Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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1,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 57
Gots: 363 | 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 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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Hazy orange with a one finger white head. Minimal head retention and minimal lacing

S - Very crisp Pils, citrus grapefruit and wheat scents. Also coriander spiciness and orange and apricot smells.

T - Follows the scent except that wheat and orange dominate with a bit of spiciness in the back palate to finish the taste.

O - A pretty good Whitbier, pretty crisp, but not extraordinarily standout. A little above average for the style, and I would get this again since I love whitbiers.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap into a growler. Nose has spice, coriander, hops. Taste is light and spicy. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

true pint at Venti’s Taproom. S.Commercial,Salem. $3.75 ( happy hour) Named "Belgian White IPA. Very hazy yellow coloured beer,unusual, with a nice thick white head. Nice tart,spicy,banana aromas,together with a hint of resiny hop..again unusual but nice. Very spicy,peppery yeast driven taste to begin then a firm resiny hoppiness takes hold. Good mouthfeel to this one nicely carbonated and long after tastes. Overall an unusual and hard to categorize beer, but i enjoyed.

5.9% now

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with a light amount of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly fades to almost nothing at all (just the faintest hint of film over about 10% of the surface of the beer). Minimal amounts of lacing are observed,

S: Moderate amounts of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There are lighter amounts of lemon/citrus and pepper. Almost a very light hint of brett funkiness.

T: Upfront I detect light to moderate amounts of pale malts and yeast. After that, there is a light amount of lemon citrus with a slightly stronger amount of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light to moderate amount peppery Belgian yeast present in the finish. Also, there is a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, refreshing, and thirst quenching - this would make a very nice cook out beer in the summer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, another solid offering from a dependable brewery.

Photo of mdexter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a nice opaque gold with about a half a finger of head and persistent lacing. This was an approachable Belgian ale, not overly sweet or acerbic but balanced with a refreshing but astringent impact on the palate and a moderate, mouth-coating feel. The aroma isn't strong, more characteristic of a Belgian, not at all piney or hoppy. Thoughts of lemon, white raisins, coriander, and mild cloves are evoked. IPA seems a misnomer; to even call it a pale ale is generous but regardless of genre it was an enjoyable and very refreshing brew.

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 Rutager
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Greg!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw colour with a finger of white head.

Smell. Light Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus, sweet wheat.

Taste. Big citrusy, grassy hops with some Belgian yeast, a bit of light grains and sweet wheat, and a little tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium bodied with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Loaded with hops and still fruity and refreshing. I wouldn't refuse another ...and as luck would have it, I won't have to thanks to the second bottle from Greg. Cheers dude!

Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Punch Bowl Social, Portland

Haxy lemon with white film.
Wit nose heavy on the lemon.
Saltines, lemon curd, big yeasty bite, and lemon hops to end.
Wheaty finish and dry waxy linger.
Light, oily, round.

For all the talk of a new style, very wit-y. Cascade and Citra, but they are mostly missing, or let’s say I’ve had hoppier Belgians. Falls between two stools, badly.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, washed out golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops with funky belgian yeast notes; green banana and hints of bubblegum. Mild lemon.

Taste - Surprisingly light (or lighter than expected) in flavor, though with typical belgian IPA character. Citrus hoppiness, intermingled with green banana and a touch of spice on the back end. Good balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A bit of mild lemon rind in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Just a tad bit of, for lack of a better descriptor, chalkiness to it?

Overall - This is a pretty good BIPA. A tad quirky, but nothing unusual of the style. That said, there's also nothing that really sets it apart, in my experience, from the rest of the beers in this relatively new style. I much prefer Stone's Cali-Belgique, though if price were a concern, I'd probably choose this.

Photo of riored4v
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Bright golden color with some haze. 1.5 finger, rocky, pure white head. Good lacing as well.

Aroma had some citrus and floral notes. A bit bready. Wheat aroma stands out. Coriander comes through really nice with the orange and spicey notes.

