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: 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 TheodorHerzl
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from 99 Bottles on a recent trip to Seattle.

A: Pours a wonderful golden copper color with an almost yellow corn meal colored head on it
S: Wonderful nose full of bready notes, floral hops, and citrus notes
T: It is bright and clean full of floral hops and almost woody notes. There is underlying bitterness here, but certainly not what I was expecting. The caramel malt has a rather doughy factor to it that I enjoyed.
M: Medium bodied with a slight stickiness factor to it.
D: I was surprised by 6.4% abv on this one. I never noticed it at all. I liked how malty this offering was. A fairly decent beer that I would gladly buy again if I am ever in that part of the country again.

Photo of Ezone024
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber/red color with lots of carbonation symetrical 1/4 white head lots of lacing down the glass.

smells malt strong with hints of piney hops slight citrus with earthy undertones.

taste is malty at the front and a really clean citrus hop feel at the end, it finishes very clean and balanced.

i've had better IPA's but this is a really tasty brew.

i'd love to get out to oregon to check out the deschutes brewery.

Photo of rhinos00
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Flossmoor pint glass. Drink by date of 8/19/09.

A- Pours a mahogany/amber color with great clarity. Produced two fingers width of off-white head. Nice retention going on here.

S- More muted than I had hoped for. Quite balanced...maybe a little too much. Combination of caramel malts and citrus hops. I would have loved for the citrus aroma to come out a bit, but it was clearly outdone by the sweetness of the malts.

T- Much like the aroma, except a little more disappointing. There is a solid hops bitterness about three quarters of the way in. Citrus and caramel malts create a semi-sweet finish. More of a malt backbone than I had hoped for. Flavors were way too balanced to discern any great flavor.

M- Some crispness, but very watered down and thin.

D- This beer was pretty easy too drink. The only hindrance was the fact that flavors were hard to discern due to how balanced the beer was.

Overall, a big disappointment. I'm not quite sure where Deschutes was going with this one, way too balanced.

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something between Mirror Pond and Inversion, although I like both of those more than this.

Pours a little darker brown than expected, but what foreshadowing. Aroma, a woodsy tinge. Taste, more of the brown flavor again hinted at in the appearance. A mellow ipa, balanced, good malt backbone, a little more than I prefer, but a good "non extreme" IPA.

Mouthfeel is cool, you can feel a little more without the over the top hop blast, drinkability suffers at $6 a 22, you can get a lot better beers for that price.

Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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!

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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 CosmoHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of rmaste6282
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of taxguyjase
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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.

Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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