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Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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

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352
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2,133
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
31.2%
 
 
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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355ml bottle, pours a hazey straw colour with a thick white head that laces well.
Aroma lemon, citrus, spices.
Taste lemon, citrus, clove, coriander.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White IPA??? Honestly, I have no idea what that is supposed to really mean (yeah I mean, it's a hybrid of a wit and IPA, but at 5.6%abv and th mild hop presence, this is no IPA). Kinda like the Cascadian Dark Ale, that Deschutes is said to have created...regardless of what they call it, I happened to really enjoy this beer.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, that is until you swirl the last third in the bottle and continue to pour (similar to a Wit/Hefe).

Nose, fairly subdued, but there is a nice citrus note present along with a touch of coriander.

Taste; pretty straightforward. This is a hoppy wit. Light citrus and floral hop notes balance with the coriander, wheat, and mild breadiness.

Finish is quite clean, a tad hoppy, and a bit sweet (not in a bad way).

Overall; white IPA...that's lame IMO. This beer, a tasty rendition of a wit that is perfect for summer, widely available, and a tad hoppy for something different. Well done brewers, can't say the same for the marketing dudes. Whateve, it'sr a good beer that I will certainly pick up more of.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, quickly fading white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and earth notes.

Tastes of yeasty characters upfront with a little hop overtones. Some fruity notes and bubblegum leading into a a tangy wheat note. Some grainy sweetness comes through in the middle. Hops come in with a citrus and grass notes. Ends with a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but has room for improvement.

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

A - Cloudy yellow, with a short white head, some lacing.

S - A bit of lemon and pine, a nice sweet line, and a touch of yeasty funk that produces a off note of garbage.

T - Following the nose, without the funk. Close is a slight sour element.

M - Crisp, bright, and very little drying.

O - Pleasant, drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass, 5.16.12.

Hazy straw yellow body, several visible streams of fast rising bubbles, under pure white head, relatively quick dissipation with some spider legs. Pretty wit-like nose, some lemony esters, light coriander balanced by citrusy hops. Taste mirrors nose, fairly sweet for a Belgian IPA, not sure I'm picking up a Belgian yeast, fairly sweet. Finish is medium, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Certainly a different take on Belgian IPA, IMO more of a NW hoppy wit, not something I'd drink regularly, but a decent change of pace.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint out of the tap while waiting for a flight at Sfo. Pale off yellow and white color with little head. Wheat, bread and orange peel taste. Light amount of carbonation. Not one of the better offerings from deschuetes

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chain Breaker White IPA
12oz bottle poured into a hybrid glass
Best by 9/7/12

Thanks to Bonez05404 for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a bright light yellow thats the color of pineapple juice, thats hazy and has a small amount of sedimentation floating in the glass. There is a big 2 plus fingers width of bright white colored head, that hangs around for minutes before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells sweet with citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple and banana aromas. Subtle resinous piney aromas. Really heavy on the tropical fruit notes. Pretty unique but I like it, a lot.

T: Again, tropical fruits on the tongue. A fairly big wheat presence. Some sugary sweetness on the finish. A bit of spice. Very tasty.

M/D: Heavily carbonated. On the thinner side of medium bodied. A light crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this one. The bottle says IPA, BA says Belgium IPA. But its pretty unique and doesnt fall neatly into either of those categories in my opinion. I enjoy the unique qualities. This would be a great summer time cook out beer. Its light, refreshing, but really tasty. Id drink this again, no doubt.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What makes this a 4 is it's so damn bright and happy.

A: Turbid, yellow straw, modest head and lace.

S: First - fruity, citric, yeast, bready, then a bit of spice, hop, herbs.

T: Smooth, sweet and bitter at once with good bite, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bread, nutty, herbs. Complex and flavorful. Very happy balance.

F: chalky finish, well made.

O: Many have tried wit ipa and this is one of the best. This brewer always near the top.

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Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Carbon dioxide overwhelms and dilutes delicate qualities of green plant stems, cloves, and peppery yeast.

T: Begins dry, with very light malt, a trace of bright estery fruit, lemon rind, and aggressive carbonic acidity. Peppery phenolics are mild in the middle where wheat becomes apparent. Herbaceous and lemony flavors mark the barely-bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While this beer fills a gap in Deschutes' line-up, it is hardly an IPA of any qualification--white or otherwise. Most similar to wit beer, it presents qualities both appropriate and experimental to that style. Austere hops replace traditional seasonings, giving a decidedly herbaceous theme.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with ample white foam. Aroma is spicy yeast, citrus zest, sourdough, and lemon meringue pie sweetness. Palate is lemon, orange, coriander, clove, and a touch of yeasty funkiness that approaches brett. More lemon meringue sweetness followed by a dry and bitter finish. A strong yeastiness persists on the palate along with an acidity like weak lemonade and a hoppy somewhat herbal bitterness, although the overall effect is much less hoppy than the IPA designation would suggest. More of an extra sour and bitter witbier. Refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Pours a pale cloudy straw colour with a white head that clears quickly

S - Very wit like aromas of orange peel and citrus

T - Up front so nice lemon flavours with some coriander seed. The hops on the back end are feint for a BIPA.

