Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 58
Gots: 357 | FT: 0
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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 yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Very fond of this beer. I preferred it to most of the other Deschutes IPAs.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

This brew pours a cloudy orange which turns yellow when held up to the light with a one finger white head and light lacing.

The smell is musty and dank, wet straw, hay floral hops and sweet malts.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a wheat and malt taste dominating with a musty straw taste but surprising sweetness as well; light hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this gets the style right with a sweet wheat beer coupled with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy light yellow/gold with a small creamy white head.

S - Lemon, bready malts, light citrus, pine, Belgian yeast.

T - Lemon zest, orange, grassy hops, hay, sweet bready malt. Coriander and Belgian yeast add a nice spicy element that is noticeable throughout. Finishes grainy and grassy with a very slight hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, light bodied. A bit too thin. High carbonation.

O - This is a pleasant, refreshing beer to have in the spring or summer. It's more of a straight up Belgian wit than an IPA, although hops are definitely present. Pretty good.

Photo of jt31914
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle.

A: Very very light. The beer is light gold in color - honestly it looks more like a belgian wit than a belgian IPA.

S: The smell is a lot of banana - smells slightly hoppy with a strong hit of wit profile. Nice smell - not sure It is what I typically expect of a belgian IPA but nice.

T: Similar to the smell. The beer is definitely belgian - not too hoppy; however, it has a nice clove/banana bread profile. A nice belgian, but not as strong as I expect of a Belgian IPA. Tastes more like a Belgian Wit or Belgian Pale if you stretch it.

M: Really nicely carbonated - easily drinkable and possibly the best part of the beer.

Photo of mmva321
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pale yellow and a very cloudy body. Not much carbonation, but a nice bubbly head that leaves some great lacing. Good looking, but nothing special.

S: Pleasant and subtle, and much less hoppy than I'm used to with American IPAs. I like this a lot. Very hearty yeast aroma and beautiful malt sweetness along with hints of citrus. I'm sure this isn't the greatest example, but it's a very well balanced smell.

T: The yeast and funk is a little too overpowering, but other than that, this is a hearty, relaxed and pleasant tasting beer. Malt and citrus sweetness gives this some more pop.

M: I'm looking for a little more from the feel. Probably a little more carbonation. Full-bodied that leaves a dry lingering in the mouth. Doesn't enhance the taste the way I'd like it too, but the feel isn't necessarily out of place.

O: A great, pleasant and relaxed beer, with plenty of hearty and fresh flavors and a wonderful dry feel. It doesn't quite reach a transcending balance, but it has great qualities nonetheless.

Photo of NWer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er tonight at the 16th St. Albertsons... Paid about $8.50... Poured into a tall goblet... 2 finger white head has great retention and lacing... the brew is hazed pale yellow... maybe a touch darker than a standard witbier, but I could be imagining things.

Nose is I guess what I was expecting... a citrus hopped witbier... slight lemon note and maybe some orange peel.... Coriander? I think, but it may get lost in the light hoppiness.

Definitely getting coriander on the palate... the spicing brings this back into the witbier realm for me... barely enough bitterness to put this in IPA land... light hoppiness mid palate and on to the finish... a bit of yeasty phenols .. with warmth, the wheat comes out a bit more and adds a nice layer of complexity..

Body is light/medium with a good carbonation.. very very drinkable.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/4.5

This brew should not be released so early... this is a summer brew.... a summer stunner... and should be in cans ;-)

I rarely buy witbiers as most domestic examples seem to balanced toward the spices or are too light body... this brew is perfect for summer sipping and lawn work.... I will make sure my wife (who loves wits) gets a bottle or two... I bet she has a new favorite.

Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, head fades fast leaving no trace.

Coriander, wheat, floral hops in the nose.

Interesting belgia/german type blend of wheat, coriander, clove, orange peel, and pine.

Highly carbonated.

Crisp little hybrid beer here, evocative of a witbier mainly.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow, with a short white head, some lacing.

S - A bit of lemon and pine, a nice sweet line, and a touch of yeasty funk that produces a off note of garbage.

T - Following the nose, without the funk. Close is a slight sour element.

M - Crisp, bright, and very little drying.

O - Pleasant, drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

Photo of dgilks
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold/straw colour. Fluffy white head. Fair head retention.

Big lemony, almost herbal aroma. Coriander. Tart wheat. Light citrus. Wow.

Wheaty but with a massive lemony, geraniol flavour. The flowery character is intense as is the almost herbaceous character. The pepper and coriander add nice complexity.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. Fine.

A very nice beer. Enjoyable and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a lot of this if it were easily available. As it is, it doesn't hit the "special" beer note. Very drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 3-14-13. Had this on tap before & it didn't really thrill me, let's hop for better in the bottled version

Pours an effervescent pale straw color with a pinky of pearl white head. Slight hazing, above average head retention & lacing

S: Coriander, lemongrass, white pepper, faint tartness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of peppery yeastyness & some wheat-breadyness & lemon tartness up front. White pepper & faint grapefruit peels as this warms, slight yeasty/peppery bite. Finishes semi-crisp, citrussy & with little white pepper & wheat tartness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

Fairly refreshing, I could do this in warm weather, but otherwise I could take it or leave it. More like a Wit/IPA hybrid to me

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a white head over a muted yellow body. It is so hazy it's difficult to see the bubbles rising to the top. Head cut down to half a finger rather quickly and retained a good froth. Good lacing.

Smells very clean. Light crackery malt with yeast and grassy hops.

Similar to the nose, I get light, crackery malt with a little spice. This transitions with a big burst of yeast into a grassy hop flavor with a hint of green apple.

This beer is light-medium bodied. The carbonation is very biting. It refreshes first, then coats the tongue with a thin bitter layer. Dry finish.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer.

