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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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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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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

A: A dense, murky amber, probably a result of the carastan malts—lovely though. One-finger frothy, rootbeer float-like head that sticks around. The lacing is super dense and intricate.

S: I can smell this beer from across the room. A rich piney, hoppy nose, with hints of the carastan malts, roasted, toasty, caramels, maybe some dark fruit, raisins, and some buttery notes.

T: The flavor doesn’t match the nose in intensity, nor in diversity of flavor offerings. The carastan malts certainly come out, but are really overwhelmed by the citrus and pine of the hops. Aftertaste is nice and delicate though, with a great balance between the malts and the hops. I get some light fruits in there as well, maybe some apricot and cantaloupe.

M: Not bad. Not much carbonation, but I don’t really mind when it comes to IPAs. Not as syrupy as a lot of other west coast IPAs. Coating. Not dry. The warmth of the alcohol peeks out as well.

O: Pretty, pretty, pretty good. I’m not blown away, but this IPA can stand up against the (not the vast) majority of IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:19:19 | More by Heavenisbeer
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

An off white, 2 finger head. With decent retention and excellent lacing. It's a vibrant tawny to dark honey color, crystal clear. Everything an IPA should be.

Smell is mainly hops of the fruity and florally varieties. A nice malt backing balances it out.

Wow, that is textbook IPA. Hop forward with all your expected flavors. It's like they took every hop variety they had and threw in a bit of each, and it's wonderfully balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

Perfectly carbonated and light in body. Finishes more sweet than dry, and I could go for some more depth in the body. But damn it's drinkable and it's almost 7%.

Overall this is a truly great IPA, while not the best I've had, it's right up there. I think the hop profile is ambitious but a bit muddled. That's my only criticism. Very good beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:46:20 | More by Humulus85
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litheum94

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 1/1/12.

Deep amber body, almost rust colored. A slow to form head builds up to a frothy covering and then settles to clusters of soap like bubbles. Leaves trails all over the sides of the glass.

Deeply complex hop nose: flowers, citrus and pine. Malts balance out the aromas with caramel and brown sugar. What a great smelling beer.

Toasty, nutty malts at first with some caramel sweetness. Zesty lemon hops with some fresh cut flowers and pine. Good balance, with lingering bitterness. Dry finish.

A solidly made IPA. Easy drinking, and very rewarding. A go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:22:19 | More by litheum94
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before: 12/13/11

A- dark honey, copper; head dissipates quickly

S - nice piney, citrus,

T- lots of flavour but no distinction; everything seems elevated without much complexity or character; very warm in the finish- the alcohol (6.8%) seems to linger and dominate the aftertaste

M- huge mouthfeel; almost fat; bitterness is there but it lingers rather than cuts through the malt.

O- this is a big bodied beer. Wish it had more hop freshness. Too alcoholic for my liking. But its bigness stands up well to big foods. I wish it had more of a bright, fresh character. It really tastes like more than 6.8%!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:57:45 | More by EspressoGuy
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BucannonXC5

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was almost straight amber. Maybe an inch of head. Bubbly lacing on the top. Foggy, bubbly film on the sides of the glass.

Smelled caramel hops first, followed by lemon citrus hops and sweet malts. Really more like an amber than a IPA, though.

Good balance on the tastes, but nothing too great. Slight caramel led the way, with lemon zest following. Bitter, but smooth finish.

Medium body. Average carbonation. So smooth.

Not a bad beer at all. I wanted to rate it higher, but I had to go with my initial ratings. Not like the normal IPA’s I’m used to, more like an amber. Good beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 07:24:35 | More by BucannonXC5
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter glass:

A - Pours a hazy ruby color with a 3 finger, off white head with good creaminess. Retention is excellent, and leaves a nice lacing as slowly recedes.

S - Strong grapefruit notes dominate. Some nice perfumy and floral tones as well. There's a bit of sweetness in there as well.

T - Surprisingly, a strong dose of caramel malts opens. Very floral taste with a citrus finish. Some sweet esters from the yeast come through.

