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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
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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birdypowder

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Chair creates its own category on the label calling itself a North West Pale Ale. I would put it into the strong pale category. The hop aroma definitely approaches IPA levels but the bitterness does not. This makes the beer more sessionable, though at 6.4% ABV, not too sessionable.

Aroma:
Big hop nose hits you first. Some citrus and a little pine. Once past that you can find a mild berry aroma.

Appearance:
Medium sized off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Some slight lacing. Copper in color with a noticeable haze.

Taste:
Big hop kick up front, then a very smooth middle which shows off some delicious malt sweetness, again berries come to mind. Throughout the hops are showcased but the beer remains in balance. Medium bodied.

Finish:
There is no big bitter finish like an IPA would have. Instead the hops are still noticeable and a very mild bitterness lingers for just a bit. Very satisfying, it gets you ready for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 07:58:37 | More by birdypowder
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-16-2013 00:55:38 | More by mendvicdog
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Skyjmpr

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2013 17:53:59 | More by Skyjmpr
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-14-2013 09:15:58 | More by hopkrid
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jdklks

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The color and transparency of this beer is just tooo cool. deep amber color with golden edges and a white head that spots the top after going down and hangs around for a little bit. it really is an indescribable color, as I have not even begun to explain what this actually looks like.

S- Hops and malts, and no real emphasis in either direction. Some fruitiness that I can't fully pick out.

T- very mellow, but not to the point of being uninteresting. In fact, the mellowness adds to the interesting aspects. Super hoppy flavor without any hop bitterness or explosion up front, like a lot of ipas tend to have. The malts just kind of sit there and dont do anything. The fruit flavors are very subtle up front but end up dominating the aftertaste (and dominating in a way that is again "mellow"). Overall, I would characterize it as "subtle and complex", two words which I dont usually use together when describing a beer. I cant say much more except that I am baffled. This beer is extraordinarily interesting and a tough one to figure out. weird.

M- The mouthfeel is insanely smooth and the carbonation is perfect. it is definitely full bodied for an IPA (not being a DIPA).

D- There isn't really anything to say here.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 03:44:19 | More by jdklks
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-29-2011 03:20:56 | More by brandoman63
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blackcloud

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-03-2013 22:37:18 | More by blackcloud
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-05-2014 15:09:23 | More by IDABEERGUY
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blandle12

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-19-2012 03:52:11 | More by blandle12
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mudbug

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 06:57:22 | More by mudbug
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anchordrinker

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium golden-amber, with a two fingered off-white head that dissipates to one and retains that level.

S- Floral and pungent citral aromas are most present with some sweet caramel malt backing.

T- Grapefruit citrus/fruity hop flavors, with some biscuit-y and caramel malt notes. Nothing too intense, but far from boring.

M- Light to medium body, with a medium level of carbonation.

D- So very drinkable. I think I could kill two bombers of this in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:31:03 | More by anchordrinker
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, with a huge tan head. Smell is of juicy malt, and a hint of citrus fruit. Taste is super rich, sweet, caramel malt up front, with piney hops in the middle, and a citrus aftertaste. Nice bitterness levels match up with the malt. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent for an IPA, this is a great example, I would love to have this again, but Deschutes is not imported into Oklahoma.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:11:28 | More by tronester
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srandycarter

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this one

A - Pours beautiful clear amber, lots of off white head, reduces to ring fast. Tons of cling lace.

S - Standard fare - huge malt factor, probably heavier on malt than hops.

T - Luscious malt center, hopped well towards end.

M - Medium body, good carb, good coating. Balance on the sweet side, but good.

D - Easy, my friend, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 05:18:22 | More by srandycarter
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottled purchased in Seattle. Best by date was 8/19/09.

A - Golden with a hint of red and great clarity. A moderate off white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S - Initially yeast but then turns to fruity and floral hops. Nice.

T - Loads of citrus flavor dominates. It's fairly tame at 6.4% and 55 IBUs but it's still very flavorful and intriguing.

M - Moderate consistency (maybe even a tad bit thin) with a nice lot to moderate carbonation.

D - Very compelling, smooth and easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 10:43:42 | More by GJ40
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mmcary

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber orange,cloudy and hazy. Nice thick frothy 2 inch head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind. The smell is very balanced, nice pine scent with a splash of citrus and a nice malt in the background. The smell is very subtle, not over the top, but balanced, I have smelled much stronger IPA's, this one is subtle, but nice.

The taste is very balanced as well, the hops are of a good blend of pine and citrus, neither dominates, rather they compliment each other very well. There is a bit of caramel sweetness that lingers on the tongue followed by a nice hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but is noticeable. There is a hint of fruit as well, I can't place it, but it is subtle, maybe apple?
The beer goes down very well, not too much carbonation and very little alcohol burn at all, I could see myself having this on a regular basis.

This not a hop bomb like the Hop henge, just a well balanced, if not subdued IPA. Very well done, it will not WOW you, but if you appreciate a tasty beverage, this will satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:46:10 | More by mmcary
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erikm25

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out of the bottle a nice mix of bronzed cherry, copper, and light burgundy hues. The head was about 2 inches, after an aggressive pour, and slightly off white. Good retention. Spotted lacing sticks around the glass. Great bright amber wine coloring throughout this beer.

S: Peppermint and pine hops. This is both flowery and fresh. Subtle lime and tropical citrus aromas mixed with cotton candy.

