Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

309 Reviews
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Reviews: 309
Hads: 1,918
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 56
Gots: 376 | 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 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)

Photo of seagullbeer
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stoked to see the corner store stocking a deschutes I hadn't tried. Overall an enjoyable light easy drinking beer with a good bit of flavor. I wasn't sure what to expect from the term "white ipa" but it reminds me a lot of a hefe. IPA+deschutes had me thinkin something more hoppy but after switching my mindset I started to enjoy it.

A- Light yellow, bit o cloudy
S- Sweet Plantains and lemons
T- Bitter sweet, hoppy 7UP minus sugar
M- Lightish, like water down a window

Not the beer I thought I was buying but probably would be excellent if I was sitting in the sun. (570 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 11/03/12. served in pint glass, swirled to ensure haze, as per instructions on label. Peer pours an eery, lemony yellow, suggesting soda, not beer. Thick white head. Actually in the glass it looks like a giant lemon merengue pie. Considerable citrus hop / lemon aroma.

Flavor comes on strong with a hoppy edge, coriander, and fresh orange all at once. Carbonation is a little bit aggressive, but given all the adjuncts in here that may be necessary. This beer isn't, on the whole, particularly dry. For an IPA, it's actually sweet. But given that, as a combination of two inherantly incompatible styles, this beer is pretty successful. In particular the combination of natural orange in the beer and citrusy Cascade / Centennial works well.
I'm definitely not sick of it after 1 or 2, but it remains to be seen if I'll want another 6 pack when this one's gone.

"Belgian IPA" isn't really apt. There's Belgian Wit spicing, but there's no discernible Belgian yeast funk. This is just a Northwest Wit. And as all things Northwest should be, there are too many hops. (1,086 characters)

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

love this. pours cloudy but bright sunny colored if that makes sense, lively white head on top. smells like fruity/spicy yeast above a nice hearty hopped up pale ale. im picking up caramel and wheat malts both in the flavor, with piney and acidic hops working up a feverish finish to an otherwise quite relaxed brew. i love the fruit notes together with the bitter hops, and this is the first white ipa ive had that i really really dig. wildly drinkable because of its plentiful carbonation and body on the lighter side of medium. great 6pack to drink, ill be getting this again. (579 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.

S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!

T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.

M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.

O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done! (1,674 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with two fingers of off-white head. As big as it was, it settled pretty darn fast to almost nothing. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Subtle spice, hay, clean, lemon, crisp...pretty tame nose, as I'm not getting the hops much at all.

Taste: Nice lemon flavor up front with a touch of bitterness. The soft spices of a witiber start to pull through not long after. It's pretty refreshing, but I'd like more hops. There's some citrus towards the back-end with some mild yet lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty good summer beer for sure. The best by date on the side of the bottle is Sept 21st, so this one only has a few weeks left, but I'm not getting a ton of hops. Still, it's pretty refreshing, and not offensive in any way. Cheers (846 characters)

Photo of DannyHartman
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this beer.... Everything about it is pleasant.... It's the first "white" I.P.A. I've ever tried.... That, in itself, is unique.... It doesn't have the usual hoppy taste that most I.P.A. beers have.... Instead, it has more of a crisp citrusy taste with notes of citrus in the nose of the beer.... Perfect amount of head and body.... Overall, it's a truly enjoyable beer like most beers I've had out of the Deschutes Brewery. (438 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow with a 3 finger foamy white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, coriander, and a small amount of biscuit malt.

The taste has light sweetness and light bitterness. The lemon, coriander, yeast, pepper, and biscuit malt combine to make this a well balanced beer, but all of the flavors are lighter than I expected them to be.

Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not much aftertaste, and finishes somewhat dry. Basically this is a middle of the road Belgian IPA. Decent, but not memorable. (545 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, washed out golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops with funky belgian yeast notes; green banana and hints of bubblegum. Mild lemon.

Taste - Surprisingly light (or lighter than expected) in flavor, though with typical belgian IPA character. Citrus hoppiness, intermingled with green banana and a touch of spice on the back end. Good balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A bit of mild lemon rind in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Just a tad bit of, for lack of a better descriptor, chalkiness to it?

