Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

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:
578
Ratings:
2,479
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
521
For Trade:
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 2,479
Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a beautiful deep copper with some haziness, great off-white head with solid retention and lacing. Moderately carbonated.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, resiny floral hops, malty bread notes all come through as well as hints of pine and caramel.

T: Slightly sweet caramel and bread, then grapefruit and great floral hop taste with a slight spiciness and some hop bitterness at the finish.

F: Medium bodied, not as carbonated as appearance would suggest. Very smooth and easy drinking in a good way.

O: One of my personal favorite APA's I truly wish this wasn't just a seasonal brew. The balance between the slightly sweet malts upfront and the bitter almost IPA hop finish are incredible.

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Photo of yetijosie
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer on tap (Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in El Paso TX) and it is excellent. Not too dry like the sierra nevada pale, not too bitter. Just the perfect balance of skunkiness and breadiness.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 7-16-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, somewhat lighter than average carbonation.

SMELL: grapefruit, bread and some pine.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, initially very sweet caramel and then grapefruit, finishes with a pleasantly mild, piney hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a nicely balanced beer, the sweet malt up front made the hops even more enjoyable on the back end, Deschutes is one of my top five brewers, I would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, citrus flowery
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing excellent – curtains covering inside of glass
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins slightly flowery then some malt appears; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper toned and mildly hazy from very minute flecks, this ale's fluffy, yellow-tan, head has superb retention, with sticky quick-drying chunky lace down pint glass' interior walls. Aromas are floral, resiny, piney, citrusy on the hop side and just barely caramel on the malt side. Perhaps a little diacetyl, although this I do not find in the taste. Maybe just a little on the aftertaste, but only under the tip of the tongue. Might be something else, but whatever it is not nasty or distracting, certainly not with the hop bitterness that abounds. The flavor profile is strong and balanced, but not too complex. Not really that bitter on front of palate, but it gets you in the back. Has a nice malty touch. To the taste, hops are slightly more brothy/vegetal/herbal/spicy than they are in the aroma, and as already mentioned, less complex, having lost much of the floral/fruity character detectable on the nose. Mouthfeel indicates a medium-bodied brew, mid-range carbonation, very smooth and very crisp. A wonderful drinker for drinkers.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a good light brown head with good retention. Leaves some excellent lacing.

Aroma is piney with citrus notes. Has some nice grassy and floral notes. Some slight, sweet caramel malts come through on.

Good balance of malts and fruitiness. Bready malts. A hint of the caramel is still there. Some light fruitiness on the back end.

Nice and crisp. Refreshing. Not too much carbonation.

Overall, a solid entry from Deschutes, but nothing out of the ordinary. A good APA.

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Photo of Mikus
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better pale ale for the price, clue me in. Finally found some with a date I like (5/29/15) and bought one to sample. Into the Spiegelau. A finger of fluffy, white head on top of a deep tangerine body, hints of red in the light. Light piney aromas, hint of grapefruit, clean and subtle with a hint of lemon grass or saffron. Nearly perfect for a PA. Balance is the word on flavor. Light grapefruit rind, citrus bitterness on the front. Mid palate has a nice lightly toasted malt base. Super clean. Perfect finish like a cool glass of lemonade on a summer's day. This may be my summer lawnmower beer. Hands down beats the pants off SNPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and Tilia. A: Brilliant Amber, 1” snow white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace. S: Citrus and grapefruit with some floral, fruit, melon. T: A rich, creamy fruit filled palate sweetened with light caramel that dries out with a grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish. M: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. The carbonation is very creamy and soft. O: A very drinkable American Pale Ale with character.

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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 lazy8
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro in chilled pint glass at The Diller Room in Seattle. Orange color with thick white head and heavy lacing due to nitro. Mild smell with more malt than hops. Well balanced with pronounced hop flavor. I tend to prefer bigger beers, but opted for this as it was available on nitro. I like it.

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Photo of Giesch
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
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 csheridan
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good! Smooth, enough hoppiness to notice, but not overpowering, and a little bit of citrus. Very nice...too bad it's only a seasonal, could definitely drink this one year round!

