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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 210
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diggin the label art. Pours a very clear copper/amber color, lighter in variety with an orange tint. A stark white pillowy head builds well, retains pretty well, and leaves good lacing.

Nose is pretty standard for PNW IPA, a little more citrus in this one than usual, but some fatty floral potpourri...ish aromas are still here.

A nice mild beer. Alot of PNW IPA flavor and aroma, the bitterness is somewhat subdued, which makes things a little strange and almost seems kind of soapy. A good flowery hop profile, less citrus than the nose indicated. The finish is still slightly bitter, which is nice, but said bitterness does not really linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, a bit more viscous than i would like, and pretty slick in the mouth. I really would like some more bitterness here. I know thats what they were going for, the IPA without the bitterness, but i guess my question would be...uh...why?

Drinkability is pretty solid, but a slightly slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation make it seem a bit heavy, even though it really is not.

Overall an interesting beer, but as far as im concerned it is pretty typical, and somewhat boring. Certainly not a bad beer, and one I would order again, and i think could be great on cask, just one that doesn't really do anything special for me. Give it a shot, worth trying.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35 for beating his ass in ESPN's The Streak...thanks whore.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Best by 8/19/09 on the label.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head. A good amount of lace holds on to the glass after the head slowly falls. Aroma consists of light gritty citrus, some toasted grains, and sweet malt. Some pine and earth find their way in the nose as well. Taste begins with a fair amount of spicy malts followed by slightly rotten grapefruit and spruce. Midway grainy biscuits with some earthy hops linger on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost tea like with a touch of zesty lemon and caramel malt. Light to medium body with a strong tingle left on the tongue. Medium to high carbonation with this one as well. This IPA has a pretty solid malt backbone, almost English style. Not a huge fan of this one, but like many others, I like my IPA's with sweet citrus and/or floral hop flavors. Even though Dan-O is active in LARPing, at least he sends me beer. Thanks man!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single bomber of this from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with sticky, soapy, off-white head. A bubbly cap sits on top for the entire session. Head is very sticky; coats the glass with web-like lacing. Almost no carbonation. Swirl the beer for a second or two and you'll return the head to it's initial state. Gorgeous.

Smell: Caramel malt and piney hops. Grassy and floral accents are also apparent, along with a couple handfuls of grain. Some light mellow citrus and possibly melon. Mild and enjoyable.

Taste: Crisp citrus, bitter hops, and doughy malts. Floral accents throughout. Very balanced. Bitterness starts out mild, but definitely builds throughout the session.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, spicy, balanced, perfectly carbonated (on the light side), medium bodied, and smooth. Very, very nice.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Simple and balanced. Will be buying again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went into my favorite place to get some beer and they had this on tap.

Poured into a pint glass at 45.

Apperance: A nice 2 finger head that was white, creamy and some foam. The body of the beer is medium gold with some orange hues. There was some bubbles in the glass. The clarity of the beer was slightly hazy.

Nose: A mild hop aroma that is floral and citrus. There is malt in the beer and it has a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A light mild hop aroma that has some floral and citrus notes. There is a good malt backbone that lend a little sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light. The finish is light. This is an experimental beer from Dechutes and I like it, although this beer is suppose to be an IPA it taste more like an APA. I like the concept but it isnt an IPA, well in my opinon.

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Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note* Had this one in the refrigerator for a while, and since it is a retired beer, I decided to bring it out and finally taste it.

Appearance: Opaque sunburst amber color with a great frothy, one-inch head and plenty of carbonation racing to the top. Beautiful.

Smell: I could smell this one from about a foot away. Potent! Slightly sour, with bread notes pouring out. Citrus also noted near the end.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild hops straight away. Spikes up just a bit and then smooths back down (buttery biscuit flavor) for a mellow and highly drinkable IPA. Aftertaste has that dry-mouth tingle.

Drinkability: Much like it's successor, this "Red Chair IPA" is easily, one of the smoothest IPA's out there. Becoming more of a fan of IPA'sl and as always...a HUGE fan of the Deschutes Brewery and all of there beers, even though it took me so long to finally pull this one out.

