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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,288 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 95
Gots: 178 | 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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fox227

California

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

A: Pours a ruby, amber color with decent head.

S: I smell more sweet malts than hops. It isn't anything special or noteworthy.

T: Lots of sweet malt here: caramel, burnt toast, and a very earthy bitterness mixed in somewhere. I would say that this is a very mild IPA, and meant to be an easy drinker. But it's really not all that tastey or interesting. I would say that "Inversion" inverts the hops and makes the malts the star, but the malt is the understudy.

M: Medium carbonation, and even without much hops on the taste, the hops still manage to linger for quite a while on the tongue, as does the aftertaste of the malts.

O: Hey, it's a decent beer. I would take a bottle of this over BMC or other crap any day. But I expect more out of IPAs, and I could compile quite a list of IPAs I'd buy again before this one.

05-13-2011 23:47:09 | More by fox227
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3dudesbeerblog

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +1%

With a tilted glass and a gentle pour, the Inversion IPA still produced a two finger head bulging over the rim of glass. Still bubbling from its pour, the body of the beer shows off a deep amber color, dappled with suspended, unfiltered sediment. Inversion's scent projects smooth malts blended with a light, crisp, hoppy bite.

Inversion has a taste that can best be described as smooth and crisp. First, sharp hop notes blended with light caramel and citrus hints claim your palate. After swallowing, a sweet grapefruit aftertaste remains.

This is a good blend. The smooth flavor and drinkability mask Inversion IPA's 6.8% alcohol very well.

05-12-2011 16:33:08 | More by 3dudesbeerblog
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a lovely red-tinged amber colour, with a very fine, if slight head of yellow-white. Lacing is sheeting and thick, however, which should make up for the lack of head retention. Thick body for its 6.8%. The gorgeous colour and lacing make this a very fine looking beer.

Nose is fruity and rather sweetly perfumed, without a lot of true gritty, grunty hop bite. Floral aromas with a dash of honey and some mild tropical fruits. Even a twang of green banana, laced with the remnants of passionfruit. Very pleasant.

Taste is smooth for the most part, with a mild bitterness through the centre. This, however, doesn't quite manage to cover the intense and robust caramel sweetness that forms the basis of the beer. Together, they head towards a menthol bite on the back, but the characters never really mesh that well.

Feel is smooth and supple, with a lightness that matches the lilt of hoppy bitterness pleasantly.

A nice beer, although getting outside the realms of a really good IPA. The sweetness is a bit too pronounced, leaving it more a beer to sip and ruminate over than one to drink with gay abandon.

05-07-2011 06:34:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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rawfish

California

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a rather hay copper and rust coloration with a finger and a half of ivory tight foam. Decent retention and thin wisps of stick on the glass.

A bit dank, caramel malts accompanied by plums, peaches and brown sugar. Hops are assertive yet a bit darkened with pine, wet grass, spearmint and blood orange juice in that strength.

Overall tastes like an esb with an extra bitter kick, substantial balance in the malt ranks with caramel malts, brown sugar and some toast. Hop flavor is more of a citrus feel mixed with grapefruit pith and blood orange juice, vinous tart feel in the back end as well. Bitterness dominates the latter portion of the drink rather full and drying. The wine-like tartness abruptly stops the hefty malts from transitioning smoothly into the bitterness.

Smooth with a medium-full body and below average carbonation, hurts the sessionability a bit. Dries well but malts are still sticky.

The nose clashes slightly with the taste here as far as hop profile goes and feels a bit heavy to be a session beer. Great amounts of bitterness and subtle fruit flavors surface from time to time. Slightly dank and dreary, a steady and heartfelt rainy day beer.

05-04-2011 23:38:11 | More by rawfish
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Copper colored with an inch of off-white foam that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma predominantly of grassy hop with notes of toasted malt and a pinch of citrus zest.

Moderately bitter taste of earthy, grassy hop is showcased in a base of toasted biscuit-caramel malt that is middling in assertiveness, but yeilds to a bitter and dry finish.

Medium body, mildly carbonated. Not one of those knock you socks off IPA's, but overall rating bonus +0.5 points for being pleasant to drink.

05-02-2011 20:48:00 | More by JackieTH
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

Appearance - Clear medium amber body with a strange almost yellowish head?

