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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 2,695
Photo of pianoguy
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Best before 4/6/17

Pours a clear copper body with an off white head. Lots of thin lacing but not much retention

Overall scent is prominent. Orange Citrus and floral up front with a whiff of malt

Taste follows...Very enjoyable orange peel bitterness with just enough malt to give it a little balance

Crisp even feel

Recently discovered this beer and I really like it ! It's like a retooled version of Deshute's
Inversion IPA with less malt and more citrus hops. It has become my new favorite wintertime IPA/PA. If you like Sierra Nevada's Celebration IPA you will like this beer...

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Deep, clear copper colour with a big head after a vigorous pour - lots of lacing.

Lots of malt on the nose - dried fruit, orange peel - quite nice.

Palate is quite complex - malty with bread, dried fruit etc but I found the bitterness right at the end a little harsh. Slightly astringent. The beer might not be in the best condition as its nearing it's sell by date.

Mouth is good - medium bodied. Finishes quite crisp but I didn't like the harsh bittereness.

Pretty good and recommended for the style

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a dark amber appearance with good carbonation as well. Aromas of oranges, floral notes, pine and a pronounced malt sweetness as well. Tastes of pine, citrus, caramel malt sweetness, and floralet hops. Nice medium mouthfeel with a lingering maltiness. Overall a really good malt forward pale ale that is a classic for a good reason.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and off-white, with sheen lacing, and a hazed deep reddish amber body.

Smells like nice and fresh "pine" hops with a lighter touch of citrus with what I assume is the malts mentioned on the labeling.

I taste a nice blend of citrus, pine, with a slightly sweet finish compliments of that malt blend.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery with a 4.25 . Its too bad this bottle wasn't fresher, but I'm still thoroughly enjoying this brew

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pint at a pizza parlor (Mellow Mushroom) was from a nitro tap. The beer was quite tasty, made smooth by the nitro. I'm an IPA drinker, but amlearning to appreciate red ales with hop.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

The showcase is clear with an amber copper color. Thick foamy off-white head forms up and stands with great retention. Once slowly dissipating, magnificent lacing is left along with everlasting frothy crown atop. Not much carbonation can be seen through the sight.

Fresh floral, load of citrus, yeasty ester, spice, bready malt, faint buttery, some grassiness, and slight woody, all of these aromas make a good combination providing inviting and succulent characters.

Kick off with sweetness form the use of various kinds of malt, theirs flavor reveal with a bready and dough quality. The rest of the story is an era of hops with a substantial and clean bitterness to counter the sweetness proportion. The presence of hops has not much wide variety but simply steady and straight to the point with a zesty citrus and spice. At the aftertaste, long lasting bitterness and spice blend up delicately along with a vague hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rather full and super smooth with a bold body. Carbonation is not on the high side but crisp enough to well carry its big body as well as taste through the palate sensation. Finish is dry and clean.

To drink this beer is so enjoying. Through its sheer quality of malts and hops, no man can deny this brew. Superb without any question.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark orange / brown / copper color, a bit hazy, with 1 finger head, looks nice.
S: Citrus- orange/lemon, also could be apple/peachy
T: Citrus based/apple, peachy, matches nose. Maybe light sweet hops but nothing too distinct. Follows with some woody/bready flavor, nice malt backbone. Quite balanced and pleasant to drink, but lacks finish.
F: Moderate mouthfeel, medium body.

O: Nice pale ale, not too hoppy and balanced, but lacks a finish.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this add a twelve pack on sale from dry tavern beer distributor. I've always thought Deschutes Porter is the best, so I thought I'd give this a try.... on sale nonetheless! Wow! Great offering. Well balanced on everything one wants in a pale ale.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a nice murky red with a one finger head. I immediately identified this beer as great after the first swallow, although hoppy beers usually aren't my favorite. It's a nice grapefruit taste, perfectly hopped. Love it!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This APA was drank on draft in a 16oz pint. This had a nice citrus taste with not to much of a hoppy presence in this nice amber pour. Really enjoyable APA and got this draft for free with my meal. I enjoyed it and will check it out again in the future.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured two 12 oz bottles into my trusty glass mug. Colour is amber/copper with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells hoppy and floral with citrus. Tastes smooth hops and a slight bit fruity. Goes down very smooth. Prost!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Lighter amber color almost leaning a little more towards copper gold, a creamy slightly tan head and lots of fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, quite a bit of pine, little bit of tropical fruit followed by a graininess.

T: Floral hops, a nice bit of pine, a somewhat rough graininess and fairly strong bitterness for a pale ale, but overall a very nice drinking beer.

F: Medium carbonation and a fairly creamy body, but still pretty easy drinking.

O: A very nice American Pale Ale that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of schematix
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper. No head formed.

S: Definitely malt forward. Hop character is lower than expected.

