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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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1,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 162 | 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%

runfoodrun, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +9.9%

sprucetip, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.

LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head

SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy

TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish

I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.

Jason, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of nsabo
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a “white ipa:” there are notes of spice, but the hops do most of the talking here. SN’s rye-ipa is a tastier seasonal ipa, and its rye gives it a stronger spice than this has. Chainbreaker ain’t bad. I feel like with ipas, it’s easy to notice right away how simple and one-dimensional a lot of them are. This isn’t one of them, it’d be great hot-day beer, but it’s nothing particularly exciting. I suppose it excites me only because it’s not generic ipa crap like a lot of the competition.

nsabo, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of PowDay
4/5  rDev +9.9%

PowDay, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pineapple white body, almost a soft inner glow. White head with lots of lace. Smell is oranges, pineapples, lemon, slight pepper. Taste is a little pineapple infused orange marmalade, although its only very slightly sweet. Slightly peppery, or maybe clove. Good level of citric pithy bitterness, yet malt is there providing a nice balance. It's wet, crisp and refreshing. Very good.

JackieTH, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into my darkness sniffter.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow. Two finger head had moderate retention and a bit of lacing.

Belgian yeast, a bit of funk and spice, some orange peel, some tropical fruit, and a touch of bready malt.

Much more complex than the nose. Mangos, pineapple, and grapefruit upfront. Cereal malt come in stronger than expected. Then bunches of Belgian yeast flavors: clove and banana, very floral. Hops stay throughout, lending moderate bitterness.

Medium to light. Loads of carbonation. Dry in the finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall this was very nice white ipa. Well balanced and drinkable. Tastes almost like an ipa mixed with a hefe. Very nice for this hot weather. Recommended to all. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of craigreno
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

craigreno, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of mantissa
3.75/5  rDev +3%

mantissa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jackrodgers77
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

jackrodgers77, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with foamy, frothy, stark white head.

Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, orange (peel?), wheat, pepper, and other spices.

Taste: More orange than in the aroma, and it has a sweet edge, leading me to believe that orange peel likely was used. Strong lemon and grapefruit hop notes combat the wheat. Relatively low bitterness on the finish, but lots of spice, with notes of coriander and pepper.

Feel: Light, effervescent body that is very dry, crisp and refreshing. Great fit for this beer.

Overall: This has just jumped into my top echelon of summer beers. Although I do believe the IPA moniker may be somewhat deceiving, as it is mainly a ramped up Witbier.

bsp77, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored topped with foamy white head with good retention and clumpy lacing. Yeast and wheat aromas with earthy citrus and spice. Balanced orange zest and spice with a light hoppy end and fairly clean finish. Sharp, crisp carbonation.

Crisp, refreshing, and a hoppy beer with nice flavor elements. An easy drinking spring/summer beer when you’re in the mood for an IPA and a wheat beer. It does get a bit salty if you try and drink this too quickly.

Bfarr, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Cooper, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mikem0487
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

mikem0487, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Tiriansdoor
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Tiriansdoor, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White IPA??? Honestly, I have no idea what that is supposed to really mean (yeah I mean, it's a hybrid of a wit and IPA, but at 5.6%abv and th mild hop presence, this is no IPA). Kinda like the Cascadian Dark Ale, that Deschutes is said to have created...regardless of what they call it, I happened to really enjoy this beer.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, that is until you swirl the last third in the bottle and continue to pour (similar to a Wit/Hefe).

Nose, fairly subdued, but there is a nice citrus note present along with a touch of coriander.

Taste; pretty straightforward. This is a hoppy wit. Light citrus and floral hop notes balance with the coriander, wheat, and mild breadiness.

Finish is quite clean, a tad hoppy, and a bit sweet (not in a bad way).

Overall; white IPA...that's lame IMO. This beer, a tasty rendition of a wit that is perfect for summer, widely available, and a tad hoppy for something different. Well done brewers, can't say the same for the marketing dudes. Whateve, it'sr a good beer that I will certainly pick up more of.

pixieskid, Jun 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

jeff_hare, Jun 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

HarmonMW, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey, solid beer, seriously. Really enjoyed it. Beer served in a tumbler of sorts. Beer is yellow with a thick white haze, nice head, good retention, nice carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, grassy, earthy hops. Mild citrus.

Beer is medium to light in body and hoppy, moderately bitter on the finish a nice beer to the end. I'd have this again.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +9.9%

deapokid, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.49. According to the label this should be good until July 27th.

Poured a hazy, lemonade-ish straw color, with a big, sudsy white head that stuck around for quite a while.

Grassy, herbal hops, with lemony and earthy wheat scents in the background.

This tastes like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat ale - not like any IPA I’ve ever had. It’s refreshing tasting and would be a decent beer to drink on a hot day, but it’s not terribly exciting, and I doubt it will appeal to any hopheads looking for their daily fix.

woemad, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a hint of amber. The color of this beer is very light. There is just under a finger of white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Very light with citrus and spices. The citrus notes are more fruity and not very hoppy. Reminds me of a wit.

Taste: I'm getting some hops here, but there is a lot more going on as well. Some spice, I'm guessing coriander. I'm also getting some citrus peel. The overall flavor is light. While the hops are there, they aren't very intense.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this one. My only issue with it is the lack of flavor in the finish. I don't know that I need another, but I'm glad I tried it.

oline73, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
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.

beerandcycling88, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
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.

xnicknj, Jun 09, 2012
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.