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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
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 Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, I say. Meh.

Pours a bright orange with a big off-white head. Smell has some pine and citrus to it, but pretty muted, and there's a bready yeastiness to it that I don't like in my IPAs.

Taste is, again, quite muted. Just not much going on here. The hops are almost more ESB-y than IPA-y, bitter rather than citrus. It's okay, but nothing all that special.

Decent lively mouthfeel. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a frothy white head that shrinks into a glaze of white foam. Good, thick lacing. Less-than-impressive nose. Sweet but metallic aroma of grass and honey. Sharp, crisp mouthfeel. The taste is interesting. Expected peppery hop profile with a pleasant citrus back. Heavy malt character, somewhat caramelized. Leans into an APA in this regard. Metallic, crystal malt finish. I swear, if this didn't say "IPA" on the label, I would say this is an APA, or at the least, a malty XPA.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a touch of haze. Thick, sticky lacing is left behind from a persistent two-finger head that is off white and fluffy.

S: Reminiscent of that Orange Glo floor cleaner (in a good way) with muted hops and cut grass. All in all, though, the smell is a bit more subdued than I like in an IPA.

T: This IPA is built on a malt foundation which is not always a bad thing. Caramel malts mixing with the graprefruit and apple tones create an interesting tango of flavors that borders on confused. Rather understated hop presence.

M: Clean, zesty, crisp. Goes down smooth.

D: Medium-bodied and slightly refreshing. Certainly drinkable on warm summer days, nights, mornings (is that a problem?).

Overall, I was not terribly impressed. I like more of a hop punch in an IPA and I certainly require a smell to them.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35 for beating his ass in ESPN's The Streak...thanks whore.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Best by 8/19/09 on the label.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head. A good amount of lace holds on to the glass after the head slowly falls. Aroma consists of light gritty citrus, some toasted grains, and sweet malt. Some pine and earth find their way in the nose as well. Taste begins with a fair amount of spicy malts followed by slightly rotten grapefruit and spruce. Midway grainy biscuits with some earthy hops linger on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost tea like with a touch of zesty lemon and caramel malt. Light to medium body with a strong tingle left on the tongue. Medium to high carbonation with this one as well. This IPA has a pretty solid malt backbone, almost English style. Not a huge fan of this one, but like many others, I like my IPA's with sweet citrus and/or floral hop flavors. Even though Dan-O is active in LARPing, at least he sends me beer. Thanks man!

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught this on tap at the Republic in SF a rad bar (in an unlikely neighborhood)

Appearance> Nice red glow. Vanilla head disappears quickly, light on the lacing.

Smell> fresh hops but not terribly fragrant (beer was a little colder that it should have been at serving... but the smell never became very WOW, just okay)

Taste>Malt, bourbon, hops. Big malty, sweet finish. Easy. Not overly complex. The sweetness hides any expected big Cali IPA punch.

Mouf>Nice, really.

Drinkability> Sure, why not?

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Photo of Bockrules
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in Boise in a pint glass

A - Yellowish-gold with a modest white head. To the beers benefit, the head stays intact all the way down the glass and the lacing is decent.

S - A hint of hops and pear scent on a strong malt background. Not nearly as hoppy as I hoped and expected.

T - A little bit of alcohol and pear flavor upfront The body is light and a little malty. Hops barely begin to peak through in the finish, which is surprisingly dry. Not surprisingly, pear flavors come through in the finish and linger on into the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but not what I would consider to be an American IPA. This seemed more like a cross between an English IPA and a fruit beer.

M - Moderate body with a good amount of carbonation. It seemed to fit the beer well

D - Not one of my favorite offerings from Deschutes, but a decent beer all in all. I wouldn't seek this beer out, but would order it again if the beer selection were limited. This beer reminded me a bit of Magic Hat's #9....only better.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, rich copper color with about3/4 of an inch of slightly off-white head that left an average amount of lacing.

The aroma was rather muted for an IPA and featured mostly floral notes. The flavors were very hop forward with a slight caramel malt undertone. There was some piney hop flavor, but featured mostly floral hop tastes.

The body was fuller and smoother than average for the style. Nicely drinkable, as expected from such a smooth beer. Overall a very nice beer, although not as good as some other releases from the same brewery. Worth seeking out and I'll certainly have it again.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Chair exudes a bright floral bouquet courtesy of Cascade and/or Centennial hops. The aroma is immediate and appealing and arrives above a clear, deep copper body sporting a spry head with wayward lace. Bittering is strong - almost too strong - delivering a citric bite that somehow fails to grab me.

