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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,671 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 48
Gots: 199 | 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)
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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....

Bouleboubier, May 11, 2013
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.

malty, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Boca-X
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Boca-X, Feb 14, 2014
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.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of budgood1
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!

budgood1, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of WissBrauSean
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

WissBrauSean, May 24, 2013
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A Pours a pale almost straw color topped off with a white head.

S Light with a bit of a floral note with a hint of some sort of spice maybe cloves.

T Hops are quite forward with a nice lemon citrus backed with enough bitterness to be interesting but not enough to make this one hard to session. Also present is a nice peppery taste.

M Nice and light with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I love this beer as a nice refreshing summer session beer. I could very well drink this one all day long. Very much worth getting.

beerandcycling88, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Steamer
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure and bright one-finger white head; decent retention. An interesting cloudy, light yellowish lemonade appearance. A unique look. Citrus & hoppy aroma. Tart orange and spices, evergreen. Medium carbonation. A surprising and refreshing brew made for a hot summer day. Glad I picked one up.

Steamer, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of JWU
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a hazy goldenrod, sediment obvious in the brew. Bright white head, with a little lacing.

S- lots of citrus and belgian wheaty character.

T- A nice mix of the belgian wheat character, slightly spicy and clove forward, with a decidedly lemony hop profile and a crackery malt base. Some yeasty esters are on the finish.

M- lighter side of medium, active carbonation and very nicely dry on the finish.

O- a well executed brew. This thing screams summertime.

JWU, Jun 16, 2014
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.

bsp77, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

zac16125, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into my darkness sniffter.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow. Two finger head had moderate retention and a bit of lacing.

Belgian yeast, a bit of funk and spice, some orange peel, some tropical fruit, and a touch of bready malt.

Much more complex than the nose. Mangos, pineapple, and grapefruit upfront. Cereal malt come in stronger than expected. Then bunches of Belgian yeast flavors: clove and banana, very floral. Hops stay throughout, lending moderate bitterness.

Medium to light. Loads of carbonation. Dry in the finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall this was very nice white ipa. Well balanced and drinkable. Tastes almost like an ipa mixed with a hefe. Very nice for this hot weather. Recommended to all. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of kagent777
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

kagent777, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pale malts, floral hops, light fruit, a tiny bit of spice. Very nice and hoppy.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, herbal and earthy notes, fruity malts, and pale malts. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, and no bitterness.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking Belgian IPA. Some nice floral and citrus hops to it, and no bitterness at all. Would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of TheSubDude21
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

TheSubDude21, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/14/12,

A: Pours a cloudy light gold, looks like a witbier. Big frothy white head, limited lace.

S: Coriander and orange, grassy hops.

T: Good upfront spice flavour, lots of coriander. Earthy hops with some grapefruit. A nice balance with flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, juicy, nice aftertaste.

O: White IPAs are one of my new favourite up and coming styles and it seems Deschutes has pioneered this. Like a mini Conflux No. 2, real good flavours, great price, I like it.

Halcyondays, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of bambam2517
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cpl pints on draft paired with some hot New Mexican chiles, adovado pork style.

A - Frosty pale yellow body with a decent amount of bright white head, good lace retention.

S - Lemongrass and coriander.

T - Very bright and refreshing, really mainstream lemony flavor with some coriander herbiness on the back end. Slightly peppery also.

M - Very fresh and tight carbonation initially, then settles down on the tongue and finishes wet. No lingering aftertaste, pretty light.

O - This is going to make an excellent hot weather quencher. Since we have that in spades here in PHX, I'll be going through alot of this i'm sure...

bambam2517, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of iSip
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Chainbreaker IPA: These mixed styles are all the rage. Belgian IPAs and Whitbier IPAs.... I am all for it if the result is good!

