Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #286
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,314
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
2,166
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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cratez from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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iguanodon from Utah

2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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DaneBramage from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: golden/white/lemon color
A: citrus, yeast, spices
T: mildly hoppy, wheat and citrus
F: smooth, almost a light IPA
O: good but I would have preferred more hops, it's a stretch to call it an IPA instead of a regular ale. Goes down very easy, just not as flavorful as I'd hoped.

Nov 13, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip from bottle, nice 2 finger white soapy head, nice retention and nice lacing. Pale golden hazy in the glass. Smells of Belgian yeast, coriander & citrus. Taste initially of coriander, clove, slight juicy fruit and finishes up with a touch of citrus and has a somewhat spicy finish. Has a somewhat lingering after taste of herbs. Nice mouth-feel and body. Grabbed this as part of a pick six, but going to put this on my buy list next time the mood hits.

Oct 12, 2016
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Kataklizmik0 from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its orange yellow when poured. Not that I give a.. About color, I ain't brewsist.. Shoo,,, being colorsist is so 2015. =D. A Lil light in the Danky factor. Has a very light rose pedal tone.

Oct 01, 2016
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not that big of an IPA fan but this was included in a box of beers a dog walking friend just gave me that she didn't want and there are some really really good gems in there. Anyway I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip just within the 9/23/2016 enjoy by date. It was a cloudy straw color that just screams WHEAT. The smell was citrusy and cloves and just seemed clean. The taste was very subtle and avoided the mega hops assault on my palate which some people obviously enjoy but that doesn't include me. The feel was fine but like others have said, this is more like a whit than an IPA.

So this was pleasantly enjoyable on a late summer evening, if not ultimately what I look for in a beer, even a free one.

Sep 19, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy straw color with a thin head that leaves a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of coriander, citrus, and wheat with a subtle inkling of hops. Taste follows nose with the wheat, citrus, and spices of a whit and the lightly hopped finish from the citrus hops. Medium carbonation and medium-light body with no aftertastes.
This was closer to whit than IPA to me. Highly drinkable with a good amount of citrus to it. It could definitely be a starter IPA even if SNPA is more hoppy than this.

Sep 17, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355ml bottle, pours a hazey straw colour with a thick white head that laces well.
Aroma lemon, citrus, spices.
Taste lemon, citrus, clove, coriander.

Sep 14, 2016
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daydesiang from Malaysia

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of citrus. One finger head with cloud yellow color. Taste of sweet flora and citrus, little hop bitter. A good starter IPA. Quite enjoyable sweet IPA

Sep 14, 2016
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Jolivio from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice color; light/white golden. Smell has a bright fruitiness to it. Taste is very similar to smell; fruity, but with hops breaking throughout the drink. Feels smooth going down, not too rough. Overall I'd say it's a well balanced beer for those who are looking for a wheat with some hoppiness.

Sep 03, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hoppy saison. Poured cloudy yellow into a snifter, with thick white head and beautiful lacing. Lemon smell and taste. Citrusy and floral. A hint of bitterness so you know it aspires to be an IPA. Refreshing and good!

Aug 09, 2016
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Nimbus_ from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy straw gold. Thin, foamy, white head on top that leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coriander and citrus dominate the aroma. There is some mild wheat notes in the background as well. Very nice smelling.

Taste: Citrus from beginning to end. There's some wheat flavor in the beginning, but by the end it's all citrus and coriander. While the citrus stands out a lot, that actually works really well for this beer, and the other flavors are balanced quite well.

Feel: Crisp and somewhat refreshing. It finishes somewhat dry. There is a moderate to high carbonation on this beer, which throws it off a tiny bit for me. I think it would be better with a little less carbonation, but that's just my preference.

Overall: A refreshing IPA loaded with tons of citrus. The other flavors that add to the complexity make this beer stand out as a really tasty brew with a strong aroma. This beer also has a lot of sessionable qualities despite the 5.5% ABV. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for another great citrus-driven brew.

Aug 05, 2016
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Hazy yellow straw in color, decent white soapy head forms up with good retention. It gradually sinks to some everlasting foamy sheet atop along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot.

Banana ester, bold citrus, coriander, clove spice, peppery, herbal, mild bready malt.

Swept all over the taste buds by a big zesty citrus from hops, malt is also there underlying with a little sweet bready touch. In the middle until the end of tasting session, you will get banana ester, significant clove and coriander spiciness as typically found in Witbier while same time also experience some earthiness and a moderate pinch of bitterness alike AIPA. The aftertaste is left with a residual spice, slight nuttiness, and some bitterness.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with lively crisp and rather high carbonation, finish is dry and refreshing.

Interesting and worthy with a mix of Belgian Wit and American IPA by pulling the trademark characters of each style come into play, fruity ester and spiciness from Belgian side and clean yet pronounce bitterness from American side.

Jul 19, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] Pale straw colored beer. Forms a pretty small (under a 1/4 finger) of white head. It was gone faster than I could type this far. The can lists the ABV (5.6%) and there is a best by date (08/02/2016).

S: [3.00] Clove, banana, lemon grass.

T: [2.75] Similar to the nose with clove, banana, some bubble gum. I don't get a lot of hops over these other flavors. There is a weird sort of soapy taste on the finish.

M: [3.50] The body is decent and the carbonation is right.

O: [3.00] This flavor profile is not my favorite. I dodge Belgian yeast strains because I don't like how they taste. I took a gamble on this one because I hoped the IPA part would impart more flavor. It didn't. This has a very clove forward Belgian beer flavor. Unfortunately it got more pronounced as I kept drinking.

Jul 16, 2016
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ByronDBeer from California

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy yellow, light orange. Almost no head.
S: Banana, bright citrus
T: Banana/wheat/hefe initial taste. Hops comes at the end, a bit harsh and bitter, not too great.
F: Medium body, refreshing, but leaves you a bit sharp with the bitter aftertaste.

So I guess... white IPA, initial hefe but ends with hops and bitterness. Underwhelming combination, but nothing too bad about it; OK.

Jun 07, 2016
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TSuthard from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice bright white head covering an orangish yellow body. Citrus lemon nose with a sweet orange undertone. Restrained IPA without the bite that remains refreshing.

May 28, 2016
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden hazy with a very nice white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is of wheat and yeast, lots of spices. No hops. Taste is very refreshing, bitter with wheat notes and hops, medium bitterness. Bold body with high carbonation. Very drinkable white IPA really liked it.

May 03, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes on like a combination of a witbier, radler and IPA. Excellent and refreshing. Cloudy pale golden body with fluffy white head. Aroma and taste is lemon, piney hops and white bread. Perfect summer beverage.

Apr 27, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing. This pours a golden straw color.
Light Belgian aroma with a pleasing floral ester
Light coriander notes. Pleasing muted hop presence. Drying finish.

Mar 20, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/27...pours cloudy pale gold with heavy high white foam, lot of lacing. Wheaty corriander nose, almost like a hefe. Orange peels too. Smooth chalky taste, orange peel, peppery. Slight citrus. Subtle bitter.

Mar 20, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 13th May 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy pale golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong banana and bubblegum sweetness followed closely by some citrus and coriander.

Taste: Much like the aroma, there is strong banana, honey and bubblegum sweetness followed by some citrus orange and coriander and finishes with a light but lingering lemon zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A good mix of Witbier and IPA. This was extremely drinkable and refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking this quite a lot during hot summers.

Mar 09, 2016
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2166 ratings