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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 2008
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006)
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Photo of KDHicks1958


4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixpack of this from the liquor store. Deschutes has been mentioned several times in podcasts that I listen to, so I grabbed this when I saw it.

Appearance is a clear amber, much darker than I usually see in an IPA. Has a nice, fine, lingering head.

Nice hoppy scent with hints of citrus.

I really like the balance of hops and malts in this beer. There's plenty of bitter and citrus hops here, but it's also balanced with the caramel sweetness of the malt.

Overall, this might be my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:48:54 | More by KDHicks1958
Photo of Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOT an IPAer / Hop Head, but since one should always try new (or re-try) things, I took the advice of the local Omaha beer shoppe on this one (since heard good things on Deschutes).

Color / Aroma: medium honey brown, with magnificent hop fragrance; mild carbonation.

Taste: medium strong hoppiness flavor all the way through to after taste (which is a big end result to me), where it lingers and then becomes partially distasteful (but somewhat expected to me).

Drinkability / Potency: only had the one, but perhaps it becomes more alluring and appreciated with a 2nd or with food (drank right after the 5 pm work day whistle blew without anything).

Overall: not bad but unfortunately, not my cup of tea; each his/her own--ain't life grand!!!

Post Review Note: sampled Anderson Valley Spring Hornin 2 days after initial review, and liked better, so have downgraded overall accordingly. Post Post Note: having just had Loose Canon IPA right after the Spring Hornin (however skewed tastebuds may be), feel Inversion aftertaste the WORST of the 3.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:51:19 | More by Honisbygonis
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, Best By: 05/08/14

A - This gorgeous copper-colored IPA pours slightly hazed and complete with a tall and everlasting ivory cap of foam. The suds plateau to a lumpy pile all while shrouding the pint glass in thick lacing!

S - Deschutes' Inversion IPA has a neck label that touts, "Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion is as close as you can get without knowing somebody." Elsewhere on the label, Deschutes goes on to describe Inversion to have, "plenty of balance, finesse" which I tend to side a little more with. Thick bread crusts and notes of toffee sweetness pave the way for floral hop attributes that give a slight nod to citrus and undertones of gentle fruit. I'm still a month from their "best by" date but I can't imagine it's meant to be quite so aromatically distant.

T - Far closer to where I imagine the aroma should be, the flavor is still a little muted but much more hop-forward. Blended fruit doesn't call any particulars out but leads nicely into the floral, faintly earthy aspect that in turn gives way to bready malt kissed by a dab of caramel.

M - Inversion is plenty carbonated though an odd flatness comes across the tongue, possibly due to the fuller bodied feel of this smooth IPA. The bubbles tickle the back of the throat, however, giving way to the lingering dry and bitter hop finish.

O - Even with a month left before Deschutes deems Inversion no longer satisfactory, I can't imagine what's in my bottle is what they intended the beer to taste like. While the beer isn't bad (and they do label it "balanced") it's not hop forward enough, especially in aroma. The building blocks are clearly there, just not quite put together yet, or should I say, they've fallen apart.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:20:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of BTodd


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured with ~1 finger of foam, which dissipated fairly quickly. Amber in color with a hint of red.

S-caramel malt apparent, with some pine and orange peel.

T-caramel shows, with nice bitterness. Citrus showing more as it warmed.

M-medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O-An enjoyable, drinkable IPA that lacks some complexity of aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:13:27 | More by BTodd
Photo of secondtooth


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, with huge foamy head of off-white bubbles. Thick, detailed head of lace, too.

Nose is citrus hoppy, with touches of pine and some floral accents. Nice.

Taste is subtle balance between dry, hoppy citrus and a pine zing. There's a noticeable heavy malt presence here, making this a rich experience.

A very tasty and enjoyable IPA, maybe not an over-the-top hop bomb, but balanced and well worth exploring.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 16:59:01 | More by secondtooth
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows heavy sweet malt, piny hops, some fruit confectionery.
More piny hops as flavours. Loads of sweet malt too. There's a pretty potent sharp bitterness to battle the malt though.
Needs more carbonation.
Very full-flavoured stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:43:48 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BeerWizard


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried reviewing this last night and my iPad died just as I was going to submit, so I'll try to the best of my abilities to recall my review...

