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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,288 Ratings

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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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Photo of Baraka


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours dark copper with a fair head that leaves significant lacing. Nose is dominated by floral and piny hops. There are hints of malt but it is definitely a hop-dominated beer. The first sip explodes with the piny hop flavor detected in the nose, mellows out slightly with malt sweetness, but finishes strong with bitter hoppiness. Medium carbonation with a dry, hoppy finish.

Delicious IPA variant that is heavy on the bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden as well, making this a very sessionable beer.

08-06-2010 05:04:55 | More by Baraka
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark burnt orange with just the slightest amount of haze to it. A big two finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Reminds me of a barleywine. Big amounts of malt and some hops in the background. Some caramel and maybe even a little bit of raisin.

T- The hops are more present than in the nose but not by much. Again, big malts and a good underlying bitterness. There is the caramel and some grass as well.

M- Medium to full bodied that is creamy but has a pretty good hop bite. Just a tad dry on the finish.

D- This one catches up to me after about one and a half. Just a little to sweet but with a good hop bite that tires my tongue.

08-04-2010 23:59:26 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of LacquerHead


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%

It poured an orange reddish copper color - looked great. A good foamy head with exceptional retention. (Poured this at temp 43 into a Sam Adams pint)

The aroma reminded me of pine and something tart, overall it was very nice.

There was something about this beer that simply was not working for me. It tasted a little off; like it was crudely put together. It was dry, but not in a pleasant way. The taste was reminiscent of pine needles and it had a citrus rind bitter taste. The malts seemed to have taken to the sideline only to make a brief appearance has it got warmer.

It had a prickly carbonated. Dry aftertaste that was not very pleasant.

I can respect this beer from afar, but it simply was not for me. It was too dry and bitter, and not to my liking. I might give it another shot. For now I will be moving on. Others might find it interesting, so its probably worth a try.

08-04-2010 23:33:25 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of Elimination


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

One of my most bought beers I would have to say.

Look: copper orange, golden, little head.

Smell: a very nice hop profile, citurs-very sharp

Taste: Hops are strong, grapefruit, citrus. Taste wise, this is one of the best ipas ive drank, its not to much, not to little. Everyone loves a strong huge dipa, but with those after a couple the taste is to much. This I can drink all the time

Mouthfeel: Its bubbles sting a bit, and feels a tiny thick in the throat, but is relatively good.

Drink: I have bought many of these in mixed deschutes 6 packs, and is a very very well rounded ipa.

08-01-2010 04:47:54 | More by Elimination
Photo of LesStewart

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

How does Deschutes get that great bright orange color? It's wonderful in both this beer and twilight. Anyway, the nose is nice with citrus and pine. The taste is a bitter pine with a residual sweetness. Ultimately, a bit bitter for the ultimate session beer, but otherwise the stars align.

07-30-2010 23:17:11 | More by LesStewart
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz bottle, grabbed while on a Fourth of July jaunt into remote northern Washington state.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, bright orange brick amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and chunky beige head, which leaves some cascading layers of honeycomb lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bittersweet orchard fruit - orange and grapefruit citrus, but with a hefty whiff of apples and plum as well - a touch of black pepper, solid bready caramel malt, and further floral and woody, leafy hops. The taste is more sassy orange, lemon, and apple fruitiness, stronger herbal pine hops, a nice soft, balancing caramel malt, and still heady notes of spice, primarily table pepper.

The carbonation is moderate, in the form of a nice cutting frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and perhaps a bit too prickly from a few clumsy hops, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, fairly crisp, and yes, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.

A generally well-balanced west coast IPA, if you're ok with all that fruity, floral, and herbal character, one pleasantly restrained on the bitterness. It sort of screams out 'Pacific NW forest' - if you were hiking through one, chewing on some Werther's, or the like. And I'm not sure entirely sure about any 'inversion' going on, IPA-wise, as is inferred by the label.

07-29-2010 23:47:30 | More by biboergosum
Photo of ZAP


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

A-Burnt orange...nice creamy white head..

