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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,998 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1998
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had some out of a cask and finding it to my liking, now was the time to try it in a bottle.

It produced a bug, rocky, off-tan head on the pour. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. OMFG, was this intensely hoppy in the mouth! I love hops, but I almost coughed in astonishment, and that rarely happens. The neck label mentioned "... layers of soft caramel notes", but they were barely evident on the finish and not at all in the mouth. The nose was likewise redolent with hops. The finish had the same intense citrus/hop flavor, but slightly tempered by the malt. Wow! It produced a beautiful, sticky lacing throughout. This is my favorite Deschutes product, bar none.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 12:16:55 | More by woodychandler
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mchoffman

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a slight sweetness, but is overall a hoppy - full-bodied delight. It is the most drinkable and tasty IPA I have come across thus far. It pours a nice, amber-brown and smells just as uniquely brilliant as it tastes. Great beer for all seasons.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:39:30 | More by mchoffman
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This purchase was a total whim. God bless the "Wine Garden" in Blackfoot Idaho, and their 8 dollar mix and match 6 pack.

Sweet eight pound, six ounce baby Jesus. This is one fine beer.

A - Hazy bronze. two finger, cratered, bubbly head. Fine, spotty lacing. Appetizing.

S - Warm, yeasty malt. Lime, citrusy hops. Delicious.

T - Glorious. This is a damn good beer. there are subtle hints of pine and sage, various herbals. The hops are not messing around. There's citrus; grapefruit, and lime, as well as malt and a healthy bready yeast that wraps the whole thing up and practically delivers it to your palate like a christmas gift of flavor.

M - Hands down, the best mouthfeel I have ever experienced in a beer, to date. Usually this is a pass/fail type characteristic, but not when it is clearly so stellar. Creamy, fine bubbles caress my tongue, and make love to the senses.

D - If it were physiologically possible to have sex with beer, this is one I would fantasize about.

Pardon me, I am going to go have a cigarette.

I don't even smoke.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:28:52 | More by Beernoisseur
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful with a sticky foamy head that laces down the glass. Smell is citrusy piny sticky caramely woody hops and malts. Taste is caramel, piny hops, citrusy hops, bitter and sweet all in one. Mouthfeel is a tad creamy and drinkability is huge for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 02:38:51 | More by merryjoulton
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mevett89

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours with a nice, lumpy white head; opaque dark amber-orange in color.

Smell: hop forward.

Taste: deliciously hoppy. Quite bitter, with lots of pine and some citrus notes, balanced by some nice maltiness.

Mouth Feel: a bit chewy; medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall: an excellent IPA, one of my favorites so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 23:55:52 | More by mevett89
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industrialswill

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color with a tan head. The head quickly disperses, which earns points with me.
Caramel, citrus aroma.
This is a totally delicious IPA. It has the perfect balance of sweet to bitter, with all the big flavors you expect. The ample caramel sweetness would make this beer a good one for the "hop curious" beer hound to try.
At 6.8%, this beer invited me to have a few right away, then bask in the glory of a nice alky buzz.
Worth every bit of $8.50 per 6 to try, especially if you are an IPA drinker.
BTW, the beer sampled is about 6 months out of date....no big deal here.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 20:50:08 | More by industrialswill
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes Inversion IPA has a medium, egg shell-colored head, thick lacing left behind, and a brilliant orange appearance, with a few bubble streams. The aroma is of rich citrus fruit and sweet white bread, and the flavor is of strongly bitter, floral hops, sweet citrus, slight citrus peel, white bread, and white bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Inversion IPA finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, quite drinkable, and most delicious. Overall, this is just a fabulous beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:11:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, burnished amber with a frothy, thick head. It retains nicely and laces like a champion. Top makes here.

It smells like caramel candy, almost like milk chocolate, with a lot of sweet juicy grapefruit and an abundance of citrus notes. It is beyond inviting.

And the taste, wow, I am going to steal from the label description and use soft caramel, because it really is a nice, well rounded caramel up against a piney bitterness, and talk about balance. It's juicy, and again, that caramel is just spot on. The hops are citrusy and linger in the finish beautifully.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy and wonderful.

Probably the third best IPA I have ever had. This beer is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 02:33:09 | More by MeisterBurger
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PintOHops

California

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly clouded copper/orange with a 1-2 finger head, retention was great and left broken but decent lace. Inviting & fresh looking.

S - Typical American IPA aroma's here, a little dry leaning more on the fruity side than the pine/citrus side. Aroma isn't big or pungent, some soft caramel & biscuit, alcohol, and a bigger caramel and candied/sugar aroma as it warms.

T - Definitely better & more complex than the smell lead me to believe! Soft layers of caramel, molasses, candied date, ginger, and biscuit unfold on the tongue. A bit of citrus in the center somewhere, finishes bitter but lighter for IPA's, pretty sweet overall but not sugary, well balanced and very delicious! As it warmed I got more candied fruits & molasses, as well as some warming alcohol.

