Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -10%
12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant clear copper with a finger of white head. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma, a light hop presence. Fair amount of bitterness in the flavor though. Lighter side of medium bodied. Decent malt backbone with some caramel malt flavor. Nice drying finish from the hop. I was expecting more from this.
03-16-2012 01:49:33 | More by homebrewhawk
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Kind of coppery brown and just a smidge hazy, lace is pretty good, head is so-so.
A pretty smooth and balanced effort, the hoppy IPA portion is balanced nicely with caramel malt, the citrus and pine are present but subdued (the pine is stronger than the citrus, but not overpoweringly so), yet the tangyness of a good IPA is not lost.
It's a kind of non-specific IPA that came out pretty darn good. Carbs are medium and the finish is wet and just a touch floral.
Definitely one to revisit. Try it, especially if you're looking for a really drinkable IPA.
03-10-2012 01:19:16 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Pours a deep hazy amber; essentially what I imagine when I picture an IPA. Has a small but creamy head that lingers leaving lacing as I drink.
The nose has a quality that eludes me initially. It's certainly got an oily hoppiness to it with a caramel/fruity maltiness resting below the surface. That quality I can't quite name almost wants to be called rubbery, but that makes it sound unpleasant, and doesn't really do it justice. Maybe a touch of biscuit in there as well.
While there is certainly a strong hop presence here, it is not overwhelming, and well balanced. The hops are more piney than on the nose, with a bitter finish. The sweet caramel/biscuit is still present, though whatever I was previously calling rubber is now absent. I really don't know what that was.
Appropriate level of carbonation and certainly drinkable. I'm not a huge hophead or the biggest IPA fan in general (I've gotten myself to be able to appreciate the style more of late, but it's still not my first choice most of the time), but I feel that this is a very well crafted west coast IPA. I feel like Deschuttes is one of those breweries that meets that rare cross-section of widely available and extremely reliable, and Inversion is no diversion from that path. Definitely pick it up and give it a shot if you're curious. Or even if you aren't really. Just give it a shot, it'll probably win you over.
03-09-2012 05:09:07 | More by kemoarps
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Best by 12JUN12
Pours an amber ale with a solid sheet of linen foam and excellent clarity. Alcohol, grapefruit, mango and some lemon. This is a really, surprisingly pleasant nose here. Some hints of sweet malts in the background of the nose. Assertive bitterness with a balanced degree of english malt, this beer tastes like a sherbert. I dig it. Medium bodied with light on moderate carb and a wet finish. I stopped drinking this flagship a couple years ago because I found it too simple. Don't know if the recipe or I just changed, but good stuff - reminds me of Hop Henge 2012 (light version)
03-08-2012 11:52:40 | More by harrymel
3.54/5 rDev -9%
A dark amber with a thumbs width beige head. Nice lacing. A nice bready but sweet malt base paired with some pine and citric - orange and grapefruit - hops. Flavor matches the aroma pretty well with the malt base giving it an underlying sweetness and breadiness paired with the hops providng some resin and citrus. A slightly more than moderate prickly bitterness carries through the entire sip and into the aftertaste, the one aspect of this beer I like least. Its not smack you in the face aggressive bitter, its quite mild in that regard, but its strong because of its duration. Its there the entire time and the length enhances its effect on the taste buds. Not quite medium bodied but not thin either, active from carbonation. A pretty good, easy to drink IPA from Deschutes here. Generally not a huge IPA fan so I probably wont drink this one a whole lot but I definitely enjoyed this.
03-07-2012 22:22:48 | More by denver10
3.35/5 rDev -13.9%
Bottle BB 01/17/12, purchased as a single at Happy Harry's Grand Forks South. Poured into a cleat plastic glass
A: A clear copper body with very little head that fizzed away quickly, but some head returned and offered up decent globs of lacing. 4
S: A syrupy nose with sweet caramel, and decent amount of citrus hops including grapefruit and something odd that can only be best described as black pepper and cheesy 3.5
T: Corny sweetness balanced by a biting bitterness. An odd lack of hop flavours. 3
M: The bitterness lasts forever, balanced well. Average carbonation 4
O: I am not sure if this bottle was a little off with the odd aroma, but I sure would like a heck of a lot more hops going on here.
EDIT/Re-review: Had this beer on tap at Ralph Englestad Arena on 3/2/2012, and the maltiness was still strong and the hops were still weak. (had it rated 4.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 - very similar).
03-05-2012 04:06:13 | More by kjyost
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Beautifully clear, amber with a 1 1/2 finger head that lingered. Left significant lacing.
S - Disappointing. Was anticipating lots of citrusy and pine hop flavor, but the malt is the dominant smell here. Guess I was expecting more from a West Coast IPA.
T & M - You get more of the hop bitterness as you drink it, but make no mistake - the crystal malt is the star here. Again, disappointing considering the style and where it's from. It's not bad, but not what I was expecting. It is a bit fruity in the aftertaste, but lots of malt up front.
Overall - A decent beer, but not for hopheads like me. I much prefer a Union Jack IPA, a Stone IPA, etc... much more of a hop presence.
02-28-2012 22:58:35 | More by StLThrash
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured from the bottle a clear amber-red with one finger of light tan head. Left behind a fair amount of lacing.
Quite a malty aroma for an IPA with just a hint of fruit.
The taste was mostly malts with a touch of light fruit and some buttery notes. A touch of bitterness in the finish.
Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
A decent IPA but I prefer more hops in mine.
02-27-2012 16:53:31 | More by Monkeyknife
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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