Picked up a six of this from Target for about $8 - Deschutes tends to be cheaper than most other craft in CO, probably tied with SN, and it's a great value for the quality.

Pours an unexpected reddish amber with an off white head, very slight suspension visible in an otherwise crystal clear ale. Head retains itself pretty well and is comprised of very fine bubbles. Nose is hop-dominant and refreshing, with light bready malty backing. Tastes very hoppy, totally grapefruit at first, giving way to some other orange and tangerine aromas, but never really venturing out of the realm of citrus fruit into anything more tropical. Malt backing gives it nice balance, but this is still a hop forward IPA. Slightly boozy, but not overwhelming at 6.8, and medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very good IPA, and again, it is a great value. I do like more tropical-leaning IPA's with bigger malt (truly I prefer IIPA's), but I liked this and would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 15:55:51 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of mattcrill


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon rind, and melon aromas up front. Light honey malt character. Clean fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Nearly clear brick red pour with a sudsy and batter-like off white head. Head retention is good and sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: More grapefruit and lemon notes up front. A nice bitter foundation with caramel and bready malt notes surprisingly assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, with moderately high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite and lingering hop astringency. All appropriate given the style.

Overall impression: A dark, maltier American IPA. This seems to be a real fusion of East and West Coast styles. I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:30:41 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Retroman40


4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited when Deschutes started distribution in KY and haven't been let down.

12 ounce bottle lightly chilled and poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a ever so slightly hazy copper color with a strong lasting head.

S - A bouquet of citrus hops with a hint of malt.

T - A good sweet malty start with a long lasting citrus (particularly grapefruit) finish.

M - Rich feel but very clean.

O - An excellent American IPA that is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 10:19:50 | More by Retroman40
Photo of TheMarkE


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with a modest head of foam. Good lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel.

Taste: Grapefruit, caramel, pine, toasty malts, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a strong hop bitterness.

The Verdict: Very good. Well balanced, with plenty of hop character and a strong malt backbone. Everything an IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:53:04 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of BMMillsy


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from trade. Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Pours a beautiful clear amber red with a one finger off white and very creamy head. Looks like an amber. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, floral bouquets, some other orange citrus rind too. Flavor had a nice caramel and bready malt presence, a nice bit of bitter pine, some citrus character. Insanely drinkable and very nice, leaning more toward the APA style than IPA. Light to medium bodied, slightly resinous, with medium plus carbonation. A really nice every day type of beer that I would love to have available locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:02:33 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of matjack85


4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 4/9/14 on it, so it's still within the best before date range.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1-finger beige head that dissipated quickly but left lots of good lacing and a thin rim of cream on top.

Nice smell - a mix of pine, citrus, and caramel.

This is a very hop forward beer with lots of pine and citrus flavor without being harsh. Sweet caramel and toasted malts help to balance.

Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation gives it some spritz as well.

I loved this one. Great smell, great taste, great feel. Another winner from Deschuttes.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:26:28 | More by matjack85
Photo of lochef81


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So excited to finally be tasting Deschutes offerings. Thank you Ohio. This beautiful ale pours a rich reddish copper color with a substantial off white head that gives way to a nice film and handsome lacing. The aroma is hoppy and bitter with notes of pine, grass, tropical fruit, and citrus. This ale sips very smooth and easy (I could get in trouble with a sixer of these). The flavor is a spectacular blend of hops and malt. Slightly sweet on the front end and then crushingly bitter on the tail. This is a very underrated ipa that should be more recognized as the awesome ale that it is. Can't wait to try more from this brewery. If anyone from Deschutes is reading this; please come to Michigan soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:07:10 | More by lochef81
Photo of Cory_Brown


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is gorgeous. Its amber in color and clear. About 1/2 inch head when I poured it. Smells like piney hops and caramel. It tastes amazing. A little bit of spicy hops up front but the malt flavor is what makes this beer good to me. Its a good balance of hops and malt. I'm pairing it with ham and navy beans and its a perfect combo.
Overall- I'm still a little new to IPAs and craft beer in general, but this is one of the best IPAs I have had. I think it would be a good for anyone new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:13:49 | More by Cory_Brown
Photo of morti


4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured dark amber with a small white head.

