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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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2,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,422
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 235 | 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 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
Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Pours almost orange, maybe a little bit amber. From previous experience I dumped in the contents of the bottom of the bottle and watched them haze the beer with slow-falling tiny particles. The head is creamy and recedes faster in the middle, leaving a lumpy cloud of orange-tinged, off-white creamy foam in my glass, and eventually some great sheets of lacing.

Nose is really great. This one is only 1 month from the drink-by date, but I detect only a small muting of the hops. Very sweet and fruity - lemon, maybe apricot? Plenty of toasted and biscuity malt here, no suggestion of alcohol noted.

Delicious; borderline 5 in flavor to my palate. Tons of citrus, more lemon especially, some grapefruit. Sweet toasted malt and more caramel than I detected in the aroma. Nice sweet/tart start that finishes with a surprising level of bitterness. Fantastic.

Veeery smooth with excellent soft carbonation and creamy medium body. It is far from clean, but I don't find that a negative - instead of the high finishing bitterness alone on my palate I'm left with a sticky sweet and bitter reminder of just how delicious this beer is and just how precious few I have left.
A final tear is shed that this beer is still not sold in Kansas before I go to the fridge to grab another. Supply be damned, this is great!

udubdawg, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good IPA and I'd definitely make it a staple if I wasn't heading back east in a few months. The appearance was fantastic with a clear golden amber body and an abundant fluffy white head. The smell seemed predomminantly cascade or willamette hops, I couldn't tell exactly which. The taste was fairly standard for an IPA, but the hop profile was interesting and tasty. The mouthfeel was a little bit light bodied for me, and could have used some more umph, but it didn't detract from the drinkability. I would gladly get this regularly on-tap or in bottle form.

dbalsock, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**Special thanks to JohnGalt1 for the trade (top notch trader)**

Pours an amber-bronze, moderate carbonation, two-finger head with heavy lacing.

Citrus hops mixed with sweet, malt on the nose; nothing too overpowering.

Butterscotch-caramel malt hits the palate followed by a rush of hops. A tangerine, orange zest that leaves the mouth crisp and dry and leaving the throat with a mild numbness. Very enjoyable.

The anticipation to try this release was well worth it. The ABV is well hidden and it's a balanced and well-rounded AIPA. If I lived out west I would buy a lot 6-packs.

jdoncbus, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed pale copper, darker than expected for an IPA. Frothy white head settles to a thin cap, and leaves a dusting of lace along the sides of the glass.

Pungent hop aroma of lemon zest, juicy citrus, and grass. Toasted and caramel malts come in on the the back end. This is a West Coast IPA.

Nice malt backbone of caramel and toasted malt pave the way for some sharp hop bitterness. Loads of citrus - the whole fruit is in here - zest, peel, and juice. Fruity esters, a dose of piney bitterness and residual sweetness finish things off. Great balance of raw hops and sweetness,

Medium in body and fairly smooth. Feels good on the tongue with some tingle. Gets a little chewy and feels bigger than it is. Great drinkability - there is some complexity, which can slow you down a bit. Solid no nonsense IPA.

Lupe, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of tobyandgina
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy, thick head - about two fingers, off-white, slowly diminishing.

Nice light hop smell with a good amount of caramel, malts, grain, and some grass.

Cloudy amber color with some sediment lingering about(nice).

Good head retention and lacing.

Tastes is slightly dry hoppy, medium palate, a little sticky, moderately sweet with a very small amount of bitter aftertaste.

Drinks well, looks good.

tobyandgina, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had some out of a cask and finding it to my liking, now was the time to try it in a bottle.

From the bottle: "Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling."; "Inversion is as close as you can get without knowing somebody."; "Crafted for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "We worship the flower. The hop flower, that is. We know you do too. Inversion is our tribute to that flower, with plenty of balance, finesse and personality to feed the hop lover in us all."

It produced a bug, rocky, off-tan head on the pour. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. OMFG, was this intensely hoppy in the mouth! I love hops, but I almost coughed in astonishment, and that rarely happens. The neck label mentioned "... layers of soft caramel notes", but they were barely evident on the finish and not at all in the mouth. The nose was likewise redolent with hops. The finish had the same intense citrus/hop flavor, but slightly tempered by the malt. Wow! It produced a beautiful, sticky lacing throughout. This is my favorite Deschutes product, bar none.

woodychandler, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Nice small head formation, died down to layer of bubbly lace across top of glass.