Flavor had a good amount of floral and orange notes upfront. Some light maltiness and wheat flavors. Finish had a mild bitterness with subtle spiceyness from the coriander. Definitely orange type bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp and dry finish.

Good beer overall. Extremely drinkable. Nice, refreshing citrus flavors.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed, light straw yellow color and quite pale at that. Soapy head forms and has decent staying power, lacing the glass professionally.

The nose has elements of a wit with a hay, lemon and spice scent. Intermingling with the wheat notes, there is ample floral, herbal hop notes that are somewhat pungent.

In the flavor, plenty of hopped up wit flavor with bread, cracker, citrus, acidity, herbs and pine. Solid bitterness to suit the malted wheat base, quite refreshing, though still earthy. Has a lot going on but nothing sticking out of place, that is unless you consider the hops, which are implied by the IPA tag given to this wheat brew.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated brew. Finishes with a leafy hop and Belgian yeast kick.

Overall, this is another nice example of the white IPA. A beer like this could be considered the American answer to the Belgian IPA. Of course the style varies considerably, there are still many similarities. Pretty good stuff from Deschutes Brewery here. Refreshing.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Where the fruity perfume of IPA and the spicy perfume of Belgian ale have their own individuality in taste, their fusion is a can't-miss for brewers and imbibers alike.

Deschutes Chainbreaker kicks off with the brightness of Belgium, capturing the essence of orange, lemon, apple and a tangy tropical sense. Its beautiful sweetness is that of sweetheart candy until it dissolves effortlessly and quickly from the palate. Its growing hop character tethers through with its own grapefruit, tangerine and mango flavor and aroma.

Its bready middle is mildly of grain and dough but brings its own tangy notions. Once the sweetness lifts, the semon-stained beer's spiciness counters with paradise seed, bitter and dried orange, soft coriander and white pepper. Growing hop bitterness is smoothly of citrus- white grapefruit, pith and peel leading the way.

Its tepidly bitter finish is both spicy and citrusy. Only light glimpses of resin, pine or leaf peak through its drying malt presence. Belgian-esque spice out-duels the hops for attention in its fleeting impressions. Yet an undercurrent of light bread and perfum drift by in aftertaste.

Beyond its milky yellow hues, the firmly headed ale sings praises of both witbier and American IPA. However, the hop influences only provide a slight tilt to the lupulin where IPA should be strongly commanding with hop bitterness, aroma and flavor.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A white ale with an IPA. It sounds like an elephant making love to a pig. On the label are instructions how to pour the beer, which is a lot like pouring a witbier. I have 12 ounces to decide its outcome. On to the beer:

A half inch of semi-creamy head sit on top this witbier colored beer of pale yellow and a clouded body. On top the retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma gives off a Belgian IPA impression, not a witbier with a bunch of hops. It does have vibrancy, with sharp grassy notes, a dry Belgian yeast, and tangy lemon. Different to say the least.

At this moment, I'm just glad that I didn't spit it out, because initially, the idea of a "White IPA" sounded like a palate challenge. Already as it stands, this is at least decent. Tangy lemon is the dominant flavor of the crew. I get some coriander, some grassy notes, moderate hop bitterness which actually is a pleasant contrast. More drinking equals more love to the beer, so a bump in the scoresheet. It's medium bodied brew, with pleasant carbonation and a little creaminess.

I was skeptical at first, but this IPA/witbier combination is not bad. This raises one question; how good would the wit be on its own?

Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of the Deschutes sampler pack. Not typically a fan of white IPAs but I tried it anyway and it was a great choice

A - Bright yellow that is very cloudy from the Belgian yeast. Brilliant white head with light lacing.

S - Predominant Belgian wit beer smell but with some citrus hop right there.

T - Upfront Belgian wit with that tart, lemony, and grainy/wheat but then the citrus hop character comes through. The hops really pull the lemon and wheat together and make a very tasty beer. There is sweetness but it is balanced by the tartness of the yeast and the bitterness of the hops.