M - Medium bodied and adequately crisp on the finish. Spot on for an IPA

D - Probably one of the most drinkable IPA's I've had the pleasure of trying. Well built and tasty. Give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:40:01 | More by blakelive784
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head, clear ad amber
S: mild grapfruit. Some herbal and earthy notes.

T: hops immediately up front with fade to pine wood otes and a citrus fiish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the changing flavors in this one flow very well. Very drinkable for an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 15:01:40 | More by kylehay2004
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zander4dawin

Texas

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

Appearance - Amber color with some golden hues. Head is creamy and darker than a typical IPA. Almost, a Marzen/Okto Fest colored beer.

Smell - Floral and sweet

Taste - Fantastic balance, not over whelming in any way. Good malt body, without being overly sweet and a hop presences without being overly assertive.

Mouth - A nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:39:08 | More by zander4dawin
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mudbug

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the freshness dated bottle into a standard pint glass results in a darker than normal for the style dark copper with a decent off white head that fades into a cap with sticky lacing on the sides, a small amount of bubbles continue to rise slowly through the body. Aroma is subdued floral hops and light bread, notes of lemon zest.
Taste is wonderful, raw juicy hops, some pine and grapefruit with just a tint of tropical fruit sweetness a white bread shadow shows up but gets kicked out the door by a pronounced bitterness that is so satisfying and palate cleansing that you just can't help wanting another long draft.
Slightly creamy and oily pretty heavy for an IPA, I've had doubles that are a shadow of this.
Overall, just a very nice IPA that will be purchased regularly. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:11:28 | More by mudbug
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this in box from UngerTaker, thanks! Dated best by 9.13.11 so I popped this open right away. Poured into tulip and reviewed from notes...

A- Dark amber in color with an inch of a foamy off white tanish head. Head dies very quickly but leaves some decent lacing to be remembered by.

S- Hops come off soapy. Citrus and tiny bit of pine in there, otherwise fairly malty with a strong doughy, honey aroma.

T/M- Bitterness is definitely where I like it, but flavor fails to deliver. I get mostly pine (which I tend to dislike comparatively) with a touch of grapefruit. Again, malt backbone comes through with honey and graham cracker. Carbonation is minimal, leaving this slick and oily. I like my IPAs more lively on the palate.

O- Though this is still within best by date, this would be a little better more fresh (obviously). Seems like it has some decent components, but its forgettable and more importantly I just gravitate towards the more citrus/fruity IPAs...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:36:31 | More by TheGordianKnot
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out clear bronze/copper in color. Tremendous off-white head on this one. Excellent retention and getting tons of lacing. Beautiful. Loads of bitter grapefruit in the nose. Lots of pine and citrus with just a bit of a tropical back bone. Huge amounts of hops in the taste. Straight up piney bitterness with just enough malt profile to balance it out. Just a bit. Awesome hop fix right here. Mouth feel is is on par as well. Goes down smooth and has a pleasing oily finish. This is now my go to ipa when I need hops. One of the hoppiest beers Ive had to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:23:34 | More by depechemode1983
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze color with a tight, white head head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of a bit of grassy and citrus hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops on top of a good malt backbone. Hops have notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, grass, and a bit of pine. Malts end everything with a bit of caramel sweetness and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a well done IPA that will join my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:15:11 | More by ocelot2500
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the beauty of living in Colorado, I once attempted to trade for this beer, last week I just drove 7 minutes to the liquor store and picked it up.

APPEARANCE: Slightly opaque and a medium copper color. The head was a nice solid inch thick with almost completely homogenous bubbles of a medium size. As the head slowly dissipated some of the bubbles combined to form larger ones and a few bigger bubbles dotted the top of the foam. The strong head also leads to some very nice lacing. In fact, this is some of the finest lacing I've ever seen. It is very thick and bubbly and covers about 60% of the backside of the glass all the way down to the bottom. It is gorgeous.

SMELL: A little pine and a touch of citrus, but the nose is not as strong as I would have expected.

