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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)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of jwc215
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
Photo of freshflesh
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, Yesterday 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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3.5/5  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
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaminjohnson, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of deebo
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!

deebo, Sep 01, 2012
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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.