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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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87
very good

163 Reviews
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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 BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 08/19/09 on label. Poured into a Moonlight nonic pint glass. Pretty quick rising cream colored head. Nice prism of color- red/orange/yellow. Fragrant aromas of grapefruit rind with a subtle whiff of pine. There is some honey bread sweetness too.
Taste seems little thin at first. Good hop flavor...chalky grapefruit pine needle melange. Not much malt flavor to be found yet very hopped restrained. Good and easy to drink. (429 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (843 characters)

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 younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into my New Belgium balloon tulip glass. Thanks go to my buddy Bubba83 for the hook up with this in a trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 rigid fingers of foamy off-white head. Rich retention that leaves some great looking thickish rings of sticky lacing back. The aroma is deeply floral and herbal smelling with some lush tropical notes to it but I'm only picking up a moderate amount of malt presence. This also has a surprising amount of warmth that comes out as this warms. Not enough to really distract but it's definitely noticable.

The hops in the taste are herbal and resinous, with a lightly spicy bitterness that stretches the whole way through. The malty backbone of this is coming off as a bit more toasty to me, with the sweetness of the citrus that is present providing the bulk of the balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation and overall easygoing feel in the mouth. There is maybe a touch of beef to this but it seems to actually help the overall profile by accentuating the bitterness in the finish.

I'm always up for trying new hoppy treats from Deshcutes and this one was pretty satisfying. This was maybe a bit unbalanced towards the hops but the smooth body on this made for a pretty refreshing quaff. This actually seemed to drink more like an APA. Good stuff that I'll seek out more of in the future. (1,373 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,344 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 Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Barclay's in Oakland. Poured a reddish amber with a fairly big head that fades quickly but leaves behind some lovely lacing. Smells of spicy hops and a touch of soapy graininess. Tastes super piney and spicy with hops, beefy- almost too spicy! I love me some hops, but this is one huge chewy hop monster on tap. I could use a bit more malt here. Wow, just huge. (380 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 GarrisWH
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a gift to me from one of my customers after I helped them a little in planning a beer party off hours. Anyway, this is probably not a beer I would have bought myself, so, thanks, Natalie!

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear slightly burnt ornage color with a small, but thick, head of off white bubbles. The bubbles are tight and fall slowly leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass when it falls.

Aroma: I initially get the (to be expected) "C" hops in the aroma along with a rather pleasant toasty malt aroma and some sweetness from crystal malts. It has a nice complexity and balance so that you can actually pick out some of the malts.

Taste: The beer itself is pretty good with a decent interplay of malt and hops pretty much the whole way through and especially in the finish. The malt takes a supporting role as it should in this style, but still is able to add balance in the finish. There is a slight chalky feeling left on the back of the throat that lingers for quite some time with the bitterness...this is a little unpleasant to me. Overall the beer has a pleasant mouthfeel and finishes with enough body and sweetness to let you know that this beer is not very small and shouldn't be taken lightly.

Opinion: This beer is actually pretty good for this style. I am not a hop-head, so I am sure that I am not appreciating this beer as much as others would...however, it is an easy drinking brew with a nice overall aroma and flavor profile. I will certainly finish this bomber bottle, but I don't know if I will be buying it in the near future. (1,576 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and slight pines. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, slightly bitter, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA. (386 characters)

Photo of MNmurray
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: deep red hue, slightly red (although this is a dark bar), very thin head

S: fruity and bitter, freshly cut wood (elm?)

T: Immediate bitter bite, nodes of grapefruit, lemon-peel, and woody. The last sips were better than the first (maybe due to warming)

M: Tingly and dry (gingerale mouthfeel without carbonation level) Flavor sticks to the mouth longer than most.

O: Drinkability- decent. It is comparable to Surly furious with water-downed citrus. Head dissolves very quickly. Aftertaste is good at first, but stayed into the next lager. Not bad- would drink again, but not rave worthy. (594 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tolann has generously sent me a bomber of this as a trade extra - straight from my wants list!
Pint Glass poured 6/12. Plenty of entrained air creates large bubbles in an otherwise micro dense head. 1/2" high, full high as hell as Dre Dog would say. Body is clean and clear, deep in copper color. Smell is unique. I am picking up some strong metallic notes, chlorine like almost. Very clean, cucumber like, warms a bit... almost herbal, aloe comes to mind. A warm and earthy hop presence is there.

On the tongue this starts out full bodied, an abundance of the micro carbonation expanding in my mouth. This lends well to a rather bready and biscuity start, the whole experience continues to 'grow' on the tongue, opening into a sweeter malt experience. Solid notes of honey as well. For a minute it seems that I am lost in a soupy, sweet mess, but soon the carbonation has grabbed the hops by the hand, producing a noble hop style dry, biting presence which takes over quickly. The beer comes alive with some spicy, herbally notes, a hint of cocoa. This works its way to a close with stark mentholyptic sting, marking the presence of alcohol. This warms and eases, and the beer goes out with a prominent, biting piney hopiness.
A wide array on the tongue here. I give it points for being adventurous with the mouthfeel and profile, yet overall it is easy to drink. This has grown on me big time as I work my way to the end of the bomber. (1,440 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 Trappissed
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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) (813 characters)

Photo of ampzilla
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to wagenvolks for sending this out to me as winner of his Mystery Label LIF (pt. II).

I was pretty excited to try this beer and it showed in my aggressive pour with a dense cream head multiple inches tall. This was pillowy and clingy. Lace does not even begin to describe my glass. The beer itself is a nice clean looking copper.
The smell is what I imagine a walk in the redwood forests of the Pacific NW would be like. Lots of BIG pine. Really nice.
The taste is a slight letdown though with not as much hop bitterness or flavor coming through as I'd like. Though there is a decent bready malt that keeps it interesting.
The mouthfeel is pretty good. About as thick as I'd need in an IPA with just a little slickness.
This is pretty drinkable. Quite well balanced actually. (786 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Nose is full of Pacific NW hops. Citrusy and a little toast. Clear amber with a half inch tan head. Clean bitterness up front with a bitter orange peel flavor from the hops. Malt is clean and not heavy or sweet with a bit of that toasty character coming through. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, although mouthfeel is fairly crisp and dry for the strength. A very nice IPA (420 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 Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus dominate the nose with a good sweet caramel malt presence and a mild hop piney grassy aroma.

T: the graasy hops are more potent on the taste with citrus grapefruit that help out on the bitter bite but orange accents and a decent malt caramel backbone.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citric, sweet, and mild bitter finish.

D: it drank pretty good but it was for sure way better when it was fresh. I'm kinda sad that this beer is retired and will not be able to enjoy again. (680 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,880 characters)

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