Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
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

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Reviews: 637 | Ratings: 2,697
Photo of Longhorn22
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, let me just say that so far I have not had a pale ale and wanted a second bottle of it. I have tried Mirror Pond from Deshutes, and Sierra Nevada, and i still don't really like them.

That being said, I liked this.

A - It had a pretty big head, that lasted for a long time.

S - It has a sweet aroma, sort of smells like some kind of fruit.

T - It is sweet, you can really taste the malts. It has a slight bite at the end of a sip, but this is really the best tasting pale ale I have had.

M/D - It was very smooth, but still had some weight. I don't usually drink many beers at a time, but I drank two of these in a row pretty easily.

Bottom Line: Sweet, and easy to drink, probably the easiest to drink and tastiest pale ale I have had. So, if you don't usually like pale ales, you should give this one a shot. It isn't radically different, but it gets it just right.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden copper/orange hues when held to a light source ans a half finger foam off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Notmuch in the way of lacing but there is a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Pretty hoppy aroma for a pale ale with a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit. There's also a nice toasty biscuit malt presence in the nose with a bit of caramel.

Surprisignly full medium body for a pale ale that is slightly chewy with a decent balance of crisp citrus hops and toasted malt. Pretty hop forward with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Plenty of lemon and orange peel along with some mango and faint pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a toasty biscuit/caramel malt backbone that is strong but doesn't overpower the fresh hop flavor. Nicely balanced and very quaffable session beer. A lot more complex and hoppy than I expected.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: polished copper, good clarity, thick layer of white fine-beaded foam, good head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: biscuity malt, piney hops, hint of cooked strawberries

Flavor: medium malt sweetness; resiny hop flavor that tends toward a citrus-peel, leafy-green note; caramel; finishes semisweet with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, a bit chewy

Other comments: A pretty smooth, not-too-hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town today.

Best by April 29, 2010.

It pours a clear amber gold with a 1" head of foam and, typical of Deschutes brews, some darned good lacing.

The smell is...IPAish. Lots of grapefruit notes with some floral tones, maybe some tropical fruitiness. I'm trying hard to smell some sort of malt presence but I'm not getting any.

First sip and...there you are, Mr Malt. Nice malty sweetness here to go along with the robust grapefruit flavour and although the overall flavour still lies in bitter territory, the malt makes it a much closer race than I could have imagined going by the smell. Nice!

A nice medium body with carbonation that doesn't get too fizzy, it has a rather niced mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Again, typical of Deschutes brews whether they are high octane or not, the drinkability is to be greatly admired and I'm admiring this one's greatly. What a brewery!

Edit: I originally reviewed this as the IPA. My bad.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear and bright reddish/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace behind.
S: A soft malty and buttery aroma at first. Light caramel. Light floral and grassy hops. All the good stuff is there. Incredibly subtle and soft, but I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and light buttery flavors. Light floral and grassy hops linger. Soft, but excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Soft seems to be a theme throughout, but just an excellent pale ale that is incredibly subtle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of vkv822
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a clear, medium amber color with slight golden hues, and a light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The scent is of juicy citric hops hops, with some faint pine and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is malty bread, which then blends nicely into a citric and pine hop bitterness.
The balance between the malt and hop flavors is really very enjoyable.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Probably my favorite seasonal offering from Deschutes, it is a very well done, enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the darker amber color. Good lacing here - this is a pretty white head. The nose is peppery with hops, and the malt is biscuity or crackerlike. Slightly sweet malt.

The flavor is well balanced, with some fruitiness, diacetyl, herbs, and malt. I get quite a little pepper from the hops, with caramel and pale malts that hint toward an English IPA. Good carbonation leaves it smooth and firm. Finishes minty and somewhat bitter, but it's really pleasant. Well done.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured a crisp, clear, copper with shades of amber in my pint glass. A finger of dark off white head topped this treasure and slowly dissipated to about a half. Good lacing for this style of beer. I got thirsty just looking at this one.

The nose was not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice with citrus and sweet caramel notes. A very subtle mineral/pine ended the nose.

This beer is built very well, fighting shape even. Definite malt front, showcasing caramel and sweet bread quickly rolling into a grapefruit citrus and what I felt was not quite pine or green grass but something in-between. Don't let me freak you out with the green grass thing because it has a refreshing finish.

The red chair goes down crisp and clean with a satin feel. The carbonation is close to perfect. It comes in at 6.4abv but in my book every bit a session beer. I could seriously drink this year round and hope it will not be a limited or seasonal release.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice golden/red color with a small white head. No lacing really.

Smell - Sweet and malty, with faint hop aroma.

Taste - like the smell, but the hops come through a lot more. Has a great sweet background taste.

Mouthfeel - crisp with good carbonation.

Drink - I'd say this is pretty session worthy for me anyway. Goes down easy and I enjoy drinking it.

Overall I am really enjoying this, beers like this are helping me get into this style more and more. Which is good, because I generally stick to stouts and the like.

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Photo of sanjosey19
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Off the label: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride." As a hop head I was a bit nervous when I read this, but was pleasantly surprised. The appearance isn't that impressive, not much lacing at all, and not too much of a head. Nice copper color though. The smell is very mild, with a very subtle citrus aroma. The taste was what made me want to write a review about this beer. I was very impressed with how well balanced the hop and malt characters were. The hops are there, but mostly in the background, most of the flavor up front comes from the malt. Usually for me, the hoppier the better. Even as subdued as the hops were in this beer, they were present enough to make me happy. The two positives that really stood out for me about this beer were it's pleasant citrus flavors and its drinkability. I could drink this beer for days. So refreshing! Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of JBogan
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish gold with a creamy off white one finger cap which leaves excellent lacing in it's wake. A very good looking brew.

The nose is is piney hops, along with a citrus bite. a light malt presence balances things out nicely.

Taste is similar to the aroma. There's the hops as the main player with caramel malt as the supporting cast. Once again, well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. I would have like a little more bite at the finish to make it perfect, but it still has a pleasing presence in the mouth.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I like the fact that the hops were noticeable but not in your face. A very well rounded offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, here is what it says on the Deschutes web site.

"As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness."

This is NOT the Red Chair IPA.

Well, well, this beer is not in the BA database yet. This is available in Arizona now and the website says it's available from Jan-April. They use the word debut in the description, but I am not sure if this is referring to the style (Northwest Pale Ale) or that this is the debut version of this beer.

Since it's not listed, I am assuming this is a new listing.

Pours with a very tight and creamy white head that appears bright sitting atop the deep red/amber colored beer. Lots of burgundy/mahogany tomes to the color. The head slowly settled but puts up a good battle and lacing a thick in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of some fresh hops, some cracker, bread crust tones and some sweet malt.

Flavor is excellent. A nice mix of some fruity esters, sweet bread flavors and some decent layered malt. The hop character seemed to be a mix of light pine and some citrus notes with more focus on the citrus side of the spectrum. Balance is very nice here and clearly a goal of this beer. Mission accomplished.

Medium bodied, smooth with very subtle and tight carbonation. Not creamy, but the velvety mouth feel makes you consider the adjective.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Deschutes line-up (again, assuming this is it's first year)

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
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