jkwalking05 (3508) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Gingerman in Fort Worth, TX. Clear amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is floral and hoppy with light grass and fruit. Taste is of light hops, floral, fruit, caramel and light grass.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured nto a deschutes pint glass. golden deep color with nice off white head, which left good lacing medium hoppy aroma, which grew slightly as the beer warmed. Good hoppy citrus flavor baolenced with nice sweet malt. finishes is slightly stick with a nice resinous dose of hops. a very drinkable ipa with some nice complexity.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours an amber body with a white head. Nice hop character, pine, grapefruit, with a lighter citrus and hop resinous body with a sweet malty finish. Nice brew.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish bronze color with off-white head. Flowery nose with pine, citrus and caramel malts. Good resin mixed with caramel flavors. Nice, crisp mouthfeel with good heft as well.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild smooth blended hops over a bit of a crystal malt backbone. Clear light caramel color, strong dense head. Punchy with bitterness up front, becomes wet grass and clover quickly, crystal malt finish. backwards? still very tasty.
Headbanger (3051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 8/12/09 (Coaltrain-Colorado Springs)-Pours a clear amber with a nice tight off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and grapefruit. Begins with a medium body along with the flavors of hops, malt, caramel, and citrus. This beer is very well balanced and quite tasty and drinkable.
mmmbeer (1213) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent copper-amber color, low carbonation, inviting one finger pillowly white head laced and gave me smokes on demand. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and a slight wink of hot aluminum- but I like it. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt has been carmelized and is highly enjoyable, hops do not crash down the door but come in nicely, middle holds up just fine, finish is mildly acidic, smooth, and very inviting. Makes me think of an old red chair from long ago on a shoreline in Michigan- overcast, choppy small waves hitting the shore, just watching the waves, birds, and thinking. When a beer can awaken an old memory, itís a winner in my book.
douglas88 (5574) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from the Beerhive in SLC. Pours a bright amber color with a medium foamy white head. The aroma is nce fresh citrus hops, light caramel and soft floral notes. The taste was full of citrus as well, some rich apricot like hops, lightly bitter and a large dose of sweet caramel malts. Very drinkable and tasty.
Reid (1806) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange colour beer with a nice,solid off white head.Attractive.
Aroma of mainlly lemongrass and zest,fresh.
Taste is mainnly nice snappy hops with a pretty substantial malt background which gives it depth for the smooth hopiness to flow over.
Quite nice palate to the beer.
Overall a good drinkable lesser hopped IPA.
GarrettB (921) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Re-rate, March 3rd, 2014 - Deschutes were practically marketing their Red Chair beer to me when they advertised a mild, satin smooth IPA on the label. The color is a lovely dark orange, a kind of golden retriever dark gold, with a thick, pancake of foam, dimpled with craters of the few larger bubbles. The nose brings those lovely light scents of bubble gum, flowers from the flower shop, a bit of light honey, and a touch of grapefruit juice - which is to say, grapefruit sweeter than it is dry. The flavor is even sweeter, bringing more of that old school bazooka joe bubble gum to the front of the flavor, and wrapping up the aftertaste with more of the hops, leaving a long, dry flavor to savor. This is a sipping beer, and though it is modest in alcohol and bitterness, itís easy to enjoy over a long period of time.
The Red Chair is another winner in my IPA book. The aroma is thin, slightly metallic, and features the usual cast of grapefruit and an appealing soapiness. But the taste is much better. Itís weak, and that might be precisely why I like it. The Deschutes Red Chair taught me that it isnít necessarily IPAs I loathe, but their typical strength. If I can drink a toned down IPA, it might be better. And thatís the experience I get with the Red Chair IPA - a weak, IPA with training wheels for those of us less enamored with bitterness. Itís grainy, amber like in itís deeper, caramel-esque flavors, with a tolerable, well balanced bitterness, and even a good, palatable aftertaste. Iíd even question whether this is an orthodox IPA, simply because Iíve found it so enjoyable. Whatever it is or isnít, and however itís tagged, Iíve really enjoyed this IPA lite.