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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 93
Gots: 151 | 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 denflyr


4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -24.9%
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
Photo of jkdrummer


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick foamy head. Initial aroma is great! Wonderful hop aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, sweet and nice body, I detect some vanilla tastes as well. This is a great bargain too, affordable and a true NW IPA. Hops dominate but are not over bearing. A definite winner for its category. I love this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:41:29 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A gorgeous cloudy red-amber, especially when held up to the light. Head is thin, yet creamy and very sticky. Beautiful web-like lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, pine and citrus hops. I'm catching some dark fruits and green apples as well. Smells full-bodied and delicious. EDIT: Also catching strong caramel in final bottle of 6pk.

Taste: Sweet malts on the front of the tongue, lemon tarts on the sides, and hops in the back. I'm also getting a some banana. Alcohol is there too, but hidden pretty well. I'm diggin' the smooth, malty body.

Mouthfeel: I love the consistency! Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, and a great bitter finish. Great, great balance!

Drinkability: Full-bodied IPAs are awesome. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest, but with a little more fruity character. Not really built for hot summer days, but great any other time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 06:41:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Rayek


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the gang at Deschutes.

A: Hazy orange-amber color. Nice rocky head has good retention. Leaves generous lace.

S: Heavy citrus aromas, plus a slight floral note. Smells of pine and oak seep through.

T: Dry toasted malt up front is followed by a rush of citrus bitterness. Citrus flavors are dominated by tastes of grapefruit and a little lemon. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body is a little chewy. Carbonation level is on the high side.

D: Overall a great session brew. I hope I get a chance to have this on-tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:25:01 | More by Rayek
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip, pours a crisp bubbly orange with an abundant frothy head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is dominated by crisp citrus hops with sweet malts right behind. The taste was a nice balance between citrus hops and sweet biscuity caramel malts, hops linger in the background, leaving you wanting another sip. The beer is light, crisp and has just a slight alcohol presence. This is a decent IPA, one I would certainly buy on occasion were it available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:30:13 | More by atsprings
Photo of StoutyMcHaggis


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence-Gogeous, nice thick lasting head, reddish/copper color.

Smell- Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, but the malt is still there. A great combination.

Taste- caramel, intense grapefruit, a nice amount of bitters.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, very nice, no dryness at all.

Drinkability- Depends on if you consider IPAs really drinkable, I do.

12 oz. bottl from a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 17:56:43 | More by StoutyMcHaggis
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It seems like Deschutes have moved to the first rank of PNW breweries with their ability to make great regular beers then exceed expectations with their special releases. Add a new brewpub in Portland and these guys taking over from what Rogue used to be.

This is a great example of a first class IPA that screams PNW hops but is incredibly drinkable(even more so than Bridgeports IPA). This is a fairly high ABV regular IPA but it shows no heat and the finish is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:47:56 | More by canucklehead
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from IntriqKen, Thanks Ken!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed, orange/amber color with a good sized tan head that left a good coat of lacing.

S - kind of sweet smelling with faint pine aroma in the background.

T - sweet and malty flavor upfront with a piney hop taste on the back end, finishing sweet.

F - medium bodied with a fine carbonation feel.

D - a most enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 14:55:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of wagenvolks


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a plastic cup at the Comfort Suites outside of Portland, Oregon. (Don't judge me, it had been a long day of travel)

Inversion IPA has a nice carbonation level bubbling up through a darker-than-expected amber body. Up top, a thin cap of rocky, khaki foam builds and leave excellent lacing...even in a plastic cup this was impressive. The hops are a bit muted in the aroma, but are fresh like Deschutes' Hop Trip and are balanced with a big caramel base. Some spice kicks in as the beer warms.

