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

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Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of beck2008
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours cloudy/hazy straw

S= Not much aromantic hops here. I smell a bit of lemony zest.

T= The flavor is a tangy wheat citrus with a little hop bittering on the finish. I am drinking this in November but I can see this being a really great summer beer. Very well balanced and easy to drink

M= medium carb

O= This is a pretty nice beer, the best "white ipa" I've had. The man version of Blue Moon? (403 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I can even appreciate the color, I’m hit with the great aroma that’s such a good blend of Belgian wheat and juicy American hops.

Color is a light yellow, slightly hazy, but not as cloudy as most Belgian wheats. White foam cap settles out fast.

Flavor is really nice, though seems to lean more on the Belgian wheat side. Lots of coriander spice, which is complemented by vegetal/earthy flavor and a bitter finish. Body is on lighter side but doesn’t feel too thin. The finish really lingers with orange, coriander, and biting hops.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink! Solid Deschutes brew. Stacks up nicely against all the other new hoppy wheats out there. (670 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a Belgian IPA, this one pours a very light, pale yellow, with big head and extensive lacing. Smells clean, and lemon and light malt, not picking up lots of IPA hoppy goodness. Tastes a bit bitter, mostly on the citrus side, and wheat, and yeast, but not detecting much of the claimed 'spices added.' Might be coriander but really noticing this much. Mouthfeel is fast, and wet, and fussy and refreshing...not heavy like some IPA's. I think the hops could be more aggressive, and complex to match the IPA label, but this is a good beer. May be sessionable. (565 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 01/05/13.
Pours a pale, pale, bright, hazy, straw color with a tall, white, frothy head that holds excellent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, freshly squeezed lemon juice, citrus, wheat, yeast, and grass. Tastes are equally as fresh with lemon, grass, wheat, and yeast dominating the palate in unison. Mouth-feel is smooth but on the resiny side, finishes sharp and crisp, and semi-dry. Leaves a prickle on the finish with some white pepper. Nice and fresh, with a good balance of flavors. (551 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head falls into a decent lacing with a small biscuit like head staying atop a pale straw golden colored beer. Pretty good carbonation on this slightly cloudy beer.

A light citrusy hops aroma with lemon dominating and drowning out whatever else might be trying to come forth.

Light lemony citrus hops mixed with some light wheat grains taste with some light bitterness.

A lighter dryish aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

This white IPA has a decent light wheat beer taste. (489 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine back in early August for $6.99. Best by 11/16/12. Down to the last bottle so i figured i better officially review it.

Beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with an OK head that is dissipating quickly.

Nose is a nice aroma of citrus hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced between pale malts and citrusy hops with hints of coriander. Hops win in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing yet interesting because of the amount of hopping leaves a nice little trail of bitterness.

Overall a very solid brew, definitely worthy to try! (560 characters)

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

Pours a hazy pale golden wheat color with a soapy, white head. Aroma is lemony citrus and notes of Belgian yeast. Light, crisp, wet mouthfeel, with a mild carbonation burn at the finish. Flavor is comprised of Belgian yeast, lemon, and a bit like a pilsner, a little like a white Belgian, and some like a pale ale. Decent, interesting, beer. (341 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dirty yellow with a white head, that doesn't stick around for too long. A nice sweet and fruity aroma - lemons and clementine -, some pepper, with just a touch of some tartness to it. Interesting. Flavor follows suit quite well, very bright while also being sweet lemon and clementine on top of a wheat underbelly. Not much bitterness. A nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, pretty good beer. However, I am not a wheat fan and after about halfway through the bottle I find that wheat malt starts to begin creeping up on me. Good beer objectivelly, not quite for me subjectivelly. (586 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a big fluffy three-finger head with fades quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Nice aroma of lemongrass, floral hops, and the slightest hint of Belgian yeasts.

T - Lush citrus wheat flavor forward, but nicely supported by light, floral hops. Getting hints of coriander, and rosewater as well. Spices enhance and take a backseat rather than overwhelm. A hint of cracker malt and Belgian yeast "twang" in the finish. Not really "balanced" in terms of hops/malt, but it IS balanced when it comes to spice versus hops.

M - Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Nice "wet" finish.

