Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA
BA SCORE
52.1%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 2,143 ratings
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
Ranking:
#31,381
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
2,143
Liked:
1,117
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
540
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,143 |  Reviews: 353
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love this. pours cloudy but bright sunny colored if that makes sense, lively white head on top. smells like fruity/spicy yeast above a nice hearty hopped up pale ale. im picking up caramel and wheat malts both in the flavor, with piney and acidic hops working up a feverish finish to an otherwise quite relaxed brew. i love the fruit notes together with the bitter hops, and this is the first white ipa ive had that i really really dig. wildly drinkable because of its plentiful carbonation and body on the lighter side of medium. great 6pack to drink, ill be getting this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color (almost like a Berliner Weissbier) and has some fine particles floating in suspension near the bottom and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of lemon citrus and is followed by hints of peppery spices that linger into the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem to fit into any particular style-it is more like a witbier ans less like a Belgian IPA.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Where the fruity perfume of IPA and the spicy perfume of Belgian ale have their own individuality in taste, their fusion is a can't-miss for brewers and imbibers alike.

Deschutes Chainbreaker kicks off with the brightness of Belgium, capturing the essence of orange, lemon, apple and a tangy tropical sense. Its beautiful sweetness is that of sweetheart candy until it dissolves effortlessly and quickly from the palate. Its growing hop character tethers through with its own grapefruit, tangerine and mango flavor and aroma.

Its bready middle is mildly of grain and dough but brings its own tangy notions. Once the sweetness lifts, the semon-stained beer's spiciness counters with paradise seed, bitter and dried orange, soft coriander and white pepper. Growing hop bitterness is smoothly of citrus- white grapefruit, pith and peel leading the way.

Its tepidly bitter finish is both spicy and citrusy. Only light glimpses of resin, pine or leaf peak through its drying malt presence. Belgian-esque spice out-duels the hops for attention in its fleeting impressions. Yet an undercurrent of light bread and perfum drift by in aftertaste.

Beyond its milky yellow hues, the firmly headed ale sings praises of both witbier and American IPA. However, the hop influences only provide a slight tilt to the lupulin where IPA should be strongly commanding with hop bitterness, aroma and flavor.

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3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 16oz Yankee pint in Kona, Hawaii, watching the docking boats in the near distance out front of the pub's patio.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which stays there, like it was told to, until manual intervention breaks the spell, to get some fragmented webbed lace to appear, as well as to allow me to actually drink the damned thing. Nice persistent rising effervescence, too.

It smells of yeasty pale grain, some soft floral citrus hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hoppiness, somewhat musty florals, a middling pale grainy malt, and some waning earthy yeast.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but settles rather quickly, the body an even medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy malt and seemingly neutered citrus hops ringing things out.

An agreeable enough Belgian-style IPA, one bereft of the lofty booze of the norm, though the hops show equally too little resolve towards the end, leaving me wanting more - unfortunately, of something else.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one and a half finger beige colour head of decent cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a pale semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, lemon grass, lemon, floral hops, and clean fragrant pale malts. Pleasant and appealing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean malts, lemon, floral hops, hints of other more vague citrus notes, and some cream. Simple, but clean and balanced. Enjoyable but lacking the subtlety and complexity I expect from Deschutes. Well built for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit undercarbonated. Too light and fleeting.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming, especially considering the brewery. I like it, but not enough to get it again. Deschutes does far better brews.

High C

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw liquid arrives with a modest cap on tap; not much in the way of lacing

Smell: Bubblegum and citrus

Taste: Bready, with bubblegum and citrusy flavors arriving by mid-palate (lemon and orange pith/peel); a yeasty Belgian character builds, after the swallow; the finish has a pronounced lemony character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: A refreshing summer beer; nicely balanced between the two underlying styles

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a hint of amber. The color of this beer is very light. There is just under a finger of white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Very light with citrus and spices. The citrus notes are more fruity and not very hoppy. Reminds me of a wit.

Taste: I'm getting some hops here, but there is a lot more going on as well. Some spice, I'm guessing coriander. I'm also getting some citrus peel. The overall flavor is light. While the hops are there, they aren't very intense.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this one. My only issue with it is the lack of flavor in the finish. I don't know that I need another, but I'm glad I tried it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2 pints at Sycamore in Columbia, MO for their Chainbreaker rollout.

A - Poured a cloudy, yellow color with golden highlights. A two-finger, rocky, white head of foam left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of wheat.

T - Good fruity bite from the Belgian yeast. Nice cracked wheat flavor with citrus notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - They've really combined an American wheat beer and a Belgian IPA. Really cool.

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head falls into a decent lacing with a small biscuit like head staying atop a pale straw golden colored beer. Pretty good carbonation on this slightly cloudy beer.

A light citrusy hops aroma with lemon dominating and drowning out whatever else might be trying to come forth.

Light lemony citrus hops mixed with some light wheat grains taste with some light bitterness.

A lighter dryish aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

This white IPA has a decent light wheat beer taste.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/1/2015. Pours hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, citrus hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, citrus hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice White IPA style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, citrus hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 2,143 ratings
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