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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,785 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 51
Gots: 270 | 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:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Chainbreaker has a thin, white head and an opaque, brilliant, gold-yellow appearance, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a very bright, one could describe it, or bursting, citrus and white bread, sugary smell, and the flavor is of sweet orange, white bread, coriander, a bit of white pepper, and orange juice (think of a magnolia). Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Deschutes Chainbreaker finishes tart and highly drinkable.

RJT

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine back in early August for $6.99. Best by 11/16/12. Down to the last bottle so i figured i better officially review it.

Beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with an OK head that is dissipating quickly.

Nose is a nice aroma of citrus hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced between pale malts and citrusy hops with hints of coriander. Hops win in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing yet interesting because of the amount of hopping leaves a nice little trail of bitterness.

Overall a very solid brew, definitely worthy to try!

Photo of matjack85
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My roommate brought these home and let me try one, so thanks for that Tom. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 05/09/13 located right above the bar code.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a 2-finger white head that lasted a few minutes before dissipating to a thin rim. There was lots of lacing, but it didn't stick to the glass. Instead, it formed lots of splotchy circles that slid back into the liquid rather than stick to the sides.

Big fruity and citrusy hop aroma. Also picking up wheat and some coriander spice.

Delicious, although I will have to admit it tastes more like a Belgian wit than an IPA. Orange/grapefruit flavors blend well with the Belgian yeast. There is also a strong wheat presence with a touch of coriander spiciness. Not that bitter for an IPA, but not devoid of bitterness either.

Light and refreshing with low to moderate carbonation.

Another winner from Deschuttes. It goes down easy and is a good thirst quencher.

Photo of LehighAce06
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active slightly cascading pour yields about a fingers worth of virginal snow white crisp and slightly creamy froth... Limited retention gives way to lacing of much the same qualities... The color is an exceedingly pale lemony gold... There is a distinct haziness that permeates throughout... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble hear and there...

S - Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Some light spice notes in the form of sage and thyme... A very pleasant aroma...

T - Lemon zest and a hint of sweet citrus... Belgian yeast... Wheat... A subtle kiss of cloves... Sage... Perhaps a hint of banana... All the flavors compliment one another very nicely...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp... Light brisk carbonation... Smooth... Clean... Refreshing... Goes down easily sip after sip... Very nice...

D - A very nice refreshing brew... This one walks a fine line between Belgian IPA and Witbier... Insanely quaffable... I'm not sure why this one doesn't have higher ratings on BA because I find it quite enjoyable... I can recommend and will likely find this in my fridge on a regular basis going forward...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.