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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%


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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 18:55:11 | More by ffejherb
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 15:19:26 | More by TheSarge
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Murchmac

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 07:57:30 | More by bitterthebetter
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:31:41 | More by Seanibus
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jkdrummer

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 23:52:54 | More by jkdrummer
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:04:05 | More by kbeals
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:12:11 | More by bhalter8
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:11:28 | More by tronester
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velosuds

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:12:25 | More by velosuds
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 15:06:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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prototypic

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 04:12:39 | More by prototypic
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 02:57:21 | More by joshuadlight
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 21:36:49 | More by bobsy
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:56:54 | More by willjschmidt
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 05:17:11 | More by bennetj17
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snaotheus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:31:31 | More by snaotheus
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mmcary

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:46:10 | More by mmcary
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:50:10 | More by cswhitehorse
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kaseydad

California

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle and I must say the label is very cool. Hops all around the red chair and a growler ready to serve. Cool.

Pour a big frothy off-white head with a caramel/amber color. Some lacing abounds but not much.

Sticky sweet aroma with some hoppiness coming through as well.

Taste is rather subdued. There is some mild bitterness, a slight hop presence and malty. Nothing sticks out on the "wow" factor.

I really want to like this more, but it just was rather ordinary to me. Not much happening and not much difference from other IPA's. It's a little too malty for an IPA. A few more hops and this will turn the corner to great.

At 6.4% this is very easy to drink and recommended for someone looking to get into the IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 00:57:50 | More by kaseydad
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TheEremite

California

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear amber with some small lacing of a white head. Looks tasty.
S: Somewhat oxidized hops, but lots of citrus and pine too.
T: Course bitterness with a surprising lack of hop flavor. There's a ton of malt in there too. The malt is nice, but not what I had expected of an IPA.
M: Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.
D: I can't get past the oxidized hops and overpowering malt profile and didn't feel the need to finish my glass.

I tried this beer twice. I wanted to like it, but both times the beer was oxidized and left me unimpressed. So far I don't know if it's bottle handling or if it's just the beer, but two bad bottles is enough for me. If this was the only beer around I probably wouldn't complain, but I don't think I'll be ordering it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:07:29 | More by TheEremite
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mudbug

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange with a medium head, floral hops nose.
Taste is with a slightly sweet malt backbone,ends with a very clean and somewhat dry lingering malt sweetness, a lot of complexity, which I appreciate in an IPA.
A good solid west coast style IPA.
BRAVO!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 06:57:22 | More by mudbug
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:30:32 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.