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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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83
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1,756 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 49
Gots: 246 | FT: 0
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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 acelin
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Deschutes pint I picked up at the Portland pub 2 years ago. Still one of my favorite breweries.

Pours a hazy yellow, with a large white head that leaves great white lacing. Score! Belgian yeast are awesome, as are most continental yeasts. English yeasts can go to hell!

Smell is of soft wheat, fresh, citrusy and fruity hops. Could be better, could be stronger.

Taste is beautiful, creamy wheat with super fresh, fruity hops. Complements eachother perfectly. What an amazing beer. This will be my go to beer for sessioning from now on.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Palm tulip glass.
Pours a white gold with significant head.
Light aroma of hops, spice, lemon zest.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of lemon zest, grassy hops, light malts, spice, herbs, walnuts, minerals, honey. Overall very smooth and easy yet flavorful with modest complexity...almost like a wit beer with a touch more hops.

Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white head.

S: Lots of lemon and citrus fruit peels, some grapefruit, and some earthy funky Belgian yeast hints.

T: Wheat undertones are well balanced by lighter citrus flavors, particularly lemon, but also some grapefruit and maybe orange.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for the style, maybe a bit too much, but light bodied and refreshing.

O: This beer is delicious. I love the white IPA style, akin to a Belgian IPA, but spicy.

Photo of vfalstad
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a light yellow, almost like the color of lemonade. A nice head of about a finger.

I pick up a lot of coriander in the smell, a spice that usually plays well with hops. But the hop smell is very faint. I pick up a few notes of other spices, citrus and grassy notes.

The first thing I taste is coriander, followed by lemon, maybe even a different type of lemon than an ordinary lemon. It's followed by some hops and the bitterness expected of an IPA with a touch of sweetness as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very light and easy drinking. The bitterness lingers in the mouth quite a while.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. It's light enough to drink in hot weather and has enough complexity that I can drink it pretty slowly.

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light witbier spice alongside nice American hops. Beautiful notes of citrus and tropical fruits come through alongside a nice backbone of wheat. Flavor has a nice body with good wheat presence and a nice Cascade and Citra punch. Extremely drinkable. Light body with good carbonation and a moderate bitterness. Excellent.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 19, 2012.

Gorgeous hazy straw yellow colour with a big billowy head of foam.

It smells all sorts of good... spicy and hoppy with plenty of coriander and light mixed with lemon citrus.

The taste follows suit; nice coriander and light peppery notes with strong backing of lemon citrus with a hint of honey like sweetness.

This is a very tasty and refreshing brew that delivers a lot of taste and has a nice smooth mouthfeel. I like!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell you why, but I couldn't get enough of this stuff while out in the Bend-Portland corridor a couple weeks ago. The gimmicky things usually turn me off. But this just won me over immediately.

A: fairly cloudy grain-grassy yellow... one can almost see texture (with)in the liquid... decent foam on the pour, but it mysteriously checked-out each time

S: a European spiced holiday cookie/baby-cake(sweet zwieback?)?...hops are on the nose, but they're muddled with the alternative spicing and the mild and inviting fermenting-dough yeast.... rising above mellow, alive

T: not quite a Wit, not quite an IPA.... maybe a slightly off-spiced, marginally earthy-floral hefeweizen or a lemon shortbread cookie.... delicately richer in fresh-baked white bready malt.... bright, feathery sweetish-flowery hops tingle on the perimeters on the palate, mild spicy.... the tasty malt carries on through, residual sediment-ester interplay

M: almost medium-bodied - doesn't have a dextrin-derived substance to the feel - maybe an almost unfiltered, yeasty texture, washes away with some retard... satisfying, organic heartiness

O: fantastic in my eyes and on my tongue.... won't blow you away, but it has an indelible overall quality - when you see it - you have to have one.... i don't know....

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lighter white IPA. Good carbonation,light in color,nice citrus/grape fruit smell as well as taste. Light,dry refreshing finish,slightly hoppy. Great beer for a hot summer day. Had it in a bottle as well,like most everything a little better on tap. Another solid offering from Deschutes...

Photo of malty
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/13

Gifted to me from a client who happens to live in Bend, OR. Pours a proper bright soapy lemon color with a fluffy ultra loose/airy 2" head that settles to about 1/2". Suspended yeast particles mix with unambitious uprising carbonation. Lots of craggy foam just from the 1 3/4" head settling.

Smells like Archway lemon frosted sugar cookies. Exactly. If you don't know, then you're missing out. Actually, it might make a damn good desert pairing. The hops utilized in this brew do give their own special nuance, making the lemon/citrus notes more punctuated. Smells very, very appetizing.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lemony, yeasty, coriander and some hops. Not bad for a springtime session brew. The wheat malt makes a crafty balance with the hops, in a subtle soft earthy kind of way.

Mouthfeel is light but with a good amount of yeasty traction. Less carbonation than a Hoegaarden, but still nice and quaffable.

Overall a tasty and well-made brew for those who'd like a bit of a hoppiness to their Hoegaarden experience. I admire the light use of hops, so that the Belgian yeast likeness remains on center stage. I wouldn't think twice of knocking down a few of these on a soft spring day.

