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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 200 | 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 cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

cjgator3, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

QuentinCompson, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

rye726, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BretSikkink, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

zeff80, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

DefenCorps, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Goliath, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from largadeer, Thanks

Pours a copper body with good off white head that retains.

Smell is of grassy, pine hops and a caramel malt backbone. Easy going, yet solid,
Taste packs a bit more of a punch then the smell would lead on. More of the resiny hop profile, more of the caramel malt, and a little bit of a fruity note. Feel is a good, not the best, could be a little stickier.

Great West Coast IPA. Lots of breweries on the left side who produce great hop taste and this is one of them. I would have this again if I saw it.

Homerbag, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Largadeer for this beer:

A - Pours clear copper with a large white head that hangs aroung for a while before dissipating slowly into a spotty lace.

S - Light earthy hops, grainy malts, and sweet caramel.

T - Much heavier pine and grassy hop then what was in the nose. Sweet caramel malt and esters take a back seat.

M - Murky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter.

D - Good beer. Not the best IPA I have had, but is definitely quality stuff.

turbine2475, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of tprokop7
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap in a pub in SF. Poured into a shaker pint, with little head (less than 1 finger). Amber with creamy head, very standard looking. The smell is the best thing about this beer, clean and fresh with piney, citrusy hops. Taste is just a bit more muddled, but does finish nice and bitter with a white grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fine, but I am ranking the drinkability a bit low because something about the first half of the taste doesn't make me want another.

tprokop7, May 23, 2008
Photo of abankovich
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance on this one is very impressive. A nice deep burnt orange amber color with a full head that diminishes but is present almost the whole way down. Tight spiderweb lacing holds on to the glass throughout the duration of this one.

Smell isn't too powerful but what is there does smell good. Sticky and sweet, the hops and caramel malts are most noticeable. Some burnt aromas are present as well. Citrusy fruits are also present of course.

This beer tastes a little stronger than it smells, most of the same aromas are present while drinking. The burnt taste is slightly present towards the middle to end and is a little undesirable imo. However the rest of this character profile makes up for it. I'm really enjoying the balance of sweet malt and bitter/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect. It is medium to full, very smooth and very even the entire way down.

Drinkability is decent on this one. I would definitely be able to drink a few more (if only I had easy access to Deschutes).

abankovich, May 20, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $7.39 for a 6 pack from BevMo in in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

1.5 inch light tan head after an aggressive pour. Head dissipates slowly while lacing lasts even after the beer is gone. Light carbonation. Rather transparent, lighter amber orange color. One finger white head with little carbonation visually present.

Smell is somewhat mild. Hoppy with citrus tones. Nothing extraordinary.

Tastes better than it smells. A nice balance of malts and hops. Not as hoppy as I expected, but the bitterness does last for a little while.

Mouthfeel varies from what I'd expect from appearance. More of a full to medium body, even a little grainy. Lighter carbonation.

ibbjamin, May 14, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a nice light orange color with nice white head

aromas of hops, caramel malts and slight pine

on the palate the beer has notes of grapefruits, slight pine, and faint malt.

pretty smooth for an IPA, not as much hops as I generally like but persisting hops give it a decent finish.

a smooth beer, not the best, not the worst, but I would drink it again

bitterthebetter, May 12, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy coppery coloration which produced a decent head of froth. Retention was nice and lacing was spot on.

S - Faint hoppy aroma and some mild citrus notes, but it smells far less potent than it tastes.

T - Crisp sweet body with a moderate bitterness and some pleasant grapefruit tones. Decently balanced and the alcohol is unnoticeable.

M - Sharply carbonated light to medium body, no residues left behind, dry finish.

D - Pretty decent overall, a sixer of this goes down quite nicely. Not bad, I could do another anytime and would say this is one worth trying.

PhageLab, May 12, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Best by 6/6/08

I get to try this courtesy of russpowell, thanks Russ! Inversion IPA pours amber that appears more copper when backlit. The body is very clear with absolutely no carbonation visible. A rather hard pour produced three fingers worth of creamy but craggy clean white head. The head fell painfully slow and left thick patchy lacing on its way.

The smell is pretty unique. The hops take center stage just as they should with a lot of ripe fruitiness in the nose. Apricot, peach, and sweetened pink grapefruit are all accentuated by a slightly spicy alcohol presence that seems to bring them to the front. The maltiness seems to be more on the biscuity side. The more I smell this the more I like it.

The first couple drinks I took I thought this was just ok. After digging in a little deeper I really start liking this IPA. All that fruitiness from the nose is right there in the flavor. The apricot is most prominent but not by much. The sweetened grapefruit is close behind and the peach makes an appearance but is on the mild side. The apricot comes through big on the swallow creating a flavor I really enjoy. The malts aren't around much but there's enough to add a little balance.

