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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 CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

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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 Topher78
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Nice mid-yellow with 1 finger white head, dissipating quickly. Small carbonation and good lacing

S - Grassy nose with undertones of citrus (orange, lemon)

T - Quite a bit maltier than expected out of the usual lighter APAs. Lots of caramel and toffee. A touch unbalanced against the fruity hops.

M - Light and decently creamy, a touch too sticky due to the malt sweetness.

D - Easy drinking APA. I would think this is more appropriate for a spring/summer release but tastes just the same in the winter!

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with RWNEWHOUSE
Best by date of 5/11/12 my. My bad...missed that date on bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a real nice looking hazy orange color with an absolute huge white fluffy head. The head was a good four finger size and left a ton and I mean a TON of lacing behind. The head settles down to a light fluff floating on top of my beer. I love the color of this beer. It's very enticing to say the least.

Smell: Right off the bat orange peel smacks me in the face. It's like a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. This is followed by a piney and floral hop presence but I must mention that the hop nots are light on the nose. Very nice nose

Taste: Wow what a well balanced beer here. There is the slight hop bite mixed with orange and mango fruitiness. There is a breadiness and toasted character found in it also. I am also finding a caramel taste in it that seems to add a background sweetness that is super enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: I find this beer to be super creamy in the mouth. It almost feels as though I squirted whipped cream in my mouth and have that creamy feeling left behind. The carbonation is moderate at best and I believe this adds to the creamy feeling of this beer.

Overall: I true pleasure to drink this one. I mean I could sit back and put away quite a few of these. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet or fruity either. Just an absolute perfect balance to be able to enjoy any time. I know this one was past it's prime according to the best by date but it's excellent IMO even three months past said date.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed: 5/14/14

previous quick rating of 4.25 on 2/16/14

Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P-cool label with a old style chair lift 4.25

A- Hazy light orange thin tan head and good lacing. beautiful 4.25

S- cone (?) hops, mild citrus and something slightly sweet 4.25

T- bitter and mild, good hop character, good balance, mild and smooth 4.5

M- flavor-full but not overpowering. refreshing 4.0

D- very easy on the palate and smooth 4.5

O- great beer, love that the style is almost regional 4.25

thanks to the gang at Doc Watson's for suggesting this one, bought some for the house

(Special Review 4/16 for my Holiday)

Highly recommend ---- J

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Photo of plfahey
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold to amber in color and relatively clear. Moderately large off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Pleasant bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, and piney pacific northwest hops. Some bready and caramel malt apparent as well.

Flavor-Some bready and caramel malt. The hop flavors on this are excellent-perfumy, grapefruit, piney, citrus, and a bit floral. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation. Relatively smooth, no astringency. Feels like it could use a bit more carbonation though.

This is a great pale ale, with some very nice west coast hop flavors. Personally I'd like a little more malt in the backbone, but it's quite good. Awesome flavor, but not so huge as to overwhelm the palate-I could easily drink several of these.

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

This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.

Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/4/13

A: Clear amber body. Generous soapy head and excellent retention.

S: Nice notes of malt and hops.

T: Awesome balance. Fantastic fresh hop flavors with a malt backbone.

M: Drinks great. Good levels of carbonation, medium-bodied. I'd knock these back with fervor.

O: I love their Mirror Pond and this is just as good, if not better.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium amber/red brown with minor lacing and low head. Not any visible carbonation.

S- more sweet than hoppy. Orange, floral, and toast

T- Not as malty as it looks but much more sweet malts than hops. I wouldn't personally see this as an APA but good in its own way. Bread, banana, grapefruit, some pineapple and bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel and nothing of note

O- a lot of pale ales fight between hoppy and malts and this one is clearly leaning toward malt. A unique sweetness with some bitterness for a PA and worth a taster or glass. Not sure if I would ever buy more than that for this one.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale!

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Photo of dubinsky
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautifully clear amber/copper color with a one finger fluffy ivory colored head with good retention. Lacing is very spotty.

S - Huge bouquet of citrus and orange with a strong malt backbone. Pine is very subtle in the background.

T - Very tasty. I have loved this beer since i first tried it. This bottle is a bit old, brewed in April, and i feel the hops have lost their potency, but i still really enjoy this beer. It was better fresh, but aged fairly well. Orange and citrus with a nice pine bite. I find the malts more prevalent now than i did when i drank the first five bottles of my six pack.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - This review comes a bit late, as its almost 5 months old, but i cant help but love this beer. I hope its brewed again. A winner in my book. Very drinkable. So drinkable that i didnt want to drink the last one.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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 StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold to amber in color into my pint glass with a solid two fingers of tight head, good retention and a touch of lacing.

S - Grainy malts, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel sweetness, maybe it's just the grassy hops, but there is a little funk to it.

T - Grainy malts, grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit bite, a bit of toast and biscuit, and almost a clove like spice on the finish. Very different/interesting.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice medium body and well balanced.

D - This certainly isn't my new favorite APA, but it's kind of different and easy to drink. Might be an interesting one to try with some different food or cheese pairings.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear golden amber orange. The medium sized light tan head left plenty of lacing.

Smell is mango and pine. Big and nice. More subtlety is need though, but I still liked it.

Taste is almost perfect mellow. Citrus upfront, a hint of sweet in the middle, and lightly bitter on the finish.