O - Not the biggest fan of this style, but I really enjoyed this brew, as the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts, and the whole thing comes together really nicely. A great summer beer. Adding to my list of favorites. (890 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 1/05/13. This pours a slightly hazy light yellow, straw color with a large white head which has good retention, and leaves a lacing. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, banana, cloves, light hops with crisp light malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is decent, a little belgian funk, some banana, light hops (not IPA hops) and some crisp malts. (411 characters)

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

Cloudy appearance with white head that shows some stamina. More yellow than much darker.
Soft malt and nicely hopped not too aggressively in both the aroma and taste. Most flavors are soft and blended nicely. Belgian yeast intermingles nicely. A balanced yet fairly complex drink.
Full carbonation with a moderate feel.
Enjoyable drink. (336 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow. The head is white and has minimal retention. There isn't much lacing but all in all the beer looks healthy. The nose is peppery and floral with a good amount of bitterness. I get lemon, flowers and black pepper, plus a good amount of piney hops. The taste is bitter and spicy. I'm still getting that lemon and pepper. The finish is bitter and lingering. The mouth feel is not too heavy not too light. The carbonation is spot on. The beer goes smooth and crisp. A fantastic beer no doubt. I'm extremely happy this beer made it down to Texas. Ill be purchasing this quit often. At least as long as I can get it. (634 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Ah how I love Deschutes, been wanting this for sometime now, let's see if she measures up. oops should have went for maybe a tulip.. ah so here we are..

A real green yellow and unfiltered like appearance. Thick and shocking bright white head, with a shiny glowing top and speckled lacing. I can't believe how green this is.

Nose is quite buttery diacetyl forward, although there's some fruit sense and dry airy yeast. This is weird one on the nose, it's kind of interesting, but sort of... well odd.

Palate hits with a very good malt backbone, and mild citrus/tropical fruit. It's hard to pinpoint this fruit angle though, sort of a mellow melon if I could say. Kind of gets into pineapple territory flavor wise a bit. Luckily the butter sense from the nose is completely non-existent on the palate.

Overall, I am just not feeling this one. Very different, but sort of not working out for me, and I just don't feel like wanting this again either. (998 characters)

Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid, two-finger head of stark white. A bright golden color white light, straw-white tones on the outside. Has a pleasant unfiltered look to it with moderate carbonation. Could use more lacing but otherwise no complaints.

Smell: Wheat and hops up front on the nose. Mild notes of piney hops on the back end and lemon in the mix which round out a pleasant earthy aroma.

Taste: Earthy taste with wheat dominating the pallet. The citrus compliments the esthers of a (possibly) belgian yeast. Touch of hops on the back-end but not overly dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light: This brew is crisp, light and refreshing. Could be just the thing on a hot summer day. Wasn't quite what I was looking for but it'll do. Not bad at all.

Overall: A solid beer rounding out another good offering from Deschutes Brewery. Not quite my ticket, a little too earthy (reminiscent of a farmhouse ale or saison) but well done. (932 characters)

Photo of theuberbrit
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at the Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, CA along with some great pizza. It may be sacralige, but I'm generally not a huge fan of Belgian style beers. There's some sort of strange sweetness I find off-putting. Luckily, you won't find any of that here.

This is a very refreshing beer. It's crisp without being too light. And the added hops (at least I'm assuming they added more hops to fit the IPA style) give it a nice amount of bite. It goes very well with pizza. Another fine specimen from Deschutes. (518 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 11/16/12. Poured in to pint glass.

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a small layer of white head

S - Citrus, spice and belgian yeast. Some grapefruit notes in the background.

T - Belgian yeast and wheat up front. A good bitter hop bite with grapefruit notes and bready and spice notes from the wheat round out the flavour profile.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. (393 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chain Breaker White IPA
12oz bottle poured into a hybrid glass
Best by 9/7/12

Thanks to Bonez05404 for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a bright light yellow thats the color of pineapple juice, thats hazy and has a small amount of sedimentation floating in the glass. There is a big 2 plus fingers width of bright white colored head, that hangs around for minutes before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells sweet with citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana aromas. Subtle resinous piney aromas. Really heavy on the tropical fruit notes. Pretty unique but I like it, a lot.

T: Again, tropical fruits on the tongue. A fairly big wheat presence. Some sugary sweetness on the finish. A bit of spice. Very tasty.

