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

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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 GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow/straw, cloudy, spongey layer of white foam with good head retention, some lace

Aroma: floral hops, hint of orange peel

Flavor: dry malt profile with a wheaty character and balanced spiciness; finishes dry with lingering spice and some tartness

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp yet fluffy

Other comments: This just might become my summer beer for this year. Refreshingly quaffable!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pineapple white body, almost a soft inner glow. White head with lots of lace. Smell is oranges, pineapples, lemon, slight pepper. Taste is a little pineapple infused orange marmalade, although its only very slightly sweet. Slightly peppery, or maybe clove. Good level of citric pithy bitterness, yet malt is there providing a nice balance. It's wet, crisp and refreshing. Very good.

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

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with a half-finger white head that dissipated into a ring of white that left no lacing. It looks a lot like a witbier, but with less head and lacing. Scents of pine, slight citrus, coriander and Belgian yeast. Smells a lot like a west coast IPA at first and then the witbier like scents emerge. Flavors of pine, orange peel, slight coriander spice and Belgian yeast funk. Like a witbier and IPA crossed. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderated carbonation. Easy to drink. It's an excellent beer, a combination of two great styles that work together in a unique beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 1/05/13. This pours a slightly hazy light yellow, straw color with a large white head which has good retention, and leaves a lacing. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, banana, cloves, light hops with crisp light malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is decent, a little belgian funk, some banana, light hops (not IPA hops) and some crisp malts.

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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 tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Definitely looks like a witbier, almost milky. Nice foam that turns into sudsy lacing. A tad thin, but there are plenty of yeast particles and carbonation floating around.

Smell: Banana and cloves. Rather subdued, with a hint of lemon in the finish. Not has much bite as I'd like in an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour banana with a malty background. There's also enough bitterness from the pine. Active, light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: This beer definitely found its niche. A nice wheat-IPA hybrid. Might be a bit too much for your average wheat drinker, and a bit too light for IPA lovers.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored topped with foamy white head with good retention and clumpy lacing. Yeast and wheat aromas with earthy citrus and spice. Balanced orange zest and spice with a light hoppy end and fairly clean finish. Sharp, crisp carbonation.

Crisp, refreshing, and a hoppy beer with nice flavor elements. An easy drinking spring/summer beer when you’re in the mood for an IPA and a wheat beer. It does get a bit salty if you try and drink this too quickly.

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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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Photo of donspublic
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip from bottle, nice 2 finger white soapy head, nice retention and nice lacing. Pale golden hazy in the glass. Smells of Belgian yeast, coriander & citrus. Taste initially of coriander, clove, slight juicy fruit and finishes up with a touch of citrus and has a somewhat spicy finish. Has a somewhat lingering after taste of herbs. Nice mouth-feel and body. Grabbed this as part of a pick six, but going to put this on my buy list next time the mood hits.

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Photo of tzieser
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Best by 12/22/15

L: thick, hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass for a long time. Quite a nice looking beer

S: wheat malt, spicy notes of that famous (infamous?) Belgian witbier yeast. Interesting pine hop aroma in the background.

T: starts off like a typical witbier; malted wheat sweetness complimented by notes of coriander. the IPA aspect is fairly light, providing some nice citric hop balance (lemon peel).

M: thick mouthfeel with a nice dry finish. very quenching

O: a typical white IPA. there is nothing here that will shock you but there is nothing offensive here either. A good beer for both IPA drinkers and people who might be interested in trying hoppy beers for the first time. I'm not a big fan of the style, personally. If I want a witbier I'll get a witbier. If I want an IPA I'll get an IPA l. No point in forcing the two together just because

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a slightly less orange flavored Oberon Ale. Hops are amped up slightly above Oberon, but so low that you wonder how this is labeled as an IPA. No matter, it is extremely drinkable and pleasant.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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 whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy Straw colored brew with a moderate creamy white head that persists as a light layer and produces decent lacing all the way.

The aroma is citrus and floral hops, very pleasant.

The taste is orange zest, hints of pineapple or other tropical fruit, coriander and a nice zip of floral hops in the finish.

The body is light/medium, smooth and nicely drinkable.

Altogether a very enjoyable combination, especially for summer weather.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw hazy body with a white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass, like a witbier should.

