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Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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3.67/5
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2,143 Ratings
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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:
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Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,712
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
2,143
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
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Ratings: 2,143 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 JamieDuncan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 champ103
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very unique cloudy, pale yellow/white color that has a bit of transparency to it. A two finger white head forms and sticks all the way down the glass. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Phenolic spice up front, then a bit of clove on the nose. A bit musky as well. The yeast is very apparent here. Followed by fresh cut grass, floral, and citrus hops.
T: Follows the nose with the phenolic and spicy yeast up front. Slightly musky. The hops come in next. Grassy, floral, and citrus again. Kind of a powdery aspirin flavor/feel in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Refreshing, very effervescent and dry. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle and six pack will be gone in no time.

I like this. I typically hate the "Belgian IPA" label because like most of these new style breweries don't know what the style is. I am not going to claim that I know what the style is either, though this is close to what I have in mind. Regardless, just a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BarrelAgedG
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle enjoyed on April, Friday the 13th.

I first had this at Deschutes as one of their experimental IPAs. Now it is bottled and widely available. I wanted to review it to see if it is now different.

A - Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a large fluffy white head. The head fades quickly leaving rings of lacing.

S - Lemons dominate with some yeast tones, black pepper. Very belgian.

T - Very lemony, and again the typical belgian yeast.

D - Tons of carbonation and a average to thin body.

O - Light and refreshing, but the belgian yeast totally overpowers any other flavors and dominates all that you can smell and taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange, mild head to it. Good aroma of citrus, hops, light belgianesque yeast without the clove (my favorite way).

Taste, mildly hoppy, kind of lacking in that department, can't figure out what kind of beer it wants to be, seems like a hodgepodge of stuff with nothing winning. Almost like wheat was a 10% part of the malt bill. More like a belgian pale I guess than an American anything. Bitterness was enjoyable in it, that was just right.

I think if they upped the hops, this would work. Cool in theory, decent in reality.

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Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bobv
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $7 per sixer. Bright yellow color, almost flourescent. Super white head. Smells hoppy, spicy, wit. Taste is a super hoppy wit. Not really a hoppy wheat like say Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin but truly a witbier with a ton of hops. The "White IPA' moniker is ridiculous but what do you expect from craft beer?

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Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Zazzi82
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,143 ratings
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