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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,516 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,516
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by HalfFull:
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3.13/5  rDev -14%

Bottle poured as requested into a pint glass. That being with a finishing swirl and yeast dump as one would a Hefe. Shows a hazy lemon with a thin white cap and offering moderate retention and lace.

Nose of lemon zest and some peppery/clove spice. Perhaps some noble hops contribute to a citrus character that seems a bit forced or artificial. Does expand to offer more balance and depth with warming.

Odd lemon notes present on the aroma carry forward to the palate and yield a touch of that 'lemon pledge' flavor found occasionally in brews such as this. Offers a long citric finish but a bit lacking in body and bitterness for a self proclaimed IPA, white or otherwise.

Feel is decent but again a bit light for an IPA, yet not really unbefitting of a white one.

Overall this beer stars off as a spiced witbier yet without the yeast notes. As it warms it offers a garlicky yeast aroma with good agitation. Otherwise the lemon and spice crowd out such things. A decent beer though the IPA moniker seems a bit brazen.

HalfFull, Dec 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Best by 10/20/14:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a fluffy white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel, lemon, coriander and leafy notes.

The taste of sweettart mixes with spice and citric bitterness in the refreshing finish.

Creamy smooth, this is an enjoyable unique brew. Witbier meets American IPA, and it works!

jwc215, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

mojohawk21, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Turbo, Aug 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

SanFranJake, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Cuvie62, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

FadetoBock, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of NWer
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.

NWer, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

csmartin6, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

DWolf, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Nversobr, Jul 25, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -13.2%

Dusten, Saturday at 11:54 PM
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Beerswag, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
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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.

Jason, Jul 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Guinnsslvr, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Sawvell11, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

andrewdanks, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of bsp77
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.

bsp77, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaminjohnson, Aug 27, 2012
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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.