S-Fruity but more apples and pears than citrus on the aroma..also some caramel maltiness

T-Taste is more citrus and piney...there is a strong bitterness which becomes abrasive....unsweetened grapefruit, pine needles...malt is not noticeable behind all the bitterness

M-Body seems about right for the heft of the hops....any thinner and this would be hop juice....

D-If you want an IPA with some bite this fits the bill. I'd prefer something with a little more of a juicy hop flavor. Comes off as too one-sided on the bitterness for me. Bitter without good flavors..

07-26-2010 01:49:41 | More by ZAP
Photo of mdwalsh


3.93/5  rDev +1%

A: Big off white head on a reddish body. Way to dark to be an IPA to me, this borders on Cascadian country. In no way is this a pale ale. The head is mostly smaller bubbles

S: Very dank smelling beer. Lots of piney, resiny hops. I don't get much for malt, maybe just a little backbone. The more I smell the more I get a little bit of herbal note to the hops, but they continue to dominate.

T: The taste takes on a much more herbal and bready form to me, not very sharp at all. It's a pretty big, deep flavor, with a lot to think about, but it doesn't linger very long. It seems to be a heartier, cold weather IPA. The more I drink it, the more the malt comes out. Sweeter, stickier, less IPA.

M: One of, if not the densest "IPA"s I've had. I really struggle to call this one, it seems much more of an India Brown or Cascadian Ale, even just a hoppy brown.

D: Drinkable, but not exactly the refreshing qualities I want in my IPA.

07-26-2010 00:50:06 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of KeefD


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%

Pours a rather dark amber color with a two finger white head and light lacing. Lots of yeasties floating around in the glass, not much carbonation. Aroma is somewhat malty up front, but not sweet, more bready, toasty, and dry than anything else. Might be some light caramel back there, and hops are surprisingly low key considering this is an IPA, but what hops I do manage to get out of the smell are lightly piny. Hmm, this beer is hard to judge. It really has no IPA qualities to me. This tastes like an American Amber/Red Ale rather than IPA. It's very malty, again with the toast and bread, some light caramel, but not overly sweet. Hops are way in the background, and like the nose they largely consist of pine flavors, some herbaceous tinges, some citrus, with a short supply of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with very low carbonation. I don't get it. How is this an IPA? Where are the hops? Best before date is 10/5/10, so I know it's not super old. I'm sort of baffled. It's a good tasting beer, but nothing that i look for in an IPA. Review scores reflect style rather than overall taste.

07-24-2010 21:41:57 | More by KeefD
Photo of badboyrsl84


4/5  rDev +2.8%

I got a pint of this at El Cajons Main Tap.

L - it pours golden brown with a small cleat head.

S - it smells of sweet malty goodness with a small hint of earthy hops

T - it starts malty and karate kicks your palate with a nice set of hops overall a good ipa from this awesome Brewery

07-24-2010 00:52:37 | More by badboyrsl84
Photo of JamisonM


4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: burnt orange color darker then most IPA's

S: orange grapefruit bit of malt sweetness with some pine in the background

T: sweet malts come first but then the hops come in to play and dominate the taste I get orange and grapefruit and some pine in the finish with a dry finish

M: med mouth

D: very drinkable IPA

overall: a go to beer for me good value well crafted and always consistently good.

07-24-2010 00:38:15 | More by JamisonM
Photo of KarlHungus


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. The head is a rocky one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with a hint of pine resin. This beer smells more like grapefruit than anything I've ever encountered other than grapefruit itself. It is a very pleasing aroma, but lacks true complexity. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a solid bitterness though out the sip, but the rest of the taste vanishes quicklly leaving no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent IPA, but its lack of complexity makes me yearn for a different beer.

07-22-2010 23:42:03 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of daledeee


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Another sample of the Oregon offerings.

It poured a bright reddish brown with a white head and good lacing.

Nose is not real apparent. I had to coax it with swirling. Mostly caramel or creamy smelling.

