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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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325 Reviews

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 2,006
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 57
Gots: 444 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 dgilks
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold/straw colour. Fluffy white head. Fair head retention.

Big lemony, almost herbal aroma. Coriander. Tart wheat. Light citrus. Wow.

Wheaty but with a massive lemony, geraniol flavour. The flowery character is intense as is the almost herbaceous character. The pepper and coriander add nice complexity.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. Fine.

A very nice beer. Enjoyable and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a lot of this if it were easily available. As it is, it doesn't hit the "special" beer note. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker – White IPA (5.6%) - Deschutes Brewing Co. (Oregon)
☆☆☆ ½

App: Pours a cloudy warm yellow with a thin head (approaching soapy) that dissipates quickly. Almost no retention, but some okay lacing up the sides of the glass. Some greenish hues to the extremities of the glass. There's a lot of sediment floating around in this one but thats not untrue to style.

Smell: Dominant wheat pungency like fresh bread dough. Slightly sour smelling with some very mild fruit esters that compliment the breadiness well. Hops are very subtle for an IPA, with only the slightest bitterness buried behind the wheat.

Taste: Wheaty and lightly sour with some strong lemon zest notes in the foretaste. True taste is subtly malty with that definitive wheat funkiness. Aftertaste is lingering but not strong. Very grainy, but overall very pleasant. One of the better balanced white IPAs I've had. That being said there's very little hops assertiveness to this. What is there is all in the aftertaste. Though it is a tasty and well balanced brew, it's a little misleading to label it an IPA. Tastes more like a Wit. Very dry with only the slightest hints of lemon and gooseberry.

Mouth: Light bodied overall, but with a lingering acidity. Carbonation is perfectly rounded and supports this beer well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/4/14.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 01/10/2014 printed on the label, so I'm just in time to save this beer from going over the hill. Another new beer to me from Deschutes, this time a white IPA, or a Belgian IPA, not a style I am too fond of, but I'm keeping an open mind.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a hazed lemon straw colored body with less than a finger of thin fizzy bone white bubbles for a head. Some thin bubbly white lacing. Fairly poor head retention. Not bad, but fairly unimpressive to look at.

S - The smell doesn't really come across as Belgian too much. Grassy / herbal hops - lemongrass, oranges, grapefruit. Some soapiness. Some musty yeast, but not what I would call funky, more of a fruity yeast presence. Smells more IPA than Belgian.

T - Taste resembles what a light-bodied pale ale might be if it had just a hint of bubblegum malt and floral coriander / mild clove spice tossed in. None are really evident on the nose, and all are pretty short lived in the flavor. Bready biscuit malt, lemongrass, orange, grapefruit, and fruity / earthy yeast.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly herbal, and lightly sticky on the finish. Medium bodied with decent, tingly carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer, but it's nothing to write home about. I'm not a big fan of white IPA's to begin with, and this one takes the subtle route, which I suppose is nice, but it seems a little too tame and pulled back, but it is approachable, light, refreshing, and sessionable.

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A white ale with an IPA. It sounds like an elephant making love to a pig. On the label are instructions how to pour the beer, which is a lot like pouring a witbier. I have 12 ounces to decide its outcome. On to the beer:

A half inch of semi-creamy head sit on top this witbier colored beer of pale yellow and a clouded body. On top the retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma gives off a Belgian IPA impression, not a witbier with a bunch of hops. It does have vibrancy, with sharp grassy notes, a dry Belgian yeast, and tangy lemon. Different to say the least.

At this moment, I'm just glad that I didn't spit it out, because initially, the idea of a "White IPA" sounded like a palate challenge. Already as it stands, this is at least decent. Tangy lemon is the dominant flavor of the crew. I get some coriander, some grassy notes, moderate hop bitterness which actually is a pleasant contrast. More drinking equals more love to the beer, so a bump in the scoresheet. It's medium bodied brew, with pleasant carbonation and a little creaminess.

