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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,984
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 58
Gots: 413 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was really good. I like the balance of hops, yeast and tropical fruit on the smell. The taste was a little yeasty and wheaty for what I was expecting, but still pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of tzieser
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Best by 12/22/15

L: thick, hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass for a long time. Quite a nice looking beer

S: wheat malt, spicy notes of that famous (infamous?) Belgian witbier yeast. Interesting pine hop aroma in the background.

T: starts off like a typical witbier; malted wheat sweetness complimented by notes of coriander. the IPA aspect is fairly light, providing some nice citric hop balance (lemon peel).

M: thick mouthfeel with a nice dry finish. very quenching

O: a typical white IPA. there is nothing here that will shock you but there is nothing offensive here either. A good beer for both IPA drinkers and people who might be interested in trying hoppy beers for the first time. I'm not a big fan of the style, personally. If I want a witbier I'll get a witbier. If I want an IPA I'll get an IPA l. No point in forcing the two together just because

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chainbreaker White IPA brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 5.60% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you cannot see though this IPA. The smell of Chainbreaker White IPA is rich with citrus, hops, grains and malts. This white IPA has a real inviting smell to it. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the citrus and the hops right away. The end of this brew is nice and smooth. Chainbreaker White IPA has a lot going on in it, the look, smell, and flavors. There is nothing overpowering about this white IPA, it has a real nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Chainbreaker White IPA is bold at first, crisp in the middle and smooth at the end. This one of the style of IPA's that I really do enjoy. These white IPA's seem to have a decent balance of flavors. Overall I'm giving Chainbreaker White IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Deschutes Brewery, brewery did a nice job on this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow, hazy color with white head. Very intense aroma of coriander and some belgian yeast. Taste is not as intense. Starts like a typical belgian ale, gets into witbier territory in the middle and finishes quite bitter. The coriander is also lingering in the aftertaste. A nice beer overall but it's kind of missing the IPA part. It has a bitter finish but I would have liked a more hoppy aroma and taste too.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looks, smells and tastes like a witbier to me. Very lemony/zesty, hints of coriander and other spices. Wheat, bready, yeasty. Very light. Very crushable. If you're looking for a hop assertive IPA, this is not for you. If you're looking for something nice and light with some decent flavor on a hot summers day....give it a shot.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought from my local liquor store.

Incredibly light for what is labeled as an IPA. Definitely very sweet, but with a subtle hops aftertaste. The sweetness however isn't very complex, and just feels like someone dumped a bunch of sugar into the beer.

As most Belgian-inspired brew, this is incredibly drinkable. And while I don't rate this outrageously high, I can definitely see myself drink quite a lot of this on hot summer days.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 bottles poured into a 36oz goblet, just for the visual!

looks and smells like a hoegaarden. dark off yellow with minimal head. there is a hop bite but also a sour and sweetness to it. refreshing but not exactly what i'd expect out of a "Belgian IPA", closer to a hoppy witbier if that makes sense. good taste but not something i could drink all night

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New one!

A : Hazy pineapple juice glow, about 70% opaque. Head is beautiful and retentious, 2 fingers, leaves flecks as it recedes.

S : Yeast and hop both fight and get married at the same time under jurisdiction of beerdom. There's a tension here but also a harmony. Like what the hell are these two doing together. But it works. Actually to be honest, it smells like sweet vomit...like someone who vomited up cake. I hate to say it that way, but honestly it's not bad smelling. The acidity is where the vomit comes in, and the sweetness is probably from the yeast and malts. Fucked up sure, but really actually awesome.

T : It drinks easy like a Witbier. That is the most important thing for me here. But, and but, and but, it has a faint crack of dry hop at the end that tells me it's an IPA. That's what I'm looking for. Because this ain't a witbier, and it ain't a typical IPA. So being a White IPA, it scores points for being dead-on. A yeastiness is present and some fruity esters (like banana runts and orange cream) are also surrounding it. What can I say, it tastes pretty alright.

