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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Photo of coastiefish
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass

Pours a very clear red copper. One inch head dwindles down after a minute. Light bubbles floating to the head.

Smell is very mild--a bit of citrus, rounded out with a very appealing sweet caramel.

Pretty simple taste, I'm finding a citrusy caramel pine with a bit of solvent throughout. All the flavors are represented evenly, making for a pretty balanced brew. The malt does come forward a bit more prominently, which is good here for those who like to taste the malt but not in a big way.

I find creaminess in this brew, with light carbonation. Overall it has a pretty desirable mouth feel.

This beer is a friendly one, like many of Deschutes. It does have a bit more weight on the malt, but it is not overdone. Its light enough to be an warm weather beer, but robust enough to make its way into the cooler months. I do enjoy this option from Deschutes, can be considered a solid go to beer.

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.

However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).

The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.

The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.

The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.

All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful.

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Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange amber with an off white head. Good lacing.

S: Carmel malt is the dominating aroma. There is some damp earthiness and a bit of citrus, pine hops.

T: Muted citrus hops, a bit of pine hops up front with a good dose of carmel malt. Bready and grainy. Ends with a slightly dry, bitterness.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Pretty easy to drink no thrills APA.

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Photo of army01
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a heavy burnt orange color, forming a thick off white head that reduces to about 1/4" thick and then stays.

The strong scent of Fresh hops immediately hits the noise and does not leave. Citrus hints are intertwined with the hops.

The first taste is a light sweet flavor that is met with the mid-to-high hoppiness.

Lighter than expected, but heavier than some Pale Ales

Overall, would recommend, but definitely a once-a-week type of brew

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange/amber brew with small tight head. Lots of fine carbonation keep the head intact. Light aroma of malt, some hop notes come through. Hops are slightly stronger in the taste, but it’s mostly a malt party here. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an auburn color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of a pine forest, light citrus is present. ?Taste is pine, malts, citrus, moderate bitterness, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer for appx $8 today.
Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Production of head is a billowing soft fluffy off white head at about 2 inches. Sitting there for many minutes before receding to a thick frothy cap and generous amounts of lace. Lining the glass in thick coatings.
Color is a pale transparent copper amber.
Malty caramel aroma, With dried hay hoppy aroma and a little citrus mixing with pine.
Taste is medium hops, drier flavors and a bit of malt sweetness off the back end. Dry flavors return to the finish with a touch of mint leaf and citrussy whole cone hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with a full feel and layed back carbonation.
Great sessionable brew that does not destroy the pallet, but does bring flavors throughout the drinking experience.

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Photo of
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Very fresh. Keg was tapped minutes prior.

The beer is copper. It is the most pure copper color possible in beer.

Aroma is very fresh hops. Dry hopping is apparent.

Taste is hop centric. I need more malt for balance. Flavor disappeared as I drank.

Mouthfeel was too light. Once again, more malt required.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few if I wanted, but I don't.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is big, fresh pale malt with touches of pine and hemp. This is a nice and clean pale ale. An above average beer although there are others I prefer in the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this beer.
Poured in to pint glass.

A - medium orange/amber colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front with a sweet caramel malt nose balancing it out.

T - Good balane of bitter and sweet. Piney hops and sweet caramel. A nice bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

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Photo of cquinn17
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on 1/14/13, just getting around to entering my review notes
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe

A - Copper/Burnt orange with a finger of off white head, some bigger bubbles in there.

S - Not a hop assault on the nose. Definitely more sweet malts than hops but smells really good.

T - Very malty for me. Sweet caramel malts dominate the palate. A little grapefruit and pine hops at the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary.

O - This beer surprised me as I thought it was going to be more hop forward, but it ended up being a sweeter pale ale for me. I wasn't the biggest fan as I like my pale ales to be more hoppy but it was a good value at $10 a six pack. I'll probably revisit this next year.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer wasn't exactly what I expected when I had it.

A- The color has a nice cooper with hints of red and gold.