I was skeptical at first, but this IPA/witbier combination is not bad. This raises one question; how good would the wit be on its own?

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Photo of heygeebee
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

hmmm - odd beer, so an odd review.

Is it a Belgian IPA? not to this palate.. pours zesty clear just like a Hef, and the pillowy head and lacing the same.... on the nose it reeks of yeast and dough and lemon and cloves. Taste is like fizzy bitter lemon soft drink - out of a can - plus a yeast bomb added. Lemons to the fore. Hops are there but killed by lemons. Carbonation is sky high and you can drink easily but it is soo muddled... dry, dry finish.

Too odd, and really doesn't work to this palate. To me, it is a standard Hef/wit with added lemons and a little extra hop bite.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once more, my thanks go out to my local, in-person trader, tone77. There are just so many beers available now that I would probably gloss over a large portion of them, but he keeps me grounded.

From the bottle: "What if wheat wasn't the goal in itself? But a route to something awesomely new?"; "Crafted for Explorers Everywhere Since 1988"; "You pair wheat, hops and Belgian yeast and suddenly 'Bingo, a wheat like nobody else's.' With real depth, coriander and sweet orange peel, it's citrus-packed and silky smooth going down."; "Pouring tip: Pour two thirds in a tilted glass. Swirl what's left around the bottle. Resume pouring in all its hazy glory."

I will openly cop to not being a fan of Black IPAs, but I can fully get behind Whites. Nope, not a racist thing as color does not and should not matter, but it just seems like the roastiness of the dark malts gets in the way of the hops' bitterness. Here, the spices compliment and bring out the hops' flavors.

I was excited to get this started, especially after really agitating it in the bottle, per the label's instructions. This resulted in a LOT of foamy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving so much sticky lacing behind that I may be forced to break out the jackhammer, despite planning to run the dishwasher later. Nose was really spicy, like coriander, black pepper and even perhaps some saison yeast. I want this in my mouth! Yeah, yeah, that's what she said, ad nauseum. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and when combined with the head atop it, it looked like a slice of lemon meringue pie. Mouthfeel was effervescent and the melange of hops and spices was riotous. I was reminded of a recent Law & Order: SVU episode in which a woman was performing fellatio with a mouthfeel of Pop Rocks. This beer is probably what that must be like although I have no personal experience. This was an exciting beer for this self-avowed hophead because it gave an all-new dimension to the style. The finish was dry, but not gasping as some AIPAs have been when saturated with hops. I like them, but this was new and different by comparison.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
---from bottle to pint glass---

I must preface with this short story. I ordered this beer out of straight curiosity at the Hilton Rosemont/O'Hare in Chicago. The bartender couldn't find his bottle opener (nor his brain, I assume), so I offered to open it with my personal bottle opener on my key chain. Well... this bottles cap broke my opener. So, my hopes are high!

Pours seemingly water clear, but ends up an extremely foggy off white color with loads of sediment. Thick white head with decent lacing.

Smells funky... Sour wheat, almost. Light notes of citrus and flowers.

Immediately sweet followed by an intense, but delightful bitter. Tastes like carbonated grapefruit juice with hops. The wheat backbone holds this beer from being too 'fruity.' Oddly intriguing...

Very light, but lingering flavor. Incredibly smooth with a back end bitter that calls for another sip.

This is my first ever white IPA. I am very happy with this beer. Not your average Belgian.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Southpaw in SD. Pours a hazy golden with small white head. Bretty aroma with hay, spices, honey, light pine. Flavor follows as a combination of wit, tripel, and IPA. Light spice and bretted wit flavor, some yeasty honey and clove, and a crisp pine hop finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, really crisp. This turned out nicely for a style that to me is mostly meh. Not bad.

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Photo of mmva321
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pale yellow and a very cloudy body. Not much carbonation, but a nice bubbly head that leaves some great lacing. Good looking, but nothing special.

S: Pleasant and subtle, and much less hoppy than I'm used to with American IPAs. I like this a lot. Very hearty yeast aroma and beautiful malt sweetness along with hints of citrus. I'm sure this isn't the greatest example, but it's a very well balanced smell.

