Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by mattsander:
3.15/5 rDev -19%
A: Good clarity, amber, sticky long lasting head.
S: Sweet fruity red malt up front, herbal/minty/perfume-ish hops feel restrained. Definitely a malt-forward 'IPA'.
T: Echos the aroma with a complex fruity english malt character, a coarse rough bitterness and some hop flavor.
M: Full bodied and creamy, a nice sipper but I wouldn't describe this as refreshing.
A miss for me. Just another too-malty, dull-edged IPA that are everywhere in canada.
01-02-2013 02:11:27 | More by mattsander
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-17-2006 21:11:19 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
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. Its a big but balanced nose. Theres 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 its that strong, syrupy flavor like you get from liquid malt. Its got a big sweet flavor as well, like liquid caramel.
The hops come straight through from the nose. Theres 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. Its 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.
06-26-2006 01:31:40 | More by RoyalT
3.18/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
10-21-2012 23:40:51 | More by ExtraStout
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
11-10-2011 04:07:07 | More by TCHopCraver
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-20-2013 02:35:01 | More by MadScientist
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-19-2010 05:57:56 | More by imperialstout27
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
09-30-2006 03:51:02 | More by blitz134
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
04-15-2011 20:56:12 | More by NWer
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
08-15-2011 22:37:52 | More by warnerry
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
04-10-2011 21:27:06 | More by drinkofczars
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
03-18-2008 23:49:33 | More by dill
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-03-2006 06:05:26 | More by Beaver13
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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