Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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349
Ratings:
2,124
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
31.47%
 
 
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, washed out golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops with funky belgian yeast notes; green banana and hints of bubblegum. Mild lemon.

Taste - Surprisingly light (or lighter than expected) in flavor, though with typical belgian IPA character. Citrus hoppiness, intermingled with green banana and a touch of spice on the back end. Good balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A bit of mild lemon rind in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Just a tad bit of, for lack of a better descriptor, chalkiness to it?

Overall - This is a pretty good BIPA. A tad quirky, but nothing unusual of the style. That said, there's also nothing that really sets it apart, in my experience, from the rest of the beers in this relatively new style. I much prefer Stone's Cali-Belgique, though if price were a concern, I'd probably choose this.

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Photo of riored4v
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Bright golden color with some haze. 1.5 finger, rocky, pure white head. Good lacing as well.

Aroma had some citrus and floral notes. A bit bready. Wheat aroma stands out. Coriander comes through really nice with the orange and spicey notes.

Flavor had a good amount of floral and orange notes upfront. Some light maltiness and wheat flavors. Finish had a mild bitterness with subtle spiceyness from the coriander. Definitely orange type bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp and dry finish.

Good beer overall. Extremely drinkable. Nice, refreshing citrus flavors.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed, light straw yellow color and quite pale at that. Soapy head forms and has decent staying power, lacing the glass professionally.

The nose has elements of a wit with a hay, lemon and spice scent. Intermingling with the wheat notes, there is ample floral, herbal hop notes that are somewhat pungent.

In the flavor, plenty of hopped up wit flavor with bread, cracker, citrus, acidity, herbs and pine. Solid bitterness to suit the malted wheat base, quite refreshing, though still earthy. Has a lot going on but nothing sticking out of place, that is unless you consider the hops, which are implied by the IPA tag given to this wheat brew.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated brew. Finishes with a leafy hop and Belgian yeast kick.

Overall, this is another nice example of the white IPA. A beer like this could be considered the American answer to the Belgian IPA. Of course the style varies considerably, there are still many similarities. Pretty good stuff from Deschutes Brewery here. Refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Where the fruity perfume of IPA and the spicy perfume of Belgian ale have their own individuality in taste, their fusion is a can't-miss for brewers and imbibers alike.

Deschutes Chainbreaker kicks off with the brightness of Belgium, capturing the essence of orange, lemon, apple and a tangy tropical sense. Its beautiful sweetness is that of sweetheart candy until it dissolves effortlessly and quickly from the palate. Its growing hop character tethers through with its own grapefruit, tangerine and mango flavor and aroma.

Its bready middle is mildly of grain and dough but brings its own tangy notions. Once the sweetness lifts, the semon-stained beer's spiciness counters with paradise seed, bitter and dried orange, soft coriander and white pepper. Growing hop bitterness is smoothly of citrus- white grapefruit, pith and peel leading the way.

Its tepidly bitter finish is both spicy and citrusy. Only light glimpses of resin, pine or leaf peak through its drying malt presence. Belgian-esque spice out-duels the hops for attention in its fleeting impressions. Yet an undercurrent of light bread and perfum drift by in aftertaste.

Beyond its milky yellow hues, the firmly headed ale sings praises of both witbier and American IPA. However, the hop influences only provide a slight tilt to the lupulin where IPA should be strongly commanding with hop bitterness, aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A white ale with an IPA. It sounds like an elephant making love to a pig. On the label are instructions how to pour the beer, which is a lot like pouring a witbier. I have 12 ounces to decide its outcome. On to the beer:

A half inch of semi-creamy head sit on top this witbier colored beer of pale yellow and a clouded body. On top the retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma gives off a Belgian IPA impression, not a witbier with a bunch of hops. It does have vibrancy, with sharp grassy notes, a dry Belgian yeast, and tangy lemon. Different to say the least.

At this moment, I'm just glad that I didn't spit it out, because initially, the idea of a "White IPA" sounded like a palate challenge. Already as it stands, this is at least decent. Tangy lemon is the dominant flavor of the crew. I get some coriander, some grassy notes, moderate hop bitterness which actually is a pleasant contrast. More drinking equals more love to the beer, so a bump in the scoresheet. It's medium bodied brew, with pleasant carbonation and a little creaminess.

I was skeptical at first, but this IPA/witbier combination is not bad. This raises one question; how good would the wit be on its own?

