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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,228
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 LongBeachHopHead


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

I have heard of this beer for a while and even seen it on the shelf. Finally I had to try it. I really enjoy this IPA. The appearance is a light amber color with not much of a head.
Smell is a bit decieving but after the first taste. There are a lot of tasty hops in this beer. As an IPA fan, I would rate this as a great session IPA. Its not the massive hop and alcohol that sometimes comes with these richly hopped beers. The taste lingers and entices one to drink another. I would say that this beer has a very high drinkability. A six pack won't last very long in the fridge.
Great offering from Deschutes. I will look for more of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 07:43:28 | More by LongBeachHopHead
Photo of sockeye101


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 12oz brown bottle poured a nice cloudy orange/amber color with a thick 2 finger off white head. Aroma was very pleasing. I caught a whiff of pine with a strong citrus orange aroma and a bit floral. This one has got some bitter bite to it, damn. Almost a spicy hop bite in the beginning that tingles the tongue then it fades into a different kind of more dull bitterness that is not nearly as pleasant as the first, but still satifactory. There's a little ctirus in there, but all I really get is a hops piled on more hops. Mouthfeel is creamy at first with a very dry finish. Iversion is a good IPA but not one that stands out above others.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 05:47:28 | More by sockeye101
Photo of GimmeAles


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper developing a sturdy, 1.5 finger off-white head. Head subside to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and regenerative wisps of foam erupt at the slightest provocation.

Bits of toasty, caramel malt get pushed aside rudely from a citrus-piney hop blast that hits the nose.

Fresh, macerated pine needles and lemon rind tingle the tongue. This is an assertive IPA. The bitterness is nearly overdone but for a robust caramely malt presence that makes itself known, albeit a little late. Fortunately, that sweet cream-caramel character becomes more pronounced as it warms. A cedar-like spice lingers - the last vestiges of the earlier hop-onslaught. Quite delicious, and with a brash edge that leaves you wanting more.

Slick, soft mouthfeel is pleasantly hefty, yet quaffable. Very drinkable though the somewhat rough hop presence makes this one for hop-heads only. A much more interesting and enjoyable IPA that the previous Quail Springs offering. After many years, Deschutes continues to impress

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:18:57 | More by GimmeAles
Photo of bcm119


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep orange IPA with a decent off white head. Aroma is sweetish caramel malts with a zesty, orangey hop zing. The nose is citric hops, with a strong caramel malt presence. Theres a slight sweetness in this slightly fruity, malty ipa, but a firm bitterness balances it very well. Has a nice grapefruity aftertaste. Overall a beer to be reckoned with: strong, pretty big body, firmly bitter, and all this on a thick fruity malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 01:42:44 | More by bcm119
Photo of troutmask96


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, pretty brew with a dark mahogany body. Smell is of hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste is overwhelmed by bitter grapefruit, almost disarmingly so. Deschutes cranks out some good brews, most notably their Black Butte Porter, and this one is worthy of their line. All in all a decent IPA...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:36:32 | More by troutmask96
Photo of nlmartin


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

This came to me by way of trade from loren01. Thanks man this is really good!

Appearance: The beer is a reddish/ orange coloration. The head was a thick creamy biege coloration almost 2 fingers high. The head seems to last forever. Thin rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: A very luscious citrus zest and juice hoppyness greats my nose. The beer has a toasted malty caramel smell on the tail end.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time. The beer has a very good citrus and citrus zesty flavor. The beer has a solid toasted maltyness. The beer has a bitterness on the close of the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a creamy lightly hop oily mouthfeel. The beer is slightly less than medium bodied. This is a very nicely hopped beer. This is a dam good IPA. This would be in my line up more often if I could get it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 15:16:42 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Dithyramb


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

Bottle acquired through recent Secret Santa swap w/ alohac
Pours absolutely beautiful brown tinged amber. Fluffy, long lived, tan head with loads of lacing throughout. Aromas of funky hops.

The funky hops come through with the main flavor. Not as overtly "complex" as other IPAs out there with multifaceted hop profiles, very nice nonetheless. "Kind" aspect to it to me w/ hearty malt backbone. Oily, buttery thickness to the brew making it sit around in the mouth some. Lingered. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:59:11 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of tonistruth


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

A- near copper in color, orangish color. Big beige head, that takes its time to settle, plenty of lace.

S- citrus, pine, slight hints of toasted malt in the nose

T- bitter grassy flaovr, caramel malts, hints of citrus throughout, with a sour citrus finish.

M- smooth with a dry finish, medium body

D- nice to drink a IPA that has a place for malt flavor. One of the more interesting IPA's out there, definetly be back for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 05:18:36 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce bottle, with "Best By" dating given on the label. I allowed this one to sit out and warm up for about 30 minutes. Pours a nice burnt orange shade of amber. Supporting a dark eggshell, soft and loose head, slowly forming a thin film. Lacing is slippery but extensive. Nose is of lovely oily hops. This is a satisfyingly hoppy IPA, much better then the 3 or so last ones I've tried lately. Nice sturdy layers of malt underlay this bold and BA worthy brew. Healthy, grainy, oily hop crunch. Real Nice brew

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 06:10:21 | More by Billolick
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had this on tap and am now drinking it from the bottle. On tap i found this to be a slightly sour IPA with not enough going on to really make it very good. It may also have been the 100 degree heat that made it so, but after the initial few sips from the tap version it started tasting like an IPA again.

