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Red Chair IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA

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very good

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Feb 2010: This beer is recently 'retired' - replaced by Red Chair NWPA', which is a slight variation on the original recipe.
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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 210
Photo of champ103
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Not much lace is left behind.
S: A big juicy hop aroma up front. Citrus and grapefruit. Some sugary, caramel malt lingers to balance everything out.
T: Tons of juicy and bitter hops. Huge grapefruit and citrus again. that lingers on and on. The balance that was in the nose is all but gone.
M/D: There is medium carbonation. Though this is to much on the thin and watery side for my liking. The bitterness makes this harder to drink than I would like.

A one and done purchase for me. Not one of Deschutes better offerings. Their Inversion IPA is much better IMO, it seems like the brewery agrees since this is recently retired.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes, welcome to Minnesota! Bottles as well as kick-off parties today & it's a good day to have another excellent brewery enter the state. And thanks to chickencoop for shipping me this in a recent exchange. No idea this one was retired already.

Choppy orange leaning compass-wise towards reddish. Smell is soapy hops, pine underneath. Someday someone is going to tell me which variety of hop creates that soap smell.

Red Chair is a subdued, milder IPA. The malts & hops do an intricate dance, complete with ribbons, that bind them together & makes it difficult to tell where one begins & the other leaves off. A faint, almost raspberry taste darts in & is immediately run off by the ending hops, but it's there. Nice bitter finish. As the nose, so the taste, with soap & pine blitzing over the malt in the end.

Drinkable as all get out. A gulper. The soapy feeling is followed up by a clean dryness that makes me reach for more quickly.

Overall very good. Haven't tried the new formulation, but this is a beer that appears not to have needed further tweaking. Ah, well.

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

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

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $5.19. nice orange color, healthy head. Smell is average and teh taste is slightly bitter. i can tell it has a decent amount of hops due to the fruitiness but like Inversion and Hop Henge it is juts not my lane. I prefer California style IPA's much more.

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

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

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed toasted orange with a sticky mesh of ivory lace.
Orange and lime juice aroma, underpinned by grapefruit, rose petals, and pine tar. Malt is doughy, lightly sweet, and in the background.
A shortbread maltiness materializes first in the mouth. It lingers in statis, and provides a canvas throughout, bundling up a bit doughier by midway. Hops bring their multi-hued fruits, with special nods to oranges, limes, and papayas. This is more tropical and juicier than it is bitter, but some of the latter comes with a tailing grassy and biting florality, with just a smidgen of pine.
Medium-light bodied, consistent CO2. This is built as a binger rather than a bruiser. This finessed approach helps makes a ringer.
Good stuff.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hops, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, toastiness, the same floral hoppiness, and some caramel in the background. Body on the thinner and weaker side.

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

Red Chair pours a sharp looking copper color. It's very clear. Not an ounce of haze here. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's easily over three fingers tall. It's slow to dissipate and leaves a very sticky, thick lacing on the glass. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good. It's certainly hoppy and has a rather diverse hop aroma. There are some floral, piney, and citric elements. It smells like the floral and piney varieties are stronger. But, there's a little grapefruit and pineapple noted. There's a healthy amount of malt. Smells a little too biscuity for my taste. Pale and caramel malts are present. But, neither really stands out over the other. All in all, the nose is pretty good. I prefer a stronger hop presence. This one's just a little too biscuit-like and malty, but it's far from bad.

The flavor profile keeps pace, but does little, if anything, to improve it. It kicks off with a nice bitter, hop flavor. Hops are certainly prevalent. There might be a light citric flavor, but the hops taste mostly floral and herbal. Rather than the usual west coast citric blast, this one opts for a more herbal, minty approach. It's pretty good, but certainly not my favorite approach for the style. If anything, it is somewhat novel and unique. It has a nice solid, malt backbone. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. It is somewhat biscuit-like, but not as much as the nose suggested. I'm pleasantly surprised there. Alcohol is not at all noted. It has a nice, bitter finish that's very dry.