T: After reading the bottle I prepared myself not to be overcome with hops. There is a very well done balance between creamy citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruits and tangerines with a perfectly fused malt backbone. Hops are here but without the typical bitterness you come to expect with beers from the West Coast bearing any IPA label. A sweet syrupy and peppered candy taste helps fill in for the lack of tongue numbing bitterness. After more sips the balance here is quite impressive making it very smooth.

M: This was a creamy and nicely carbonated treat.

D: Apparently this is very popular at their pub and I can see why. Would love to try this on tap. Highly recommended especially now that it can be purchased in bombers.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:47:28 | More by erikm25
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 06:01:53 | More by cokes
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a foamy, 1 finger off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing result. A very nice looking IPA. I find the smell to be incredible, one of the better aromas I have come across. A luscious citrus hop aroma backed by a some pine hops, as well and sweet caramel hints. The flavor is far more balanced than the nose hinted to, which is a good thing, this is supposed to be an IPA. I prefer citrus hops, as I smelled, but I get a more pine hop flavor with a equal malt balance. An excellent example of an IPA, just a personal preference to the citrus hops. A rather tart and light mouthfeel. In the end a highly drinkable IPA, and a nice representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:12:11 | More by bhalter8
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright translucent copper in appearance, loose frothy off-white head that settles to a thick cap that retains. Wide thick patches of sticky lacing.

Bready carmelized malt on the nose, floral and citrus hops, some pine and grapefruit.

Light toasted malt can't quite hold its own with the puckering piney citrus of the hops, which pretty much carry the show, no discernable breaks in the finish or aftertaste, the hops presence is consistent, yet a bit one-dimensional as a result. The mouthfeel is pleasant, a smooth, rounded medium-bodied affair, with a bit of carbonated kick on the finish to give more of a crisp than oily texture. A nice mellow IPA when all is said and done, it offers a hop kick that pleases but doesn't smack you upside the head. Yet on that note it doesn't really stand out from the American IPA throng as a result of that either. Good easy gateway beer for the style in a way, not too intimidating.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 18:56:18 | More by Anthony1
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single bomber of this from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with sticky, soapy, off-white head. A bubbly cap sits on top for the entire session. Head is very sticky; coats the glass with web-like lacing. Almost no carbonation. Swirl the beer for a second or two and you'll return the head to it's initial state. Gorgeous.

Smell: Caramel malt and piney hops. Grassy and floral accents are also apparent, along with a couple handfuls of grain. Some light mellow citrus and possibly melon. Mild and enjoyable.

Taste: Crisp citrus, bitter hops, and doughy malts. Floral accents throughout. Very balanced. Bitterness starts out mild, but definitely builds throughout the session.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, spicy, balanced, perfectly carbonated (on the light side), medium bodied, and smooth. Very, very nice.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Simple and balanced. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:23:31 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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mjl21

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into the new SA glass. Best by 8/19/09. Comes in at 6.4% and 55 IBUs.

A-Pours an orangish amber with a one finger off white head that quickly goes down to a ring with some bubbly islands left in the middle. There is a continuos stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a nice sticky line of lace towards the top of the glass.

S-Super fresh hops on the nose. Get lots of citrus such as sweetened grapefruit and tangerines. Smells in a lot of ways like tropical fruit bubblegum. There are also piney notes at play. The malt is hard to detect.

T-Much like the smell, the tropical citrus dominates. In the middle there is a nice hit of sweet malt that gives way to the piney flavors.

M-This beer is one the lower end of the medium spectrum. It has a comfortable level of carbonation and is crisp and dry.

D-Goes down very easily. It is nice to get so much hop flavoring without going through palate fatigue.

I really enjoyed this beer. I did not know that the goal of this beer was to pack a huge hop taste without the bitterness until after I had cracked it open and read the label. Based on the initial smell and look of the beer, I was prepared for a nice West Coast bitter monster. This would be a great year round beer that would be ideal to purchase in six packs.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 05:36:40 | More by mjl21
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Glibber

Idaho

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 04:50:07 | More by Glibber
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bcm119

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a fine, durable lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but never becoming too juicy or cloying. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 02:59:53 | More by bcm119
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP for $5... poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head sticks around for a long time.. nice crusty lace.. and a constant cap... the brew is a clear orange/honey color.

Nose is juicy citrusy hops with a nice smack of caramel... much more balanced than many PNW/CA IPAs....

Flavor continues with a surprisingly balanced profile... still plenty of bitterness... but it melts into a sorta lite caramel/honey malt essence and then seamlessly into the citric hops... finish has a slightly floral profile.... again, this is balanced and very smooth from front to back... the body and carbonation are pretty much spot on for the style... the only real complaint (albeit minor) is the sweeter than average for the style would probably get in the way for me after a second glass... a 22 seems about perfect.. Most of my high marks are going to be based on how balanced this brew is.

I like it quite a bit.. but the $5 pricetag may have me looking elsewhere at times... A very solid beer nonetheless.

Edit: This brew should NOT be in the English IPA category even with the caramel maltiness.... the CCC hoppiness just tears it out of Europe and plants it firmly in American territory.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 06:49:46 | More by JohnGalt1
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Eric's bottle - thanks man!

Light orange pour with a finger of white head that showed decent retention and lace. Nice citrus bouquet of grapefruit, tangerine and sweet orange. The taste is along similar lines, but balanced out nicely by some pale malt and caramel tones. Not as bitter as many IPAs I've had, which helps add to its drinkability. Medium-light thirst-quenching body with moderate carbonation.

I've had a lot of great beers in the past few days, but this is one that I'd love to have on hand for regular drinking. Its well balanced, and nicely made, even if it doesn't wow you in any one area. Awesome stuu and excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 21:36:49 | More by bobsy
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.