Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

308 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,917
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 374 | 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 scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first thought, is this beer looks like a Wit. Matte colored head about one finger in thickness. Thin layer of foam last for most of twelve ounces. Hazey yet bright banana peel and hay color. Little bubbling.

Hoppy citrus, a little clove, bubblegum, and banana all take up space in this aroma. Smells like a Wit with American hops. Cool!

Dry, chalky palate with a good body. Dry bananas and sweet, lightly toasted wheat intermingle with citrusy and earthy hop flavors. This beer is great and easy and fun to drink. (519 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly with some nice retention. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Tangerine and fruity yeast. A little bubblegum sweetness from the yeast and a touch of stone fruits.

T: Sweet biscuit malt. Clean. Some stone fruit esters and a little bubblegum yeast. Orange pith and some citrus zest round it out.

M: Light bodied with a sweet, malty finish. Medium carbonation level with a drying finish.

O: The zest complimented the esters from the yeast. Easy drinking. I would definitely have again even though I'm not the biggest fan of this style. (693 characters)

Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very unique cloudy, pale yellow/white color that has a bit of transparency to it. A two finger white head forms and sticks all the way down the glass. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Phenolic spice up front, then a bit of clove on the nose. A bit musky as well. The yeast is very apparent here. Followed by fresh cut grass, floral, and citrus hops.
T: Follows the nose with the phenolic and spicy yeast up front. Slightly musky. The hops come in next. Grassy, floral, and citrus again. Kind of a powdery aspirin flavor/feel in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Refreshing, very effervescent and dry. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle and six pack will be gone in no time.

I like this. I typically hate the "Belgian IPA" label because like most of these new style breweries don't know what the style is. I am not going to claim that I know what the style is either, though this is close to what I have in mind. Regardless, just a very enjoyable beer to drink. (1,003 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Extra pale yellow with a slight green tinge that looks a little unappetizing. Cloudy. White foam with low retention that left a lot of little foam dots.

S: Yeasty and banana sweetness. Notes of grass and straw.

T: Strong Belgium yeast flavor mixed with semi sharp hoppiness. Hints of grass and straw again. The citrus in the hops rounds it out well. The hops and the Belgium yeast play off of each other nicely creating a very unique flavor profile.

M: Above average here. Thin in a refreshing way and not a flavorless way. Finishes clean unlike other Belgium style beers. An ideal replacement to the typical light beer in the backyard on a warm spring day... If you like the Belgium yeast that is.

O: Great beer. If Deschutes offered only seasonals, I'd wouldn't feel bad about losing the regular lineup. Nicely balanced. Very refreshing. I'm partial to citrus forward hops and the Belgium yeast only enhances the the lemony taste. (939 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

Very bubbly... Effervescent hazy yellow body looks like unfiltered, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Huge 2.5 finger white head is fluffy and gorgeous. Decent lacing. Decent retention.

Some light citrusy notes waft up with a grainy malt note and some spices-- like coriander or grains of paradise.
This is absolutely meant to be a slightly more hopped up Belgian white ale, not a real ipa, and not even a Belgian pale ale.

This is probably the most accessible of the Deschutes beers I've tried-- this would certainly have mass appeal among BMC drinkers.... And to be fair, it has a vibe that makes me think it would be quite refreshing in the summer.

Overall-- not the best beer I have had, but I can see why they were going for... And I am probably not who they wanted to impress with this one. (820 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 2/09/13

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A – Pours a bright hazy yellow with a big fluffy bright white head. The head settles and leaves lacing down the glass.

S – Lemon, coriander. Belgian yeast. Bright yeasty goodness, a little soapy but not in a bad way.

T – Nice and fruity, primarily lemon and orange, some grapefruit. A bit of light bready malt comes through. There is a nice bitterness from the hops, though this is hardly a hoppy beer.

M – Light-Medium body, very well carbonated. Finish is dry and fairly long lasting. This is certainly refreshing.

O – I like this take on the style, it's got good character and complexities to it. Nice crisp and refreshing, with a hint of a hop kick. This is a solid brew. (778 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Deschutes pint I picked up at the Portland pub 2 years ago. Still one of my favorite breweries.

Pours a hazy yellow, with a large white head that leaves great white lacing. Score! Belgian yeast are awesome, as are most continental yeasts. English yeasts can go to hell!

Smell is of soft wheat, fresh, citrusy and fruity hops. Could be better, could be stronger.

