Deschutes ‘chain breaker’ white IPA


image“Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt; this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Centennial hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name”.

Now this is an interesting one. This ‘white’ IPA looks to have the hallmarks of a Belgian style ‘wit’ while sticking with IPA traditions of fruity hops and big IBU’s. Poured into an IPA glass the body shows a milky straw yellow with a creamy one and a half finger head that fades away to a collar. Not a great deal of lacing evident. The aroma displays split personalities. Firstly we got citric hops, grapefruit, lemon and orange then came the banana, spice, herbs and esters. Truly amazing aroma and very well balanced to encapture such a wide range of fragrances. Medium-high carbonation with a full bodied mouth feel. Again, throughout the palate is this brilliant marriage of zesty hops and grapefruit (IPA) and esters, banana and spice(Belgian wit). Good length, our taste buds beg for another sip. The 5.6% ABV is spot on. Quite hard to fault this beer, if it wasn’t so unorthodox we’d give it a 10/10. Another really solid addition to this breweries sterling repertoire.