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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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 2,127
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 Kataklizmik0
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its orange yellow when poured. Not that I give a.. About color, I ain't brewsist.. Shoo,,, being colorsist is so 2015. =D. A Lil light in the Danky factor. Has a very light rose pedal tone.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not that big of an IPA fan but this was included in a box of beers a dog walking friend just gave me that she didn't want and there are some really really good gems in there. Anyway I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip just within the 9/23/2016 enjoy by date. It was a cloudy straw color that just screams WHEAT. The smell was citrusy and cloves and just seemed clean. The taste was very subtle and avoided the mega hops assault on my palate which some people obviously enjoy but that doesn't include me. The feel was fine but like others have said, this is more like a whit than an IPA.

So this was pleasantly enjoyable on a late summer evening, if not ultimately what I look for in a beer, even a free one.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy straw color with a thin head that leaves a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of coriander, citrus, and wheat with a subtle inkling of hops. Taste follows nose with the wheat, citrus, and spices of a whit and the lightly hopped finish from the citrus hops. Medium carbonation and medium-light body with no aftertastes.
This was closer to whit than IPA to me. Highly drinkable with a good amount of citrus to it. It could definitely be a starter IPA even if SNPA is more hoppy than this.

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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 daydesiang
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of citrus. One finger head with cloud yellow color. Taste of sweet flora and citrus, little hop bitter. A good starter IPA. Quite enjoyable sweet IPA

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Photo of Jolivio
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice color; light/white golden. Smell has a bright fruitiness to it. Taste is very similar to smell; fruity, but with hops breaking throughout the drink. Feels smooth going down, not too rough. Overall I'd say it's a well balanced beer for those who are looking for a wheat with some hoppiness.

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Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hoppy saison. Poured cloudy yellow into a snifter, with thick white head and beautiful lacing. Lemon smell and taste. Citrusy and floral. A hint of bitterness so you know it aspires to be an IPA. Refreshing and good!

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy straw gold. Thin, foamy, white head on top that leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coriander and citrus dominate the aroma. There is some mild wheat notes in the background as well. Very nice smelling.

Taste: Citrus from beginning to end. There's some wheat flavor in the beginning, but by the end it's all citrus and coriander. While the citrus stands out a lot, that actually works really well for this beer, and the other flavors are balanced quite well.

Feel: Crisp and somewhat refreshing. It finishes somewhat dry. There is a moderate to high carbonation on this beer, which throws it off a tiny bit for me. I think it would be better with a little less carbonation, but that's just my preference.

Overall: A refreshing IPA loaded with tons of citrus. The other flavors that add to the complexity make this beer stand out as a really tasty brew with a strong aroma. This beer also has a lot of sessionable qualities despite the 5.5% ABV. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for another great citrus-driven brew.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Hazy yellow straw in color, decent white soapy head forms up with good retention. It gradually sinks to some everlasting foamy sheet atop along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot.

Banana ester, bold citrus, coriander, clove spice, peppery, herbal, mild bready malt.

Swept all over the taste buds by a big zesty citrus from hops, malt is also there underlying with a little sweet bready touch. In the middle until the end of tasting session, you will get banana ester, significant clove and coriander spiciness as typically found in Witbier while same time also experience some earthiness and a moderate pinch of bitterness alike AIPA. The aftertaste is left with a residual spice, slight nuttiness, and some bitterness.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with lively crisp and rather high carbonation, finish is dry and refreshing.

Interesting and worthy with a mix of Belgian Wit and American IPA by pulling the trademark characters of each style come into play, fruity ester and spiciness from Belgian side and clean yet pronounce bitterness from American side.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] Pale straw colored beer. Forms a pretty small (under a 1/4 finger) of white head. It was gone faster than I could type this far. The can lists the ABV (5.6%) and there is a best by date (08/02/2016).

S: [3.00] Clove, banana, lemon grass.

T: [2.75] Similar to the nose with clove, banana, some bubble gum. I don't get a lot of hops over these other flavors. There is a weird sort of soapy taste on the finish.

M: [3.50] The body is decent and the carbonation is right.

O: [3.00] This flavor profile is not my favorite. I dodge Belgian yeast strains because I don't like how they taste. I took a gamble on this one because I hoped the IPA part would impart more flavor. It didn't. This has a very clove forward Belgian beer flavor. Unfortunately it got more pronounced as I kept drinking.