Photo of theuberbrit
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at the Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, CA along with some great pizza. It may be sacralige, but I'm generally not a huge fan of Belgian style beers. There's some sort of strange sweetness I find off-putting. Luckily, you won't find any of that here.

This is a very refreshing beer. It's crisp without being too light. And the added hops (at least I'm assuming they added more hops to fit the IPA style) give it a nice amount of bite. It goes very well with pizza. Another fine specimen from Deschutes.

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey, solid beer, seriously. Really enjoyed it. Beer served in a tumbler of sorts. Beer is yellow with a thick white haze, nice head, good retention, nice carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, grassy, earthy hops. Mild citrus.

Beer is medium to light in body and hoppy, moderately bitter on the finish a nice beer to the end. I'd have this again.

Photo of budgood1
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours out a cloudy and hazy yellow lemon sun colour with a chunky snow white head. wispy lace adorns the glass as i sip. delectable aroma of coriander spice and grassy, hoppy spice. some sweet maltiness and sugar type aromas compliment greatly. the flavour profile is light pale maltiness paired with with some citrus infused wheat notes. coriander spice melds well with the belgian yeast tones and pepper notes. nice NW hop addition really rounds thing out nicely. everything compliments each other in a thirst quenching finish. medium bodied. quenching mouthfeel. incredible drinkability.

overall i'm impressed with this style bending offering. this is going to be a go to quaffer come summer time. it's got sunshine and yardwork written all over it. yummy stuff here!!

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boca-X
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very little white, foamy head, dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Milky yellow hue.

Lemon grass, lemon zest on the nose, did I say lemon? Mild hops.

Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Slightly rotten, bready fruit that you would expect from a wheat. Light carbonation, mellow and easy drinking. Slight hoppiness, with a bitter citrus finish that fades quickly.

I like this beer, a local wings joint has this on draft, less lemon and more creamy mouthful on tap than this bottle but still a favorite of mine...a very good beer, Deschutes is quickly becoming a favorite brewery of mine to sample. I will buy again, preferably on tap.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-16-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with larger bits of sediment floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin nearly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: lemon, bread, wet hay, dank and musty.

TASTE: this is a complex wheat beer, initially sweet lemon citrus and bread, there is some banana and a nice hop profile at the end.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this beer, something different for me, it's a Belgian wheat beer with a bigger hop profile, the hop profile is not as much as most IPA's but it was enjoyable, I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy very pale yellow beer with a persistent head about one finger thick.

Smell: Fairly strong hops above light grains. I get citrus, lemon and floral aromas very pleasant.

Taste: A nice crisp grain that suggests wheat or oats to add a touch of body. The star here are the hops and all of their great scent. Citrus (lemon) floral flavors without adding bitterness. All of these hops are late addition or possibly dry hopped.

Mouthfeel: The light looking beer is aided with an addition of something besides malted barley to add to the body giving just a touch of heft.

Overall: This one did win a GABF medal and deservedly so. I like the style a lot and this one is a great example of a hoppy wit. Good stuff Deschutes.

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a full straw color, hazy with a white one finger head that fades to a ring with a little center cap and has light lacing.

The aroma will tantalize your love of citrus. Most notable is the Belgian yeast when it's cold and then notes of lemon, sweet pale malts, floral notes from the hops and some breadiness come out as it warms.

This being called an IPA may mislead you. If you are after over the top hop then this is not it. Just a warning. It is, however, very Belgian witbier-like with Pacific Northwest hops for mild bittering and aroma. I get honey from the pale malts and a big lemon taste out of it the most. Hints of spice from coriander are mild and the wheat provides a really creamy feel to it. There is only mild hop bitterness along the ride and not any more overpowering at the end than the beginning but they are floral. The finish is interesting and dry. Well Done!

The mouthfeel is definitely creamy and mildly sweet and fuller than you would think for a beer this pale! Carbonation is lively and lends to the peppery dry finish well.

Overall I think this beer is incredible! It may be lacking on the IPA front a bit and calling it an IPA may lose it some points in judging, but seeing that this is a fairly new style I think you have to be a little open minded in judging it. It gets a solid 4 out of 5 from me! So it's lacking a little in the hop department, and lacking a little head as well as the high alcohol content coming in just below 6. Those are the only bad points, if you can call them that.

Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chain Breaker White IPA
12oz bottle poured into a hybrid glass
Best by 9/7/12

Thanks to Bonez05404 for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a bright light yellow thats the color of pineapple juice, thats hazy and has a small amount of sedimentation floating in the glass. There is a big 2 plus fingers width of bright white colored head, that hangs around for minutes before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells sweet with citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana aromas. Subtle resinous piney aromas. Really heavy on the tropical fruit notes. Pretty unique but I like it, a lot.

T: Again, tropical fruits on the tongue. A fairly big wheat presence. Some sugary sweetness on the finish. A bit of spice. Very tasty.

M/D: Heavily carbonated. On the thinner side of medium bodied. A light crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this one. The bottle says IPA, BA says Belgium IPA. But its pretty unique and doesnt fall neatly into either of those categories in my opinion. I enjoy the unique qualities. This would be a great summer time cook out beer. Its light, refreshing, but really tasty. Id drink this again, no doubt.

Photo of TheSubDude21
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Tictactisag
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.