Red Chair IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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214 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
214
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
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0
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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1.5 finger head, solid lace. Great label as well, Deschutes always has nice labels.

S: Orange, really some orange soda immediately backed with lemon zest.

T: Light toasted biscuit malt balanced by a floral lemon/orange mix with some pink grapefruit juice. Definite peppermint/menthol in the finish.

M: Good medium body, smooth, very light aftertaste for the style.

D: A nice little IPA here, I like that Deschutes tried to do something different instead of making another West Coast hop bomb, which they already do a great version of - Inversion. I liked it, the low ABV for the style makes it much more sessionable. In the end though, I'd take Inversion as it's considerably cheaper.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops, citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet bready malts.o

T: Very prominent floral hops. Doughy caramel malt in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink. Nicely balanced; plenty of malt and sufficient bittering hops. Disguises the abv very wells.

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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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in darker than expected 3/4" head. The aroma wasn't really hoppy, was more of a tree that lost all of its needles or leaves.

Taste was real mellow, more like an English IPA if you ask me. Its totally balanced. Mirror Pond Pale Ale used to taste hoppier than this. Some mild citrus hop notes, but really a lot of malt to achieve balance if you're into that kind of thing.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick, frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with hints of grassy pine, citrus fruit and pale malts. Dank, oily hops with hints of grapefruit and orange peel along with some caramel and biscuit from the malts.

Full bodied with a prominent earthy, bitter hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Lots of grass and dry pine needle flavor that's slightly countered by sweet grapefruit and orange peel. There's a decent malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit, providing nice balance without taking away from the hops.

Overall this is nicely balanced and easy to drink but the hop profile is a touch one-dimensional. Other than that it's a pretty favorable, enjoyable beer. I wish they would have kept this in bomber form.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 champ103
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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 HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something between Mirror Pond and Inversion, although I like both of those more than this.

Pours a little darker brown than expected, but what foreshadowing. Aroma, a woodsy tinge. Taste, more of the brown flavor again hinted at in the appearance. A mellow ipa, balanced, good malt backbone, a little more than I prefer, but a good "non extreme" IPA.

Mouthfeel is cool, you can feel a little more without the over the top hop blast, drinkability suffers at $6 a 22, you can get a lot better beers for that price.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 illidurit
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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 jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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 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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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