ABV: 5.6 IBU: 55
Deschutes Brewery Chainbreaker White IPA
What the brewers say
“Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt, this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Coriander and citrus zest dominate up front. Sweet wheat aroma and hints of lemon and chamomile. Subtle Belgian yeast esters.”
Flavor: “Raw wheat sweetness with citrus zest tartness, balanced coriander, nice backbone. Low hops bitterness that lingers. Yeast profile is reminiscent of Hefe yeast with more banana and a little clove.”
Overall: “Good sweet notes of lemon zest. This one is tricky to judge—it’s a good beer, but it’s not an IPA. Reminiscent of a hopped-up witbier. It’s one thing if they added wheat to an IPA, but by using Belgian yeast, it moves it to another category. More phenolics than a clean IPA with an unexpected pepper. More like an ‘American Wit’.”
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