Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 310
Hads: 1,923
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 378 | 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 Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by 7/13/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing virtually none
Body very light yellow, hazy
Flavor is sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops bitterness
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nice little beer which, to me, tastes more like a Belgium witte than an IPA. (427 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap on Saturday AM at a local "fuzzies" cantina:

A on tap in a frosted mug - head is partially frozen - eggshell white head, just under a finger, honey- amber color and I forgot to check on the clarity.

S nice piney hops LOVEin it

T tongue follows the nose - piney hops and plenty of it with a nice solid BITE

M a bit..oil? but good nonetheless

D shushem down BRO! (381 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold, hazy, with a soda pop white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemondrop, fresh grassy malts, and a light gentle fruity hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malt, lemon citrus, and moderately bitter piney hop.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

A pretty decent summery ale with some nice flavor and full body. It's not super great but it hits the spot on a warm day and goes down pretty easy. (457 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Cloudy straw yellow, reminiscent to that of an unfiltered wheat beer. Not quite pure white head starts off at about a finger width, but deflates rather quickly to a bubbly white cap, leaving impressive rings of lace in its wake. A few floating particles can be noticed when held up to the sunlight.

S: The aroma praises its Belgian influence. Some plenty of yeast and spice, leaning towards coriander by my nose. A bit of citrus peeks through, but it's not juicy grapefruit... this time it's the lemon variety, further praising the Belgian roots. Hops barely make it through, but are detectable.

T: Further Belgian praise as the flavor profile kicks off with a strong yeast and lemon medley. Towards the middle, the coriander comes into play with ever-so-faint hints of clove, finishing with a friendly wave of hop bitterness that's just enough to slice down the sweetness. Instead of a juicy grapefruit profile, I'm detecting more of a grassy bitterness. Not quite balanced, but satisfying nonetheless.

M: Solid medium body, mild carbonation and an overall smooth, crisp texture. Slides across the tongue nicely, and goes down easy.

O: Deschutes has been one of my favorite breweries for awhile now, and Chainbreaker White IPA is another solid offering that keeps them towards the top. While I'm not "wow'd" by it, it offers enough to keep me satisfied throughout the duration of the glass. Including IPA in the name feels like a bit of a stretch to me, considering the hops hardly play a role, being dominated by the Belgian white spice influence. Hair-splitting aside, Chainbreaker White IPA is a refreshing spin-off of both the witbier and IPA, respectively, and could easily find its way into my cooler during a summer BBQ. (1,782 characters)

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

Pours a hazed, light straw yellow color and quite pale at that. Soapy head forms and has decent staying power, lacing the glass professionally.

The nose has elements of a wit with a hay, lemon and spice scent. Intermingling with the wheat notes, there is ample floral, herbal hop notes that are somewhat pungent.

In the flavor, plenty of hopped up wit flavor with bread, cracker, citrus, acidity, herbs and pine. Solid bitterness to suit the malted wheat base, quite refreshing, though still earthy. Has a lot going on but nothing sticking out of place, that is unless you consider the hops, which are implied by the IPA tag given to this wheat brew.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated brew. Finishes with a leafy hop and Belgian yeast kick.

Overall, this is another nice example of the white IPA. A beer like this could be considered the American answer to the Belgian IPA. Of course the style varies considerably, there are still many similarities. Pretty good stuff from Deschutes Brewery here. Refreshing. (1,017 characters)

Photo of MedMatt
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Really as an Indian Pale Ale..don't see it.
Nice Summer light Citrus Flavour, Grapefruit.
Nice smell,maybe a little ginger, coriander.
Pale colour. Nice head when poured correctly.
Light mouth feel, nice finish.
Hot day go for it...
One disclosure....not a huge fan of wheat beers. (281 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy gold, with a pleasant 2 fingers of white bubbles. Loopy tree-line lace.

Nose is wheat malty and spicy, with a characteristic Belgian yeast being most prominent. I don't get much in the area of hops, but as a Belgian-style, Chainbreaker is faithful.

Taste is definitely a spicy take on the Belgian IPA hybrid, with a touch of sour grapefruit rounding off the edges, but it's subtle, taking backseat to the wheat and yeast character. I get some lemon zest in there, and orange, even, too. Really, this is a complex and well-done Belgian wit, and one I'd love to try again. (594 characters)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a hazy goldenrod, sediment obvious in the brew. Bright white head, with a little lacing.

S- lots of citrus and belgian wheaty character.

T- A nice mix of the belgian wheat character, slightly spicy and clove forward, with a decidedly lemony hop profile and a crackery malt base. Some yeasty esters are on the finish.

