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Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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85
very good
338 Reviews
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84
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
2,098
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
31.73%
 
 
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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at BurGR in Las Vegas.
The beer is pale yellow and extremely hazy with a pure white cap. Aromas of herbal tea, lemons, lemon rind, earth, wheat, coriander, hops. Really, this brew drinks as advertised - a hoppy witbier, essentially. Refreshing and crisp, finishing dry. Prickly carbonation with a tangy, mildly tart, grapefruit finish. Lingering bitterness and coriander. A cool and unique beer.

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Photo of KDHicks1958
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy light yellow, with a thin head.

S - nice wit aroma with a hint of lemon

T - nice lemon corriander wheat flavor, with citrus hops coming in at the end. Nowhere near the hops I would expect from the IPA label, but that level of hops would ovewhelm this beer, so I appreciate the restraint.

M - light, somewhat fizzy mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice wheat beer. I thought the IPA in the name is a little misleading, this is more of an attempt to cross a wheat beer with an IPA, so the hops and ABV are not what you probably expect when you see IPA, but Deschutes balanced the characteristics nicely here.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-03-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly cloudy light yellow with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Grassy, Belgian yeast, lemon, pale malt, light spice/pepper. Stronger than a typical witbier.

T - White bread, lemon candy, pepper, light herbal with a bit of sour and light bitterness in the finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Not watery but pretty crisp.

O - A nice compromise between a witbier and a pale ale.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy light yellow wheat colored body, holding a white foamy head that recedes to a white film. Light watery lacing remains.

Aroma: Faint yeast and wheat, soon laced with floral aromas and citrus peels. Hops come alive in the end with a slightly piny note.

Taste: Belgian at first, doughy yeast comes out alongside a bouquet of fruits and citrus. The finish tastes more American with piny and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Clean and flavorful, a good beer for any Spring day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold/yellow with some head that falls, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is Lemon and coriander, with orange, citrus and pine, and wheat.

Taste is good with a strong wheat presence and a delicate hoppiness. There's alot going on in this beer. Coriander, wheat malt, bread, a tiny bitter bite from hops, and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is spot on, can't complain.

Overall I enjoy deschutes beers frequently, and this one doesn't dissapoint.

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Photo of narwhal
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle. Very pale yellow & not much head - not unattractive, looks like your typical wheat beer. Almost no aroma of any kind - one of the least aromatic beers I've had in a while. Very very strong citrus taste - almost shandy like - and I'm really struggling to note any hoppy bitterness at all. Carbonation is on the lower end, but not unpleasantly so.

This is my first mediocre review on here, but if the label says IPA, I want at least some of the bitter notes of the hops to come through - this one tastes more like a basic wheat beer with a generous dose of lemon squeezed into it. Its not a bad drink, but not a particularly good one either.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a large white head.
Herbal aroma, coriander and green plant-like characters. Also some wheat, lemon and pine.
More lemon and wheat as flavours along with a peppery note. Spicy hops are present too. Feels a little sharp with little supporting malt to soften things.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white head.

S: Lots of lemon and citrus fruit peels, some grapefruit, and some earthy funky Belgian yeast hints.

T: Wheat undertones are well balanced by lighter citrus flavors, particularly lemon, but also some grapefruit and maybe orange.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for the style, maybe a bit too much, but light bodied and refreshing.

O: This beer is delicious. I love the white IPA style, akin to a Belgian IPA, but spicy.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy pale with a large snow white head that leaves a great lacing
S-strong hop aroma with a corander hints and what seems like banana
T-has a pine hop taste yet you get the banana and corander flavor in there
M-light body and medium corbonation
O-has a differant color than I am use to in an IPA, but was enjoyable

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Photo of admiral
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, especially in the Australian Summer.

aroma: honeyed apple, clove and orange zest

taste: clove, honeyed apple, spice, citrus, coriander, cinnamon, slight orange peel and slight grapefruit. Nice bitterness back of palate.

A great beer style done very well - tasty!

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Photo of dgilks
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold/straw colour. Fluffy white head. Fair head retention.

Big lemony, almost herbal aroma. Coriander. Tart wheat. Light citrus. Wow.

Wheaty but with a massive lemony, geraniol flavour. The flowery character is intense as is the almost herbaceous character. The pepper and coriander add nice complexity.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. Fine.

A very nice beer. Enjoyable and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a lot of this if it were easily available. As it is, it doesn't hit the "special" beer note. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker – White IPA (5.6%) - Deschutes Brewing Co. (Oregon)
☆☆☆ ½

App: Pours a cloudy warm yellow with a thin head (approaching soapy) that dissipates quickly. Almost no retention, but some okay lacing up the sides of the glass. Some greenish hues to the extremities of the glass. There's a lot of sediment floating around in this one but thats not untrue to style.

Smell: Dominant wheat pungency like fresh bread dough. Slightly sour smelling with some very mild fruit esters that compliment the breadiness well. Hops are very subtle for an IPA, with only the slightest bitterness buried behind the wheat.

Taste: Wheaty and lightly sour with some strong lemon zest notes in the foretaste. True taste is subtly malty with that definitive wheat funkiness. Aftertaste is lingering but not strong. Very grainy, but overall very pleasant. One of the better balanced white IPAs I've had. That being said there's very little hops assertiveness to this. What is there is all in the aftertaste. Though it is a tasty and well balanced brew, it's a little misleading to label it an IPA. Tastes more like a Wit. Very dry with only the slightest hints of lemon and gooseberry.

