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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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very good

325 Reviews

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 2,010
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 31.73%
Wants: 57
Gots: 442 | 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:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Reviews: 325 | Hads: 2,010
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow, with a short white head, some lacing.

S - A bit of lemon and pine, a nice sweet line, and a touch of yeasty funk that produces a off note of garbage.

T - Following the nose, without the funk. Close is a slight sour element.

M - Crisp, bright, and very little drying.

O - Pleasant, drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: White golden with a light haze and lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of slightly golden tinged white head.

S: Belgian IPA all the way! Light fruitiness, Belgian yeasts and pineapple citrus hops. Slight stink of foot or cheese. Tropical fruit candy.

T: Tropical fruits especially pineapple, light sweetness, good solid but not overwhelming bitterness on the end. Crisp freshness.

M: Light body, light syrup and resinous qualities, light fine carbonation.

O: Reminds me of Ciel de Dieu’s version of a Belgian IPA. Really well crafted. Will give it 9 out of 10. Got in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 19th, 2014.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Hazy yellow with a thick white head, decent carbonation and lots of floating yeast settlement. Head dissipates quickly with light lacing.

S: Some fruity aromas especially pear are detectable amongst a strong smell of Belgian bready malts, Herbal hops and a slight spiciness creep in as well.

T: Very smooth, slightly sweet citrus and pear meld well with the bready malts. Good hop flavor and bitterness. Little bit of spice at the end. Very well balanced and surprisingly complex.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a dry chalky finish.

O: Very well balanced brew. Definitely one of the better White IPA's I've had.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - cloudy yellow with a disappearing head and slight lacing
Smell - slight Belgium yeast hop smell
Taste - similar to smell w slight slight spice very belgium with good hops
Feel - medium body and car
Overall - not enough for me but still very belgium with good hops

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good! Crisp belgian pale feel, light citrus and moderate yeasty feel, with touches of floral spice and a warming hop presence in the background. Great session ale for a mild winter day.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What makes this a 4 is it's so damn bright and happy.

A: Turbid, yellow straw, modest head and lace.

S: First - fruity, citric, yeast, bready, then a bit of spice, hop, herbs.

T: Smooth, sweet and bitter at once with good bite, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bread, nutty, herbs. Complex and flavorful. Very happy balance.

F: chalky finish, well made.

O: Many have tried wit ipa and this is one of the best. This brewer always near the top.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most interesting White IPA I've had for a very long time. Beautiful golden hazy unfiltered beer. Nice thick head with lacing that holds for a long time. All the flavors jump without being overwhelming. Apricot, coriander, spices and citrus. Pack the cooler and sit on the porch and enjoy.

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Photo of mschipper
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dingy unfiltered yellow with a finger and a half of head that slowly dissipates to half a finger with moderate lacing. S: citrus, citrus, and some citrus. Hints of hops and orange peel. T: strong flavor of apricot, citrus and bread at first, then followed by citrus hops with hints of bitter hops. F: moderate carbonation, refreshing and smooth. Could drink these all day. Gonna bring at least a six the next time I go fishing for a day. O: great springtime or summertime brew. Added this one to my top warm weather backyard brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I would guess the style but is really good. This one does not have the amount of hops that I typically associate with a Belgian IPA. What it does have is a big burst of fruit and juiciness. Taste is peach, coriander, wheat, Belgian spices, and slight earthy hops at the end. All of the flavors seem to pop. A very light and semi-sweet beer. This is one I could drink several of, especially as it gets warmer. Really well done.

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Photo of mdexter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a nice opaque gold with about a half a finger of head and persistent lacing. This was an approachable Belgian ale, not overly sweet or acerbic but balanced with a refreshing but astringent impact on the palate and a moderate, mouth-coating feel. The aroma isn't strong, more characteristic of a Belgian, not at all piney or hoppy. Thoughts of lemon, white raisins, coriander, and mild cloves are evoked. IPA seems a misnomer; to even call it a pale ale is generous but regardless of genre it was an enjoyable and very refreshing brew.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 2/24/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Orange, coriander, white flowers
T: Wheat, coriander, hints of flowers and citrus. Pure but light
M: Light-bodied, spicy, the finish is a bit short
O: Worth a try, but would be better if the hops were more forward- I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale, not an IPA

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Photo of EvoRich
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very pale yellow color with nice head.

Smell: Wheat and hops.

Taste: A sweet, bready/maltiness I wasn't expecting, with the traditional hop character apparent in most IPA's.

Feel: Very smooth texture, and easy drinking.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really had only tried one white IPA before, but most any beers from Deschutes are worth a shot, plus it was on tap at happy hour, so I figured I'd give it a go. It's really cloudy, a lot like a wheat, but mellow and at the same time very flavorful, which isn't always the case with straight wheats. And it's not as hoppy as most straight IPAs. As such, I liked it a lot more. Apparently I'm now a fan of white IPAs.

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Photo of travolta
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque straw color with floating yeast. Quickly dissipating white head with somewhat decent lacing.

