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 Kastler
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle into a frosty beer mug

Appearance - It has a Dark amber color and a minimal head

Smell - Sweet, sweet honey

Taste - A great hoppy taste. Not too strong, not to weak. A perfect combination

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel; A little on the thinner side for a Pale Ale.

Overall - Exactly what I want in a Pale Ale. That classic hoppy honey taste that goes down smooth and smells like a drink of champions. I highly recommend this brew

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Photo of nova009
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a clear copper color with a steady stream of bubbles, a solid one finger fluffy off-white head appears and very slowly dissipates, spotty lacing

S- bready malt, citrus hops, slightly sweet too with vanilla and caramel

T- just like the nose, bready malt, a pretty substantial hop punch, creamy vanilla, real clean finish

M- light to medium body, nice balance of carbonation, finishes slick and clean

O- this is a great pale ale, nothing overwhelming or unbalanced, very clean and easy to drink, alcohol is barely noticable, highly reccommend

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Photo of Danishboy59
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The other reviews here said it all, this one needs no further technical explanation. As a Mirror Pond fan, I must say that this one is at even higher level than the former great brew. It is a home run for Deschutes, much like the SF Giants 2012 season. It makes me glad that it's January, and I will use this amazing Red Chair brew to celebrate the upcoming SF 49ers Super Bowl win!

This is quite possibly the most balanced pale ale ever, no wonder it has such top level awards. The taste and hops are very similar to Mirror Pond, but there is the Grapefruity, orange, and even mango-ish explosion added to it, with a more amazing balance between the big hops, and toasty malt. It is a "perfectly complex" beer, a pinnacle of fine brewing ingredients and skill. A must have!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/4/13

A: Clear amber body. Generous soapy head and excellent retention.

S: Nice notes of malt and hops.

T: Awesome balance. Fantastic fresh hop flavors with a malt backbone.

M: Drinks great. Good levels of carbonation, medium-bodied. I'd knock these back with fervor.

O: I love their Mirror Pond and this is just as good, if not better.

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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 ChugginOil
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent amber color with a soft 3 fingers of white head. Walls of lacing cling with stickiness.

The nose has some sweet buttery malt notes, followed by a hoppy pine resin aroma. Maybe some juicy fruit offered from the hops.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Subtle bitter hoppiness up front with an ample amount of sweet buttery goodness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very appropriate carbonation. Slightly chewy yet very drinkable.

Overall, with just a bit more hops this beer would be quite balanced. Otherwise, very solid.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really beautiful amber color. A nice bubbly head that retained pretty well. Some sticky lacing remained on glass.

Smell: The only disappointing part of this beer. Very light hop presence with kind of an artificial/metallic aroma. There were some sweet hops to be found in the end of the aroma but not enough to bring it back.

Taste: This is really fantastic. The crisp hops bite at the front of this beer and yield to the creamy caramel body which makes this pale ale really fantastic. A malt thickness is on the undertones of this brew. The hop brightness blasts through at the end of this beer and makes it stick on the palette for a long time.

Mouthfeel: A very heavy malt feeling covers the palette. The hops are not too very pronounced on the aftertaste but overall this is very pleasant

Overall: Really awesome. Deschutes is making some incredible beer. I've been impressed with the wide range of their beer. Any of their products should do the job for you.

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Photo of Efay
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoying the new distribution of Deschutes in Chicago. Had this baby before but needed to give it another try.

Served into a teku glass

A- Transparent, light maroon colored body. Not much head retention, but lots of lacing in this baby.

S- Sweet tangerine with biscuity malt, and you can definitely smell some honey.

T- Extremely complex but everything complements each other. Initial bitter pine taste that is smoothed out by honey, which then turns into a light malt backbone, which then ends with some bittersweet tangerine. This is heavenly.

M- Light, sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O- Deschutes is slowly becoming my go to brewery for pale ales. They really know how to make the ingredients work together, and nothing is overwhelming. i feel like this 6 pack may go by fast.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to standard pint glass
Notes taken 01/13/13 - BB 04/11/13

A: Pours a caramel amber body with some orange colored hues to it. Bright clarity. Topped with a thick cloud of khaki tan foam. Soapy looking and stubborn as all get out. Leaves a thick lattice of sticky coat down the glass.