Very pleasant smell... orange blossoms

Taste is floral with notes of fruit

Roof of the mouth bitter, moderate carbonation

I will drink this beer again and again. I would suggest it with spicy food

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 12:17:40 | More by morti
Photo of KYGunner


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker than average it's a clean coppery hue. The head was off white with a thin bubbly and fleeting personality.

The nose is sweet flowers, like roses or carnations with a bubblegum, caramel and dare I say watermelon.

The flavor is floral and flowery, perfumish, with piney hops and caramel sweetness. There's some bubblegum and even watermelon.

The feel is bitter and astringent but clean and drinkable.

This is a very unusual IPA, very tasty but very odd.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:15:08 | More by KYGunner
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brownish tan, light yellow tint with a foamy 1 inch head, plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, grapefruit, orange, lemon, a caramel malty note along with some molasses and brown sugar. A little citric blend of fruits with a little earthy, farmhouse near the finish.

Taste - Very malt driven with nice pineapple and grapefruit hops. Crisp, dry and has a real bitter hop bite at the finish. Added sugars mixed with the caramel malts really give this a sweet caramel/toffee flavor. A bready note along with some floral flavors round this out.

Mouthfeel - Crisp hops and sweet malts coat the tongue. Palate gets more of the same along with sugars and a bready malt flavor. Aftertaste is sweet malts, crisp bitter hops.

Overall - A overall nice beer. Its a little sweeter then your standard ipa. Smooth, easy to drink, a nice ipa for someone that wants some hops, but doesn't want all the bitter, bitey fruits, and wants a little caramel malt sweetness. Glad there now in ohio, I will drink this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 23:44:24 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of barczar


3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a frothy, lingering khaki head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Floral hops, resin, citrus, pine, and fresh cut grass leap from the glass. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate, with a subtle, slightly sweet bready malt tying into the slightly skunky, dank hop finish. Hop character is brilliant.

Flavor is a slight departure, with less citrus presence, more toasted, nutty malt, and a moderately bitter, resiny finish. Citrus underpinnings are muted and muddled, dominated by more earthy and floral hop character.

Body and carbonation are moderate, smooth, with light alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is harsh.

Too bitter at the finish for my liking. The aroma was awesome, but the citrus fell through in the flavor. Malt support couldn't counter the bittering.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:39:36 | More by barczar
Photo of BB1313


3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 5/7/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small off-white head which fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of orange peel. There's some caramel in the mix. Some bready malts. The flavors are pretty bitter. They definitely nailed that aspect. Lots of fresh pine needles that finishes with some pine resin. More orange along with hints of grapefruit. There's a bit more caramel. There's a solid malt backbone, but the hop bitterness still shines. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's a smooth beer, but is one that is nice to just chill and relax with.

This is a solid IPA. It's good and does what it's supposed to do. It might not be one that I'll dream about, but I can appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:37:01 | More by BB1313
Photo of BEERchitect


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Turning the hoppy world inside out, Deschutes Inversions IPA satisfies the thirst for bitter beer fans with more balanced and savory notions than usual.

Slightly darker than the average IPA, its bronzen-gold color shimmers in the absence of the common dry-hopped haze. Its frothy, bone-white head caps the beer confidently and sheds its lacing patterns brokenly along the glass. Easily read for an American Amber Ale, Inversion promises a maltier trend.

And that malty demeanor starts with nutty, savory, toasty and caramel aromatics. Even as the hops rise in prominence, its grapefruit and orange peel character meets the intensity of barley but never really surpasses it. Slight fruitiness behind offers a light marmalade scent to ride along side of the hops.

