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 | website

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 laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse I believe, not sure when. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale straw colour with a bit of cloud. Head is white, a thin rim of lace around the edge. Looks alright.

Smells piney, slightly rubbery. Yeah, fair Belgian notes with orange peel, spice and sprucey notes. Nice freshness. Pleasant.

Taste is bit more Belgian I'd say. Fair orange peel with some dry spice notes. White pepper, coriander, some light rubber. Touch of pine resin. Not much IPA but pleasant enough.

A bit of fizz, quite drying on the back. Not bad.

Nice enough drop, could use bigger hop notes.

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Photo of Beric
3.6/5  rDev -4%

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 18 August 2014

Appearance: 3.75/5. Pours an opaque beeswax color with a one-and-a-half finger soapy white head. Head sticks around for a while and looks decent.

Smell: 3.5/5. Hops dominate the palate but are not the only presence. Floral hoppiness is somewhat counterbalanced by a somewhat rough spiciness and soft banana notes.

Taste: 3.75/5. You can definitely tell this is a white IPA since the Belgian notes definitely come through. This kind of tastes like a hopped up Blue Moon, with a purer banana ester but the same rough-ish spiciness. These Belgian-style flavors are overlaid with an appreciable floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: 3.25/5. Initially really nice, but the carbonation fell off sooner than I expected, leaving the beer dead and flat.

Overall: 3.5/5. A solid white IPA, but one I wouldn't feel the need to have again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, best by 12th April 2013

A hazy yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this beer looks solid. The nose is a blend of mango, tropical fruit and spices, with mild coriander, kaffir lime leaf, husky wheat and a yeast character that's rather muted.

This tastes like an average witbier that's been hopped. Opening with a refreshing blend of citrus and tropical fruit ( lemon, mango) hop flavors, there's some citrus peel, some spice (a little earthy/muddled) and some yeast. The wheat backbone here is disappointing. Lacking in structure, it is limp and lacks that bready, crisp and slightly dextrinous definition that great witbiers have. Instead, it is rather loose and soft. A little watery on the finish, this beer is crisply carbonated (a little too much IMO) and has lingering flavors of spice and tropical fruit. Bitterness is medium-low here. Decent.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having enjoyed the Collaboration between Deschutes and Boulevard, with this being a close approximation, I'm really looking forward to it.

Hazy blonde, much like a lighter golder version of the Boulevard Wheat we know so well here in K.C. Very little white head.

Lemon, grass, grainy and a near hint of something like turpentine. That makes it uniquely fresh, but also a bit off-putting. To me, it's an odd mix.

Similar to the nose as noted above, coming across with more grain though. I pick up very little of the nice sage notes I got from the Collab - that's unfortunate, as they really brought this beer together.

Lighter on the tongue than an IPA - has a Belgian edge to it. Airiness, even. Crisp, dry, closes with a bit of sharpness and a rather booming echo of hops .

A cheaper and more available version of the Collaboration, but not as fulfilling.

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Photo of spoony
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 24, 2014) into a nonic.

A-The beer is hazy and very light in color--like a white hefeweizen almost. The head is short and white with good retention, but no real lacing. It doesn't look like an IPA, but it DOES look like a white IPA.

S-The aroma is citrusy (lemon and orange flavors), fresh, and slightly sweet (not sugary sweet, but not dry or crisp). There is a bit of spice and some dough. The whole packages is not very IPA-like, but not unpleasant.

T-The taste is similar, but a touch lighter on the citrus. There is spice, dough, some grassy flavors and a mild orange flavor. Not much in the way of "Belgian" flavor, e.g., funk or Belgian yeast here.

M-The heft is light to medium for the style with a moderate carbonation.

O-This beer leans more toward the "white" side of a white IPA. At times, I think I'm drinking a wit beer, actually. As a result, the score suffers a bit since I would expect a bit more hops to make this a true IPA. Style-guideline criticism notwithstanding, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day.

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

A: cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. barely visible micro rising carbonation
S: one of the fruitiest beers ive smelled, but more along grape/pineapple lines, very much like juice, a tropical punch. very sweet
T: yes, a mix of a witbier with some ipa characteristics. also retains some of this tropical punch flavor as well. slightly lemony sour/bitter
M: almost medium bodied and moderately sparkling.
O: in some ways its well done, in others its somehow plain

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Photo of Sark
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- poured into a tilted glass without agitating the yeast at the end. The result was hardly any head with minimal lacing. You feel like you're pouring a ginger beer for e first half glass. Very much a WHITE IPA but with some Heff haze.

