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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmliet glass. Appearance is hazy and yellow with a layer of dense soapy bubble which stick to the sides of the glass. Belgian esters come first, tons of yeast, banana, lemon, and orange peel. This is followed by a faint pine hop background. The taste features more hops than the nose and brings out the IPA side of things. Pine and resin on the finish. Carbonation level is appropriate and body is light. There seems to be more White Ale than IPA here, still not entirely sure how I feel about this style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy after swirling in the yeast cake. Creamy head stands tall and fluffy. The beer itself is very low on the Lovibond Scale. Maybe, the color of watered down lemonade? Lacing barely happens, however.

Fresh lemon citrus, powdery wit yeast, a kiss of coriander, and white grapefruit; in a pithy way. Gentle spicing with a hop nose to remember. Slice of mandarin, herbal grassiness, and a clean citrusy outro; marked with aromatic Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with clean citrusy notes of lemon and mandarin and chalky spices that dry up alongside all of the fruity hops and yeast notes. Coriander, herbaceousness, flutters of soft pepper, and the faintest sting of tart banana. Really, what you would probably look for in an easy summer white IPA.

A mouthful. The body is stark in contrast from the carbonation, even though neither are doing a whole lot. Makes it feel a bit soppy and wet. Flavors straighten it out with finishing dryness.

As an IPA, I'll rate it accordingly. However, I must say, we've got a good effort.

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Photo of harrymel
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 15JUL12

Pours a diaphanous light yellow ale with a sheet of white foam and spotty lace throughout. Phenols, coriander, citric hops, slightly plastic. Flavor is sweet and wheaty with a good bitterness up front and an interesting citric rind character on the finish with a witbier taste. Full bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. A decent beer, and one of the more approachable Belgo style IPA's I've had. Probably won't be found buying this one too often however.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
My first white IPA. Chainbreaker is very pale golden color ale with some haziness. A tall fluffy head sits on top with plenty of lacing. Aroma is akin to a Beligum wit but is balanced out with a citrus hop bouquet that lightens the wit beer aroma. Smells wonderful in all honesty. Taste is like wow, light and refreshing hints of wheat malts, yeasty esters and lemon grass hops. Drinks smooth and tart with a bitter finish. Probably will be a hit in the summer no doubt, which would be prefect for that time of year.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this on the shelves in Calgary
A - fully hazy straw golden, two fingers of fluffy white head retained very nicely
S - big yeasty aromas of sour citrus and herbs, strong grassy hint, some bubble gum and grain
T - citrus and fresh grass hops, sour fruit and spicy yeast ester flavour is prominent, grainy malt with a mineral/vitamin flavour finish
M - fairly light body with pleasant carbonation, feel is a mix of tart citrus, hop dryness, and a minerally teeth coating finish
O - such a well constructed beer, has big element of both Belgian and IPA styles but melded into what the style should be, stoked that this is available is 6-packs here, this will be become a session regular for me!

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Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

a: Hazy pale yellow; pours with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.

s: Classic wit with more pronounced citrus aromas. Plenty of clove as well.

t: Earhy citrus and bright, hoppy citrus work well together. The lingering hops clash with the clove finish though.

m: Full bodied and chewy.

o: Not bad, but I'd rather have a wit followed by an IPA, than have them in the same glasd.

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Photo of matjack85
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My roommate brought these home and let me try one, so thanks for that Tom. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 05/09/13 located right above the bar code.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a 2-finger white head that lasted a few minutes before dissipating to a thin rim. There was lots of lacing, but it didn't stick to the glass. Instead, it formed lots of splotchy circles that slid back into the liquid rather than stick to the sides.

Big fruity and citrusy hop aroma. Also picking up wheat and some coriander spice.

Delicious, although I will have to admit it tastes more like a Belgian wit than an IPA. Orange/grapefruit flavors blend well with the Belgian yeast. There is also a strong wheat presence with a touch of coriander spiciness. Not that bitter for an IPA, but not devoid of bitterness either.

Light and refreshing with low to moderate carbonation.