Smell - Typical grassy IPA notes with a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste - Tastes a lot like an ESB. Does not seem like an IPA at all...

Mouthfeel - Clean and refreshing. Could use more carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer but not very balanced. Strong aftertastes that lasts too long sort of kills it.

05-01-2011 00:21:23 | More by ZenAgnostic
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MinnesotaRIS

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours with medium body with modestly carbonated very slightly off-white head that goes down at a moderately fast rate. Leaves a thin top foam and a medium-low amount of lacing. Copper-red with very clear appearance.

S - hops! American hops are most present - grassy, some citrus but very low. The aroma is more earthy hops. Cara notes come through with a decent amount of supporting malt that rounds out the nose

T - Hops again are present here in the taste. Resiny and earthy. Very solid hop flavor that lingers out to the finish. Bitterness is high and initially sharp and stays until late in the aftertaste. Very low malt taste.

M - Sturdy body with plenty of dextrin character. Attenuated well for an American IPA. Leaves lots of hop resins.

This is a good northwest IPA. Not bright but firm in hop character. The body helps support the bitterness. A touch more citrus would be nice but I will go back to this for a regular fridge beer.

04-30-2011 02:57:55 | More by MinnesotaRIS
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a bright amber with orange highlights that are surprisingly dark with a soft peach coloured head. There is plenty of chunky lacing around the glass as the foam slowly dissipates. The nose is a bit complex with rip orange and a subtle honey boozyness. This beer is surprising as it does not look or smell like an average IPA but is striking and smells delicious non the less. The taste is also complex with a strong malty presence up front more like a Scotch Ale. This is then followed immediately by a bitter orange then a floral blast. The mouthfeel is slightly dry and has a lingering burnt bitterness. This is a very complex beer and a mixture of many styles that makes it both delicious and intersting. Oh, and it has good retention and is almost 7%.

04-26-2011 02:04:21 | More by LazyL
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Phelps

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Enjoyed poured from the tap into a shaker pint. Inversion combines three American hops in the boil and is dry-hopped for seven day. It’s named for a weather phenomenon when clouds hug the base of a mountain only to reveal clear skies further up.

Dark, mostly clear amber, hazed by its own duskiness. A nice, sticky one-finger head of froth disappears slowly, leaving walls of lace.

The nose is packed with the sweet citrus of California oranges offset by some pine and grass. Honey, peaches and burnt sugar also emerge. It’s sweet, citrusy, dank and damn good.

Increased bitterness and malt in the flavor. I get more caramel and toasty bread than expected. Sweet grassy and citrusy hops hit in a flash, then quickly fade between sips, replaced with burnt sugar and crackers.

Medium body, or just a shade under, with poky medium carbonation. The syrupy sweetness of the beer lingers, making it not as crisp as I'd like.

The major inversion here is between the nose and the flavor, and I wish there was more connect. Still, it’s a decent IPA from one of the best producers of hoppy beers in the country right now.

04-20-2011 22:58:10 | More by Phelps
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

I had a draft of this on a recent visit to Las Vegas at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. I wish I was able to get more Deschutes beer because just about everything I taste from them I like.

Pours a dark amber, quite dark for an ipa with a light and fluffy head.

Aroma is pretty balanced with a mixture of pine, citrus, malt and alcohol.

Flavor is also very balanced, not too bitter but certainly bitter enough to be called an IPA.

This was a very easy to drink beer and if I had not had other engagements elsewhere I'd have probably drank a few more.

04-20-2011 19:15:09 | More by david18
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NWer

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours dark amber into my nonic. Beautiful appearance with abundant amber head. Clear, little effrvescence.
Citrus aroma. Pleasant.
Taste, grapefruit. Definitely grapefruit. Nice balance up front with astringent citrus taking over at the end.
This is borderline IIPA in ABV and hop flavor. A palate destroyer that makes this difficult to drink many of at one time.
So, I make the most of it and enjoy them more sparingly.

04-15-2011 20:56:12 | More by NWer
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iSip

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Deschutes Inversion IPA: This IPA is more of a Double IPA style. The head is off-white, and the body a deep dark color, more reminiscent of a Double. There is some hop to the aroma, but it is not strong. The flavor is very thick in malt all the way through, with a hoppy bitterness rising toward the end. Again, to me this is more of a Double IPA, and I prefer lighter IPA’s with more sparkle.

