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Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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579 Reviews
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%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
523
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 2,484
Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first I noticed was the beautiful color, slight head and wonderful smell. The smell is similar to a lot of popular IPA beers --- hoppy with citrus scents such as oranges and grapefruits. The taste is very very good. It is a smooth tasting beer with a little creaminess and the right combination of hops and malt. It begins as with IPA characteristics but mellows out to a very tasty American Pale Ale. It's bitter but not over the top and leaves a dry taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink more.
This is a really good beer that taste much more complex than your average Pale Ale and isn't too over the top at 6.4%. The more I taste the more I like! I almost skipped it, but decided to pick up a six pack yesterday. I will have to get another six pack before the beer is out of season.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white head (almost yellowish) on a light amber body. Head pours a solid 3 fingers and is a bit much, but it subsides.

S: Piney, resiny hops with just a hint of malt to it. Some sharper hops come through eventually giving it some complexity.

T: Slightly maltier than the aroma, the beer takes on the aura of a much stronger beer, tho not boozy. Smooth but too intense for the beer and the style.

M: Bold, well rounded, but too heavy.

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

A: Golden light brown--tea colored--with a thin but consistent cream-colored head; lacing is okay

S: Very balanced malt and hop aromas; the malt bring a sweet bready aroma and the hops--although somewhat subtle--add a pleasant citrus presence

T: There is a very pleasant citrus bitterness on top of a sweet bready malt backbone--some toffee and biscuit

F: Creamy with a pleasant oily residual effect that is left on the side of the mouth

D: A really easy-to-drink, simple, nice and balanced APA

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mages64 for sending this bottle along with quite a few other gems my way in Light Whale 2.0. Been waiting awhile to try this. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a copper-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a ring or two of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward some light floral hops and a touch of bready malt. Some citrus there as well. The flavor is an improvement with the bitterness working well along with the floral flavor. Bit of citrus rind there as well. Mild malt in the background. Really drinkable and refreshing. Solid brew, for sure. Thanks again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint beer glass.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber colored with a one finger tan foamy head that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a sweet caramel malt aroma beneath.

Taste: Like it smells, citrus and pine hops up front followed by sweet and bready malts. A very well balanced beer with a lot of flavor, but not too much of anything. No bitterness at all.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really well balanced beer with a lot of flavor. My wife is not a fan of overly malty or hoppy beers and she loves this one. A very easy drinking American Pale Ale that doesn't scrimp on flavor.

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

Traded for this with miikezombie(Thanks)

Best by 4/28/11

A-Nice frothy head! Dark amber color and after drinking half the beer, decent lacing.

S-I first get a VERY floral scent(actually reminds me of Flower Power, crazy considering this is a Pale Ale), a malty smell and some pine and hops.

T-malty at first, with the hops, piney taste coming in at the end.

M-nice medium mouthfeel, very smooth brew.

D-This taste more like a 5% beer, than a 6.4%. If I could get this in Ohio, I'd buy a lot of it.

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Photo of engisch
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my fiance for packing this in her suitcase on her way back from out west! She knows I love to try a new beer that I can't get over on the east coast.

Wonderful looking beer. Pours a nice pale amber with a giant lacey head. Has a bit haze, but still a very clear ale.

Smells really good too. Floral and citrus.

Tastes great! Balanced yet really hoppy. Nice bitter after taste. Citrus hops! Yum! Nice sweetness pairs nicely with the hop flavor/aroma/bitterness!

As always, I'd always be up for a Deschutes brew, and if out west, I'd recommend this. A very exceptional example of northwest pale ale!

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Photo of SamN
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my New Belgium goblette.

Wow, what a head! huge, thick, creamy, bubbly crown, leaves sticky lacing down the glass...the beer itself is slightly hazy, opaque and the color of really dark honey. Mouthwatering looks, gorgeous deep color and that endless dollop of head. Holy shit, that smell is amazing, too. Such a aromatic bouquet of floral, fruity, citrus and sweet whole cone hops. Incredibly bright and hoppy. The malt is only detectable as adding the low end of the aroma spectrum up, with bready and honey malts just noticeable under the mountain of Pacific NW hops character. The taste is interesting. It starts with a good fruit hops punch and is backed up with the modest malts in the background with a sturdy foundation. The hops swell to a bitter honey crest and fade away with a distinct hops aftertaste, but really without the deal-breaking bitter lingering taste. To the point, the more I drink of this, the more balanced it really becomes, especially in the finish. I'm starting to get some sweet navel orange rinds in the finish now. Maintains a distinct sweet edge to the it almost the whole time, less in the beginning. Body is great, just the perfect amount of body for a sweet and hoppy NW pale ale. Great structure.

Damn impressive. All the characteristics I look for in my APAs; fruity nose, balanced taste, a mildly bitter but balanced finish. Ths beer leans towards the hoppier side obviously, but without losing sight of the balance nessecary to really represent the style well.