Another winner from Deschuttes. It goes down easy and is a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active slightly cascading pour yields about a fingers worth of virginal snow white crisp and slightly creamy froth... Limited retention gives way to lacing of much the same qualities... The color is an exceedingly pale lemony gold... There is a distinct haziness that permeates throughout... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble hear and there...

S - Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Some light spice notes in the form of sage and thyme... A very pleasant aroma...

T - Lemon zest and a hint of sweet citrus... Belgian yeast... Wheat... A subtle kiss of cloves... Sage... Perhaps a hint of banana... All the flavors compliment one another very nicely...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp... Light brisk carbonation... Smooth... Clean... Refreshing... Goes down easily sip after sip... Very nice...

D - A very nice refreshing brew... This one walks a fine line between Belgian IPA and Witbier... Insanely quaffable... I'm not sure why this one doesn't have higher ratings on BA because I find it quite enjoyable... I can recommend and will likely find this in my fridge on a regular basis going forward...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pale slightly cloudy yellow with a white fluffy head. Smell is lightly spiced and moderately hopped.

Taste is primarily Belgian yeasty, lightly hopped. Sort of bland, actually, though not bad. Maybe just muted. It's not super cold, though.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chainbreaker poured a pale and hazy yellow straw like color with a small lacing head. The aroma was well balanced, with a slightly floral aroma, and lots of citrus. The taste was light with lots of citrus notes, some hop flavors, but rather balanced, some sweet Belgian candies come through too. A bit lighter, but not exactly watery, but still flavorful. Overall a lighter example, but tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, pale golden. Pretty nice white head on top of it with decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smells quite hoppy. Fruity, slightly citrusy, a touch of pineapple. Not as much "white"ness as I would like, but still good smelling.
T- The white ale part of the beer comes through here. Bready, a touch spicy, before some nice fruity hops come through. Nice balance of flavors.
M- There is a bit of an odd chalky mouthfeel in the finish. The carbonation is not quite sufficient.
O- It's a good easy drinking example of the style. Worth a try.

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

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, washed out golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops with funky belgian yeast notes; green banana and hints of bubblegum. Mild lemon.

Taste - Surprisingly light (or lighter than expected) in flavor, though with typical belgian IPA character. Citrus hoppiness, intermingled with green banana and a touch of spice on the back end. Good balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A bit of mild lemon rind in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Just a tad bit of, for lack of a better descriptor, chalkiness to it?

Overall - This is a pretty good BIPA. A tad quirky, but nothing unusual of the style. That said, there's also nothing that really sets it apart, in my experience, from the rest of the beers in this relatively new style. I much prefer Stone's Cali-Belgique, though if price were a concern, I'd probably choose this.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by 7/13/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing virtually none
Body very light yellow, hazy
Flavor is sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops bitterness
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nice little beer which, to me, tastes more like a Belgium witte than an IPA.

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Photo of spoony
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 24, 2014) into a nonic.

A-The beer is hazy and very light in color--like a white hefeweizen almost. The head is short and white with good retention, but no real lacing. It doesn't look like an IPA, but it DOES look like a white IPA.

S-The aroma is citrusy (lemon and orange flavors), fresh, and slightly sweet (not sugary sweet, but not dry or crisp). There is a bit of spice and some dough. The whole packages is not very IPA-like, but not unpleasant.

T-The taste is similar, but a touch lighter on the citrus. There is spice, dough, some grassy flavors and a mild orange flavor. Not much in the way of "Belgian" flavor, e.g., funk or Belgian yeast here.

M-The heft is light to medium for the style with a moderate carbonation.

O-This beer leans more toward the "white" side of a white IPA. At times, I think I'm drinking a wit beer, actually. As a result, the score suffers a bit since I would expect a bit more hops to make this a true IPA. Style-guideline criticism notwithstanding, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.49. According to the label this should be good until July 27th.

Poured a hazy, lemonade-ish straw color, with a big, sudsy white head that stuck around for quite a while.

Grassy, herbal hops, with lemony and earthy wheat scents in the background.

