Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

790 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 2,742
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 123
Gots: 401 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Whole Foods in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Best by 1/4/12.

Pours a hazy copper color with a 3 inch puffy tan head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt and citrus zest. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers aftre each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that has a nice balance between the malt and the hops. (571 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (304 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film of bubbles in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of gooseberries and pine resin as well as hints of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and gooseberries. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish along with the bitter flavors of grapefruit. No malts are perceptible, but they do mute some of the bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has some rather astringent flavors of bitter grapefruit so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle (944 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: beautiful dark copper with a good off white head and plenty of lacing.

S:hops and a good amount of malt. Smell is quite reminiscient of Alpha King--not quite citrus or pine, but lovely.

M: smooth and creamy. Medium body.

D: ecellent. If I lived on the west coast, this would likely be my session IPA.
T: quite balanced. Nice hop presence, but not overpowering. (413 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two-fingered head; as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: With some caramel tones underneath, the aroma is very hoppy, with both grapefruit and piney tones; pineapple and mango in the mix, as well

Taste: Caramel notes at the outset, but the beer becomes progressively bitter with both fruit and pine developing by mid-palate; grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, as well; after the swallow, the bitterness delivers a crisp finish, with a touch of residual sweetness and fruit lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice IPA; it may be understated to some, but it is very easy to drink

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity and to Schmittymack and cocoapuph for the chance to re-visit (867 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another winner from deschutes. this ipa is complex and drinkable. taste like a wide variety of hops blended together, i can pick up on a fruity hop as well as the sturdy piney hops. has a lighter feel due to the use of pale and crystal malts, which make this a really sessionable ipa, despite its higher abv. more subtle than many american india pale ales, this one stands out because it is much more than a bitter hop bomb. every beer i have had from these guys has been excellent. (482 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Turning the hoppy world inside out, Deschutes Inversions IPA satisfies the thirst for bitter beer fans with more balanced and savory notions than usual.

Slightly darker than the average IPA, its bronzen-gold color shimmers in the absence of the common dry-hopped haze. Its frothy, bone-white head caps the beer confidently and sheds its lacing patterns brokenly along the glass. Easily read for an American Amber Ale, Inversion promises a maltier trend.

And that malty demeanor starts with nutty, savory, toasty and caramel aromatics. Even as the hops rise in prominence, its grapefruit and orange peel character meets the intensity of barley but never really surpasses it. Slight fruitiness behind offers a light marmalade scent to ride along side of the hops.

Its malty-sweet taste is robust with its caramel flavor, laced with toasted grain, bread crust, light toffee and a savory-type sweetness that's just off of butterscotch. The middle of fresh orange peels, pink grapefruit and fruit trails with more earthen character- herbal grasses lead to a slight resinous finish with a finish of pine needles and bitter grasses.

Medium bodied, the ale has slightly more elevated weight than is normal due to its malty balance. Finishing semi-dry, its creamy upstart holds on until late in its taste and balances the bitterness with its trailing residual malt character. Minty-warm in finish, the beer's aftertaste is balanced and quick.

Inversion IPA has the balance that I more readily expect from Amber Ale but it has the drinkability of Pale. Regardless, its hop aroma, flavor and bitterness needs to be much more of stand-out character to really satisfy the taste for IPA. (1,678 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of pine and light citrus hops with some caramelized malt is pretty good. Taste is mostly dominated by floral pine and citrus notes with light fruity ester and a pretty solid caramel malt backbone. Bitterness level is about average with quite a bit of floral undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Solid offering though I was expecting hops punch to be even more solid. (523 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with an off-white head, a bit dark for an IPA. Hoppy aroma with some caramel malt and citrus. Big caramel malt flavor, undertones of grapefruit and orange, and a long-lasting hoppy finish. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. An more balanced IPA, and all around a solid beer. (294 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, darkly bronzed burnt orange with a candy apple red blush. A gorgeous color. I also love the particulate-filled nature of the beer since it makes me think that I'm about to drink a ton of hop flecks. Inversion looks great from top to bottom (or should I say from bottom to top?) The orangish ecru crown is creamy and is supersticky from what I hope is a significant quantity of hop resins. The glass is coated with tremendous, lace-like lace that looks like it will soon be crusty.

