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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

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

cswhitehorse, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

kaseydad, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of TheEremite
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

TheEremite, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  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.

glid02, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

mudbug, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  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.

ckeegan04, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

jwc215, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Arbitrator, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Vidav
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Vidav, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

rpstevens, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

beertunes, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

RJLarse, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Glibber
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Glibber, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

rhinos00, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

BitterPachyderm, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

jeffjeff1, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, light copper color with many streams of carbonation traveling at different paces. The head is puffy and off-white with distinctive characteristics from the loads of hops used: big bubbles with a spectrum reflection and an off-white color to the head that looks greenish orange to me.

S- Really all I can smell is hops. Sweet citrus orange hops and piney herbal hops. A hint of a sweet candy.

T- Finally, an IPA that doesn't rely solely on the bitter tastes of hops. The bitterness that is present does not burn like soap or alcohol but more like an orange or a tart peach. The hops also provide a fruity sweetness and a tart, sour apple flavor.

M&D- Simple and effective. The body is medium and bubbly.

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Chair exudes a bright floral bouquet courtesy of Cascade and/or Centennial hops. The aroma is immediate and appealing and arrives above a clear, deep copper body sporting a spry head with wayward lace. Bittering is strong - almost too strong - delivering a citric bite that somehow fails to grab me.

This is a fine beer, but I'm not sure where Deschutes is going with it. It's not an imperial and doesn't compete well with the lesser-priced Inversion that I much prefer.

RedDiamond, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Left Hand tulip. best by dated 8-19-09.

A: Pours dark golden with a small 1/2 off white head. Nice lacing that faded quickly.

S: Good piney hop smell mixed with sweet caramel malts.

T: Citrus undertones with a decent hop flavor to it. Very low bitterness but I guess that was to be expected with only 55 IBU's.

M: Feels thin, medium/light carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink being only 6.5% ABV. I prefer my IPA's to have some good bitterness to them and this one did not. Seemed more like a extra pale ale than a IPA.

CosmoHopHead, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35 for beating his ass in ESPN's The Streak...thanks whore.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Best by 8/19/09 on the label.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head. A good amount of lace holds on to the glass after the head slowly falls. Aroma consists of light gritty citrus, some toasted grains, and sweet malt. Some pine and earth find their way in the nose as well. Taste begins with a fair amount of spicy malts followed by slightly rotten grapefruit and spruce. Midway grainy biscuits with some earthy hops linger on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost tea like with a touch of zesty lemon and caramel malt. Light to medium body with a strong tingle left on the tongue. Medium to high carbonation with this one as well. This IPA has a pretty solid malt backbone, almost English style. Not a huge fan of this one, but like many others, I like my IPA's with sweet citrus and/or floral hop flavors. Even though Dan-O is active in LARPing, at least he sends me beer. Thanks man!

BeerTruth, Jul 08, 2009
Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.