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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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82
good

1,552 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 162 | 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)
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Reviews by ZoomanCru:
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker – White IPA (5.6%) - Deschutes Brewing Co. (Oregon)
☆☆☆ ½

App: Pours a cloudy warm yellow with a thin head (approaching soapy) that dissipates quickly. Almost no retention, but some okay lacing up the sides of the glass. Some greenish hues to the extremities of the glass. There's a lot of sediment floating around in this one but thats not untrue to style.

Smell: Dominant wheat pungency like fresh bread dough. Slightly sour smelling with some very mild fruit esters that compliment the breadiness well. Hops are very subtle for an IPA, with only the slightest bitterness buried behind the wheat.

Taste: Wheaty and lightly sour with some strong lemon zest notes in the foretaste. True taste is subtly malty with that definitive wheat funkiness. Aftertaste is lingering but not strong. Very grainy, but overall very pleasant. One of the better balanced white IPAs I've had. That being said there's very little hops assertiveness to this. What is there is all in the aftertaste. Though it is a tasty and well balanced brew, it's a little misleading to label it an IPA. Tastes more like a Wit. Very dry with only the slightest hints of lemon and gooseberry.

Mouth: Light bodied overall, but with a lingering acidity. Carbonation is perfectly rounded and supports this beer well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/4/14.

ZoomanCru, Jan 05, 2014
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 10, 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
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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, Sep 14, 2014
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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
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 1,552 ratings.