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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

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
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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GarrisWH

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Has a very nice dark orangish-amber hue with a nice creamy head and good lacing.

S - Mostly pick up on the piney hop scent, but with a light fruity undertone

T - Doesn't pack the hoppy punch of most IPAs, but a nice, well-balanced beer overall. I definitely picked up on some tea and fruit tones(maybe a hint of apricot). Smooth, malty finish with little bitterness - not standard in most of the IPAs i've tried, but that does seem to be what they were going for.

M - Maybe slightly over-carbonated, but a nice, smooth brew overall.

D - Very drinkable, possibly the smoothest IPA I've tried to date.

Not the best, but as always, an interesting release from Deschutes that skews from the expected. Well balanced and has some nice flavors, definitely a brew I might have to try again.

05-17-2009 03:18:28 | More by GarrisWH
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Best by 08/19/09, at 10:45pm (to be exact).

Nose is citric hop with floral tones and pine notes. Smells pretty good.

Pours a clear deep gold/amber with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Hop flavor follows nose with amplified floral and fruity notes, still very citric. There's an herbal/earthy flavor to the mild-moderate bitterness. Mild caramel malt notes over a soft (very light) biscuit/toast malt bed. Mild notes of alcohol. Mild fruitiness. Mild sweetness. Finishes slightly hoppy-bitter and dry, slightly hoppy-citric. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

07-27-2009 02:30:32 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Brewsmith

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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

06-22-2009 04:43:55 | More by Brewsmith
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

07-05-2009 13:22:09 | More by Wasatch
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ampzilla

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

06-26-2009 00:52:04 | More by ampzilla
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MNmurray


3.86/5  rDev -1%

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.

01-29-2013 05:48:11 | More by MNmurray
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-13-2009 02:48:46 | More by Philabeerphia
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HopHead84

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

05-17-2009 06:06:52 | More by HopHead84
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.
J

06-04-2009 23:35:39 | More by Jmoore50
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-19-2009 20:50:41 | More by rpstevens
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Gobzilla

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-11-2010 07:15:27 | More by Gobzilla
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-30-2009 14:59:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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Trappissed

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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)

05-13-2009 07:18:46 | More by Trappissed
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froghop

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-03-2009 01:33:01 | More by froghop
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philbertk

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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!!

01-11-2011 04:53:41 | More by philbertk
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-20-2011 06:36:00 | More by corby112
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Murchmac

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-06-2009 03:33:39 | More by Murchmac
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Wegbier

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

First of all the label is one of the best beer labels out there.

Nearly a perfect looking beer, clear amber with nearly gold bubbles that havent stopped still a half hour in to this bomber. nice retention and thick off white lacing.

the smell is light but nice of spice and grapefruit.

This is one of the best beers you could ever put in your mouth. grapefruit like hops and very tiny caramel malt in the beginning then such a clean crisp finish you dont even know you are drinking a beer, especially an IPA.
I wish it had a fuller taste with a maltier back bone.
Couldnt help but notice a point another reviewer made, in a blind tasting There is no way this would be considered a respectable IPA

Good thing I only have more, this beer is neither filling nor a challange, goes down very nice.

Where do people draw the line of IPA and Amber ale, because this beer is excellent but too smooth for what you usually call an IPA.

05-26-2009 00:24:47 | More by Wegbier
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

06-15-2009 16:45:15 | More by BEERchitect
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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

07-31-2009 01:59:12 | More by russpowell
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

10-22-2009 00:18:37 | More by SpdKilz
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

22oz bottle shared with friends, pours a standard dark golden, burnt orange with a finger+ of head. Ok retention.

Nose is light and vibrant. Tangerines, oranges, floral hops, pineapple, caramel sweetness.

Taste is much more subdued. Light pale malts balance delicately with citrus and floral hops notes in the body, a slight metallic tang in there as well, sweet caramel notes lead to a lighter than average hop bite in the finish. Not overly hopped but it creates a very drinkable beer that would suit just about any occasion.

Not enough hops to completely satisfy the inner hophead in me but enough to create a fine, drinkable IPA that, while I wouldn't make it a top choice, would gladly drink if I happen upon it again.

08-09-2009 15:29:48 | More by ritzkiss
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

05-07-2009 00:03:50 | More by bunnyhustle
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew. This man hooked a brother up with some West Coast brews.

A- Pours a clear, dark amber color with two fingers of an off-white, almost yellow head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- The piney hops are pretty much all I can detect along with a bit of a sweet backbone.

T- Piney hops along with a sweet, malty flavor as it warms. This beer definitely was tasting better and better as the night wore on.

M- A bit watery, but very crisp and smooth. A perfect beer for a warm summer night in Michigan.

D- Very drinkable, this bomber disappeared fast.

Thanks again Toby, I see good things for you and the Boise beer crew in the future.

08-20-2009 01:04:05 | More by kbeals
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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...

11-25-2009 03:11:20 | More by aglose45
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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