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 Corson
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaneBramage
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: golden/white/lemon color
A: citrus, yeast, spices
T: mildly hoppy, wheat and citrus
F: smooth, almost a light IPA
O: good but I would have preferred more hops, it's a stretch to call it an IPA instead of a regular ale. Goes down very easy, just not as flavorful as I'd hoped.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 brlelievre
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corywalston
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 StanleysCup
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AtaxicGait
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slarson7
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Colin32
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 allstar255
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,141 ratings.
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