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:
2,557
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
555
For Trade:
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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 2,557
Photo of jtaylord
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro draft. Nice copper color. Smooth off-white head that retains for a good amount of time. Pine on the nose. Subtle hop taste and smell. Not overpowering. Smooth finish. Wish it was a year round offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a two-finger foamy off-white head. The head leaves a heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aromas of sweet citrus, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Flavor starts with a big burst of citrus - orange & tangerine. The citrus is backed by some sweet malts. There is a big smack of piney hops that appear mid palate through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp finish.

O - Very solid pale ale with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a shaker pint. Best by 3/12/14 bottle date.

NWPA has a bronze-copper body with two-finger's of bubbly, white foam. Creamy and bubbly sheet lace looks classy.

Bouquet of fruity esters: apricot, some banana, doughy malt, honey. Very clean, and light on the nose, great scents though!

Floral and fruity esters are huge on the palate. Also a sweet, bready malt that fits incredibly well. When the bitterness finally hits, it feels resin-y and slightly citrus-y. The finish includes some pepper and earthiness. Sweet, floral, and a good dose of bitterness.

Light-medium body and more watery. Also leans to the dry side.

Wonderfully easy beer to drink with complimentary, sweet flavors. The bouquet could be bigger, but the palate certainly delivers.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Best by 4/14/2011 (says 1920 M underneath, batch number perhaps?)

Pours out a nice deep copper color with a light beige head. Head is initially a finger high but settles to a thin ring around the glass. Body is hazy. In light it is a nice golden copper color. Very nice looking liquid. Some very nice looking loose lacing clings to the glass as the liquid recedes in the glass.

Nice and hoppy upfront. A good malt backbone balances this out nicely. Getting some toasty notes from the malt. The hops give off a more resin and earthy tone.

Resin hops great the taste buds upon first sip. A bit grassy notes also detected. The malt doesn't come through as much as it does in the smell for me. The hops really dominate this one. Each swallow gives a bit of sweetness that I'm guessing comes from the malt. It really helps to balance the beer but the hops are still much the dominating presence. A nice bitterness lingers in the mouth after each sip.

Nice feeling on this one. It's a bit thicker than medium bodied but not in a bad way. Carbonation isn't apparent on the mouth. As stated in the taste, bitterness lingers but isn't distracting at all.

This is another solid beer from Deschutes. For a pale this is pretty hopped up (sort of like Sierra Nevada Pale). I would have liked a bit more balance but at the same time the hophead in me loves this. Will be getting more of this for sure.

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

Enjoyable semi strong pale ale. Very nice color. Perhaps a little deficient on the carbonation. Taste reminiscent of English Bass Ale. In all regards a pleasingly bitter and well constructed ale, at a reasonable price. Lovely to come "home" to at the end of a hard days skiing in Tahoe.

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

A- pours a clear amber with a one-finger creamy white head with long retention, leaving a layer of cream with short lasting lace

S- floral hops up front with notes of citrus, sweet and fruity malt on the backend. Intriguing nose.

T- well balanced from start to finish, floral and herbal hop notes are complemented with sweet-yet-fruity malt, and a slightly grainy-toasted finish.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, leads to a smooth mouthfeel with a bit of a creamy finish

O- easy to drink as a pale ale should be, but plenty of flavor to go around. I really like the fruity esters and subtly malty sweetness.

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

Draft at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. One of the few nitro-taps I have seen here.
Pours clear orange-brown color with a solid white head. Nitro obviously adds to the foam retention, and full sheets of lace.
Smells has some malt sweetness, and some citrus hops.
Good carbonation level, crisp mouth feel, clean finish.
Overall, a good beer with good level of hops. Could definitely have a couple more.

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Photo of MCain04
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/14/13. Poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A: Golden, amber, and clear. Creamy 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.

S: Not too much nose. A little pine, a little grassy floral notes, not too aromatic. Bottle describes it and "subtle aromatic seduction," so I guess I can't hold it against them.

T: Great hop flavor, crisp taste with a readily-apparent but very nice barley malt background that balances well. Not extremely bitter. Really dances over the palate with flavors. A little thin, but overall quite wonderful.

M: Clean, crisp, refreshing. A little watery, but aside from that, very well done.

O: Nice overall beer. Really easy to drink, very sessionable, would be perfect for a nice summer day, but I'm still enjoying it in bitter cold of February.

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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.

L:
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.

S:
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.

T:
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.

F:
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.

O:
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 ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pale ale with a pleasant aroma of pine, peach, orange, apricot and bread. Very drinkable - crisp from beginning to end - with the hops greeting you right up front and the malt coming on soon after to brig some sweetness and mellowing biscuit. Just enough bitterness that doesn't stick to the tongue. Too bad it's a rarity in the northeast.

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Photo of Bucktron18
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pours a hazy orangish light amber. Chill haze clears as the beer warms to a clearer light copper. Thick head that slowly sinks into some great lacing. Smells a little bready with caramel malt and floral hops that are not to aggressive. Taste is a sweat caramel malt up front with great hop balance through the middle and a clear bitter finish that lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is slightly slippery with medium-low carbonation.

