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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,759 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,759
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 49
Gots: 249 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Punch Bowl Social, Portland

Haxy lemon with white film.
Wit nose heavy on the lemon.
Saltines, lemon curd, big yeasty bite, and lemon hops to end.
Wheaty finish and dry waxy linger.
Light, oily, round.

For all the talk of a new style, very wit-y. Cascade and Citra, but they are mostly missing, or let’s say I’ve had hoppier Belgians. Falls between two stools, badly.

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By 01/05/13

A- Pours a fluorescent light gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of bubbles on the surface. Thin, slippery lacing.

S- The incomparable combination of bright, grassy hops combined with rich, sweet Belgian yeast. Also some hints of spices like coriander and ginger plus some lemongrass.

T- Not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter hops push up against a moderately fruity base and the yeast shows up as a weak, soapy afterthought. Very smooth and easy to drink but almost too light in its execution.

M- Borderline watery with a small hop bite and medium-low carbonation. Light body.

O- Not as good as I was expecting my first Deschutes to be. I'm a sucker for BIPAs but I guess I should have listened to the BA score on this one. Not bad, I've just had better.

Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem from joemcgrath27...

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Heavy citrus rind, nice floral hop notes, toasted crackers and wheat.

T - Much like the nose, the citrus rind and floral hops come through with a nice wheat flavour lingering on the finish. Sour lemon citrus and a bready malts linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Delicious brew whose flavour is well received on the palette. Well worth a try, easily sessioned and would be incredible on a patio. Another brew I wish we could access in Ontario, but know we will never have the pleasure of enjoying on the regular.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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!).

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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 15JUL12

Pours a diaphanous light yellow ale with a sheet of white foam and spotty lace throughout. Phenols, coriander, citric hops, slightly plastic. Flavor is sweet and wheaty with a good bitterness up front and an interesting citric rind character on the finish with a witbier taste. Full bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. A decent beer, and one of the more approachable Belgo style IPA's I've had. Probably won't be found buying this one too often however.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmliet glass. Appearance is hazy and yellow with a layer of dense soapy bubble which stick to the sides of the glass. Belgian esters come first, tons of yeast, banana, lemon, and orange peel. This is followed by a faint pine hop background. The taste features more hops than the nose and brings out the IPA side of things. Pine and resin on the finish. Carbonation level is appropriate and body is light. There seems to be more White Ale than IPA here, still not entirely sure how I feel about this style.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,759 ratings.