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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,585
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 115
Gots: 298 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006

Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

White frothy head, dark copper body. Lots of cascade hops (herbal, grassy) and minor carmel sweetness in the nose. Taste has a very smooth tea-like bitterness with a candied orange sweetness backing it up. Some citrus pith and malt sweetness on the finish. Very drinkable smooth IPA.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The color is a burnt umber and copper color with nearly no head making an appearance. The beer has very little effervescence, but there's a few creamy bubbles sitting on top as a result of it. Lastly, there's a bit of lace on the side of the glass, though not much; a few small dots and a thin splash or two.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of toffee and caramel with some orange peel, a bit of alcohol and grapefruit coming through.

Taste: The tasting starts out with sweet caramel and toffee flavored malts coming through. As the beer warmed up the hops really started to come out during the middle and end of the tasting. Tangerine and an herbal flavor come out during the middle, with a bitter grapefruit flavor sitting at the end.

Mouthfeel: I rarely say that I beer could use more carbonation, but I feel like this one could. The body is more on the full side of medium, and I think a little more carbonation would have cut out on the chewy feeling.

Drinkability: I believe this is my first beer from Deschutes. It's an easy beer to sip on, though until they distribute to Wisconsin I won't be able to try their offerings except through trades.

Photo of pweis909
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a reddish tint, white head, persistent, with lacing on the glass. Some floating sediment, hop?

Smells of caramel malt and pineapply hops.
Taste is lightly sweet and fruity, with stongly bitter finish. Initially, caramel sweetness seems too much, but so did bitterness. Over a few sips, these flavors balance each other out some.

Hop bite is a little too numbing to make this highly drinkable. Alcohol feels potent, too.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly chill hazed deep copper color with a two finger white head that drops quickly to form a cap on top. Smells nicely of apricot, citrus, and pine with a faint bready caramel malt hidden deep underneath. Taste is sweet malt with plenty of citrus and pine bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Long lingering pine bitterness in a slightly sweet finish. Crisply carbonated, medium body with a sticky resinous mouthfeel. Great IPA that I wish I could get more often. I like a sweet malt backbone and not just bracingly bitter hops, this definitely fits the bill for my taste buds.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Piney hops were noticeable on the first whiff with caramel citrusy notes and a good sweet malt presence. The flavor was a little bit more sweet on the malts but did have piney hops alongside caramel citrusy accents. It did however have some earthiness with a good malt backbone. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, citrusy, bitter, and crisp finish. It drank good but wasn't as punchy on the hops as I thought it would be.

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange, ok head.

Smell: Plenty of citrus and pine to smell.

Taste: Nice & balanced, moderate sweetness before some grapefruit mixed with orange kicks in. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little more substantial than many IPAs.

Drinkability: A nice IPA, could have a couple in a sitting.

Inversion has shown up in the Twin Cities, so I picked one up. Pretty good IPA, not mind blowing, but a nice balanced IPA with an interesting orange flavor and color. Worth a try.

Photo of kwjd
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub in Portland. I had this last year on cask and I had been thinking about this for over a year. I had to order this right after the Black Butte XXII. Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate at all. Nice rings of frothy lacing surround the pint glass. Lots of citrus hops wonderfully balanced with caramel malt. This isn't the most bitter IPA, but it may be one of the most delicious ones. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Jemonster
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber body, cloudy tan head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Sweet and hoppy. Something fruity and woody also.

T: Very well balanced, not as hoppy as most IPAs. This is a plus for some and a minus for others. After a while, a lot of malt flavor shows up and some burnt caramel. It's very smooth and easy to drink, but it can be interesting if you really hold it in your mouth and taste what is going on.

M: Creamy like draft style root beer. Almost milky in texture.

D: This is an easy drinking, accessible IPA. I like it for what it is.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/21/2010.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some pine and some light citrus mixed in. There is also a nice amount of bready malt.

