Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,718 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 49
Gots: 221 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow with a 3 finger foamy white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, coriander, and a small amount of biscuit malt.

The taste has light sweetness and light bitterness. The lemon, coriander, yeast, pepper, and biscuit malt combine to make this a well balanced beer, but all of the flavors are lighter than I expected them to be.

Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not much aftertaste, and finishes somewhat dry. Basically this is a middle of the road Belgian IPA. Decent, but not memorable.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw/white color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Patchy webbed lacing and very low carbonation.

N: Orange zest, clove, coriander, lemon, wheat and some Belgian yeastiness.

T: Lemongrass, wheat and some doughy bread upfront. Mid-palate is full of bread and Belgian yeast. Finishes wheaty with hints of coriander and orange zest.

M: Light bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: The wheat and lemon really dominate the flavor profile. This is a rather simple beer. I'm not very impressed. It seems the "White IPA" is a failed style.

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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.12/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.12/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured as requested into a pint glass. That being with a finishing swirl and yeast dump as one would a Hefe. Shows a hazy lemon with a thin white cap and offering moderate retention and lace.

Nose of lemon zest and some peppery/clove spice. Perhaps some noble hops contribute to a citrus character that seems a bit forced or artificial. Does expand to offer more balance and depth with warming.

Odd lemon notes present on the aroma carry forward to the palate and yield a touch of that 'lemon pledge' flavor found occasionally in brews such as this. Offers a long citric finish but a bit lacking in body and bitterness for a self proclaimed IPA, white or otherwise.

Feel is decent but again a bit light for an IPA, yet not really unbefitting of a white one.

Overall this beer stars off as a spiced witbier yet without the yeast notes. As it warms it offers a garlicky yeast aroma with good agitation. Otherwise the lemon and spice crowd out such things. A decent beer though the IPA moniker seems a bit brazen.

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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"White IPA?", when I saw the 6-pack. I immediately surmised it must be a wheat base - and so it was. While not a lover of wheat beers I was intrigued enough to pick it up because a friend who was a wheat beer fan was coming over to help me dig a 20" deep trench 25' feet thru my backyard to replace wiring to the garage.

The lower score I give will reflect my bias against wheat beer - too "sweet-sour, Belgianish" for my taste - but I will be honest for the style. All of the bellringers that set the mark of good wheat beer (look, mouthfeel and all that) were there. Yet my main complaint here is, "Where's the hops?!" - after all it is supposed to be an IPA. I expect some hop kick/slap here - but got none.

My wheat beer friend liked a lot - but this was after 3 hours of digging a trench - so take that with a grain of salt. I've only had two wheat beers that surprised me pleasantly - this is average and I don't see any reason for it to have the IPA moniker.

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3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This almost pours like a Radler with a lemon juice like color and a frothy white head. Lots of small bubbles course throughout and some stick to the glass.

The aroma is floral with rose petal, perfumes, honey suckle and banana. Almost like a Hefeweizen this has a clove spiciness with a liquid soap type aroma.

The taste has a wheat and grain taste and dryness but is overwhelmed by the floral hop and yeast flavors. Rose petal and perfume, clove and yeast, soapy and phenolic this is not my favorite.

The feel is a touch dry at first but then has a resiny slickness. It also has a carbonated harshness.

I'm guessing this is quite frankly not my cup of tea. It seems to be well received but not by my palate.

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.