This tastes like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat ale - not like any IPA I’ve ever had. It’s refreshing tasting and would be a decent beer to drink on a hot day, but it’s not terribly exciting, and I doubt it will appeal to any hopheads looking for their daily fix.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with foamy, frothy, stark white head.

Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, orange (peel?), wheat, pepper, and other spices.

Taste: More orange than in the aroma, and it has a sweet edge, leading me to believe that orange peel likely was used. Strong lemon and grapefruit hop notes combat the wheat. Relatively low bitterness on the finish, but lots of spice, with notes of coriander and pepper.

Feel: Light, effervescent body that is very dry, crisp and refreshing. Great fit for this beer.

Overall: This has just jumped into my top echelon of summer beers. Although I do believe the IPA moniker may be somewhat deceiving, as it is mainly a ramped up Witbier.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy gold, with a pleasant 2 fingers of white bubbles. Loopy tree-line lace.

Nose is wheat malty and spicy, with a characteristic Belgian yeast being most prominent. I don't get much in the area of hops, but as a Belgian-style, Chainbreaker is faithful.

Taste is definitely a spicy take on the Belgian IPA hybrid, with a touch of sour grapefruit rounding off the edges, but it's subtle, taking backseat to the wheat and yeast character. I get some lemon zest in there, and orange, even, too. Really, this is a complex and well-done Belgian wit, and one I'd love to try again.

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

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours light light almost a neon like yellow, 1 finger of a soapy white head, mid lacing
S - Minor belgian yeast, dried flowers, clove, a little peppercorn, and some floral hops.
T - Fresh baked bread malt comes in with a little belgian yeast then yields to the mild floral hop bite.
M - Clean and light, refreshing.
O - Good BIPA, not a whole lot goin on, but overall just majorly refreshing.

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow with a 3 finger foamy white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, coriander, and a small amount of biscuit malt.

The taste has light sweetness and light bitterness. The lemon, coriander, yeast, pepper, and biscuit malt combine to make this a well balanced beer, but there is not enough taste for me.

Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not much aftertaste, and finishes somewhat dry. Basically this is a middle of the road Belgian IPA. Decent, but not memorable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold, hazy, with a soda pop white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemondrop, fresh grassy malts, and a light gentle fruity hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malt, lemon citrus, and moderately bitter piney hop.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

A pretty decent summery ale with some nice flavor and full body. It's not super great but it hits the spot on a warm day and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dirty yellow with a white head, that doesn't stick around for too long. A nice sweet and fruity aroma - lemons and clementine -, some pepper, with just a touch of some tartness to it. Interesting. Flavor follows suit quite well, very bright while also being sweet lemon and clementine on top of a wheat underbelly. Not much bitterness. A nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, pretty good beer. However, I am not a wheat fan and after about halfway through the bottle I find that wheat malt starts to begin creeping up on me. Good beer objectivelly, not quite for me subjectivelly.

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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 HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured as requested into a pint glass. That being with a finishing swirl and yeast dump as one would a Hefe. Shows a hazy lemon with a thin white cap and offering moderate retention and lace.

Nose of lemon zest and some peppery/clove spice. Perhaps some noble hops contribute to a citrus character that seems a bit forced or artificial. Does expand to offer more balance and depth with warming.

Odd lemon notes present on the aroma carry forward to the palate and yield a touch of that 'lemon pledge' flavor found occasionally in brews such as this. Offers a long citric finish but a bit lacking in body and bitterness for a self proclaimed IPA, white or otherwise.

Feel is decent but again a bit light for an IPA, yet not really unbefitting of a white one.

Overall this beer stars off as a spiced witbier yet without the yeast notes. As it warms it offers a garlicky yeast aroma with good agitation. Otherwise the lemon and spice crowd out such things. A decent beer though the IPA moniker seems a bit brazen.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and slightly cloudy with a white fluffy head and ok lace.

Aroma is big and spicy, more like a Belgian than an IPA, although the hops are noticeable.

Coriander, lemon, citrus, wheat, and a good hop tanginess are all noted in the taste.

Body is light but chewy, typical of a wheat beer or witbier.

A very nice brew, easy to drink and tasty.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,127 ratings.
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