04-14-2011 14:55:02 | More by iSip
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

(12oz. bottle). Deep copper color with beige head. Aroma of some caramelized sugar and some citrus. Malty initial flavor followed by hop bitterness and fizziness on the tongue. My preference for IPAs is Racer 5-more hops and less malt. Not a bad beer at all, however

04-12-2011 17:11:23 | More by trappistlover
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far333

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Burnished copper color with a thick inch-high head of rocky foam that settles slowly. Inviting aroma of biscuity malt and honey, some ripe pear.

Sharp hop flavors upfront, full of tangerine, orange rind and grapefruit. Some cinnamon and lemon zest. Firm bitterness balanced by a rich but understated malt backbone.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Nice beer.

04-10-2011 23:33:32 | More by far333
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drinkofczars

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10%

A- A nice copper color with a reddish hue to it. Very clear for an IPA.

S- Great hoppy smell. A little bit of a roasty smell coming through also.

T- Moderate hoppy taste. Has a reddish type bite with a smokey finish. Very little amounts of citrus in this IPA. This beer does not have the bite that I really enjoy in IPA's.

M- Super good mouth-feel with this beer. Great carbonation, good consistency, slightly velvety finish. Best part of the beer.

O- This is a good IPA for anyone who likes red ales to try. If someone does not like the strong nature of the IPA, they might want to give this one a whirl.

Decent Beer.

04-10-2011 21:27:06 | More by drinkofczars
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Murchmac

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

At this point im just reviewing to keep a log of bottles I drink at home, nothing more than a record. I mean if you really have to read my review to decide if you are going to drink a 2 dollar beer you can buy, then you don't like beer.

Any beer you can buy for 2 dollars you drink. Ill argue that to the grave. This beer is a good craft beer. Its an IPA so it has hops, its amber golden in nature, and smells good. If you like hops and alcohol, you should buy it.

I wish there was a box you could just check to say youve had it.

04-09-2011 04:42:40 | More by Murchmac
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a nice semi-clear amber with a thin eggshell white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of hops. Smells ok. Could use more hop aroma.

Taste is solid. A bit of malt and a nice bitter finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Solid IPA. Wouldn't seek it out but if you see a 6er, grab one.

04-07-2011 05:33:51 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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madvermin

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark brownish ruby, with a much deeper, darker body than plenty of DIPAs out there. Head is an off-white voluminous lacy beast. All you could ask for in that department, but I wish there was more clarity in the body.

Slightly burnt caramel sits on top while soft citrus offers zing beneath. It's a pleasant, if not spectacular nose. Notes of bubblegum come out as the beer warms.

Taste starts with a punch of toffee malt, then moves into nicely clean hops. Candied orange turns into grapefruit bitterness that eventually is the end of the beer. Nice dry finish is pleasant and not overpowered. Malts vary from grainy to caramel, to toffee and roasted. It's a nice malt profile that isn't as strong as it sounds, but still a bit too emphasized for the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with the dry finish being a nicely balanced ending. Stickiness is present at the start, but isn't very convincing. Drinkability is good thanks to the finish, and the flavors remain pleasant after multiple bottles of this. Solid in all departments, and a respectable IPA that isn't too expensive either.

04-04-2011 08:50:43 | More by madvermin
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

pours out a cloudy, with plenty of floaties, caramel colour. thin fine head with thin wispy lace. strong caramel malt aroma with lots of bright citrusy hops present. smells like liquid beer candy. yum. taste follows what the nose introduced...a base layer of caramel malts makes for prominent foundation for the lip puckering citrus hoppiness. a lot of grapefruit and lemon with grassy edges. pretty straightforward and actually simple in nature but very delicious nonetheless. pleasantly bitter in the finish. sturdy body. mouthfeel best described as hoppy...that desirable slight scratchinees due to the bitterness from the hops. very drinkable.

overall a treat to drink. hops are on parade and don't disappoint. recommended.

