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Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
579
Ratings:
2,484
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 2,484
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice robust pale ale with good hearty tones. Lots of hop action, in a pale ale fashion, but not obliterating the palate. This is a nice drinker. I bet it'd be nice on cask. And, I bet if I had a very fresh sample, I would enjoy it even more.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with RWNEWHOUSE
Best by date of 5/11/12 my. My bad...missed that date on bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a real nice looking hazy orange color with an absolute huge white fluffy head. The head was a good four finger size and left a ton and I mean a TON of lacing behind. The head settles down to a light fluff floating on top of my beer. I love the color of this beer. It's very enticing to say the least.

Smell: Right off the bat orange peel smacks me in the face. It's like a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. This is followed by a piney and floral hop presence but I must mention that the hop nots are light on the nose. Very nice nose

Taste: Wow what a well balanced beer here. There is the slight hop bite mixed with orange and mango fruitiness. There is a breadiness and toasted character found in it also. I am also finding a caramel taste in it that seems to add a background sweetness that is super enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: I find this beer to be super creamy in the mouth. It almost feels as though I squirted whipped cream in my mouth and have that creamy feeling left behind. The carbonation is moderate at best and I believe this adds to the creamy feeling of this beer.

Overall: I true pleasure to drink this one. I mean I could sit back and put away quite a few of these. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet or fruity either. Just an absolute perfect balance to be able to enjoy any time. I know this one was past it's prime according to the best by date but it's excellent IMO even three months past said date.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2011. Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Large foamy tan head. Light carbonation. Clear dark amber in color. Aroma is a little fruity tart with some resin. Starts sticky hoppy sweet. Lots of resin. Almost a juicyfruit gum quality. Medium to light body, slightly noticeable ethanol. Finishes a bit sweet but the hop bitterness lingers.

Nicely balanced, easy to drink.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and other citrus hops with some pine hops, and sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and other citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Red Chair

Appearance: amber, very small head, and some lacing.

Smell: hops, floral fruits, and a slight flower sweetness.

Taste: very nice malts, good hops, and a faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a great brew. It is very well balanced with some very pleasing flavors.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer! copper in color, clear with nice khaki colored head. smells slighty sweet and hoppy at the same time.

I am a fan of deschutes brewing and was curious how this compared to their "mirror pond" pale ale hoping in a way the Mirror pond would taste better for the fact its easy to find and u can get it year round, but of course this "north west" (not sure what constitutes a "north west" pale ale) is in my opinion better tasting. has more flavors and layers of complexity yet not overly complex by any means.

Taste malty and hoppy at the same time, but more importantly these two traits are balanced VERY nicely. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste but not too much for a pale. initial mild hops followed by delicious sweetness.

If you see this beer and are at all curious about it TRY IT!

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Photo of stampfler07
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick, two-finger, off-white head that holds up for quite some time

S- Strong hop aroma, primarily pine but with a little floral aspect as well

T- Malt flavor reminiscent of an amber with a touch of dark fruit flavor, like cherry almost, floral and pine hop flavors then come in followed by building bitterness, lightly dry and bitter on the aftertaste with a hint of the malt as well

M- Moderate carbonation and a moderate body that lingers on the tongue

O- This is one of my favorites from Deschutes, I really like the hoppy character with the good balance of malt, smell and look are also nice

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/19/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, burnt orange color - starts off with a moderately sized off-white head, keeps a little cap, fades to spotty lacing

Smell: Floral citrus malts and an interesting malt profile - before looking this up, I thought it could be an amber of sorts, as there are caramel malts, with toasted biscuits, bread dough, and toffee - hops are very floral, flowery - citrus and some pine

Taste: Nicely balanced, of course - flowery citrus - orange and tangerine - a little herbal and what I imagine flowers taste like - mildly bitter - malts are interesting, bread dough, barely cooked biscuits, and some caramel - a touch of pine, and some mint in the aftertaste - on the sweeter side, but not excessive

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very clean and drinkable

Overall: Should I be surprised that Deschutes can make another good APA? Nope.

This is nicely balanced and actually pretty unique. I personally did not enjoy it as much as Mirror Pond, but that is tough competition. If I could get this more often, I would.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice big foamy khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - Pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - Citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - Smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Nice pale ale really glad I got to try this one. I would get it again if I saw it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear copper with bright-orange leanings. Head is bright-white and remains at a thin cap from pour to finish. Creamy and thin. Some tiny vestiges of lacing. Pours with a nice carbonation.

