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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 788
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 118
Gots: 332 | FT: 4
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 ChugginOil
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of off white head. Webby lacing. The nose is faint, offering some caramel and light citrus notes. The taste is a bit more impressive, offering some bready sweet malt and some pine and citrus hop flavors. Although the balance isnt achieved here, it is quite drinkable and tasty with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent IPA.

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

Pours a standard but very nice looking one and a half finger head, the head is slightly off white. The head has some small bubbles and some big bubbles, from the side the bubbles look a lot different, not very good though from the side. Excellent lacing throughout the beer. Carbonation looks just about perfect, maybe a touch less would be perfect, but pretty dang close. The body is a orangish-reddish color, very unique for an IPA really. Not very transparent, but I can see a few things on the other side. The head is now mostly gone, but it's retained a little bit, and it isn't going away so that's good. Overall the appearance is really good, I don't know if it deserves a 4.5, maybe it does, but I'm going to give it a 4. The smell is hoppy, malty and boozy. Right off the bat I can tell there will be a significant malt note and alcohol note in this beer, which is a little disappointing, because the malts should be on the lower side in an IPA, and the alcohol is always better when it's masked, regardless of the style. There is still a heavy hop smell in this beer, so I have no doubt it will be a quality brew, just a little disappointing by that heavy malt and alcohol. Other things I notice, it smells really clean and refreshing, not too complex though. It's a quality smell, so it gets a 4, but for sure nothing over that because of the malts and alcohol smell. Not very much flavor on this IPA, I'm shocked. I'm not drinking it ice cold, so there shouldn't be anything holding back on the flavor. I mean it's just really watery, maybe I have a bad bottle, I have another bottle, so I'll check to see if that one is the same, but wow. Somewhat malty, somewhat hoppy, pretty well balanced on those accounts. No alcohol on the flavor like I thought there would be, but overall the dominating factor is....water. Slightly crisp, but for the most part the carbonation is very low as well, I guess you can't judge a book by it's cover. I do pick up a little alcohol now, but it's not much, and it's not bad. Overall, it's just not very flavorful, I'm in awe. I mean it's not a bad flavor, and what I can taste is good, it's just way too light, especially considering it's 6.8%. Mouthfeel is big enough, it fills up your mouth enough to be a solid feel, but the carbonation, it's just way too low. Second strait beer where the carbonation has just been way low for my liking. I want to give this beer higher rating on the mouthfeel because the feel isn't that thin, it tastes watery, but it doesn't feel watery; but the carbonation just kills it for me. Overall on this beer I'm shocked at how flavorless it is, I mean really, WOW, I'm at the bottom of the glass now and not much has changed. It's still a good beer, it's well made, it's tastes good, just not a sufficient IPA. I don't know what more to say, not a terrible beer, it's a good beer, but most definitely not anything more than that.

Photo of obrike
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a sixer at Specs in Round Rock for 8 bucks and change.

Liked the look on this one...a little darker than I expected...kind of a chestnut brown/red...head dissapated fairly quickly but a nice white ring lasted throughout the drink...some spotty sticky lacing near the top of the glass as well.

Smelled nice...the sweet biscuity malt was upfront, but a nice hint of orange followed.

Taste follows smell, but also got a bit of cinnamon as well. Pretty darn easy drinking IPA that but a bit of a soapy/sour bitter kick at the end took away from the overall taste.

Smooth, above average IPA, not your typical west coast hop bomb, but a flavorful take on the west coast style nonetheless.

A decent IPA, but I prefer many more to this one. If I'm drinking Deschutes 6 packs, Obsidian Stout will be first and foremost on my list.

Photo of spree92
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best by 07/05/11.
A reddish amber color with a small tan head. Evenly laced during consumption. Pretty well balanced nose as pine and grass lead into a subtle toffee note. Smells like it will he thick. A little sticky in the mouth. Hops as used more for bitterness than taste. Again, hops/malt is equally spread as this is darker and tastes more like a hopped amber or ESB. Still, very drinkable and a present beer, just not a great IPA.

Photo of OddNotion
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.
Best by: 5/24/11

Appearance: Pours a light brown/dark orange color with a one finger off white head.

Smell: Catching more malts than hops off the bat. Slight citrus scents.

