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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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1,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 106 | 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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New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pale malts, floral hops, light fruit, a tiny bit of spice. Very nice and hoppy.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, herbal and earthy notes, fruity malts, and pale malts. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, and no bitterness.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking Belgian IPA. Some nice floral and citrus hops to it, and no bitterness at all. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 19:38:29 | More by mdfb79
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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A Pours a pale almost straw color topped off with a white head.

S Light with a bit of a floral note with a hint of some sort of spice maybe cloves.

T Hops are quite forward with a nice lemon citrus backed with enough bitterness to be interesting but not enough to make this one hard to session. Also present is a nice peppery taste.

M Nice and light with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I love this beer as a nice refreshing summer session beer. I could very well drink this one all day long. Very much worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:44:45 | More by beerandcycling88
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a pale slightly hazed straw golden color. Soft white head dissolves into wispy film, leaving a little lacing on the glass.

Citrusy hops and lemon peel in the nose. Slight Belgian yeast funk as well with hints of spice and cracked black pepper.

Decent bitterness up front with lemony citrus hops. Touches of pine with some juiciness. Biscuity malt backbone followed by Belgian yeast. Spicy notes with pepper and faint funk. Finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and lingering. A decent, sessionable Belgian take on the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 04:44:54 | More by xnicknj
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-08-2012 14:08:47 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-02-2012 22:23:13 | More by lakersfan16
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

06-02-2012 05:53:01 | More by fishguyac
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-29-2012 23:54:34 | More by cbrakel
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-26-2012 03:15:01 | More by RoryOMoore
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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw/white color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Patchy webbed lacing and very low carbonation.

N: Orange zest, clove, coriander, lemon, wheat and some Belgian yeastiness.

T: Lemongrass, wheat and some doughy bread upfront. Mid-palate is full of bread and Belgian yeast. Finishes wheaty with hints of coriander and orange zest.

M: Light bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: The wheat and lemon really dominate the flavor profile. This is a rather simple beer. I'm not very impressed. It seems the "White IPA" is a failed style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:43:13 | More by justintcoons
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-17-2012 21:29:28 | More by hayesjw
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass, 5.16.12.

Hazy straw yellow body, several visible streams of fast rising bubbles, under pure white head, relatively quick dissipation with some spider legs. Pretty wit-like nose, some lemony esters, light coriander balanced by citrusy hops. Taste mirrors nose, fairly sweet for a Belgian IPA, not sure I'm picking up a Belgian yeast, fairly sweet. Finish is medium, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Certainly a different take on Belgian IPA, IMO more of a NW hoppy wit, not something I'd drink regularly, but a decent change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:43:59 | More by jdense
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/15/12

Appearance: Pale, yellow straw color - some expected sediment, hazy - white head with impressive retention, fades to streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Yeast, Belgian spices, and some light citrus - yeasty, but in a somewhat neutral way (Belgian aromas with clove and bananas, but not a lot) - spices, floral - wheaty malts - some grapefruit and orange flesh in the background

Taste: A lot of stuff going on here - wheat, pale malts, clove, spices, banana, pepper - the hops, mostly orange and grapefruit, seem to appear later - actually pretty good, and pretty balanced with the Belgian aspects - an interesting amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, with a somewhat odd, watery aftertaste

Overall: Very interesting

This notion of combining a Wit with an IPA is still a bit odd to me. But Deschutes pulls it off well. There are some big flavors combating within the confines of one beer, yet this somehow remains pretty mellow. Not amazing, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 05:48:38 | More by angrybabboon
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A yankee pint in Kona, Hawaii, watching the boats in the near distance out front of the patio.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which stays there, like it was told to, until manual intervention breaks the spell, to allow some fragmented webbed lace to appear, as well as to let me drink the damned thing. Nice persistent rising effervescence, too.

It smells of yeasty pale grain, some soft floral citrus hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, somewhat musty florals, a middling pale grainy malt, and a waning earthy yeast.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but settles rather quickly, the body an even medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy malt and seemingly neutered citrus hops ringing things out.

An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one bereft of the lofty booze of the norm, though the hops do show too little resolve towards the end, leaving me wanting more - unfortunately, of something else.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 03:47:13 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-12-2012 10:11:03 | More by Boz12
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-09-2012 06:12:23 | More by muchloveforhops3
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-09-2012 02:42:57 | More by bumchilly25
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-05-2012 22:04:31 | More by hannaho
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Boise Co-op. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass. Best by 8/4/2012.

A glowing yellow color with some chartreuse hues, reminiscent of Mountain Dew. An inch of pure white, soapy head develops. Retention is a bit lacking, but there is some lacing decorating the glass.

The aroma is of straw, wheat, floral hops, lemon zest, some grass, and a bit of clove. Smells a lot more like a wheat beer than any IPA, nor do I pick up any yeast smell than the “belgian” classification may suggest.

Tastes of lemon citrus, wheat, straw, grass, floral hops, a bit of grapefruit citrus, clove, and just maybe a bit of funky yeast on the finish. A bit bready in the middle as well, but that is perhaps the only emergence of the malt in this one (biscuit malts?).

Mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning, but a bit sticky and resinous on the finish. The citrus seems to coat the palate and linger for a bit. Not unpleasant, but not the cleanest finish either.

Overall, this is a decent beer that will offer refreshment on hot days. Rather light and approachable, it would be a safe inclusion in the public cooler at social events. On the other hand, it's a bit strange for the style, really emphasizing the witbier characteristics over the IPA notes; a bit unremarkable in both categories.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:14:40 | More by eclipse54
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow/lemon/chicken broth. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and small. Notches of lacing cling to the glass. Head drops to a thin cap in rather short order.

Smell: Belgian spice. Touches of lemon, clove, and banana. Some mild touches of citrus back everything up. Big yeasty touch. Malts are pale and mellow, offering just a faint backbone. Very clean. Almost treads on witbier territory. Bubblegum. Floral and estery.

Taste: Light, pale malts backed by a mellow Belgian yeast influence. Notes of clove and pepper play with ripe banana and touches of bubblegum. The flavors thrown by the yeast are tempered by a solid citrus component. The hops are big enough to assert themselves between the mellow malt base and the Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a solid carbonation. Has a slight drying bitterness on the edge of each sip.

Overall: As would be expected from Deschutes, this is an amazing piece of balance. Nice touch of spice and hops. Balance and more balance. That's what they do.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 01:03:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-02-2012 14:46:48 | More by jpbebeau
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow and cloudy. good amount of foam that dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lace around top of my snifter.

Smell: initial smell is floral that turns into a citrus aroma. Very refreshing

Taste: refreshing lemony citrus taste upfront followed up with a strong presence of pine. wheat, spicy hops. Bitter upfront and finishes smooth with sweet notes, almost like a honey.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, yet light and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation, doesn't leave you overwhelmed with that bubbly fizz.

Overall: Very nice refreshing IPA put out from Deschutes. This will be a great IPA to turn to during the months of July/August when the heat rolls in and you want something with a bitter kick but isn't as mild as say a lager.

overall rating: 4.6

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:15:04 | More by ayoknight
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-02-2012 00:03:35 | More by Quaffwise
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-27-2012 05:44:39 | More by twelveinches
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-24-2012 21:56:52 | More by mtbeer3649
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow/straw, cloudy, spongey layer of white foam with good head retention, some lace

Aroma: floral hops, hint of orange peel

Flavor: dry malt profile with a wheaty character and balanced spiciness; finishes dry with lingering spice and some tartness

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp yet fluffy

Other comments: This just might become my summer beer for this year. Refreshingly quaffable!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 23:18:30 | More by GreenCard
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.