Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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:
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 willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of mmcary
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (658 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of TheEremite
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits with a solid pale malt backbone. As it warms the hops become more assertive and small amounts of pine hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malts serve as a backbone but take a backseat to the hops. Tropical, citrus, and pine hops come out midway through the sip and carry on until the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. On-tap this is very drinkable, though in the bottle I found the hops a bit toned down.

Overall this is a very good beer. As mentioned above, the bottle version's hops a bit less in charge but it's still very good. The tap version is very well worth a shot. (900 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (266 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright caramel/orange in color with a foamy ff white head. Head is a good three fingers after a rather gentle pour but quickly fades to a thin 1/2 inch cap. Light lacing left behind.

S - Pungent aroma of piney and citrusy hops. Initially after the pour I picked up a lot of pine but as the beer began warming the citrus and tropical fruit notes became more dominant. Lots of pineapple and orange.

T - Just a spot of honey like sweetness before a very pleasant hop bitterness comes in. Lots of tropical fruit tastes with pineapple really carrying through. Sweet biscuit maltiness provides just enough backbone. Bitterness is strong but not overpowering.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light resinous feel. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Very easy drinking IPA, another winner from the folks in Bend. (803 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, rich red-orange body capped by over two fingers of creamy, off-white head that features fantastic retention and lacing.

Aroma: Bright, citrusy and piney hops over a caramel malt base.

Taste: Up front, lots of bright hops with citrus, pineapple, pine, and herbal notes. The hops are bold, but not overly bitter. Underneath, there's a biscuity caramel malt backbone keeping everything decently balanced. Just a mild hint of alcohol towards the end leading to a mildly bitter and biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: The 22 ounce bottle disappears quickly, making this a great session beer.

Verdict: Red Chair is a very tasty and sessionable IPA and is another impressive beer from Deschutes. Certainly worth picking up a bomber if you like hoppy beers. (843 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a touch of haze. Thick, sticky lacing is left behind from a persistent two-finger head that is off white and fluffy.

S: Reminiscent of that Orange Glo floor cleaner (in a good way) with muted hops and cut grass. All in all, though, the smell is a bit more subdued than I like in an IPA.

T: This IPA is built on a malt foundation which is not always a bad thing. Caramel malts mixing with the graprefruit and apple tones create an interesting tango of flavors that borders on confused. Rather understated hop presence.

M: Clean, zesty, crisp. Goes down smooth.

D: Medium-bodied and slightly refreshing. Certainly drinkable on warm summer days, nights, mornings (is that a problem?).

Overall, I was not terribly impressed. I like more of a hop punch in an IPA and I certainly require a smell to them. (818 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - best by 8/19/09:

Pours copper amber with a thick foamy head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruit and pine. Quite robust with a nice hoppy aroma!

The taste is of pine, grapefruit, caramelish malty sweetness. Hoppy, but balanced. Slight touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium. Slightly swishy at times.

Another winner from this brewery. Hoppy with a caramelish - even towards toffeeish malty balance. Nice! (485 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a slightly murky amber with copper tones when held to the light. The first pour yields a fluffy off-white head that covers the top 1.5" of the glass. Retention is substantial, so much that I actually notice the head sticking around and preventing me from dipping into the beer. As it recedes into a light cap on the brew, it leaves a sticky web of dense lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Kind of a muted aroma. Mostly floral hops, maybe some caramel.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Floral hops lead off, with an undercurrent of pine. An interesting flavor that is a welcome change of pace from the citrus- and pine-dominated West Coast IPAs. There is some malt underneath to provide a contrasting caramel sweetness. There is a slightly spicy citrus bite near the finish, but it's kind of understated. The finish is on the sweeter side, with a mostly malty aftertaste.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate and works well. ABV is well masked. The finish is a little weak and it could stand to be drier. This isn't too oily or resiny.

D: I thought this was a solid IPA, but nothing to write home about. I'd probably buy it again though. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Vidav
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snagged a bomber at Rosauers Supermarkets in Missoula, MT. Wanted to try something new. This is my first beer from Deschutes. . .

