Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
600 Reviews
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:
2
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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 2,557
Photo of McStagger
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 3/28/13

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown. Two fingers frappe head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Subdued carbonation.

S: Excellent caramel malts. Honeyed, cereal sweetness. Noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence. Fresh leaves, grassiness, bit of pine.

T: Big malt presence. Subtle hop presence noted. Malt is definitely the star of the show here, with the hops providing the backbone, per se. Finishes sticky, with hop oil and resin rounding out the end. Dry, piney finish with hints of raisined fruit. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.

M: Full bodied yet balanced. Exceptionally smooth. Exquisite mouthfeel.

O: Very good. Exceptional, even. Personally, I find it runs a bit malt heavy, but I expect this from Deschutes. I'd be very interested in trying this fresh.

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Photo of kitch
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 7th May 2016 and poured into a Moonzen Teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear amber copper colour with a two finger off white head that retains pretty well, leaving nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, apple, brown sugar and hints of pineapple and grassiness.

Taste: Bready and caramel malt sweetness heavy with bitter grapefruit pith and juicy grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was pretty good but perhaps a bit too malt heavy for my liking.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears orange with a reddish hue to it. There is a small off white head attached to the beer.

It smells strongly of grapefruit. I also get a bit of an orange zest smell. There is a pine like and slightly grassy and pine apple smell to the beer as well.

It tastes much like it tastes. There is initially a nice pineapple flavor and a nice bit of grapefruit flavor. I get a bit of a subdued caramel like flavor to the beer. There is also a slightly pine like taste. For a pale ale this is quite hoppy though it is hoppy in a non-bitter way. This is quite delicious.

The carbonation is around medium and it has a smooth mouthfeel.
The drinkability is good. It is light enough and smooth enough so I could drink a few of these.

Overall a great hop-forward Pale ale. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of coldriver
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet candy corn malt. Taste is moderate citrus and piney hops with sweet malt backing. Medium body with dry finish. If I were to do a blind taste test I'd probably think this one was an amber with the sweet malt. Good solid sessionable beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of patpbr
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber and copper blend with a small sturdy head.
S - Carmel nose with a bit of sweetness
T - Orange and nice addition of pine. A bit of grapefruit and sweet bitterness with the malts
M - Medium body and a crisp finish
O - I bought one, I think I'm going to buy a six pack its enjoyable.

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Photo of Foyle
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A 2”+ off white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malts, a berry-candy sweetness, and bread dough. Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied with ale fluffiness and evident carbonation. Finish is dry.
Flavor: taste a near perfect combination of sweet caramel malts, bread dough (similar to a fresh yeast roll), the middle and finish are dominated by the pine and citrus hops with a slight alcohol warming in the throat.
Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. I am amazed that this beer has a 60 IBU rating as the hops are so well balanced with the malt. Outstanding and bordering on world class!

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish orange in color, slightly hazy. Bubbly head with minimal lacing. Aroma is orange and butterscotch with caramel malt. Floral notes. Flavor is citrus and pine, with herbal qualities as well. Well balanced with some caramel malt. Crisp and dry with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. A good beer overall.

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Photo of gpogo
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange amber body with a white foam cap head.

A- Sweet hop aroma. Caramel and light biscuit.

T- Sweet caramel malt flavor with a consistent bitter flavor slightly amplified in the finish. Leaves a light bitter phenolic aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium light carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable beer and quite sessionable.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Deschutes shaped bottle with nice artwork. Pays tribute to the famous red chair ski lift in Oregon. Deschutes always have nice labels. Nothing crazy just Very nice. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden-dark orange body. Slightly hazy with a Snow White head that carries plenty of size leaving a sturdy ring of lace the same color. Nice stick to the glass as well.

S - pine and a blast of citrus hops. Sweet and biscuit like malt lays out a nicely balanced aroma that's just plain lush and hard to stop taking in whiffs. I've been to that part of the country and Id have to say this indeed reminds me of what the northwest is all about hence the appropriate name of NWPA. It just smells like the Northwest.

T - lovely shot of citrus hops up front with shots of intense northwest style pine hops. Balanced very well with sweet biscuity malt. Lots of hop spice in the backend leaving a good bit of bitterness. Northwest pine at its finest!

M - medium bodied and carries a lovely texture. Just the right thickness to make this highly enjoyable. There is some bitterness but enough balance to pull it off for about one. I mean this is the Northwest we are talking about, not west coast.. NW. Get it right.

O - Red Chair is delicious. I haven't had many from Deschutes, but I'm getting the feel for their texture as I feel its the most important part of any great ale. Red Chair has loads of class to it and is a perfect January IPA. I'd drink this one any day! A must try!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and off-white, with sheen lacing, and a hazed deep reddish amber body.

Smells like nice and fresh "pine" hops with a lighter touch of citrus with what I assume is the malts mentioned on the labeling.

I taste a nice blend of citrus, pine, with a slightly sweet finish compliments of that malt blend.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery with a 4.25 . Its too bad this bottle wasn't fresher, but I'm still thoroughly enjoying this brew

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Photo of malty
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gifted to me by a client from Bend, OR a couple weeks ago. Excited to try based on the awesome reviews. Best by 4/4/13.

Pours a rich reddish-bronze with a perfect clarity. A fluffy bumpy creamy off-white heads sits steadily at 1". Attractive carbonation rises at a kinetic pace.

