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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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very good

325 Reviews

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 2,010
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 31.73%
Wants: 57
Gots: 442 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"White IPA" - seems like these are all the rage at the moment.
This is essentially a witbier with pretty mild esters but massive IPA-level american hop notes.
Looks more or less like a witbier in the glass. Hazy eggshell color. Lots of foam. Probably a bit more effervescent (less creamy, more bubbly) but otherwise, very close.
Big old school hops intermingling with slightly milder banana-like esters.
The flavor is similar. There are some witbier notes trying to come out, but they're hiding behind a lot of cascade and citra pine/citric rind. While the nose was an even mix, I think the flavor favors the hops in a big way. The body of the beer is overpowered slightly, but the phenolic notes com out here and there. I like it, but I wonder if some kind of bigger wit was necessary to keep those hops in check. It isn't necessarily bitter, but the hops run the show.
Great in small doses, I like having one of these here and there, but I don't think I'll ever have 2. The witbier body just can't keep up with all of those hops.
Still, I DO like this and will probably keep grabbing bottles here and there. I think it's one of those situations where something isn't a world beater, but just hits the spot in a lot of different situations.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12-pack of Chainbreaker White IPA in a grocery store. $12.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, the shade of pinapple juice, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is a acerbic hefe or white ale scent. Almost as if a white or a witbier had gone bad. Fortunately the smell is subdued.

Taste is a dry hopped sour version of a Bavarian hefe. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.

Overall a drinkable beer. I'll be looking forward to some of this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)

- This is a very pretty beer. Pours a light zesty straw-yellow and is slightly cloudy with light yeasts and perhaps other unfiltered sediment. The finger of fluffy white head has slowly settled to a very spotty and creamy layer over the brew with a nice bit of lacing in the glass. Looks damn good.

Smell: (4.0)

- This beer has a wonderful citrus aroma along with a very light bready wheat and banana yeast. Some pine hops are in the mix as well. Light, zesty, lightly spicy, and a little lemony. Smells very refreshing and balanced. There is even a light touch of wheat funk to it as well which is quite good.

Taste: (4.5)

- Nice zesty bright citrus notes, bready wheat malts and light sweet honey. There is a nice light balanced herbal flare from the coriander which is melded in very well with the big spicy hops which seem to grasp both citrus, and pine flavors. Very solid refreshing drinker. Lovely lemon zinger in the finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)

- This is another high mark for this beer. Perfectly carbonated, a little drying from the bitter hop, but yet zesty and zingy enough to wet the palate. Very light creamy flare to it from the wheat, and yet a rather light to medium bodied brew. I couldn't drink a ton of these sessionable brews on a sunny day.

Overall: (4.0)

- This is a stand-out beer. As for Spring releases, I think this one will take the cake. This beer is very solid, very balanced, very complex, and just very damn good. I highly recommend drinking a lot of these. Huge fan here.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass at the Bend Brewpub

A- Poured a bright hazy golden color with a frothy head that left minimal lace

S- Some strong citrus and coriander notes, but not really any hop aroma

T- Big orange peel and coriander, pineapple, grapefruit, and a huge astrigency on the finish

M- Might be the most aggressively carbonated beer I have had, finished very dry

O- I loved the flavor of this beer and the astrigency, but the really high level of carbonation on this beer did hurt the drinkable though. I love IPA's and witbiers and I liked this blend of styles a lot.

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chain Breaker White IPA
12oz bottle poured into a hybrid glass
Best by 9/7/12

Thanks to Bonez05404 for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a bright light yellow thats the color of pineapple juice, thats hazy and has a small amount of sedimentation floating in the glass. There is a big 2 plus fingers width of bright white colored head, that hangs around for minutes before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells sweet with citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana aromas. Subtle resinous piney aromas. Really heavy on the tropical fruit notes. Pretty unique but I like it, a lot.

T: Again, tropical fruits on the tongue. A fairly big wheat presence. Some sugary sweetness on the finish. A bit of spice. Very tasty.

M/D: Heavily carbonated. On the thinner side of medium bodied. A light crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this one. The bottle says IPA, BA says Belgium IPA. But its pretty unique and doesnt fall neatly into either of those categories in my opinion. I enjoy the unique qualities. This would be a great summer time cook out beer. Its light, refreshing, but really tasty. Id drink this again, no doubt.

