I first had the Deschutes Chainbreaker on tap at a local pub and was an instant fan. The server didn't know the style when I ordered it so I went in kind of blind. Generally I'd think that traditional coriander and orange peel would get lost by the use of higher alpha hops, but Deschutes really nailed it with this beer. The body is a little lighter than most wits, but the overall texture and taste is fantastic. It only lasted a week or so at our local pub and they've been unable to get it back in spite of lots of requests. Deschutes has a general recipe here
, though the hops listed on the brew page also include citra.
I've been playing with a recipe based on this and am thinking of using the Wyeast French Saison 3711. Just to assume myself and poke fun at the absurdity of the black ipa/cascadian dark ale/india black ale/etc debate I'm calling it a cascadian white ale.
64% 8 0 Pilsner
20% 2 8 Pale Wheat
12% 1 8 Torrified Wheat
4% 0 8 Rice Hulls
boil 60 mins 0.75 Bravo
boil 60 mins 0.25 Centennial
boil 30 mins 0.25 Centennial
boil 15 mins 0.25 Cascade l
boil 1 min 1.0 Citra
dry hop 7 days 1.0 Citra
Sweet Orange Peel - 5 min 2 tablespoons
Indian Coriander - 5 min 1 tablespoon (crushed)
Adjunct Mash: 1# pilsner malt, wheat malt: 122F/10min, 150/20min, simmer/5min.
Mash remainder: 115F/15 min, combine with adjunct and mash 152F/45 min
Mashout: 168F 10 min