Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,140 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,140
Reviews:
352
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
538
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,140 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of Caseyk1088
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JArt
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neillbelgium
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of benloho
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aDeer
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cotton_27
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EXScotT
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy grapefruit flavor, better in the beginning than on the back end.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First chance I've gotten to use my Spiegelau IPA glass on a Belgian IPA. Looks amazing. Would've looked even better if today hadn't been so cloudy. Apart from the flecks, larger sinking to the bottom, smaller in suspension, this beer looks like gasoline both on the pour and in the glass. Low to medium retention for its pure, white, lacy head. Spicy, resiny, vegetal, floral or faintly citrus aromas mostly from the hops. Strong lemony tartness throughout. Only a little resiny up front. Pine and almost dankness in the back. And a nice rindy (or perhaps brewing spice?) finish, with slightest touch of crackers (wheat as some suggest?) and peppercorn. First several gulps demonstrate incredibly light and fine but long-lasting prickly carbonation from lips to throat, but by the last few gulps, it has pretty much flattened out in the glass. Lighter in body and fairly crisp. Warming is just barely worth mentioning.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This style can be very mild and easy drinking, to a fault, by me, and this one is adheres to the style pretty closely.

It's definitely pretty in the glass. All yellow and hazy with a nice little head and fizz. The aroma is mild - fresh and a little spice and yeast smell - very little.

The taste is pretty good. It has a little yeasty tang and tartness, almost no hoppy characteristics (they are way down in the profile of the one I'm drinking), and sweet freshness. The aftertaste is sweeter than the initially slightly tart taste. Hoppy bitterness seems to be MIA (maybe it's an old bottle, but it tastes good).

I previously underestimated Deschutes "standard" brews. They are quite good, and their specials are truly special. If I ever make it to Oregon ...

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Photo of dohm179
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

So you take a witbier and add hops, this is what you get. I've had Belgian IPAs before, but I'm not sure I've had one that tasted so much like a Witbier with bittering hops. It has the clove and coriander and orange peel flavors you'd expect from a Wit, but then hops that mostly add bitterness, but also some nice pine flavors. Probably my least favorite Deschutes beer, but it's a good one nonetheless. I've just had too many other Belgian IPAs I've preferred to score this one any higher.

I can see why many would dislike this beer by the way -- my girlfriend (who openly dislikes any beer that's not a stout or porter) claims this tastes like soapy vomit. Really, I can see where she's coming from, I think. But Mm, mm, that doesn't bother me!

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Photo of twins2008nathan
1.98/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Didn't like it at all. Unique color and taste, but not in a good way

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades into minimal lacing. Smells of bread and citrusy hops, though the hops are understated and yeast and wheat take the dominant roles. Great taste, similar to the smell: minor hops, somewhat malty, and mostly an enjoyable wheat flavor. Not intensely carbonated as many IPAs are, which made it easy to drink. Overall, I dig it, recommend it, and will definitely be trying it again.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAC81
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xbrettfavrex
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kw_pip
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Palate of spices and wheat. Understated hops. Lemon and pepper. Pale colour.

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Photo of Jmikepow
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nctide
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewViking
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,140 ratings.
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