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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

JoshNLFTW, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of l3ilbo84
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer claims to have 55IBUs yet lacks the bitterness usually associated with high IBU beers. Deschutes must have added an enormous amount of hops late in the boil. This would prevent too much alpha acid isomerization but still infuse the beer with the esters and aromas of the hops. The result is a beer with a tremendous amount of hop flavor but minimal bitterness. I should note that without the hop's bitterness, the beer is a bit on the sweeter side.

Only real complaint is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Good work deschutes.

l3ilbo84, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a touch of orange to it. Nice head retension. Just barely off white.

MMM citrus hops smell- orangey/sweet grapefruit. Some malty sweetness too

Hop taste. Not bitterness but hop flavor. taste is like the smell, citrus hops. Some of the sweet malts come through but then the hops finish it up. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great.

Reminds me of a stronger Twilight ale.
The bitterness is just enough to balance the malts, which is just enough to balance the alcohol. This is how I like my beers, BALANCED in the malt/bitter departments with lots of flavor.

Pinto21, Oct 07, 2009
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 Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - even with a gentle action this baby puts up three solid fingers of cream-colored foam. A very effervescent amber/orange brew beneath it, high clarity. Very sticky lace as the head slowly recedes.

Aroma - light caramel malt, big citrusy pungent hop presence. Doesn't smell like a big beer, but the hops have a large intense bouquet to them.

Taste - oh my. A biscuity, almost tea-like start. The hops are very orangey with just the mildest grapefruit edge. Big but not bitter, the swallow and aftertaste show plenty of substance without the medicinal component often paired with heavy hop usage. Excellent balance, the finish has plenty of hoppy dryness to it and just a touch of warmth in the throat when it's all said and drank.

Mouthfeel - smoother than it is creamy, the carbonation and medium body keep it from feeling overly heavy.

Drinkability - an ideal session IPA in my book. Not too spicy, extremely flavorful, and a respectable abv. Kudos to BGThang for getting this into my hands. Thanks dude!

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, light copper color with many streams of carbonation traveling at different paces. The head is puffy and off-white with distinctive characteristics from the loads of hops used: big bubbles with a spectrum reflection and an off-white color to the head that looks greenish orange to me.

S- Really all I can smell is hops. Sweet citrus orange hops and piney herbal hops. A hint of a sweet candy.

T- Finally, an IPA that doesn't rely solely on the bitter tastes of hops. The bitterness that is present does not burn like soap or alcohol but more like an orange or a tart peach. The hops also provide a fruity sweetness and a tart, sour apple flavor.

M&D- Simple and effective. The body is medium and bubbly.

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Vidav
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snagged a bomber at Rosauers Supermarkets in Missoula, MT. Wanted to try something new. This is my first beer from Deschutes. . .

Poured an awesome deep red color with a large 2 finger head. The smell was mostly hops with a hint of floral and citrus. Taste followed the smell and was very hop forward but still not overpowering. Overall this is an IPA that I could really enjoy even though that is not my favorite style. Would be a great beer to use to introduce someone to the style.

Highly recommended.

Vidav, Jul 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

larryarms847, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Piske41, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

shelby415, Feb 21, 2012
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 RJLarse
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of Red Chair IPA at a grocery store. The cap popped while I was closing the door on my DBF, so this is a time sensitive tasting. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a shiny copper color and is crystal clear. Incredibly resilient foamy off-white head.

The smell is mild and sweet. Some pine and citrus notes.

Taste is quite good. Some sweet bread flavors, followed by the citrus, and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clean and crisp. It is going down well, unexpectedly on a hot day.

A very drinkable IPA. I'll look for it again.

RJLarse, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excellent IPA from Deschutes. The beer is golden, reddish amber color with a ton of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in great quantity. The aroma is a very clean mix of citric and pine hop flavors. I'm a big fan of Inversion and this beer reminds me of that beer more than Hop Henge or Hop Trip. The flavor is similar. The malt comes through to create a nearly perfect level of bitterness for an IPA. The beer does border on hopped up Amber Ale territory, but I'm not going to dock points for that. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with hop essence. It's an exceedingly drinkable beer, even for an IPA. The hops are redolent with rich esters and the malt is well-balanced. In another category, this beer would garner even higher scores, but some extra room is required in the score to account for all of the other great American IPAs.

popery, May 19, 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 ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright caramel/orange in color with a foamy ff white head. Head is a good three fingers after a rather gentle pour but quickly fades to a thin 1/2 inch cap. Light lacing left behind.

S - Pungent aroma of piney and citrusy hops. Initially after the pour I picked up a lot of pine but as the beer began warming the citrus and tropical fruit notes became more dominant. Lots of pineapple and orange.

T - Just a spot of honey like sweetness before a very pleasant hop bitterness comes in. Lots of tropical fruit tastes with pineapple really carrying through. Sweet biscuit maltiness provides just enough backbone. Bitterness is strong but not overpowering.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light resinous feel. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Very easy drinking IPA, another winner from the folks in Bend.

ckeegan04, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of SargeC
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden-brown colored brew with a golden-white head made up of large bubbles.

Smell: Mild hops presence, less than expected. Buttery sweetness with light smoke presence.

Taste: Deep hop flavor without excessive bitterness. It is interesting that this brew couples a clean finish with its hop flavors. Very well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light oily quality.

Drinkablity: Easy drinking brew that provides excellent flavor in a very drinkable package. This brew gets hops right.

SargeC, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a beer mug.

