Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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85
very good
352 Reviews
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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
2,137
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
537
For Trade:
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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 2,137
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Old Chicago's. Served to standard pint glass. The beer arrives a hazy golden/yellow that is fairly light. A 1/2 finger white head with some retention and lacing. A pleasant blend of citrus and spice on the nose with a hint of belgian yeast. Orange, coriander, lemon, pepper. Nice. The tastes again follows the nose with the citrus flavors and a more pronounced spice. Tangy almost in flavor with a medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied with good carbonation. As I am not a huge fan of the Belgian IPAs I found this beer to be a good representation that was easy to drink and didn't overdo any of the flavors or characteristics and as such was pleasantly surprised. I would not hesitate in ordering another.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy gold, with a pleasant 2 fingers of white bubbles. Loopy tree-line lace.

Nose is wheat malty and spicy, with a characteristic Belgian yeast being most prominent. I don't get much in the area of hops, but as a Belgian-style, Chainbreaker is faithful.

Taste is definitely a spicy take on the Belgian IPA hybrid, with a touch of sour grapefruit rounding off the edges, but it's subtle, taking backseat to the wheat and yeast character. I get some lemon zest in there, and orange, even, too. Really, this is a complex and well-done Belgian wit, and one I'd love to try again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active slightly cascading pour yields about a fingers worth of virginal snow white crisp and slightly creamy froth... Limited retention gives way to lacing of much the same qualities... The color is an exceedingly pale lemony gold... There is a distinct haziness that permeates throughout... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble hear and there...

S - Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Some light spice notes in the form of sage and thyme... A very pleasant aroma...

T - Lemon zest and a hint of sweet citrus... Belgian yeast... Wheat... A subtle kiss of cloves... Sage... Perhaps a hint of banana... All the flavors compliment one another very nicely...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp... Light brisk carbonation... Smooth... Clean... Refreshing... Goes down easily sip after sip... Very nice...

D - A very nice refreshing brew... This one walks a fine line between Belgian IPA and Witbier... Insanely quaffable... I'm not sure why this one doesn't have higher ratings on BA because I find it quite enjoyable... I can recommend and will likely find this in my fridge on a regular basis going forward...

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - an unnatural light yellow color. slightly hazy. strong 2 inch white head.

S - floral and spice hits right off the bat. very aromatic. slight bready/maltiness coming through as well.

T - very sweet malts at first. same spice and floral notes as the smell but not as pronounced. slight hops on the finish. quite pleasant.

M - medium bodied, a little sticky. on the higher end of the scale for carb for a BIPA, but doesnt detract too much.

Overall - i normally don't go for BIPAs, but this one was very well executed. crisp and refreshing

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass at the Bend Brewpub

A- Poured a bright hazy golden color with a frothy head that left minimal lace

S- Some strong citrus and coriander notes, but not really any hop aroma

T- Big orange peel and coriander, pineapple, grapefruit, and a huge astrigency on the finish

M- Might be the most aggressively carbonated beer I have had, finished very dry

O- I loved the flavor of this beer and the astrigency, but the really high level of carbonation on this beer did hurt the drinkable though. I love IPA's and witbiers and I liked this blend of styles a lot.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 01/05/13.
Pours a pale, pale, bright, hazy, straw color with a tall, white, frothy head that holds excellent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, freshly squeezed lemon juice, citrus, wheat, yeast, and grass. Tastes are equally as fresh with lemon, grass, wheat, and yeast dominating the palate in unison. Mouth-feel is smooth but on the resiny side, finishes sharp and crisp, and semi-dry. Leaves a prickle on the finish with some white pepper. Nice and fresh, with a good balance of flavors.

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Photo of Caj1
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty straw blond with appreciable haze and two fingers of nice creamy head that leaves good moderate lacing.

Smells first of floral hops that blend seamlessly with the orange peel, and also sweet malt. Coriander spice is also readily apparent. Only complaint is the slight undercurrent of musty paper that wheat ales can sometimes possess.

Taste first has the moderate bitterness and grassy notes from hops and the citrus flavor of the hops meshes perfectly with the orange in this beer. Hops are very restrained and serve mostly to balance the sweet character. I was really expecting more hops up front since this is supposedly an IPA. Spice livens the palate and brings a nice bite, and the wheat and malt bring slight bready notes. Finish dials up the hops bitterness again and is slightly drying.

Mouthfeel is smooth from the wheat and warm from the coriander with a balancing bite and gentle astringency.

Overall this is a very enjoyable shot at a Belgian wheat ale, though I kind of feel like it should include another shot of hops to not only live up to its title, but cut the sweetness. I like this beer, though, and those nitpicks won't stop me from getting this again.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of travolta
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque straw color with floating yeast. Quickly dissipating white head with somewhat decent lacing.

