Red Chair IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA
BA SCORE
71%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 214 ratings
Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Feb 2010: This beer is recently 'retired' - replaced by Red Chair NWPA', which is a slight variation on the original recipe.

Added by Tucquan on 02-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
214
Liked:
152
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber... best by very damn soon... must be a super fresh must-have.

- Nice reddish clear brew with some creamy foam head and laceing all about...

- Super clean floral and caramel notes... little bit of fruit salad in there... fresh hops...

- Wow... very good and balanced IPA... bright citrus and floral fresh sweet hop goodness.. with a very nicely balanced caramel malt... aftertaste is very zesty and sweet... a sweet and sour candy effect on the tongue w/out making my face turn inwards... very impressed. I like the flavor better than the Hop Henge. (Brainstorming a Red Chair Hop Trip Pale...)..

- Soothing and refreshing like a fruity summer drink but w/ the great fresh hop taste of a Deshutes brew... not dry, not bitter... just lovely citrus afternotes...

- Very drinkable... should be out in less expensive 6-packs.... this is a winner of a session IPA... great carbonation... and just a very pleasant brew... in a saturated IPA market - this one still manages to stand out.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium golden-amber, with a two fingered off-white head that dissipates to one and retains that level.

S- Floral and pungent citral aromas are most present with some sweet caramel malt backing.

T- Grapefruit citrus/fruity hop flavors, with some biscuit-y and caramel malt notes. Nothing too intense, but far from boring.

M- Light to medium body, with a medium level of carbonation.

D- So very drinkable. I think I could kill two bombers of this in a sitting.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blackcloud
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottled purchased in Seattle. Best by date was 8/19/09.

A - Golden with a hint of red and great clarity. A moderate off white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S - Initially yeast but then turns to fruity and floral hops. Nice.

T - Loads of citrus flavor dominates. It's fairly tame at 6.4% and 55 IBUs but it's still very flavorful and intriguing.

M - Moderate consistency (maybe even a tad bit thin) with a nice lot to moderate carbonation.

D - Very compelling, smooth and easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of birdypowder
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Chair creates its own category on the label calling itself a North West Pale Ale. I would put it into the strong pale category. The hop aroma definitely approaches IPA levels but the bitterness does not. This makes the beer more sessionable, though at 6.4% ABV, not too sessionable.

Aroma:
Big hop nose hits you first. Some citrus and a little pine. Once past that you can find a mild berry aroma.

Appearance:
Medium sized off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Some slight lacing. Copper in color with a noticeable haze.

Taste:
Big hop kick up front, then a very smooth middle which shows off some delicious malt sweetness, again berries come to mind. Throughout the hops are showcased but the beer remains in balance. Medium bodied.

Finish:
There is no big bitter finish like an IPA would have. Instead the hops are still noticeable and a very mild bitterness lingers for just a bit. Very satisfying, it gets you ready for the next sip.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blandle12
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bhalter8
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a foamy, 1 finger off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing result. A very nice looking IPA. I find the smell to be incredible, one of the better aromas I have come across. A luscious citrus hop aroma backed by a some pine hops, as well and sweet caramel hints. The flavor is far more balanced than the nose hinted to, which is a good thing, this is supposed to be an IPA. I prefer citrus hops, as I smelled, but I get a more pine hop flavor with a equal malt balance. An excellent example of an IPA, just a personal preference to the citrus hops. A rather tart and light mouthfeel. In the end a highly drinkable IPA, and a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Anthony1
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 mjl21
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into the new SA glass. Best by 8/19/09. Comes in at 6.4% and 55 IBUs.

A-Pours an orangish amber with a one finger off white head that quickly goes down to a ring with some bubbly islands left in the middle. There is a continuos stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a nice sticky line of lace towards the top of the glass.

S-Super fresh hops on the nose. Get lots of citrus such as sweetened grapefruit and tangerines. Smells in a lot of ways like tropical fruit bubblegum. There are also piney notes at play. The malt is hard to detect.

T-Much like the smell, the tropical citrus dominates. In the middle there is a nice hit of sweet malt that gives way to the piney flavors.

M-This beer is one the lower end of the medium spectrum. It has a comfortable level of carbonation and is crisp and dry.

D-Goes down very easily. It is nice to get so much hop flavoring without going through palate fatigue.

I really enjoyed this beer. I did not know that the goal of this beer was to pack a huge hop taste without the bitterness until after I had cracked it open and read the label. Based on the initial smell and look of the beer, I was prepared for a nice West Coast bitter monster. This would be a great year round beer that would be ideal to purchase in six packs.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single bomber of this from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with sticky, soapy, off-white head. A bubbly cap sits on top for the entire session. Head is very sticky; coats the glass with web-like lacing. Almost no carbonation. Swirl the beer for a second or two and you'll return the head to it's initial state. Gorgeous.

Smell: Caramel malt and piney hops. Grassy and floral accents are also apparent, along with a couple handfuls of grain. Some light mellow citrus and possibly melon. Mild and enjoyable.

Taste: Crisp citrus, bitter hops, and doughy malts. Floral accents throughout. Very balanced. Bitterness starts out mild, but definitely builds throughout the session.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, spicy, balanced, perfectly carbonated (on the light side), medium bodied, and smooth. Very, very nice.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Simple and balanced. Will be buying again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP for $5... poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head sticks around for a long time.. nice crusty lace.. and a constant cap... the brew is a clear orange/honey color.

Nose is juicy citrusy hops with a nice smack of caramel... much more balanced than many PNW/CA IPAs....

