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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

316 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 1,945
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 389 | FT: 1
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 jman005
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a pint.
Great Beligian yeast strain right off the bat.
Lemony, Spiced, Coriander
Nice hop aroma, and mild bitterness
Easy drinking, belgain-style white ale.
Delicious and would highly recommend. (206 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Aroma:
Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Taste:
Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

Overall:
It's very good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden appearance in a pint glass, minimal head as served at a restaurant.
Taste is smooth and light. Belgian yeast prevalent but not overwhelming. Hops also on the light side. Smooth, refreshing, enjoyable. A decent offering, not great. A good fun session beer just in time for summer. (292 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear neon yellow with some visible carbonation. White fizzy head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Sweet hop notes and some crystal malt.

Taste: As advertised, a hoppy belgian style beer. You get the banana, pear, and apple flavors of a typical belgian beer with an added hop character that is careful not to get in the way of all the belgian complexity (not that it's super complex). Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher effervescence than the average IPA and medium bodied (but a little syrupy). Decently refreshing and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: On the one hand I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Ales, and on the other hand I'm a huge fan of IPAs. Chainbreaker White IPA presents a rare case where a negative and a positive put together make a positive. Not bad, Deschutes. (806 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color that remonds me of sunshine, the head is frothy and white sticking to the glass on the way down. Nice floral aroma with a ton of Belgian wheat and yeast, and lots of nice citrus notes from the hops, very nice smell. Nice bitter lemony flavor with wheat, yeast and some banana, grassy hops. It has low carbonation with a refreshing finish. this beer is really good, nice representation af a Belgian IPA. (434 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white head.

S: Lots of lemon and citrus fruit peels, some grapefruit, and some earthy funky Belgian yeast hints.

T: Wheat undertones are well balanced by lighter citrus flavors, particularly lemon, but also some grapefruit and maybe orange.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for the style, maybe a bit too much, but light bodied and refreshing.

O: This beer is delicious. I love the white IPA style, akin to a Belgian IPA, but spicy. (476 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. barely visible micro rising carbonation
S: one of the fruitiest beers ive smelled, but more along grape/pineapple lines, very much like juice, a tropical punch. very sweet
T: yes, a mix of a witbier with some ipa characteristics. also retains some of this tropical punch flavor as well. slightly lemony sour/bitter
M: almost medium bodied and moderately sparkling.
O: in some ways its well done, in others its somehow plain (464 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 11/03/12. served in pint glass, swirled to ensure haze, as per instructions on label. Peer pours an eery, lemony yellow, suggesting soda, not beer. Thick white head. Actually in the glass it looks like a giant lemon merengue pie. Considerable citrus hop / lemon aroma.

Flavor comes on strong with a hoppy edge, coriander, and fresh orange all at once. Carbonation is a little bit aggressive, but given all the adjuncts in here that may be necessary. This beer isn't, on the whole, particularly dry. For an IPA, it's actually sweet. But given that, as a combination of two inherantly incompatible styles, this beer is pretty successful. In particular the combination of natural orange in the beer and citrusy Cascade / Centennial works well.
I'm definitely not sick of it after 1 or 2, but it remains to be seen if I'll want another 6 pack when this one's gone.

"Belgian IPA" isn't really apt. There's Belgian Wit spicing, but there's no discernible Belgian yeast funk. This is just a Northwest Wit. And as all things Northwest should be, there are too many hops. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow. Looks like a fairly healthy urine specimen.
Smells like spices particularly cinnamon and a little citrusy too. Tastes approximately like pears sprinkled with cinnamon. It's light and easy to drink but kinda blends in with all the other servicable white ipas out there. (283 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very little white, foamy head, dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Milky yellow hue.

Lemon grass, lemon zest on the nose, did I say lemon? Mild hops.

Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Slightly rotten, bready fruit that you would expect from a wheat. Light carbonation, mellow and easy drinking. Slight hoppiness, with a bitter citrus finish that fades quickly.

I like this beer, a local wings joint has this on draft, less lemon and more creamy mouthful on tap than this bottle but still a favorite of mine...a very good beer, Deschutes is quickly becoming a favorite brewery of mine to sample. I will buy again, preferably on tap. (681 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I can even appreciate the color, I’m hit with the great aroma that’s such a good blend of Belgian wheat and juicy American hops.

Color is a light yellow, slightly hazy, but not as cloudy as most Belgian wheats. White foam cap settles out fast.

Flavor is really nice, though seems to lean more on the Belgian wheat side. Lots of coriander spice, which is complemented by vegetal/earthy flavor and a bitter finish. Body is on lighter side but doesn’t feel too thin. The finish really lingers with orange, coriander, and biting hops.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink! Solid Deschutes brew. Stacks up nicely against all the other new hoppy wheats out there. (670 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,490 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 finger light white head. Color is a hazy light golden yellow. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Lemony citrus, some white pepper, hops, mustiness, yeast. Some corriander. Pretty refreshing smell.

T. Pale malt, lemony, some spices on the back of the tongue. A little bit of yeast flavor. Not a lot of hops. Not a tremendous amount of flavor. Drinks easy enought.

M. Medium/light bodied. Pretty dry. Medium carbonation.

O. Not an amazing beer. Easy drinking. Not much flavor. Ok, but not the best white IPA I have had. (573 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy pale with a large snow white head that leaves a great lacing
S-strong hop aroma with a corander hints and what seems like banana
T-has a pine hop taste yet you get the banana and corander flavor in there
M-light body and medium corbonation
O-has a differant color than I am use to in an IPA, but was enjoyable (320 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “10/31/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy, lemonade straw. A finger or so of thickish head left a bubbly skim, ring around the edge, and lacing along the glass.