Nose: Faint papaya and vanilla with some lemon zest and wheat.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with lemon and hoppy bitterness. A nice, slightly sudsy finish. Wheat and a tiny bot of heat coming through at the end.

Notes: Im not sure exactly what to compare this to, as it is the first Belgian IPA I've ever had. Interesting style with many possibilities.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw liquid arrives with a modest cap on tap; not much in the way of lacing

Smell: Bubblegum and citrus

Taste: Bready, with bubblegum and citrusy flavors arriving by mid-palate (lemon and orange pith/peel); a yeasty Belgian character builds, after the swallow; the finish has a pronounced lemony character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: A refreshing summer beer; nicely balanced between the two underlying styles

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Photo of Briken
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored topped with foamy white head with good retention and clumpy lacing. Yeast and wheat aromas with earthy citrus and spice. Balanced orange zest and spice with a light hoppy end and fairly clean finish. Sharp, crisp carbonation.

Crisp, refreshing, and a hoppy beer with nice flavor elements. An easy drinking spring/summer beer when you’re in the mood for an IPA and a wheat beer. It does get a bit salty if you try and drink this too quickly.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine back in early August for $6.99. Best by 11/16/12. Down to the last bottle so i figured i better officially review it.

Beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with an OK head that is dissipating quickly.

Nose is a nice aroma of citrus hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced between pale malts and citrusy hops with hints of coriander. Hops win in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing yet interesting because of the amount of hopping leaves a nice little trail of bitterness.

Overall a very solid brew, definitely worthy to try!

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Photo of Cleminator13
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chainbreaker has a very light color, a bit lighter than wheat in the fields. The aroma is fantastic. You are immediatly hit by what can only be Cascade hops, just as if you had opened a bag of pedal hops. The taste is that of wheat with a mix of 4 hops. While the hop aroma is strong and refreshing, the hop flavor is present but not higly hopped. If you enjoy wheat beers and IPAs, this could easily become a summer favorite.

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent bright yellow, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Lots of spice, too much spice actually, orange, lemon, grass, some citrus hops but the spice is overpowering.

T-Spice, grass floral notes, orange and lemon with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A nice White IPA, the bitterness is there and the blend of orange and lemon is nice.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S-Bottles finally arrived here in Kansa City, Deschutes did a joint effort WHite IPA with Boulevard a year ago. I was hoping for a close copy... it's fairly close.
A-Great white head, good lacing, a bit too clear for an IPA
S-Floral, citrus, your can smell the Belgium component
T-Solid, I love this style and there are very few options. I'll keep this one stocked in the fridge.
M-A bit too clean, needs a bit more feel here, others might like the lightness.
O-One of my favorite styles, I have been waiting for this one to show up. It doesn't blow my socks off but it doesn't blow my wallet out either. I would recommend fans of this style go after this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Best by 10/20/14:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a fluffy white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel, lemon, coriander and leafy notes.

The taste of sweettart mixes with spice and citric bitterness in the refreshing finish.

Creamy smooth, this is an enjoyable unique brew. Witbier meets American IPA, and it works!

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Photo of JMad
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color that remonds me of sunshine, the head is frothy and white sticking to the glass on the way down. Nice floral aroma with a ton of Belgian wheat and yeast, and lots of nice citrus notes from the hops, very nice smell. Nice bitter lemony flavor with wheat, yeast and some banana, grassy hops. It has low carbonation with a refreshing finish. this beer is really good, nice representation af a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Chainbeaker needs to work on teh chain gang. This beer pours a cloudy yelloe with thin white head that is leavinjg a nice lace. The scent has a slight piney citrus hop mixed with belgium sweet malt. The taste is very similar to the scent with the addition of a pepper type spice that gives it a nice flare. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is an ok belgium style white IPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy pale yellow in color with a light white, delicate layer of foam on the top.

S - Barnyard funk, grassy, earthy, floral.

T - Cloves, floral, barnyard funk, coriander, pepper, lemon, bready.

M - Light medium body, bone dry, crisp, refreshing, and leaves a zesty tang on the tongue.

O - Refreshing and different.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hops that are held back a bit (which is to be expected from the Belgian white side), and a little bit of citrus. Not a lot of flavor, but it's nice.

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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Aroma:
Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Taste:
Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

Overall:
It's very good beer.

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Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 11/9/13

Pours a crisp pale golden color with an inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is mild on hops and some lemon/fruit aromas mixed in as well..but subtle. The taste is very "light" but still good and hoppy. This is definitely not a typical american style IPA but it still is very enjoyable. good amount of spices add a nice yeasty touch to this one. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a beer that you could drink a ton of in a row and not get tired of (and not pass out, either!) recommended to beer geeks and to beer novices as well.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,137 ratings.
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