T: The yeast and funk is a little too overpowering, but other than that, this is a hearty, relaxed and pleasant tasting beer. Malt and citrus sweetness gives this some more pop.

M: I'm looking for a little more from the feel. Probably a little more carbonation. Full-bodied that leaves a dry lingering in the mouth. Doesn't enhance the taste the way I'd like it too, but the feel isn't necessarily out of place.

O: A great, pleasant and relaxed beer, with plenty of hearty and fresh flavors and a wonderful dry feel. It doesn't quite reach a transcending balance, but it has great qualities nonetheless.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 12/20/13 – poured into my FW Imperial nonic glass

A: Pours a hazy golden blonde body with a half finger lid of snowy white froth. Some ample retention efforts hug the glass after each sip leaving back a light crusty film of lace.

S: Coriander, lemon peel, and some peppery spice mixes with a light bready malt bill and dash of grassy hop florals. Delicate aromas overall with the Belgian yeast somewhat pronounced.

T: Tastes is a touch grainy with a healthy dose of wheat malt mixed in there add with some golden fruits, lemon peel, and a nicely restrained Belgian yeast spicing of coriander, pepper, and light clove. There is a dash of fruity bubblegum that rounds out the finish as well. A moderate level of mineral like bitterness and no alcohol to report. Smooth crisp action. Very refreshing.

M: Feather light body with a smooth mouth feel form the carb and high level of crisp on the finish that is dry and snappy.

D: Nothing particularly special to write home about however the flavors come together in good harmony. A nicely refreshing warm weather brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright white/yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit, some hops. Taste is grapefruit, some tartness, hops, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little different, but a solid beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Transferred from another forum)

Chainbreaker White IPA, by Deschutes Brewery. A light one, at only 5.6% ABV. Let's hope the flavor makes up for that...

Appearance: Woah! Hazy yellow with a slight green tinge and light-colored sediment all over the place. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell: Right away there's a fairly strong lime citrus scent. Some grass. Maybe a slight melon smell. Very faint banana peel. Good smell!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice and light on the palate. More grassy hop flavor, finishing with lime peel/pith. Very faint acidity as ends.

Pretty good!

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy very pale yellow beer with a persistent head about one finger thick.

Smell: Fairly strong hops above light grains. I get citrus, lemon and floral aromas very pleasant.

Taste: A nice crisp grain that suggests wheat or oats to add a touch of body. The star here are the hops and all of their great scent. Citrus (lemon) floral flavors without adding bitterness. All of these hops are late addition or possibly dry hopped.

Mouthfeel: The light looking beer is aided with an addition of something besides malted barley to add to the body giving just a touch of heft.

Overall: This one did win a GABF medal and deservedly so. I like the style a lot and this one is a great example of a hoppy wit. Good stuff Deschutes.

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Photo of sfprint
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. barely visible micro rising carbonation
S: one of the fruitiest beers ive smelled, but more along grape/pineapple lines, very much like juice, a tropical punch. very sweet
T: yes, a mix of a witbier with some ipa characteristics. also retains some of this tropical punch flavor as well. slightly lemony sour/bitter
M: almost medium bodied and moderately sparkling.
O: in some ways its well done, in others its somehow plain

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 11/9/13

Pours a crisp pale golden color with an inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is mild on hops and some lemon/fruit aromas mixed in as well..but subtle. The taste is very "light" but still good and hoppy. This is definitely not a typical american style IPA but it still is very enjoyable. good amount of spices add a nice yeasty touch to this one. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a beer that you could drink a ton of in a row and not get tired of (and not pass out, either!) recommended to beer geeks and to beer novices as well.

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Photo of Ridgeback
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed lemon color with an ample cap of fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is a pleasent mix of orange peels and tropical (amarillo?) hops. Definitely some coriander as well. This one seems to use aromas that mix well as opposed to trying to force resinous, piny hops with the phenols of Belgian yeast.

