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:
600
Ratings:
2,556
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
555
For Trade:
2
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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -2.2%
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 +11.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +13%
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 +8.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +13.4%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 -13.2%
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.

Well-priced.

Low B

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Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +4.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.2%
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%
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
head.

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

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 +3.7%
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 +5.1%
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 -18.1%
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 +1.5%
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 +6.4%
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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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,556 ratings.
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