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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

1,526 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 151 | 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 spoony:
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 24, 2014) into a nonic.

A-The beer is hazy and very light in color--like a white hefeweizen almost. The head is short and white with good retention, but no real lacing. It doesn't look like an IPA, but it DOES look like a white IPA.

S-The aroma is citrusy (lemon and orange flavors), fresh, and slightly sweet (not sugary sweet, but not dry or crisp). There is a bit of spice and some dough. The whole packages is not very IPA-like, but not unpleasant.

T-The taste is similar, but a touch lighter on the citrus. There is spice, dough, some grassy flavors and a mild orange flavor. Not much in the way of "Belgian" flavor, e.g., funk or Belgian yeast here.

M-The heft is light to medium for the style with a moderate carbonation.

O-This beer leans more toward the "white" side of a white IPA. At times, I think I'm drinking a wit beer, actually. As a result, the score suffers a bit since I would expect a bit more hops to make this a true IPA. Style-guideline criticism notwithstanding, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day.

spoony, Jul 28, 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 1,526 ratings.