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Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 2,127
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale shade of yellow nearly looks like that lemon haze that Hoegaarden has bright egg shell white head with fine even banded lacing. It smells great citrus notes, slightly spiced not overkill like some of the east coast versions I've had, this is balanced wheat accent combine nicely with the hops in this brew. The flavor has spices, bread, coriander, citrus peel bitterness a bit of candied lime, soft coriander/lavender notes very herbal middle, and the sharp wheat notes make it all work together so well on the palate. Great food and beer pairing would be some mahi mahi fish tacos off the top of my head. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied slightly creamy texture from the wheat base, and has a nice dry spiced finish nothing over powers the other aspects of the beer well balanced White IPA...I believe Chainbreaker is a trailblazer. Overall I'm happy with this beer in every way.

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Photo of beermemarge
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy light yellow, strong foamy white head. Carbonation lowered quickly. Smelled slightly fruity and flowery with a small amount of hops. Soft taste, not aggressively anything. Lemon, sage, tiny amount of bitterness. Medium mouth feel. Tasted more of a whit or wheat beer then IPA. It was a good beer, a very mild IPA.

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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 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 Andyyyyyy
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. It's definitely a unique taste for a white IPA. Has a great smell, great body, and is very smooth going down! Easy sipping beer for a warm day when you don't want the full body of an IPA. Great starter IPA for anyone not quite ready for the full hippiness of IPA's.

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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 Dodo2step
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- lemonade look to it. it really looks like lemonade with whipped cream for the head. splotchy lacing and one fingers worth. yeasty opaqueness.

S- lemongrass and citrus scent. and earthy tone to it as well.

F- lemon grass and pepper. There are also hints of coriander that come through on the backend.

M- Citrus strength coats the mouth and it is almost like drinking a stout. The yeast is quite creamy. The mouth tastes like a lemon.

O- not a bad beer. not what I expect when I read IPA though. more yeasty. its decent though.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice light yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice yeast character and citrus hops

Taste: Citrusy up front, some fruityness, and a nice deal of spicy yeast character

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A solid brew, nice and refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy after swirling in the yeast cake. Creamy head stands tall and fluffy. The beer itself is very low on the Lovibond Scale. Maybe, the color of watered down lemonade? Lacing barely happens, however.

Fresh lemon citrus, powdery wit yeast, a kiss of coriander, and white grapefruit; in a pithy way. Gentle spicing with a hop nose to remember. Slice of mandarin, herbal grassiness, and a clean citrusy outro; marked with aromatic Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with clean citrusy notes of lemon and mandarin and chalky spices that dry up alongside all of the fruity hops and yeast notes. Coriander, herbaceousness, flutters of soft pepper, and the faintest sting of tart banana. Really, what you would probably look for in an easy summer white IPA.

A mouthful. The body is stark in contrast from the carbonation, even though neither are doing a whole lot. Makes it feel a bit soppy and wet. Flavors straighten it out with finishing dryness.

As an IPA, I'll rate it accordingly. However, I must say, we've got a good effort.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with an okay label.

Appearance: pours a pale straw with a light haze, moderate carbonation visible. A one finger white head that drops to a thin cap. Looks okay.

Aroma: smells of yeast, wheat and grain. Some light citrus also. Pretty unexciting stuff.

Taste: some spice with wheat, lemon citrus and white pepper. Not bad, some tartness too.

Aftertaste: not a whole heap of hop bitterness, not sure where the 'IPA' comes from.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: an alright but overall completely overpriced brew. I wouldn't call it an IPA either - not very hop-orientated, more spice-driven. Too expensive and not interesting enough. Drinkable.

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Photo of RDB51
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure I ever had a white IPA from a bottle before. I prefer my beer to come from a tap over the bottle in general. But this Chainbreaker White was a nice change from my usual selection of beers. While I am not a big fan of fruit favors in beer, I liked this beer...maybe I was just thirsty and maybe the nice finish let me appreciate the slight fruity flavors.

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Photo of jellikit
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Hazy. Thin head.
S: citrus. Lemon.
T: lemon peal. Light malt. Weird bittering mixed with funky Belgian yeast.
M: fizzy. Funky. The flavor interrupts the mouthfeel. Medium-light body coupled with weird flavor.
O: smells great. Taste not so great. Too bitter tied to the phenolics. Doesn't pair.

