Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 1,978
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 58
Gots: 409 | 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 BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
2.22/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into snifter glass. Nice yellow hue, big head with a lot of retention. Beer is clear and inviting and that's where it ends.

Aroma. Big banana peel estery with hop resin and wheat malt. Funky.

Taste is like a Belgian blonde cross IPA. Just tasted wrong to me.

Didn't get much past beyond the mouthfeel and dumped it.

Probably not my style and I appreciate the willingness to be creative but I could not get through this beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow, cloudy. Decent head at pour disappates to just a rim and not much lacing on the glass.

S: Orange peel, lemon, floral, some spices.

T: More wheat than IPA - the hops are hidden signifcantly behind the fresh wheat flavor. When detectable the hops are mostly of the floral variety.

M: Light, citrus, good summer beer. Appreciate the different spin on an IPA.

O: Good change of pace for a summer brew. Wish I could get a bit more of the hops coming through as they are dominated by a fresh healthy wheat.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of jschwanke84
2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle.

It's a good concept and a few home brewers can pull it off, but they have to know how to make a good weissebier first, and Deschutes does not. This beer tastes like either a botched weissebier or a skunked IPA, I can't decide which. Perhaps it's an unholy union of both. The aroma matches the flavor. Good as neither an IPA nor a weissebier, Deschutes Chainbreaker needs to go back to the bike shop in which it was conceived for a complete overhaul.

I had high hopes for this and was very intrigued when I first saw it on the shelves, but it quickly disappointed. For how great most of Deschutes' brews are, this beer was a huge let down for me.

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Photo of jt31914
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy pale yellow color with a nice white hear and good lacing

S-lemon, coriander, grain, bread dough

T-bready malt, lemon, coriander, hint of orange, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-easy drinking, great summer beer

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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...

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Photo of malty
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Chainbeaker needs to work on teh chain gang. This beer pours a cloudy yelloe with thin white head that is leavinjg a nice lace. The scent has a slight piney citrus hop mixed with belgium sweet malt. The taste is very similar to the scent with the addition of a pepper type spice that gives it a nice flare. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is an ok belgium style white IPA.

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Photo of gpogo
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow body, lightly hazey. Lots of carbonation and a white head that goes away in short order.

A- Light sweet malt with a nice bitterness and light hop aroma. Muted belgin wit smells, citrus specifically.

T- Light sweet wheat flavor with a hit of bitterness. Lots of citrus flavor. Finishes with a tart flavor, but cleanly.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable beer. This example of the white IPA has grown on me.

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Photo of lstokes
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This looks pretty good on the pour--a light, hazy yellow with very active bubbles and an impressive two finger head which leaves strong lacing. Unfortunately, the smell is very grassy and grainy, and the taste is very sweet. Lemon, wheat, lemon. There's some lingering bitterness from the hops, but mostly this tastes like a wheat beer without the coriander spice/yeast. I'm mostly just getting sweetness along with a zippy carbonation--it's an okay beer, but probably not something I would try again.

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Photo of stcules
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Green gold appearance, scarce white foam, not long standing, too.
Orange peel and chamomile in the smell, then som citrus and lemony.
In the mouth again strong chamomile, white flowers. Then again orange peel and stinging hop.
In the aftertaste a strong green pepper, and a spiciness, even too strong.

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Photo of Dwtucker90
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a 12 ounce bottle into a Deep Ellum DreamCrusher snifter glass.

Look: Pours a classic Belgian White look. About 1.5 inch paper white head. Very hazy, yellow-orange.

Smell: muted Belgian white smells with a very orange/citrus smell. Maybe some
Coriander? Along with some lightly citrus and floral hops.

Taste: the way it smells. Lots of citrus, fruity and floral hops. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation w/smooth finish.

Overall: Never had a "Belgian IPA" that went for basically a Belgian White base with a Northwest Pacific Hop profile. Really great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, best by 12th April 2013

A hazy yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this beer looks solid. The nose is a blend of mango, tropical fruit and spices, with mild coriander, kaffir lime leaf, husky wheat and a yeast character that's rather muted.

This tastes like an average witbier that's been hopped. Opening with a refreshing blend of citrus and tropical fruit ( lemon, mango) hop flavors, there's some citrus peel, some spice (a little earthy/muddled) and some yeast. The wheat backbone here is disappointing. Lacking in structure, it is limp and lacks that bready, crisp and slightly dextrinous definition that great witbiers have. Instead, it is rather loose and soft. A little watery on the finish, this beer is crisply carbonated (a little too much IMO) and has lingering flavors of spice and tropical fruit. Bitterness is medium-low here. Decent.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having enjoyed the Collaboration between Deschutes and Boulevard, with this being a close approximation, I'm really looking forward to it.

Hazy blonde, much like a lighter golder version of the Boulevard Wheat we know so well here in K.C. Very little white head.

Lemon, grass, grainy and a near hint of something like turpentine. That makes it uniquely fresh, but also a bit off-putting. To me, it's an odd mix.

Similar to the nose as noted above, coming across with more grain though. I pick up very little of the nice sage notes I got from the Collab - that's unfortunate, as they really brought this beer together.

Lighter on the tongue than an IPA - has a Belgian edge to it. Airiness, even. Crisp, dry, closes with a bit of sharpness and a rather booming echo of hops .

A cheaper and more available version of the Collaboration, but not as fulfilling.

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Photo of leaddog
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale nectar with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel, wheat,

Taste- Starts with the yeast and orange peel followed by the coriander and wheat. Taste is tangy and tart at the start, then finishes with light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable Belgian IPA. I like the fact that the flavours are cohesive and don't compete with one another. Definitely would suit for a hot summer day.

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Photo of RuEXP1
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rdeaton
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-hazy yellow, like lemon-aid. Not much head retention. Reminds me of the shandy.

Smell-You really smell the hops and not much else. I love the smell of hops, so I like it.

Taste-I noticed a pine cone type of taste with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Very light bodied. The hops flavor really comes through without much of a flavor added by the wheat grain, except a touch of sweetness. In this way you could say that the hops is overpowering the grain flavor, which in an IPA you try to keep in balance, but for something different, I like it. As far as I know, this is a blend of two very different styles. The result is a nice brew, especially for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel-has a good mouthfeel, like an IPA does but a little less so.

Overall-I like it. It would be great on a hot day after mowing the lawn. Has a lighter feel than a traditional IPA. Easy drinking and tastes good. A great summer weekend beer while grilling out. Would go well with grilled fish with a bit of lemon. Makes me wish it was summer.

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Photo of Steamer
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.