Taste is beautiful, creamy wheat with super fresh, fruity hops. Complements eachother perfectly. What an amazing beer. This will be my go to beer for sessioning from now on. (571 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a hazy very pale straw color, a small fizzy white head appears and quickly dissipates, virtually no lacing, kinda looks more like a berliner weisse than a belgian ipa

S- the aromas have me a little more hopeful, strong belgian yeast nose, slightly malty with a little bit of wheat mixed in, if there's any hop in the nose it's barely there

T- staying consistent, the flavors are lacking, you get a little bit of the fruitiness of the belgian yeast followed by a big bitter hop hit, a little grainy and bready, not really what you'd want out of belgian ipa

M- very thin body, almost a little watery, carbonation is alright, the hops really go after your tastebuds, finishes fairly dry

O- fairly disappointed with this one, not a very good representation of the style, not that it's a terrible beer by any means it's just not a great belgian ipa, there are better examples out there, probably won't buy this one again (963 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear straw, agitated the bottle and deposited the rest of the yeast to make for an opaque straw with a soapy one finger head. Nice rings of lacing but pretty sub par retention.

Remarkably like any other wit beer, orange peel, lemon grass, coriander and uplifting Belgian yeast. Lack of hop presence is concerning.

Wheat is very noticeable in the forefront providing some thin grain and a lemon tea and a late zip that evolves into some dull stingy acidity and bitterness on the tail end. Coriander is noticable, very soapy and powdery but not much wit depth beyond that. Scrubs dry.

Thin and a bit undercarbed leaving a slick feeling in the mouth. Decent drying.

Above average to average score if this were a witbeer but the lack of obvious hop features in this beer were a serious let down. Belgian yeast, spices and lemony wheat take center stage here. Nicely crafted but give me my hops please! (908 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- poured into a tilted glass without agitating the yeast at the end. The result was hardly any head with minimal lacing. You feel like you're pouring a ginger beer for e first half glass. Very much a WHITE IPA but with some Heff haze.

Smell- citrus right off the bat with some floral not far behind. Lemony earth tones if you wait for the full effect.

Taste- the complement of both worlds. Not really hoppy at all but then again a more aggressive Heff. The wheat comes out more yet the hops rein back the mild. Still has citrusy tones all the while.

Mouthfeel- this is where the unique style gets you. As you wait for the lingering wheat characteristics the IPA lets it stop short.

Overall- I'd get this again as a nice "palate-cleaning" beer. Not really for a session. (783 characters)

Photo of demuzik
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hardly an IPA by the numbers (5.6%, really guys?), this is what I figure Blue Moon always wanted to be when it grew up... flavorful, balanced, and enjoyable.

A thick white foamy head thanks to the wheat involved; citrusy hops that please the palette and a mouthfeel that is creamy in the typical Belgian fashion. Appearance is a hazy orange that hints at the spicy citrus going on inside.

Other than the misleading name, I find this beer to be a good contender. (463 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head, low retention. Cloudy, medium straw colored body. Interesting for an IPA.
Smell is all lemon beginning to end.
Taste is nice with a strong lemon flavor. Medium bitterness.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and lighter body.
Enjoyable and something different in the IPA world. (300 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer. (2,428 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By 01/05/13

A- Pours a fluorescent light gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of bubbles on the surface. Thin, slippery lacing.

S- The incomparable combination of bright, grassy hops combined with rich, sweet Belgian yeast. Also some hints of spices like coriander and ginger plus some lemongrass.

T- Not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter hops push up against a moderately fruity base and the yeast shows up as a weak, soapy afterthought. Very smooth and easy to drink but almost too light in its execution.

M- Borderline watery with a small hop bite and medium-low carbonation. Light body.

O- Not as good as I was expecting my first Deschutes to be. I'm a sucker for BIPAs but I guess I should have listened to the BA score on this one. Not bad, I've just had better. (913 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured as requested into a pint glass. That being with a finishing swirl and yeast dump as one would a Hefe. Shows a hazy lemon with a thin white cap and offering moderate retention and lace.

Nose of lemon zest and some peppery/clove spice. Perhaps some noble hops contribute to a citrus character that seems a bit forced or artificial. Does expand to offer more balance and depth with warming.

Odd lemon notes present on the aroma carry forward to the palate and yield a touch of that 'lemon pledge' flavor found occasionally in brews such as this. Offers a long citric finish but a bit lacking in body and bitterness for a self proclaimed IPA, white or otherwise.

Feel is decent but again a bit light for an IPA, yet not really unbefitting of a white one.