M/D: Heavily carbonated. On the thinner side of medium bodied. A light crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this one. The bottle says IPA, BA says Belgium IPA. But its pretty unique and doesnt fall neatly into either of those categories in my opinion. I enjoy the unique qualities. This would be a great summer time cook out beer. Its light, refreshing, but really tasty. Id drink this again, no doubt. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw hazy body with a white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass, like a witbier should.

Smells of wheat malt and lemon, green grass, and lightly of butterscotch.

Tastes slightly sweet at first, there is sort of a soda minerality, then a little lemony sourness and a lightly bitter grassy finish.

Body is light and carbonation is pretty crisp. Has sort of a carbonated soda water feel.

Overall, this is a drinkable, hoppy witbier. A decent 6-pack to bring to the beach or to drink after mowing the lawn. (519 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent bright yellow, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Lots of spice, too much spice actually, orange, lemon, grass, some citrus hops but the spice is overpowering.

T-Spice, grass floral notes, orange and lemon with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A nice White IPA, the bitterness is there and the blend of orange and lemon is nice. (385 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear neon yellow with some visible carbonation. White fizzy head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Sweet hop notes and some crystal malt.

Taste: As advertised, a hoppy belgian style beer. You get the banana, pear, and apple flavors of a typical belgian beer with an added hop character that is careful not to get in the way of all the belgian complexity (not that it's super complex). Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher effervescence than the average IPA and medium bodied (but a little syrupy). Decently refreshing and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: On the one hand I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Ales, and on the other hand I'm a huge fan of IPAs. Chainbreaker White IPA presents a rare case where a negative and a positive put together make a positive. Not bad, Deschutes. (806 characters)

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

"White IPA?", when I saw the 6-pack. I immediately surmised it must be a wheat base - and so it was. While not a lover of wheat beers I was intrigued enough to pick it up because a friend who was a wheat beer fan was coming over to help me dig a 20" deep trench 25' feet thru my backyard to replace wiring to the garage.

The lower score I give will reflect my bias against wheat beer - too "sweet-sour, Belgianish" for my taste - but I will be honest for the style. All of the bellringers that set the mark of good wheat beer (look, mouthfeel and all that) were there. Yet my main complaint here is, "Where's the hops?!" - after all it is supposed to be an IPA. I expect some hop kick/slap here - but got none.

My wheat beer friend liked a lot - but this was after 3 hours of digging a trench - so take that with a grain of salt. I've only had two wheat beers that surprised me pleasantly - this is average and I don't see any reason for it to have the IPA moniker. (969 characters)

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

S-Bottles finally arrived here in Kansa City, Deschutes did a joint effort WHite IPA with Boulevard a year ago. I was hoping for a close copy... it's fairly close.
A-Great white head, good lacing, a bit too clear for an IPA
S-Floral, citrus, your can smell the Belgium component
T-Solid, I love this style and there are very few options. I'll keep this one stocked in the fridge.
M-A bit too clean, needs a bit more feel here, others might like the lightness.
O-One of my favorite styles, I have been waiting for this one to show up. It doesn't blow my socks off but it doesn't blow my wallet out either. I would recommend fans of this style go after this one. (661 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a cloudy, hazy light yellow color with one and a half fingers of craggy white head which lasts for a few minutes, leaving behind minimal lacing. Light body, hearty carbonation.

Smells and tastes of lemon and orange peel, coriander, white pepper, and just a touch of clove / banana with a heavy aspirin sort of bitterness in the finish. It's... kind of middle of the road for my tastes. I've seen this idea done with more complexity and better balance than this before. (510 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy chalky lemon yellow with a huge, billowing, bright white head. Head slowly collapsed into a rocky film leaving chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemon hops, chalky Belgian yeast and peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with notes of lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, chalky doughy malts, and hints of wheat and coriander. Finish is rather sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy.
M: Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, with airy carbonation. Juicy and wet.
O: A perfect six pack Belgian IPA. Nothing too strong but it drinks very well. Worth a shot. (616 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/14/12,

A: Pours a cloudy light gold, looks like a witbier. Big frothy white head, limited lace.

S: Coriander and orange, grassy hops.

T: Good upfront spice flavour, lots of coriander. Earthy hops with some grapefruit. A nice balance with flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, juicy, nice aftertaste.

O: White IPAs are one of my new favourite up and coming styles and it seems Deschutes has pioneered this. Like a mini Conflux No. 2, real good flavours, great price, I like it. (504 characters)

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