M- lighter side of medium, active carbonation and very nicely dry on the finish.

O- a well executed brew. This thing screams summertime. (507 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, very lemony, aroma, Belgian yeast, pear. Flavor is more wheat, with a cracker finish. Lots of lemon, pear, and grain, with floral highlights. Slightly spicy, clove, and a touch of proper. Citrus pith. Very clean yeast character. Notes of bubblegum esters surface late. (274 characters)

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

Where the fruity perfume of IPA and the spicy perfume of Belgian ale have their own individuality in taste, their fusion is a can't-miss for brewers and imbibers alike.

Deschutes Chainbreaker kicks off with the brightness of Belgium, capturing the essence of orange, lemon, apple and a tangy tropical sense. Its beautiful sweetness is that of sweetheart candy until it dissolves effortlessly and quickly from the palate. Its growing hop character tethers through with its own grapefruit, tangerine and mango flavor and aroma.

Its bready middle is mildly of grain and dough but brings its own tangy notions. Once the sweetness lifts, the semon-stained beer's spiciness counters with paradise seed, bitter and dried orange, soft coriander and white pepper. Growing hop bitterness is smoothly of citrus- white grapefruit, pith and peel leading the way.

Its tepidly bitter finish is both spicy and citrusy. Only light glimpses of resin, pine or leaf peak through its drying malt presence. Belgian-esque spice out-duels the hops for attention in its fleeting impressions. Yet an undercurrent of light bread and perfum drift by in aftertaste.

Beyond its milky yellow hues, the firmly headed ale sings praises of both witbier and American IPA. However, the hop influences only provide a slight tilt to the lupulin where IPA should be strongly commanding with hop bitterness, aroma and flavor. (1,390 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale shade of yellow nearly looks like that lemon haze that Hoegaarden has bright egg shell white head with fine even banded lacing. It smells great citrus notes, slightly spiced not overkill like some of the east coast versions I've had, this is balanced wheat accent combine nicely with the hops in this brew. The flavor has spices, bread, coriander, citrus peel bitterness a bit of candied lime, soft coriander/lavender notes very herbal middle, and the sharp wheat notes make it all work together so well on the palate. Great food and beer pairing would be some mahi mahi fish tacos off the top of my head. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied slightly creamy texture from the wheat base, and has a nice dry spiced finish nothing over powers the other aspects of the beer well balanced White IPA...I believe Chainbreaker is a trailblazer. Overall I'm happy with this beer in every way. (885 characters)

Photo of beermemarge
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy light yellow, strong foamy white head. Carbonation lowered quickly. Smelled slightly fruity and flowery with a small amount of hops. Soft taste, not aggressively anything. Lemon, sage, tiny amount of bitterness. Medium mouth feel. Tasted more of a whit or wheat beer then IPA. It was a good beer, a very mild IPA. (347 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 7/13/14 on the label.

pours a hazy very pale straw color, with big soapy white head. great head retention all the way through drinking the glass. any hops in the aroma are overpowered by your normal witbier aroma - wheat and lemony herbal yeast. taste is similar, but the with a hoppy aftertaste. medium body and higher carbonation. (356 characters)

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, refreshing brew. Light, hazy color w/rocky, white head. The nose is lemony and herbal and some things in the mix that are hard to place but create a nice aroma profile. Very smooth, solid wheat base with notes of citrus, though not a lot of specifically Belgian esters. Good beer, approachable and drinkable, creative yet not mind-blowing. (345 characters)

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. It's definitely a unique taste for a white IPA. Has a great smell, great body, and is very smooth going down! Easy sipping beer for a warm day when you don't want the full body of an IPA. Great starter IPA for anyone not quite ready for the full hippiness of IPA's. (277 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active slightly cascading pour yields about a fingers worth of virginal snow white crisp and slightly creamy froth... Limited retention gives way to lacing of much the same qualities... The color is an exceedingly pale lemony gold... There is a distinct haziness that permeates throughout... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble hear and there...

S - Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Some light spice notes in the form of sage and thyme... A very pleasant aroma...

T - Lemon zest and a hint of sweet citrus... Belgian yeast... Wheat... A subtle kiss of cloves... Sage... Perhaps a hint of banana... All the flavors compliment one another very nicely...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp... Light brisk carbonation... Smooth... Clean... Refreshing... Goes down easily sip after sip... Very nice...

