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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
2,132
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
31.2%
 
 
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Photo of BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA pours to a yellowish color with a frothy head of white- colored foam that leaves little or no lace as you drink. The beer has a cloudy body due to the sediment at the bottom of each bottle and it offers a fragrant nose that combines scents of citrus, lemon, floral notes, wheat, and coriander.

This beer offers a taste very similar to its scent. The flavors of citrus fruits, wheat, yeast, and light coriander are the most obvious, but search a little deeper and you may notice other flavors present such as honey, bread, pine, and light spice. The beer is somewhat bitter, but is actually very snappy, crisp, and refreshing. There is a slight sharpness in the finish, but it is short lived and the flavor quickly returns to easy- drinking mode in seconds.

Chainbreaker White IPA is a tasty beer from Deschutes Brewing and it seems like it would be right at home served next to the pool on a hot summer day. It is reasonably complex, but still light and refreshing and it’s the type of beer that most anyone will find at least likeable enough to drink on occasion.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright white/yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit, some hops. Taste is grapefruit, some tartness, hops, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little different, but a solid beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear neon yellow with some visible carbonation. White fizzy head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Sweet hop notes and some crystal malt.

Taste: As advertised, a hoppy belgian style beer. You get the banana, pear, and apple flavors of a typical belgian beer with an added hop character that is careful not to get in the way of all the belgian complexity (not that it's super complex). Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher effervescence than the average IPA and medium bodied (but a little syrupy). Decently refreshing and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: On the one hand I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Ales, and on the other hand I'm a huge fan of IPAs. Chainbreaker White IPA presents a rare case where a negative and a positive put together make a positive. Not bad, Deschutes.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 2/24/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Orange, coriander, white flowers
T: Wheat, coriander, hints of flowers and citrus. Pure but light
M: Light-bodied, spicy, the finish is a bit short
O: Worth a try, but would be better if the hops were more forward- I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale, not an IPA

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, very lemony, aroma, Belgian yeast, pear. Flavor is more wheat, with a cracker finish. Lots of lemon, pear, and grain, with floral highlights. Slightly spicy, clove, and a touch of proper. Citrus pith. Very clean yeast character. Notes of bubblegum esters surface late.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 8/31/2013, poured into SA glass.

Lemonade-colored, clear liquid, one finger, bright white head quickly disappears. Scant lacing.

Lemon zest, wheat, mild banana. A bit of a let down.

A bit better. The coriander comes out and there is a nice clean but mild citrus note.

Light and mild.

Lawn mower brew, not in a good way.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy wit/hefe golden straw color. Perfectly white head has decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Up front is some hefe like aroma with a dry yeasty finish on the nose. Not much hops aroma, very subdued.

Taste: More hop presence than on the nose. Clove/gum like taste. Hops are earthy.

Mouthfeel: Very light and effervescent. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice drinkable IPA that arrives just in time for summer. I have a feeling that when it gets hot outside this will become one extremely popular beer around the pacific northwest.

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

12oz bottle $7 per sixer. Bright yellow color, almost flourescent. Super white head. Smells hoppy, spicy, wit. Taste is a super hoppy wit. Not really a hoppy wheat like say Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin but truly a witbier with a ton of hops. The "White IPA' moniker is ridiculous but what do you expect from craft beer?

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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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Photo of TruePerception
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Transferred from another forum)

Chainbreaker White IPA, by Deschutes Brewery. A light one, at only 5.6% ABV. Let's hope the flavor makes up for that...

Appearance: Woah! Hazy yellow with a slight green tinge and light-colored sediment all over the place. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell: Right away there's a fairly strong lime citrus scent. Some grass. Maybe a slight melon smell. Very faint banana peel. Good smell!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice and light on the palate. More grassy hop flavor, finishing with lime peel/pith. Very faint acidity as ends.

Pretty good!

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
best by : 06/22/12

Pours a hazy, bright yellow with a foamy, fizzy white head.

Lemony citrus, with some wheat, coriander and Belgian yeast notes. Well balanced.

Tart lemony hops, with a pleasant wheat and Belgian yeast backing.

Medium body with scrubbing, active carbonation.

A refreshing beer, definitely could see enjoying a couple of these on a warm summer day. I was happy to see that the coriander and Belgian yeast did not become too dominant.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought over a 6pack of 12oz beers the other day. Since I got the gout about 10 months ago, I've had little to no beer, so this is a rare occasion and a new review for me in a almost a year.

Nice white colored floaty head after a standard pour into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Cloudy and light yellow corn in color. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is very Belgian with a strong presence of Belgian yeast in addition to white pepper and clove. There is a nice backing of floral hops and a malty presence as well to add balance and complexity. Some white grape and other fruity notes as well, perhaps mango.