S- The smell was typical of a north coast hopped beer. The smell of pine and citrus cut through.

T- This is where the beer kind of lost meet. The hops shoot out at you and it is a little overwhelming. The malt starts to show up the more you drink it, but the balance doesn't seem to be there for me.

M- The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. Refreshing and not too filling.

D- If it werent for such a hoppy taste this could be more drinkable. The tastes are all there, the hops just seem to be doing too much over powering. For something that is 60 IBU's it taste like a heck of a lot more.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange with a quickly dissipating peanut shell tinted head. Minimal lace, dark colored body, with a slight, slow and lazy rise of effervesce within.

S: Fresh sweet pine and citrus, wet with a fresh caramel sweetness about.

T: Flavor of caramel-pine, flowery citrus, warming spruce-pine and alcohol. Citrusy forest, toasted pine wood and semi-dry apple fruitiness. Warming spicy bite on the finish. Crisp belgian like pale grains with an american speciality sweetness and lingering hoppiness.

M: Mouthful was nice and sticky, honey consistency, sharp tingle of carbonation.

O: Overall despite the labels claim this does deliver a good dose of hops while still maintaining sessionability. Woodsy everygreen-spruce like feel is perfect for sipping on that red chair at the cabin in the great northwest woods.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a reddish copper hue with just a slight bit of haze. Very nice one finger, frothy white head. Aromas of fruity malt balanced by a solid hop backbone. This beer goes down very smoothly, hoppy, but not a hop bomb, malty, but not overly so. This beer appeals to me in the same way that Sam Adams Boston Lager does. An easy to come by, easy to drink, delicious beer that would probably appeal to lots of different drinker.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red copper. Thin white head that doesn't last all that well.
S- Fruity, citrus, some bread, a bit of pine and a bit of caramel.
T- There is a good hoppy flavor with pine, some citrus fruits, and a fair bit of caramel and bread dough.
M- Medium body, medium-high carb. Somewhat dry in the finish.
O- A fairly good easy drinking pale ale that provides a good hop kick.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: personal system goes in whole numbers)

12oz bottle, best by 5/8/2013, poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed 2/21/2013

Aroma: I get a nice bready pale malt- sweet biscuits, caramel, toffee mixed in with hints of grapefruits. It's nothing super strong, nor is it anything special for pale ales. (3)

Colour: A very nice cloudy copper body that pours with a dense 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is consistent and somewhat sticky. Nothing special for a pale ale, but neither is it a bad looking beer. (3)

Flavour: Starts off with a really nicely balanced mix of the pale malts just like in the nose along with a citrus/grapefruity bitterness that really takes over near the end. I give this brew credit for staying balanced initially and then staying true to the west coast brewing tradition by giving a hop kick at the end. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nice, crisp, dry yet refreshing with great carbonation. Medium bodied on the light side, not terribly sticky at all. Fairly easy to quaff and the aftertaste is a bit bitter for a pale ale and is a bit closer to an IPA but not being quite bitter enough. Really nice to drink. (4)

Overall: Not bad at all, a well-put together APA that straddles the line with the IPA. It's got the balance I like in my pale ales but shows its Pacific Northwest roots by giving my palate a punch on the arm, so to speak. While its nice that they are distributing to Chicago (easy to drive down to get it for me being in Wisconsin), I think I would rather have Alpha King if I want a nice hoppy pale ale- it does what this beer does but quite a bit better, and I can still get it in Wisconsin. Otherwise, for the style, it's a nicely done effort by Deschutes. (4)

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Needed a steady drinker. Thought I'd give this a bid. Couldn't remember if I'd had it before.

Appearance- A nice, clear, very rich copper color. Darker than a lot of "pale" ales. An inch of creamy tan head. It dissipates quickly and doesn't lace terribly well. It's nice.

Smell- Definitely some grapefruit. However, there is a rich crystal-like malt. That burnt sugar smell you get sometimes.

