Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

308 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,917
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 374 | FT: 1
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, floral hops, yeast, slight herbal, and a hint of spices (clove?). Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation. Tastes of hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of spices, and slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and complex aroma, but the body is slightly deflating. (456 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Aroma:
Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Taste:
Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

Overall:
It's very good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly with some nice retention. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Tangerine and fruity yeast. A little bubblegum sweetness from the yeast and a touch of stone fruits.

T: Sweet biscuit malt. Clean. Some stone fruit esters and a little bubblegum yeast. Orange pith and some citrus zest round it out.

M: Light bodied with a sweet, malty finish. Medium carbonation level with a drying finish.

O: The zest complimented the esters from the yeast. Easy drinking. I would definitely have again even though I'm not the biggest fan of this style. (693 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 11/9/13

Pours a crisp pale golden color with an inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is mild on hops and some lemon/fruit aromas mixed in as well..but subtle. The taste is very "light" but still good and hoppy. This is definitely not a typical american style IPA but it still is very enjoyable. good amount of spices add a nice yeasty touch to this one. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a beer that you could drink a ton of in a row and not get tired of (and not pass out, either!) recommended to beer geeks and to beer novices as well. (603 characters)

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Hazy straw yellow with an 1 1/2" of white bubbly head

S- Citrus, Belgian yeast, pretty much sums it up

T- Followes the nose, plus some hoppy bitterness

M- Light body, crisp carbonation

O- All and all a decent brew, though my least favorite of the deschutes family, i can see it being a good session. (355 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy chalky lemon yellow with a huge, billowing, bright white head. Head slowly collapsed into a rocky film leaving chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemon hops, chalky Belgian yeast and peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with notes of lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, chalky doughy malts, and hints of wheat and coriander. Finish is rather sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy.
M: Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, with airy carbonation. Juicy and wet.
O: A perfect six pack Belgian IPA. Nothing too strong but it drinks very well. Worth a shot. (616 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Very pretty! Mild aroma of lemon, wheat, and gentle spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat up front with earthy spice, lemon, and more bitter pine on the finish.

Light and refreshing with a nice balance between the Belgian yeast and citrusy hops. (337 characters)

Photo of Niceroad77
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, every rose has its thorn they say… Deschutes is no different and here's the weak (weakest) link I've found in their generally incredible beer assortment. Not bad by any mean but just not as balanced as I'm used to with this brewery. It's not about the bitterness (I am a huge fan of IPAs) neither about the belgian thing (I love belgian triples too) but I feel like drinking two beers in each sip here. They're both good, but they're just not part of the same beer… I guess this is still a very decent score though... (527 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Definitely looks like a witbier, almost milky. Nice foam that turns into sudsy lacing. A tad thin, but there are plenty of yeast particles and carbonation floating around.

Smell: Banana and cloves. Rather subdued, with a hint of lemon in the finish. Not has much bite as I'd like in an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour banana with a malty background. There's also enough bitterness from the pine. Active, light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: This beer definitely found its niche. A nice wheat-IPA hybrid. Might be a bit too much for your average wheat drinker, and a bit too light for IPA lovers. (621 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, pale golden. Pretty nice white head on top of it with decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smells quite hoppy. Fruity, slightly citrusy, a touch of pineapple. Not as much "white"ness as I would like, but still good smelling.
T- The white ale part of the beer comes through here. Bready, a touch spicy, before some nice fruity hops come through. Nice balance of flavors.
M- There is a bit of an odd chalky mouthfeel in the finish. The carbonation is not quite sufficient.
O- It's a good easy drinking example of the style. Worth a try. (540 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White IPA??? Honestly, I have no idea what that is supposed to really mean (yeah I mean, it's a hybrid of a wit and IPA, but at 5.6%abv and th mild hop presence, this is no IPA). Kinda like the Cascadian Dark Ale, that Deschutes is said to have created...regardless of what they call it, I happened to really enjoy this beer.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, that is until you swirl the last third in the bottle and continue to pour (similar to a Wit/Hefe).

Nose, fairly subdued, but there is a nice citrus note present along with a touch of coriander.

Taste; pretty straightforward. This is a hoppy wit. Light citrus and floral hop notes balance with the coriander, wheat, and mild breadiness.

Finish is quite clean, a tad hoppy, and a bit sweet (not in a bad way).

