellow and relatively light, gets creamy through the middle and finishes light and airy with a touch of bitter, very easy drinking
O - definitely an impressive and unassuming brew, they nailed it in terms of a brew that's just hoppy enough to bring out some flavour but not so much that it will scare off the masses, well played

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Photo of Topher78
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

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Photo of AbyssJunkie13
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark golden honey color. Off-white bubbly head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing.

S: Decent but not strong hop smell. Not much else. Maybe a little biscuit?

T: The hops are right there up front. Definite bitterness comes through very strongly, and it lingers for a good while. The flavor hops go quite quickly, but while they're there, they make quite an impression. Lots of grapefruit, some pineapple underneath. Perhaps some malt, but the hops are dominating.

F: It's definitely on the lighter side, but the extremely flavorful characteristic makes it feel much better on the tough than another beer of comparable thinness. Also, it didn't seem that carbonated, but what was there, I definitely felt on the tongue.

D: I could drink these all night long! Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of jtaylord
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro draft. Nice copper color. Smooth off-white head that retains for a good amount of time. Pine on the nose. Subtle hop taste and smell. Not overpowering. Smooth finish. Wish it was a year round offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a two-finger foamy off-white head. The head leaves a heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aromas of sweet citrus, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Flavor starts with a big burst of citrus - orange & tangerine. The citrus is backed by some sweet malts. There is a big smack of piney hops that appear mid palate through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp finish.

O - Very solid pale ale with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a shaker pint. Best by 3/12/14 bottle date.

NWPA has a bronze-copper body with two-finger's of bubbly, white foam. Creamy and bubbly sheet lace looks classy.

Bouquet of fruity esters: apricot, some banana, doughy malt, honey. Very clean, and light on the nose, great scents though!

Floral and fruity esters are huge on the palate. Also a sweet, bready malt that fits incredibly well. When the bitterness finally hits, it feels resin-y and slightly citrus-y. The finish includes some pepper and earthiness. Sweet, floral, and a good dose of bitterness.

Light-medium body and more watery. Also leans to the dry side.

Wonderfully easy beer to drink with complimentary, sweet flavors. The bouquet could be bigger, but the palate certainly delivers.

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Photo of Swimsum
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Best by 4/14/2011 (says 1920 M underneath, batch number perhaps?)

Pours out a nice deep copper color with a light beige head. Head is initially a finger high but settles to a thin ring around the glass. Body is hazy. In light it is a nice golden copper color. Very nice looking liquid. Some very nice looking loose lacing clings to the glass as the liquid recedes in the glass.

Nice and hoppy upfront. A good malt backbone balances this out nicely. Getting some toasty notes from the malt. The hops give off a more resin and earthy tone.

Resin hops great the taste buds upon first sip. A bit grassy notes also detected. The malt doesn't come through as much as it does in the smell for me. The hops really dominate this one. Each swallow gives a bit of sweetness that I'm guessing comes from the malt. It really helps to balance the beer but the hops are still much the dominating presence. A nice bitterness lingers in the mouth after each sip.

Nice feeling on this one. It's a bit thicker than medium bodied but not in a bad way. Carbonation isn't apparent on the mouth. As stated in the taste, bitterness lingers but isn't distracting at all.

This is another solid beer from Deschutes. For a pale this is pretty hopped up (sort of like Sierra Nevada Pale). I would have liked a bit more balance but at the same time the hophead in me loves this. Will be getting more of this for sure.

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Photo of Iain_Riule
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable semi strong pale ale. Very nice color. Perhaps a little deficient on the carbonation. Taste reminiscent of English Bass Ale. In all regards a pleasingly bitter and well constructed ale, at a reasonable price. Lovely to come "home" to at the end of a hard days skiing in Tahoe.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town today.

Best by April 29, 2010.

It pours a clear amber gold with a 1" head of foam and, typical of Deschutes brews, some darned good lacing.

The smell is...IPAish. Lots of grapefruit notes with some floral tones, maybe some tropical fruitiness. I'm trying hard to smell some sort of malt presence but I'm not getting any.

First sip and...there you are, Mr Malt. Nice malty sweetness here to go along with the robust grapefruit flavour and although the overall flavour still lies in bitter territory, the malt makes it a much closer race than I could have imagined going by the smell. Nice!

A nice medium body with carbonation that doesn't get too fizzy, it has a rather niced mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Again, typical of Deschutes brews whether they are high octane or not, the drinkability is to be greatly admired and I'm admiring this one's greatly. What a brewery!

Edit: I originally reviewed this as the IPA. My bad.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear amber with a one-finger creamy white head with long retention, leaving a layer of cream with short lasting lace

S- floral hops up front with notes of citrus, sweet and fruity malt on the backend. Intriguing nose.

T- well balanced from start to finish, floral and herbal hop notes are complemented with sweet-yet-fruity malt, and a slightly grainy-toasted finish.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, leads to a smooth mouthfeel with a bit of a creamy finish

O- easy to drink as a pale ale should be, but plenty of flavor to go around. I really like the fruity esters and subtly malty sweetness.

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Photo of BigBry
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. One of the few nitro-taps I have seen here.
Pours clear orange-brown color with a solid white head. Nitro obviously adds to the foam retention, and full sheets of lace.
Smells has some malt sweetness, and some citrus hops.
Good carbonation level, crisp mouth feel, clean finish.
Overall, a good beer with good level of hops. Could definitely have a couple more.