Overall - This is a pretty good BIPA. A tad quirky, but nothing unusual of the style. That said, there's also nothing that really sets it apart, in my experience, from the rest of the beers in this relatively new style. I much prefer Stone's Cali-Belgique, though if price were a concern, I'd probably choose this. (1,010 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, pale golden. Pretty nice white head on top of it with decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smells quite hoppy. Fruity, slightly citrusy, a touch of pineapple. Not as much "white"ness as I would like, but still good smelling.
T- The white ale part of the beer comes through here. Bready, a touch spicy, before some nice fruity hops come through. Nice balance of flavors.
M- There is a bit of an odd chalky mouthfeel in the finish. The carbonation is not quite sufficient.
O- It's a good easy drinking example of the style. Worth a try. (540 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, quickly fading white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and earth notes.

Tastes of yeasty characters upfront with a little hop overtones. Some fruity notes and bubblegum leading into a a tangy wheat note. Some grainy sweetness comes through in the middle. Hops come in with a citrus and grass notes. Ends with a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but has room for improvement. (530 characters)

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, tangy background.

Taste: Mild sweetness, wheaty, black pepper. Tart, citrus finish.

I think this is my first Belgian IPA where a wit is the base beer instead of a Belgian Pale or Dark. I haven't been too impressed with Belgian IPAs and this one doesn't quite hit the mark either. The hops showing up as more of a tartness is interesting. Worth a try. (417 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, pale, straw-colored body with an impressive white head; emits a zesty citrus and spice smell with a touch of caramel. Slightly puckering mouthfeel, but juicy overall. Taste has a smooth malt backbone topped with a slightly citrus flavor and pretty decent bitterness overall.

An interesting light brew. Soft, bitter, with an underlying sweetness. A good warm weather thirst quencher. (391 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmliet glass. Appearance is hazy and yellow with a layer of dense soapy bubble which stick to the sides of the glass. Belgian esters come first, tons of yeast, banana, lemon, and orange peel. This is followed by a faint pine hop background. The taste features more hops than the nose and brings out the IPA side of things. Pine and resin on the finish. Carbonation level is appropriate and body is light. There seems to be more White Ale than IPA here, still not entirely sure how I feel about this style. (526 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is yeasty, bread notes, lemon and slight tangerine. The taste is very white. Bread flavors, lemon, yeast and there is some cirus hoppiness in there that actually compliments the beer very well. Think something similar to Lost Coast Great White with a wedge of orange in it. A white IPA is actually a really great idea as long as the hops used are citrusy. (360 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw liquid arrives with a modest cap on tap; not much in the way of lacing

Smell: Bubblegum and citrus

Taste: Bready, with bubblegum and citrusy flavors arriving by mid-palate (lemon and orange pith/peel); a yeasty Belgian character builds, after the swallow; the finish has a pronounced lemony character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: A refreshing summer beer; nicely balanced between the two underlying styles (472 characters)

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

Not bad at all! This one is a surprisingly light, crisp affair. While they market it as a "white IPA," I find that the "white" part overshadows the IPA. It's very much like a witbier ala Namaste or Allagash White, with just a small handful of extra hop character. It works pretty well. (285 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very pale color, kind of white grape juice in color. Hazy and teaming with medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge three finger head that is bright white in color and frothy in appearance. The head doesn't stay around for very long but does leave a beautiful lace to remember it was once there.

Smell is as expected. Sweet, banana, earth, wheat and yeast.

Taste is just as undesirable as I figured it would be. Banana and wheat and musty yeasts. Not my cup of tea/beer.

Mouth is on the refreshing side. Light carbonation medium feel and a short, bright, dry finish.

Overall I should score this on the style and not my palate preference. This is what it is supposed to be, a light, easy drinking summer ale with a Belgian influence. Not my style but to those that like the musty yeasts and hops this one is a summer delight. (870 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head. Really dank, hoppy nose. Very citrusy, floral aroma, mild pine, an some wheat and bread. A hint of tropical fruit and grass. Flavor has a light tropical fruit note, citrus, grapefruit peel, and very faint bread malt. A little bit of wheat flavor, very citric, and just very light and refreshing. (341 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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? (1,074 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (506 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.