M - Very smooth and around full bodied, lite-moderate crispness & only a touch of that oily feel.

D - This beer was different than what I expected, Ive never had anything like this one actually. I loved the layers of flavors & the outstanding balance of the flavor profile. I could easily enjoy 3pints of more of this delicious brew, It's not overly bitter & not to sweet either, making this one of the easiest drinking IPA's Ive ever had! This ones somewhere on the top of my list for IPA's! Definitely worth seeking out. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:26:17 | More by PintOHops
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tahoebum

California

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA's from maybe my favorite brewery. Pours a medium dark copper with a 1" head. Huge nose with lots of grapefruit and somewhat less orange. Very complex and well balanced - Deschutes has dry hopping down to a fine art. At 6.8% there is the expected defined alcohol warming - just as it should be with a big IPA. Very drinkable for 80 IBU with a note of carmel and a very subtle malt aftertaste. Exactly what I look for in an everyday beer - very hoppy but not so over-the-top that you can't drink 4 or 5 in one sitting. I'm happy to report I just loaded a 13.2 gallon keg of this into my man cave!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 01:58:31 | More by tahoebum
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my go to IPAs. Sipping one of these at their brewpub while hitch hiking through Bend was a highlight for me as a beer drinker. This was the beer in fact that got me into IPAs in the first place. Drink up! And do visit the brewpub if youre ever in or near Bend!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:17:47 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Bubba83

California

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 degrees into a snifter. Two finger widths of off white egg shell colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Small ring of lacing that leaves moderate spiderweb lacing all the way down. Very dark for an IPA. Ruby red when held to the light and amber when not.

Smells fantastic. Like grapefruit and oranges with some background caramel and toast. Melds together really well and has some lingering cherry.

I've finally been able to understand what I like in an IPA and I am starting to appreciate ones that offer up more than just skewed hops. This is a perfect example of an extraordinarily complex IPA. Starts out caramel on the front of the tongue, with some toasty roasty sugars and even hints of marshmallow. As I begin to swirl it around I'm getting some acidity in the form of tangy citrus and grapefruit, and even some tropical fruits including some pineapple. Let's not forget the earthy herbal characteristics either, I do get some sage as someone else has suggested. On the swallow I get cherries followed by some raw grains and general bitterness that lingers on far after the swallow. Unlike no other IPA I've had in this category which gives it some extra points.

Deschutes nails mouthfeel every time, I can't think of a better company when it comes to consistency in this department. It comes in fairly smooth, but then tiny bubbles massage the tongue and the beer becomes more chewy as those bubbles dissolve.

Drinkability is also good, the cherry finish melds well with the rest of the flavors so it doesn't really seem boozy. You'd think the raw bitterness in the aftertaste would hurt the drinkability yet I find myself yearning for more, mouth almost watering to bring the sweetness back into balance.

I'd highly recommend a tulip for this one as I think it brought out some of the more complex qualities that a tumbler could not.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:06:26 | More by Bubba83
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Jellopants356

Montana

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber. Minimal lacing. Thin cream head. Smells of alcohol and some pine notes with a slight citrus. Tastes really good. Ha ha more objectively, tastes of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and something else...ends bitter and alcoholic, but not so hoppy. Overall, a really good brew, unique too. Something i would recommend although slightly boozey.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:04:42 | More by Jellopants356
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It seems like Deschutes have moved to the first rank of PNW breweries with their ability to make great regular beers then exceed expectations with their special releases. Add a new brewpub in Portland and these guys taking over from what Rogue used to be.

This is a great example of a first class IPA that screams PNW hops but is incredibly drinkable(even more so than Bridgeports IPA). This is a fairly high ABV regular IPA but it shows no heat and the finish is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:47:56 | More by canucklehead
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JesseMurdock

Hawaii

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific IPA. Pours a nice copper with a thick, frothy head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. It initially tastes rich and smooth with a very malty front and a tasty array of citrusy hops. It leaves a more bitter aftertaste. Perfect amount of carbonation. The beer drinks easily but leaves a great taste in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:20:35 | More by JesseMurdock
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KDHicks1958

Texas

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
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Gusler

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a blurred orange-brown with a stupendous frothy light tan head, a magnificent crown to the body, after is slow demise, the resultant lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Noticed some little fernies floating in the beer also, yum I love that stuff. Nose has a magnificent hop floral aroma citrus like in its crispness, sweet malt, and fresh and mouthwatering this nose, start is sweet at the front, the grain profile perfection, and the top middling in its feel. Finish has a pleasing acidity, the hops, wham, they snap your taste buds to attention, with the aftertaste long and lingering, a real treat this beer, from one of the world’s best breweries, and a long time top five brewery in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 21:26:00 | More by Gusler
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Vancer

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another !Excellent! frosty from Secret Santa bennetj17.

