Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

586 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: 586 | Ratings: 2,515
Photo of jrsqc7
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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 tjwarren
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm extremely biased with this review. I must say that this is arguably 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 Salt-n-Beer
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -1.2%
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 -2%
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 +11.2%
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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Photo of kitschiguy
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Deep, clear copper colour with a big head after a vigorous pour - lots of lacing.

Lots of malt on the nose - dried fruit, orange peel - quite nice.

Palate is quite complex - malty with bread, dried fruit etc but I found the bitterness right at the end a little harsh. Slightly astringent. The beer might not be in the best condition as its nearing it's sell by date.

Mouth is good - medium bodied. Finishes quite crisp but I didn't like the harsh bittereness.

Pretty good and recommended for the style

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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 Caveworm
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and off-white, with sheen lacing, and a hazed deep reddish amber body.

Smells like nice and fresh "pine" hops with a lighter touch of citrus with what I assume is the malts mentioned on the labeling.

I taste a nice blend of citrus, pine, with a slightly sweet finish compliments of that malt blend.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery with a 4.25 . Its too bad this bottle wasn't fresher, but I'm still thoroughly enjoying this brew

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pint at a pizza parlor (Mellow Mushroom) was from a nitro tap. The beer was quite tasty, made smooth by the nitro. I'm an IPA drinker, but amlearning to appreciate red ales with hop.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ByronDBeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark orange / brown / copper color, a bit hazy, with 1 finger head, looks nice.
S: Citrus- orange/lemon, also could be apple/peachy
T: Citrus based/apple, peachy, matches nose. Maybe light sweet hops but nothing too distinct. Follows with some woody/bready flavor, nice malt backbone. Quite balanced and pleasant to drink, but lacks finish.
F: Moderate mouthfeel, medium body.

O: Nice pale ale, not too hoppy and balanced, but lacks a finish.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this add a twelve pack on sale from dry tavern beer distributor. I've always thought Deschutes Porter is the best, so I thought I'd give this a try.... on sale nonetheless! Wow! Great offering. Well balanced on everything one wants in a pale ale.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a nice murky red with a one finger head. I immediately identified this beer as great after the first swallow, although hoppy beers usually aren't my favorite. It's a nice grapefruit taste, perfectly hopped. Love it!

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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 vikinggary28
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured two 12 oz bottles into my trusty glass mug. Colour is amber/copper with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells hoppy and floral with citrus. Tastes smooth hops and a slight bit fruity. Goes down very smooth. Prost!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Lighter amber color almost leaning a little more towards copper gold, a creamy slightly tan head and lots of fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, quite a bit of pine, little bit of tropical fruit followed by a graininess.

T: Floral hops, a nice bit of pine, a somewhat rough graininess and fairly strong bitterness for a pale ale, but overall a very nice drinking beer.

F: Medium carbonation and a fairly creamy body, but still pretty easy drinking.

O: A very nice American Pale Ale that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of schematix
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper. No head formed.

S: Definitely malt forward. Hop character is lower than expected.

T: Sweet malt and fruity hop flavors turn into a strikingly smooth finish.

M: More aggressively carbonated than many similar beers. The mouth feel is full and pillowy soft.

O: Good beer. Not sure i'd buy again among an ever increasing array of options.

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Photo of matcris
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A slightly hazy, red/amber in color. Finger plus of thick, creamy khaki head that lingers and finally settles to a still thick collar. Great lacing down the glass. Hard to see what the carbonation is doing.
AROMA: Overall mild but smells very good. Mostly citrus, a little pine, and I swear there's a peach in there somewhere, too. Some nice caramel malt.
TASTE: Bready, caramel, citrus. Has a very pleasant sweetness to it and just a slight bitter note for balance.
FEEL: Medium body, nice solid amount of carbonation, slightly stick feel but then things dry up nicely on the finish.
OVERALL: Really nice tasting and balanced PA. Nice bready, caramel sweetness combined with some subtle hop notes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in an earthy sullen orange and yellow. Off white 1/2" head. Aroma was mild grains, not as hoppy as hoped for.

Taste, another mild pale ale, bitterness seems lower than ibu advertised, which is actually a good thing. Approaches balance with its soft touches. Lightly toasted pale malts, relatively light hop bill. This is a bit like a less bitter mirror pond with a lighter malt bill. Some mild citrus and pine hop notes.

Noticed the longevity of the hop flavor is pretty short.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color.

Overall: The aroma is a sweet citrus. Hops give this brew a flavor that is citrusy and piney. The malt is slightly nutty and the hops give it a hint of a peach flavor. Even with all the flavors going on in this beer, they combine very smoothly. This is an ale that’s hard to put down. Another notable accomplishment from Deschutes. Everyone of their beers are great!

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Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale malted entry. The definition of pale with these malts. The pale malts fade to the background to provide a slightly sweet malt backbone. There is some bitterness that I pick up about mid palate with some back end bitterness. The hops are slightly piney, evergreen-like, feels fresh. Mild, white pepper spiciness. Touch of grapefruit. Some resin stickiness from the hops. Bitterness loiters a bit. There is not much complexity to the bitters in this brew, pretty straight forward. This beer is a little too malty for me, it takes the drinkability down a notch for me. I liked this brew a lot last year, no as much this year.

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Photo of ebin6
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My personal favorite pale ale, Red Chair is distinct in several ways. This unfiltered brew pours light red with some inevitable sediment to cloud it up. The nose and taste combine a hint of citrusy and piney hops. Drinks easy for the 6+% ABV. A beer I look forward to yearly, just as much as the "big" beer releases.

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Photo of cfitzsimmons
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 7 May 2016. Poured into 16oz pint glass.
Look: Clear amber with 1 finger of head.
Aroma: Floral and hoppy
Taste: Citrus and clean. Not too sweet and not too strong of a hop profile.
Feel: Good body, not too much carbonation.
Overall: One of my favorite seasonal beers!

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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