Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
578
Ratings:
2,479
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
152
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519
For Trade:
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 2,479
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 stakem
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exciting times to finally have Deschutes available at my local. 12oz bottle with a best by July poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with 3 fingers white froth that fades back leaving soapy lace.

The smell is floral and herbal almost to the point where it is minty and with orange zest and lemon rind notes. Simply, inviting and enjoyable.

The taste has a pleasant herbal hop flavor and caramel grain presence. A touch of orange rind fruitiness, to pulp and pith that gets mildly lemony without much bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. A bounty of hop flavoring that finishes a touch dusty and vegetative but otherwise solid. A pale I could throw back in quantity quite effortlessly.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - Best by 04/09/16:

Pours hazed orange amber with a creamy lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus with caramelized bread and a hint of peppery spice.

The taste of citrus and caramelized dough intermingle. The is a floral/spicy dryness in the clean finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

This is a well-balanced, juicy, easy-drinking APA. Enjoyable!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale, Courageously crafted since 1988, Deschutes Brewery, For Fellow Explorers Everywhere. Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale. Another Slap at Brewing Convention. Another Kick in the pants. ENJOY."

Wait, there's more: "Not up for a full-on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in."

Huh. Okay. Interesting. This is how they market a pale ale to hop freaks, who normally only stop for double IPAs. Let's look at it.

Clear, pale orange to copper appearance. Lean layer of creamy-toned lace-leaving froth atop.

Aroma: Explosion of soft citrus and pine in the nose, slightly sweet. Bitterness held in check by rich, toasty malt. Nice.

Taste: Caramel malt hits the tongue first, plush, indeed, smooth, for sure. Toasty, like I said, and utterly pleasant. Easy going in, and then, wouldn't you know, along come the hops, bouncing on the palate. A masterful marriage of hops and malt, evenly carbonated, medium-bodied, at 6.2 % ABV, not a terrific threat to my sobriety, if I maintain a modicum of moderation.

Serious yum going on, here. Plenty of tastiness, good censurability. They've got a hit on their hands.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic pint glass from the bottle. Thanks to colts9016 for the trade!

Pours gold out of the bottle with a nice simple off white three finger head . Real solid retention sitting on a great orange amber body with some slight cloudyness. Minimal lacing is noticeable, and small rising carbonation from the bottom.

Great grass and sweet malts, small hint of stemmed fruit possibly cherry. Feels a little arid. Real pleasant nose actually, just good.

Taste is a straight forward malt, but then a spicey bittering hop in the mid palate. Good bread finish on the swallow. Much to enjoy here.

A good simple Pale ale good good good. Drinkability is mighty fine with me. Don't know what else I can say.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #19 top American Pale Ale on beeradvocate best of lists.

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is reddish to amber with a thin head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass, moderate to low carbonation, OK retention.

Beer smells kind of malty but has an almost citrus hop after aroma to it, smells fine.

Beer is medium to light in body with a moderately hoppy bitter finish. The lead off is some malt but it is not a big malt flavor just an average lead off flavor. It is a decent beer but nothing too special, a little maltier than I expected but I would have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dechutes Red Chair was more of a Red/Amber Ale than a APA. The beer poured a clear amber color with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was malty and on the sweeter side. There was not much presence of hops. The taste to me was a amberish type beer....not much bitterness, but a good sweet malt base with hints of caramel. The mouthfee was medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its a fine amber ale....if I'm judging this as a APA, then it was dissappointing. I was expecting a hopped up red...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this beer.
Poured in to pint glass.

A - medium orange/amber colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front with a sweet caramel malt nose balancing it out.

T - Good balane of bitter and sweet. Piney hops and sweet caramel. A nice bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip with a finger head with some good sticky lacing.

S: has more of malt character with subtle hop notes with very small bready boozy citrus notes on the back end.

T: sweet malt back bone that has a slight dry bitterness to it towards the end. I also get a little citrus fruit as I keep on sipping it.

M: meduim body with just enough carbonation to accomodate the flavor.

D: Overall a decent beer but I'd rather have the red chair IPA. To bad they retired it.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some orange citrus, grassy and earthy hops. The flavor is bready and toffee malt with some grassy and citrus hops to balance out the flavor. Low bitterness. The beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Buy: 3/31/11

Pours a very nice clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with a touch of hops, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, slightly hoppy, with a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice APA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange/amber brew with small tight head. Lots of fine carbonation keep the head intact. Light aroma of malt, some hop notes come through. Hops are slightly stronger in the taste, but it’s mostly a malt party here. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head. Lacing is mild, head retention is solid.

