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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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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer. Clear copper color, half-inch tan foam, long lasting with clinging lace. The aroma has a nice hoppy character that is quite piney but not heavy on the citrus. The hoppiness is cascade-like, reminding me of the type of IPA/APA that Sierra Nevada makes. The malt doesn't show up strongly in the smell, just the clean hop freshness.

Wow, that is crazy. There really isn't much bitterness at the back. When you get that grassy hop bite at the front you really expect it, but it's very limited. I can detect some bitterness at the top of the tongue, but toward the sides and back it's as if the beer just bounced right off without any effect. The overall flavor is nice though, the malt balance comes through decently with a lightly toasted caramel touch. The carbonation has a nice sharpness, creating some foam on the tongue, and the medium body finishes easily.

I didn't think I would like an IPA with less bitterness, but overall this beer was done well. I think the effect is very dramatic with that first sip, but you get used to it quickly and the beer turns out to be a very drinkable IPA.

bennetj17, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs."

--William S. Gilbert

Blazing bonfire orange with a modest infusion of molten copper. No less than half the pint glass is presently filled with a gorgeous crown of ecru colored foam. The head has a firmly creamy, mousse-like texture and is beginning to decorate the glass with extensive sheets of BB-shot lace.

The nose features citrus fruity hops slightly more than a mixture of pale and caramel malts. Thankfully, the nutty earthiness of Munich malt isn't too prominent. The aroma is fresh and clean and hoppy... and I like it just fine.

As Deschutes freely admits, Red Chair is not a hop bomb. I was hoping that it would at least be a hop grenade, but the first few ounces indicate that it's more like a hop M-80. Given the state of Pacific Northwest craft beer these days, it comes across more like an APA than an IPA. No matter, it's still a delicious, drinkable ale.

If you like them balanced, sit your butt down in this comfortable Red Chair and commence drinking. The maltiness is more toasted bready than caramel-like, which suits the beer just fine. The grapefruit zesty, orange zesty, tea-like flavors could be coming from any number of varieties. In the end, 55 IBUs is more than enough to get the job done, unless you're in the mood for some serious tongue abuse.

The mouthfeel is quality all the way. A little more heft *might* have been better, but what has been provided fits the flavor profile exceptionally well. Besides, the beer's size makes it more drinkable... as in 'ease and rapidity of'. The carbonation is pretty much flawless.

Red Chair IPA is yet another example of this brewery's excellence. Sure, Deschutes could have brewed a huge hoppy beast of an IPA. Instead, they decided to dial it back and give us something slightly more subtle and equally as enjoyable. Recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 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
Photo of jgap
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a copper orange with a large off-white, frothy head. Smell is citrus, slight pine, and an herbal tinge. Taste is a smooth, lingering toffee up front followed by an easy bitterness. Less pepper than I expected, very herbal. It's an easy bitterness, not harsh at all. Lastly, there's a biscuit-yeast taste followed my a dry, fading toffee similar to the introduction which makes it very drinkable. Good beer!

jgap, May 20, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at liquid solutions

Appearance: Fairly transparent body that is just a touch too orange to call full blown red. Lush 2 finger crown comprised of fine bubbles. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice subtle yet complex nose. Lots of herbal, minty, floral, and citrus hops creating a nice bouquet.

Taste: A bit less complex than the nose. Orange tangerine note that gives way to wet hopped goodness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking and for the style.

Drinkability: Its thin, has a 6.40% abv, and doesn't taste bitter so it gets high marks.

koopa, Jun 17, 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 Spikester
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a three finger head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is apricots. Taste is at first a bit on the sweet side but the rich earthy bitter hop flavors start taking over after the second taste. There is a little pink grapefruit in the mix but the leathery notes are dominant. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. The finish is medium dry bitter with some mild sweetness. Not a hop bomb but a very well crafted IPA that has a lot of depth of flavor. Drinkability is quite good for the style.

Spikester, May 29, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, rich red-orange body capped by over two fingers of creamy, off-white head that features fantastic retention and lacing.

Aroma: Bright, citrusy and piney hops over a caramel malt base.

Taste: Up front, lots of bright hops with citrus, pineapple, pine, and herbal notes. The hops are bold, but not overly bitter. Underneath, there's a biscuity caramel malt backbone keeping everything decently balanced. Just a mild hint of alcohol towards the end leading to a mildly bitter and biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: The 22 ounce bottle disappears quickly, making this a great session beer.

Verdict: Red Chair is a very tasty and sessionable IPA and is another impressive beer from Deschutes. Certainly worth picking up a bomber if you like hoppy beers.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear ruby orange color with a chunky off white head.

Smell is so clean and hoppy. Cascades all cascades here. Grapefruit and pine and plenty of it. You can definitely smell the toffee like malts underneath the hit of hops.

A little let down by the taste after smelling the liquid for the last 10 minutes. Really malt forward at first then hops take over. Im getting a lot of esters out of this beer some cherry and banana come to mind. The hops are really soft and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium almost full bodied which is kind of odd at first but it works. Overall this is a fine libation and reminds me a lot of the Sierra Nevada Harvest ales in that it has a soft malty yet definitely hoppy flavor profile.

bosco7, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into 22oz mug

Pours a nice orangey amber, very slightly cloudy, very carbonated, big head, terrific lacing. Smells floral, citrus, and hops -- fairly light aroma.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a fast-following strong bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, very refreshing. Quite drinkable.

snaotheus, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Growler into snifter.

Pours a beautiful red copper with a creamy white head that lasts. This is a beautiful looking beer, top notch. Smells like fresh hops, a little spicy but mostly citrusy. This beer tastes great, it doesn't overwhelm you with hops but you definitely know there are plenty. A slight tangy flavor that develops in a lasting bitterness. The body is light and crisp. I could and will drink this beer all evening long. I'm hoping this stuff with last on the shelves as well as on the taps because I look forward to enjoying this beer for sometime.

DiabolikDUB, May 10, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good IPA. I picked it up at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- amber color, transparent, good head retention

Smell- piney hops

Taste- delicious, hops, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, I enjoyed it thoroughly

jeffjeff1, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

jwc215, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  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

Floydster, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.08/5  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.

Gyle41386, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
4.08/5  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.

washburnkid, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

allengarvin, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

colts9016, May 31, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

TheSarge, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Chelsea1905, May 13, 2009
Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Deschutes Brew Pub in Portland, OR

From their bar notes about this beer: Unconventional. Uncompromising. A Deschutes original. This IPA style beer utilizes hops in a way never attempted by our brewers, evident in both aroma and flavor. The Cascade and Centennial hops are balanced by 2 types of crystal malts as well as American pale malt and German pilsner malt. The wind beneath your wings, perhaps . . .

I really enjoyed this IPA. It certainly was red and there was more flavor than a typical red ale. There's plenty of strong citrus and bitters to balance the malt flavors. By the way, the malt presence is more on the light-medium side. Bravo.

Tucquan, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Yetiman420, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Birdiebeagle, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of jwluvsIPA
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jwluvsIPA, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.