Red Chair's has a mid-size body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It's not quite creamy, but is pretty impressive. Drinkability is good. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down easy. It's not too imposing at 6.2% abv. This bomber will go pretty quickly.

Deschutes took an interesting, unique approach with Red Chair. I can't say I'm in love with it, but it's a pretty good American IPA overall. The herbal, minty flavor of the hops is interesting. I prefer more of a citric flavor, but Red Chair's hop bill is probably a little better than I would've expected if it were described to me in advance. For what it is, it's worth checking out. It's pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into snifter on 9/14/09.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange color, almost like cantaloupe, with minimal carbonation and a thin off-white head that settled into a patchy retention but left thick swatches of ornate lace around the glass.

S - Mild tea-like hops with slight citrus notes and a hint of floral hops. Malt is sweet and suggests caramel and honey.

T - Leafy, tea-like hops dominate the initial flavor, followed by a hint of citrus and sweet caramel notes. Finishes with a bit of honey sweetness paired with a green tea character.

M - Light bodied with a syrupy texture. Sweet with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty good IPA overall, but doesn't do much for me in the long run. This is on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum. Pleasant but not memorable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - even with a gentle action this baby puts up three solid fingers of cream-colored foam. A very effervescent amber/orange brew beneath it, high clarity. Very sticky lace as the head slowly recedes.

Aroma - light caramel malt, big citrusy pungent hop presence. Doesn't smell like a big beer, but the hops have a large intense bouquet to them.

Taste - oh my. A biscuity, almost tea-like start. The hops are very orangey with just the mildest grapefruit edge. Big but not bitter, the swallow and aftertaste show plenty of substance without the medicinal component often paired with heavy hop usage. Excellent balance, the finish has plenty of hoppy dryness to it and just a touch of warmth in the throat when it's all said and drank.

Mouthfeel - smoother than it is creamy, the carbonation and medium body keep it from feeling overly heavy.

Drinkability - an ideal session IPA in my book. Not too spicy, extremely flavorful, and a respectable abv. Kudos to BGThang for getting this into my hands. Thanks dude!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this one

A - Pours beautiful clear amber, lots of off white head, reduces to ring fast. Tons of cling lace.

S - Standard fare - huge malt factor, probably heavier on malt than hops.

T - Luscious malt center, hopped well towards end.

M - Medium body, good carb, good coating. Balance on the sweet side, but good.

D - Easy, my friend, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Deschutes Brew Pub in Portland, OR

From their bar notes about this beer: Unconventional. Uncompromising. A Deschutes original. This IPA style beer utilizes hops in a way never attempted by our brewers, evident in both aroma and flavor. The Cascade and Centennial hops are balanced by 2 types of crystal malts as well as American pale malt and German pilsner malt. The wind beneath your wings, perhaps . . .

I really enjoyed this IPA. It certainly was red and there was more flavor than a typical red ale. There's plenty of strong citrus and bitters to balance the malt flavors. By the way, the malt presence is more on the light-medium side. Bravo.

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at liquid solutions

Appearance: Fairly transparent body that is just a touch too orange to call full blown red. Lush 2 finger crown comprised of fine bubbles. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice subtle yet complex nose. Lots of herbal, minty, floral, and citrus hops creating a nice bouquet.

Taste: A bit less complex than the nose. Orange tangerine note that gives way to wet hopped goodness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking and for the style.

Drinkability: Its thin, has a 6.40% abv, and doesn't taste bitter so it gets high marks.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Chair IPA pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a small, persistent white head. Nice aroma of spicy pine-resin hops, backed by a substantial maltiness, sweet and sticky, but second to the hoppiness. The taste reinforces that this is on the malty end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of hops, and loads of excellent hop flavor, but it's rounded out nicely by a good toasty, sweet, thick malt, which also lends more body than many beers of a similar strength.

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

Pleasantly surprised to see this beer on tap at a local watering hole.

Pours a light red / amber color, some haze, and a nice off white head.

Aromas are a little light, some earthy hops, and candied malts.