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Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of the Deschutes sampler pack. Not typically a fan of white IPAs but I tried it anyway and it was a great choice

A - Bright yellow that is very cloudy from the Belgian yeast. Brilliant white head with light lacing.

S - Predominant Belgian wit beer smell but with some citrus hop right there.

T - Upfront Belgian wit with that tart, lemony, and grainy/wheat but then the citrus hop character comes through. The hops really pull the lemon and wheat together and make a very tasty beer. There is sweetness but it is balanced by the tartness of the yeast and the bitterness of the hops.

M - low/moderate mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Mostly balanced between the sweetness and the crisp nature mixing it up from sip to sip.

Overall, this beer is the best Belgian Wit I've ever had hands down. Like I said it isn't my preferred style but adding a fist-full of american citrus hops to a slightly citrus beer makes this one a tasty brew. It's balanced, flavorful, and a change of pace from your average american pale. If you are on the fence about Wits try this and realize that they aren't all bad.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Greg!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw colour with a finger of white head.

Smell. Light Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus, sweet wheat.

Taste. Big citrusy, grassy hops with some Belgian yeast, a bit of light grains and sweet wheat, and a little tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium bodied with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Loaded with hops and still fruity and refreshing. I wouldn't refuse another ...and as luck would have it, I won't have to thanks to the second bottle from Greg. Cheers dude!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Hazy orange with a one finger white head. Minimal head retention and minimal lacing

S - Very crisp Pils, citrus grapefruit and wheat scents. Also coriander spiciness and orange and apricot smells.

T - Follows the scent except that wheat and orange dominate with a bit of spiciness in the back palate to finish the taste.

O - A pretty good Whitbier, pretty crisp, but not extraordinarily standout. A little above average for the style, and I would get this again since I love whitbiers.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hay golden yellow with a decent amount of white carbonation.

Light citrus, slight yeasty spice, and floral hops.

Noble hop and yeasty spiciness, subtle citrus, and herbal/floral character.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, peppery, crisp carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer but kind of lacking.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with a light amount of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly fades to almost nothing at all (just the faintest hint of film over about 10% of the surface of the beer). Minimal amounts of lacing are observed,

S: Moderate amounts of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There are lighter amounts of lemon/citrus and pepper. Almost a very light hint of brett funkiness.

T: Upfront I detect light to moderate amounts of pale malts and yeast. After that, there is a light amount of lemon citrus with a slightly stronger amount of grassy, earthy, and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light to moderate amount peppery Belgian yeast present in the finish. Also, there is a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, refreshing, and thirst quenching - this would make a very nice cook out beer in the summer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, another solid offering from a dependable brewery.

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Photo of mdexter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a nice opaque gold with about a half a finger of head and persistent lacing. This was an approachable Belgian ale, not overly sweet or acerbic but balanced with a refreshing but astringent impact on the palate and a moderate, mouth-coating feel. The aroma isn't strong, more characteristic of a Belgian, not at all piney or hoppy. Thoughts of lemon, white raisins, coriander, and mild cloves are evoked. IPA seems a misnomer; to even call it a pale ale is generous but regardless of genre it was an enjoyable and very refreshing brew.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So you take a witbier and add hops, this is what you get. I've had Belgian IPAs before, but I'm not sure I've had one that tasted so much like a Witbier with bittering hops. It has the clove and coriander and orange peel flavors you'd expect from a Wit, but then hops that mostly add bitterness, but also some nice pine flavors. Probably my least favorite Deschutes beer, but it's a good one nonetheless. I've just had too many other Belgian IPAs I've preferred to score this one any higher.

I can see why many would dislike this beer by the way -- my girlfriend (who openly dislikes any beer that's not a stout or porter) claims this tastes like soapy vomit. Really, I can see where she's coming from, I think. But Mm, mm, that doesn't bother me!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev 0%

This brew pours a cloudy orange which turns yellow when held up to the light with a one finger white head and light lacing.

The smell is musty and dank, wet straw, hay floral hops and sweet malts.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a wheat and malt taste dominating with a musty straw taste but surprising sweetness as well; light hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this gets the style right with a sweet wheat beer coupled with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

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Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy light yellow/gold with a small creamy white head.

S - Lemon, bready malts, light citrus, pine, Belgian yeast.