The aroma is outstanding and is different from any IPA that I've smelled yet. The thing that sets it apart is a pungent apricotness that smells like the sweet and sticky overripe fruit just before it begins to rot. That may not sound good, but believe me, it is. Orange, pineapple and pink grapefruit (in that order) follow apricot.

I've had bigger, hoppier IPAs than Inversion, but it's a tasty humdinger of a beer for sure. Although caramel malt intrudes a bit too much with respect to flavor, I'm sure that most will find it acceptable. The hop bill tastes like an American-British cooperative effort. Deschutes says only that 'our favorite Northwest hops' are in use. If that's the case, then one of them must be related to either Fuggles or Styrian Goldings.

The beer's best features are balance (if you like that sort of thing in an IPA) and drinkability. Inversion practically drinks itself. So much so that I have to remind myself to slow down so I have something left to assess mouthfeel. There's a great deal of hop flavor present (dried orange peel, tea leaves) without a tongue ruffling amount of bitterness. It'd be a cinch to drink 2-3 bottles in quick succession.

The mouthfeel is in keeping with the amount of hop bitterness. That is, it's slightly lighter than the IPA average while still being well within the bounds of acceptability. The mouthfeel makes up for its lack of viscosity by being as polished and as smooth as an expertly cut gemstone. Silk only wishes it was this smooth.

I forget just how good beer from this brewery really is. A quick review of my reviews reminds me that this is my 11th Deschutes beer and that I've only given one of them less than a 4.0 for flavor. I'm not sure I can say that about too many other breweries. Inversion is a beer that I would be bringing home by the case if I was fortunate enough to have ready access. (2,363 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, grabbed while on a Fourth of July jaunt into remote northern Washington state.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, bright orange brick amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and chunky beige head, which leaves some cascading layers of honeycomb lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bittersweet orchard fruit - orange and grapefruit citrus, but with a hefty whiff of apples and plum as well - a touch of black pepper, solid bready caramel malt, and further floral and woody, leafy hops. The taste is more sassy orange, lemon, and apple fruitiness, stronger herbal pine hops, a nice soft, balancing caramel malt, and still heady notes of spice, primarily table pepper.

The carbonation is moderate, in the form of a nice cutting frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and perhaps a bit too prickly from a few clumsy hops, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, fairly crisp, and yes, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.

A generally well-balanced west coast IPA, if you're ok with all that fruity, floral, and herbal character, one pleasantly restrained on the bitterness. It sort of screams out 'Pacific NW forest' - if you were hiking through one, chewing on some Werther's, or the like. And I'm not sure entirely sure about any 'inversion' going on, IPA-wise, as is inferred by the label. (1,368 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an extremely opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

S - Smell was strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full.

M & T - First impression of this was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

D - Overall I would say it is very nice, sessionable and well balanced IPA. There was a touch of alcohol that started to show up by the end, but other then that, very nice indeed. (734 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear light amber color with a fizzy, bubbly, white head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled very grassy/hoppy and of roasted malt.

T - This had a very strong hop character, typical of NW IPAs. Bittersweet with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. My first from Deschutes and I was quite impressed. (385 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on to of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - citrus hops with notes of orange and lime as well as a bit of caramel.

T - toffee and dry caramel malt up front with some fruity hops. Lemon and orange in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with acidic bitterness and dry toast.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is allright, but it is overly pithy with a lingering acidic dryness that really isn't pleasant. (547 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

The last of my small Deschutes stockpile. It pours a semi-hazed light amber topped by a stolid finger or so of creamy ecru foam. The nose comprises a sweet caramel covered in a solid layer of understated citrus peel and even more understated pine. Nothing is overt, but at the same time nothing is truly weak, either. Very nice. The taste pumps the pine and especially the citrus (it seems like some ruby red grapefruit) up a notch, while the caramel remains as demure as the height of Victorian maidenhood. The grapefruit rind is a bit sharp, but doesn't go so far as to viscerally hurt. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though strangely hard with the grapefruit. The only thing knocking against the drinkability is the length of time the grapefruit peel hangs around the back of the throat, stabbing with a tiny arrowhead. It's still pretty good beyond that, though. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to fartingdog for including this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear amber, with a nice copper sheen to it, and several fingers of frothy looking off-white head. Retains into a big, creamy dollop of foam that leaves just a MASSIVE latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is earthy, spicy, herbal, and floral with a deep underlying tang of bready malts, citrus, and caramel sweetness. I'm also picking up the slightest waft of warmth that throws this off a touch.

