Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
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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 McStagger
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 3/28/13

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown. Two fingers frappe head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Subdued carbonation.

S: Excellent caramel malts. Honeyed, cereal sweetness. Noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence. Fresh leaves, grassiness, bit of pine.

T: Big malt presence. Subtle hop presence noted. Malt is definitely the star of the show here, with the hops providing the backbone, per se. Finishes sticky, with hop oil and resin rounding out the end. Dry, piney finish with hints of raisined fruit. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.

M: Full bodied yet balanced. Exceptionally smooth. Exquisite mouthfeel.

O: Very good. Exceptional, even. Personally, I find it runs a bit malt heavy, but I expect this from Deschutes. I'd be very interested in trying this fresh.

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Photo of Jave
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mild copper tones. Creamier head. Opaque in the glass.

Smell: Sweet and citric fruits. Mango, papaya, orange, lemon.

Taste: Similar to aroma. Fruity with a biscuity malt character backing things up.

Mouthfeel: Sweeter than I expected or have ever experienced for an APA. They had to beef up the malt to offset the high hoppiness. It's not offensive, but can seem a touch cloying after it warms.

Overall: Highly enjoyable even considering the sweetness. I would be happy if more APAs were similar to this level of hopping.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow....Excellent beer.

Served in a cold glass. The orange/brown color and the perfect amount of froth just screams "drink me". The smell hints at the hopiness to come. The taste is a delightfull mix of citrus and fruits. There is a slight malty hint in the back. This is a much more complex beer than I expected. I got my hop head satisfied while not blowing away the taste buds with over the top hop bomb. This is a very drinkable beer. Several beers into my case and I am still not "all hopped out". The mouthfeel is a little on the light side given all the flavors dancing around in my mouth.

I suppose a "fuller" mouthfeel would make it less of a sessionable beer.

This is a beer that is worth keeping in stock and serving to friends.

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Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ish1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, about a half finger of off white head that is leaving some decent lacing... Slight haze to it.

Smell is decent, with a grapefruit up front, a lot of bready charachters coming through as well, maybe even a little plum.

starts with a dab of hops then moves on to a really bready quality in the middle, steps over to a bite of pine and finishes like bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

This is a decent APA, not my favorite but very flavorful, I will pick up a 6 or 2 every year when in comes out. Give it a go if you get Deschutes.

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Photo of shohen
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of WizzardOfHops
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pooogy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Therisse
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DooshBagalow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DiggerDahl
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a best by date of 04/18/2013. Uncapped and poured to a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange color with virtually no head to speak of, just a soft white foam on the surface. Lots of bubbles rushing to the surface. Nice ring of lacing left on the glass.

S - Very fruity type of hop aroma is what initially comes to mind. Almost reminds me of an artificial strawberry / peach soda type smell. Slightly piney and grassy, but faint. Bready malts really only become apparent to me as the beer begins to warm.

T - Interesting blend of malts up front, with underlying fruity hoppiness. Nicely bodied, but poorly balanced in my opinion. Far too bready and fruity. Apricot and peach flavors present. I commend it on it's tame taste as opposed to those APA's that are basically just hop bombs, but I would have enjoyed some more bitterness here for sure. Sweet in the finish.

M - Feel is dry and slightly resinous and viscous, invoking another sip.

Overall, this is nothing to write home about. It is by no means a bad beer, I would just prefer something with more of a punchline to it in the end. This beer is definitely falling short somewhere, and in desperate need of a kick. Nice light body, nice carbonation, and nice 6.20% abv, but that's about all this beer has going for it. Not something I would try again, but this was my first beer by Deschutes Brewing, so I'd be interested in trying one of their other beers.

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA ---3/5.

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Photo of No1Smitty
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of deweese
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sam_bliss
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into globe

The head is yellow-tinged cream and the beer is red-orange sienna. Northwest-style hop scent is the foremost feature of the fresh-smelling aroma. The malts are smooth and subtle in the nose, underlying sharper citrus and grassiness. The complex malt flavor makes for a viscous mid-mouth bready sensation. Striking citrus at the tip of the tongue mellows to sweet caramel, pale malt, and earthy grains in pleasant carbonation. The aftertaste is neither strong nor unsatisfying.

This beer is less bitter-refreshment forceful than your typical west coaster like SNPA. The malt body is robust and comforting, but does not tower over the flavorful hops and esters. I recommend this beer to anyone, especially if you appreciate northwest pales.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,628 ratings