Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

308 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,916
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 57
Gots: 371 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 soju6
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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+. (731 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste:
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.

Overall:
It's very good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (513 characters)

Photo of Littlesteam12
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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.
Overall:

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 (391 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Bright golden color with some haze. 1.5 finger, rocky, pure white head. Good lacing as well.

Aroma had some citrus and floral notes. A bit bready. Wheat aroma stands out. Coriander comes through really nice with the orange and spicey notes.

Flavor had a good amount of floral and orange notes upfront. Some light maltiness and wheat flavors. Finish had a mild bitterness with subtle spiceyness from the coriander. Definitely orange type bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp and dry finish.

Good beer overall. Extremely drinkable. Nice, refreshing citrus flavors. (633 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a weird light yellow with a decent amount of head

Smell is foral hops yeasty with some spice

Taste is citrus with coriander giving it just a little spice,strong light yeast character.

Mouth feel is a little light slightly watery.

I love white ipas i was really excited to try this, but it kind of let me down. There alot better eaples of the style out there. (368 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy pale yellow in color with a light white, delicate layer of foam on the top.

S - Barnyard funk, grassy, earthy, floral.

T - Cloves, floral, barnyard funk, coriander, pepper, lemon, bready.

M - Light medium body, bone dry, crisp, refreshing, and leaves a zesty tang on the tongue.

O - Refreshing and different. (323 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “10/31/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy, lemonade straw. A finger or so of thickish head left a bubbly skim, ring around the edge, and lacing along the glass.

Smell: Lots of coriander and pepper spice upfront. It has a nice base of bready malts, a little funky yeast that complements the spice, and a spritz of lemon.

Taste: It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and the coriander, pepper spice, and complementing yeast funk dominate. They merge seamlessly so I can barely tell them apart. Bready pale malts and lemonade-like lemon round it out.

Drinkability: A good beer. The flavor and aroma are both strong and enjoyable. (728 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chainbreaker poured a pale and hazy yellow straw like color with a small lacing head. The aroma was well balanced, with a slightly floral aroma, and lots of citrus. The taste was light with lots of citrus notes, some hop flavors, but rather balanced, some sweet Belgian candies come through too. A bit lighter, but not exactly watery, but still flavorful. Overall a lighter example, but tasty and refreshing. (408 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled best by 10/26/13 into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow, cloudy, a lot of good looking sediment! Not much head though, and just a little bit of lacing.
Smell - citrus, some coriander, slight hint of banana.
Taste- sweet, slightly tart; very refreshing, but not hop forward .
Feel - the downside of this beer; highly carbonated, almost no hop bitterness.
Overall - very good value, but this is a disappointing beer if you're seeking hops. A nice beer if you're after a refreshing brew for a hot Summer day. (534 characters)

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

12oz bottle, best by 8/31/2013, poured into SA glass.

Lemonade-colored, clear liquid, one finger, bright white head quickly disappears. Scant lacing.

Lemon zest, wheat, mild banana. A bit of a let down.

A bit better. The coriander comes out and there is a nice clean but mild citrus note.

Light and mild.

Lawn mower brew, not in a good way. (345 characters)

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lighter white IPA. Good carbonation,light in color,nice citrus/grape fruit smell as well as taste. Light,dry refreshing finish,slightly hoppy. Great beer for a hot summer day. Had it in a bottle as well,like most everything a little better on tap. Another solid offering from Deschutes... (293 characters)

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Deep yellow/gold dust color with a brilliant white two finger head. Scant amount of carbonation bubbles flow to the top. Significant cloudy haze is also evident.

Aroma: Hard coriander note up front in the nose along with some citrus (mostly grapefruit)

Taste: significant spice hits immediately. This is followed by the rind of a grapefruit that has been mixed in a cup of water. A very minimal cereal grain note can be detected if searched for

Mouthfeel: Very dry on the finish with a kind of flat grapefruit soda feel . Aftertaste leaves the impression of sucking on a grapefruit peel.

Overall: I really tried to find something I really liked about this beer. Unfortunately it didn't happen. I really like Deschutes as a brewery but this one fell flat ( both literally and figuratively). The call it a "white ipa" but drinks more like a wit without much bite. I would recommend the porter and stout instead as they are world class brews (955 characters)

Photo of vfalstad
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a light yellow, almost like the color of lemonade. A nice head of about a finger.

I pick up a lot of coriander in the smell, a spice that usually plays well with hops. But the hop smell is very faint. I pick up a few notes of other spices, citrus and grassy notes.

The first thing I taste is coriander, followed by lemon, maybe even a different type of lemon than an ordinary lemon. It's followed by some hops and the bitterness expected of an IPA with a touch of sweetness as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very light and easy drinking. The bitterness lingers in the mouth quite a while.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. It's light enough to drink in hot weather and has enough complexity that I can drink it pretty slowly. (756 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a white head over a muted yellow body. It is so hazy it's difficult to see the bubbles rising to the top. Head cut down to half a finger rather quickly and retained a good froth. Good lacing.

Smells very clean. Light crackery malt with yeast and grassy hops.

Similar to the nose, I get light, crackery malt with a little spice. This transitions with a big burst of yeast into a grassy hop flavor with a hint of green apple.

This beer is light-medium bodied. The carbonation is very biting. It refreshes first, then coats the tongue with a thin bitter layer. Dry finish. (582 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a big billowy white head of three fingers. The head very slowly fades over time leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heavy of Belgian yeast and malts with a large hit of lemon and wheat. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a banana and a bit of a coriander spice.

Taste- The taste begins with a Belgian malt and lemon flavor upfront. Along with these taste so too comes some nice wheaty flavors which maintain a base taste for the brew. As the flavor advances the lemon grows stronger and slightly more sour to the end. A bit of grassiness and graininess begins developing in the taste more toward the end leaving a lemony and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. The moderate characteristics of the two are rather nice for the lemon, wheat and yeasty characteristics of the brew and make for a rather nice drinker.

Overall- A pretty nice flavorful brew overall with a decent blend of graininess and a lemony taste, although slightly low on the hop profile for an IPA. (1,249 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Safeway in Seaside while I was on vacation in Monterey.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thin head

Smell- spices mostly

Taste- spices mostly, a little bit of hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Quite refreshing! (279 characters)

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

Best By: 6/31/13

Pours a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger fizzy/creamy white head, leaves a big island in the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some coriander, bannanas, nice little touch of hops. The taste is very nice malty, slightly hoppy, yeasty, with a nice touch of fruits/spices. Medium body with a nice dryish finish. Overall this is a very tasty brew, and hit's the spot on a hot day. (453 characters)

Photo of kshizzle101
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - an unnatural light yellow color. slightly hazy. strong 2 inch white head.

S - floral and spice hits right off the bat. very aromatic. slight bready/maltiness coming through as well.

T - very sweet malts at first. same spice and floral notes as the smell but not as pronounced. slight hops on the finish. quite pleasant.

M - medium bodied, a little sticky. on the higher end of the scale for carb for a BIPA, but doesnt detract too much.

Overall - i normally don't go for BIPAs, but this one was very well executed. crisp and refreshing (585 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with a half-finger white head that dissipated into a ring of white that left no lacing. It looks a lot like a witbier, but with less head and lacing. Scents of pine, slight citrus, coriander and Belgian yeast. Smells a lot like a west coast IPA at first and then the witbier like scents emerge. Flavors of pine, orange peel, slight coriander spice and Belgian yeast funk. Like a witbier and IPA crossed. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderated carbonation. Easy to drink. It's an excellent beer, a combination of two great styles that work together in a unique beer. (595 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.