Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance- poured into a tilted glass without agitating the yeast at the end. The result was hardly any head with minimal lacing. You feel like you're pouring a ginger beer for e first half glass. Very much a WHITE IPA but with some Heff haze.
Smell- citrus right off the bat with some floral not far behind. Lemony earth tones if you wait for the full effect.
Taste- the complement of both worlds. Not really hoppy at all but then again a more aggressive Heff. The wheat comes out more yet the hops rein back the mild. Still has citrusy tones all the while.
Mouthfeel- this is where the unique style gets you. As you wait for the lingering wheat characteristics the IPA lets it stop short.
Overall- I'd get this again as a nice "palate-cleaning" beer. Not really for a session.
12-31-2012 05:22:07 | More by Sark
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
Hardly an IPA by the numbers (5.6%, really guys?), this is what I figure Blue Moon always wanted to be when it grew up... flavorful, balanced, and enjoyable.
A thick white foamy head thanks to the wheat involved; citrusy hops that please the palette and a mouthfeel that is creamy in the typical Belgian fashion. Appearance is a hazy orange that hints at the spicy citrus going on inside.
Other than the misleading name, I find this beer to be a good contender.
12-30-2012 00:54:52 | More by demuzik
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-28-2012 02:45:34 | More by Fatehunter
3.71/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
12-27-2012 08:13:39 | More by LambicPentameter
3.75/5 rDev +3%
Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By 01/05/13
A- Pours a fluorescent light gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of bubbles on the surface. Thin, slippery lacing.
S- The incomparable combination of bright, grassy hops combined with rich, sweet Belgian yeast. Also some hints of spices like coriander and ginger plus some lemongrass.
T- Not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter hops push up against a moderately fruity base and the yeast shows up as a weak, soapy afterthought. Very smooth and easy to drink but almost too light in its execution.
M- Borderline watery with a small hop bite and medium-low carbonation. Light body.
O- Not as good as I was expecting my first Deschutes to be. I'm a sucker for BIPAs but I guess I should have listened to the BA score on this one. Not bad, I've just had better.
12-26-2012 02:23:53 | More by Immortale25
3.13/5 rDev -14%
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.
12-25-2012 04:53:08 | More by HalfFull
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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