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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

315 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 315
Hads: 1,942
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 387 | FT: 1
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of jt31914
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle.

A: Very very light. The beer is light gold in color - honestly it looks more like a belgian wit than a belgian IPA.

S: The smell is a lot of banana - smells slightly hoppy with a strong hit of wit profile. Nice smell - not sure It is what I typically expect of a belgian IPA but nice.

T: Similar to the smell. The beer is definitely belgian - not too hoppy; however, it has a nice clove/banana bread profile. A nice belgian, but not as strong as I expect of a Belgian IPA. Tastes more like a Belgian Wit or Belgian Pale if you stretch it.

M: Really nicely carbonated - easily drinkable and possibly the best part of the beer. (659 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely some crazy stuff, and it's well worth trying just for the sake of an unusual flavor mix. This is one of the palest beers I've seen, almost greenish. Pronounced lemony aroma. Well-mannered foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue.

This tastes more like a Witbier dosed up with some hops and more citrus. The interesting tartness is almost in the range of some sours, but it lacks the vinegar edge. Quite lemon-lime flavored with an enduring sharpness. Maybe they just use a lot of orange peel, and the hops do the rest. The hops are listed as Bravo, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade. Thoroughly fascinating brew, but I don't need more than one for the forseeable future. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. (752 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Palm tulip glass.
Pours a white gold with significant head.
Light aroma of hops, spice, lemon zest.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of lemon zest, grassy hops, light malts, spice, herbs, walnuts, minerals, honey. Overall very smooth and easy yet flavorful with modest complexity...almost like a wit beer with a touch more hops. (371 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy pale yellow color with a nice white hear and good lacing

S-lemon, coriander, grain, bread dough

T-bready malt, lemon, coriander, hint of orange, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-easy drinking, great summer beer (282 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, floral hops, yeast, slight herbal, and a hint of spices (clove?). Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation. Tastes of hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of spices, and slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and complex aroma, but the body is slightly deflating. (456 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cpl pints on draft paired with some hot New Mexican chiles, adovado pork style.

A - Frosty pale yellow body with a decent amount of bright white head, good lace retention.

S - Lemongrass and coriander.

T - Very bright and refreshing, really mainstream lemony flavor with some coriander herbiness on the back end. Slightly peppery also.

M - Very fresh and tight carbonation initially, then settles down on the tongue and finishes wet. No lingering aftertaste, pretty light.

O - This is going to make an excellent hot weather quencher. Since we have that in spades here in PHX, I'll be going through alot of this i'm sure... (629 characters)

Photo of malty
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/13

Gifted to me from a client who happens to live in Bend, OR. Pours a proper bright soapy lemon color with a fluffy ultra loose/airy 2" head that settles to about 1/2". Suspended yeast particles mix with unambitious uprising carbonation. Lots of craggy foam just from the 1 3/4" head settling.

Smells like Archway lemon frosted sugar cookies. Exactly. If you don't know, then you're missing out. Actually, it might make a damn good desert pairing. The hops utilized in this brew do give their own special nuance, making the lemon/citrus notes more punctuated. Smells very, very appetizing.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lemony, yeasty, coriander and some hops. Not bad for a springtime session brew. The wheat malt makes a crafty balance with the hops, in a subtle soft earthy kind of way.

Mouthfeel is light but with a good amount of yeasty traction. Less carbonation than a Hoegaarden, but still nice and quaffable.

Overall a tasty and well-made brew for those who'd like a bit of a hoppiness to their Hoegaarden experience. I admire the light use of hops, so that the Belgian yeast likeness remains on center stage. I wouldn't think twice of knocking down a few of these on a soft spring day. (1,218 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Chainbeaker needs to work on teh chain gang. This beer pours a cloudy yelloe with thin white head that is leavinjg a nice lace. The scent has a slight piney citrus hop mixed with belgium sweet malt. The taste is very similar to the scent with the addition of a pepper type spice that gives it a nice flare. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is an ok belgium style white IPA. (419 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow body, lightly hazey. Lots of carbonation and a white head that goes away in short order.

A- Light sweet malt with a nice bitterness and light hop aroma. Muted belgin wit smells, citrus specifically.

T- Light sweet wheat flavor with a hit of bitterness. Lots of citrus flavor. Finishes with a tart flavor, but cleanly.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable beer. This example of the white IPA has grown on me. (452 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This looks pretty good on the pour--a light, hazy yellow with very active bubbles and an impressive two finger head which leaves strong lacing. Unfortunately, the smell is very grassy and grainy, and the taste is very sweet. Lemon, wheat, lemon. There's some lingering bitterness from the hops, but mostly this tastes like a wheat beer without the coriander spice/yeast. I'm mostly just getting sweetness along with a zippy carbonation--it's an okay beer, but probably not something I would try again. (501 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Green gold appearance, scarce white foam, not long standing, too.
Orange peel and chamomile in the smell, then som citrus and lemony.
In the mouth again strong chamomile, white flowers. Then again orange peel and stinging hop.
In the aftertaste a strong green pepper, and a spiciness, even too strong.
Meh. (306 characters)

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a 12 ounce bottle into a Deep Ellum DreamCrusher snifter glass.

