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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

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-22-2009

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.
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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - best by 8/19/09:

Pours copper amber with a thick foamy head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruit and pine. Quite robust with a nice hoppy aroma!

The taste is of pine, grapefruit, caramelish malty sweetness. Hoppy, but balanced. Slight touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium. Slightly swishy at times.

Another winner from this brewery. Hoppy with a caramelish - even towards toffeeish malty balance. Nice! (485 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Chair IPA pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a small, persistent white head. Nice aroma of spicy pine-resin hops, backed by a substantial maltiness, sweet and sticky, but second to the hoppiness. The taste reinforces that this is on the malty end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of hops, and loads of excellent hop flavor, but it's rounded out nicely by a good toasty, sweet, thick malt, which also lends more body than many beers of a similar strength. (465 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey for about five dollars, poured into a Stone pint glass, also drank last night with my dad and buddy, color is deeper copper color, ¾ inch foamy slightly off white head, some lacing, aroma has pineapple, a few different hop scents, toasted malts, grass, grapefruit, and mild sweetness, starts off with a slick hop flavor, toasted malts and mild citrus in the middle, more hops in the finish with grapefruit and mellow pine, very balanced IPA and quite drinkable at seven percent, smooth most of the way through without being overly bitter or malty, seven percent is hidden well, balanced, toasted, and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers, would drink again, recommended (782 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guess we had one of the bottles before the "retirement."

Amber-orange pour. Not much foam, light rings of lacing on the glass.

Nice citric hop nose with some light caramel malt.

Lightly sweet malt up front, then plenty of citric (orange, specifically) hops. Very hoppy without being overly bitter; just good hop flavor throughout.

Light-medium body with tingly carbonation. Very easy drinker. (396 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Davis Graduate.

A: Approximately a finger of firm, foamy white head. Copper colored with amber edges. Great cascading lacing, but halfway through there was almost no head retention.
S: Sweeter malts that expected from a West Coast IPA. A bit of grapefruit, as well as another sweet fruit flavor that I can't really name. Some bready malts discernible as well.
T: Sweet bready and honey malt flavors. A bit of ripe grapefruit hops (sweetness right before the bitterness) to balance out. Toasted notes and semi-sweet caramel. Dark fruit and berry esters come out with warmth.
M: Light-bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
D: This is a delicious IPA. Deschutes has brewed yet another great beer, and this one is a good break from all the hop bombs I've been consuming! I look forward to trying it out of the bottle. (829 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went into my favorite place to get some beer and they had this on tap.

Poured into a pint glass at 45.

Apperance: A nice 2 finger head that was white, creamy and some foam. The body of the beer is medium gold with some orange hues. There was some bubbles in the glass. The clarity of the beer was slightly hazy.

Nose: A mild hop aroma that is floral and citrus. There is malt in the beer and it has a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A light mild hop aroma that has some floral and citrus notes. There is a good malt backbone that lend a little sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light. The finish is light. This is an experimental beer from Dechutes and I like it, although this beer is suppose to be an IPA it taste more like an APA. I like the concept but it isnt an IPA, well in my opinon. (863 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Reviewing this a month and a half after its "best buy" date. Also a shout out to my Captain for bringing me this back from the States.

Produces a massive amount of light tan head, with a slightly hazy copper colored body... Decent lacing.

Aromas are hints of grass, pine, and is very citrusy as well. Not too much in the way of a malt character that is detectable.

Taste wise this has a good caramel flavor upfront, which is quickly kicked to the side by the lemony/piny hops.

Good CO2 prickliness and dries the palate out quite a bit. A hint of alcohol warmness is here too. (585 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice offering from Deschutes.

Pours a nice amber with a large meringue like head that stuck around for the first few pulls then disappeared to leave some nice lacings.

Smells of citrus, pine, and fresh cascade hops. Not too much maltiness in there, quite light

tastes light, a nice spring time IPA. No real backbone to it, but the acidity of the hops certainly gives you a nice flavourful experience.

Mouthfeel is great for an IPA, and it goes down very well. At just over 6%abv, this isn't too far from the realms of DIPA, but it's not as full bodied. However, for an AIPA it is tremendous (599 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Clear bright copper golden orange color. One finger head with a slight peach color.

Aroma had light resin with a touch of pine.

