Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
578
Ratings:
2,478
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
519
For Trade:
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 2,478
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.

DOA

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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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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of 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 - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale!

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Photo of coldriver
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet candy corn malt. Taste is moderate citrus and piney hops with sweet malt backing. Medium body with dry finish. If I were to do a blind taste test I'd probably think this one was an amber with the sweet malt. Good solid sessionable beer from Deschutes.

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

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

S - Citrus. Rich caramel malts. Candy-like sweetness.

A - Quarter-inch off-white head. Clear, reddish, copper hue.

T - Biscuit and caramel malts. Malt dominated but a mild earthy, grassy hop bitterness with hints of lemon and citrus peel balance the beer. Finishes semi-sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - A solid pale ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange/Amber that's very cloudy in transparency. Head pours in a 2 finger width that leaves behind some very spotty lacing.

Smell - Pungent and Strong Piney Hops along with some very strong citrus and grapefruit scents to go along with it, and it has a very malty smell in the background

Taste - Piney Hops and Citrus flavors, while aren't as strong as they are in the smell, stand out pretty well and there's some yeasty notes in here that weren't as obvious as they were in the smell. Malty backbone here is pretty solid and holds the flavor quite well. Aftertaste is fairly dry with only a slight resin-pine taste

Mouthfeel - Little on the heavier side in terms of thickness and overall palette feel, but the carbonation is fairly light so it's fairly easy to pick up.

Overall - It's a pretty easy Pale Ale to drink and it's fairly simple flavor is very enjoyable to say the least. It's nothing outstanding, but at the very least it's a very good Pale Ale.

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

A- Nice red amber color. Pours 1 finger head quickly shrinking down to a thinner layer. Some lacing.

S- Kind of malt forward. Sweet kind of molasses with some tree sappy hops in the background.

T- Very nice flavor here. I usually prefer hop-forward beers but this one is really nice. Some cider malt in the front then just that touch of hops in the back. Really easy drinking.

M- Smooth, the taste the carbonation the balance. Very smooth beer. Very easy drinking, would be a great session beer if available to me.

O- Another gem from Deschutes.

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Photo of denver10
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark amber with a thumbs width white head that started to dwindle just as soon as I put the glass down. Great lacing. A delicious aroma; sweet citric heaven. One of the best grapefruit aromas I have come across from any beer, like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and put it right up to my nose. Sharp, pointy, crisp. Flavor is just as good with the marriage between malt and hops. A light caramel malt base alongside a wonderful hit of ruby red grapefruit. There is a very balanced layer of piney bitterness throughout. A very crisp, silky mouthfeel aided by the carbonation. Wow, this is a great beer. Extremely balanced, extremely drinkable, extremely good. I can't get enough of this one and can't believe its only seasonal. I could drink this 365 without any problems. So damn good.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It has a rich copper color. Not much head, but what there is clings well to the side of the glass.

S: Excellent aroma. Really a great treatment of the hops - floral and orange-lemon. Some piney notes. A hint of sweet malt and honey.

T: Great balance of the bitterness of hops and the sweetness of the malt and tartness of the citrus character. Less over-powering than the typical IPA or double IPA offering.

M: Well-carbonated. A refreshing, drinkable beer.

O: Deschutes has managed to thread the needle by retaining the hoppy soul of a NW IPA, but in a genuinely refreshing, tasty package. Nice beer to enjoy after hitting the slopes.

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

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with three fingers of slightly off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving thick sticky streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge citrus hop notes. This is juicy smelling with hint of orange. I get just a splash of biscuit dough and caramel as well. Citrus all the way.
T: Follows the nose with clean flavors of citrus, caramel, pale malt, and orange hops. I get hints of mint in the finish, and the aftertaste has a clean hoppy earthy quality to it.
M: Medium body, even carbonation with an easy to drink mouthfeel that isn’t too dry but has a bit of chew to it.
O: An excellent pale ale. Not my absolute favorite but there is really nothing wrong with this beer. Drinks great.

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Photo of army01
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a heavy burnt orange color, forming a thick off white head that reduces to about 1/4" thick and then stays.

The strong scent of Fresh hops immediately hits the noise and does not leave. Citrus hints are intertwined with the hops.

The first taste is a light sweet flavor that is met with the mid-to-high hoppiness.

Lighter than expected, but heavier than some Pale Ales

Overall, would recommend, but definitely a once-a-week type of brew

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

Figured I'd better review one of these before the 12-pack disappears. Poured to tulip.

A: Beautiful translucent orange. A finger of fine head that dissipates quickly leaving soapy bubbles behind. Nice resinous lacing. Really pretty.

S: Amazing balance of floral piney hops with a malty caramel backbone.

T: As I'd expect from the nose—and the label. Balance. Just the slightest hint of that grapefruit bitterness that fades away so as to be nearly imperceptible.

M: Substantial, but not heavy; the fine carbonation carries it quickly to your palate and encourages drinkability.

A great balanced beer. Plenty to enjoy, and easy to do so. "Edges out, layers in" indeed.

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

Enjoyed on-tap at Grape and Grain in San Mateo

A: Lovely glowing red/brown. Nice one-finger head that sticks around that refreshes with each sip.

S: Sweet hops and caramel malt. Does this taste like I wish every other red ale I have tasted would?

T/M: Yes. Nice, warm, and complex pale ale with beautifully integrated hops. This is pretty much fantastic. Slick mouthfeel.

O: I would seriously drink this every day and never get tired of it. Pretty much ideal for a session beer. I recommend Deschutes discontinue Mirror Pond in favor of this.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.
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