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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

316 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 1,944
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 388 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 12/20/13 – poured into my FW Imperial nonic glass

A: Pours a hazy golden blonde body with a half finger lid of snowy white froth. Some ample retention efforts hug the glass after each sip leaving back a light crusty film of lace.

S: Coriander, lemon peel, and some peppery spice mixes with a light bready malt bill and dash of grassy hop florals. Delicate aromas overall with the Belgian yeast somewhat pronounced.

T: Tastes is a touch grainy with a healthy dose of wheat malt mixed in there add with some golden fruits, lemon peel, and a nicely restrained Belgian yeast spicing of coriander, pepper, and light clove. There is a dash of fruity bubblegum that rounds out the finish as well. A moderate level of mineral like bitterness and no alcohol to report. Smooth crisp action. Very refreshing.

M: Feather light body with a smooth mouth feel form the carb and high level of crisp on the finish that is dry and snappy.

D: Nothing particularly special to write home about however the flavors come together in good harmony. A nicely refreshing warm weather brew. (1,088 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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 kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. barely visible micro rising carbonation
S: one of the fruitiest beers ive smelled, but more along grape/pineapple lines, very much like juice, a tropical punch. very sweet
T: yes, a mix of a witbier with some ipa characteristics. also retains some of this tropical punch flavor as well. slightly lemony sour/bitter
M: almost medium bodied and moderately sparkling.
O: in some ways its well done, in others its somehow plain (464 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 11/9/13

Pours a crisp pale golden color with an inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is mild on hops and some lemon/fruit aromas mixed in as well..but subtle. The taste is very "light" but still good and hoppy. This is definitely not a typical american style IPA but it still is very enjoyable. good amount of spices add a nice yeasty touch to this one. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a beer that you could drink a ton of in a row and not get tired of (and not pass out, either!) recommended to beer geeks and to beer novices as well. (603 characters)

Photo of Ridgeback
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For something advertized as an IPA it is ceratainly paler than a typical IPA but not quite as white as a Begian Wit. Overall a very nice light golden color. Ample carbonation with a nice white head you would typically associate with wheat beers.

S - Very Nice citrus smell initially with the a slight sweetness you would expect if wheat was used. Overall pleasant but not as assertive with citrus as other IPAs

T- Really nice combination of IPA bitterness combined with the body of a wheat beer. I loved this combination. I picked up the hoppiness of an IPA - but again less so than other IPAs and the slight sweetness of wheat. Very enjoyable.

F - A little thinner than what I expected but not too thin to not consider it an IPA. I feel this would be equally appropriate with lighter fare (fish) or with heaver foods (steak)

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and would definitely have it again. I wasn't sure if the combination of wheat and IPA style would work at all but Deschutes has done this nicely. However, for me it seems like a light IPA. Maybe additional malt and hops would make this good beer a great beer. (1,142 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 soju6
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a fairly small head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with fruit, wheat, mild malt sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Taste of fruit, mild malt sweetness, grainy wheat with bit of spice and citrus. Has a mild bitterness and a nice dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, hops seem restrained, smooth, with a refreshing feel. Nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer that reminds me more of a Belgian Ale that an IPA. Still an enjoyable beer without being overstated. (504 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A strong carbonation factor within a pale lemon color that has a small tint of haze. The head is foamy of 2 fingers, and fairly well lasting with a bright white gleen. Random lashes of lace.

S: Pale citrus, wheat, lemon with some breadiness and a slight hint of muskiness.

T: Flavor was pale lemons, bready, some muskiness, hint of spiciness, zesty oranges, and pale stale lemon finish.

M: Good carbonation, bready feel, lighter end of medium feel substance wise.

O: Overall has some yeastiness, spicing is moderate though a bit muted and hardly wow worthy. The hopping is adequate but a bit linear, carbonation could of used some snap. Body is light enough for summer use. End result is somewhere between ok and good. C+. (731 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its peachy yellow body has only a slight clarity to it where I can just make out my finger on the other side of the glass. A white cap of head a finger high doesn't waste much time falling back into the beer. This looks like a handsome Belgian Wit.

A generous helping of peaches, papaya, and clementines are spread across a wheat beer inspired backbone. The latter is both phenolic and bready. They've created a very nice harmony between an American IPA and a Belgian Wit.

The Belgian Wit component of this beer is made much more prominent in the taste. It's bready and grassy with plenty of spice. Unfortunately, with the focus being placed on the Wit character of the beer, the fruity and fresh qualities of an IPA fizzle away. A few dashes of peach and papaya can be found midway through but their impression is short lived. Coriander and herbs linger at the back of the palate.

The weight of the body is right between light and medium. The feel is spongy, partly due to the lively amount of carbonation. It finishes dry and makes for quite a refreshing beer.

