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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,169 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,169
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 90
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-17-2012 18:35:13 | More by MooseBoose
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, "best by 10/31/12". It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Deschutes' Inversion IPA pours a hazy amber, with just under two fingers of off white foam. Head retention is decent, and thick rings of lacing are left behind, but the color is just a bit dark and murky for my taste. The nose has a little bit of caramel to it, followed by some flowery and citrusy notes. Those hop aromatics just don't jump out the glass the way they should in an IPA though. There's a little bit of caramel again at the front end of each sip. The bitterness that comes through next is plenty bold, but the hoppy finish fails to deliver. It's not quite as weak as the nose, but the grapefruit peel flavor is just not intense enough. The body isn't quite west coast dry, but it's not as sweet as some more malt forward interpretations of the style either. The carbonation though is just dull, it feels like the beer fizzles out by mid palate. I'm more than a little surprised by how lackluster I find this bottle of Inversion IPA, usually I'm very fond of Deschutes beers. It honestly just tastes old to me, I'm wondering if Deschutes isn't setting the "best by" date a bit too far out from the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:44:29 | More by axeman9182
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Optifron

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-16-2012 23:55:02 | More by Optifron
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nellson13


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

08-16-2012 20:11:39 | More by nellson13
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Jovian

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-15-2012 04:01:09 | More by Jovian
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Perducci

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-14-2012 23:44:07 | More by Perducci
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RocketChimp

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-14-2012 23:43:39 | More by RocketChimp
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Shawkabukoo


4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-14-2012 05:06:02 | More by Shawkabukoo
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skyisland

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-14-2012 02:04:49 | More by skyisland
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hreb

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated best before 11/27/12. Served in pint glass. Beer pours deep orange amber with a medium orange-white head.

Aroma is mild and hints of a fresh hop presence and a substantial malt body. Flavor is seriously big on hops. Citrus zest and dry. Very west coast / PNW kind of IPA. That said, this beer isn't particularly "pale" or otherwise grapefruity like a traditional American IPA. I'd go so far as to say this is more of a imperial red ale or American strong ale. While the flavors in this big beer are very enjoyable, and there's no detectable alcohol burn, IMO the total ABV hurts drinkability of this otherwise very refreshing brew. Which is sad because it's so tasty I'd really like it to become my go-to PNW high-IBU ale. I guess what I'm saying is this is a great beer and it's a shame it's not my new session IPA. Or maybe I'm just in the mood for something a little lighter today.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:16:18 | More by hreb
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WritersBlock

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.5%

08-11-2012 05:52:51 | More by WritersBlock
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-10-2012 11:58:18 | More by UncleBuccs
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/06/12 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Finger of bubbly off white head. Amber body with a small amount of bubbles moving around. Not much lacing left.

Smells of orange, grapefruit, a little pine and sweet caramel malt.

Same flavors in the taste as the aroma. Picking up more pine especially in the finish. Those 80 IBUs lend themselves to a nice bitter bite. There is a big malt backbone present even in this fresh bottle. Fairly smooth with a lower level of carbonation and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:58:50 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Coopersbeer

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-08-2012 03:08:07 | More by Coopersbeer
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mwayne


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

08-07-2012 23:01:12 | More by mwayne
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-07-2012 02:40:32 | More by aflies
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C20Percent

Virginia

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

A: Pours an almost completely hazy amber-copper-gold with a big bubbly head of white-amber foam on top. Nice complexity in the body. Looks clean. Nice looking all around -- much different looking than other IPAs.

S: Sweet malts and citrus. Some toasted grain. More subtle aroma -- not that in-your-face smell you get from most IPAs. I feel like a smell red licorice. I guess that's some candied fruit smell. It's nice.

T: Very good here. Candied fruits and caramel malts that subside to a dry finish. Not really too bitter. Not the hoppy IPA one is used to, but this has such a unique nice flavor. Really good.

F: Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Nice velvety texture. Some chewiness that brings out the nice malts. Consistently good.

O: Gotta give it up to this brew. Where most IPAs focus on the hops. I feel this one focuses on the malts. Some would probably call this an English Style IPA, but that doesn't tell the whole story. This is a high-quality brew -- definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:39:00 | More by C20Percent
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GoGators

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-06-2012 15:53:25 | More by GoGators
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:50:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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captainbearcat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 20:25:06 | More by captainbearcat
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 17:12:49 | More by spark3148857
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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theminutemen

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-03-2012 14:26:44 | More by theminutemen
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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-02-2012 01:57:55 | More by sammo
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2012 20:57:33 | More by zeledonia
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,169 ratings.