Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BA SCORE
4.1/5
2,589 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,971
Reviews:
607
Ratings:
2,589
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
569
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,589 |  Reviews: 607
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 devilfluff
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/22/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty glowing amber with a slight haze; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are subtle and faint citrus notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. There's a nice amount of caramel in the mix. Subtle bread notes. Flavors are very zesty. Very sharp and crisp. Great bitterness. Lots of pine needles and some pine resin. More citrus. Maybe some rye or black pepper in the mix? Grass is there giving it an earthy feel. Malts are there, but clearly take a backseat. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation; creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is pretty refreshing.

Very nice pale ale right here. The craftsmanship really sells this beer for me.

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

Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I had this three of these while visiting Bar Genrika in Boise. The bartender recommended it and he was spot on.

Served a classic Imperial Pint glass for only $4.50 (!), the beer was red/amber with a sticky beige head.

It had an inviting aroma of lightly roasted malts and some pine.

The taste tracks the smell. Good interplay between the sweet caramel malts and the hops. There is also an earthy element that I really liked,

The beer went well with the great Basque food that they serve at this great little spot.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is an exceptional one. My second Deschutes tasting this week and it is good (better than the porter).

It opens and pours as a red ale (almost), with not a lot of head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little weak but pleasant. The taste is a slightly over dark (bitter) pale ale - rich and robust, yet balanced enough to be very drinkable. You could session this.

The aftertaste is more like an IPA. All around, this is a major winner.

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Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop dense crisp creamy whipped off white colored frothy goodness... Really good retention... Once receded there is a full veil of rich creamy lacing... The color is a light and warm inviting caramel... There are some pale straw color undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation throughout... A slight film and a good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A stellar aroma from the get go... Equal parts citrusy hop goodess and fresh whole flower hops... This sits atop a rock solid malty base of bread, toffee and caramel... Simple, straight forward and uber effective...

T - Exactly as the nose would lead one to believe... The hops are the first to arrive on the palate... They take on a mix of citrus and pine which were in perfect harmony... The malt base is rock solid... There are notes of graham cracker pie crust, toffee and caramel... A very subtle and refreshing ginger presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth and sturdy... Moderate carbonation... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - This is an absolutely stellar American Pale Ale... Equal parts hops and malt... I don't have a single bad thing to say about this brew... This one ends up being much more than the sum of its glorious parts... If this were a year round offering, it would be in my fridge with regularity...

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Photo of denver10
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark amber with a thumbs width white head that started to dwindle just as soon as I put the glass down. Great lacing. A delicious aroma; sweet citric heaven. One of the best grapefruit aromas I have come across from any beer, like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and put it right up to my nose. Sharp, pointy, crisp. Flavor is just as good with the marriage between malt and hops. A light caramel malt base alongside a wonderful hit of ruby red grapefruit. There is a very balanced layer of piney bitterness throughout. A very crisp, silky mouthfeel aided by the carbonation. Wow, this is a great beer. Extremely balanced, extremely drinkable, extremely good. I can't get enough of this one and can't believe its only seasonal. I could drink this 365 without any problems. So damn good.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright copper with enormous meringue-like head that jiggles. Nose has fresh bready components, citrus, and tingly herbal notes. Nice balance of biscuity toasty flavors with citrusy hops. Light bodied and incredibly drinkable. Hides alcohol well.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 05/05/11. My bottle says 6.2% ABV

Very nice looking pour into my pint glass

Nose is really nicely balanced. I get the pine and citrus hops, but I get the semi dark malts as well. Flavor brings on more of the malt, but citrusy hops stay present. Bitter finish lingers, but is nice. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: Ruby tinted golden; poured with a large creamy head.

S: Caramel malt reminiscent of an amber ale. Earthy, pungent citrus; a bit floral. Very nice.

t: Sweet candy like caramel, beautiful. Flowery, tingly citrus provides great balance. Awesome.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Wow, what a great beer! Perfectly drinkable with incredibly complimentary balance between the malt and hop profiles.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been slamming this for years, surprised, like with Mirror Pond, I hadn't taken the time to voice my opinion.
Best by 03MAY12
Lovely amber with a couple fingers of tannish foam leaving webbed lace. Smells of pine, sweet grapefruit and more pine. A sincerely PNW aroma here. Flavor has a good bite up front with cameos from the hops in the substance of weed and, imagine, pine. The malts are nice and solid sans sweetness. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer and particularly a fun treat to look forward to annually - we'd be spoiled to have this beer all the time.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via Country Fresh Market in a DT snifter. This nice APA pours a brilliant, glowing, reddish amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit, caramel malt, toast, brown sugar, and leafy bittering hops. Flavors pass the nose with sweet caramel and honey notes that have a striking blow of grapefruit and leafy / flowery bittering hop flavor that lingers on the aftertaste. Flavors start sweet with a great backbone and then give way to a leafy flavor that out weighs the grapefruit and lingers long on the palate. Good carbonation makes for a smooth crisp mouth feel with a clean finish. Solid brew from a solid brewery.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,589 ratings
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