Overall; white IPA...that's lame IMO. This beer, a tasty rendition of a wit that is perfect for summer, widely available, and a tad hoppy for something different. Well done brewers, can't say the same for the marketing dudes. Whateve, it'sr a good beer that I will certainly pick up more of. (1,064 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Extra pale yellow with a slight green tinge that looks a little unappetizing. Cloudy. White foam with low retention that left a lot of little foam dots.

S: Yeasty and banana sweetness. Notes of grass and straw.

T: Strong Belgium yeast flavor mixed with semi sharp hoppiness. Hints of grass and straw again. The citrus in the hops rounds it out well. The hops and the Belgium yeast play off of each other nicely creating a very unique flavor profile.

M: Above average here. Thin in a refreshing way and not a flavorless way. Finishes clean unlike other Belgium style beers. An ideal replacement to the typical light beer in the backyard on a warm spring day... If you like the Belgium yeast that is.

O: Great beer. If Deschutes offered only seasonals, I'd wouldn't feel bad about losing the regular lineup. Nicely balanced. Very refreshing. I'm partial to citrus forward hops and the Belgium yeast only enhances the the lemony taste. (939 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first thought, is this beer looks like a Wit. Matte colored head about one finger in thickness. Thin layer of foam last for most of twelve ounces. Hazey yet bright banana peel and hay color. Little bubbling.

Hoppy citrus, a little clove, bubblegum, and banana all take up space in this aroma. Smells like a Wit with American hops. Cool!

Dry, chalky palate with a good body. Dry bananas and sweet, lightly toasted wheat intermingle with citrusy and earthy hop flavors. This beer is great and easy and fun to drink. (519 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: very pale, hazy light yellow/gold color with a 2/3 finger white head. its a very pale looking beer

s: citrusy wheat, slightly grainy, maybe some earthiness in there. definitely some sweet lemon and orange zest, just a hint of spice near the end

t: its interesting. tastes like a watery wit up front. bananas, citrus, some floral flavors. those fade into a bready flavor with a sweet malt-like backbone. these are followed by pepper spice and earthy hop bitterness to finish this off.

m: light. even with the carbonation, this is still a light mouthfeel that definitely feels like a warm weather drinker

o: Deschutes is one of my favorite brews, and while this definitely isn't one of their best brews its not really bad in any way. it's pretty light, and not too complex but not bad in any way (801 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no date code into a pint glass, pouring half and swirling the bottle and then pouring the rest and got a finger of head.

A: Pours a straw color with a finger of white head that is rocky and dissipates into a rocky covering on top of the beer. Very nice sticky lace covers the glass from top to bottom.

S: A peppery spice with lemon zest upfront and a Belgian yeast in the background.

T: Definitely lemon with some spices that are lightly peppery and not as pronounced as the aroma would lead me to expect. I was going to write that it is not an IPA; but it is. The lemon flavor is the hoppiness and is really present.

M: Very light but not really drinkable. It should be refreshing and it is...but the flavor of the lemon or the spices keep it from flowing down my throat. On the other hand, the spices, the hops, and the carbonation dance on my tongue making it very,very interesting but not drinkable.

O: I like the beer. I don't like the beer. Tastes great but less drinkable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of estlinska
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Blue Heron in Coos Bay, OR. Poured a quite hazy yellow like fresh lemon flesh with fairly small head. Decent lacing on the glass though. No light penetration really. The nose had lots of mute colors, mostly fruity esters of the yeast and some white bread. There were some subtle citrus hops, especially lemon and grapefruit. The taste had a little more bright notes to it. The fruity yeast was big on the palate and the lemons and grapefruit really came forward more than on the nose. There was a strong, clean bittering to the beer. Pretty dry and bitter finish. (584 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
My first white IPA. Chainbreaker is very pale golden color ale with some haziness. A tall fluffy head sits on top with plenty of lacing. Aroma is akin to a Beligum wit but is balanced out with a citrus hop bouquet that lightens the wit beer aroma. Smells wonderful in all honesty. Taste is like wow, light and refreshing hints of wheat malts, yeasty esters and lemon grass hops. Drinks smooth and tart with a bitter finish. Probably will be a hit in the summer no doubt, which would be prefect for that time of year. (549 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow/lemon/chicken broth. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and small. Notches of lacing cling to the glass. Head drops to a thin cap in rather short order.

Smell: Belgian spice. Touches of lemon, clove, and banana. Some mild touches of citrus back everything up. Big yeasty touch. Malts are pale and mellow, offering just a faint backbone. Very clean. Almost treads on witbier territory. Bubblegum. Floral and estery.

