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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheLostGringo
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a small snifter. Best by 03/28/13 printed on the bottle.

A: Golden orange color, with a couple inches of off-white head, leaves nice lacing as I consume.

S: Exactly like grapefruit.

T: Not sure what to make of this. Malty sweetness with some hoppiness. There is something a little funky about this beer, one sip I really like it and the next I am not quite sure.

M: The sweetness gives it a sticky slightly cloying feel.

O: Not bad, wouldn't go out of my way to have it again but not bad.


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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper/amber color, translucent, effervescent head, enduring lacing.

Great aromas of graham cracker sweet malt, resin, tangerine peel, floral, the slightest bit of pine, and brandy-like sweetness (perhaps some honey in there too).

A very well balanced dance of deliciously sweet malt and restrained but exciting mix of hop flavors. Aside from enduring sweetness and resin, finishes mostly clean like a good pale ale ought to.

Fairly crisp and dry but not at all watery. Again, this beer finds the "sweet spot" of being precisely carbonated to fit the style.

An awesome beer. Perfect for those cool, damp winter days in the PacNW... or those cool damp spring days here in Minnesota.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 4/17/2013
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1.2cm head of slightly off-white foam, retention is of average length, lasting a minute or so before the head has fallen, eventually settling to a thin ring around the glass and a small, wispy island of foam atop the body. Lacing is excellent, the head leaving fairly heavy washes along the entirety of the glass. The body is a fairly bright copper-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues and giving a slight copperish-red tint. Carbonation is visible, but fairly sparse and sluggish, only about four streams of slow-moving bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of citrus rind, slightly wood-like, definitely cascade. Malts are more in the background, with modest caramel and brown bread undertones.

Overall flavor is quite hoppy, with citrus rind and substantial bitterness, with some modest fruity esters accompanying the caramel and slightly bready malt backbone. Front of palate is fairly straightforward: caramel and bready malts with the beginning traces of American hop bitterness and citrus rind. Mid-palate finds strong bitterness with grapefruit rind atop a backbone of caramel and somewhat bready malts, with slight fruity esters from the ale yeast. Back of palate is of hop bitterness, slight grapefruit rind and a background of caramel and slightly bready malt flavors. Aftertaste is of toasted and caramel malts, slightly nutty with dried leaves, and a strong lingering bitterness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with fairly low carbonation levels for its weight. The result is a beer that's slightly more heavy-feeling than it should be, also slightly stagnant on the palate, though it still flows well enough due to the bitterness level. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering across the palate.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04/04/2015. Review date: 01/07/2015.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper color with about 1.5 fingers of an off-white head. Bits of yellow around the edges of the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Noticeable hop aroma. Lots of citrus, pine, fruity hops. Sweet bready/malty character.

Taste: Big bitter bite at the beginning, highlighting citrus and pine from the hops. This shifts into a sweet, chewy malt flavor, Hints of fruitiness before a dry, bitter finish where the hops shine again.

Mouthfeel: More body than expected, giving a nice, smooth feel to it. Bitterness sticks and tingles across the tongue. Finish is drying.

Overall: Really enjoy this one. This is one I make an effort to pick up when it's available. Good balance of malt and hops, very easy to drink. I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Freshness date is "06/14/13."

The appearance is very reminiscent of a British bitter in the pub pint, complete with a clear, amberish reddish color. A nice initial 3-finger to half-finger of head sticks around the whole time, and leaves behind a good amount of lacing in the process. Carbonation is plentiful, although fairly modest and scattered overall. There's some slight alcohol legs on this, and the liquid is slightly viscous overall. No major complaints here!

The aroma gushes with toasted caramel malts and citrus rinds, alongside a surprisingly dried leaf-like finishing smell. The cracked brownish barley really comes around, but it is also coated with a dried, herbal hoppy flavor. Smells like a fresh homebrew batch in some ways, which is a good sign. There's not much stinging from the alcohol at the finish, and overall it's not too noticeable. Unlike Mirror Pond, this is slightly a more traditional version of an APA but still uniquely fruity and zesty.

The flavor immediately turns to a maltier, fuller breadiness than it was at the nose, with a slightly dried, citrus-like finish. The toasted malt notes aren't hiding at all here, and leave a biscuit-like aftertaste after each sip. The orange peel flavors are really soothing and nice here overall, and envelop within a combination of brown sugar and baking spice. It feels slightly sticky at times, maybe even syrupy, but is definitely generous is terms of providing carbonation. It's enough that it feels really full-bodied and bready, but not enough to make this feel heavy at all. Other than a light amount of heat at the finish, there's barely any alcohol to be noticed here - rather, the toasted malts and spiced zesty hops do their job rather well here. Fantastically refreshing.

This reminds me so vividly of the spices and aromas that go with Autumn, yet it seems to work so well right now during a chilly night on the first day of Spring. In a way, I don't see how this wouldn't work for any season, really. It's nicely refreshing and flavorful with lots of aspects that are present in variations of pale ales, yet come together nicely in a balanced manner. Fans of Deschutes, don't pass this by. Personally, I'd take this over a Mirror Pond or even most Winter Warmers available on the market any day!

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with nice white head, good lacing.

S: Less aroma compared to mirror pond. Some bready notes.

T: Grapefruit, pine, malty backbone.

M: Nice medium body, well carbonated.

O: A good pale ale, didn't notice this was 6.2% at all. Probably would pair well with steaks or burgers on the grille.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass. Best by May 30.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with frothy off-white head with big bubbles that left tons of splashy lace.

S- Huge juicy and pungent tropical, peach, mango, and grapefruit hops. Piney hops and big sweet caramel and bready malt backbone

T- Really big tropical hop presence of mango, peach, and grapefruit. Pungent and juicy hops balanced very nicely with a big sweet caramel and bready malt profile

M- Very creamy and soft mouthfeel, nice undercurrent of carbonation, very dry. Super easy to drink and the perfect mouthfeel for the style.

O- This is a world class pale ale bursting with tropical hop flavor nicely balanced with a very flavorful malt profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on 1/14/13, just getting around to entering my review notes
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe

A - Copper/Burnt orange with a finger of off white head, some bigger bubbles in there.

S - Not a hop assault on the nose. Definitely more sweet malts than hops but smells really good.

T - Very malty for me. Sweet caramel malts dominate the palate. A little grapefruit and pine hops at the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary.

O - This beer surprised me as I thought it was going to be more hop forward, but it ended up being a sweeter pale ale for me. I wasn't the biggest fan as I like my pale ales to be more hoppy but it was a good value at $10 a six pack. I'll probably revisit this next year.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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