F : It's light bodied right at the tip, and then a rush of electrifying carbonation comes in and livens it up, and it ends semi-dry/semi-creamy. It's pretty on-par.

O : I'm drunk. Deschutes makes good beers, this is no exception. I think everyone should try Chainbreaker if they like Belgian beers and IPA's too. Even if you like just Belgian beers. Or just IPA's. Try it. It's pretty good.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color.

Overall: This beer has a lot of taste. Starts off with wheat and hops then suddenly hits you with coriander and is citrus packed for a silky smooth finish. Good summer beer, not your typical IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours hazed lighter amber, nice looking fine bubble head,collar and scattered sheeting.

Nose of light bubble gum, lemony spice, yum

Wheat,pepper,Belgian yeast spice note, moderate fruity hop note, more yum.

Light ,zesty, citric, spicy, complex and delicious.

Great summery beer...bring on the salads, cheese and crusty bread

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Photo of Sleeb
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy light yellowish, small 1 finger frothy head.

S-Light citrus with a hint of lemon

T-Crisp and slight fruity, somewhat more complex than expected

F- slightly carbonated, smooth finish

O- Not your typical IPA, but an excellent beer. Thank you Deschutes

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Photo of Barnoloid
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid white IPA. With a bright/hazy blend of yellow it is a good enough looking beer. Slightly yeasty sniff. Finding the spice and coriander to add a few levels of complexity to the taste profile.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a slightly less orange flavored Oberon Ale. Hops are amped up slightly above Oberon, but so low that you wonder how this is labeled as an IPA. No matter, it is extremely drinkable and pleasant.

Would purchase and drink again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First chance I've gotten to use my Spiegelau IPA glass on a Belgian IPA. Looks amazing. Would've looked even better if today hadn't been so cloudy. Apart from the flecks, larger sinking to the bottom, smaller in suspension, this beer looks like gasoline both on the pour and in the glass. Low to medium retention for its pure, white, lacy head. Spicy, resiny, vegetal, floral or faintly citrus aromas mostly from the hops. Strong lemony tartness throughout. Only a little resiny up front. Pine and almost dankness in the back. And a nice rindy (or perhaps brewing spice?) finish, with slightest touch of crackers (wheat as some suggest?) and peppercorn. First several gulps demonstrate incredibly light and fine but long-lasting prickly carbonation from lips to throat, but by the last few gulps, it has pretty much flattened out in the glass. Lighter in body and fairly crisp. Warming is just barely worth mentioning.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This style can be very mild and easy drinking, to a fault, by me, and this one is adheres to the style pretty closely.

It's definitely pretty in the glass. All yellow and hazy with a nice little head and fizz. The aroma is mild - fresh and a little spice and yeast smell - very little.

The taste is pretty good. It has a little yeasty tang and tartness, almost no hoppy characteristics (they are way down in the profile of the one I'm drinking), and sweet freshness. The aftertaste is sweeter than the initially slightly tart taste. Hoppy bitterness seems to be MIA (maybe it's an old bottle, but it tastes good).

I previously underestimated Deschutes "standard" brews. They are quite good, and their specials are truly special. If I ever make it to Oregon ...

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So you take a witbier and add hops, this is what you get. I've had Belgian IPAs before, but I'm not sure I've had one that tasted so much like a Witbier with bittering hops. It has the clove and coriander and orange peel flavors you'd expect from a Wit, but then hops that mostly add bitterness, but also some nice pine flavors. Probably my least favorite Deschutes beer, but it's a good one nonetheless. I've just had too many other Belgian IPAs I've preferred to score this one any higher.

I can see why many would dislike this beer by the way -- my girlfriend (who openly dislikes any beer that's not a stout or porter) claims this tastes like soapy vomit. Really, I can see where she's coming from, I think. But Mm, mm, that doesn't bother me!

