Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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91
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604 Reviews
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:
604
Ratings:
2,571
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
565
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 604 | Ratings: 2,571
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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 beertunes
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upfront let me say that I like this beer better than the numbers show. I don't think it's a Pale Ale, it's more like an IPA Light. So compared to regular Pales, it doesn't show well.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orange-amber color with just under an inch of light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, more than most pales, with the hint of malt in the nose way in the background. The taste was a bit more balanced, the malt was more forward, but still hop dominant.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice hop bite at the back. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see myself drinking several of these in a day.

Overall, a very nice beer that would be better served being named differently, style-wise.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Best by 4/11/13

A- This beer has a deep copper clear body with an oatmeal tan head that is thin and sticks to the glass in rings. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glides to the surface.

S- The woody hops aroma is full with notes of mint and unripe tropical fruit in the finish.

T- The full dry dark woody herbal hops has some pale biscuit malt underneath before the full mellow pungent hop finish. The pungency lingers with just a hint of bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a full hop profile with nice depth and it has a pale hop quality so it is very sessionable with out make my tongue go hop numb. This must be a classic NW hops brew.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a shaker. Dense, off-white head over a light amber body with some suspended particulate matter.

S: Classic NW hops. A little piney, some grapefruit. As the head settles down there's a little sweetness in the aroma, some light bready notes, and just the faintest bit of butter.

T: Very neutral on the front of the tongue. Bready malts dominate in the mid-palate, and a clean bitterness as you swallow. Finish brings back a bit of the maltiness.

M: Carbonation is spot on for the style. Just a little oily. Finishes quite clean.

O: This is currently one of my go-to beers. It's tasty, highly drinkable. The hops are nicely displayed, but it's not palate-destroying, and you can have a couple of them in a night without overdoing things. My only real complaint is that it isn't a year-round beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: personal system goes in whole numbers)

12oz bottle, best by 5/8/2013, poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed 2/21/2013

Aroma: I get a nice bready pale malt- sweet biscuits, caramel, toffee mixed in with hints of grapefruits. It's nothing super strong, nor is it anything special for pale ales. (3)

Colour: A very nice cloudy copper body that pours with a dense 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is consistent and somewhat sticky. Nothing special for a pale ale, but neither is it a bad looking beer. (3)

Flavour: Starts off with a really nicely balanced mix of the pale malts just like in the nose along with a citrus/grapefruity bitterness that really takes over near the end. I give this brew credit for staying balanced initially and then staying true to the west coast brewing tradition by giving a hop kick at the end. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nice, crisp, dry yet refreshing with great carbonation. Medium bodied on the light side, not terribly sticky at all. Fairly easy to quaff and the aftertaste is a bit bitter for a pale ale and is a bit closer to an IPA but not being quite bitter enough. Really nice to drink. (4)

Overall: Not bad at all, a well-put together APA that straddles the line with the IPA. It's got the balance I like in my pale ales but shows its Pacific Northwest roots by giving my palate a punch on the arm, so to speak. While its nice that they are distributing to Chicago (easy to drive down to get it for me being in Wisconsin), I think I would rather have Alpha King if I want a nice hoppy pale ale- it does what this beer does but quite a bit better, and I can still get it in Wisconsin. Otherwise, for the style, it's a nicely done effort by Deschutes. (4)

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

Pours a brilliant copper with a billowing cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, fresh cut grass, pine, and muted citrus begin the aroma profile. Dank cannabis and floral notes add depth.

Citrus is more prevalent in the flavor, with grapefruit underlying a lightly toasted malt backbone. Grassy and resiny hops take over mid palate, and the finish is slightly bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I don't recall having a beer that smells so much of fresh hops. The bitterness is just a touch more than I prefer, but a great brew. The more of it I drink, the more hollow it tastes.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very foamy giving me a 1+ inch of sticky head and the color looks like a red ale a very deep red copper color, not very pale at all.
S - Smell has some bready malts, touch of caramel, a bit of wheat and a fairly good dose of grainy character. Hope the hops cover this up.
T - Wow this is very aggressively grainy, not as balanced as I hoped. It does have a nice level of hops and malts but it comes off like a Pilsner with harsh dry grains. I don't like it.
M - Not bad it drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall it was far from disgusting and easy enough to put away but after enjoying Mirror Mirror I don't understand why this has a higher rating. Far from a tasty pale ale.