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

Chainbreaker 12oz, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Best Before 6-28-12.

A: Hazy yellow gold, fluffy white head.

S: Lots of piney, citrusy hops, semi-pungent, wheat, lemon, definite funk (almost B.O.), Belgian yeast esters, lots of Wit beer characteristics...fruity, rotting pear, fruit flesh.

T: Lemon zest, citrus pith, wheat and malt, bready...earthy grass, funk, Belgian yeast notes, piney hops contribute as well...fruity notes are more buried here but still present.

MF: Light to moderate bitterness, soft clingy dryness, light to medium body.

O: What I would expect from a Deschutes Belgian/White IPA. More hops would be welcome, but overall its still a refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So you take a witbier and add hops, this is what you get. I've had Belgian IPAs before, but I'm not sure I've had one that tasted so much like a Witbier with bittering hops. It has the clove and coriander and orange peel flavors you'd expect from a Wit, but then hops that mostly add bitterness, but also some nice pine flavors. Probably my least favorite Deschutes beer, but it's a good one nonetheless. I've just had too many other Belgian IPAs I've preferred to score this one any higher.

I can see why many would dislike this beer by the way -- my girlfriend (who openly dislikes any beer that's not a stout or porter) claims this tastes like soapy vomit. Really, I can see where she's coming from, I think. But Mm, mm, that doesn't bother me!

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

This pours a semi-hazy color with some floaties and an frothy off-white head. The aroma is very citrusy for an IPA. The taste is light and very clean with lots of herbal and citrusy note. This is an intriguing brew from Deschutes with a very unique taste for the style that either be a hot or miss with the drinker.

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

On-tap at Fat Sully’s Pizza, Denver, CO:

Served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy bright pale straw yellow that produced a thin white head that dissipated in to a ring right around the glass. The beer produced some lacing.

The beer gave off a light hop aroma, floral with some spice.

The taste is good, like a witbier or hefeweizen, but with a bit more hops. The taste also had hints of some spices and a light yeast component.

The beer’s body was light, perhaps a little too watery; it was smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall, a good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow/straw, cloudy, spongey layer of white foam with good head retention, some lace

Aroma: floral hops, hint of orange peel

Flavor: dry malt profile with a wheaty character and balanced spiciness; finishes dry with lingering spice and some tartness

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp yet fluffy

Other comments: This just might become my summer beer for this year. Refreshingly quaffable!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.

S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!

T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.

M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.

O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pineapple white body, almost a soft inner glow. White head with lots of lace. Smell is oranges, pineapples, lemon, slight pepper. Taste is a little pineapple infused orange marmalade, although its only very slightly sweet. Slightly peppery, or maybe clove. Good level of citric pithy bitterness, yet malt is there providing a nice balance. It's wet, crisp and refreshing. Very good.

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

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with an okay label.

Appearance: pours a pale straw with a light haze, moderate carbonation visible. A one finger white head that drops to a thin cap. Looks okay.

Aroma: smells of yeast, wheat and grain. Some light citrus also. Pretty unexciting stuff.

Taste: some spice with wheat, lemon citrus and white pepper. Not bad, some tartness too.

Aftertaste: not a whole heap of hop bitterness, not sure where the 'IPA' comes from.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: an alright but overall completely overpriced brew. I wouldn't call it an IPA either - not very hop-orientated, more spice-driven. Too expensive and not interesting enough. Drinkable.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What makes this a 4 is it's so damn bright and happy.

A: Turbid, yellow straw, modest head and lace.

S: First - fruity, citric, yeast, bready, then a bit of spice, hop, herbs.

T: Smooth, sweet and bitter at once with good bite, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bread, nutty, herbs. Complex and flavorful. Very happy balance.

F: chalky finish, well made.

O: Many have tried wit ipa and this is one of the best. This brewer always near the top.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Definitely looks like a witbier, almost milky. Nice foam that turns into sudsy lacing. A tad thin, but there are plenty of yeast particles and carbonation floating around.

Smell: Banana and cloves. Rather subdued, with a hint of lemon in the finish. Not has much bite as I'd like in an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour banana with a malty background. There's also enough bitterness from the pine. Active, light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: This beer definitely found its niche. A nice wheat-IPA hybrid. Might be a bit too much for your average wheat drinker, and a bit too light for IPA lovers.

