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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
Brewed by:
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 SpdKilz
3.97/5  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. (648 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange-amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, roasted malt and some subtle grapefruit notes.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt and citrus. The hops provided a grassy kick.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty IPA. Another great brew from Deschutes. (401 characters)

Photo of tjsprague
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice copper color with a thin white head.

Smell is a nice hop aroma, not too strong. Some malty undertones.

Taste is great. This is a good malty beer with some excellent hop bitterness and thickness to it. Slightly bitter at the end.

Nice hop resin to the mouthfeel, a good thickness to the beer.

A fantastic beer to drink for the evening.

Actually, it tastes a lot like a Sierra Pale Ale clone, it has its own characteristics but if I had to compare it to one beer it would be the Pale. I love the Sierra and this is very good in its own right. (560 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (658 characters)

Photo of aglose45
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to alexd3891 for this fine beverage in a trade!

A: Poured a beautiful golden amber with an off-white head.

S: Smells a bit of tart citrus fruit, but there is a strong malty, bread-like sweetness backing it up.

T: There is a hint of citrus in there, but I'm also getting a good amount of pine. However, there is more malt flavor than I expect in an IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is very solid. There is a good level of carbonation and an okay amount of stickiness from the hops.

D: This beer drinks very easily, and i enjoyed it. If I had my way I would have it be a bit hoppier, but overall I did enjoy it. I would drink it again, but wouldn't actively seek it out. Also, I sat on this bottle for a bit, so that probably had something to do with the lacking hop "pop" that I was looking for... (797 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1.5 finger head, solid lace. Great label as well, Deschutes always has nice labels.

S: Orange, really some orange soda immediately backed with lemon zest.

T: Light toasted biscuit malt balanced by a floral lemon/orange mix with some pink grapefruit juice. Definite peppermint/menthol in the finish.

M: Good medium body, smooth, very light aftertaste for the style.

D: A nice little IPA here, I like that Deschutes tried to do something different instead of making another West Coast hop bomb, which they already do a great version of - Inversion. I liked it, the low ABV for the style makes it much more sessionable. In the end though, I'd take Inversion as it's considerably cheaper. (735 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the notes:

Big Head Todd and the Monster, fluffernutter head, beautiful Dark Whorange.

Floral hops, some citrus and piney mix, very complex smell, earthy too. Like an orange tree in a pine forest.

Tasty I wrote. Hoppy but not bitter.

This was a good one, Like Ahnold's performance in Commando, it could have been over the top, but it's restrained and delicious. (370 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like many Deschutes beers, the hop profile is rich, complex, and varying- giving a new experience with each sip. But also like Deschutes, the beer's balance may keep it from greatness. A lot of residual sweetness from the barley keeps the beer from favoring the dry, crisp, hop profile. Maltiness run the gammot of bready, graham cracker, caramel, and light toffee. Hops are spicy and range from grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemongrass, pineapple, herbal teas, and fresh cut grasses. These powerful hops could take much more of the stage if not for the competing malt sweetness and heavier body. Still, the beer isn't completely unattenuated; some hotter alcohols still make their way in and make the hops even spicier and bite-ier than I prefer. Lighter in color than a lot of Double IPA's, the beer has a reserved head stance and retention but did sow legging and some lacing with the sugars and alcohols present. A lot of negatives in this review, but the beer acually fares better than my Debbie-Downer demeaner. Very pleasant and enjoyable- I didn't have a problem with the session. Better attenuation and less alcohol bite could put this beer on the pedistal with Yulesmith and 90 Minute.

Thanks again awinte1! (1,219 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes, welcome to Minnesota! Bottles as well as kick-off parties today & it's a good day to have another excellent brewery enter the state. And thanks to chickencoop for shipping me this in a recent exchange. No idea this one was retired already.

Choppy orange leaning compass-wise towards reddish. Smell is soapy hops, pine underneath. Someday someone is going to tell me which variety of hop creates that soap smell.

Red Chair is a subdued, milder IPA. The malts & hops do an intricate dance, complete with ribbons, that bind them together & makes it difficult to tell where one begins & the other leaves off. A faint, almost raspberry taste darts in & is immediately run off by the ending hops, but it's there. Nice bitter finish. As the nose, so the taste, with soap & pine blitzing over the malt in the end.

Drinkable as all get out. A gulper. The soapy feeling is followed up by a clean dryness that makes me reach for more quickly.

Overall very good. Haven't tried the new formulation, but this is a beer that appears not to have needed further tweaking. Ah, well. (1,082 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, spice, floral, some caramel, and pine in the back.

taste is crisp, caramel, citrus, pine, and roasted nuts, ends nicely bitter.

a very nicely made IPA, well balanced. (262 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery--Red Chair IPA--India Pale Ale--Bond Street Series--2009 Release. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV--55 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0. IPA Big foamy thin white mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright thin pretty amber red color. Intense floral earthy hop malt front. Tangy mild sweet dry toasted hint caramel hop infused fully fermented mild fruit body. Dry rich hop spice clean mild bitter end. Resinous. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.69 Each. NEW BREW!! (438 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick, frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with hints of grassy pine, citrus fruit and pale malts. Dank, oily hops with hints of grapefruit and orange peel along with some caramel and biscuit from the malts.