04-01-2011 22:52:00 | More by budgood1
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claytong

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This is one of my favorite IPAs that is under 1.50 a bottle. Great malt character and medium hopping for a very nice combination of sweet and bitter. I thought my friend from Portland was hyping it up, but no its damn good. I'd recommend for anyone who isnt crazy about hops to the max and want a more rounded spectrum.

04-01-2011 00:17:41 | More by claytong
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rickyhansing

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A: A nice copper color with a very light tan head.

S: Clean, hops are a bit floral and citric.

T: Floral and citric hops, creamy with a noticeable hop bite. Caramel malts, balanced with a touch of sweetness.

M: Mid to full body, smooth carbonation.

O: A damned fine I.P.A., hoppy but not hotly bitter. Full of sweet malts and smooth hops, mighty fine!

03-31-2011 16:07:46 | More by rickyhansing
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked freshness date of May 24th, 2011.

I have always been a big fan of Deschutes, and we just started getting their IPA here in Austin about a month ago.

This brew pours a fairly dark amber shade with a good amount of
head and some chunky lacing. Stunning to look at in the glass.

The first whiff of this brew I actually picked up on some sweetness along with the potent pine and citrus notes. A good amount of caramel and strawberry like sweetness also makes it's way through. The nose carries over to the taste, but does not prepare you for the 80IBU blast of bittering hops.Hit of caramel up front, with some strawberry and raspberry ester flavors. Hops quickly take hold, ranging from the pine and citrus flavors in the nose. The bitterness whacks the heck out of the back of the tongue, permitting just a faint amount of malt sweetness to ride into the end. Bitterness is relentless in the aftertaste. Semi-creamy, fairly fully bodied mouthfeel.

This is an IPA for old-school, hop lovers. Sure, there is a bit of balance here, but the hops are very dominant both in terms of flavor and bitterness. Funny thing is, this beer smells a lot more balanced than what it tastes like. All of that being said, overall, I am a big fan of this IPA. It's true to the style, even though it's flirting with the double IPA category, but quite simply, it's a well crafted beer that I will come back to.

03-25-2011 09:23:04 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Half-inch of head covering a dark amber IPA. This is one of the dark IPA's I've ever encountered. slightly below average on both head retention and lacing.

S- Smell is of fresh citrusy goodness.

T- Both citrus and piney. Caramel notes steal the show as far as I'm concerned. Very nice and bitter hops.

M- Very alive in my mouth, excellent carbonation.

D/O- Overall a good to great IPA in my book. The mouth watering caramel hints really take center stage and leave you wanting more. Speaking of more...Deschutes come to IL!!

03-24-2011 04:44:06 | More by Duff27
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HighCotton

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

One inch tan head with large bubbles that dissipates to about 1/8 inch within two minutes. Patches of suds remain on the glass as the head slowly shrinks to the surface. Within five minutes the head is down to the surface. An amber-ish but quite red color. Relatively little carbonation to the eye. Nose is piney and malty; also hoppy with a medley of fruits lurking that I cannot peg down without help from the bottle (citrus). Brew is bitter on the palate. Nice, well-carbonated mouthfeel that goes down smoothly but a welcome coat lingers on the palate. Bitter, piney aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for several minutes. Very refreshing. A very nice american ipa. $8 for a six-pack of this is a bargain, indeed.

03-22-2011 01:24:58 | More by HighCotton
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heartofgold

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Impressions are on second glass of this one. After drinking the first I felt the need to write-up another round.

Served at 40 degrees, it poured making a 1/4 inch cream head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. The color was an impressive rusty almond.

The smell was more like an amber, with the malt sweetness dominating over a resinous pine that lingered...pleasant, but not what I expect with an IPA.

The malt is forward in taste as well, rounded with toasty biscut and followed by a mounting amount of bitterness that lingers long and provides quite an edge on the finish.

I love the mouthfeel, this one coats the inside of your cheeks and lingers on the pallet, while the sweetness fades and leaves the hop bitterness behind.

Inversion is a perfect name for the beer. with the malt-forward and long bitterness at the end, this beer matches its claims. It has a bit more malt for my taste and almost strikes me as an amber; and while my bro loves amber and I can respect that, it just ain't my thing. For what it is it does it beautifully. I think we have an Amber IPA here, and it is at the top of its class.

03-18-2011 01:51:22 | More by heartofgold
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.