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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 95
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of HoustonTX


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inversion IPA

Pours out beautifully, seemingly thick. Gorgeous hazy copper body with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma is very balanced. A nice dose of caramel malt, along with notes of tea leaves, grass, perfume, melons, and grapefruit.
Very raw and earthy, quite pleasant.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma. Very raw and earthy. Possibly the most raw and earthy IPA I've had. Lots of caramel malt sweetness upfront, with underlays of pungent raw hop leaves and tannins. The tannins give off strong earthiness, with a mouth coating finesse. Strong notes of tea follow. Rounding out the back end is some bitter pine, and and sour citrus which meld well with the strong earthiness.
Finishes dry and earthy, with lingering tannins and bitterness.

This is truly a very unique IPA. Very raw is the best way to describe it. Definitely the work of some extremely skilled brewing. If your looking for a beer that offers a lot of earthiness, some extremely nice hopping, and something unique for the style. You've found it here.

Earthy and Raw

It's a lovely thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 22:45:20 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Haybeerman


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark peach color. Poured a 2 finger coarse foamy off-white head with fair retention. Even medium lacing.

S: Distinct citrus aroma, lemon peel and yeast. Piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front. Big, lingering hops in the finish. Hop and citrus aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Very nice balance.

D: Very good, regularly drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 14:56:48 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of tpd975


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with some lunch at some bar type restaurant in SF.

A: Pours a nice golden colored hue with a nice 1/4 finger head. The head was not tall but it did linger a bit. Nice lace noted.

S: This one is all about the hops bold citrus. Lemon and grapefruit can both be detected.

T: Hoppy Goodness in a glass. Bold lemon up front which melds wonderfully into grapefruit. Hints of grassy goodness as well. I am sure there are some malt here, but this one screams hops. Hoppier than I remember when I had this one in the bottle.

M: Medium in body, bold, snappy carbonation.

D: I had two pints, rather enjoyable to be honest.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 03:56:26 | More by tpd975
Photo of Foxtrot


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a six pack from a newly opened Bristol Farms. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - I wasn't expecting this. I have had plenty of IPA's and they where most often a very light straw color. This looked alot like a Pale Ale. It was a dark rusty amber color with a thin white head.

S - Lots of citrus and pine notes in the nose with a good dose of hops.

T - Absolutely delightful! Good on the hops with a smooth finish, some caramel malt and pronounced grapefruit flavor.

M - Very good on the tongue with good carbonation and a slight kick of esters.

D - Solid, I could definitely down a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 06:37:31 | More by Foxtrot


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium copper hued with a mild haze and a spot-on 1 finger head that laces like a good head should.

The aromatic component teeters precariously atop the fence of grapefruit vs. spruce tree existential contemplation. A foot in both worlds...

Bitters are delivered, not en masse but with zeal. Things start to lean dandelion for a bit, but overall a very non-tacky way to get that hop fix. And make no mistake. It's a hop fix.

Mouthfeel is not dilute by any means, but thinner than what I was expecting, and actually in this case less is more. Inversion becomes a sessionable quasi hop-crack.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 07:50:47 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of Magpie14


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: robust deep gold color. Big chunks of lacing all around and thin sudsy head.

S: deep caramel candies, floral hops...what a great combo. Nice and rounded and clean hops

T: sweet caramel and leans toward syrup-like. Hop profile packs a punch and lingering characteristic is more of spiced citrus hops. This is great stuff....a hop knocker

M: this IPA is very creamy, gentle medium body. Brilliant and sharp

D: a staple for IPA's it has that hopped rawness to it. Nice beer! Just a few will do me fine it could be an all night drinker. What a "good" beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 03:43:38 | More by Magpie14
Photo of dirtylou


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, lugged back from the western region by blackie

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, bright golden amber body with a creamy beige head and strong retention - nice

smell: bright citrus hops, lemon juice, light doughy malt

taste: nice IPA from Deschutes. I wish the hopping was a little more well rounded (more pine, more bite, more bitterness) but this one drinks pretty nicely all the same. Loads of orange, grapefruit, and lemon run the show.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, a little thin, and a dry finish

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 01:45:41 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beachbum1975


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one on a trade with toddhett back in July 08. Thanks again!

A: This one poured rust in color with two fingers of bright white head. It's very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as relaxes after the pour.

S: Lots of fruity hops and a sweet touch of malt.

