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 Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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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 beerdichampion
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Were God to appear to a human and ask him to show Him his greatest achievement, the man would be in remiss if he didn't give God a mug of 50 degree Red Chair NWPA. The balance in this brew is ridiculous. A sweet citrusy hoppy profile gives way to a smooth caramel/bready maltiness that then, just as quickly, lends itself back into a crisp piney finish that lingers while reminding you of the malty profile it just impressed upon you. This seriously may be the most well balanced beer I've ever tasted. I've had this beer for the past four years before finally reviewing it. It is simply unmatched in balance. Damned near a perfect beer in my humble beer loving opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of rypkr
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal brew. I threw it in a mix and match six pack with zero expectations but was extremely surprised for the better upon trying it.

A - beautiful clear amber, small but thick white head and heavy lacing.

S - fresh earthy hops with fruity Belgian-like characteristics behind the initial hop whiff.

T - very good, very, very drinkable. Just a real pale ale that isn't trying to be an IPA with fashionable hop excessivenes.

M - this is the first thing I noticed even before the taste. Its simply perfect. It has some of the softest carbonation of any beer that comes to mind.

Overall - just a great pale ale. Super glad I tried and would definitely make a good go to low-mid abv beer for light session drinking.

Edited review on 12-26-16 to up the taste from 4.25 to 4.5. Also to add that this blows away some of the higher hyped pale ales (zombie dust, pseudosue, daisy cutter etc). If any APA should be on the top 250 hands down this should be.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair is a remarkable ale. It's got a perfect mix of complex flavors, hops and maltiness, and a wonderful mouthfeel. It's not an over the top beer, it's not extremely hoppy, it's not got any weird flavors ... it's just got perfect balance.

It's been one of my favorite beers for the past few years. I look forward to it every winter.

And I don't know why Deschutes doesn't put this in their year round lineup.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Somehow all the reviews I read on this have not hit the note, except one. The taste is so unique, you will only know it when you drink it. But, let me describe it for you the best I can, OK? First, pear, apricot and cherry hits the note with the right amount of carbonation. Cherry note finish, but dry and soothing with creamy finish. Spot on in my book, this is a A+ beer, got to get it every season. Great job, Deschutes!!!!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a two-finger foamy off-white head. The head leaves a heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aromas of sweet citrus, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Flavor starts with a big burst of citrus - orange & tangerine. The citrus is backed by some sweet malts. There is a big smack of piney hops that appear mid palate through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp finish.

O - Very solid pale ale with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of mschipper
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular. Poured into pint glass. A: Amber I'm color with a two finger ivory colored head that slowly dissipates to half a finger thick for duration of drink. Heavy lacing that does not disappear. S: citrus, wheat, notes of raspberry, and bitter hops. Not bready at all. T: initially, bitter citrus hops, followed by strong wheat aftertaste. F: moderate carbonation, still smooth enough to drink steadily. O: deliciously brewed. I give a 4.5 to another superb beer from Deschutes Brewery. Definitely added to my top 5.

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Photo of pnelting
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Darkish amber with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Piney and floral.

T: Pine up front followed by a nice citrus flavor. Just enough malt to balance it out.

M: Medium body. Just right.

O: This is a new favorite pale ale. I will be picking this beer up every year.

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

A - Amber reddish with off white head with some sticky lace.

S - Piney, floral, cake batter, bread dough.

T - Malt forward that is met by a nice rush of hops. Resinous, oily, hemp seeds. Nice balance and very drinkable.

O - Very solid offering from Deschutes. Highly drinkable even sessionable. I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of Southside830
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Deschutes. Starts off very similar to hop trip IMO. As it warms the sweet malts kick in toning down the hops a bit. Very drinkable pale ale that has a nice hop presence balanced with a sweet juicy malt backbone.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden amber leans to the dark side, ever so slightly hazy, 1 finger off-white head retains very well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citrusy hops are very smooth and juicy sweet; orange marmalade comes to mind immediately, also a touch of pine. Fruity esters prevalent, as well as a doughy biscuit malt.

Taste - Take the smell and amplifies it 100x. Big citrus punch up front: straight up sweet orange marmalade hopping mixed with a bit of piney dankness. The hops meld beautifully with fruity, yeasty notes as prominent toasty, biscuity malts begin to steal the show and the beer dries out in a hurry. Finishes juuuust off-dry with moderately low pine resiny bitterness.

Feel - Super smooth medium body, moderately high carbonation moves this around the palate perfectly. Crisp and refreshing. This beer goes down ridiculously easy: "drinkable" would be an understatement.