Look: Pours a classic Belgian White look. About 1.5 inch paper white head. Very hazy, yellow-orange.

Smell: muted Belgian white smells with a very orange/citrus smell. Maybe some
Coriander? Along with some lightly citrus and floral hops.

Taste: the way it smells. Lots of citrus, fruity and floral hops. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation w/smooth finish.

Overall: Never had a "Belgian IPA" that went for basically a Belgian White base with a Northwest Pacific Hop profile. Really great beer from a great brewery. (616 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, best by 12th April 2013

A hazy yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this beer looks solid. The nose is a blend of mango, tropical fruit and spices, with mild coriander, kaffir lime leaf, husky wheat and a yeast character that's rather muted.

This tastes like an average witbier that's been hopped. Opening with a refreshing blend of citrus and tropical fruit ( lemon, mango) hop flavors, there's some citrus peel, some spice (a little earthy/muddled) and some yeast. The wheat backbone here is disappointing. Lacking in structure, it is limp and lacks that bready, crisp and slightly dextrinous definition that great witbiers have. Instead, it is rather loose and soft. A little watery on the finish, this beer is crisply carbonated (a little too much IMO) and has lingering flavors of spice and tropical fruit. Bitterness is medium-low here. Decent. (897 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap from notes:

A -Bright yellow hazed body with a fluffy white head. Nice looking beer with impressive lacing.

S - Musty wheat, bright citrus, lemons, spices, coriander, bright floral notes.

T - Lemon citrus rushes the palate, green peppercorn and spice, mostly coriander, malted wheat background, some grassy bitterness, lemon pith runs strong throughout. Finishes clean with a crisp citrus zest.

M - Medium full body, the wheat creates a creamy body, moderate smooth carbonation.

A very bright and refreshing IPA. Smooth wheat backing with snappy citrus bitterness make for a crisp drink. (600 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this on the shelves in Calgary
A - fully hazy straw golden, two fingers of fluffy white head retained very nicely
S - big yeasty aromas of sour citrus and herbs, strong grassy hint, some bubble gum and grain
T - citrus and fresh grass hops, sour fruit and spicy yeast ester flavour is prominent, grainy malt with a mineral/vitamin flavour finish
M - fairly light body with pleasant carbonation, feel is a mix of tart citrus, hop dryness, and a minerally teeth coating finish
O - such a well constructed beer, has big element of both Belgian and IPA styles but melded into what the style should be, stoked that this is available is 6-packs here, this will be become a session regular for me! (703 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having enjoyed the Collaboration between Deschutes and Boulevard, with this being a close approximation, I'm really looking forward to it.

Hazy blonde, much like a lighter golder version of the Boulevard Wheat we know so well here in K.C. Very little white head.

Lemon, grass, grainy and a near hint of something like turpentine. That makes it uniquely fresh, but also a bit off-putting. To me, it's an odd mix.

Similar to the nose as noted above, coming across with more grain though. I pick up very little of the nice sage notes I got from the Collab - that's unfortunate, as they really brought this beer together.

Lighter on the tongue than an IPA - has a Belgian edge to it. Airiness, even. Crisp, dry, closes with a bit of sharpness and a rather booming echo of hops .

A cheaper and more available version of the Collaboration, but not as fulfilling. (872 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale nectar with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel, wheat,

Taste- Starts with the yeast and orange peel followed by the coriander and wheat. Taste is tangy and tart at the start, then finishes with light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable Belgian IPA. I like the fact that the flavours are cohesive and don't compete with one another. Definitely would suit for a hot summer day. (502 characters)

Photo of RuEXP1
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Has a hazy yellow color. Medium amount of white head. Average amount of carbonation with some bubbles along bottom of the glass. Looks like carbonated lemonade. Decent lacing, not a lot but definitely there.

S: Strong hop smell, and smells bitter. Not surprising since it is an IPA. Slightly sweet smell. Nothing else really stands out here.

T: Beginning of sip is surprising to me. It is sweet with a citrus-y tone to it. Tastes of lemons and grass. Aftertaste is bitter, maybe a little more bitter than I would like considering how pleasant the initial sip is.

M: Mouth feel is quite pleasant. Has a good amount of carbonation that allows the flavor to dissipate as it flows through your mouth. A little less heavy than a typical IPA, but it is a 'white' IPA so maybe this is expected. Regardless, the lightness if a nice tough to me.

O: This is the first 'white' IPA that I have tried. To me it was a great success. It is like the more common summer-shandy but really seems like a beer that is sweet instead of a lemonade trying to be a beer. For hardcore IPA lovers this may not be as robust as you are looking for. But for someones looking for a lighter side of the IPA spectrum that will brighten up your pallet this is a great route. I foresee picking up more of this in the summer time. (1,350 characters)

Photo of rdeaton
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-hazy yellow, like lemon-aid. Not much head retention. Reminds me of the shandy.