M - low/moderate mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Mostly balanced between the sweetness and the crisp nature mixing it up from sip to sip.

Overall, this beer is the best Belgian Wit I've ever had hands down. Like I said it isn't my preferred style but adding a fist-full of american citrus hops to a slightly citrus beer makes this one a tasty brew. It's balanced, flavorful, and a change of pace from your average american pale. If you are on the fence about Wits try this and realize that they aren't all bad.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow/straw, cloudy, spongey layer of white foam with good head retention, some lace

Aroma: floral hops, hint of orange peel

Flavor: dry malt profile with a wheaty character and balanced spiciness; finishes dry with lingering spice and some tartness

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp yet fluffy

Other comments: This just might become my summer beer for this year. Refreshingly quaffable!

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, pale, straw-colored body with an impressive white head; emits a zesty citrus and spice smell with a touch of caramel. Slightly puckering mouthfeel, but juicy overall. Taste has a smooth malt backbone topped with a slightly citrus flavor and pretty decent bitterness overall.

An interesting light brew. Soft, bitter, with an underlying sweetness. A good warm weather thirst quencher.

Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By 01/05/13

A- Pours a fluorescent light gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of bubbles on the surface. Thin, slippery lacing.

S- The incomparable combination of bright, grassy hops combined with rich, sweet Belgian yeast. Also some hints of spices like coriander and ginger plus some lemongrass.

T- Not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter hops push up against a moderately fruity base and the yeast shows up as a weak, soapy afterthought. Very smooth and easy to drink but almost too light in its execution.

M- Borderline watery with a small hop bite and medium-low carbonation. Light body.

O- Not as good as I was expecting my first Deschutes to be. I'm a sucker for BIPAs but I guess I should have listened to the BA score on this one. Not bad, I've just had better.

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a fantastic summer beer. It pours so clear and so orange it just invites you to come hither and drink from it supple core. The aroma promises a citrus zest of orange lemon and every tangy memory you could ever imagine. The taste is crisp and will wake you up if you start slumbering into the late dogdays of heat and despair. The finish is smooth like getting out of the pool And walking into the last 30 seconds of an automatic car wash. I love this beer and will forever treasure it on a warm summer day

Photo of Edgaravelaz
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty with a nice crisp citrusy finish.

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy after swirling in the yeast cake. Creamy head stands tall and fluffy. The beer itself is very low on the Lovibond Scale. Maybe, the color of watered down lemonade? Lacing barely happens, however.

Fresh lemon citrus, powdery wit yeast, a kiss of coriander, and white grapefruit; in a pithy way. Gentle spicing with a hop nose to remember. Slice of mandarin, herbal grassiness, and a clean citrusy outro; marked with aromatic Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with clean citrusy notes of lemon and mandarin and chalky spices that dry up alongside all of the fruity hops and yeast notes. Coriander, herbaceousness, flutters of soft pepper, and the faintest sting of tart banana. Really, what you would probably look for in an easy summer white IPA.

A mouthful. The body is stark in contrast from the carbonation, even though neither are doing a whole lot. Makes it feel a bit soppy and wet. Flavors straighten it out with finishing dryness.

As an IPA, I'll rate it accordingly. However, I must say, we've got a good effort.

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Cloudy straw in color with a 2 finger foamy head. Reminds me of a hefeweizen. Carbonation is fairly significant. Head dissipates slowly. 4/5

S - Some sweetness to the nose. Grapefruit and orange notes. White bread. Grassy. Somewhat floral. 3.75/5

T - Grapefruit and lemony spritzness. Slight banana note. White bread. Slight resin on the finish. Some bitterness of orange peel. 3.75/5

M - Very carbonated. Scrubbing bubbles sensation. Finishes dry. Very light and crispy while also smooth. Interesting mouthfeel. 3.75/5

O - Very refreshing wheat beer. Interesting combo of smoothness and carbonated crispness. Nice combination of flavors. 3.75/5

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.