T: Piney hops dominate with some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to even out the flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and dry, I felt thirsty after drinking this one! Low to average carbonation and bitter at times.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 18:56:39 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of nige4958


1.65/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What can I say? There is many things I cannot stand about this beer. Firstly, the malt profile is astringent and very bitter. I just doesn't work for me. From a brewery that's usually top notch, this is a lackluster effort that tastes out of sink, and is not terribly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:47 | More by nige4958
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two-fingered head; as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: With some caramel tones underneath, the aroma is very hoppy, with both grapefruit and piney tones; pineapple and mango in the mix, as well

Taste: Caramel notes at the outset, but the beer becomes progressively bitter with both fruit and pine developing by mid-palate; grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, as well; after the swallow, the bitterness delivers a crisp finish, with a touch of residual sweetness and fruit lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice IPA; it may be understated to some, but it is very easy to drink

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity and to Schmittymack and cocoapuph for the chance to re-visit

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:46:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of atigerlife


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off-white creamy head that has good lacing.

Aroma of hops and some grapefruit.

Taste is strong on the grapefruit and hops. Malt comes through as does some pine. Has a slightly sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and creamy.

Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy and has a nice cleansing feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:06:32 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is the color of bottle brown, but with a little more red in the mix. The head is frothy with a matrix of small bubbles loosely connected. The lacing clings tight to the glass in large bubbly chunks.

S- The hops are there, but the smell is faint and not extremely strong. There is a noticeable grapefruit citrus smell though.

T- The hop taste is definitely grapefruit. Although it isn't a strong grapefruit, its more like diet grapefruit. This is a lighter IPA, especially for an American West Coast beer.

M- The long after taste does leave your tongue puckering a bit. But the beer feel in your mouth does feel good.

D- Easy to drink, would be a good beer to start someone in on IPAs. The hop taste is light and nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:31:31 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Damian


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle
Best by 08/27/08
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my roommate Mel for bringing this one back from Oregon.

The beer poured a clear (with some floating yeast particles from the bottle conditioning), deep orangey-amber color with a tight, frothy, sticky, off-white head that left tons of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and complex, yet balanced. Surprisingly malty and sweet smelling for the style. Citrusy (candied orange peel came through strong) and smooth with a noticeable fruity yeast note. A touch earthy. Some tropical fruit flavors appeared as well.

The taste was ultra hoppy and bitter. A bit of caramel-like sweetness appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were intensely citric and bitter. Grapefruit peel was rather apparent. Undertones of caramel malt were detectable in the center, yet they were no match for the hops. The intense, hoppy bitterness carried into the resonating, piney, spicy finish. As the beer warmed, the alcohol also became quite noticeable on the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery with a fine, lively carbonation. Somewhat foamy.

Drinkability was severely hampered by the overwhelming bitterness of this brew. Near the drink's end, the beer was quite difficult to put down.

This was a really raw and unrefined version of an IPA. In fact, it was one of the most bitter version of the style I have tried. Although I found it a bit rough around the edges, hop heads may rejoice at this untamed beast of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 14:18:45 | More by Damian
Photo of paco1029384756


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange color with a small off white head.

Scent of hops, cherries, and caramel malts. Strong and balanced without being too strong; almost seems like a weak IIPA.

Taste of hops, cherries, citrus and caramel malts. Some stronger malts are noticeable and give the beer a stronger body.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little heavy, and for an IPA, it is something I could have done without.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 22:26:11 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of charlzm


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

Consumed 09/22/08.

Clear, coppery-hued beer with plenty of carbonation and a creamy, two-fingered off-white head.

Earthy and citrus hop aromas with a touch of pepper.

Beer is slightly thick as it enters the mouth. Bitter grapefruit hop flavor dominates over caramel malt. Somewhat parching at the end with lasting bitterness. Well-balanced and drinkable, this one bumps up against the line between IPA and DIPA.

Not a bad choice, if available.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:32:15 | More by charlzm
Photo of blackie


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

a: into a standard pint, a moderately aggressive pour produces a chunky light tan head with great retention and lacing atop a slightly hazy medium copper colored beer

s: pulpy hops give dominant aromas of dark green pine tea blended with juices of overripe peach or apricot, grapefruit, and mango, good caramel malt back...different from the brightly tropical and floral aroma of many PacNW IPAs, showcasing the earthier sides of the fruits

m: carbonation a gentle medium, light-medium body

t: high level of dark earthy pine hops in a tealike form, seems almost English, a big muddle of tropical fruits comes out oafter the swallow, high bitterness grows into the finish and lingers long, good balance of pale and caramel malt sweetness, love the bitterness, a different take on an IPA that happens to work pretty well

d: easy

picked up a six at Jackson Hole Wine on the way back to Rock Springs after hiking Static Mountain...best by date of 10/29/08 printed on the label

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 05:15:26 | More by blackie
Photo of denflyr


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

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint size glass and it had a 1 inch head cream colored head for a short time. The beer has an amber/orange color to it and it is maybe just slightly hazy.