Overall a great american pale ale with good hop presence and a great balance of malts. My first beer from Deschutes and definitely not my last.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so happy to find some Deschutes beers at my local Jewel grocery stores!

Clear copper and bronze color and some nice tiny bubbling making its way to the top. Two finger head and a strong film of foam and nice lacey stickage from the light tan colored foam.

Resiny hops and toasty, bready, biscuity malt aromas. Smells like a pretty good APA.

Piney and citrus hop flavors mixed with syrupy biscuits upfront. Well toasted malt and hop bittereness that lingers, but does not overpower. The baance is a little more hops than malt overall, but that being said, I'd this is a very well balanced APA. The malts and hops each have there influence on your tasted buds and palate. Pretty easy to drink this 6.4% abv. beer.

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

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-orange with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, orange zest tea, dark bread, caramel, hop floral. Mild but nice.

T - Much like the smell. Orange flesh and zest, dark bread and some caramel, pine, pepper, hop floral, light touch of tea, aspirin. Finishes dry with signficant lingering tart citrus bitterness with some moderating sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. More substantial than I expected for the ABV.

O - At first, it reminded me of a lighter bodied, more citrus oriented Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which is high praise for me. As I continued to taste, this pale ale leans more toward an amber like a Troegs Nugget Nectar; again, pretty high praise. Bottom line is that for 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a lot of flavor and feel and I'm glad it made it to south-central PA starting this week.

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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 mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 GDBEERMAN
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into 8oz taster.
A: A nice malty orange body, with a light clarity and a fluffy white head. Good head retention and lacing is present.

S: The aroma is a nice presence of Northwest hops, very layered and approachable. Light malt undertones. medium intensity on the aroma.

T/M: Light body and a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Hops play a major role in this PA, but there is a nice back drop of malts. Good overall character and a really smooth easy drinking brew. A hint of creaminess is found in the body as it warms. Hops shown are high in aroma content, less on the bitter side, a good overall representation of how a classic Pacific Northwest hops should play out.

D: I find this to be very drinkable and the ABV is hidden well. A nice lighter malt balanced PA that still holds a high hop presence.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Poured an orangey color with some golden yet amber hues. Produced a 2 finger head that stuck around for a bit then dissipated.

Smelled piney at first, with some good citrus notes. Definitely a bit sweet smelling in the tail end.

Taste is delicious. Very well balanced, the hops are prevalent but aren't overbearing. Tastes great!

Mouthfeel is good!

Overall this is a great beer. I find it to be quite similar to Nugget Nectar - almost like its little brother. A bit less hoppy but similar balance between the malts and hops.

Yum!

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange tinged copper color and comes with a one finger thick head that is cloud white. It retains quite well, settling to a thin, but densely populated fine bubbly film. Lacing is above average but doesn't cling lquite ike I thought it would but that's ok. This looks to be fairly heavily carbonated as well. Decent looking overall....

S- There is much more malt noticeable compared to an IPA, which gives this a good counter balance to the citrusy smelling hops. Reasonably modest in aroma generally, but it's nice as it's not an overpowering hop bomb!

T- Very well rounded flavors! The soft citrus hop character is balanced by a slightly honeyed malt profile and some biscuit like qualities. The finish has some earthy, leafy flavors that keep this bitter yet dry and thirst quenching.

M- A smooth and creamy mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable brew to drink. There is a hopped oiliness that contributes to this in my opinion. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is deceiving....it's not palate scrubbing at all.

O- A very well made beer. It's well balanced, full of flavor, easy to drink and is quenching on the palate. I would recommend this to anyone who likes this style and who wants something that's reserved yet does the job well!

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland pub on 1.6.2012.

A - Served a nice medium orange with a tan head. The head lingers for a bit then fades to a small film and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and floral like most Deschutes hoppy beers.

T - Taste is similar, floral, grass, orange, pine.

D - Good carbonation with a nice body.

O - Solid, but not amazing. Good hop presence, but not overly.

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Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/5/2012) into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous coppery amber w/ a thick khaki head, nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh, piney, citrusy, floral. Nice hoppy goodness.

Taste is a great balance between a bready pale/caramel malt blend and nice bitter hops.

Overall, just a tasty understated brew. Would be great w/ a burger. This should be available year round.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice robust pale ale with good hearty tones. Lots of hop action, in a pale ale fashion, but not obliterating the palate. This is a nice drinker. I bet it'd be nice on cask. And, I bet if I had a very fresh sample, I would enjoy it even more.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and other citrus hops with some pine hops, and sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and other citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a reddish/orange (almost amber) color with a small white head that retained well and left spotty lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of fruity/floral and resinous hops. Definite taste of caramel, mango? and citrus. Very nice hop profile that is balanced well with sweet malts.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable...a very enjoyable 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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