Medium bodied with a quiet creaminess. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum and lets the beer work its way through as it pleases, which is just the way I like it. Smooth and mellow on its way through and leaves a growing bitterness as I work through the glass.

I find this beer disappearing far too quickly. The more I drink the more I want to drink. My only worry is after drinking a couple bottles my tongue would be beat up well.

I wasn't so sure of Inversion at first but it didn't take long for me to really start enjoying this beer. A really great, unique hoppiness combines with a great mouthfeel to make for a damn fine IPA. I'd love to be able to pick Inversion up around here.

joe1510, May 11, 2008
Photo of babyhobbes
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Tayner for this!!

Nice honey color with a white head. Smells hoppy and citrusy but not overpowering. Taste is nice, bitter with good balance. This is a nice drinking IPA. It's a nice change from the slug you in the face bitter IPAs that are en vogue.

babyhobbes, May 09, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with an off-white head that leaves a thick layer of lacing. Smells of citrus, but the taste is just the slightest bit disappointing compared to what the aroma promises. A strong amount of bitter hops flavor, with a relatively mild citrus flavor compared to a San Diego IPA. It could really use a higher dose of citrus to balance out the aspirin taste. Still, the mildness stops it from being overwhelming as some IPAs can be, and as a result it's a very drinkable beer.

PhxHorn, May 01, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the brewery/public house. I've had this plenty of times, but not recently. It seems like everytime i'm down there, or picking up a sixer, i'm after something new. It's my true fallback. Easiest to find and a good drink every time.

Had this on cask, like I said. Couldn't resist, plus I havn't reviewd it yet, so why not the cask?!

A clear copper with sticky lacing. Floral and herbal dry hop presence, WITHOUT a blast of the notable PacNW big juicy citrus and pine. Incredibly drinkable, and like I said, my number one fallback beer. Great job Deschutes, keep up the good work :)

SurlyDuff, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've consumed many of these, but haven't had one for a while.

Orange with thick, persistent head.

Piny hops are dominant, but there is some citrus in there too. Malty sweetness is evident and a balancing influence, and there is a bit of boozy heat despite not being all that big.

Hoppy, bitter bite up front and in the finish, with the malt battling for the spotlight in the middle. Not quite as sharp of a bite as I recalled, but still moderately aggressive.

Medium full body, well carbonated, and smooth. Dries out some leading into the finish, and bitterness lingers.

Clearly balanced toward the hops, but the malty sweetness is definitely present. Depending on the day or your mood, this could (has been in my past) a session-able beer (though it is a bit big to be a true session beer at 6.8%. The hop bitterness lingers for a good little while, you'll need to drink some water before being able to taste something else. After several years, this is still my go to everyday type single-IPA in a sixer (for a reasonable price even in Alaska).

sprucetip, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 finger head that sticks around for a long time. Bright orange and slightly cloudy in color.

Smell is of crystal malts with a very citrusy cascade/centennial hop aroma.

Taste is sweet with pale malts followed by a caramel malt sweetness. This becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Up next is a dry citrusy bitterness from what I'm geuessing are centennial and cascade hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. On the finish a little bit of fruity notes come out such as grapefruit and apple that stick to the palate nicely.

This is a nicely crafted IPA that I could easily make a session out of. It's a nice hop fix with some malt backbone to balance. Alcohol does not provide an astringency like some other ipas have. Also, no off flavors or tannins.

jasonjlewis, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of BadRockBeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. crown top poured into a standard pint glass. Murky copper in color with a decent 2 finger foam.

Smells for citrus and carmel.

Tastes of citrusy hops, very nice with tastes of orange peel and carmel. Also a hint of tea. Finishes with a slight alcohol note and a mildly bitter after taste. Very silky, medium mouthfeel.

A great drinking IPA.

BadRockBeer, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of dill
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draught in a pint glass
a - has an orange amber color with a thick, light head.
s - citrus smell with a bit of hop bitterness.
t - a bit hoppy but not overly so.
m - a bit thicker than I expected with nice carbonation.
d - this was surprisingly easy to drink although not particularly great tasting.

dill, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orangey amber, head was thick and lacing very prevalent. Aroma was a bit of citrus. Taste was long and lingering yet at the same time a bit throttled down. Mouthfeel was good and balanced. Just right! Had a English feel which is fine by me. A very nice IPA and you can't go wrong here.

barleywinefiend, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Total Wine

A - Golden orange, orangish foam, with nice head. Dissipates slow, leaves a light amount of lacing. No clumps.

S - Citrus and pine.

T - Grass, citrus, and pine.

M - Slightly sweet with light bitterness and carbonation.

D - It's a good beer. Reminds me a lot of SN pale ale.

MisterClean, Mar 02, 2008
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,344 ratings.