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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 2003
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 tahoebum


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
Photo of goodbeerallday


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: appearance is a clear dirt brown with near no carbonation and one finger of a very light brown chocolate coloured foam, residing to a thin crust.

S: malt driven with a seemingly hoppy backing smell to finish. Citrus notes and some bready character as well.

T: really bitter and dry at the beginning. A lingering bitterness that surrounds the tongue and sides of mouth with a slight caramel flavour. As the smell suggested a malty presence and an apparent milky cream touch. Quite unusual but in saying that quite pleasant and enjoyable.

M: a sticky residual results throughout the mouth, As though lack of carbonation in this case has been replaced by other prominent features. My tongue feels dry and overwhelmed from the front on hop character but again the creamy milk side smoothes over replenishing any unpleasant sensation.

O: an extremely unusual beverage, whether it be something discouraging the true taste as in dirty lines or maybe something else.. A bad keg? But if all is well and this is the beer even though it now sounds like im being harsh, I definitely would have again to see if the same result is present. And I look forward to bottled inversion. A beer that is perplexing to the pallet. And now im half way through the pint I want another! Try this beer! Deschutes always amazing

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 23:33:08 | More by goodbeerallday
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a great IPA! It's remarkably easy drinker despite it's huge hops. Some nice citric properties in the nose and a malty (maybe caramel?) backbone to smooth it out. One of our local bars keeps this beer as their resident IPA and for good reason. It's a perfect introductory IPA and it's still one an IPA nut can enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 00:58:31 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of PicoPapa


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, straight from the source. Pours a dark amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrus with a bit of floral hops. Taste is citrus hops at first, namely orange peel, and floral hops. Caramel malt flavors as well. Nicely carbonated. Not overly hoppy with the main flavors being the orange peel and floral. Overall, not bad, not great. Wouldnt turn one down but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 18:45:16 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On tap at Old Chicago's. Poured into pint glass.

A - The beer is a copper/amber color with about 1/2 finger of creamy white head that seemed to disapate quickly leaving mild lacing.

S - Noted some fruity tones to compliment a mild aroma of grapefuit hopiness. Some sweet caramel malts also coming through mildly.

T - The flavor starts with the caramel malt swetness and is immediatelt followed by the piney citrus hops and subsequent bitterness. I found the bitterness rather mild. The beer finishes with a fruity flavor that slowly fades.

M - I found the bee to be a medium body with little carbonation.

D - Drinkable beer. I would run out for another but if it's around I will enjoy my share!

Overall, this is a solid IPA from Deschutes. It isn't mind blowing but certainly isn't bad. I would recommend it to be sampled if you have the opportunity!

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 19:52:04

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 22:29:37 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of lukester


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

This is a long time standby IPA for me. I can usually find it on sale and will always buy it over any other grocery store beer. I bought a horse keg of it last year and enjoyed that for a while.

Appearance: Nice golden orange non filtered with a nice head
Smell: Nice Cascades dry hopped aroma
taste: Nice blend of bittering and dry hops with enough malt to balance it.
mouth feel: decent mouth feel, not a DIPA but darn good for a SIPA!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 05:54:11 | More by lukester
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a hazy amber color with a nice cap of white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Citrus and pine hops on the nose, sweet malty base. Good mixture of intense citrusy / piney hops and sweet bready malts in the taste, big notes of fresh fruit in the finish with a lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth for an IPA; very nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 07:38:21 | More by Rifugium
Photo of MsRif


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a clear, fairly dark amber color with a nice fluffy white head that receded pretty quickly, leaving mostly spotty lacing towards the top of the glass. Had an aroma of floral/earthy/citrusy hops and GRAPEFRUIT! Taste was a very nice hop blend and I really got a large taste of grapefruit which I found to be very nice with the hop profile. I also tasted some sweet malts that blended well. Surprisingly, despite the hoppiness of this beer, it was pretty smooth.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth for an IPA, likely due to the touch of sweet malts. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 18:51:51 | More by MsRif
Photo of Fenris244


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep amber in color, thick creamy finger head, decent retention and some nice lacing

Very citrusy in aroma, with some floral hops thrown in as well, bit of sweetness, grapefruit, like i said, citrus.

balanced flavors, hop bitterness comes in strong, very reminiscent of grapefruit and lemon rind, refreshing sweetness on the finish.

