Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
08-07-2012 01:33:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
On tap at Churchkey. Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light witbier spice alongside nice American hops. Beautiful notes of citrus and tropical fruits come through alongside a nice backbone of wheat. Flavor has a nice body with good wheat presence and a nice Cascade and Citra punch. Extremely drinkable. Light body with good carbonation and a moderate bitterness. Excellent.
12-15-2012 19:10:13 | More by Thorpe429
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color (almost like a Berliner Weissbier) and has some fine particles floating in suspension near the bottom and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of lemon citrus and is followed by hints of peppery spices that linger into the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem to fit into any particular style-it is more like a witbier ans less like a Belgian IPA.
12-08-2012 03:12:12 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw liquid arrives with a modest cap on tap; not much in the way of lacing
Smell: Bubblegum and citrus
Taste: Bready, with bubblegum and citrusy flavors arriving by mid-palate (lemon and orange pith/peel); a yeasty Belgian character builds, after the swallow; the finish has a pronounced lemony character
Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation
Overall: A refreshing summer beer; nicely balanced between the two underlying styles
08-11-2012 15:47:03 | More by brentk56
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-02-2014 17:10:07 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head. Really dank, hoppy nose. Very citrusy, floral aroma, mild pine, an some wheat and bread. A hint of tropical fruit and grass. Flavor has a light tropical fruit note, citrus, grapefruit peel, and very faint bread malt. A little bit of wheat flavor, very citric, and just very light and refreshing.
08-07-2012 20:00:30 | More by womencantsail
3.36/5 rDev -7.7%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
All those bicycle enthusiasts in the City must be pleased with another bike-referencing brew on the shelves. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, leek, and light lemongrass. The taste brings in more of the same, though the leek is thankfully absent, replaced by a good dose of lemon zest, light coriander and grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little beer, but one that seems more like a slightly grassy wit than an actual BIPA. It ain't bad, but it's pretty forgettable.
02-20-2013 03:21:20 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +9.9%
$2 pints at Sycamore in Columbia, MO for their Chainbreaker rollout.
A - Poured a cloudy, yellow color with golden highlights. A two-finger, rocky, white head of foam left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of wheat.
T - Good fruity bite from the Belgian yeast. Nice cracked wheat flavor with citrus notes.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - They've really combined an American wheat beer and a Belgian IPA. Really cool.
07-30-2012 03:13:13 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
A yankee pint in Kona, Hawaii, watching the boats in the near distance out front of the patio.
This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which stays there, like it was told to, until manual intervention breaks the spell, to allow some fragmented webbed lace to appear, as well as to let me drink the damned thing. Nice persistent rising effervescence, too.
It smells of yeasty pale grain, some soft floral citrus hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, somewhat musty florals, a middling pale grainy malt, and a waning earthy yeast.
The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but settles rather quickly, the body an even medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy malt and seemingly neutered citrus hops ringing things out.
An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one bereft of the lofty booze of the norm, though the hops do show too little resolve towards the end, leaving me wanting more - unfortunately, of something else.
05-16-2012 03:47:13 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.
LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head
SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy
TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish
I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.
07-12-2012 03:20:00 | More by Jason
4.01/5 rDev +10.2%
Pale shade of yellow nearly looks like that lemon haze that Hoegaarden has bright egg shell white head with fine even banded lacing. It smells great citrus notes, slightly spiced not overkill like some of the east coast versions I've had, this is balanced wheat accent combine nicely with the hops in this brew. The flavor has spices, bread, coriander, citrus peel bitterness a bit of candied lime, soft coriander/lavender notes very herbal middle, and the sharp wheat notes make it all work together so well on the palate. Great food and beer pairing would be some mahi mahi fish tacos off the top of my head. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied slightly creamy texture from the wheat base, and has a nice dry spiced finish nothing over powers the other aspects of the beer well balanced White IPA...I believe Chainbreaker is a trailblazer. Overall I'm happy with this beer in every way.
05-25-2014 02:56:08 | More by WVbeergeek
3.71/5 rDev +1.9%
BBD 3-14-13. Had this on tap before & it didn't really thrill me, let's hop for better in the bottled version
Pours an effervescent pale straw color with a pinky of pearl white head. Slight hazing, above average head retention & lacing
S: Coriander, lemongrass, white pepper, faint tartness
T: Follows the nose, a touch of peppery yeastyness & some wheat-breadyness & lemon tartness up front. White pepper & faint grapefruit peels as this warms, slight yeasty/peppery bite. Finishes semi-crisp, citrussy & with little white pepper & wheat tartness
MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance
Fairly refreshing, I could do this in warm weather, but otherwise I could take it or leave it. More like a Wit/IPA hybrid to me
02-23-2013 03:57:31 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a 10oz footed Pils glass.
Pours a hazy grapefruit color in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger cap of bright-white head. This retains with some rich edges, leaving back a decent amount of spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh and floral feeling, with notes of bubblegum and spice. There is a distinct grapefruit character to this as well, while the whole thing is backed in the nose by a firm crispness from that combo of wheat and Pils malt.
The taste has a crisp bitter twang on the palate of wheat character and fresh bitter fruit. Spice and resins have some strength as well and stretch into the finish, with pepper and lingering musty accents hanging a bit on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness the whole way through the feel. While the alcohol is naturally hid at only 5%, this feels like it could use a little more presence to help pop that bitterness here a bit more.
This was interesting. Almost like a cross between an APA, IPL, and Whitbier at times, which neither of these sides really stepping up and taking control of the overall experience. I’m glad that I gave this try, as it certainly had a unique spin on a couple of different styles but this ultimately didn’t leave a huge impression on me.
10-03-2011 18:54:54 | More by Kegatron
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
On draft at Churchkey, solid beer, seriously. Really enjoyed it. Beer served in a tumbler of sorts. Beer is yellow with a thick white haze, nice head, good retention, nice carbonation, some lacing, looks good.
Aroma is hoppy, grassy, earthy hops. Mild citrus.
Beer is medium to light in body and hoppy, moderately bitter on the finish a nice beer to the end. I'd have this again.
06-19-2012 01:07:42 | More by drabmuh
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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