S: Very herbal, with pine oil, cedar and cilantro in the nose. Light biscuity malt.

T: Grapefruit and lemon oil, with a definite spicy hop play. Gets more classic with sweet pine mid-palate and ends with some NW crystal malt flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and creamy with a good long aftertaste.

D: Well made, but not exactly delicious, there is an astringency at times in the flavour. Solid, but I liked the old recipe better.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red ale with a small tan colored head. Had no idea why it was called red chair before, probably because it is red.

Smell is light caramel and NW hops mainly pine and cedar scents. There is a fainter spicy scent here I can only describe as cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Starts out sweet and woody with a little bitterness detected. Carmel and woodiness are the strongest flavors here. Hops remind me of the taste of a cedar plank you cook salmon on.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice pale ale here though not all that outstanding. Tastes like a watered down Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange-amber hue with just the tiniest touch of haze. Head is a thin film of ivory foam, but the color is just magnificent. A nice thin lace is left upon the glass as I drink.

Smell: citrusy and piney hops over a simple malt base. This is a very fresh-smelling, nicely balanced though hoppy beer. I like it quite well.

Taste: nice caramelly malt flavor with a very nice balance of citrusy and earthy hops. Flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma; I think this achieves a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Pretty good.

Drinkability: this is a very tasty beer which I find quite drinkable indeed. I would definitely not mind having a few of these, especially out grilling or somesuch.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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 rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Best by 4/11/13

A- This beer has a deep copper clear body with an oatmeal tan head that is thin and sticks to the glass in rings. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glides to the surface.

S- The woody hops aroma is full with notes of mint and unripe tropical fruit in the finish.

T- The full dry dark woody herbal hops has some pale biscuit malt underneath before the full mellow pungent hop finish. The pungency lingers with just a hint of bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a full hop profile with nice depth and it has a pale hop quality so it is very sessionable with out make my tongue go hop numb. This must be a classic NW hops brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange with a quickly dissipating peanut shell tinted head. Minimal lace, dark colored body, with a slight, slow and lazy rise of effervesce within.

S: Fresh sweet pine and citrus, wet with a fresh caramel sweetness about.

T: Flavor of caramel-pine, flowery citrus, warming spruce-pine and alcohol. Citrusy forest, toasted pine wood and semi-dry apple fruitiness. Warming spicy bite on the finish. Crisp belgian like pale grains with an american speciality sweetness and lingering hoppiness.

M: Mouthful was nice and sticky, honey consistency, sharp tingle of carbonation.

O: Overall despite the labels claim this does deliver a good dose of hops while still maintaining sessionability. Woodsy everygreen-spruce like feel is perfect for sipping on that red chair at the cabin in the great northwest woods.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a shaker. Dense, off-white head over a light amber body with some suspended particulate matter.

S: Classic NW hops. A little piney, some grapefruit. As the head settles down there's a little sweetness in the aroma, some light bready notes, and just the faintest bit of butter.

T: Very neutral on the front of the tongue. Bready malts dominate in the mid-palate, and a clean bitterness as you swallow. Finish brings back a bit of the maltiness.

M: Carbonation is spot on for the style. Just a little oily. Finishes quite clean.

O: This is currently one of my go-to beers. It's tasty, highly drinkable. The hops are nicely displayed, but it's not palate-destroying, and you can have a couple of them in a night without overdoing things. My only real complaint is that it isn't a year-round beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upfront let me say that I like this beer better than the numbers show. I don't think it's a Pale Ale, it's more like an IPA Light. So compared to regular Pales, it doesn't show well.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orange-amber color with just under an inch of light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, more than most pales, with the hint of malt in the nose way in the background. The taste was a bit more balanced, the malt was more forward, but still hop dominant.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice hop bite at the back. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see myself drinking several of these in a day.

Overall, a very nice beer that would be better served being named differently, style-wise.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high mount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also bit of cereal flavour mixed with some various fruits like cherries, apricots, and grapefruits. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This reminded me a bit of a beer that is available to me locally called Smashbomb. The taste is delicious and I would definitely drink it again any time. One of the better beers I've had from Deschutes.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and Tilia. A: Brilliant Amber, 1” snow white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace. S: Citrus and grapefruit with some floral, fruit, melon. T: A rich, creamy fruit filled palate sweetened with light caramel that dries out with a grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish. M: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. The carbonation is very creamy and soft. O: A very drinkable American Pale Ale with character.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.
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