Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

2,584 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very clear, beautiful amber in color, and sports about a finger of eggshell-colored foam with good retention. The aroma is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, herbs, cedar, and fresh flowers.

The beer has a medium body, a slick feel, and a nicely balanced dry, hoppy flavor. There is substantial malt to stand up to the hops, which are not over-done at all. Up front there is a cedary, marmalade-like sweetness which gives way to grapefruit, lavender, and lemon as the hops attack. There is a hint of sweetness on the finish and a lingering resiny flavor.

This is an old-school, well-crafted pale ale. Terrific balance, lots of flavor, and it doesn't ruin your palate. A good introductory beer to craft newbies.

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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Reddish copper. Cream colored head. World map lacing.

Aroma: Caramel maltiness and piny hops.

Taste: Just like the aroma, more of a bitter hop presence in the finish though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Well balanced, easy to drink, tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer and look forward to it every year. I don't know why I haven't reviewed it until now. Anyway, the first 12 ounce bottle from the freshly procured case goes into the tulip...

A moderate pour yields an inch of frothy, eggshell-white head that lingers for a few minutes before resolving almost completely. Scant patches of bubbles linger to decorate the surface as wispy trails lace the glass. The aroma is of varied, citrusy hops and a malty, caramel background. Some orange up front with balanced toffee in the rear; not aggressive, not underwhelming, but balanced and reasonably complex. Flavor follows suit, with a nice malt component playing second fiddle to fresh, citrusy hops. Some orange, pine, and lemon zest meld with caramel, toffee, and subtle notes of brown sugar in a very drinkable manner. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing with a slightly resinous finish. The carbonation level is appropriate for this style and does well to liven the beer. Overall... while there may be pales out there that fit a specific flavor profile or showcase a different ingredient better, the Red Chair offers a surprisingly refreshing degree of balance and quality in a beer that does not decimate a single population of taste buds. The substantial malt background makes it an excellent choice for the colder months, and the superb drinkability/affordability is why I return to it (by the case) every year.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a lot of nice lacing. Hoppy with a few piney notes. Very smooth and full flavor, the hops is not overpowering, some citrus; a little bitter after taste, but not unpleasant. The mouth feel is clean with some dryness that comes on after you swallow. Overall: One of the smoothest IPAs I have had. If you are looking for an IPA that won't knock you out with the hops and still has outstanding flavor, this is the one.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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