Smell: Hyper floral biscuit bread. Seriously, flowers and biscuit dough with a rough crust. Huge citrus notes as well, but it's all delicate somehow. Flowers that smell of bakeries. Some hints of caramel and pine. Some sweetness in the back.

Taste: Orange creamsicle with a dusting of flower petals. Nicely juicy with a solid biscuit undertone to cut things back. Super fresh and clean. So very floral, but delicate. Oh hello, what would you like on your fresh baked biscuit? The answer must be flower jam. Light sweetness in the back hints at caramel. Touches of pith and pine. Maybe some honey?

Mouthfeel: A little creamier than expected. Smooth with a lingering dryness. A touch too dry in the long run. Carbonation is moderate on a medium body.

Overall: It's well-balanced. Pick a dozen of these and things won't be so bad.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing and retention

S-orange zest, yeasty bread, floral aromas

T-orange, caramel, malt, pine, and nice bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a delicious APA with good flavor and balance, could drink this all day

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a beautiful semi dark amber color, slightly hazy and has some mild carbonation. It’s topped off with an off white head, very bubbly and sticks around for a while and is accompanied by some decent lacing. The hops are very present and you can pick up some mild roasted malts too hops. Grapefruit zest and fresh grain aromas come through as well and you can pick up a mild hint of figs. Its sweet when it first hits your tongue, slightly bitter on the side of your mouth and in its aftertaste; some citrus fruits do come through and its bitter overall. It does a medium to heavy mouth feel.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Poured an orangey color with some golden yet amber hues. Produced a 2 finger head that stuck around for a bit then dissipated.

Smelled piney at first, with some good citrus notes. Definitely a bit sweet smelling in the tail end.

Taste is delicious. Very well balanced, the hops are prevalent but aren't overbearing. Tastes great!

Mouthfeel is good!

Overall this is a great beer. I find it to be quite similar to Nugget Nectar - almost like its little brother. A bit less hoppy but similar balance between the malts and hops.

Yum!

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, with Best Buy of 6/5/12, into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours nice coppery, golden color, with about two fingers of frothy slightly off-white head, that sticks around for a while, and leaves ok lacing.

Smell; Some nice citrus notes upfront; grapefruit, orange, ect. Then comes a nice piney resinous smell. A nice, though very faint bready malt tone in the back.

Taste: A good little bitterness kick upfront, with some very nice citrus, pine, and floral tones, that are perfectly balanced with a great English style breadiness.

Mouthfeel: A great medium bodied crisp mouthfeel, that paired with the balance of hops, and malt, makes this very, very drinkable.

Overall: Fantastic APA! Probably my favorite that's available to me. I wish this was year round, as it's just a fantastic beer, that has tons and tons of flavor, but that's super refreshing and easy to drink at the same time.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high mount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also bit of cereal flavour mixed with some various fruits like cherries, apricots, and grapefruits. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This reminded me a bit of a beer that is available to me locally called Smashbomb. The taste is delicious and I would definitely drink it again any time. One of the better beers I've had from Deschutes.

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Photo of diamondc
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 07/13/12

A: Bright orange, a bit hazy, lots of cream-colored head and lacing.

S: Tangerines, mango, pineapple syrup, flower bouquet coming through full force here.

T: The grapefruit, tangerine, herbal-y hops slightly overshadow the grainy, honey-like malts here. But it doesn't go into IPA territory. Excellent

M: A real quaffer, perfect carbonation, no hotness to be found.

O: Brilliant APA ... on my third six pack this year so far. Please make this year round Deschutes.

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Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to slight amber color. Nice off white tight full head.

Light sweet citrus fruit aroma apricot, orange, and resiny pine.

Tropical fruit flavor. Mango, tangerine, and a nice spicy character. Maybe a bit peppery. Some the caramel toasty sweet malt to give it nice rounded flavor profile.

Good creamy smooth mouthfeel. Little bitter bite nice mellow malt flavor. Nothing to complain about here. Well rounded delicious brew. Comes off as your standard pale ale with a fruity hop kick, but not bitter enough to be an IPA.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Floral, grass, and citrus hops.

T: Tropical fruits: mango, tangerine along with floral and grassy hops over sweet pale malt. Very tasty.

M: Creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty. Citra hopped pale ales are really revitalizing the style.