This bottle version tastes as it should immediately. I think Deschutes does much better with bottles than it does with it's taps unless the bar uses Nitrous. I wonder how this IPA would fare with nitrous?

Anyway, I find this beer looks great, smells great, but wasn't quite what I was hoping for from an IPA made by Deschutes. I was hoping for something a little more robust with more flavor but this turns out to be an average hoppy hoppy ipa with not much more than hoppy flavor happening to me. it tastes like some great hops, and it feels good in the mouth... I simply find it an average IPA. I've had much better this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 09:58:18 | More by idResponse
Photo of alexgash


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich golden copper body with two fingers of solid, dense, khaki brown head. Very nice. Nose is full of sweet-edged toffee fruit malt and an equal heaping of sappy, fresh hops. Well-balanced aroma (for an IPA). Taste is huge maltiness up front; sweet, biscuity, caramelly, fruity, toasted and great. Sweetness peaks mid-palate, as tongue-numbing, piney, sappy hop bitterness takes over. I like this a lot! A bit maltier than most IPAs, especially from the PNW. Full-bodied, creamy feel. An excellent job, yet again, by Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 22:37:14 | More by alexgash
Photo of beertastegood


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parents took a trip to the PNW, and surprised me with a good sampling of local brews that I can't get here in Houston.

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a voluminous, thick head that just does not want to go away. Looks like meringue...Aromas of intense citrusy/floral hops (Cascades/Centennials, anyone?) along with hints of biscuity/bready malt. I could sit here and smell this all day.

Taste: Big punch of grapefruit/lemony hop flavor up front, followed by a big blast of hop bitterness that is just this side of being overpowering. Mild malty flavors come in towards the end, nearly drowned out by the hops but still noticeable enough to give this beer a more rounded finish. Dry aftertaste with the floral hop flavor lingering for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. After a few you won't be able to taste anything else, though.

This is why I want to live in the PNW area. Outstanding IPA from Deschutes. Looking forward to trying the Black Butte next.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 16:39:39 | More by beertastegood
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear copper in color with a long lasting 2" head. Super thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: big malty sweetness and some pine bitterness.

Taste: nice malt backbone here with tons of pine bitterness, grapefruit, lemon, and caramel. Alcohol was hidden. Well balanced and bold.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Bitterness lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very nice IPA here that everyone should enjoy. Easy drinking and flavor drives you to have more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 23:13:42 | More by Gavage
Photo of FlyFisher2782


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a rich reddish clear color with a nice tan head that stays around a long time.

WHAM, this beer hits you with a great first hit of hops immediately after the first contact. Hops seem to be more stemming from the floral variety, a great flavor booster but if you pay attention you can also grab the subtle mild fruits underneath, seemed like a hint of banana to me.

The hops linger a long time but I would have liked to see more of a malt presence as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA, very much in tune with the general theme of fresh hops.

If you like a hoppy, fresh, light and non peppery IPA, this is for you, Deschutes Brewery has another winner here with this seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 05:32:22 | More by FlyFisher2782
Photo of rsvlbrwr


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vino's in Roseville. Amber colored with a slight orange tint. Poured with a two finger head. Lacing lingered for a considerable time. Definite aroma of citrus (orange?)and pine. Hops come through strongly. The best thing about this beers is although the flavor was very hoppy as you would want, it also carried a considerable amount of malt to balance it. Creamy mouthfeel. Really an excellent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2006 23:51:49 | More by rsvlbrwr
Photo of msubulldog25


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

Pint glass pour at Jake's Grill, Portland, OR:

A: A clear, rich orange/amber with fluffy white one-finger head. Nice durable lacing.

S: Strong hop smell of pine & citrus, moderate malt sweetness makes it through.

T: Excellent hop bitterness joined with malt mellowness. Citrus zest, grapefruit & orangepeel. & fresh piney hop. Paired quite well with a citrus glazed salmon dish I had.

M: Medium body. Full flavors linger for a long time, both bitter & sweeter malt. Moderate carbonation.

D: A terrific IPA. Enjoyable flavors, would be easy to enjoy another one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2006 21:12:31 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Mark


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

This beer poured a clear orangey amber, head was thick and lacing very prevalent. Aroma was restrained but there, smacked a bit of citrus. the finish was long and lingering yet at the same time a bit throttled down. Hoppier than the discontinued? Quail Springs but not as ramped up as moany other domestics. Had a English feel which is fine by me. A very nice IPA and you can't go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 23:02:16 | More by Mark
Photo of goschool


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

On-tap at Library Ale House in Santa Monica. A third reason to go after AV Oatmeal Stout and Mad River Jamaica Red... the food's good too so it's actually a fourth reason.

