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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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1,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 153 | 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  rDev -17.6%

ChopsMeister, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a cloudy, hazy light yellow color with one and a half fingers of craggy white head which lasts for a few minutes, leaving behind minimal lacing. Light body, hearty carbonation.

Smells and tastes of lemon and orange peel, coriander, white pepper, and just a touch of clove / banana with a heavy aspirin sort of bitterness in the finish. It's... kind of middle of the road for my tastes. I've seen this idea done with more complexity and better balance than this before.

WastingFreetime, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

BeerOps, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

SocalKicks, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy chalky lemon yellow with a huge, billowing, bright white head. Head slowly collapsed into a rocky film leaving chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemon hops, chalky Belgian yeast and peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with notes of lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, chalky doughy malts, and hints of wheat and coriander. Finish is rather sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy.
M: Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, with airy carbonation. Juicy and wet.
O: A perfect six pack Belgian IPA. Nothing too strong but it drinks very well. Worth a shot.

scottfrie, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/14/12,

A: Pours a cloudy light gold, looks like a witbier. Big frothy white head, limited lace.

S: Coriander and orange, grassy hops.

T: Good upfront spice flavour, lots of coriander. Earthy hops with some grapefruit. A nice balance with flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, juicy, nice aftertaste.

O: White IPAs are one of my new favourite up and coming styles and it seems Deschutes has pioneered this. Like a mini Conflux No. 2, real good flavours, great price, I like it.

Halcyondays, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

snowcrashed54, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

herman77, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

grubefresh, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Beercounter1, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

2neardead, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of seagullbeer
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stoked to see the corner store stocking a deschutes I hadn't tried. Overall an enjoyable light easy drinking beer with a good bit of flavor. I wasn't sure what to expect from the term "white ipa" but it reminds me a lot of a hefe. IPA+deschutes had me thinkin something more hoppy but after switching my mindset I started to enjoy it.

A- Light yellow, bit o cloudy
S- Sweet Plantains and lemons
T- Bitter sweet, hoppy 7UP minus sugar
M- Lightish, like water down a window

Not the beer I thought I was buying but probably would be excellent if I was sitting in the sun.

seagullbeer, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

heresy22, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

AlexChillton, Sep 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

fitzgerald88, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

expansive, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ohtheguilt, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of hreb
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

hreb, Sep 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

mcouillard, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dorf, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love this. pours cloudy but bright sunny colored if that makes sense, lively white head on top. smells like fruity/spicy yeast above a nice hearty hopped up pale ale. im picking up caramel and wheat malts both in the flavor, with piney and acidic hops working up a feverish finish to an otherwise quite relaxed brew. i love the fruit notes together with the bitter hops, and this is the first white ipa ive had that i really really dig. wildly drinkable because of its plentiful carbonation and body on the lighter side of medium. great 6pack to drink, ill be getting this again.

StonedTrippin, Sep 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

astraker, Sep 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

marct, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of deebo
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.

S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!

T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.

M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.

O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done!

deebo, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Peller80, Aug 31, 2012
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.