The flavor is resiny hops and caramel malt, as well as some orange citrus and bready malt. The beer is fairly well balanced, with the overall flavor leaning slightly to the side of being more bitter. The overall bitterness is fairly low for an IPA, but there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bishopgary
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark gold to amber. Not much head. Darker than I would expect from an IPA.
S: Nice aroma, citrus and a bit of pine. Did not really pick up too much malt.
T: Nice amount of hops and citrus up front. Enough to let you know it was an IPA but nothing too crazy. Some malt. Well rounded, but not extraordinary.
M: Medium bodied, something that was nice but unexpected. Heavier IPA fits the cold season we are in.
D: Good, not the best beer I have had from these guys, but good enough that you could drink more than one.

Photo of benclimbs
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking beer - pours red, off opaque with a huge head and a lot of lacing...really tasty looking IPA!

Smell is really good but fairly typical...cascade grapefruity, a little pine and a nice rounded roasty smell.

taste is pretty bitter for a single ipa - fairly nice, but loses ground quickly, not a complex or moorish beer - just bitter ands fairly drinkable.

a good beer, but not one of my favourites from deschutes or a great west coast IPA.

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

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass.

A: This beers pours a beautiful caramel/amber color with a fingers worth of off white head. It left a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Big pine and grapefruit notes up front. At least with the smell, it has a good balance of hopps vs malts.

T: This is a west coast IPA for sure. Grapefruit, pine and citrus dominate the palate. It has a wonderful hoppy bitterness finish to it. Really well balanced beer. Nice amount of maltly flavor to combat the hops.

M: Medium bodied with plentiful carb. Goes down easy and is very warming.

D: Very high with this one. My go to IPA any time of the year. You have to watch yourself with this one, its hard to stop drinking.

This is one of my favorite IPAs. One of the main reason I have grown to love IPAs. Some good memories this past summer camping with this in hand.

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

One of three Deschutes brews that I tasted on an Arizona vacation.

This beer is a deep amber with a thin head that leaves sticky lace all down the glass. A sweet grapefruit hops smell reaches you first with the malts expressing themselves as lightly toasted whole wheat bread. The taste follows the smell with the sweetness of the citrus turning decidedly bitter. That bitterness really dominates the finish, but it lingers just a bit before leaving abruptly, leaving you wanting the next gulp. Went very well with some left-over meat lovers' pizza.

Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into 12oz glass, pours clear Red/amber with 1 finger lite tan head, lacing is lite and sticky.

Smells are mild and clean citrus with mild fruity sweetness.

Tastes of HOPS up front with a medium alcohol presense. Citrus and creamy malt sweet notes.

Mouthfeel is medium body, zesty carbonation, medium alcohol warmth, nice hop bite and dryness on tongue.

Overall a good brew out of the can. The alcohol presense gave it more of a DIPA feel. Worth trying.

Photo of cpolking
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper color with a hint of ruby. The aroma is very hop forward with loads of citrus and floral hops. The taste is massive floral and citrus hops with a hint of pine in the finish, bitter, but with a nice malt background to work against. An excellent American IPA.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a caramel amber color with a frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big pine and grapefruit hop profile to it with some lemony citrus coming through as well. A bit of the malty, caramel flavor shows through as well.

The taste more grapefruit like bitterness and citrus flavors to it, but also shows some of the pine that was present in the nose. The caramel and malty try to come through behind the hoppy bitterness. It finishes with more of a dry bitterness that lingers for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty flavorful and easy drinking IPA overall. it wasn't outstanding for the style, but a pretty solid beer overall.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange, slight light penetration through the midst. it is nearly all hops on the aroma, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, all citrus with a slight sweetness in the background.
bitter, with caramel to bounce off of, followed by more citrus. finishes nice with strong citrus hops, the grapefruit all the way til the end. I'm going to guess on at least 2 if not all 3 of Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus in this beer. A bit oily, too, slick feel.
It's also right up there @ an unnoticeable 6.8%, making this a dangerous little 6er. All good in the hood.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 10/26/10. Pours a lightly hazed, deep copper color with a large cap of beige head. Nice retention and rings of lace.

Nose is piney and tropical with some toasted coconut and caramel. Decently balanced but leans more towards hoppy than malty.