TASTE: Oh, that's tasty. The flavor builds throughout the sip, but there is a strong grapefruit flavor with a bit of lemon sneaking in. A very mild malt backbone helps to balance this one out along with a touch of pine and sweet, tropical fruit. The aftertaste leaves a nice, lingering bitterness. This is a good beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Decent carbonation with a very dry finish. With each sip the Inversion IPA cleanses the palate of everything except the pleasant bitterness mentioned above.

OVERALL: I am impressed. Of course, I loved The Abyss, but the only other beer I've had from Deschutes prior to this was Mirror Pond and I was not terribly impressed. So I did not know what to expect from this one. It turns out, I'm very happy I tried it and I look forward to my next one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 08:35:27 | More by StoneTSR
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jeffjeff1

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a case of this at Costco.

Appearance- amber color, half inch head, pretty nice looking

Smell- hops, bready malts

Taste- malt, hops, slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:31:54 | More by jeffjeff1
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thomasrayw

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Inversion has a sharp hops taste which attacks your tastebuds with a vengeance. Your eyes squeeze shut as you wince and cock your head to one side, thinking the action will help make the flavor pass. Your palate will beg for cleansing, as the flavor will stay with you for many hours. This is a beer which takes a lot of effort to finish.

Bad for: drinking
Good for: boiling brats

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:12:26 | More by thomasrayw
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SDtastentune

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber/copper/ gold. No head, and no lace.

S - Smell is a little bread like and some slight citrus hops and some honey.

T - Starts off easy with some citrus/malts, gets heavy into the grapefruit taste after that. Very bitter at the end with a big bitter aftertaste.

M - Easy drinking and smooth, lower to medium carbonation that seems to not attack with with fizzy'ness.

O - Good IPA, A little different then my normal westcoast style, but this is a good example of what else you can do with an ipa. Nice and fully bitter, and has some nice hop tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:22:30 | More by SDtastentune
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color with a very thin, off-white head.

S- Nose-searing blast of hops and citrus, some honey and pine, malts are completely overpowered.

T- Similar to the nose but a bit more balanced, still very hop-heavy. Hops are pungent, lots of citrus and citrus rind, some honey is detectable. Towards the end some caramel malt and alcohol round out the finish.

M- Medium bodied, very very smooth and creamy. Finish is on the dry side.

O- A solid IPA, a must try for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:38:48 | More by WillCarrera
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warnerry

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't notice a bottle date

A - Pours clear copper with two fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Citrus and sweet malts are most apparent in the smell. Also maybe a faint amount of pine and a bit of honey.

T - Nice bitter bite up front, mostly citrus but more pine than I got from the smell. There is a solid malt base here that nicely compliments the hops, adding a touch of sweetness and some depth of flavor. Has a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of creaminess. Despite the malt presence, the finish is dry and bitter.

O - A very solid, balanced IPA. Hoppy without being a hop bomb. Nice combination of hops varieties.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:37:52 | More by warnerry
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plfahey

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Copper in color with moderately high clarity. Moderately large, dense, beige-yellow head with good retention.

Aroma-Hops are up first, with pungent, citric, and spicy character and a hint of fresh pine. Malt has loads of caramel character and some breadiness. Hints of fruity esters-light apricot and pineapple perhaps.

Flavor-Caramel malt gives way to moderte hop bitterness, which grows to a moderately high crescendo in the finish. Hop flavors are spicy, woody, and resiny, with a touch of pine and citrus. Finish is dry and moderately bitter, with green hop flavors lingering long on the palate.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, yet soft carbonation. Bitterness coats the tongue with a light numbing sensation. Barely tangible alcohol warmth.

A very good American IPA in my opinion-plenty of hop character with a solid, caramel malt backbone to support it. Delicious and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 05:55:26 | More by plfahey
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CapitalGains

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and tasted 8/13/11
12 oz. bottle into a Edmund Fitz pint glass

Pours an amber/tangerine body with about an inch and a half of creamy faint tan head, impressive lacing.
Aroma is generic citrus flavors and bready malt, some toffee; not nearly as much of the citrus or floral scents that are common in most NW IPAs.
Taste included a strong citrus bite initially which transitioned into caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, and butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, good carbonation.
This offering by Deschutes is one of the more malt-forward, caramel tasting IPAs I've tried. The citrus notes are present but counterbalanced by a strong malt backbone and unexpected dense mouthfeel. Can usually find a sixer for $6-8 around Portland making it a pretty good deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 05:17:14 | More by CapitalGains
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kojevergas

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a glass mug in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. A nontransparent copper colour.

