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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,584
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 115
Gots: 297 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 10/03/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass walls.

Smell: A big mix of hops in the aroma. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Also some big hints of floral, grassy hops. Some pine resins in the mix as well. A quite noticeable malt presence here too with some sweet malts and lightly toasted grains. Hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Smells big and juicy.

Taste: A pretty big taste that is actually fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Starts out with a bitter kick of hops with esters of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Also a big taste of floral, herbal earthy hops with some grass. A little bit of pine resin. Midway comes the sweet and bready malts and grains. Notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. A very good and full taste.

Mouthfeel: Body on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, juicy, and pretty chewy. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good American IPA. Not quite a citrus bomb West Coast style IPA, but the balance here is very nice.

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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.

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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.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,584 ratings.