Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 119
Gots: 383 | 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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Photo of pianoguy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. This is a bottle conditioned beer. With yeast residing primarily at the end of the pour. How you pour it will effect the taste. Leaving about a 1/4 inch in the bottle slightly changes the taste in a glass. I like it both ways (I'm talking about the beer here) But for this review I poured it all in the glass. It seems to produce a nicer head that way.

Pours a somewhat see through amber body with a tan 1 inch fluffy head. Decent lacing

Citrus followed by a slightly apple sauce malt aroma A bit of funky yeast due to the way I poured it...

Taste is a bit more malty and piney then the smell

A medium-low level of carbonation. (I personally like it like this, not too prickly)

Overall a decent IPA available at most supermarkets in the Seattle Tacoma area at a good price. I have had quite a few of these over the years...

This doesn't have anything to do with the beer but...Last year I was in the middle of a big remodel job at my house. Being the cheap bastard that I am, I was doing all the work myself. I was in over my head but kept on going. I would drink a couple of these beers at the end of every work day... Somehow I pulled the project off... On one of the last days I noticed that inside the bottle cap were the words.'"Bravely Done".
...This may sound crazy but it was like a little pat on the back... I kept that bottle cap !

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind Deschutes is very underrated they brew a vast array of great styles and sadly alot of people in the midwest and east never have had the chance to try their wares... now enough of that on to the review.This poured an odd kinda hazed brownish orange with a nice tight one finger head that never totaly settles,well that Oregon hop profile really shows itself like I knew it would quite citrusy with lemon I think being predominant over top of caramelly biscuit dough malt its not all one dimensional.The hop dominates but it has character tea-like up front with a nice resiny,spruce like finish all the long a decent sized sweetish malt base holds its own thru to the finish.A nice hoppy quaffing IPA I would have never guess this was so high in alc its very drinkable,well done.

Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, malty brown in color and was very thick. The head was massive and just as thick. It rose up mightily on an easy pour, went down slowly, and covered the inside of my Snoqualmie pint glass with thick shaving cream foam.

Smell – The classic PacNW pine is mated here with a strong malt presence. It’s a big but balanced nose. There’s a lot of malty sweetness in here as well. It just smells sticky.

Taste – Oh, yeah, this is a big, balanced IPA. The malt comes on huge at the taste. It has some strong yeasty notes, like an English bitter, but mostly it’s that strong, syrupy flavor like you get from liquid malt. It’s got a big sweet flavor as well, like liquid caramel.

The hops come straight through from the nose. There’s some complexity there but mostly it sticks with the pine to stand up to the massive malt. Well done.

Mouthfeel – This is on the big end of medium-bodied and very gooey in the mouth. It’s sticky sweet on the lips with a strong, English-style bitterness at the very end.

Drinkability – This is a big-bodied IPA that will fill you up in a hurry. I really enjoyed the harmonious mix of flavors and the heavy, slick mouthfeel.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this bottle in Maui. Amber colored with a slight orange tint. Poured with a thin head. Lacing lingered for a considerable time. Definite aroma of honey and pine. Hops come through strongly. The best thing about this beer is although the flavor was hoppy as you would want, it also carried some amount of malt to try and balance it. Semi-creamy mouthfeel. As a whole, an okay IPA but not out of this world.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inversion comes out of the bottle appearing very dark for an IPA. The color is a deep copper-amber and a big, 2-finger, light khaki head blossoms over the body. The lacing is fantastic!

The aroma of the beer is well-balanced between malt and hops. A healthy dose of sweet caramel malts and piney hops meets my nose. Some light citrus smells of orange and lime are also present.

I am surprised that this beer is so light on the hops. The bottle says best by 1/11/12, so I was assuming that it would be very freshly hoppy, but I am not getting all that much of that. I do get a lot of caramel-ly malt sweetness with a slight citrus hop nip on the sides of my palate and a nice dry, dank pine hop finish. I guess they're (the hops) in there, but not as much as I usually like.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side for an IPA, with just a little hop bite on the sides of the mouth and tongue.

Certainly a fine IPA, but it's one that I think I would prefer very fresh. It's so well balanced that any amount of hop fading will tilt it in favor of the malts, I think. Good, not great.

Photo of MadScientist
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium copper colored ale that produces a good stand of foam when poured. The head is rocky in texture and off white. The bottle has a much appreciated best by date of 10/16/13.

S: Strong citrus hops with aromas of pine and some pineapple. The hops smell is rich layered at first fades after a few minutes. The malt bring a little sweetness and some caramel.

