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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,293
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 97
Gots: 182 | 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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Photo of rickyhansing


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
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


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
Photo of Duff27


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
Photo of HighCotton


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
Photo of heartofgold


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
Photo of doucmehu


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: poured into 20oz classic Pilsner. 1 finger off white head, nice lacing. rich amber honey, hint of red.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit hops, pineapple, mango, papaya, slight pine hops. Love the nose on this one.

T: Pine hops up front, along with some of the tropical fruit, particularly the mango. Pleasant, very hoppy IPA.

M: Bitter and a bit of a scraper, dry hop finish. Solid.

D: I have enjoyed quite a few of these, especially considering the low price. Another solid west coast cascadian from Deschutes.

03-16-2011 03:26:52 | More by doucmehu
Photo of smakawhat


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts0916 for the trade. Hmmm, seems I am overdue Best by Feb 8th... better drink this. I should probably say more than my last on tap review of this.

Monster huge head off the pour of four fingers off white. Solid retention, and pours gold, but leaves a nice somewhat cloudy body of amber color. Some real good stick lacing of even very big bubbles.

Wonderful fruit basket fresh grapefruit flesh smell. Mild malts, and hints of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real great smelling beer here.

Tastes just solid and simple. Good hop feel even this late out of the bottle, with a great smooth body. Hop presence comes out with tangerine and lime punch on the swallow. Malts mellow out behind. A classic good simple American IPA.

I am even more impressed how good this is beyond the freshness date, it's even a little more fruit subtle than its big grapefruit bomb on tap version. Great drinking beer.

03-11-2011 04:12:30 | More by smakawhat
Photo of whatthehull


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful deer orange red, with 1 1/2 finger off white, cloud like head and some light lacing

S - Sweet malt, sweet floral hop, pineapple, mango, papaya, hibiscus, caramel, vanilla, a bit of sweet tobacco, grass, corn meal and a bit of oak and earth

T - Great sweet malt with an awesome floral, tropical, citrus hops. The caramel, vanilla, tropical fruits, and sweet tobacco are there again

M - Excellent. So soft but prevalent on the pallet. Sweet and then bitter sweet. Sits really nice and goes down even better

D - Excellent. I could drink this all day everyday. So smooth.

Final thought - $7.99 a sixer, is an awesome price for a beer with a nice ABV and even better taste. Wow.

03-04-2011 03:35:02 | More by whatthehull
Photo of SamN


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Beautiful pour into my New Belgium goblette. Huge creamy head, thick and creamy with a slightly rocky surface. Lovely dark red/amber color. Absolutely glows to light. Beautiful beer. Smell is obviously quite hoppy, with lots of fruit characteristics. Nose includes apples, oranges, seared grapefruit, crystal and caramel malts and slight a woodsy aroma. Big and complex. Taste is pretty balanced. Starts of sort of malty and sweet, then slowly the fruity hops characteristics start to come in, finishes just a bit too bitter for me. Refreshingly crisp, yet big NW hops flavor flavor. Fuller bodied and with plenty of structure.

Another winner from Deschutes.

03-02-2011 00:26:03 | More by SamN
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours a mellow dark amber, looks like a standup effort on just its appearance. Decent head, particularly foamy in the center, excellent lacing.

Smells sweet and tangy, like overripe guava, or some other tropical fruit, bitterness of hops also comes through in the scent.

Immediate bitterness of piney hops dances with anchoring malts toward the back of the palate. Alpha acids really linger through the aftertaste, along with subtle hints of dry bagel. Certainly hits the palate hard and stays there, enjoyably.

Zings the tastebuds, definitely makes its impression on the tongue; probably pairs extremely well with braised, salty or rubbed steak. Hops would do well to cut the grease and relieve thirst.

Would certainly enjoy more, and I wouldn't figure for an IPA but this could grow on me.

02-26-2011 02:39:21 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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3.85/5  rDev -1%

After trying Desschutes' darker beers like the Black Butte Porter and Obsidian Stout I decided to acquire their Inversion IPA. I'm a big fan of hoppy pale ales but I often ginf that the hoppier the beer the less that it has a full body of flavor. Often my experience with IPAs is that they will have a bold taste of bitter/floral hops but then are lacking in body and/or flavor afterward. Not to say this experience was the same with the Inversion IPA but I will let the rest of the review speak for itself.