Test is light and smooth, as it should be, but it has more body and punch than some IPAs I have had. Was looking for a little easier drinking.

A great beer, as mentioned, it's as bold or more so than some IPAs, and while it has great flavor and feel, I still wanted it a little lighter.


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Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to slight amber color. Nice off white tight full head.

Light sweet citrus fruit aroma apricot, orange, and resiny pine.

Tropical fruit flavor. Mango, tangerine, and a nice spicy character. Maybe a bit peppery. Some the caramel toasty sweet malt to give it nice rounded flavor profile.

Good creamy smooth mouthfeel. Little bitter bite nice mellow malt flavor. Nothing to complain about here. Well rounded delicious brew. Comes off as your standard pale ale with a fruity hop kick, but not bitter enough to be an IPA.

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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 gkunkle
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a 2 finger white head. Head has dang good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Smell contains both hops and malts. Taste is smooth for an APA, starts with the hops in the front of the tongue then moves to the malts in the middle. Deschutes tried to emphasize the malts in this one, it's a really good argument for a great APA that doesn't have a jr IPA. The balance leans a little more to the malty side, but it still seems "right" the finish contains some bitterness from the malt and hops but the after taste seems clean. Mouthfeel is perfect for an APA with this flavor profile, just a hair heavier than a hoppy APA, but it still has good carbonation. Drinkability is great, this is something I would share with my friends who have just recently gotten their foot in the door of craft beer. Bravely done Deschutes!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a two finger off-white head and a bit of lacing to boot. Smell is piney with some citrus and some sweet bread malts. Taste is well balanced in a bittersweet sorta way. Sweet bready caramel notes with a bitter citrus grapefruit kick. Finish is mainly bitter with some earth tones. Mouth feel is medium bodied smooth and well carbonated. Has a wet hoppy finish. Overall this is a damn good beer. First time having it. At 1.99 for the bottle it was money well spent. If I see it again I just might pick up a couple more bottles.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It has a rich copper color. Not much head, but what there is clings well to the side of the glass.

S: Excellent aroma. Really a great treatment of the hops - floral and orange-lemon. Some piney notes. A hint of sweet malt and honey.

T: Great balance of the bitterness of hops and the sweetness of the malt and tartness of the citrus character. Less over-powering than the typical IPA or double IPA offering.

M: Well-carbonated. A refreshing, drinkable beer.

O: Deschutes has managed to thread the needle by retaining the hoppy soul of a NW IPA, but in a genuinely refreshing, tasty package. Nice beer to enjoy after hitting the slopes.

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Photo of rarigney
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark copper with a tan head, nice lacing. Floral citrusy aroma. Nicely balanced, easy drinking APA. Another fantastic offering from Deschutes Brewery.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours just over a fonger of off-white eggshell foam, body is a bright golden orange color, lots of bubbles rising within the body. Great striped lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Sweet citrus, slight tropical, plums, fruitcake.

Taste - Much like the nose, sweet malts, light citrus of orange and ruby red grapefruit, I also get bits of pineapple and plum, there is also a slight flavor of breadcrusts, and finishes with semisweet citrus pith, and maybe a touch of peach pit. No alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium as the flavors are full but not sharp or overpowering. Carb is nearly medium and silky smooth, it foams just a bit as it goes over the tongue, and has a few nice edges at the sides of the tongue, just cleansing the sweeter flavors and allows it to finish slightly bitter and dry.

Overall - Really a nice and flavorful beer. Smooth, extremely drinkable, and plenty of good flavor. Nice transition from semi-sweet to slightly bitter and dry, begging the next sip. Would love to try this one again, nearly sessionable at 6.2%.

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

Traded for this with miikezombie(Thanks)

Best by 4/28/11

A-Nice frothy head! Dark amber color and after drinking half the beer, decent lacing.

S-I first get a VERY floral scent(actually reminds me of Flower Power, crazy considering this is a Pale Ale), a malty smell and some pine and hops.

T-malty at first, with the hops, piney taste coming in at the end.

M-nice medium mouthfeel, very smooth brew.

D-This taste more like a 5% beer, than a 6.4%. If I could get this in Ohio, I'd buy a lot of it.

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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 velosuds
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit 3/11/2013: changed appearance from 4 to 4.25 and smell from 3.5 to 4.25 based upon having on tap yesterday and from the bottle tonight. My esteem for this beer has risen. The aroma on tap was wonderfully fragrant - more NW IPA than NWPA, but the taste (probably should increase this rating too) is outstanding. This is my favorite APA. I have only one regret about this beer - it is only available seasonally.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 7/28/2011.

A-Pours a deep golden, almost orange color with a two finger, off-white head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S-A citrus hop bouquet from a judicious use of Cascade and Centennial hops. I would favor more aroma, but it is appropriate for style.

T-Very well balanced. Bitter hops are supported by a pleasantly smooth, bready malt backbone followed with a slight hop twang in the finish. Very nice. Delicious.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Light and refreshing. 7 different malts provide an amazingly luscious feel.

O-This "debut Northwest Pale Ale" is very good. My only regret is that it is a seasonal. Very easy drinking. I could readily enjoy a whole six pack on a hot summer day into evening. One of my favorite APAs.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,481 ratings.
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