Chainbreaker White IPA | Deschutes Brewery

very good
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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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Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/14/12,

A: Pours a cloudy light gold, looks like a witbier. Big frothy white head, limited lace.

S: Coriander and orange, grassy hops.

T: Good upfront spice flavour, lots of coriander. Earthy hops with some grapefruit. A nice balance with flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, juicy, nice aftertaste.

O: White IPAs are one of my new favourite up and coming styles and it seems Deschutes has pioneered this. Like a mini Conflux No. 2, real good flavours, great price, I like it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy pale yellow in color with a light white, delicate layer of foam on the top.

S - Barnyard funk, grassy, earthy, floral.

T - Cloves, floral, barnyard funk, coriander, pepper, lemon, bready.

M - Light medium body, bone dry, crisp, refreshing, and leaves a zesty tang on the tongue.

O - Refreshing and different.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 19, 2012.

Gorgeous hazy straw yellow colour with a big billowy head of foam.

It smells all sorts of good... spicy and hoppy with plenty of coriander and light mixed with lemon citrus.

The taste follows suit; nice coriander and light peppery notes with strong backing of lemon citrus with a hint of honey like sweetness.

This is a very tasty and refreshing brew that delivers a lot of taste and has a nice smooth mouthfeel. I like!

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy straw colored beer with a pillowy white foam cap. Big citrusy hop flavors and aromas blend with orange and coriander. Light, a little above average carbonation, refreshing.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

A: A strong carbonation factor within a pale lemon color that has a small tint of haze. The head is foamy of 2 fingers, and fairly well lasting with a bright white gleen. Random lashes of lace.

S: Pale citrus, wheat, lemon with some breadiness and a slight hint of muskiness.

T: Flavor was pale lemons, bready, some muskiness, hint of spiciness, zesty oranges, and pale stale lemon finish.

M: Good carbonation, bready feel, lighter end of medium feel substance wise.

O: Overall has some yeastiness, spicing is moderate though a bit muted and hardly wow worthy. The hopping is adequate but a bit linear, carbonation could of used some snap. Body is light enough for summer use. End result is somewhere between ok and good. C+.

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Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mild orange appearance with 1/4" head on it, off white. Aroma was nice imparted more citrusy hops than anything else, avoided strong Belgian wit yeast presence.

Taste came up short though for hop flavors. Wheat was substantial. The taste really starts leaning away from the hoppiness in the aroma and stressing its wheat body and breadiness.

Was surprised they bottled this.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/12/14

A murky pale yellow, enough clarity to see a few bubbles popping up here and there, thumbs width of loose soapy foam has enough retention to leave a thick collar of lace

S pineapple, canned peaches, lots of sweet orange peel, more tropical then expected, coriander, dry cereal, vitamin C chewable's and a little perfume

T much more spice and much less tropical hops, fairly toned compared to the nose, cereals come out a little stronger, just a hint of yeast

M light bodied but frothy from the bubbles, strange even, very slick on the palate almost slimy, spicy rind lingers

O decent WIPA but nothing to really set it apart, the nose was great but it couldn't maintain that quality throughout but still solid

I could drink a few of these under a hot sun, perhaps better suited for a summer day but no major complaints on this chilly evening

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I would guess the style but is really good. This one does not have the amount of hops that I typically associate with a Belgian IPA. What it does have is a big burst of fruit and juiciness. Taste is peach, coriander, wheat, Belgian spices, and slight earthy hops at the end. All of the flavors seem to pop. A very light and semi-sweet beer. This is one I could drink several of, especially as it gets warmer. Really well done.

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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White IPA? OK, lets try it. Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy yellow color with about a half-inch of white head that had OK retention and lots of sticky, clingy lacing.

The aroma had a very nice pine hop scent at the front, with some floral notes behind that, and a bit of yeasty spice around the edges. Just a bit of grain showed up in the background. The hops weren't as bold on the tongue. The yeast-spice blended with the floral notes fairly evenly, with the slight grain tastes playing a deep supporting role.

The body was decent, not heavy nor crisp, and had good effervescence. Drinkability was good, but I can't see myself having more than one at a time. Overall, a fairly decent beer, but one that didn't really trip my trigger. Maybe this combo of of hops and Belgiany yeast just isn't my thing. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By 01/05/13

A- Pours a fluorescent light gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of bubbles on the surface. Thin, slippery lacing.

S- The incomparable combination of bright, grassy hops combined with rich, sweet Belgian yeast. Also some hints of spices like coriander and ginger plus some lemongrass.

T- Not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter hops push up against a moderately fruity base and the yeast shows up as a weak, soapy afterthought. Very smooth and easy to drink but almost too light in its execution.

M- Borderline watery with a small hop bite and medium-low carbonation. Light body.

O- Not as good as I was expecting my first Deschutes to be. I'm a sucker for BIPAs but I guess I should have listened to the BA score on this one. Not bad, I've just had better.

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