The taste confirms what my nose predicted. This one is more Belgian than IPA to me.

Nice and creamy in the mouth with a good medium body. Nice level of carbonation as well.

Overall, a good beer, but I was expecting more of a hop presence from Deschutes, especially since IPA is in the title. There are better offerings of a similar profile out there, but still a pretty good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely some crazy stuff, and it's well worth trying just for the sake of an unusual flavor mix. This is one of the palest beers I've seen, almost greenish. Pronounced lemony aroma. Well-mannered foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue.

This tastes more like a Witbier dosed up with some hops and more citrus. The interesting tartness is almost in the range of some sours, but it lacks the vinegar edge. Quite lemon-lime flavored with an enduring sharpness. Maybe they just use a lot of orange peel, and the hops do the rest. The hops are listed as Bravo, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade. Thoroughly fascinating brew, but I don't need more than one for the forseeable future. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
---from bottle to pint glass---

I must preface with this short story. I ordered this beer out of straight curiosity at the Hilton Rosemont/O'Hare in Chicago. The bartender couldn't find his bottle opener (nor his brain, I assume), so I offered to open it with my personal bottle opener on my key chain. Well... this bottles cap broke my opener. So, my hopes are high!

Appearance
Pours seemingly water clear, but ends up an extremely foggy off white color with loads of sediment. Thick white head with decent lacing.

Smell
Smells funky... Sour wheat, almost. Light notes of citrus and flowers.

Taste
Immediately sweet followed by an intense, but delightful bitter. Tastes like carbonated grapefruit juice with hops. The wheat backbone holds this beer from being too 'fruity.' Oddly intriguing...

Mouth-feel
Very light, but lingering flavor. Incredibly smooth with a back end bitter that calls for another sip.

Overall
This is my first ever white IPA. I am very happy with this beer. Not your average Belgian.

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

BBD 3-14-13. Had this on tap before & it didn't really thrill me, let's hop for better in the bottled version

Pours an effervescent pale straw color with a pinky of pearl white head. Slight hazing, above average head retention & lacing

S: Coriander, lemongrass, white pepper, faint tartness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of peppery yeastyness & some wheat-breadyness & lemon tartness up front. White pepper & faint grapefruit peels as this warms, slight yeasty/peppery bite. Finishes semi-crisp, citrussy & with little white pepper & wheat tartness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

Fairly refreshing, I could do this in warm weather, but otherwise I could take it or leave it. More like a Wit/IPA hybrid to me

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

I poured a white head over a muted yellow body. It is so hazy it's difficult to see the bubbles rising to the top. Head cut down to half a finger rather quickly and retained a good froth. Good lacing.

Smells very clean. Light crackery malt with yeast and grassy hops.

Similar to the nose, I get light, crackery malt with a little spice. This transitions with a big burst of yeast into a grassy hop flavor with a hint of green apple.

This beer is light-medium bodied. The carbonation is very biting. It refreshes first, then coats the tongue with a thin bitter layer. Dry finish.

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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 Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from the bottle into a nonic pint. It is a cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that eventually compacts into a 3mm disk. lacing is not existent.

S: mild floral hops with strong bready yeast. Malts are largely for sugar and fermentation and not sweetness nor color in final product, as expected.

T: light peppery note with estery note then sweetness on swallow. Some bitter citrus near finish.

M: smooth, creamy and slick on initial, then a slight bitter note on mid then clean bready, breathy finish.

O: I think Belgian IPA is a tough style to master. This is a pleasant enough example, but it falls flat of perfect in a few areas.

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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 Omaha_Style
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Chain breaker White IPA is a unique IPA. It has a hazy blonde appearance that to me resembled a wheat beer. It has a light citrus aroma and you can smell traces of the hops. You can definitely taste the orange peels and wheat in this beer. Paired with a hoppy finish and you end up with a nice summer IPA. Overall I would rate it above average as it does differ from most IPA's out there. My wife does not care much for beer and she really enjoyed this ale.

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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 StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap from notes:

A -Bright yellow hazed body with a fluffy white head. Nice looking beer with impressive lacing.

S - Musty wheat, bright citrus, lemons, spices, coriander, bright floral notes.

T - Lemon citrus rushes the palate, green peppercorn and spice, mostly coriander, malted wheat background, some grassy bitterness, lemon pith runs strong throughout. Finishes clean with a crisp citrus zest.

M - Medium full body, the wheat creates a creamy body, moderate smooth carbonation.

A very bright and refreshing IPA. Smooth wheat backing with snappy citrus bitterness make for a crisp drink.

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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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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,132 ratings.
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