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:
2,137
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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72
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537
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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 2,137
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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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 AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good! Crisp belgian pale feel, light citrus and moderate yeasty feel, with touches of floral spice and a warming hop presence in the background. Great session ale for a mild winter day.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow with a green tinge. It's not visibly appealing except for a dense white head with spotty lacing.

There's not much to the smell. Lemon rind, corriander, and grain.

It tastes much more like a wit than an IPA. Lemon, mint, yeast, grain. Light flavor all around.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Eh. It's a completely average for a wit and subpar if it's really any variation of an IPA.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/15/12

Appearance: Pale, yellow straw color - some expected sediment, hazy - white head with impressive retention, fades to streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Yeast, Belgian spices, and some light citrus - yeasty, but in a somewhat neutral way (Belgian aromas with clove and bananas, but not a lot) - spices, floral - wheaty malts - some grapefruit and orange flesh in the background

Taste: A lot of stuff going on here - wheat, pale malts, clove, spices, banana, pepper - the hops, mostly orange and grapefruit, seem to appear later - actually pretty good, and pretty balanced with the Belgian aspects - an interesting amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, with a somewhat odd, watery aftertaste

Overall: Very interesting

This notion of combining a Wit with an IPA is still a bit odd to me. But Deschutes pulls it off well. There are some big flavors combating within the confines of one beer, yet this somehow remains pretty mellow. Not amazing, but worth a try.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy light yellow wheat colored body, holding a white foamy head that recedes to a white film. Light watery lacing remains.

Aroma: Faint yeast and wheat, soon laced with floral aromas and citrus peels. Hops come alive in the end with a slightly piny note.

Taste: Belgian at first, doughy yeast comes out alongside a bouquet of fruits and citrus. The finish tastes more American with piny and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Clean and flavorful, a good beer for any Spring day.

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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a cloudy, hazy light yellow color with one and a half fingers of craggy white head which lasts for a few minutes, leaving behind minimal lacing. Light body, hearty carbonation.

Smells and tastes of lemon and orange peel, coriander, white pepper, and just a touch of clove / banana with a heavy aspirin sort of bitterness in the finish. It's... kind of middle of the road for my tastes. I've seen this idea done with more complexity and better balance than this before.

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Photo of Spikester
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy light gold with a modest white head. Some spots of lacing.
Smell is coriander, lemon, plenty of yeasty funk.
Taste is lemon, coriander, lemon peel, a bit of lightly bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with an adequete carbonation. Semi dry bitter citrus finish.
Overall a refreshing summer brew that should be called Chainbreaker White Ale. Not really even a Pale Ale amount of hops.

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Photo of budgood1
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours out a cloudy and hazy yellow lemon sun colour with a chunky snow white head. wispy lace adorns the glass as i sip. delectable aroma of coriander spice and grassy, hoppy spice. some sweet maltiness and sugar type aromas compliment greatly. the flavour profile is light pale maltiness paired with with some citrus infused wheat notes. coriander spice melds well with the belgian yeast tones and pepper notes. nice NW hop addition really rounds thing out nicely. everything compliments each other in a thirst quenching finish. medium bodied. quenching mouthfeel. incredible drinkability.

overall i'm impressed with this style bending offering. this is going to be a go to quaffer come summer time. it's got sunshine and yardwork written all over it. yummy stuff here!!

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Photo of garuda
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Yeasty funk up front, orange peel, coriander, spice, herbal hops, a little minty. Finishes with a lemony bitterness.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, very smooth, finishes dry.

O - Interesting mix of styles, but with the IPA designation, I was expecting more of a hop presence to it.

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Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, tangy background.

Taste: Mild sweetness, wheaty, black pepper. Tart, citrus finish.

I think this is my first Belgian IPA where a wit is the base beer instead of a Belgian Pale or Dark. I haven't been too impressed with Belgian IPAs and this one doesn't quite hit the mark either. The hops showing up as more of a tartness is interesting. Worth a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hay golden yellow with a decent amount of white carbonation.

Light citrus, slight yeasty spice, and floral hops.

Noble hop and yeasty spiciness, subtle citrus, and herbal/floral character.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, peppery, crisp carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer but kind of lacking.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell you why, but I couldn't get enough of this stuff while out in the Bend-Portland corridor a couple weeks ago. The gimmicky things usually turn me off. But this just won me over immediately.