Overall - "Big flavor, perfectly balanced", are the 4 words that best describe this for me. A beer with a delicious hop punch that doesn't shy away from letting a tasty malt backbone get some air-time too. Bitterness is low, and dries the palate just enough to make you yearn for the next sip. The body and feel are ethereal... Just so damn easy to knock these back. When I think of "beer", this is the one I think about. This beer is in near-perfect harmony.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours to an extremely murky and unfiltered golden orange. Did not form much of a head. Can literally see little particles floating around. Looks good in the glass.
S - Light citrus, hops and a little malt.
T - A light hoppiness upfront, but it's more like orange than grapefruit followed by a nice light malty backbone at the end to round it out. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable. O - A really good brew!
V - Good value.

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Photo of BTodd
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Belgian style glass

1-2 fingers of fine bubbles/suds. Beautiful, clear, orange/amber in color with Champagne bubbles working up as suds dissipate slowly.

S-caramel, bready, earthy hops, citrus zest.

T-matches smell only spicier and biscuit flavors. I love Deschute's malt character generally speaking.

F-Medium body and carbonation, creamy. Coats tongue for a moment but then clears nicely. Substantial but still refreshing. Could drink several.

O-this is a beer that I always love and end up rating it up slightly even though most of my reviews rate down. Will always grab a six of this when in season and have plans to clone it soon at home.

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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 colingaiser
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slowly poured from 12 oz bottle -- left out of fridge for 30 min -- into nonic pint glass.

L: Beautiful, creamy two-finger head with noticeable lacing. Color is bright and inviting, an amber verging on orange.

S: The pine from the hops is immediately prevalent, followed by pleasant citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, and a subtle note of sweet caramel.

T: There's an immediate burst of piney hops, though there's a surprising lack of bitterness. It goes down smoothly, with more delicate floral and light citrus (again, grapefruit) flavors. The finish is sweet and unexpectedly decadent, with the malts showing off notes of caramel and toffee.

F: A crisp, medium body with medium-high carbonation, though ends up with a surprisingly creamy finish. Really nice!

O: I'm glad a bought a six-pack of this -- this is a delicious, refreshing, and crowd-pleasing winter beer. It might be the best I've had from Deschutes.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Pine, some floral and herbal notes, light citrus, and a little malt sweetness.

T: Pine and floral hops up front, a little citrus, maybe even a touch of fruitiness, with some caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not my favorite, but another solid brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 4/19/15.

A - Copper.amber with a 1 finger white head. Thick collar and some lacing.

S - Fruity and piney hops along with a nice sweet malt.

T - Starts off with sweet malts and moves into the hops which are fruity and piney. Finish has some bitterness.

M - Medium to light feel with nice carbonation.

O - Decent, but not a go to pale ale for me. I have some others from WI that I prefer.

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Photo of The_Brewqueno
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3/14/15
Look: hazy red/orange
Smell:citrus,lemon, grass
Taste: sweet citrus fruits grassy mild bitter
Feel: medium, creamy
Overall: a pale ale on the hoppy side that is a must try for Deschutes fans.

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Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

So looking forward to Red Chair again this winter. Very well balanced and the hoppiness is subdued enough that my non hophead friends say "oh this is pretty good!" One of my go-to favorites for the winter and spring while it's available and a great value to boot so I can buy it often!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Hops: Cascade, Centennial.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan.

60 IBU.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: 2 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. See through red. Nice lacing.

S: Pine, caramel.

T: Flower, pine, caramel, sweet breadiness.

M: Crisp.

O: Deschutes seems to strive for balance in their beers rather than going full-on HOOOOPS like other breweries, especially on the West Coast. I do love hops, but it's nice to have APAs like this one, which is very well balanced. The hops are there, but there is a really great malt presence too. The flowery and piney hops come on first, then the sweet bready malts take over. The flavors wash over and over. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of fedt
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours light orange/amber, with creamy head that retains.

S: Very light smell. Warm malt, little floral hops.

T: Caramel, toffee, floral, light citrus, grass. Well-balanced. Piney-aftertaste.

M: Creamy, OK carbonation.

O: A terrific ale that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/10/14, so a couple days past. Oh well.

Looks good, amber with a yellow tint, 1 inch head somewhere between creamy and foamy (croamy?) Very good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here.

Not getting anything on the nose. Maybe the old snout is off today.

Taste I'm getting is very subtle across the board. And improves toward the back end of the drink. A malt sweetness, with a faint but obvious hop bite (if that makes any sense) Could be affected by being at the end of its best by date.

Mouth was medium, neither soft or dry

Overall, not my favorite beer from one of the better breweries. But still a decent drink.

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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome the first drink, awesome in the middle, and awesome at the end. There NWPA is a great beer. Shouldn't be surprised from Deschutes!! Red chair is epic.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 7/3/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty medium-amber in color with almost a 1-finger thick off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass, which is common for this type of brew. The aroma is of light sweet bread, with some floral hops. The taste has more going on with some citrus zest in the mix as well. Great taste but has a slightly bitter finish that stays around a bit. Does take about half the drink to get used to it. Overall great taste and even better with a less hoppy finish. I did drink the whole glass as wouldn't be the case if it was a I.P.A.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,572 ratings.
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