Full bodied with a prominent earthy, bitter hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Lots of grass and dry pine needle flavor that's slightly countered by sweet grapefruit and orange peel. There's a decent malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit, providing nice balance without taking away from the hops.

Overall this is nicely balanced and easy to drink but the hop profile is a touch one-dimensional. Other than that it's a pretty favorable, enjoyable beer. I wish they would have kept this in bomber form. (927 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by August 2009; Sampled May 2009
Served barely chilled into my 25cl tulip glass. A solid pour easily produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a clear, deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite hoppy with a mix of pine and herbal notes up front followed by a solid citrus / fruit component that becomes the dominant notes. Aromas of peach, tangerine, caramelized grapefruit zest and a touch of kumquat peel. The finish has a biscuit like grain component as well as a mix of herbal hop and malt notes.

Because the beer is on the warm side it has a fuller mouthfeel to it, but this is in competition with a spritzy carbonation. The hop notes provide a biting, but well balanced bitterness in the finish and there is a lingering, herbal (sort of basil, menthol and perhaps a hint of hemp) note that sticks to the tongue and palate. This has a nice hop fruitiness to it (the most prominent flavor component of this beer) that adds notes of tangelo, lots of lychee, sweet kumquat peel, . My second pour of this is a bit cooler which actually mutes much of the bright hop flavors and makes this more herbal leaning in its hoppiness. It was better balanced above 60ºF / 16ºC, now the bitterness is a bit more present as well. This beer is nicely quaffable, light enough to be drinkable, but with just enough heft to carry the ample hops. The malt plays a nicely supporting role with an underlying touch of cracker like malt and a touch of caramel support.

This is a nicely hoppy beer, I have found that it needs to actually be served on the warm side to bring out it full breadth of flavors and it remains surprisingly balanced in to the mid 60ºF / around 18ºC range. This is not one of those over the top hopped IPAs, though it certainly isn't shy with the hop character either. (1,880 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Nose is full of Pacific NW hops. Citrusy and a little toast. Clear amber with a half inch tan head. Clean bitterness up front with a bitter orange peel flavor from the hops. Malt is clean and not heavy or sweet with a bit of that toasty character coming through. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, although mouthfeel is fairly crisp and dry for the strength. A very nice IPA (420 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my parents who brought this home from Oregon as a gift. Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head tulip.

The beer pours a nice glowing amber with a thin white head. There is a nice oily lacing that seems to actively move down the walls of the glass.

The smell is pine, hop oil and orange peel, not a very strong smell but it's encouraging that there is not much malt present in the nose.

The smell is lemon, cut grass, pine and then some sugared candy. The malts really jump out in the taste to give the beer some backbone, but the hop flavors are dominant. Not a very bitter IPA.

The carbonation and body of the beer are perfect for the style and the alcohol is not present in the mouth at all. The aftertaste is a very pleasant orange citrus. This is a beer that I wish I had more than one of. (812 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus dominate the nose with a good sweet caramel malt presence and a mild hop piney grassy aroma.

T: the graasy hops are more potent on the taste with citrus grapefruit that help out on the bitter bite but orange accents and a decent malt caramel backbone.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citric, sweet, and mild bitter finish.

D: it drank pretty good but it was for sure way better when it was fresh. I'm kinda sad that this beer is retired and will not be able to enjoy again. (680 characters)

Photo of ampzilla
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to wagenvolks for sending this out to me as winner of his Mystery Label LIF (pt. II).

I was pretty excited to try this beer and it showed in my aggressive pour with a dense cream head multiple inches tall. This was pillowy and clingy. Lace does not even begin to describe my glass. The beer itself is a nice clean looking copper.
The smell is what I imagine a walk in the redwood forests of the Pacific NW would be like. Lots of BIG pine. Really nice.
The taste is a slight letdown though with not as much hop bitterness or flavor coming through as I'd like. Though there is a decent bready malt that keeps it interesting.
The mouthfeel is pretty good. About as thick as I'd need in an IPA with just a little slickness.
This is pretty drinkable. Quite well balanced actually. (786 characters)

Photo of Trappissed
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one interesting take on an IPA. Tastes like unsweetened iced tea was added in with somewhat of an herbal quality. Easy drinking and kind of refreshing. Downside was a bit of a dirty, musty, metallic taste as others have mentioned. But this flavor was just barely noticeable.