Taste: Hop presence is mostly in the bitterness area, some slight citrus comes through as in the nose, but the flavors are more from the malt. IMO a better representation of an English IPA because the malt flavors are very approachable and more prominent. I really do like the taste, I just wish the hops played a bigger role than the malts. At the end of the sip I actually do catch a healthy dose of what tastes like Centennial hops.

Mouthfeel:Full bodied and a little thick for the style.

Overall: I checked the Deschutes website and in this recipe uses a grain bill more similar to an English style IPA along with an English yeast strain. The hops are more American but I would certainly classify this as a solid English IPA. Nothing wrong with it, but then again it does not blow me out of the water.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Deep amber color, yellowish head of a solid finger. Lace is nice.

Aroma is....well, it's not bad, but it's 110% off. There's big buttery aromas, malt sweetness, nuttiness. I'm getting a "not so fresh" feeling.

The taste is bitter. Nicely actually. But, it's not hoppy. There's faint citrus notes, but it mostly hits on some maltier notes.

The feel is good' crisp, slick, oily, and medium in bodied.

Drink isn't great. I'd love to try this and be ensured it's fresh. It's still drinkable and it's not bad...but it's completely off for the style and I have to rate it as such.

Photo of fox227
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a ruby, amber color with decent head.

S: I smell more sweet malts than hops. It isn't anything special or noteworthy.

T: Lots of sweet malt here: caramel, burnt toast, and a very earthy bitterness mixed in somewhere. I would say that this is a very mild IPA, and meant to be an easy drinker. But it's really not all that tastey or interesting. I would say that "Inversion" inverts the hops and makes the malts the star, but the malt is the understudy.

M: Medium carbonation, and even without much hops on the taste, the hops still manage to linger for quite a while on the tongue, as does the aftertaste of the malts.

O: Hey, it's a decent beer. I would take a bottle of this over BMC or other crap any day. But I expect more out of IPAs, and I could compile quite a list of IPAs I'd buy again before this one.

Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a tilted glass and a gentle pour, the Inversion IPA still produced a two finger head bulging over the rim of glass. Still bubbling from its pour, the body of the beer shows off a deep amber color, dappled with suspended, unfiltered sediment. Inversion's scent projects smooth malts blended with a light, crisp, hoppy bite.

Inversion has a taste that can best be described as smooth and crisp. First, sharp hop notes blended with light caramel and citrus hints claim your palate. After swallowing, a sweet grapefruit aftertaste remains.

This is a good blend. The smooth flavor and drinkability mask Inversion IPA's 6.8% alcohol very well.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red-tinged amber colour, with a very fine, if slight head of yellow-white. Lacing is sheeting and thick, however, which should make up for the lack of head retention. Thick body for its 6.8%. The gorgeous colour and lacing make this a very fine looking beer.

Nose is fruity and rather sweetly perfumed, without a lot of true gritty, grunty hop bite. Floral aromas with a dash of honey and some mild tropical fruits. Even a twang of green banana, laced with the remnants of passionfruit. Very pleasant.

Taste is smooth for the most part, with a mild bitterness through the centre. This, however, doesn't quite manage to cover the intense and robust caramel sweetness that forms the basis of the beer. Together, they head towards a menthol bite on the back, but the characters never really mesh that well.

Feel is smooth and supple, with a lightness that matches the lilt of hoppy bitterness pleasantly.

A nice beer, although getting outside the realms of a really good IPA. The sweetness is a bit too pronounced, leaving it more a beer to sip and ruminate over than one to drink with gay abandon.

Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather hay copper and rust coloration with a finger and a half of ivory tight foam. Decent retention and thin wisps of stick on the glass.

A bit dank, caramel malts accompanied by plums, peaches and brown sugar. Hops are assertive yet a bit darkened with pine, wet grass, spearmint and blood orange juice in that strength.

Overall tastes like an esb with an extra bitter kick, substantial balance in the malt ranks with caramel malts, brown sugar and some toast. Hop flavor is more of a citrus feel mixed with grapefruit pith and blood orange juice, vinous tart feel in the back end as well. Bitterness dominates the latter portion of the drink rather full and drying. The wine-like tartness abruptly stops the hefty malts from transitioning smoothly into the bitterness.