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades into minimal lacing. Smells of bread and citrusy hops, though the hops are understated and yeast and wheat take the dominant roles. Great taste, similar to the smell: minor hops, somewhat malty, and mostly an enjoyable wheat flavor. Not intensely carbonated as many IPAs are, which made it easy to drink. Overall, I dig it, recommend it, and will definitely be trying it again.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy Straw colored brew with a moderate creamy white head that persists as a light layer and produces decent lacing all the way.

The aroma is citrus and floral hops, very pleasant.

The taste is orange zest, hints of pineapple or other tropical fruit, coriander and a nice zip of floral hops in the finish.

The body is light/medium, smooth and nicely drinkable.

Altogether a very enjoyable combination, especially for summer weather.

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Photo of Caj1
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty straw blond with appreciable haze and two fingers of nice creamy head that leaves good moderate lacing.

Smells first of floral hops that blend seamlessly with the orange peel, and also sweet malt. Coriander spice is also readily apparent. Only complaint is the slight undercurrent of musty paper that wheat ales can sometimes possess.

Taste first has the moderate bitterness and grassy notes from hops and the citrus flavor of the hops meshes perfectly with the orange in this beer. Hops are very restrained and serve mostly to balance the sweet character. I was really expecting more hops up front since this is supposedly an IPA. Spice livens the palate and brings a nice bite, and the wheat and malt bring slight bready notes. Finish dials up the hops bitterness again and is slightly drying.

Mouthfeel is smooth from the wheat and warm from the coriander with a balancing bite and gentle astringency.

Overall this is a very enjoyable shot at a Belgian wheat ale, though I kind of feel like it should include another shot of hops to not only live up to its title, but cut the sweetness. I like this beer, though, and those nitpicks won't stop me from getting this again.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Omaha_Style
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Chain breaker White IPA is a unique IPA. It has a hazy blonde appearance that to me resembled a wheat beer. It has a light citrus aroma and you can smell traces of the hops. You can definitely taste the orange peels and wheat in this beer. Paired with a hoppy finish and you end up with a nice summer IPA. Overall I would rate it above average as it does differ from most IPA's out there. My wife does not care much for beer and she really enjoyed this ale.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hops that are held back a bit (which is to be expected from the Belgian white side), and a little bit of citrus. Not a lot of flavor, but it's nice.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy straw colored beer with a pillowy white foam cap. Big citrusy hop flavors and aromas blend with orange and coriander. Light, a little above average carbonation, refreshing.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow, with a short white head, some lacing.

S - A bit of lemon and pine, a nice sweet line, and a touch of yeasty funk that produces a off note of garbage.

T - Following the nose, without the funk. Close is a slight sour element.

M - Crisp, bright, and very little drying.

O - Pleasant, drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: White golden with a light haze and lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of slightly golden tinged white head.

S: Belgian IPA all the way! Light fruitiness, Belgian yeasts and pineapple citrus hops. Slight stink of foot or cheese. Tropical fruit candy.

T: Tropical fruits especially pineapple, light sweetness, good solid but not overwhelming bitterness on the end. Crisp freshness.

M: Light body, light syrup and resinous qualities, light fine carbonation.

O: Reminds me of Ciel de Dieu’s version of a Belgian IPA. Really well crafted. Will give it 9 out of 10. Got in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 19th, 2014.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Hazy yellow with a thick white head, decent carbonation and lots of floating yeast settlement. Head dissipates quickly with light lacing.

S: Some fruity aromas especially pear are detectable amongst a strong smell of Belgian bready malts, Herbal hops and a slight spiciness creep in as well.

T: Very smooth, slightly sweet citrus and pear meld well with the bready malts. Good hop flavor and bitterness. Little bit of spice at the end. Very well balanced and surprisingly complex.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a dry chalky finish.

O: Very well balanced brew. Definitely one of the better White IPA's I've had.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.