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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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1,610 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 45
Gots: 184 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011)
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Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -11%

BMart, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of yeast, grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of leather and hay. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little milder. It would be nice if there were a stronger bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better Belgian IPAs out there. I can't see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.8%

smartassboiler, May 11, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mhaugo, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Gagnonsux, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -11%

bpfrush, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

thatoneguymike, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

twelveinches, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Holland, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MSandahl23, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

strongaf, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

cdwil, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the cap.

Aroma of citrus, mostly lemon, and earthy hops. The yeast adds phenols and esters in about equal amounts. Smells enticing.

The hops and yeast almost works beautifully but it turns overly bitter in the finish. A touch harsh. There is very little malt to carry the other flavors. Too bad, they were so close. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

A little weak in the body but is nicely carbonated. Good texture and pleasurable to drink.

Easy drinking beer that is a little lacking in a couple of areas. Especially enjoyed the yeast qualities.

morimech, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +9.6%

deapokid, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

petermethot, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Hazy orange with a one finger white head. Minimal head retention and minimal lacing

S - Very crisp Pils, citrus grapefruit and wheat scents. Also coriander spiciness and orange and apricot smells.

T - Follows the scent except that wheat and orange dominate with a bit of spiciness in the back palate to finish the taste.

O - A pretty good Whitbier, pretty crisp, but not extraordinarily standout. A little above average for the style, and I would get this again since I love whitbiers.

williamjbauer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

gtermi, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

true pint at Venti’s Taproom. S.Commercial,Salem. $3.75 ( happy hour) Named "Belgian White IPA. Very hazy yellow coloured beer,unusual, with a nice thick white head. Nice tart,spicy,banana aromas,together with a hint of resiny hop..again unusual but nice. Very spicy,peppery yeast driven taste to begin then a firm resiny hoppiness takes hold. Good mouthfeel to this one nicely carbonated and long after tastes. Overall an unusual and hard to categorize beer, but i enjoyed.

5.9% now

Reidrover, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had this beer a couple summers ago, when it was a 'test batch' at the Deschutes Portland Pub. Was glad to hear that a recipe was settled upon, and that it would be added to the seasonal lineup. This review from a 12 oz. bottle, one from our second six-pack of the summer.

Best by: 09/13/12, poured to a pint glass.

A: Quite pale, this really puts the 'white' in 'White IPA'; a hazy straw color that shows off the steady carbonation well. Terrific head initially, a snowy whiteness that crests above a finger, dense and long-lasting. A little ribbon-y lace, broken.

S: A musty, citrusy scent... pepper and discarded rinds. Moments are sweet, then gears are reversed and tartness and spice attack one another in the nose.

T: A good amount of citrus zest, lemony and then mildly peppery in the end. A dirty dryness (chalky), sourdough bread.

M: Disappointing thinness in feel, yet a lasting starchy stickiness. That odd pasty coating lasts too long, clinging to teeth and causing insatiable lip-smacking. A peppery dryness in the finish salvages the feel somewhat.

O: This has served as a good staple for early summer get-togethers - it's likable enough to please malt or hop lovers, even wine drinkers. Refreshing on a warm day, but with flaws that I can't quite get past. Not one of the better things I've had from Deschutes (but they set the bar so high... this is still pretty darn good!).

msubulldog25, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy chalky lemon yellow with a huge, billowing, bright white head. Head slowly collapsed into a rocky film leaving chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Lemon hops, chalky Belgian yeast and peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with notes of lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, chalky doughy malts, and hints of wheat and coriander. Finish is rather sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy.
M: Fluffy and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, with airy carbonation. Juicy and wet.
O: A perfect six pack Belgian IPA. Nothing too strong but it drinks very well. Worth a shot.

scottfrie, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bigred89, Jan 05, 2013
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.