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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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label says best by 05/25/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with a good mix of citrus and herbal piney hops. Hints of grapefruit, mango, and orange peel along with some spicy pine resin. A good scent of yeast and bready caramel malts with some toffee in the background. Smells pretty full and enticing.

Taste: A very nice juicy tasting ale. Big taste of citrus grapefruit with some mango and orange. Also some herbal pine resin. Hop taste is big but not overly bitter like an IPA. Good backing of biscuity caramel malts with some toffee and yeast. A very solid taste with a nice vibrant citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, juicy, and smooth with only a slight bite to it.

Overall: A great pale ale. One of the better ones around. Great juicy taste.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head. A good amount of lacing left behind.

Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits along with light malts.

The taste was hoppy grapefruit and tropical fruits balanced by a sweet maltiness.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

So good. This is one of my favorite easy-drinking beers for sure.

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Photo of DM1293
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes is making me regret not taking them up on their beer tasting event.

This is a really good, citrusy, slightly piney hoppy beer with a hint of malt in the background. The flavors are all on the front, with a slight bitter bite at the end balanced out by the semi-sweet lingering malt. The last bit of it went down a little more bitter, but it wasn't unpleasant at all, and was actually a nice way to cap it off because it brought forth the malt.

But the key word here for me is "smooth". This thing is extremely drinkable, has a good mouthfeel and is quite refreshing to boot.

The beer is pretty simple and clean though, but better a balanced, well-executed beer than a complex one with shortcomings. Overall, well worth a try, and definitely a beer that I'll drink again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by date 07/13/12. 6.2% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof on account of both the brewery - from which I've yet to have a beer below a C - and the recommendation of a close friend (blakelive784), whose opinion I trust.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops seem to be balanced, with hardly any bitterness in the aroma. Clean bright malts seem to be layered. Piney hops. Some cream. All around a very appealing hoppy aroma. Strong - not impactful, but I can detect it from a good foot away (even with me broken nose).

T: Very pleasantly hoppy - with pine and citrus dominant, but also some floral notes. No real bitterness at all. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit, but in a balanced manner. Some cream. Even a bit of spice, actually. Very fresh and refreshing. Pleasant. Wonderfully layered malt diversity comes through. Hints of cherry and even butterscotch (to a small extent). Apple pie filling. Complex for the style and nicely balanced. Subtle. A touch bitter in the back end, but it's not very noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, supporting the body well. Perfectly carbonated. Perfect thickness. Some coarseness comes from the hops, which is a bit bothersome here. A slight oily hoppiness is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Disguises its ABV well. Hides the hop bitterness behind the malt varietals quite nicely. I could drink this all night. A lovely Pale Ale - amongst the best I've had. Another success from Deschutes. Give her a spin, lads.

Pairs well with pretzels.

Drank fine out of me Guinness glass, but I don't know if pint glasses are ideal.


Low B

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Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to hoparoundnw2337 for including this as an extra!

a: clear copper body with a generous two finger head that slowly settles into a frothy cap leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.

s: floral and bready with a touch of fruit.

t: bready malt body with some citrus hops to pack a bite. a little oily pine on the finish.

m: oily touch to a medium-light body. good carbonation is lively on the tongue and the hops provide the near perfect short dry finish.

o: excellent pale ale. everyone should seek this out.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright amber orange with a thin cover of off-white head.

Smells great - grapefruit, floral, a little oily. Enticing to the nose.

Sweet - like candied grapefruit and flower petals. Mild hoppy bitterness to close. Rather subdued, really.

Light, hoppy, dry to the tongue.

Grades out really high because there's no doubt that it's very good. Oddly though, I'm not that drawn to it. Not warranting a "I'd really like another," response.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been slamming this for years, surprised, like with Mirror Pond, I hadn't taken the time to voice my opinion.
Best by 03MAY12
Lovely amber with a couple fingers of tannish foam leaving webbed lace. Smells of pine, sweet grapefruit and more pine. A sincerely PNW aroma here. Flavor has a good bite up front with cameos from the hops in the substance of weed and, imagine, pine. The malts are nice and solid sans sweetness. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer and particularly a fun treat to look forward to annually - we'd be spoiled to have this beer all the time.

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Photo of Topher78
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

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

Into a diconic...

A reddish medium amber color with a small but finely bubbled

There's a spiciness in the nose that goes great with the fresh

Somehow, they've taken the hoppiness and spiced it up then
mellowed it out with caramel-like malts. Interesting and
exceptional tasting.