S: Smells real piney with an overall honey like sweetness. Soft caramels with a bit of orange peel and some herbals mixed in. Not bad at all and hoppier than I was expecting.

T: Taste brings forth more orange and citrus fruit than the nose and a modest amount of sappy pines. I get a distinct earthy mineral note with a bit of minty herbs in the background. There is an overall caramel sweetness to the beer with some soft bread and a relatively lower bitterness factor that is quite delicate on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden and seldom known. A rather quaffable pale ale I must say.

M: Creamy and frothy feel. Very smooth with a nice even carbonation and moderate in weight. There is just a slight warming sensation with a nice light drying crisp finish. Touch of residual sugary hop oils linger about.

D: Much better than I remember the Red Chair IPA being. Hops were vibrant while still complimenting the sweeter malt additions as the PNW style is known for. Clean yeast character. Very drinkable balance.

Would have again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my 4th Deschuttes beer since they started distributing in the Chicago area earlier this month, and all of them have been delicious. 12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 04/11/13 stamped above the bar code.

The beer poured a clear amber color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted over 3 minutes. Lacing was also plentiful.

The beer had a nice shortbread cookie smell to it along with citrus and floral hops.

Big grapefruit/tangerine flavor with lots of hops and lots of bitterness. Sweet caramel malt and other malts for balance along with a kiss of honey. Delicious.

Thick and creamy despite the fairly high carbonation. Got to put this one at full bodied with a bitter citrus aftertaste.

If you like big, bold, and bitter IPA's, then this one's for you. Let it warm a bit for best flavor.

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Photo of Star80
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best before 4/11/13. Date coding is GOOD.

A - Pours our a rich copper with creamy head. Really great lacing.

S - Smells floral, brightly citrusy, with some lemon zest, grapefruit twang, some faintly tropical fruits and candy-like malts. Really a nice smelling beer.

T - Tastes very zesty, faintly earthy and little bit of sourdough bread. it actually comes together quite well and is highly refreshing. Some puckering lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Quite hoppy for a pale ale.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Overall a wildly hoppy pale ale with a lemony hop bite and smooth creamy body. Can't believe this is a seasonal and will enjoy it while I can. Deschutes is impressing the hell out of me so far. Welcome to Illinois!

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/29/13. Poured a slightly-hazy orange with a short white head. The aroma seems like it should stand up more— I just gets a creamy, mild floral and tangerine hop character. The flavor, however, has big, biting grapefruit over a subtle caramel malt backbone. There's also a nice juicy hop undertone that sets this apart from your average all-citrus pale ale. I'm a fan, it's a touch thick for the style, but damn tasty and a good break from the often-boring APA. Have a couple pints, you won't regret it.

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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 jvillefan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: It has a deep yellow almost orange color with a one finger lingering ivory white head.

S: Initially, after opening there were plenty of hop aroma with citrus and pine but as the beer sat there for a little bit (10-15 minutes) the smell dissipated and I was left with only a bready caramely aroma.

T: Hops are the first thing tasted but they are not overpowering. I would put the hops at a weak IPA. The have a very sharp bitterness with a musty (in a good way) grapefruit flavor. The malt is very prevelent in the back of this beer. Tons of breadyness, way more then expected with subtle hints of caramel.

M: Way heavier then expected for a pale ale but very good. The carbonation is a little weak but very good.

O: This is a very good secessionable beer that would be good on a hot day. Why it is an early winter release, I don't know but I will still drink it while I can.

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Photo of Jellopants356
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Good representation of the style. Certainly the best American Pale Ale i've had in awhile. The color is a nice amber with a good solid hop smell. Yep, the mouthfeel is just about right, maybe a little more carbonation. Oooo baby, this one tastes perfect. Totally pale ale. Slight hops greet me with a full flavored ale which i WISH wasn't only a seasonal. This one needs to be a full-time offering for sure. Overall, great beer indeed.