Light in body, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

over all, nice ipa, would get again

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 04:37:28 | More by Fenris244
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: single finger off white head, clear ad amber
S: mild grapfruit. Some herbal and earthy notes.

T: hops immediately up front with fade to pine wood otes and a citrus fiish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the changing flavors in this one flow very well. Very drinkable for an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 15:01:40 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of augustgarage


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a nonic.

Clear orange-red liquid with amber highlights. A finger of old lace suds forms a bird's nest below the lip. Decent retention, average lacing.

Soapy, herbal aromatics suggest wet hops, white tea, passion fruit, gooseberries, and star fruit backed by a light crackery pale malt note.

The palate resembles the nose, adding a bit of caramel and a moderate yet fleeting bitterness. Dry herbaceous finish with a measure of scallion.

Medium-light bodied, zesty, and crisp.

Decent hop profile that bucks the norm for a NW IPA, being neither very malty nor especially pine/grapefruit forward (though I expect C-hops are present), but more on the herbal end of the spectrum. Not bad, but far from my favorite offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 15:04:14 | More by augustgarage
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gustav's in the Portland airport.

A - A dark and clear orange, darker than I would have thought. It has a big creamy tan head with good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, some citrus, and mild hops.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweeter and maltier than I usually like.

D - Good carbonation, slight bitterness.

O - Not much that stands out, and Deschutes is one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 22:13:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 3/8" cream coloured head which disappeared quickly overtop of an amber coloured liquid with very good clarity.

S: Pine, pineapple and some malt to the smell.

T: Bitter hops and apple with a smooth finish

M: Average level of carbonation. Nothing particularly stands out about the mouth feel in terms of being particularly good or bad.

O: A good IPA, but does not particularly stand out amongst a sea of craft IPAs here on the west-coast.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 17:46:41 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Phelps


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed poured from the tap into a shaker pint. Inversion combines three American hops in the boil and is dry-hopped for seven day. It’s named for a weather phenomenon when clouds hug the base of a mountain only to reveal clear skies further up.

Dark, mostly clear amber, hazed by its own duskiness. A nice, sticky one-finger head of froth disappears slowly, leaving walls of lace.

The nose is packed with the sweet citrus of California oranges offset by some pine and grass. Honey, peaches and burnt sugar also emerge. It’s sweet, citrusy, dank and damn good.

Increased bitterness and malt in the flavor. I get more caramel and toasty bread than expected. Sweet grassy and citrusy hops hit in a flash, then quickly fade between sips, replaced with burnt sugar and crackers.

Medium body, or just a shade under, with poky medium carbonation. The syrupy sweetness of the beer lingers, making it not as crisp as I'd like.

The major inversion here is between the nose and the flavor, and I wish there was more connect. Still, it’s a decent IPA from one of the best producers of hoppy beers in the country right now.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 22:58:10 | More by Phelps
Photo of david18

New York

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

I had a draft of this on a recent visit to Las Vegas at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. I wish I was able to get more Deschutes beer because just about everything I taste from them I like.

Pours a dark amber, quite dark for an ipa with a light and fluffy head.

Aroma is pretty balanced with a mixture of pine, citrus, malt and alcohol.

Flavor is also very balanced, not too bitter but certainly bitter enough to be called an IPA.

This was a very easy to drink beer and if I had not had other engagements elsewhere I'd have probably drank a few more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 19:15:09 | More by david18
Photo of csiewert


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of white head that clings to the glass very well. Aroma is of malty sweetness and some hops, but not as much hops as I would expect. the taste follows the same suit, with a lot of malty sweetness and not as much hops as I would expect. The mouthfeel was quite harsh for my batch, way overcarbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 19:48:51 | More by csiewert
Photo of hughesm4


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Deschutes brewery immediately following the Fresh squeezed IPA.
a-Poured a dark gold color with a light head that had a decent retenion.
s-A balanced smell with a citrus smell taking the lead, followed by a slight sweetness.
t-A very nice initial hop burst that fills the mouth and has a bitter sweet taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d-Medium body that leaves a well carbonated hoppy and bitter combination feel. A nice drinker that I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 04:11:38 | More by hughesm4
Photo of badboyrsl84


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a pint of this at El Cajons Main Tap.