T: The strong hops bitterness and strong citrus hops flavor dominate. With little malt support the hops stand on their own becoming almost too bitter. The balance stays on the side of being aggressively bitter without getting harsh. There is a light malt sweetness with a medium-low caramel flavor.

M: A medium bodied creamy beer with moderately strong carbonation.

O: A very good IPA that I'll try find again.

Photo of imperialstout27
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Poured a very attractive hazy dark copper color with a light beige one finger head. Head receded quickly leaving a collar that persisted.

S: Citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit and orange with hints of red fruits underneath. Some malt sweetness.

T: The bitterrness hits right away but it's the unexpected fruity esters that grab my attention. Very interesting flavor profile and certainly different than many other IPAs. Citric and piney with notes of candied red fruits with a strong caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is at an appropriate level but not super high. Nice level of sweetness but not cloying in any way.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. I like it; no complaints.

D: Quite high. A well-structured IPA that has lots of flavor and doesn't fatigue the palate.

Overall, another well made beer by Deschutes. Some people may be disappointed as this beer doesn't reach the the super high bitterness category, but it's still quite high and I think the hop character interplays with the prominent malt flavors very nicely. An interesting IPA that I like to include in my IPA rotation.

Photo of blitz134
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good for an IPA, dark copper, amber color with only a bit of chill haze. Off white head, solid one inch on the pour. Reduced to a lumpy mass that grips tight to the glass.

Pine hops predominately in the aroma with some hints of biscuit malts. Fainting touches of citrus rinds. Pretty straight forward.

Flavor is lacking in flavor really. Lots of bitterness but not too much actualy flavor. What is there is a mix of pine and pine resin. Needs some more powerful malt flavors as well. Its just okay really.

Decent mouthfeel, pushing medium bodied. Coats the mouth well enough and the flavor lingers for a bit.

Okay drinkability. The lack of any real flavor outside of its bitterness doesn't draw me to this too much. But its okay.

Photo of NWer
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber into my nonic. Beautiful appearance with abundant amber head. Clear, little effrvescence.
Citrus aroma. Pleasant.
Taste, grapefruit. Definitely grapefruit. Nice balance up front with astringent citrus taking over at the end.
This is borderline IIPA in ABV and hop flavor. A palate destroyer that makes this difficult to drink many of at one time.
So, I make the most of it and enjoy them more sparingly.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't notice a bottle date

A - Pours clear copper with two fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Citrus and sweet malts are most apparent in the smell. Also maybe a faint amount of pine and a bit of honey.

T - Nice bitter bite up front, mostly citrus but more pine than I got from the smell. There is a solid malt base here that nicely compliments the hops, adding a touch of sweetness and some depth of flavor. Has a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of creaminess. Despite the malt presence, the finish is dry and bitter.

O - A very solid, balanced IPA. Hoppy without being a hop bomb. Nice combination of hops varieties.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice copper color with a reddish hue to it. Very clear for an IPA.

S- Great hoppy smell. A little bit of a roasty smell coming through also.

T- Moderate hoppy taste. Has a reddish type bite with a smokey finish. Very little amounts of citrus in this IPA. This beer does not have the bite that I really enjoy in IPA's.

M- Super good mouth-feel with this beer. Great carbonation, good consistency, slightly velvety finish. Best part of the beer.

O- This is a good IPA for anyone who likes red ales to try. If someone does not like the strong nature of the IPA, they might want to give this one a whirl.

Decent Beer.

Photo of dill
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draught in a pint glass
a - has an orange amber color with a thick, light head.
s - citrus smell with a bit of hop bitterness.
t - a bit hoppy but not overly so.
m - a bit thicker than I expected with nice carbonation.
d - this was surprisingly easy to drink although not particularly great tasting.

Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is bready caramel malts and a piney hoppiness.

The flavor is sweet and toasted caramel malts and a little fruitiness, followed by a pretty big piney floral hop bitterness with a huge lingering bitter aftertaste (almost too much). The mouthfeel is medium to light and slightly watery.

Overall, a well done IPA. It's a bit unbalanced, but nice if you're in the mood for a hop-bomb.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Tayner for this!!

Nice honey color with a white head. Smells hoppy and citrusy but not overpowering. Taste is nice, bitter with good balance. This is a nice drinking IPA. It's a nice change from the slug you in the face bitter IPAs that are en vogue.