Smell is a nice hoppy, but not overly so. Some slight citrus notes. Taste follows through with slight bitter hoppyness and mild sweetness.

Balanced bubbles and medium body make for a nice mouth feel and a decent finish. I'm going to have another after this one.

mattster, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This one is a clear golden amber color. It pours with a big creamy white head that is long lasting.

s: Strong hop aromas that are both piny and citric. Some brown sugar and berries as well.

t: Big flavors that border on a DIPA here. Strong malt profile that has a rough apple sweetness to it. Hop finish has a balance of grapefruit and pine. The alcohol is noticeable.

m: Sticky and resiny with good carbonation.

d: A very generous JohnGalt1 tossed this delicious IPA in as an extra. I wish these guys were local.

DIM, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours kinda cloudy/hazy with a lot of head. head is not perfectly white and is thick. Lots of lace on the glass. Orange in color and like I said, hazy. Roll it first before opening.

S- Smells like hops just like an IPA should. Not real big, but obvious if you stick you nose in.

T- Sweet and kinda nice. More than what expected. Nice citrus hops not too powerful.

M- Medium/light mouth and about what an IPA should be. Maybe more towards medium. A little coating but not syrupy or boozy.

D- I think it's more drinkable than other IPAs, but still too much for me. Feels bigger than it is.

Tolann, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Shiredave
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a treat when one of my friends gifts me a Deschutes beer after a left coast trip.

This one poured into a pint glass churned up a thick, gooey tan head with clumps and smears of lace which slumped to a dense cover over the amber beer that looked like an acne scarred complexion. The murky protien haze and tenatious head retention indicates little filtration which often sucks some life out of the beer in favor of clarity. Give me haze any day.

Malty aromas of honey and caramel malt and a mild floral hop nose. Very inviting.

Soft, sweet flavors up front are quickly over powered by a sharp hop bite and intense grapefruit notes.

Malt is all but subdued mid way through but the strong hop character is excellent if somewhat out of balance.

Finish is more grapefruit sting and a long, bitter aftertaste but slightly harsh.

A nice IPA from this great OR brewery in the classic west coast style.

Shiredave, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inversion IPA, poured by(akwardly) by the new girl.

Pours hazy yellow with almost green tints. Great head that lasts awhile. The nose is very hoppy and somewhat sweet. At first taste, grapefruit hop flavors abound. slight malts on the finish and some slight spice flavors. Good mouthfeel, especially when it warms. Best warming ability of an IPA around. Drinkability is decent. A good offering from Deschutes, and a staple, standard IPA.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the 16th st Albertsons a week or two ago.... for about $7.50/6. Poured into my shaker pint.... Needed to slow down the tunes, listening to the "High Fidelity" soundtrack.

Poured a deep orange/dark amber with a loooong lasting lite tan head and good lacing.

Hop aroma is big and bad... grapefruit and pine (tar?) A little astringent... nice caramel malts... There have to be English hops in here, that I like alot.

Bitterness cuts perfectly through the malt leaving a little caramel sweetness on the end... piney hop taste with still maybe a little too much lingering bitter... I don't know how to describe the finish, but it reminds me of the beach. English hops are there definately... black tea and biscuits. Mouthfeel is great.. nice viscosity and great carbonation... there may be a little bit too much bitterness left over.

Good IPA, and I LOVE Deschutes.... not my favorite PNW IPA, but close... not sure what is throwing me off (Chinook?). I am probably in the minority, but I liked Quale Springs more.

JohnGalt1, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy, slightly off-white head; deep amber, almost burgundy; hazy; leaves some lacing

Great smell—reminds me of Free State Brewery's Copperhead (a fantastic IPA)! Not over-the-top here like some IPAs, but what's there is very good and appetizing.

Taste & Mouth Feel
Wow! Really tastes like Copperhead—awesome! Good hop bite/sting to it; thin-to-medium body; tasty maltiness present, though not as substantial as I'd expected from reading reviews; leaves a lovely hoppy aftertaste, though is weaker on the back end than on the front. Just gets tastier as it warms; the malt profile really starts to open up, too.

This is a damn good IPA. Generally compared to other IPAs, this one has a slightly more subdued aroma, but has a great hop flavor (I think I must really like the particular bittering cultivar used) and a good balancing of malt. I would drink this on a regular basis if I had the opportunity; it's really good and I highly recommend it.

