Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
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 corby112
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (927 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (262 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!! (438 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (370 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,219 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes, welcome to Minnesota! Bottles as well as kick-off parties today & it's a good day to have another excellent brewery enter the state. And thanks to chickencoop for shipping me this in a recent exchange. No idea this one was retired already.

Choppy orange leaning compass-wise towards reddish. Smell is soapy hops, pine underneath. Someday someone is going to tell me which variety of hop creates that soap smell.

Red Chair is a subdued, milder IPA. The malts & hops do an intricate dance, complete with ribbons, that bind them together & makes it difficult to tell where one begins & the other leaves off. A faint, almost raspberry taste darts in & is immediately run off by the ending hops, but it's there. Nice bitter finish. As the nose, so the taste, with soap & pine blitzing over the malt in the end.

Drinkable as all get out. A gulper. The soapy feeling is followed up by a clean dryness that makes me reach for more quickly.

Overall very good. Haven't tried the new formulation, but this is a beer that appears not to have needed further tweaking. Ah, well. (1,082 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 (658 characters)

Photo of aglose45
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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... (797 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1.5 finger head, solid lace. Great label as well, Deschutes always has nice labels.

S: Orange, really some orange soda immediately backed with lemon zest.

T: Light toasted biscuit malt balanced by a floral lemon/orange mix with some pink grapefruit juice. Definite peppermint/menthol in the finish.

M: Good medium body, smooth, very light aftertaste for the style.

D: A nice little IPA here, I like that Deschutes tried to do something different instead of making another West Coast hop bomb, which they already do a great version of - Inversion. I liked it, the low ABV for the style makes it much more sessionable. In the end though, I'd take Inversion as it's considerably cheaper. (735 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (648 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange-amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, roasted malt and some subtle grapefruit notes.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt and citrus. The hops provided a grassy kick.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty IPA. Another great brew from Deschutes. (401 characters)

Photo of tjsprague
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice copper color with a thin white head.

Smell is a nice hop aroma, not too strong. Some malty undertones.

Taste is great. This is a good malty beer with some excellent hop bitterness and thickness to it. Slightly bitter at the end.

Nice hop resin to the mouthfeel, a good thickness to the beer.

A fantastic beer to drink for the evening.

Actually, it tastes a lot like a Sierra Pale Ale clone, it has its own characteristics but if I had to compare it to one beer it would be the Pale. I love the Sierra and this is very good in its own right. (560 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (933 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (841 characters)

Photo of kbeals
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (674 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid, middle of the road amber body with a huge creamy off-white head which left behind massive amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops dominate with an undercurrent of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T: Pleasantly delicate pine cones, grapefruit, orange and lightly toasted caramel malt.

M: Slightly thin without too much bite on the back end.

D: A very pleasant IPA, but doesn't really bang home aroma/flavor. (423 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Red Chair poured from the bomber to the glass and gave a nice 2-3 finger foam head with some solid wave like lacing. It was amber orange color.

The aroma was nice. A good hop presence came through which like possibly Centennial. The taste was smooth with a good bitterness that was soft but present. Good balanced between the grains and hops and had a good bite to the finish. Overall a solid red ipa. (407 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an appropriately reddish-amber hue, the off-white head nearly spilling out of the glass from a vigorous pour. Retention is great and the head sticks all over the glass as it slowly settles.

Smell: The aroma doesn't explode from the glass like you may expect a West Coast IPA to, but once you get past that it's quite good. Floral, herbal, dank and juicy with a hint of caramel and toast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wet floral/herbal hoppiness up-front, juicy grapefruit beneath that. Light bodied, crisp and semi-dry, there's a touch of balancing caramel malt flavor that dries up quite a bit in the finish. This is pretty easy on the palate, and while none of the flavors are especially bold, it's very well crafted and enjoyable. A subtler beer from Deschutes, but a good one. (790 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/19/09

Poured into a tulip glass. Off-white, 3 finger head witih good lacing. Clear, copper/red colored body.

Smell was malty and slightly caramely. Fruity and floral hop aroma.

Taste was well balanced. Nice maltiness with hints of roasted malts. Mildy sweet. Nice mellow bitterness than lends fruity and floral hop characters with a subtle citrus taste.

Mouthfeel was slightly sticky, medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Not overly bitter and well balanced.

A more easy drinking IPA if you arent after a huge hop profile. (560 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, copper, active, with modest white head, good retention and lacing. Very attractive. SMELL is rich and malty, balanced by floral and grassy hops. Has legs. TASTE like gthe nose, a smooth and delicately balanced blend of rich maltiness and floral hoppiness with restrained bitterness and a clean finish. FEEL med/full body, some fiz, abit of warming and a rich viscous texture. OVERALL totally sessionable, full flavored IPA with some depth and complexity. (473 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

retired eh. well i musta got one of the last bottles. THANKS John.
A cloudy dark amber beer. Has a creamy off white head with nice lace. The aroma is grassy/herbal and malty. With a biscuity background. The taste has a slight sweet apple note on the tip of your tongue. Followed by a caramel note in the middle. There is a peppery dry hop bite on the finish. kinda close to an english style IPA. Again thanks John this was a nice drink. (437 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops, citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet bready malts.o

T: Very prominent floral hops. Doughy caramel malt in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink. Nicely balanced; plenty of malt and sufficient bittering hops. Disguises the abv very wells. (490 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively coppery red with a decent head, which drops to nice lacing. The aroma leaps out with floral and slightly citric hops, The flavor has a pungent hop flavor, mostly floral, but with a pine bite on the finish. There is relatively little malt character, and not too much in terms of hop bitterness, but there is a lovely tea-like feeling and a sharp bite of carbonation with every swallow. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but carbonated. The only quibble I have is that there is a late developing slight sourness, but it is not a major problem - just enough to hold me back in the B range, where it could otherwise be a solid A. (636 characters)

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