T - Lemon zest, orange, grassy hops, hay, sweet bready malt. Coriander and Belgian yeast add a nice spicy element that is noticeable throughout. Finishes grainy and grassy with a very slight hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, light bodied. A bit too thin. High carbonation.

O - This is a pleasant, refreshing beer to have in the spring or summer. It's more of a straight up Belgian wit than an IPA, although hops are definitely present. Pretty good.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought from my local liquor store.

Incredibly light for what is labeled as an IPA. Definitely very sweet, but with a subtle hops aftertaste. The sweetness however isn't very complex, and just feels like someone dumped a bunch of sugar into the beer.

As most Belgian-inspired brew, this is incredibly drinkable. And while I don't rate this outrageously high, I can definitely see myself drink quite a lot of this on hot summer days.

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Photo of jt31914
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle.

A: Very very light. The beer is light gold in color - honestly it looks more like a belgian wit than a belgian IPA.

S: The smell is a lot of banana - smells slightly hoppy with a strong hit of wit profile. Nice smell - not sure It is what I typically expect of a belgian IPA but nice.

T: Similar to the smell. The beer is definitely belgian - not too hoppy; however, it has a nice clove/banana bread profile. A nice belgian, but not as strong as I expect of a Belgian IPA. Tastes more like a Belgian Wit or Belgian Pale if you stretch it.

M: Really nicely carbonated - easily drinkable and possibly the best part of the beer.

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Photo of mmva321
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pale yellow and a very cloudy body. Not much carbonation, but a nice bubbly head that leaves some great lacing. Good looking, but nothing special.

S: Pleasant and subtle, and much less hoppy than I'm used to with American IPAs. I like this a lot. Very hearty yeast aroma and beautiful malt sweetness along with hints of citrus. I'm sure this isn't the greatest example, but it's a very well balanced smell.

T: The yeast and funk is a little too overpowering, but other than that, this is a hearty, relaxed and pleasant tasting beer. Malt and citrus sweetness gives this some more pop.

M: I'm looking for a little more from the feel. Probably a little more carbonation. Full-bodied that leaves a dry lingering in the mouth. Doesn't enhance the taste the way I'd like it too, but the feel isn't necessarily out of place.

O: A great, pleasant and relaxed beer, with plenty of hearty and fresh flavors and a wonderful dry feel. It doesn't quite reach a transcending balance, but it has great qualities nonetheless.

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Photo of NWer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden appearance in a pint glass, minimal head as served at a restaurant.
Taste is smooth and light. Belgian yeast prevalent but not overwhelming. Hops also on the light side. Smooth, refreshing, enjoyable. A decent offering, not great. A good fun session beer just in time for summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.

LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head

SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy

TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish

I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er tonight at the 16th St. Albertsons... Paid about $8.50... Poured into a tall goblet... 2 finger white head has great retention and lacing... the brew is hazed pale yellow... maybe a touch darker than a standard witbier, but I could be imagining things.

Nose is I guess what I was expecting... a citrus hopped witbier... slight lemon note and maybe some orange peel.... Coriander? I think, but it may get lost in the light hoppiness.

Definitely getting coriander on the palate... the spicing brings this back into the witbier realm for me... barely enough bitterness to put this in IPA land... light hoppiness mid palate and on to the finish... a bit of yeasty phenols .. with warmth, the wheat comes out a bit more and adds a nice layer of complexity..

Body is light/medium with a good carbonation.. very very drinkable.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/4.5

This brew should not be released so early... this is a summer brew.... a summer stunner... and should be in cans ;-)

I rarely buy witbiers as most domestic examples seem to balanced toward the spices or are too light body... this brew is perfect for summer sipping and lawn work.... I will make sure my wife (who loves wits) gets a bottle or two... I bet she has a new favorite.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a crazy looking hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head.

Smell was some citrus and spice.

The taste followed with the citrus and coriander notes, biting the back of the tongue with peppery notes.

Mouth feel was medium with a slightly wet finish.

This was like a crazy combination of a Witbier and an IPA! Very imaginative brewing from a solid brewery. Just remember to leave some in the bottom of the bottle to swirl before pouring! Very nice and refreshing beer!

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, head fades fast leaving no trace.

Coriander, wheat, floral hops in the nose.

Interesting belgia/german type blend of wheat, coriander, clove, orange peel, and pine.

Highly carbonated.

Crisp little hybrid beer here, evocative of a witbier mainly.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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