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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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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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Photo of hopdog
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hops, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, toastiness, the same floral hoppiness, and some caramel in the background. Body on the thinner and weaker side.

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

Bottle An extra from Brandon Cheers Buddy. Pours a good clear amber with a generous off white head. The head is foamy and lasting. Produces nice lacing. Has a wonderful aroma of spruce, lemons, and lightly spiced. Has good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. The flavor is excellent. Well balanced but still has a good hoppy base to it. Has a good crispness. Has a oily texture. A good solid finish, with a great lasting aftertaste. I like IPA's and this is a good one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a beer mug.

Red Chair pours a gorgeous copper color with excellent clarity and a lazy carbonation level that looks like an inverted snowfall. The custard head is thick and sticky as it clings to the inside of the glass; excellent retention, too. Nice aroma...malts are more English in nature with a hint of toffee. Fruity bursts of mango, tangerine, and starfruit. The hops are gentle, but mostly citric and herbal in nature.

Much more aggressive hop front than the aroma lets on, as juicy, green hops coat the front and sides of the palate with delicious resins that drip freshness. So incredibly well-balanced, as the toasted caramel malts lay down a solid backbone alongside hints of pineapple and pear. Exceptional mouthfeel, as the medium body takes on a near perfect carbonation level and finishes with a crisp, bitter bite from the hops. Can Deschutes do no wrong?? Not in my eyes...a fantastic beer!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA. Traditional. The label actually says "...without the bitterness", as opposed to what a previous reviewer stated. No biggie, but it's true. The bitterness is faint, yet the brew has a good sharpness to it. A copper, clear body with a semi-soapy head. Average lacing and retention.
Popped the cap to a citrus/piney/flowery aroma. It wasn't intense, really, but it was noticeable for sure. Hints of bread and caramel as well.
Floral and citrus up front in the flavor, rolling into slight malt and then sharp pine. Clean finish makes this very drinkable. wish it would come in a 6-pack (maybe it does). This could be my everyday IPA.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice copper color, thin white head, clear, sweet, banana malt flavors, hop bit at the front of the palate, more malty than hoppy, thin lace, medium body, smooth mouthfeel, non-rewarding flavor profile.

this beer let me down...i was expecting a hoppy ipa true to style instead i got a confused malty ale.

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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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where is the bounce!? Even on the bottle it says 'this courageous take on the traditional IPA offers a deliciously intense hop presence with the bitterness'. NO BITTERNESS!? But why? Well all griefs aside, it comes out to be an okay brew.

The appearance is orange. It has an amber hue to it, making it a reddish orange, but put up to natural light, its orange. The head came fast and strong, a three finger with just a medium pour. It left quick quick though, and left a few horizontal lines for the lace.

The smell is interesting as it smells like the regular cinder hops that they usually use, but also has a weird stale smell. Interesting.

This brew really baffles me because it is so strange. It looks like a red ale, smells like a weak pale ale, but tastes like nothing I have ever had before. You get a hops first impression, the mouthfeel is that of a pale ale. There is a slight dryness, but not a bitterness that comes with a GREAT IPA. Really weird, it tastes like a bit of a red ale maltiness. Indescribable.

The mouthfeel hits the palate on all fronts, giving it a nice 'all over' feeling. I could drink two or three of these bombers if I wanted to, but I dont. Overall an interesting experience I don't really want to repeat.

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Photo of ChadS99SVT
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly cloudy amber color. pretty light head that fades pretty quick.

S-Smell is tangerine,grapefruit, nothing to overpowering.

T-Lightly sweet citrus taste, followed by a light pine/hoppy finish.

M-The mouthfeel is nice. light-medium carbonation with a soft lingering finish.

D-I feel like this beer has excellent drinkability. it's not to sweet and not overly hoppy I feel like I could easily drink multiples in one sitting.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It is crisp, refreshing, and has just the right amount of hoppiness to make it an excellent IPA to suck down. I say it's the lighter more drinkabled ogfishhead 90 minute. So if you like the DFH IMO you will probalby like this.

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Photo of froghop
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued sweet and piney hops - what's there is nice.

The flavor is sweet fruits and caramel malts with a lightly spiced hop finish with medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and pretty watery which washes out the flavors.

Overall, an OK IPA. It's pretty subdued though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottled purchased in Seattle. Best by date was 8/19/09.

A - Golden with a hint of red and great clarity. A moderate off white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S - Initially yeast but then turns to fruity and floral hops. Nice.

T - Loads of citrus flavor dominates. It's fairly tame at 6.4% and 55 IBUs but it's still very flavorful and intriguing.

