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

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

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Photo of Mikus
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better pale ale for the price, clue me in. Finally found some with a date I like (5/29/15) and bought one to sample. Into the Spiegelau. A finger of fluffy, white head on top of a deep tangerine body, hints of red in the light. Light piney aromas, hint of grapefruit, clean and subtle with a hint of lemon grass or saffron. Nearly perfect for a PA. Balance is the word on flavor. Light grapefruit rind, citrus bitterness on the front. Mid palate has a nice lightly toasted malt base. Super clean. Perfect finish like a cool glass of lemonade on a summer's day. This may be my summer lawnmower beer. Hands down beats the pants off SNPA.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz shaker. beautiful thick off-white head. Thick lacing throughout tasting. Deep golden, copper honey color...almost a hint of red? (duh...copper).

Cutus, floral, hops on the nose with a hint of lemon zest.

Wonderful, full mouthfeel...not heavy but full. Perfect carbonation. Hints of honey and peaches upfront, sweet and balanced. Tasty malts and a nice hoppy finish. The hops are used sparingly and fade fast and clean.

This is such a great smooth, so tasty. Nothing overpowering...the citrus, sweet honey taste, malts and hops blend effortlessly...many flavors but blended so well that it almost seems to simple, to good to be real? Perfect everyday beer but alas...not an all yearer. Buy if you can find, drink if you have found and buy extra in May because that's when they stop production of this perfect little gem.

One of my all time favorites!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Red Chair

Appearance: amber, very small head, and some lacing.

Smell: hops, floral fruits, and a slight flower sweetness.

Taste: very nice malts, good hops, and a faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great brew. It is very well balanced with some very pleasing flavors.

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Photo of cbros
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a rather weak straw amber color. It has a rather tiny and noncommittal one finger head. Very little activity is present after the pour as well. I was expecting more from the pour.

S- This beer has a very nice hoppy/piney bouquet to it. Which somewhat surprising given the lackluster look to the beer.

T- This is a good tasting APA. There is a strong presence of hops and pine to this beer that balances itself nicely. A rather easy drinking beer that has a strong ABV.The beer stays even until the end but never overpowering.

I got this beer as part of an order from bottletrek and I am glad I included this in the shipment. This is a good APA offering and one that would be in my regular rotation if it were available.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear amber with a couple fingers of off-white head. slight sediment in the bottle adds a bit of haze in the final pour

Smell: Fresh sweet citrus, flowers, and pine hops

Taste: A melding of clean sweetness with fresh citrus and floral hops character, with a brief acidic spice somewhere in the middle. Relatively little bitterness for the amount of hops character. No off-notes or unpleasant flavors whatsoever.

Feel: Thin to medium body, moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easy.

Overall: Weird as it might sound, this was basically what I was expecting - A very pleasant, balanced and easy-drinking (india) pale ale. The hops has strong aromatic and flavor characteristics without inducing the amount of bitterness one might expect of an IPA. Just a smidge on the sweet side, but I still love it. Glad I picked up a sixer of this one.

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Photo of cody4prez
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

A - golden with a touch of amber

S - Disappointing smell, given the rest of the beer's profile. Great beer, disappointing aroma.

T - Hoppy on the front end, but smooth on the back with a little bit of sweetness.

M - Not watery, not thick. What I would expect from a Pale.

O - this is the best Pale Ale I've had. Just hoppy enough to match my taste buds, but smooth.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A--Gorgeous beer. Light amber/copper in color. Medium foamy head, slight lacing left in the glass.

S--Absolutely wonderful. Citrus hops are up first, followed by a hint of pine and then the malt.

T--Very bright and crisp. As with the nose, the citrus hops stand out well, with a nice malt taste to follow. A great aftertaste that leaves just a hint of dry bitterness.

M--Just what I was expecting from the style. Medium body and very easy to drink. Perfect amount of carbonation for me and extremely refreshing.

O--Definitely one of the best Pale Ales that I've had, right up there with Sierra Nevada, which as far as I'm concerned is the holy grail of Pale Ales. This has slightly less hops to me and slightly more malts. Great beer all around and there will be plenty of it in my future.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6.2 ABV. Best by June 11, 2014.

