Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 2,556
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 111
Gots: 280 | FT: 2
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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 Derek
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland pub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Great leafy hop flavour, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, melon, grass/weed, caramel malt, assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body; plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/9/09

Best by 11/24/09

Courtesy of PDXHops

A - Deep & intense amber color with copper & crimson highlights. Poured a ½ inch of bubbly foam. Good retention at the onset. Swaths of lace form early & remain throughout.

S - Robust hop aroma - citrus & floral with a bit of pine. Grapefruit & orange make for a juicy & sweet nose. Hints of caramel & biscuity malt.

T - Takes the aroma to a new level of excellence & enjoyment. Juicy citrus on the front with a floral exposé on the finish. Piney bitterness wraps it together & lingers. Hints of mellow & restrained caramel as well as slightly toasted bread.

M - Heavier side of medium-bodied with moderately rambunctious carbonation. Enjoyably subtle lingering bitterness. Resiny, but not particularly sticky.

D - Very drinkable, indeed. A solid culmination of good qualities. This, I could drink time & time again. A good candidate for a session.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of whippy/creamy head with good retention and shit tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Pungent hops featuring grapefruit, pine, and sticky lupulin oil. Great aroma, but it fades quickly. Malts are hard to find, but some caramel malts can be detected.

4.0 T: Very interesting. Hops are dominant in the nose, but malt is the feature in the taste. Good healthy bitterness balancing crystal malts. Malts also offer a roasted character that would normally be found in a brown ale. That said, there's a surprise nutiness in there. Hop flavor is pine and to a lesser extent grapfruit.

4.5 M: Fuller medium body. Creamy, with good carbonation.

4.0 D: Good beer. Would never turn it down. No flaws, lots of positives.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, burnished amber with a frothy, thick head. It retains nicely and laces like a champion. Top makes here.

It smells like caramel candy, almost like milk chocolate, with a lot of sweet juicy grapefruit and an abundance of citrus notes. It is beyond inviting.

And the taste, wow, I am going to steal from the label description and use soft caramel, because it really is a nice, well rounded caramel up against a piney bitterness, and talk about balance. It's juicy, and again, that caramel is just spot on. The hops are citrusy and linger in the finish beautifully.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy and wonderful.

Probably the third best IPA I have ever had. This beer is fantastic.

Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a beautiful large, white head, that exhibited excellent lacing in clumps and spiderweb patterns on the sides of the glass. Body is hazy and a perfect orange/red color... beautiful to look at.

S: Very nice aroma of heavy hops with pine, lemon and lime throughout. There's also a hint of sweetness in the form of the malt (caramel, maybe?) that offers a slight tilt away from all hops.

T: Wow... a perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness for an IPA, meaning that it is slightly sweet at the beginning, but ends with a high amount of hops and citrus for a nice, long duration.

M: Great on the palate as well, with a medium-full body, creamy texture, and average-soft carbonation.

D: One of my favorite IPAs... after doing a taste-test of 6-7 IPAs in a row, this was a perfect one to finish off with. Makes me ashamed to think of how it was only months ago that I avoided hoppy beers whenever possible, but extremely happy that I've finally turned around.

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

appearance: nice beutiful red-amberish color

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: liek a solid IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others.

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, more balanced than torpedo and copeletey different flavor

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, and I would recommend.

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

Saw it forever, finally decided to buy it. Been enjoying it all week.

Appearance - Very deep copper. Almost brown. Quite clear. Two inches of tan foamy head that laces well. Solid looker.

Smell - Solid pine hoppiness. A real solid caramel background. Almost some burnt sugar. Toffee?

Taste - Spicy pine hops up front. Very strong with the bitterness. It gets balanced out pretty well by the sweet caramel malt. A real sharpness on this one, but not the depths of flavor. I'm afraid it's going to go all malt on me, but it holds off, and there's that hot bite to it.

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated. Crisp. Not syrupy.

Drinkability - The sharpness and the real pine bitterness on the finish make it less drinkable than some. But it's a tasty bev.

This is a good, no frills IPA. Sorry I ran out, but I might try something different next time.

Photo of Pinto21
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber to copper. got a bit of orange to it. nice off white head.

S: Grassy, but def some citrus in there too. Caramel comes through as well

T:Hop kick off the bat. Bitterness with grass and citrus, like the smell. Very bitter but then the caramel comes to save your tounge. A hint of roastyness to it. Great IPA bitterness but could use some more hop flavor to make it more to my taste.

D: not as high as other IPA's I've had. A bit too much for me. Good beer but I didn't want a second right away

Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went through and looked at the ratings to see if they were too high, but then I took another sip of this immaculate brew and realized the ratings are spot on.