Smells of wheat malt and lemon, green grass, and lightly of butterscotch.

Tastes slightly sweet at first, there is sort of a soda minerality, then a little lemony sourness and a lightly bitter grassy finish.

Body is light and carbonation is pretty crisp. Has sort of a carbonated soda water feel.

Overall, this is a drinkable, hoppy witbier. A decent 6-pack to bring to the beach or to drink after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Safeway in Seaside while I was on vacation in Monterey.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thin head

Smell- spices mostly

Taste- spices mostly, a little bit of hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Quite refreshing!

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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 hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Old Chicago's. Served to standard pint glass. The beer arrives a hazy golden/yellow that is fairly light. A 1/2 finger white head with some retention and lacing. A pleasant blend of citrus and spice on the nose with a hint of belgian yeast. Orange, coriander, lemon, pepper. Nice. The tastes again follows the nose with the citrus flavors and a more pronounced spice. Tangy almost in flavor with a medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied with good carbonation. As I am not a huge fan of the Belgian IPAs I found this beer to be a good representation that was easy to drink and didn't overdo any of the flavors or characteristics and as such was pleasantly surprised. I would not hesitate in ordering another.

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Photo of hreb
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 11/03/12. served in pint glass, swirled to ensure haze, as per instructions on label. Peer pours an eery, lemony yellow, suggesting soda, not beer. Thick white head. Actually in the glass it looks like a giant lemon merengue pie. Considerable citrus hop / lemon aroma.

Flavor comes on strong with a hoppy edge, coriander, and fresh orange all at once. Carbonation is a little bit aggressive, but given all the adjuncts in here that may be necessary. This beer isn't, on the whole, particularly dry. For an IPA, it's actually sweet. But given that, as a combination of two inherantly incompatible styles, this beer is pretty successful. In particular the combination of natural orange in the beer and citrusy Cascade / Centennial works well.
I'm definitely not sick of it after 1 or 2, but it remains to be seen if I'll want another 6 pack when this one's gone.

"Belgian IPA" isn't really apt. There's Belgian Wit spicing, but there's no discernible Belgian yeast funk. This is just a Northwest Wit. And as all things Northwest should be, there are too many hops.

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

A solid white IPA. With a bright/hazy blend of yellow it is a good enough looking beer. Slightly yeasty sniff. Finding the spice and coriander to add a few levels of complexity to the taste profile.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Milky pale yellow, plenty of carbonation in streams and loose. Produces a rich dense white head that leaves a nice little layer on top. A wavy blanket of lace remains; excellent.

S: Good combo of lemon, hoppy orange, coriander, touch of wheat, mild yeast. Very appetizing.

T: The flavors have taken a step back from the intensity of the nose (which wasn't very intense to begin with). Addition of white pepper mid-palate. I would have liked to see more bitterness and/or range of hop flavors. Clean finish, but short. It could last a little longer and still retain its high drinkability,

M: Light bodied, the high carbonation is on its way to being harsh.

O: As it is, it's good. Tasty flavors and excellent drinkability. No flaws by what's in it, only flawed by what isn't. I'm by no means a hop head, but I still would have thought an IPA would have more hop character (otherwise call it a hoppy Belgian White). Still, if I'm looking to put down a 6 pack on a hot summer day, this will be a top contender.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 bottles poured into a 36oz goblet, just for the visual!

looks and smells like a hoegaarden. dark off yellow with minimal head. there is a hop bite but also a sour and sweetness to it. refreshing but not exactly what i'd expect out of a "Belgian IPA", closer to a hoppy witbier if that makes sense. good taste but not something i could drink all night

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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 mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright pale color, golden highlight, very hazy. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Spice, coriander, lemon peel, pale malts, a little hoppy.

Beligum spices, coriander, lemon peel, faint banana. Pale malts, wheaty, grainy. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, bright citrus, floral. Finish is crisp, tangy, tartness, semi-dry. Body is crisp and refreshing, tangy, slight dryness.

It's very good beer.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow. Looks like a fairly healthy urine specimen.
Smells like spices particularly cinnamon and a little citrusy too. Tastes approximately like pears sprinkled with cinnamon. It's light and easy to drink but kinda blends in with all the other servicable white ipas out there.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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