Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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85
very good

309 Reviews
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Reviews: 309
Hads: 1,918
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 56
Gots: 376 | FT: 1
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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 Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell you why, but I couldn't get enough of this stuff while out in the Bend-Portland corridor a couple weeks ago. The gimmicky things usually turn me off. But this just won me over immediately.

A: fairly cloudy grain-grassy yellow... one can almost see texture (with)in the liquid... decent foam on the pour, but it mysteriously checked-out each time

S: a European spiced holiday cookie/baby-cake(sweet zwieback?)?...hops are on the nose, but they're muddled with the alternative spicing and the mild and inviting fermenting-dough yeast.... rising above mellow, alive

T: not quite a Wit, not quite an IPA.... maybe a slightly off-spiced, marginally earthy-floral hefeweizen or a lemon shortbread cookie.... delicately richer in fresh-baked white bready malt.... bright, feathery sweetish-flowery hops tingle on the perimeters on the palate, mild spicy.... the tasty malt carries on through, residual sediment-ester interplay

M: almost medium-bodied - doesn't have a dextrin-derived substance to the feel - maybe an almost unfiltered, yeasty texture, washes away with some retard... satisfying, organic heartiness

O: fantastic in my eyes and on my tongue.... won't blow you away, but it has an indelible overall quality - when you see it - you have to have one.... i don't know.... (1,293 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, tangy background.

Taste: Mild sweetness, wheaty, black pepper. Tart, citrus finish.

I think this is my first Belgian IPA where a wit is the base beer instead of a Belgian Pale or Dark. I haven't been too impressed with Belgian IPAs and this one doesn't quite hit the mark either. The hops showing up as more of a tartness is interesting. Worth a try. (417 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy light yellow wheat colored body, holding a white foamy head that recedes to a white film. Light watery lacing remains.

Aroma: Faint yeast and wheat, soon laced with floral aromas and citrus peels. Hops come alive in the end with a slightly piny note.

Taste: Belgian at first, doughy yeast comes out alongside a bouquet of fruits and citrus. The finish tastes more American with piny and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Clean and flavorful, a good beer for any Spring day. (543 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow/lemon/chicken broth. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and small. Notches of lacing cling to the glass. Head drops to a thin cap in rather short order.

Smell: Belgian spice. Touches of lemon, clove, and banana. Some mild touches of citrus back everything up. Big yeasty touch. Malts are pale and mellow, offering just a faint backbone. Very clean. Almost treads on witbier territory. Bubblegum. Floral and estery.

Taste: Light, pale malts backed by a mellow Belgian yeast influence. Notes of clove and pepper play with ripe banana and touches of bubblegum. The flavors thrown by the yeast are tempered by a solid citrus component. The hops are big enough to assert themselves between the mellow malt base and the Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a solid carbonation. Has a slight drying bitterness on the edge of each sip.

Overall: As would be expected from Deschutes, this is an amazing piece of balance. Nice touch of spice and hops. Balance and more balance. That's what they do. (1,028 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White IPA??? Honestly, I have no idea what that is supposed to really mean (yeah I mean, it's a hybrid of a wit and IPA, but at 5.6%abv and th mild hop presence, this is no IPA). Kinda like the Cascadian Dark Ale, that Deschutes is said to have created...regardless of what they call it, I happened to really enjoy this beer.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, that is until you swirl the last third in the bottle and continue to pour (similar to a Wit/Hefe).

Nose, fairly subdued, but there is a nice citrus note present along with a touch of coriander.

Taste; pretty straightforward. This is a hoppy wit. Light citrus and floral hop notes balance with the coriander, wheat, and mild breadiness.

Finish is quite clean, a tad hoppy, and a bit sweet (not in a bad way).

Overall; white IPA...that's lame IMO. This beer, a tasty rendition of a wit that is perfect for summer, widely available, and a tad hoppy for something different. Well done brewers, can't say the same for the marketing dudes. Whateve, it'sr a good beer that I will certainly pick up more of. (1,064 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow liquid with very little suds that are attaching themselves to the side of the glass.
Smell is mostly spice,yeast ,grass and lemon pledge with a hop burn to the nose at the end.
Taste is sweet at first with some spices like allspice and pepper thrown in along with the sugar. Kind of weak in the flavor dept. but quite quaffable.
Very clean on the palate but there is nothing left and there at least should be some stickyness.
Overall this is a great lawnmower beer that you can chug huge volumes down the hatch. This is less of an IPA and more of a belgian wit. (597 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass, 5.16.12.