In fact, I would say this is near perfect in style (and taste) for an IPA. I’d luv to have this readily available in the mid-west, but Que sera, sera.

Man, look at that pour – clear amber, then topped by a perfect pillow of frothy ivory. Sticky laces ALL the way down my Schlafly sampler glass.

Tons of hop in the aroma, just a touch of floral which is the way it should be in my book. A pure IPA taste, just classic. Hops are there, not to heavy and the floras, pine, and citrus mix nicely in this real quaffer.

Sharp, dry and crisp – finishing with a dollop of oily goodness. Yum Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 16:10:16 | More by Vancer
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich golden copper body with two fingers of solid, dense, khaki brown head. Very nice. Nose is full of sweet-edged toffee fruit malt and an equal heaping of sappy, fresh hops. Well-balanced aroma (for an IPA). Taste is huge maltiness up front; sweet, biscuity, caramelly, fruity, toasted and great. Sweetness peaks mid-palate, as tongue-numbing, piney, sappy hop bitterness takes over. I like this a lot! A bit maltier than most IPAs, especially from the PNW. Full-bodied, creamy feel. An excellent job, yet again, by Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 22:37:14 | More by alexgash
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jkdrummer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick foamy head. Initial aroma is great! Wonderful hop aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, sweet and nice body, I detect some vanilla tastes as well. This is a great bargain too, affordable and a true NW IPA. Hops dominate but are not over bearing. A definite winner for its category. I love this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:41:29 | More by jkdrummer
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acycler

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA"s and this one is fantastic! Extremely solid, full bodied and loaded with hop goodness!

This brew has an amber color with evidence of moderate carbonation..

Smells delicious. loaded with fresh hops that just fills the nose with hoppy goodness.

Rolls onto the tongue smooth and delicious.

Leaves a solid and full bodied taste on the tongue of caramel malt and hops.

I hope that there is just one more bottle left in the fridge.

The Bro's got it right, Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:47:57 | More by acycler
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

creamy tan topper, thicker lacing on the sides and slightly hazy peach-orange color.
smell is indescribable, but sweet, candy-like pine-sol, if pine -sol were to be made into a confection. but it's a good aroma.
taste is very nice. very strong malt up front, completely unexpected. ibu of 80, which seems very slight in my experience with ipa, but this is incredibly tasty. sweet malts balanced with some bitterness at the end.
it has a very creamy feel to it and feels a little thick.
overall, this is a great brew. i was very surprised at the slight bitterness and sweet flavors. i cannot, however, determine if the lingering bitterness is an after-effect of this beer or the last one i drank (arrogant bastard) but it definitely lingers. makes me want to grab another quenching drink to wash away the bitterness. i really like it; gave it 4.5 across the board.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:57:30 | More by pkalix
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matjack85

Illinois

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
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautifully clear amber coppery colour with a full 3 finger khaki head that remains as a full ring around the glass and covers the beer. The lacing pattern left on the glass is sticky and looks like polka dots.

The aroma is not as hoppy as you would think that a beer with 80 IBUs (International Bittering Units, 80 is pretty high) would have. It's definitely floral smelling from the hops, but I am taken aback by the upfront caramel malt sweetness that I smell along with honey and citrus fruits! The honey aroma is AWESOME!

The way that this tastes is more akin to a double IPA I would think because there is a really full amount of caramel malt to balance the floral hops. It's really balanced well! The caramel malts are pretty much up front and as the beer moves towards the middle of the tongue honey does come out all the while some floral hop notes are in on this ride. When the trip finishes, hop bitterness appears and the beer ends dry and in need of tipping into your mouth once again.

The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, sweet, moderately full (as compared to something watery like Boar's Lite) with medium carbonation.

Overall I find this beer exceedingly attractive and would recommend it to anyone who likes hops. I personally have not liked hops in my craft beer adventure until this past 6 months or so. I am not a hop head and do not like extreme beers that are over the top hoppy. In saying that, I think if you only mildly like hops you may even like this beer! I am going to give this a solid 4 or better out of 5!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:02:26 | More by WissBrauSean
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beertastegood

Texas

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

Parents took a trip to the PNW, and surprised me with a good sampling of local brews that I can't get here in Houston.

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a voluminous, thick head that just does not want to go away. Looks like meringue...Aromas of intense citrusy/floral hops (Cascades/Centennials, anyone?) along with hints of biscuity/bready malt. I could sit here and smell this all day.

Taste: Big punch of grapefruit/lemony hop flavor up front, followed by a big blast of hop bitterness that is just this side of being overpowering. Mild malty flavors come in towards the end, nearly drowned out by the hops but still noticeable enough to give this beer a more rounded finish. Dry aftertaste with the floral hop flavor lingering for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. After a few you won't be able to taste anything else, though.

This is why I want to live in the PNW area. Outstanding IPA from Deschutes. Looking forward to trying the Black Butte next.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 16:39:39 | More by beertastegood
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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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