M - Moderate consistency (maybe even a tad bit thin) with a nice lot to moderate carbonation.

D - Very compelling, smooth and easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by August 2009; Sampled May 2009
Served barely chilled into my 25cl tulip glass. A solid pour easily produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a clear, deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite hoppy with a mix of pine and herbal notes up front followed by a solid citrus / fruit component that becomes the dominant notes. Aromas of peach, tangerine, caramelized grapefruit zest and a touch of kumquat peel. The finish has a biscuit like grain component as well as a mix of herbal hop and malt notes.

Because the beer is on the warm side it has a fuller mouthfeel to it, but this is in competition with a spritzy carbonation. The hop notes provide a biting, but well balanced bitterness in the finish and there is a lingering, herbal (sort of basil, menthol and perhaps a hint of hemp) note that sticks to the tongue and palate. This has a nice hop fruitiness to it (the most prominent flavor component of this beer) that adds notes of tangelo, lots of lychee, sweet kumquat peel, . My second pour of this is a bit cooler which actually mutes much of the bright hop flavors and makes this more herbal leaning in its hoppiness. It was better balanced above 60ºF / 16ºC, now the bitterness is a bit more present as well. This beer is nicely quaffable, light enough to be drinkable, but with just enough heft to carry the ample hops. The malt plays a nicely supporting role with an underlying touch of cracker like malt and a touch of caramel support.

This is a nicely hoppy beer, I have found that it needs to actually be served on the warm side to bring out it full breadth of flavors and it remains surprisingly balanced in to the mid 60ºF / around 18ºC range. This is not one of those over the top hopped IPAs, though it certainly isn't shy with the hop character either.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium golden-amber, with a two fingered off-white head that dissipates to one and retains that level.

S- Floral and pungent citral aromas are most present with some sweet caramel malt backing.

T- Grapefruit citrus/fruity hop flavors, with some biscuit-y and caramel malt notes. Nothing too intense, but far from boring.

M- Light to medium body, with a medium level of carbonation.

D- So very drinkable. I think I could kill two bombers of this in a sitting.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this goodness at the Co-op in Boise. I'm glad this is out now and very fresh. Gotta love Deschutes! Drank from my buddies Budweiser pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a very light orange with a nice half fingered creamy white head. The head slowly recedes leaving a spotty cap and thin collar that leaves almost zero lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with a big orange zest presence. Rather piney and earthy as well with not a whole lot of malt in the backbone. Just a bit of light honey malt hiding in the background but the hops reign supreme.
Taste- Starts with a light bit of brown sugar or caramel malt upfront before it turns pretty damned bitter. Some pine and light earthy grass come through first before a very light fruitiness consisting mostly of grapefruit cuts in. Lightly medicinal or metallic on the finish but for the most part the hops cover it. It's almost too bitter for the fruitiness of the hops.
Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing body with a sharp burst of zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall it's not bad but could be more. The fruitiness of the hops are sort of overtaken by the bitterness. I think they used to many bittering hops and not enough flavoring hops. Would drink again though, especially while it's still fresh.

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

Clear amber with a three finger head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is apricots. Taste is at first a bit on the sweet side but the rich earthy bitter hop flavors start taking over after the second taste. There is a little pink grapefruit in the mix but the leathery notes are dominant. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. The finish is medium dry bitter with some mild sweetness. Not a hop bomb but a very well crafted IPA that has a lot of depth of flavor. Drinkability is quite good for the style.

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

Clear brew with reddish tints around the orange body. The head is tanned and whipped fairly solid. Great lacing.

The nose is a little light, but sends up some Pine-sol along with citric fruit. A little metallic in the mouth, but the hops do their job and the malts add a little depth.

Mouthfeel is right on the money. A little light for the style, but Red Chair is drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ironlung
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper/amber Nice enough Head. Good Lace.

S: Just sweet malt =(

T: Yo! Where the taste at? Over there? No. Over here? No.
Help! I've fallen for a marketing gimmick and I can't taste my beer!

M: Smooth like a watered-down IPA with a splash of amber ale thrown in for good measure.

D: High. Goes down like iced tea on a hot day. Since they've lowered the taste on an IPA they should lower the price.

Overall: If you like light beer, but want to look tough posing with a bottle that says IPA...this beer's for you! This is a 5-dollar beer with a 2-dollar taste. "deliciously intense hop presence without the bitterness"- WTF?!? The worst thing is that I believed that shit when I bought it. One and done with this mislabeled pale ale.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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