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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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87
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Feb 2010: This beer is recently 'retired' - replaced by Red Chair NWPA', which is a slight variation on the original recipe.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-22-2009)
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Reviews by joshuadlight:
Photo of joshuadlight
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a standard tulip.
Can't recommend this one too highly.
Looks ruby red and delicious with great head and lacing.
Ripe non-citrus fruits that are too sweet. Where are the hops.
In the taste, the hops are too dry and not flavorful enough. I taste alot of sweet dry apples and plums.
Not a great IPA, especially after all the packaging and hype above the other Deschutes products.

joshuadlight, Aug 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued sweet and piney hops - what's there is nice.

The flavor is sweet fruits and caramel malts with a lightly spiced hop finish with medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and pretty watery which washes out the flavors.

Overall, an OK IPA. It's pretty subdued though.

Beaver13, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a frothy white head that shrinks into a glaze of white foam. Good, thick lacing. Less-than-impressive nose. Sweet but metallic aroma of grass and honey. Sharp, crisp mouthfeel. The taste is interesting. Expected peppery hop profile with a pleasant citrus back. Heavy malt character, somewhat caramelized. Leans into an APA in this regard. Metallic, crystal malt finish. I swear, if this didn't say "IPA" on the label, I would say this is an APA, or at the least, a malty XPA.

magictrokini, May 17, 2009
Photo of ironlung
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper/amber Nice enough Head. Good Lace.

S: Just sweet malt =(

T: Yo! Where the taste at? Over there? No. Over here? No.
Help! I've fallen for a marketing gimmick and I can't taste my beer!

M: Smooth like a watered-down IPA with a splash of amber ale thrown in for good measure.

D: High. Goes down like iced tea on a hot day. Since they've lowered the taste on an IPA they should lower the price.

Overall: If you like light beer, but want to look tough posing with a bottle that says IPA...this beer's for you! This is a 5-dollar beer with a 2-dollar taste. "deliciously intense hop presence without the bitterness"- WTF?!? The worst thing is that I believed that shit when I bought it. One and done with this mislabeled pale ale.

ironlung, May 25, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something between Mirror Pond and Inversion, although I like both of those more than this.

Pours a little darker brown than expected, but what foreshadowing. Aroma, a woodsy tinge. Taste, more of the brown flavor again hinted at in the appearance. A mellow ipa, balanced, good malt backbone, a little more than I prefer, but a good "non extreme" IPA.

Mouthfeel is cool, you can feel a little more without the over the top hop blast, drinkability suffers at $6 a 22, you can get a lot better beers for that price.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this brew along with Mirror Mirror in the mail yesterday afternoon, around the same time I was having a meeting with two friends at my house about getting more craft beer into the state of West Virginia with the new law change. So naturally this was the brew that joined us for the meeting. Appears a nice deep red filtered crystal clear hue with a creamy soft khaki tan head forming nicely, lacing was perfect a little eye candy for sure. Aromatics are popping lively citrus and juicy fruit malt sweetness with a touch of pine all American hops going on here no way this is an English IPA. The label talks about how this beer delivers mad hop flavor without much hop bitterness, I will agree packing with fresh citrus peel, pine cone, notes and even some kind bud herbal qualities. Balanced perfectly nothing hits too hard here, could be my session IPA all summer long if available. Gotta love IPA with some finesse, it hits you with all the flavor and doesn't wipe your palate dry with bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with some hop oils streaking freely across the palate, residual bitterness was comfortable and carbonation was dead on perfecto. Drinkability up there with the most drinkable of the lot, the only other version I can recall off hand that drank as easily as this one, would be Masala Mama IPA from Town Hall. Excellet stuff, I hope there's some left in July when I hopefully get to make it out the the PacNW.

WVbeergeek, May 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits with a solid pale malt backbone. As it warms the hops become more assertive and small amounts of pine hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malts serve as a backbone but take a backseat to the hops. Tropical, citrus, and pine hops come out midway through the sip and carry on until the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. On-tap this is very drinkable, though in the bottle I found the hops a bit toned down.