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Photo of vacax
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red amber with good clarity and a finger of copper tinged tan head. Good retention and lacing also obvious. The aroma is spicy and floral with a hidden malt butterscotch or pear tart to back it up. Fresh and hoppy with an elegant malt backdrop. The flavor is rich and full The flavor up front is hoppy with fresh floral notes that develops into a spicy flavor where the malt background develops, here the hops become more earthy and a light cookielike malt character reveals itself. This one is robust and delicious yet also approachable, balanced, and easily drinkable. The body is medium to a bit thick, the carbonation is high but it lends itself to a creamy fullness that gives a rich feel. Overall this is an exceptional brew, flavorful, well executed. In my book the best Deschutes beer that isn't $13 per bomber. I will buy a six pack of this at least every year.

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Photo of kwc017
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Hops: Cascade, Centennial.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan.

60 IBU.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: 2 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. See through red. Nice lacing.

S: Pine, caramel.

T: Flower, pine, caramel, sweet breadiness.

M: Crisp.

O: Deschutes seems to strive for balance in their beers rather than going full-on HOOOOPS like other breweries, especially on the West Coast. I do love hops, but it's nice to have APAs like this one, which is very well balanced. The hops are there, but there is a really great malt presence too. The flowery and piney hops come on first, then the sweet bready malts take over. The flavors wash over and over. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this from the clearance rack - marked only $1 a bottle!
poured from the 16 oz bottle into my starbucks california mug:
picture on the mug detailing this

A: nice IPA amber plenty o clarity
nice sticky head

a few points off here - a bit weak to the nosw

all but perfect - loving the hoppiness - right up there with the best IPA in MHO.

good body - all you need
too good to guzzle mindlessly - this one is to be savored.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red check, bitter hops check. This is a great twist on the IPA. Has a decent nose of hops, very little head but what there is/was light brown. Overall good beer.

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Photo of IllNate
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 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 Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great looking clear amber color with a finger of off white head; A decent amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tropical and citrus hops balanced out with bready malts; A hint of pine for good measure

Taste: Tropical fruits hit my palate upfront, followed by citrus. Then comes the bready malt mid palate, but the citrus hops maintains throughout with waves of flavor bouncing back and forth between citrus and bready malt

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium mouthfeel; Substantial bitterness, crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation

Overall: Hands down one of the better pale ales iv had. It has all the fruity hops you want in an APA, but also has a wonderful bready backbone that carries the flavors through the finish. I like my pale ales to be a subdued version of a juicy IPA, and thats exactly what this is. In fact, this is basically the little brother of fresh squeeze. Deschutes has been gradually rising towards the top as one of my favorite breweries since they started distributing in my state about a year ago, and this is another reason why.

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Photo of SamN
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear amber and a nice frothy head on top. Very good lacing as well, intricate lines of foam dashing across the side of the glass.

Smell: There is a fantastic hop presence in this beer, consisting of a citrus based and slightly tropical profile. The malt is very subtle on the nose, just a nice sweetness and a tinge of biscuit to it.

Taste: The hops are again noticeable right off the bat, there is however a very large malt presence in the taste as well, a nice roasty and biscuity full body. The hops are very similar to the smell, citrus with some hints of more tropical fruits, and they work wonderfully with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Just excellent body to this beer, very full, not thin to the slightest. The breadiness and the sweetness really make this thing drinkable.

Overall: What a great beer, so easy to drink and so full of complexities, a truly magnificent pale ale. I will most certainly be getting a case of this every time the season comes round and it is available.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm...World Beer Awards Best Beer 2010 & 2012 - a must try!
12oz bottle pours amber with excellent clarity and is topped with a rocky, off-white head that holds good retention & leaves lots of sticky, chunky lace. Floral hop nose with citric grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt. Tastes are piny hops up-front, grapefruit rind, caramel malt, bready malt, nice toasted grain finish while the piny hop lingers yet finishes clean. The hops come across more juicy and slightly tropical rather than piny as the palate warms up to the moderate bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth with pleasant carbonation allowing the vast complexity to meld. Overall, amazing balance with a nice complex array of flavors. One of the best APA's out there!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pours dark copper, almost amber. Very bright and vibrant, exceptional creamy stubborn head, leaving an impressive lace in its slow retreat. Can barely wait...

suggestion of sweetness amid a bunch of citrus. Only a little caramelized character. Full, inviting, just frankly lost amid all the fantastic IPA/pale ale aromas out there to get a higher score.