The scent is vanilla creme with juicy tropical hoppiness. Perfectly balanced malt and hop. Perfectly balance for sure. Fruit cocktail syrup nose.

The flavor is definitely more sharp hops at the forefront, that titilate the tongue. The creamy malty sweetness still supports the star of the show (hops), but the sing a mean back-up. Balance, again, is the key.

Drinkability is extremely high and the mouthfeel is perfectly medium. Soft, creamy, prickly and comforting. A nice chalky flavorful finish.

Overall a simply perfect pale ale that I'm of so grateful to have tried. If I lived in the area, I'd drink this as fresh from the tap as possible. I cannot remember a pale ale with so much attractive pronounced goodness, but still keeping a blue-collar stature and humbleness. Simply love this beer.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a good light brown head with good retention. Leaves some excellent lacing.

Aroma is piney with citrus notes. Has some nice grassy and floral notes. Some slight, sweet caramel malts come through on.

Good balance of malts and fruitiness. Bready malts. A hint of the caramel is still there. Some light fruitiness on the back end.

Nice and crisp. Refreshing. Not too much carbonation.

Overall, a solid entry from Deschutes, but nothing out of the ordinary. A good APA.

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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 Beer-Revelry
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours to an extremely murky and unfiltered golden orange. Did not form much of a head. Can literally see little particles floating around. Looks good in the glass.
S - Light citrus, hops and a little malt.
T - A light hoppiness upfront, but it's more like orange than grapefruit followed by a nice light malty backbone at the end to round it out. Very easy drinking and quite sessionable. O - A really good brew!
V - Good value.

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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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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a cloudy umber color that has a slightly off white head and a more than decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is decently spicy and floral but not strong. you have to stick your nose all hte way in the glass to smell it.

The taste is OK and has a nice malty body with a slightly off balanced hop finish. Could be better.

The mouthfeel is also OK and not remarkable.

Overall they could do better. This beer is drinkable but not exceptional.

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Photo of matcris
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A slightly hazy, red/amber in color. Finger plus of thick, creamy khaki head that lingers and finally settles to a still thick collar. Great lacing down the glass. Hard to see what the carbonation is doing.
AROMA: Overall mild but smells very good. Mostly citrus, a little pine, and I swear there's a peach in there somewhere, too. Some nice caramel malt.
TASTE: Bready, caramel, citrus. Has a very pleasant sweetness to it and just a slight bitter note for balance.
FEEL: Medium body, nice solid amount of carbonation, slightly stick feel but then things dry up nicely on the finish.
OVERALL: Really nice tasting and balanced PA. Nice bready, caramel sweetness combined with some subtle hop notes.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the great off orangey color. Very inviting.

Taste is a crisp blast of flowers and Pine needle tea. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Bright. Refreshing. And there is no substantial linger on the after taste. It is a big dose of pine and then it fades.

Teeny weeny bubbles. No chilling needed. Don't really get into PA's that much but this is really refreshing and satisfying. I like it. I like it.

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Photo of Topher78
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful copper color leaving about a fingers worth of an off white head and nice lacing. The aroma has a very strong citrus hop character(think grapefruit) imparted from the generous amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops used in this brew. When it comes to the taste of this beer, it packs a nice strong citrus like hop presence and has a medium mouth feel from a nice strong malt backbone.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful and smells wonderful. Very floral scent with some sweet fruits and malt. The taste follows very nicely. the only bummer is that the alcohol comes through a little bit. But overall a very nice pale ale.

Last night I had it and I loved it, however, today I don't like it as much.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed: 5/14/14

previous quick rating of 4.25 on 2/16/14

Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P-cool label with a old style chair lift 4.25

A- Hazy light orange thin tan head and good lacing. beautiful 4.25

S- cone (?) hops, mild citrus and something slightly sweet 4.25

T- bitter and mild, good hop character, good balance, mild and smooth 4.5

M- flavor-full but not overpowering. refreshing 4.0

D- very easy on the palate and smooth 4.5

O- great beer, love that the style is almost regional 4.25

thanks to the gang at Doc Watson's for suggesting this one, bought some for the house

(Special Review 4/16 for my Holiday)

Highly recommend ---- J

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Nice mid-yellow with 1 finger white head, dissipating quickly. Small carbonation and good lacing

S - Grassy nose with undertones of citrus (orange, lemon)

T - Quite a bit maltier than expected out of the usual lighter APAs. Lots of caramel and toffee. A touch unbalanced against the fruity hops.

M - Light and decently creamy, a touch too sticky due to the malt sweetness.

D - Easy drinking APA. I would think this is more appropriate for a spring/summer release but tastes just the same in the winter!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of khaki head over a semi-cloudy orange/amber body; minimal carbonation bubbles

S - pine, citrus, touch of light malt, floral hops

T - citrus and spice lead in, joined by smooth malts in the middle; mostly pine in a hoppy finish; a well-balanced brew

M - smooth medium body, sharpness from the high carbonation

O - Red Chair is just an all-around good pale ale!

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Photo of akolb
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a tulip glass, BB 4/6/2017
Pours a bright gold. Aroma is floral and herbal with notes of candied orange. Orange comes through in the taste. Sweet caramel and bready malt background. Nice bitterness. A distinctive and strongly-flavored beer.

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