Smell-You really smell the hops and not much else. I love the smell of hops, so I like it.

Taste-I noticed a pine cone type of taste with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Very light bodied. The hops flavor really comes through without much of a flavor added by the wheat grain, except a touch of sweetness. In this way you could say that the hops is overpowering the grain flavor, which in an IPA you try to keep in balance, but for something different, I like it. As far as I know, this is a blend of two very different styles. The result is a nice brew, especially for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel-has a good mouthfeel, like an IPA does but a little less so.

Overall-I like it. It would be great on a hot day after mowing the lawn. Has a lighter feel than a traditional IPA. Easy drinking and tastes good. A great summer weekend beer while grilling out. Would go well with grilled fish with a bit of lemon. Makes me wish it was summer. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure and bright one-finger white head; decent retention. An interesting cloudy, light yellowish lemonade appearance. A unique look. Citrus & hoppy aroma. Tart orange and spices, evergreen. Medium carbonation. A surprising and refreshing brew made for a hot summer day. Glad I picked one up. (290 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a sour lemon juice yellow…very spring-like, looks like it’s gonna be one floral IPA…it looks light and delicate…some head did form when I poured it, but not much remains, can’t really even call that a consistent layer…for it’s light color, it’s real hazy, I can barely see my finger through the glass…it’s got an interesting color, but the lack of head is a detriment…(3.5/5)

Smell: Light, floral, lemon, banana…fresh, lively, and light…it’s like a spring breeze running through a daisy field…definitely has Belgian style qualities, I’m catching hints of yeast, pepper, tropical fruits, coriander, grass, bubblegum…it’s nice, different and refreshing…(4/5)

Taste: Mildly sour, citrus zesty, yeasty (aka noticeable damp forest/mushroom-like funkiness), floral, grassy, very lively…tons of flavors going on…sweet bready malts, coriander and a touch of lemon peel resin bitterness…YUM! (4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation (very soft feel)…it does fluff up a bit on my palate spreading lemony resinous bitterness…it’s light, refreshing, crisp…very light for something considered an IPA, but it definitely works here…(4.25/5)

Overall: This is a wonderful variation to the IPA…I wasn’t sure if I would really enjoy a “white” IPA, but this is good, real good…the coriander and yeast don’t over do it here, only enhance and compliment…the flavor is super drinkable and refreshing, this is the perfect summertime brew…I could drink several of these while watching a day game at Wrigley Field or hanging out on the disc golf course over at Hudson Mills and be very happy…this brew came to me highly recommended and now I pass it on to you…if you haven’t tried this uniquely delicious brew yet, now is the time…life is to short to be withholding to yourself…(4.25/5) (1,869 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours out a cloudy and hazy yellow lemon sun colour with a chunky snow white head. wispy lace adorns the glass as i sip. delectable aroma of coriander spice and grassy, hoppy spice. some sweet maltiness and sugar type aromas compliment greatly. the flavour profile is light pale maltiness paired with with some citrus infused wheat notes. coriander spice melds well with the belgian yeast tones and pepper notes. nice NW hop addition really rounds thing out nicely. everything compliments each other in a thirst quenching finish. medium bodied. quenching mouthfeel. incredible drinkability.

overall i'm impressed with this style bending offering. this is going to be a go to quaffer come summer time. it's got sunshine and yardwork written all over it. yummy stuff here!! (773 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Greg!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw colour with a finger of white head.

Smell. Light Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus, sweet wheat.

Taste. Big citrusy, grassy hops with some Belgian yeast, a bit of light grains and sweet wheat, and a little tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium bodied with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Loaded with hops and still fruity and refreshing. I wouldn't refuse another ...and as luck would have it, I won't have to thanks to the second bottle from Greg. Cheers dude! (537 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 3-14-13. Had this on tap before & it didn't really thrill me, let's hop for better in the bottled version

Pours an effervescent pale straw color with a pinky of pearl white head. Slight hazing, above average head retention & lacing

S: Coriander, lemongrass, white pepper, faint tartness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of peppery yeastyness & some wheat-breadyness & lemon tartness up front. White pepper & faint grapefruit peels as this warms, slight yeasty/peppery bite. Finishes semi-crisp, citrussy & with little white pepper & wheat tartness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

Fairly refreshing, I could do this in warm weather, but otherwise I could take it or leave it. More like a Wit/IPA hybrid to me (738 characters)

Photo of klkatz
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

interesting smell... not too pleasant... malty, minty, lemony,

looks thick... almost non transparent... orangy white (if that makes any sense)

the taste leaves a lot to be desired.. i'm not a fan of when breweries attempt to mix styles and don't quite get the balance... i'm not sure what this is supposed to be...
it's clean and watery.. not much taste - you're smelling a hef, but tasting something totally different...

i'm going to offer this one to my wife... (468 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.