Sm: Bittering hops and light citrus ester hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Restrained bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops. The bittering hops are pleasant mainly in the open rather than the climax, but they're not coarse enough to throw off the balance. It's well built and balanced for an IPA, which is usually my least favourite style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. As aforementioned, the awful coarseness that plagues so many IPAs is not present here.

Dr: Very drinkable and affordable for the nice quality. Give her a spin, lads - even if you normally hate IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:35:08 | More by kojevergas
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specksnreds

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance is under rated. This beer is balanced like no body's bidness, and that's good to see/taste. Sweet malty smell, almost barley wine-like. That disappears on the tongue, where bitter pine cones dominate. Old penny finish with the fizz lingering until the swallow. A little thinner than the the smell suggests, but that's OK. A double-bomb it ain't. Almost forgot....it's amber colored.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:13:15 | More by specksnreds
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a full off-white head.

Smells of malt and piney hops, bready and sweet smelling.

Tastes initially of sweet malt with pine hops then moves into a full hop flavor with lingering bitterness and a sweet, round finish.

Mouthfeel is really smooth, almost English in character.

This is a great IPA that has an English malt character with piney hops and is well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 22:24:04 | More by TenHornsProud
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inversion IPA, despite a deep caramelly colour, provides perfect clarity. In contrast to the bright beams of highlighting it emits, however, concentrating on it can be hard on the eyes and any fingers on the other side appear like shadows. Its head is tan and spongy.

That caramel colour was apparently a sign of things to come - this bouquet has plenty of dark caramel and sweet toffee-like notes and smells a little like something you'd serve as dessert with tea. But that sweetness is not allowed full spotlight; resiny pine tips and wet leaves, along with a spattering of citrus, grant the nose plenty of green Northwest forestry.

This beer is nowhere as aggressive as other West-coast IPAs. In fact, it's quite mellow. While it shares the bitterness it is obviously cut from a different branch - there's no overblown citrus and, while there's plenty of hoppiness, it is very well balanced with the malts. Indeed, by design this is far more like an English IPA - albeit a very characterful one.

That similarity is apt too because of its low carbonation, wet leafy bitterness, lack of perceivable alcohol and the soft, elegant floral accents on the finish. Also for its big toffee notes - like a coffee cake - that provide a good deal of sweetness and the hardened water minerals that mimic salted caramel - now how does that not earn at least a "4" for flavour?

This is not what American hop heads will be accustomed to; it's an IPA that won't grate the senses of an old-world purist. In typically American fashion it has more of everything, including hops to be sure, but in place of the bright citrus and bitter resins, it offers the mild temper and balance of an English offering. Strongly recommended if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:18:10 | More by biegaman
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azdback

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A pretty clear, dark orange color. Not a whole lot of carbonation bubbles. That lead to not much more than a one finger off white colored head. Lace seems to be gripping the inside of the glass quite well.

Smell is quite a bitter citrus punch. Oranges and Tangerines. There is some bread yeast here to and some malt sweetness. Quite balanced in a West Coast kind of way.

Taste is as the smell indicates. Mainly citrus hops that give off a bitter flavor of maybe a yellow grapefruit, but sweet at the same time. Sweet flavors are mainly from the malts. Some yeast is there too. Very enjoyable!!

Mouth is quite nice and refreshing. Carbonation is great for the style, not too bubbly or flat. Flavors don't fade and stay to the end quite well.

Overall I must say that this IPA was THE one that got me into the style some five or six years ago. I think that it's taste is in my rear view mirror and I don't drink this everyday anymore, but that doesn't mean it's not a great American IPA. I am so glad I decided to pick up a single bottle of this so that I could not only review it but revisit an old friend. I also want to commend Deschutes for being on the cutting edge for all of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 08:19:00 | More by azdback
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,169 ratings.