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Photo of MCain04
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/14/13. Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A: Golden, amber, and clear. Creamy 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.

S: Not too much nose. A little pine, a little grassy floral notes, not too aromatic. Bottle describes it and "subtle aromatic seduction," so I guess I can't hold it against them.

T: Great hop flavor, crisp taste with a readily-apparent but very nice barley malt background that balances well. Not extremely bitter. Really dances over the palate with flavors. A little thin, but overall quite wonderful.

M: Clean, crisp, refreshing. A little watery, but aside from that, very well done.

O: Nice overall beer. Really easy to drink, very sessionable, would be perfect for a nice summer day, but I'm still enjoying it in bitter cold of February.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

L:
The showcase is clear with an amber copper color. Thick foamy off-white head forms up and stands with great retention. Once slowly dissipating, magnificent lacing is left along with everlasting frothy crown atop. Not much carbonation can be seen through the sight.

S:
Fresh floral, load of citrus, yeasty ester, spice, bready malt, faint buttery, some grassiness, and slight woody, all of these aromas make a good combination providing inviting and succulent characters.

T:
Kick off with sweetness form the use of various kinds of malt, theirs flavor reveal with a bready and dough quality. The rest of the story is an era of hops with a substantial and clean bitterness to counter the sweetness proportion. The presence of hops has not much wide variety but simply steady and straight to the point with a zesty citrus and spice. At the aftertaste, long lasting bitterness and spice blend up delicately along with a vague hint of alcohol.

F:
Mouthfeel is rather full and super smooth with a bold body. Carbonation is not on the high side but crisp enough to well carry its big body as well as taste through the palate sensation. Finish is dry and clean.

O:
To drink this beer is so enjoying. Through its sheer quality of malts and hops, no man can deny this brew. Superb without any question.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pale ale with a pleasant aroma of pine, peach, orange, apricot and bread. Very drinkable - crisp from beginning to end - with the hops greeting you right up front and the malt coming on soon after to brig some sweetness and mellowing biscuit. Just enough bitterness that doesn't stick to the tongue. Too bad it's a rarity in the northeast.

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Photo of Bucktron18
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pours a hazy orangish light amber. Chill haze clears as the beer warms to a clearer light copper. Thick head that slowly sinks into some great lacing. Smells a little bready with caramel malt and floral hops that are not to aggressive. Taste is a sweat caramel malt up front with great hop balance through the middle and a clear bitter finish that lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is slightly slippery with medium-low carbonation.

Overall a great american pale ale with good hop presence and a great balance of malts. My first beer from Deschutes and definitely not my last.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so happy to find some Deschutes beers at my local Jewel grocery stores!

Clear copper and bronze color and some nice tiny bubbling making its way to the top. Two finger head and a strong film of foam and nice lacey stickage from the light tan colored foam.

Resiny hops and toasty, bready, biscuity malt aromas. Smells like a pretty good APA.

Piney and citrus hop flavors mixed with syrupy biscuits upfront. Well toasted malt and hop bittereness that lingers, but does not overpower. The baance is a little more hops than malt overall, but that being said, I'd this is a very well balanced APA. The malts and hops each have there influence on your tasted buds and palate. Pretty easy to drink this 6.4% abv. beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, orange zest tea, dark bread, caramel, hop floral. Mild but nice.

T - Much like the smell. Orange flesh and zest, dark bread and some caramel, pine, pepper, hop floral, light touch of tea, aspirin. Finishes dry with signficant lingering tart citrus bitterness with some moderating sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. More substantial than I expected for the ABV.

O - At first, it reminded me of a lighter bodied, more citrus oriented Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which is high praise for me. As I continued to taste, this pale ale leans more toward an amber like a Troegs Nugget Nectar; again, pretty high praise. Bottom line is that for 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a lot of flavor and feel and I'm glad it made it to south-central PA starting this week.

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Photo of sanjosey19
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Off the label: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride." As a hop head I was a bit nervous when I read this, but was pleasantly surprised. The appearance isn't that impressive, not much lacing at all, and not too much of a head. Nice copper color though. The smell is very mild, with a very subtle citrus aroma. The taste was what made me want to write a review about this beer. I was very impressed with how well balanced the hop and malt characters were. The hops are there, but mostly in the background, most of the flavor up front comes from the malt. Usually for me, the hoppier the better. Even as subdued as the hops were in this beer, they were present enough to make me happy. The two positives that really stood out for me about this beer were it's pleasant citrus flavors and its drinkability. I could drink this beer for days. So refreshing! Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into 8oz taster.
A: A nice malty orange body, with a light clarity and a fluffy white head. Good head retention and lacing is present.

S: The aroma is a nice presence of Northwest hops, very layered and approachable. Light malt undertones. medium intensity on the aroma.

T/M: Light body and a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Hops play a major role in this PA, but there is a nice back drop of malts. Good overall character and a really smooth easy drinking brew. A hint of creaminess is found in the body as it warms. Hops shown are high in aroma content, less on the bitter side, a good overall representation of how a classic Pacific Northwest hops should play out.

D: I find this to be very drinkable and the ABV is hidden well. A nice lighter malt balanced PA that still holds a high hop presence.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,479 ratings.
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