Smell- citrus right off the bat with some floral not far behind. Lemony earth tones if you wait for the full effect.

Taste- the complement of both worlds. Not really hoppy at all but then again a more aggressive Heff. The wheat comes out more yet the hops rein back the mild. Still has citrusy tones all the while.

Mouthfeel- this is where the unique style gets you. As you wait for the lingering wheat characteristics the IPA lets it stop short.

Overall- I'd get this again as a nice "palate-cleaning" beer. Not really for a session.

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Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 finger light white head. Color is a hazy light golden yellow. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Lemony citrus, some white pepper, hops, mustiness, yeast. Some corriander. Pretty refreshing smell.

T. Pale malt, lemony, some spices on the back of the tongue. A little bit of yeast flavor. Not a lot of hops. Not a tremendous amount of flavor. Drinks easy enought.

M. Medium/light bodied. Pretty dry. Medium carbonation.

O. Not an amazing beer. Easy drinking. Not much flavor. Ok, but not the best white IPA I have had.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 12/20/13 – poured into my FW Imperial nonic glass

A: Pours a hazy golden blonde body with a half finger lid of snowy white froth. Some ample retention efforts hug the glass after each sip leaving back a light crusty film of lace.

S: Coriander, lemon peel, and some peppery spice mixes with a light bready malt bill and dash of grassy hop florals. Delicate aromas overall with the Belgian yeast somewhat pronounced.

T: Tastes is a touch grainy with a healthy dose of wheat malt mixed in there add with some golden fruits, lemon peel, and a nicely restrained Belgian yeast spicing of coriander, pepper, and light clove. There is a dash of fruity bubblegum that rounds out the finish as well. A moderate level of mineral like bitterness and no alcohol to report. Smooth crisp action. Very refreshing.

M: Feather light body with a smooth mouth feel form the carb and high level of crisp on the finish that is dry and snappy.

D: Nothing particularly special to write home about however the flavors come together in good harmony. A nicely refreshing warm weather brew.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold, hazy, with a soda pop white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemondrop, fresh grassy malts, and a light gentle fruity hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malt, lemon citrus, and moderately bitter piney hop.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

A pretty decent summery ale with some nice flavor and full body. It's not super great but it hits the spot on a warm day and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of garuda
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Yeasty funk up front, orange peel, coriander, spice, herbal hops, a little minty. Finishes with a lemony bitterness.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, very smooth, finishes dry.

O - Interesting mix of styles, but with the IPA designation, I was expecting more of a hop presence to it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Southpaw in SD. Pours a hazy golden with small white head. Bretty aroma with hay, spices, honey, light pine. Flavor follows as a combination of wit, tripel, and IPA. Light spice and bretted wit flavor, some yeasty honey and clove, and a crisp pine hop finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, really crisp. This turned out nicely for a style that to me is mostly meh. Not bad.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the cap.

Aroma of citrus, mostly lemon, and earthy hops. The yeast adds phenols and esters in about equal amounts. Smells enticing.

The hops and yeast almost works beautifully but it turns overly bitter in the finish. A touch harsh. There is very little malt to carry the other flavors. Too bad, they were so close. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

A little weak in the body but is nicely carbonated. Good texture and pleasurable to drink.

Easy drinking beer that is a little lacking in a couple of areas. Especially enjoyed the yeast qualities.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed lemon color with an ample cap of fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is a pleasent mix of orange peels and tropical (amarillo?) hops. Definitely some coriander as well. This one seems to use aromas that mix well as opposed to trying to force resinous, piny hops with the phenols of Belgian yeast.

At first impression this one seems to be more wit than IPA, though as it warms there is a fair amount of hop bitterness. There is a little clash between yeat/spices and the hops, but it does not seem to be as distracting as some other Belgo-IPAs I have had. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, carbonation is fine-bubbled...sweetness is moderate. Its a fairly decent beer and a little different take on the Begian IPA style, but I wont be rushing out to buy a sixer anytime soon.

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Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid, two-finger head of stark white. A bright golden color white light, straw-white tones on the outside. Has a pleasant unfiltered look to it with moderate carbonation. Could use more lacing but otherwise no complaints.