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

L: Hazy yellow, light orange. Almost no head.
S: Banana, bright citrus
T: Banana/wheat/hefe initial taste. Hops comes at the end, a bit harsh and bitter, not too great.
F: Medium body, refreshing, but leaves you a bit sharp with the bitter aftertaste.

So I guess... white IPA, initial hefe but ends with hops and bitterness. Underwhelming combination, but nothing too bad about it; OK.

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Photo of TSuthard
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice bright white head covering an orangish yellow body. Citrus lemon nose with a sweet orange undertone. Restrained IPA without the bite that remains refreshing.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden hazy with a very nice white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is of wheat and yeast, lots of spices. No hops. Taste is very refreshing, bitter with wheat notes and hops, medium bitterness. Bold body with high carbonation. Very drinkable white IPA really liked it.

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

Comes on like a combination of a witbier, radler and IPA. Excellent and refreshing. Cloudy pale golden body with fluffy white head. Aroma and taste is lemon, piney hops and white bread. Perfect summer beverage.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing. This pours a golden straw color.
Light Belgian aroma with a pleasing floral ester
Light coriander notes. Pleasing muted hop presence. Drying finish.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/27...pours cloudy pale gold with heavy high white foam, lot of lacing. Wheaty corriander nose, almost like a hefe. Orange peels too. Smooth chalky taste, orange peel, peppery. Slight citrus. Subtle bitter.

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Photo of kitch
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 13th May 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy pale golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong banana and bubblegum sweetness followed closely by some citrus and coriander.

Taste: Much like the aroma, there is strong banana, honey and bubblegum sweetness followed by some citrus orange and coriander and finishes with a light but lingering lemon zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A good mix of Witbier and IPA. This was extremely drinkable and refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking this quite a lot during hot summers.

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Photo of BWED
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into willibecher

A- Cloudy, blonde/white. Great white head, foamy, with great lacing. Retention great.

S- Refreshing, Belgian yeast, coriander and bright sweet citrus.

T- Sweet citrus, a little spice, and a light wheaty toast.

M- Light body, slight lingering hop bitterness. Carbonation just a little snappy.

O- Really nice. Hops are there but not overwhelming. Not usually my style, but this was good.

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

Not a big fan of the wheat beers, but I really liked this one. Nice balance between the hoppiness and the wheat twang. Had a vague fruitiness about it that would make this a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mild orange appearance with 1/4" head on it, off white. Aroma was nice imparted more citrusy hops than anything else, avoided strong Belgian wit yeast presence.

Taste came up short though for hop flavors. Wheat was substantial. The taste really starts leaning away from the hoppiness in the aroma and stressing its wheat body and breadiness.

Was surprised they bottled this.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a crazy looking hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head.

Smell was some citrus and spice.

The taste followed with the citrus and coriander notes, biting the back of the tongue with peppery notes.

Mouth feel was medium with a slightly wet finish.

This was like a crazy combination of a Witbier and an IPA! Very imaginative brewing from a solid brewery. Just remember to leave some in the bottom of the bottle to swirl before pouring! Very nice and refreshing beer!

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Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/11/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy eggshell white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. It smells very nice, but the hops are lacking. The aromas are clean and full of yeast. Lots of banana and bubblegum. Lots of citrus notes. Subtle earthy hop aromas. The flavors are nice, but subtle. More yeast. More banana and bubblegum. Lots of citrus notes. Some lemon and orange in the mix. Some fresh grass along with some hints of pine. It's not that bitter at all. Very clean and refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light and very fluffy with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy and very smooth.

This is a solid brew. It's more of a Belgian Pale Ale compared to a Belgian IPA. It's clean and refreshing. Balanced and smooth. It's nothing crazy, but it's simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1-2 finger head out of a 12oz. bottle. Hazy pale yellow/gold color. Head fades, but nice lacing and occasional larger bubbles continue.

Very floral scent. Hops are very evident. Smells of pine, grass, spices, citrus, and earthy. Slight malt, like a Saison.

Strong burst of bitterness and coriander at first, then a strong combination of hop and citrus flavors push through. It gets slightly sweet for a bit, but then it seems to move towards a bitter/sour acidic tang. The beer dries out and upon trailing out, the citrusy hop flavors come back. Belgian yeast flavors are very strong throughout. Biscuity and bready.

Surprisingly medium. I assumed it would be on the lighter mouthfeel by color and style but feels fuller in the mouth.

Really good. Fuller flavor than expected. Belgian yeast, citrus, and spices very apparent.

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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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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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