JEdmund, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of les1721
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence was kindof dark for a pale ale, but not suprising due to the malt profile. The color is a beautiful dark orange hue.
Smell was very citrusy and a little sweet and complex.
Taste was excellent. Hop bitterness was present but not at all shocking. The malt profile is very complex making this a very well balanced IPA. The hop flavor and aroma complimented this beer perfectly. An excellent beer from the great Northwest.
Mouthfeel was about medium and a little sticky.
Drinkability was better than some IPAs but not really a session beer.

les1721, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really, really piney. Too much of a piney flavor, actually, that wears on the taste buds relatively quickly, lowering the drinkability. I don't know exactly what it is -- it may be the style of hops. It's different, and it's certainly interesting, but of relatively limited use in terms of flavor as far as I can tell. Not nearly as citrusy as the bottle claims and as most other 2IPAs.

porntipsguzzardo, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramel sweetness along with a good background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness, then the sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and citrus come in quickly to provide a good balance. There’s a good hearty malt character that also contributes to the balance. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty enjoyable beer that I could drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inversion IPA certainly satisfied my hop craving, and had some very interesting flavor notes. However, I found the bitterness to be rather rough - it didn't have a lot of sweetness or other hop esters to balance the bitterness. Aside from the bitterness, I got a significant malt presence from the beer, and as it warmed I got some interesting flavor notes to include bubble gum, which I've not previously gotten from any beer. The beer poured from the bottle a rather bright orange with great sturdy head formation. Aroma was a lot of hop bitterness, with a minimal amount of fruit. Flavor is as I've described above. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but not unpleasant.

It is a bit hard to rate this beer. I thought it a bit unique among the hundreds of IPAs out there (interesting mouthfeel and flavors), but I found it only slightly above average when it comes to how much I enjoyed it. A nice beer - and I'd recommend it probably more than my numeric ratings would indicate.

BeerBelcher, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the beer void that is Bellingham, I know I can consistently get Deschutes at the Fred Meyer on Bakerview.

Nice light copper-amber colour with a white head. The head sinks quickly but leaves lots of sticky bits on the glass and a thin layer on the top.

Smell is well-balanced, but somewhat bland. The hops don't excite me, and the malts are pleasant, but not very rich.

Taste is much more developed. The hops impart a zesty bitterness, but the malts present sweet caramel-toffee tones and a light bready taste.

Perfect carbonation, but a bit on the thick side. Very sessionable despite the alcohol content.

BDTyre, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice shade of amber with nice, thick head with good retention. Dissolves for the most part but some manages to stick around for a while. Floaties? What? Lots of "stuff" in suspension in the drink. At first I thought it was bubbles until I realized they werent moving. Really wasnt too keen on that. Smell is strong of hops. I've heard the term "floral" applied to IPA smells and this is the first where I get a "floral" sense from it. Taste is great. Really a spectacular IPA. Nice and hoppy, bitter, with a dry aftertaste but what makes this so good and drinkable is that its not overpowering. Theres enough hops to make their point and not too many to distract from the beer. Nice smooth, crisp mouthfeel, easy going down. A very drinkable beer. Atfer the first I was left wanting another. Very impressive offering from Deschutes.

bunnyhustle, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

A - Deep amber, murky, small head, little lacing.

S - Subtle but present. Deep subtle notes of earthy hops.

T - Mature, deep penetration of the mouth. Not 'hit over the head' with hops, but very aggressive and smooth.

M - Coating, smooth, balanced finish

D - A nice brew. Could session without tiring.

srandycarter, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium-orange colour, with great cuneiform-esque shaped lacing on the glass, good retention on the head, it's still there with about 2 oz. left.

S: Lots of citrus and a bit of pineapple, a bit of sugary malt in there as well.

T: Very tasty, heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tastes upfront, with some lemon, and a hint of lime. Bready malt is evident, but the great hop flavours are what I really liked about this beer.

M: Rich and creamy, very smooth, with a bit a resin, a great feel for an IPA.

D: Another great IPA to try, another good beer from Deschutes, this is a very good IPA, very tasty, need to buy a sixer of this before it disappears for the year, a great hop-based ale.

Halcyondays, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep orange-ish amber with an off white / tan head. Aromas of grapefruity hops and a small peppery dry malt. In the taste was all a grapefruity hop bitterness. A big malty mouthfeel and a bitter dry hop aftertaste. Big hops in the nose and the taste. A very good IPA.

OWSLEY069, Sep 22, 2007
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,422 ratings.