An almost nitro-looking white head sits atop a hazy orange body. The nose has grapefruit, pine, apricot, and sweet caramel. There must be something English in this, because it's quite hoppy and bitter, but not it that puckering way that's common to Pacific Northwest brews. Sticky-sweet malts are upfront followed by the grapefruit, orange, apricot, tangerine, and pine hop flavors. It went great with the burger I ate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2006 07:30:24 | More by goschool
Photo of ChrisA


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

Poured a deep copper color with a thick two finger head. Good lacing. Tremendous hop aroma. Very citrusy. A hophead's dream. Maybe a bit too hoppy since it is difficult to pick up the malt. The 6.8 ABV does not hide itself. A strong hop bite at the finish. Good example of the Northwest IPA style. Maybe a bit unbalanced to enjoy as a session ale. I drank this for the first time after brewing my first IPA. The hops from the brew session were lingering so I enjoyed this immensely.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 18:49:59 | More by ChrisA
Photo of ReebShorts


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic Deschutes tan label, drink by date of 10/12/06 on the bottle so have a nice fresh sample here.

Thick off-white 2-finger head, dark copper colored brew with adequate carbonation evident.

Aroma of NW hops, Pine, maybe some orange peel, hint of malts.

First thing that struck me on the first drink, was the creamy mouthfeel. I didn't expect that. It's not a bad thing, just caught me off guard. The hops definately are the first thing to jump out here, but they are subdued and quickly tamed by the malt back. Solid IPA, and another great offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 05:07:17 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of RoyalT


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, malty brown in color and was very thick. The head was massive and just as thick. It rose up mightily on an easy pour, went down slowly, and covered the inside of my Snoqualmie pint glass with thick shaving cream foam.

Smell – The classic PacNW pine is mated here with a strong malt presence. It’s a big but balanced nose. There’s a lot of malty sweetness in here as well. It just smells sticky.

Taste – Oh, yeah, this is a big, balanced IPA. The malt comes on huge at the taste. It has some strong yeasty notes, like an English bitter, but mostly it’s that strong, syrupy flavor like you get from liquid malt. It’s got a big sweet flavor as well, like liquid caramel.

The hops come straight through from the nose. There’s some complexity there but mostly it sticks with the pine to stand up to the massive malt. Well done.

Mouthfeel – This is on the big end of medium-bodied and very gooey in the mouth. It’s sticky sweet on the lips with a strong, English-style bitterness at the very end.

Drinkability – This is a big-bodied IPA that will fill you up in a hurry. I really enjoyed the harmonious mix of flavors and the heavy, slick mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:31:40 | More by RoyalT
Photo of MeLikeBeer


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

Many thanks to bennetj17 for this bottle.

Pours a rusty amber in my glass, with an inch thick foam head. Nice lacing and carbonation.
Smells heavily of citric hops, caramels and malts....yum- warm and inviting.
Tastes of orange spice, roasted caramel malts and an incredible hoppy bitterness.
Very smooth, yet dry, finish. This beer seems supercharged for an IPA, high levels of hops. Very surprising and delicious.
I'll seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 00:48:48 | More by MeLikeBeer
Photo of RenoZymurgist


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

Pours a clear deep amber witha thick white head that leaves some nice sticky lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is full of sticky hop aroma oils that smell very cirussy and piney. There is a touch of carmel malt in the aroma as well.
The flavor is an excellent onslaught of piney resiny hop bitterness that is balanced by a rich carmel malt backbone which is covered up pretty well by the hops and as the malt fades the hop bitterness lingers and reminds me of the earthyness of galena hops.
The body is nice as it is just viscous enough to back up the hops and the carbonation is light enough to keep the beer from being too bitter.
An excellent IPA that comes out at the right time to give us celebration ale drinkers something to keep us out of trouble.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 00:14:59 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of MiScusi


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep reddish-orange in color, somewhat opaque, and a finger and a half head with an aggressive pour, leaves a very thin foam cap after dissolving. Some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and Pine all the way.

Taste: Unexpectedly, malt sweetness hit for a fraction of a second with some authority, and then was immediately taken over by the hops. A pretty well hopped IPA. Mostly piney as per the smell, but some grassy note as well, due to the dry hopping, but much less so than the Stone IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Body is to the lighter side of medium.

Drinkability: The body gives this a good drinkability, the taste does nothing to detract from that. Drinkability is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 00:05:23 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Hollenbeck2


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

excellent IPA, great color and taste. Bought this beer as a strong supporter of the Oregon Micro community, this is an excellent pacific northwest IPA, rich and semi-dark.

Very hoppy beer, strong initial taste in the mouth, leaving an even stronger aftertaste.

I would recommend highly for the IPA fan whio likes seasonal and rich beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 15:06:12 | More by Hollenbeck2
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.