Overall this is a very good beer. As mentioned above, the bottle version's hops a bit less in charge but it's still very good. The tap version is very well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange with a medium head, floral hops nose.
Taste is with a slightly sweet malt backbone,ends with a very clean and somewhat dry lingering malt sweetness, a lot of complexity, which I appreciate in an IPA.
A good solid west coast style IPA.
BRAVO!

mudbug, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/19/09.

Poured from the bomber into the tulip with a beautiful red color, great clarity and nice thick sticky head.

Aroma is wonderful and smells just like fresh hops before throwing them in the boil. There's lots of citrusy pine smell.

Flavor starts off sweet with a roasty toasty almost burnt taste. There is some very grassy hops and some bitterness but not overpowering. This beer is supposed to have all the hop flavor without the bitterness but I find that to be incorrect. There is still enough of both and I find the whole thing to be pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fine with medium body and ample carbonation. I could definately enjoy a bomber of this. In fact, I think I will.

GilGarp, May 14, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a light crimson hangs in the middle amongst glossy golden hues with a splash of orange. A couple blobs and streaks of bright white sticky lace. Just a few lethargic bubbles swirling to the top of a headless brew

S: bright clean hops of the floral and soft pine variety (cascade hops) free smells of roasted malts and soft barley

T: delicate biscuit and pale malts with buttery undertones that get washed out by clean and fresh hops. Hops hold up lemons, grapefruits, pine, and floral tea notes. Malts have a light caramelized texture complimented by buttery feel. Somewhat bitter towards the finish and a touch on the dry side

M: sharp and clean finish, lighter body and somewhat easy going. Carbonation is rather upbeat on the tongue

D: I prefer other Deschutes brews to this one, I find it tasty none-the-less

Magpie14, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diggin the label art. Pours a very clear copper/amber color, lighter in variety with an orange tint. A stark white pillowy head builds well, retains pretty well, and leaves good lacing.

Nose is pretty standard for PNW IPA, a little more citrus in this one than usual, but some fatty floral potpourri...ish aromas are still here.

A nice mild beer. Alot of PNW IPA flavor and aroma, the bitterness is somewhat subdued, which makes things a little strange and almost seems kind of soapy. A good flowery hop profile, less citrus than the nose indicated. The finish is still slightly bitter, which is nice, but said bitterness does not really linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, a bit more viscous than i would like, and pretty slick in the mouth. I really would like some more bitterness here. I know thats what they were going for, the IPA without the bitterness, but i guess my question would be...uh...why?

Drinkability is pretty solid, but a slightly slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation make it seem a bit heavy, even though it really is not.

Overall an interesting beer, but as far as im concerned it is pretty typical, and somewhat boring. Certainly not a bad beer, and one I would order again, and i think could be great on cask, just one that doesn't really do anything special for me. Give it a shot, worth trying.

AKBelgianBeast, May 20, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed toasted orange with a sticky mesh of ivory lace.
Orange and lime juice aroma, underpinned by grapefruit, rose petals, and pine tar. Malt is doughy, lightly sweet, and in the background.
A shortbread maltiness materializes first in the mouth. It lingers in statis, and provides a canvas throughout, bundling up a bit doughier by midway. Hops bring their multi-hued fruits, with special nods to oranges, limes, and papayas. This is more tropical and juicier than it is bitter, but some of the latter comes with a tailing grassy and biting florality, with just a smidgen of pine.
Medium-light bodied, consistent CO2. This is built as a binger rather than a bruiser. This finessed approach helps makes a ringer.
Good stuff.

cokes, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber/red color with lots of carbonation symetrical 1/4 white head lots of lacing down the glass.

smells malt strong with hints of piney hops slight citrus with earthy undertones.

taste is malty at the front and a really clean citrus hop feel at the end, it finishes very clean and balanced.

i've had better IPA's but this is a really tasty brew.

i'd love to get out to oregon to check out the deschutes brewery.