Taste- Follows the nose. There is a lot of rich crystal. The burnt sugar is pronounced. There is a slight soapiness. The hops fall a little flat for me. The bitter, burnt aftertaste lingers. Cedar? Sure. There is a woodiness here. Also, some bitter orange peel.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Good depth.

Drinkability- Goes down well. That bitter/burnt finish is off-putting.

Huh, if I did have this before it makes sense why I forgot it. Not a bed beer by any measure, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange hue with a creamy three finger head right up to the brim and lacing everywhere quite a nice looker,the smell is light citrus,a touch of subtle pine and light malts,the mouthfeel is light yet creamy and moderately carbonated with tastes of nice citrus,tangerine,pale malts and finished a subtle floral bitterness and overall it's nice and sessionable and something u want when you don't want a smack load of hops and I'd Love to have a pint of this off tap cheers.

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Photo of brewskis
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a three finger off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of Northwest Pacific hops like the title suggests. Citrus notes like grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Also a good amount of pine. A hefty dose of carmel malts and breadiness sweeten the aroma and stay true to what the beer description suggests: a well balanced american pale ale. Taste starts with some nice hoppy flavors. Get grapefruit and orange, almost like a marmalade. The middle brings a big malt profile to go with the hops. Get some grains, breadiness, and carmel sweetness. Maybe get a belgian-like malt in there too. This balances the beer in a really nice way. The finish brings a lot of pine that gives the beer a resinous quality, as well as more grapefruit, marmalade, floral esters, carmel, spiciness, and breadiness. Light medium body with a pretty creamy, smooth, and slightly watery mouthfeel. This is a solid pale ale that lives up to what it says it will be. In the world of american pale ales nowadays, it is nothing to ride home about; however, it’s great balance stands it out from a lot of the hoppy, one-sided american pale ales that are being produced today.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too many trades and too many extras. I have no clue who sent me this beer. If you read this let me know and I will give you the credit you deserve.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is fairly clear orange amber. Solid two fingers of off white head. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with a nice pine and citrus burst. None of the components are very strong but pleasant none the less.

The flavor is malty up front but a strong metallic and acrid bitterness takes over. Possibly from age. As it warms the pine comes through making it much more flavorful.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall it was a little touch and go at first but a little warming smoothed the rough edges.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/10/14, so a couple days past. Oh well.

Looks good, amber with a yellow tint, 1 inch head somewhere between creamy and foamy (croamy?) Very good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here.

Not getting anything on the nose. Maybe the old snout is off today.

Taste I'm getting is very subtle across the board. And improves toward the back end of the drink. A malt sweetness, with a faint but obvious hop bite (if that makes any sense) Could be affected by being at the end of its best by date.

Mouth was medium, neither soft or dry

Overall, not my favorite beer from one of the better breweries. But still a decent drink.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a two finger head. Body is almost completely clear and a nice light orange-ish brown. Head is light tan with an orange hint and falls but sticks around. Some very strong lacing.

S - Yeah, that's good. The right balance between citrus, hops, and a little sweet. I would say a slightly sweet grapefruit and a smooth piney scent.

T - It is better than average, but I'm not all that impressed. Very drinkable. Hops are smooth and the grapefruit compliments it well.

M - Nothing wrong here but doesn't stand out either. Above average carbonation and a little dry.

O - With how much I have heard about it, the hype was too much. Beer is good, but nothing I would need to seek out again.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber color. Aroma is somewhat flat but mostly sweet malt and some piney hops. Definitely more of a malt forward beer which is fine by me, has a spicey / black pepper quality to accent the biscuit malt flavor and the hops. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy red with minimal white head. Heavy lacing hangs around on the glass. A big caramel malt profile is immediately present in the aroma with firm bitter notes, pine and graham cracker. The taste starts out with some sweet maltiness that is quickly joined by earthy and herbal hop notes. The bitterness is light and the finish is a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, a decent little pale ale that could benefit from a little more hop bitterness.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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