Deschutes Brewery: Chainbreaker “White IPA”

Deschutes Brewery: Chainbreaker “White IPA”

Guest blog post by Matt Anderson. You can follow him @supermatt28.

The Deschutes love continues. I’ve been sitting on this one awhile, but finally I have gotten down to writing this one out, so let’s get to it.

This beer is a surprise, like most Deschutes beers. The pour is very light, and the head is almost a perfect white. After the Inversion, I expected something a little darker, but it is a ‘White IPA’ so I guess light makes sense. The bouquet is light and fruity, reminiscent of citrus. When I would smell the Chainbreaker it has the smell of a freshly zested orange.

The first sip is also quite surprising. The florally nature of the hops is not at all as pronounced as one would expect. Instead, the light wheat and citrus flavor assailed ones palate initially followed by a light hops flavor. This beer reminds me of a Blue Moon, if it had a love child with a less hoppy IPA. It is a great beer for a warm day sitting on the back porch.

About a week ago I had some chicken marinated in a Rosemary, garlic oil marinade with some pasta on the side, and that went wonderfully with this brew. I would suggest lighter foods, like a chicken with a lightly flavored marinade. The Deschutes website recommends Fish tacos, and some Almond Orange crusted chicken.

This beer has an abv of 5.6% and only a 55 IBU rating. It is a unique, artistically crafted beer worthy of your mouth. Go and grab a few bottles. Bottoms up and enjoy!

Over All-Rating: 8.5

Approachability (for new comers): 10

Flavor: 8

Pour/head: 8

Bouquet: 8

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