Deschutes has one of the best track records with me; not a bad beer yet!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dark orange-brown color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a tiny cap. Smells strongly of citrus zest and herbal hops and some sweet malt. Somewhat astringent hop taste up front with the sweet malt coming in at the end. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer that is very hop heavy. I read that this beer replaced the Red Chair IPA that was a Bond Street Series from Deschutes and honestly I have had that beer and it was much, much better than this offering.

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

Bottle from World Market in Tracy, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops with some caramel malt coming out

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops upfront then a touch of caramel malt comes out but still finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I love a good American Pale Ale and this one doesn't disappoint this is one of those beers that I can drink a number of in a night worth getting sometime to try

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

Pours a lovely dark gold with a huge head. Hoppy nose and hoppy taste , this is the hoppy cousin to the Mirror Pond. Totally drinkable but very well balanced with the hops showing up as the star in this beer. I hope this shows up in BC as it is a great staple beer for the fridge

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice ale from a very nice brewery, but it veers more toward a light red ale in character and appearance than a pale ale, particularly in comparison with the brewery's flagship Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

Pours a coppery clear with a vast frothy head that hangs on tight and leaves good lacing. The aroma is hoppy, bright, and firm, with a a clear bite of northwestern style hops. The flavor, though, has a slight sourness and a nutty bite that speaks more of a red ale, though it smooths out to a flowery, smooth hoppiness and an orange-rind bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is robust and prickly and clings nicely with a slight sourness.

Overall, quite tasty, though I like Mirror Pond better.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Wonderful pale amber with a strawberry like hue around the edges. Many bubbles rise, even as the beer has been at room temperature for a decent while. Pours with a 1 finger rocky white head, that retains excellent. Good lacing.

S- A huge winner here, wonder fresh hops with a dry malt background. Absolutely outstanding for the nose.

T- Malt is the first note thats detected, followed by a quirky medicine like sweetness, thats thankfully flushed away quickly with the ample carbonation and quick dry bitter finish.

M- At frirst glance the carbonation level looks higher than you would want, given the ever visible bubbles, but the secret is that the carbonation works to the consumer's advantage. The palate is doused, covered again and then washed clean with the carbonation sip after sip. Very well done. One note is that there is a slight resinous feel left on the tongue.

O- Excellent and unique choice, one to go back to time and time again. A real treat to sit back and enjoy and marvel at the craftsmanship and time devoted to entertaining our beer obsession.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish gold color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles after a pretty reserved pour. The head faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds, but you can see that there are numerous bubbles rising, they just aren't sticking once they make it to the top.

Aroma: The aroma initially gives you plenty of fresh American hops and a light blend of toast and caramel to stand up for the malt. As the beer sits some, the hops are getting more pronounced, but that is about it.

Taste: The flavor is very well blended with both malt and hops being clearly noticeable, but neither being so strong that they take over the flavor profile of the beer. The hops are the most prominent aspect of this beer, but the malt is no chump. I would say that the beer finishes slightly toward the bitter, as you would expect with an APA, but it isn't out of balance and the malt is still noticeable even after it gives up to the hops. The carbonation is ample for the style and helps keep things moving along on your palate.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. It has a nice blend of flavor and the hop schedule is complex enough to keep it interesting. I would definitely drink this beer again and recommend it, especially if you enjoy hoppy beers.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly clouded mid amber having a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has that strong nice balance of rich malts and floral hops. Taste has a light sweet to the malt with a good amount of citric hops that ends dry after going down. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A nice enjoyable hearty ale.

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

So this was my first go at Deschutes, again (and still) thanks to fellow BA aschwab who brought it over to me.

However much I had expected from Deschutes, I come out rather disappointed in a simpler beer in my perception. this is neither a fulfilling IPA nor a fulfilling pale ale in general- it is somewhere in the middle, with rougher elements of one or the other, not the better taste of american beer (not bad necessarily).

The sights are a common but still attractive finding. Profoundly red toned with a nice tan-ish head on top. it faded quickly despite the amount (i'd say 2-3 fingers almost). scarce lacing. not too much fizzing. and very translucent, but still rather dark hued.

The smell is brilliant no less, with a very piney feel. Much more so than many other IPAs, strikingly fresh pine feeling, slightly charred maybe. it's very subtle for the generous head it had. slightly hoppy, too.

The taste was rather disappointing. while the malts are half perceivable at first, they're too subtle and overwhelmed by the bitterness. and the hops aren't all too tasty or taste-changing so to speak. They numb the palate and make it a bit hard to handle at times. Were it not for a proper carbonation and a nice, thin body (and a rather cold feel), it could be a bit too bitter at times- and bitterness, when left alone, can be hard to pass.

All in all, i wouldn't judge deschutes over this one. I'm gonna hunt them down for others, but I guess this is an example of the american love for hops (that I confess I share) that isn't quite what you expect. Too generic, too bitter but too simple. I like my beer bitter, but flavourful.