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Photo of Beerma
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

good smooth beer. Didn't think I would like it not usually my type of beer but this one was really good. Only got a sample before it sold out! Little disappointed would have liked to get more.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Boy just outside of Harrisburg Pa. What a perfect pale ale. This one is so dialed in with hops and malt. Sweet, no bitterness and full in body. Absolute delight.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So, so good. A beautiful beer. Malt, hops, citrus nicely orchestrated, hitting that palate at different times. Complex yet smooth. Much more than a watered down IPA. This is amazing stuff. The kind of beer that makes my knees buckle and shout profanities.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I know. A lucky customer can snag a 12-pack of this at the supermarket for as cheap as $12.99 (but usually a bit more), making it in Seattle *the* best beer that one can buy in terms of quality to price point. Significant head dissipates to a enduring lace around the edges. Strong and sweet slate of light malt, lightly toasted, is prominent. Fruity, but not citrusy or cannabisy, aromas--saffron?-- and taste of hops balance the flavor but don't dominate. One of my ATF beers, which I buy regularly, and this tasting hasn't changed that perception a bit. Easy drinking and a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of IronLover
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and a deep hazw. Poured with an off white foam. Both soapy and tight, frothy bubbles and medium retention. Medium high hop aroma: tangerine, herbal mint, spicy. Medium sweet malt aroma beneath. Medium bodied with creamy, medium high carbonation. Light, pleasant, warming sensation beneath. Medium high hop flavors and bitterness: earthy herbal mint and orange zest. Medium low maltiness. Balance certainly tips toward the hop side but not too drastically. Finished dryly with a light minty, herbal hop aftertaste. A well constructed, well balanced, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear amber with a couple fingers of off-white head. slight sediment in the bottle adds a bit of haze in the final pour

Smell: Fresh sweet citrus, flowers, and pine hops

Taste: A melding of clean sweetness with fresh citrus and floral hops character, with a brief acidic spice somewhere in the middle. Relatively little bitterness for the amount of hops character. No off-notes or unpleasant flavors whatsoever.

Feel: Thin to medium body, moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easy.

Overall: Weird as it might sound, this was basically what I was expecting - A very pleasant, balanced and easy-drinking (india) pale ale. The hops has strong aromatic and flavor characteristics without inducing the amount of bitterness one might expect of an IPA. Just a smidge on the sweet side, but I still love it. Glad I picked up a sixer of this one.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a cloudy umber color that has a slightly off white head and a more than decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is decently spicy and floral but not strong. you have to stick your nose all hte way in the glass to smell it.

The taste is OK and has a nice malty body with a slightly off balanced hop finish. Could be better.

The mouthfeel is also OK and not remarkable.

Overall they could do better. This beer is drinkable but not exceptional.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/12/15 - Finley Dunnes (Chicago) Draft - Decent offering - liked the citrus smell and taste. Hops were light, the texture was very light. Nice beer to complement a meal, but less strong in taste and strength than I typically look for in an pale ale. Good beer.

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Photo of JWU
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes pint glass.

A- A clear amber with a slight red hue. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet citrus mixed with a nice toasted biscuity malt base. Some fruity ale esters and a touch of pine.

T- Follows the nose. A pop of orange melds into the malt base which tastes toastier the further into the sip you get. Some fruity notes, slightly tropical, and a touch of pine of a nicely bitter (but not over the top) and dry finish.

M- higher side of medium carbonation, likely from the bottle conditioning, smoooooth for days.

O- This stuff is fantastic. Had a 6er of it last year, and sought out a case this year.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single into an imperial pint glass

A: reddish amber, big 2 finger off white head that sticks around for quite a while
S: bready and caramel malts, balance between pine and citrus hops...not a huge pungent nose, with the malt actually dominant.
T: superbly balanced, with layers of velvety bready malts, each layer balanced with a really nice hoppy bitterness that is a little more in the direction of pine and resin, but has a kiss of juicy tangerine; nothing that is in your face or grabbing your lapels...just really inviting and delicious.
M: medium carbonation, a little chewy and a solid body (for the style), both lively and mellow, a pleasant and moderate amount of bitterness that lingers a bit.

overall: a go-to-beer every late winter/early spring. Absolutely love it. And love the label/name!

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looking clear amber color with a finger of off white head; A decent amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tropical and citrus hops balanced out with bready malts; A hint of pine for good measure

Taste: Tropical fruits hit my palate upfront, followed by citrus. Then comes the bready malt mid palate, but the citrus hops maintains throughout with waves of flavor bouncing back and forth between citrus and bready malt

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium mouthfeel; Substantial bitterness, crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation

Overall: Hands down one of the better pale ales iv had. It has all the fruity hops you want in an APA, but also has a wonderful bready backbone that carries the flavors through the finish. I like my pale ales to be a subdued version of a juicy IPA, and thats exactly what this is. In fact, this is basically the little brother of fresh squeeze. Deschutes has been gradually rising towards the top as one of my favorite breweries since they started distributing in my state about a year ago, and this is another reason why.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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