Hazy straw yellow body, several visible streams of fast rising bubbles, under pure white head, relatively quick dissipation with some spider legs. Pretty wit-like nose, some lemony esters, light coriander balanced by citrusy hops. Taste mirrors nose, fairly sweet for a Belgian IPA, not sure I'm picking up a Belgian yeast, fairly sweet. Finish is medium, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Certainly a different take on Belgian IPA, IMO more of a NW hoppy wit, not something I'd drink regularly, but a decent change of pace. (594 characters)

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/15/12

Appearance: Pale, yellow straw color - some expected sediment, hazy - white head with impressive retention, fades to streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Yeast, Belgian spices, and some light citrus - yeasty, but in a somewhat neutral way (Belgian aromas with clove and bananas, but not a lot) - spices, floral - wheaty malts - some grapefruit and orange flesh in the background

Taste: A lot of stuff going on here - wheat, pale malts, clove, spices, banana, pepper - the hops, mostly orange and grapefruit, seem to appear later - actually pretty good, and pretty balanced with the Belgian aspects - an interesting amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, with a somewhat odd, watery aftertaste

Overall: Very interesting

This notion of combining a Wit with an IPA is still a bit odd to me. But Deschutes pulls it off well. There are some big flavors combating within the confines of one beer, yet this somehow remains pretty mellow. Not amazing, but worth a try. (1,059 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Carbon dioxide overwhelms and dilutes delicate qualities of green plant stems, cloves, and peppery yeast.

T: Begins dry, with very light malt, a trace of bright estery fruit, lemon rind, and aggressive carbonic acidity. Peppery phenolics are mild in the middle where wheat becomes apparent. Herbaceous and lemony flavors mark the barely-bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While this beer fills a gap in Deschutes' line-up, it is hardly an IPA of any qualification--white or otherwise. Most similar to wit beer, it presents qualities both appropriate and experimental to that style. Austere hops replace traditional seasonings, giving a decidedly herbaceous theme. (896 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dirty yellow with a white head, that doesn't stick around for too long. A nice sweet and fruity aroma - lemons and clementine -, some pepper, with just a touch of some tartness to it. Interesting. Flavor follows suit quite well, very bright while also being sweet lemon and clementine on top of a wheat underbelly. Not much bitterness. A nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, pretty good beer. However, I am not a wheat fan and after about halfway through the bottle I find that wheat malt starts to begin creeping up on me. Good beer objectivelly, not quite for me subjectivelly. (586 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 ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 2/24/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Orange, coriander, white flowers
T: Wheat, coriander, hints of flowers and citrus. Pure but light
M: Light-bodied, spicy, the finish is a bit short
O: Worth a try, but would be better if the hops were more forward- I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale, not an IPA (394 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Pours a pale cloudy straw colour with a white head that clears quickly

S - Very wit like aromas of orange peel and citrus

T - Up front so nice lemon flavours with some coriander seed. The hops on the back end are feint for a BIPA.

M - Light body light to medium carbonation

O - This is more of a wit for me than a a BIPA. But will quench a thirst on a hot day and is recccomeneded (388 characters)

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

Had on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly with some nice retention. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Tangerine and fruity yeast. A little bubblegum sweetness from the yeast and a touch of stone fruits.

T: Sweet biscuit malt. Clean. Some stone fruit esters and a little bubblegum yeast. Orange pith and some citrus zest round it out.

M: Light bodied with a sweet, malty finish. Medium carbonation level with a drying finish.

O: The zest complimented the esters from the yeast. Easy drinking. I would definitely have again even though I'm not the biggest fan of this style. (693 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, quickly fading white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and earth notes.