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Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is an amber tone with a two finger head. The smell has pine, citrus hops, some malts. Red Chair has a taste of resin coated hops, bread, malts, some orange and other light citrus flavors. MF is medium-fall, with great carbonation. In summary, this is a very nice APA and I wish that I could get this back home in CT.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for the bottle. Thanks Chris.

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange bodied beer with an almost copper like hue. One solid finger of off white head. Sticky lacing thats better than spotty. Thin cap remains on the beer during the entire time I am drinking the beer.

Smell: lightly sweet yet bready malts. Very orangy citrus hops. Maybe a hint of grassy and pine.

Taste: mild hops bitterness. Its orange and lemon hops upfront. You get some fruity notes and a touch of bready sweetness in the middle. Finishes with more oranges; also a hint of mild grapefruit and pine notes. Really balanced flavors in this beer!

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Deschutes always nails the mouthfeel on thier beers! This one has a nice creamy and the carbonation has that really nice soft / delicate feel to it. Really drinkable APA here!

Overall: This is a really great APA. Love the orange notes the hops impart on this beer. The mouthfeel feel is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a recent trade with bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre! Best before 1st April 2010, consumed 12 Feb

The pour is gorgeous, a mostly clear bronze with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It almost looks like a cask pour.

The nose is rich and perfumey with citrus hop character, a delicate floral, jasmine-like character. The malt character is also quite delicious, toasty, caramel-like, working quite well with the floral and citrus character. Quite like a nice marmalade on toast, this smells great.

The palate opens with plenty of bitterness, some orange and citrus rind, and a great hop flavor. Fruity and hoppy, there's some malt character noticeable, toasty, caramel-like and mildly sweet. Drying on the finish with a light sweetness and a lingering bitterness, a touch of alcohol is perceived as well. This is solid stuff. Bigger in body than I care for in an APA (medium-light) with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is enjoyable, though not quite sessionable due to the ABV.

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Photo of bark
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth and quite dry. Mellow hoppy growing bitterness, red fruits and berries. Citric marmalade. Juicy sweet flavours.

The taste is a fine blend of smooth red grapefruits, bitter marmalade, fruit candy and a touch of rye bread. Elegant medium strong bitter flavours and clean sweetness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some caramel, fruits and berries (oranges, apricots, mango, lemon curd. Smooth bitter-sweet flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, lots of small long lived bubbles. The liquid is light and mid-smooth.

A solid and extremely smooth APA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so happy to find some Deschutes beers at my local Jewel grocery stores!

Clear copper and bronze color and some nice tiny bubbling making its way to the top. Two finger head and a strong film of foam and nice lacey stickage from the light tan colored foam.

Resiny hops and toasty, bready, biscuity malt aromas. Smells like a pretty good APA.

Piney and citrus hop flavors mixed with syrupy biscuits upfront. Well toasted malt and hop bittereness that lingers, but does not overpower. The baance is a little more hops than malt overall, but that being said, I'd this is a very well balanced APA. The malts and hops each have there influence on your tasted buds and palate. Pretty easy to drink this 6.4% abv. beer.

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

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull orangeish and dark yellow color, egg shell colored head. Aroma was fair for a pale ale.

Taste, a delicate pale, can't tell its anywhere near 60ibu, aspects of grapefruit to it. A good pale, but really nothing identifiable to it I would figure in a blind test. Balanced, easy to drink. I like the mirror pond pale ale they make moreso. In the bottles I've had, the hops fade pretty quick on this one, a good amount of variation, not too sturdy.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm...World Beer Awards Best Beer 2010 & 2012 - a must try!
12oz bottle pours amber with excellent clarity and is topped with a rocky, off-white head that holds good retention & leaves lots of sticky, chunky lace. Floral hop nose with citric grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt. Tastes are piny hops up-front, grapefruit rind, caramel malt, bready malt, nice toasted grain finish while the piny hop lingers yet finishes clean. The hops come across more juicy and slightly tropical rather than piny as the palate warms up to the moderate bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth with pleasant carbonation allowing the vast complexity to meld. Overall, amazing balance with a nice complex array of flavors. One of the best APA's out there!