Mouth: Light bodied overall, but with a lingering acidity. Carbonation is perfectly rounded and supports this beer well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/4/14.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 01/10/2014 printed on the label, so I'm just in time to save this beer from going over the hill. Another new beer to me from Deschutes, this time a white IPA, or a Belgian IPA, not a style I am too fond of, but I'm keeping an open mind.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a hazed lemon straw colored body with less than a finger of thin fizzy bone white bubbles for a head. Some thin bubbly white lacing. Fairly poor head retention. Not bad, but fairly unimpressive to look at.

S - The smell doesn't really come across as Belgian too much. Grassy / herbal hops - lemongrass, oranges, grapefruit. Some soapiness. Some musty yeast, but not what I would call funky, more of a fruity yeast presence. Smells more IPA than Belgian.

T - Taste resembles what a light-bodied pale ale might be if it had just a hint of bubblegum malt and floral coriander / mild clove spice tossed in. None are really evident on the nose, and all are pretty short lived in the flavor. Bready biscuit malt, lemongrass, orange, grapefruit, and fruity / earthy yeast.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly herbal, and lightly sticky on the finish. Medium bodied with decent, tingly carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer, but it's nothing to write home about. I'm not a big fan of white IPA's to begin with, and this one takes the subtle route, which I suppose is nice, but it seems a little too tame and pulled back, but it is approachable, light, refreshing, and sessionable.

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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?

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Photo of heygeebee
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

hmmm - odd beer, so an odd review.

Is it a Belgian IPA? not to this palate.. pours zesty clear just like a Hef, and the pillowy head and lacing the same.... on the nose it reeks of yeast and dough and lemon and cloves. Taste is like fizzy bitter lemon soft drink - out of a can - plus a yeast bomb added. Lemons to the fore. Hops are there but killed by lemons. Carbonation is sky high and you can drink easily but it is soo muddled... dry, dry finish.

Too odd, and really doesn't work to this palate. To me, it is a standard Hef/wit with added lemons and a little extra hop bite.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once more, my thanks go out to my local, in-person trader, tone77. There are just so many beers available now that I would probably gloss over a large portion of them, but he keeps me grounded.

From the bottle: "What if wheat wasn't the goal in itself? But a route to something awesomely new?"; "Crafted for Explorers Everywhere Since 1988"; "You pair wheat, hops and Belgian yeast and suddenly 'Bingo, a wheat like nobody else's.' With real depth, coriander and sweet orange peel, it's citrus-packed and silky smooth going down."; "Pouring tip: Pour two thirds in a tilted glass. Swirl what's left around the bottle. Resume pouring in all its hazy glory."

I will openly cop to not being a fan of Black IPAs, but I can fully get behind Whites. Nope, not a racist thing as color does not and should not matter, but it just seems like the roastiness of the dark malts gets in the way of the hops' bitterness. Here, the spices compliment and bring out the hops' flavors.

I was excited to get this started, especially after really agitating it in the bottle, per the label's instructions. This resulted in a LOT of foamy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving so much sticky lacing behind that I may be forced to break out the jackhammer, despite planning to run the dishwasher later. Nose was really spicy, like coriander, black pepper and even perhaps some saison yeast. I want this in my mouth! Yeah, yeah, that's what she said, ad nauseum. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and when combined with the head atop it, it looked like a slice of lemon meringue pie. Mouthfeel was effervescent and the melange of hops and spices was riotous. I was reminded of a recent Law & Order: SVU episode in which a woman was performing fellatio with a mouthfeel of Pop Rocks. This beer is probably what that must be like although I have no personal experience. This was an exciting beer for this self-avowed hophead because it gave an all-new dimension to the style. The finish was dry, but not gasping as some AIPAs have been when saturated with hops. I like them, but this was new and different by comparison.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
---from bottle to pint glass---

I must preface with this short story. I ordered this beer out of straight curiosity at the Hilton Rosemont/O'Hare in Chicago. The bartender couldn't find his bottle opener (nor his brain, I assume), so I offered to open it with my personal bottle opener on my key chain. Well... this bottles cap broke my opener. So, my hopes are high!

Appearance
Pours seemingly water clear, but ends up an extremely foggy off white color with loads of sediment. Thick white head with decent lacing.

Smell
Smells funky... Sour wheat, almost. Light notes of citrus and flowers.

Taste
Immediately sweet followed by an intense, but delightful bitter. Tastes like carbonated grapefruit juice with hops. The wheat backbone holds this beer from being too 'fruity.' Oddly intriguing...

Mouth-feel
Very light, but lingering flavor. Incredibly smooth with a back end bitter that calls for another sip.

Overall
This is my first ever white IPA. I am very happy with this beer. Not your average Belgian.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Southpaw in SD. Pours a hazy golden with small white head. Bretty aroma with hay, spices, honey, light pine. Flavor follows as a combination of wit, tripel, and IPA. Light spice and bretted wit flavor, some yeasty honey and clove, and a crisp pine hop finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, really crisp. This turned out nicely for a style that to me is mostly meh. Not bad.

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Photo of mmva321
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Transferred from another forum)

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.

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Photo of kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.