Smell: Lots of coriander and pepper spice upfront. It has a nice base of bready malts, a little funky yeast that complements the spice, and a spritz of lemon.

Taste: It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and the coriander, pepper spice, and complementing yeast funk dominate. They merge seamlessly so I can barely tell them apart. Bready pale malts and lemonade-like lemon round it out.

Drinkability: A good beer. The flavor and aroma are both strong and enjoyable. (728 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its peachy yellow body has only a slight clarity to it where I can just make out my finger on the other side of the glass. A white cap of head a finger high doesn't waste much time falling back into the beer. This looks like a handsome Belgian Wit.

A generous helping of peaches, papaya, and clementines are spread across a wheat beer inspired backbone. The latter is both phenolic and bready. They've created a very nice harmony between an American IPA and a Belgian Wit.

The Belgian Wit component of this beer is made much more prominent in the taste. It's bready and grassy with plenty of spice. Unfortunately, with the focus being placed on the Wit character of the beer, the fruity and fresh qualities of an IPA fizzle away. A few dashes of peach and papaya can be found midway through but their impression is short lived. Coriander and herbs linger at the back of the palate.

The weight of the body is right between light and medium. The feel is spongy, partly due to the lively amount of carbonation. It finishes dry and makes for quite a refreshing beer.

This isn't my favorite Belgian IPA but it's a good one. It keeps the qualities of both an IPA and Belgian Wit at even par until the taste. And even then it's still good, but being such an IPA fan and seeing "White IPA" written right on the label, I wanted the tropical fruity goodness of the hops to be the star of the show, and to that it fell short. Although it didn't meet my expectations, it still made for an enjoyable beer that I could see myself sessioning in the summer months. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 18 August 2014

Appearance: 3.75/5. Pours an opaque beeswax color with a one-and-a-half finger soapy white head. Head sticks around for a while and looks decent.

Smell: 3.5/5. Hops dominate the palate but are not the only presence. Floral hoppiness is somewhat counterbalanced by a somewhat rough spiciness and soft banana notes.

Taste: 3.75/5. You can definitely tell this is a white IPA since the Belgian notes definitely come through. This kind of tastes like a hopped up Blue Moon, with a purer banana ester but the same rough-ish spiciness. These Belgian-style flavors are overlaid with an appreciable floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: 3.25/5. Initially really nice, but the carbonation fell off sooner than I expected, leaving the beer dead and flat.

Overall: 3.5/5. A solid white IPA, but one I wouldn't feel the need to have again. (873 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - clear, pale yellow, not much head or retention

smell - citrus and yeast esque notes

taste - light flavored, a bit sweet, a bit citrusy, a bit bready

mouthfeel - light, well carbonated, slightly dry

overall - i expected a little more from deschutes on this one, it's almost like their version of blue moon, there are some decent citrus hop notes and it's probably a decent summer session beer but not an amazing brew (432 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque straw color with floating yeast. Quickly dissipating white head with somewhat decent lacing.

Nose: Faint papaya and vanilla with some lemon zest and wheat.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with lemon and hoppy bitterness. A nice, slightly sudsy finish. Wheat and a tiny bot of heat coming through at the end.

Notes: Im not sure exactly what to compare this to, as it is the first Belgian IPA I've ever had. Interesting style with many possibilities. (471 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow body, lightly hazey. Lots of carbonation and a white head that goes away in short order.

A- Light sweet malt with a nice bitterness and light hop aroma. Muted belgin wit smells, citrus specifically.

T- Light sweet wheat flavor with a hit of bitterness. Lots of citrus flavor. Finishes with a tart flavor, but cleanly.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable beer. This example of the white IPA has grown on me. (452 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

I love Deschutes Inversion IPA, but this tastes too much like a wheat ale to me, with some citrus notes. It pours kind of cloudy yellow and I picked up the citrus on the nose. Will pass in the future. (200 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice light yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice yeast character and citrus hops

Taste: Citrusy up front, some fruityness, and a nice deal of spicy yeast character

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A solid brew, nice and refreshing on a hot day (299 characters)

Photo of malty
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/13

Gifted to me from a client who happens to live in Bend, OR. Pours a proper bright soapy lemon color with a fluffy ultra loose/airy 2" head that settles to about 1/2". Suspended yeast particles mix with unambitious uprising carbonation. Lots of craggy foam just from the 1 3/4" head settling.

Smells like Archway lemon frosted sugar cookies. Exactly. If you don't know, then you're missing out. Actually, it might make a damn good desert pairing. The hops utilized in this brew do give their own special nuance, making the lemon/citrus notes more punctuated. Smells very, very appetizing.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lemony, yeasty, coriander and some hops. Not bad for a springtime session brew. The wheat malt makes a crafty balance with the hops, in a subtle soft earthy kind of way.

Mouthfeel is light but with a good amount of yeasty traction. Less carbonation than a Hoegaarden, but still nice and quaffable.

Overall a tasty and well-made brew for those who'd like a bit of a hoppiness to their Hoegaarden experience. I admire the light use of hops, so that the Belgian yeast likeness remains on center stage. I wouldn't think twice of knocking down a few of these on a soft spring day. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid white IPA. With a bright/hazy blend of yellow it is a good enough looking beer. Slightly yeasty sniff. Finding the spice and coriander to add a few levels of complexity to the taste profile. (198 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.