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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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 210
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops, citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet bready malts.o

T: Very prominent floral hops. Doughy caramel malt in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink. Nicely balanced; plenty of malt and sufficient bittering hops. Disguises the abv very wells.

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Photo of illidurit
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper tinged orange color with a gorgeous inch of dense beige head. Thick lacing and good retention. Sweet hoppy aroma with bruised apples and ripe grapefruit. Maybe a light herbal quality. Somewhat muted unfortunately. Flavor is pine and unripe citrus with a doughy malt base. There's a modest bitterness there if you really look for it, but it's overrun by an unwelcome astringency that I'd expect Deschutes to be able to avoid considering their insistent claims of 'experimental' and 'innovative' hopping techniques. Dry palate and a short finish from the astringency, medium body and good carbonation. Too muted overall, could easily be mistaken for a pale ale in a blind tasting.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of tjsprague
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice copper color with a thin white head.

Smell is a nice hop aroma, not too strong. Some malty undertones.

Taste is great. This is a good malty beer with some excellent hop bitterness and thickness to it. Slightly bitter at the end.

Nice hop resin to the mouthfeel, a good thickness to the beer.

A fantastic beer to drink for the evening.

Actually, it tastes a lot like a Sierra Pale Ale clone, it has its own characteristics but if I had to compare it to one beer it would be the Pale. I love the Sierra and this is very good in its own right.

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Photo of rmaste6282
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark copper, nearly an amber color ale. The head is beige, which dissipates quickly, less than two fingers tall.

The smell is of grapefruit and floral scents, some sweet caramel malt smells.

The taste is dry, hop bitterness, with subtle malts. Grapefruit on the fore-front of the taste, the bitterness lasts, reminds me of an American ESB.

The mouthfeel makes it feel heavy on the alcohol level, but it's rather light for a IPA.

The drinkability is good, the Red Chair IPA, is a decently crafted IPA, worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an appropriately reddish-amber hue, the off-white head nearly spilling out of the glass from a vigorous pour. Retention is great and the head sticks all over the glass as it slowly settles.

Smell: The aroma doesn't explode from the glass like you may expect a West Coast IPA to, but once you get past that it's quite good. Floral, herbal, dank and juicy with a hint of caramel and toast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wet floral/herbal hoppiness up-front, juicy grapefruit beneath that. Light bodied, crisp and semi-dry, there's a touch of balancing caramel malt flavor that dries up quite a bit in the finish. This is pretty easy on the palate, and while none of the flavors are especially bold, it's very well crafted and enjoyable. A subtler beer from Deschutes, but a good one.

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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 jgap
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a copper orange with a large off-white, frothy head. Smell is citrus, slight pine, and an herbal tinge. Taste is a smooth, lingering toffee up front followed by an easy bitterness. Less pepper than I expected, very herbal. It's an easy bitterness, not harsh at all. Lastly, there's a biscuit-yeast taste followed my a dry, fading toffee similar to the introduction which makes it very drinkable. Good beer!

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, I say. Meh.

Pours a bright orange with a big off-white head. Smell has some pine and citrus to it, but pretty muted, and there's a bready yeastiness to it that I don't like in my IPAs.

Taste is, again, quite muted. Just not much going on here. The hops are almost more ESB-y than IPA-y, bitter rather than citrus. It's okay, but nothing all that special.

Decent lively mouthfeel. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excellent IPA from Deschutes. The beer is golden, reddish amber color with a ton of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in great quantity. The aroma is a very clean mix of citric and pine hop flavors. I'm a big fan of Inversion and this beer reminds me of that beer more than Hop Henge or Hop Trip. The flavor is similar. The malt comes through to create a nearly perfect level of bitterness for an IPA. The beer does border on hopped up Amber Ale territory, but I'm not going to dock points for that. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with hop essence. It's an exceedingly drinkable beer, even for an IPA. The hops are redolent with rich esters and the malt is well-balanced. In another category, this beer would garner even higher scores, but some extra room is required in the score to account for all of the other great American IPAs.

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Photo of jdklks
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The color and transparency of this beer is just tooo cool. deep amber color with golden edges and a white head that spots the top after going down and hangs around for a little bit. it really is an indescribable color, as I have not even begun to explain what this actually looks like.

S- Hops and malts, and no real emphasis in either direction. Some fruitiness that I can't fully pick out.

T- very mellow, but not to the point of being uninteresting. In fact, the mellowness adds to the interesting aspects. Super hoppy flavor without any hop bitterness or explosion up front, like a lot of ipas tend to have. The malts just kind of sit there and dont do anything. The fruit flavors are very subtle up front but end up dominating the aftertaste (and dominating in a way that is again "mellow"). Overall, I would characterize it as "subtle and complex", two words which I dont usually use together when describing a beer. I cant say much more except that I am baffled. This beer is extraordinarily interesting and a tough one to figure out. weird.

M- The mouthfeel is insanely smooth and the carbonation is perfect. it is definitely full bodied for an IPA (not being a DIPA).

D- There isn't really anything to say here.

