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
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,916
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 371 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This style can be very mild and easy drinking, to a fault, by me, and this one is adheres to the style pretty closely.

It's definitely pretty in the glass. All yellow and hazy with a nice little head and fizz. The aroma is mild - fresh and a little spice and yeast smell - very little.

The taste is pretty good. It has a little yeasty tang and tartness, almost no hoppy characteristics (they are way down in the profile of the one I'm drinking), and sweet freshness. The aftertaste is sweeter than the initially slightly tart taste. Hoppy bitterness seems to be MIA (maybe it's an old bottle, but it tastes good).

I previously underestimated Deschutes "standard" brews. They are quite good, and their specials are truly special. If I ever make it to Oregon ... (766 characters)

Photo of Omaha_Style
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (279 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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? (318 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very pale color, kind of white grape juice in color. Hazy and teaming with medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge three finger head that is bright white in color and frothy in appearance. The head doesn't stay around for very long but does leave a beautiful lace to remember it was once there.

Smell is as expected. Sweet, banana, earth, wheat and yeast.

Taste is just as undesirable as I figured it would be. Banana and wheat and musty yeasts. Not my cup of tea/beer.

Mouth is on the refreshing side. Light carbonation medium feel and a short, bright, dry finish.

Overall I should score this on the style and not my palate preference. This is what it is supposed to be, a light, easy drinking summer ale with a Belgian influence. Not my style but to those that like the musty yeasts and hops this one is a summer delight. (870 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright white/yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit, some hops. Taste is grapefruit, some tartness, hops, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little different, but a solid beer. (283 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear neon yellow with some visible carbonation. White fizzy head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Sweet hop notes and some crystal malt.

Taste: As advertised, a hoppy belgian style beer. You get the banana, pear, and apple flavors of a typical belgian beer with an added hop character that is careful not to get in the way of all the belgian complexity (not that it's super complex). Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher effervescence than the average IPA and medium bodied (but a little syrupy). Decently refreshing and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: On the one hand I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Ales, and on the other hand I'm a huge fan of IPAs. Chainbreaker White IPA presents a rare case where a negative and a positive put together make a positive. Not bad, Deschutes. (806 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 2/24/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Orange, coriander, white flowers
T: Wheat, coriander, hints of flowers and citrus. Pure but light
M: Light-bodied, spicy, the finish is a bit short
O: Worth a try, but would be better if the hops were more forward- I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale, not an IPA (394 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (623 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, very lemony, aroma, Belgian yeast, pear. Flavor is more wheat, with a cracker finish. Lots of lemon, pear, and grain, with floral highlights. Slightly spicy, clove, and a touch of proper. Citrus pith. Very clean yeast character. Notes of bubblegum esters surface late. (274 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 8/31/2013, poured into SA glass.

Lemonade-colored, clear liquid, one finger, bright white head quickly disappears. Scant lacing.

Lemon zest, wheat, mild banana. A bit of a let down.

A bit better. The coriander comes out and there is a nice clean but mild citrus note.

Light and mild.

Lawn mower brew, not in a good way. (345 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A yankee pint in Kona, Hawaii, watching the boats in the near distance out front of the patio.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which stays there, like it was told to, until manual intervention breaks the spell, to allow some fragmented webbed lace to appear, as well as to let me drink the damned thing. Nice persistent rising effervescence, too.

It smells of yeasty pale grain, some soft floral citrus hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, somewhat musty florals, a middling pale grainy malt, and a waning earthy yeast.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but settles rather quickly, the body an even medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy malt and seemingly neutered citrus hops ringing things out.

An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one bereft of the lofty booze of the norm, though the hops do show too little resolve towards the end, leaving me wanting more - unfortunately, of something else. (1,040 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 7/13/14 on the label.

pours a hazy very pale straw color, with big soapy white head. great head retention all the way through drinking the glass. any hops in the aroma are overpowered by your normal witbier aroma - wheat and lemony herbal yeast. taste is similar, but the with a hoppy aftertaste. medium body and higher carbonation. (356 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA pours to a yellowish color with a frothy head of white- colored foam that leaves little or no lace as you drink. The beer has a cloudy body due to the sediment at the bottom of each bottle and it offers a fragrant nose that combines scents of citrus, lemon, floral notes, wheat, and coriander.

This beer offers a taste very similar to its scent. The flavors of citrus fruits, wheat, yeast, and light coriander are the most obvious, but search a little deeper and you may notice other flavors present such as honey, bread, pine, and light spice. The beer is somewhat bitter, but is actually very snappy, crisp, and refreshing. There is a slight sharpness in the finish, but it is short lived and the flavor quickly returns to easy- drinking mode in seconds.

Chainbreaker White IPA is a tasty beer from Deschutes Brewing and it seems like it would be right at home served next to the pool on a hot summer day. It is reasonably complex, but still light and refreshing and it’s the type of beer that most anyone will find at least likeable enough to drink on occasion. (1,092 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the cap.

Aroma of citrus, mostly lemon, and earthy hops. The yeast adds phenols and esters in about equal amounts. Smells enticing.

The hops and yeast almost works beautifully but it turns overly bitter in the finish. A touch harsh. There is very little malt to carry the other flavors. Too bad, they were so close. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

A little weak in the body but is nicely carbonated. Good texture and pleasurable to drink.

Easy drinking beer that is a little lacking in a couple of areas. Especially enjoyed the yeast qualities. (670 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed lemon color with an ample cap of fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is a pleasent mix of orange peels and tropical (amarillo?) hops. Definitely some coriander as well. This one seems to use aromas that mix well as opposed to trying to force resinous, piny hops with the phenols of Belgian yeast.

At first impression this one seems to be more wit than IPA, though as it warms there is a fair amount of hop bitterness. There is a little clash between yeat/spices and the hops, but it does not seem to be as distracting as some other Belgo-IPAs I have had. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, carbonation is fine-bubbled...sweetness is moderate. Its a fairly decent beer and a little different take on the Begian IPA style, but I wont be rushing out to buy a sixer anytime soon. (830 characters)

Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid, two-finger head of stark white. A bright golden color white light, straw-white tones on the outside. Has a pleasant unfiltered look to it with moderate carbonation. Could use more lacing but otherwise no complaints.

Smell: Wheat and hops up front on the nose. Mild notes of piney hops on the back end and lemon in the mix which round out a pleasant earthy aroma.

Taste: Earthy taste with wheat dominating the pallet. The citrus compliments the esthers of a (possibly) belgian yeast. Touch of hops on the back-end but not overly dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light: This brew is crisp, light and refreshing. Could be just the thing on a hot summer day. Wasn't quite what I was looking for but it'll do. Not bad at all.

Overall: A solid beer rounding out another good offering from Deschutes Brewery. Not quite my ticket, a little too earthy (reminiscent of a farmhouse ale or saison) but well done. (932 characters)

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, refreshing brew. Light, hazy color w/rocky, white head. The nose is lemony and herbal and some things in the mix that are hard to place but create a nice aroma profile. Very smooth, solid wheat base with notes of citrus, though not a lot of specifically Belgian esters. Good beer, approachable and drinkable, creative yet not mind-blowing. (345 characters)

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