First of all I love hop flavor. Second of all it is hilarious to me that this beer seems - if anything - slightly MORE bitter than the Red Chair IPA from last summer. I think some people think of the style too narrowly, and the bitterness just wasn't high enough for them to call it an IPA. So be it. it is obvious that copious hops were added late in the boil or after, and the success they've achieved makes me jealous as a homebrewer.
To my palate this beer is the perfect combination of bitter and sweet, dry and tart, to make a drinkable IPA that can be enjoyed with any food unlike many of the palate wreckers (don't misunderstand, I love those too!). the alcohol makes itself known barely in the flavor, and all-too-soon at the bar as I realize how many of these babies I've had. Pale ale? Whatever. it's a killer beer with killer drinkability. Soft carbonation amid medium body. Enough pale malt sweetness to not-quite-balance the hops, but even the flavor of the malt is towards lightly toasted and untoasted sweet, not really caramelly. It's like sucking down a beautifully buzz-providing orange juice. I love this beer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Deschutes beer on the shelf is always exciting for me to pick up. This one advertises itself as a different, Northwest pale ale. Mirror Pond is one of the best examples of the APA style in my opinion, so I was kind of surprised with another wide release bottled APA.

Fairly dark copper with amber highlights in my pint glass. Moderate head leaves quite a bit of lace.

Wow, lots of hops on the nose. I could smell this when I opened the bottle. Big grapefruit, lemon rind and pine resin. Honestly, it reminds me more of a quality IPA, but I'm not going to complain. Just a trace of biscuit and caramel malts that grow with warmth.

Not only is it the hoppiest smelling APA I can remember drinking, it is also the hoppiest tasting. Some grapefruit, lots of lemon rind and bitterness on the finish, and more of that pine/spruce resin going on. Definitely more malts break through on the flavors, adding nice balance and depth. Sweet caramel and toasty biscuit make this one of the best tasting pales I can remember having.

Much of the time I only notice the feel of the beer when it's off. That's the case in this brew. The carbonation, body and finish are all just right to where I have to stop and make an analysis.

Great job, Deschutes! Out of curiosity I visited their website, and was surprised that their first line of introduction for Red Chair was "Not up for a full-on hop assault?" While it's not an assault, Red Chair tastefully piles on the hops for a great northwest APA. My only fear is that it might be pushing out the also truly excellent Cinder Cone as a seasonal. Can't we have both!?

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Photo of JesseMurdock
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to beers when it's in season. This is the perfect beer for someone relatively new to craft beer and still uneasy with hop forward IPAs. This beer is somewhat of a hybrid between an easy drinking american pale ale (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) and a more complex IPA. It has a nice malty backbone and a decent amount of sweetness allow for easy drinking while the burst of aromatic hops (pine, grapefruit) give it a great deal of depth. It has a decent head and is a nice cloudy burnt orange. Not a ton of a carbonation and a long-lasting almost sticky aftertaste.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm extremely biased with this review. I must say that this is one of my favorite beer, from my favorite style. I love pale ales, and Deschutes absolutely nails it on this one. Citrusy, Piney, and very crisp. As always, I'll be buying multiple 6pks.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this APA from a bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear reddish amber color, produced a thick, white foamy head, excellent retention and it left outstanding lacing on the glass. The aroma of this APA consists of orange peel, grapefruit and floral hops. The foundation of this ale contained toasted malted grain, spicy white pepper, sweet caramel and citric orange peel. This is an outstanding APA, well balanced, excellent "hop factor". If your looking for a unique APA that is "hoppy" try this excellent brew.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into globe

The head is yellow-tinged cream and the beer is red-orange sienna. Northwest-style hop scent is the foremost feature of the fresh-smelling aroma. The malts are smooth and subtle in the nose, underlying sharper citrus and grassiness. The complex malt flavor makes for a viscous mid-mouth bready sensation. Striking citrus at the tip of the tongue mellows to sweet caramel, pale malt, and earthy grains in pleasant carbonation. The aftertaste is neither strong nor unsatisfying.

This beer is less bitter-refreshment forceful than your typical west coaster like SNPA. The malt body is robust and comforting, but does not tower over the flavorful hops and esters. I recommend this beer to anyone, especially if you appreciate northwest pales.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - translucent rust color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - sourdough bread with a hint of citrus rind.

T - lots of bready malt flavor with a hint of bitterness which really stands out more so after the finish with a tartness on the lips.

F - medium bodied, it drinks smooth and easy.

O - very good beer.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,557 ratings.
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