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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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1,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 151 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Gonzoillini, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Madskill, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear straw, agitated the bottle and deposited the rest of the yeast to make for an opaque straw with a soapy one finger head. Nice rings of lacing but pretty sub par retention.

Remarkably like any other wit beer, orange peel, lemon grass, coriander and uplifting Belgian yeast. Lack of hop presence is concerning.

Wheat is very noticeable in the forefront providing some thin grain and a lemon tea and a late zip that evolves into some dull stingy acidity and bitterness on the tail end. Coriander is noticable, very soapy and powdery but not much wit depth beyond that. Scrubs dry.

Thin and a bit undercarbed leaving a slick feeling in the mouth. Decent drying.

Above average to average score if this were a witbeer but the lack of obvious hop features in this beer were a serious let down. Belgian yeast, spices and lemony wheat take center stage here. Nicely crafted but give me my hops please!

rawfish, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Goozer, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Bobheed, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jenlovesbeer, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Kubrickx, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

bigred89, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Eaglefan344, Jan 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

caseyscarb, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JellyJacket, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

justinp, Jan 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

stealth, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dat, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

tiwee23, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jak, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Sark
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sark, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

LuauLarry, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of demuzik
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

demuzik, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Resuin, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

ouits, Dec 28, 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
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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.

LambicPentameter, Dec 27, 2012
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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