I don't know if I would get this again, but it was still pretty good and I'm glad I gave it a try. They(the bottle) claim this is a non-bitter IPA, which I would agree with. However, the hops are lacking in my opinion for an IPA, which might explain why it is especially non-bitter. The iced tea flavor was the dominant one for me here. Red Chair is an appropriate name along with the graphics on the label. You might sit on the porch drinking this in your red rocking chair on a hot summer day.(also explains the iced tea taste) (813 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tolann has generously sent me a bomber of this as a trade extra - straight from my wants list!
Pint Glass poured 6/12. Plenty of entrained air creates large bubbles in an otherwise micro dense head. 1/2" high, full high as hell as Dre Dog would say. Body is clean and clear, deep in copper color. Smell is unique. I am picking up some strong metallic notes, chlorine like almost. Very clean, cucumber like, warms a bit... almost herbal, aloe comes to mind. A warm and earthy hop presence is there.

On the tongue this starts out full bodied, an abundance of the micro carbonation expanding in my mouth. This lends well to a rather bready and biscuity start, the whole experience continues to 'grow' on the tongue, opening into a sweeter malt experience. Solid notes of honey as well. For a minute it seems that I am lost in a soupy, sweet mess, but soon the carbonation has grabbed the hops by the hand, producing a noble hop style dry, biting presence which takes over quickly. The beer comes alive with some spicy, herbally notes, a hint of cocoa. This works its way to a close with stark mentholyptic sting, marking the presence of alcohol. This warms and eases, and the beer goes out with a prominent, biting piney hopiness.
A wide array on the tongue here. I give it points for being adventurous with the mouthfeel and profile, yet overall it is easy to drink. This has grown on me big time as I work my way to the end of the bomber. (1,440 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark orange with a white head and decent retention.

The nose is malt forward, which surprised me. I was expecting a bouquet of different hop characters in the nose but I find myself reaching for descriptors. It smells more like a pale ale than an IPA. Light grapefruit notes and a hint of pine.

The flavor is well balanced, with orange and grapefruit up front. The malt is caramel with some sugary sweetness. The finish has more citrus, and pine is evident. These characteristics linger. Bitterness is medium throughout.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly dry.

I'm surprised this is a Bond Street release. It's a good and sessionable IPA, but just not on par with the other Bond Street offerings. (783 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where is the bounce!? Even on the bottle it says 'this courageous take on the traditional IPA offers a deliciously intense hop presence with the bitterness'. NO BITTERNESS!? But why? Well all griefs aside, it comes out to be an okay brew.

The appearance is orange. It has an amber hue to it, making it a reddish orange, but put up to natural light, its orange. The head came fast and strong, a three finger with just a medium pour. It left quick quick though, and left a few horizontal lines for the lace.

The smell is interesting as it smells like the regular cinder hops that they usually use, but also has a weird stale smell. Interesting.

This brew really baffles me because it is so strange. It looks like a red ale, smells like a weak pale ale, but tastes like nothing I have ever had before. You get a hops first impression, the mouthfeel is that of a pale ale. There is a slight dryness, but not a bitterness that comes with a GREAT IPA. Really weird, it tastes like a bit of a red ale maltiness. Indescribable.

The mouthfeel hits the palate on all fronts, giving it a nice 'all over' feeling. I could drink two or three of these bombers if I wanted to, but I dont. Overall an interesting experience I don't really want to repeat.
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Photo of MNmurray
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: deep red hue, slightly red (although this is a dark bar), very thin head

S: fruity and bitter, freshly cut wood (elm?)

T: Immediate bitter bite, nodes of grapefruit, lemon-peel, and woody. The last sips were better than the first (maybe due to warming)

M: Tingly and dry (gingerale mouthfeel without carbonation level) Flavor sticks to the mouth longer than most.

O: Drinkability- decent. It is comparable to Surly furious with water-downed citrus. Head dissolves very quickly. Aftertaste is good at first, but stayed into the next lager. Not bad- would drink again, but not rave worthy. (594 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and slight pines. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, slightly bitter, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA. (386 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a gift to me from one of my customers after I helped them a little in planning a beer party off hours. Anyway, this is probably not a beer I would have bought myself, so, thanks, Natalie!

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear slightly burnt ornage color with a small, but thick, head of off white bubbles. The bubbles are tight and fall slowly leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass when it falls.

Aroma: I initially get the (to be expected) "C" hops in the aroma along with a rather pleasant toasty malt aroma and some sweetness from crystal malts. It has a nice complexity and balance so that you can actually pick out some of the malts.

Taste: The beer itself is pretty good with a decent interplay of malt and hops pretty much the whole way through and especially in the finish. The malt takes a supporting role as it should in this style, but still is able to add balance in the finish. There is a slight chalky feeling left on the back of the throat that lingers for quite some time with the bitterness...this is a little unpleasant to me. Overall the beer has a pleasant mouthfeel and finishes with enough body and sweetness to let you know that this beer is not very small and shouldn't be taken lightly.

Opinion: This beer is actually pretty good for this style. I am not a hop-head, so I am sure that I am not appreciating this beer as much as others would...however, it is an easy drinking brew with a nice overall aroma and flavor profile. I will certainly finish this bomber bottle, but I don't know if I will be buying it in the near future. (1,576 characters)

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