The mouthfeel may be the best thing about this; the fine bubbles and citrus aftertaste are great.

A must-try for every IPA/ West Coast IPA lover. And will probably
be a staple for many of us.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger of a creamy white head. Large bubbles but dense. Spotty, watery lacing and a minute long retention. Orange-golden color with only a bit of clarity.

S- Hop forward and floral. Light smell but definite hoppiness and bitter qualities to it.

T- Not nearly as bitter as I had expected. Hop oil is there, but the smooth, buttery taste is not lost among the bitterness. Flavorful and aromatic, this is a tasty beer.

M- Extremely smooth and creamy. This feels phenomenal. 5/5

O- The appearance leaves more to be desired, the smell isn't as pronounced as I might have liked, but the flavor and feel are great. Buy this beer.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, stellar lacing.

SMELL: Orange zest, faint aspirin, floral hop oil, mildly peppery, passion fruit, shortbread

TASTE: Orangey, smooth, creamy medium body, tobacco, pine resin, hemp seeds, spicy, warming alcohol, clean esters, tropical fruit, hop bitternes, faint caramel, grassy grain, toasted bread, dry finish

The brewer nails it here, near impossible to find anything wrong with this brew. Not that I need to look for anything with Deschutes ;-) Be in the mood for hops as it takes you on a bit of a ride.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice light brown tangerine in the center with shades of straw at the edges

S: All i get is lingering caramel and bread

T: The most distinct component in this beer seems to be pine like hops with a dough/caramel foundation.

M: Chewy but yields a moderately dry finish

O: Its a pretty one dimensional pale ale in my opinion. Enjoyable yes, but far from mind blowing. I do prefer my pale ales though to have a more bread, toast character.

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

This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.

Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much.

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Photo of litheum94
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 5/18/12. Reviewed 3/14/12.

Orangish amber body with a yellow-brown, thick head. Settles to a thin, protective cover.

Citrus, brown sugar and pine dominate the nose. Some caramel.

Bright, citrus and floral hops, tart and refreshing. Robust, caramel malts provide a backbone. Leads into a piney, hop finish, with some orange rind.

This is a very nice pale ale, one of the best I've had, right up there with Drake's 1500. Light, easy drinking and completely rewarding.

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

Truly an awesome beer and here's why!

From 12 oz bottle dated 'best by 5/25/12'; poured into 4 oz tulip-shaped glass.

It pours clear gold with a white head, thick and lasting about two minutes. I didn't see any threads.

Smell is slightly lightest floral, but I don't have a sensitive nose. I could have just imagined it.

The taste has a range of bitter to finishing hops, not packed nor overpowering, and well-balanced with a sweeter than normal American pale ale. Maybe a slight pear flavor, a little bitter after.

This is among the smoothest, most well-balanced pale ales I've tasted. In your mouth, it re-effervesces lightly, tingling on the tongue and roof but not acidic. Flavorful, it's not heavy. I've had this beer plenty this winter after skiing and with different meals. I recommend it again and again, except after cough drops.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I know this is fresh because Deschutes is awesome and puts dates on all their bottles.

Pours with a nice white cap of compact foam on top of a bright orange body. Slight cloudiness.

Warm sappy evergreen, a touch of basil, and slight grapefruit and pineapple make up the wonderful aroma of this beer. A little swirl only brings up more hoppy juicy goodness.

The flavor is one of the best I have ever had in this style. The hops explode with juicy, resiny, flavor without blowing away my palate with bitterness. My wife, who doesn't like bitterness in beer said she didn't mind this, which is fairly rare for her to say. There is a nice dose of malts, but they don't take center stage.

The mouthfeel is spot on; with balanced carbonation and medium body. Feels textured.

Conclusion: If you want a hoppy flavor-fix but don't want to be blown away by bitterness, this is the beer to turn to. It is almost dreamy. Excellent American pale ale.

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

Kind of a coppery color, clear, very pretty looking with a nice two finger white head and nice lacing.

Smell is fruity, floral, hoppy, touches of pine. Flavor is really great on the fruits, light fruits dominate, mangos, peaches, apricots, pears, apples all come to mind. There's tons of great hops presence, piney, floral, citrus very nice.

Body is light and finishes slightly bitter, almost like a light IPA, certainly more bold than your average pale ale.

Overall it's very fine and I plan to drink it again and again! I like a good hop forward pale ale and this one fits the bill.

