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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

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
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 ReDave
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

ReDave, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%

Golden color with a touch of orange to it. Nice head retension. Just barely off white.

MMM citrus hops smell- orangey/sweet grapefruit. Some malty sweetness too

Hop taste. Not bitterness but hop flavor. taste is like the smell, citrus hops. Some of the sweet malts come through but then the hops finish it up. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great.

Reminds me of a stronger Twilight ale.
The bitterness is just enough to balance the malts, which is just enough to balance the alcohol. This is how I like my beers, BALANCED in the malt/bitter departments with lots of flavor.

Pinto21, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

callmemickey, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of l3ilbo84
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%

This beer claims to have 55IBUs yet lacks the bitterness usually associated with high IBU beers. Deschutes must have added an enormous amount of hops late in the boil. This would prevent too much alpha acid isomerization but still infuse the beer with the esters and aromas of the hops. The result is a beer with a tremendous amount of hop flavor but minimal bitterness. I should note that without the hop's bitterness, the beer is a bit on the sweeter side.

Only real complaint is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Good work deschutes.

l3ilbo84, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

ffejherb, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Note: Reviewing this a month and a half after its "best buy" date. Also a shout out to my Captain for bringing me this back from the States.

Produces a massive amount of light tan head, with a slightly hazy copper colored body... Decent lacing.

Aromas are hints of grass, pine, and is very citrusy as well. Not too much in the way of a malt character that is detectable.

Taste wise this has a good caramel flavor upfront, which is quickly kicked to the side by the lemony/piny hops.

Good CO2 prickliness and dries the palate out quite a bit. A hint of alcohol warmness is here too.

TheSarge, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

cokes, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
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.

Murchmac, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

so the bottle says it was best 17 days ago, how a brewery release a summer seasonal that expires IN AUGUST I don't really get.

pours a semi cloudy copper orange with white head, dissipates very quickly

pine, a dash of orange a grapefruit citrus with some bready malt in there

pine upfront, but very fleeting, with some citrus and some faint malt, but very shallow

light, a little dry and hoppy, but subsides very quickly, perhaps to do 'age'

really a pretty sad ipa. it looked great, smelled like it might have had some punch a week after being in bottle, but really nothing going on the palate. I thought IPAs were meant for longevity and the use of hops to preserve a beer, so I wonder why this one was only meant to live for a few months. I had had it at the brew pub a month or so ago, and it was just as forgettable, so please, do not take this beer as an example of a NW IPA, there are so many better ones

bitterthebetter, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Seanibus, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jkdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a nice thick creamy head that doesn't disappear. Aroma is wonderful piney but and clean clearly hoppy. Color is reddish orange with a nice active carb. Taste is very mild and well balanced with sweet malts and just right amount of hops -- good one for those afraid of harsher IPAs, this one is truly right in the middle. Creamy mouthfeel -- recommended!

jkdrummer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of kbeals
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.

kbeals, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

bhalter8, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

tronester, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Best by date 10/17/09. Purchased direct from brewery for $5.

A-Pours a bright copper hue with a two and a half finger, off-white foamy head. Nice, ample lacing. A frequently noted characteristic of Deschutes ales.

S-A pleasant bouquet of floral hops and toasted, bready malts. Seven different malts according to the brewery's website. Intriguing.

T-Bitter hops awaken the taste buds, but without overpowering or being one-dimensional. At 55 IBUs, the hop bitterness is clearly within the range common to IPAs. But, this is more subtle than typical hop-dimensional West Coast style offerings. This is complex and well balanced due to the caramel and earthy malts in the mix, without being too sweet.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice substance and complexion. Great carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. Almost sessionable for an IPA at 6.4% ABV. I regret I don't have another on hand to pop open. This is pleasantly unique for the style.

This is a good, even sophisticated, IPA. Another excellent offering from a very fine brewery. I am glad to hear Deschutes plans to make this one of their seasonals available in 12 oz. bottles next spring. Nicely done.

velosuds, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

prototypic, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.08/5  rDev -21%

22oz bomber into a standard tulip.
Can't recommend this one too highly.
Looks ruby red and delicious with great head and lacing.
Ripe non-citrus fruits that are too sweet. Where are the hops.
In the taste, the hops are too dry and not flavorful enough. I taste alot of sweet dry apples and plums.
Not a great IPA, especially after all the packaging and hype above the other Deschutes products.

joshuadlight, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

bobsy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
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.

ritzkiss, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 22oz (best by 8/19/09) bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a reddish tint.

S: Light malt, floral accents, and a hint of citrus.

D: Light malt sweetness, a bit of pine and a good dose of citrus. Light bitterness in the finish. A very well balanced IPA.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A very drinkable IPA due to it only being 6.4% ABV. A decent IPA but there are much better ones out there.

willjschmidt, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

bennetj17, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

snaotheus, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mmcary
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

mmcary, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Jul 31, 2009
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.