Peach and fruity in flavor. Not a tremendous amount of bitterness. More of a smooth beer with some citrus hop punch. (284 characters)

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle An extra from Brandon Cheers Buddy. Pours a good clear amber with a generous off white head. The head is foamy and lasting. Produces nice lacing. Has a wonderful aroma of spruce, lemons, and lightly spiced. Has good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. The flavor is excellent. Well balanced but still has a good hoppy base to it. Has a good crispness. Has a oily texture. A good solid finish, with a great lasting aftertaste. I like IPA's and this is a good one. (467 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with friends, pours a standard dark golden, burnt orange with a finger+ of head. Ok retention.

Nose is light and vibrant. Tangerines, oranges, floral hops, pineapple, caramel sweetness.

Taste is much more subdued. Light pale malts balance delicately with citrus and floral hops notes in the body, a slight metallic tang in there as well, sweet caramel notes lead to a lighter than average hop bite in the finish. Not overly hopped but it creates a very drinkable beer that would suit just about any occasion.

Not enough hops to completely satisfy the inner hophead in me but enough to create a fine, drinkable IPA that, while I wouldn't make it a top choice, would gladly drink if I happen upon it again. (728 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Notes:

22oz Single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price, around $5 if not mistaken.

A: Copper, nice clarity, about half an inch worth of cream colored head, nice retention, big sticky gobs of lacing, nice looking beer.

S: Hops, and a fair amount of them, pine and citrus both, really gets after the nose, slight amount of caramel in the back, but this one is definitely a hops forward sort of beer.

T: Lots of hop resins and flavors, not a lot of malt at all, surprisingly low in bitterness, as noted on the bottle. Underneath it all is a slight roastiness from the malt and a bit of caramel. Citrus and pine really dominate this one though.

M: Very thin, little carbonation, feels very watery, not impressed here.

D: Easy to drink and quite tasty, more like an XPA than an IPA to me though. A little more body would be nice on this one, I may try it again, this would be a good beer in six pack form. (933 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an appropriately reddish-amber hue, the off-white head nearly spilling out of the glass from a vigorous pour. Retention is great and the head sticks all over the glass as it slowly settles.

Smell: The aroma doesn't explode from the glass like you may expect a West Coast IPA to, but once you get past that it's quite good. Floral, herbal, dank and juicy with a hint of caramel and toast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wet floral/herbal hoppiness up-front, juicy grapefruit beneath that. Light bodied, crisp and semi-dry, there's a touch of balancing caramel malt flavor that dries up quite a bit in the finish. This is pretty easy on the palate, and while none of the flavors are especially bold, it's very well crafted and enjoyable. A subtler beer from Deschutes, but a good one. (790 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/19/09

Poured into a tulip glass. Off-white, 3 finger head witih good lacing. Clear, copper/red colored body.

Smell was malty and slightly caramely. Fruity and floral hop aroma.

Taste was well balanced. Nice maltiness with hints of roasted malts. Mildy sweet. Nice mellow bitterness than lends fruity and floral hop characters with a subtle citrus taste.

Mouthfeel was slightly sticky, medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Not overly bitter and well balanced.

A more easy drinking IPA if you arent after a huge hop profile. (560 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to see this beer on tap at a local watering hole.

Pours a light red / amber color, some haze, and a nice off white head.

Aromas are a little light, some earthy hops, and candied malts.

Taste has a nice light sweetness. Some caramel malts, easy hard candy flavors, and a general spiciness. Hops provide a nice balance on the finish. Mostly of pine and earthy hops, a nice little bite to clean this one up.

Mouthfeel is good, full, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is nice. All in all, a solid beer. To me, this seems more like a hoppy amber than an IPA. But whatever it is, it's tasty and worth trying. (629 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, copper, active, with modest white head, good retention and lacing. Very attractive. SMELL is rich and malty, balanced by floral and grassy hops. Has legs. TASTE like gthe nose, a smooth and delicately balanced blend of rich maltiness and floral hoppiness with restrained bitterness and a clean finish. FEEL med/full body, some fiz, abit of warming and a rich viscous texture. OVERALL totally sessionable, full flavored IPA with some depth and complexity. (473 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

retired eh. well i musta got one of the last bottles. THANKS John.
A cloudy dark amber beer. Has a creamy off white head with nice lace. The aroma is grassy/herbal and malty. With a biscuity background. The taste has a slight sweet apple note on the tip of your tongue. Followed by a caramel note in the middle. There is a peppery dry hop bite on the finish. kinda close to an english style IPA. Again thanks John this was a nice drink. (437 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops, citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet bready malts.o

