1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,589 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 45
Gots: 178 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chainbreaker White IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,589 | Reviews: 278 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

crob3888, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Gehrig13, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

CoryR, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of bradner
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bradner, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"White IPA" - seems like these are all the rage at the moment.
This is essentially a witbier with pretty mild esters but massive IPA-level american hop notes.
Looks more or less like a witbier in the glass. Hazy eggshell color. Lots of foam. Probably a bit more effervescent (less creamy, more bubbly) but otherwise, very close.
Big old school hops intermingling with slightly milder banana-like esters.
The flavor is similar. There are some witbier notes trying to come out, but they're hiding behind a lot of cascade and citra pine/citric rind. While the nose was an even mix, I think the flavor favors the hops in a big way. The body of the beer is overpowered slightly, but the phenolic notes com out here and there. I like it, but I wonder if some kind of bigger wit was necessary to keep those hops in check. It isn't necessarily bitter, but the hops run the show.
Great in small doses, I like having one of these here and there, but I don't think I'll ever have 2. The witbier body just can't keep up with all of those hops.
Still, I DO like this and will probably keep grabbing bottles here and there. I think it's one of those situations where something isn't a world beater, but just hits the spot in a lot of different situations.

Domingo, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of slvenhuizen
2/5  rDev -45.2%

slvenhuizen, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of patm1986
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

patm1986, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served into a Deschutes snifter during the Base Camp festivities 2012 KCMO. I reviewed it and voice recorded my review on site. Pretty nifty way to do things. Paired with a pretzel roll with cheese. Yum.

Appearance - Poured an awesome yellow gold color with a massive fluffiness of a white head that reached over two fingers, maintained for some time, and left superb lacing.

Smell - The citrus and grapefruit aromas from the hops are at the forefront, but there are detectable levels of Belgian style esters in there, hence the "white" or "Belgian" IPA labeling. Also a touch of wheat in the nose as well.

Taste - Awesome. Bitter enough to be an IPA, wheaty enough to be an APWA, but also with the essence of a witbier. These three essences collide on the palate and are very well balanced between the three.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp finish with a bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall - This is a quality brew. Highly recommended to try it, I will absolutely buy it and maybe feature it with some pretzel cheese rolls at a small tasting event. Why not?

TheCondor, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Vera
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Vera, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jls988
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

jls988, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Carbon dioxide overwhelms and dilutes delicate qualities of green plant stems, cloves, and peppery yeast.

T: Begins dry, with very light malt, a trace of bright estery fruit, lemon rind, and aggressive carbonic acidity. Peppery phenolics are mild in the middle where wheat becomes apparent. Herbaceous and lemony flavors mark the barely-bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While this beer fills a gap in Deschutes' line-up, it is hardly an IPA of any qualification--white or otherwise. Most similar to wit beer, it presents qualities both appropriate and experimental to that style. Austere hops replace traditional seasonings, giving a decidedly herbaceous theme.

beagle75, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of DeschutesFan
3/5  rDev -17.8%

DeschutesFan, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of BeerBadger
4/5  rDev +9.6%

BeerBadger, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2 pints at Sycamore in Columbia, MO for their Chainbreaker rollout.

A - Poured a cloudy, yellow color with golden highlights. A two-finger, rocky, white head of foam left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of wheat.

T - Good fruity bite from the Belgian yeast. Nice cracked wheat flavor with citrus notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - They've really combined an American wheat beer and a Belgian IPA. Really cool.

zeff80, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hilgart1, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Cramerican, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

abcramer, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of yeast, grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of leather and hay. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little milder. It would be nice if there were a stronger bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better Belgian IPAs out there. I can't see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bigbeers84, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.25/5  rDev -11%

fuzzcherry, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

hiphopj5, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

doucmehu, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $7 per sixer. Bright yellow color, almost flourescent. Super white head. Smells hoppy, spicy, wit. Taste is a super hoppy wit. Not really a hoppy wheat like say Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin but truly a witbier with a ton of hops. The "White IPA' moniker is ridiculous but what do you expect from craft beer?

ArrogantB, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of BlackDrongo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BlackDrongo, Jul 27, 2012
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,589 ratings.