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Photo of Murchmac
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good IPA. I picked it up at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- amber color, transparent, good head retention

Smell- piney hops

Taste- delicious, hops, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, I enjoyed it thoroughly

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish gold color. The head is frothy and slimy, something commonly seen with beers like this.

S- Great hop smell, grapefruity, dry, yet creamy. Something I've been missing with IPAs as of late.

T- Wow, this is strange. There is a huge hop smell, yet in the taste it really isn't there when compared to what you are expecting in the smell. Don't get me wrong the hop taste it there, but I was hoping for more. As for over all taste it is good, but would be better with a bit more hops.

M- Thin, I was amazed at how thin this feels. I was thinking it was going to be thicker. It works and is great, but I was deceived.

D- Very drinkable, this is one that can be gone really quickly.

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Photo of SargeC
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden-brown colored brew with a golden-white head made up of large bubbles.

Smell: Mild hops presence, less than expected. Buttery sweetness with light smoke presence.

Taste: Deep hop flavor without excessive bitterness. It is interesting that this brew couples a clean finish with its hop flavors. Very well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light oily quality.

Drinkablity: Easy drinking brew that provides excellent flavor in a very drinkable package. This brew gets hops right.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into the new SA glass. Best by 8/19/09. Comes in at 6.4% and 55 IBUs.

A-Pours an orangish amber with a one finger off white head that quickly goes down to a ring with some bubbly islands left in the middle. There is a continuos stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a nice sticky line of lace towards the top of the glass.

S-Super fresh hops on the nose. Get lots of citrus such as sweetened grapefruit and tangerines. Smells in a lot of ways like tropical fruit bubblegum. There are also piney notes at play. The malt is hard to detect.

T-Much like the smell, the tropical citrus dominates. In the middle there is a nice hit of sweet malt that gives way to the piney flavors.

M-This beer is one the lower end of the medium spectrum. It has a comfortable level of carbonation and is crisp and dry.

D-Goes down very easily. It is nice to get so much hop flavoring without going through palate fatigue.

I really enjoyed this beer. I did not know that the goal of this beer was to pack a huge hop taste without the bitterness until after I had cracked it open and read the label. Based on the initial smell and look of the beer, I was prepared for a nice West Coast bitter monster. This would be a great year round beer that would be ideal to purchase in six packs.

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

beautiful bright honey apricot tinged with caramel, cherry and cranberry juice hues. clear with a voluptuous creamy two-plus-finger head of epic proportions that stays for a while. Some nice lacing down the glass... a bit more lacing to the bottom and this would be perfect.

hoppy with pine and herbal notes. some peppery spice. a bit of candi sugar and hints of mint and pineapple. smells delicious.

taste follows aroma fairly closely with hints of honey sweetness, a slight trace of malt, and a fairly dominant hop profile with pine, citrus, tropical notes, and a few floral notes. Nicely balanced with some definite malt presence. taste is a bit heavy on the citric acid and at times seems to fall between grapefruit pith and pine needles. not entirely digging it.

mouth is nicely creamy, full bodied but not thick or sticky. the carbonation really inflates without being sharp or heavy. smooth, even, and solid. lingering bitterness is mild but pleasant.

all in all, an interesting offering from deschutes. Lighter than many of their IPAs but enough character to still be interesting. A good late spring brew with some nice qualities. drinkability is pretty solid as far as IPAs go. Definitely worth trying, although this one falls behind Hop Henge and Hop Trip... maybe even Inversion... try once, but probably not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a light crimson hangs in the middle amongst glossy golden hues with a splash of orange. A couple blobs and streaks of bright white sticky lace. Just a few lethargic bubbles swirling to the top of a headless brew

S: bright clean hops of the floral and soft pine variety (cascade hops) free smells of roasted malts and soft barley

T: delicate biscuit and pale malts with buttery undertones that get washed out by clean and fresh hops. Hops hold up lemons, grapefruits, pine, and floral tea notes. Malts have a light caramelized texture complimented by buttery feel. Somewhat bitter towards the finish and a touch on the dry side

M: sharp and clean finish, lighter body and somewhat easy going. Carbonation is rather upbeat on the tongue

D: I prefer other Deschutes brews to this one, I find it tasty none-the-less

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Photo of philbertk
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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!!