Taste is improving as it goes down. Lots of hops. Some malt and citrus rind in the finish. Not a super complex beer but very easy to drink and it is fresh. Mouth feel is a little creamy which is a contrast to the rind finish. A pretty nice IPA that is a little different than what I have been drinking lately.

07-22-2010 23:12:35 | More by daledeee
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemmed New Belgium glass.

A: Very dark copper to crimson hue with an off-white head about an inch thick. Head settles slowly and sticky lacing remains on the glass walls.

S: Very subtle hop aroma consisting of floral notes, some pine, and fruit. Caramel-like malt character hangs out in the backround.

T: Malt shows itself on the palate. Hints of caramel and toast, with some dried fruit character. Hops soon take over with a floral, citrusy burst. In a way I could describe this beer as "juicy." Finish is soft, with a drying hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, yet the subtle carbonation and light flavor make this a very clean IPA.

D: Very drinkable. Actually less hoppy than their famed pale, but with more body. Even for a stronger beer, it's quite sessionable. Will I buy it again? Yes, indeed. I had to after the bottom of my last six pack gave out and I lost every beer on the floor. This one has made up for that, now. An excellent brew.

07-22-2010 04:59:50 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Had on draft at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of floral hops with some decent pine notes, caramel malts and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a light piney hop flavoring. Then is balanced nicely with a biscuity flavoring before the caramel malts move in. Finish is a floral hop flavoring that lingers slightly.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, quite an oily body.

D: Nicely balanced, goes down easily, mild kick, this isn't a hop bomb but it is a nice, well balanced IPA.

07-20-2010 14:07:16 | More by Jayli
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3.93/5  rDev +1%

pours a beautiful very slight hazed copper color with a 1 finger head and tons of clinging lacing..this is a great looking ipa!!..smell is piney and floral in the hops with brown sugar malts and bread..the taste is crisp/bitter pine and citrus hop hit right at you but it is offset with brown sugar sweet malts and some baked bread its nicely balanced .. wow! this is a tasty ipa it starts crisp with bitter citrus hops then sweetness in the middle and finishes with crisp pure hops/malt..again its nicely balanced..mouth feel is medium its a solid ipa that lets you know that hops are here..its a drinkable one that is very crisp

07-19-2010 21:56:56 | More by gatornation
Photo of mjurney


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Copper-orange color, clear with some sediment. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks pretty rocky, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Lots of citrus in the nose, sweet malts, some dash of brown sugar.

Mild citrus hop up front, grapefruit bitterness, along with toasted caramel malts. Some brown sugar in the middle. Finish off smooth with dry herbal aftertaste. Medium bodied, a little creamy, carbonation is pretty light.

Pretty good. Not as hoppy as I expect, very mild IPA.

07-19-2010 20:06:50 | More by mjurney
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Copper in color, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some piney, fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, brown sugar, citrus, and a touch of mango follow.
Taste is bready malts with some bitter, piney hops. More citrus and pineapple, with another touch of mango and brown sugar. Finish is hoppy, slightly malty, and bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth on the back end. Slightly sticky on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Excellent drinkability. A perfectly bitter IPA that I could drink all night.

07-18-2010 01:52:41 | More by Parrotbeak
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a big off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: The nose is full of fruity and tangy hop aromas in the form of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a caramel aroma from the malt.

T: The taste is grapefruit and fruity hops that lead to caramel and bready malts with a spicey and bitter finish. The hops are not as in your face as some others but I think this is about a month past really "fresh."

M: The feel is slightly creamy and oily.

D: This is a very tasty IPA and pretty balanced. It may be a bit too malty for some of the more extreme hopheads but I like IPAs with more than just a huge bitter flavor.

Pretty darn good and Deschutes has impressed me with their IPA offerings lately.

07-16-2010 03:46:32 | More by GregSVT
Photo of rwf08


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Dark copper with a light white head. In little time the head is gone and a small ring of white is left. Good thick solid lines of lacing are left behind.

S: Sweet malt comes through the most. Citrus hops and some pine. Mostly malt.

T: Malt, citrus. Some biscuit flavor on the finish.