A: fairly cloudy grain-grassy yellow... one can almost see texture (with)in the liquid... decent foam on the pour, but it mysteriously checked-out each time

S: a European spiced holiday cookie/baby-cake(sweet zwieback?)?...hops are on the nose, but they're muddled with the alternative spicing and the mild and inviting fermenting-dough yeast.... rising above mellow, alive

T: not quite a Wit, not quite an IPA.... maybe a slightly off-spiced, marginally earthy-floral hefeweizen or a lemon shortbread cookie.... delicately richer in fresh-baked white bready malt.... bright, feathery sweetish-flowery hops tingle on the perimeters on the palate, mild spicy.... the tasty malt carries on through, residual sediment-ester interplay

M: almost medium-bodied - doesn't have a dextrin-derived substance to the feel - maybe an almost unfiltered, yeasty texture, washes away with some retard... satisfying, organic heartiness

O: fantastic in my eyes and on my tongue.... won't blow you away, but it has an indelible overall quality - when you see it - you have to have one.... i don't know....

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

Very bubbly... Effervescent hazy yellow body looks like unfiltered, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Huge 2.5 finger white head is fluffy and gorgeous. Decent lacing. Decent retention.

Some light citrusy notes waft up with a grainy malt note and some spices-- like coriander or grains of paradise.
This is absolutely meant to be a slightly more hopped up Belgian white ale, not a real ipa, and not even a Belgian pale ale.

This is probably the most accessible of the Deschutes beers I've tried-- this would certainly have mass appeal among BMC drinkers.... And to be fair, it has a vibe that makes me think it would be quite refreshing in the summer.

Overall-- not the best beer I have had, but I can see why they were going for... And I am probably not who they wanted to impress with this one.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

hmmm - odd beer, so an odd review.

Is it a Belgian IPA? not to this palate.. pours zesty clear just like a Hef, and the pillowy head and lacing the same.... on the nose it reeks of yeast and dough and lemon and cloves. Taste is like fizzy bitter lemon soft drink - out of a can - plus a yeast bomb added. Lemons to the fore. Hops are there but killed by lemons. Carbonation is sky high and you can drink easily but it is soo muddled... dry, dry finish.

Too odd, and really doesn't work to this palate. To me, it is a standard Hef/wit with added lemons and a little extra hop bite.

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Photo of soju6
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a fairly small head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with fruit, wheat, mild malt sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Taste of fruit, mild malt sweetness, grainy wheat with bit of spice and citrus. Has a mild bitterness and a nice dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, hops seem restrained, smooth, with a refreshing feel. Nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer that reminds me more of a Belgian Ale that an IPA. Still an enjoyable beer without being overstated.

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow liquid with very little suds that are attaching themselves to the side of the glass.
Smell is mostly spice,yeast ,grass and lemon pledge with a hop burn to the nose at the end.
Taste is sweet at first with some spices like allspice and pepper thrown in along with the sugar. Kind of weak in the flavor dept. but quite quaffable.
Very clean on the palate but there is nothing left and there at least should be some stickyness.
Overall this is a great lawnmower beer that you can chug huge volumes down the hatch. This is less of an IPA and more of a belgian wit.

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Photo of draheim
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Wingdome, Greenwood, Seattle.

Pours a pale hazy lemon yellow w/ some white foam.

Aroma is bubble gum, spice, lemon, pepper, and a vague, subtle soapy smell.

Taste follows nose. Belgian yeast gives a weird bubblegum flavor along w/ corianer, lemon, & bitter hops.

Overall not a favorite, reminds me a lot of Conflux.

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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 grittybrews
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Very pretty! Mild aroma of lemon, wheat, and gentle spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat up front with earthy spice, lemon, and more bitter pine on the finish.

Light and refreshing with a nice balance between the Belgian yeast and citrusy hops.

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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 Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355ml bottle, pours a hazey straw colour with a thick white head that laces well.
Aroma lemon, citrus, spices.
Taste lemon, citrus, clove, coriander.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - cloudy yellow with a disappearing head and slight lacing
Smell - slight Belgium yeast hop smell
Taste - similar to smell w slight slight spice very belgium with good hops
Feel - medium body and car
Overall - not enough for me but still very belgium with good hops

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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow/lemon/chicken broth. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and small. Notches of lacing cling to the glass. Head drops to a thin cap in rather short order.

Smell: Belgian spice. Touches of lemon, clove, and banana. Some mild touches of citrus back everything up. Big yeasty touch. Malts are pale and mellow, offering just a faint backbone. Very clean. Almost treads on witbier territory. Bubblegum. Floral and estery.

Taste: Light, pale malts backed by a mellow Belgian yeast influence. Notes of clove and pepper play with ripe banana and touches of bubblegum. The flavors thrown by the yeast are tempered by a solid citrus component. The hops are big enough to assert themselves between the mellow malt base and the Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a solid carbonation. Has a slight drying bitterness on the edge of each sip.

Overall: As would be expected from Deschutes, this is an amazing piece of balance. Nice touch of spice and hops. Balance and more balance. That's what they do.

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,137 ratings.
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