This is a fine beer, but I'm not sure where Deschutes is going with it. It's not an imperial and doesn't compete well with the lesser-priced Inversion that I much prefer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into snifter on 9/14/09.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange color, almost like cantaloupe, with minimal carbonation and a thin off-white head that settled into a patchy retention but left thick swatches of ornate lace around the glass.

S - Mild tea-like hops with slight citrus notes and a hint of floral hops. Malt is sweet and suggests caramel and honey.

T - Leafy, tea-like hops dominate the initial flavor, followed by a hint of citrus and sweet caramel notes. Finishes with a bit of honey sweetness paired with a green tea character.

M - Light bodied with a syrupy texture. Sweet with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty good IPA overall, but doesn't do much for me in the long run. This is on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum. Pleasant but not memorable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/5/09

Best by 10/17/09

A - Dark amber color. Slightly cloudy with a few floating particles. About 1/8th inch layer of retention. Ok lacing.

S - Rather on the light side. Floral hops are mostly what's there. Some citrus juiciness, too.

T - Very bitter. Cutting & harsh; a razorblade of pine hop lacerates the palate. Watery swaths of floral & citrus (grapefruit, orange peel & maybe a bit of lemon peel). Faint hints of dry & burnt bread.

M - Thin mouthfeel with potent & prickly carbonation. This is a scrappy critter. Dry bitterness on the finish. Almost off-putting. Almost. The beer becomes a tad more forgiving as it warms.

D - This is an odd one for me. I would think twice about recommending this for someone not acclimated to hops. This would be an interesting beer were it ever on cask.

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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...

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a pale amber with a pretty foamy almond head, the Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery is mouth watering to look at. There's a really nice hit of piney hops when you take a whiff of the beer. Those hops are really potent and sour, but sweetness from the malt balances it out very nicely. Makes for a very favorable IPA that isn't just a bunch of pungent hops. There is some bitterness, but nothing that will pucker your face up. Definitely good mouth coverage, as light sourness sticks around. Light carbonation gives it a nice thickness and a medium body. Smooth going down.

Appearance - 4.5/5.0 - Pale amber, foamy almond head. got my mouth watering
Smell -3.5/5.0 - Piney hops with some sourness
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - Sour hops blend well with lightly sweet malt; very favorable
Feel -4.0/5.0 - Light carbonation, medium body, some thickness
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - Very enjoyable, but not my favorite IPA. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Left Hand tulip. best by dated 8-19-09.

A: Pours dark golden with a small 1/2 off white head. Nice lacing that faded quickly.

S: Good piney hop smell mixed with sweet caramel malts.

T: Citrus undertones with a decent hop flavor to it. Very low bitterness but I guess that was to be expected with only 55 IBU's.

M: Feels thin, medium/light carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink being only 6.5% ABV. I prefer my IPA's to have some good bitterness to them and this one did not. Seemed more like a extra pale ale than a IPA.

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Photo of rmaste6282
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark copper, nearly an amber color ale. The head is beige, which dissipates quickly, less than two fingers tall.

The smell is of grapefruit and floral scents, some sweet caramel malt smells.

The taste is dry, hop bitterness, with subtle malts. Grapefruit on the fore-front of the taste, the bitterness lasts, reminds me of an American ESB.

The mouthfeel makes it feel heavy on the alcohol level, but it's rather light for a IPA.

The drinkability is good, the Red Chair IPA, is a decently crafted IPA, worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Chair pours a sharp looking copper color. It's very clear. Not an ounce of haze here. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's easily over three fingers tall. It's slow to dissipate and leaves a very sticky, thick lacing on the glass. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good. It's certainly hoppy and has a rather diverse hop aroma. There are some floral, piney, and citric elements. It smells like the floral and piney varieties are stronger. But, there's a little grapefruit and pineapple noted. There's a healthy amount of malt. Smells a little too biscuity for my taste. Pale and caramel malts are present. But, neither really stands out over the other. All in all, the nose is pretty good. I prefer a stronger hop presence. This one's just a little too biscuit-like and malty, but it's far from bad.

The flavor profile keeps pace, but does little, if anything, to improve it. It kicks off with a nice bitter, hop flavor. Hops are certainly prevalent. There might be a light citric flavor, but the hops taste mostly floral and herbal. Rather than the usual west coast citric blast, this one opts for a more herbal, minty approach. It's pretty good, but certainly not my favorite approach for the style. If anything, it is somewhat novel and unique. It has a nice solid, malt backbone. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. It is somewhat biscuit-like, but not as much as the nose suggested. I'm pleasantly surprised there. Alcohol is not at all noted. It has a nice, bitter finish that's very dry.