Red Chair pours a gorgeous copper color with excellent clarity and a lazy carbonation level that looks like an inverted snowfall. The custard head is thick and sticky as it clings to the inside of the glass; excellent retention, too. Nice aroma...malts are more English in nature with a hint of toffee. Fruity bursts of mango, tangerine, and starfruit. The hops are gentle, but mostly citric and herbal in nature.

Much more aggressive hop front than the aroma lets on, as juicy, green hops coat the front and sides of the palate with delicious resins that drip freshness. So incredibly well-balanced, as the toasted caramel malts lay down a solid backbone alongside hints of pineapple and pear. Exceptional mouthfeel, as the medium body takes on a near perfect carbonation level and finishes with a crisp, bitter bite from the hops. Can Deschutes do no wrong?? Not in my eyes...a fantastic beer!

wagenvolks, Jun 07, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Best by date 10/17/09. Purchased direct from brewery for $5.

A-Pours a bright copper hue with a two and a half finger, off-white foamy head. Nice, ample lacing. A frequently noted characteristic of Deschutes ales.

S-A pleasant bouquet of floral hops and toasted, bready malts. Seven different malts according to the brewery's website. Intriguing.

T-Bitter hops awaken the taste buds, but without overpowering or being one-dimensional. At 55 IBUs, the hop bitterness is clearly within the range common to IPAs. But, this is more subtle than typical hop-dimensional West Coast style offerings. This is complex and well balanced due to the caramel and earthy malts in the mix, without being too sweet.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice substance and complexion. Great carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. Almost sessionable for an IPA at 6.4% ABV. I regret I don't have another on hand to pop open. This is pleasantly unique for the style.

This is a good, even sophisticated, IPA. Another excellent offering from a very fine brewery. I am glad to hear Deschutes plans to make this one of their seasonals available in 12 oz. bottles next spring. Nicely done.

velosuds, Aug 16, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick creamy head that doesn't disappear. Aroma is wonderful piney but and clean clearly hoppy. Color is reddish orange with a nice active carb. Taste is very mild and well balanced with sweet malts and just right amount of hops -- good one for those afraid of harsher IPAs, this one is truly right in the middle. Creamy mouthfeel -- recommended!

jkdrummer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glorious color - medium amber that radiates light well with off-white head. The amber is such an appetizing color.

Aroma is a delight of black Ceylon tea aromas, metallic hops, biscuits, and faint citrus.

On the palate the tea flavors resume with toasty/biscuity malt that tries to hold up to the metallic, piney hops. The pine carries through to the finish.

One of my favorite hoppy beers now because I love the ones that bring in some of the tea aromas/flavors with the hops.

yemenmocha, May 10, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly cloudy amber color. pretty light head that fades pretty quick.

S-Smell is tangerine,grapefruit, nothing to overpowering.

T-Lightly sweet citrus taste, followed by a light pine/hoppy finish.

M-The mouthfeel is nice. light-medium carbonation with a soft lingering finish.

D-I feel like this beer has excellent drinkability. it's not to sweet and not overly hoppy I feel like I could easily drink multiples in one sitting.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It is crisp, refreshing, and has just the right amount of hoppiness to make it an excellent IPA to suck down. I say it's the lighter more drinkabled ogfishhead 90 minute. So if you like the DFH IMO you will probalby like this.

ChadS99SVT, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA. Traditional. The label actually says "...without the bitterness", as opposed to what a previous reviewer stated. No biggie, but it's true. The bitterness is faint, yet the brew has a good sharpness to it. A copper, clear body with a semi-soapy head. Average lacing and retention.
Popped the cap to a citrus/piney/flowery aroma. It wasn't intense, really, but it was noticeable for sure. Hints of bread and caramel as well.
Floral and citrus up front in the flavor, rolling into slight malt and then sharp pine. Clean finish makes this very drinkable. wish it would come in a 6-pack (maybe it does). This could be my everyday IPA.

Mebuzzard, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red orange body, topped by four fingers of creamy white dentable foam.

Fresh pine and citrus aroma is heavily enticing without being overpowering.

A sweet malt foundation pours down the center of the tongue while simultaneously juicy fruity hops burst along the roof of the mouth. Nice hop bite at the swallow, and a fine tingle into the aftertaste. Great balance for an ipa.

Firm if not quite chewable mouthfeel, it carries the beer well down the throat.

Fine drinkability. Enjoying this bottle and wouldn't mind another.

Just noticed a "best by" date of 08/19. If this beer is three months past prime and is still this good, it must be something fresh.

RonfromJersey, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber... best by very damn soon... must be a super fresh must-have.

- Nice reddish clear brew with some creamy foam head and laceing all about...

- Super clean floral and caramel notes... little bit of fruit salad in there... fresh hops...

- Wow... very good and balanced IPA... bright citrus and floral fresh sweet hop goodness.. with a very nicely balanced caramel malt... aftertaste is very zesty and sweet... a sweet and sour candy effect on the tongue w/out making my face turn inwards... very impressed. I like the flavor better than the Hop Henge. (Brainstorming a Red Chair Hop Trip Pale...)..

- Soothing and refreshing like a fruity summer drink but w/ the great fresh hop taste of a Deshutes brew... not dry, not bitter... just lovely citrus afternotes...

- Very drinkable... should be out in less expensive 6-packs.... this is a winner of a session IPA... great carbonation... and just a very pleasant brew... in a saturated IPA market - this one still manages to stand out.

Docer, May 07, 2009
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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.