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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,368
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 98
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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 axeman9182
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.

axeman9182, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Optifron
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Optifron, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of nellson13
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

nellson13, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Jovian
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jovian, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Perducci
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Perducci, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of RocketChimp
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RocketChimp, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of skyisland
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

skyisland, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of hreb
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.

hreb, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +28.5%

WritersBlock, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of UncleBuccs
4/5  rDev +2.8%

UncleBuccs, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
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.

MattSweatshirt, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Coopersbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Coopersbeer, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of mwayne
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mwayne, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev +2.8%

aflies, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
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.

C20Percent, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of GoGators
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

GoGators, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

captainbearcat, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

spark3148857, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
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.

TheRealBigC, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

theminutemen, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

sammo, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zeledonia, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean and crisp caramel color with a finger of creamy off white head.

The aroma is caramel malt forward with some subtle spices. Pine and grapefruit in the background. Not a bad aroma by any means, but when I have an IPA I would like to have the hops being the more prominent feature in the aroma...

A little more hop presence in the taste. Pine sap and grapefruit with a solid backbone of caramel malt. Almost has a gingerbread type spice to it...

Full bodied and a little heavy. I would have a hard time drinking multiple bottles of this... The carbonation is spot on though, it is just the right amount for the body of this beer. Slightly drying hop aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid IPA that I think I would enjoy a little more in the cooler months. It's not a very refreshing beer due to the body but it is still a quality brew. This could be a fantastic brew for football season and I plan on revisiting it to find out.

dcloeren, Aug 01, 2012
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,368 ratings.