Smell: Wheat and hops up front on the nose. Mild notes of piney hops on the back end and lemon in the mix which round out a pleasant earthy aroma.

Taste: Earthy taste with wheat dominating the pallet. The citrus compliments the esthers of a (possibly) belgian yeast. Touch of hops on the back-end but not overly dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light: This brew is crisp, light and refreshing. Could be just the thing on a hot summer day. Wasn't quite what I was looking for but it'll do. Not bad at all.

Overall: A solid beer rounding out another good offering from Deschutes Brewery. Not quite my ticket, a little too earthy (reminiscent of a farmhouse ale or saison) but well done.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, refreshing brew. Light, hazy color w/rocky, white head. The nose is lemony and herbal and some things in the mix that are hard to place but create a nice aroma profile. Very smooth, solid wheat base with notes of citrus, though not a lot of specifically Belgian esters. Good beer, approachable and drinkable, creative yet not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a big billowy white head of three fingers. The head very slowly fades over time leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heavy of Belgian yeast and malts with a large hit of lemon and wheat. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a banana and a bit of a coriander spice.

Taste- The taste begins with a Belgian malt and lemon flavor upfront. Along with these taste so too comes some nice wheaty flavors which maintain a base taste for the brew. As the flavor advances the lemon grows stronger and slightly more sour to the end. A bit of grassiness and graininess begins developing in the taste more toward the end leaving a lemony and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. The moderate characteristics of the two are rather nice for the lemon, wheat and yeasty characteristics of the brew and make for a rather nice drinker.

Overall- A pretty nice flavorful brew overall with a decent blend of graininess and a lemony taste, although slightly low on the hop profile for an IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-03-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly cloudy light yellow with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Grassy, Belgian yeast, lemon, pale malt, light spice/pepper. Stronger than a typical witbier.

T - White bread, lemon candy, pepper, light herbal with a bit of sour and light bitterness in the finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Not watery but pretty crisp.

O - A nice compromise between a witbier and a pale ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 16oz Yankee pint in Kona, Hawaii, watching the docking boats in the near distance out front of the pub's patio.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which stays there, like it was told to, until manual intervention breaks the spell, to get some fragmented webbed lace to appear, as well as to allow me to actually drink the damned thing. Nice persistent rising effervescence, too.

It smells of yeasty pale grain, some soft floral citrus hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hoppiness, somewhat musty florals, a middling pale grainy malt, and some waning earthy yeast.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but settles rather quickly, the body an even medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy malt and seemingly neutered citrus hops ringing things out.

An agreeable enough Belgian-style IPA, one bereft of the lofty booze of the norm, though the hops show equally too little resolve towards the end, leaving me wanting more - unfortunately, of something else.

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Photo of TooGood
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with quickly dissipating 2 inch white head, leaves decent lacing. Smells of slight citrus with a hint of banana. Taste is quite similar to a farmhouse ale with banana showing up again. I get a slight off taste (metallic) on the finish.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 7/13/14 on the label.

pours a hazy very pale straw color, with big soapy white head. great head retention all the way through drinking the glass. any hops in the aroma are overpowered by your normal witbier aroma - wheat and lemony herbal yeast. taste is similar, but the with a hoppy aftertaste. medium body and higher carbonation.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA pours to a yellowish color with a frothy head of white- colored foam that leaves little or no lace as you drink. The beer has a cloudy body due to the sediment at the bottom of each bottle and it offers a fragrant nose that combines scents of citrus, lemon, floral notes, wheat, and coriander.

This beer offers a taste very similar to its scent. The flavors of citrus fruits, wheat, yeast, and light coriander are the most obvious, but search a little deeper and you may notice other flavors present such as honey, bread, pine, and light spice. The beer is somewhat bitter, but is actually very snappy, crisp, and refreshing. There is a slight sharpness in the finish, but it is short lived and the flavor quickly returns to easy- drinking mode in seconds.

Chainbreaker White IPA is a tasty beer from Deschutes Brewing and it seems like it would be right at home served next to the pool on a hot summer day. It is reasonably complex, but still light and refreshing and it’s the type of beer that most anyone will find at least likeable enough to drink on occasion.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright white/yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit, some hops. Taste is grapefruit, some tartness, hops, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little different, but a solid beer.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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