M - Light body light to medium carbonation

O - This is more of a wit for me than a a BIPA. But will quench a thirst on a hot day and is recccomeneded

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12-pack of Chainbreaker White IPA in a grocery store. $12.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, the shade of pinapple juice, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is a acerbic hefe or white ale scent. Almost as if a white or a witbier had gone bad. Fortunately the smell is subdued.

Taste is a dry hopped sour version of a Bavarian hefe. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.

Overall a drinkable beer. I'll be looking forward to some of this on a hot summer day.

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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 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 LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing 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 Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"White IPA" - seems like these are all the rage at the moment.
This is essentially a witbier with pretty mild esters but massive IPA-level american hop notes.
Looks more or less like a witbier in the glass. Hazy eggshell color. Lots of foam. Probably a bit more effervescent (less creamy, more bubbly) but otherwise, very close.
Big old school hops intermingling with slightly milder banana-like esters.
The flavor is similar. There are some witbier notes trying to come out, but they're hiding behind a lot of cascade and citra pine/citric rind. While the nose was an even mix, I think the flavor favors the hops in a big way. The body of the beer is overpowered slightly, but the phenolic notes com out here and there. I like it, but I wonder if some kind of bigger wit was necessary to keep those hops in check. It isn't necessarily bitter, but the hops run the show.
Great in small doses, I like having one of these here and there, but I don't think I'll ever have 2. The witbier body just can't keep up with all of those hops.
Still, I DO like this and will probably keep grabbing bottles here and there. I think it's one of those situations where something isn't a world beater, but just hits the spot in a lot of different situations.

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

On-tap at Fat Sully’s Pizza, Denver, CO:

Served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy bright pale straw yellow that produced a thin white head that dissipated in to a ring right around the glass. The beer produced some lacing.

The beer gave off a light hop aroma, floral with some spice.

The taste is good, like a witbier or hefeweizen, but with a bit more hops. The taste also had hints of some spices and a light yeast component.

The beer’s body was light, perhaps a little too watery; it was smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall, a good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled best by 10/26/13 into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow, cloudy, a lot of good looking sediment! Not much head though, and just a little bit of lacing.
Smell - citrus, some coriander, slight hint of banana.
Taste- sweet, slightly tart; very refreshing, but not hop forward .
Feel - the downside of this beer; highly carbonated, almost no hop bitterness.
Overall - very good value, but this is a disappointing beer if you're seeking hops. A nice beer if you're after a refreshing brew for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.

S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!

T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.

M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.

O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done!

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Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)

- This is a very pretty beer. Pours a light zesty straw-yellow and is slightly cloudy with light yeasts and perhaps other unfiltered sediment. The finger of fluffy white head has slowly settled to a very spotty and creamy layer over the brew with a nice bit of lacing in the glass. Looks damn good.

Smell: (4.0)

- This beer has a wonderful citrus aroma along with a very light bready wheat and banana yeast. Some pine hops are in the mix as well. Light, zesty, lightly spicy, and a little lemony. Smells very refreshing and balanced. There is even a light touch of wheat funk to it as well which is quite good.

Taste: (4.5)

- Nice zesty bright citrus notes, bready wheat malts and light sweet honey. There is a nice light balanced herbal flare from the coriander which is melded in very well with the big spicy hops which seem to grasp both citrus, and pine flavors. Very solid refreshing drinker. Lovely lemon zinger in the finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)

- This is another high mark for this beer. Perfectly carbonated, a little drying from the bitter hop, but yet zesty and zingy enough to wet the palate. Very light creamy flare to it from the wheat, and yet a rather light to medium bodied brew. I couldn't drink a ton of these sessionable brews on a sunny day.

Overall: (4.0)

- This is a stand-out beer. As for Spring releases, I think this one will take the cake. This beer is very solid, very balanced, very complex, and just very damn good. I highly recommend drinking a lot of these. Huge fan here.

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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 Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

This pours a semi-hazy color with some floaties and an frothy off-white head. The aroma is very citrusy for an IPA. The taste is light and very clean with lots of herbal and citrusy note. This is an intriguing brew from Deschutes with a very unique taste for the style that either be a hot or miss with the drinker.

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Photo of azdback
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very pale color, kind of white grape juice in color. Hazy and teaming with medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge three finger head that is bright white in color and frothy in appearance. The head doesn't stay around for very long but does leave a beautiful lace to remember it was once there.

Smell is as expected. Sweet, banana, earth, wheat and yeast.

Taste is just as undesirable as I figured it would be. Banana and wheat and musty yeasts. Not my cup of tea/beer.

Mouth is on the refreshing side. Light carbonation medium feel and a short, bright, dry finish.

Overall I should score this on the style and not my palate preference. This is what it is supposed to be, a light, easy drinking summer ale with a Belgian influence. Not my style but to those that like the musty yeasts and hops this one is a summer delight.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,133 ratings.
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