Nose: Faint papaya and vanilla with some lemon zest and wheat.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with lemon and hoppy bitterness. A nice, slightly sudsy finish. Wheat and a tiny bot of heat coming through at the end.

Notes: Im not sure exactly what to compare this to, as it is the first Belgian IPA I've ever had. Interesting style with many possibilities.

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Photo of ProChorus
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden w minimal head & lacing; beautiful floral, papaya nose; light, crisp, fizzy mouthfeel, tastes kind of like a Shandy but with a bit if hops bite in the back end; It was kind of like a more bitter raddler or a slightly assertive shandy

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-16-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with larger bits of sediment floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin nearly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: lemon, bread, wet hay, dank and musty.

TASTE: this is a complex wheat beer, initially sweet lemon citrus and bread, there is some banana and a nice hop profile at the end.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this beer, something different for me, it's a Belgian wheat beer with a bigger hop profile, the hop profile is not as much as most IPA's but it was enjoyable, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow. Looks like a fairly healthy urine specimen.
Smells like spices particularly cinnamon and a little citrusy too. Tastes approximately like pears sprinkled with cinnamon. It's light and easy to drink but kinda blends in with all the other servicable white ipas out there.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/12/14

A murky pale yellow, enough clarity to see a few bubbles popping up here and there, thumbs width of loose soapy foam has enough retention to leave a thick collar of lace

S pineapple, canned peaches, lots of sweet orange peel, more tropical then expected, coriander, dry cereal, vitamin C chewable's and a little perfume

T much more spice and much less tropical hops, fairly toned compared to the nose, cereals come out a little stronger, just a hint of yeast

M light bodied but frothy from the bubbles, strange even, very slick on the palate almost slimy, spicy rind lingers

O decent WIPA but nothing to really set it apart, the nose was great but it couldn't maintain that quality throughout but still solid

I could drink a few of these under a hot sun, perhaps better suited for a summer day but no major complaints on this chilly evening

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Milky pale yellow, plenty of carbonation in streams and loose. Produces a rich dense white head that leaves a nice little layer on top. A wavy blanket of lace remains; excellent.

S: Good combo of lemon, hoppy orange, coriander, touch of wheat, mild yeast. Very appetizing.

T: The flavors have taken a step back from the intensity of the nose (which wasn't very intense to begin with). Addition of white pepper mid-palate. I would have liked to see more bitterness and/or range of hop flavors. Clean finish, but short. It could last a little longer and still retain its high drinkability,

M: Light bodied, the high carbonation is on its way to being harsh.

O: As it is, it's good. Tasty flavors and excellent drinkability. No flaws by what's in it, only flawed by what isn't. I'm by no means a hop head, but I still would have thought an IPA would have more hop character (otherwise call it a hoppy Belgian White). Still, if I'm looking to put down a 6 pack on a hot summer day, this will be a top contender.

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, head fades fast leaving no trace.

Coriander, wheat, floral hops in the nose.

Interesting belgia/german type blend of wheat, coriander, clove, orange peel, and pine.

Highly carbonated.

Crisp little hybrid beer here, evocative of a witbier mainly.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Chainbreaker has a thin, white head and an opaque, brilliant, gold-yellow appearance, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a very bright, one could describe it, or bursting, citrus and white bread, sugary smell, and the flavor is of sweet orange, white bread, coriander, a bit of white pepper, and orange juice (think of a magnolia). Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Deschutes Chainbreaker finishes tart and highly drinkable.


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Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a pint.
Great Beligian yeast strain right off the bat.
Lemony, Spiced, Coriander
Nice hop aroma, and mild bitterness
Easy drinking, belgain-style white ale.
Delicious and would highly recommend.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

This pours a semi-hazy color with some floaties and an frothy off-white head. The aroma is very citrusy for an IPA. The taste is light and very clean with lots of herbal and citrusy note. This is an intriguing brew from Deschutes with a very unique taste for the style that either be a hot or miss with the drinker.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev 0%

This brew pours a cloudy orange which turns yellow when held up to the light with a one finger white head and light lacing.

The smell is musty and dank, wet straw, hay floral hops and sweet malts.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a wheat and malt taste dominating with a musty straw taste but surprising sweetness as well; light hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this gets the style right with a sweet wheat beer coupled with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

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Photo of Bone53
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance (4): Pours a vloudy, bright straw color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly

Smell (4): Orange and lemon peels with a slight herbal spice undertone

Taste (3.75): Too similar to a regular wheat than a wheat ipa. It definitely has that belgian character to it, but i dont know if iv had too many sumpin sumpin ales or what, but this doesnt have the american ipa hop quality i look for in a great white ipa.

Mouthfeel (4): Light body; Silky smooth going down with a crisp finish

Overall (3.85): Its hard to pull off a wheat IPA, it really us. I appreciate the effort put forth, but it just falls short a bit for the style. If this were labeled a wheat ale then i may have rated this slightly higher. It is a fairly clean tasting wheat beer, but something about it just misses the mark for me.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.