Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #89
Ranked #25,024
3.67 | pDev: 12.81%
May 09, 2022
May 11, 2011
Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft at the brewery.
A: pours bright, straw yellow body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: subtle lemon and citrus rind smell; complimenting of each other
T: piney, sweet lemon taste with a subtle, bitter and piney aftertaste; subtle earthiness
M: light, crisp, and refreshing
D: nice feel and taste combo; very well balanced beer; really good

May 09, 2022
3.85 by Brob245 from Missouri on Oct 24, 2021
3.87 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 16, 2021
Photo of Captain69
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

light colored ipa hop flavor in every sip

Sep 02, 2021
3.52 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Feb 17, 2021
3.56 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2021
3.7 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Jan 08, 2021
3.6 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Dec 24, 2020
3.88 by Nunya from Ohio on Nov 11, 2020
3.7 by Teion from Canada (AB) on Nov 08, 2020
Photo of defunksta
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a 70% clear, pale yellow color with a spotted white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange/lemon citrus with spice. Also some pear and grape to support. The spice is Belgian with some coriander, but mild enough. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavors follows the nose with some mild lemon citrus, then comes some Belgian spice, followed by a herbal astringency. Ends with more Belgian spice of clove/coriander that is reminiscent of a wit, which also dries the beer. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Decent amount of Belgian yeast though to dry it on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: A pretty decent and mild Belgian IPA. As others have mentioned, it doesn't have an abundance of hops, but rather milder hops. This allows it to drink more similar to a wit with a citrus twist. The Belgian spice isn't too overpowering, but allows it to finish with a yeasty dryness. It's a decent beer. (Final Rating: 3.68)

Nov 05, 2020
3.75 by paulish from New York on Oct 09, 2020
3.36 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Oct 03, 2020
4.21 by TXRobbo from Texas on Sep 26, 2020
3.22 by fflopps from Iowa on Sep 13, 2020
Photo of TheBricenator
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Hazy yellow with a decent head that quickly pulls back to a thin lid, leaving behind good lacing
Aroma: Wheat, coriander, orange peel, some clove, fruity esters, some citrusy and floral hop notes, and slight honey sweetness
Taste: Follows nose but the spice notes and hops blended with wheat set the tone. A ton of spice and floral layers along with some sweetness round out the middle and then finishes with a slight hoppy bite and clove-led spices
Mouthfeel: Soft and velvety but also some sharper feel initially and again at the finish. Medium-high carbonation and some mild dryness as well
Overall: This is good and unique. I remember when lots of breweries took stabs at brewing this hybrid style years ago and I always remembered this one was solid and it still is. A cool throwback beer and glad they re-released it as it was fun to revisit. Tasty interpretation of a ‘white IPA’ and recommended if you dig Witbiers as to me, the spice notes are very prominent in this one

Sep 13, 2020
3.5 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Aug 29, 2020
Photo of dunkel_weizen
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dunkel_weizen from Oregon

1 month old bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The color is pale hazy cream yellow, similar to a hefe, whiteish. Good head settles quickly into nice soapy lacing and a decent crown. The smell is interesting, like a hefe smashed together with a NWPA, sour hoppy wheat and a bit of citrus funk. The taste is very unique, bitter hop up front melding into rich wheat character, ending on a burnt and earthy tree bark note (coriander?), very interesting and hard to pin down. The finish sits on that note as well for quite a long while at the top of the palate. The mouthfeel is full, with a semi-dry finish, wetter than expected.

This beer is really unique, haven't had a white IPA before so this is quite refreshing, both literally and figuratively.

Aug 25, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon


Aug 24, 2020
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3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Bottled on 7-29-20 consumed 8-23-20
Poured from bottle into tulip glass creates a small foamy off white head. Head quickly collapses to a spotty covered medium yellow hazy beer.

Some faint yeast notes arise from this cold beer with subtle notes of banana and clove appearing after a short warm up.

Beer presents a bitter first note with some band-aid and then a bit of spice (coriander) on a rather quick dry finish. Some sweet fruit (pear) poking through the bitter hops.

At first the mouthfeel is toward the lighter side of medium body with medium carbonation, but as it warms slightly the body develops more structure and character. Still leans to the dry fruit and bitter side throughout.

Overall for me this is a beer that presents a more bitter hop forward character than I anticipated and a rather dry fruit impression overall.

Aug 24, 2020
3.98 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Aug 23, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jun 30, 2020
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed September 2013. "Drinks more like a witbier than a Belgian IPA since this is slightly past its prime, but still an awesome, refreshing, and flavourful beer. Colour me impressed."

Jan 25, 2020
4.15 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 26, 2019
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 25, 2019
3.87 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 03, 2019
3.75 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2019
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2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2013-05-24] Pours hazy yellow/gold with a thin white head. Aroma is lemon, yeast. Taste is lemon, wheat with a bitter slightly medicinal finish. Mouth feel is thin, more like a hefe than an IPA though I guess that’s to be expected. I’m glad I only tried a single, don’t expect to try it again soon.

Oct 04, 2018
3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2018
3.75 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 12, 2018
3.58 by Half-full from Illinois on Apr 27, 2018
4.24 by Dyllon from Oregon on Apr 23, 2018
3.84 by JoeLev from Ohio on Jan 05, 2018
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
3.31 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 30, 2017
4.04 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Aug 06, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

She pours a hazy yellow/orange color and leaves the same colored body. She has a white film of a head that quickly dies within several seconds and has no lacing whatsoever. The smell has a very strong orange and citrus up front, lemon zest, coriander. The taste is slightly spicy, slightly sweet through light refreshing sort of taste. It has a sticky sweet aftertaste with a dry finish. The palate is light, sessionable, and has a sharp carbonation but adequate for the style. Overall, well, its good for me - no Belgian yeast, but true Belgian fans might not like this one too much. Still I say its a good one for the good ol back of the porch for summer days.

Jun 06, 2017
3.71 by zkoehn from Wisconsin on Apr 28, 2017
3.25 by mpenske from California on Apr 23, 2017
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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