Smooth with a medium-full body and below average carbonation, hurts the sessionability a bit. Dries well but malts are still sticky.

The nose clashes slightly with the taste here as far as hop profile goes and feels a bit heavy to be a session beer. Great amounts of bitterness and subtle fruit flavors surface from time to time. Slightly dank and dreary, a steady and heartfelt rainy day beer.

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

Copper colored with an inch of off-white foam that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma predominantly of grassy hop with notes of toasted malt and a pinch of citrus zest.

Moderately bitter taste of earthy, grassy hop is showcased in a base of toasted biscuit-caramel malt that is middling in assertiveness, but yeilds to a bitter and dry finish.

Medium body, mildly carbonated. Not one of those knock you socks off IPA's, but overall rating bonus +0.5 points for being pleasant to drink.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear medium amber body with a strange almost yellowish head?

Smell - Typical grassy IPA notes with a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste - Tastes a lot like an ESB. Does not seem like an IPA at all...

Mouthfeel - Clean and refreshing. Could use more carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer but not very balanced. Strong aftertastes that lasts too long sort of kills it.

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

Pours with medium body with modestly carbonated very slightly off-white head that goes down at a moderately fast rate. Leaves a thin top foam and a medium-low amount of lacing. Copper-red with very clear appearance.

S - hops! American hops are most present - grassy, some citrus but very low. The aroma is more earthy hops. Cara notes come through with a decent amount of supporting malt that rounds out the nose

T - Hops again are present here in the taste. Resiny and earthy. Very solid hop flavor that lingers out to the finish. Bitterness is high and initially sharp and stays until late in the aftertaste. Very low malt taste.

M - Sturdy body with plenty of dextrin character. Attenuated well for an American IPA. Leaves lots of hop resins.

This is a good northwest IPA. Not bright but firm in hop character. The body helps support the bitterness. A touch more citrus would be nice but I will go back to this for a regular fridge beer.

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

Pours a bright amber with orange highlights that are surprisingly dark with a soft peach coloured head. There is plenty of chunky lacing around the glass as the foam slowly dissipates. The nose is a bit complex with rip orange and a subtle honey boozyness. This beer is surprising as it does not look or smell like an average IPA but is striking and smells delicious non the less. The taste is also complex with a strong malty presence up front more like a Scotch Ale. This is then followed immediately by a bitter orange then a floral blast. The mouthfeel is slightly dry and has a lingering burnt bitterness. This is a very complex beer and a mixture of many styles that makes it both delicious and intersting. Oh, and it has good retention and is almost 7%.

Photo of Phelps
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed poured from the tap into a shaker pint. Inversion combines three American hops in the boil and is dry-hopped for seven day. It’s named for a weather phenomenon when clouds hug the base of a mountain only to reveal clear skies further up.

Dark, mostly clear amber, hazed by its own duskiness. A nice, sticky one-finger head of froth disappears slowly, leaving walls of lace.

The nose is packed with the sweet citrus of California oranges offset by some pine and grass. Honey, peaches and burnt sugar also emerge. It’s sweet, citrusy, dank and damn good.

Increased bitterness and malt in the flavor. I get more caramel and toasty bread than expected. Sweet grassy and citrusy hops hit in a flash, then quickly fade between sips, replaced with burnt sugar and crackers.

Medium body, or just a shade under, with poky medium carbonation. The syrupy sweetness of the beer lingers, making it not as crisp as I'd like.

The major inversion here is between the nose and the flavor, and I wish there was more connect. Still, it’s a decent IPA from one of the best producers of hoppy beers in the country right now.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this on a recent visit to Las Vegas at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. I wish I was able to get more Deschutes beer because just about everything I taste from them I like.

Pours a dark amber, quite dark for an ipa with a light and fluffy head.

Aroma is pretty balanced with a mixture of pine, citrus, malt and alcohol.

Flavor is also very balanced, not too bitter but certainly bitter enough to be called an IPA.

This was a very easy to drink beer and if I had not had other engagements elsewhere I'd have probably drank a few more.

