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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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

Photo of Glibber
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.

Photo of bcm119
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

Photo of bobsy
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.

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.

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.

Photo of cokes
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.

Photo of bhalter8
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.

Photo of Anthony1
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
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.

Photo of mjl21
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.

Photo of mudbug
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!

Photo of anchordrinker
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.

Photo of tronester
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.

Photo of srandycarter
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.

Photo of GJ40
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.

Photo of mmcary
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.

Photo of erikm25
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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