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
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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 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 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 kbeals
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.

Photo of crewfan1952
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of blackcloud
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Clear bright copper golden orange color. One finger head with a slight peach color.

Aroma had light resin with a touch of pine.

Peach and fruity in flavor. Not a tremendous amount of bitterness. More of a smooth beer with some citrus hop punch.

Photo of Cavery
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with Klym on a farewell session

750ml into Stone Nonic.

A: A golden pumpkin pie that changes in color gradient towards the head, that appears like a crust upon the pie. A money three finger head with sea foam froth to spare. Oh red chair, you know what I like.

S: really quite light smelling. A slight pinch of cardamom that falls into zucchini bread. really just a flat sweetness that comes off a bit hollow. I can't really say any specific origin of the sweetness other than "malt", but even the malt takes a seat in favor of brown leaves.

T: Straight forward malt sweetness with almost no detection of hops. The hops are latent and lingering, but it's so light that I would hesitate in calling this an IPA. Most certainly it falls into the light roasted category of Pale Ales. A two note beer that plays the same song of dried apricots and toffee sweetness. Can't help but mutter "been there done that" a thousand times.

M: mouth is appropriate, it simmers as it should. It has that pleasant lighter-than-soda-pop carbonation that lasts as it should. Though this falls into the same trap that the taste does, in that this has been done for too long and too many times.

O: I would definitely feel sheepish in calling this an IPA. It really just doesn't have that flavor profile that I'd readily associate with the style. I can't help but have that idea really knock my drinking experience of this beer, as it's really treacherous to offer something in that lags in an already well-established style. This beer is an anachronism, It's a pale ale incognito. Somebody get the time machine, and send this thing back.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter/ Best by 8-19-09

P: Clear Copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that shows pretty good retention, clinging to the glass on the way down.

A: Loads of vibrant citrus & pine from the hops with a nice caramelly malt underneath. Smells promising!

T: Unfortunately, while the flavor pretty much follows the nose, it just doesn't excite me quite as much as the aroma did. It features those same bright, citrusy hops with fresh orange peels leading the charge, while the spicy pineyness tries its best not to be outdone. Hop flavors are solid, but their character doesn't quite "shine" like other top-notch IPA's. The nicely toasted caramel malt is rather thick and bready, and accomplishes it's goal of providing balance to the brew without a doubt. As mentioned on the bottle, the hoppy bitterness is absent, which would probably be great for someone who isn't a huge fan of hops, but it turns out to be a negative in this hophead's book. It isn't dry upon finish, but does leave a nice aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a very smooth, almost silky texture to it, while some creaminess is noted underneath on the back half of the mouthful. Not much in the way of stick-to-it-iveness in this IPA.

Notes: This is a middle-of-the-road IPA for me. I really missed that mouth-puckering, alpha acidic bitterness that I love so dearly. The malts were definitely added with a heavy hand, as this is a well-balanced IPA. But in the end, it's a bit too sweet and didn't quite scratch my itch for a hoppin' good time. Solid, but nothing special.

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 erikm25
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out of the bottle a nice mix of bronzed cherry, copper, and light burgundy hues. The head was about 2 inches, after an aggressive pour, and slightly off white. Good retention. Spotted lacing sticks around the glass. Great bright amber wine coloring throughout this beer.

S: Peppermint and pine hops. This is both flowery and fresh. Subtle lime and tropical citrus aromas mixed with cotton candy.

T: After reading the bottle I prepared myself not to be overcome with hops. There is a very well done balance between creamy citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruits and tangerines with a perfectly fused malt backbone. Hops are here but without the typical bitterness you come to expect with beers from the West Coast bearing any IPA label. A sweet syrupy and peppered candy taste helps fill in for the lack of tongue numbing bitterness. After more sips the balance here is quite impressive making it very smooth.

M: This was a creamy and nicely carbonated treat.

D: Apparently this is very popular at their pub and I can see why. Would love to try this on tap. Highly recommended especially now that it can be purchased in bombers.

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bcm119
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a fine, durable lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but never becoming too juicy or cloying. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed. Very well done.

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

Poured from Growler into snifter.

Pours a beautiful red copper with a creamy white head that lasts. This is a beautiful looking beer, top notch. Smells like fresh hops, a little spicy but mostly citrusy. This beer tastes great, it doesn't overwhelm you with hops but you definitely know there are plenty. A slight tangy flavor that develops in a lasting bitterness. The body is light and crisp. I could and will drink this beer all evening long. I'm hoping this stuff with last on the shelves as well as on the taps because I look forward to enjoying this beer for sometime.

Photo of ReDave
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GarrisWH
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice offering from Deschutes.

Pours a nice amber with a large meringue like head that stuck around for the first few pulls then disappeared to leave some nice lacings.

Smells of citrus, pine, and fresh cascade hops. Not too much maltiness in there, quite light

tastes light, a nice spring time IPA. No real backbone to it, but the acidity of the hops certainly gives you a nice flavourful experience.

Mouthfeel is great for an IPA, and it goes down very well. At just over 6%abv, this isn't too far from the realms of DIPA, but it's not as full bodied. However, for an AIPA it is tremendous

Photo of JohnyFriday
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bhalter8
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.

Photo of mudbug
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!

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 joshuadlight
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.

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