Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
A white ale with an IPA. It sounds like an elephant making love to a pig. On the label are instructions how to pour the beer, which is a lot like pouring a witbier. I have 12 ounces to decide its outcome. On to the beer:
A half inch of semi-creamy head sit on top this witbier colored beer of pale yellow and a clouded body. On top the retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma gives off a Belgian IPA impression, not a witbier with a bunch of hops. It does have vibrancy, with sharp grassy notes, a dry Belgian yeast, and tangy lemon. Different to say the least.
At this moment, I'm just glad that I didn't spit it out, because initially, the idea of a "White IPA" sounded like a palate challenge. Already as it stands, this is at least decent. Tangy lemon is the dominant flavor of the crew. I get some coriander, some grassy notes, moderate hop bitterness which actually is a pleasant contrast. More drinking equals more love to the beer, so a bump in the scoresheet. It's medium bodied brew, with pleasant carbonation and a little creaminess.
I was skeptical at first, but this IPA/witbier combination is not bad. This raises one question; how good would the wit be on its own?
12-10-2013 07:28:40 | More by DoubleJ
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3.75/5 rDev +3%
Clear golden appearance in a pint glass, minimal head as served at a restaurant.
Taste is smooth and light. Belgian yeast prevalent but not overwhelming. Hops also on the light side. Smooth, refreshing, enjoyable. A decent offering, not great. A good fun session beer just in time for summer.
04-18-2012 03:23:52 | More by NWer
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.
LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head
SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy
TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish
I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.
07-12-2012 03:20:00 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with foamy, frothy, stark white head.
Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, orange (peel?), wheat, pepper, and other spices.
Taste: More orange than in the aroma, and it has a sweet edge, leading me to believe that orange peel likely was used. Strong lemon and grapefruit hop notes combat the wheat. Relatively low bitterness on the finish, but lots of spice, with notes of coriander and pepper.
Feel: Light, effervescent body that is very dry, crisp and refreshing. Great fit for this beer.
Overall: This has just jumped into my top echelon of summer beers. Although I do believe the IPA moniker may be somewhat deceiving, as it is mainly a ramped up Witbier.
06-30-2012 01:42:48 | More by bsp77
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.
S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!
T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.
M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.
O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done!
09-01-2012 01:50:47 | More by deebo
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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