T: Very prominent floral hops. Doughy caramel malt in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink. Nicely balanced; plenty of malt and sufficient bittering hops. Disguises the abv very wells. (490 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively coppery red with a decent head, which drops to nice lacing. The aroma leaps out with floral and slightly citric hops, The flavor has a pungent hop flavor, mostly floral, but with a pine bite on the finish. There is relatively little malt character, and not too much in terms of hop bitterness, but there is a lovely tea-like feeling and a sharp bite of carbonation with every swallow. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but carbonated. The only quibble I have is that there is a late developing slight sourness, but it is not a major problem - just enough to hold me back in the B range, where it could otherwise be a solid A. (636 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Lovely translucent copper, 1 finger offwhite/tan head and some streak lacing

S - Very citrusy, floral both in Malt and Hop. Smells a tad sweet, but just a bit. Grapefruit, mango, peach, apple, orange, carnation, roses and maybe some lavender, oak, freash wheat, barley, lemon grass. Very hoppy but such a nice malt to balance it out

T - Wow, all the citrus explodes and finishes into a nice toasted malt, earthy bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon grass, mango and orange all are in the taste. The floral notes turn into more of a soapy tatse. It's really nice. I love that in a beer

M - A bit sticky, nicely carbonated, not at all chewy but the flavor lingers like a chewy beer does. Flavor last a while on the palate

D - This drinks like a daily. I could have this all day every day on draft or bottle. Very nice APA

Final thought - $7.99 a six, 6.4% ABV. Tons of flavor and easy to drink? BOOSH! (936 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First of all the label is one of the best beer labels out there.

Nearly a perfect looking beer, clear amber with nearly gold bubbles that havent stopped still a half hour in to this bomber. nice retention and thick off white lacing.

the smell is light but nice of spice and grapefruit.

This is one of the best beers you could ever put in your mouth. grapefruit like hops and very tiny caramel malt in the beginning then such a clean crisp finish you dont even know you are drinking a beer, especially an IPA.
I wish it had a fuller taste with a maltier back bone.
Couldnt help but notice a point another reviewer made, in a blind tasting There is no way this would be considered a respectable IPA

Good thing I only have more, this beer is neither filling nor a challange, goes down very nice.

Where do people draw the line of IPA and Amber ale, because this beer is excellent but too smooth for what you usually call an IPA. (933 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this in the store and was surprised...I love Deschutes but had never heard of this. Seeing as how I think this is only the 9th review it must have just been released in bottles.

Pours clear and copper with thick, creamy head with good retention and lacing. The smell was less hoppy than I expected even though the label warns you that this isnt a traditional IPA. A dry malt with some citrus and bitterness, but not much. The taste was enjoyable. There were definitely hops present, a little citrusy at first with a piney aftertaste. A very well balanced mix with the malt. I didnt notice as much caramel as I expected, more so a dryer malt with some biscuit. Mouthfeel was a little oily and a bit chewy for me. It wasnt bad, just not as crisp as I would have like. Overall a great beer and nice offering from one of my top 3 breweries! (841 characters)

Photo of kbeals
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew. This man hooked a brother up with some West Coast brews.

A- Pours a clear, dark amber color with two fingers of an off-white, almost yellow head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- The piney hops are pretty much all I can detect along with a bit of a sweet backbone.

T- Piney hops along with a sweet, malty flavor as it warms. This beer definitely was tasting better and better as the night wore on.

M- A bit watery, but very crisp and smooth. A perfect beer for a warm summer night in Michigan.

D- Very drinkable, this bomber disappeared fast.

Thanks again Toby, I see good things for you and the Boise beer crew in the future. (674 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid, middle of the road amber body with a huge creamy off-white head which left behind massive amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops dominate with an undercurrent of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T: Pleasantly delicate pine cones, grapefruit, orange and lightly toasted caramel malt.

M: Slightly thin without too much bite on the back end.

D: A very pleasant IPA, but doesn't really bang home aroma/flavor. (423 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Red Chair poured from the bomber to the glass and gave a nice 2-3 finger foam head with some solid wave like lacing. It was amber orange color.

The aroma was nice. A good hop presence came through which like possibly Centennial. The taste was smooth with a good bitterness that was soft but present. Good balanced between the grains and hops and had a good bite to the finish. Overall a solid red ipa. (407 characters)

Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.