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Photo of rhinos00
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Flossmoor pint glass. Drink by date of 8/19/09.

A- Pours a mahogany/amber color with great clarity. Produced two fingers width of off-white head. Nice retention going on here.

S- More muted than I had hoped for. Quite balanced...maybe a little too much. Combination of caramel malts and citrus hops. I would have loved for the citrus aroma to come out a bit, but it was clearly outdone by the sweetness of the malts.

T- Much like the aroma, except a little more disappointing. There is a solid hops bitterness about three quarters of the way in. Citrus and caramel malts create a semi-sweet finish. More of a malt backbone than I had hoped for. Flavors were way too balanced to discern any great flavor.

M- Some crispness, but very watered down and thin.

D- This beer was pretty easy too drink. The only hindrance was the fact that flavors were hard to discern due to how balanced the beer was.

Overall, a big disappointment. I'm not quite sure where Deschutes was going with this one, way too balanced.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright translucent copper in appearance, loose frothy off-white head that settles to a thick cap that retains. Wide thick patches of sticky lacing.

Bready carmelized malt on the nose, floral and citrus hops, some pine and grapefruit.

Light toasted malt can't quite hold its own with the puckering piney citrus of the hops, which pretty much carry the show, no discernable breaks in the finish or aftertaste, the hops presence is consistent, yet a bit one-dimensional as a result. The mouthfeel is pleasant, a smooth, rounded medium-bodied affair, with a bit of carbonated kick on the finish to give more of a crisp than oily texture. A nice mellow IPA when all is said and done, it offers a hop kick that pleases but doesn't smack you upside the head. Yet on that note it doesn't really stand out from the American IPA throng as a result of that either. Good easy gateway beer for the style in a way, not too intimidating.

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Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I'll be the first to review this from the bottle.
Pours a clear dark gold/amber with a smallish slightly off white head which soon turns into a thin film and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like a pine forest. That's it really. Not complex in any way, this one let's you know the hops are there.

Tasted of hops, maybe a slight citric background, and if you try real hard you notice the alcohol. As mentioned on the label, there's not much of a bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was thick, slick and smooth. Just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling sludgy.

Well, if you're an IPA fan you'll probably like this, unless you have a bitterness fetish in which case you might feel a bit let down. In some ways this brew reminded me of taking a hoppy IPA and mixing it with a Red. Not bad but not a beer I'd seek out again.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper with tangerine and cherry highlights. Small tannish bubbly head. long slender lacing.

Herbal and citrus, lemon peel. Toasty bready caramel backing. Hint of esterous yeast.

Hop juicy orange, lemon peel, bit of grapefruit. medicinal caramel and toasted crackers. herbal and medicinal in the aftertaste, pine, hemp, tea leaf. Not a big bitter IPA. Well balanced and good hop taste.

Smooth, refreshing, lively carbonation, slightly sticky and dry. med body.

Good, well balanced, not too bitter IPA. very drinkable. Good intro into IPAs?

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Photo of washburnkid
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Davis Graduate.

A: Approximately a finger of firm, foamy white head. Copper colored with amber edges. Great cascading lacing, but halfway through there was almost no head retention.
S: Sweeter malts that expected from a West Coast IPA. A bit of grapefruit, as well as another sweet fruit flavor that I can't really name. Some bready malts discernible as well.
T: Sweet bready and honey malt flavors. A bit of ripe grapefruit hops (sweetness right before the bitterness) to balance out. Toasted notes and semi-sweet caramel. Dark fruit and berry esters come out with warmth.
M: Light-bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
D: This is a delicious IPA. Deschutes has brewed yet another great beer, and this one is a good break from all the hop bombs I've been consuming! I look forward to trying it out of the bottle.

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