The first taste picks up a big, biscuity-sweet caramel base. Hops are quick to assault the sides and back of the palate with piney, spicy hop oils...just the IPA I was looking for after a long flight. Mouthfeel is exceptional: crisp, medium-thin body with a perfect carbonation level and a lasting, hoppy bite that grabs hold and refuses to let go. All in all, I was happy with Inversion IPA. Although the aroma was a bit of a let-down, I'll be saving my second bottle to see how it performs in a "real" glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 06:03:03 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of cjgator3


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/05/08 clearly printed on the bottle, kudos to Deschutes for indicating the freshness on their bottles. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a really nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of caramel with a lot of citrusy hops. The taste is a burst of citrus hops, with a malt backbone that takes a major backseat to the hops. I would like to have seen a little more malt in this one to provide more of a backbone for the strong grapefruit hop flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice texture. Ovearall, Inversion IPA is a great PNW IPA that is recommended. Another great brew from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 04:19:44 | More by cjgator3
Photo of QuentinCompson


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice three-finger head; awesome retention; slowing into a 1.5 finger head; creamy malty froth on top of a murky, amberish brew

S - Hops and more hops, fruity, flowers

T-M - Smooth, malty nose into a hops explosion; coating bitterness; citrusy tang

D - Good brew for the style, for sure. I maybe wouldnt want another back-to-back, but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:29:30 | More by QuentinCompson
Photo of rye726


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifull IPA. Inversion is a medium brown with a creamy tan head. Very good retention. The nose has a nice bouquet of floral and fruity hops all mellowed by scents of rich candy malts. I didn't find the taste quite as impressive. The malt structure is lacking a bit, but there are some good hop flavors going on. A medium body has heavy carbonation and takes a while to mellow out. A decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:13:57 | More by rye726
Photo of BretSikkink


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with some darker visual cues in there. Somewhat chill hazed, but mostly clear on tap (a difference from the bottle as I recall). Foam cap is appropriately tight and creamy, appears to be very sticky and is, leaving great lace behind after a good period of retention.

Very strong aroma of ripe fruits, dried fruits (especially dried apple and apricot), and citric zest. Excellent.

Okay balance in the mouth of the light caramel malt and the citric hopping, maybe tipping just a hair over to the malt side if anything. Alpha acids stick around, but the malt wants to be involved early.

Easy to slug down. Great drinkability, with a solid mouthfeel for style: a little light in general, but I'm willing to sacrifice heft in order to showcase the hops. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2008 16:26:58 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich clear copper color with a large beige head that quickly fades leaving copious amounts of lacing behind.

S - Copper malt, mild hop aroma, slightly soapy pine and citrus pith.

T - A lot of hops, grapefruit pith and flesh with a bit of pepper and mossy/earthy notes. Very pleasant. Aftertaste is a mild biscuity malt and some bitterness from juicy, pithy hops. A touch of soap - but far under the myriad positives.

M - Smooth, thick, a bit of a gummy feeling in the throat and not that refreshing.

D - Pretty damn good. I'll drink this one again. Might even try to clone it brewing. Aroma could use a boost, it is a bit subdued. Worth seeking out. Another winner from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 04:55:22 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of zeff80


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear light amber color with a fizzy, bubbly, white head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled very grassy/hoppy and of roasted malt.

T - This had a very strong hop character, typical of NW IPAs. Bittersweet with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. My first from Deschutes and I was quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 20:01:51 | More by zeff80
Photo of DefenCorps


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! Best by 19th August. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear amber with an off-white head that recedes leaving a ring and a little lace.

S: Citrus zest with orange, tangerine and candy caramel sweetness. Grassy and mildly earthy. Fairly good but I must preface that by saying the last IPA i drank was the Pure Hoppiness.

T: Citrus bitterness to start things off and this is followed by a candy sweetness, almost like hard orange candy done delicately, if that makes sense. This one finishes a little sweet and a little dry. Pretty good, actually; I'd say it's a training-wheels IPA. In a way, it's unique because it also reminds me of petrichor

M: Great carbonation, pleasant finish

D: This goes down fairly easy. I'm not sure I'd hunt this down but if i'm at a bar and see it, I will probably grab a pint.

Not as aggressively hoppy as i like my IPAs but you can tell that this is a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:28:00 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Goliath


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with some red hues in the light. A half inch light tan head forms on top with decent retention and some tiny bubbley lace.

Aroma shows a nice hop profile, really grassy and floral. A little more citrusy as it warms.

Taste is nice. A grassy and floral hoppiness with a nice bittering bite. As it warms I get more of a bitter citrus on the fniish, it's quite desireable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect tingley carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Good flavors and relatively low alcohol make this beer very easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:07:38 | More by Goliath
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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