Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy pale yellow color with a nice white hear and good lacing

S-lemon, coriander, grain, bread dough

T-bready malt, lemon, coriander, hint of orange, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-easy drinking, great summer beer

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Cloudy straw in color with a 2 finger foamy head. Reminds me of a hefeweizen. Carbonation is fairly significant. Head dissipates slowly. 4/5

S - Some sweetness to the nose. Grapefruit and orange notes. White bread. Grassy. Somewhat floral. 3.75/5

T - Grapefruit and lemony spritzness. Slight banana note. White bread. Slight resin on the finish. Some bitterness of orange peel. 3.75/5

M - Very carbonated. Scrubbing bubbles sensation. Finishes dry. Very light and crispy while also smooth. Interesting mouthfeel. 3.75/5

O - Very refreshing wheat beer. Interesting combo of smoothness and carbonated crispness. Nice combination of flavors. 3.75/5

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

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Clear yellow-orange liquid with a small, fizzy, white head; minimal lacing. Citrus and fresh hops in the nose, light notes of spice and funk. Crackery malts on the tongue, citrus and piney hops, acidic wheat profile, and spicy yeast. Good for the style. Light-medium body and easily drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of demuzik
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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

12oz thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this -enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is very pale golden with light haze and thick white cream with average bead, good lace and retention. The smell is very mild wheat with a light tinge of citrus peel and other fruit/spice esters that don't really distinguish themselves exactly. The feel is light and spiced with slight tanginess with a moderate carbonation and creaminess level with light body.

The taste is gently malty with subtle spiced tinge with moderately lemony hop flavor with slight citrus tanginess and achieves a sort of lemon-pepper type combo with gentle toasted wheat taste in the background. I think this is a quality ale with more emphasis on the wheat than the IPA of the hybrid which is refreshing and nicely spiced with high drinkability -a quality offering from Deschutes, I wouldn't expect any less.

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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 ChopperSmith
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light yellow with a decent amount of white foamy head. Leaves a little sticky lacing on the glass as it recedes slowly. maintains a thin white cap of foam throughout.

Smell: Floral hops with a sweet wheat underneath and a hint of spice. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. I love the flavors in this beer. It starts out with a nice grapefruit or lemon citrus blast, then mellows to a lightly sweet, yeasty, and wheat-like Belgian witbier flavor. Really unique and refreshing.

Mouth feel: A little watery with light carbonation, like a good Belgian witbier.

Overall: As a big fan of Belgian Witbiers in the summertime, I love this beer! It has all of the flavors I love in a Belgian Wit, but with the added bonus of some nice subtle citrus hops. This is another winner from Deschutes, and has become my favorite beer of this summer.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a pale/straw yellow with a fluffy white head that fizzled away quickly leaving only small streaky lacing towards the top of the glass. Had an aroma of citrus, lemon and fresh hops. Taste really brings out the citrus and fresh hop flavor. Very crisp and refreshing.

Light in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable! I almost got more of a witbier taste from this than an IPA...or maybe a mix of the two. Recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and some spice. Then a decent hops presence comes in but it’s a bit weak for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of rdeaton
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-hazy yellow, like lemon-aid. Not much head retention. Reminds me of the shandy.

Smell-You really smell the hops and not much else. I love the smell of hops, so I like it.

Taste-I noticed a pine cone type of taste with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Very light bodied. The hops flavor really comes through without much of a flavor added by the wheat grain, except a touch of sweetness. In this way you could say that the hops is overpowering the grain flavor, which in an IPA you try to keep in balance, but for something different, I like it. As far as I know, this is a blend of two very different styles. The result is a nice brew, especially for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel-has a good mouthfeel, like an IPA does but a little less so.

Overall-I like it. It would be great on a hot day after mowing the lawn. Has a lighter feel than a traditional IPA. Easy drinking and tastes good. A great summer weekend beer while grilling out. Would go well with grilled fish with a bit of lemon. Makes me wish it was summer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow, hazy color with white head. Very intense aroma of coriander and some belgian yeast. Taste is not as intense. Starts like a typical belgian ale, gets into witbier territory in the middle and finishes quite bitter. The coriander is also lingering in the aftertaste. A nice beer overall but it's kind of missing the IPA part. It has a bitter finish but I would have liked a more hoppy aroma and taste too.