Ezone024, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Chair pours a sharp looking copper color. It's very clear. Not an ounce of haze here. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's easily over three fingers tall. It's slow to dissipate and leaves a very sticky, thick lacing on the glass. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good. It's certainly hoppy and has a rather diverse hop aroma. There are some floral, piney, and citric elements. It smells like the floral and piney varieties are stronger. But, there's a little grapefruit and pineapple noted. There's a healthy amount of malt. Smells a little too biscuity for my taste. Pale and caramel malts are present. But, neither really stands out over the other. All in all, the nose is pretty good. I prefer a stronger hop presence. This one's just a little too biscuit-like and malty, but it's far from bad.

The flavor profile keeps pace, but does little, if anything, to improve it. It kicks off with a nice bitter, hop flavor. Hops are certainly prevalent. There might be a light citric flavor, but the hops taste mostly floral and herbal. Rather than the usual west coast citric blast, this one opts for a more herbal, minty approach. It's pretty good, but certainly not my favorite approach for the style. If anything, it is somewhat novel and unique. It has a nice solid, malt backbone. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. It is somewhat biscuit-like, but not as much as the nose suggested. I'm pleasantly surprised there. Alcohol is not at all noted. It has a nice, bitter finish that's very dry.

Red Chair's has a mid-size body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It's not quite creamy, but is pretty impressive. Drinkability is good. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down easy. It's not too imposing at 6.2% abv. This bomber will go pretty quickly.

Deschutes took an interesting, unique approach with Red Chair. I can't say I'm in love with it, but it's a pretty good American IPA overall. The herbal, minty flavor of the hops is interesting. I prefer more of a citric flavor, but Red Chair's hop bill is probably a little better than I would've expected if it were described to me in advance. For what it is, it's worth checking out. It's pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.

prototypic, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!
BBD of 08/19/09

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 2 fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & breadyness, plus leafy hops

T: Pineyness, light dryness, breadyness grapefruit, & lemons up front. Leafy hops, orange rinds, flinty dryness & a touch of grainyness are all there as this warms. Finishes semi-crisp, dry & with grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, somewhat creamy & good balance

Drink darn pretty easy, but starting feeling the ABV & this is beer#1 of the night; not a mind blowing IPA, but I'm always thrilled to try anything Deschutes puts out

russpowell, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Glibber
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We liked the beer so much, we bought a half keg.

Drinking in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I can recall drinking. Brilliant copper/orange color. 1" of dense marshmallow colored foam that dissipates down to a thin white layer of sea foam covering half of the surface area and laces nicely to the side of the glass.

Smell: Not extremely aromatic, but a subtle smell of pine scented hops.

Taste: light hops, crisp faint apple and floral up front that transforms to grapefruit in the back. The longer you put it down, the more the hops start to come onto the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very mellow light with air bubbles dancing on your tongue

Drinkability: This beer is almost too easy to drink, even after a big meal because of the relatively low hops (55 IBU). It really tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but packs a decent 6.4% that you wouldn't guess- nor would you peg it for a IPA.

I really like the beer as a beer you can have 1 and feel satisfied, but 3-4 over a period of time and not be bored with or over filled with.

As an everyday beer I rate it as an A-, but I can see how some people are turned off on its mildness for an IPA.

Glibber, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into my New Belgium balloon tulip glass. Thanks go to my buddy Bubba83 for the hook up with this in a trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 rigid fingers of foamy off-white head. Rich retention that leaves some great looking thickish rings of sticky lacing back. The aroma is deeply floral and herbal smelling with some lush tropical notes to it but I'm only picking up a moderate amount of malt presence. This also has a surprising amount of warmth that comes out as this warms. Not enough to really distract but it's definitely noticable.