Taste has a nice light sweetness. Some caramel malts, easy hard candy flavors, and a general spiciness. Hops provide a nice balance on the finish. Mostly of pine and earthy hops, a nice little bite to clean this one up.

Mouthfeel is good, full, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is nice. All in all, a solid beer. To me, this seems more like a hoppy amber than an IPA. But whatever it is, it's tasty and worth trying.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued sweet and piney hops - what's there is nice.

The flavor is sweet fruits and caramel malts with a lightly spiced hop finish with medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and pretty watery which washes out the flavors.

Overall, an OK IPA. It's pretty subdued though.

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Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey for about five dollars, poured into a Stone pint glass, also drank last night with my dad and buddy, color is deeper copper color, ¾ inch foamy slightly off white head, some lacing, aroma has pineapple, a few different hop scents, toasted malts, grass, grapefruit, and mild sweetness, starts off with a slick hop flavor, toasted malts and mild citrus in the middle, more hops in the finish with grapefruit and mellow pine, very balanced IPA and quite drinkable at seven percent, smooth most of the way through without being overly bitter or malty, seven percent is hidden well, balanced, toasted, and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Eric's bottle - thanks man!

Light orange pour with a finger of white head that showed decent retention and lace. Nice citrus bouquet of grapefruit, tangerine and sweet orange. The taste is along similar lines, but balanced out nicely by some pale malt and caramel tones. Not as bitter as many IPAs I've had, which helps add to its drinkability. Medium-light thirst-quenching body with moderate carbonation.

I've had a lot of great beers in the past few days, but this is one that I'd love to have on hand for regular drinking. Its well balanced, and nicely made, even if it doesn't wow you in any one area. Awesome stuu and excellent balance.

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

Meh, I say. Meh.

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

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

Decent lively mouthfeel. Not a bad beer.

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

Bright translucent copper in appearance, loose frothy off-white head that settles to a thick cap that retains. Wide thick patches of sticky lacing.

Bready carmelized malt on the nose, floral and citrus hops, some pine and grapefruit.

Light toasted malt can't quite hold its own with the puckering piney citrus of the hops, which pretty much carry the show, no discernable breaks in the finish or aftertaste, the hops presence is consistent, yet a bit one-dimensional as a result.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, a smooth, rounded medium-bodied affair, with a bit of carbonated kick on the finish to give more of a crisp than oily texture.

A nice mellow IPA when all is said and done, it offers a hop kick that pleases but doesn't smack you upside the head. Yet on that note it doesn't really stand out from the American IPA throng as a result of that either. Good easy gateway beer for the style in a way, not too intimidating.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a beer mug.

Red Chair pours a gorgeous copper color with excellent clarity and a lazy carbonation level that looks like an inverted snowfall. The custard head is thick and sticky as it clings to the inside of the glass; excellent retention, too. Nice aroma...malts are more English in nature with a hint of toffee. Fruity bursts of mango, tangerine, and starfruit. The hops are gentle, but mostly citric and herbal in nature.

Much more aggressive hop front than the aroma lets on, as juicy, green hops coat the front and sides of the palate with delicious resins that drip freshness. So incredibly well-balanced, as the toasted caramel malts lay down a solid backbone alongside hints of pineapple and pear. Exceptional mouthfeel, as the medium body takes on a near perfect carbonation level and finishes with a crisp, bitter bite from the hops. Can Deschutes do no wrong?? Not in my eyes...a fantastic beer!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red orange body, topped by four fingers of creamy white dentable foam.

Fresh pine and citrus aroma is heavily enticing without being overpowering.

A sweet malt foundation pours down the center of the tongue while simultaneously juicy fruity hops burst along the roof of the mouth. Nice hop bite at the swallow, and a fine tingle into the aftertaste. Great balance for an ipa.

Firm if not quite chewable mouthfeel, it carries the beer well down the throat.

Fine drinkability. Enjoying this bottle and wouldn't mind another.

Just noticed a "best by" date of 08/19. If this beer is three months past prime and is still this good, it must be something fresh.

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