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

Had this one on tap at Papago in AZ. The color is a deep brownish red with a one inch head. Smells mildly of malt and a bit of citrus. Tastes pretty much the same, very similar to SN's Celebration. Too much malt in the mix for me, not that it's a bad beer, just not really what I'd call an IPA. Almost a red/amber. It drinks purty good, but not really what I want out of an IPA.

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

Was pleased to find this new 'Bond Street Series' at my local BevMo on my last beer run. I rather enjoyed the Hop Trip and am curious to see where Deschutes ventures to next with this self proclaimed "experimental IPA known for its intense hop presence without the bitterness." I paid $4.69 for a bomber and pour into a pint glass to review.

Large, over two inch head, white in color. Rather frothy up top, larger sized, spacey bubbles towards the bottom of the head. Transparent amber/copper color. Visible carbonation, but certainly not over the top. Thick lacing and some head retention.

Clean, fresh hoppy nose. More citrus than grapefruit or pine.

On that first sip, I see what they mean by lack of bitterness. Would not have expected such from the nose. I guess the bitterness if not something I was looking to get rid of in an IPA, but I do commend them in pulling this off. For someone that is turned off by the bitterness, they may really enjoy this one. Just a clean, fresh hop taste.

A good experimental IPA which changes an aspect of the style which I admire, so this one is not for me.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a frothy white head that shrinks into a glaze of white foam. Good, thick lacing. Less-than-impressive nose. Sweet but metallic aroma of grass and honey. Sharp, crisp mouthfeel. The taste is interesting. Expected peppery hop profile with a pleasant citrus back. Heavy malt character, somewhat caramelized. Leans into an APA in this regard. Metallic, crystal malt finish. I swear, if this didn't say "IPA" on the label, I would say this is an APA, or at the least, a malty XPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark orange with a white head and decent retention.

The nose is malt forward, which surprised me. I was expecting a bouquet of different hop characters in the nose but I find myself reaching for descriptors. It smells more like a pale ale than an IPA. Light grapefruit notes and a hint of pine.

The flavor is well balanced, with orange and grapefruit up front. The malt is caramel with some sugary sweetness. The finish has more citrus, and pine is evident. These characteristics linger. Bitterness is medium throughout.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly dry.

I'm surprised this is a Bond Street release. It's a good and sessionable IPA, but just not on par with the other Bond Street offerings.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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 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.

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

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Bright reddish orange body with 2 fingers of somewhat fluffy off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smells quite inviting. Juicy citrus fruit aromas and gentle honeyish malt. Light floral and herbal notes.

Perfectly balanced blend of lightish caramel and bready malt with plentiful yet subdued juicy fruit flavors: tangerine, pineapple, sweetened grapefruit. Having said that, I don't love it. The bitterness is too gentle for the style, IMO.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels like a substantial beer, yet pretty dry with lingering sweet citrus. Somehow a little creamy, too.

Overall impression: Interesting take on the American IPA style. Very well constructed beer, but too subdued. Thrown in some more substantial bitterness and it would be top notch.

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

Best before 8/19/09.

Poured from the bomber into the tulip with a beautiful red color, great clarity and nice thick sticky head.

Aroma is wonderful and smells just like fresh hops before throwing them in the boil. There's lots of citrusy pine smell.

Flavor starts off sweet with a roasty toasty almost burnt taste. There is some very grassy hops and some bitterness but not overpowering. This beer is supposed to have all the hop flavor without the bitterness but I find that to be incorrect. There is still enough of both and I find the whole thing to be pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fine with medium body and ample carbonation. I could definately enjoy a bomber of this. In fact, I think I will.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one interesting take on an IPA. Tastes like unsweetened iced tea was added in with somewhat of an herbal quality. Easy drinking and kind of refreshing. Downside was a bit of a dirty, musty, metallic taste as others have mentioned. But this flavor was just barely noticeable.

I don't know if I would get this again, but it was still pretty good and I'm glad I gave it a try. They(the bottle) claim this is a non-bitter IPA, which I would agree with. However, the hops are lacking in my opinion for an IPA, which might explain why it is especially non-bitter. The iced tea flavor was the dominant one for me here. Red Chair is an appropriate name along with the graphics on the label. You might sit on the porch drinking this in your red rocking chair on a hot summer day.(also explains the iced tea taste)

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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

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Photo of brdc
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Poured a bit too cold, it shows an amber color with a decent off-white head. Average retention and lacing.

Nice but standard aroma, piney hoppiness, some citric notes, minimal biscuits.
Medium bodied, refreshing, with mostly a piney hoppiness, biscuity malts, but also a somewhat annoying metallic taste.
Decent, but nothing special. The metallic taste eventually limits drinkability.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glorious color - medium amber that radiates light well with off-white head. The amber is such an appetizing color.

Aroma is a delight of black Ceylon tea aromas, metallic hops, biscuits, and faint citrus.

On the palate the tea flavors resume with toasty/biscuity malt that tries to hold up to the metallic, piney hops. The pine carries through to the finish.

One of my favorite hoppy beers now because I love the ones that bring in some of the tea aromas/flavors with the hops.

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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.

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