The taste starts with a softer feeling hop profile that is herbal and earthy with some dry and lingering spicy notes. This is set against a sticky feeling backbone of bready malt, caramel, and light tropical fruits. There a nice mix of action going on here and it stays well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but still has a relatively easy feel to it. Unfortunately, I'm picking up just a bit too much warmth, which mixes with the herbal notes and bitterness to give off the slightest bit of a medicinal feel.

You know, I like what Deschutes does with their staple IPA from a flavor standpoint. Herbal and earthy hops interwoven into a profile that is a bit complex and well balanced, leaving the bigger West Coast hop bombs flavors to their seasonals. I just wish that those flavors did a better job of convering up some of the heat in this, which definitely hurt the feel and drinkibility for me. Dial that ABV back a bit and I would have enjoyed this tons. (1,510 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramel sweetness along with a good background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness, then the sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and citrus come in quickly to provide a good balance. There’s a good hearty malt character that also contributes to the balance. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty enjoyable beer that I could drink for a while. (881 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark orangey amber in the Stella Artois tall tulip. Foam lasts well with plenty of lacing. Odd and somewhat perfumey smell. Some roasted malt and a little caramel greet the lips. Some sweetness says with you, but the taste and aftertaste is all about the bitterness. I don't taste much of the usual piney notes. This is kind of a sweet dishwater.

Overall, this seems like a very standard IPA missing some hop flavors, but with an insistent bitterness. Not much for savoring a pint, but I defer to the hop fiends, and maybe freshness is everything on this one. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix. (631 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me during my son's 2nd birthday party-enjoyed in a tulip chilled.

The color is deep amber, lightly hazed bordering on copper with 2 fingers of tan cap which coats the glass with lace. The smell is very hop dominant with plenty of pine aroma and slight floral tinges. The feel is good slight tinge of sweetness immediately coalesces into a hoppy oily and bitter focused feel with slight astringency and mild alcohol influence with very dry finish.

The flavor is very good, lots of piney hop flavors swirling with mild floral and citrus ringd flavor with a good dose of grapefruit and mild toasted malt with a smidge of caramel to round it out and keep the astringent element at a minimal place with lots of dank and juicy hop flavor, this is very fresh tasting with a nice dry quality as it finishes with both herbal and light alcohol tinges. Overall I was really impressed with this based on the amount of hop flavor, it is very bitter too, but not over the top, just agressive enough to keep you coming back for more. (1,072 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an easy drinking IPA. It's fairly sweet and thicker on the malt side. Decent spicy tone to it. Not a real wide variety of character on the profile, but it's a pleasant drinker. Gotta love Deschuttes; and this is yet another reason to do so. (248 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a 2 fingers + tan head. Kind of dark for an IPA. Good lacing & very good head rentention

Smell: Malt, fruitness & citrussy hops

Taste: Twangy citrus (grapefruit) hop explosion. Slight frutiness and caramel sneaks in. Finishes very dry & fruitty

MF: Great carbonation and a little to hopped up for balance

Drinks good, but the OTT hoppiness would prevent this this eclectic IPA being a session ale (425 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time I've had this stuff, my good pal Geoff Landgraf used to work in Bend, OR at Deschutes, I would get specialty releases monthly sent via beer mail. Now, fast forward to 1/24/14 Deschutes has launched in Ohio with their four main stays Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Red Chair Pacific Northwest Ale along with Hop Henge IPA one of their fantastic specialty releases. A fantastic introductory IPA that can be enjoyed by the masses and those in the know when it comes to hops. Complex drinkable and definitely hoppy enough to be one of the stand out IPAs from the Pacific Northwest. Abundant hops in this beautiful glowing amber body big billowing cream colored head leaves intricate speckled lacing on the sides of my glass. Aromatics give out hints of pine, citrus, with dank earthy hops. Flavor has a well crafted malt backbone hints of bready/caramel malts without hitting overt sticky sweetness. Really nice IPA, I'm ready to drink another bottle it's that type of beer. It will blown your mind how good a solid stable IPA can be and it's probably a majority of the reason this company has grown beyond the PNW to the state of Ohio along with the fact that I've never had a bad beer from them. Texture slightly resinous with hop oils and flowing carbonation carries the beer great over the palate. Overall, this works so well. I'm a fan of Inversion and every other hoppy ale from them that I've tried!!! (1,445 characters)

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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