When poured I got a white 1 finger (mostly due to pouring into a glass I was unaccustomed to) head that later diminished to barely a film on top. Color of the liquid was a yellowish amber.

My nostrils were greeted with a very enjoyable floral smell of hops and sweet malts.

The taste was very hoppy at the onset but to my pleasure it stayed hoppy throughout. Malts showed up at the end to ensure a more full body. Over all the Inversion IPA had a good body to it. I prefer to have more of a balance in my pale ales in regards to counteracting the hops but the overt hoppiness is to be expected in an IPA so I won't complain too much. A good IPA here with a better than average body to it.

02-25-2011 21:39:07 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of notchucknorris


4.2/5  rDev +8%

A: Pretty dark for an IPA. Dark amber in color with a small white foam head.

S: Tons of floral hops along with some jasmine and some malts.

T: Lots and lots of hops that hit your palette hard and bitter. They're balanced pretty will with some caramel malts and some undertones of bread and biscuit. Pretty solid IPA from Deschutes.

02-25-2011 14:53:27 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of TexIndy


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 5/17/11 on label. It was orange amber in color and hazy from all the floating bits. It had about a finger of foam that settled down to a thick collar and a thin covering film. Good lacing with moderate stickage.

The aroma was good with pine and grapefruit & pineapple on top of a good caramel malt base. The taste starts out with a sweet malt base then the moderately bitter hops jump right in for a bitter finish that lingers. There is just enough malt to keep it from being overly bitter for me. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carb and bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really good IPA from a great brewery. I still prefer the grapefruity IPA's to the bitter ones but I can see growing into this as my bitter palate continues to develop. High recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - still working up to this being a regular purchase so singles every now and then [O;Y]

02-23-2011 02:51:01 | More by TexIndy
Photo of mdaschaf


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger head. Decent retention ending in splotches of foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice light citrus aroma and a little bit of caramel and toasted malts. I get a hint of pineapple at the end as well.

T: Starts with some caramel, followed by some pine flavor. I was expecting a bit more of a floral flavor based on the nose, but more piney. Has a slight bite on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and creamy. Overall very enjoyable. a solid beer I could keep in the fridge and drink anytime.

02-22-2011 01:15:30 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Pours a nice caramel colour with a burnt orange hue, half a finger of soapy beige head with decent retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, reminiscent of lemon iced tea, followed by some caramel malts.

T - Citrus and cedar hops are quite bitter on this one, though the flowery citrus bouquet does present itself nicely. Nicely balanced with the malts that leave a caramel biscuit lingering on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, yet finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - A very worthy IPA and definitely a staple for any hop head. The dry bitterness on the mouthfeel was the only weakness in an otherwise quality offering.

02-21-2011 21:24:11 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - clear copper, foamy head settled at one finger with traces of lacing all around
S - leafy and citrus hops, fruity sweetness, and toasted grains
T - leafy, earthy, and orange citrus hop notes, toasty grains, subtle caramel sweetness, just a little metallic
M - medium body, thin and crisp with a pleasant bitter
D - much more balance than many American IPA's make this very easy and tasty to drink, the more Deschutes I try the more they are becoming one of my favourite brewers

02-19-2011 05:29:41 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Glibber


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A very nice amber orange color although slightly cloudy die to much carbination. A tan/white head that really laced the glass. Nice grapefruit citrus taste. A nice malty front with the citrus and slight sweetness undertones. An easy hop ending that is smooth but lingering. I liked it over the regular mid priced craft beers from Oregon/Washington.

02-19-2011 03:34:33 | More by Glibber
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear dark-amber color. Off-white head is pretty, fluffy, with nice sustaining.

S-Citrus-pine hoppiness is quite up front.

T-Resiny, citruc hoppiness. Slight nutty, dry-ish malt character underneat. Hop bitterness does a good job of overwhelming the malts, which seemed to be the intention.

M-Moderate body, slight hoppy pucker, with an easy, moderate-level carbonation.