L - it pours golden brown with a small cleat head.

S - it smells of sweet malty goodness with a small hint of earthy hops

T - it starts malty and karate kicks your palate with a nice set of hops overall a good ipa from this awesome Brewery

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 00:52:37 | More by badboyrsl84
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of floral hops with some decent pine notes, caramel malts and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a light piney hop flavoring. Then is balanced nicely with a biscuity flavoring before the caramel malts move in. Finish is a floral hop flavoring that lingers slightly.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, quite an oily body.

D: Nicely balanced, goes down easily, mild kick, this isn't a hop bomb but it is a nice, well balanced IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 14:07:16 | More by Jayli
Photo of beersheppard


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber colored brew, white head, some carbonation, a medium amount of lacing.

Smell: hoppiness, some malts

Taste: very balanced for an American IPA, pine and mostly citrus, grapefruit, , backed by the sweet caramelness of the malts

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, about what you would expect.

Drinkability: I would definitely get again, especially when I am in the mood for a morr balanced IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 03:27:29 | More by beersheppard
Photo of SDHoffers


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a touch biased when it comes to Deschutes but it's difficult when you have a brewery that makes such great beer. Pours a great coppery hue with decent head and more lacing than expected. Has the coloring of a Hop Rod Rye or Union Jack. Not overpowering Hop and definitely malty. I like that I can have a few of these and not feel like a hop bomb went off in my mouth. Reminds me a little of an East Coast IPA with more focused on the malt and fruit complexities rather than just hop. Great texture and easy drinking are why this beer get's a great review in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 16:57:58 | More by SDHoffers
Photo of jnn4v


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber color. Small amount of light tan head. Translucent with no sediment or haze.

S: very subtle. Some citrus and alcohol. Slight sweet scents as well.

T: clean, citrus bitterness. Hints of pine. Lots of sweet malts
as well.

M: medium to thin. Little carbonation. Reminds me of cask texture.

D: not bad. Seems more like a session beer in every regard.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 01:19:33 | More by jnn4v
Photo of racer2k


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on draft at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, Oregon

A - Dark copper pour which has a bit of a cloudy chill haze upon inspection. Beer produces an off white two fingered head which carries quite a bit of lacing throughout the glass. This is a darker colored IPA compared to traditional offerings.

S - An aroma of fruity citrus hops with hints of malt and sweet caramel present as well. There is a balanced hop / malt aroma to the beer with neither being too overpowering on the nose.

T - A tangy hop flavor which produces a citrus / grapefruit characteristic to the taste. The bitterness factor is not overly aggressive compared to hopped up IPA's / DIPA's but it is definitely present. There is a backbone of sweet malt and caramel with finishes on taste buds. Again this is a complex IPA with many different stages of flavor on board.

M - Sweet, moderate carbonation and smooth with good play between the bitter hops and sweet malt profile. Good balance overall.

D - Very drinkable for a moderate strength 6.8% IPA. Not sure if I could consume more than 3 or 4 of these in a sitting though I will attest that I could have had some palette fatigue as this beer was the last of the evening. Session IPA? Yes indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 18:24:34 | More by racer2k
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront grapefruit that slowly melted into a relatively full malt. Caramel detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a good hop forward west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 17:39:43 | More by plaid75
Photo of cbarrett4


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on draft at the Portland brewery and out of bottles purchased at said brewery (and whole foods)

A great IPA. Good level of hoppiness. Not one of those IPAs that stand alone with just massive levels of hops. This shows real elegance and power in a great package. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 06:05:48 | More by cbarrett4
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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,003 ratings.