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Photo of mnphish
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First nitro beer! Pours a light amber with a one finger head. Citrus, pine, and caramel on the nose, same goes for the taste. It's got a nice bitter aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is epic. It's milky creamy goodness, lightly carbonated & highly drinkable! Great brew, fantastic on Nitro!

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

Theres a reason this beer won beer of the world 2 years now. 2010 and 2012. Red chair has a very nice malty-hoppy flavor with a crisp taste and a nice mellow finish. one of my favorite deschuttes beers. Cheers to becoming beer of the world. worth every bit of respect from me. this brewery knows what theyre doing.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for the bottle. Thanks Chris.

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange bodied beer with an almost copper like hue. One solid finger of off white head. Sticky lacing thats better than spotty. Thin cap remains on the beer during the entire time I am drinking the beer.

Smell: lightly sweet yet bready malts. Very orangy citrus hops. Maybe a hint of grassy and pine.

Taste: mild hops bitterness. Its orange and lemon hops upfront. You get some fruity notes and a touch of bready sweetness in the middle. Finishes with more oranges; also a hint of mild grapefruit and pine notes. Really balanced flavors in this beer!

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Deschutes always nails the mouthfeel on thier beers! This one has a nice creamy and the carbonation has that really nice soft / delicate feel to it. Really drinkable APA here!

Overall: This is a really great APA. Love the orange notes the hops impart on this beer. The mouthfeel feel is perfect for this beer.

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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 Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch, bone-white head on a beautiful looking hazy orange/light red colored body. this head retention throughout with a collar. Splishy splashy lacing all over.

S- Citrus on the nose, oranges.

T Mellow sweet citrus...again more with the the orange specific citrus, maybe some grapefruit. Yeasty notes detected, unfiltered perhaps? Would guess less than the stated ABV of 6.4%

M- Medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation with seems to work well here.

D/O- Damn easy drinking pale ale here. Recommended for pale ale fans looking for something new. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle for the purposes of this review, but this is a beer I am just getting around to do a write up for. I've had it many times, and I keep it on hand whenever I find it available. One of my go-to's...

A - Nice rusty-copper body with a long-lasting lace ring well representative of a west coast IPA style.

S - It's hop dominate in a very great balanced way. Emulates citrus, maybe some tropical fruits. Good complexity.

T - The best quality to me is that this is an IPA with the flavors pulled back and more balanced and sessionable than the typical west coast style. I like to have it on hand to introduce friends who are less hop-forward to good craft beers.

M - Its crisp and smooth throughout, very drinkable.

O - Probably my favorite session beer. Perfectly balanced, so enjoyable.

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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 sleuthdog
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with RWNEWHOUSE
Best by date of 5/11/12 my. My bad...missed that date on bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a real nice looking hazy orange color with an absolute huge white fluffy head. The head was a good four finger size and left a ton and I mean a TON of lacing behind. The head settles down to a light fluff floating on top of my beer. I love the color of this beer. It's very enticing to say the least.

Smell: Right off the bat orange peel smacks me in the face. It's like a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. This is followed by a piney and floral hop presence but I must mention that the hop nots are light on the nose. Very nice nose

Taste: Wow what a well balanced beer here. There is the slight hop bite mixed with orange and mango fruitiness. There is a breadiness and toasted character found in it also. I am also finding a caramel taste in it that seems to add a background sweetness that is super enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: I find this beer to be super creamy in the mouth. It almost feels as though I squirted whipped cream in my mouth and have that creamy feeling left behind. The carbonation is moderate at best and I believe this adds to the creamy feeling of this beer.

Overall: I true pleasure to drink this one. I mean I could sit back and put away quite a few of these. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet or fruity either. Just an absolute perfect balance to be able to enjoy any time. I know this one was past it's prime according to the best by date but it's excellent IMO even three months past said date.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2011. Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Large foamy tan head. Light carbonation. Clear dark amber in color. Aroma is a little fruity tart with some resin. Starts sticky hoppy sweet. Lots of resin. Almost a juicyfruit gum quality. Medium to light body, slightly noticeable ethanol. Finishes a bit sweet but the hop bitterness lingers.

Nicely balanced, easy to drink.

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