The hops in the taste are herbal and resinous, with a lightly spicy bitterness that stretches the whole way through. The malty backbone of this is coming off as a bit more toasty to me, with the sweetness of the citrus that is present providing the bulk of the balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation and overall easygoing feel in the mouth. There is maybe a touch of beef to this but it seems to actually help the overall profile by accentuating the bitterness in the finish.

I'm always up for trying new hoppy treats from Deshcutes and this one was pretty satisfying. This was maybe a bit unbalanced towards the hops but the smooth body on this made for a pretty refreshing quaff. This actually seemed to drink more like an APA. Good stuff that I'll seek out more of in the future.

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jwluvsIPA, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

larryarms847, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber-reddish copper color with a white head. Very pleasant sweet creamy lemon nose with hints of yeasty white bread and biscuits. The nose finishes with assertive pine; complex.

Bright flavors of fresh bread, yeast with a hint of malt, goes to grapefruit hops in the mid palate and finishes in the back palate with "elegant hops;" no other word for it. The bitter hops are assertive and desireable and very nice and full. Yet, they don't "hit you over the head."

Clean, fresh and extremely drinkable. There is an all around and incredible "refined bitterness" here. This is a beer that is likely to have very wide appeal; while a true IPA and hoppy, the refined hops and elegance will still appeal to the Belgian malt fans. Hop heads will also still get plenty of big and flavorful hops, only with some refined elegance on them. Nice all around.

GRG1313, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of FACEMEAT
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: A very light tan head forms atop a beautiful clear orange amber liquid.

S: Earthy overtones backed up by some citrus and piney hops in the background. (Im curious if I would have detected them if I had not known this was an IPA)

T: Sweet caramel malt hits me up front with not a whole lot following it. Upon inspecting the label, I discover that this IPA "delivers an intense hop bitterness without the bitterness". Isn't that akin to buying a Corvette with a Honda motor? How is it possible to have "intense hops" without bitterness?

M: A tad on the thin side with fairly intense carbonation.

D: If it doesn't taste greaT, i'M NOT DRINKING IT.

FACEMEAT, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - I get an extremely strong citrus/hop smell with grapefruit and some lemon. It is followed by some pine smell and finishes with some sweet overtones.

Taste - Pine, grapefruit, lemons, hops, and finishes with a sweet malty taste. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and good carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. Very balanced IMO (but honestly is lacking a bit in the flavor area...wish it had a bit more punch). Good to try but probably won't seek out in the future.

SpdKilz, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Has a very nice dark orangish-amber hue with a nice creamy head and good lacing.

S - Mostly pick up on the piney hop scent, but with a light fruity undertone

T - Doesn't pack the hoppy punch of most IPAs, but a nice, well-balanced beer overall. I definitely picked up on some tea and fruit tones(maybe a hint of apricot). Smooth, malty finish with little bitterness - not standard in most of the IPAs i've tried, but that does seem to be what they were going for.

M - Maybe slightly over-carbonated, but a nice, smooth brew overall.

D - Very drinkable, possibly the smoothest IPA I've tried to date.

Not the best, but as always, an interesting release from Deschutes that skews from the expected. Well balanced and has some nice flavors, definitely a brew I might have to try again.

GarrisWH, May 17, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper with tangerine and cherry highlights. Small tannish bubbly head. long slender lacing.

Herbal and citrus, lemon peel. Toasty bready caramel backing. Hint of esterous yeast.

Hop juicy orange, lemon peel, bit of grapefruit. medicinal caramel and toasted crackers. herbal and medicinal in the aftertaste, pine, hemp, tea leaf. Not a big bitter IPA. Well balanced and good hop taste.

Smooth, refreshing, lively carbonation, slightly sticky and dry. med body.

Good, well balanced, not too bitter IPA. very drinkable. Good intro into IPAs?

CHILLINDYLAN, Jan 02, 2010
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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.