Photo of Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from the bottle into a nonic pint. It is a cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that eventually compacts into a 3mm disk. lacing is not existent.

S: mild floral hops with strong bready yeast. Malts are largely for sugar and fermentation and not sweetness nor color in final product, as expected.

T: light peppery note with estery note then sweetness on swallow. Some bitter citrus near finish.

M: smooth, creamy and slick on initial, then a slight bitter note on mid then clean bready, breathy finish.

O: I think Belgian IPA is a tough style to master. This is a pleasant enough example, but it falls flat of perfect in a few areas.

Photo of Omaha_Style
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Chain breaker White IPA is a unique IPA. It has a hazy blonde appearance that to me resembled a wheat beer. It has a light citrus aroma and you can smell traces of the hops. You can definitely taste the orange peels and wheat in this beer. Paired with a hoppy finish and you end up with a nice summer IPA. Overall I would rate it above average as it does differ from most IPA's out there. My wife does not care much for beer and she really enjoyed this ale.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap from notes:

A -Bright yellow hazed body with a fluffy white head. Nice looking beer with impressive lacing.

S - Musty wheat, bright citrus, lemons, spices, coriander, bright floral notes.

T - Lemon citrus rushes the palate, green peppercorn and spice, mostly coriander, malted wheat background, some grassy bitterness, lemon pith runs strong throughout. Finishes clean with a crisp citrus zest.

M - Medium full body, the wheat creates a creamy body, moderate smooth carbonation.

A very bright and refreshing IPA. Smooth wheat backing with snappy citrus bitterness make for a crisp drink.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought over a 6pack of 12oz beers the other day. Since I got the gout about 10 months ago, I've had little to no beer, so this is a rare occasion and a new review for me in a almost a year.

Nice white colored floaty head after a standard pour into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Cloudy and light yellow corn in color. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is very Belgian with a strong presence of Belgian yeast in addition to white pepper and clove. There is a nice backing of floral hops and a malty presence as well to add balance and complexity. Some white grape and other fruity notes as well, perhaps mango.

The taste confirms what my nose predicted. This one is more Belgian than IPA to me.

Nice and creamy in the mouth with a good medium body. Nice level of carbonation as well.

Overall, a good beer, but I was expecting more of a hop presence from Deschutes, especially since IPA is in the title. There are better offerings of a similar profile out there, but still a pretty good beer nonetheless.

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely some crazy stuff, and it's well worth trying just for the sake of an unusual flavor mix. This is one of the palest beers I've seen, almost greenish. Pronounced lemony aroma. Well-mannered foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue.

This tastes more like a Witbier dosed up with some hops and more citrus. The interesting tartness is almost in the range of some sours, but it lacks the vinegar edge. Quite lemon-lime flavored with an enduring sharpness. Maybe they just use a lot of orange peel, and the hops do the rest. The hops are listed as Bravo, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade. Thoroughly fascinating brew, but I don't need more than one for the forseeable future. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
---from bottle to pint glass---

I must preface with this short story. I ordered this beer out of straight curiosity at the Hilton Rosemont/O'Hare in Chicago. The bartender couldn't find his bottle opener (nor his brain, I assume), so I offered to open it with my personal bottle opener on my key chain. Well... this bottles cap broke my opener. So, my hopes are high!

Appearance
Pours seemingly water clear, but ends up an extremely foggy off white color with loads of sediment. Thick white head with decent lacing.

Smell
Smells funky... Sour wheat, almost. Light notes of citrus and flowers.

Taste
Immediately sweet followed by an intense, but delightful bitter. Tastes like carbonated grapefruit juice with hops. The wheat backbone holds this beer from being too 'fruity.' Oddly intriguing...

Mouth-feel
Very light, but lingering flavor. Incredibly smooth with a back end bitter that calls for another sip.

Overall
This is my first ever white IPA. I am very happy with this beer. Not your average Belgian.

Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Transferred from another forum)

Chainbreaker White IPA, by Deschutes Brewery. A light one, at only 5.6% ABV. Let's hope the flavor makes up for that...

Appearance: Woah! Hazy yellow with a slight green tinge and light-colored sediment all over the place. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell: Right away there's a fairly strong lime citrus scent. Some grass. Maybe a slight melon smell. Very faint banana peel. Good smell!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice and light on the palate. More grassy hop flavor, finishing with lime peel/pith. Very faint acidity as ends.

Pretty good!

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
best by : 06/22/12

Pours a hazy, bright yellow with a foamy, fizzy white head.

Lemony citrus, with some wheat, coriander and Belgian yeast notes. Well balanced.

Tart lemony hops, with a pleasant wheat and Belgian yeast backing.

Medium body with scrubbing, active carbonation.

A refreshing beer, definitely could see enjoying a couple of these on a warm summer day. I was happy to see that the coriander and Belgian yeast did not become too dominant.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Safeway in Seaside while I was on vacation in Monterey.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thin head

Smell- spices mostly

Taste- spices mostly, a little bit of hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Quite refreshing!

Photo of TheFlern
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy wit/hefe golden straw color. Perfectly white head has decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Up front is some hefe like aroma with a dry yeasty finish on the nose. Not much hops aroma, very subdued.

Taste: More hop presence than on the nose. Clove/gum like taste. Hops are earthy.

Mouthfeel: Very light and effervescent. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice drinkable IPA that arrives just in time for summer. I have a feeling that when it gets hot outside this will become one extremely popular beer around the pacific northwest.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $7 per sixer. Bright yellow color, almost flourescent. Super white head. Smells hoppy, spicy, wit. Taste is a super hoppy wit. Not really a hoppy wheat like say Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin but truly a witbier with a ton of hops. The "White IPA' moniker is ridiculous but what do you expect from craft beer?

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.