Its malty-sweet taste is robust with its caramel flavor, laced with toasted grain, bread crust, light toffee and a savory-type sweetness that's just off of butterscotch. The middle of fresh orange peels, pink grapefruit and fruit trails with more earthen character- herbal grasses lead to a slight resinous finish with a finish of pine needles and bitter grasses.

Medium bodied, the ale has slightly more elevated weight than is normal due to its malty balance. Finishing semi-dry, its creamy upstart holds on until late in its taste and balances the bitterness with its trailing residual malt character. Minty-warm in finish, the beer's aftertaste is balanced and quick.

Inversion IPA has the balance that I more readily expect from Amber Ale but it has the drinkability of Pale. Regardless, its hop aroma, flavor and bitterness needs to be much more of stand-out character to really satisfy the taste for IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:56:09 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of schoolboy


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of four from this brewery that I am trying this weekend. It is a very nice aipa.

It has a deep and less yelow color with light head but very nice lacing. The aroma is not strong but slightly bread like, and unique.

The taste is quite good. Nice and hippy yet clean like a pale ale. Also unique. The mouthfeel is creamy, nicely so.

Overall, this first weekend of Deschutes in Ohio was nice. They may have been a tad overnhyped, but I think I will buy some of these again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:28:24 | More by schoolboy
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time I've had this stuff, my good pal Geoff Landgraf used to work in Bend, OR at Deschutes, I would get specialty releases monthly sent via beer mail. Now, fast forward to 1/24/14 Deschutes has launched in Ohio with their four main stays Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Red Chair Pacific Northwest Ale along with Hop Henge IPA one of their fantastic specialty releases. A fantastic introductory IPA that can be enjoyed by the masses and those in the know when it comes to hops. Complex drinkable and definitely hoppy enough to be one of the stand out IPAs from the Pacific Northwest. Abundant hops in this beautiful glowing amber body big billowing cream colored head leaves intricate speckled lacing on the sides of my glass. Aromatics give out hints of pine, citrus, with dank earthy hops. Flavor has a well crafted malt backbone hints of bready/caramel malts without hitting overt sticky sweetness. Really nice IPA, I'm ready to drink another bottle it's that type of beer. It will blown your mind how good a solid stable IPA can be and it's probably a majority of the reason this company has grown beyond the PNW to the state of Ohio along with the fact that I've never had a bad beer from them. Texture slightly resinous with hop oils and flowing carbonation carries the beer great over the palate. Overall, this works so well. I'm a fan of Inversion and every other hoppy ale from them that I've tried!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:21:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from my growler into a Piraat tulip. The pour is darker than I'm used to seeing in this style. It is a murky reddish-amber with a couple fingers of foamy white head that dies down to a thin layer with lots of lacing. The nose is fruity and floral, with citrus-like grapefruit and herbal rose-petal notes of American hops.

Medium body, firm feel, and a hoppy, but balanced, flavor. Some marmalade and toast flavors up front and a well-tempered shot of grapefruit at mid-palate. Not too bitter at all. Nice lingering grapefruit-like flavor.

This is an old-school, balanced IPA and not a hop bomb. The flavor reminds me a little of Sierra Nevada's beers. There's that sharp, resiny hop flavor, lots of grapefruit, and a nice malty sweetness underneath. This beer would go well with many kinds of food. It could stand up to spicy foods and wouldn't overpower milder foods too badly.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2014 14:21:34 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of patpbr


4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a foamy two finger head.
S - Pine, Citrus, floral with a bit of carmel.
T - The taste is in line with the nose and adds grapefruit and some more malt involvement.
M - Medium body with a bit of carbonation and not much bitterness.
O - Good IPA and now in Ohio so I will surly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:16:39 | More by patpbr
Photo of a0lbudman


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- most clear amber color with an off white head
S-pine, malt, spice, and some citrus
T-pine resin with a grapefruit flavor that stays with you until the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-this beer has an outstanding hop flavor and I enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:41:20 | More by a0lbudman
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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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