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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,406 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 106 | 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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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-27-2012 05:44:39 | More by twelveinches
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a big billowy white head of three fingers. The head very slowly fades over time leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heavy of Belgian yeast and malts with a large hit of lemon and wheat. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a banana and a bit of a coriander spice.

Taste- The taste begins with a Belgian malt and lemon flavor upfront. Along with these taste so too comes some nice wheaty flavors which maintain a base taste for the brew. As the flavor advances the lemon grows stronger and slightly more sour to the end. A bit of grassiness and graininess begins developing in the taste more toward the end leaving a lemony and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. The moderate characteristics of the two are rather nice for the lemon, wheat and yeasty characteristics of the brew and make for a rather nice drinker.

Overall- A pretty nice flavorful brew overall with a decent blend of graininess and a lemony taste, although slightly low on the hop profile for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 19:03:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-11-2014 03:56:34 | More by smartassboiler
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-17-2012 23:53:35 | More by deapokid
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-27-2012 06:29:48 | More by strongaf
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 01:00:32 | More by Reidrover
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morimech

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the cap.

Aroma of citrus, mostly lemon, and earthy hops. The yeast adds phenols and esters in about equal amounts. Smells enticing.

The hops and yeast almost works beautifully but it turns overly bitter in the finish. A touch harsh. There is very little malt to carry the other flavors. Too bad, they were so close. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

A little weak in the body but is nicely carbonated. Good texture and pleasurable to drink.

Easy drinking beer that is a little lacking in a couple of areas. Especially enjoyed the yeast qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 21:42:07 | More by morimech
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had this beer a couple summers ago, when it was a 'test batch' at the Deschutes Portland Pub. Was glad to hear that a recipe was settled upon, and that it would be added to the seasonal lineup. This review from a 12 oz. bottle, one from our second six-pack of the summer.

Best by: 09/13/12, poured to a pint glass.

A: Quite pale, this really puts the 'white' in 'White IPA'; a hazy straw color that shows off the steady carbonation well. Terrific head initially, a snowy whiteness that crests above a finger, dense and long-lasting. A little ribbon-y lace, broken.

S: A musty, citrusy scent... pepper and discarded rinds. Moments are sweet, then gears are reversed and tartness and spice attack one another in the nose.

T: A good amount of citrus zest, lemony and then mildly peppery in the end. A dirty dryness (chalky), sourdough bread.

M: Disappointing thinness in feel, yet a lasting starchy stickiness. That odd pasty coating lasts too long, clinging to teeth and causing insatiable lip-smacking. A peppery dryness in the finish salvages the feel somewhat.

O: This has served as a good staple for early summer get-togethers - it's likable enough to please malt or hop lovers, even wine drinkers. Refreshing on a warm day, but with flaws that I can't quite get past. Not one of the better things I've had from Deschutes (but they set the bar so high... this is still pretty darn good!).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:49:25 | More by msubulldog25
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-19-2013 14:00:51 | More by cdwil
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 00:14:12 | More by thecheapies
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-11-2014 18:26:32 | More by ZEB89
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harrymel

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 15JUL12

Pours a diaphanous light yellow ale with a sheet of white foam and spotty lace throughout. Phenols, coriander, citric hops, slightly plastic. Flavor is sweet and wheaty with a good bitterness up front and an interesting citric rind character on the finish with a witbier taste. Full bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. A decent beer, and one of the more approachable Belgo style IPA's I've had. Probably won't be found buying this one too often however.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:20:08 | More by harrymel
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-02-2013 05:13:51 | More by Gagnonsux
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-14-2014 00:23:06 | More by mattmarka1
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scottfrie

California

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy chalky lemon yellow with a huge, billowing, bright white head. Head slowly collapsed into a rocky film leaving chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemon hops, chalky Belgian yeast and peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with notes of lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, chalky doughy malts, and hints of wheat and coriander. Finish is rather sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy.
M: Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, with airy carbonation. Juicy and wet.
O: A perfect six pack Belgian IPA. Nothing too strong but it drinks very well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:48:04 | More by scottfrie
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-24-2014 17:34:57 | More by BMart
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-02-2012 16:36:53 | More by Whiskeydeez
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StJamesGate

New York

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 19:47:59 | More by StJamesGate
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2013 05:23:46 | More by gtermi
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 16:01:44 | More by williamjbauer
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-12-2013 14:35:20 | More by jenray
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-17-2012 21:59:15 | More by ste5venla
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmliet glass. Appearance is hazy and yellow with a layer of dense soapy bubble which stick to the sides of the glass. Belgian esters come first, tons of yeast, banana, lemon, and orange peel. This is followed by a faint pine hop background. The taste features more hops than the nose and brings out the IPA side of things. Pine and resin on the finish. Carbonation level is appropriate and body is light. There seems to be more White Ale than IPA here, still not entirely sure how I feel about this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 06:58:13 | More by homebrew311
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 7/13/14 on the label.

pours a hazy very pale straw color, with big soapy white head. great head retention all the way through drinking the glass. any hops in the aroma are overpowered by your normal witbier aroma - wheat and lemony herbal yeast. taste is similar, but the with a hoppy aftertaste. medium body and higher carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 03:43:03 | More by jmdrpi
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-20-2013 16:35:50 | More by petermethot
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.