Smells nicely floral with just maybe slight piney note on the initial pour.

The taste is definately hoppy. I can taste those clear to the end and even a hint of it well after I have swallowed.

The mouthfeel is very nice with not to much bitterness from the hops. The carbonation does not last all that long. The hence causes the beer to be a VERY drinkable beer to me. Sadly I can't yet get this is Houston, but hopefully sometime soon! Nice work as always from the guys in Bend!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:35:35 | More by denflyr
Photo of JBogan


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

Beautiful amber appearance with a one finger off white head which left quickly with almost no lacing.

Smelled of caramel and malts and pine.

Tasted along the same lines as the smell. Nice balance between the malts and hops, and even some citric hints and the end. Slight bitterness to follow. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium body and nice amount of carbonation. Somewhat smooth going down.

This was a pretty drinkable brew, rather easy to knock down a number of these at a sitting. I'll pay this one a visit again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 01:38:39 | More by JBogan
Photo of Bookseeb


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is orange amber with a thin head. Smell is hoppy, light fruit and sweet malt. Taste has right up front hops with grapefruit and light spice. Mouthfeel is medium with slick body and good carbonation. A good IPA, but one I wouldn't stick with all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 00:33:23 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid cloudy dark gold with good carbonation. The head is a tall 2 fingers off white thick free standing foam that leave nice lace.

The smell is an earthy combo of pine and other woodsy hops, topped with mild citrus flavors.

The taste follows nice caramel malt with all kinds of hoppy goodness. Deep woodsy pine bark and a grapefruit tang.

The mouthfeel is good thick body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a bad call, drinks a bit kike a small BW for those that like that style. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 06:44:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of stephens101


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish-red with big swells of carbonation which result in a 2 finger off white quickly fading head. Smells of potent citrusy hops. Very pleasant and tangy. Tastes of orange peel, hops, a bit of caramel and spice. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied, and expectedly bitter going down.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 19:41:03 | More by stephens101
Photo of Beefeater57


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark peach color, hazy. Foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S: Has a citrus smell to it. Really get a sense of lemon peel, a little bit of yeast.

T: Sweetness of the malt comes early but doesn't stay too long. Hops don't really kick in until the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a mix of bitterness from the hops and some citrus. I'm getting lemon a lot with this. The hops are definitely present but not overwhelming.

M: Body is fine, carbonation is perfect. No problems with mouthfeel.

D: Decent IPA. The hops sit at the back of the tongue of a while, but doesn't punch your face like a lot of other IPAs do. I could definitely drink a few of these though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:39:29 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of jwc215


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

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours copper amber with a thin, bubbly, off-white head.

The smell is of juicy citrus/grapefruit with caramel.

The taste is orange and grapefruit bitterness blending with caramel sweetness that turns to a late bitter, dry, citric/grapefruity finish, with a touch of warming alcohol showing through.

Medium bodied, pretty chewy.

Very nice - A solid, very drinkable, traditional American IPA - Thanks again, Bill!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 00:50:19 | More by jwc215
Photo of jojox


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Revkibosh. Thanks!

a - apple juice red/auburn. Thin, white, feeting head.

s - viney hop resin! Very soft notes of caramel malt

t - Not over the top at all. Towards the hop side of the scale, but well balanced. More in the English style. But the hop bitterness sticks to the inside of my mouth! Very long finish.

m - bitterness and hop goodness

d - pretty good. I think I'm not huge on IPAs right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 13:59:07 | More by jojox
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in my SA Sensory pint. Best by 11/7/08 stamped on the bottle. Poured a translucent copper-red with a one inch off-white head that quickly lost cohesion before eventually settling into a broken cap of foam and ringlets. Some spotty lacing present during the tasting. Floral hops and grapefruit evident in the nose. Taste consistent with nose, but grapefruit flavor is amplified, leaving a lingering bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light and also a little creamy; effervescence nicely balances out the mouthfeel. A little too bitter and astringent for my palate; however, I have to confess that IPAs are not my style of choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 23:36:48 | More by Jwale73
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.