Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA photo by adambarhan of

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA photo by adambarhan of

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 5.6% ABV, 55 IBU

Coming from literally the heart of Oregon, this beer is born at the the Deschutes Brewery located in beautiful Bend. I was looking for an IPA when browsing a brew to taste for this post. I found one but it was a White IPA. Hmm. What does that mean? I thought to myself. Well with further research the Chainbreaker White IPA (5.6% ABV, 55 IBU) is a Belgian style wheat beer. American wheat, malts, and hops eloped with Belgian yeast.

Deschutes Chainbreaker pours well and develops a healthy foamy head. It has a pungent odor with spices galore. An orangey citrusy flavor comes strongly. This beer reminds me of an American wheat beer and b/c of the Belgian yeast its reminiscent of Belgian beers. The finish also reminds me of a Belgian beer with the aftertaste that I refer to as plasticy. Over all its not too bold but yet hefty. Its cloudy and somewhat slightly opaque. With that said the presentation of this brew is good. Its a good beer when you don’t want a heavy and/or strong IPA. To my palate this is more of Heff/Belgian beer mix than an IPA. However I like Deschutes Chainbreaker and recommended it. I bought a 12 pack tonight to watch my Oregon Ducks play K-State in the Fiesta Bowl. Cheers.


About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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