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

poured into a pint glass, orange-y amber in color, decent head with pretty solid lacing. aroma is pine, freshcut grass, slight orange citrus.

pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, graham cracker/biscuity malt flavor, slightly toasted. finishes dry and clean. really unique.

on the lighter side of medium bodied, really refreshing and clean. still has alot of flavor but isn't cumbersome.

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Photo of ScotchnIce
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prying the top of my first of a handful of these resulted in an immediate aroma of hops and various fruit. The sweet undertones in the smell were definitely alluring to a delicious ale.

When turned adjacent against my bar glass, a burnt, glowing, amber confection pours, leaving a modest head. This was a beautiful creation.

When brought to my lips, my senses were overwhelmed by not only the scents filling my nose, but the many layers of sweet grapes and tinges of orange zest amalgamated with bitter, pungent hops. This became a flavor combination quickly familiar with my palate, and was constantly and consistently swilled. The medium bodied, lightly carbonated brew worked exceedingly well with my tummy.

All in all, an undeniable grade-A beer.

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Photo of kwc017
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice copper/Amber color.

S- Malty and maybe a little bread. Citrus as well. Seems to be different each time I drink one, in a good way.

T- Very similar to smell. Initial taste is a little citrus hop, Cascade maybe, malt seems to want to take over but is not overpowering. Finish is clean with a malty, hoppy combination of deliciousness!

M- Nice medium body, mild carbonation. Perfect.

O- Just a spectacular beer from one of the best breweries in the country, IMHO. Seems to taste more hoppy one day and more malty another. Very complex but yet simple and also very drinkable. I have yet to have a Deschutes beer that disappoints and this one is one of their very best.

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Photo of aval89
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice dark orange/amber color. Nice fingers worth of head.. not a very transparent body..

S: citrus flavors pull through with small traces of tropical fruits.. but its balanced by the sweet caramel/toffee.. bready as well

T: sweet malts right up front.. but the mild grapefruit & citrus tones quickly come into play.. then more of the caramel & toffee flavors pull through .. finish is semi bready with a lingering hop bitterness, but not over the top.. surprisingly well balanced with good flavor..

Mf: medium bodied with light medium carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O: overall this is a great brew. Expected this to drink more like an IPA considering the abv.. but it really drinks like an APA but with a nice twist.. highly drinkable & go down easy in the heat.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark amber body with an extremely slight amount of suspended particulates, uniform throughout the brew. Minimal to no visible carbonation. Thick, barely off-white head with high retention.

Smell - Tall grass, pollen, slight wood and more grass.

Taste - Bitter lime peel front end, and a stronger bitter lime peel finish and aftertaste. It just grows in your mouth. No maltiness whatsoever, all hop. Somewhat clean and very dry.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Nice and frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Overall good beer, but nothing really stands out here. It has balance though, so it's a decent session pale ale. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it again though.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a clear plastic cup. Dark amber, copper color, clear with a finger of off white foamy head. Head retention was very nice, with a half a finger maintained by the ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the cup. Plenty of nice lacing as you drink from the cup.

Nose is fresh pine, earthy hops, with a touch of caramel malt. Gets a little more pungent with bitter hops as it warms a little, though somewhat one note

Clean fresh pine bitterness, some dank hops as well on the front of the tongue, some more earthiness and the caramel malt after the initial hit of bitterness, finishing dryly on the tongue. Lingering earthy bitterness, light but noticeable, though the tongue is scrubbed clean by the ample carbonation.

Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of pants678
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, it's orange with a frothy white head that maintains well.

Moderate hops on the nose, some fruit but still very earthy.

A little bit of an IPA bite to it, malty with a touch of caramel juxtaposed by citrus. It's got the bread-feel and grapefruit that really cuts things off. More definition than Mirror Pond, up there with some of the better APAs.

Strong carbonation, not a knock as I could have well done 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyds glass. It poured a clear, amber color with a bubbly, half inch, white head filling the top of the glass. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a nice, bright hoppiness to it. I get grapefruit and pine to it, with just a little of a tropical fruit, pineapple, mango coming through. Some sweeter, malt notes are there as well and compliments the hops nicely.

The taste has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty. I get some sweeter, malty, slight caramel notes coming through. From the hops I get the grapefruit flavors, along with more of that juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Pine is there, but a little less present than in the aroma. It finishes on the bitter side with some resiny, grapefruit flavors coming in. Very nice hoppy flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average. Overall, I thought it was a very nice beer of the style. It had a very nice and bright hoppiness to it, and just enough malt to give it some nice sweet, balancing flavors. Very nice beer overall, definitely one I could drink several of very easily.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a small glass mug...

The beer was a clear copper color with a thick cream colored head that stuck around. It smells of sweet caramel malt, fresh peaches and citrus. The taste consists of grassy hops, a lot of sweet malt and a spicy/ lemony aftertaste. The beer is light and coats the tongue until the soft, prickly carbonation washes over leaving the mouth dry. This beer has some great flavor and it's not your typical pale ale, I could see myself getting this again.

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