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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

325 Reviews

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 2,008
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 31.73%
Wants: 57
Gots: 443 | 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:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 325 | Hads: 2,008
Reviews by Ridgeback:
Photo of Ridgeback
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For something advertized as an IPA it is ceratainly paler than a typical IPA but not quite as white as a Begian Wit. Overall a very nice light golden color. Ample carbonation with a nice white head you would typically associate with wheat beers.

S - Very Nice citrus smell initially with the a slight sweetness you would expect if wheat was used. Overall pleasant but not as assertive with citrus as other IPAs

T- Really nice combination of IPA bitterness combined with the body of a wheat beer. I loved this combination. I picked up the hoppiness of an IPA - but again less so than other IPAs and the slight sweetness of wheat. Very enjoyable.

F - A little thinner than what I expected but not too thin to not consider it an IPA. I feel this would be equally appropriate with lighter fare (fish) or with heaver foods (steak)

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and would definitely have it again. I wasn't sure if the combination of wheat and IPA style would work at all but Deschutes has done this nicely. However, for me it seems like a light IPA. Maybe additional malt and hops would make this good beer a great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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!

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Photo of mdexter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a nice opaque gold with about a half a finger of head and persistent lacing. This was an approachable Belgian ale, not overly sweet or acerbic but balanced with a refreshing but astringent impact on the palate and a moderate, mouth-coating feel. The aroma isn't strong, more characteristic of a Belgian, not at all piney or hoppy. Thoughts of lemon, white raisins, coriander, and mild cloves are evoked. IPA seems a misnomer; to even call it a pale ale is generous but regardless of genre it was an enjoyable and very refreshing brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This almost pours like a Radler with a lemon juice like color and a frothy white head. Lots of small bubbles course throughout and some stick to the glass.

The aroma is floral with rose petal, perfumes, honey suckle and banana. Almost like a Hefeweizen this has a clove spiciness with a liquid soap type aroma.

The taste has a wheat and grain taste and dryness but is overwhelmed by the floral hop and yeast flavors. Rose petal and perfume, clove and yeast, soapy and phenolic this is not my favorite.

The feel is a touch dry at first but then has a resiny slickness. It also has a carbonated harshness.

I'm guessing this is quite frankly not my cup of tea. It seems to be well received but not by my palate.

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Photo of ronskrnkn
2/5  rDev -46.7%

I was drinking this last night while I was rewatching the 3rd season of Breaking Bad and I thought to myself: "Why does my mouth taste like I licked the asshole of a soap monster?" Upon further contemplation, I realized it was because of the sad excuse for a White IPA by Deschutes. Why bring such scorn and sadness (dishonor) to the Oregon brewing scene? Have you no love for your home and native land? Come back when you get 'A' in mathematics.

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Photo of Edgaravelaz
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty with a nice crisp citrusy finish.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Brent_B
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cuvie62
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NWer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Nversobr
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.