At first impression this one seems to be more wit than IPA, though as it warms there is a fair amount of hop bitterness. There is a little clash between yeat/spices and the hops, but it does not seem to be as distracting as some other Belgo-IPAs I have had. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, carbonation is fine-bubbled...sweetness is moderate. Its a fairly decent beer and a little different take on the Begian IPA style, but I wont be rushing out to buy a sixer anytime soon.

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Photo of soju6
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a fairly small head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with fruit, wheat, mild malt sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Taste of fruit, mild malt sweetness, grainy wheat with bit of spice and citrus. Has a mild bitterness and a nice dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, hops seem restrained, smooth, with a refreshing feel. Nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer that reminds me more of a Belgian Ale that an IPA. Still an enjoyable beer without being overstated.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A strong carbonation factor within a pale lemon color that has a small tint of haze. The head is foamy of 2 fingers, and fairly well lasting with a bright white gleen. Random lashes of lace.

S: Pale citrus, wheat, lemon with some breadiness and a slight hint of muskiness.

T: Flavor was pale lemons, bready, some muskiness, hint of spiciness, zesty oranges, and pale stale lemon finish.

M: Good carbonation, bready feel, lighter end of medium feel substance wise.

O: Overall has some yeastiness, spicing is moderate though a bit muted and hardly wow worthy. The hopping is adequate but a bit linear, carbonation could of used some snap. Body is light enough for summer use. End result is somewhere between ok and good. C+.

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Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its peachy yellow body has only a slight clarity to it where I can just make out my finger on the other side of the glass. A white cap of head a finger high doesn't waste much time falling back into the beer. This looks like a handsome Belgian Wit.

A generous helping of peaches, papaya, and clementines are spread across a wheat beer inspired backbone. The latter is both phenolic and bready. They've created a very nice harmony between an American IPA and a Belgian Wit.

The Belgian Wit component of this beer is made much more prominent in the taste. It's bready and grassy with plenty of spice. Unfortunately, with the focus being placed on the Wit character of the beer, the fruity and fresh qualities of an IPA fizzle away. A few dashes of peach and papaya can be found midway through but their impression is short lived. Coriander and herbs linger at the back of the palate.

The weight of the body is right between light and medium. The feel is spongy, partly due to the lively amount of carbonation. It finishes dry and makes for quite a refreshing beer.

This isn't my favorite Belgian IPA but it's a good one. It keeps the qualities of both an IPA and Belgian Wit at even par until the taste. And even then it's still good, but being such an IPA fan and seeing "White IPA" written right on the label, I wanted the tropical fruity goodness of the hops to be the star of the show, and to that it fell short. Although it didn't meet my expectations, it still made for an enjoyable beer that I could see myself sessioning in the summer months.

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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

It's very good beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Spikester
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy light gold with a modest white head. Some spots of lacing.
Smell is coriander, lemon, plenty of yeasty funk.
Taste is lemon, coriander, lemon peel, a bit of lightly bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with an adequete carbonation. Semi dry bitter citrus finish.
Overall a refreshing summer brew that should be called Chainbreaker White Ale. Not really even a Pale Ale amount of hops.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a fantastic summer beer. It pours so clear and so orange it just invites you to come hither and drink from it supple core. The aroma promises a citrus zest of orange lemon and every tangy memory you could ever imagine. The taste is crisp and will wake you up if you start slumbering into the late dogdays of heat and despair. The finish is smooth like getting out of the pool And walking into the last 30 seconds of an automatic car wash. I love this beer and will forever treasure it on a warm summer day

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Photo of Littlesteam12
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a fan of Indian Pale Ales I expected the beer to have a little bit more kick to it. They should have called it an American Pale Wheat Ale.

This is a wheat beer disguised as an IPA

Fruity and light very similar to a strong wheat beer or hef

Definitely a summer BBQ kind of cheaper micro beer

Deschutes must have released this to entice light beer drinkers to its demographic

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