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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-22-2009)
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PhxHorn

Arizona

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 01:52:42 | More by PhxHorn
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woemad

Washington

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

Big-ass bomber purchased at a local grocery store for $3.99(?) about a week ago. Best by August 19, according to the label.

Poured a burnt orange color, with lots of good clarity and a big, creamy slightly off-white head. Foam hung around for a while and left a thick webbing of lace on the sides of the glass. Probably the best looking IPA I've seen for a long time.

Super fruity in the nose. I get grapefruit, which I sort of expected, but there's also a lime-like flavor, which I, at least, find rather unusual. Beyond the citrus flavors, there's a herbal hoppiness, but it's very subordinate to the fruit.

The taste starts out with citrusy hops that are quickly paired up with an unobtrusive bready malt flavor. The more herbal, "green" hops are present as a faint background flavor. Slightly dry at the swallow. Odd tasting beer. What's here tastes good, but it seems like a DIPA that somehow lost half it's flavor.

Oily, coating yet somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Odd tasting beer, but not in a bad way. I don't like this as much as Hop Henge, but I might drink more of this in a sitting, as it's much more sessionable. Still, it's a little too fruity for me to want to drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:11:32 | More by woemad
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sweetbrew82

California

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

22 oz. into a snifter/ Best by 8-19-09

P: Clear Copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that shows pretty good retention, clinging to the glass on the way down.

A: Loads of vibrant citrus & pine from the hops with a nice caramelly malt underneath. Smells promising!

T: Unfortunately, while the flavor pretty much follows the nose, it just doesn't excite me quite as much as the aroma did. It features those same bright, citrusy hops with fresh orange peels leading the charge, while the spicy pineyness tries its best not to be outdone. Hop flavors are solid, but their character doesn't quite "shine" like other top-notch IPA's. The nicely toasted caramel malt is rather thick and bready, and accomplishes it's goal of providing balance to the brew without a doubt. As mentioned on the bottle, the hoppy bitterness is absent, which would probably be great for someone who isn't a huge fan of hops, but it turns out to be a negative in this hophead's book. It isn't dry upon finish, but does leave a nice aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a very smooth, almost silky texture to it, while some creaminess is noted underneath on the back half of the mouthful. Not much in the way of stick-to-it-iveness in this IPA.

Notes: This is a middle-of-the-road IPA for me. I really missed that mouth-puckering, alpha acidic bitterness that I love so dearly. The malts were definitely added with a heavy hand, as this is a well-balanced IPA. But in the end, it's a bit too sweet and didn't quite scratch my itch for a hoppin' good time. Solid, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 10:46:12 | More by sweetbrew82
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:20:12 | More by djeucalyptus
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:30:53 | More by Wetpaperbag
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bbothen

California

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours out a clear amber reddish color with a smallish off white head. Head is foamy & frothy though.

Smells of pungent piney & citric hops. Grapefruit, tropics, pine. Smells yummy I say. Cant wait to taste.

Nice and hoppy with a good amount of toasted and sweet malts. Hops seem to fade a bit near the finish, but this is a very tasty brew.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, sticky, low to moderate carbonation.

Nice sessionable IPA that drinks like an APA, just a bit hoppier. Wish this was in 6 packs. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:51:07 | More by bbothen
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 04:14:05 | More by Magpie14
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:47:59 | More by RustyDiamond
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ReDave

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber color.
Very little head, no lace.
Some citrus, pine aroma, but not much.

First sip, rather balanced and i was questioning it's IPA status at first.
But as further sips continue, the hoppy was build up, thank goodness. But still with some malt rounding out still.

This is good, but not as good as the experimental hop henge.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 02:01:21 | More by ReDave
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 03:59:58 | More by BretSikkink
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JBogan

Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 22:54:45 | More by JBogan
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willjschmidt

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:56:54 | More by willjschmidt
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ibbjamin

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:08:44 | More by ibbjamin
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JohnyFriday

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2014 01:43:06 | More by JohnyFriday
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joefc

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-05-2013 04:40:08 | More by joefc
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2013 04:56:12 | More by SocalKicks
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-28-2013 23:55:00 | More by kjkinsey
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:19:03 | More by July2Nov
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2013 06:08:03 | More by Kelp
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younger35

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 18:23:21 | More by younger35
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 05:20:29 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 12:25:37 | More by Kegatron
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 02:42:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:16:52 | More by SkeeterHawk
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 18:07:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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