The Chainbreaker looks like a Whitbier, light straw color, slightly hazy, very carbonated and topped with a pure white foam that laces well. The aroma has the citrus base to it, and a bit of flowery hops come through. Flavor wise, there is honey, lemon peal and a touch of hoppiness. Much more a Whitbier than IPA. It works for me, as I am a fan of whitbiers. Very good.

Give it a try if you like Whitbier, if you are an IPA head, you will be disappointed.

iSip, May 17, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

deebo, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is yeasty, bread notes, lemon and slight tangerine. The taste is very white. Bread flavors, lemon, yeast and there is some cirus hoppiness in there that actually compliments the beer very well. Think something similar to Lost Coast Great White with a wedge of orange in it. A white IPA is actually a really great idea as long as the hops used are citrusy.

DonDirkA, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served into a Deschutes snifter during the Base Camp festivities 2012 KCMO. I reviewed it and voice recorded my review on site. Pretty nifty way to do things. Paired with a pretzel roll with cheese. Yum.

Appearance - Poured an awesome yellow gold color with a massive fluffiness of a white head that reached over two fingers, maintained for some time, and left superb lacing.

Smell - The citrus and grapefruit aromas from the hops are at the forefront, but there are detectable levels of Belgian style esters in there, hence the "white" or "Belgian" IPA labeling. Also a touch of wheat in the nose as well.

Taste - Awesome. Bitter enough to be an IPA, wheaty enough to be an APWA, but also with the essence of a witbier. These three essences collide on the palate and are very well balanced between the three.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp finish with a bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall - This is a quality brew. Highly recommended to try it, I will absolutely buy it and maybe feature it with some pretzel cheese rolls at a small tasting event. Why not?

TheCondor, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Auraan
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with a half-finger white head that dissipated into a ring of white that left no lacing. It looks a lot like a witbier, but with less head and lacing. Scents of pine, slight citrus, coriander and Belgian yeast. Smells a lot like a west coast IPA at first and then the witbier like scents emerge. Flavors of pine, orange peel, slight coriander spice and Belgian yeast funk. Like a witbier and IPA crossed. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderated carbonation. Easy to drink. It's an excellent beer, a combination of two great styles that work together in a unique beer.

Auraan, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this on the shelves in Calgary
A - fully hazy straw golden, two fingers of fluffy white head retained very nicely
S - big yeasty aromas of sour citrus and herbs, strong grassy hint, some bubble gum and grain
T - citrus and fresh grass hops, sour fruit and spicy yeast ester flavour is prominent, grainy malt with a mineral/vitamin flavour finish
M - fairly light body with pleasant carbonation, feel is a mix of tart citrus, hop dryness, and a minerally teeth coating finish
O - such a well constructed beer, has big element of both Belgian and IPA styles but melded into what the style should be, stoked that this is available is 6-packs here, this will be become a session regular for me!

joemcgrath27, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Tomasca
4.05/5  rDev +11%

Tomasca, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at fridge temp.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with 2 fingers of white head that is leaving great lacing. It looks like an IPA (kinda)

S: Citrusy hops up front followed by yeast. This smells like a northwest IPA for sure. Given a swirl and more hop aroma comes out and presents itself as slightly bitter to smell. The malt is well hidden by the fragrant hops and yeast. Smells like an IPA (kinda)

T: Opens with a yeasty note and then explodes into hops like an IPA should. Big burst of citrus follows the yeast and as the citrus flavor fades you get grassy hops and then bitter. The yeast adds a really special note to this beer. Tastes like an IPA (kinda)

M: Refreshing medium-light bodied beer that is very clean. No sludgy feel from the yeast, no oily feeling that I often get from an IPA. Quite drinkable. Feels like an IPA (kinda)

O: I like this beer, a lot. I have said before that I am not an IPA fan really but some specialty ones have really hit home with me. This one most of all so far. The Belgian yeast overpowers some of the hops which tend to be too much for my palate in most IPA leading to a really powerful but not overbearing hoppyness. This is (as of now) my favorite IPA. Must be an IPA (kinda).

N3rdM3t4l, Apr 16, 2012
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.