Red Chair's has a mid-size body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It's not quite creamy, but is pretty impressive. Drinkability is good. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down easy. It's not too imposing at 6.2% abv. This bomber will go pretty quickly.

Deschutes took an interesting, unique approach with Red Chair. I can't say I'm in love with it, but it's a pretty good American IPA overall. The herbal, minty flavor of the hops is interesting. I prefer more of a citric flavor, but Red Chair's hop bill is probably a little better than I would've expected if it were described to me in advance. For what it is, it's worth checking out. It's pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Papago in AZ. The color is a deep brownish red with a one inch head. Smells mildly of malt and a bit of citrus. Tastes pretty much the same, very similar to SN's Celebration. Too much malt in the mix for me, not that it's a bad beer, just not really what I'd call an IPA. Almost a red/amber. It drinks purty good, but not really what I want out of an IPA.

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Photo of ReDave
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber color.
Very little head, no lace.
Some citrus, pine aroma, but not much.

First sip, rather balanced and i was questioning it's IPA status at first.
But as further sips continue, the hoppy was build up, thank goodness. But still with some malt rounding out still.

This is good, but not as good as the experimental hop henge.

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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

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

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Bright reddish orange body with 2 fingers of somewhat fluffy off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smells quite inviting. Juicy citrus fruit aromas and gentle honeyish malt. Light floral and herbal notes.

Perfectly balanced blend of lightish caramel and bready malt with plentiful yet subdued juicy fruit flavors: tangerine, pineapple, sweetened grapefruit. Having said that, I don't love it. The bitterness is too gentle for the style, IMO.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels like a substantial beer, yet pretty dry with lingering sweet citrus. Somehow a little creamy, too.

Overall impression: Interesting take on the American IPA style. Very well constructed beer, but too subdued. Thrown in some more substantial bitterness and it would be top notch.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter/ Best by 8-19-09

P: Clear Copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that shows pretty good retention, clinging to the glass on the way down.

A: Loads of vibrant citrus & pine from the hops with a nice caramelly malt underneath. Smells promising!

T: Unfortunately, while the flavor pretty much follows the nose, it just doesn't excite me quite as much as the aroma did. It features those same bright, citrusy hops with fresh orange peels leading the charge, while the spicy pineyness tries its best not to be outdone. Hop flavors are solid, but their character doesn't quite "shine" like other top-notch IPA's. The nicely toasted caramel malt is rather thick and bready, and accomplishes it's goal of providing balance to the brew without a doubt. As mentioned on the bottle, the hoppy bitterness is absent, which would probably be great for someone who isn't a huge fan of hops, but it turns out to be a negative in this hophead's book. It isn't dry upon finish, but does leave a nice aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a very smooth, almost silky texture to it, while some creaminess is noted underneath on the back half of the mouthful. Not much in the way of stick-to-it-iveness in this IPA.

Notes: This is a middle-of-the-road IPA for me. I really missed that mouth-puckering, alpha acidic bitterness that I love so dearly. The malts were definitely added with a heavy hand, as this is a well-balanced IPA. But in the end, it's a bit too sweet and didn't quite scratch my itch for a hoppin' good time. Solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big-ass bomber purchased at a local grocery store for $3.99(?) about a week ago. Best by August 19, according to the label.

Poured a burnt orange color, with lots of good clarity and a big, creamy slightly off-white head. Foam hung around for a while and left a thick webbing of lace on the sides of the glass. Probably the best looking IPA I've seen for a long time.

Super fruity in the nose. I get grapefruit, which I sort of expected, but there's also a lime-like flavor, which I, at least, find rather unusual. Beyond the citrus flavors, there's a herbal hoppiness, but it's very subordinate to the fruit.

The taste starts out with citrusy hops that are quickly paired up with an unobtrusive bready malt flavor. The more herbal, "green" hops are present as a faint background flavor. Slightly dry at the swallow. Odd tasting beer. What's here tastes good, but it seems like a DIPA that somehow lost half it's flavor.

Oily, coating yet somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Odd tasting beer, but not in a bad way. I don't like this as much as Hop Henge, but I might drink more of this in a sitting, as it's much more sessionable. Still, it's a little too fruity for me to want to drink a lot of it.

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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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours out a clear amber reddish color with a smallish off white head. Head is foamy & frothy though.

Smells of pungent piney & citric hops. Grapefruit, tropics, pine. Smells yummy I say. Cant wait to taste.

Nice and hoppy with a good amount of toasted and sweet malts. Hops seem to fade a bit near the finish, but this is a very tasty brew.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, sticky, low to moderate carbonation.

Nice sessionable IPA that drinks like an APA, just a bit hoppier. Wish this was in 6 packs. Will buy again.

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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.

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