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

Pours dark amber into my nonic. Beautiful appearance with abundant amber head. Clear, little effrvescence.
Citrus aroma. Pleasant.
Taste, grapefruit. Definitely grapefruit. Nice balance up front with astringent citrus taking over at the end.
This is borderline IIPA in ABV and hop flavor. A palate destroyer that makes this difficult to drink many of at one time.
So, I make the most of it and enjoy them more sparingly.

Photo of iSip
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Inversion IPA: This IPA is more of a Double IPA style. The head is off-white, and the body a deep dark color, more reminiscent of a Double. There is some hop to the aroma, but it is not strong. The flavor is very thick in malt all the way through, with a hoppy bitterness rising toward the end. Again, to me this is more of a Double IPA, and I prefer lighter IPA’s with more sparkle.

Photo of trappistlover
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz. bottle). Deep copper color with beige head. Aroma of some caramelized sugar and some citrus. Malty initial flavor followed by hop bitterness and fizziness on the tongue. My preference for IPAs is Racer 5-more hops and less malt. Not a bad beer at all, however

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished copper color with a thick inch-high head of rocky foam that settles slowly. Inviting aroma of biscuity malt and honey, some ripe pear.

Sharp hop flavors upfront, full of tangerine, orange rind and grapefruit. Some cinnamon and lemon zest. Firm bitterness balanced by a rich but understated malt backbone.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Nice beer.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice copper color with a reddish hue to it. Very clear for an IPA.

S- Great hoppy smell. A little bit of a roasty smell coming through also.

T- Moderate hoppy taste. Has a reddish type bite with a smokey finish. Very little amounts of citrus in this IPA. This beer does not have the bite that I really enjoy in IPA's.

M- Super good mouth-feel with this beer. Great carbonation, good consistency, slightly velvety finish. Best part of the beer.

O- This is a good IPA for anyone who likes red ales to try. If someone does not like the strong nature of the IPA, they might want to give this one a whirl.

Decent Beer.

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

At this point im just reviewing to keep a log of bottles I drink at home, nothing more than a record. I mean if you really have to read my review to decide if you are going to drink a 2 dollar beer you can buy, then you don't like beer.

Any beer you can buy for 2 dollars you drink. Ill argue that to the grave. This beer is a good craft beer. Its an IPA so it has hops, its amber golden in nature, and smells good. If you like hops and alcohol, you should buy it.

I wish there was a box you could just check to say youve had it.

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

Pours a nice semi-clear amber with a thin eggshell white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of hops. Smells ok. Could use more hop aroma.

Taste is solid. A bit of malt and a nice bitter finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Solid IPA. Wouldn't seek it out but if you see a 6er, grab one.

Photo of veinless
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish ruby, with a much deeper, darker body than plenty of DIPAs out there. Head is an off-white voluminous lacy beast. All you could ask for in that department, but I wish there was more clarity in the body.

Slightly burnt caramel sits on top while soft citrus offers zing beneath. It's a pleasant, if not spectacular nose. Notes of bubblegum come out as the beer warms.

Taste starts with a punch of toffee malt, then moves into nicely clean hops. Candied orange turns into grapefruit bitterness that eventually is the end of the beer. Nice dry finish is pleasant and not overpowered. Malts vary from grainy to caramel, to toffee and roasted. It's a nice malt profile that isn't as strong as it sounds, but still a bit too emphasized for the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with the dry finish being a nicely balanced ending. Stickiness is present at the start, but isn't very convincing. Drinkability is good thanks to the finish, and the flavors remain pleasant after multiple bottles of this. Solid in all departments, and a respectable IPA that isn't too expensive either.

Photo of budgood1
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy, with plenty of floaties, caramel colour. thin fine head with thin wispy lace. strong caramel malt aroma with lots of bright citrusy hops present. smells like liquid beer candy. yum. taste follows what the nose introduced...a base layer of caramel malts makes for prominent foundation for the lip puckering citrus hoppiness. a lot of grapefruit and lemon with grassy edges. pretty straightforward and actually simple in nature but very delicious nonetheless. pleasantly bitter in the finish. sturdy body. mouthfeel best described as hoppy...that desirable slight scratchinees due to the bitterness from the hops. very drinkable.

overall a treat to drink. hops are on parade and don't disappoint. recommended.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.