D-This is a pretty classic-tasting IPA. I like it, and I'm glad that Deschutes has joined the lineup of beers available in Minnesota.

02-17-2011 17:29:47 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Wasatch included this beer as an extra in our most recent trade. Thanks John, great beer to just throw in.

Inversion IPA has a slightly hazy, dark, copper colored body. The head is off-white and fairly soapy with very good retention and lacing.

The aroma has a lot of caramel malt, with a sharp bite of citrus hops at the back end.

The aroma had me a little bit worried that this would be on the malty side, but apparently my fears were unfounded. Right up front an aggressive bitterness comes with big flavors of pine and resin. Immediately following the initial burst of hops are even more hops, but these are skewed more toward bright citrus flavors, with pineapple and an especially strong showing from grapefruit. Next, and slightly beneath the hops is a fairly big, caramel malt backbone. The finish brings more hops, with brightest of the citrus flavors leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

The mouthfeel is well done. Oily on the tongue, medium-heavy in the body and a nice creamy texture.

Deschutes makes some good beer, and Inversion IPA falls into that category.

02-16-2011 03:16:46 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of hopstradamus


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

A. Pours a dull, medium copper color with a slight haze. The average-sized cream colored head fades to reveal delicate lace clinging to the glass.

S. Floral and citrus hop character flank a sweet, caramel malt base.

T. Bitter, dry, and a bit bready. The malt character is all but buried beneath the hops. I guess hoping for some semblance of balance was too much to ask for.

M. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, but no balance. This is a hoppy beer in both aroma and bitterness, but I found little else.

D. Hops, for the sake of hops. I wanted more.

01-31-2011 21:04:44 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of jsh420


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

best by 03-08-11

pours clear golden copper with a 1/2 finger soapy head that left no lacing

smells malty bready caramel pale malts and some citrus hops

taste reminds me some of the SN ipas but with more of a citrus grapefruit punch which is very surprising in that the hops are on the back end of the beer - first the malt then the hops

moutfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy that works well an ipa so balanced

drinkability is good and a great change of pace from the hopbombs i have been drinking lately

01-25-2011 04:14:53 | More by jsh420
Photo of DovaliHops


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a very hazy amber color with a medium-small off-white head. The scent is hoppy with a tad bit of malt. There is a quite a bit of citrus too (lemons, grapefruit, etc). Taste is initially caramel malt with some bitterness and light grassy and floral notes. Then I get a strong citrus profile with a strong lemon flavor. The grassy and floral flavors are also there. The finish is bitter with a delightful bite. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is high as the 6.8 ABV is quite nice. Wouldn't expect any less from Deschutes...

01-21-2011 06:57:26 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Vonerichs


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Best by 2/16/2011...

Dark rusty orange color. Small head with spotty lacing.

Grapefruit and orange peel hops are the dominant smell. Caramel malt and a different but pleasant smell of cola round it out.

It's a pretty tastey brew. There's tons of orange peel. The grapefruit is present, but not as noticable as in the smell. Toasted and caramel malts give this a stronger balance than most IPAs from this coast, but it still remains heavily bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Good carbonation and moutn puckering.

It's a very enjoyable and quality IPA. The alcohol is somewhat present, but doesn't detract. I'll definitely have this again.

01-21-2011 02:59:42 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of knm

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a dark copper but lightens up quickly with a decent head of foam. No cloudiness, smell is of rich sweet hops and caramel.
Taste is a smooth sweet and bitter combo. Not floral at all, can taste the caramel undertones.
This will be in my fridge on a regular basis!

01-20-2011 22:43:48 | More by knm
Photo of nrbw23


4/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Pours a deep, slightly hazy copper color with a nice creamy colored head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is citrus hops, quite a bit of a lemon zest, a bit of piney hops and a nice caramel malt back bone.

T- A nice smack in the face from the hops. Hops dominate this brew with citrus and pine leading the way. A bit of caramel malts in the finsih.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation. Has a really nice creamy feel to it.

D- I found this one to be very easy to drink. Seems to be fairly simple and good.

01-14-2011 08:42:28 | More by nrbw23
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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