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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,587 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 116
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.88/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.