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Photo of Ridgeback
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For something advertized as an IPA it is ceratainly paler than a typical IPA but not quite as white as a Begian Wit. Overall a very nice light golden color. Ample carbonation with a nice white head you would typically associate with wheat beers.

S - Very Nice citrus smell initially with the a slight sweetness you would expect if wheat was used. Overall pleasant but not as assertive with citrus as other IPAs

T- Really nice combination of IPA bitterness combined with the body of a wheat beer. I loved this combination. I picked up the hoppiness of an IPA - but again less so than other IPAs and the slight sweetness of wheat. Very enjoyable.

F - A little thinner than what I expected but not too thin to not consider it an IPA. I feel this would be equally appropriate with lighter fare (fish) or with heaver foods (steak)

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and would definitely have it again. I wasn't sure if the combination of wheat and IPA style would work at all but Deschutes has done this nicely. However, for me it seems like a light IPA. Maybe additional malt and hops would make this good beer a great beer.

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Photo of bstave
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass

A- Poured hazy golden with a 2 finger white head. Not much lacing.

S- Getting bubble gum and lemon zest.

T- Taste follows nose. Getting bubble gum, lemon zest, and possibly coriander. Refreshing taste, but not too complex. Could be a bit more hoppy.

M- Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Quick drinker. Perfect for a hot summer day.

O- Pretty good, but expected a bit more from Deschutes. Could be hoppier, but possibly this is exactly what they were going for. I could see this being very refreshing on a hot day in the summer. It is also nice to see Deschutes kicking out a new brew. Too bad some of their pub only beers are not in bottles.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes on like a combination of a witbier, radler and IPA. Excellent and refreshing. Cloudy pale golden body with fluffy white head. Aroma and taste is lemon, piney hops and white bread. Perfect summer beverage.

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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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with ample white foam. Aroma is spicy yeast, citrus zest, sourdough, and lemon meringue pie sweetness. Palate is lemon, orange, coriander, clove, and a touch of yeasty funkiness that approaches brett. More lemon meringue sweetness followed by a dry and bitter finish. A strong yeastiness persists on the palate along with an acidity like weak lemonade and a hoppy somewhat herbal bitterness, although the overall effect is much less hoppy than the IPA designation would suggest. More of an extra sour and bitter witbier. Refreshing and sessionable.

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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 RuEXP1
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Has a hazy yellow color. Medium amount of white head. Average amount of carbonation with some bubbles along bottom of the glass. Looks like carbonated lemonade. Decent lacing, not a lot but definitely there.

S: Strong hop smell, and smells bitter. Not surprising since it is an IPA. Slightly sweet smell. Nothing else really stands out here.

T: Beginning of sip is surprising to me. It is sweet with a citrus-y tone to it. Tastes of lemons and grass. Aftertaste is bitter, maybe a little more bitter than I would like considering how pleasant the initial sip is.

M: Mouth feel is quite pleasant. Has a good amount of carbonation that allows the flavor to dissipate as it flows through your mouth. A little less heavy than a typical IPA, but it is a 'white' IPA so maybe this is expected. Regardless, the lightness if a nice tough to me.

O: This is the first 'white' IPA that I have tried. To me it was a great success. It is like the more common summer-shandy but really seems like a beer that is sweet instead of a lemonade trying to be a beer. For hardcore IPA lovers this may not be as robust as you are looking for. But for someones looking for a lighter side of the IPA spectrum that will brighten up your pallet this is a great route. I foresee picking up more of this in the summer time.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/27...pours cloudy pale gold with heavy high white foam, lot of lacing. Wheaty corriander nose, almost like a hefe. Orange peels too. Smooth chalky taste, orange peel, peppery. Slight citrus. Subtle bitter.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.