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Photo of Treebs
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Stone imperial pint glass. Best by 3/27/12. Big thanks to mfavoino for the extra.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger pure white head that recedes to a nice thick collar and thin film. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Very balanced nose. Solid caramel and bready malts with solid citrus hops and some minimal pine.

T: The taste loses some of the hoppiness that I found in the nose. The taste comprised bready and pale malts with a honey like sweetness. Sticky resiny hops are that backend, but it's not nearly as balanced as the nose.

M: This is sticky and medium bodied with a lower than expected carb. It drinks like a malts DIPA. Not the refreshing crispness I want from a APA.

O: The nose gave me a lot of hope, but the mouthfeel and taste really didn't do it for me. Just a touch too malty and thick for me. I guess I'm spoiled with the likes of Zombie Dust.

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

I had this three of these while visiting Bar Genrika in Boise. The bartender recommended it and he was spot on.

Served a classic Imperial Pint glass for only $4.50 (!), the beer was red/amber with a sticky beige head.

It had an inviting aroma of lightly roasted malts and some pine.

The taste tracks the smell. Good interplay between the sweet caramel malts and the hops. There is also an earthy element that I really liked,

The beer went well with the great Basque food that they serve at this great little spot.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a cool dark copper with some nice orange hints on the sides. There is a nice thick 1 inch head that is dense and soapy and as it slowly recedes leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides.

Aroma is awesome with some nice bready and slightly caramel malt notes present and underlain by some good solid grassy, citrusy and also slightly piney hops. Very refreshing. Slight tangerine notes as well as some mango in there.

Starts off with some good biscuity and pale malt sweetness. Very nice slight caramel hints and some nice sweet bready notes. These malt notes are all wrapped up in some fresh and grassy hop notes. Nice piney notes mixed in with some nice slight citrus. Very well balanced and delicious. Very well crafted APA and a great gateway beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice bitter finish.

Pretty good APA. Nice slight citrusy goodness with tons of delicious malts going on in there. Very nice offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus with a biscuity malt nose.

T - It tasted of nice bitter/piney hops with a citric kick. Good caramel and toffee flavors added a nice backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - No surprise another really tasty beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear golden amber orange. The medium sized light tan head left plenty of lacing.

Smell is mango and pine. Big and nice. More subtlety is need though, but I still liked it.

Taste is almost perfect mellow. Citrus upfront, a hint of sweet in the middle, and lightly bitter on the finish.

Test is light and smooth, as it should be, but it has more body and punch than some IPAs I have had. Was looking for a little easier drinking.

A great beer, as mentioned, it's as bold or more so than some IPAs, and while it has great flavor and feel, I still wanted it a little lighter.


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Photo of IllNate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fine amber with generous amount of white head. Citrus is immediately obvious in the nose, but more of a bready malt than I was expecting. Taste follows with very up front hop character, citrus, mostly grapefruit and pineapple, but nice malt profile. reminds me of an American version of an ran. Very fine. Smooth mouthful. Overall my favorite beer of the winter. Solid all around, no weakness.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Off-white head standing 2+ fingers with about 1 finger above the rim of the glass. It really towers in a dramatic way. Light brown color with great clarity. Nice action from the carbonation, but that's to be expected in the SA perfect pint glass. Beautiful beer, you really can't ask for much else from a beer.

S: Mostly I get caramel and some bready malts. There is some citrus from the hops, but it truly is dominated by the malts.

T: The first thing that strikes me is a moderate citrus from the hops. Then it immediately moves to a caramel flavor that turns to a rich bready malt. It even finishes with that rich malt flavor. That's not to say that it's a sweet finish though because it ends a touch bitter. But that malt finish is comforting.

M: Carbonation is tight and refreshing and the body is a creamy medium/light body. Some of that creaminess has to do with the fabulous staying power of that head.

O: Nice American Pale that turns the dial a little closer to the malts. I accidentally left this beer out for well over an hour and it really warmed up... and it's delicious! I'd recommend anyone who buys a six pack to let one settle to a warmer temperature... it's still comforting and really quaffable!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, sixer

appearance: served in a Guinness imperial pint, bright orange body, light beige froth. An overall pretty attractive beer.

smell: caramel, bready malts, buttery, minimal hops

taste: this is the last of 6 - a beer that caught me a bit off guard. When i see "NWPA", i assume hoppy as hell, but not this guy. overbalanced to the malt side - buttered rustic bread, caramel, grain, grassy hops underneath. Smells pretty disappointing, but the flavors work

mouthfeel: smooth medium body

overall: Good, but not a repurchase

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,481 ratings.
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