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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,547
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 108
Gots: 273 | 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 TheDeuce
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA....in a bottle....

Appearance-light brown with a medium head, the head dissipates slightly but does linger.

Smell-hops are definitely notable, piney tar aroma, spice and fruit, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium hop burn, mix of alcohol and bread, spicy taste with a more muddled profile on the back, final hit of hops near the end. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability-somewhat muddled profile but decent flavors.

Overall- a good but not great IPA. Expected more from this venerable brewery. Still, this is a good beer.

Photo of hughesm4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Deschutes brewery immediately following the Fresh squeezed IPA.
a-Poured a dark gold color with a light head that had a decent retenion.
s-A balanced smell with a citrus smell taking the lead, followed by a slight sweetness.
t-A very nice initial hop burst that fills the mouth and has a bitter sweet taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d-Medium body that leaves a well carbonated hoppy and bitter combination feel. A nice drinker that I enjoyed.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, copper in color, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and some toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter, but overall a nce mix of hops and malts

Drinkability: This one is decent and a sipper. Not my favorite from the brewery, but solid.

Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tarnished bronze body. Dense cap of off white froth. Lacing is quite full.

Aroma: Biscuit malt undertones with caramel corn and some grassy, pungent hops.

Flavor: Flavor steps it up. Very nice. Nicely balanced without having too much malt in an IPA if you know what I mean. Hops are citrusy, pungent and resiny. Malt backing is beautiful. Subdued caramel and toffee.

MF/DK: Very even keeled body and carbonation. Quite nice for the style. Good flavor = Good drinkability and this beer's got good flavor.

Photo of beerisgood2010
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love the IPA class of beers and the Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery does not dissappoint. I found it on sale for $6.49 for a cold six pack, such a deal!

It has that very distinct hoppiness which is familiar in the IPA style and when it hits your tongue it really explodes with that bitter and refreshing flavor. Superb beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Whitebricke -- It is odd to say, but I'm proud of this guy. He came to me as a complete newbie, and as it turns out, he is a fantasticly generous trader that was very open to tips and ideas. The box he sent me demonstrates just how right I was about him-- thanks for a great trade, Ted!

Pours a deep orangey copper color. A little darker than the Red Chair pale ale. Toffee colored head of 2 fingers that settled quickly leaving a wisp of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

The smell, no surprise, is malty. I could have guessed by the color. I was really expecting Deschutes to be a real hoppy brewery-- and they certainly use plenty of them, but so far, their beers strike me as being really-well balanced. Lots of malts and lots of hops. This one is good-- I'm enjoying it quite a bit-- but it isn't what I was really expecting. I actually wanted a big old west coast hop bomb.

Sweet caramel malt with .... umm... lots and lots of sweet malts. The smell and the taste pickup the same malts-- nothing really hiding in this beer. The hops profile kicks in with some grapefruit and nondescript orange notes. Good bitterness on the backend.

This is a really drinkable IPA-- the balance and milder hop profile makes this one I could drink several of (if it weren't nearly 7%)! Tons of carbonation in this beer, which works well with the body being right about medium.

Overall-- this is a good IPA. It isn't in my top 5 list, but this is a good beer. This would be in the same category as Lagunitas IPA for me-- not going to blow some one's mind, but not going to be an unpleasant experience either. This would certainly one that I would pick up a six-pack every few weeks (or months) and enjoy at various times of the year or with various foods etc. This is a very versatile beer.

Bottle dated "best before 03.12.2011."
Wow. This is sooo disappointing to revisit. I picked up a single in MN to see what I thought about it now... Won't get it again. The beer is way too malty. Sweet caramel and bready malts. The hops are weak. Very weak. Apricot and grapefruit notes mainly.
This is really just an average offering from a great brewery.

Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slighty hazy dark amber/cooper. A little darker than I thought. Big, rocky off white head with great retention. Nice rings of lace are left behind.

S: Mainly toffee and carmel sweetness. Pine and citrus hops take more of a backseat. Nose is surprisingly weak

T: A good mix of carmel maltiness and very bitter pine and citrus hops. The sweeter maltiness starts out but it progressively gets bitter. Resiny hop oils linger around for quite awhile.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation at first makes for a slick mouthfeel, but it becomes active as it hits the back of the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Very nicely balanced.

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

pours a nice deep copper with a great creamy head and light lacing.

big pine and bitter citrus hops up front a nice malty backbone

tons of hops flavor through out with pine and bitter citrus being dominant. lots of white grapefruit through out. the caramel malts REALLY shine through this with a strong flavor that helps balance out the big hops. a nice sweetness lingers through out.

medium to moderate carbonation and full body

this is one nice IPA. a bit different than many others out there and not overly hoppy where you want to stop drinking them, pretty perfect.

Photo of Timmah11
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Nice color.

S- Pine and citrus. Strong malt aroma as well. Lots of hops and malt.

T- Crisp start typical of an American IPA. Smooth middle. Bitter and sharp on the tongue in the end. Someone else mentioned prickly and that is a perfect word to describe what I am tasting.

M- I like the mouthfeel. Not too full nor too thin.

D- A little too bitter and not as balanced as I would like. The malt makes the color super and makes for good mouthfeel but seems to fight with the hops rather than play nice together when it comes to taste.

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

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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of LesStewart
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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..

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

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.

Photo of KeefD
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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

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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,547 ratings.