Taste is smooth, flavorful hops up front followed by a firm, semi-sweet malt middle and a lightly bitter finish of toast and lupulin. I usually like my IPAs with a light, grainy malt background to let the hops shine through...but this one the malts and the hops work together nicely and create a pretty complex range of flavors. Mouthfeel is very nice...smooth and creamy. This is a very well crafted IPA that seems to fly under the radar a bit due the malty balance it has. I like it.

Photo of mchoffman
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a slight sweetness, but is overall a hoppy - full-bodied delight. It is the most drinkable and tasty IPA I have come across thus far. It pours a nice, amber-brown and smells just as uniquely brilliant as it tastes. Great beer for all seasons.

Photo of RRC87
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber/orange with a light head that dissipates slightly but does stick around.

S: Citrus and floral but not as pronounced as I usually hope for from an IPA

T: A ton of hop bitterness hits you up front and continues to permeate throughout the drink. A malty sweetness presents its' self at the end and cuts through the bitter flavors leaving the drinker with a lasting citrus flavor.

M: A little on the heavier side of things for an IPA. There isn't allot of carbonation to lighten things up so it has a sticky finish that leaves the palate bit dry. Not bad just a bit strange.

D: Despite the bitterness it is still quite drinkable thanks to the viscosity. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more.

Overall: I wasn't very impressed initially. It seemed overly simple, but it started growing on me and by the time I had drained my glass I was ready to refill it.

Photo of kbeals
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on a recent road trip out west.

A- Bright amber color with a finger of sticky white head. Good lacing and head retention throughout session. Solid appearance, but IPA's rarely fail me in this department.

S- Bitter, floral hops with just a touch of sweet malty backbone. Good balance, but nothing that really wows me. Pretty decent aroma overall.

T- Very bitter with tons of floral hops. Taste is very average with comparison to other IPAs. This style is so well mastered by many breweries now it's hard to find which ones are truly special. Sadly this one is not.

M- Light-medium body, very fizzy.

D- Pretty drinkable, although there are lots of IPA's I'd seek out before getting this one again. I'd like to see a better blend of hops. It was well balanced, I will give it that.

Photo of fizzy
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beyond words. I have tried many IPAs and for some reason this one "takes the cake" All of the points of a great IPA are here, but somewhere beneath the surface there is a wonderful rich flavor that I can't really explain. Is it the "caramel" that I detect? I am a Summit lover, and both their IPA, Pale Ale,and now Horizon Red Ale are really my favorites. But this is just that "inch" better. I would love to taste this one on tap.

Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. best by 11/30/10 date on label. thanks to morimech for this one.

Pours a clear cherry mahogany with a nice, buoyant head leaving nice rings of lacing around the glass. Very inviting.

Nose is somewhat subdued but smacks of roasted malt and piny hoppiness.

Some bitter piny hops right up front, which continues into more citrus tones including grapefruit and zest. A slight malted sweetness and bready character lurks in between the hops, but stays out of the way. This finishes highly bitter and dry with some lingering flavor.

Medium bodied, fairly dry, a bit of chewiness. Very solid drinking IPA, with little detection of alcohol.

End result: I wish Deschutes was available in NJ. Quality example of the single American IPA.

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Middle in the hazy range, copper colored brew. Sturdy and fluffy cream colored head. Sticks to ze glass. Nice sticky hop scent, citrus and bitter. Hops in the taste are mostly bitter, light floral range as well. Nicely balanced sweet malt. Rounded out with a fairly present warming alcohol. Thin to mid mouth, A bit wet and pretty sharp. Very solid IPA.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

The last of my small Deschutes stockpile. It pours a semi-hazed light amber topped by a stolid finger or so of creamy ecru foam. The nose comprises a sweet caramel covered in a solid layer of understated citrus peel and even more understated pine. Nothing is overt, but at the same time nothing is truly weak, either. Very nice. The taste pumps the pine and especially the citrus (it seems like some ruby red grapefruit) up a notch, while the caramel remains as demure as the height of Victorian maidenhood. The grapefruit rind is a bit sharp, but doesn't go so far as to viscerally hurt. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though strangely hard with the grapefruit. The only thing knocking against the drinkability is the length of time the grapefruit peel hangs around the back of the throat, stabbing with a tiny arrowhead. It's still pretty good beyond that, though.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,585 ratings.