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
Ratings:
2,584
Reviews:
606
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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157
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566
For Trade:
2
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I find red chairs in my living room to be a bit gaudy... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needles, grapefruit zest, orange peel, a touch of tangerine, and a hint of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, slightly rindier than before, but still pretty bright and enjoyable. A bit of grass is tossed in for good measure. Thee body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best Deschutes offering I've yet had.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dechutes Red Chair was more of a Red/Amber Ale than a APA. The beer poured a clear amber color with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was malty and on the sweeter side. There was not much presence of hops. The taste to me was a amberish type beer....not much bitterness, but a good sweet malt base with hints of caramel. The mouthfee was medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its a fine amber ale....if I'm judging this as a APA, then it was dissappointing. I was expecting a hopped up red...

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exciting times to finally have Deschutes available at my local. 12oz bottle with a best by July poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with 3 fingers white froth that fades back leaving soapy lace.

The smell is floral and herbal almost to the point where it is minty and with orange zest and lemon rind notes. Simply, inviting and enjoyable.

The taste has a pleasant herbal hop flavor and caramel grain presence. A touch of orange rind fruitiness, to pulp and pith that gets mildly lemony without much bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. A bounty of hop flavoring that finishes a touch dusty and vegetative but otherwise solid. A pale I could throw back in quantity quite effortlessly.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Red Chair IPA that was discontinued from the Bond Street Ales. That brew had a ton of hop flavor with subtle hop bitterness and was labeled an IPA I guess it shook up the Pacific Northwest brewing scene a bit too much. This is the newly released Red Chair NWPA. Appears a bright copper with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling slow, leaves fine speckled lacing down the sides of my Otter Creek fluted pils glass. Aroma has bitter citrus peels with a fruity floral component. Complex hops very nice offering from Deschutes the flavor really explodes with a nice rolling hop bitterness and citrus zest. A mild fruity sweentess comes through but mainly citrus zest, floral hops, and earthy herbal hops. Hoppier than most IPAs, I don't get it they made an IPA that tasted like a pale and now a pale ale as hoppy as an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice with slick hop oils medium bodied not heavy, carbonation rolls on without a problem. Extremely drinkable a solid beer that I wouldn't mind more access to another fine session ale from the folks at Deschutes, thanks Geof.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Poured into a Nonic pint glass from the bottle. Thanks to colts9016 for the trade!

Pours gold out of the bottle with a nice simple off white three finger head . Real solid retention sitting on a great orange amber body with some slight cloudyness. Minimal lacing is noticeable, and small rising carbonation from the bottom.

Great grass and sweet malts, small hint of stemmed fruit possibly cherry. Feels a little arid. Real pleasant nose actually, just good.

Taste is a straight forward malt, but then a spicey bittering hop in the mid palate. Good bread finish on the swallow. Much to enjoy here.

A good simple Pale ale good good good. Drinkability is mighty fine with me. Don't know what else I can say.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice robust pale ale with good hearty tones. Lots of hop action, in a pale ale fashion, but not obliterating the palate. This is a nice drinker. I bet it'd be nice on cask. And, I bet if I had a very fresh sample, I would enjoy it even more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - Best by 04/09/16:

Pours hazed orange amber with a creamy lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus with caramelized bread and a hint of peppery spice.

The taste of citrus and caramelized dough intermingle. The is a floral/spicy dryness in the clean finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

This is a well-balanced, juicy, easy-drinking APA. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch, bone-white head on a beautiful looking hazy orange/light red colored body. this head retention throughout with a collar. Splishy splashy lacing all over.

S- Citrus on the nose, oranges.

T Mellow sweet citrus...again more with the the orange specific citrus, maybe some grapefruit. Yeasty notes detected, unfiltered perhaps? Would guess less than the stated ABV of 6.4%

M- Medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation with seems to work well here.

D/O- Damn easy drinking pale ale here. Recommended for pale ale fans looking for something new. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of resin, caramel malt, sweet malt, tea, earthiness, slight piney hops, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of resin, caramel malt, sweet malt, tea, alcohol, slight yeast, earthiness, slight piney hops, and spicy hops. Overall, good body, appearance, and feel, but blend favors the alcohol unfavorably.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,584 ratings.
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