Flavor continues with a surprisingly balanced profile... still plenty of bitterness... but it melts into a sorta lite caramel/honey malt essence and then seamlessly into the citric hops... finish has a slightly floral profile.... again, this is balanced and very smooth from front to back... the body and carbonation are pretty much spot on for the style... the only real complaint (albeit minor) is the sweeter than average for the style would probably get in the way for me after a second glass... a 22 seems about perfect.. Most of my high marks are going to be based on how balanced this brew is.

I like it quite a bit.. but the $5 pricetag may have me looking elsewhere at times... A very solid beer nonetheless.

Edit: This brew should NOT be in the English IPA category even with the caramel maltiness.... the CCC hoppiness just tears it out of Europe and plants it firmly in American territory.

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Photo of tronester
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, with a huge tan head. Smell is of juicy malt, and a hint of citrus fruit. Taste is super rich, sweet, caramel malt up front, with piney hops in the middle, and a citrus aftertaste. Nice bitterness levels match up with the malt. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent for an IPA, this is a great example, I would love to have this again, but Deschutes is not imported into Oklahoma.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 mmcary
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber orange,cloudy and hazy. Nice thick frothy 2 inch head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind. The smell is very balanced, nice pine scent with a splash of citrus and a nice malt in the background. The smell is very subtle, not over the top, but balanced, I have smelled much stronger IPA's, this one is subtle, but nice.

The taste is very balanced as well, the hops are of a good blend of pine and citrus, neither dominates, rather they compliment each other very well. There is a bit of caramel sweetness that lingers on the tongue followed by a nice hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but is noticeable. There is a hint of fruit as well, I can't place it, but it is subtle, maybe apple?
The beer goes down very well, not too much carbonation and very little alcohol burn at all, I could see myself having this on a regular basis.

This not a hop bomb like the Hop henge, just a well balanced, if not subdued IPA. Very well done, it will not WOW you, but if you appreciate a tasty beverage, this will satisfy.

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Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out of the bottle a nice mix of bronzed cherry, copper, and light burgundy hues. The head was about 2 inches, after an aggressive pour, and slightly off white. Good retention. Spotted lacing sticks around the glass. Great bright amber wine coloring throughout this beer.

S: Peppermint and pine hops. This is both flowery and fresh. Subtle lime and tropical citrus aromas mixed with cotton candy.

T: After reading the bottle I prepared myself not to be overcome with hops. There is a very well done balance between creamy citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruits and tangerines with a perfectly fused malt backbone. Hops are here but without the typical bitterness you come to expect with beers from the West Coast bearing any IPA label. A sweet syrupy and peppered candy taste helps fill in for the lack of tongue numbing bitterness. After more sips the balance here is quite impressive making it very smooth.

M: This was a creamy and nicely carbonated treat.

D: Apparently this is very popular at their pub and I can see why. Would love to try this on tap. Highly recommended especially now that it can be purchased in bombers.

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Photo of bcm119
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a fine, durable lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but never becoming too juicy or cloying. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed. Very well done.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer. Clear copper color, half-inch tan foam, long lasting with clinging lace. The aroma has a nice hoppy character that is quite piney but not heavy on the citrus. The hoppiness is cascade-like, reminding me of the type of IPA/APA that Sierra Nevada makes. The malt doesn't show up strongly in the smell, just the clean hop freshness.

Wow, that is crazy. There really isn't much bitterness at the back. When you get that grassy hop bite at the front you really expect it, but it's very limited. I can detect some bitterness at the top of the tongue, but toward the sides and back it's as if the beer just bounced right off without any effect. The overall flavor is nice though, the malt balance comes through decently with a lightly toasted caramel touch. The carbonation has a nice sharpness, creating some foam on the tongue, and the medium body finishes easily.

I didn't think I would like an IPA with less bitterness, but overall this beer was done well. I think the effect is very dramatic with that first sip, but you get used to it quickly and the beer turns out to be a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs."

--William S. Gilbert

Blazing bonfire orange with a modest infusion of molten copper. No less than half the pint glass is presently filled with a gorgeous crown of ecru colored foam. The head has a firmly creamy, mousse-like texture and is beginning to decorate the glass with extensive sheets of BB-shot lace.

The nose features citrus fruity hops slightly more than a mixture of pale and caramel malts. Thankfully, the nutty earthiness of Munich malt isn't too prominent. The aroma is fresh and clean and hoppy... and I like it just fine.

As Deschutes freely admits, Red Chair is not a hop bomb. I was hoping that it would at least be a hop grenade, but the first few ounces indicate that it's more like a hop M-80. Given the state of Pacific Northwest craft beer these days, it comes across more like an APA than an IPA. No matter, it's still a delicious, drinkable ale.

If you like them balanced, sit your butt down in this comfortable Red Chair and commence drinking. The maltiness is more toasted bready than caramel-like, which suits the beer just fine. The grapefruit zesty, orange zesty, tea-like flavors could be coming from any number of varieties. In the end, 55 IBUs is more than enough to get the job done, unless you're in the mood for some serious tongue abuse.

The mouthfeel is quality all the way. A little more heft *might* have been better, but what has been provided fits the flavor profile exceptionally well. Besides, the beer's size makes it more drinkable... as in 'ease and rapidity of'. The carbonation is pretty much flawless.

Red Chair IPA is yet another example of this brewery's excellence. Sure, Deschutes could have brewed a huge hoppy beast of an IPA. Instead, they decided to dial it back and give us something slightly more subtle and equally as enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of BBelch
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 214 ratings
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