Photo of alzy
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint

a - clear, deep orange amber with one finger of brownish white head.

s - not overly aromatic, faint citrus with a little caramel malt and some alcohol is there, but doesn't smack you in the face.

t - smooth caramel and citrus notes at the start and then hit by bittering hops in the middle, a nice balance between the sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. mellow bitterness in the finish. overall the taste is not too complex for an ipa, but pleasant.

m - a lighter mouthfeel than expected and very smooth for the style.

o - a well-balanced, highly drinkable ipa that does not overwhelm with flavor complexity, but is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Hazed rusted copper hue, certainly darker than I expected but nothing out of the ordinary. Thin lace after a two fingered froth leaves a dusting down the side of the glass.

S- Mildly pungent citrus zest, juicy hop aroma with some toasted and caramel malt in the back end. Very aromatic.

T&M- So damn smooth with a creamy back side, hop-o-licious with a sharp bite of bitterness and layers of citric peel, zest and juice. Solid toasted malt flavor is modest with a slight caramel malt sweetness, hint of fruity esters show some of the alcohol off with a warming finish.

D- This is old school "micro-brew". You have to love this raw beast, it brings back so many memories of what some of the IPA were like back in the 1990's. Inversion IPA is a must try, especially if you love hoppy beers. Paired well with a pressed German Ham and Swiss pannini.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "Best By" dating given on the label. I allowed this one to sit out and warm up for about 30 minutes. Pours a nice burnt orange shade of amber. Supporting a dark eggshell, soft and loose head, slowly forming a thin film. Lacing is slippery but extensive. Nose is of lovely oily hops. This is a satisfyingly hoppy IPA, much better then the 3 or so last ones I've tried lately. Nice sturdy layers of malt underlay this bold and BA worthy brew. Healthy, grainy, oily hop crunch. Real Nice brew

Photo of warriorsoul
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color...very cloudy with two full fingers of bright white head...very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as it levels off.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...a touch of malt.
The taste is great...juicyfruit and piney hops dominate...some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to balance out the flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style, less carbonated and quite creamy for an IPA. Maybe not a session beer, as the mouthfeel leaves me craving a glass of water upon completion.
A very welcome offering from Deschutes...a top notch IPA in my book. A must try if you are searching for a solid India Pale Ale.
Thanks to beernut7 for this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, copper in color, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and some toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter, but overall a nce mix of hops and malts

Drinkability: This one is decent and a sipper. Not my favorite from the brewery, but solid.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/21/2010.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some pine and some light citrus mixed in. There is also a nice amount of bready malt.

The flavor is resiny hops and caramel malt, as well as some orange citrus and bready malt. The beer is fairly well balanced, with the overall flavor leaning slightly to the side of being more bitter. The overall bitterness is fairly low for an IPA, but there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mattster
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Nice small head formation, died down to layer of bubbly lace across top of glass.

Smell is a nice hoppy, but not overly so. Some slight citrus notes. Taste follows through with slight bitter hoppyness and mild sweetness.

Balanced bubbles and medium body make for a nice mouth feel and a decent finish. I'm going to have another after this one.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Rich, clear and somewhat dark amber with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malt with some orange and hop spiciness.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit hops battle caramel and toasted malts (more caramel than toasted) throughout. Ends quite bitter with pine and spicy floral notes.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, medium body (a tinge light for the style), very dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly light, easy-to-drink IPA overall that has a touch of English with the floral spicy hops, even though it is all supposed to be American hops. Also, a little more caramel than a typical American IPA. Overall, that makes this a slightly different American IPA that is worth trying even if not one of my favorites.

Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know it says "American IPA", but this is an American version of an English IPA, and a decent one at that. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Aroma is full of citrus and hops, which is strangely lacking in the taste. Lots of hops, but the of bitter variety. Nice malt balance. I prefer the west-coast IPA style, but this is okay.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy,coppery with a glowing red/orange hue. 2" creamy off white head that dissapated a bit on the quick side left just a litte spotty lacing Served in a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle.

Clean,refreshing aroma,floral with citrusy notes and a nice soft sweet carmel/toffee with a touch of nutty malt aroma Very inviting can't wait to taste.

Citrusy,astrigent,slight grassyness with light sweet carmelly maltiness balancing out the taste perfectly. Clean refreshing finish with a nice citrus bite. Very creamy,juicy,slightly chewy,with a mediun body.

Very nice ipa on the light side,extremely drinkable would be a good everyday drinker. Wish I could get this one local ordered it from Liquid Solutions. Would keep this on a hand if I could

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.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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