Poured an awesome deep red color with a large 2 finger head. The smell was mostly hops with a hint of floral and citrus. Taste followed the smell and was very hop forward but still not overpowering. Overall this is an IPA that I could really enjoy even though that is not my favorite style. Would be a great beer to use to introduce someone to the style.

Highly recommended. (507 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my parents who brought this home from Oregon as a gift. Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head tulip.

The beer pours a nice glowing amber with a thin white head. There is a nice oily lacing that seems to actively move down the walls of the glass.

The smell is pine, hop oil and orange peel, not a very strong smell but it's encouraging that there is not much malt present in the nose.

The smell is lemon, cut grass, pine and then some sugared candy. The malts really jump out in the taste to give the beer some backbone, but the hop flavors are dominant. Not a very bitter IPA.

The carbonation and body of the beer are perfect for the style and the alcohol is not present in the mouth at all. The aftertaste is a very pleasant orange citrus. This is a beer that I wish I had more than one of. (812 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, rich copper color with about3/4 of an inch of slightly off-white head that left an average amount of lacing.

The aroma was rather muted for an IPA and featured mostly floral notes. The flavors were very hop forward with a slight caramel malt undertone. There was some piney hop flavor, but featured mostly floral hop tastes.

The body was fuller and smoother than average for the style. Nicely drinkable, as expected from such a smooth beer. Overall a very nice beer, although not as good as some other releases from the same brewery. Worth seeking out and I'll certainly have it again. (634 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of Red Chair IPA at a grocery store. The cap popped while I was closing the door on my DBF, so this is a time sensitive tasting. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a shiny copper color and is crystal clear. Incredibly resilient foamy off-white head.

The smell is mild and sweet. Some pine and citrus notes.

Taste is quite good. Some sweet bread flavors, followed by the citrus, and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clean and crisp. It is going down well, unexpectedly on a hot day.

A very drinkable IPA. I'll look for it again. (571 characters)

Photo of Glibber
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We liked the beer so much, we bought a half keg.

Drinking in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I can recall drinking. Brilliant copper/orange color. 1" of dense marshmallow colored foam that dissipates down to a thin white layer of sea foam covering half of the surface area and laces nicely to the side of the glass.

Smell: Not extremely aromatic, but a subtle smell of pine scented hops.

Taste: light hops, crisp faint apple and floral up front that transforms to grapefruit in the back. The longer you put it down, the more the hops start to come onto the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very mellow light with air bubbles dancing on your tongue

Drinkability: This beer is almost too easy to drink, even after a big meal because of the relatively low hops (55 IBU). It really tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but packs a decent 6.4% that you wouldn't guess- nor would you peg it for a IPA.

I really like the beer as a beer you can have 1 and feel satisfied, but 3-4 over a period of time and not be bored with or over filled with.

As an everyday beer I rate it as an A-, but I can see how some people are turned off on its mildness for an IPA. (1,181 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (drink by 8/19/09) poured into the new sweetwater pint glass (fucking AWESOME!)...

decent three fingers of off white head with good lacing and decent retention. orange body with some burning red hues shining through...

spicy hops balanced out with a strong malt spine...some caramel sneaking in behind a toned down citrus front. spiciness (pepper) dominates the experience, and sadly, not in a great way that i have come to expect...

mellow and different to say the least...malty throughout with only the slightest hint of citrus near the end...lots of caramel leads into an alcoholic finish with only a tiny cakey bitterness.

smooth and creamy, but once again, another ipa can't hit the carbonation that i dream of...

very refreshing, but the alcohol in the finish is offputting.

is it old? maybe...but i have had old ipas before that were still balanced. not knowing the actual age, does make me question what i was drinking...but there were hops in the nose, yet not on the palate. as noted in the alesmith ipa review, i think i'm getting tougher on these ipas, so they better be bringing me some balance...another one to review at a later date. (1,168 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours orange with a small head. Aroma of citrus, hop oils, and grassy hops. Yum! Flavor is similar--hops oils with a citrus finish. The malt backbone is a little weak and the beer is not as balanced as some of the great IPAs. But still, quite an enjoyable beer. (269 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (267 characters)

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