Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

604 Reviews
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: 604 | Ratings: 2,572
Photo of pounce
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite pale ales, in the top 3. I have consumed cases of it, so this is not a flippant rating based on one sample, like some do. It is surprisingly dark for a pale ale: light brown, with a touch of red. Average head, which lingers quite a while. The taste is clean, with just the right level of hops for a pale ale (more than average, I'd say). The malt is well-balanced, enough to gain one's attention without overwhelming. Overall, plenty of flavor but smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Fee
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An interesting northwest IPA with a malty finish. The beer Poor's with a strong foamy head. You can smell the pine presence and pick up on that along with a perfect malt finish. Great beer - a nice hoppy red ale.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Thick, medium, off white head. Lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells pine, malt, light citrus and earthy.

Tastes bready malt and pine. Fading to lightly citrus and earthy. Finishes dry with a pine linger medium body and smooth lower medium carbonation

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look-This NWPA pours a brilliant orange copper color with a one finger thick foamy head. The lacing is sparse, but thin and moist.

Smell-The aroma is full of pine and apricot, but I also get a caramel-based malt.

Taste-The flavor is bright and full of evergreen forest pine, citrus like apricot and orange peel zest, and then finishes with a hop resin coating. It has a well-balanced flavor and a great fizzy carbonation level. The alcohol content, 6.2%, gives an added bite to the pine. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, sticky, and juicy.

Overall-This is a great beer and is expertly crafted by our friends from Deschutes. Cheers!

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Photo of narwhal
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber color, medium light brown head without too much persistence, just a bit of lacing. Fantastic hops aroma - smells like a coniferous forest. Taste - dominant hops on the front, but surprisingly low aftertaste. The bottle suggests a "clean finish" and I get what they mean - goes down very easy for a pale ale. Delicious & highly drinkable.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear deep amber color with a nice beige head and great lacing. Piney smell. The taste is earthy with citrus and pine. Well balanced. Hint of bitterness in the finish. Very nice beer!

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Photo of ATCS
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a totally different taste and appearance. The favor is one the best IPA's I have ever experienced. In a chilled glass this beer is premium in favor with a fine looking head. My only complaint is I cannot find it in a half or pony keg size.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a more of a ruddy amber than a red, but it is a great color and slightly cloudy. It's got a little less than a finger of slightly creamy tan head. It has light retention but still manages to leave swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity sweet and floral. The taste is much the same with a little bitter hops on the finish. The body is lighter and easy drinking with just a slight tingle.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red check, bitter hops check. This is a great twist on the IPA. Has a decent nose of hops, very little head but what there is/was light brown. Overall good beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a very well-made pale ale, very northwestern indeed. Not overpowering with hops, but nicely balanced and full of flavor. A bit darker in color than a typical pale, but not quite as much as an amber or red. This should be a year-round offering.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an amber gold body with two-finger head that stuck around for awhile and left bits of lace. The aroma just pops out at you with a burst of citrusy hops. The beer itself, though, is mild and pleasant with a smoothness from minor malts that keep balance and then a pleasant hop burst that leads to a dry, clean finish.

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Photo of MFMB
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a deep red to orange with a decent amount of head. Nose is floral, herbal and pine. Taste of light sweet malt and corn with generous amounts of pine and floral notes. A bit of light citrus to taste also. Medium body, somewhat wet finish. Decent balance between malt and hops. Leaves a beautiful sticky lacing down the glass. It was a good beer.

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Photo of gopens44
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looker, just a slight hint of haze in an otherwise pretty clear, orange body. Head formed nicely. Maybe a little beige, foamy and good amount of lacing.

Nose is big vegetable, like cooked corn, until a little sweetly wrapped pine creeps in

Taste upfront has a nice piney bitterness with that vegetable thing happening slightly. Next up is a caramel sweetness that lingers along side the bitter finish, which exits on out with dryness and leaves a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish orange in color, slightly hazy. Bubbly head with minimal lacing. Aroma is orange and butterscotch with caramel malt. Floral notes. Flavor is citrus and pine, with herbal qualities as well. Well balanced with some caramel malt. Crisp and dry with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. A good beer overall.

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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 Ghrymm
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle.
A: Pours a light copper amber with a very thin white head and no lacing.
S: Sweet pine resin .
T: Malts and some bitterness from the hops.
F: Medium body
O: A ok Pale Ale somewhat sweet.

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Photo of RJLarse
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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Photo of jrsqc7
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber colour producing a decent head which fades rather too soon leaving light lacing.

Flavor is more malt forward than anything I'd associate with a pnw label. Malt is thankfully quite present if not dominant. Hops are quietly bitter, laying down a bass line with alternate high hat fruit notes. Carbonation is perfect.

Quite wonderful.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious but very different APA. Caramel, honey, toffee, sweetness, and some bitterness from the hops. Great beer and so different from the traditional APA that it deserves its own category.

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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 Eric_T_07
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm extremely biased with this review. I must say that this is one of my favorite beer, from my favorite style. I love pale ales, and Deschutes absolutely nails it on this one. Citrusy, Piney, and very crisp. As always, I'll be buying multiple 6pks.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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 SWOhio-aquifer
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't quite dial in on this one. Remember seeing ole dog drinking it a Storm's party back in the day. Montana weather, party and beer. Was offered but I thought it would be just another hoppy pale. I like. Will revisit once my palate comes back. I only sought this out based on reviews so I need to really sit down and take notes. On that quest of great pales. Realizing zombie dust wouldn't always be available had to find alts.

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Photo of akolb
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a tulip glass, BB 4/6/2017
Pours a bright gold. Aroma is floral and herbal with notes of candied orange. Orange comes through in the taste. Sweet caramel and bready malt background. Nice bitterness. A distinctive and strongly-flavored beer.

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Photo of pianoguy
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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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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