Overall this beer stars off as a spiced witbier yet without the yeast notes. As it warms it offers a garlicky yeast aroma with good agitation. Otherwise the lemon and spice crowd out such things. A decent beer though the IPA moniker seems a bit brazen. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light witbier spice alongside nice American hops. Beautiful notes of citrus and tropical fruits come through alongside a nice backbone of wheat. Flavor has a nice body with good wheat presence and a nice Cascade and Citra punch. Extremely drinkable. Light body with good carbonation and a moderate bitterness. Excellent. (450 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no date code into a pint glass, pouring half and swirling the bottle and then pouring the rest and got a finger of head.

A: Pours a straw color with a finger of white head that is rocky and dissipates into a rocky covering on top of the beer. Very nice sticky lace covers the glass from top to bottom.

S: A peppery spice with lemon zest upfront and a Belgian yeast in the background.

T: Definitely lemon with some spices that are lightly peppery and not as pronounced as the aroma would lead me to expect. I was going to write that it is not an IPA; but it is. The lemon flavor is the hoppiness and is really present.

M: Very light but not really drinkable. It should be refreshing and it is...but the flavor of the lemon or the spices keep it from flowing down my throat. On the other hand, the spices, the hops, and the carbonation dance on my tongue making it very,very interesting but not drinkable.

O: I like the beer. I don't like the beer. Tastes great but less drinkable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
My first white IPA. Chainbreaker is very pale golden color ale with some haziness. A tall fluffy head sits on top with plenty of lacing. Aroma is akin to a Beligum wit but is balanced out with a citrus hop bouquet that lightens the wit beer aroma. Smells wonderful in all honesty. Taste is like wow, light and refreshing hints of wheat malts, yeasty esters and lemon grass hops. Drinks smooth and tart with a bitter finish. Probably will be a hit in the summer no doubt, which would be prefect for that time of year. (549 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with a light amount of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly fades to almost nothing at all (just the faintest hint of film over about 10% of the surface of the beer). Minimal amounts of lacing are observed,

S: Moderate amounts of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There are lighter amounts of lemon/citrus and pepper. Almost a very light hint of brett funkiness.

T: Upfront I detect light to moderate amounts of pale malts and yeast. After that, there is a light amount of lemon citrus with a slightly stronger amount of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light to moderate amount peppery Belgian yeast present in the finish. Also, there is a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, refreshing, and thirst quenching - this would make a very nice cook out beer in the summer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, another solid offering from a dependable brewery. (1,076 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color (almost like a Berliner Weissbier) and has some fine particles floating in suspension near the bottom and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of lemon citrus and is followed by hints of peppery spices that linger into the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem to fit into any particular style-it is more like a witbier ans less like a Belgian IPA. (699 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Yeasty funk up front, orange peel, coriander, spice, herbal hops, a little minty. Finishes with a lemony bitterness.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, very smooth, finishes dry.

O - Interesting mix of styles, but with the IPA designation, I was expecting more of a hop presence to it. (353 characters)

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Hazy straw yellow with an 1 1/2" of white bubbly head

S- Citrus, Belgian yeast, pretty much sums it up

T- Followes the nose, plus some hoppy bitterness

M- Light body, crisp carbonation

O- All and all a decent brew, though my least favorite of the deschutes family, i can see it being a good session. (355 characters)

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

Yellow and slightly cloudy with a white fluffy head and ok lace.

Aroma is big and spicy, more like a Belgian than an IPA, although the hops are noticeable.

Coriander, lemon, citrus, wheat, and a good hop tanginess are all noted in the taste.

Body is light but chewy, typical of a wheat beer or witbier.

A very nice brew, easy to drink and tasty. (352 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color that remonds me of sunshine, the head is frothy and white sticking to the glass on the way down. Nice floral aroma with a ton of Belgian wheat and yeast, and lots of nice citrus notes from the hops, very nice smell. Nice bitter lemony flavor with wheat, yeast and some banana, grassy hops. It has low carbonation with a refreshing finish. this beer is really good, nice representation af a Belgian IPA. (434 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one and a half finger beige colour head of decent cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a pale semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, lemon grass, lemon, floral hops, and clean fragrant pale malts. Pleasant and appealing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean malts, lemon, floral hops, hints of other more vague citrus notes, and some cream. Simple, but clean and balanced. Enjoyable but lacking the subtlety and complexity I expect from Deschutes. Well built for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit undercarbonated. Too light and fleeting.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming, especially considering the brewery. I like it, but not enough to get it again. Deschutes does far better brews.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.