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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

     
Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 
Posted: 27 October 2015  Beer Republic 5.5 
Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA from USA My memories of Chainbreaker White IPA were not amazing.   It's a cross between a Belgian wheat beer (like Hoegaarden) and an IPA.  Chainbreaker White IPA comes off as a gimmick beer.  Deschutes can do better. So can you.      
Avg price/liter: USD 5.30   ABV %: 5.6  Type: IPA   
       


As of the time of this writing, Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon is one of the top 50 American breweries in size.  In 2009, it ranked twelfth nationwide and was the largest in Oregon.          

It is also one of the few breweries of beers featured in the Beer Republic I've actually visited.  I didn't, technically, visit the Bend brewery, but the brewpub opened up in 2008 n the Pearl District of Portland.        

Deschutes, founded in 1988 by Gary Fish, remains one of the older craft breweries in the US and has exploited that headstart to get traction in the international markets.  Starting around 2013, Deschutes' beers started showing up in Thailand.      

I first tried Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA when my wife and I visited an outdoor craft beer bar not far from where we live in Bangkok.  British pints (568 ml) are the typically the name of the game over here, but Deschutes, imported by Americans, sticks to the American pint version (473 ml) and charges an arm and a leg.  My wife and I ordered a pint apiece and spent more than we would had we dined at a superb Indonesian restaurant down the street!          

My memories of Chainbreaker White IPA were not amazing.   It's a cross between a Belgian wheat beer (like Hoegaarden) and an IPA.  I couldn't be sure if I didn't like the cross between these two styles or just wasn't impressed with Deschutes' execution of it -- or if I just hated getting reamed about 750 baht (then $23) at a bar that isn't anything close to a posh 5-star facility.        

Well, I found out the real reason today when I retried it, in the comfort of my own home, chilled to a suitable temperature. Chainbreaker White IPA comes off as a gimmick beer.  Deschutes can do a number of beers right, but this combo of two styles doesn't allow either style to shine.          

Was an aromatic clove-laden IPA disgusting?  No. Was it heaven?  No.  And when you're paying inflated import prices in Thailand, you don't have the patience to have your mouth bathed in gimmicks.         

Deschutes can do better. So can you.

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