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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,700
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 119
Gots: 366 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006

Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 2,700 | Reviews: 799
Photo of Cameron_como
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: straight up red, with a solid white head that disappeared within a minute or two.
Smell: big malt, big harsh grapefruit
Taste: again bit malt, almost too big, which is only countered by huge sharp bitterness. I've had bigger IBU beers much better that this one, it seems to try to push malt and bitterness both to the forefront without balancing much.
Feel: low/medium carbonation
Overall: had two of these the other night, and had trouble finishing the second one. Just so aggressive without giving anything tasty enough to balance it with

Photo of toronadotornado
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Local corner store - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Photo of OneBadBadger
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. All i get is grapefruit for the most part. But affordable beer.

Photo of ZorroPlateado
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit finish. Excellent for a hot day outside

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a deep amber with thin off white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Floral hops, citrus, grain, orange, caramel, mint, and pine.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, cracker, caramel, pine, and finishes with a resiny hop bitterness.

F: Medium body, lightly carbonated, creamy finish.

O: A solid IPA, but like many other beers in a world flooded by IPA's it fails to stand out amongst many superior beers. That however doesn't change the fact that it's a good and very drinkable brew.

Photo of hoagzzz
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There must be a huge market for super avg malty IPAs less than 7% Abv. 'Cause every beer in my wegmans mixed sixer fits that bill exactly. Does anyone really like this shit? Hate to be a prick, but...

Photo of BlaiseT
2.36/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 1

This beer is really bad. Why is it ranked so high?

Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- dark amber color, soupy looking with small bubble carb. A 1f white head leaves rings of lacing.

S- Hearty malt and grains with intense floral hop aromas.

T- Malts, dusty dry grains. The hops finish with floral and fruit flavors, a mix of citrus and apricot.

M- Thick, full body. Nice long hop finish yet not overly bitter.

O- Good overall.

Photo of mschipper
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into pint glass. A: deep amber in color, hazy and unfiltered, wielding a two and a half finger head that slowly dissipates to one finger head with high moderate lacing. S: apricot, hops, citrus, and bready undertones. T: bitter hops and apricot followed by bread and ginger with hints of citrus, finally very bitter hops. F: moderately high carbonation, yet still smoother than some. The bitter aftertaste makes the feel a little uncomfortable though, like medicine almost. O: good brew, I expected more from Deschutes. (Since I love all their brews I might hold them to a higher standard). Still great for a warm day in need of a refreshing break.

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The second IPA I have had from Deschutes, and it definitely lives up to the expectations I had. It pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber color with a big frothy head. The smell has lots of pine, citrus, and some other fruityness i can really pinpoint, theres also quit a bit of malt aromas. The taste reflects this aswell, and has a fairly balanced taste, and it also has what I can only describe as spicy flavor to it. Overall a really tasty somewhat unique beer, I haven't had an IPA that has tasted anything like this one.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking 12 ounce bottle in an IPA glass a month past its best by date.
A: Pours brilliant copper amber under a robust 3” off-white foam collar that slowly drops to a thick lacy film.
S: A blend of flowers, mint, and freshly sawn lumberwith faint citrus notes.
T: Begins with cereal flavors, fruit and then finishes with a resiny citrys bitterness.
M: Creamy, above medium body, very soft carbonation.
O: A very drinkable IPA with a good balance between malt and hops.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy off-white head.

S: Gentle aromas of biscuits, caramel, cream, orange, tangerine, pine, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Notes of herbs, pine, lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, kumquat, grapefruit, cream, caramel, biscuit, and cracker fill the mouth. The finish is nicely balanced, leaving a pleasant mixture of biscuit, cracker, pine, orange, lemon, and lime flavors to assert themselves.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is firm and prickly.

O: A fairly typical Northwestern IPA, but also a really strong representation of its style. This is the kind of IPA that is capable of reminding longtime fans of the style just how nice a clever balance of malt and hops can still be. Recommended to established fans of the style and IPA neophytes alike.

Photo of mattymoe812
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great citrus scent. Smooth drinking Ipa. Not quite Fresh Squeezed but still a very solid IPA

Photo of alisadk
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sip at Deschutes Brewery 2011 with Guillermo.

Photo of TheChristmas
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best deschuttes ipa, and that's saying a lot.

Photo of k3lso
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it's an ok ipa, too much malt not enough bitter bite for me. mild cat pee aroma.

Photo of DDiFran
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not great APA. Nice hop / malt balance. Still doesn't quite meet expectations.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice copper beer with good texture and a rich white foam. Strong citrus and lemon scent, with noticeable hops aroma. Flavor is full and tart, crispand smooth texture and easy to drink. Overall good IPA offering.