D - A very nice refreshing brew... This one walks a fine line between Belgian IPA and Witbier... Insanely quaffable... I'm not sure why this one doesn't have higher ratings on BA because I find it quite enjoyable... I can recommend and will likely find this in my fridge on a regular basis going forward... (1,150 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- lemonade look to it. it really looks like lemonade with whipped cream for the head. splotchy lacing and one fingers worth. yeasty opaqueness.

S- lemongrass and citrus scent. and earthy tone to it as well.

F- lemon grass and pepper. There are also hints of coriander that come through on the backend.

M- Citrus strength coats the mouth and it is almost like drinking a stout. The yeast is quite creamy. The mouth tastes like a lemon.

O- not a bad beer. not what I expect when I read IPA though. more yeasty. its decent though. (565 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice light yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice yeast character and citrus hops

Taste: Citrusy up front, some fruityness, and a nice deal of spicy yeast character

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A solid brew, nice and refreshing on a hot day (299 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy after swirling in the yeast cake. Creamy head stands tall and fluffy. The beer itself is very low on the Lovibond Scale. Maybe, the color of watered down lemonade? Lacing barely happens, however.

Fresh lemon citrus, powdery wit yeast, a kiss of coriander, and white grapefruit; in a pithy way. Gentle spicing with a hop nose to remember. Slice of mandarin, herbal grassiness, and a clean citrusy outro; marked with aromatic Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with clean citrusy notes of lemon and mandarin and chalky spices that dry up alongside all of the fruity hops and yeast notes. Coriander, herbaceousness, flutters of soft pepper, and the faintest sting of tart banana. Really, what you would probably look for in an easy summer white IPA.

A mouthful. The body is stark in contrast from the carbonation, even though neither are doing a whole lot. Makes it feel a bit soppy and wet. Flavors straighten it out with finishing dryness.

As an IPA, I'll rate it accordingly. However, I must say, we've got a good effort. (1,032 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with an okay label.

Appearance: pours a pale straw with a light haze, moderate carbonation visible. A one finger white head that drops to a thin cap. Looks okay.

Aroma: smells of yeast, wheat and grain. Some light citrus also. Pretty unexciting stuff.

Taste: some spice with wheat, lemon citrus and white pepper. Not bad, some tartness too.

Aftertaste: not a whole heap of hop bitterness, not sure where the 'IPA' comes from.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: an alright but overall completely overpriced brew. I wouldn't call it an IPA either - not very hop-orientated, more spice-driven. Too expensive and not interesting enough. Drinkable. (728 characters)

Photo of RDB51
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure I ever had a white IPA from a bottle before. I prefer my beer to come from a tap over the bottle in general. But this Chainbreaker White was a nice change from my usual selection of beers. While I am not a big fan of fruit favors in beer, I liked this beer...maybe I was just thirsty and maybe the nice finish let me appreciate the slight fruity flavors. (368 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Hazy. Thin head.
S: citrus. Lemon.
T: lemon peal. Light malt. Weird bittering mixed with funky Belgian yeast.
M: fizzy. Funky. The flavor interrupts the mouthfeel. Medium-light body coupled with weird flavor.
O: smells great. Taste not so great. Too bitter tied to the phenolics. Doesn't pair. (305 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

a: Hazy pale yellow; pours with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.

s: Classic wit with more pronounced citrus aromas. Plenty of clove as well.

t: Earhy citrus and bright, hoppy citrus work well together. The lingering hops clash with the clove finish though.

m: Full bodied and chewy.

o: Not bad, but I'd rather have a wit followed by an IPA, than have them in the same glasd. (382 characters)

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

On draft at BurGR in Las Vegas.
The beer is pale yellow and extremely hazy with a pure white cap. Aromas of herbal tea, lemons, lemon rind, earth, wheat, coriander, hops. Really, this brew drinks as advertised - a hoppy witbier, essentially. Refreshing and crisp, finishing dry. Prickly carbonation with a tangy, mildly tart, grapefruit finish. Lingering bitterness and coriander. A cool and unique beer. (405 characters)

Photo of KDHicks1958
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy light yellow, with a thin head.

S - nice wit aroma with a hint of lemon

T - nice lemon corriander wheat flavor, with citrus hops coming in at the end. Nowhere near the hops I would expect from the IPA label, but that level of hops would ovewhelm this beer, so I appreciate the restraint.

M - light, somewhat fizzy mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice wheat beer. I thought the IPA in the name is a little misleading, this is more of an attempt to cross a wheat beer with an IPA, so the hops and ABV are not what you probably expect when you see IPA, but Deschutes balanced the characteristics nicely here. (617 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.