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An amber ale, white head and good clarity. The aroma is grainy, with a slight fruit and hop undertone. The taste is notably better.mmgreat balance...sweetness, malt, fruit, and a mild hop bitterness. Solidly good, but not unlike many others of the style.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber red color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. Some other lighter aromas of a floral and light fruity smell of apple and pear are there as well rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bread flavor with hints of caramel and a lighter showing of a pine hope. As the flavor moves forward, the pine is joined by a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor as well as some fruit flavors of pear, apricot and a bit of cherry. The grapefruit hop eventually surpasses the pine, with the two both being joined by a little bit of an herbal and floral hop taste to leave a rather pleasant and smoothly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style and flavor profile, the moderateness is rather nice as it creates an easy drinking but hop supported medium for all the flavors to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall – A rather nice red IPA. Very easy drinking and tasty brew that is certainly one to try when you get the opportunity.

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

big thanks to Rathakem for hitting this long time (yep, you read correctly...long time) want. enjoyed from a deschutes teku.

best by 4/17/2013

a - brew poured a stunning amber orange with a generous 2 fingers of frothy foamy head that hung out for pictures and then some. as it dissipated you could hardly see anything through the milkshake like lacing that gripped the glass.

s - nice hops mixed with great caramel. seems a bit malt forward, but definitely has my mouth watering.

t - hell yeah. this is what a pale ale should taste like. big and bold. lots of hops balanced out by even more malts. great sweet caramel pine cone flavor. has that definable deschutes flavor that i LOVE.

m - medium bodied. really nice.

o - overall great pale ale. with a best by date a month away, i'm sure i'm a few months post bottling on this one, but i love it. would love to try uber fresh, but right now hits the spot. great malt heavy pale ale with a nice hopping to tame the malts. great deschutes flavor profile. tastes like a stream in nature.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, caramel, malts

taste: citrus & pine hops, caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing pale ale. glad I was able to try this one.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy whitish head.

S: Subtle aromas of grass, herbs, lemon, lime, caramel, cream, and biscuits are present on the nose.

T: Cream, caramel, and toffee sweetness are present up front and are joined by cracker and biscuit flavors shortly thereafter. The hops kick in around mid-palate, delivering gentle, nuanced notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, herbs, and grass. The finish is balanced and mellow with notes of lemon, lime, herbs, caramel, cream, and biscuits most apparent.

M: What an outstanding texture in the mouth! This ale is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. Carbonation manages to straddle a fine line between firm and spritzy. This pale ale is one of the most drinkable examples of the style I have run across in quite awhile.

O: I really feel like Deschutes has done an excellent job presenting well integrated malt and hop flavors in this beer. Perfectly balanced, quite flavorful, and immediately approachable this, in my book, is exactly what an APA should be.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a one finger head that is off-white and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells generously hopped with a sweet malt presence. Nice citrusy hop presence.

Not digging the taste a whole lot. Pretty big hop bitterness with a large earthy, ashy and musty taste as well. A little malt sweetness, but still can't get past the tobacco ash taste that lingers.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry hop finish.

The taste just doesn't work in the overall beer for me. This one is not for me and I don't think I'll have it again. Does have some nice qualities. Different strokes for different folks though.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, sixer

appearance: served in a Guinness imperial pint, bright orange body, light beige froth. An overall pretty attractive beer.

smell: caramel, bready malts, buttery, minimal hops

taste: this is the last of 6 - a beer that caught me a bit off guard. When i see "NWPA", i assume hoppy as hell, but not this guy. overbalanced to the malt side - buttered rustic bread, caramel, grain, grassy hops underneath. Smells pretty disappointing, but the flavors work

mouthfeel: smooth medium body

overall: Good, but not a repurchase

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

Enjoyed a few pints of this while visiting Montana.

A - Pours a nice red amber colour, thin layer of head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel notes, a bit bready, with a nice dose of citrus hops.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, with a nice crisp lemon citrus and cedar flavour, followed by some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied ale that finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - The hops on this one were delicious and were perfectly balanced with the caramel malts. Very enjoyable and easily sessionable.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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