The appearance is great. Beautiful orange-amber color that is clear and un-polluted. Beautiful white frothy head that leaves a steady medium lacing all around the glass. Can be poured to a three finger head and dissipate down to a half finger. Good medium body with an oil character slathering your glass.

The smell is not very strong, really small. Hops and a bit of alcohol is all I can smell.

The taste is phenomenal. I have such a high respect for this beer. A beautiful looking beer, and a great tasting one as well. Dry bitter hops are the main characteristic in this story, and leaves you wanting more. Washes your palate with a dry mouthfeel that just leaves your palate begging for more. Caramel malt is a middle taste as a orange peel zest accompanies it. Amazing.

At 6.8% this beer is amazing. Love my Deschutes.


Photo of wknight167
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours an almost brownish orange with a 2 finger head that holds well. Strong Lacing

Nose- The dominate scent is citrus hops, mainly grapefruit. malt begins to appear as the beer warms.

Palate- Dry. Hops dominate this beer and not in a bad way, but it is lacking a certain depth of flavor

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing.

Drinkability- Pretty high up there. This could almost be a session beer for me.

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

Got this from, um, someone ... whoever sent this, thanks!

A - Pours a light copper / burnt orange with a see thru layer of head sitting nicely on top of the brew.

S - Citrus HOPS that punch you in the nose.

T - Excellent balance with the hops shining through. Sort of bitter on the palate and it sticks around. This could be the definition of an American IPA.

M - Very nice.

Quite surprised by this one since it had some age to it. It sat in my fridge for way too long and now I must search out some more.

Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a cold pint glass

Orangey-amber in color with a small tan head and no lacing that I can see. Carbonation is slow and small but long lasting. Smell is clean and piney.

Taste is not particularly exciting. Strong bitterness, a little piney, a little nutty. Mostly just bitterness. Not overwhelming (to a hophead), but again, not exciting.

Mouthfeel is light and nice. Pretty drinkable, but not a "sit and think about how awesome this beer is" type of a beer. I could have a couple. I wouldn't turn one down. I wouldn't go looking for it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 10/08/09. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.29.

A-Pours a deep amber hue with a two and a half finger, off-white pillowy head that is nearly perfect in its uniformity. Nice, ample lacing.

S-Not as prominent as I would have hoped. But there is a pleasant citrusy sweet aroma reminiscent of apricot.

T-Bitter hops awaken the taste buds and don't allow for much rest. At 75 IBUs, hop presence is not subtle. This is an aggressive West Coast IPA, but the caramel malts keep it from being overpowering. It is a very solid IPA, and consistently so.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice substance and complexion.

D-This is very drinkable. Even though it assaults my palate, I want more.

This is a good IPA and a great value. Deschutes' crowning achievement is the consistency of their brews. Nicely done.

Photo of dislogik
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inversion IPA is a good beer from a great brewery. It has a slight crisp citrusy aroma and is a deep cooper amber color. As an IPA fan there is a slight disappointment in the muted bitterness. You get a solid hit of bitterness as the beer enters the mouth, but it does not remain consistent throughout the mouth. However, where the bitterness leaves off the citrus flavors fill the entire mouth. The beer goes down easy and doesn't leave a harsh after taste. I definitely keep these around as I can't get Bridgeport's IPA in Nevada, and Inversion is a good sub.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.
I am reviewing this right after a Red Chair, which did not impress and this one isn't doing much better. Looks good, very red with nice foam and tiered lacing. Not enough balance and not pleasant enough hop flavors. A little too grassy. Its really not a far cry from Red Chair in my opinion. Too dry, not enough classic hop flavor. I just have one of these, and I'm fine with that.

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

This ale poured with about an inch of head which dissipated down to about half and stayed throughout. The color of this ale was darker amber then some IPA's. Smelled of pine, and tasted of hoppy pine. Solid taste and smell with a hearty piney finish! This is a nice IPA I plan on buying again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle got in a trade with jyounger30...thanks for everything like usual Jay!

A- This pours a clear darker amber color with orange highlights closer to the glass. A half finger dirty white head forms and goes away within seconds. Spotty lacing slides down the glass. Alright looking beer.

S- Nice strong bitter pine aroma mixed in with sweet caramel malts. The nose of this might be telling me that this is a well balanced beer in the making. Upon further smells I find this to be a little on the sweet malt side then the bitter hop side.

T- Yep I was right. Nice strong piney hop kick right off the get go dives straight into a sweet malty background. Hints of something like a sweet roll comes and goes with this. Alright tasting beer to say the least.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel to this. Good carbonation to this and makes it jump about in the mouth. Leaves a nice slick oily hoppy sweet malt taste in the mouth after you have sipped it.