This isn't my favorite Belgian IPA but it's a good one. It keeps the qualities of both an IPA and Belgian Wit at even par until the taste. And even then it's still good, but being such an IPA fan and seeing "White IPA" written right on the label, I wanted the tropical fruity goodness of the hops to be the star of the show, and to that it fell short. Although it didn't meet my expectations, it still made for an enjoyable beer that I could see myself sessioning in the summer months. (1,552 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Aroma:
Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Taste:
Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

Overall:
It's very good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with ample white foam. Aroma is spicy yeast, citrus zest, sourdough, and lemon meringue pie sweetness. Palate is lemon, orange, coriander, clove, and a touch of yeasty funkiness that approaches brett. More lemon meringue sweetness followed by a dry and bitter finish. A strong yeastiness persists on the palate along with an acidity like weak lemonade and a hoppy somewhat herbal bitterness, although the overall effect is much less hoppy than the IPA designation would suggest. More of an extra sour and bitter witbier. Refreshing and sessionable. (574 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy light gold with a modest white head. Some spots of lacing.
Smell is coriander, lemon, plenty of yeasty funk.
Taste is lemon, coriander, lemon peel, a bit of lightly bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with an adequete carbonation. Semi dry bitter citrus finish.
Overall a refreshing summer brew that should be called Chainbreaker White Ale. Not really even a Pale Ale amount of hops. (396 characters)

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (513 characters)

Photo of Littlesteam12
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a fan of Indian Pale Ales I expected the beer to have a little bit more kick to it. They should have called it an American Pale Wheat Ale.
Overall:

This is a wheat beer disguised as an IPA

Fruity and light very similar to a strong wheat beer or hef

Definitely a summer BBQ kind of cheaper micro beer

Deschutes must have released this to entice light beer drinkers to its demographic (391 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light yellow with a decent amount of white foamy head. Leaves a little sticky lacing on the glass as it recedes slowly. maintains a thin white cap of foam throughout.

Smell: Floral hops with a sweet wheat underneath and a hint of spice. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. I love the flavors in this beer. It starts out with a nice grapefruit or lemon citrus blast, then mellows to a lightly sweet, yeasty, and wheat-like Belgian witbier flavor. Really unique and refreshing.

Mouth feel: A little watery with light carbonation, like a good Belgian witbier.

Overall: As a big fan of Belgian Witbiers in the summertime, I love this beer! It has all of the flavors I love in a Belgian Wit, but with the added bonus of some nice subtle citrus hops. This is another winner from Deschutes, and has become my favorite beer of this summer. (929 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a weird light yellow with a decent amount of head

Smell is foral hops yeasty with some spice

Taste is citrus with coriander giving it just a little spice,strong light yeast character.

Mouth feel is a little light slightly watery.

I love white ipas i was really excited to try this, but it kind of let me down. There alot better eaples of the style out there. (368 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy pale yellow in color with a light white, delicate layer of foam on the top.

S - Barnyard funk, grassy, earthy, floral.

T - Cloves, floral, barnyard funk, coriander, pepper, lemon, bready.

M - Light medium body, bone dry, crisp, refreshing, and leaves a zesty tang on the tongue.

O - Refreshing and different. (323 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “10/31/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy, lemonade straw. A finger or so of thickish head left a bubbly skim, ring around the edge, and lacing along the glass.

Smell: Lots of coriander and pepper spice upfront. It has a nice base of bready malts, a little funky yeast that complements the spice, and a spritz of lemon.

Taste: It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and the coriander, pepper spice, and complementing yeast funk dominate. They merge seamlessly so I can barely tell them apart. Bready pale malts and lemonade-like lemon round it out.

Drinkability: A good beer. The flavor and aroma are both strong and enjoyable. (728 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chainbreaker poured a pale and hazy yellow straw like color with a small lacing head. The aroma was well balanced, with a slightly floral aroma, and lots of citrus. The taste was light with lots of citrus notes, some hop flavors, but rather balanced, some sweet Belgian candies come through too. A bit lighter, but not exactly watery, but still flavorful. Overall a lighter example, but tasty and refreshing. (408 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled best by 10/26/13 into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow, cloudy, a lot of good looking sediment! Not much head though, and just a little bit of lacing.
Smell - citrus, some coriander, slight hint of banana.
Taste- sweet, slightly tart; very refreshing, but not hop forward .
Feel - the downside of this beer; highly carbonated, almost no hop bitterness.
Overall - very good value, but this is a disappointing beer if you're seeking hops. A nice beer if you're after a refreshing brew for a hot Summer day. (534 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lighter white IPA. Good carbonation,light in color,nice citrus/grape fruit smell as well as taste. Light,dry refreshing finish,slightly hoppy. Great beer for a hot summer day. Had it in a bottle as well,like most everything a little better on tap. Another solid offering from Deschutes... (293 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.