Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
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 Wetpaperbag
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish gold color. The head is frothy and slimy, something commonly seen with beers like this.

S- Great hop smell, grapefruity, dry, yet creamy. Something I've been missing with IPAs as of late.

T- Wow, this is strange. There is a huge hop smell, yet in the taste it really isn't there when compared to what you are expecting in the smell. Don't get me wrong the hop taste it there, but I was hoping for more. As for over all taste it is good, but would be better with a bit more hops.

M- Thin, I was amazed at how thin this feels. I was thinking it was going to be thicker. It works and is great, but I was deceived.

D- Very drinkable, this is one that can be gone really quickly.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $5.19. nice orange color, healthy head. Smell is average and teh taste is slightly bitter. i can tell it has a decent amount of hops due to the fruitiness but like Inversion and Hop Henge it is juts not my lane. I prefer California style IPA's much more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful bright honey apricot tinged with caramel, cherry and cranberry juice hues. clear with a voluptuous creamy two-plus-finger head of epic proportions that stays for a while. Some nice lacing down the glass... a bit more lacing to the bottom and this would be perfect.

hoppy with pine and herbal notes. some peppery spice. a bit of candi sugar and hints of mint and pineapple. smells delicious.

taste follows aroma fairly closely with hints of honey sweetness, a slight trace of malt, and a fairly dominant hop profile with pine, citrus, tropical notes, and a few floral notes. Nicely balanced with some definite malt presence. taste is a bit heavy on the citric acid and at times seems to fall between grapefruit pith and pine needles. not entirely digging it.

mouth is nicely creamy, full bodied but not thick or sticky. the carbonation really inflates without being sharp or heavy. smooth, even, and solid. lingering bitterness is mild but pleasant.

all in all, an interesting offering from deschutes. Lighter than many of their IPAs but enough character to still be interesting. A good late spring brew with some nice qualities. drinkability is pretty solid as far as IPAs go. Definitely worth trying, although this one falls behind Hop Henge and Hop Trip... maybe even Inversion... try once, but probably not one I'll buy again.

Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I'll be the first to review this from the bottle.
Pours a clear dark gold/amber with a smallish slightly off white head which soon turns into a thin film and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like a pine forest. That's it really. Not complex in any way, this one let's you know the hops are there.

Tasted of hops, maybe a slight citric background, and if you try real hard you notice the alcohol. As mentioned on the label, there's not much of a bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was thick, slick and smooth. Just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling sludgy.

Well, if you're an IPA fan you'll probably like this, unless you have a bitterness fetish in which case you might feel a bit let down. In some ways this brew reminded me of taking a hoppy IPA and mixing it with a Red. Not bad but not a beer I'd seek out again.

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horsebrass the other day.

The beer pours an amber orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is not what I was expecting from a NW IPA, consisting of some fairly light hoppy bitterness and black pepper. Given the nose on this beer, I expected and got an IPA very much on the dry side, with more hoppy bitterness and pepper. This IPA is on the light side in terms of flavor, and I found it to be almost watery on the palate. Taste is definitely a bit thin, with a light mouthfeel.

The beer menu at the Brass indicated an abv. of 7.9%, which I found hard to believe. Even the 6.4% listed on this site seems pretty high, with the alcohol barely noticeable.

This is a nice enough beer, but given what else is available in the NW, I doubt I'll get it again. Even just limiting myself to beers by Deschutes, I would much rather drink hop henge, hop trip and inversion. Oh well...

Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a light crimson hangs in the middle amongst glossy golden hues with a splash of orange. A couple blobs and streaks of bright white sticky lace. Just a few lethargic bubbles swirling to the top of a headless brew

S: bright clean hops of the floral and soft pine variety (cascade hops) free smells of roasted malts and soft barley

T: delicate biscuit and pale malts with buttery undertones that get washed out by clean and fresh hops. Hops hold up lemons, grapefruits, pine, and floral tea notes. Malts have a light caramelized texture complimented by buttery feel. Somewhat bitter towards the finish and a touch on the dry side

M: sharp and clean finish, lighter body and somewhat easy going. Carbonation is rather upbeat on the tongue

D: I prefer other Deschutes brews to this one, I find it tasty none-the-less

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.