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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

1,528 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 152 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnBender, Dec 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

krome, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
My first white IPA. Chainbreaker is very pale golden color ale with some haziness. A tall fluffy head sits on top with plenty of lacing. Aroma is akin to a Beligum wit but is balanced out with a citrus hop bouquet that lightens the wit beer aroma. Smells wonderful in all honesty. Taste is like wow, light and refreshing hints of wheat malts, yeasty esters and lemon grass hops. Drinks smooth and tart with a bitter finish. Probably will be a hit in the summer no doubt, which would be prefect for that time of year.

micromaniac129, Dec 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jame515, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jak, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head, low retention. Cloudy, medium straw colored body. Interesting for an IPA.
Smell is all lemon beginning to end.
Taste is nice with a strong lemon flavor. Medium bitterness.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and lighter body.
Enjoyable and something different in the IPA world.

Fatehunter, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Herky21, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Kopfschuss, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy pale yellow color with a nice white hear and good lacing

S-lemon, coriander, grain, bread dough

T-bready malt, lemon, coriander, hint of orange, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-easy drinking, great summer beer

MDDMD, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

MinorThreat, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says best by 10/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy golden yellow with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty spicy aroma. Belgian yeast with a big smell of coriander and white pepper spices. Wheat and pale malts. Citrus lemon and orange with a light hint of pineapple and mango. Also some spicy herbal hops. Smells refreshing and zesty.

Taste: Big on the spices and citrus like the smell indicates. Belgian yeast and wheat grains along with some pale malts. Big taste of coriander and white pepper. Big citrus esters of lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, and a little mango. Earthy and herbal hops round it out. Hops are more spicy than bitter here. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, zesty, and very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Belgian IPA. Leans more towards being a wheat beer than IPA, but it has enough hops to keep it from being too light. The spices are very good.

MattyG85, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and slightly cloudy with a white fluffy head and ok lace.

Aroma is big and spicy, more like a Belgian than an IPA, although the hops are noticeable.

Coriander, lemon, citrus, wheat, and a good hop tanginess are all noted in the taste.

Body is light but chewy, typical of a wheat beer or witbier.

A very nice brew, easy to drink and tasty.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 18, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, pale golden. Pretty nice white head on top of it with decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smells quite hoppy. Fruity, slightly citrusy, a touch of pineapple. Not as much "white"ness as I would like, but still good smelling.
T- The white ale part of the beer comes through here. Bready, a touch spicy, before some nice fruity hops come through. Nice balance of flavors.
M- There is a bit of an odd chalky mouthfeel in the finish. The carbonation is not quite sufficient.
O- It's a good easy drinking example of the style. Worth a try.

jsprain1, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

brotherloco, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

portia99, Jul 08, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw/white color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Patchy webbed lacing and very low carbonation.

N: Orange zest, clove, coriander, lemon, wheat and some Belgian yeastiness.

T: Lemongrass, wheat and some doughy bread upfront. Mid-palate is full of bread and Belgian yeast. Finishes wheaty with hints of coriander and orange zest.

M: Light bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: The wheat and lemon really dominate the flavor profile. This is a rather simple beer. I'm not very impressed. It seems the "White IPA" is a failed style.

justintcoons, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

BigBry, Nov 24, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured as requested into a pint glass. That being with a finishing swirl and yeast dump as one would a Hefe. Shows a hazy lemon with a thin white cap and offering moderate retention and lace.

Nose of lemon zest and some peppery/clove spice. Perhaps some noble hops contribute to a citrus character that seems a bit forced or artificial. Does expand to offer more balance and depth with warming.

Odd lemon notes present on the aroma carry forward to the palate and yield a touch of that 'lemon pledge' flavor found occasionally in brews such as this. Offers a long citric finish but a bit lacking in body and bitterness for a self proclaimed IPA, white or otherwise.

Feel is decent but again a bit light for an IPA, yet not really unbefitting of a white one.

Overall this beer stars off as a spiced witbier yet without the yeast notes. As it warms it offers a garlicky yeast aroma with good agitation. Otherwise the lemon and spice crowd out such things. A decent beer though the IPA moniker seems a bit brazen.

HalfFull, Dec 25, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this on the shelves in Calgary
A - fully hazy straw golden, two fingers of fluffy white head retained very nicely
S - big yeasty aromas of sour citrus and herbs, strong grassy hint, some bubble gum and grain
T - citrus and fresh grass hops, sour fruit and spicy yeast ester flavour is prominent, grainy malt with a mineral/vitamin flavour finish
M - fairly light body with pleasant carbonation, feel is a mix of tart citrus, hop dryness, and a minerally teeth coating finish
O - such a well constructed beer, has big element of both Belgian and IPA styles but melded into what the style should be, stoked that this is available is 6-packs here, this will be become a session regular for me!

joemcgrath27, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

schnarr84, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

FreshHawk, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

n2185, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

RoryOMoore, May 26, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours out a cloudy and hazy yellow lemon sun colour with a chunky snow white head. wispy lace adorns the glass as i sip. delectable aroma of coriander spice and grassy, hoppy spice. some sweet maltiness and sugar type aromas compliment greatly. the flavour profile is light pale maltiness paired with with some citrus infused wheat notes. coriander spice melds well with the belgian yeast tones and pepper notes. nice NW hop addition really rounds thing out nicely. everything compliments each other in a thirst quenching finish. medium bodied. quenching mouthfeel. incredible drinkability.

overall i'm impressed with this style bending offering. this is going to be a go to quaffer come summer time. it's got sunshine and yardwork written all over it. yummy stuff here!!

budgood1, Mar 01, 2013
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.