Tastes of yeasty characters upfront with a little hop overtones. Some fruity notes and bubblegum leading into a a tangy wheat note. Some grainy sweetness comes through in the middle. Hops come in with a citrus and grass notes. Ends with a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but has room for improvement. (530 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"White IPA" - seems like these are all the rage at the moment.
This is essentially a witbier with pretty mild esters but massive IPA-level american hop notes.
Looks more or less like a witbier in the glass. Hazy eggshell color. Lots of foam. Probably a bit more effervescent (less creamy, more bubbly) but otherwise, very close.
Big old school hops intermingling with slightly milder banana-like esters.
The flavor is similar. There are some witbier notes trying to come out, but they're hiding behind a lot of cascade and citra pine/citric rind. While the nose was an even mix, I think the flavor favors the hops in a big way. The body of the beer is overpowered slightly, but the phenolic notes com out here and there. I like it, but I wonder if some kind of bigger wit was necessary to keep those hops in check. It isn't necessarily bitter, but the hops run the show.
Great in small doses, I like having one of these here and there, but I don't think I'll ever have 2. The witbier body just can't keep up with all of those hops.
Still, I DO like this and will probably keep grabbing bottles here and there. I think it's one of those situations where something isn't a world beater, but just hits the spot in a lot of different situations. (1,242 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer. (2,428 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (270 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12-pack of Chainbreaker White IPA in a grocery store. $12.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, the shade of pinapple juice, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is a acerbic hefe or white ale scent. Almost as if a white or a witbier had gone bad. Fortunately the smell is subdued.

Taste is a dry hopped sour version of a Bavarian hefe. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.

Overall a drinkable beer. I'll be looking forward to some of this on a hot summer day. (548 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by 7/13/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing virtually none
Body very light yellow, hazy
Flavor is sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops bitterness
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nice little beer which, to me, tastes more like a Belgium witte than an IPA. (427 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)

- This is a very pretty beer. Pours a light zesty straw-yellow and is slightly cloudy with light yeasts and perhaps other unfiltered sediment. The finger of fluffy white head has slowly settled to a very spotty and creamy layer over the brew with a nice bit of lacing in the glass. Looks damn good.

Smell: (4.0)

- This beer has a wonderful citrus aroma along with a very light bready wheat and banana yeast. Some pine hops are in the mix as well. Light, zesty, lightly spicy, and a little lemony. Smells very refreshing and balanced. There is even a light touch of wheat funk to it as well which is quite good.

Taste: (4.5)

- Nice zesty bright citrus notes, bready wheat malts and light sweet honey. There is a nice light balanced herbal flare from the coriander which is melded in very well with the big spicy hops which seem to grasp both citrus, and pine flavors. Very solid refreshing drinker. Lovely lemon zinger in the finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)

- This is another high mark for this beer. Perfectly carbonated, a little drying from the bitter hop, but yet zesty and zingy enough to wet the palate. Very light creamy flare to it from the wheat, and yet a rather light to medium bodied brew. I couldn't drink a ton of these sessionable brews on a sunny day.

Overall: (4.0)

- This is a stand-out beer. As for Spring releases, I think this one will take the cake. This beer is very solid, very balanced, very complex, and just very damn good. I highly recommend drinking a lot of these. Huge fan here. (1,531 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale nectar with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel, wheat,

Taste- Starts with the yeast and orange peel followed by the coriander and wheat. Taste is tangy and tart at the start, then finishes with light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable Belgian IPA. I like the fact that the flavours are cohesive and don't compete with one another. Definitely would suit for a hot summer day. (502 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 Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chainbreaker 12oz, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Best Before 6-28-12.

A: Hazy yellow gold, fluffy white head.

S: Lots of piney, citrusy hops, semi-pungent, wheat, lemon, definite funk (almost B.O.), Belgian yeast esters, lots of Wit beer characteristics...fruity, rotting pear, fruit flesh.

T: Lemon zest, citrus pith, wheat and malt, bready...earthy grass, funk, Belgian yeast notes, piney hops contribute as well...fruity notes are more buried here but still present.

MF: Light to moderate bitterness, soft clingy dryness, light to medium body.

O: What I would expect from a Deschutes Belgian/White IPA. More hops would be welcome, but overall its still a refreshing and drinkable beer. (701 characters)

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.