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.