Taste: Light, pale malts backed by a mellow Belgian yeast influence. Notes of clove and pepper play with ripe banana and touches of bubblegum. The flavors thrown by the yeast are tempered by a solid citrus component. The hops are big enough to assert themselves between the mellow malt base and the Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a solid carbonation. Has a slight drying bitterness on the edge of each sip.

Overall: As would be expected from Deschutes, this is an amazing piece of balance. Nice touch of spice and hops. Balance and more balance. That's what they do. (1,028 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark straw color with a half inch white foam head. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Very interesting color, actually.

Aroma is grassy, with a little bit of wheat and a squeeze of lemon. A few other tropical fruits. A hint of spices.

Wheat up front, followed by some floral hops and fresh squeezed lemon. A little bit more of the spices that were found in the nose. A little bit of yeast. Aftertaste leaves a very pleasant but subtle lemon zest on the tongue. A nice touch.

Mouth is light. Very crisp, smooth and refreshing. Strongly recommended on a humid summer day.

Overall, much better than the ratings indicated. Very refreshing. Not normally a bughe fan of Belgian IPAs, but this one hits the spot. The balance of lemon and grassiness is sensational. Chalk this one up as a very pleasant surprise. (840 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours light light almost a neon like yellow, 1 finger of a soapy white head, mid lacing
S - Minor belgian yeast, dried flowers, clove, a little peppercorn, and some floral hops.
T - Fresh baked bread malt comes in with a little belgian yeast then yields to the mild floral hop bite.
M - Clean and light, refreshing.
O - Good BIPA, not a whole lot goin on, but overall just majorly refreshing. (428 characters)

Photo of RuEXP1
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Has a hazy yellow color. Medium amount of white head. Average amount of carbonation with some bubbles along bottom of the glass. Looks like carbonated lemonade. Decent lacing, not a lot but definitely there.

S: Strong hop smell, and smells bitter. Not surprising since it is an IPA. Slightly sweet smell. Nothing else really stands out here.

T: Beginning of sip is surprising to me. It is sweet with a citrus-y tone to it. Tastes of lemons and grass. Aftertaste is bitter, maybe a little more bitter than I would like considering how pleasant the initial sip is.

M: Mouth feel is quite pleasant. Has a good amount of carbonation that allows the flavor to dissipate as it flows through your mouth. A little less heavy than a typical IPA, but it is a 'white' IPA so maybe this is expected. Regardless, the lightness if a nice tough to me.

O: This is the first 'white' IPA that I have tried. To me it was a great success. It is like the more common summer-shandy but really seems like a beer that is sweet instead of a lemonade trying to be a beer. For hardcore IPA lovers this may not be as robust as you are looking for. But for someones looking for a lighter side of the IPA spectrum that will brighten up your pallet this is a great route. I foresee picking up more of this in the summer time. (1,350 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and slightly cloudy with a white fluffy head and ok lace.

Aroma is big and spicy, more like a Belgian than an IPA, although the hops are noticeable.

Coriander, lemon, citrus, wheat, and a good hop tanginess are all noted in the taste.

Body is light but chewy, typical of a wheat beer or witbier.

A very nice brew, easy to drink and tasty. (352 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/12/14

A murky pale yellow, enough clarity to see a few bubbles popping up here and there, thumbs width of loose soapy foam has enough retention to leave a thick collar of lace

S pineapple, canned peaches, lots of sweet orange peel, more tropical then expected, coriander, dry cereal, vitamin C chewable's and a little perfume

T much more spice and much less tropical hops, fairly toned compared to the nose, cereals come out a little stronger, just a hint of yeast

M light bodied but frothy from the bubbles, strange even, very slick on the palate almost slimy, spicy rind lingers

O decent WIPA but nothing to really set it apart, the nose was great but it couldn't maintain that quality throughout but still solid

I could drink a few of these under a hot sun, perhaps better suited for a summer day but no major complaints on this chilly evening (895 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What makes this a 4 is it's so damn bright and happy.

A: Turbid, yellow straw, modest head and lace.

S: First - fruity, citric, yeast, bready, then a bit of spice, hop, herbs.

T: Smooth, sweet and bitter at once with good bite, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bread, nutty, herbs. Complex and flavorful. Very happy balance.

F: chalky finish, well made.

O: Many have tried wit ipa and this is one of the best. This brewer always near the top. (459 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - cloudy yellow with a disappearing head and slight lacing
Smell - slight Belgium yeast hop smell
Taste - similar to smell w slight slight spice very belgium with good hops
Feel - medium body and car
Overall - not enough for me but still very belgium with good hops (270 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.