T: Sweet malt and fruity hop flavors turn into a strikingly smooth finish.

M: More aggressively carbonated than many similar beers. The mouth feel is full and pillowy soft.

O: Good beer. Not sure i'd buy again among an ever increasing array of options.

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Photo of matcris
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A slightly hazy, red/amber in color. Finger plus of thick, creamy khaki head that lingers and finally settles to a still thick collar. Great lacing down the glass. Hard to see what the carbonation is doing.
AROMA: Overall mild but smells very good. Mostly citrus, a little pine, and I swear there's a peach in there somewhere, too. Some nice caramel malt.
TASTE: Bready, caramel, citrus. Has a very pleasant sweetness to it and just a slight bitter note for balance.
FEEL: Medium body, nice solid amount of carbonation, slightly stick feel but then things dry up nicely on the finish.
OVERALL: Really nice tasting and balanced PA. Nice bready, caramel sweetness combined with some subtle hop notes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in an earthy sullen orange and yellow. Off white 1/2" head. Aroma was mild grains, not as hoppy as hoped for.

Taste, another mild pale ale, bitterness seems lower than ibu advertised, which is actually a good thing. Approaches balance with its soft touches. Lightly toasted pale malts, relatively light hop bill. This is a bit like a less bitter mirror pond with a lighter malt bill. Some mild citrus and pine hop notes.

Noticed the longevity of the hop flavor is pretty short.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color.

Overall: The aroma is a sweet citrus. Hops give this brew a flavor that is citrusy and piney. The malt is slightly nutty and the hops give it a hint of a peach flavor. Even with all the flavors going on in this beer, they combine very smoothly. This is an ale that’s hard to put down. Another notable accomplishment from Deschutes. Everyone of their beers are great!

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Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale malted entry. The definition of pale with these malts. The pale malts fade to the background to provide a slightly sweet malt backbone. There is some bitterness that I pick up about mid palate with some back end bitterness. The hops are slightly piney, evergreen-like, feels fresh. Mild, white pepper spiciness. Touch of grapefruit. Some resin stickiness from the hops. Bitterness loiters a bit. There is not much complexity to the bitters in this brew, pretty straight forward. This beer is a little too malty for me, it takes the drinkability down a notch for me. I liked this brew a lot last year, no as much this year.

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Photo of ebin6
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My personal favorite pale ale, Red Chair is distinct in several ways. This unfiltered brew pours light red with some inevitable sediment to cloud it up. The nose and taste combine a hint of citrusy and piney hops. Drinks easy for the 6+% ABV. A beer I look forward to yearly, just as much as the "big" beer releases.

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Photo of cfitzsimmons
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 7 May 2016. Poured into 16oz pint glass.
Look: Clear amber with 1 finger of head.
Aroma: Floral and hoppy
Taste: Citrus and clean. Not too sweet and not too strong of a hop profile.
Feel: Good body, not too much carbonation.
Overall: One of my favorite seasonal beers!

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Photo of timbocf
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so I've never tried Deschutes before but it was on clearance at Target for $7. The Best Sold By date was a week before I bought it but it didn't matter. This beer is really good. It has a lighter citrus start with a balanced hop finish.

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Photo of gandres
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: dark red, medium head, lacing
Aroma: hoppy
Taste: very good
Mouth feel
Overall: excellent beer, something to look forward to repeating
Drank on : March 9, 2016

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Photo of kitch
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 7th May 2016 and poured into a Moonzen Teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear amber copper colour with a two finger off white head that retains pretty well, leaving nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, apple, brown sugar and hints of pineapple and grassiness.

Taste: Bready and caramel malt sweetness heavy with bitter grapefruit pith and juicy grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was pretty good but perhaps a bit too malt heavy for my liking.

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head lacing
A-Aroma has malt and citrus hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice malt and citrus hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good APA

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper orange with picture perfect clarity. The off white foam above is impressive, stubborn, and sticky as hell.

Pine sap, toasty biscuits, and a drizzle of caramel are intoxicating aromas.

The flavor follows perfectly with the addition of a grapefruit pungency, and a hint of black licorice as it warms.

The beefed up malt profile makes this a bit fuller, stickier even than most classic pale ales. Wonderful balance and a clean feel to it. Too easy to drink.

An outstanding pale ale. Perfect for the cold of winter when you still want something full and hoppy while needing a break from those heavy stouts and porters.


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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada set the bar for APA and this beer raises it up a notch. Beautiful amber color with a light tan frothy head. Smell is crisp citrusy hops that combine well with a sturdy malt base that is caramel sweet but not overly so. Taste is a showcase of PNW hops and a good layer of crystal malt and honey malt lightly roasted but semi sweet with a touch of spicy and herbal hop notes at the finish. Lovely light yo medium body with crisp, prickly carbonation. Such a smooth easy drinking beer I could drink year round!!

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,695 ratings