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
deschutesbrewery.com

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:
595
Ratings:
2,543
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
548
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear copper with bright-orange leanings. Head is bright-white and remains at a thin cap from pour to finish. Creamy and thin. Some tiny vestiges of lacing. Pours with a nice carbonation.

Smell: Hyper floral biscuit bread. Seriously, flowers and biscuit dough with a rough crust. Huge citrus notes as well, but it's all delicate somehow. Flowers that smell of bakeries. Some hints of caramel and pine. Some sweetness in the back.

Taste: Orange creamsicle with a dusting of flower petals. Nicely juicy with a solid biscuit undertone to cut things back. Super fresh and clean. So very floral, but delicate. Oh hello, what would you like on your fresh baked biscuit? The answer must be flower jam. Light sweetness in the back hints at caramel. Touches of pith and pine. Maybe some honey?

Mouthfeel: A little creamier than expected. Smooth with a lingering dryness. A touch too dry in the long run. Carbonation is moderate on a medium body.

Overall: It's well-balanced. Pick a dozen of these and things won't be so bad.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pint of night at the Deschutes pub down the street from Powell's (from notes--was there two nights ago). It's a bright amber color with a thin topping of foam. A lovely aroma wafts off it--piney, with a little floral spiciness. The taste provides a mix of pine-resin, distantly citrusy hops, backed by sufficient caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate, but hop flavor is very prominent. Finishes both dry and toasty. Excellent mouthfeel--carbonation is of course restrained, it being casked, but it has an excellent soft creamy texture. Very good.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/19/11 notes. Bottle brought back by my girlfriend about 2 weeks ago from Oregon. Best by 07/20/11 date on the bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. One inch of retention throughout drinking it and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruty malts, light pine hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits. A lot more hops than I was expecting; smells like a nice, fresh IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, biscuit, caramel malts, fruity malts, light pine hops. Not quite as hoppy, with more of the malts taking over, but no bitterness. Good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body and real easy to drink. Wondeful mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice, drinkable APA. Definitely felt like I could have and would want to have a few of these. Great hoppy and fruity nose and mouthfeel, would love to have it again sometime.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Deschutes shaped bottle with nice artwork. Pays tribute to the famous red chair ski lift in Oregon. Deschutes always have nice labels. Nothing crazy just Very nice. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden-dark orange body. Slightly hazy with a Snow White head that carries plenty of size leaving a sturdy ring of lace the same color. Nice stick to the glass as well.

S - pine and a blast of citrus hops. Sweet and biscuit like malt lays out a nicely balanced aroma that's just plain lush and hard to stop taking in whiffs. I've been to that part of the country and Id have to say this indeed reminds me of what the northwest is all about hence the appropriate name of NWPA. It just smells like the Northwest.

T - lovely shot of citrus hops up front with shots of intense northwest style pine hops. Balanced very well with sweet biscuity malt. Lots of hop spice in the backend leaving a good bit of bitterness. Northwest pine at its finest!

M - medium bodied and carries a lovely texture. Just the right thickness to make this highly enjoyable. There is some bitterness but enough balance to pull it off for about one. I mean this is the Northwest we are talking about, not west coast.. NW. Get it right.

O - Red Chair is delicious. I haven't had many from Deschutes, but I'm getting the feel for their texture as I feel its the most important part of any great ale. Red Chair has loads of class to it and is a perfect January IPA. I'd drink this one any day! A must try!

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Photo of Japerrault
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color, a thick white head, nice lacing left behind.

S: Clove and pine aromas dominate.

T: Lightly sweet up front. Hops in the spotlight, bring flavors of cloves and piney resin. Light bready flavors in the finish with light bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately carbonated

D: Well balanced, light sweetness goes well to even out all of the hops. Not too bitter. Nice beer.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.

Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep brown color, with some amber highlights. Head formation is strong, mocha in color, breaking down to a film.

S - Starts off with a strong hoppy note, west coast in nature, lightly citrus, somewhat piney. Background of some caramel malts.

T - Starts off with an immediate hop note, mostly citrus. Hides the malt character. Mid-stream brings on a hefty grassy note, piney and resinous, almost fresh hop in nature. Finishes with a bit of a caramel malt note to smooth out the bitterness.

M - Strong body and an equally strong carbonation. A bit sticky on the palette, seeming to carry a sugary backbone. Finishes with a little hop oils cilnging to the tongue.

O/D - Solid APA, although the hopping is very potent for the style. ABV is well hidden, easy drinking. The malting plus hops and its hefty body does make this feel more of a winter beer.

Very good beer.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite Deschutes offering. It must be the caramel malt. Very balanced very tasty but nothing stands out of the balance. It is the perfect release for this time of year.

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Photo of plfahey
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold to amber in color and relatively clear. Moderately large off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Pleasant bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, and piney pacific northwest hops. Some bready and caramel malt apparent as well.

Flavor-Some bready and caramel malt. The hop flavors on this are excellent-perfumy, grapefruit, piney, citrus, and a bit floral. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation. Relatively smooth, no astringency. Feels like it could use a bit more carbonation though.

This is a great pale ale, with some very nice west coast hop flavors. Personally I'd like a little more malt in the backbone, but it's quite good. Awesome flavor, but not so huge as to overwhelm the palate-I could easily drink several of these.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber hued color with a half finger of frothy white foam.

Definitely piney with a nice citrusy aroma to note.

Pine, citrus, bitter hop resins.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, a nice piney example of a NW pale ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I find red chairs in my living room to be a bit gaudy... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needles, grapefruit zest, orange peel, a touch of tangerine, and a hint of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, slightly rindier than before, but still pretty bright and enjoyable. A bit of grass is tossed in for good measure. Thee body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best Deschutes offering I've yet had.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark amber, with a small head that lasts about a minute. Aroma is very caramely with fruity hints and some floral hops. Flavor is similar but with an additional bubblegum element. The bitterness doesn't show up until the very end. This is a very nice and surprisingly complex ale.

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Photo of bark
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth and quite dry. Mellow hoppy growing bitterness, red fruits and berries. Citric marmalade. Juicy sweet flavours.

The taste is a fine blend of smooth red grapefruits, bitter marmalade, fruit candy and a touch of rye bread. Elegant medium strong bitter flavours and clean sweetness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some caramel, fruits and berries (oranges, apricots, mango, lemon curd. Smooth bitter-sweet flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, lots of small long lived bubbles. The liquid is light and mid-smooth.

A solid and extremely smooth APA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Bine & Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $1.99
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 1, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of perfect khaki foam head. Sporadic foamy lacing on the sides, good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant whiff of floral hops up front. Nice and refreshing. Some citrus notes in there as well, maybe orange and lemon. No surprises in the nose.

Tasted candied sugary floral hops up front. Also that orange citrus hops, almost sherbet like. Tropical fruit and faint caramel as well.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.
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A very nice pale ale. Tasty and refreshing all the way down.

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Photo of lochef81
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,543 ratings.
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