D- Not my favorite from Deschutes that I have had but overall a nice drinker. Something to calm the malt likers with.

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

Pours amber with a rocky off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Smells grassy and of bitter citrus, but also light and clean. The taste is also light, clean, and bright with citrus, followed by a short burst of sweet malt, some graininess, and then a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bite at the end. Quite drinkable, this is a nice sixpack beer.

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

Bitterness perfectly executes an attack on your tongue leaving you yearning for a slice of deep dish combination pizza. Once you've acclimated to the bitterness you realize this beer has more to offer and that the bitterness actually makes you want more of this intensely hoppy American IPA.

Hop oil and resin, citrus blast, grapefruit, some slight sweet caramel, a little plum? and other dark fruits, some slight toasted malt if you try

A slightly undersized off-white head forms, some haze and a few floaties in my bottle but I'm sure that is the exception not the norm. Orange / copperish in color. Slight lacing.

Creamy with an upfront mild sweetness yielding quickly to a strong back end bitterness bite that might leave a scar. Medium conditioning and medium low body

Semi-dry with a lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more until about beer number 1 and a half.

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got through a trade with bonsreeb85. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours a deep amber golden color with a thick marshmallow like off-white head that took a while to settle down. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S- Nice light pine/citrus hop aroma. Very present malt sweetness with some spice.

T- Piney hop initial bitterness. A very sturdy malt backbone lent caramel sweetness and toasted grain notes that balanced well.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Very balanced in terms of bitterness/sweet finish.

D- Easy drinking IPA that had a very balanced flavor.

Photo of Swimsum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours a deep amber color, a small off white head emerges from the body of this beer, held to the light the beer becomes a bright amber color, clear body which allows for one to see the carbonation bubbling up to the top of the beer.

S: Red grapefruit citrus nose with some sweet malty undertones.

T: Hop bitterness and grapefruit citrus are the front flavors, the bitterness doesn't linger around in the finish, some malty flavors emerge as the beer warms and the session goes longer.

M: Good carbonation and body, slight oily texture coasts the tongue and the mouth as the beer is consumed.

D: Very drinkable beer from Deschutes (as are most of their beers), goes down very easy and would be an excellent beer to relax with after a long day.

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

pours a semi-cloudy golden amber, small off white head that quickly goes away, and great lacing.

smells of hops, mandarin oranges, some lemon, touch of caramel, dry leaves, and malt in the back.

taste is smooth and creamy, nice bitterness, grapefruit hops, citrus notes, touch of caramel, and some pine, ends bitter.

Photo of sleazo
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A_Pours a dark amber with a splotchy light head.

S_Slightly toasted bread and caramel are the dominant smells with a vague hop like background odour. Fairly mild but inoffensive.

T_A light sweet caramel malt hits up front. The middle is kind of empty while the finish is generic hop bitterness.

M_Thin bodied with a light carbonation

D_A somewhat empty IPA in flavour and body. There really isn't much to it. This ends up being a vehicle for a bitter aftertaste without good hop flavour.

Photo of vacax
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inversion IPA pours a surprisingly dark amber color that is similar to a reddish maple. Head size is just right, with nice density and lacing. The aroma is a sort of sappy smell that exudes a decent amount of piney hops along with a generous amount caramel malts. The hops don't really stand out like they should on an IPA. The taste is majorly defined by moderately bitter and sticky caramel malt character. It has the bitterness of a typical IPA, but very little pine and a barely noticeable floral quality A lot of tealike characteristics as it warms, especially in the midpalate and finish. Pretty much zero fruitiness. Very little showcasing of any hops, a very lackluster IPA. Medium-thick body and matching medium carbonation. A drinkable beer, but boring. Where are the hops? Deschutes is an amazing brewhouse that knows how to make a great IPA (Red Chair). It is a shame that their year-round IPA is so comparatively weak.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm back from Magic Mountain, I'm refreshed after a shower, and I have yet to have a beer. Let's try Inversion IPA. On to the beer:

Hazed reddish orange in color, the head is creamy on top and is retaining itself well thus far. Soft grapefruit bite in the aroma. Herbal, somewhat buttery. Smells like an "old School" Northwest IPA. Tastes old school as well. Balanced, but you still taste some hops. And not clean. A touch of caramel upfront, that turns into a mild grapefruit bitterenss with very herbal flavors. Faint alcohol is felt in the body. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, perhaps the best part of this beer.

More of a balanced IPA, and more herbal than the ones I prefer. A solid effort by Deschutes, though this might be my least favorite of the Deschutes beers. That should tell you how good their beers in general are.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,556 ratings.