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Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

a: Hazy pale yellow; pours with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.

s: Classic wit with more pronounced citrus aromas. Plenty of clove as well.

t: Earhy citrus and bright, hoppy citrus work well together. The lingering hops clash with the clove finish though.

m: Full bodied and chewy.

o: Not bad, but I'd rather have a wit followed by an IPA, than have them in the same glasd.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at BurGR in Las Vegas.
The beer is pale yellow and extremely hazy with a pure white cap. Aromas of herbal tea, lemons, lemon rind, earth, wheat, coriander, hops. Really, this brew drinks as advertised - a hoppy witbier, essentially. Refreshing and crisp, finishing dry. Prickly carbonation with a tangy, mildly tart, grapefruit finish. Lingering bitterness and coriander. A cool and unique beer.

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Photo of KDHicks1958
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy light yellow, with a thin head.

S - nice wit aroma with a hint of lemon

T - nice lemon corriander wheat flavor, with citrus hops coming in at the end. Nowhere near the hops I would expect from the IPA label, but that level of hops would ovewhelm this beer, so I appreciate the restraint.

M - light, somewhat fizzy mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice wheat beer. I thought the IPA in the name is a little misleading, this is more of an attempt to cross a wheat beer with an IPA, so the hops and ABV are not what you probably expect when you see IPA, but Deschutes balanced the characteristics nicely here.

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy light yellow wheat colored body, holding a white foamy head that recedes to a white film. Light watery lacing remains.

Aroma: Faint yeast and wheat, soon laced with floral aromas and citrus peels. Hops come alive in the end with a slightly piny note.

Taste: Belgian at first, doughy yeast comes out alongside a bouquet of fruits and citrus. The finish tastes more American with piny and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Clean and flavorful, a good beer for any Spring day.

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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 BastardKing24
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold/yellow with some head that falls, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is Lemon and coriander, with orange, citrus and pine, and wheat.

Taste is good with a strong wheat presence and a delicate hoppiness. There's alot going on in this beer. Coriander, wheat malt, bread, a tiny bitter bite from hops, and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is spot on, can't complain.

Overall I enjoy deschutes beers frequently, and this one doesn't dissapoint.

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Photo of narwhal
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle. Very pale yellow & not much head - not unattractive, looks like your typical wheat beer. Almost no aroma of any kind - one of the least aromatic beers I've had in a while. Very very strong citrus taste - almost shandy like - and I'm really struggling to note any hoppy bitterness at all. Carbonation is on the lower end, but not unpleasantly so.

This is my first mediocre review on here, but if the label says IPA, I want at least some of the bitter notes of the hops to come through - this one tastes more like a basic wheat beer with a generous dose of lemon squeezed into it. Its not a bad drink, but not a particularly good one either.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very little white, foamy head, dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Milky yellow hue.

Lemon grass, lemon zest on the nose, did I say lemon? Mild hops.

Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Slightly rotten, bready fruit that you would expect from a wheat. Light carbonation, mellow and easy drinking. Slight hoppiness, with a bitter citrus finish that fades quickly.

I like this beer, a local wings joint has this on draft, less lemon and more creamy mouthful on tap than this bottle but still a favorite of mine...a very good beer, Deschutes is quickly becoming a favorite brewery of mine to sample. I will buy again, preferably on tap.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a large white head.
Herbal aroma, coriander and green plant-like characters. Also some wheat, lemon and pine.
More lemon and wheat as flavours along with a peppery note. Spicy hops are present too. Feels a little sharp with little supporting malt to soften things.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white head.

S: Lots of lemon and citrus fruit peels, some grapefruit, and some earthy funky Belgian yeast hints.

T: Wheat undertones are well balanced by lighter citrus flavors, particularly lemon, but also some grapefruit and maybe orange.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for the style, maybe a bit too much, but light bodied and refreshing.

O: This beer is delicious. I love the white IPA style, akin to a Belgian IPA, but spicy.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy pale with a large snow white head that leaves a great lacing
S-strong hop aroma with a corander hints and what seems like banana
T-has a pine hop taste yet you get the banana and corander flavor in there
M-light body and medium corbonation
O-has a differant color than I am use to in an IPA, but was enjoyable

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Photo of admiral
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, especially in the Australian Summer.

aroma: honeyed apple, clove and orange zest

taste: clove, honeyed apple, spice, citrus, coriander, cinnamon, slight orange peel and slight grapefruit. Nice bitterness back of palate.

A great beer style done very well - tasty!

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,127 ratings.
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