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Photo of azdback
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very pale color, kind of white grape juice in color. Hazy and teaming with medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge three finger head that is bright white in color and frothy in appearance. The head doesn't stay around for very long but does leave a beautiful lace to remember it was once there.

Smell is as expected. Sweet, banana, earth, wheat and yeast.

Taste is just as undesirable as I figured it would be. Banana and wheat and musty yeasts. Not my cup of tea/beer.

Mouth is on the refreshing side. Light carbonation medium feel and a short, bright, dry finish.

Overall I should score this on the style and not my palate preference. This is what it is supposed to be, a light, easy drinking summer ale with a Belgian influence. Not my style but to those that like the musty yeasts and hops this one is a summer delight.

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

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with a half-finger white head that dissipated into a ring of white that left no lacing. It looks a lot like a witbier, but with less head and lacing. Scents of pine, slight citrus, coriander and Belgian yeast. Smells a lot like a west coast IPA at first and then the witbier like scents emerge. Flavors of pine, orange peel, slight coriander spice and Belgian yeast funk. Like a witbier and IPA crossed. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderated carbonation. Easy to drink. It's an excellent beer, a combination of two great styles that work together in a unique beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New one!

A : Hazy pineapple juice glow, about 70% opaque. Head is beautiful and retentious, 2 fingers, leaves flecks as it recedes.

S : Yeast and hop both fight and get married at the same time under jurisdiction of beerdom. There's a tension here but also a harmony. Like what the hell are these two doing together. But it works. Actually to be honest, it smells like sweet vomit...like someone who vomited up cake. I hate to say it that way, but honestly it's not bad smelling. The acidity is where the vomit comes in, and the sweetness is probably from the yeast and malts. Fucked up sure, but really actually awesome.

T : It drinks easy like a Witbier. That is the most important thing for me here. But, and but, and but, it has a faint crack of dry hop at the end that tells me it's an IPA. That's what I'm looking for. Because this ain't a witbier, and it ain't a typical IPA. So being a White IPA, it scores points for being dead-on. A yeastiness is present and some fruity esters (like banana runts and orange cream) are also surrounding it. What can I say, it tastes pretty alright.

F : It's light bodied right at the tip, and then a rush of electrifying carbonation comes in and livens it up, and it ends semi-dry/semi-creamy. It's pretty on-par.

O : I'm drunk. Deschutes makes good beers, this is no exception. I think everyone should try Chainbreaker if they like Belgian beers and IPA's too. Even if you like just Belgian beers. Or just IPA's. Try it. It's pretty good.

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, head fades fast leaving no trace.

Coriander, wheat, floral hops in the nose.

Interesting belgia/german type blend of wheat, coriander, clove, orange peel, and pine.

Highly carbonated.

Crisp little hybrid beer here, evocative of a witbier mainly.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 1/05/13. This pours a slightly hazy light yellow, straw color with a large white head which has good retention, and leaves a lacing. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, banana, cloves, light hops with crisp light malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is decent, a little belgian funk, some banana, light hops (not IPA hops) and some crisp malts.

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

A - Cloudy yellow, with a short white head, some lacing.

S - A bit of lemon and pine, a nice sweet line, and a touch of yeasty funk that produces a off note of garbage.

T - Following the nose, without the funk. Close is a slight sour element.

M - Crisp, bright, and very little drying.

O - Pleasant, drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored topped with foamy white head with good retention and clumpy lacing. Yeast and wheat aromas with earthy citrus and spice. Balanced orange zest and spice with a light hoppy end and fairly clean finish. Sharp, crisp carbonation.

Crisp, refreshing, and a hoppy beer with nice flavor elements. An easy drinking spring/summer beer when you’re in the mood for an IPA and a wheat beer. It does get a bit salty if you try and drink this too quickly.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy Straw colored brew with a moderate creamy white head that persists as a light layer and produces decent lacing all the way.

The aroma is citrus and floral hops, very pleasant.

The taste is orange zest, hints of pineapple or other tropical fruit, coriander and a nice zip of floral hops in the finish.

The body is light/medium, smooth and nicely drinkable.

Altogether a very enjoyable combination, especially for summer weather.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.