M: Good body, a little heavier than other IPAs but still good. Carbonation is spot on for an IPA.

D: Pretty good beer and for the price I'd buy it again. Isn't great but something good to have around.

07-14-2010 23:48:48 | More by rwf08
Photo of BeanBone


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Juicy, citrusy, and slightly piney hops over a biscuity malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of citrusy, juicy, leafy, and mildly bitter hops. Underneath, a crackery and biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Biscuity malt and brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks faster than the alcohol content would suggest, so keep an eye out.

Verdict: Overall, Inversion is a decent little American IPA, though maybe just a little forgettable. It's balanced and drinkable, but the flavor profile is lacking in intensity and character.

07-13-2010 01:18:36 | More by BeanBone
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Best by: 10/05/10

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark mango hued brown.

Aroma: Bright citrus flavors up front. Mangoes, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. Some floral hop notes. Also has some caramel malts. A solid ipa aroma.

Taste: The taste is a lot more malty and boozy than the aroma. It is also more sweet. The citrus fruit blends together a lot more here. The mangoes stick out a bit, but that's it. It has a large amount of caramel malts showing. Bit amount of floral hops dominating the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol shows with this ipa which I don't like. I can see booze showing in a dipa, but not a single. Ends very sticky with a big hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a decent ipa. The aroma is solid on this but the taste brings too much booze with it. It is a bigger ipa, but I still don't like the booze showing in a single ipa. One of these would be enough for me in a sitting.

07-13-2010 01:10:54 | More by mothman
Photo of Buebie


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Have not seen this at my local spots, saw at Morrelies and grabbed a 6 pack for $8.99.

Poured into a pub glass, revealing a magnificent golden redish amber color. Glowing bright, even without lights. A bit of haze to it, semi transparent.
A whipped topping sea foam head is produced. Receding after several minutes and leaving thin, yet sticky lace webbing's. Retention is good also, with a solid cap.

Aroma is herbal tea with a bit of mild orange peel, loads of malty caramel, a touch of grain resembling a pilsner a bit for the grain aroma. Mild apple, hops are not a large part of aroma though and kind of lack at this point.

Mouthfeel is slick and a bit chewy with hops. Starting out sweet at first with some of that apple and a bit of oranges. Midway through hops tear through this thing providing great bitters, spice and plenty of punch. Finishing more dry now and bittering hops linger a while destroying the pallet.

This is a mighty tasty ipa, I can see myself picking up quite a bit more of this.

07-10-2010 18:50:00 | More by Buebie
Photo of Kromes


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A: a very clear copper color with an off-white dense head. Lacing is left all down the glass.

S: Sweet candy floral hops. No off aromas.

T: The initial taste is sweet malt with a little touch of alcohol and then the hop flavor kicks in. It is sort of pine and sort of floral and not too strong. The finish is not too bitter but does leave the mouth dry.

M: A little heavy and under-carbonated. Could use a little more "lightness" to the beer.

D: It is very tasty and not too filling. The alcohol isn't very up-front and really you could drink this IPA all night.

07-08-2010 22:47:44 | More by Kromes
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Deschutes Inversion IPA.
Let's see if this turns me on my head.

Lightly hazed, coppery color, beige head, a little thin, but staying.

Aroma, softly bitter, citric fruit, subtle caramel tones, too.

Tasting it: bitter blast at first, zesty hit of hops, leading right into caramel malt, setting the stage and holding it down. Great balance. Lovely little two-tone shuffle, pleasingly palatable.

Oddly enough, I'm appreciating the intensity of the hoppy attack on the palate more as the bottle empties, and the brew occupies my insides. Malt gets sweeter, hops bitterer. At glass half full, the two parts of this brew stand out more, pronounce themselves clearly, burning bright among my senses. That means I like it.

Long lasting bitter finish, medium bodied, and for the hop-head, quite on the drinkable side.

This new-to-me Deschutes I've had since they've entered this market, and am I glad it's here. This one may be a staple of my summer imbibement.

07-04-2010 22:15:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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