Photo of JackDempsy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an IPA for the masses, but since it is from Deschutes, it is a bit better than average (just a bit). Deschutes, you can do better than this.

Photo of boblee
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A little too bitter at the end for me.

Photo of maedhros09
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: Hazy amber with a couple fingers of fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly into a film - a very good-looking beer.

Smell: pine, citrus

Taste: A mildly sweet malt in the fore with orange, lime, and pine and a moderate bitterness. Finish isn't as clean as I would like.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: I remembered having this from a Deschutes variety pack over the summer and liking it a lot. This one doesn't quite match the memory, but it is still a pretty solid IPA. If I had a complaint it is the slightly off flavors towards the finish that combine with the bitterness. This sample was a bit past the best by date so I will have to try to find a fresher one to see if I feel any different about it.

Photo of Eagleyes
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange(ish) red - very nice to look at

S: perfumy, floral, grapefruit

T: good balance of malts and hops - has a slight raspberry taste

M: crisp and smooth

O: First beer I've reviewed using this system. I really like this beer and will definitely be trying it again. I picked this up in a variety six pack I made the other day. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

[poured from a bottle into a pint glass. poured first few ounces straight down to enhance the head, then let it sit a few minutes to settle, finally poured the rest down the side tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle]

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a shimmering carrot orange, and holds a tight and pillowy two finger head of reflective, cakey French vanilla foam. Retention is supreme, with the chunkiest rings of lacing are left only as the liquid level drops. A chill haze reduces clarity, as does a finite punctuation of sediment, but the real ringer is some of the most active, haphazard carbonation we’ve encountered to date. The snout is tickled with dried hop pellet forms of citric, grassy, and bitterly herbal hops, melted plastic, white vinegar acidity, biscuity pale and caramel grain, dried rose petals, white flour, sesame seeds, fusel ethanol, shoe polish chemical bite, tinny yeastiness, envelope glue, lemon verbena, cloven bite, maple sap, vinyl, and apple cider sugariness. The taste to follow gives a wonderfully fragrant embodiment to the hops. Here they are robustly herbal, citric, and heavily floral, slowly and progressively challenging you with their natural bitterness. The primary thrust otherwise includes sun tea and lemon-herbal tea tannins, oily detergent bitters, toasty amber, pale, and lighter caramel malt wash, bitter plastics, walnut shell and meat, chemical phenols, cardstock, Tutti Frutti bubblegum sugars, Bisquick mix, sage and tarragon bitters, black pepper booze, steamed salmon, and stomach acidity. The body is medium, and the carbonation felt medium, despite that wild appearance. Each sip gives hearty slurp and smack off the draw, with decent creaminess and frothiness beneath the waves. The mouth is left initially coated from that initial bubbly fullness before stretching into a lightly astringent dryness that reaches down the throat. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears before you know it.

Overall, this is probably our favorite year-round offering from Deschutes. What is most striking is how “fragrant” everything is. We keep coming back to that word, even when describing the flavoring. It is either the translation itself, or the hop varietals themselves, that lend to this curious effect. You feel almost like you’re breathing through your tongue, absorbing subtleties from the air. They take all of the bitterness of the west coast and pack it into this tiny beer. Again, this is especially visible through the flavoring, as you get this heavy, hard-hitting bitterness of hops that lingers forever. It makes the mouth water. This is funny, in a sense, because it seems all the hops here are dried, pellet form. They taste just like those hops you get in the beginner brewer kits, but a bit more souped-up. Maybe this beer is so approachable because it feels like the best beer you could ever make from those kits. Like, you could do it yourself, if you reached your maximum potential of home brewing in this realm. This is obviously a bizarre comparison, but something we thought of nonetheless. This is fantastic, and should be considered a must-try for any true lover of the style.

Photo of Bierwolf
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1 to 2 fingers of beigish, creamy foam. Pretty clear with a very slight cold haze that did clear up. Darker copper color with some bubbles rising up. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Bright piney resiny hops like a freshly cut pine tree.

Flavor: Medium hoppiness flavor and bitterness, a little roasty, resiny, spicy. A lingering bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, smooth, oily. Kind of sticks around in your mouth.

Overall: Nice hoppy, kind of strong beer. Not bad but not a go to beer. That is a personal opinion and taste.

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 2/20/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a solid 2-finger head that lingers
S: Classic IPA. Orange/grapefruit zest, pine sap, a hint of potpourri and caramel to round it out
T: Full of malt, fairly bitter. Definitely a good IPA but the balance of the nose is lost here. The citrus/pine/caramel of the nose are all there but it's a bit heavy up front with the malt being a bit strong for an IPA and bitter without the other hop elements backing it up
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Despite the recovered fumble on the taste, overall this is a solid IPA and I look forward to trying it again in warmer months

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,700 ratings.