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Photo of thebornotaku
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of Black Butte, and after a bunch of my coworkers suggested that I get the Red Chair (since it's on sale!), I decided to hell with it and grabbed one of those too.

Since I've had the Black Butte before, I decided to hell with it and hit the Red Chair first.

Boy, was I in for a treat.

Firstly, the packaging proclaims: "Another slap at brewing convention. Another kick in the pants. Enjoy."

Poured this in to my favorite Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Pours a nice rich amber color, a little reddish. Minimal head.

The nose is pretty hoppy, just a little less aggressive than most IPAs. It is followed, however, by citrusy aromas. Grapefruit and orange are what I can pick out.

The taste is amazing. It has the hop bite you would expect out of any self-respecting pale ale, but it's incredibly well balanced. The citrus aromas from the nose follow through in to the flavor. This, combined with the slightly less aggressive hop profile compared to most IPAs makes it incredibly well rounded and very drinkable. I know they say it's 60 IBUs but trust me, it's not that bitter. Mouth feel is good, nice and smooth. Not too thick, not too thin.

Overall this is a very good beer, very complex and rewarding. And even more rewarding considering that I got the six pack for just over $7! One of my best purchases without a doubt, and if you're ever in the position to try this beer, do yourself a favor and go for it!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA (North West Pale Ale) pours a beautiful orange-amber, with three fingers of cream colored head, and a decent amount of lace. A citrusy and floral, hop heavy (grapefruit, mango, orange, pine) nose fades into some sweet malt hints (caramel and bread). Juicy flavors of grapefruit and mango mix with hints of piney resin and some floral tones before becoming exceptionally well balanced with complex malt flavors including breadiness, toastiness, and caramel. Medium-light in body, Red Chair ale features a moderate amount of carbonation, and an exceptionally balanced and smooth flavor profile. Amazing!

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Photo of cole2
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark gold with a copper hue. An aggressive pour yields a white one-finger head. Hop-heavy for the style both in flavor and on the nose, with piney notes standing out. Citrus and fruit flavors add complexity. Lighter feel than one might expect to given its taste and appearance. Just an excellent pale ale. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of APA's, and I am a firm believer that Deschutes Brewery is a gem of an operation. With those two things being said, when I happened upon a six pack of this at the store, I bought it without hesitation. Poured from a bottle into my Camp Shelby Army National Guard mug.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark copper, almost rust color with a two finger head that exits stage left fairly quickly. Leaves great lacing.

Smell - Everything you would expect out of an APA, or even an IPA. Orange peel, grapefruit, resin and pine dominate the nose. I actually smelled this beer as I was pouring it and not looking at it because my wife was saying something to me. When I smell a beer from four feet away, it's gonna be good.

Taste - Hop forward, in your face. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit are the order of the day, backed by nice creamy malts that make their presence felt more as the beer warms up. Excellent taste, so close to a well-balanced IPA it's ridiculous. This brew could likely double as either an American or India, because I've taste "IPA's" that aren't this hoppy. It's a good hoppy though, very well done. 6.4% ABV totally masked.

Mouthfeel - Finishes nice and smooth, with a thickness that complements the taste very nicely. Nothing in the finish distracts from the overall excellence of the taste.

Overall - Deschutes does not disappoint, once again. I will likely have to put them in the same category as Founders, in that I have never had a "bad" beer from them to speak of. This is a very impressive APA. I would highly recommend this beer to the novice and the experienced beer drinker alike. Absolutely drink this one.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Leinie's "crappie" pint glass. Enjoying up North in Wisconsin. Pours a golden amber color with a decent amount of small particulates and a one finger almost white creamy head.

Nose: pine resin, mango, caramel, honey, bread, slight molasses hint.

Taste: Light citrus/orange, pine, malt, honey.

Overall this is super well balanced. Nice and hoppy but with a decent and enjoyable malt backbone. Very smooth on the uptake and a slightly fruity/tropical but dry finish. Very enjoyable. Would drink again and would like to try on tap!

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Photo of kchannel9
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing the last sip or two of a six pack I bought a few days ago. I absolutely love this beer. It's the only pale ale I care for. It's utterly delicious, with fruity, juicy textures and beautiful white head. The lacing is minimal, but nice. Smells great, very fruity, but not sweet. Light and enjoyably carbonated, but not low ABV like a lame "session ale". I'm grateful to have access to such an exquisite beverage, thank you Deschutes #We'reNotWorthy

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,484 ratings.
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