Red Chair IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Red Chair IPARed Chair IPA
BA SCORE
3.89/5
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
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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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 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 PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ReDave
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of PDXHops
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Bright reddish orange body with 2 fingers of somewhat fluffy off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smells quite inviting. Juicy citrus fruit aromas and gentle honeyish malt. Light floral and herbal notes.

Perfectly balanced blend of lightish caramel and bready malt with plentiful yet subdued juicy fruit flavors: tangerine, pineapple, sweetened grapefruit. Having said that, I don't love it. The bitterness is too gentle for the style, IMO.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels like a substantial beer, yet pretty dry with lingering sweet citrus. Somehow a little creamy, too.

Overall impression: Interesting take on the American IPA style. Very well constructed beer, but too subdued. Thrown in some more substantial bitterness and it would be top notch.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnyFriday
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of joefc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragetor
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Red Chair IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 214 ratings
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